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Harbhajan Singh at the crease, Mann fields ‘zero electricity bills’, AAP promises end to paper leaks
The Indian Express | 3 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 05:35 am
The Indian Express
3 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 05:35 am

ACCUSING THE BJP of being involved in paper leaks, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reiterated his promise that if voted to power, the AAP will ensure end to such incidents.He was addressing a roadshow in Saraspur area of Bapunagar constituency in Ahmedabad on Thursday, as 89 seats went to polls in Phase-1 of the Gujarat Assembly elections.Beginning the roadshow along with his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann, Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha and former cricketer and Rajya Sabha AAP MP Harbhajan Singh, Kejriwal said, “BJP jaye che, AAP aaye che (BJP will go, AAP will come into government).” Mann also displayed the “zero bills” that, he claimed, 25,000 Punjab households had received for electricity since the AAP came to power in Punjab.“Ask the BJP people what you will do, they have no plan. Ask them what they did for 27 years, they only abuse Kejriwal. Kejriwal ko gali dene se pet toh nahin bharta (One can’t fill one’s stomach with abuses for Kejriwal),” said the Delhi CM, addressing the crowd from a truck.Harbhajan interacted with a crowd of women carrying brooms and children wearing AAP caps, as well as other supporters, with a “Gujarat, kem cho (Gujarat, how are you)?” The crowd responded with “maja ma (All’s well)”. “Phir maja aa jana chahiye aath tareek ko (Then it should be the same on 8th, the result day),” he said.Bapunagar is currently held by the Congress’s Himmatsinh Patel, who is contesting again. It is one of the seats where Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge addressed a rally.The roadshow saw the ‘Delhi Model’ displayed on a cart by Rahul Raval, 32, who runs a steel shop in Shahibaug. “Earlier, I voted for the BJP. But I am annoyed by the paper leaks, as I am preparing for the police exam. So, I will vote for AAP,” said Raval.

Harbhajan Singh at the crease, Mann fields ‘zero electricity bills’, AAP promises end to paper leaks
Competition in Congress to abuse me, its mental balance lost: PM Modi
The Indian Express | 5 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 03:35 am
The Indian Express
5 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 03:35 am

Hitting back at the Congress for its ‘Ravan’ swipe at him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday that leaders of the Congress were “competing to abuse the Prime Minister of the country” and “losing mental balance” over election defeats.Campaigning for the BJP in Vejalpur in Kalol in Panchmahal district of Gujarat where votes will be cast on December 5 in the second phase of the Assembly elections, Modi said the Congress “tutored and deputed” its president Mallikarjun Kharge to call him a “Ravan with 100 heads” though the party has “no faith in the existence of Lord Ram”.“One Congress leader recently said, ‘We will show Modi his aukat’. Do we have any aukat? We are sevaks… Now, the Congress high command has sent its new president… I know him and respect him a lot. But he has been tutored to say things… but they don’t know that Gujarat is a land of Ram bhakts, so they told him to come to Gujarat and call Modi a Ravan with 100 heads.”“We know that Congress does not even accept the identity of Lord Ram. They have no faith in the Ram temple in Ayodhya, even reject the existence of Ram Setu, but they have brought out Ravan from Ramayan,” he said.“It does not surprise me that they have used such abusive words for me… But what surprises me is that the Congress party and their top leaders never officially apologise… Yes, one can say things in a fit of rage but an apology can follow…The Congress thinks it is its right to insult the Prime Minister of the country and downgrade the Prime Minister,” he said.“If they had any faith in democracy, they would not have done this. Their faith is not in democracy but in one family… There is a competition in Congress to abuse Modi. Every leader hopes to make the abuses bigger, more frequent, more acerbic… Recently, one of them said Modi will die a dog’s death, another said Modi will die like Hitler, then they were waiting for Pakistan to kill me… and then one said, ‘If I get a chance, I will kill Modi’… They call me Ravan, rakshas, and cockroach.”“I am the son of Gujarat. Is this insult to Modi, whom you have created and raised, not your own insult? The Congress is not aware that the more muck it throws, many more lotuses will bloom,” he said.He blamed the Congress for “taking pleasure” in the “insult of places of faith and worship”. “Earlier, it was a heart-wrenching experience to see the Pavagadh temple without a shikhar. It was a 500-year-old insult. I vowed to change the situation… Was Pavagadh not in existence during Congress rule? But they were not able to see the strength (of the Shakti Peeth) which I could see… The Congress enjoys insults of faith and worship… I don’t know what is wrong with them. You can lose elections but it cannot become a reason for you to lose mental balance… We used to lose our deposits earlier, but we never behaved like this,” he said.In Himmatnagar in Sabarkantha, where he was campaigning for BJP candidates in the constituencies of Khedbhrama, Idar, Himmatnagar and Prantij, Modi said elections are not for electing a government for five years, but to lay “a strong foundation for a strong India when it completes 100 years of Independence”.He said a “mistake” similar to the one after Independence, when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was not made Prime Minister, should not be repeated because the BJP has “corrected many things in the country with great effort”. “We want to make Gujarat a developed state in the next 25 years. And developed Gujarat means, the state not lagging behind on any benchmarks prevailing in developed countries. And these elections are for that,” he said.

Competition in Congress to abuse me, its mental balance lost: PM Modi
  • Congress abuses PM Modi whenever it sees defeat: Fadnavis
  • The Indian Express

    Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis Wednesday said that whenever the Congress sees defeat it abuses Prime Minister Narendra Modi, referring to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge’s raavan remarks about Modi.At an election rally in Ahmedabad, Kharge, while taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for asking people in all constituencies to vote for BJP on the basis of his face, had asked whether he is hundred-headed Raavan with a head everywhereFadnavis added that entire country is condemning the use of abusive words against Modi and that the people of Gujarat will give Congress its lowest-ever result in the state Assembly elections.The BJP leader was addressing a press conference at BJP’s media center in Ahmedabad, on Wednesday.Quoting Fadnavis, a party release stated, “Because the Congress leaders can’t put any issues against the development model of BJP and due to lack of neta and niti, they try to defame PM Modi and BJP.”

Police stations in city wear deserted look amid polls
Ahmedabad Mirror | 6 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 02:04 am
Ahmedabad Mirror
6 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 02:04 am

There’s a popular perception that election time makes politicians the busiest lot. Going by the deserted looks of police stations across Ahmedabad, in reality, however, it is not politicians but cops who are the busiest during elections.Senior police officials told Mirror that Ahmedabad city police has a sanctioned strength of 15,500 police personnel. However it is running short by about 3,000 with a headcount of only 12,500. Out of existing strength, 5,000 are on first-phase poll duty. All DCPs and ACPs, along with their staff, are deployed for the roadshows.During Mirror Check at some city police stations, only two to four cops were found present while the rest were on election duty.Satellite is one of the busiest police stations of Ahmedabad but it was completely deserted on Thursday. A Head Constable present at the police station said, “We have only two police personnel present in the station. All others are deployed on poll duty, either in the city or in the first phase of voting in Saurashtra, South Gujarat and Kutch.”Mirror came across 24-year-old Kansinh Chauhan who was told that his police verification will be done only after December 8. He told Mirror, “I have to buy a bike. The dealer wants a police verification certificate as I am from Rajasthan. Police are telling me to come after December 8. I also applied for a verification certificate online eight days ago but there has been no reply. What should I do?”Vastrapur and Anandnagar police stations had the same story to tell. There were only four policemen inside the police stations, everybody else was on poll duty.Even traffic police are facing the same issue. A senior traffic police official told Mirror that 80% of the staff has been deployed on poll duty. Another 600 have been deployed in the road shows by different political parties.“We are managing traffic junctions with police recruits under training and some TRD jawans,” the official said.

Police stations in city wear deserted look amid polls
Mexico beat Saudi Arabia 2-1
Ahmedabad Mirror | 8 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 12:49 am
Ahmedabad Mirror
8 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 12:49 am

#LusailFor a long time after the final whistle, Luis Chavez crouched on the field in anguish. He had just scored in Mexico’s furious attempt to stay alive at the World Cup, but the 2-1 victory Wednesday over Saudi Arabia wasn’t enough. Because of Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Poland in a simultaneous match, Mexico failed to advance out of its group for the first time since 1978. “We had a chance to qualify,” Chavez said glumly.“We didn’t achieve it.”Mexico had reached the knockout round at the last seven World Cups, second only to Brazil, which has gone through to the round of 16 since 1986. El Tri went into the match at Lusail Stadium needing both a victory and help from Poland playing across town against Argentina to advance in Group C. Argentina’s victory meant goal difference came into play - and Mexico didn’t have enough of them.Henry Martin scored in the 48th minute to give El Tri hope, and the team’s chances got even better with Chavez’s goal on a free kick four minutes later. Mexico tried desperately in the final 20 minutes to get another goal - including an effort by Uriel Antuna in the 87th minute that was ruled offside - but came up short.“We needed one more goal. I didn’t know exactly what happened at the end,” said veteran Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who was playing in his fifth World Cup.“For us, the object was to score three or four goals. It’s a shame.” Salem Aldawsari scored in second-half stoppage time for Saudi Arabia, which was eliminated along with Mexico despite beating Argentina in its opening match. Martin’s goal ended Mexico’s 431-minute scoring drought at the World Cup, dating back to their second group match at the 2018 tournament in Russia. Agencies

Mexico beat Saudi Arabia 2-1
PM Modi conducts 30-km long roadshow in Ahmedabad, holds rallies, asks Gujarat voters to punish Cong after `Ravan’ jibe
The Indian Express | 8 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 12:35 am
The Indian Express
8 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 12:35 am

In a whirlwind campaign tour in his home state Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took part in a more than 30-km-long roadshow here and addressed three rallies while asking people to teach a lesson to the Congress in the Assembly elections following its “Ravan” jibe for him.Addressing a rally at Kalol in Panchmahal district, Modi said he respected Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, but it was the opposition party’s “high command” which compelled Kharge to use such jibes.Voting for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections in 89 seats was held on Thursday, while that in the remaining 93 seats including 16 of Ahmedabad city will take place on December 5.Kharge, at a rally in Ahmedabad city on Monday, had said the prime minister asks people to vote “looking at his face” in all elections. “Are you 100-headed like Ravan,” he had said.On Thursday, Modi said, “I respect Kharge ji, but he has to follow orders of the party high command. He was compelled to say that Modi has 100 heads like (demon king) Ravan.” “But the Congress did not realise that Gujarat is the land of Ram Bhakts. Those who never believed in the existence of Lord Ram, have now brought in Ravan from Ramayana just to abuse me,” the PM said.Congress leaders never apologise over such insults but think it is their right to use abusive language for the country’s prime minister, he added.“For them, that family is everything. They will do anything to make the family happy. There is a competition among Congress leaders as to who will use the most abusive and most toxic slurs for Modi,” he said, apparently referring to the Gandhi family.“There is only one way to teach them a lesson. Vote for the BJP on December 5 by pushing a button near lotus,” Modi said.At a rally at Bodeli town in Chhota Udepur district, the PM said despite the Congress’ ‘Garibi Hatao’ slogan, poverty actually increased under its rule.“For decades, Congress has been saying only one thing – Garibi Hatao (eliminate poverty)…The only thing they did was to raise slogans, make promises and misguide people. That was the reason why poverty actually increased during its regime,” Modi said.The poor, tribals and Other Backward Class (OBC) communities were not given priority in education, health and industrial sector by Congress governments, he said.The opposition party also did not support a tribal woman becoming the country’s President, and hence it fielded a candidate against Droupadi Murmu in the presidential election earlier this year, Modi claimed.Speaking at his last rally in Himmatnagar town in Sabarkantha district, he asked people not to repeat the “mistake” committed after Independence.“This election is not just about forming a government here for five years. The country has completed 75 years of Independence. You must keep in mind where India will be 25 years from now. This election is all about making a government which would strengthen the foundation of the country for the next 25 years,” Modi said.“Everyone says that India would have been moving in a different direction had Sardar Patel been the country’s first prime minister. We have already begun the course correction and have put the country in the right direction with so much hard work. Therefore, we cannot afford to commit the same mistake that was committed at the time of India’s Independence,” he added.In the evening, Modi took part in a more than 30-km-long roadshow in Ahmedabad city, starting from Naroda village.A large number of people standing on both sides of the route greeted the PM during the roadshow which began around 5.20 pm.Standing in a specially-designed vehicle, the prime minister waved at the crowd.The roadshow was to pass through the eastern part of Ahmedabad and end at IOC circle in the Chandkheda area on the city’s western side, covering 13 constituencies in Ahmedabad city as well as Gandhinagar-South.

PM Modi conducts 30-km long roadshow in Ahmedabad, holds rallies, asks Gujarat voters to punish Cong after `Ravan’ jibe
  • PM Modi leads 30-km roadshow in Ahmedabad lasting more than 3 hours, covers 14 Assembly constituencies
  • Nyoooz

    Ahmedabad, Dec 1 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening led a 30-km-long roadshow through Ahmedabad city where polling will be held on December 5 in the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections.During the procession that lasted for more than three-and-half hours, he passed through 14 Assembly constituencies.At one point, the prime minister"s convoy made way for an ambulance.The roadshow began from Naroda village in the eastern part of the city around 5.20 pm and ended at IOC crossroads in Chandkheda area in the west around 9 pm.A large number of people standing on both sides of the route welcomed Modi and greeted him with flowers.Standing on a specially-designed vehicle, the PM was seen waving at the crowd all along the route.He also paid floral tributes at the statues of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay and Subhash Chandra Bose in Thakkarbapa Nagar, Maninagar and RTO Circle on the route. Modi"s convoy gave way to an ambulance at one point. On seeing the ambulance coming from behind, the PM"s security personnel asked the driver of his vehicle to move sideways so that the ambulance could pass.The roadshow passed through various areas including Hirawadi, Hatkeshwar, Maninagar, Danilimda, Jivraj Park, Ghatlodia, Naranpura and Sabarmati.It covered 13 constituencies in Ahmedabad city as well as Chandkheda area which falls in the Gandhinagar-South Assembly seat, a BJP release said.Polling for the first phase of elections in 89 seats of Saurashtra and south Gujarat regions was held on Thursday, while that in the remaining 93 seats including 16 of Ahmedabad city will take place on December 5. PTI PJT PD KRK KRKYour support to NYOOOZ will help us to continue create and publish news for and from smaller cities, which also need equal voice as much as citizens living in bigger cities have through mainstream media organizations.

  • Modi conducts 30-km long roadshow in Ahmedabad, holds rallies, asks Gujarat voters to punish Cong after `Ravan" jibe
  • Nyoooz

    Ahmedabad, Dec 1 (PTI) In a whirlwind campaign tour in his home state Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took part in a more than 30-km-long roadshow here and addressed three rallies while asking people to teach a lesson to the Congress in the Assembly elections following its "Ravan" jibe for him. Addressing a rally at Kalol in Panchmahal district, Modi said he respected Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, but it was the opposition party"s "high command" which compelled Kharge to use such jibes. Voting for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections in 89 seats was held on Thursday, while that in the remaining 93 seats including 16 of Ahmedabad city will take place on December 5. Kharge, at a rally in Ahmedabad city on Monday, had said the prime minister asks people to vote "looking at his face" in all elections. "Are you 100-headed like Ravan," he had said.On Thursday, Modi said, "I respect Kharge ji, but he has to follow orders of the party high command. He was compelled to say that Modi has 100 heads like (demon king) Ravan." "But the Congress did not realise that Gujarat is the land of Ram Bhakts. Those who never believed in the existence of Lord Ram, have now brought in Ravan from Ramayana just to abuse me," the PM said.Congress leaders never apologise over such insults but think it is their right to use abusive language for the country"s prime minister, he added. "For them, that family is everything. They will do anything to make the family happy. There is a competition among Congress leaders as to who will use the most abusive and most toxic slurs for Modi," he said, apparently referring to the Gandhi family."There is only one way to teach them a lesson. Vote for the BJP on December 5 by pushing a button near lotus," Modi said.At a rally at Bodeli town in Chhota Udepur district, the PM said despite the Congress" "Garibi Hatao" slogan, poverty actually increased under its rule."For decades, Congress has been saying only one thing - Garibi Hatao (eliminate poverty)...The only thing they did was to raise slogans, make promises and misguide people. That was the reason why poverty actually increased during its regime," Modi said.The poor, tribals and Other Backward Class (OBC) communities were not given priority in education, health and industrial sector by Congress governments, he said.The opposition party also did not support a tribal woman becoming the country"s President, and hence it fielded a candidate against Droupadi Murmu in the presidential election earlier this year, Modi claimed.Speaking at his last rally in Himmatnagar town in Sabarkantha district, he asked people not to repeat the "mistake" committed after Independence. "This election is not just about forming a government here for five years. The country has completed 75 years of Independence. You must keep in mind where India will be 25 years from now. This election is all about making a government which would strengthen the foundation of the country for the next 25 years," Modi said."Everyone says that India would have been moving in a different direction had Sardar Patel been the country"s first prime minister. We have already begun the course correction and have put the country in the right direction with so much hard work. Therefore, we cannot afford to commit the same mistake that was committed at the time of India"s Independence," he added.In the evening, Modi took part in a more than 30-km-long roadshow in Ahmedabad city, starting from Naroda village.A large number of people standing on both sides of the route greeted the PM during the roadshow which began around 5.20 pm. Standing in a specially-designed vehicle, the prime minister waved at the crowd.The roadshow was to pass through the eastern part of Ahmedabad and end at IOC circle in the Chandkheda area on the city"s western side, covering 13 constituencies in Ahmedabad city as well as Gandhinagar-South. PTI PJT PD COR NP GK KRK KRK KRKYour support to NYOOOZ will help us to continue create and publish news for and from smaller cities, which also need equal voice as much as citizens living in bigger cities have through mainstream media organizations.

Gujarat Assembly Election Voting Live Updates: Over 60% voter turnout as polling in first phase ends; PM Modi holds roadshow in Ahmedabad
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 10:35 pm
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 10:35 pm

FOR a few hours Saturday, in Surat’s Mahidarpura diamond market, traders have left their seats, Their lamps and magnifying loupes lie idle, they have gathered in the market square for a big-ticket Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rally.AAP’s state president and Katargam seat candidate Gopal Italia; Varachha candidate Alpesh Kathiriya; party general secretary and candidate from Karanj seat Manoj Sorathiya; and Surat north candidate Mokshak Sanghvi – all are on stage. The party’s Chief Ministerial candidate, Isudan Gadhvi, appears on a video call and talks to the crowd, from the Khambhalia seat in Saurashtra, where he is contesting. Read more

Gujarat Assembly Election Voting Live Updates: Over 60% voter turnout as polling in first phase ends; PM Modi holds roadshow in Ahmedabad
  • Guj: Key constituencies in phase-1 of polling
  • Times of India

    The first phase of the Gujarat assembly elections is spread across 19 districts in the Saurashtra-Kachchh and southern regions of the state. These include major urban centres like Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar. The contest five years ago was by no means one-sided, the significant presence of Patidars being one of the factors in play. Whether that has changed with Patidar leader Hardik Patel having recently switched to the BJP is one of the questions that would be answered here. Another is what effect an enhanced AAP presence will have on the outcome, for instance in Surat where the party displaced Congress as the main opposition in local body elections. MorbiAt Morbi, BJP gave ticket to former party MLA Kanti Amrutiya by denying ticket to sitting MLA Brijesh Merja. After Morbi’s bridge collapse tragedy in October in which 135 people died, BJP chose Amrutiya who had jumped into the Machchhu river to save people from drowning and this video had gone viral. In 2017, BJP lost all three seats in Morbi district, including Morbi town. Brijesh Merja who won this seat on Congress ticket in 2017 switched party in 2020 by resigning from the seat and contested by-election on BJP ticket and won. At Morbi, Congress has given ticket to Jayanti Patel who lost four elections on this seat. Also See: Gujarat Election 2022 Live UpdatesKatargamThe political fight in Diamond polishing hub Katargam has become more interesting with AAP Gujarat chief Gopal Italia nominated from the seat. He is pitted against BJP minister Vinod Moradiya, a three-time municipal councillor. Both Italia and Moradiya belong to the Patidar community. However, the Congress has fielded Kalpesh Variya from the Prajapati community. Katargam was at the epicentre of the Patidar quota agitation in 2015. The constituency houses some of the biggest diamond cutting and polishing companies. AAP had made inroads into state politics from Surat when it won 27 seats in the 2021 civic body elections. Jamnagar northRivaba Jadeja, wife of cricketer Ravindra Jajea, is contesting on BJP ticket from here. Her close rival is Bipendrasinh Jadeja from Congress. The seat is important because Rivaba herself is a celebrity and Ravindra held several roadshows in support of his wife. Rivaba’s sister-in-law, however, is a Congress worker and has campaigned against her and her (Rivaba’s) father-in-law has circulated a video message asking people to vote for Congress. In a new experiment, BJP had denied ticket to sitting MLA Dharmendrasinh Jadeja who is a Congress turncoat and had joined BJP before 2017 assembly election. KhambhaliyaThe chief ministerial face of AAP Ishudan Gadhvi is contesting from Khambhaliya that falls in Devbhumi Dwarka district. Gadhvi is a TV journalistturned-politician. His close contestants are Vikram Madam from Congress and BJP’s Mulu Bera. It is a question of survival for AAP to win this seat as party’s heavyweight is contesting from the seat. However, the voters’ caste formula does not go in favour of Gadhvi as majority of voters here belong to Madam’s Aahir community. Gadhvi, who claims Aahir community’s support, is raising the issue of new law for cow breeders as majority of voters are animal breeders and farmers. AmreliFormer leader of opposition in the state assembly, Paresh Dhanani, is seeking election for the third term from here. He won this seat in 2012 and 2017 on Congress ticket. BJP has given the ticket to Kaushik Vekariya who is contesting the first assembly election of his life. Amreli is important because in 2017 all the five seats in the district had gone to Congress. It is an agrarian district and youth of this district is settled in Surat’s diamond industry. Rajkot southIndustrialist Ramesh Tilara is contesting from BJP on this seat. He has declared his assets worth over Rs 157 crore. He is supported by Khodaldham, the apex religious body of Leuva Patel, and is contesting the first election of his life. His close contestant is Congress’s Hitesh Vora who is former president of Rajkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry. AAP has fielded Shivlal Barasia. There is a resentment among BJP workers who feel ticket to an ‘outsider’ may affect party’s prospects on this seat. BhavnagarParshottam Solanki, a five-time BJP MLA, is contesting for the 6th time from Bhavnagar Rural constituency. A strong Koli leader, Solanki is facing antiincumbency. He does meet people because of age-related health issues and also facing several other issues. On Bhavnagar West constituency, BJP’s heavyweight Jitu Vaghani is contesting the election for the third term. Rajkot eastThe richest former MLA, Indranil Rajguru, is contesting from this seat on Congress ticket. He won this seat in 2012. BJP has roped in Uday Kangad, former mayor and former standing committee chairman of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC), for the seat. They both are considered ‘Bahubali’ leaders. MajuraThe Majura seat in Surat is a bastion of the sitting minister of state for home Harsh Sanghavi, who has been vociferous against ‘love jihad,’ and instrumental in the success of PM’s roadshows and rallies in the city. He is contesting against Congress’s Balwant Jain. AAP has nominated former BJP leader PVS Sarma against Sanghavi. Sarma had a bitter fallout with BJP, the party he had joined over 15 years ago.

  • Gujarat polls: First phase of voting on 89 seats today
  • Times of India

  • Gujarat elections: 1,966 people older than 80 years vote by postal ballot for 21 seats in Ahmedabad
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: A total of 1,966 voters who are 80 years old or older have exercised their franchise through postal ballot for the 21 seats in Ahmedabad city. The election commission issued 2,040 postal ballots in Ahmedabad. 81 postal ballots were issued for persons with disability in city, of whom 78 have already voted. The statement said that of the 1,966 voters senior citizen voters who exercised their franchise, 427 were from Ghatlodia followed by 330 from Maninagar and 232 from Ellisbridge. Nikol was the one constituency where no voter older than 80 years has voted. Vatva had the second lowest number, 17 voters.

  • Gujarat elections: Smooth sailing or not? caste tide will decide in Bhavnagar West
  • Times of India

    The BJP Candidate, Jitu Vaghani, Is Working Hard To Win Over The Kolis Who Are Miffed At Being Ignored During Ticket Distribution. The Congress Is Banking On The Undercurrent Of Resentment Against The Saffron Party To Make GainsMarriage season is at its peak, but the sound of wedding drums is sweeter for the people of Ghetia, a tiny hamlet some 55km from Bhavnagar city. Be it the marriage banquets or feasts thrown by politicians these days, both are incomplete without ‘mattho’ (sweetened, strained, and flavoured yogurt) made and supplied in bulk from this tiny village tucked away in the Shetrunji hills. For several years now, Ghetia has been supplying nearly 30-35% of ‘mattho’ consumed in Bhavnagar, which is famous for its crunchy ‘ganthiyas’ and melt-in-the-mouth ‘pedas’ both of which found mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s September 29 speech. The delicacy has added some tang to the otherwise insipid campaigning in this BJP bastion, where caste factors have been the flavour of every election. Dominated by Kolis (primarily fishermen), Kshatriyas and Patels, Bhavnagar is a mix of castes that decides whom to humble at the hustings and whom to send to the 182-member Gujarat assembly. This prestigious constituency has 65,000-70,000 Kolis, about 42,000 Kshatriyas and some 20,000 Patidars. As one enters the city from Naari Chowkdi, scattered hoardings of Bhavnagar West candidate K K Gohil from the Congress greet the eyes. There are election offices of the BJP, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), but there’s hardly any crowd there. Gohil, a businessman from the Kshatriya community, is the nearest rival of Gujarat education minister and Cabinet spokesman Jitu Vaghani. The BJP candidate is working hard to win over the Kshatriyas, who are fuming over their community being over-looked during ticket distribution by the party. “For the first time in the history of Bhavnagar, Kshatriya women w h o seldom move out of the house organized a mahila sammelan and resolved not to vote for the BJP,” a senior party leader told TOI. Vaghani, a Leuva Patel, is eyeing a hat-trick this time while the Congress is rubbing its hands with glee at the community’s aggressive anti-BJP posturing. Political observers were left as tounded when ‘Bhai’ Parshottam Solanki, the indisputable messiah of Kolis, campaigned for Vaghani. “He is my younger brother and, in his victory, lies my prestige. Voting for Jitubhai is akin to voting for me,” screamed an advertisement reportedly issued by Solanki in a local newspaper. “Bhai doesn’t campaign for any candidate, and this is the first time hedid so,” said a source close to the five-time Bhavnagar Rural MLA. Solanki’s appeal can be seen in the fact that the AAP has fielded social worker Raju Solanki, a Koli. However, only the results on December 8 will reveal if those opposing Vaghani can rejoice. At the fag end of campaigning, November 26 was an unusually hectic day for the city airport, which saw 19 movements in place of just one per day. Modi addressed three rallies in the district, the last one in the temple town Palitana on Monday. Bhavnagar is the home to Alang, one of the biggest graveyards for ships in the world. Modi and other BJP leaders have resolutely marketed the Ghogha-Dahej and Ghogha-Hazira ferry services, terming them as a blessing for people, mostly diamond polishers working in Surat and transporters. But only caste cuts the ice here. Moreover, unlike other cities of Gujarat, Bhavnagar doesn’t battle serious traffic issues, water cuts or drainage problems. The visionary rulers of the erstwhile princely state ensured broad roads, most converging at nearly 60 roundabouts with a mini lush garden within. While the BJP is looking to repeat its 6-1 performance of 2012 and 2017, the Congress is depending on the undercurrent of resentment in the saffron party to make some gains. Aging Koli messiah confident of 6th winIn ‘Mira Kunj,’ the residence of Koli strongman and fisheries minister Parshottam Solanki in the Talaja Jakatnaka area, his daughter is seen giving a dressing down to a few women workers, asking them to put their differences aside during the poll. Solanki, the aging messiah of the community, is resting and seldom steps out to campaign, knowing well that his name is enough to win the Bhavnagar Rural seat for the sixth time. The 61-year-old battling ill health doesn’t prefer to meet manypeople. At a public meeting in support of education minister Jitu Vaghani, Solanki elaborately narrated how he became a don. “Once, someone asked me why people call me Bhai. I told him to check the files of papers in Mumbai’s Andheri police station,” he proclaimed as one of his supporters held the mike for him. Who will be left crying in onion hub?Voters in Mahuva, the hub of onion production in the state, will decide if Congress’s Dr Kanubhai Kalsariya can revive his electoral fortunes or be left moisteyed. The surgeon-cum-politician, who has championed various environmental causes, is pitted against BJP’s Shiva Gohil, the former Talaja MLA, who is facing severe resentment from supporters of R C Makwana, the minister who was dropped during ticket distribution. When the BJP announced the first list of candidates, there was a flareup in the Mahuva party unit, with nearly 300 workers resigning to protest the selection of Gohil, who had not even demanded a ticket. The constituency has a massive Koli population of around 2. 1 lakh, along with Ahirs, Dalits and Muslims. Dr Kalsariya lost the poll on an AAP ticket in 2017. Another deciding factor is the exodus of many Kolis from the constituency. They have gone to work as cotton harvesters in Rajkot, Jasdan and other parts. Healthy rivalryPolitical nerves are fraying in Bhavnagar, but candidates are putting their differences aside when it comes to ill-health. On Monday, the Congress candidate from Bhavnagar Rural, Revatsinh Gohil, suffered a heart attack. And none other than his closest rival Parshottam Solanki, the five-time MLA from this seat, paid a surprise visit to check on his health!

  • Roti, kapda aur sharaab ki dukaan: High hopes from Gujarat election promises
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: In dry Gujarat, a few spirited candidates have entered the 2022 poll battleground with the promise of letting the booze genie out of the bottle. These candidates are fighting as independents in the state which has the liquor-prohibition law in place. The electoral hopefuls say the policy has barely served any interest and has instead caused massive losses to the exchequer. They also highlight fatalities linked to spurious liquor. "Gujarat bottle laine rehshe (Gujarat will succeed in getting access to the liquor bottle)" is the slogan of a man who wants to stir and also shake voters' interest by taking on CM Bhupendra Patel. Naresh Priyadarshi, a 40-year-old software developer and entrepreneur, is in the fray as an independent candidate from Ahmedabad's Ghatlodia, a seat from which Patel is seeking re-election. Naresh Priyadarshi, a 40-year-old software developer and entrepreneur said he is not as presumptuous as to think he can stand as the CM's rival. Priyadarshi said his intention is to raise his voice against the "useless" policy. "Prohibition has been in place since Gujarat was formed in 1960. But it has not benefited any section of society," Priyadarshi said. "The state exchequer incurs losses to the tune of thousands of crores annually. The implementation of the law is poor because of which the vulnerable have died in numerous hooch tragedies." He added, "Though Gujarat is a dry state, the term 'liquor widows' is often evoked. The prohibition policy is highly misplaced and must go." Priyadarshi had striven to get the bottle as his election symbol, but he had to make do with the carboy as the bottle was not among the 250 symbols on offer for independents. "People are forced to drink liquor like thieves due to the taboo associated with it while people coming from other states are allowed to drink freely. That is unjust," Priyadarshi said. Ramkumar Gulvani, an independent candidate from Naroda in Ahmedabad, has welfarism as the mixer for his anti-prohibition plank. "End prohibition to help Rs 21,000 crore income flow into the state exchequer to allow political parties fulfil their promises of freebies," he tells voters. His election symbol is a mobile charger. The question of money has cropped up before in relation to prohibition, even in sober governmental communication. In 2018, Gujarat's deputy chief minister at the time, Nitin Patel, had asked the Niti Aayog to pay a compensation of Rs 9,000 crore to the state for revenue losses precipitated by the prohibition policy. In 2021, over 57 lakh litres of illegal liquor worth Rs 124 crore was seized by the state police. Several litigations are pending in the Gujarat high court seeking a relaxation in prohibition to allow people to drink in the privacy of their homes. Gulvani said the prohibition is lax and liquor flows in freely through illegal channels. "People are treated as criminals for consuming liquor. That is unfair in this day and age," he said. "While Gujarat bleeds revenue, the neighbouring states such as Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh emerge as major tourism hubs due to the availability of liquor." In Vadodara, a group called 'We Do Not Need Prohibition in Gujarat' is encouraging people to press the 'NOTA' (none of the above) button as a mark of protest against the prohibition policy. None of the group members is standing for election. "We have very strong arguments against the prohibition policy and how it is hampering the development of the state and its citizens," said Rajiv Patel, the founder of the group. Its members are extensively using social media and other platforms to urge people to press the 'NOTA' button. "No political party is even ready to lend an ear to our demands," Rajiv Patel said.(with inputs by Sachin Sharma in Vadodara)

Mr. Sanjay Mahajan, Director Supreme HR Consultants bagged the prestigious AtmaNirbhar Bharat Award 2022
Ahmedabad Mirror | 14 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:49 pm
Ahmedabad Mirror
14 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:49 pm

December 01: Sanjay Mahajan, Director of Supreme HR Consultants Pvt Ltd, was a proud recipient of the highly acclaimed AtmaNirbhar BharatExcellences Award2022. The award was presented to Mr Mahajan in recognition of his “outstanding skillsin HR Services” by the Honourable Central Minister of State for Food Processing Industries and Jal Shakti, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel. The celebrity-packed felicitation ceremony was held on 26th Nov 2022 at The Park, New Delhi. The mammoth event witnessed many well-known dignitaries, including Union Minister as the Chief Guest, diplomats and ambassadors from many friendly countries.The much-awaited event was organized by the notable digital portal in India, Times Applaud. The respected media company hosted the most prestigious recognition awards program to honour some prominent organizations and individuals who have not only achieved self-reliance by showcasing amazing skills in varied sectors but also hold within them the probability to achieve PM Modi’s mission of making INDIA Atmanirbhar. The event’s official sponsors were Spay technology Pvt. ltd. and Patil Empire.AtmaNirbhar Bharat Conclave and Awards 2022 are considered a distinctive award ceremony in India. All the winners areleaders par excellence and are selected byan eminent jury.Supreme HR Consultants is a certified leading, established & professionally managed, end-to-end HR solutions & management services provider consultancy. Established by Mr Sanjay Mahajan in 2000 at Kolhapur, it is a certified ISO 9001 -2015 company.The company offers all HR-related activities, contract labour supply & Regulation, Compliance Audit, Payroll services & Payroll Compliance, etc. Apart from the above, following all laid Government procedures and guidelines, they maintain muster rolls, pay-sheet, attendance cards, leave-book, bonus sheets in C form, inspection books, and other legal compliances for concerned establishments management as per the requirement of the client. Moreover, the team of professionals effectively handles almost all HR issues, including recruitment and administration of employees, and conducts disciplinary actions against employees when needed.Sanjay Mahajan, the Director of Supreme HR Consultants Pvt. Ltd is known for its long-term vision and industry relationships. Following all business ethics and principles, he is excellently carrying out comprehensive compensation benchmark exercises for the valuation profession. His understanding of Human Resource Management practices in the contemporary situation of globalization is matchless. http://www.supreme-hr.co.in/

Mr. Sanjay Mahajan, Director Supreme HR Consultants bagged the prestigious AtmaNirbhar Bharat Award 2022

Ahmedabad Election News

Police stations in city wear deserted look amid polls
Ahmedabad Mirror | 6 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 02:04 am
Ahmedabad Mirror
6 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 02:04 am

There’s a popular perception that election time makes politicians the busiest lot. Going by the deserted looks of police stations across Ahmedabad, in reality, however, it is not politicians but cops who are the busiest during elections.Senior police officials told Mirror that Ahmedabad city police has a sanctioned strength of 15,500 police personnel. However it is running short by about 3,000 with a headcount of only 12,500. Out of existing strength, 5,000 are on first-phase poll duty. All DCPs and ACPs, along with their staff, are deployed for the roadshows.During Mirror Check at some city police stations, only two to four cops were found present while the rest were on election duty.Satellite is one of the busiest police stations of Ahmedabad but it was completely deserted on Thursday. A Head Constable present at the police station said, “We have only two police personnel present in the station. All others are deployed on poll duty, either in the city or in the first phase of voting in Saurashtra, South Gujarat and Kutch.”Mirror came across 24-year-old Kansinh Chauhan who was told that his police verification will be done only after December 8. He told Mirror, “I have to buy a bike. The dealer wants a police verification certificate as I am from Rajasthan. Police are telling me to come after December 8. I also applied for a verification certificate online eight days ago but there has been no reply. What should I do?”Vastrapur and Anandnagar police stations had the same story to tell. There were only four policemen inside the police stations, everybody else was on poll duty.Even traffic police are facing the same issue. A senior traffic police official told Mirror that 80% of the staff has been deployed on poll duty. Another 600 have been deployed in the road shows by different political parties.“We are managing traffic junctions with police recruits under training and some TRD jawans,” the official said.

Police stations in city wear deserted look amid polls
PM Modi conducts 30-km long roadshow in Ahmedabad, holds rallies, asks Gujarat voters to punish Cong after `Ravan’ jibe
The Indian Express | 8 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 12:35 am
The Indian Express
8 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 12:35 am

In a whirlwind campaign tour in his home state Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took part in a more than 30-km-long roadshow here and addressed three rallies while asking people to teach a lesson to the Congress in the Assembly elections following its “Ravan” jibe for him.Addressing a rally at Kalol in Panchmahal district, Modi said he respected Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, but it was the opposition party’s “high command” which compelled Kharge to use such jibes.Voting for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections in 89 seats was held on Thursday, while that in the remaining 93 seats including 16 of Ahmedabad city will take place on December 5.Kharge, at a rally in Ahmedabad city on Monday, had said the prime minister asks people to vote “looking at his face” in all elections. “Are you 100-headed like Ravan,” he had said.On Thursday, Modi said, “I respect Kharge ji, but he has to follow orders of the party high command. He was compelled to say that Modi has 100 heads like (demon king) Ravan.” “But the Congress did not realise that Gujarat is the land of Ram Bhakts. Those who never believed in the existence of Lord Ram, have now brought in Ravan from Ramayana just to abuse me,” the PM said.Congress leaders never apologise over such insults but think it is their right to use abusive language for the country’s prime minister, he added.“For them, that family is everything. They will do anything to make the family happy. There is a competition among Congress leaders as to who will use the most abusive and most toxic slurs for Modi,” he said, apparently referring to the Gandhi family.“There is only one way to teach them a lesson. Vote for the BJP on December 5 by pushing a button near lotus,” Modi said.At a rally at Bodeli town in Chhota Udepur district, the PM said despite the Congress’ ‘Garibi Hatao’ slogan, poverty actually increased under its rule.“For decades, Congress has been saying only one thing – Garibi Hatao (eliminate poverty)…The only thing they did was to raise slogans, make promises and misguide people. That was the reason why poverty actually increased during its regime,” Modi said.The poor, tribals and Other Backward Class (OBC) communities were not given priority in education, health and industrial sector by Congress governments, he said.The opposition party also did not support a tribal woman becoming the country’s President, and hence it fielded a candidate against Droupadi Murmu in the presidential election earlier this year, Modi claimed.Speaking at his last rally in Himmatnagar town in Sabarkantha district, he asked people not to repeat the “mistake” committed after Independence.“This election is not just about forming a government here for five years. The country has completed 75 years of Independence. You must keep in mind where India will be 25 years from now. This election is all about making a government which would strengthen the foundation of the country for the next 25 years,” Modi said.“Everyone says that India would have been moving in a different direction had Sardar Patel been the country’s first prime minister. We have already begun the course correction and have put the country in the right direction with so much hard work. Therefore, we cannot afford to commit the same mistake that was committed at the time of India’s Independence,” he added.In the evening, Modi took part in a more than 30-km-long roadshow in Ahmedabad city, starting from Naroda village.A large number of people standing on both sides of the route greeted the PM during the roadshow which began around 5.20 pm.Standing in a specially-designed vehicle, the prime minister waved at the crowd.The roadshow was to pass through the eastern part of Ahmedabad and end at IOC circle in the Chandkheda area on the city’s western side, covering 13 constituencies in Ahmedabad city as well as Gandhinagar-South.

PM Modi conducts 30-km long roadshow in Ahmedabad, holds rallies, asks Gujarat voters to punish Cong after `Ravan’ jibe
  • PM Modi leads 30-km roadshow in Ahmedabad lasting more than 3 hours, covers 14 Assembly constituencies
  • Nyoooz

    Ahmedabad, Dec 1 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening led a 30-km-long roadshow through Ahmedabad city where polling will be held on December 5 in the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections.During the procession that lasted for more than three-and-half hours, he passed through 14 Assembly constituencies.At one point, the prime minister"s convoy made way for an ambulance.The roadshow began from Naroda village in the eastern part of the city around 5.20 pm and ended at IOC crossroads in Chandkheda area in the west around 9 pm.A large number of people standing on both sides of the route welcomed Modi and greeted him with flowers.Standing on a specially-designed vehicle, the PM was seen waving at the crowd all along the route.He also paid floral tributes at the statues of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay and Subhash Chandra Bose in Thakkarbapa Nagar, Maninagar and RTO Circle on the route. Modi"s convoy gave way to an ambulance at one point. On seeing the ambulance coming from behind, the PM"s security personnel asked the driver of his vehicle to move sideways so that the ambulance could pass.The roadshow passed through various areas including Hirawadi, Hatkeshwar, Maninagar, Danilimda, Jivraj Park, Ghatlodia, Naranpura and Sabarmati.It covered 13 constituencies in Ahmedabad city as well as Chandkheda area which falls in the Gandhinagar-South Assembly seat, a BJP release said.Polling for the first phase of elections in 89 seats of Saurashtra and south Gujarat regions was held on Thursday, while that in the remaining 93 seats including 16 of Ahmedabad city will take place on December 5. PTI PJT PD KRK KRKYour support to NYOOOZ will help us to continue create and publish news for and from smaller cities, which also need equal voice as much as citizens living in bigger cities have through mainstream media organizations.

  • Modi conducts 30-km long roadshow in Ahmedabad, holds rallies, asks Gujarat voters to punish Cong after `Ravan" jibe
  • Nyoooz

    Ahmedabad, Dec 1 (PTI) In a whirlwind campaign tour in his home state Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took part in a more than 30-km-long roadshow here and addressed three rallies while asking people to teach a lesson to the Congress in the Assembly elections following its "Ravan" jibe for him. Addressing a rally at Kalol in Panchmahal district, Modi said he respected Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, but it was the opposition party"s "high command" which compelled Kharge to use such jibes. Voting for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections in 89 seats was held on Thursday, while that in the remaining 93 seats including 16 of Ahmedabad city will take place on December 5. Kharge, at a rally in Ahmedabad city on Monday, had said the prime minister asks people to vote "looking at his face" in all elections. "Are you 100-headed like Ravan," he had said.On Thursday, Modi said, "I respect Kharge ji, but he has to follow orders of the party high command. He was compelled to say that Modi has 100 heads like (demon king) Ravan." "But the Congress did not realise that Gujarat is the land of Ram Bhakts. Those who never believed in the existence of Lord Ram, have now brought in Ravan from Ramayana just to abuse me," the PM said.Congress leaders never apologise over such insults but think it is their right to use abusive language for the country"s prime minister, he added. "For them, that family is everything. They will do anything to make the family happy. There is a competition among Congress leaders as to who will use the most abusive and most toxic slurs for Modi," he said, apparently referring to the Gandhi family."There is only one way to teach them a lesson. Vote for the BJP on December 5 by pushing a button near lotus," Modi said.At a rally at Bodeli town in Chhota Udepur district, the PM said despite the Congress" "Garibi Hatao" slogan, poverty actually increased under its rule."For decades, Congress has been saying only one thing - Garibi Hatao (eliminate poverty)...The only thing they did was to raise slogans, make promises and misguide people. That was the reason why poverty actually increased during its regime," Modi said.The poor, tribals and Other Backward Class (OBC) communities were not given priority in education, health and industrial sector by Congress governments, he said.The opposition party also did not support a tribal woman becoming the country"s President, and hence it fielded a candidate against Droupadi Murmu in the presidential election earlier this year, Modi claimed.Speaking at his last rally in Himmatnagar town in Sabarkantha district, he asked people not to repeat the "mistake" committed after Independence. "This election is not just about forming a government here for five years. The country has completed 75 years of Independence. You must keep in mind where India will be 25 years from now. This election is all about making a government which would strengthen the foundation of the country for the next 25 years," Modi said."Everyone says that India would have been moving in a different direction had Sardar Patel been the country"s first prime minister. We have already begun the course correction and have put the country in the right direction with so much hard work. Therefore, we cannot afford to commit the same mistake that was committed at the time of India"s Independence," he added.In the evening, Modi took part in a more than 30-km-long roadshow in Ahmedabad city, starting from Naroda village.A large number of people standing on both sides of the route greeted the PM during the roadshow which began around 5.20 pm. Standing in a specially-designed vehicle, the prime minister waved at the crowd.The roadshow was to pass through the eastern part of Ahmedabad and end at IOC circle in the Chandkheda area on the city"s western side, covering 13 constituencies in Ahmedabad city as well as Gandhinagar-South. PTI PJT PD COR NP GK KRK KRK KRKYour support to NYOOOZ will help us to continue create and publish news for and from smaller cities, which also need equal voice as much as citizens living in bigger cities have through mainstream media organizations.

Gujarat Phase 1 vote today: BJP faces Saurashtra test; AAP, Congress stand in way of bid to regain lost ground
The Indian Express | 21 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 11:35 am
The Indian Express
21 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 11:35 am

A little over a year after it changed the entire Gujarat Cabinet, the BJP will go to polls in the first phase of the Assembly elections on Thursday as it attempts to return to power for the sixth straight term.Around 2.39 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to elect MLAs in 89 constituencies in Saurashtra, Kutch, and south Gujarat, with the BJP looking to regain the ground it lost in Saurashtra in the 2017 Assembly elections. For the ruling party, the main competition will come from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress. The electoral contest between the BJP and the Arvind Kejriwal-led outfit will be especially intense in Surat. Both camps aggressively campaigned against each other in an attempt to bag the 12 seats in the city.In 2017, of the 89 constituencies, the BJP won 48 and the Congress bagged 38 seats. Two seats went to the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP), which was in alliance with the Congress at the time, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won one.In Saurashtra, the agrarian region with 48 seats, the challenge for the BJP is to increase its tally from the 19 constituencies it managed to win last time, while the Congress will look to hold on to the gains it made five years ago and build on their success. The Congress’s seat count of 28 in Saurashtra in 2017 was a gain of 13 seats, while the BJP’s tally came down by 11 seats. It was the ruling party’s worst performance in Saurashtra since 1995 when it formed the government in Gujarat for the first time.But in the last five years, 10 Congress MLAs from Saurashtra defected to the BJP or extended support to the ruling party. They are Kunvarji Bavaliya (Jasdan), Parsottam Sabariya (Dhrangadhra), Jawahar Chavda (Manavadar), Vallabh Dharaviya (Jamnagar Rural), Pravin Maru (Gadhada), JV Kakadiya (Dhari), Soma Ganda Patel (Limbdi), Brijesh Merja (Morbi), Bhagwan Barad (Talala), and Harshad Ribadiya (Visavadar). Save Sabariya, Dharaviya, Maru, Patel, and Merja, the others are BJP candidates this time from their respective seats.The Congress’s Saurashtra performance in 2017 was propelled by support from the Patidar community, which had been traditional BJP supporters since the mid-1980s. But the community drifted towards the Congress five years ago following protests against the BJP-led government over demands for Other Backward Class (OBC) status. The quota agitation stir’s leader Hardik Patel is the BJP candidate from Viramgam in Ahmedabad district this time. Pointing out that the quota agitation has long fizzled out, BJP leaders have claimed that Patidars will back the ruling party this time around.The first phase covers several Patidar and tribal-dominated seats and will be crucial for the ruling party’s stated objective of breaking all Assembly election records. Among the BJP’s objectives is winning most of the 27 constituencies reserved for Scheduled Tribes (STs). In Phase 1, seven of the constituencies at stake are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) communities and 17 are ST seats.For the BJP, a stumbling block in the run-up to the elections was ticket distribution. In the first phase, seven BJP members filed nominations against the party’s candidates, most of them as Independents and one each as Congress and AAP nominees.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading the BJP’s campaign and has addressed 25 public meetings since November 3, when the Elections Commission notified the poll schedule. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been the second-most prominent face to campaign for the party. The party has also deployed a battery of national leaders such as chief ministers Yogi Adityanath, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and Pramod Sawant, Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and its national president JP Nadda.The BJP aggressively played up the Hindutva card by raking up issues such as the 2002 riots, terrorism, “love jihad”, and the Shraddha Walkar murder case. In its poll manifesto, the ruling party promised an anti-radicalisation cell and the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code.The AAP ran an aggressive campaign, especially in Saurashtra and south Gujarat. The electoral plank of the Kejriwal-led party is based on its guarantees such as free education, free electricity, employment, and free religious pilgrimages for the elderly.On Wednesday, Kejriwal issued a video message requesting the people of Gujarat to opt for change. Speaking in Gujarati Kejriwal, who began with the common greeting in Gujarat, “Jai Shri Krishna”, said, “Twenty-seven years are a lot, no? This time try to change. Change is the rule of life. Even trees change their leaves every year. Give AAP one chance. I will never break your trust. Now, the atmosphere is also changing, cold is also increasing. Take care of everyone in the family. Jai Shree Krishna!”The Congress too has promised voters things such as free electricity, implementation of the old pension scheme, and jobs. Its campaign, however, was low-key, with some of its top national leaders largely staying away from the campaign.In six assembly constituencies, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has fielded candidates. These seats are Mangrol, Khambhalia, Bhuj, Mandvi, Surat East, and Limbayat.Notable names in the frayThere are a total of 788 candidates in the fray in Phase 1, including 718 men and 70 women. Some of the notable BJP candidates who will be battling it out on Thursday are Kanti Amrutiya (Morbi), Kunvarji Bavaliya (Jasdan), Jayesh Radadiya (Jetpur), Rivaba Jadeja (Jamnagar North), Pabubha Manek (Dwarka), Babu Bokhiriya (Porbandar), Parshottam Solanki, Mukesh Patel (Olpad), Harsh Sanghavi (Majura), Jitu Vaghani (Bhavnagar West), and Raghavji Patel (Jamnagar Rural).The first phase will also see the fate of some top AAP leaders being decided. Among them are its CM face Isudan Gadhvi (Khambhalia), state president Gopal Italia (Katargam), and former Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leaders Alpesh Kathiriya (Varachha) and Dharmik Malaviya (Olpad).From the Congress, leaders such as Naushad Solanki (Dasada), Lalit Kagathara (Tankara), Indranil Rajyaguru (Rajkot East), Vikram Madam (Khambhalia), Arjun Modhwadiya (Porbandar), Punja Vansh (Una), Paresh Dhanani, Virji Thummar (Lathi), Ambarish Der (Rajula), Kanu Kalsariya (Mahuva), and Anant Patel (Vansda) will be contesting in the first phase.New initiativesThis is the first election where a section of the electorate will have a chance to vote from home. This facility has been made available to 9.87 lakh voters above the age of 80 years and 4.03 lakh voters with disabilities. The Election Commission (EC) distributed around eight lakh forms for voters to avail of this facility but only over two per cent of voters have opted for it.The other initiative is monitoring workers in industries if they have cast their votes or not. The EC has already signed MoUs with various industrial associations for this and asked them to give a holiday or a break to workers on polling day.“We have already conveyed the message to our sister associations for giving workers a break or holiday for polling. Though we cannot force workers to vote, all industrial units have also been asked to monitor the number of workers and share whatever figures possible with us so that we have at least an estimate,” said Pathik Patwari, president of the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).This is also the first election in the state where details of criminal cases faced by candidates needed to be published in newspapers.With inputs from Avinash Nair and Rashi Mishra in Ahmedabad

Gujarat Phase 1 vote today: BJP faces Saurashtra test; AAP, Congress stand in way of bid to regain lost ground
This jumbo Guj family stays, votes together
Times of India | 22 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 10:38 am
Times of India
22 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 10:38 am

SURAT: At a time when disputes between siblings or between a father and a child have become a common occurrence, this family of 81 members is a unique example of unity, harmony and bonding. More importantly, their zeal to exercise their franchise together. The Solanki family in Kamrej wants to give a message how important it is to participate in the election process. The eldest voter in the family is 82-year-old Shamjibhai and the youngest ones are 18-year-old Parth and Vedant who are first-time voters. Live updates: Gujarat assembly elections phase 1The Solanki family will go to Navagam polling booth in multiple vehicles to cast their votes on Thursday. Of the 81 members, 60 are registered voters. "At the age of 82, my father is very enthusiastic about voting and inspires us all to vote," said Nandlal, son of Shamjibhai. 'We want to encourage others to take part in polls' We jointly participate in voting with enthusiasm the way we participate in a marriage function in the family. Through this, we want to encourage others to participate in elections," said Ghanshyam, one of the 17 brothers. In 1985, one of six brothers, Lalji Solanki, a blacksmith by profession from Lakhiyani of Botad, came to the city and settled in Kamrej. He, along with his brothers, started making agricultural equipment and gradually the family grew. Currently, the family's size is 96 of whom 15 live in a village while 81 live in Kamrej. "We now run a manufacturing unit of farming equipment and have developed a brand called Jyoti. The family jointly runs the business," said Pradip, a brother. Read AlsoGujarat election campaigns: PM Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal carpet-bomb, cameo from Rahul GandhiAs the implacable hostilities of campaigning for the first phase of Gujarat election ended on Tuesday, the analysis of star campaigners indicated the BJP and the AAP relied on their most known faces — PM Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal. PM Modi helmed 23 rallies and roadshows, and Kejriwal 19."Most of the members live in a joint family, and it has its advantages. We share responsibilities hence everyone gets some free time," said Nirali, a woman from the family. The home they live in has a huge hall that allows them to assemble in one place for family functions. As the family is growing, they are facing space issues when a son gets married. Read AlsoGujarat polls 2022: Fertile for Congress; BJP vote machine aims to pluck seatsThe candidates in South Gujarat did not just fear the backlash from angry villagers when they visited tribal areas. What scared them more were the mobile phones that tech-savvy tribals wielded with great efficacy to scuttle campaigning."The majority of the members live in the same home where they grew up while young members are going to live in separate houses after marriage,'' said Ghanshyam. "The family unanimously decided to vote together to make a strong nation. We will not go by caste or any other illusions," said Bhavesh, another brother.

This jumbo Guj family stays, votes together

Ahmedabad Education News

Guj polls: BJP vote machine aims to pluck seats
Times of India | 23 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 09:01 am
Times of India
23 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 09:01 am

The candidates in South Gujarat did not just fear the backlash from angry villagers when they visited tribal areas. What scared them more were the mobile phones that tech-savvy tribals wielded with great efficacy to scuttle campaigning. It had become common in villages for someone to pick an argument with the candidate. Another person in the crowd would shoot the scene and posts it on social media. Before the candidate reached the next village, the video went viral. This forced candidates to discuss issues with the village leaders before setting foot there. “We reached the village an hour early and called up people. We developed a rapport with the crowd so that the meeting ended peacefully,” said a political worker in Valsad. From Bharuch to Valsad, the districts have 12 Scheduled Tribe (ST) seats. Ignoring these areas was not an option for candidates. That Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose Kaprada to begin his poll campaign proved the importance of these seats. Historically, the tribal votes have been loyal to the Congress for decades. However, after losing seats due to the Patidar quota movement in the 2017 assembly poll, the ruling BJP decided to compensate for it by winning the tribal seats. The ruling dispensation appointed tribal leaders like Surat Mangrol MLA Ganpat Vasava, Gandevi MLA Naresh Patel, Kaprada MLA Jitu Chaudhary and Umargam MLA Raman Patkar as ministers. It is also hard to miss the BJP government’s devotion towards improving Kaprada’s lot in the past five years. Located at the southernmost tip of the state, Kaprada is a remote hilly terrain that feeds on rainwater and stays mostly arid around the year, despite receiving the highest rainfall in the state. Women here brave long distances to fetch their daily quota of potable water from 35ft deep wells in the region. The situation has improved in a few areas with the Astole group water supply project that is touted as an engineering marvel that lifts water from the Madhuban dam up to 1,800ft to be distributed to 174 villages. Kaprada is where Congress MLA from Vansda, Anant Patel, campaigned heavily against the Par-Tapi-Narmada riverlinking project. The project has widely impacted seats with the tribal majority, including Dang, Dharampur, Gandevi, Vansda, Mahuva and Vyara. Multiple protests were held in all these areas and to counter the impact, the BJP decided to drop the project. Mobile connectivity is another major issue. Kaprada villagers have to climb up the hills to stay connected to the rest of the world. In contrast, the Dharampur and Umargam seats of Valsad have urban pockets with good roads and mobile connectivity. Yet, campaigning activities are limited in Valsad. A taluka panchayat member explains, “A major chunk of the tribal population that make a living as farm or industrial labourers drown out candidates with questions on inflation and lack of hikes in wages. ” Meanwhile, in the Tapi district, the migration of labourers in search of work, lack of schools, and colleges, and jobs for educated tribal youth are the key issues in Vyara and Nizar seats. The scenario is different in Vansda and Gandevi of Navsari. Chikhli, a crucial centre in the Gandevi constituency, plays a key role in determining political trends on the seat. In the Surat district, caste factors will play a key role in Mahuva and Mandvi tribal seats. In Dang, the BJP has repeated Vijay Patel as its candidate, who will challenge Mukesh Patel of the Congress and Sunil Gamit of the AAP. Jhagadia is a vital seat owing to its industrial development and proximity to Bharuch, from where the BTP founder Chhotu Vasava is fighting as an independent. The BJP has been showcasing the 182m tall statue of India’s first home minister Sardar Patel in Narmada district as a project that changed the lives of tribals in Narmada district for the better. However, Kevadia residents feel burdened with the cost of living, especially as they allege that SoU has done little to ease their hardships. Chandu Tadvi, a resident of Bhumaliya village in Garudeshwar taluka, says, “The government istom-tomming about development in Kevadia. But where are the jobs that the tribals were promised? They hired non-tribals from outside!” Another tribal, Vanji Himmat from Jher village, alleges that the officials razed his roadside food stall. “First, they took our land and now they won’t allow us to earn a living,” he says. In neighbouring Chhota Udepur constituency, a Congress stronghold, is all set to witness an intense family battle between the Rathwas. Mayank Rathwa, a local activist, working for tribal health and education in Chhota Udepur, says, “Voters are angry with Mohansinh for quitting the Congress and may resort to revenge voting against the BJP. ” For tribals in Sankheda and Pavi Jetpur, scarce irrigation water and lack of employment are significant concerns. In the tribal heartland of Dahod district and parts of the adjoining districts in central Gujarat, where most of the electorate is poor, the poll campaign revolves around freebies. If the Congress and the AAP are promising free electricity, education, and other services, the BJP is stressing how it had given a lot to the electorate, and it was payback time by voting for the lotus. Dahod district has six seats, of which five are ST candidates. The neighbouring Panchmahal and Mahisagar districts have one ST seat each of Morva Hadaf and Santrampur. The North Gujarat region with three ST seats — Danta in Banaskantha, Bhiloda in Aravalli, and Khedbrahma in Sabarkantha — has been a Congress bastion. Danta has 2 lakh-odd voters, of which nearly 50% are tribals. Mustu Khan, a social worker, says, “Lack of health infrastructure, schools, and employment are major issues, but tribal votes can be swayed by booze and money power. ” Khedbrahma seat, which has a decisive 1. 2 lakh tribal votes, nearly 63% of 1. 92 lakh total voters, will see Congress’s Tushar Chaudhary, a former union minister, fight to gain the seat.

Guj polls: BJP vote machine aims to pluck seats
Independent to decide outcome on two seats
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 day ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:00 am
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 day ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:00 am

Votes garnered by an Independent candidate, who’s contesting simultaneously from Matar (Kheda dist) and Anand (Khambhat dist) constituencies will determine the outcome for BJP whose candidates have been winning from the two seats for the last four terms.Mahipatsinh Chauhan is a former sarpanch of Laval village in Vaso taluka of Kheda district. He has been working at the grassroots level in the education sector and is aggressively campaigning in the two constituencies like major parties. He is the only Independent candidate this time who’s fighting from two constituencies.BJP has fielded Kalpesh Parmar from Matar after dropping incumbent Kesrisinh Solanki who had won in 2017 by a thin margin of 2,404 votes. Solanki rebelled and joined AAP, only to return to BJP within 24 hours.In Khambhat, BJP has repeated Mahesh aka Mayur Rawal who had won by a slender margin of 2,318 votes in 2017.Congress has repeated Sanjay Patel from Matar and nominated Chirag Patel from Khambhat. Political observers believe BJP has an uphill task in both the constituencies this time.Khambhat has been the BJP bastion since 1990 and its candidates have won over the years. Kesrisinh Solanki had won twice. Before him, Devusinh Chauhan had also won twice. Rakesh Rao had won in 2002. Even the Aam Aadmi Party has fielded candidates from both the seats, which will make the contest all the more interesting this time.Chauhan’s political journey is interesting. The 36-year-old worked with a private company in Kolkata between 2009 and 2016. He returned to his village and was elected sarpanch of Laval Gram Panchayat. Later, he was disqualified following a complaint filed by then BJP MLA Kesrisinh Solanki. He later challenged his dismissal in the HC.He founded Sarva Samaj Sena and education campus Sikshan E j Kalyan, which got overwhelming response from the youth. He had joined AAP and got ticket from Matar. Later, his name was dropped by AAP following which he filed papers as an Independent.Chauhan was banished from six districts including Kheda via an order by the collector in 2020 for disobedience during workers’ protest.Talking to Mirror, Chauhan said, “I am contesting the polls because people want change in Matar and Kheda districts. I hold public rallies in 20 villages on a rotation basis. BJP and Congress have fielded illiterate candidates while the voters want an educated representative.”

Independent to decide outcome on two seats
Celebrating and Recognizing Top Leaders Regards
Times of India | 3 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 05:30 pm
Times of India
3 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 05:30 pm

Leaders not only show direction but also guide and inspire many. Hence, it is vital for them to lead from the front, especially in the present times of colossal challenges and change. In honour of such individuals, Optimal Media Solutions (OMS) at the Times Group hosted yet another edition of ‘ET INSPIRING LEADERS – NORTH 2022’ The ‘ET Inspiring Leaders’ is a celebration of professional and entrepreneurial excellence across multiple categories. The event was graced Dr Chander Ketu, Director Ayush (NDMC) and very versatile and talented actress, known for her performance, also recently gave a superhit film Sita Ramam , Mrunal Thakur being the Chief Guest . The guests also experienced a Stand Up Comedy act by Rajat Chauhan. The ET Inspiring Leaders as a platform goes beyond the business excellence of these leaders. The ones who made the cut, have significantly contributed to the people they serve. They have showcased commitment, innovation, zeal, and compassion in servicing the community, leading them to excel. Research Methodology The survey had the following modules i.e., Desk Secondary Research, Approach for sharing fact file, and factual survey (Participatory Survey) to arrive at the analysis and identify the final results of top Global Leaders in different categories. The winning Individuals and Businesses were selected by using a scientific methodology for arriving at the final winners list This was conducted by an independent market research company- i3rc insights Pvt. Ltd. Here’s the list of all the recipients A. P. Shreethar - In the Field of Art & Culture. A.K. Mittal (MD) of Flowmech Engineers Pvt. Ltd. - In the field of Manufacturing Hydraulic Presses for Rubber & Automotive Industries Aakash Sirohi - CEO of New Hope Health Co. - Global Icon in Business Operations & Strategy ABHI BATRA -DIRECTOR & ANSH BATRA-DIRECTOR of Buniyad Group - In Real Estate Services Abhijit Roy - Founder & CEO of Aapna Infotheek Pvt. Ltd. - In Fintech Software Development AJAY KAKAR (Founder & Director ) of Salve Group Of Companies - As Beauty and Personal Care Brand Ajay Kapur - Founder - Shubham Chemicals and Solvents Limited - As Global Icon in chemical Imports Amit Saxena ( VP Education ) - Sparsh Group - In Education & Academic Excellence. Anshu Dhanuka - Co-Founder & CDO of Kiddopia - Women Entrepreneur in EdTech Anuj Mittal - Owner of Vision Fashion (Unikoton Men’s Trousers) - In Men’s Trousers Anusha Agarwal - Founder of House of Aynaa Pvt. Ltd. - In Lifestyle Arham Partap Jain - Founder & CEO of Trucknetic - As Emerging startup Ashish Bhutani, CEO of Bhutani Infra - In Real Estate Ashish Gupta - MD of Umang Art & Craft Expo - In Exhibition Bipin Dayal - MD of CData Software India Pvt. Ltd. - Global Icon in the field Information Technology Bistriti Poddar (Chief Communications Officer) of uKnowva - In Innovative and Distinguished Women Leadership Biswanath Patnaik - CEO of BNP Venture Capital Ltd. - Excellence in the field of Investment Banking Chandrashekhar Reddy Chedabavi - Global Icon in the field of Healthcare Technology & Innovation Deepak Sahni - Founder & CEO of Healthians - In the field of Healthcare Dhruv Galgotia (CEO) of Galgotias University - In Placement & Academic Excellence Dr. A. S Rana, Chairman, Dr. Rajesh Hassija - Managing Director of Indraprastha Group Of School - Global Leaders In Education Dr. Bipin Sule, CEO of Vishwakarma Group - Excellence in the field of Education Dr. Manjula Pooja Shroff - MD & CEO of Kalorex Group - Contribution as Visionary Leader in K-12 Education Dr. Parin Somani, Director of London Organisation of Skills Development (LOSD) - In Education Dr. Sanjay Gupta (Chairman) of Ramagya Group - In Education Dr. Satinder Kumar Gupta Chairman of VSPK international school - In Education Dr. Vivek Panchtatw-Acharya , Director of The Nidan - As Astro & Vastu expert GAUTAM BUDHIRAJA, Founder and Managing Director of N V Organics Pvt Ltd - In Marketing of Natural, Safe and Organic Cosmetics H. S. Singh (Founder) of Radius Synergies International Pvt. Ltd. - In Energy Sector Himanshu Chadha - Founder of Aaryanveda Cosmeceuticals - In Ayurvedic Cosmetics ITW Consulting Private Limited (Bhairav Shanth - Co-Founder) - Contribution as Strategic Marketing & Consulting Agency of The Year Jhansi Rani Vedachalam - MD of Jiore skincare - In the field of Skincare Jitendra Kejriwal - Founder of Sonear Group - As Innovation in Veneer Design Khadeer Peer Shariff S S - CEO of Gibraltar Technologies LLC - Excellence in the field of Information Technology Kunal Gupta - Director of Bal Bhawan International School - Global Academic Leadership Award- Education Meher Sheikh - CEO of Nikology - As Young Entrepreneur of the Year Nikhilesh Tiwari - CEO and Founder of Spay Technology Pvt. Ltd. - Excellence in the field of Fintech Paper Boat Apps Pvt. Ltd (Anupam Dhanuka - Co - Founder & Co-CEO) - Leading Startup in EdTech Prateek Garg, Founder & MD of Progressive Infotech Pvt. Ltd - Excellence in the field of IT Services Pulkit Baldev - Co-Founder of Metalbook - In Metal Manufacturing & Digital Supply Chain Raghava Rao Bellamkonda - Founder & MD of NSR Ventures - Excellence in the field of Real Estate ( Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Development ) Raghuram Lanka - Head of Jio Health - Excellence in the field of Innovative AI Solutions ( Healthcare ) Rahil Gupta, CTO & Co-Founder of Hop Electric - Excellence in the field of Climate Tech : Young Entrepreneur Rahul Chadha, Managing Partner of Chadha & Co.- In Legal Services to Foreign Companies Doing Business in India Rajesh Ranjan - CEO of Krishify - In Agritech Rakhi Mishra, Director of Rakhi Creations & Studios - As Startup in Organic Clothing Ranjan Kant - Co-Founder of Arthmate - In Fintech Ravi Shankar Rai (CMD & Chairman) of Savitri Telecom Services - As One of the Best Telecom Technology Solution Provider Rina Singh (Principal) of The Khaitan School, Noida - In Education Rishabh Guptaa - CEO of Richmondd Global school - As Global Leader- Education Ryan Pinto, CEO of Ryan International Group Of Institutions - Contribution as Inspiring EduLeader of the Year 2022 Sandeep Chatterjee - Director of Deloitte India - Contribution as Supply Chain Professional Sandeep Kumar Verma ( Managing Director) of Rifof Construction Pvt. Ltd. - In Construction of Quality Residential Projects Sanjay Kumar Labh - Sr. Executive Vice President - Delhi/NCR of Prestige Group - Global Icon in the field of Real Estate & Construction Sanjeev Agarwal - Founder & CEO of Alpha Quantum Group - For his Excellence in the Field of Finance Sanjeev Jain & Sandeep Jain of Akums Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. - In Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Sector Sia Sainani - MD of Modus Techno Pvt. Ltd. - Women Entrepreneur - Interior Designing ( Construction - Fit Out ) Sudip Saha - MD & Co-founder of Future Market Insights - Global Icon in the field of Business Consulting Suman Bhandari and Mr. Mohit Gogia - Directors of MGSB Traexim Pvt. Ltd.- In the field of Finance & Auction Sumit Bhat- Co-Founder & CEO & Vikas Shukla - Co-Founder & CTO of Coding Jr. - In EdTech & AI Truke - Pankaj Upadhyay Founder and CEO of Truke and Ajay Choudhary Co-Founder and Vice President, Truke - In Consumer Durables - Digital Udit Karan Chandok CEO & Co Founder & Akash Narain Mittal COO & Co Founder of Wcube - B2B Marketplace Sahen Ahuja - CMO of Metaverse Blockchain Solutions Pvt. Ltd. - In Fintech Web 3.0 Vikram R Singh- Founder & CEO of Antier Solutions - In Fintech - Blockchain Development Vishal Raheja- MD of Investoxpert.com - As Emerging Prop Tech Brand of the year Vishal Rustagi- Founder & CEO of Metaorange Digital Pvt. Ltd. - In Software Development Yash Prakash (Founder) of AcadAlly - In Improving Student Performance and Student Engagement. Yukti Nagpal, Director of Gulshan Group - In Real Estate Luxury Project Disclaimer: Content Produced by OMS

Celebrating and Recognizing Top Leaders Regards
GTU begins translating engg textbooks into Gujarati
Times of India | 4 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 06:18 am
Times of India
4 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 06:18 am

AHMEDABAD: While committees have been appointed for translating medical textbooks into Gujarati, Gujarat Technological University (GTU) has already started translating textbooks of engineering courses in the local language. The task of translation has been taken up in light of the National Education Policy (NEP). GTU vice-chancellor Navin Sheth said that engineering textbooks have about 20 lakh words. "About 3 lakh technical words are often used. Our teams have translated about 50,000 of these technical terms into Gujarati. These translated terms have also been approved by a 22-member expert committee," Sheth said. Sheth said that the committee included 15 Sanskrit language experts too. Sources said that the translated terminology includes words from electrical, mechanical and electronics courses. Sources said that in the next phase about 1.5 lakh words and terms will be translated into Gujarati. On October 29, the state department of higher education had announced that a 19-member committee has been set up to prepare and submit a roadmap for translating engineering subject textbooks and textbooks of medical, dental, physiotherapy and nursing courses. The committee set up by the department of higher education is headed by the vice-chancellor of the National Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, and has deans of government medical colleges and VCs of various universities. Sources said that a meeting of the committee was also held after its creation. It was decided in the meeting to form a committee at the state level to delegate responsibilities.

GTU begins translating engg textbooks into Gujarati

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Ayeesha S Aiman: Bollywood Alert!!
Ahmedabad Mirror | 14 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:47 pm
Ahmedabad Mirror
14 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:47 pm

December 01: Aeronautical Engineer turned Miss India international Ayeesha S Aiman will be seen in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Film “India Lockdown”, which is set to release on ZEE 5 on 2nd Dec.The film is based on the initial days of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic when the government called for a 21-day lockdown across the country. The trailer will send shivers down your spine as it recreated the horrors of the time when it was plain chaotic. The trailer of the film highlights how many people became jobless, the issue of migrant workers going back to their native places, and sex workers being deprived of their source of income.The film, helmed by Madhur Bhandarkar, revolves around the traumatic experiences that transpired during the covid-19 pandemic. In the film, 26 years Old Ayeesha S Aiman will be seen essaying the role of a Sex worker in Kamathipura in Mumbai, who is forced to adapt to the changes brought about by the lockdown.The former Beauty queen said, “I watched films like Mandi and Chandni Bar, which helped me portray the emotions and struggles of S*x workers living on the margins in a realistic way. I also saw Waheeda Rahman’s Pyaasa”. It was necessary to watch these films and understand the struggles of the characters,” She added. “I met few S*x workers to prepare for the role. I am a keen observer. I observed how they would walk, how they live their mundane life and tried to understand their hardships,” the actress added.When I was offered India Lockdown, “I said yes, without hearing about my character, I have chosen to do this film not by the length of the character but heart touching stories of the people during lockdown’. I immediately got interested in this film and role as I had full faith in Madhur Bhandarkar Sir,”Ayeesha Added, “Normally, Miss India has their debut with the Glam role, but I opted for a very strong role where I had almost carried no make-up look and normal clothes. I had really different choice when it was about my debut in Bollywood, I had many offers, though, but I wanted to choose something where I could learn the craft of acting, so there was no better opportunity than India Lockdown. I have not chosen this film because of the length of my character but the story of which touches the lives of everyone,” Added AyeeshaInspired by true events, written by Amit Joshi and Aradhana Shah, ‘India Lockdown’ will depict four parallel stories and the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on the people of India. The trailer of India Lockdown had its premiere in IIFI Goa, and Ayeesha’s performance has already created a strong buzz among peers in the Industry.’India Lockdown’ is set for a direct-to-digital release on ZEE5 on December 2. The film is produced by Jayantilal Gada of PEN Studios, Bhandarkar Entertainment and Pranav Jain’s PJ Motions Pictures.

Ayeesha S Aiman: Bollywood Alert!!
XBB now dominant Covid-19 variant in Gujarat
Times of India | 2 days ago | 30-11-2022 | 07:19 am
Times of India
2 days ago | 30-11-2022 | 07:19 am

AHMEDABAD: After BA.2.75 subvariant of Omicron, a new subvariant is being seen in Covid cases. The XBB variant, considered to be the combination of BA.2.10 and BA.2.7, now accounts for nearly half of the cases, according to the data by Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC) that carries out the whole genome sequencing of a select number of Covid cases. The shift has been spotted at the time when the state is recording low daily tally - it has not crossed a single digit in the past four days - and the number of active cases is at a six-month low at 198. As of Tuesday evening, 14 districts out of 33 had zero active cases, whereas 14 have less than 10 active cases. The state had no patients on ventilators as of Tuesday evening. Some other variants of Covid recorded in Gujarat in the recent past include BN.1, BM.1.1, BL.1 and BM.4.1.1, etc. Analysis of the last 100 sequences indicates that 45% of the cases were of XBB, followed by 20% of BA.2.10, 19% of BA.2.75 and 16% of other variants. Some reports suggest the onset of XBB sub-variant in India in October as several states have recorded cases even though Covid numbers have been falling owing to factors like widespread vaccination and herd immunity. A city-based physician said that the spike after Diwali festivities - coupled with flu and other illnesses - subsided quickly and there have been a few cases of viral infection. "Hospitalization is also at an at all-time low," said the physician.

XBB now dominant Covid-19 variant in Gujarat
China firm on zero-Covid policy amid rising protests
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 days ago | 29-11-2022 | 12:29 am
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 days ago | 29-11-2022 | 12:29 am

#BEIJINGChina on Monday dismissed concerns over its controversial zero-Covid policy in the face of unprecedented demonstrations, which have spread to Beijing even as it reported close to 40,000 coronavirus cases and authorities scrambled to contain the fresh surge in infections and protests against the Xi Jinping regime.The protests, which come nearly a month after President Xi was elected as the ruling party’s top leader for a third consecutive term, have spread to Shanghai, Beijing and many parts of the country in the last few days against the stringent policy under which cities and localities are kept under prolonged lockdowns and isolations.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian also defended the arrest of a BBC journalist covering the demonstrations in Shanghai, maintaining that the scribe did not present his media credentials.“What you mentioned does not reflect what has happened,” Zhao told a media briefing when asked, given the widespread display of anger and frustration on zero-Covid policy across the country.“China has been following the dynamic zero-Covid policy and has been making adjustments based on realities on the ground,” Zhao said.He said so far China issued nine versions of pandemic protocols and recently released 20 measures to contain the outbreak.“We believe that with the leadership of the CPC and the support of the Chinese people, our fight against Covid-19 will be successful,” Zhao said.To another question on protests at home and abroad calling for an end to zero-Covid policy with some calling for Xi to step down, Zhao said, “I just answered your question and I am not aware of what you mentioned.” Under the policy, those who tested positive along with those who came in contact with them were taken away to mass covid treatment centers which have caused public resentment.China’s National Health Commission said 39,452 new cases were reported on Monday, including 36,304 local asymptomatic cases, as authorities scrambled to contain the fresh surge in infections.For the fifth consecutive day, China has reported close to 4,000 cases in Beijing. Agencies

China firm on zero-Covid policy amid rising protests
Ahmedabad: Weddings pull hospitality and retail out of pandemic gloom
Times of India | 3 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 10:51 am
Times of India
3 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 10:51 am

AHMEDABAD: Nikita Wankhade, a photographer based in Ahmedabad travelled to a sprawling heritage resort nestled in mango orchards in Champaner last weekend. “Perhaps, I will be able to enjoy the tranquillity of this place on my next visit. This time, my four-member team and I are on a water-tight schedule shooting the destination wedding of an NRG couple,” said Wankhade, who is booked for wedding shoots over the next three months. With about 33 auspicious muhurat days, about six lakh weddings, big and small, will be held across Gujarat this season. Hospitality, catering, decoration and retail players thus expect their revenues to zoom past pre-Covid levels. “Weddings were muted for two years. In stark contrast, this year, the number of events has increased, and their grandeur has multiplied, with YOLO (you only live once) enthusiasm among people. We have clients who registered their marriages last year but are holding ceremonies and celebrations this year,” Wankhede said. Photographers, wedding planners, decorators, hoteliers and other hospitality businesses are busy even through the Kamurta period i. e. , from December 14 to January 14, which is typically held to be inauspicious. “Hospitality was one of the sectors worst affected by the Covid pandemic with restrictions on travel and gatherings. As the season progresses, hotels, caterers, florists, decorators, photographers, and others are expected to do brisk business. A multiplier effect will be seen on the economy as vendors will also get business,” said Narendra Somani, president of the Hotels and Restaurants Association (HRA) of Gujarat. This year, the peak of the season will begin by November-end and continue until February, according to industry sources. Retail businesses thriving as demand recoversWhile gold and silver prices are high, gems and jewellery retailers have seen strong demand. Rohit Choksi, former president of the Jewellers’ Association Ahmedabad, said, “Lightweight and antique jewellery sets are in demand. With more social occasions, demand has sustained despite high prices. People exchange old gold for new purchases, but demand remains. ” “Diamond and polki jewellery is also sought after, especially among affluent and NRI clients,” said Jay Begani, another jeweller. Even the textile sector, which is grappling with cotton price pressures, has seen good retail demand driven by discretionary spending for weddings. “Demand for finery and designer wear is good. Even though prices are up 15%, sales are good,” said Sambhav Chauhan, a clothing retailer. WEDDING PLANNERS BACK IN BUSINESS: Till last year, the variation in rules for public gatherings from state to state led to deferring of many destination weddings. This time there are no such hiccups with many destination weddings scheduled. Krunal Parekh, a city-based wedding planner, said, “Business has clearly bounced back to pre-Covid levels. Vietnam and Thailand are popular international destinations given flight connectivity while Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Goa remain preferred in India for destination weddings. People here have guest lists of 200 to 300. ” Industry players say people spend between Rs 1 crore and Rs 5 crore on destination weddings. Room tariffs and occupancy rates climbCompared to last year, hotels’ are seeing more revenue, with tariffs and occupancy boosted. Average daily rates (ADRs) for branded hotels in Gujarat have risen by at least 45% from pre-Covid levels. “Eased restrictions led people to organizing more elaborate weddings. Our banquet spaces and rooms are in high demand with clients from Ahmedabad and other parts of Gujarat. With the cap on gatherings lifted, hotels command better prices too,” said Jay Sudhakaran, general manager, Novotel Ahmedabad. Hotel occupancy has also grown to an in-dustry average of 75% across Ahmedabad. “Inquiries for weddings are numerous and 70% of available dates are blocked by wedding clients at our hotel. Bookings are plentiful and this is helping F&B businesses and occupancy levels,” said Keenan McKenzie, general manager, ITC Narmada. The average daily rate (ADR) has gone up to Rs 7,500 per room per night for most days at hotels across Ahmedabad. Despite three luxury hotels being launched in the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar market in the past year and a half, overall ADR has increased. Party plot owners relievedWith guest lists curtailed for a couple of years, party plots saw low demand. Now, as inquiries grow past pre-Covid levels, business is brisk. Manoj Purohit, secretary of the Ahmedabad Catering Association, which has caterers and party plot owners as members, said, “Inquiries have grown by at least 40%, as most people waited for three years to hold events without restrictions. Even small banquet spaces are fully booked. ” Gujarat has about 10,000 party plots, which are rented for between Rs 50,000 and Rs 35 lakh. Even municipal halls are booked, due to the election and weddings.

Ahmedabad: Weddings pull hospitality and retail out of pandemic gloom
Congress doesn’t respect tribals, didn’t support Droupadi Murmu, says PM Narendra Modi in Bharuch
Times of India | 3 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 10:02 am
Times of India
3 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 10:02 am

NETRANG (BHARUCH): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused that the Congress of not having respect for the tribal community and said that the party opposed candidature of Droupadi Murmu in the presidential election held earlier this year. He was canvassing for the BJP in Netrang, a tribal area of Bharuch district. Modi also said that the entire world was amazed at how India managed to come out Covid-19 pandemic in such a short span. "Congress has no respect for tribals in the country. When we proposed to make our tribal daughter (Droupadi Murmu) the president of the country, the Congress opposed it. We put all our might and made the tribal daughter win the election," Modi said. "Be it Birsa Munda or Govind Guru, the Congress never gave the due respect to the tribal leaders," he further alleged. The PM said the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in a big country like India was terrifying. "We faced the pandemic and came out of it. The entire world is amazed how we did it," Modi said. During pandemic factories were closed, people had to go back to their villages. "In such circumstances, our first concern was to provide enough food to poor people. We have been providing free ration to 80 crore people for the last three years," Modi said. He said that when many countries are still struggling to vaccinate their entire population, India has provided more than 200 crore doses of anti-coronavirus vaccine to its people. "After two doses, we provided a booster dose also free," Modi said.

Congress doesn’t respect tribals, didn’t support Droupadi Murmu, says PM Narendra Modi in Bharuch