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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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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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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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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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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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Maverick Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor, his protégé quit after cross-voting for BJP

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Rebel Congress legislators Alpesh Thakore and his protégé Dhavalsinh Jhala resigned as MLAs on Friday after cross-voting in favour of the BJP candidates in the Rajya Sabha by-elections, which were held earlier in the day.
 
Thakor and Jhala had quit all posts in the Congress in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections in April, alleging ill-treatment by the party leadership.
 
With their votes, the BJP got two more than its strength of 100 MLAs, besides three others -- one of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and two of Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP), thus polling 105 for its candidates, Union External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and OBC Cell member Jugalkishore Thakor.
 
After cross-voting by Thakor and Jhala, Congress got 69 votes besides one of Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani.
 
Giving clear indications, Alpesh Thakor said: "I have given my vote to a honest national leadership that wants to take the country to new heights. I went by my conscience."
 
The victory of the BJP candidates against Congress' Chandrika Chudasama and Gaurav Pandya was a foregone conclusion, on the basis of the party's own strength in the House of 182.
 
Alpesh Thakor, who is an OBC leader, said he and Jhala had quit the Congress over the unfair treatment meted out to them in the party. He had joined the Congress ahead of the 2017 state Assembly elections and won for the first time from the Radhanpur seat on the party's ticket.
 
Without giving more details, he told reporters: "I joined the Congress because of my immense faith in Rahul Gandhi, but unfortunately he couldn't do much. I came to work for the poor but did not get to do much. Instead, I only got mental stress in the Congress. I am free from the burden."
 
Dhavalsinh Zala said: "We were humiliated over and over again. The senior leaders simply ignored smaller ones. Because of these reasons, I have resigned from my position. I also stated this in writing but to no avail."
 
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Brisk voting on for bye-elections to 2 RS seats from Gujarat

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Polling for the two Rajya Sabha seats vacated by Union Ministers Amit Shah and Smriti Irani continued at a brisk pace here on Friday with 90 ruling BJP legislators and around 25 of the Congress having cast their vote by early afternoon.
 
Polling began as scheduled at 9 a.m. at a single polling booth with separate divisions for the two seats, elections to which were being held separately as decided by the Election Commission (EC).
 
On the basis of its strength of 100 MLAs, both the BJP candidates, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and OBC Cell member from North Gujarat Jugalkishor Thakor, are likely to sail through. Congress has fielded senior leader Chandrika Chudasama and Gaurav Pandya from South Gujarat.
 
After casting his vote, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani told reporters: "We have adequate strength and I'm sure both our candidates will win comfortably."
 
Asked about allegations of horse-trading, Rupani ridiculed the charge and said: "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 took 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. Rebel Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor, who had quit all party posts in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, also cast his vote but it was not known which party he had voted for. 
 
Nationalist Congress Party MLA Kandhal Jadeja, one of the two from the party in Gujarat, refused to say which party he had voted for and only stated: "I have the party's mandate and have voted accordingly. I can't disclose the details of the mandate."
 
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Modi meets mother, seeks blessings

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in his home state Gujarat on Sunday on a two-day visit after the BJP's landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections, called on his mother here today and sought her blessings.
 
Modi, along with BJP President Amit Shah, landed at the Ahmedabad airport and later made a thanksgiving public address to the people of Gujarat, which gave the party all its 26 Lok Sabha seats once again.
 
Even as scores of people waited to have a glimpse of him, the Prime Minister then reached Raisan near here to seek his mother Hiraba's blessings. The nonagenarian stays with Modi's younger brother in Raisan.
 
Modi will halt for the night at Raj Bhavan.
 
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Gujarat Governor disqualifies independent MLA

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Gujarat Governor O. P. Kohli has disqualified independent legislator Bhupendrasinh Khant from reserved Scheduled Tribe seat of Morva Hadaf in Panchmahals district.
 
Briefing reporters here on Friday, State Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi said Khant, who won the 2017 assembly elections as an independent candidate, was disqualified after his Scheduled Tribe certificate was found to be invalid and the matter was in the courts.
 
"The Governor had received a petition in this regard. Yesterday, the Governor sent his order which was received by my office today (Friday). He is, therefore, declared disqualified today and the seat is declared vacant," the Speaker stated.
 
He said the seat Khant contested from was reserved for Schedule Tribe (ST) candidates and the certificate on the basis of which he contested as a Scheduled Tribe candidate was found invalid and therefore he was declared disqualified after a discussion with the Governor.
 
Trivedi said after receiving the petition the Governor had solicited the advice of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and also heard both the parties before making the decision.
 
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Congress names six more LS candidates in Gujarat

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The Congress on Wednesday announced a list of six more candidates for the Lok Sabha elections in Gujarat.
 
Despite much opposition and protest within the party in Surat, the Congress high command took a firm stand and went for Ashok Adhewada as its candidate from the constituency.
 
Parthibhai Bhatol has been selected for the Banaskantha seat, Rajendra Thakor for Sabarkantha and Paresh Dhanani for Amreli. Manhar Patel has been selected for the Bhavnagar constituency while Bimal Shah has been chosen for the Kheda seat.
 
Earlier in the day, the Congress had also declared Geeta Patel as the candidate from Ahmedabad East.
 
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Shah files nomination, vows to pursue Advani's legacy

BJP chief Amit Shah during a roadshow ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on March 30, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
BJP chief Amit Shah during a roadshow ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on March 30, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday filed his nomination papers for the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat, promising to pursue the legacy of party veteran L.K. Advani who had represented the constituency since 1998 but has now been denied a ticket.
 
Shah, contesting his first Lok Sabha election, urged the people to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who he described as "Gujarat's son".
 
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Shiromani Akali Dal supremo and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan as well as Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal were present on the occasion.
 
The only notable absentee was Advani.
 
Before filing his nomination, the BJP chief and party leaders addressed a gathering at Naranpura and held a huge road show.
 
Addressing the gathering, Shah said whatever he had achieved in his life was because of the BJP.
 
"If the party is removed from my life, I will be zero. I started my political journey as a booth level worker of the constituency where I have been fielded as a candidate after being made the party President," he said.
 
Shah, a Rajya Sabha member, said he was lucky that he was the candidate in a seat which had been represented by stalwarts like P. V. Mavlankar, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Advani.
 
"Gandhinagar is the most developed parliamentary constituency of the country. I will try my best to pursue the legacy of Advaniji."
 
The BJP leader said that the coming elections would be fought on the issue of leadership and the entire country was rooting for Prime Minister Modi.
 
"This happened because of the leadership provided by Modiji. The country was looking for such a leader for the last 70 years. Who can provide security to the country? Only Modiji can do so. Only the BJP and NDA can do so.
 
"It is certain that Modiji will again become the PM," he added.
 
Gujarat will go to the polls on April 23.
 
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Hardik Patel's plea seeking stay on court conviction rejected

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In a major blow to the Congress, the Gujarat High Court on Friday rejected a plea by Patidar leader Hardik Patel seeking a stay on his conviction by a district court to enable him to contest the general elections.
 
The decision is a jolt to the Gujarat Congress as Patel was projected to be a candidate for the Jamnagar seat in the 2019 general elections.
 
Justice Abdullahmiya Uraizee rejected the petition filed by Patel seeking a stay on the Mehsana court conviction in a rioting and arson case in Visnagar during the Patel agitation in 2015. 
 
The Mehsana court had ordered a two-year imprisonment in July last year.
 
Patel had prayed for a stay on the order so that he could contest the Lok Sabha polls.
 
Patel on March 12 joined the Congress in Gandhinagar in the presence of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. 
 
Since he still stands convicted in the case, he cannot contest elections as per a Supreme Court order unless the High Court stays his conviction. 
 
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Gujarat: Reshma Patel quits BJP, dubs it 'marketing company'

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The female face of the two-and-a-half-year Patel agitation in Gujarat, Reshma Patel, who had later joined the ruling BJP, on Friday resigned from it, saying the party was only a "marketing company" and nothing else.
 
A key member of the Patidar movement spearheaded by Hardik Patel, Reshma Patel tendered her resignation to Gujarat BJP President Jitu Vaghani.
 
In her letter, she said: "BJP has now become only a marketing company and we are being taught to market the false policies and false schemes of the government and fool the public. 
 
"But we want to work to serve the public and bring a positive transformation and work for the country."
 
Reshma Patel added: "But the autocratic behaviour of BJP leaders have always been compelling the BJP workers to toil as labourers and BJP workers are there only for toiling. 
 
"I no longer wish to continue suffering and injustice being meted out and so (am) freeing myself from sinful partnership of such autocratic leaders, resigning from the party in public interest."
 
She had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat after she was convinced that all the demands from the Patel community had been accepted by the government.
 
The BJP has been in power in Gujarat for more than two decades, primarily backed by the Patel community.
 
When Patel was inducted into the BJP along with a couple of other Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), she was assigned the role of a spokesperson.
 
But lately, Reshma Patel had been upfront on her stand against the party and had been openly vocal about it. 
 
She had been criticizing the BJP over various issues. 
 
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Vote for your future, Priyanka tells people

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Terming the coming Lok Sabha elections "another independence struggle", Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday urged the voters to ask tough questions from the government and raise "real issues" facing them and the country instead of getting drawn into trivialities.
 
"Those who make tall promises to you, ask them where are the two crore jobs that were promised to the nation? Where is the Rs 15 lakh which was supposed to come into your bank accounts? Ask right questions in these elections," she said while addressing an election rally at Adalaj near here after the Congress Working Committee meeting in Ahmedabad. 
 
"Irrelevant issues should not be raised. The issues that are to be raised should be about what is most important to you -- how you will progress, how our youth will get employment, how would women feel safe, what will be done for the farmers. These are the real election issues.
 
"Only your awareness can bring these issues to the front," Priyanka Gandhi said, terming voters' awareness and their votes "their biggest weapons". 
 
"Your greatest weapon is awareness about the realities facing the country, your vote is your weapon. Use it with after due consideration and due discretion. Ensure that it does not hurt anyone.
 
"You will have to consider what you are going to vote for. You are going to vote for your future. This nation has been built over the foundations of social harmony and love. But whatever is happening in the country, it pains us," she added.
 
"You tell them (the Bharatiya Janata Party) what is the true character of this country. The true character of this country is such that it will turn the winds of hatred into breeze of love and compassion.
 
"This is your country. You have built this nation. It belongs to none other than you people. Only you can protect this nation. Our institutions are being destroyed, hatred is being spread," she said.
 
"True 'desh bhakti' is getting aware about real problems and challenges before the country." 
 
Amid slogans comparing her with her grandmother and late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, in her short speech in a conversational style in Hindi, said this was her first visit to Gujarat. 
 
"When I went to the Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati, I was almost driven to tears," she said, adding that it was "crucial that the message about real issues should go out from this land of the Mahatma.
 
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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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Modi says India aims to be in the top 50 in Ease of Business rankings next year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that India aimed to be in the Top 50 of the World Bank's Ease of Business rankings next year and to make its regulations and processes among the best anywhere.
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that India aimed to be in the Top 50 of the World Bank's Ease of Business rankings next year and to make its regulations and processes among the best anywhere.
 
In his inaugural address at the 9th Vibrant Gujarat Summit here, he pointed out that, in the last four years, India had jumped 65 places in the Global Ranking of World Bank’s Doing Business Report from 142 in 2014 to 77. 
 
“But we are still not satisfied. I have asked my team to work harder so that India is in the top 50 next year. I want our regulations and processes to compare with the best in the world," he said.
 
“In Foreign Direct Investment, we are one of the most open countries now. Most of the sectors of our economy are now open for FDI. More than 90% approvals have been put on automatic route. Such measures have propelled our economy into a high growth path. In the last four years, we have received FDI worth $ 263 billion. This is 45% of the FDI received in last 18 years.
 
“We have also made Doing Business Smarter. We are insisting on IT based transactions in procurement and purchases of Government. Digital payments including direct transfer of government benefits is now under full implementation. 
 
“We are among the largest eco-systems in the world for start-ups and a number of them have come up in the field of technology. I can therefore safely say that doing business with us is a great opportunity,” he added.
 
The Prime Minister said it was also because India was among the top 10 FDI destinations listed by UNCTAD. “Ours is a globally cost competitive manufacturing environment. We have a vast pool of skilled professionals with knowledge and energy. We have a world class engineering education base and strong Research and Development facilities. Rise in GDP, a rising middle class and their purchasing power is creating further growth in our huge domestic market. 
 
“In the last two years, we have moved towards a low tax regime on the corporate side. We have lowered the tax from 30 % to 25 % for new investments as well as small and-medium ventures. 
 
“On IPR issues, we have evolved benchmarking policies. Now, we are one of the fastest trademark regimes. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code now gives businesses an exit window without the burden of long legal and financial battles,” he pointed out.
 
Thus, from the start of business to its operation and closure, attention has been given to building new institutions, processes and procedures. 
 
“All this is important, not just for doing business but also for ease of life of our people. We also understand that, being a young nation, we need to create job opportunities and better infrastructure. Both are linked with investments. Therefore, in recent years, there has been unprecedented focus on manufacturing and infrastructure,” Mr Modi said.
 
“We have worked hard to promote manufacturing to create jobs for our youth. Investments through our 'Make in India' initiative have been well supported by programmes like ‘Digital India’ and ‘Skill India’. 
 
“Our focus also includes bringing our industrial infrastructure, policies and practices to best global standards and to convert India into a global manufacturing hub,” he added.
 
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The Prime Minister pointed out that India continues to remain one of the fastest growing major economies in the world. Major international financial institutions like the World Bank and the IMF as well as rating agencies like Moody’s have expressed confidence in India’s economic journey.
 
“We have focused on removing the barriers which were preventing us from achieving our full potential. We will continue the pace and process of reforms and de-regulation,” he added.
 
The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and other measures for simplification and consolidation of taxes have reduced transaction costs and made processes efficient, he said.
 
“We have committed to the world to work towards reducing the effects of climate change. On the energy front, we are now the fifth largest producer of renewable energy in the world.  We are fourth largest in Wind Energy and fifth largest producer of Solar Energy.
 
“We are keen to scale up investments in next generation infrastructureincluding roads, ports, railways, airports, telecom, digital networks and energy. We are also investing heavily in our social, industrial and agri-infrastructure to give better income and quality of life to our people,” the Prime Minister said. 
 
"To give some examples, in four years there has been maximum capacity addition & generation of electricity. For the first time, India has become a net exporter of electricity. We have distributed LED Bulbs on a massive scale. This has resulted in huge energy savings.
 
“We have installed transmission lines at an unprecedented pace. Our speed in road construction has almost doubled. We have done unprecedented capacity addition in major ports. Rural road connectivity is now 90 %.  
 
"The speed of setting up new rail lines, gauge conversion, doubling and electrification of railway tracks has also doubled.  We are debottlenecking execution of major projectson a regular basis through an online process.
 
“Our Public Private Partnership regime for infrastructure has been made more investor friendly. At 7.3%,the average GDP growth, over the entire term of our Governmenthas been the highest of any Indian Government since 1991.
 
"At the same time, the rate of inflation at 4.6 % is the lowest for any Indian Government since 1991, when India began its process of liberalization.
 
“We believe that fruits of development must reach people with ease and efficiency. To give you a few examples, now we have a bank account for every family. We are giving loans to small enterprises without collateral. 
 
“We now have electricity in every village. We also have electricity in almost all households now. We have given cooking gas to large numbers of people who were not able to afford it so far. We have ensured that there is proper sanitation in all areas - both urban and rural. We are working towards full coverage of toilets for households and their proper use,” he added.
 
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The Prime Minister pointed out that India was among the fast growing tourist destinations in the world in 2017. India had a growth of 14% over 2016, while the world grew at an average of 7% in the same year. 
 
“We have also been the fastest growing aviation market in the world, with double-digit growth in passenger ticketing terms, for over four years,” he added.
 
“Thus a New India is emerging which will be modern and competitive and yet caring and compassionate. An example of this compassion is our Medical Assurance Scheme called Ayushman Bharat. 
 
“This will benefit about 500 million people – which is more than the population of United States, Canada and Mexico combined. Ayushman Bharat will provide immense investment opportunities in the areas of health infrastructure, medical equipment manufacturing, and healthcare services,” he added.
 
“In terms of infrastructure, 50 cities in India are ready to build Metro Rail Systems. We have to build 50 million houses. The requirement of road, rail and waterways is enormous. We want world-class technologies to achieve our goal in a faster and cleaner way.
 
“India is, thus, a land of immense opportunities. It is the only place, which offers you Democracy, Demography and Demand. To those who are already present in India, I would like to assure you that our democratic system, human values and strongjudicial system will ensure the safety and security of your investments. 
 
“We are continuously working to improve the investment climate further and make ourselves more and more competitive. For those who are not yet present in India, I extend an invitation and encourage you to explore the opportunities. This is the best time to be here. We have set up dedicated ways to help investors on a one to one basis. Above all I assure you that I will be always available to hold your hands in your journey,” he added.
 
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Government committed to bringing triple talaq law: Modi

 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said despite all "obstacles" from fundamentalists and Opposition, his government was committed to bringing a law against the practice of triple talaq to ensure social justice for Muslim women.
 
"Despite all the obstacles, despite resistance from the fundamentalists and the Opposition, the government is committed to making a law against triple talaq so that our Muslim women get rid of a big insecurity in their social life," he said addressing the National Convention of BJP's Mahila Morcha. 
 
The government had brought the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill last year and got it passed in the Lok Sabha the same day, but it was stonewalled in the Rajya Sabha where the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) lacks majority. The Opposition had expressed serious concerns over making triple talaq a criminal offence.
 
Under the proposed law, a man could be jailed for up to three years for pronouncing an instant divorce (triple talaq) to his wife, which is legitimate under the Hanafi school of Islamic jurisprudence. 
 
Subsequently, the government brought an ordinance on the subject in September this year which has to be replaced by law in the current session. Otherwise, it will lapse.
 
Modi said the government had already done away with the condition of a ‘mehram' (a male guardian including husband or first blood relations) to accompany a woman on Haj.
 
Earlier, Muslim women from India could not go on Hajj alone. The government did away with the condition last year and around 1,300 women performed the Haj without a mehram. 
 
Speaking at the event, Modi listed a number of schemes that his government has brought for the welfare of women such as Ujjawala and Surakshit Matritva among others.
 
"Women are at the centre of several flagship programmes of this government...for the first time there are two women in the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS)," he said.
 
Modi asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers present at the conclave to download the Narendra Modi mobile app and asked them to forward the government's various welfare schemes to all their contacts.
 
"When I tell the world leaders that India has allowed 36 months of maternity leave to women, they look away from me. Not even the developed countries have given such a facility to women," the Prime Minister said.
 
He said his government was trying to promote women entrepreneurs through various schemes including the Mudra Yojana under which the major percentage of loans had been disbursed to women entrepreneurs.
 
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Eight candidates in fray for Gujarat's Jasdan byelection

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Eight candidates are fighting it out for the much-hyped bye-election to the Jasdan assembly constituency, polling for which will be held on Thursday.
 
All eyes are on the big two contenders from the BJP and Congress. The election was necessitated after cabinet minister Kunwarji Bavaliya quit the Congress to join the ruling BJP, which elevated him the same day recently.
 
Jasdan in Saurashtra region's Rajkot district has been a pocket borough of the opposition Congress and Bavaliya, who is a prominent Koli community leader.
 
The bye-poll has gained significance in the backdrop of the BJP losing three of the Hindi heartland states in the recent state assembly elections.
 
After the exit of Bawaliya, the Congress has fielded another strong candidate from the Koli community, Avshar Nakia, who is known to have a strong ground connect, which analysts say will help him give a good fight to the BJP.
 
The Election Commission has deployed 1,150 personnel for Jasdan's 262 polling stations. Each polling station will have one presiding officer aided by three other personnel. "The observer, the Rajkot SP and the District Election Officer, have decided to appoint one micro observer.
 
The three members have also identified 25 polling sttions where video cameras will be installed. There will be webcasting in some 24 polling stations also, said Murli Krishna, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Gujarat.
 
The constituency has 2,32,236 voters comprising 1,22,180 male and 1,09,936 female voters. Besides that, there will be 120 services voters from various forces.
 
"All security arrangements have been made. Today we have dispatched the men and material required for the by-poll," said Murli Krishna.
 
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EC notice to Gujarat BJP in crucial December 20 Assembly by-election

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Even as campaigning for the prestigious by-election to Gujarat's Jasdan assembly constituency ended on Tuesday evening, the Election Commission issued notices to the state government on electricity bill exemptions announced on Tuesday for rural consumers.
 
The model code of conduct is in force in the Rajkot town since the by-election was announced. 
 
The state government on Tuesday simultaneously made an announcement on setting up of a branch of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Rajkot.
 
The canvassing for the by-election to the seat in Rajkot district in the Saurashtra region concluded at 5 pm. Cabinet minister Kunvarji Bavaliya, who is a turncoat from the Congress, is contesting from Jasdan which he vacated after he quit the Congress to join the BJP recently.
 
The veteran Congress leader from the Koli community was inducted in the Vijay Rupani Cabinet within hours of joining the BJP. 
 
Both the parties, the BJP and the Congress, have made it a prestige election since the opposition party as well as Bavaliya have seldom lost from there. While the BJP is trying to woo the influential Koli community in Gujarat through Bavaliya, the Congress feels energized after its recent poll victories in the neighbouring Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
 
The Election Commission's notices to the state energy as well as health departments seek state government's explanation on making the announcements when the model code of conduct was in force in Jasdan.
 
The BJP government announced pending electricity bill waiver for all categories of rural consumers and the BPL families in urban centres in the state. 
 
Energy minister Saurabh Patel said the state government had decided to exempt the rural consumers from pending electricity bills amounting to over Rs 650 crore. 
 
In addition, the defaulters would also be provided new power connections on a payment of only Rs 500.
 
The opposition Congress promptly described it as a "lollipop" by the ruling BJP compared to the relief the Congress governments had granted in the other states.
 
On a trip to the constituency, cricketer-turned-politician and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Siddhu said: "It is as impossible to make the BJP speak the truth as to put an elephant in your lap and feed it."
 
He cited the farm loan waiver by newly-formed Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, reminding the voters that Prime Minister Modi, despite making similar election promises, did nothing to waive the farmers' debts in Gujarat.
 
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Gujarat: Shankersinh Vaghela's son Mahendrasinh quits BJP

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Less than four months after joining the BJP, Mahendrasinh Vaghela, the son of former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela, on Thursday quit the saffron party on personal grounds.
 
Mahendrasinh Vaghela, a former Congress MLA from Bayad, quit the Congress following his father's exit from the grand old party prior to the Gujarat Assembly elections in 2017. 
 
The senior Vaghela had quit the Congress and voted against the party veteran Ahmed Patel during the Rajya Sabha elections in August last year.
 
Vaghela later formed the Jan Vikalp Morcha, a third front in Gujarat and even had the front contesting for the 2017 elections. The front failed miserably, with all its candidates losing their deposits.
 
Sensing his political aspirations going for a toss, Mahendrasinh thought it better to join the saffron bandwagon. 
 
This infuriated the senior Vaghela and in a press briefing he had given an ultimatum to him to quit the saffron party, failing which he would sever all political ties with Mahendrasinh.
 
Despite the threat, Mahendrasinh did not budge and continued with the saffron party. But on Thursday, Mahendrasinh tendered his resignation to the BJP, citing personal reasons for the decision.
 
Mahendrasinh could not be contacted for comments. A source in the Shankersinh Vaghela camp said Mahendrasinh would join hands with his father against the BJP.
 
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35 FIRs against attackers on migrants in Gujarat, 450 detained

 
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Police have filed 35 complaints and detained around 450 persons for attacking the migrant community residing in Gujarat, Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja said on Monday.
 
After the rape of a toddler, there were widespread attacks on migrant labourer residents, especially from north India, believing that some from the community were responsible for the ghastly crime.
 
"We have registered 35 FIRs for the violence on the north Indian migrants in the state. We have detained 450 persons and further interrogations are on," said Jadeja.
 
"We have apprised the central government regarding the steps we have taken to stabilize the situation," Jadeja told reporters here.
 
"Elements rejected by the Gujarat public can go to any lengths to achieve their political aspirations. The Gujarat Police is also trying to find who is behind this outrage," he added.
 
"I appeal to people not to be misled by those who are inciting people for their political gains," Jadeja said.
 
Although the Minister could not provide any data regarding the exact figures of migrants returning to their states, he assured that all those still in Gujarat would be safe. 
 
"We have asked the police personnel to inquire about the regular traffic to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya pradesh and Bihar and also the numbr of people travelling to such places during this week," Jadeja told IANS. 
 
The government deployed additional forces in industrial areas for the security of the migrants. 
 
The incidents of attacks on migrant labourers from north India followed the rape of a 14-month-old girl in a village near Himmatnagar town, around 100 km from Ahmedabad. 
 
The police arrested a labourer originally from Bihar, Ravindra Sahu, for the crime. Sahu is working in a local ceramic factory. 
 
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the situation was now under control. 
 
"No untoward incident has happened in the last 48 hours. The situation is under control. We are committed to maintaining law and order. We request people not to indulge in violence," he said in Rajkot.
 
Jadeja added: "Migrant labourers and non Gujaratis working in the state need not fear. Your safety and security are our concern. We will not let the peace and sanctity be disturbed by a handful of elements who want to tarnish the state's image."
 
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Modi coins new slogan 'Saaf Niyat, Sahi Vikas', gifts women Rakhi homes

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday set rolling a new slogan, "Saaf Niyat, Sahi Vikas", about his government as he gave away over 1 lakh houses to women under the flagship Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Rural) scheme, calling it a Rakshabandhan gift.
 
The Modi government's oft-mentioned slogan has been ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' right from the BJP's election campaign ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
 
The Prime Minister was speaking at an event in Jujwa village in the tribal-dominated regions of Valsad district in South Gujarat after he ushered in ‘e-Gruh Pravesh' in the houses to women. Over 1.15 lakh residential units have been built at a cost of Rs 1,727 crore under the scheme. 
 
Modi also spoke on video to women across 26 districts who are the beneficiaries of these houses.
 
"Our government is marching ahead on the commitment of 'Saaf Niyat, Sahi Vikas' and this is why I can ask you all here in everyone's presence if anyone has cheated you," the Prime Minister said.
 
Modi went on: "I got an opportunity to talk to women across the state today who got their homes under the PM Awas Yojana. It's a Rakshabandhan gift to my sisters in Gujarat.
 
"Providing over 1 lakh houses to them before the occasion of Rakshabandhan is really a satisfying moment for me," he said. The houses were "wonderful" because no middlemen were involved in their allotment, he added. 
 
The Prime Minister said: "It is my dream, it is our endeavour to ensure that every Indian has his own house by 2022."
 
Modi even took a jibe at Congress by indirectly referring to a statement of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who had said that only a fraction of a rupee sent by Delhi reaches beneficiaries.
 
"Now, for every rupee we send from Delhi, 100 paise reaches the beneficiaries directly," he said.
 
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Modi also laid the foundation stone of the Rs 586 crore Astol group water supply scheme for the benefit of tribal villages tucked away deep in the forests of Dharampur and Kaprada talukas in Valsad district.
 
"There might have been several Adivasi Chief Ministers in the country in the past but it is our government that is working to reach water to every nook and cranny in the tribal areas."
 
He said the Astol Group Water Supply Scheme, of which he laid the foundation stone, was "glaring evidence of our commitment to provide drinking water to smallest villages with 200 to 300 houses in the tribal regions".
 
Under the scheme, water would be lifted from the Damanganga dam and supplied to these villages through a pipeline network.
 
Meanwhile, addressing students graduating from the Gujarat Forensic Science University in Gandhinagar at its fourth convocation function, the Prime Minister said the role of forensic science assumed significance as fear of detection and prosecution in courts helps contain crime in a big way.
 
Referring to the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2018, Modi spoke about the need to use latest technology to detect and solve crime. 
 
He dedicated a newly built Civil Hospital and inaugurated a slew of projects in Junagadh district in Saurashtra region, where he stressed on the need for good doctors and paramedical staff. 
 
"We also want medical instruments to be made in India. The sector must also keep pace with the technological advancements globally."
 
Before leaving for New Delhi later in the evening, Modi attended the meeting of Somnath Trust in Gandhinagar. The meeting, among others, was attended by former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, the Chairman of the Trust, and BJP President Amit Shah.
 
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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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Congress' Gujarat unit plans to woo defectors, calls it 'Ghar Wapsi'

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After losing out two bigwigs in two months in the form of senior legislator Kunwarji Bavaliya and former MLA Indraneel Rajyaguru, the Congress in Gujarat has decided to bring back the defectors into the party fold, calling it "Ghar Wapsi".
 
Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani said the party was open to welcome all those who left the party to join the BJP and were feeling suffocated as well as disgruntled BJP members. He claimed that several such leaders would return to the party in near future.
 
"After having a detailed discussion in the party, it has been decided that the Congress will be holding a 'Recruitment Mela', a sort of 'Ghar Wapsi', in the coming days for disgruntled BJP members into the Congress.
 
"They include all those BJP members, who once originally belonged to the Congress as well as the original BJP members dissatisfied with the party," he said.
 
Asked if this would not create dissatisfaction amongst the loyal party workers who have been consistently working hard over the years, Dhanani said: "There's a difference between this recruitment and the way we do. We will be asking our grassroots level workers and party leaders before deciding who to take back. 
 
"But one thing is certain, the party won't compromise on discipline and ideology. The party will only welcome those who are ready to follow the ideology."
 
He claimed that many BJP members have expressed such desire to join the party. "Many such BJP members, once belonging to Congress and now repenting, are in touch with our rank and file and keen to return. They believe in the party's vision and ideology. This will be an attempt to save democracy, preserve the constitutional values and it will be a 'Bharat Bachao Campaign'.
 
Many former MLAs, local body representatives at various levels, including political leaders from cooperative bodies, have showed their willingness to join the Congress," he added.
 
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Alpesh, Hardik, Jignesh conduct raids on 'liquor den'

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Gujarat's three young firebrand leaders -- Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani and Alpesh Thakore -- on Thursday raided a country liquor stand in the state capital and announced they would be carrying out similar 'janata (public) raids' on illicit liquor dens across the state to expose the government's failure in implentation of prohibition.
 
They alleged that the liquor stand was running right behind the Superintendent of Police's office here and they recovered liquor pouches from there.
 
"Every year 10,000 to 15,000 youngsters are losing their lives by consuming illicit liquor. All three of us, Thakor Sena, Dalit Ekta Manch and PAAS (Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti), will together carry on 'janta raids' across the state, beginning Saturday, on illegal liquor dens," Thakore, the Congress legislator from Radhanpur in north Gujarat, told reporters. He was flanked by Mevani and Patel.
 
"Today, there is a rule of bootleggers in Gujarat," Thakore, who has been running a campaign against illegal liquor for nearly two years, added.
 
Patel said: "It is sad that liquor is easily available across the land of Gandhi. I went to Bihar recently but it was not available there. How come it is available in Gujarat? If police stops us from carrying out janta raids, it is a failure of the government."
 
Vadgam MLA Mevani said: "Police and government are responsible for the failure of prohibition policy. It is not the responsibility of Jignesh, Alpesh or Hardik to ensure that the law is implemented but that of the government. There seems to be a channel of corruption that is running from bottom till top. It is a state-wide nexus."
 
Thakore also said: "A lot of hue and cry is being made about 'Udta Punjab', but here the 'Dry Gujarat' too has similar problems. If the government can stop water pouches in a day, why cannot it stop sale of illicit liquor?"
 
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Police however denied there was any liquor den running from behind the SP's office and only a couple of polythene pouches containing 400 ml of country liquor were found. "It appears prima facie that someone may have planted the pouches! We don't have anything that shows that illegal liquor was being made there," said Gandhinagar SP Virendrasinh Yadav.
 
The three youth leaders raised the issue after four persons were admitted to the civil hospital in Ahmedabad after consuming spurious substance on Wednesday night. However, police said no traces of ethyl alcohol or methyl alcohol were found.
 
"The FSL reports suggest that no traces of any drugs or ethyl or methyl alcohol have been found in the initial reports of the blood samples of the four persons. We will have to wait for some more time," said Ahmedabad Crime Branch's Special Commissioner J.K. Bhatt.
 
Moreover, police also claimed that they want to seriously curb the sale of illegal liquor in the state. "We arrested 240 persons under PASA (Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act) and 55 persons were externed last year in Ahmedabad city alone. We have started a special prohibition drive," said Ahmedabad's Special Commissioner of Police K. L. N. Rao.
 
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