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Model building bye-laws amended for establishing EV charging infrastructure

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The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has made amendments to the Model Building Bye-laws 2016 and Urban Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation Guidelines 2014, in order to facilitate the availability of Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure. 
 
The Ministry of Power has issued guidelines and standards for charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, which have also been considered while making these amendments, an official press release said.
 
The guidelines will act as a guiding document to the State Governments and Union Territories to incorporate the norms and standards of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in their respective Building Bye-Laws. 
 
The guidelines on Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure have been circulated to all the State Governments and UT Administrations with the request to amend their Building Bye-laws and Master Plan Regulations.
 
Cities and towns in the country are facing the problems of environmental pollution thereby severely impacting the health of the urban residents. India is committed to Sustainable Development Goal 13 on Climate Change of the United Nations to take urgent action to combat climate change. 
 
The Government has initiated several steps to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. One of such steps is to encourage Electric Vehicles (EVs), which are environment-friendly. At least 25% of the total vehicles on roads should be EVs by 2030, the Government is hoping.
 
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IIMA adds GRE as criteria for admission into ePGP Programme other than CAT, GMAT

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The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) today said that, from the 2019-21 batch onwards, it would also accept valid GRE scores (of last five years), apart from GMAT and CAT, for admission into its e-Mode Post Graduate Programme (ePGP).
 
Candidates who have missed the CAT 2018 deadline can also appear in GMAT / GRE until March 31, 2019 in order to be eligible for 2019-21 batch application, a press release from the institute said.
 
Shortlisted candidates applying for 2019-21 batch will be invited for personal interview at IIMA campus or other cities decided by the institute.
 
The application for admission into ePGP 2019-21 batch has already begun. The last date for the application is May 31, 2019. The first campus module for new batch is slated to start from September 23, 2019.
 
The 'e' in ePGP stands for Electronic Mode (Interactive Onsite Learning). The ePGP marks IIMA's foray to offering long-term hybrid management education course leading to awarding a PG Diploma. The ePGP is a hybrid learning programme, with online lessons attended through study centers, classroom teaching at IIMA campus at regular intervals and, mentored project work. 
 
The two-year course is comprehensive and designed for working executives and entrepreneurs. The programme is aimed to enhance strategic thinking and impart the entrepreneurial as well leadership abilities required for taking organizations to the next level, while also advancing individual career aspirations, the release said.
 
The innovative curriculum is designed by the faculty members of IIMA, with their diverse experience in research, consulting / advisory, and teaching the regular students and executives in various programmes. The pedagogy is benchmarked with global standards in management education, thus providing participants with knowledge that are vital in today's knowledge economy.
 
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Gujarat: Former BJP minister Bimal Shah, ex-MLA Anil Patel join Congress

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Former Gujarat Minister and BJP leader Bimal Shah joined the opposition Congress here on Monday, saying that the ruling BJP had become a "power-oriented party".
 
Along with him, another BJP leader Anil Patel, a former Congress MLA who had joined the ruling party after the 2007 polls, also returned to the Congress.
 
They were formally inducted into the party at a function at its state headquarters here in the presence of Congress Treasurer Ahmed Patel and Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Amit Chavda, among others.
 
The induction of the two leaders is being seen as a boost of sorts for the Congress ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Congress had failed to win a single seat in Gujarat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
 
Shah was elected to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly from Kapadvanj in Kheda district in 1998 and again in 2002. He had served as Minister of State for Transport in 1998 under then Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel. Shah lost the 2007 Assembly elections. In 2017, he contested as an independent candidate and again failed to make the grade.
 
Shah said he and many others had joined the BJP because they felt it was a "mission-oriented party".
 
"But now, it has become merely a power-oriented party. I will work to ensure Congress victory in the coming Lok Sabha elections," he said.
 
Anil Patel had been elected to the Gujarat Assembly in 2002 from the Bardoli constituency in South Gujarat as a Congress candidate.
 
"It is a homecoming for me as I originally belong to Congress," he said, adding that he had never felt "comfortable" during his eight-year stay in the BJP. "That is why I have decided to come back to the Congress," he added.
 
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Modi inaugurates Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Institute of Medical Sciences in Ahmedabad

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Saying that the Government was standing for the poor and focussing on the expansion of health care facilities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the state of art, super-speciality public hospital -- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical Sciences and Research -- here yesterday. 
 
Built by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, the 1500-bed hospital is equipped with all modern amenities, including an air ambulance. 
 
Mr Modi inspected the facilities at the hospital. He lauded the efforts of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and said, “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Ahmedabad hospital will prove to be a model for other government hospitals in the country.” 
 
Built at a cost of Rs 750 crore, the 17-floor hospital will provide world class services at an affordable price and is linked with Ayushman Bharat, the National Health Protection Scheme.
 
Addressing a gathering on this occasion, Mr Modi said, “It is because of Ayushman Bharat there is an increasing need for new hospitals in even smaller towns. New hospitals are opening faster, the demand for doctors and paramedic staff is increasing, thereby creating many employment opportunities are coming up for the  youth in the healthcare sector.” 
 
The country has seen a major expansion in healthcare facilities and medical education over the past four years which will be of great help in meeting the health care needs of the citizens, he added.
 
“The Government stands with the poor and its priority for them is reflected in the expansion of health care services and provision of generic drugs at low prices under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana. Around 5000 Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendras have been set up across the country,” Mr Modi said. 
 
He said his Government was committed towards equality of opportunity for all and 10% reservation for general category poor is a step in this direction. For this purpose, the number of seats in educational institutions is being increased by 10%. 
 
He lauded the Gujarat Government for being the first state to implement the decision to provide 10% reservation for the general category poor in government jobs and educational institutions.
 
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Modi inaugurates Ahmedabad Shopping Festival-2019

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Inaugurating the Ahmedabad Shopping Festival-2019 at the Sabarmati riverfront here yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Government was constantly working for creating a conducive business environment in the country. 
 
The festival, organized simultaneously with the Vibrant Gujarat Summit has participants ranging from street vendors and craftsmen to hotels-restaurant-linked businesses, and shopping malls across the state, showcasing and promoting their products.
 
Addressing a public gathering on the occasion, Mr Modi said, “Usually, we get to see such big business summits only abroad.  Now, Vibrant Gujarat as well as the start of Ahmedabad Shopping Festival, is a commendable initiative.
 
“The Government is constantly working to create a conducive environment for business in the country. In the past four years, old laws have been abolished and hundreds of rules made easier. It is because of such efforts that we have improved significantly on the Ease of Doing Business rankings from 142 to 77,” he added. 
 
“It is our constant endeavour to simplify procedures for small entrepreneurs. We are moving towards the system when the banks can give credit to small entrepreneurs on the basis of GST and other returns. We are clearing loans up to Rs one crore in 59 minutes,” he said.
 
Earlier in the day, Mr Modi inaugurated the Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show at the Mahatma Mandir Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre in Gandhinagar.  With this, the stage is set for the 9th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit, scheduled to be held during January 18-20 in Gandhinagar. 
 
The Summit will witness the participation of Heads of States, Captains of global industry and Thought leaders. The Prime Minister will address the inaugural session of the summit.
 
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Gujarat: BJP leader Bhanushali shot dead on train, SIT set up to probe murder

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The Gujarat Directorate General of Police (DGP) has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the murder of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jayanti Bhanushali who was shot dead in a train on Tuesday morning.
 
Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Ashish Bhatia told the media: "Victim Bhanushali boarded the train from Bhuj on the night of 7th (January) in H1 AC compartment of the train. We are questioning a fellow passenger named Maurya who boarded the train from Gandhidham station and later informed the railway police about the incident."
 
Morya said that, when he returned to his seat after relieving himself, he saw Bhanushali lying there. He immediately called the TTE, the officer said.
 
"The TTE then informed the railway police, who later called the Morbi district police control room who rushed to the train and took possession of Bhanushali's body and sent it to Malliya government dispensary."
 
From Bhanushali's bag, the police recovered a service revolver and some cartridges. Besides, some live and used cartridges were also recovered from the crime spot.
 
"The victim was shot dead from a close range and these cartridges seem to be of some country-made pistol. We also found an outer shell of a bullet and a splinter of the weapon from the spot. We believe that the murder was an outcome of personal animosity with Bhanushali. We are also trying to get the CCTV footage of Malliya railway station and other adjoining areas to spot the criminals," added the ADGP.
 
"We have also recorded a chain pulling incident between 00:55 and 00:58 a.m on Tuesday when the train was between Gandhidham and Samakhiali," said Bhatia.
 
After the train reached Ahmedabad station, the police detached the H1 coach from the train and took it to the Kalupur railway yard where FSL officials, ballistic experts and fingerprint experts were studying the scene.
 
"We have formed an SIT to probe the Bhanushali murder comprising the CID Crime officials and the railway police. The SIT will be helped by the Anti-Terrorist Squad and Ahmedabad City Crime Branch," added Bhatia.
 
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SpiceJet introduces new flight connecting Delhi to Prayagraj

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Low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced special daily flights to be operated during the Maha Kumbh Mela between Prayagraj (Allahabad) in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
 
The airline has also announced a host of other new non-stop flights and frequencies connecting Hyderabad to Ahmedabad, Bagdogra and Goa. 
 
The flights on the Delhi-Prayagraj (Allahabad) sector are scheduled to operate from January 6, 2019 to March 30, 2019 while the other flights will start from January 10, 2019.
 
Of the eight new direct flights, the ones between Delhi and Prayagraj and Hyderabad and Goa will operate on all day, while they will be operational on all days of the week except Sundays on other routes.
 
The airline will deploy its Boeing 737 – 700 aircraft on the Delhi- Prayagraj-Delhi route while all the other sectors will be served by Boeing 737 – 800 aircraft, a press release from the airline said.
 
Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales & Revenue Officer - SpiceJet, said, “We are delighted to introduce a new flight on the Delhi-Prayagraj route. The city stands testimonial to India’s glorious history and rich cultural heritage besides being a key pilgrim destination. And we are sure that this flight and the other flights introduced from Hyderabad and Ahmedabad will offer added options and convenience to our customers.”
 
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SIT opposes Zakia's plea against clean chit to then Gujarat CM Modi, others

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The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday opposed the plea of Zakia Jafri -- the widow of Congress leader Ahsan Jafri -- challenging the Gujarat High Court order upholding the clean chit to then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in a 2002 riots case.
 
The case pertains to the alleged inaction in the 2002 post-Godhra riots including the attack on Gulberg Housing Society.
 
Ahsan Jafri, a Congress leader and a former MP, was killed in the mob violence on Gulberg Society.
 
Senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Special Investigation Team (SIT), told the bench of Justice A. M. Khanwilkar and Justice Deepak Gupta "it is an issue of facts and for how long it can go on".
 
He raised preliminary objections to the petition by Zakia Jafri.
 
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court there were concurrent findings of the subordinate court and the High Court as well rejecting the plea of petitioner Zakia.
 
Appearing for Zakia, senior counsel Chandra Uday Singh wondered how the SIT had come here to oppose the plea. 
 
Objecting to both SIT and the Solicitor General Mehta opposing Zakia's plea, Uday Singh said the petitioner was Zakia Jafri and none of the two who were objecting were even in caveat.
 
However, since the court had another special bench hearing in the post lunch session and felt the hearing of Jafri's plea would require some time, it adjourned the hearing directing its listing to Monday (November 26).
 
Zakia has challenged the October 5, 2017 order of Gujarat High Court upholding the magistrate court order rejecting her protest petition challenging the SIT report giving clean chit to top political leaders and state functionaries for the alleged larger conspiracy.
 
The SIT was set up by the top court, and it had come to the conclusion that no case was made out and the same was accepted by the Magistrate and the finding was "erroneously" reiterated by the High Court, says the petition by Zakia.
 
The petition further says the High Court refused to interfere with the Magistrate's order "despite large amount of documentation and contemporaneous evidence that existed which made out a triable case against all the accused".
 
The petition by Zakia says she in her case had levelled allegations against various bureaucrats, police officers and political leaders for alleged "conspiracy, abetment and hate speech" culminating in the 2002 violence.
 
She referred to the burning of the S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002 resulting in the death of 59 'kar sevaks' at the Godhra railway station. 
 
She said this was "presumed to be communal attack against the Hindus and this culminated into a reprisal against the Muslim community leading to orchestrated violence and targeted killings".
 
Zakia says in her petition that "as contemporaneous official data began to be released, including the intelligence collected by the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), it transpired that the SIB had information about systematic movements of 'kar sevaks' and accumulation of arms, which was ignored and facilitated by inaction".
 
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Cow vigilantes attack two in Gujarat

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Two persons were attacked by alleged cow vigilantes when they were transporting cattle near Ahmedabad early on Sunday, leaving one of them with a stab wound, police said.
 
Zaheer, 23, was rushed to the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital with a stab wound and was injected several units of blood.
 
His accomplice, Mustafa, ran away from the spot and hid behind a police van nearby, Danish Khan, an activist attending on Zaheer at the hospital, told IANS.
 
Zaheer and Mustafa were travelling in a tempo van with eight buffalo calves from Deesa in North Gujarat when they were intercepted near Ramol in Ahmedabad by six people believed to be cow vigilantes and attacked by knives and batons.
 
Ahmedabad Deputy Commissioner Himkar Singh told IANS: "The two persons were intercepted by six people, including two motorcycle-borne youths, from the nearby Rabari colony, and attacked around 12.30 a.m."
 
Zaheer is out of danger, he said, adding he sustained one stab wound.
 
The police officer said an FIR had been registered against unidentified accused under Section 326 of the Indian Penal Code for causing grievous injuries. 
 
Himkar Singh said: "We have rounded up some persons and finding out more details. We will soon get the assailants."
 
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Gujarat CM for renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati

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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has re-opened the issue of renaming Ahmedabad as 'Karnavati', days after his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj and mooted the idea of changing Faizabad to Ayodhya.
 
Soon after offering 'darshan' at the Bhadkrakali Temple on the Hindu new year on Thursday, Rupani said his government was committed to rename Ahmedabad as Karnavati. The task would be accomplished and the renaming would happen before the 2019 parliamentary elections.
 
The Chief Minister said all legal hurdles would be tackled for this purpose as "millions of Hindus in Ahmedabad and most parts of Gujarat wished" that the city was renamed as Karnavati.
 
The BJP has been using this name in all its official functions, events and publicity paraphernalia.
 
"My government is committed to the cause and we will ensure the the process is completed ahead of the Lok Sabha elections," he told reporters.
 
In 2002 the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government with party veteran L.K. Advani as the Union Home Minister had rejected a 1990 proposal of the then BJP-ruled Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to rename Ahmedabad as Karnavati. 
 
Later, the subsequent Congress-ruled local civic body overturned the proposal and retained the original name.
 
The Gujarat Congress asserted that Rupani's idea to re-open the renaming issue was provoked by political motivation. 
 
"The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation is under the BJP without a break for the last 13 years, the State Government for more than two decades and the Centre for the last four and a half years.
 
"Why was this not initiated all these years and being brought up again, just when the Lok Sabha elections are around the corner?" former state Congress president Arjun Modhvadia asked.
 
He asserted that the ruling BJP wanted to distract the distract public attention from the failures of the Modi government across all spheres and keep people bogged down in non-issues.
 
The BJP, meanwhile, stated that "Karnavati" was Ahmedabad's original ancient after King Karnadev who had set up his kingdom here in 12th century. Ahmed Shah had conquered it in 1411 and the city was renamed after him as Ahmedabad.
 
A party spokesperson said, "The people of Ahmedabad have already embraced Karnavati, it is only a matter of legal process to be completed. It should be noted that this has nothing to do with the 2019 elections."
 
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IIMA’s RTERC to conduct Winter School from December 13-16

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The Right to Education Resource Centre (RTERC) of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), will host the fifth edition of its annual flagship event, Winter School, here from December 13-16.
 
The programme aims to orient students towards public policy and social change, a press release from the organisers said.
 
Participants of Winter School go through an orientation programme for four days on IIMA Campus. Professors of the institute and other dignitaries from all over India take orientation classes for the participants. The purpose of the orientation programme is to give the participants a basic set of tools for understanding the social equations surrounding them.
 
The theme of Winter School this year is citizenship to imbibe a feeling of bonding with the nation and act to create a better future for young people across India. Post the orientation programme, participants pick a policy of their choice and do a practicum at a place of their choice. The practicum would ideally take 10 days. Participants are expected to send a report to the RTERC, detailing the work they have done, to earn a certificate.
 
Participants of the previous years have mentioned that the sessions at winter school have led them to understand some problems faced by society, and, more importantly, enabled them to find solutions and bring about social change. Also, the final policy-related work has led to an understanding of how things actually work at the grass-root level.
 
Ankur Sarin, Professor and Faculty Coordinator - RTERC at IIMA, said, “RTERC's Winter School provides a platform for participants to engage with ideas in education and public policy and enact their roles as citizens towards the creation of a socially just society.”
 
The deadline for applying to the programme is November 10, 2018.
 
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Gujarat police detain tribal activists ahead of Sardar Patel's statue inauguration

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Apprehending protests, the Gujarat police on Tuesday detained several tribal leaders and activists in the Narmada district ahead of the inauguration of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's statue on October 31-- the birth anniversary of India's 'Iron Man'.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the 'Statue of Unity', touted as the world's tallest statue, to the nation on Wednesday.
 
It is twice the height of Statue of Liberty and is built on an islet, Sadhu Bet, near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada district. 
 
The police went knocking on the doors of several tribal activists and leaders in Kevadia, Rajpipla and Dediapada talukas (blocks), detaining them under IPC 68, fearing disruption of the government programmes on Wednesday.
 
"The police came to my house in Kevadia and arrested me and is now taking me to some place. There are 8 to 10 other tribals with me. Most probably they will take us to Jeetnagar, Rajpipla. We will be detained for 24 hours and then they will release us when Wednesday's programes get over," said Lakhan Musaafir from Kevadia.
 
"Tribals in entire eastern Gujarat are angry at this show of pomp (unveiling of the statue). Their anger is also expressed in a peacceful manner as they have announced boycott, fast, and shutdown of the whole tribal belt. They have done so in the face of extreme pressure and intimidation," said Anand Mazgaonkar, a social activist working for the tribals.
 
"What is shocking is that they were detained in an unconstitutional manner. The detention was carried out after 6 in the evening and there were also two females in the raid at Kevadia. We have heard that around five thousand police personnel are going to detain around fifty tribal leaders by midnight. Why are they so terrified of tribals?" asked Anand.
 
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Modi inaugurates LNG terminal, pipeline projects in Anjar, chocolate plant in Anand

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Mundra LNG terminal, the Anjar-Mundra pipeline project and the Palanpur-Pali-Barmer pipeline project at Anjar. In a separate function in Anand, he inaugurated modern food processing facilities, including Amul’s ultra-modern chocolate plant.  
 
At the inauguration of the LNG terminal, the Prime Minister said Gujarat was emerging as an LNG hub of India. Asserting that a strong energy sector was needed for the growth of any country, he said, “We cannot alleviate poverty if we are energy poor.”
 
When the first LNG terminal came up in Gujarat, the people were surprised. Now, the State was poised to get a fourth LNG terminal, he added.
 
The Prime Minister said the aspirations of people were rising. They want i-ways, gas grids, water grids, and optical fibre networks in addition to conventional infrastructure.
 
“There are ample opportunities in the tourism sector and the world is keen to come to India. We have seen in Kutch too, how the White Rann has become the cynosure of all eyes from across the world," he said.
 
He also spoke of the steps taken by the Union Government to make flying more affordable and improve air connectivity.
 
Referring to the efforts made to ensure electrification of villages and the work being done towards electrifying every single household, he said, “We want to bring qualitative changes in the lives of the common citizen of India.”
 
At Anand, Mr Modi said the development projects inaugurated today augur well for the cooperative sector. “The Amul brand is known globally and has become an inspiration worldwide. Amul is not only about milk processing, but an excellent model of empowerment.”
 
The Prime Minister said that, through cooperatives, Sardar Patel showed a way where neither Government nor industrialists call the shots. It is a unique model, where the people matter. Endeavours in the cooperative sector in Gujarat have helped the people, especially the farmers. He also referred to Sardar Patel's emphasis on urban development.
 
Referring to India's 75th anniversary of independence in 2022, the Prime Minister said, “India is doing well in milk processing but can do even better. The time has come to give importance to innovation and value addition. In this context, he also spoke of the production of honey.”
 
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Gujarat: Fasting Patidar leader Hardik Patel discharged from hospital

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Patidar leader Hardik Patel, whose indefinite fast continued on the 16th day on Sunday, was discharged from a private hospital and taken home from where he intends to continue with his indefinite hunger strike.
 
A key community organisation pledged support to the agitating leader while processions were taken out in north Gujarat to back him.
 
After the state government refused permission for any venue for his agitation, the 25-year-old Patidar leader on August 25 launched an indefinite fast from his home to press for his demands for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for his community, debt waiver for farmers and release of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Alpesh Kathiria, who has been jailed on sedition charge.
 
As his health deteriorated, Patel was first shifted to the Sola Civil Hospital on Friday and later moved to a private trust-run SGVP Holistic Hospital. He was discharged on Sunday but he continued his fast from the hospital bed.
 
Before his discharge, Patel told his supporters through a Facebook Live message that he would continue his hunger strike from his residence. 
 
He, meanwhile, also alleged in a tweet that a police officer had threatened to kill him when he was brought out of the hospital.
 
Leading Patidar organisation, Shri Umiya Mataji Sansthan, Unjha, on Sunday held a meeting and resolved to support Hardik Patel in his agitation till the state agreed to his demands. 
 
"We pledged support to Hardik on his demand for debt waiver and release of Alpesh Kathiria," Sansthan's Chairman Dilip Patel told reporters. 
 
As a mark of solidarity, a large number of people from the Patidar community took out a march from Patan to Unjha, a distance of 30 km, in the Patidar-dominated Mehsana district in north Gujarat in support of Hardik Patel.
 
Congress MLAs Lalit Vasoya and Asha Patel joined the "padyatra". People walked from Patan to offer prayers to their family deity, goddess Umiya, at the temple in Unjha.
 
A posse of police was deployed at the entrance to Greenwoods housing colony where Hardik Patel resides, and prevented mediapersons from following him. Some reporters were even pushed around and baton-charged by the police.
 
Ahmedabad Police Commissioner A. K. Singh later ordered an inquiry into police action against journalists after their protest while Joint Commissioner of Police J. K. Bhatt spoke to them to cool the tempers.
 
In his Twitter message, Hardik Patel condemned the "attack" on the media. He said the deployment of police reminded him of "angrez hukumat" (British rule).
 
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Former President Pranab Mukherjee to teach IIMA students

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Former President Pranab Mukherjee will teach students of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) who will be attending a new course called "Public Policy for Inclusive Development of India".
 
The course will be taken by students across the PGPM (Post Graduate Programme in Management), FABM (Food and Agri-Business Management) and PGPX (Post Graduate Program in Management for Executives) programmes at the institute.
 
The new course is housed within the JSW School of Public Policy at IIMA and Mr. Mukherjee will be the faculty for at least 12 of 22 sessions, a press release from IIMA said.
 
Prof. Vijaya Sherry Chand, Chairperson of JSW School of Public Policy and Prof. Anil Gupta will handle other sessions of the course.
 
The course deals with a broad overview of the interplay between the desired end of inclusive development and the system of parliamentary democracy in India.
 
The pedagogy draws on the experiences of Mr. Mukherjee to reflect on the theory and practice of public policy for the inclusive development of India. 
 
During the last five decades, Mr. Mukherjee has not only had a ringside view of Indian politics and governance, but has shaped many public policies and triggered off institutional innovations to execute many of these. 
 
"The course provides a unique opportunity for students to learn from the deep insights that Mr. Mukherjee alone can share with complete authenticity and conviction.
 
Mr. Mukherjee will be delivering lectures on the following broad themes:
 
-- Constitutional Provisions for Socio-economic Inclusivity: Theory and Parliamentary Practice
-- Policy and Institutional Intervention for Financial Inclusion: A Legacy to be Built Upon
-- Articulating Policy and Institutional Agenda for Future Transformation of India
 
Out of these, certain sessions will also include presentations of selected student projects that address developmental and institutional challenges identified in the beginning of the course.
 
Prof. Chand said, “Listening to Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, our students should develop a better understanding of the politics of inclusive development. In a complex democratic society such as ours, technically ideal solutions to public problems have to be balanced by the management of conflicts that are inevitable when there are multiple and contradictory pulls. This should also help in understanding why the idea of inclusion goes beyond narrow economic perspectives on poverty and its alleviation.”
 
After leaving his office as President, Mr. APJ Abdul Kalam had also taken up teaching positions at three IIMs, including IIMA. At IIMA, Mr. Kalam taught a course titled “Globalising and Resurgent India through Innovative Transform”.
 
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Day 14 of fast: Hardik in hospital following breathing trouble

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Patidar agitation spearhead Hardik Patel was on Friday rushed to a hospital on the 14th day of his indefinite fast as he complained of difficulty in breathing.
 
He was admitted to the Government Civil Hospital in Sola a day after he gave up even taking water in protest against the government ignoring his demands.
 
His associates in the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), who had given a 24-hour ultimatum till Thursday to the Bharatiya Janata Party government to hold negotiations with him and stated that Patel would give up water, rushed him to the hospital.
 
The 25-year-old leader has lost over 20 kg in the past two weeks. His kidney and liver had been affected by his continuous fast, PAAS leader Manoj Panara told reporters.
 
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Former Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt arrested in 1996 case

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The CID Crime Branch of Gujarat Police on Wednesday arrested dismissed IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in a 1996 case relating to falsely framing a lawyer in a narcotics peddling case.
 
The CID picked up Bhatt and seven others, including two former police officers, following directives from the Gujarat High Court. 
 
"Sanjiv Bhatt was initially detained for questioning and shortly after that he was arrested by CID while others are still under detention," Director General of Police (CID) Ashish Bhatia said.
 
Going by the details of the case, lawyer Sumersingh Rajpurhoit was arrested by Bhatt in 1996 with a kg of drugs and booked in a case under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. 
 
Bhatt was then serving as the District Superintendent of Police in Banaskantha district.
 
Police claimed that the drugs were found from the room of a hotel that was occupied by Rajpurohit. However, an investigation by Rajasthan Police later revealed that the lawyer was falsely implicated in the case. 
 
This, Rajasthan Police claimed, was done to compel the lawyer to let go a disputed property in Pali district in Rajasthan.
 
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The Rajasthan Police also claimed that Rajpurohit was abducted by Banaskantha Police from his residence at Pali. 
 
Following this investigation, former Banaskantha Police Inspector I. B. Vyas moved the Gujarat High Court in 1999 demanding a detailed probe in to the incident. 
 
The court in June handed over the probe to the CID and asked it to complete the investigation within three months.
 
Bhatt, who has been a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on social media platforms, has had several spats with the ruling establishment in the state since the 2002 communal riots. 
 
In 2011, Bhatt even filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, accusing Modi of being complicit in the 2002 riots.
 
Bhatt was dismissed from the Indian Police Service in 2015 for "unauthorized absence" from service. Bhatt even met fasting Patel quota stir leader Hardik Patel last week and extend his support for Hardik's cause.
 
"I have been fighting for justice for over two decades now and those responsible for my suffering have been arrested today," lawyer Rajpurohit told reporters.
 
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Former Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt detained

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The Gujarat Police on Wednesday detained for questioning former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt here in a case relating to falsely framing a lawyer in a criminal case in 1998.
 
The Gujarat CID, which took Bhatt into custody following directives from the Gujarat High Court, also detained six other people, including two former police officers. 
 
Sources said they were all being questioned and might subsequently be arrested.
 
When Bhatt was serving as the Superintendent of Police in Banaskantha, in North Gujarat, he was accused of trying to frame a lawyer in a fake case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. 
 
Bhatt was dismissed from the Indian Police Services (IPS) in 2015 for taking on the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi's administration for the 2002 Gujarat riots. 
 
In 2011, Bhatt had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court accusing Modi of being complicit in the 2002 riots.
 
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Ahmedabad bank files defamation suits against Congress chief, Surjewala

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The Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank on Monday filed two criminal defamation complaints against Congress President Rahul Gandhi and party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala in a court here for their tweets regarding deposits made in the bank after demonetisation.
 
The complaints pertain to Surjewala's press statement about alleged conversion of over Rs 745 crore in old currency in five days following demonetisation on November 8, 2016. 
 
He had later backed it with Twitter messages on the same. Similarly, Gandhi had posted tweets on the matter. 
 
The court of Additional Metropolitan Magistrate ordered an inquiry under Section 22 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and posted the matter for September 17.
 
Pointing out that BJP President Amit Shah is a bank director, the Congress leaders had alleged that it was involved in a "national scam" after demonetisation.
 
Gandhi and Surjewala's tweets on June 22 had targeted both the BJP and Shah.
 
The cooprative bank and its Chairman Ajay Patel, through their counsel S.V. Raju, contested the allegations in the defamation suits and claimed that the allegations were false and defamatory.
 
IANS broke the story on June 22 about the bank netting the highest deposits among such cooperative banks of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that were abruptly demonetised on November 8, 2016.
 
The information on the matter accessed under the Right to Information Act by a Mumbai-based RTI activist said that the ADCB had secured deposits of Rs 745.59 crore of the spiked notes in just five days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the demonetisation announcement. 
 
On November 14, 2016, five days after demonetisation, all district cooperative banks were banned from accepting deposits of the banned currency from public amid fears that black money could be laundered through this route.
 
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Police pick up Hardik from home to foil his protest fast

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The Gujarat Crime Branch on Sunday detained firebrand Patidar agitation spearhead Hardik Patel from his residence, hours before he could undertake a day's token fast atop vehicles in Nikol industrial suburb here.
 
He was to hold the day-long dharna in protest against the government not giving him permission for his indefinite fast demanding reservation for his community in government jobs and educational institutions under OBC quota and loan waiver to farmers. 
 
Patel had vowed to re-launch his agitation that had lost steam after the December Assembly elections on August 25, the same day in 2015 and at the same venue, GMDC Grounds in Ahmedabad, when he addressed a mammoth public rally. 
 
A posse of police force swooped down at Patel's Ahmedabad residence in the morning and after a scuffle whisked him and several of his supporters away to the Ahmedabad Crime Branch. 
 
Along with him, the police also detained his close associates Manoj Panara, Alpesh Kathiriya and Dharmesh Malviya. 
 
The police claimed that Hardik Patel was planning to hold the fast without any official permission. Patel had earlier announced he would sit atop parked vehicles in Nikol. The police have registered cases against him under IPC section 144 and 189.
 
The action sparked off a chain of statewide protests from the Patidar community who have threatened to disrupt the programmes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 23 if Patel was denied permission to begin his indefinite fast from August 25 at the GMDC Grounds in Ahmedabad. 
 
Angry Patidars staged roadblocks at various places across the state and police had to intervene to disperse them. 
 
Meanwhile, Gujarat Pradesh Congress President Amit Chavda and Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani condemned the police action against Hardik Patel. 
 
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Gujarat High Court stays Hardik Patel's jail term

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The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday suspended the jail term awarded by a trial court to Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel in a 2015 rioting case. The stay order, passed by Justice S. H. Vora, would be valid till the next hearing.
 
"The High Court has given its order in a case filed by me. Now whatever process is required in the High Court, we will do that," Hardik Patel told reporters soon after the order. "I have been maintaining that we have not carried out any illegal activity that we should be punished."
 
A mob of up to 500 people had turned violent and vandalized the then BJP legislator Rushikesh Patel's office during a rally organised in 2015 to demand job and educational quota for the Patel community. 
 
Other than Hardik, two others who got jail term include Sardar Patel Group leader Laljibhai Patel and A. K. Patel. Fourteen others who were also booked for rioting, arson, damage to property and unlawful assembly, were, acquitted by the trial court.
 
"We have been working for truth and if I raise the issues of people and you want to dub Hardik as a rebel, then I am a rebel," Hardik said adding that he would undertake an indefinite fast on August 25, the third anniversary of the first mega rally of Patels in 2015.
 
"The government may have converted the venue of my fast into a parking lot but there are 11 other venues nearby. I would meet Police Commissioner and Collector on Friday and this would be the last warning for them to agree or disagree. We are seeking permission as per our democratic rights and hope that they would agree," Hardik said.
 
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A Japanese town in Gujarat soon

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The Gujarat government has decided to develop a township for Japanese expats to further promote flow of investment from Japan that has filled the state's first country-specific industrial estate in less than two years.
 
"We have declared about 700 hectares (1,700 acre) as Japanese township in Khoraj village, five km from the existing Sanand Industrial Estate," said D. Thara, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC).
 
The 120-hectare Japanese Industrial Park in Mandal, 90 km from Ahmedabad, has got saturated with 13 companies either under construction or already operating. The state saw a need for a larger industrial area and a place for Japanese to call home.
 
"Now that we are having a traction from Japanese companies, the Japanese will need a place to stay, to establish their culture. They will need a comfort zone," Thara said and added the township will have all amenities like schools, hospitals and market.
 
The Japanese government is working with the Gujarat government to develop the Japanese Industrial Township, which will have residential, commercial and industrial areas. While the state is constructing major roads, Japan will design the township.
 
"Japan is planning to engage industrial park developers like Toyota Tsusho. We will give them land and they will develop and give it to Japanese companies. In a plug-and-play environment, the firms can start production and then purchase land," she said.
 
Eight Japanese companies have already expressed their interest in setting up their units at the township in Khoraj. Apart from the lure of homes and the homelike ambience, Khoraj is centrally located and just 25 km from Ahmedabad.
 
"A minimum of 15,000 to 20,000 direct jobs will be generated and you can expect five times of that in generation of indirect jobs in areas like services, transport, goods, banking and food. We are talking about one lakh jobs in this township," she said.
 
The flow of Japanese companies to Gujarat, alone or in a joint venture with Indian companies, has instilled a new work culture, discipline and efficient use of resources, particularly land, apart from the sharing of advanced technologies. 
 
"The number of residences will depend on the number of industries and the number of workers and officers who will come from Japan. There is no question of constraint of land as the residential area will only grow in height (vertically) after this," she said.
 
Thara will lead a delegation to Japan in October-end. The purpose of the visit will be to invite Japanese delegations for "Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit" to be held on January 18-20, 2019. Like earlier years, this time too Japan will be the country partner.
 
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Hardik Patel gets bail, says fight to continue

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A local court in Visnagar town of North Gujarat sentenced firebrand Patidar leader Hardik Patel and two others to a two-year jail term and slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 in a 2015 rioting case. The court later granted bail to the three.
 
The case refers to mob violence that resulted in then BJP legislator Rushikesh Patel's office being vandalized during a rally in 2015, organised for reservation for the Patel (or Patidar) community in government jobs and educational institutions.
 
Hours after the sentence, Hardik Patel described the BJP rule in Gujarat as "Hitlershahi." "I am a sinner, if it is a sin to fight for social justice and rights. If those who fight for truth and their rights are rebels, then I am a rebel," he said in a statement on a social media platform on Wednesday.
 
"There was not a single witness who saw me where the incident took place. I respect the court's decision, but I will exercise my right to challenge it," he told reporters.
 
"What about action against policemen who unleashed terror on the agitating Patidars and their families after the August 2015 rally?" he asked. Patel was referring to the massive police crackdown after a rally on August 25, 2015, which led to the death of 14 Patel community members. 
 
"The BJP might think I would not be able to fight an election (in 2019) if I am in jail for two years, but let them take it that I am not here to fight elections," he said. "If I get an opportunity, I can contest an election," he added.
 
Patel said he would go ahead with his indefinite fast from August 25, the third anniversary of the Patels' rally, and re-launch his agitation. 
 
Besides Patel, the other two sentenced were Sardar Patel Group leader Laljibhai Patel and A K Patel. There were 14 others in the same case who were booked for rioting, arson, damage to property and unlawful assembly. However, they were let free.
 
The earlier ban on Hardik Patel from entering Mehsana district where Visnagar is located, however, remains in place.
 
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Hardik Patel gets 2 years in jail for rioting in 2015

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A Gujarat court on Wednesday sentenced Patidar agitation spearhead Hardik Patel and two of his associates to two years in jail on charges of vandalising a BJP legislator's office in Mehsana district in 2015.
 
This was after a rally demanding reservations for Patidar youth in government jobs and educational institutions turned violent in Visnagar town. 
 
A mob of around 3,000 to 5,000 people vandalised BJP MLA Rushikesh Patel's office. 
 
In all, 17 people, including Hardik Patel, were charged with arson, rioting, and criminal conspiracy. 
 
Patel was arrested and released on bail, and subsequently barred by the court from entering Mehsana district. 
 
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Vaghela threatens to sever political ties with son who joins BJP

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Hours after his son joined the BJP on Saturday, former Leader of Opposition Shankersinh Vaghela warned him that he should quit the saffron party within a week, else he would sever all political ties with him.
 
"I am not happy with the way Mahendrasinh joined the BJP. He should have consulted his supporters. I give him a deadline of one week to do that and quit the saffron party if the consensus is against his decision. Otherwise I will sever all my political ties with him," said the former Chief Minister.
 
Vaghela said he was aware about the move two-three days ago. "Mahendra had told me that BJP chief Amit Shah had been nudging him to join the BJP. I told him that he should first think of his supporters," said Shankersinh. He said he was surprised that Mahendrasinh switched over without informing anyone in the party.
 
Mahendrasinh, a former Congress legislator from Bayad in central Gujarat, had won the 2012 Assembly polls. But he quit the party before the Rajya Sabha elections in 2017 along with his father and 13 other legislators. Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, the party nominee for the seat, had barely scraped through due to cross-voting by the rebel MLAs.
 
Vaghela Jr. was expected to join the BJP before the 2017 Assembly elections, but he stayed away from contesting as his father led a little-known outfit, Jan Vikalp Morcha. Despite the Morcha contesting over 105 seats, none of its candidates made it to the 182-member Assembly. Most of them even lost their deposits. The Jan Vikalp Morcha is a non-entity now.
 
Talking about his next moves, Shankarsinh said he would call his party workers and decide. "I am in touch with non-BJP parties. Politically, I am active as general elections draw closer," he said. On whether he was approached by any party, he said: "I have not received any offers. But I don't take offers, I give offers."
 
Both BJP and Congress have been poaching on each other in the recent months. 
 
The announcement of Mahendrasinh joining saffron brigade was made by BJP state president Jitu Vaghani on Saturday morning, at the inauguration of a two-day Youth Parliament held at Karnavati University, situated on the outskirts of Gandhinagar. The youth Parliament was attended by BJP President Amit Shah, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, his deputy Nitin Patel and several other senior leaders.
 
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