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Cyclone Vayu likely to cross Gujarat coast early Thursday morning

Cyclone Vayu over the Arabian Sea is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva early in the morning of Thursday, June 13, the India Meteorological Department said on Tuesday.
(Image: IMD)
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Cyclone Vayu over the Arabian Sea is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva early in the morning of Thursday, June 13, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.
 
A bulletin issued by IMD at 0410 hours today said the cyclonic storm over Eastcentral and adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea had moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 11 kmph in the last six hours.
 
It lay centred at 0230 hrs IST of today near latitude 14.2°N and longitude 70.6°E, about 410 km north-northwest of Aminidivi (Lakshadweep), 600 km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 740 km nearly south of Veraval (Gujarat). 
 
"It is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during the next 24 hours. It is very likely to move nearly northward and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval & Diu region as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during early morning of 13th June 2019," the bulletin said.
 
Under the influence of the system, widespread rainfall, with heavy falls at isolated places, was likely over Kerala, coastal Karnataka and Konkan & Goa in the next two or three days.
 
In Gujarat, the IMD forecast rainfall at isolated places today; fairly widespread rainfall with heavy falls at isolated places tomorrow; widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places over Saurashtra and Kutch on June 13; and widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places on June 14.
 
In South Gujarat, there could be rainfall at isolated places today, fairly widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places tomorrow; fairly widespread with heavy falls at isolated places on June 13; and rainfall at a few places on June 14.
 
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The IMD said wind speed is very likely to increase gradually and become gale wind speed reaching 90-100 kmph, gusting to 115 kmph, over Eastcentral & adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea by today evening. It is very likely to be 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph over Lakshadweep area, Kerala, Karnataka & south Maharashtra coasts.
 
Tomorrow, wind speed is very likely to increase further becoming gale wind speed reaching 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph over eastcentral & adjoining northeast Arabian Sea by night. It is very likely to be 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph over Gujarat coast from tomorrow morning and become gale wind speed reaching 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph by 12th night. It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over Maharashtra coast.
 
Wind speed is very likely to decrease and become 100-110 kmph gusting to 125 kmph over north Arabian Sea and Gujarat coast in morning hours of June 13 and decrease gradually thereafter. It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over north Maharashtra coasts & northern parts of eastcentral Arabian Sea. 
 
The sea condition is very likely to be high to very high over eastcentral & adjoining southeast Arabian Sea today. It is very likely to become very high to phenomenal over eastcentral & adjoining northeast Arabian Sea & Gujarat coast from tomorrow evening and over north Arabian Sea on June 13.
 
"The sea condition is very likely to be rough over Lakshadweep area, along & off Kerala, Karnataka & south Maharashtra coasts today; rough to very rough along & off Maharashtra Coast on 12th; very rough to high along & off Gujarat, north Maharashtra coasts & northern parts of eastcentral Arabian Sea on 13th June.
 
Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea in these areas and those out in deep sea were advised to return to the coast.
 
Storm surge of height of about 0.5 m above the astronomical tides was likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath and Amreli districts of Gujarat at the time of landfall, the bulletin said.
 
The IMD warned of possible major damage to thatched houses and huts in  Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath and Amreli districts, minor damage to power and communication lines, major damage to "Kutcha" and some damage to "Pucca roads", breaking of tree branches and uprooting of large avenue trees. 
 
Apart from total suspension of fishing operations, the bulletin said coastal hutment dwellers should be moved to safer places. People in affected areas should remain indoors, it added.
 
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Modi inaugurates Global Trade Show in run-up to Vibrant Gujarat Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Global Trade Show at the Mahatma Mandir Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre in Gandhinagar on Thursday ahead of the 9th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit that he will open at the same venue on Friday.
 
Modi inaugurates Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Global Trade Show at the Mahatma Mandir Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre here today ahead of the 9th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit that he will open at the same venue tomorrow.
 
Mr. Modi will address the inaugural session of the summit aimed at giving a fillip to investments in Gujarat.
 
At the Global Trade Show, Mr. Modi went around the various pavilions and evinced keen interest in the stalls set up by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) and Khadi weavers, among others.
 
The stalls bring to the fore the Prime Minister's "vision of Make in India with an apt tagline- From Charkha to Chandrayaan," an official press release said.
 
He was accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and other dignitaries. 
 
The Global Trade Show is spread over an area of 200,000 sq. mts, with more than 25 industrial and business sectors showcasing their ideas, products and designs under one roof.
 
A series of events and programs have been organized alongside the summit. 
 
One of the major attractions today is the Ahmedabad Shopping Festival– 2019 which will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister later this evening. 
 
The mascot of the Vibrant Gujarat Ahmedabad Shopping Festival will be unveiled by Mr. Modi on this occasion. 
 
"Ahmedabad Shopping Festival 2019 is the first event of its kind in India and provides an opportunity for the enterprises from the city to showcase their products," it said.
 
In addition to the flagship events organized as part of Vibrant Gujarat, the 9th edition of the Summit will also witness the launch of a completely new set of forums aimed at diversifying the nature of knowledge sharing at the Summit, and intensifying the level of networking between participants.
 
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Vibrant Gujarat Summit was conceptualized in 2003 by Mr. Modi, who was then the Chief Minister of Gujarat, to re-establish the state as a preferred investment destination. The Summit will provide a platform for brainstorming on agendas of global socio-economic development, knowledge sharing and forging effective partnerships.
 
Vibrant Gujarat 2019 will include a roundtable for opportunities in  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education & Research in India. It will be attended by eminent educationists and key policy makers to prepare the “Roadmap for opportunities in STEM Education & Research in India”.
 
There will be an international conference on STEM,  an exhibition on Futuristic Technologies and Space Exploration which offers a vision of the future of space travel, a seminar on Port Led Development & Strategies to establish India as the Trans-shipment Hub of Asia, a seminar on Make in India to showcase the Success Stories of Make in India program and key interventions by the Government, and a seminar on Opportunities for Industry in Defence & Aerospace to sensitize participants about opportunities in defence and aeronautics in Gujarat, and to deliberate on a way forward for India and Gujarat to emerge as a manufacturing hub for defence and aeronautics.
 
"Since its inception in 2003, Vibrant Gujarat Summit has played the role as a catalyst spurring several other states to come forward with such summits to promote trade and investments there," the release added.
 
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Modi poised for huge win in Gujarat, Congress wrests Himachal from BJP

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi appeared set for a third straight term in office as the Bharatiya Janata Party headed towards a huge win in the state but it lost Himachal Pradesh to the Congress as counting of votes progressed in the Assembly elections in both States today.
 
Counting begins in Gujarat, BJP secures early lead

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi appeared set for a third straight term in office as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headed towards a huge win in the state but it lost Himachal Pradesh to the Congress as counting of votes progressed in the Assembly elections in both states today.

As results and counting trends became available for all the 182 seats in the Gujarat Assembly, the BJP had won 52 and was leading in 65 others, making for a total of 117 seats, the same number that it has in the outgoing house.
 
The Congress had won 27 seats and was leading in 32 others. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), an ally of the Congress, had won two seats while the Janata Dal (United), an ally of the BJP, was leading in one constituency. Other parties were ahead in three seats.
 
Adding to the Congress' misery in Gujarat, its state unit chief Arjun Modhwadia and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil lost their seats.
 
In Himachal Pradesh, the ruling BJP conceded defeat as the Congress won 34 seats in the 68-member Assembly and was leading in two others. The BJP had won 23 and was ahead in another three, while others had won four and were leading in two more.
 
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal admitted his party had lost and congratulated the winners. He said the reasons for the BJP's defeat, despite his government's good record of governance, would be analysed at party fora in due course.
 
In Gujarat, Mr Modi retained his own seat, Maninagar, bagging 120440 votes against 34097 secured by his nearest rival, Shweta Bhatt, wife of suspended Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjiv Bhatt.
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The controversial former Minister of State for Home, Mr Amit Shah of the BJP, won from Naranpura, garnering 103988 votes against the 40653 secured by his rival Jitubhai B Patel of the Congress.
 
In the Ellis Bridge constituency in Ahmedabad, Ms Jagruti Pandya, widow of assassinated former Minister of State for Home Haren Pandya, ended up in the third place. Ms Pandya, a candidate of the Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) floated by former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, could muster only 9075 votes against Mr Raesh Shah of BJP, who got 106631 votes. Mr Kamleshkumar Shah of the Congress got 29959 votes.
 
Mr Modhwadia lost in Porbandar, getting only 60458 votes against the 77604 votes secured by Mr Babubhai Bokhiria of the BJP. Mr Gohil lost from Bhavnagar (Rural) to Mr Purshottam Solanki of the BJP. Mr Solanki got 83980 votes as against 65426 secured by Mr Gohil.
 
The BJP had won 117 seats in the Gujarat Assembly in the last elections in 2007, while the Congress had 59 seats.
 
Counting of votes began in both states at 0800 hours today and all the results are expected by this evening.
 
Elections to the 182-member Gujarat assembly were held in two phases on December 13 and 17, when a record 71.3 per cent of the 38 million voters had exercised their franchise.
 
Polling for the 68 seats in the Himachal Pradesh assembly was held in a single phase on November 4, and about 74.7 per cent of the 4.60 million voters had cast their votes.
 
The supporters of Mr Modi, who has been in office since 2001, are hoping that, with yet another big win, he would be propelled to the centrestage of national politics and become the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
 
Exit polls had predicted a huge win for Mr Modi again this year, while they had given a slight edge in a close contest in Himachal Pradesh.
 
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IIM Ahmedabad to introduce Post-Graduate Programme in Advanced Business Analytics

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The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) today said it would offer a Post Graduate Programme in Advanced Business Analytics (PGP-ABA), a 16-month post-graduate diploma, from the academic year 2020.
 
The institute, generally regarded as India's top business school, said this was being done  at a time when, with the deluge of digital data, data-driven decision making has now become an integral part of the efficient functioning of every organization, and more generally of society at large. 
 
Prof. Errol D’Souza, Director, IIMA said, “Along with the growth in processing power we are witnessing the growth of large pools of unstructured data which have embedded information that can be beneficially used for the good of organizations and societies. This course enables those who take it to deploy appropriate methodologies so as to extricate significant information from data and enrich decision-making that unlocks value for all stakeholders.”
 
A press release from the institute said the PGP-ABA is designed to help working professionals to acquire essential skills and knowledge for asking the right questions, addressing it with analysis of the right kind of data, and finally drive the decisions with the insights gained from the analysis to drive decisions. The programme thus provides a framework for transforming data into insights that are coupled into an effective business decision making process. 
 
"In a nutshell, the programme will focus on building blended expertise in data 'literacy', data processing and business acumen. We strongly believe that this unique blended competency is the requirement in the Analytics profession today," it said.
 
"The PGP-ABA curriculum is designed to give the participants in-depth exposure to the analytics tools and techniques, and prepare them to solve business problems across industry verticals and functional domains using data. The course is geared towards enhancing the analytical problem-solving ability of the students through structured coursework. The students will be exposed to state-of-the-art data handling tools and techniques, followed by a rigorous and comprehensive coverage of analytical methods and model development techniques, which are immediately applicable to cutting-edge business problems," it said.
 
Prof. Tathagata Bandyopadhyay, Chairperson, PGP-ABA, IIMA, added, “IIMA believes in delivering high-quality programmes, with emphasis on experiential learning and this programme is no exception. Besides explaining the theoretical underpinning of the tools and techniques, emphasis will be given on hands-on learning using a variety of data sets from various domains of applications. Finally, you will be exposed to the domain-specific application of analytics in two chosen domains from different business vertical and Public Policy.”
 
The objective of PGP-ABA programme is to upskill and prepare students for future in taking up leadership positions and shouldering more significant responsibilities in the organization. The programme delivery is through a thoughtful mix of online, and on-campus sessions, the release added.
 
More details about the course are available here.
 
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President to visit Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat from October 9-13

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President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat from October 9-13, an official press release said.
 
The President will leave for Maharashtra this evening and present colours to the Army Aviation Corps in Nashik tomorrow. He will also visit the School of Artillery, Deolali, Nashik on the same day.
 
Kovind will reach Karnataka on October 10 and attend the birth centenary celebrations of Maharaja Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar of Mysore.
 
On October 11, the President will lay the foundation stone for the campus of JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research at Varuna village, Mysuru.
 
On October 12, the President will visit Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Sansthana in Bengaluru.
 
On October 13, the President will visit Shri Mahaveer Jain Aradhna Kendra in Koba, Gujarat, the release added.
 
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Modi pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary by paying homage to the Father of the Nation at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary by paying homage to the Father of the Nation at the Sabarmati Ashram here today.
 
He also inaugurated the Swachh Bharat Diwas 2019 in the city and released a postage stamp and a silver coin to commemorate the occasion.
 
At the Sabarmati Ashram, which was home to Mahatma Gandhi from 1917 to 1930 and served as one of the main centres of the Indian freedom struggle, Modi visited the Magan Niwas (Charkha Gallery) and interacted with children there.
 
Addressing a gathering of Sarpanches at the 'Swachh Bharat Diwas’ programme said that the entire world is commemorating 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the event has been made more memorable after the United Nations released a postal stamp on Gandhiji a few days back. 
 
He said that he had the opportunity to visit Sabarmati Ashram many times in his  lifetime and today like every other time got new energy there as well.
 
Modi said that, today, villages in India had declared themselves free from open defecation and he congratulated every countryman, especially those living in villages, Sarpanches and all those who have worked for 'Swachata'. 
 
He added that, irrespective of age, social and economic status, everyone has contributed in this pledge of cleanliness, dignity and respect. He said that  today the world is amazed by this success of the country and they are rewarding it. The entire world is amazed that India has provided toilet facilities to more than 60 crore population in 60 months by constructing more than 11 crore toilets, he added.
 
Public participation and voluntarism has been the hallmark of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the reason for its success, Modi said. He thanked the entire country for the wholehearted support provided for the mission. 
 
Stressing on the importance of public participation, he said that collective efforts are essential for the success of important government initiatives like Jal Jeevan Mission and the elimination of single-use plastic by 2022.
 
The Prime Minister said that his Government was committed to realizing the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi. In this context, he mentioned about the initiatives of the government to ensure self-reliance, provide Ease of Living, and taking development to the last mile.
 
 He urged the public to take a resolution for the betterment of the nation and strive hard to make it successful. He added that if all the 130 crore people of India made such resolutions, it could bring about a massive transformation in the country.
 
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Gujarat Assembly bye-elections in Radhanpur, Bayad to be held on October 21

 
The Election Commission has announced the schedule for bye-elections to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly from Radhampur and Bayad with polling to take place on October 21.  
 
The announcement yesterday said the last date for nominations will be September 30. Scrutiny of nominations will be on October 1 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures will be on October 3. Counting of votes will be on October 24. 
 
The Commission said the Electoral Rolls with January 1, 2019, as the qualifying date has been published.
 
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPATs will be used in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPATs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly, it added.
 
In consonance with the past practice, the Commission has decided that the voter's identification shall be mandatory at the time of the poll.
 
Electoral Photo Identity cards (EPIC) will be the main document of identification of a voter. However, in order to ensure that no voter is deprived of his/her right to vote, if his/her name figures in the electoral rolls, separate instructions will be issued to allow additional documents for identification of voters at the time of the poll, it added.
 
The Model code of conduct will come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Parliamentary and Assembly constituency going for election is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission’ s instruction No. 437/6/1NST/2016-CCS, dated 29th June 2017.
 
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SC notice to Centre on plea over Sardar Sarovar dam

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Narmada Control Authority on a plea filed by persons affected by submergence in Sardar Sarovar Dam.
 
A bench of Justices N. V. Ramana and Ajay Rastogi asked them to file response and listed the matter for further hearing on September 26 to decide the question of rehabilitation before submergence as well as the water level to be maintained in the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat.
 
The petitioners said they are affected by submergence in Sardar Sarovar due to direction given by the Narmada Control Authority contrary to Narmada Tribunal's Award (NWDTA) and earlier judgments of the Supreme Court, wherein it is mandated that no submergence should take place without rehabilitation.
 
Senior Advocate Sanjay Parikh, appearing for petitioners, submitted before the Supreme Court that Sardar Sarovar being an inter-state project, terms and conditions of the award are binding on the states -- Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
 
The stipulation that no submergence should take place till complete resettlement and rehabilitation is done, is not only a mandatory condition in the said award, but was also affirmed by the Supreme Court judgements in 2000 and 2005. He also added that in those judgements, the Supreme Court held that even temporary submergence cannot take place till resettlement and rehabilitation is complete.
 
After the last order in February, 2017, the complete resettlement and rehabilitation should have been done but it did not happen. The counsel said that due to the illegal decision, water started rising in the reservoir and was raised to reach the full reservoir level of 138.68 meter on September 17.
 
The petitioners told the court that 178 villages have been affected causing the human calamity of the worst kind. The said decision was, in fact, a cruel and inhuman way to compel people to vacate under threat of submergence.
 
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Modi in Gujarat to celebrate his 69th birthday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 69 on Tuesday. He is in his home state for the day as Gujarat has planned a day of fanfare, prayers, and rallies.
 
Modi reached Ahmedabad late on Monday. He started the day with blessings from his his mother, Heeraben.
 
Later he visited the cactus garden in Kevadia in Narmada district. He was seen taking a safari tour of the Khalvani Eco tourism site.
 
He is slated to visit the Sardar Sarovar Dam later and perform a puja.
 
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SC says Collegium has taken decision on Justice Kureshi

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The Supreme Court on Monday said that the Collegium has taken a decision on the issue related to the elevation of Justice Akil Kureshi as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said that the decision of the Collegium will be uploaded on the apex court's website soon.
 
The court was hearing Gujarat High Court Advocates Association's petition challenging the delay in the elevation of Justice Kureshi.
 
The apex court had on August 28 said it had received a communication from the Ministry of Law and Justice on the Collegium's recommendation to elevate Justice Kureshi.
 
Senior advocate F. S. Nariman, appearing for the association, had said the Union Government should act as "distinguished communicator" on the recommendation made by the Collegium. On May 10, the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice Gogoi had recommended Justice Kureshi, currently the senior-most judge in the Gujarat High Court, as the most suitable candidate to be appointed as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
 
Disregarding the recommendation, the Centre notified the appointment of Justice Ravi Shanker Jha as the acting Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court last month after Justice Sanjay Kumar Seth retired on June 9.
 
The association has requested the court to direct the Centre to implement the Collegium's resolution of May 10.
 
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Ginger opens its first Lean Luxe hotel in Sanand, Gujarat

Ginger, operated by Roots Corporation Limited which is a subsidiary of The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), has opened a Lean Luxe hotel in Sanand, Gujarat.
 
With this, the brand has a total of nine operating hotels in Gujarat, with two more in the pipeline, a press release from the company said.
 
Deepika Rao, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ginger, said, “We are excited to announce the opening of Ginger Sanand. Built around our Lean Luxe design philosophy of seamlessness, this hotel facilitates the ‘never stop’ lifestyle of the millennial travellers.”
 
"The hotel presents re-imagined spaces that blur the lines of work and play and creates experiences that are vibrant, quirky, intuitive and smart. Café Et Cetera, the all-day diner, will serve select Japanese cuisine and ‘glocal’ comfort food, doubling up as a personal workstation. With 104 well-appointed rooms, complimentary WiFi, a conference room and fitness centre, the hotel will offer guests a memorable stay," the release said.
 
Located 35 km from the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, Ginger Sanand is based in the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation area which houses major industries such as Automobile, Pharma and FMCG. The National Highway-17 connects the city to a network of roadways, railways and ports, thus, making it highly accessible, the release said.
 
With the opening of this hotel, The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) will have fifteen hotels across its brands in the state of Gujarat, the release added.
 
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Essar Ports’ Salaya Terminal registers 160% cargo growth in Q1

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Essar Ports today said that its 20 MTPA Essar Bulk Terminal Salaya Ltd (EBTSL), which operates the deepest draft terminal in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region, has clocked a cargo throughput of 1.3 MT (million tonnes) in the quarter ended June 30.
 
The performance marks not only a 160% growth in cargo handling over the corresponding quarter in the previous fiscal, but is also the best throughput achieved since the terminal’s commissioning in 2018, a press release from the company said.
 
With the terminal integrated 1,200 MW power plant (Essar Power Gujarat) resuming operations, EBTSL is hopeful of a significant boost to its topline and cargo throughput in the subsequent quarters this year. The integrated Salaya Power Plant requires about 4 MMT of coal every year.
 
The Salaya Port Terminal, the first deep-draft terminal in the Saurashtra region, has been designed to berth up to Capesize vessels with a vessel turnaround time benchmarked with the world’s best, thus offering a competitive advantage to the local industry of the region, the release said.
 
"It is an all-weather terminal and is already one of the most preferred destinations for shipment of dry bulk cargo in the Saurashtra region. It is capable of handling commodities like coal, bauxite, limestone, fertilizer, etc. and has the flexibility to both import and export cargo. The mechanised stockyard integrated with Salaya Port Terminal is 50 km from Jamnagar (towards Okha Highway) and is well connected with the Jamnagar-Okha State Highway," it said.
 
Essar Ports is one of India’s largest private sector port and terminal developers and operators. It has invested Rs 11,000 crore in developing world-class terminals in three Indian states. Its current operations span four terminals with a combined capacity of 110 MTPA, which is roughly 5 per cent of India’s port capacity. The company is a leader in the non-containerized bulk cargo space. Having clocked a throughput of 40 MT in FY19, Essar Ports is expecting to handle over 60 MT in the current financial year.
 
"All Essar Ports terminals use advanced cargo handling infrastructure and are equipped to double capacity in the near to medium term. The company is focussed on not only enhancing cargo throughput but also on ramping up capacity and contributing meaningfully to the Government of India’s ambitious target of developing 3,130 MT of port capacity in the country by 2020," the release said.
 
Outside India, Essar’s port assets include a liquid terminal in the UK and a coal terminal which is in development stage at Mozambique’s Beira port, it added.
 
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Relief to flooded Vadodara, 46% rainfall drenches Gujarat

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After the rain gods battered Vadodara and struck heavily in most of the parts of Gujarat, the state has registered over 46 per cent of the average monsoon rains so far.
 
After drenching Vadodara for more than twelve hours, the rains relented eventually, providing a major relief for the local administration. The torrential downpour, which continued from 6 a.m. on Wednesday till the evening, saw a record breaking 499 millimeters (mm) of rainfall in Vadodara city in just 18 hours.
 
The scale of the downpour forced a worried Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to hold an emergency meeting at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) late night on Wednesday and instruct the administration regarding rescue and relief operations.
 
More than 5,000 people were rescued by the police, fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams in Vadodara. All schools in the city were closed.
 
Meanwile, rains continued in other parts of the state with Kutch receiving 35.45 per cent of the average rainfall, Saurashtra 42.14 per cent, central Gujarat 38.43 per cent, north Gujarat 31.11 per cent and south Gujarat 60.58 per cent.
 
Out of the total blocks in the state, 238 tehsils have been received heavy rain, with 28 tehsils lashed with 4 to 8 inches of rain and 112 tehsils receiving one to four inches.
 
According to the SEOC data, Mahudha tehsil received 200 mm rain, Halol 189 mm, Dabhoi 187 mm, Khedbrahma 180 mm, Vadali 176 mm, Karjan 165 mm, Sankheda 162 mm, Tilakwada 147 mm, Vanthli 139 mm, Idar 126 mm, Sanand 132 mm, Umarpada 128 mm, Vaghodia 126 mm, Balasinor 122 mm and Himatnagar 118 mm.
 
Irrigation department official data states that out of the total 204 reservoirs in the state, two are filled hundred per cent, seven filled between 70 to 100 per cent of their capacity, 12 between 50 to 70 per cent and 38 between 25 to 50 per cent . 
 
The Sardar Sarovar Dam is filled up to 56.30 per cent of its maxmimum capacity owing to the good downpour in the catcment area in Madhya Pradesh.
 
The rains have resulted in an inflow of 19,494 cusecs water at the Sardar Sarovar Dam. The Ukai Dam's inflow is the maximum at 1,09,385 cusecs received daily. The Damanganga Dam has an daily inflow of 50,218 cusecs, Karjan Dam gets 19,690 cusecs and Dharoi Dam receives 11,390 cusecs.
 
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Rain brings relief to water-starved Gujarat

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After playing truant for most of July, it rained in almost all the 33 districts of Gujarat in the last 24 hours with the water-starved northern areas recording heavy showers. The rest of the state received light to moderate rainfall.
 
According to the Meteorological Department, all 198 talukas witnessed rainfall till 6 p.m. on Monday due to three atmospheric systems. The state is likely to witness rain for the next four days, which will be a huge relief to farmers.
 
While Vav in the Banaskatha district recorded the highest 230 mm rain in the past 24 hours, Tharad received 171 mm, Deodar 102 mm and Umerpada in the Surat district 100 mm. As many as 168 talukas received rain till Monday morning.
 
Kaprada in Valsad recorded 128 mm, followed by Mangrol in Surat at 110 mm, Umerpada 103 mm, Dharampur in the Vaslad district 96 mm, Waghai 92 mm, Ahwa 90 mm, Ankleshwar 89 mm, Walai 85 mm and Netrang 82 mm. All these are in South Gujarat, which traditionally receives good rainfall.
 
Bavla in the Ahmedabad district recorded 75 mm and Abdasa in the water-starved Kutch district 30 mm. Ahmedabad city recorded 9 mm rain.
 
Dams and rivers have been receiving fresh water inflows.
 
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BJP captures eighth municipal corporation in Gujarat

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The ruling BJP on Tuesday romped home with a thumping majority in the elections to Junagadh Municipal Corporation, thus continuing its rule over all the eight city corporations in Gujarat.
 
The BJP retained its rule, capturing as many as 54 seats in the 59-member Junagadh Municipal Corporation in the politically important Saurashtra region. The opposition Congress could manage only one seat, while the Nationalist Congress Party picked up four seats.
 
The State Election Commission announced the results on Tuesday.
 
After the Congress' Lok Sabha debacle when it lost all the 26 seats from the state to the ruling BJP for the second time in a row, the Junagadh result on Tuesday was the party's worst-ever performance in Gujarat.
 
Jubilant over the party's victory in the Junagadh Municipal Corporation, Gujarat BJP President Jitu Vaghani said it was the "beginning of the end of the Congress in Gujarat."
 
He claimed that the outcome in the Saurashtra city was a harbinger of yet another rout of the Congress in the 2022 Assembly election. "The Congress will be wiped out of Gujarat in the next few years," he asserted.
 
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Alpesh Thakor joins BJP, says quit 'bad school to join Gurukul'

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Former Congress legislator and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor along with another rebel MLA Dhavalsinh Jhala eventually donned the saffron scarf at the BJP headquarters here on Thursday amid cheering crowds of the Thakor community.
 
"I've quit the school (Congress) with poor teachers and got myself admitted to a 'Gurukul' having scholars. Sometimes we get misled by lavish furnishings and good looks of a school building, but later realise there is little to learn there," Thakor told reporters.
 
During the press briefing itself, Thakor and his aide Dhavalsinh Jhala were welcomed in the BJP by state President Jitu Vaghani with saffron scarves.
 
The induction of both the Congress turncoats was turned into a big fanfare by the BJP as thousands from the Thakor community gathered at the BJP headquarters here.
 
Both the former legislators had tendered their resignations as MLAs to Gujarat Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi on July 5 after casting their vote in favour of the BJP's Rajya Sabha nominees, S. Jaishankar and Jugal Kishore Thakor, who were contesting the two seats left vacant by Union ministers Amit Shah and Smriti Irani.
 
"Everybody knows about the infighting in the Congress. But I continued in the hope that one day they will reform. But all they are interested is in attaining power. There is no ideology in Congress. Whereas, the BJP is a cadre-based, disciplined party propagating nationalism," Thakor said.
 
He even alleged that instead of working constructively, the Congress had a "destructive" agenda. "I was shocked that one national (Congress) leader had said that in order to make the agitation against NDA government's 'Bharatmala' project more effective, it was necessary to make it aggressive," he said.
 
"Relationships do not nurture where there is no warmth and affection. BJP is like a family where I experience these sentiments. Under the BJP, we'll shortly have a 'Maha Sammelan' for the Thakor community," the OBC leader said.
 
Thakor and Jhala had resigned from the Congress on April 10 in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections claiming that they had been "insulted" and "deceived" by the party leaders, but they did not quit as MLAs.
 
"As an individual I was never insulted personally in the party, they wouldn't dare. But my community members were insulted time and again. And their insult was my insult," he added.
 
Thakor had joined the Congress during the December 2017 state Assembly elections and won from Radhanpur seat in North Gujarat on a party ticket, along with Jhala from Bayad in Aravalli district.
 
Among several other things, Thakor was made Secretary in-charge of Bihar affairs of the party along with senior leader Shaktisinh Gohil, also from Gujarat.
 
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Syria hold India to 1-1 draw in final Intercontinental Cup match

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India were held to a 1-1 draw by Syria in their final Intercontinental Cup match in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. Narinder Gahlot (18) scored in the 51st minute while Syria struck back with skipper Firas Al-Khatib converting a penalty in the 78th minute.
 
Having lost both their previous matches to Tajikistan and North Korea, India were already out of contention for a spot in the final while Syria needed a win to get there. 
 
India played much of the game with more cohesion than they showed in the previous two matches, both of which exposed defensive frailties for new coach Igor Stimac to solve. The two sides traded blows for what turned out to be a goalless first half. 
 
In the 51st minute, Anirudh Thapa sent in a corner kick from the right. Gahlot rose above the rest and headed the ball in and scored his first goal in his second international outing. 
 
India looked to be on top after that. While chances were few and far between, India dominated possession in midfield and kept the pressure on the Syrians. However, this changed after a rather rash tackle by Jerry Lalrinzuala, who had replaced Mandaro Rao Desai only a few minutes earlier, forced the referee to give Syria a penalty. Firas stepped up and made no mistake with the spot kick. 
 
India lived dangerously after that and saw off waves of Syrian attack to win a point at the end of the game. 
 
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Acharya Devvrat shifted to Gujarat, Kalraj Mishra is new Governor of Himachal Pradesh

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President Ram Nath Kovind today transferred Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat as the new Governor of Gujarat.
 
A press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan also said that former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra had been appointed as the new Governor of Himachal Pradesh.
 
"The above appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices," the communique added.
 
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Freak roller-coaster ride collapse claims three lives in Ahmedabad

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In a freak accident, at least three people were killed and 30 others injured when a roller-coaster ride collapsed at the public park around the sprawling Kankaria Lake here on Sunday evening.
 
Officials said there were around 40 persons on the 'Discovery' ride in Kankaria Adventure Park when it collapsed, minutes after it went up. The park is in the Maninagar area of the city.
 
The 65-feet high joy ride, which swings up to 30 feet on two sides, came unstuck from its hinges and heavily hit the ground with three people dying on the spot by the impact. Municipal officials, who rushed to the spot, denied that the ride collapsed because of overloading.
 
Officials said at least 15 of the over 25 people who were admitted to the nearby Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation LG Hospital, were reported to be critical.
 
Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra, who reached the spot immediately on knowing about the incident, told reporters that the injured persons would be provided the best possible treatment.
 
He, as well as Mayor Bijal Patel, said a detailed investigation would be carried to ascertain the reason for the accident and strict action would be initiated the private company, which operated the joy ride if necessary. 
 
Nehra added that it would be inquired if the cause of the accident was poor maintenance of the amusement ride.
 
Police officials, led by Ahmedabad Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 6, Bipin Ahire, who reached the spot, said it was not immediately clear if the welded part that held the ride from its hinges on the top gave away or its nuts and bolts were loose leading to the roller coaster come crashing on the ground.
 
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Rahul Gandhi granted bail in Gujarat defamation case

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A court in Ahmedabad on Friday granted bail to Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case filed by the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank in which Union Home Minister Amit Shah is a director.
 
The next hearing in the case has been scheduled for September 7.
 
The defamation suit relates to Gandhi's Twitter message last year which was then reposted several times during the April-May Lok Sabha election, alleging that the bank had swapped Rs 750 crore worth of old currency notes with valid tender within five days of demonetisation on November 8, 2016.
 
Gandhi appeared in the court of Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court Judge Nirali Munshi and pleaded not guilty on charges of defamation.
 
The counsel for the bank contended that Gandhi must seek bail, while the Congress leader's advocate Pankaj Champaneri argued that no bail was required since he had appeared promptly on the court's summons.
 
After the court rejected this plea, Gandhi moved the bail application, which was granted on a personal bond of Rs 15,000 with Gujarat Congress chief Amit Chavda standing as his guarantor.
 
Gandhi is facing a slew of defamation cases for his statements against the BJP and its leaders in several states, including Bihar, Maharashtra and three in Gujarat.
 
He told reporters outside the court premises, "I am thankful to my opponents in the RSS and the BJP for providing me with opportunities to take my ideological battle against them to the public."
 
He added that the more severe the attacks against him, the more resolute would be his fight. "I am not going to be cowed down by such attacks that may make me run from pillar to post. I will fight it out," he asserted.
 
After landing in Ahmedabad, Gandhi tweeted, "I'm in Ahmedabad today, to appear in another case filed against me by my political opponents in the RSS/BJP. I thank them for providing me these platforms & opportunities to take my ideological battle against them to the public. Satyameva Jayate."
 
He was accompanied by veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel, the Congress' Gujarat affairs in-charge Rajiv Satav, former state president Arjun Modhvadia, and others.
 
The small courtroom with a capacity to accommodate just about 30 people was crammed with around 100 people standing on their toes to hear Gandhi.
 
When he landed, Gandhi was welcomed by scores of Congress workers at the Ahmedabad airport. Many others waited on the route and near the court premises.
 
Later, he had several meetings with Gujarat Congress leaders as well as an interaction with the party's legislators. He is learnt to have told the leaders to try and check party MLAs from leaving to join the BJP.
 
In Gujarat, eight legislators have deserted the Congress since the December 2017 Assembly election.
 
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will travel to Ahmedabad on Friday to appear before a court in a defamation case filed by the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairperson.
 
Gandhi last week appeared before a court in Mumbai in response to a defamation suit regarding the murder of journalist and writer Gauri Lankesh for which he had blamed "BJP-RSS ideology".
 
On July 6, he was at a Patna court in connection with a defamation case filed by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi for his comment "why all thieves" were called Modi.
 
According to Congress leaders, over 20 cases have been filed against Gandhi in various courts around India by RSS or BJP workers.
 
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Gujarat gifts seven lions to Uttar Pradesh

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The Etawah Lion Safari Park in Uttar Pradesh is preparing to welcome seven lions from Gujarat. Three of these lions will later be shifted to the proposed Gorakhpur Zoo.
 
Initially, eight lions were to be sent to the safari park but a team of two vets that recently visited the Junagarh zoo and examined the big cats found one female to be suffering from neurological issues. 
 
The others, including two males, have received a medical clean chit and their health certificates have reached the state government. 
 
Director of Etawah Safari Park V. K. Singh said: "We are expecting seven lions, five of them females, from Junagadh zoo very soon." 
 
The extra precaution of getting the lions medically examined in their parent state before bringing them to Uttar Pradesh has been taken after the embarrassment the erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government had faced when five out of the 10 lions brought from Gujarat between 2013 and 2015 under an animal exchange programme died between 2014 and 2016. 
 
The big cats had contracted the canine distemper virus, which attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems in domestic and wild animals.
 
This time, the lions from Junagadh are a gift from the Vijay Rupani government, which passed on their custody to Uttar Pradesh on June 11.
 
The safari has since been sanitized against the contagion, with a vaccine provided by the San Diego zoo in the US.
 
Sources said that the lions were initially set to reach Etawah by May 22, but the blistering heat forced the forest department to postpone the plan.
 
The decision for medical check-up further delayed their arrival. 
 
Now, the lions are likely to reach Etawah by the end of July. Four safari keepers have been to Junagadh zoo twice to spend time with the lions to understand their behavior, habits and needs. 
 
The lions will be quarantined for 21 days at the safari before being shifted to their new home, the Gorakhpur zoo, which is likely be ready for them only by November. The fact that the zoo can house only three lions indicates that the rest may stay back in Etawah.
 
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Gujarat law to prevent transfer of properties in communally sensitive areas made stricter

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The Gujarat Assembly on Monday passed a bill on amendments to the Disturbed Areas Act with the ruling BJP introducing more stringent provisions in it against the transfer of properties in communally sensitive areas, contending that this was needed to plug loopholes in the law.
 
The bill was passed by the BJP majority in the House while the Congress MLAs opposed it, arguing that the ruling party was targeting a certain community.
 
The Gujarat Prohibition of Transfer of Immovable Property and Provision for Protection of Tenants from Eviction from Premises in Disturbed Areas Act, 1991, better known as Disturbed Areas Act, bans the sale of property by the member of one religious community to that of another without the approval of the district collector.
 
This Act is in force in places notified as communally sensitive areas in the state, including in Ahmedabad and Vadodara.
 
The amendment bill, moved by in-charge Revenue Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, provides for expanding the word "transfer" to include sale, gift, exchange, lease or taking possession of the property by way of power of attorney.
 
Chudasama insisted that there was no political motive behind this amendment bill. He said many people with "mala fide intentions" were found to be unlawfully acquiring properties in disturbed areas through power of attorney or by adding their names in the revenue records without taking consent of the collector as mandated by the Act.
 
"By adopting illegal methods, many people were found to be forcibly getting lawful residents to sell properties out of fear or pressure. We want to stop this," he said.
 
The Minister said besides ensuring that transfer of property was fair and with proper consents, the District Collector could also check if there was any "likelihood of polarisation", "disturbance in demographic equilibrium" or any "likelihood of improper clustering of persons of a community" if the transfer took place.
 
According to the amendment bill, the collector can reject the application of transfer after making assessment on these grounds and the aggrieved person can now file an appeal with the state government against the collector's order. This provision was not there in the existing Act.
 
The bill proposes imprisonment between three and five years along with a fine of Rs 1 lakh or 10 per cent of the value of the property, whichever is higher, to prevent the illegal acquisition of properties in such areas. 
 
Besides, the government could constitute a Monitoring and Advisory Committee to keep a check on the demographic structure in the disturbed areas.
 
The committee can also advise the collector about various issues regarding the implementation of the Act.
 
"The bill allows forming a special investigation team (SIT) to assist the state government in deciding any area to be notified a disturbed one. It will also assist the Monitoring and Advisory Committee in gathering necessary information," Chudasama added.
 
Congress MLAs, led by Imran Khedawala from Ahmedabad, opposed the amendment bill alleging that it aimed at targeting people from a certain religion.
 
"The Disturbed Areas Act is similar to Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir where outsiders could not buy property. On the one hand, the BJP is keen to repeal Article 370, but here it makes it more stringent. Why this double standard," Khedawala asked.
 
The Congress lawmaker went on to assert that this legislation was made out of fear that the population of one particular religious community will outgrow the others.
 
"This Act violates our constitutional right to buy property anywhere we want," he added.
 
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Football: Tajikistan beat India 4-2 in Intercontinental Cup opener

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India squandered a 2-0 first-half lead to lose 2-4 against Tajikistan in the opening match of the four-nation Intercontinental Cup here on Sunday.
 
In what was a game of two halves, Sunil Chhetri's brace put India in the driver's seat in the first half before Tajikistan scored four goals after the breather to win the game. 
 
After Tajikistan squandered a number of chances in the first half, Komron Tursunov opened the scoring for the visitors in the 56th minute after his initial shot was blocked by Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. 
 
India could have restored their two-goal lead in the very next minute if it wasn't for an uncharacteristic miss by skipper Chhetri. Udanta Singh made a low cross from the right and set up a tap-in for Chhetri but the 34-year-old ended up hitting it over the cross bar. 
 
Tajikstan levelled the score in the minute after that. Mandaro Rao Desai squandered possession in a dangerous area and young Narender Gahlot could not anticipate the cross that ended with Sheriddin Boboev scoring the goal. 
 
Tajikstan dominated play after that and in the 71st minute, Muhammadjon Rahimov raced past Adil Khan and put the ball between Sandhu's legs into the goal. Three minutes later, Samiev scored the fourth. India were completely out of the match after that as Tajikistan saw off the game. 
 
The first half was quite a different story though. Though Tajikistan enjoyed more possession and took more shots at the goal, six as opposed to India's three, only one of those was on target. That was a free-kick by Ehson Panjshanbe in the 28th minute which went straight into the hands of Sandhu. 
 
On the other hand, all of India's three attempts were on target and two of them led to goals. Lalianzuala Chhangte earned India a penalty in the third minute when he was fouled by Siyovush Asrorov at the end of a nicely built counter-attack involving Mandar and Sahal Abdul Samad. Chhetri stepped up and chipped the ball into the goal as the Tajikistan goalkeeper went the other way. It was Chhetri's 69th goal for India. 
 
His 70th came in the 41st minute when he managed to get to the end of a cross from Udanta Singh. Some loose defending from Tajikistan gave Chhetri enough time inside the box to find his spot and he made no mistake with the shot. 
 
The visitors could have restored parity just a couple of minutes after Chhetri converted the penalty had it not been for some poor finishing by Sheriddin Boboev. Muhammadjon Rahimov sent in a cross from the left and Narender Gahlot seemed to have arrived in time to nip the ball away before Boboev got to it. But he was too early and Boboev only had the keeper to beat. However, his shot however rolled past the far post and India were let off. 
 
Syria will clash with North Korea in the second match of the tournament on Monday.
 
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BJP's Jaishankar, Jugalkishor win Gujarat Rajya Sabha bye-elections

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External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was on Friday evening elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat along with BJP's OBC Cell member Jugalkishore Thakor, defeating Congress candidates on two seats that fell vacant after Union Ministers Amit Shah and Smriti Irani won the April-May Lok Sabha polls.
 
According to the Election Commission, Jaishankar bagged 104 votes, four more than the 100 BJP legislators in the State, while one vote was declared invalid. He defeated Congress' Gaurav Pandya, a protege of party veteran Ahmed Patel, who polled 70 votes, including one of Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani.
 
Two rebel Congress MLAs, Alpesh Thakor and his close aide Dhavalsinh Jhala, cross-voted for the BJP, while two lawmakers of the Bharatiya Tribal Party and one of Nationalist Congress Party exercised their franchise for the ruling party. Thakor and Jhala subsequently resigned as MLAs.
 
Similarly, Jugalkishore Thakore defeated Chandrika Chudasama of the Congress, getting 105 votes against 70 of the latter. No vote was rejected in this case.
 
Polling, which began as scheduled at 9 a.m. in the State Assembly complex, concluded at 4 p.m.
 
Voting took place at a single polling booth with separate divisions for the two seats, since elections were held separately for the seats as decided by the Election Commission.
 
Since these were bye-elections and Amit Shah and Irani had resigned on different dates, the elections to both the seats were conducted separately. The Congress had challenged this decision in the Supreme Court demanding joint elections, but was turned down.
 
After this, on the basis of its strength of 100 MLAs, the victory of both the BJP candidates was a foregone conclusion. If the elections were held together, the BJP and Congress would have got one seat each on the basis of first preference votes of their MLAs voting only once. In the present situation, the legislators voted twice. 
 
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani claimed the BJP also got votes of the only Nationalist Congress Party MLA Kandhal Jadeja as well as two of the Bharatiya Tribal Party, including its leader and former Janata Dal-United strongman Chhotubhai Vasava. Vasava had snapped ties with the JD-U of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he joined hands with the BJP.
 
After casting his vote, Rupani had told reporters: "We have adequate strength and I'm sure both our candidates will win comfortably." Asked about allegations of horse-trading, he ridiculed the charge, saying: "It is the Congress which has all these fears as they have lost the trust of their MLAs and had to take their members to some resort. We have no worries, we have the numbers. We never indulge in horse-trading."
 
Fearing horse trading and cross-voting, the Congress had taken as many as 60 of its 71 legislators to a luxury resort in Palanpur in North Gujarat, instead of Mount Abu in Rajasthan as planned earlier. A bus-load of Congress MLAs arrived around noon to cast their votes. All voted for the party candidates.
 
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