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Modi says appalled at news of temple in his name in Gujarat

 
Modi temple in Gujarat draws supporters
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he was appalled by news that a temple had been built in his name in Rajkot district of Gujarat.
 
"Have seen the news about a Temple being built in my name. I was appalled. This is shocking and against India's great traditions," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"Building such Temples is not what our culture teaches us. Personally, it made me very sad. Would urge those doing it not to do it," he said.
 
"If you have time and resources, please devote the same towards fulfilling our dream of a Clean India," Mr Modi added.
 
The temple was built in 2006 at Kothadia village in Rajkot district. On Sunday, an idol of Mr Modi, which cost Rs 1.65 lakh, wil be unveiled at the temple dedicated to him. Earlier, the temple had photographs of the Prime Minister.
 
Ramesh Undhad, one of those who donated the money for the idol, said it took more than two years to find an artist to get a good likeness of Mr Modi. Finally, they found an artist from Odisha who managed to do so.
 
Village sarpanch Mansukh Thumar told journalists that people from the village and neighbouring areas were offering prayers every morning and evening at the temple.
 
Later in the day, Mr Undhad told reporters that, following the displeasure expressed by Mr Modi, plans for the inauguration of the temple on Sunday had been cancelled.
 
He said Mr Modi's idol would be removed and the temple wold be converted to one for "Bharat Mata". He also said he would continue to support various initiatives taken by Mr Modi such as Swachh Bharat.
 
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Centre discloses eight names in black money case to Supreme Court

The Government on Monday filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in which it has disclosed eight names -- seven individuals and a company -- with foreign bank accounts from a much larger list it has received as part of investigations into wealth allegedly stashed outside the country by tax evaders and others.
 
The Union Government today filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in which it has disclosed eight names -- seven individuals and a company -- with foreign bank accounts from a much larger list it has received as part of investigations into wealth allegedly stashed outside the country by tax evaders and others.
 
The three accounts are those of Pradeep Burman, a former top executive of the Dabur Group, Timblo Private Limited, a Goa-based mining company, five of its directors and Pankaj Chimanlal Lodhiya, a bullion trader based in Rajkot, Gujarat.
 
The five directors of the Timblo Group named in the affiidavit are Radha Satish Timblo, Chetan S Timblo, Rohan S Timblo, Anna C Timblo and Mallika R Timblo.
 
Reacting to the disclosure, the Dabur Group clarified that Mr Burman does not hold any executive position in the company.
 
“The Burman family is committed to the highest standards of corporate governance, and encourage ethical behaviour at all levels," a spokesperson for the group said.
 
"We wish to state that this account was opened when he was an NRI, and was legally allowed to open this account. We have followed all the laws and the complete details regarding the account have been voluntarily, and as per law, filed with the Income Tax Department, and appropriate taxes paid, wherever applicable. 
 
"Therefore, it is unfortunate that every person having a foreign bank account is being painted with the same brush," he added.
 
Mr Lodhiya also told journalists who approached him outside his shop in Rajkot said that he had no foreign bank account at all and had no clue about how his name had appeared on the list.
 
He said that Income Tax authorities had conducted a search at his firm about 18 months ago when he had furnished all the details of all his business transactions to them.
 
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In Margao, Ms Radha Timblo said that the company would make a detailed statement after she had seen the affidavit by the government. She also said that the tax authorities had conducted searches at the company in the past.
 
The Centre had told the Supreme Court recently that, under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAAs) signed by it with various countries,  it could not disclose all the names on the list until charges are framed against them in court.
 
In its affidavit, the Government told the court today there was absolutely no intention on its part to withhold information, including names of persons who have stashed black money abroad.
 
"...the Government is committed to disclose names of persons holding illegal money abroad. However, every account held by an Indian in a foreign country may not be illegal...," it said.
 
The government submitted that it was making all efforts to obtain informaiton about Indians hiding their unaccounted money in offshore financial centres. It said these efforts include entering into new treaties and agreements as per the new global standards on automatic exchange of information.
 
It said that, for signing such agreements, India would have to make a commitment that such information can be used only for tax purposes and will be made public only when the investigation is complete and a complaint/prosecution is filed in a competent court for tax evasion.
 
"It is respectfully submitted that the choice, therefore, is either not to receive information at all, or receive it and use it as per international standards of confidentiality. It is respectfully submitted that these international standards do allow disclosure of names and information, but only after investigations are completed, when there is a prima facie case of wrongdoing and a complaint/prosecution is filed in a competent court for tax evasion," it said.
 
The government said serious efforts were being made to complete investigations at the earliest by the tax department and file complaints/prosecutions in appropriate cases expeditiously, upon which the names of the tax evaders will be made public.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has attracted a lot of criticism from the opposition Congress and other parties which accused it of going back on its election promise of bringing back black money from abroad within 100 days of assuming office.
 
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said in a television interview that the government would disclose some names to the Supreme Court soon and that the disclosure would embarrass the Congress. To this, the Congress had asked the BJP to desist from "blackmail" and disclose all the names.
 
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Mr Jaitley also indicated in another interview that the name of a senior Congress leader was on that list and that the person could be a former UPA Minister. "I am not denying or confirming it, I am only smiling," he had said in that interview.
 
In response, Mr Jaitley's predecessor P Chidambaram had told a television channel that if it turns out that a senior Congress leader's name is on the list of those with illegal wealth stashed abroad, it would basically embarass that person and not the party.
 
"I don't expect Mr Arun Jaitley to make a trivial comment. He's the Finance Minister of India. He's not likely to make a trivial comment, but I think the purpose of that comment was to move from black money to what a friend of mine said, blackmail," he said.
 
"Release it, why say it? Why this promotion?...just release the name," he had said.
 
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Centre discloses three names in black money case to Supreme Court

The Union Government on Monday filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in which it has disclosed the names of three persons whose names have figured in a list of people with foreign bank accounts as part of its investigations into wealth allegedly stashed abroad by tax evaders and others.
 
The Union Government today filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court in which it has disclosed the names of three persons whose names have figured in a list of people with foreign bank accounts as part of investigations into wealth allegedly stashed abroad by tax evaders and others.
 
The three names are those of Pradeep Burman, a former executive of the Dabur Group, Radha Timblo of a Goa-based mining company and Pankaj Chimanlal Lodhiya, a businessman based in Rajkot, Gujarat.
 
Reacting to the disclosure, the Dabur Group clarified that Mr Burman does not hold any executive position in the company.
 
“The Burman family is committed to the highest standards of corporate governance, and encourage ethical behaviour at all levels," a spokesperson for the group said.
 
"We wish to state that this account was opened when he was an NRI, and was legally allowed to open this account. We have followed all the laws and the complete details regarding the account have been voluntarily, and as per law, filed with the Income Tax Department, and appropriate taxes paid, wherever applicable. 
 
"Therefore, it is unfortunate that every person having a foreign bank account is being painted with the same brush," he added.
 
Mr Lodhiya also told journalists who approached him outside his shop in Rajkot said that he had no foreign bank account at all and had no clue about how his name had appeared on the list.
 
He said that Income Tax authorities had conducted a search at his firm about 18 months ago when he had furnished all the details of all his business transactions to them.
 
In Margao, Ms Timblo said that she would make a detailed statement after she had seen the affidavit by the government. "I don't have to say anything now. Let me see the affidavit and I will then make a detailed explanation through a press note," she said to reporters outside her office.
 
The government has indicated in the past that it would reveal more names as and when prosecution is launched against the people concerned.
 
The Centre had told the Supreme Court recently that, under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAAs) signed by it with various countries,  it could not disclose all the names on the list until charges are framed against them in court.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had attracted a lot of criticism from the opposition Congress and other parties which accused it of going back on its election promise of bringing back black money from abroad within 100 days of assuming office.
Centre reveals eight names from Black Money list in affidavit to SC
Later, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said in a television interview that the government would disclose some names to the Supreme Court soon and that the disclosure would embarrass the Congress. To this, the Congress had asked the BJP to desist from "blackmail" and disclose all the names.
 
Mr Jaitley also indicated in another interview that the name of a senior Congress leader was on that list and that the person could be a former UPA Minister. "I am not denying or confirming it, I am only smiling," he had said in that interview.
 
In response, Mr Jaitley's predecessor P Chidambaram had told a television channel that if it turns out that a senior Congress leader's name is on the list of those with illegal wealth stashed abroad, it would basically embarass that person and not the party.
 
"I don't expect Mr Arun Jaitley to make a trivial comment. He's the Finance Minister of India. He's not likely to make a trivial comment, but I think the purpose of that comment was to move from black money to what a friend of mine said, blackmail," he said.
 
"Release it, why say it? Why this promotion?...just release the name," he had said.

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Govt. withdraws tax exemption of four cricket associations

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The Government has withdrawn the tax exemption granted to four cricket associations after they were found engaged in activities which were considered commercial in nature.
 
The associations are the Saurashtra Cricket Association, the Baroda Cricket Association, the Kerala Cricket Association and the Maharashtra Cricket Association.
 
An official press release said the Income Tax authorities had looked into their affairs and found that they were engaged in certain activities which were considered commercial in nature in view of the amended provisions of Section 2(15) of the Income Tax Act, 1961. 
 
"Consequently, the scrutiny of assessments in these cases has resulted into the withdrawal of tax-exemption. Past assessments in these cases have also been reopened by the Department to examine the correctness of their claim for income tax exemption during the periods concerned," the release added.
 
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England make a winning start, India fall flat in high scoring chase

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A fine spell of fast bowling by James Tredwell helped England make a winning start to the five-match series, beating India by nine runs in the first one-day international (ODI) at the spanking new Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here today.

Tredwell starred with four for 44 as England restricted India to 316 for nine in 50 overs after setting them a stiff target 326. For India, Yuvraj Singh top scored with 61.
 
Tredwell was the pick of the English bowlers while Jade Dernbach and Tim Bresnan picked up two wickets each. Tredwell was adjudged as Man of the Match.
 
India also got off to a flying start with Ajinkya Rahane (47) and Gautam Gambhir (52) adding 96 runs for the first wicket. But Tredwell struck in his consecutive overs to remove the India openers.
 
Virat Kohli's (15) unimpressive run continued as he was caught behind off Bresnan as India from 96 for no loss slumped to 138 for three by the 26th over.
 
Yuvraj and Suresh Raina (50) raised hopes with their 60-run stand for the fourth wicket but again Tredwell removed the two batsmen to leave India struggling at 243 for five in the 42nd over.
 
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a quickfire 32 off 25 balls but not enough to fashion a win for the hosts. 
 
Earlier, after winning the toss, a solid batting performance helped England made 325 for four in their 50 overs.
 
Ian Bell (85) top scored and along with skipper Alastair Cook (75) gave the visitors a flying start with their 158-run stand for the first wicket.
 
India's pace bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda were listless as none of them could either take a wicket or contain them till the death overs.
 
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Only all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and part-time spinner Suresh Raina were able to put up a semblance of a fight. 
 
Dinda was finally successful after clinching the wickets of Kevin Pietersen (44) and Eoin Morgan (41).
 
Craig Kieswetter (24 not out) and Samit Patel (44 not out) struck some lusty blows towards the end of the innings to take England past 300, after the Indian spinners reduced the run-rate in the middle-overs.
 
Batsman Joe Root made his ODI debut but did not get an opportunity to bat.
 
Scoreboard
England
Alastair Cook c Rahane b Raina 75 
Ian Bell run out (Rahane) 85
Kevin Pietersen c Kohli b Dinda 44
Eoin Morgan c and b Dinda 41 
Craig Kieswetter not out 24 
Samit Patel not out 44
Extras:  (w 10, nb 2) 12
Total: (for four wickets in 50 overs) 325
Fall of wickets: 1-158 (Bell, 27.4 overs), 2-172 (Cook, 31.1), 3-248 (Morgan, 41.6), 4-255 (Pietersen, 43.5)
Bowling:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7-0-52-0
Ishant Sharma 10-2-86-0
Ashok Dinda 8-0-53-2
Ravichandran Ashwin 9-0-61-0 
Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-46-0
Suresh Raina 5-0-18-1
Virat Kohli 1-0-9-0 
 
India
Ajinkya Rahane c Dernbach b Tredwell 47
Gautam Gambhir c Bell b Tredwell 52
Virat Kohli c Kieswetter b Bresnan 15
Yuvraj Singh c Dernbach b Tredwell 61
Suresh Raina c and b Tredwell 50
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Root b Dernbach 32
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Ravindra Jadeja b Dernbach 7
Ravichandran Ashwin c Kieswetter b Finn 13
Bhuvneshwar Kumar not out 20
Ashok Dinda b Bresnan 3
Ishant Sharma not out 7
Extras: (lb 1, w 7, nb 1) 9
Total: (for nine wickets in 50 overs) 316
Fall of wickets: 1-96 (Rahane, 16.4 overs), 2-102 (Gambhir, 18.4), 3-138 (Kohli, 25.4), 4-198 (Yuvraj Singh, 34.4), 5-243 (Raina, 41.4), 6-271 (Dhoni, 44.2), 7-273 (Jadeja, 44.5), 8-297 (Ashwin, 47.3), 9-307 (Dinda, 48.5)
Bowling:
Steve Finn 10-0-63-1
Jade Dernbach 10-0-69-2
Tim Bresnan 8-0-67-2
James Tredwell 10-0-44-4
Joe Root 9-0-51-0
Samit Patel 3-0-21-0
 
Match details:
Toss: England won, chose to bat
Umpires: Steve Davis (Australia) and S Ravi (India) 
TV umpire: Vineet Kulkarni (India)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire: Rajesh Deshpande (India)
 
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England snatch 9-run victory in opening ODI against India

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England snatched a nine-run win over India in the opening one-day international (ODI) of the five-match series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium here today.

Batting first, England piled up 325 for four from their 50 overs. In response, India managed to reach 316 for 9 in 50 overs.
 
Scoreboard
England
Alastair Cook c Rahane b Raina 75
Ian Bell run out (Rahane) 85
Kevin Pietersen c Kohli b Dinda 44
Eoin Morgan c and b Dinda 41
Craig Kieswetter not out 24
Samit Patel not out 44
Extras:  (w 10, nb 2) 12
Total: (for four wickets in 50 overs) 325
Fall of wickets: 1-158 (Bell, 27.4 overs), 2-172 (Cook, 31.1), 3-248 (Morgan, 41.6), 4-255 (Pietersen, 43.5)
Bowling:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7-0-52-0
Ishant Sharma 10-2-86-0
Ashok Dinda 8-0-53-2
Ravichandran Ashwin 9-0-61-0
Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-46-0
Suresh Raina 5-0-18-1
Virat Kohli 1-0-9-0
 
India
Ajinkya Rahane c Dernbach b Tredwell 47
Gautam Gambhir c Bell b Tredwell 52
Virat Kohli c Kieswetter b Bresnan 15
Yuvraj Singh c Dernbach b Tredwell 61
Suresh Raina c and b Tredwell 50
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Root b Dernbach 32
Ravindra Jadeja b Dernbach 7
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Ravichandran Ashwin c Kieswetter b Finn 13
Bhuvneshwar Kumar not out 20
Ashok Dinda b Bresnan 3
Ishant Sharma not out 7
Extras: (lb 1, w 7, nb 1) 9
Total: (for nine wickets in 50 overs) 316
Fall of wickets: 1-96 (Rahane, 16.4 overs), 2-102 (Gambhir, 18.4), 3-138 (Kohli, 25.4), 4-198 (Yuvraj Singh, 34.4), 5-243 (Raina, 41.4), 6-271 (Dhoni, 44.2), 7-273 (Jadeja, 44.5), 8-297 (Ashwin, 47.3), 9-307 (Dinda, 48.5)
Bowling:
Steve Finn 10-0-63-1
Jade Dernbach 10-0-69-2
Tim Bresnan 8-0-67-2
James Tredwell 10-0-44-4
Joe Root 9-0-51-0
Samit Patel 3-0-21-0
 
Match details:
Toss: England won, chose to bat
Umpires: Steve Davis (Australia) and S Ravi (India)
TV umpire: Vineet Kulkarni (India)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire: Rajesh Deshpande (India)
 
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England pile up 325 for four in first ODI against India

Riding on a solid batting performance, England made 325 for four in 50 overs against India in the first one-day international (ODI) at the Saurashtra Cricket Assocation Stadium here today.

Ian Bell (85) top scored and along with skipper Alastair Cook (75) gave the visitors a flying start with their 158-run stand for the first wicket.
 
India's pace bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda were listless as none of them could either take a wicket or contain them till the death overs.
 
Only all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and part-time spinner Suresh Raina were able to put up a semblance of a fight. 
 
Dinda was finally successful after clinching the wickets of Kevin Pietersen (44) and Eoin Morgan (41).
 
Craig Kieswetter (24 not out) and Samit Patel (44 not out) struck some lusty blows towards the end of the innings to take England past 300, after the Indian spinners reduced the run-rate in the middle-overs.
 
Batsman Joe Root made his ODI debut but did not get an opportunity to bat.
 
Scoreboard
England
Alastair Cook c Rahane b Raina 75    
Ian Bell run out (Rahane) 85
Kevin Pietersen    c Kohli b Dinda 44
Eoin Morgan c and b Dinda 41    
Craig Kieswetter not out 24    
Samit Patel not out 44
Extras:    (w 10, nb 2) 12
Total: (for four wickets in 50 overs) 325
Fall of wickets: 1-158 (Bell, 27.4 overs), 2-172 (Cook, 31.1), 3-248 (Morgan, 41.6), 4-255 (Pietersen, 43.5)
Bowling:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7-0-52-0
Ishant Sharma 10-2-86-0
Ashok Dinda 8-0-53-2
Ravichandran Ashwin 9-0-61-0    
Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-46-0
Suresh Raina 5-0-18-1
Virat Kohli 1-0-9-0

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Cricket: Dhoni in defiant mood, says not thinking of quitting

File photo of MS Dhoni. UNI PHOTO
File photo of MS Dhoni. UNI PHOTO

Though the pressure is mounting on him, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained defiant today and said that giving up captaincy from one-day internationals (ODIs) was not on his mind.

With star opener Virender Sehwag dropped from the squad, there were calls for Dhoni's removal as the ODI skipper.
 
On the eve of the first ODI against England here, Dhoni said: "Never. In team sport it is important that everyone keeps believing in themselves and understands their responsibility. We have to wait and watch (the selectors) but that's something that is not in my mind before the start of an important series. I can't think about that. It is very important to stay focused on this series."
 
A Test series defeat to England before Christmas and ODI series loss at the hands of Pakistan, have put the pressure on India.
 
But Dhoni remains unfazed. He was India's best player during the Pakistan series, with scores of 113 not out, 54 not out and 36 in the 2-1 defeat.
 
"We play the longer format, shorter format and T20, they are different challenges altogether," he said.
 
"But in India at the top level you are expected to stand up to these challenges."
 
Dhoni dropped hints that Sehwag's replacement in the squad, Cheteshwar Pujara, was unlikely to play Friday.
 
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England wary of India backlash in ODI series

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England skipper Alastair Cook is not riding high after his team's historic Test series win in India after 28 years.

Having beaten the hosts 2-1 in the Test series, England will now be wary of India, who have also lost the three-match ODI series against Pakistan.
 
Cook preferred to say that his side was the underdog and the players will have to play out of their skin to repeat success in the five-match series, beginning here tomorrow with the first ODI at the newly built Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Kandheri.
 
"Clearly, we are the underdogs in this series but if you look through our side we have got a lot of firepower and world class players. For us to win this series, those world class players and everyone in our squad have to play out of skin," said Cook.
 
The England skipper said the team was short on experience due to injuries. 
 
"We have got an inexperienced side, a few experienced players missing through injuries and rotational policy. It's quite similar to probably the squad that we had last time. 
 
"So, it will be a real big test to us as players and real good test to these guys who have been around now a bit in international scene to try and step up," he said.
 
For the visitors, it hasn't been an ideal preparation for the series. They have lost both their warm-up games to India 'A' and Delhi.
 
Cook said it was not the kind of start they had wished for before the series.
 
"Yeah, I know it’s not an ideal start. I missed the first game and in the second game, it was apparent that we improved from the last game. I didn't see the first game and second game I think we improved a lot.
 
"For us to win, I think, it showed the challenge we are going to have in our hands. Our skill levels will need to improve a lot. Yeah, it's going to be hell of a challenge like the Test series in a way. We have to do something that no English has done for a while," said the left-handed opener.
 
England last won an ODI series in India in 1984-85.
 
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L&T's Rajkot-Jamnagar-Vadinar road project in Gujarat commences commercial operations

A view of the Rajkot-Jamnagar-Vadinar tollway in Gujarat, which has commenced commerical operations.
A view of the Rajkot-Jamnagar-Vadinar tollway in Gujarat, which has commenced commerical operations.
L&T Rajkot Vadinar Tollway Limited (L&T-RVTL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Limited (L&T-IDPL), commenced commercial operations of the four-laned 132 km stretch of state highway (SH)-25 in Gujarat on February 1, the company said today.
 
The project is between Rajkot and Vadinar (via Jamnagar) and is for The Gujarat State Road Development Corporation (GSRDC).
 
The road traverses through the towns of Rajkot, Dhrol and Jamnagar and provides better connectivity to the industrial hubs of Vadinar and Jamnagar. This four-laning project is expected to accelerate the development and growth prospects in this region. 
 
The cost of the project is Rs 10.96 billion, and the concession period for the project is 20 years (including the construction period). L&T-RVTL is entitled to collect toll from the users of the project highway during the concession period.
A press release from Larsen & Toubro (L&T) said L&T-IDPL has committed an investment of Rs 39 billion in three highway projects bid out by GSRDC. L&T-RVTL is the first to start toll operations, the other two projects Halol-Godhra-Shamlaji and Ahmedabad-Viramgam-Maliya are expected to start commercial operations shortly.
 
With the completion of this project, L&T-IDPL currently has eight operational projects in its roads portfolio, 8 projects under implementation, and 1 project in development stage. The portfolio of 17 projects is one of the largest in the country cumulating to a length of 7200 lane km, and a total project book size of Rs 170 billion, the release added.
 
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Moderate earthquake jolts Junagadh, other parts of Gujarat

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale, rocked Junagadh and several other parts of Gujarat late tonight.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin that the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 21.2 degrees North and longitude 70.7 degrees East, occurred at 2248 hours at a depth of 10 km.

Reports reaching here said the tremor was also felt in places such as Rajkot, Jamnagar and Surat.

People in many areas ran out of their buildings as a precautionary measure.

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20-year-old college girl commits suicide in Rajkot

A 20-year-old college girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence in Shiv-ganga Society in the city late last night.

Three youths drown in pond in Rajkot district

Three youths, including two brothers. drowned in a pond at Mota Dahisara village in Maliya-Miyana taluka of this district of Gujarat last evening, police said today.

Five killed, five injured in two mishaps in Saurashtra

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Five people were killed and five others injured in two separate road accidents last night in Saurashtra region of Gujarat, police said.

Two killed, six injured in mishap near Rajkot

Two drivers were killed and six others injured in a collision between a Volvo bus and a van near Khanderi, about 15 kms from here, on the Rajkot-Jamnagar highway today.


The incident occurred this morning when the driver of the bus was trying to overtake a van when he lost control over the vehicle and it collided with the van, police said.


The injured were shifted to Rajkot Civil Hospital. The bus was coming to the city from Jamnagar, police said.


The deceased were identified as Hitesh Dave, the driver of the bus, and Lakhmanbhai Limbabhai, the driver of the van, police said.


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Three of family commit suicide in Rajkot

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Three members of a family allegedly committed suicide early today by hanging themselves from the ceiling fan at their residence at Alka Society in Mavdi Road area of the city.

Girl commits suicide in hostel room at Gondal in Gujarat

A 17-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at a hostel in Gondal town of the district.


6 drowned in Aaji dam in Gujarat while immersing Ganesh idol

Six people, including five members of a family, drowned in the Aaji dam near here while immersing a Ganesh idol today.


The incident occurred this afternoon, when a few members of a family had gone to the dam to immerse the idol.


Fire Brigade personnel rushed to the spot and rescued two members. They later retrieved six bodies from the deep waters, sources said.


The victims were identified as Rameshbhai Tank (40), Puja Tank (18), Sunny Rameshbhai Tank (12), Anilbhai Rajeshbhai Tank (15), Krishna Tank (18) and Maheshbhai Solanki (20).


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RPF jawan stops train in Gujarat to protest against corruption

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A jawan of Railway Protection Force (RPF) today halted a local passenger train at Bhaktinagar railway station near here to express his support for social activist Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption.

The jawan, Nilkanth Sinh, waving the national flag on the tracks, halted the local passenger train while it was approaching Bhaktinagar from Veraval.

He was immediately removed from the track and detained by RPF men, the railway police said and added that the train then left for Rajkot Junction.

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Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.

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3 killed, 3 injured as ceiling of mosque collapses in Rajkot

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Three girls were killed and as many injured when a portion of the ceiling of an old mosque collapsed in the Bhistivad area of the city today.

The injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital, police said.

The incident occurred in the Gulzare Medina mosque at around 1830 hrs, when the girls were about to return after the prayers.

The deceased were identified as Tanaz Rasidbhai (7), Sujan Javedbhai (6) and Kausar Yusufbhai (6), they added.

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Gujarat: Young couple commits suicide in Rajkot

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A young boy and a girl allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the Nyari dam on the outskirts of the city, police said today.

The deceased were identified as Rahul Pardhi (20) and Sudha Makwana, cousins who had fallen in love.

They apparently took the extreme step yesterday as they felt society might not approve of their relationship, police said.

The bodies were recovered from the dam by fire brigade staff last

evening. Police have recovered two mobile phones and further investigations are on, they added.

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7 die, 13 injured in four road accidents in Saurashtra region

Seven people, including three members of a family, were killed and 13 others injured in four separate road accidents in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat in the past 24 hours.

In the first incident, four people, including three members of a a family, were killed when their car plunged into a 20 feet-deep gorge after its driver lost control over the wheel near Supedi in Dhoraji taluka of this district yesterday.


The occupants of the ill-fated car were returning to Vadala village from Upleta, when the mishap occurred.


The deceased have been identified as Elvishbhai Bavaria (40), his wife Krishna (38) and their son Neel (11). The fourth victim was


their relative's daughter Chandani Hasmukhbhai (16). Elvishbhai, who was settled in Mumbai, had come to Vadala village in Saurashtra a few days ago to meet their relatives.


The second incident occurred yesterday afternoon, when Bhupat Solanki (24) was killed and three others injured when their autorickshaw was knocked down by a speeding truck near Tramba, about 20 km from here, on Rajkot-Bhavnagar highway. The injured were admitted to civil hospital at Rajkot, police said.


The third incident occurred near Biliyada village of the district, where a pedestrian was killed and three others were injured after they were knocked down by a speeding truck in the wee hours of yesterday.


The victims were going to Movia village in Gondal taluka of the district to have a "darshan" of Goddess Khodiar on foot, when the incident occurred, the sources said.


The deceased has been identified as Sandip Khunt. The injured were shifted to the civil hospital at Rajkot, they said.


In the fourth incident, a youth was killed and seven others injured when their autorickshaw overturned near Malvan village in the district.


The victims were returning to their village after having "darshan" of Ramdev in Pipli village yesterday, when the incident occurred. The injured were admitted to a nearby government hospital, they added.

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Village sarpanch killed by two youths in Rajkot district


The sarpanch of Mojira village in this district of Gujarat was allegedly stabbed to death by two village youths, police said today.


According to police sources, the incident occurred last evening when the village head, Kanabhai Govindbhai, called on two youths to provide them a compromise formula over a land dispute with their family members.


Instead of taking advice from the sarpanch, the youths, in anger, allegedly attacked him with knives, killing him on the spot, the sources said.


The accused ran away after committing the crime, they said. The body of the sarpanch was removed to a nearby hospital for an autopsy.


The police have stepped up security in the village and are conducting further investigations, the sources added.


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One dead, five injured in clashes in Morbi town of Gujarat


A man was killed and five others injured in clashes between two groups in Morbi town of this district of Gujarat last night.


According to police sources, the trouble erupted in Kalka plot area of Morbi when two groups of bootleggers failed to reach a compromise formula in their business. They later clashed, using sharp weapons, resulting in the death of one person and injuries to five others.


Three of the injured were removed to the Rajkot civil hospital in a serious condition, while two were being treated at a Morbi hospital.


The deceased was identifed as Hitesh Shamjibhai (22).


The police this morning ensured strict security arrangements in the area to prevent any further trouble. Police are investigating the matter, the sources added.


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