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First Test: India in driver's seat against West Indies on Day 2

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli (Photo: IANS)
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli (Photo: IANS)
India put themselves in the driver's seat in the first cricket Test through a good all-round display as the West Indies were reeling at 94/6 in their first innings at stumps on the second day in response to a mammoth 649 for nine declared.
 
Roston Chase (27) and Keemo Paul (13) were at the crease when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day, with the visitors trailing the hosts by 555 runs.
 
The second day saw India dominating all the three sessions, making the West Indies' players struggle throughout.
 
In the first session, skipper Virat Kohli brought up his 24th Test century while wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant missed out on one after a blistering 92 as India raced to 506/5.
 
Kohli, who was 72 not out overnight, became the second fastest to get 24 Test hundreds behind only Donald Bradman, who took 66 innings to Kohli's 123.
 
The right-hander took time to get to the milestone as the aggressive Pant (92 off 84), went all guns blazing after resuming at 17.
 
A second Test hundred in his fourth Test was for the taking but Pant tried to hit a six and failed to pick the googly to top-edge the ball for a simple catch to Keemo Paul at backward point.
 
Pant's innings was studded with eight fours and four sixes. He played his usual attacking game from ball one, which he flicked through square leg to get going.
 
Kohli enjoyed his teammate's fluent strokeplay from the other end as Pant raced to his half century with a four and six off pacer Paul.
 
Pant was on 87 when Kohli brought up his ton but the wicket-keeper batsman ended up throwing it away as he went for another six.
 
The second session saw Ravindra Jadeja's unbeaten ton guide India to the imposing total. The hosts declared their first innings at 649/9.
 
Jadeja (100 not out) batted with the tail-enders and completed his brilliant ton which contained five boundaries and as many sixes. This is his first Test hundred.
 
Continuing the second session from 506/5, skipper Virat Kohli (139) was dismissed after adding 19 runs more to his score. He was dismissed by Sherman Lewis. His 230 balls innings was laced with 10 boundaries.
 
Jadeja then played with lower-order batters -- Ravichandran Ashwin (7), Kuldeep Yadav (12), Umesh Yadav (22) and Mohammed Shami (2)-- and completed his first ton in Tests which was highlighted by blitzkrieg hitting towards the end.
 
The West Indian bowlers were thrashed all around the park by the left-hander. For a brief period, Jadeja was joined by Umesh who also slammed two huge sixes.
 
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For the West Indies, Devendra Bishoo picked up four wickets while Sherman Lewis chipped in with two wickets.
 
In the final session, India came out to bowl and were right on the money from the first ball.
 
Apart from Chase (27), no other batter stood up to the occasion and all of them went back cheaply.
 
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite (2) was the first one to go in the third over. An over later, Kieran Powell (1) was also dismissed. The duo was packed up by pacer Mohammad Shami.
 
Middle-order batsmen Shai Hope (10), Shimron Hetmyer, (10) and Sunil Ambris (12) also failed and were dismissed with just 49 runs on the board.
 
With scoreboard reading 49/5, Shane Dowrich (10) tried to spend some time in the middle but after playing 35 balls he was dismissed by chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.
 
For India, Shami took two wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja took one wicket each.
 
Brief scores: India 1st innings: 649/9 (Virat Kohli 139; Prithvi Shaw 134; Devendra Bishoo 4/217) against West Indies: 94/6 ( Roston Chase 27 not out; Mohammad Shami 2/11) at stumps on Day 2.
 
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Kohli completes ton as India amass 506/5 at lunch on Day 2

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli (Photo: IANS)
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli (Photo: IANS)
Skipper Virat Kohli brought up his 24th Test century while wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant missed out on one after a blistering 92 as India put up 506/5 at lunch on day two of the first Test against the West Indies here on Friday.
 
Kohli, who was 72 not out overnight, became the second fastest to 24 Test hundreds behind only Donald Bradman, who took 66 innings to Kohli's 123.
 
The right-hander took time to get to the milestone as the aggressive Pant (92 off 84), who resumed at 17, went all guns blazing.
 
A second Test hundred in his fourth Test was for the taking but Pant tried to hit a six and failed to pick the googly to top-edge the ball for a simple catch to Keemo Paul at backward point.
 
Pant's innings was studded with eight fours and four sixes.
 
Kohli (120 not out) had the company of Ravindra Jadeja (19 not out off 33) when lunch was taken.
 
Pant played his usual attacking game from ball one, flicking the ball through square leg to get going.
 
Kohli enjoyed his teammates' fluent strokeplay from the other end as Pant raced to his half century with a four and six off pacer Paul.
 
Pant was on 87 when Kohli brought up his ton but the wicket-keeper batsmen ended up throwing it away as he went for another six.
 
Brief Scores:
 
India 1st Innings: 506/5 in 118 overs (Virat Kohli 120 batting, Rishabh Pant 92, Prithvi Shaw 134, Devendra Bishoo 2/154).
 
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Prithvi slams ton on debut as India dominate opening day vs West Indies

India's Prithvi Shaw celebrates his century during the 1st Test match between India and West Indies at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on October 4, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
India's Prithvi Shaw celebrates his century during the 1st Test match between India and West Indies at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on October 4, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Opener Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a century on debut as  India dominated the proceedings and reached 364/4 at stumps on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies here on Thursday.
 
Rishabh Pant (17) and skipper Virat Kohli (72) were at the crease when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day.
 
Winning the toss and opting to bat first on a batting-friendly track, India got off to a bad start as they lost their opener Lokesh Rahul with just three runs on the board but went on to finish the first session at 133/1.
 
Debutant opener Prithvi and Cheteshwar Pujara's half-centuries helped India recover from the early blow.
 
Rahul was gone for a golden duck when Caribbean pacer Shannon Gabriel trapped the Indian opener in front of the wickets.
 
Shaw and Pujara, who came one down, however, maintained their calm and punished the bad deliveries to complete their respective half centuries.
 
At the end of the first session, Shaw was unbeaten on 75 and Pujara was on 56 as they posted 130 runs in 25 overs.
 
In the second session, Shaw (134) slammed a brilliant ton as he became the youngest Indian to score a Test century on debut as India took their total to 232/3 by tea.
 
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Shaw, at 18 years and 329 days, reached the historic three-figure mark off just 99 balls at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
 
Shaw is also the second youngest Indian ever to score a Test century after Sachin Tendulkar who cracked a ton at 17 years and 107 days in 1990 vs England in Manchester. His innings was laced with 15 boundaries.
 
Pujara scored a good looking 86 in his own backyard, but missed out on a hundred.
 
Kohli was all smiles when young Shaw raised his bat after reaching the milestone. Subsequently, Shaw offered an easy return catch to leggie Devendra Bishoo trying to play against the turn.
 
Shaw and Pujara added 206 runs for the second wicket as the tourists were sent on a leatherhunt for large parts of the second session.
 
Shaw's innings was studded with 19 fours while Pujara hit 14 boundaries before poking at a length ball half-heartedly to be taken by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off pacer Sherman Lewis, who bagged his first Test scalp.
 
The last session saw India maintain a good run rate with Kohli and Rahane (41) stitching a 105-run partnership and helping India get past the 300-run mark.
 
But at 337 in 84 overs, Roston Chase dismissed Rahane. Rahane played 92 balls and slammed five boundaries. 
 
Scoreboard:
India (1st innings)
Prithvi Shaw c & b Devendra Bishoo 134
KL Rahul lbw b Shannon Gabriel 0
Cheteshwar Pujara c Shane Dowrich b Sherman Lewis 86
Virat Kohli not out 72
A Rahane c Shane Dowrich b Roston Chase 41
Rishabh Pant not out 17
Extras 14 (b 9, lb 1, nb 4)
TOTAL 364/4 (89 Overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (KL Rahul, 0.6 ov), 2-209 (CA Pujara, 42.6 ov), 3-232 (PP Shaw, 50.2 ov), 4-337 (AM Rahane, 83.3 ov)
Bowling
Shannon Gabriel 18-1-66-1
Keemo Paul 10-1-41-0
Sherman Lewis 12-0-56-1
Devendra Bishoo 30-1-113-1
Roston Chase 16-0-67-1
Kraigg Brathwaite 3-0-11-0
 
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Global Sanitation Ministers go on ‘Gandhi Trail’ field visit to Gujarat

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As many as 116 foreign delegates, including Sanitation Ministers, visited select sites in Gujarat related to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi on the "Gandhi Trail" on the second day of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC) here on Sunday.
 
The delegation was led by the Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ramesh Jigajinagi. 
 
The four-day convention, organized by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and  being attended by more than 160 international representatives from 68 countries, was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi on Saturday.
 
The delegation first visited Punsari village, an example of the success of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). For the 5,100 residents, each home has a functional toilet with a water facility. Since it was declared open defecation free, not a single child has dropped out of school. 
 
The delegation showed keen interest in the twin pit toilet technology used in India, which is a low-cost, eco-friendly and easy to use toilet technology, suitable for large parts of rural India, an official press release said.
 
The visitors viewed the local health facility and took note that the infant and maternal mortality rates are zero. They also visited the school, anganwadi and interacted with villagers about the toilets they had built in their homes. They also undertook tree plantation, visited a micro compost pit and drainage as part of SLWM work in the village and said that they were inspired to see such high quality service delivery and behaviour change on the ground.
 
Later, the delegation visited Dandi Kutir at the Mahatma Mandir complex and paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. They also attended a lunch hosted by Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli.
 
Speaking about the visit, Ms. Siriwan Chandanachulaka, delegate from Thailand, noted that it was evident that the national- and state level political investment in health and sanitation was paying off. “It is clear that the achievement is the result of hard work, community participation, and strong leadership. Everybody looks happy and healthy," the release quoted her as saying.
 
Mr. Amidou Sani, delegate from Togo, said that he was sending observations and findings in real time directly to 400 colleagues back home from his experience of Gujarat.
 
The MGISC will culminate tomorrow with the launch of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi. It will also mark the beginning of the final year of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) or Clean India Mission. 
 
Tomrrow's session will be presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
"India is close to becoming open defecation free. The rural sanitation coverage of India has increased significantly, from 39% in October 2014 to 94.44% as of 30 September 2018. Nearly 86.5 million household toilets have been constructed under the Mission. 25 States/Union Territories, 509 districts, and 500,000 villages have declared themselves free from open defecation. The number of people practicing open defecation in rural India has gone down from 550 million in 2014, to less than 150 million till date," the release added.
 
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Modi inaugurates Mahatma Gandhi Museum at Rajkot

 
Modi inaugurates Mahatma Gandhi Museum in Rajkot
 
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi Museum here on Sunday.
 
The museum has been set up at the Alfred High School, which was an important part of the formative years of Mahatma Gandhi. It will help spread awareness about Gandhian culture, values and philosophy, an official press release said.
 
The Prime Minister also unveiled a plaque to mark the inauguration of a public housing project of 624 houses. He witnessed the e-Gruh Pravesh of 240 beneficiary families.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Modi said there was so much to learn from Mahatma Gandhi. Gujarat was blessed in being the land that is so closely associated with Bapu, as Gandhi was called, he added.
 
Noting that Bapu was concerned about the environment, he said, “Inspired by Gandhiji, we have to work for a cleaner and greener tomorrow.
 
“Bapu always taught us to think of the last person in the queue, the poorest person and serve the underprivileged. Inspired by this ideal we are serving the poor,” he added.
 
“Through our initiatives, we want to transform their lives; we want to build homes for the poor,’ Mr Modi said.
 
“It has been over 70 years since Independence, but Bapu's dream of a Swachh Bharat remains unfulfilled, the Prime Minister said. “Together, we have to fulfil this dream,” the Prime Minister exhorted the people.
 
“In the last four years we have covered significant ground in the Swachh Bharat Mission but we must continue to do more, he said.  The Prime Minister later visited the Mahatma Gandhi Museum.
 
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Modi inaugurates LNG terminal, pipeline projects in Anjar, chocolate plant in Anand

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

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The CBI has written to the Interpol in Nigeria seeking the whereabouts of Chetan and Nitin Sandesara, directors of the Gujarat-based pharma company Sterling Biotech. in connection with an over Rs 5,000-crore bank fraud case.
 
A senior official of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told IANS that it has written to the Interpol unit in Nigeria to share details on whereabouts of Nitin and Chetan Sandesara and his family members in that country. 
 
According to the agency source, the CBI wrote to the Interpol in Nigeria late on Monday.
 
The CBI official made the revelation amid media reports that Nitin and Chetan Sandesara, along with his family members, had fled to the African nation.
 
The CBI had booked Sterling Biotech, its directors Chetan Jayantilal Sandesara, Dipti Chetan Sandesara, Rajbhushan Omprakash Dixit, Nitin Jayantilal Sandesara and Vilas Joshi, chartered accountant Hemant Hathi, former Director of Andhra Bank Anup Prakash Garg and some unidentified persons in connection with the alleged bank fraud in October 2017.
 
According to the CBI FIR, Sterling Biotech had taken over Rs 5,000 crore loans from a consortium of banks led by Andhra Bank during the years 2004 to 2012, which had turned into non-performing assets. The total pending dues of the group companies were Rs 5,383 crore as on December 31, 2016. 
 
Meanwhile, a source in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said the agency is set to file a chargesheet against the accused soon under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The source also said that the agency would also write to the Interpol seeking a red corner notice (RCN) against the accused. 
 
The ED had initiated a money laundering probe into the case taking cognizance of the CBI FIR.
 
On January 13, the ED had arrested Garg. The agency also arrested a Delhi-based businessman Gagan Dhawan in connection with the case in November last year. Besides, the Directorate also attached properties worth Rs 4,703 crore.
 
The ED had issued lookout circulars against the accused in August 2017. 
 
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Six of 11 lions in Gir die in infighting: Forest Department

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As many as six of the 11 Asiatic lions found dead during the last eleven days in their only abode, Gir Forests, died fighting among themselves, according to Gujarat Forest Department officials. The cause of death of the other five is yet to be ascertained.
 
Five other lions, who were injured in the in-fighting, were rescued and moved away from the others.
 
All the carcasses were found in Dalkhania and Jasadhar range in the heart of the Gir lion sanctuary in a decomposed state. It took time for a team of forest officials, who rushed to the spot, to even identify their gender.
 
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) G.K. Sinha said: "A male lion carcass was found on September 12. It died following respiratory and hepatic failure, caused during infighting. The next day, a lioness was found which too had died from the same cause."
 
He said carcasses of three lion cubs were found on September 15 and the injury marks on their bodies suggest they were killed by a male lion belonging to another pride.
 
Another lioness was found dead on September 17 and officials believe the death was a result of respiratory failure, again caused during in-fighting. 
 
On the very next day, two cubs, a lion and a lioness, were found dead. The cause of death of cubs was yet to be ascertained, Sinha said. 
 
Another body of a lion was also found in a decomposed state on September 19 and the cause of death was not known.
 
"We are waiting for the post-mortem reports of the lion and lioness, which we should get by Friday. These bodies were found in the Dalkhania range (nine) as well as Jasadhar range," Sinha said.
 
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"We have rescued five lions hurt in infighting and have placed them under observation in Sarasia Vidi (grassland). This will curb the in-flighting," the official said.
 
Sinha said the entire area would be screened for any infection or traces of epidemic. The forest staff would be checking the cattle too in the area for infection, " said Sinha.
 
The forest department found micro chip embedded in only one of the lions found dead. "While from the rescued lions, we found chips in a male and a female. The other two rescued lionesses and a lion did not have a chip," the PCCF said. 
 
The forest department tags the animals with micro chips whenever they are rescued to keep a tab on them through the GPS system.
 
The state forest department carries out a census of lions every five years. The 2005 survey counted 359 lions in the Gir sanctuary and adjoining areas, while the number grew to 411 in 2010. The latest census in 2015 found 523 lions, 109 of which were male, 201 female, 140 were cubs and 73 sub-adults.
 
According to the forest department, lions produce around 210 cubs every year, out of which 140 die of natural and unnatural causes and the remaining one third attain adulthood.
 
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Renovated Unit-2 of Kakrapar Atomic Power Station attains criticality

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The 220 MW second unit of Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS-2) attained criticality (initiation of controlled self-sustaining nuclear fission chain reaction in the reactor) at 0222 hours today after completion of renovation and modernisation (R&M) works.
 
The R&M works included En Masse Coolant Channel Replacement (EMCCR), En Masse Feeder Replacement (EMFR) and other safety upgrades. 
 
"This task was completed about three and half months ahead of schedule," an official press release said here.
 
"In this endeavor, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), Nuclear Fuel Complex (manufacturer of coolant channels), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and various vendors/contractors rose to the occasion for this achievement," it said.
 
According to the release, the approach to criticality was undertaken after meeting all the stipulated regulatory requirements. This will be followed by conduct of various tests, connection to the grid and increase in power level to full power as per laid down procedures and regulatory clearances.
 
KAPS, located in Surat district of Gujarat, comprises two units of indigenous 220 MW pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWRs) (KAPS-1&2) which commenced commercial operation in 1993 and 1995, respectively.
 
Two more units of 700 MW PHWRs (KAPP-3&4) are under construction at the site.
 
NPCIL operates twenty two nuclear power reactors (including RAPS-1 of 100 MW owned by DAE) with a capacity of 6780 MW and has eight reactors with a capacity of 6200 MW under construction. Work has also been initiated on twelve more reactors (9000 MW) accorded administrative approval and financial sanction by the Government.
 
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Road improvement works in Gujarat worth Rs 200 crore approved

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Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways Mansukh L Mandaviya today announced sanctioning of nine road construction and improvement works in  Gujarat worth around Rs 200 crore.
 
These projects would enhance the connectivity between five States – Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Diu.
 
Nearly 33,000 km of national highways have been constructed in the last four years and work is underway on another 53,000 km. The aim was to complete 200,000 km of national highways by the year 2022, he said.
 
The Minister said the nine works had been approved under EI/ISC Scheme. The concerned authorities have been asked to prepare DPRs and tendering for these projects will start soon, he added.
 
The approved works are widening and strengthening of the 14.80 km-long Dantiwada-Kuchavada Road (state highway) at an estimated cost of 19.5 crore, widening and strengthening of the 15.10 km-long Chandisar Danthinda road (state highway) at an estimated cost of Rs 20 crore, widening and strengthening of the 15.50 km Kodinar Velan Kotada road (state highway) at a cost of Rs 24.74 crore.
 
The works also include widening and strengthening of 14.40 km of the Delwada Ahmedpura Mandavi Vaso, Kob Road (major district road) at a cost of Rs 14.75 crore, the 31.20 km Kalu river causeway to Maharashtra border (state highway) at a cost of Rs 39.50 crore, widening and strengthening of the 19km Ahwa Navapur road (state highway) at a cost of Rs 43.88 crore.
 
Widening and strengthening of the 13.20 km Gangardi-Garbada-Jambua-Agawada Road (major district road) at a cost of Rs 6 crore, construction of a bridge across River Anas on Chakaliya Nani Mahudi Anas road (major district road) at Rs 15.90 crore and widening and strengthening of Vansda Sitapur Khamphla Bilmoda Road (major district road) at a cost of Rs 13.20 crore are also included.
 
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Gujarat: Fasting Patidar leader Hardik Patel discharged from hospital

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

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

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

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A court here on Thursday rejected the Gujarat Police plea seeking remand of former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and sent him to judicial custody in connection with a 22-year-old case of alleged planting of drugs to arrest a man.
 
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police had picked up Bhatt and then inspector of Palanpur police station I.B. Vyas on Wednesday.
 
The CID produced them before Additional Judicial Magistrate V.R. Charan here in Banaskantha district, seeking their 14-day custody.
 
Arguing against the plea for remand, the defence lawyers pointed out that the case was over two decades old and a petition related to it was pending before the Supreme Court.
 
The magistrate accepted the arguments and rejected the CID's demand, and sent both the accused to judicial custody at the Palanpur sub-jail.
 
Bhatt was Banaskantha district superintendent of police in 1996 when the alleged incident occurred. According to details, the Banaskantha police arrested Sumersingh Rajpurohit, a lawyer, on charges of possessing around one kilogram of opium.
 
Police claimed the drug was found in a hotel room rented by Rajpurohit at Palanpur.
 
But later a probe revealed that Rajpurohit was falsely implicated by the police to pressurise him to vacate a disputed property in Pali, his hometown in Rajasthan.
 
Following complaints, the Gujarat High Court in June handed over the case to the CID and asked it to complete the investigation within three months.
 
CID officials told reporters on Wednesday that the former IPS officer and others allegedly hatched the conspiracy to arrest Rajpurohit by planting drugs on him, so as to force him to vacate the disputed property.
 
Bhatt, who has often criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the 2002 Gujarat riots, was sacked by the Union Home Ministry in August 2015 for "unauthorised absence" from service.
 
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Former Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt arrested in 1996 case

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
8 dead as car catches fire after collision with truck in Gujarat
 
 
Eight persons died after the car in which they were travelling caught fire after colliding with a truck on the Rajkot-Morbi highway near Tankara town in Morbi district of Gujarat on Tuesday night.
 
Police sources said the victims were all occupants of the Maruti Eeco car and belonged to the same family, which was returning home to Rajkot after visiting a temple in Kutch.
 
One person has suffered serious injuries in the mishap and is currently undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital.
 
According to the police, the car, which was running on gas, erupted into flames after the collision.
 
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Vaghela threatens to sever political ties with son who joins BJP

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