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ED attaches property worth Rs 1,122 cr of Vadodara's Diamond Power

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday attached property worth Rs 1,122 crore belonging to Vadodara-based DPIL firm in connection with a Rs 2,654.40 crore bank fraud case.
 
The ED has also attached some belongings of promoter-directors of the Diamond Power Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. -- Suresh Narain Bhatnagar, his two sons Amit Suresh Bhatnagar and Sumit Suresh Bhatnagar -- under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). 
 
DPIL, which deals in cables and other electrical equipment, is alleged to have availed credit facilities fraudulently since 2008, leaving behind a total outstanding debt of Rs 2,654.40 crore as of June 29, 2016 sanctioned by a consortium of banks.
 
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is also probing corruption charges in the case, had on April 18 arrested the three from Udaipur in Rajasthan nearly 23 days after it filed an FIR against them. 
 
The ED is probing financial irregularities under money laundering case it has filed based on the CBI FIR. 
 
On April 9, the ED had also conducted raids at the corporate office, factory premises and the residences of the directors of DPIL. 
 
The CBI had on March 26, filed a case against DPIL and its directors for defrauding the consortium of 11 banks. The loan availed by them was declared a non-performing asset (NPA) in 2016-17. 
 
The company managed to get term loans and credit facilities though it figured in the Reserve Bank of India's list of defaulters and the caution list of Export Credit Guarantee Corp of India (ECGCI) at the time of initial sanction of credit limits by the consortium.
 
Bank of India, which tops the list with Rs 670.51 crore of loans, is followed by Bank of Baroda (Rs 348.99 crore), ICICI (Rs 279.46 crore), State Bank of India (Rs 266.37 crore), Axis Bank (Rs 255.32 crore), Allahabad Bank (Rs 227.96), Dena Bank (Rs 177.19 crore), Corporation Bank (109.12 crore), Exim Bank of India (Rs 81.92 crore), IOB (Rs 71.59 crore) and IFCI (58.53 crore). 
 
The CBI FIR said DPIL, through its founder and directors associated in the criminal conspiracy with unidentified bank officials of various banks, cheated those banks by way of misappropriating public funds through falsification of accounts, creation of false documents, forgery of records and knowingly used such records as genuine. 
 
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CBI arrests 3 company directors in Rs 2,654 crore bank fraud case

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The CBI has arrested three promoter-directors of a Vadodara-based company in connection with its ongoing investigation into an alleged case of Rs 2,654.40 crore fraud committed on a consortium of banks, officials said on Wednesday.
 
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official told IANS: "The agency has arrested the promoter-directors of the Diamond Power Infrastructure Ltd (DIPL) Suresh Narain Bhatnagar, his two sons Amit Suresh Bhatnagar and Sumit Suresh Bhatnagar."
 
The CBI located the accused in Udaipur in Rajasthan on Tuesday evening with the assistance of Gujarat Police and arrested them on Wednesday morning.
 
The official said they would be produced before the Special Judge of CBI Cases in Ahmedabad.
 
On March 26, the CBI filed a case against DPIL and its directors for defrauding the consortium of 11 banks of Rs 2,654.40 crore. The loan availed by them was declared a non-performing asset (NPA) in 2016-17.
 
Since the filing of case, the agency has carried out searches at the corporate office, two factory premises and the residences of the directors of the firm. 
 
According to the CBI FIR, the DPIL, which is engaged in the production of cables and other electrical equipment, fraudulently availed credit facilities since 2008, leaving behind a total outstanding debit of Rs 2,654.40 crore as of June 29, 2016.
 
The agency said that the company managed to get term loans and credit facilities thought it figured in the Reserve Bank of India's list of defaulters and the caution list of Export Credit Guarantee Corp of India (ECGCI) at the time of initial sanction of credit limits by the consortium.
 
At the time of consortium's formation in 2008, Axis Bank was the lead bank for the term loan and the Bank of India was the lead bank for cash credit (CC) limits.
 
The Bank of India, which tops the list with Rs 670.51 crore of loans, is followed by Bank of Baroda (Rs 348.99 crore), ICICI Bank (Rs 279.46 crore), State Bank of India (Rs 266.37 crore), Axis Bank (Rs 255.32 crore), Allahabad Bank (Rs 227.96), Dena Bank (Rs 177.19 crore), Corporation Bank (109.12 crore), Exim Bank of India (Rs 81.92 crore), IOB (Rs 71.59) and the IFCI Bank (58.53 crore). 
 
The company, allegedly with the support of officials from various banks, managed to obtain enhancement in credit facilities. 
 
The FIR said the DPIL, through its founder and directors associated in the criminal conspiracy with the unidentified bank officials of various banks, cheated those banks by way of misappropriating public funds through falsification of accounts, creation of false documents, forgery of records and knowingly using such records as genuine.
 
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CBI files case against Vadodara firm for alleged Rs 2,654 crore fraud

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The CBI on Thursday said it has filed a case against Vadodara-based Diamond Power Infrastructure Ltd (DPIL) and its directors for allegedly defrauding a consortium of 11 banks of Rs 2,654.40 crore.
 
Apart from DPIL, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR filed on March 26 includes the names of firm's founder Suresh Narain Bhatnagar and his sons Amit Suresh and Sumit Suresh.
 
The FIR also mentions some unidentified public servants.
 
The CBI has reportedly conducted searches at the corporate office, two factory premises and at the residences of the directors of the firm. 
 
The loan, it said, was declared a non-performing asset (NPA) in 2016-17. 
 
DPIL, which is engaged in the production of cables and other electrical equipment, through its management has fraudulently availed credit facilities from a consortium of 11 banks since 2008, leaving behind a total outstanding debit of Rs 2,654.40 crore as of June 29, 2016, according to the FIR.
 
The company managed to get term loans and credit facilities, in spite of the fact that they were already appearing in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)'s list of defaulters and the caution list of Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India (ECGCI) at the time of initial sanction of credit limits by the consortium, it said.
 
At the time of the consortium's formation in 2008, Axis Bank was the lead bank for the term loan and the Bank of India was the lead bank for cash credit (CC) limits.
 
Bank of India, which tops the list with Rs 670.51 crore of loans, is followed by Bank of Baroda (Rs 348.99 crore), ICICI Bank (Rs 279.46 crore), State Bank of India (Rs 266.37 crore), Axis Bank (Rs 255.32 crore), Allahabad Bank (Rs 227.96), Dena Bank (Rs 177.19 crore), Corporation Bank (109.12 crore), Exim Bank of India (Rs 81.92 crore), IOB (Rs 71.59) and IFCI (58.53 crore). 
 
The company, allegedly with the support of officials from various banks, managed to obtain enhancement in credit facilities. 
 
During 2011, DPIL had projected a turnover of Rs 2,197.60 crore for the year 2012, whereas the actual turnover was Rs 1,267.60 crore only for the year 2011, the FIR said.
 
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"DPIL got credit facilities enhanced from Rs 285 crore to Rs 480 crore." 
 
Next year, against its projected estimate of Rs 2,197.60 crore, DPIL actually achieved a turnover of Rs 1,740.38 crore, which was Rs 457.22 crore less from the projected turnover figure, despite the fact that the CC limit was fully availed by the company, said the FIR.
 
Bank of India officials, while conducting the credit review, did not decrease the CC limit and kept it unchanged at Rs 480 crore even though such figures were based on grossly exaggerated sales figures, it said.
 
DPIL is also accused of submitting false stock statements to the lead bank by treating the receivables more than 180 days (Non-Current Asset) to less that 180 days (Current Asset) to get more drawing power in their CC accounts.
 
The firm also allegedly utilised the CC limits for obtaining a large number of Letters of Credit (LCs), many of which could not be honoured by the company and were thus forced charged on the credit limit.
 
"It is learnt that about 1,000 such LCs were issued since 2008 by Bank of India alone. The LCs were issued by the bank officials in favour of sister concerns in gross violation of bank's guidelines in order to give undue pecuniary favour to the borrowers," the FIR read.
 
"Thereby, DPIL was able to fraudulently divert the bank funds and thus, the securities were grossly inadequate to cover the outstanding dues of the consortium of banks amounting to Rs 2,654.40 crore."
 
The FIR said DPIL, through its founder and directors associated in the criminal conspiracy with the unidentified bank officials of various banks, cheated those banks by way of misappropriating public funds through falsification of accounts, creation of false documents, forgery of records and knowingly using such records as genuine. 
 
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Potent anti-obesity agent works in rats

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Obesity has emerged as public health problem, resulting in significant burden of non-communicable diseases. A team of scientists at the Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU), Baroda have claimed success with a potent anti-obesity agent in studies done in laboratory animals.
 
The group, led by Prof. Mange Ram Yadav, has designed new molecules that seem to be effective in controlling food intake in preliminary studies done in rats. The researchers screened database of chemical compounds and identified a chemical moiety, phenothiazine, that can be modified to act as an anti-obesity agent. These compounds, containing phenothiazine, act on Cannabinoid Receptor 1 and inhibit it.
 
Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1R) is a class of receptors present in the brain and other tissues and organs like eyes, mouth and oral cavity, cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal tract, and immune system. These receptors are involved in various functions like regulating our appetite, pain andemotions. A receptor is a molecule on the surface of a cell that receives chemical signals from the outside and results in initiating a response inside the cell.
 
“Activation of CB1R leads to increased food intake, while inhibition of this receptor decreases the feeding,” researchers explained. By exploiting this quality of CB1R, the team designed new molecules that target and inhibit this receptor and thus lead to decreased food intake. They further modified the molecule in such a way that it does not reach the brain and only acts on cells outside the central nervous system. This may help in avoiding side effects like anxiety and depression.
 
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Preliminary studies done in rats showed significant decrease in food intake as compared to rats in the control group. This study results have been published recently in journal Scientific Reports.
 
“This group has reported the role of phenothiazine nucleus containing compounds as peripherally acting cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptor antagonists for management of obesity. The investigations have indicated good physiochemical and pharmacokinetic properties suggesting their drug- like behaviour," noted Dr. Gita Chawla, Associate Professor in Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Jamia Hamdard, who was not connected with the study.
 
“We are currently in the process of chemical modification and optimization of molecule activity that can then be converted in the form of drug," Prof. Yadav told India Science Wire. He said he has filed a patent application in India for these compounds.
 
The team included Mayank Kumar Sharma, Jatin Machhi and Prashant Murumkar.
 
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Sayajirao Gaikwad supported talented people from underprivileged sections: Kovind

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President Ram Nath Kovind today said Maharaja Sayajirao Gaikwad, who founded the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda for promoting high-quality education, had supported and encouraged talented people from the underprivileged sections of society, including Dr B R Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution.
 
Addressing the 66th convocation of the University here, Mr Kovind said at that time, there were very few people with such an expansive vision as the Maharaja.
 
He appreciated the efforts of the University for institutionalising fellowships for students from economically weaker sections. Contributions of the students towards the development of those from a deprived and underprivileged background would be consistent with the ideals of Sayajirao, he added.
 
Later in the day, the President attended the 150th anniversary of Akshar Deri, a major site of pilgrimage for the Swaminarayan sect in Gondal.
 
Mr Kovind noted that the Swaminarayan Sanstha is engaged in providing assistance to spread education among weaker sections. Similarly, it is providing health services for the welfare of people. He praised the humanitarian work of the organisation.
 
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Kovind to pay two-day visit to Gujarat on January 21-22

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President Ram Nath Kovind will pay a two-day visit to Gujarat from tomorrow, when he will attend the 66th annual convocation of Gujarat University in Ahmedabad.
 
On January 22, the President will address the 66th annual convocation of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.  
 
On the same day, the President will grace the 150th anniversary celebrations of Akshar Deri at Gondal, before returning to Delhi, an official press release added.
 
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CCI imposes penalties on two druggists associations in Gujarat

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The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed penalties on the Chemists and Druggists Association of Baroda (CDAB) and Federation of Gujarat State Chemists and Druggists Association (FGSCDA) after finding them to be in contravention of the provisions of the Competition Act, 2002.
 
An official press release said the Commission had imposed a monetary penalty of Rs. 1,08,588 and Rs. 11,11,549, calculated at the rate of 10% of their average income, on CDAB and FGSCDA, respectively, under the provisions of Section 27 of the Act. 
 
Penalties of Rs. 34,048 and Rs. 62,144, calculated at the rate of 10% of their respective average incomes, have also been imposed upon Mr. V.T. Shah (President, CDAB) and Mr. Jashvant Patel (President, FGSCDA).
 
The release said that one of the stockists based in Vadodara (Baroda) had filed an information alleging that despite an earlier order of the Commission in the year 2012, CDAB, through its practices, had continued to limit and control the supply of drugs and medicines in the market by mandating ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC/LOC) prior to appointment of stockists and payment of Product Information Service (PIS) charges prior to introduction of new products in the market by pharmaceutical companies.
 
The Commission said that investigations carried out by its Director General (DG) revealed involvement of the State Level Association, FGSCDA, besides CDAB, in the alleged conduct. After detailed enquiry, the Commission has found that CDAB and the Gujarat Federation were indulging in the anti-competitive practice of insisting NOC prior to the appointment of new stockists by pharmaceutical companies. Further, the Gujarat Federation was found to be carrying on the practice of making introduction of new products in the market subject to payment of PIS charge and its approval. 
 
These practices were held to be limiting and controlling supplies of drugs/medicines in the market, in contravention of Section 3 (3) (b) read with Section 3 (1) of the Act. Further, the Commission has held Mr. Shah and Mr. Patel to be responsible under Section 48 of the Act, for their involvement in the anti-competitive practices.
 
Accordingly, CDAB, Gujarat Federation and their office bearers, have been directed to cease and desist from indulging in the aforesaid anti-competitive practice.
 
"This case is yet another example of how competitive markets and fair-play in the distribution of drugs/medicines are being compromised by the persisting anti-competitive behaviour of the chemist and druggist associations at the Regional as well as State level. It is indeed a serious matter that despite various orders by the Commission in similar cases and specific directions through a press notice, chemist and druggist associations have not mended their ways and have continued to indulge in such anti-competitive conduct. Considering the larger public interest involved in the distribution of drugs/medicines, the Commission deprecates such a conduct and its perpetration in any form by those responsible, be it the Associations, Stockists/ Distributor/ Wholesaler/ Retailer and the Pharmaceutical Companies. Given the widespread and continuing indulgence in the anti-competitive practices, the Competition Commission of India will be keeping a close watch on the conduct by all such entities in various parts of the country and would not hesitate to take action, wherever deemed necessary," the release added.
 
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Cabinet okays establishment of National Rail and Transportation University at Vadodara

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The Union Cabinet yesterday approved a proposal to set up the first National Rail and Transport University (NRTU) at Vadodara in Gujarat to skill its human resources and build capability.
 
An official press release said this transformative initiative of the Ministry of Railways would be catalyst for transformation of the rail and transport sector towards "New India".
 
The University will be set up as a Deemed to Be University under de novo category as per the UGC [Institutions Deemed to be Universities] Regulations, 2016. Government is working towards completing all approvals by April 2018 and to launch the first academic program in July 2018, it said.
 
The release said a not-for-profit company under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 would be created by the Ministry of Railways which shall be the Managing Company of the proposed university. The company will provide financial and infrastructural support to the university, and appoint Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor of the university. 
 
Its Board of Management, comprising professionals and academics, shall be independent of the Managing Company with full autonomy to perform its academic and administrative responsibilities, it said.
 
The existing land and infrastructure at National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) (formerly Railway Staff College) at Vadodara will be utilized, and suitably modified and modernized for the purpose of the university. In its full enrolment, it is expected to have 3000 full-time students. The funding of the new University/Institute will entirely come from the Ministry of Railways, it said.
 
"This university will set Indian Railways on the path of modernisation and help India become a global leader in transport sector by enhancing productivity and promoting 'Make in India'. It will create a resource pool of skilled manpower and leverage state-of-the-art technology to provide better safety, speed and service in Indian Railways. It will support 'Startup India' and 'Skill India' by channeling technology and delivering knowhow, and foster entrepreneurship, generating large scale employment opportunities. This will lead to transformation of railway and transportation sector and enable faster movement of people and goods. Through global partnerships and accessing cutting edge technologies, India will emerge as a global centre of expertise," the release said.
 
According to it, the university plans to use latest pedagogy and technology applications (satellite based tracking, Radio Frequency Identification and Artificial Intelligence) to improve on-the-job performance and productivity. Close collaboration with the Indian Railways will ensure that the stakeholders have access to Railways' facilities, which will work as 'live labs' and they will be able to work on solving real life problems. It will have 'Centres of Excellence' showcasing high-end, niche technology like High Speed Train.
 
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10-ft-long crocodile captured, released in Vadodara

 
10-ft-long crocodile captured, released in Vadodara

Local residents and boatmen in Vadodara captured a crocodile which had strayed close to a village. 

A boatman said panic gripped Chanod village after the residents spotted a 10-11-feet-long crocodile in the nearby river.

The boatmen tied down the crocodile and informed the forest officials. However, they released it back into the river when they noticed that the reptile was injured. 

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Rahul Gandhi continues to attack govt. on demonetisation, GST

 
Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi govt. on demonetisation, GST
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today kept up his relentless attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the twin moves of demonetisation and "hasty" introduction of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) and derided the government for gloating over the improvement in India's ranking in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business report released yesterday.
 
Addressing a public meeting in Jambusar in Bharuch district near here on the first day of a three-day trip to poll-bound Gujarat, his third visit in recent weeks, he said that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sat in his office in Delhi and interacts with foreign institutions.
 
"We request him to spedn just five or ten minutes with a small trader or a small or medium-sized enterprise and ask them about ease of doing business," he said.
 
"The whole country will say that there is no ease of doing business. Demonetisation and GST have destroyed the economy," he said. "But what foreign institutions say is the truth for them, and what the common man in the country says is a lie."
 
Mr. Gandhi said the government was talking about the benefits of GST and demonetisation at a time when there is misery and anger all over the country. "There is an undercurrent of anger, and in the coming elections in Gujarat, the BJP will get a shock," he said.
 
"Your state has shown the path to the rest of the country for decades. You gave us leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel. The people of Gujarat have now realised that the real strength lay with them," he said.
 
Mr. Gandhi talked at length about the "Gujarat model of development" which, he claimed, had benefitted only the top five or ten industrialists of the state and bypassed the vast majority of the poor, the farmers, the youth and other vulnerable sections.
 
He alleged that the Gujarat government had provided a loan of Rs. 33,000 crore for the Tata group's Nano car project in the state, along with land, water, power and many other facilities. He said that, at the same time, the government ignored the farmers' demand for loan waiver.
 
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"Do you see the car anywhere in the country now? That amount could have helped the government waive off farmers' loans. They took land from you, took your water, power, gave it to industrialists. That is the Gujarat model," he said.
 
Mr. Gandhi said the private sector had come to play a huge role in the state in areas such as education and healthcare, putting them out of the reach of ordinary people. "If you don't have money in your pocket, you cannot get treatment at any private hospital, whether you have cancer or heart disease. That is the Gujarat model," he said.
 
He said the government had also failed to provide jobs to the youth and there were some three lakh unemployed youth in Gujarat today.
 
He ridiculed the government's plans to celebrate November 8, the first anniversary of the demonetisation of Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 notes, when it was widely known that it had caused untold misery for the common man.
 
"They know that he made a huge mistake, that he wiped out 2% of the country's GDP," he said, adding that the government's claim that it would flush out black money had turned out to be false.
 
Similarly, he said, the hasty and unplanned implementation of the GST had led to huge problems for small traders and small and medium enterprises.
 
Gujarat is scheduled to vote in two phases on December 9 and 14 to elect a new 182-member state legislative assembly. Votes will be counted on December 18.
 
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PM launches Ghogha-Dahej ferry service in Gujarat, says coastal infrastructre being developed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that his government had, in the last three years, given a lot of importance to Gujarat and stressed that the state must harness the opportunities offered by its long coastline.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the maiden voyage of Ro-Ro ferry service between Ghogha and Dahej, in Gujarat on October 22, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the maiden voyage of Ro-Ro ferry service between Ghogha and Dahej, in Gujarat on October 22, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government had, in the last three years, given a lot of importance to Gujarat and stressed that the state must harness the opportunities offered by its long coastline.
 
Addressing a public meeting before inaugurating Phase 1 of the roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro) ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar district in the Saurashtra region of the state and Dahej in Bharuch district of South Gujarat, he said the government had taken steps to develop the country's coastal infrastructure.
 
This ferry service too, he said, would not be restricted to this one route. He said that other places too would be linked through ferries. He said the goal of the Union Government is to make the transport sector integrated, and state-of-the-art. 
 
At present, the 360 km road journey from Dahej to Ghogha takes about seven to eight hours. The two places are only 31 km apart, separated by the Gulf of Cambay, and the ferry service is expected to reduce the travel time to just over an hour.
 
While Phase-1 will enable passenger movement, the service will also enable movement of vehicles when fully operationalised.
 
Mr. Modi also inaugurated the Sarvottam Cattle Feed Plant of Shree Bhavnagar District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd. 
 
He said that he was happy to be in Gujarat to personally convey new year greetings. He said that this programme, for the launch of a ferry between Ghogha and Dahej, is of vital importance for the entire nation. Noting that this ferry service is a first of sorts, the Prime Minister said it is a dream come true for the 6.5 crore people of Gujarat. 
 
He said that the history of human civilisation illustrates the vitality of rivers and maritime trade. "Gujarat is the land of Lothal; how can we forget these aspects of our history," he said.
 
"This programme is to bring back to life our glorious past; and connect Saurashtra with South Gujarat," he said. He pointed out that people from the two regions frequently travel to and fro; and this ferry service will save a lot of time, as well as fuel. 
 
Mr. Modi travelled on the maiden voyage of this service, from Ghogha to Dahej. During this voyage, he was given a briefing about the ship, and the ferry service. He also interacted with a group of differently-abled children on board the ship. 
 
Addressing a gathering in Dahej, the Prime Minister said that the Government's vision is ports for prosperity. India needs better ports and more ports, he added. Without proper connectivity, the economic development of a nation slows down, he asserted, adding that the Government has focused on port infrastructure. 
 
The Prime Minister mentioned the Government's stress on the blue economy, which he said is integral to the vision of a new India. 
 
Later, Mr. Modi travelled to Vadodara, where he dedicated to the nation the Vadodara City Command Control Centre; the Waghodiya Regional Water Supply Scheme; and the new head office building of the Bank of Baroda, at a public meeting in the city.
 
He handed over keys of houses to beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban, as well as Rural). He laid the foundation stones of several infrastructure and development projects, including an integrated transport hub, regional water supply schemes, housing projects, and a flyover. He also laid the foundation stone for the capacity expansion of the Mundra-Delhi petroleum product pipeline, and a greenfield marketing terminal project of HPCL, at Vadodara. 
 
Addressing a gathering, the Prime Minister said that the scale of development works launched in Vadodara today was unprecedented. 
 
He said that the Government is clear about its priority being development, and resources being used for the well-being of the citizens. 
 
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Mr. Modi said that, since the time he was a child, he had been hearing about a ferry service from Ghogha to Dahej. He said that the Government is now focused on all-round development and the ferry had been made operational today. 
 
He said that as in previous years, "Run For Unity," will be organised to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel on October 31. He urged people to take part in this enthusiastically. 
 
This is the fourth visit by Mr. Modi in the past five weeks to Gujarat, his home state, where legislative assembly elections are due to be held later this year.
 
The Election Commission is yet to announce the dates for the elections in Gujarat, but Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti, who announced the schedule for elections in Himachal Pradesh on October 12, told newspersons that day that they would be held before December 18.
 
"Polling in Gujarat will take place before December 18 so that in no way the results of Himachal can affect the voting in Gujarat. We will, in a few days, announce the dates for Gujarat elections, but I can say for sure that voting in Gujarat will happen before December 18," he said.
 
The Commission's decision to not announce the election dates for Gujarat along with the poll schedule for Himachal Pradesh has invited strong criticism from the opposition Congress, which alleged that the BJP would use the interim period to announce sops for the people in Gujarat.
 
Earlier this week, on October 16, Mr. Modi addressed the "Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan" near Gandhinagar, a gathering of workers of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the culmination of two fortnight-long marches through almost all Assembly constituencies across the state.
 
On October 7-8, Mr. Modi paid a two-day visit to Gujarat, during which he travelled to Dwarka, his home town of Vadnagar, Chotila, Gandhinagar and Bharuch, among other places, and launched several development projects in the state. He also addressed a series of public meetings.
 
Before that, Mr. Modi had paid a visit to the state on September 17, when he had dedicated the Sardar Sarovar Dam, built on the Narmada, to the nation at Kevadia. He also visited Amreli, where he inaugurated a new market yard of the APMC and new plants of the Amar Dairy.
 
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Modi to visit Gujarat, inaugurate Ro Ro ferry service between Dahej, Ghogha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his poll-bound home state of Gujarat on Sunday when he will, among other things, inaugurate Phase 1 of the roll on-roll off (Ro-Ro) ferry service between Dahej in South Gujarat and Ghogha in Saurashtra.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his poll-bound home state of Gujarat tomorrow when he will, among other things, inaugurate Phase 1 of the roll on-roll off (Ro-Ro) ferry service between Dahej in South Gujarat and Ghogha in Saurashtra.
 
Mr. Modi will launch the service, which he described as his "dream project" earlier this month, at a public meeting at Ghogha, a town in Bhavnagar district.
 
The service is expected to reduce the travel time between Ghogha and Dahej, which now takes about seven to eight hours by road, to just over an hour. Dahej is just 31 km away across the Gulf of Cambay by sea from Ghogha. 
 
When fully operationalized, it will also enable movement of vehicles. On Sunday, the Prime Minister will inaugurate Phase 1, which is passenger movement. He will travel in the maiden voyage of this service, from Ghogha to Dahej. He will also address the gathering at Dahej, after completion of the voyage, the release said.
 
Also at the public meeting in Ghogha, Mr. Modi will inaugurate the Sarvottam Cattle Feed Plant of Shree Bhavnagar District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd. 
 
From Dahej, located in Bharuch district, the Prime Minister will travel to Vadodara. At a public meeting there, he will dedicate to the nation, the Vadodara City Command Control Centre; the Waghodiya Regional Water Supply Scheme; and the New Head Office Building of the Bank of Baroda.
 
He will hand over keys of houses to beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban, as well as Rural). He will lay the foundation stones of several infrastructure and development projects, including an integrated transport hub, regional water supply schemes, housing projects, and a flyover. 
 
He will also lay the foundation stone for the capacity expansion of the Mundra-Delhi petroleum product pipeline, and a greenfield marketing terminal project of HPCL, at Vadodara, the release added.
 
The Prime Minister has been, for the past few weeks, regularly visiting the state, where legislative assembly elections are due to be held later this year.
 
The Election Commission is yet to announce the dates for the elections in Gujarat, but Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti, who announced the schedule for elections in Himachal Pradesh on October 12, told newspersons that day that they would be held before December 18.
 
"Polling in Gujarat will take place before December 18 so that in no way the results of Himachal can affect the voting in Gujarat. We will, in a few days, announce the dates for Gujarat elections, but I can say for sure that voting in Gujarat will happen before December 18," he said.
 
The Commission's decision to not announce the election dates for Gujarat along with the poll schedule for Himachal Pradesh has invited strong criticism from the opposition Congress, which alleged that the BJP would use the interim period to announce sops for the people in Gujarat.
 
Earlier this week, on October 16, Mr. Modi addressed the "Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan" near Gandhinagar, a gathering of workers of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the culmination of two fortnight-long marches through almost all Assembly constituencies across the state.
 
On October 7-8, Mr. Modi paid a two-day visit to Gujarat, during which he travelled to Dwarka, his home town of Vadnagar, Chotila, Gandhinagar and Bharuch, among other places, and launched several development projects in the state. He also addressed a series of public meetings.
 
Before that, Mr. Modi had paid a visit to the state on September 17, when he had dedicated the Sardar Sarovar Dam, built on the Narmada, to the nation at Kevadia. He also visited Amreli, where he inaugurated a new market yard of the APMC and new plants of the Amar Dairy.
 
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RIL to acquire assets of Kemrock Industries, to foray into new materials business

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Energy and petrochemicals Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has acquired the assets of Kemrock Industries and Exports Limited of Vadodara in Gujarat as part of its foray into the new materials business.
 
A press release from RIL said the company won the online bidding process held by Allahabad Bank, as the leader of the consortium of 11 banks, to sell and dispose of the assets of Kemrock.
 
The release said RIL's participation in the process was part of its efforts to enter the composites business and establish a leadership position in this large and growing market in India. 
 
Composites are used in a variety of applications and industries such as renewable energy, mass transportation, infrastructure and a host of other industrial products, it said.
 
The release said the assets would pave the way for Reliance to foray into new materials (Composites and Carbon Fibre) and further strengthen its petrochemicals business portfolio.
 
"The company is in the process of complying with the necessary formalities for acquisition of assets," the release added.
 
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Cabinet approves transfer of 4.64 hectares of land belonging to IISWC at Vasad, Gujarat to NHAI

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The Union Cabinet yesterday approved a proposal for transfer of 4.64 hectares (46384 sq. meters) of land belonging to the Indian Institute of Soil & Water Conservation (IISWC) Research Centre at Vasad, Gujarat to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for extension and six-laning of Ahmedabad-Vadodara Highway on National Highway (NH)-8.
 
A compensation amounting to Rs. 12.67 crore is to be paid for the transfer, an official press release said yesterday. 
 
The transfer of land to the NHAl for the construction of extension and six- laning is likely to benefit the region, leading to enhanced opportunities for growth and development in terms of infrastructure, transport, communication, employment generation, and so on, the release added.
 
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APM Terminals Pipavav receives inaugural container train service from Rail Container Terminal, Vadodara

APM Terminals at Pipavav in Gujarat received the inaugural container train from Rail Container Terminal [RCT], Vadodara carrying glass materials, syringes, LED bulbs, flexible intermediate bulk container [FIBC] jumbo bags and platic articles for export.
 
Operated by Container Corporation of India [CONCOR], the inaugural trip of the service was welcomed by officials from Railways, CONCOR, APM Terminals and liners, a press release from the company.
 
Vadodara is a major business and trade centre in western India, with  industries like Petrochemicals, Engineering, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Plastics, IT and Foreign exchange services amongst others. It is also an important terminal for the Indian railways connecting Vadodara city with North, South and Eastern regions of the country. 
 
Through this service, customers in and around the city will get an option of movement of their cargos to and from Vadodara for export and import.
 
The current fortnightly service will be converted to a weekly service going forward, the release said.
 
Mr. Keld Pedersen - Managing Director, APM Terminal, Pipavav said, “We thank CONCOR for this initiative of connecting port Pipavav and Vadodara city. The new service will help safe and secure movement of cargos to our customers.”
 
APM Terminals Pipavav [Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd.] is India's first Public Private Partnership (PPP) port in India having connectivity to the Gujarat Region and the Northern hinterlands of India. It serves as a gateway for movement of containers, bulk, liquid and RORO cargo.
 
The company is a part of the APM Terminals which is a leading global port and cargo inland services provider with a presence in 69 countries with 73 ports, nine new ports under construction and ten facilities in expansion mode – along with an inland services network spanning 140 locations.   Based in The Hague, Netherlands, the company works with shipping lines, importers/exporters, governments, business leaders and the global supply chain to provide solutions for businesses.
 
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Bharatanatyam exponent C. V. Chandrasekhar, 81, enthralls dance lovers in Vadodara

C. V. Chandrasekhar
C. V. Chandrasekhar
Renowed Bharatanatyam exponent C. V. Chandrasekhar, who is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, the nation's third highest civilian honour, enthralled an audience of dance lovers with a mesmerising performance at the C. C. Mehta Auditorium here on February 15 evening, making light of his 81 years of age.
 
The event was organized by Ghargharika, an organization in Vadodara that aims to promote classical dance with Prof. Chandrasekhar as its president and Ms. Tejal Amin as its secretary. Ms. Rema Shrikant, a well-known Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and guru, based in the city, who has trained under Prof. Chandrasekhar for 17 years, took the lead in organising the event.
 
The organisers also arranged a dance workshop by Prof. Chandrasekhar at the Navarachana School the next day.
 
Dignitaries present at the recital included Mrs. Shubhangini Devi Gaekwad, wife of late Ranjitsingh Gaekwad, the head of the erstwhile ruling family of Gaekads of Baroda, renowned painter Ghulam Mohammed Shaikh and noted dance critic Sunil Kothari.
 
For the audience, it was an evening of sheer divinity, as though Lord Shiva himself had descended onto the stage in his Nataraja form. The recital was marked by perfect form, clean lines, complex tirmanams and controlled yet powerful abhinaya as Chandrasekhar danced without a break, including a 40-minute varnam.
 
Despite his advanced age, Chandrasekhar performed with agility, perfection and beauty in execution.
 
With his wife Jaya Chandrasekhar rendering the natuvangam (together, they are among India's best known dancer-couples) and Natarajan on the mridangam, it was truly one of the most memorable performances for most of those present.
 
For dance lovers in Vadodara, Chandrasekhar is one of their own, the guru having taught  at the Faculty of Performing Arts at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda for long years. He served as the  Head of the Department of Dance and the Dean of the Faculty, from which position he retired in 1992. He has moulded hundreds of students over the years, and many of them were present in the auditorium for his recital. 
 
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Prof. Chandrasekhar and Jaya Chandrasekhar now run their own dance institution, Nrityashree, in Chennai.
 
He was awarded the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Bharatnatyam in 1993, by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama. He received the prestigious Kalidas Samman in 2008 and the Padma Bhushan in 2011. In 2016, he was honoured with the prestigious Fellowship of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
 
An alumnus of the renowned Kalakshetra, where he trained under the legendary Rukmini Devi Arundale, Karaikkal Saradambal, K.N. Dandaydhapani Pillai and others, he has also received training classical music under teachers like Budulur Krishnamurthy Sastrigal and M.D. Ramanathan.
 
Chandrasekhar began his career as a dancer in 1947, at a time when there were very few male dancers in the country. He taught for some years at the Banaras Hindu University before joining M. S. University of Baroda and has, over the years, acquired tremendous respect for his accomplishments as a dancer, choreographer, researcher, musician, academician, composer and teacher.
 
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9 dead in road mishap at Karjan in Gujarat

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As many as nine people died and three others suffered injuries when a sports utility vehicle (SUV) collided head-on with a private bus on national highway NH=9 near Karjan in Vadodara district of Gujarat on Sunday night, about 40 km from here, police said.
 
Those killed included four children, three women and two men, they said, adding that the injured had been admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment.
 
Eight of the deceased belonged to the family of a businessmen and were returning home to Surat in their SUV when the tragedy occurred, while the ninth victim was a woman travelling in another car, which got involved in a three-way collision, police said.
 
According to the police, the driver of the speeding SUV lost control over the vehicle, which jumped the median and crashed into the bus moving in the opposite direction. The bus driver tried to swerve but ended up hitting another car, killing one of its occupants, they said.
 
Traffic on the busy highway was disrupted for more than an hour after the accident before normalcy was restored.
 
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Eight dead after shop selling firecrackers catches fire in Vadodara district of Gujarat

 
Eight killed in cracker shop fire in Vadodara, Gujarat
At least eight persons died and five others suffered injuries when a shop which was selling firecrackers, among other things, caught fire at Rustompura village in Waghodia taluka in this district of Gujarat this evening.
 
Official sources said the fire quickly spread to some nearby shops, including one dealing in tyres, and led to the explosion of an LPG cylinder stored in one of the rooms on the first floor, which, in turn, caused the collapse of a wall.
 
The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals, where the condition of some of them was stated to be serious, they said.
 
According to the sources, the cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained, but it could have started because of an electrical short-circuit.
 
Fire tenders were rushed to the village from here and senior district officials reached the scene to oversee the rescue and relief efforts.
 
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Conference of States Power Ministers to be held in Vadodara

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A two-day conference of Ministers for Power, New & Renewable Energy and Mines of States and Union Territories (UTs) will be held on October 7-8 at Vadodara in Gujarat.
 
The conference will be inaugurated by Mr. Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines. 
 
An official press release said the conference would review the implementation of various ongoing schemes and programmes and  deliberate on a host of issues pertaining to the power, coal, renewable energy and mines sectors.
 
The conference will be organized on the sidelines of the International Energy Conference -- SWITCH Global Expo --organized by Government of Gujarat from October 6-10 at Vadodara.
 
Ministers and Secretaries of the States and UTs and senior officials of the four sectors and public sector undertakings under them will meet up to discuss issues like implementation of Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY), 24x7 Power for All, Feeder monitoring, IT enablement of urban & rural feeders, Rural Electrification Programme, Energy conservation , Right of Way (RoW) compensation for transmission lines in urban areas, National Power Demand & National Electricity Plan, issues related to open access & captive generation, energy/peak shortage and increase in transparency by introduction of mobile apps.
 
Apart from above aspects, mandatory adoption of Energy Conservation Building Codes by States and agricultural demand side management will be discussed. Discussion will also be held on policy interventions for hydro development, including small hydro under the broad aspects of progressive Hydropower Policy.
 
In the area of renewable energy, State-wise review will be taken on issues regarding Solar Power, Wind Power as well as the compliance of Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPOs) and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).
 
In the coal sector, deliberations will focus upon issues like import substitution of coal, third party sampling and flexibility in utilization of coal, among other outstanding issues of coal companies.
 
In the mining sector, deliberations will concentrate upon important issues such as preparedness for e-auctions of major mineral blocks, setting up of District Mineral Funds (DMF) in the States, exploration policy & minor mineral rules, star rating of mines and curbing of illegal mining through Mining Surveillance System (MSS), among others.
 
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Renowned painter K G. Subramanyan passes away at 92

K G Subramanyan
K G Subramanyan
Renowned painter K. G. Subramanyan, one of India's most respected contemporary artists who was equally celebrated for his scholarship and for his visual satires, passed away here today.
 
He was 92. He is survived by his daughter Uma and son-in-law. His wife Sushila had predeceased him some years ago.
 
A versatile artist, Subramanyan worked on murals, craft traditions, toy-making, pottery, illustration and design and terra cotta sculpture. His works are appreciated for their inherent wit, ironies, satire and critical social commentaries.
 
He studied at Visva Bharati University and later taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University of Baroda. In 1980, he went back to teach at Kala Bhavan in Viswa Bharati University until he retired in 1989. He returned to Baroda, or Vadodara, some years ago and spent the last years of his life here.
 
Sources close to him said the artist, who had undergone a hip surgery some weeks ago, suddenly took ill last night and breathed his last around 3 am today.
 
Born on February 15, 1924 in Kerala, Subramanyan studied under great artists such as Benode Behari Mukherjee, Nandalal Bose and Ramkinkar Baij at Santiniketan. 
 
He graduated from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, in 1948, after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Presidency College in Chennai. In 1955, he received a British Council Research Fellowship to the Slade School of Art at the University of London. 
 
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Subramanyan, who exhibited his works in several solo shows around the world, was also a prolific writer, scholar, teacher and art historian. He used his deep knowledge of various artistic traditions to create  fantastical images of wit and eroticism that are universal in their appeal.
 
Fondly called as "Mani Sir" by his students, he also wrote fables for children and illustrated them. He also experimented with weaving and toymaking. He gave a new lease of life to terracota mural and glass paintings with his experiments.
 
The Government honoured him with the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian honour in 2012, with the Padma Bhushan in 2006 and the Padma Shri in 1975.
 
He won several other awards, including the Lalit Kala Ratna Puraskar from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi on the occasion of its golden jubilee and the Kalidas Sanman in 1980.
 
He was a Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi and a Visiting Fellow at Kala Bhavan, Visvabharati, Santiniketan. He was awarded a fellowship by the J. D. Rockefeller III Fund in the United States in 1966.
 
The National Gallery of Modern Art had held a retrospective of his work in New Delhi and Mumbai in 2003. His works are displayed in many collections around the world.
 
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L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering wins Rs. 650 crore order from GSFC

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Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) today said its wholly owned subsidiary L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering (LTHE) had bagged an onshore EPC contract from Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GSFC) valued over Rs. 650 crore for setting up a 40,000 MTPA melamine plant in Vadodara.
 
The contract, secured through a competitive bidding process, was won against stiff competition from reputed global EPC organisations, a press release from the company said.
 
Under the contract, LTHE will carry out extended basis engineering, detailed engineering, procurement, supply, transportation, storage, fabrication, inspection, construction, installation, testing, mechanical completion, pre-commissioning and commissioning of the unit.
 
GSFC has appointed Casale SA as technology licensor, who are providing the process technology for the plant. 
 
GSFC is the only melamine producer in India and already operates two melamine plants at the same site with an aggregate production capacity of 15,000 TPA and the new plant will boost the capacity to 55,000 TPA, the release added.
 
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Renowned Gujarati stage actor, director Markand Bhatt passes away

Markand Bhatt
Markand Bhatt
Well-known Gujarati stage actor and theatre personality Markand Bhatt passed away here this morning.
 
He was 87. He is survived by a son and a daughter. His wife, the well-known Hindi film actress Urmila Bhatt, had pre-deceased him in February 22, 1997. One of their sons also died some time ago.
 
His funeral is scheduled for tomorrow morning, his son Suketu Bhatt told NetIndian.
 
Born in 1929 in Baroda, now Vadodara, Prof Bhatt obtained a Bachelor's degree in theatre arts from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. 
 
He worked for some time as head of the Department of Drama at the Saurashtra Sangeet Natak Akademi in Rajkot, before joining and serving as the head of the Department of Theatre Arts at the Maharaja Sayajirao University . University from 1969 to 1989. He was Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts at the University between 1984 and 1989. 
 
He served as Chairman of the Gujarat Sangeet Natak Akademi from 1992 to 1995.
 
Alongside his work in theatre education, Prof Bhatt pursued a career on the Gujarati stage and won wide acclaim as an outstanding actor and director.
 
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His roles in plays such as C.C.Mehta’s Atrulupta Saraswati and Param Maheshwar, Tagore’s Nandini (Raktakarabi), Muktadhara, and Arup Ratan, Bhasa’s Karnabhar, Shankar Shesh’s Raktbeej, Raghuvir Chaudhari’s Sikandar Saani, and Girish Karnad’s Agni Ane Vaarsad won a special place in contemporary Gujarati theatre.
 
Some of his major productions as director were Dhara Gurjari, Shetal Ne Kanthe, Finger Print, and Hoholika.
 
Prof Bhatt was the recipient of many awards during a long and distinguished career. The Gujarat Sangeet Natak Akademi conferred its award on him in 1973, and in 1984, he was felicitated by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London.
 
In 2008, he was honoured by the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as an actor. 
 
His students remembered im as a person who led a very disciplined life and as someone who inspired them with his positive outlook.
 
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Suresh Prabhu launches Indian Railway Knowledge Portal

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Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu today launched the Indian Railway Knowledge Portal, which has aggregated most of the available knowledge about Indian Railways in one place.
 
The website also provides links to various other websites and documents for dissemination of knowledge about the Railways, an official press release said. The portal is an initiative of the National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR), Vadodara. 
 
The release said it was an aggregation of information, with links to resources of the Indian Railways, for the purpose of dissemination of knowledge, innovations and best practices. 
 
The portal was launched through video-conferencing established between Rail Bhavan here and NAIR at Vadodara in Gujarat.
 
Chairman, Railway Board A.K. Mital, and NAIR Director General S. Mookerjee  also spoke on the occasion from Vadodara.   Railway Board Members were among those present at the New Delhi end.
 
According to the release, the portal features various subjects on Indian Railways, railway research and development, use of ICT in the railways, listing of railway journals, links to Indian Railways libraries, World Railways and so on.
 
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The portal also has links to social media pages of Indian Railway sites, fan clubs, heritage and rail museums and many more such sites.
 
"In short, it is a ‘one stop’ arrangement for people who are interested in Indian Railways both from a strictly technical point of view as well as enthusiasts. It is envisaged that it shall be a virtual learning point where people will be able to log in to the website and go for off-line or online learning. There are lots of researchers in the country who are working on railway related topics and some of them are not fully updated of the technological developments taking place in the Railways. This website will therefore herald an interactive platformwith the training and academic experts  across the country so that research scholars can have free access and get themselves introduced to the specialists in Railways who can help them in furthering their research on railway related topics," it said.
 
The National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) is the alma mater for the officers of the Indian Railways, providing training to all levels of Indian Railways officers, from probationers to General Managers.
 
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Veteran Gujarat Congress leader Sanat Mehta passes away

Sanat Mehta
Sanat Mehta
Veteran Gujarat Congress leader Sanat Mehta, who served as the Finance Minister of the state in the 1980s in the Madhavsingh Solanki government and later represented Surendranagar in the Lok Sabha, passed away here this evening after a brief illness, his family said.
 
He was 90. He is survived by a son and a daughter. His wife Aruna had predeceased him. His funeral will be held here tomorrow morning, they said.
 
Mr Mehta, a veteran industrial labour activist, had been admitted to a local hospital on Tuesday night after he suffered a cardiac arrest and was on life support since then.
 
Mr Mehta was also passionately involved with the Narmada dam project and had served as the Chairman of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited. He was also keenly interested in the oil and gas sector.
 
Born on April 19, 1925, Mr Mehta began his political career as a student leader in Bhavnagar and had participated in the freedom struggle.
 
He later settled down in Vadodara, where he served as a municipal councillor and as a member of the Municipal School Board in the late 1950s.
 
He was elected as a member of the Bombay State Legislative Council in 1958 and then as a member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly four times between 1967 and 1985.
 
He served as Minister of Civil Supplies and Labour and later became State Finance Minister in 1980. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Surendranagar in 1996. 
 
Mr Mehta authored several booklets in English and Gujarati on development problems of Gujarat and the country. In recent years, he used to write on various topics for local newspapers. He was also deeply involved in theatre activities and had produced several plays in Gujarati, Hindi and Marathi, including a Gujarati version of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.
 
He was also associated with several educational and social welfare organisations.
 
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IndiGo launches eight new flights on domestic routes

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Low-cost carrier IndiGo has launched eight new flights connecting, among other places, Delhi to Chennai, Lucknow and Vadodara, with effect from today.
 
Additionally, IndiGo will also connect Srinagar to Chennai with the introduction of its first daily flight via Delhi, and the first daily non-stop flight between Lucknow and Hyderabad, a press release from the airline said.
 
Mr. Aditya Ghosh, President IndiGo said, “In line with our endeavor to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travelers, IndiGo has commenced its 7th daily flight between Delhi-Chennai and Delhi-Lucknow. We have also introduced our 1st flight between Srinagar-Chennai and Hyderabad-Lucknow; while also launching our 3rd flight between Delhi-Vadodara. It gives me immense pleasure in announcing these new frequencies at affordable fares, which will provide even more flexibility of choice for our customers, and connect these destinations across India.”
 
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