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Harbhajan Singh at the crease, Mann fields ‘zero electricity bills’, AAP promises end to paper leaks
The Indian Express | 2 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 05:35 am
The Indian Express
2 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 | 4 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 03:35 am
The Indian Express
4 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 | 7 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 12:49 am
Ahmedabad Mirror
7 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 | 7 hours ago | 02-12-2022 | 12:35 am
The Indian Express
7 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 | 9 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 10:35 pm
The Indian Express
9 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 | 13 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:49 pm
Ahmedabad Mirror
13 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
Ayeesha S Aiman: Bollywood Alert!!
Ahmedabad Mirror | 13 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:47 pm
Ahmedabad Mirror
13 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!!
Preserving an optimistic attitude and consistently climbing up the success ladder- Vision of Priyanka Agarwal
Ahmedabad Mirror | 13 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:38 pm
Ahmedabad Mirror
13 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:38 pm

December 01: While the success stories of most self-made entrepreneurs are frequently portrayed, their setbacks and challenges are rarely discussed.When bringing up one of the most insightful and strong-willed women entrepreneurs in our nation, it is difficult not to acknowledge the journey of Priyanka Agarwal, whose story and brand’s growth have been phenomenal.With over 15 years of experience in Indian markets, specifically real estate, Priyanka Agarwal is the Founder and CEO of Pace Every Door- a sole-selling firm for real estate developers. She has also formed IAMSHE- a platform that empowers and assists individuals while also providing emotional support. It is extremely crucial for individuals to be self-sufficient, not only financially but also mentally, and Priyanka is precisely that entrepreneur.In conversation, she revealed, “For me, peace, hard work, sincerity, honesty, and trust are the most important factors in engaging with people.”In 2022, she lost her dear brother, which left a void in the family and at work; however, being the strong woman that she is, Priyanka states, “This episode taught me a lot of things and helped me grow as a person.”“Strength does not always imply feeling strong. It means you make an appearance anyway, which is exactly what I did,” says Priyanka. She continues to add, “Most things are beyond your control, but you can appreciate what is right in front of you. You can love and appreciate the people who are still present. You can live in the memory of those who have gone before you. Even in the midst of uncertainty and struggle, there are choices. You get to choose how you see the universe, what you put more emphasis on, and how you adapt.”Starting to work at the age of 16 and understand the importance of being self-sufficient and taking care of your own finances. Today, Priyanka Agarwal, who is a digital content creator and lifestyle blogger, also owns a successful business of her own. She not only runs successful businesses but also looks after her family, proving that nothing is more powerful than a determined and confident woman.”The day you choose to pursue your dreams is the day you will begin to see your dreams become a reality. All you have to do is believe in yourself and begin the journey.” Priyanka advises all aspiring entrepreneurs out there.Her passion for real estate, her passion for meeting new people, and her passion for social media engagement have turned her into an inspiring digital content creator, a blogger, and a head honcho woman entrepreneur, as she continues to build her businesses through hard work and determination.Scripting her success story, Priyanka Agarwal is constantly making progress and striving to set a positive example in her life.

Preserving an optimistic attitude and consistently climbing up the success ladder- Vision of Priyanka Agarwal
Dhoomimal Gallery in the collaboration with Allure Art presents “ILLUSIONS OF TIME “A solo show by Artist Vijender Sharma
Ahmedabad Mirror | 13 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:33 pm
Ahmedabad Mirror
13 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:33 pm

November 30: Dhoomimal Gallery in collaboration with Allure Art presents “ILLUSIONS OF TIME”, A solo show by Vijender Sharma. The curatorial essay for this show is writtenby Sushma K.Bahl & Nipun Soin. From 1st December till 7th Dec 2022 exhibited in Dhoomimal Gallery G -42 Block G, Connaught Place,NewDelhi from 11am till 7pmKey Notes on the show:Date - 1st to 7th December 2022Venue - Dhoomimal Gallery G- 42, ConnaughtPlace, New Delhi - 110001Curatorial Essay by Sushma K BahlThe focus in much of the artist’s repository is primarily on human life, people’s emotions and narratives connected to their life. Be this about Adam and Eve, the forbidden fruit, the umbilical cord, sperm and the cycle of life. There are protagonists who with their silent voices add an eerie aura around the compositions. The artist paints dreams. He features people of varied demeanor. His characters are thinkers nursing their hidden perspectives and relishing their secret lives. The paintings of beautiful damsels, their voluptuous bodies wrapped in cellophane cover or clothed in see-through layered costumes, their features drawn and painted in intricate details, offer surrealist studies of human portraits. The choreographed compositions with beautifully drawn eyes, hair, strings, masks and other objects spread around, present engaging dramatic play. The metaphysical painter creates surreal and magical canvases including some spiritual leaders, revered for their universal form, and not tied to a particular religion or region. Known for his super realistic forms, his collection features real life look-alike figures with masks, heart-shaped forms, petals and threads hanging or tied up as in ‘Love and Masks 1 & II’. Therealistic appearance of the characters is deceptive to the eye, in a vein similar to the Greek painter Zeuxis painting of grapes, that look so real that birds are tempted to peck at them!The artist is also credited with a series of portraits including a tiny one-and-a-half feet portrait of ‘M.F. Husain’ in watercolours that he had painted when still in his final year at the art college. One needs to see it through a magnifying glass to appreciate its finesse and the minute details properly. “It is a good reminder of my days of struggle and keeps me grounded”, says Vijender who wishes to retain it for his own collection. Another “high point of my career has been the invitation received from the then President of India Abdul Kalam to make his portrait”. A memorable and exciting experience that he continues to cherish. Credited with bringing alive the late poet art critic Keshav Malik in a beautiful painting, he has also done portraits featuring Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Buddha and Jesus Christ among others. His expertise in giving the revered figures his own positive and open-minded interpretation is reflected in his painting titled ‘Salvation’, which features Christ adorning a crown surrounded by symbols of love instead of thorns. The mask tied together and hanging from threads within the frame, seem to signify the need to avoid deception.Vijender’s work engages with fantasies, real life encounters and mythical characters.Akin to the sheer veil, which covers his protagonists, the surrealist compositions depict human reality entailing mystery and fantasy as depicted in the two differently sized partly covered and oriented characters, one male and the other female, their eyes wide open accompanied by a variety of masks, and titled ‘The Red Mask’. There is also a cinematic realism in some of his paintings that stem from his work with Bollywood films and television serials as in ‘The Masks Player’ and ‘Lady with Masks’. Such paintings are markers of his versatility as an illustrator and illuminator.There are other creations that mark his measured brushwork entailing details as in the stitched-up figure surrounded by calligraphic messaging in ‘Life is Life’.The painting titled ‘Big Bang’ presents the dilemma of the tied-up sperm or may be a soul. ‘Desire for Rebirth 1’ and ‘Desire for Rebirth II’ paintings rotate around the notion of cycle of life-death-rebirth. Offering a touching contrast appears ‘Desire 2013-II’ where the seed is trying to tear apart the cover and come out of the womb cutting through the blood red umbilical cords and the body itself. In contrast appear two different compositions both titled ‘The forbidden fruit’. Their graded palette of red and gray, with the figure appearing in one case, is symbolic ofAdam and Eve. The silvery sheath and the tempting looking red apple addan engraved metallic look to the imagery. It also exemplifies the artist’s mastery in handling colours, textures and forms. Also noteworthy is the contrast in the nude body’s background and foreground as painted in ‘Gold and Body’. The remarkable delicacy, depicted in the reclining nude figure, appears realistic as if you can touch or feel her emotions. “I like to focus on the anatomy and structure of the figure” asserts the artist who is fearless when working on the figure in his paintings. The ‘Social Listener’ some what lonesome and lost, his face covered with a mask, while many others stacked behind him, his hands tied up and eyes located elsewhere, makes an engaging art-scape. The composition titled ‘Stop’ with a bird sticking his neck out of the nested hole and several other pock-marked telltale signs of injury, decay and loss that cover not only the canvas but also beyond it onto the frame, make an evocative painting.A search through the collection brings forth a range of visual stories in multiple sizes, styles, expressions and illusions. There are people, men and women sheathed in their see-through robes of transparent polythene that look hyper realistic. There are clowns and magicians who entertain the world. Insulated from the mundane life around, the happy go lucky looking clowns articulate telling tales with double-edged meaning as mirrored in their lonesome lives. One of the works in this series is part of the Bollywood star entertainer Amitabh Bacchant’s collection. There are also paintings featuring beautiful ladies. Others are highlighted with masks and petals lying within the composition and the frame that binds the picture together. His works also touch on the futility of hankering after worldly pleasures that are transient, leaving one with a feeling of emptiness once they evaporate. The paintings titled ‘Love Hate and Meditation’ and ‘The Life of Meditator’ come within this domain as they highlight the need for meditation. His most recent work is a twelve-piece composition ‘Realism to Abstraction’ which traces a journey and presents an interesting point in this contemporary artist’s track.Vijender’s women including the lone someones hold their heads high, even when covered in clinging or see-through sheaths of cloth, or tied down by thin red cord that they seem to want to rip off, yearning for freedom from bonds that hold them back. The work also stands for the changing face of Indian women - no longer confined or wrapped up in a Ghunghat or veil as in the olden days. On the one hand it suggests her open and liberal worldview and on the other it is a satire on the way her form continues to be used and misused by the society and media even today. With flowers and petals, masks, strings and objects scattered around, the paintings in the collection represent the struggle between the positives and the negatives, a part of human life. There are hyper realistic and illusionistic compositions with a tinge of satire on contemporary double- edged life.His work lays special emphasis on the sensuousness and beauty of the figure. The face is given a soft touch while the eyes; the eyebrows, hair and hands are painted meticulously. Measured brush strokes using hard and soft brushes help create a bright and vivid palette, with a play of light and shade. “I like to focus both on the inner emotions and outer appearance of my protagonists” claims the artist who has mastered the art of creating a different and third colour of his own design by mixing two or more of the readily available ones. His symbols are open to varied interpretations such as sperm like form may stand in for a womb, flowers for youth, and strings suggest confinement or links while masks signify society and games that people play.Vijender paints for a living and does it exceedingly well for himself. Occasionally critiqued for the decorative elements in his work, it calls for a closer look and study of the themes that underline his sensuous oeuvre. In his scheme of creativity there is no time or interest for direct sermons via art. Rather than confrontation his art seeks resolution. A fascination with beauty is evident in the artist’s masterly handling of human form including female figuration. “Art for art’s sake is a prerequisite for it to impact the society”, asserts the artist who believes art must be visually enticing for it to engage the viewer. He lays emphasis on meditation, drawing, form, palette, texture, composition and experimentation rather than depending on mechanical or electronic devices for his work. For him the visual appeal in an artwork is essential for it to draw the viewerCurator’s Essay by (Nipun Soin)There is no wonder that an impeccable artist dips his brush in his soul and paints his own nature into his artworks. This statement by HW. Beecher rings true in case of our renowned artist who is here to mesmerize you with his style of work, the pride of India, none other than Vijender Sharma -a very few amid the Indian artists who can illustrate life on the canvas through his magical strokes.With a remarkable flair for art, he also has an incredible zeal to work and portray manifold subjects on the canvas. No wonder that is the reason he is constantly rising and shining in his life. The themes chosen by him are commonplace but powerful. Love, death, devoutness, corruption, pretense are some of his chosen subjects to work upon. The artist has, over time, gained insights about human relationships and an understanding of humans with his environs. He adheres to realist-naturalist mode of representation in his paintings with an efficacy towards administering the core idea in a way which is a treat to watch for the onlookers. His works are based on his life experiences. This is the key reason why we see his works interacting with the audiences and telling them a never heard before tale. His works have evolved over time, from depicting his art through traditional mediums including oil, acrylic and to using new methods including 3D installation of the modern-day. His style and works give a picture of the illusion of times, thus opening new avenues of endless exploration. Vijenderâsforte lies in the medium and nature of content he illustrates. With an inimitable style he presents a dreamlike landscape for his spectators to decipher. Vijender wants his audiences to feel the intensity and become a part of his lifelike works. One feels like holding the objects he paints in a three-dimensional structure. Vijender projects a photograph realistically onto the canvas. His attention to minute details makes his artworks an epitome of beauty entwined with mystery. The onlookers find his works thoughtful and dreamlike.The young illustrator makes parallel exhaustive probes into color, approaches it with stimulating fascination, grips and balances it with unerring mind’s eye.About the ArtistVijender Sharma is possibly one of the most brilliant exponents of the genre of photorealism in India. Excellence in this form demands an extremely high level of skill of both eye and hand, and a rigorous schooling. The significant thing, however, is not his great virtuosity but that thus transcendsmere academism with a satirical worldview which is very much his own.Vijendra Draws his strength not from style but his handling of the medium and content - His language is simple but his manner of utterance only proves that it is simple to be simple. He must be judged on his own terms.

Dhoomimal Gallery in the collaboration with Allure Art presents “ILLUSIONS OF TIME “A solo show by Artist Vijender Sharma
SalmonPink Events to host unique meet of social media influencers
Ahmedabad Mirror | 13 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:30 pm
Ahmedabad Mirror
13 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:30 pm

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], November 30: SalmonPink Events & Entertainment, which offers a wide range of event management & entertainment solutions, will usher in the new year with a unique gathering of social media influencers, one of the largest such gatherings ever in Gujarat.More than 200 top-notch influencers, each of them having a minimum of 50,000 followers on social media platforms, will be a part of the event Social Preneurs at Neonz Resort & Club in Anand on December 31.“This is the era of influencers, and many have made it big through their efforts and talent. But, the role of influencers is much more than just endorsing brands. Many influencers are also fulfilling other responsibilities. They are entrepreneurs in the true sense and are contributing to society in one way or the other. The idea of the event is to celebrate these social entrepreneurs,” said Soeb Akhtar, CEO and Founder of SalmonPink Events & Entertainment.The event, the largest and one-of-a-kind gathering of some of the most famous influencers in Gujarat, is a brainchild of Soeb Akhtar, his partner and SalmonPink Events’ MD and Founder Kashyap Sharma, and Malay Raj, Founder of InOceans Heritage Media, aims to bring the best influencers on a common platform and help them grow more.“Social media influencers are currently operating in silos. There is no formal community or group that brings them together. We aim to foster a community of social media influencers by bringing them together, encouraging them to collaborate, learn from one another, and get better at their craft. We have received excellent response from the influencer community and are confident that Social Preneurs will be a huge hit,” said Kashyap Sharma, MD and Founder of SalmonPink Events.While there will be a lot of fun to usher in the year 2023, networking and learning opportunities will be aplenty.“There is a dedicated networking session for the participants to meet and connect with one another. There is another session where an official of a leading social media application will guide participants on how they can make better videos. They will also be informed about their role and responsibilities as influencers since they are followed by many. Top brands will also be taking part in the event and will finalise tie-ups and collaborations on the spot with the influencers,” said Malay Raj, Founder of InOceans Heritage Media.A rock band from Mumbai will entertain the gathering in the evening, followed by the commencement of the new year celebrations.

SalmonPink Events to host unique meet of social media influencers
Digital Rupee launched officially: Five points to keep in mind on how this works
The Indian Express | 14 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 05:35 pm
The Indian Express
14 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 05:35 pm

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has officially launched its very first digital token called the digital Rupee. The digital Rupee (e₹-R) will be available for purchase and trade starting today via select banks in select cities. If you are planning to buy India’s official digital currency, then here are five points that you should keep in mind about the digital Rupee.The digital Rupee is different from traditional cryptocurrency. This is also known as Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) meaning it has the back of a central bank, in this case the RBI. The main characteristic of a cryptocurrency is that it is decentralised, whereas the digital Rupee is issued and controlled by RBI and it’s the central bank that decides all the parameters for the CBDC.Unlike a cryptocurrency, where, the value fluctuates based on the transactional volume, digital Rupee will have a fixed value and is also considered a legal tender in India. Hence, the digital Rupee can be used for making person-to-person (p-to-p) and person-to-merchant (p-to-m) transactions.As a part of the pilot program, RBI has issued a license to four banks — State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank and IDFC First Bank can currently issue digital Rupee in India. Similarly, four more banks — Bank of Baroda, Union Bank of India, HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank will soon be able to distribute digital Rupee in India.As of now, the availability of the digital Rupee has also been limited to Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Bhubaneswar. In the coming days, the availability of the digital Rupee will be expanded to Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Indore, Gangtok, Guwahati, Kochi, Patna, and Shimla, enabling more users to buy this.Users will be able to buy the digital Rupee from the official app or website from the four designated banks which are mentioned above. As of now, there is no exact information if these banks will allow users to buy digital Rupee from their existing apps or will release a new app/website just to handle digital Rupee. While one needs to have a bank account to transact with the physical rupee, digital Rupee does not require any bank account.Yes, this can be shared with a friend or family just like a cryptocurrency. Again, this can only be done on the supported apps from the banks that have been licensed to issue these in India. The digital Rupee can be stored just like you store money on a Paytm wallet, which can be used for all sorts of transactions. RBI has even stated that the digital Rupee should be considered a legal tender by all institutions (both private and government) and individuals.This can be used just like a physical rupee in most places. However, you won’t be able to withdraw it in the form of physical currency. However, the digital Rupee can be converted into cash via commercial banks. When you have money in your bank account, it usually attracts interest. When it comes to the digital Rupee, it won’t earn any interest and its value of it will remain constant.

Digital Rupee launched officially: Five points to keep in mind on how this works
  • Digital rupee pilot project launching on Dec 1: what is it and how will it work?
  • The Indian Express

    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced the launch of India’s much-awaited Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), a sort of official cryptocurrency, for retail users from Thursday (December 1).Who can use the retail CBDC?What will be launched on December 1 is the first phase of a pilot project that will cover select locations and banks in a closed user group (CUG) comprising participating customers and merchants, the RBI has said.The pilot will initially cover the four cities of Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Bhubaneswar, where customers and merchants will be able to use the digital rupee (e₹-R), or e-rupee. Four banks will be involved in the controlled launch of the digital currency in these four cities: State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank, and IDFC First Bank.The service will be subsequently extended to the cities of Ahmedabad, Gangtok, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kochi, Lucknow, Patna, and Shimla. Four more banks — Bank of Baroda, Union Bank of India, HDFC Bank, and Kotak Mahindra Bank — will join the pilot, the RBI said.Operationalisation of Central Bank Digital Currency – Retail (e₹-R) Pilothttps://t.co/Coh632lCwU— ReserveBankOfIndia (@RBI) November 29, 2022The scope of the pilot may be expanded gradually to include more banks, users and locations as needed, it said.What will the retail digital rupee be?In effect, the retail e-rupee will be an electronic version of cash, and will be primarily meant for retail transactions. It will be potentially available for use by all — the private sector, non-financial consumers and businesses — and will be able to provide access to safe money for payment and settlement, as it will be the direct liability of the central bank.The RBI had said earlier: “CBDC is the legal tender issued by a central bank in a digital form. It is the same as a fiat currency and is exchangeable one-to-one with the fiat currency. Only its form is different.”And how will the retail digital rupee work?The e₹-R would be in the form of a digital token that represents legal tender. It will be issued in the same denominations as paper currency and coins, and will be distributed through intermediaries, i.e., banks.Users will be able to transact with e₹-R through a digital wallet offered by the participating banks and stored on mobile phones and devices, according to the RBI.Transactions can be both person to person (P2P) and person to merchant (P2M). Payments to merchants can be made using QR codes displayed at merchant locations. “The e₹-R would offer features of physical cash like trust, safety and settlement finality. As in the case of cash, it will not earn any interest and can be converted to other forms of money, like deposits with banks,” the RBI said.And what is the other kind of digital rupee?Based on the usage and the functions performed by the digital rupee and considering the different levels of accessibility, RBI has demarcated the digital rupee into two broad categories: general purpose (retail) and wholesale.On November 1, the RBI launched the digital rupee for the wholesale segment to settle secondary market transactions in government securities.Wholesale CBDC is designed for restricted access to select financial institutions. It has the potential to transform the settlement systems for financial transactions undertaken by banks in the government securities (G-Sec) segment, inter-bank market and capital market more efficient and secure in terms of operational costs, use of collateral and liquidity management.So why do we need a pilot launch for the retail e-rupee?According to the central bank, the pilot will test the robustness of the entire process of digital rupee creation, distribution and retail usage in real time.“Different features and applications of the e₹-R token and architecture will be tested in future pilots, based on the learnings from this pilot,” it said.What are the advantages of the e-rupee?The RBI had earlier said the key motivations for exploring the issuance of CBDC in India among others include reduction in operational costs involved in physical cash management, fostering financial inclusion, bringing resilience, efficiency and innovation in the payments system.It will add efficiency to the settlement system and boost innovation in cross-border payments space and provide the public with uses that any private virtual currencies can provide, without the associated risks.The RBI has repeatedly flagged concerns over money laundering, terror financing, tax evasion, etc with private cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ether, etc. Introducing its own CBDC has been seen as a way to bridge the advantages and risks of digital currency.

  • Digital rupee pilot project launching on December 1: what is it, and how will it work?
  • The Indian Express

    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced the launch of India’s much-awaited Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), a sort of official cryptocurrency, for retail users from Thursday (December 1).Operationalisation of Central Bank Digital Currency – Retail (e₹-R) Pilothttps://t.co/Coh632lCwU— ReserveBankOfIndia (@RBI) November 29, 2022 Who can use the retail CBDC?What will be launched on December 1 is the first phase of a pilot project that will cover select locations and banks in a closed user group (CUG) comprising participating customers and merchants, the RBI has said.The pilot will initially cover the four cities of Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Bhubaneswar, where customers and merchants will be able to use the digital rupee (e₹-R), or e-rupee. Four banks will be involved in the controlled launch of the digital currency in these four cities: State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank, and IDFC First Bank.The service will be subsequently extended to the cities of Ahmedabad, Gangtok, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kochi, Lucknow, Patna, and Shimla. Four more banks — Bank of Baroda, Union Bank of India, HDFC Bank, and Kotak Mahindra Bank — will join the pilot, the RBI said.The scope of the pilot may be expanded gradually to include more banks, users and locations as needed, it said.What will the retail digital rupee be?In effect, the retail e-rupee will be an electronic version of cash, and will be primarily meant for retail transactions. It will be potentially available for use by all — the private sector, non-financial consumers and businesses — and will be able to provide access to safe money for payment and settlement, as it will be the direct liability of the central bank.The RBI had said earlier: “CBDC is the legal tender issued by a central bank in a digital form. It is the same as a fiat currency and is exchangeable one-to-one with the fiat currency. Only its form is different.”And how will the retail digital rupee work?The e₹-R would be in the form of a digital token that represents legal tender. It will be issued in the same denominations as paper currency and coins, and will be distributed through intermediaries, i.e., banks.Users will be able to transact with e₹-R through a digital wallet offered by the participating banks and stored on mobile phones and devices, according to the RBI.Transactions can be both person to person (P2P) and person to merchant (P2M). Payments to merchants can be made using QR codes displayed at merchant locations. “The e₹-R would offer features of physical cash like trust, safety and settlement finality. As in the case of cash, it will not earn any interest and can be converted to other forms of money, like deposits with banks,” the RBI said.And what is the other kind of digital rupee?Based on the usage and the functions performed by the digital rupee and considering the different levels of accessibility, RBI has demarcated the digital rupee into two broad categories: general purpose (retail) and wholesale.On November 1, the RBI launched the digital rupee for the wholesale segment to settle secondary market transactions in government securities.Wholesale CBDC is designed for restricted access to select financial institutions. It has the potential to transform the settlement systems for financial transactions undertaken by banks in the government securities (G-Sec) segment, inter-bank market and capital market more efficient and secure in terms of operational costs, use of collateral and liquidity management.So why do we need a pilot launch for the retail e-rupee?According to the central bank, the pilot will test the robustness of the entire process of digital rupee creation, distribution and retail usage in real time.“Different features and applications of the e₹-R token and architecture will be tested in future pilots, based on the learnings from this pilot,” it said.What are the advantages of the e-rupee?The RBI had earlier said the key motivations for exploring the issuance of CBDC in India among others include reduction in operational costs involved in physical cash management, fostering financial inclusion, bringing resilience, efficiency and innovation in the payments system.It will add efficiency to the settlement system and boost innovation in cross-border payments space and provide the public with uses that any private virtual currencies can provide, without the associated risks.The RBI has repeatedly flagged concerns over money laundering, terror financing, tax evasion, etc with private cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ether, etc. Introducing its own CBDC has been seen as a way to bridge the advantages and risks of digital currency.

Jackie Shroff’s starrer Film, Life is Good will release on December 9
Ahmedabad Mirror | 14 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 05:30 pm
Ahmedabad Mirror
14 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 05:30 pm

Mumbai , November 30:Jackie Shroff is known for action but the veteran actor is all pumped up to take different roles and is exploring different genre.He will be seen in Anand Shukla’s upcoming beautiful film “Life is good”, releasing on 9th December,2022.The film is about an emotional attachment between Rameshwar and Mishti. Rameshwar is living a peaceful and thoughtful life in some village in North India but he feels slowly he is losing control of life. He had lost his mother to whom he loved the most. His mother’s death had shattered him. He remembered his mother everyday and he can feel her.Without a wife or kid, it’s up to Rameshwar, how will he survive. He will have to face the life alone or can start it all over again.He got trapped into depression. He decides to finish it off but god has some other plans for him. He met Mishti, a 6 year old kid. Mishti became the reason to live. Mishti’s excitement for life attract him. He has seen Mishti as a kid to a grow up girl. Mishti is soon getting married and will be shifting to America. This thought again has a shock to him but he decides to cope up with this and continue to enjoy his life.On this Jackie Shroff said I am grateful to Anand Shukla for casting me in this beautiful film. Life is good and teaches us how to deal with the losses and finding happiness in small things. It is easy to be in the nutshell but it takes a lot of courage to break that. Love is something which provides us a balance in our life. It is always said to live life king size.The film is produced under the banner of Anand Shukla production. The film is directed by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan who is also an actor, writer and a theatre artist. Life is good is starring Jackie Shroff, Rajit Kapur, Sunita Sengupta, Darshan Zariwala, Mohan Kapoor, Saanand Verma,Saniya, Ananya and Ankita. The film will release on 9th December, 2022.

Jackie Shroff’s starrer Film, Life is Good will release on December 9
Sarvika Technologies launches eCommfy – An eCommerce platform for growing business
Ahmedabad Mirror | 14 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 05:28 pm
Ahmedabad Mirror
14 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 05:28 pm

India, 30thNovember 2022: Online shopping has grown in popularity in recent years, and the reason is simple. The mobile internet has been a boon to the sector, so consumers have taken a liking to shop online. From the metropolis to small villages, the masses have become participants in online shopping. It is great to see India progressing towards being digital, but this digital transformation has a negative sign too. Think of the small companies that have lost out on growth opportunities because of the new business model. The main issues with using the online approach are financial constraints, lack of experience with technology, and lack of resources. There is no doubt that it is difficult to create an in-house eCommerce department for a small-scale company and startup.Sarvika Technologies, a leading tech firm based in Jaipur, Rajasthan, has produced an effective method for businesses by introducing eCommfy, a technologically advanced runtime built on a microservices architecture that can serve the technological needs of a growing business. eCommfy is a B2B and B2C technology commerce solution built using up-to-date technologies and innovations. It can be used by Indian businessmen to run their businesses without relying on outside help or much technical knowledge. The ease of use and the requirement for technical knowledge are two of the most significant advantages that make it a handy tool for business.According to the founders of Sarvika, “From the beginning, we aimed to provide a comprehensive platform to match the needs of not-so-tech-savvy businessmen. We brainstormed the difficulties that most business owners encounter in their day-to-day work tasks. eCommfy, as a technologically sophisticated runtime, is also simple to operate for those who don’t want to invest lots of money in building a separate workforce. Businesses of all sizes may now have an online presence and gain profits in sales and revenue as a result. It includes a range of functions and integrations that can make running a business less complicated. Scalability, multiple payment options, shipping partners, data security, and aesthetically appealing templates are some of the critical advantages of eCommfy. Businesses of all sizes may now have an online presence and gain profits in sales and revenue as a result. The technical assistance facility is available 24*7 if someone encounters an issue at any point in time.”If you want a partner to help you create an eCommerce website that meets all your specifications, check out eCommfy. Contact via the website or contact details for a quick turnaround, or if you want a custom solution built around any of the services of the e-commerce marketplace, Sarvika Technologies is a software company that concentrates on digital transformation for businesses. The company was established in 2013 and has become a trusted IT partner since then through its successful operations. The more than 100-person tech team is known for delivering progressive software development services. It has an extensive technology stack, including Java, Golang, React, Node.js, Laravel, Docker, Kubernetes, GRPC, and other technologies.For more information visit:https://www.ecommfy.com/To know more about Sarvika Technologies, visit:https://www.sarvika.com/

Sarvika Technologies launches eCommfy – An eCommerce platform for growing business
Trailer of Upcoming Gujarati film ‘Lakiro’ is released
Ahmedabad Mirror | 14 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 05:25 pm
Ahmedabad Mirror
14 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 05:25 pm

November 29: Trailer of Upcoming Gujarati Film ‘Lakiro’ just got released by the makers today at media event. ‘Lakiro’ is romantic drama revolves around a couple and their journey after the marriage. The film is a roller coaster ride of emotions, relationship and love. The film is written and directed by Dr. Darshan Ashwin Trivedi. Starring Raunaq Kamdar, Deeksha Joshi, Netri Trivedi, Shivani Joshi, Vishal Shah & Dharmesh Vyas in the lead roles.This is a film by Rajyogi Productions in association with Twenty21 Studios, produced by Sneh Shah, Pranav Joshi, Darshan Ashwin Trivedi, Suryaveer Singh & Bharat Mistry. Rajyogi Productions is a venture of Rajyogi Group of companies with a vision to bring a change in how Gujarati Cinema and content is being portrayed. Founded by Sneh Shah, a professional cricketer and entrepreneur and Pranav joshi, a Celebrity Chef.Title track of ‘Lakiro’ which has hit more than 20 million hits on internet with all handles together, it’s been sung by versatile and singer Amit Trivedi. Music is composed by Parth Bharat Thakkar and Lyrics given by Chirag Tripathi and Tushar Shukla. Parth Bharat Thakkar has added the flavor of Jazz with our Indian beats. This is the first time where Jazz has been used in such an extensive way. This is going to be Warner Music India’s first regional album.’Lakiro’ is the third movie of Director Dr. Darshan Ashwin Trivedi after successful films ‘Mrugtushna’ and ‘Mara pappa super star’. On the occasion of Trailer launch he says, ” This film is really close to my heart and inspired by few true events. I have made this film with unique approach of Relationship, love and emotions. The vision what I had with the film has been carried out extremely well with the great support of my cast and crew and last but not the least Parth Bharat Thakkar, who has done amazing job with the music of this film.”Makers of this film are pretty excited about how things have fallen for Lakiro. They share, ” The journey and the making of Lakiro is actually Lakiro (Destiny) and everything we did for the film or thought for the film somehow fell at the right place. So, hope people will love this unique musical journey.”The Film is Releasing on 6th January, 2023 in the cinemas near you.Cast & Crew:Starring: Raunaq Kamdar, Deeksha Joshi, Netri Trivedi, Shivani Joshi, Vishal Shah and Dharmesh VyasWritten and directed by: Dr. Darshan Ashwin TrivediProduction House: A Rajyogi Productions film in association with Twenty21 StudiosProduced by: Sneh Shah, Pranav Joshi, Darshan Ashwin Trivedi, Suryaveer Singh & Bharat MistryMusic on: Warner Music India - Music Director: Parth Bharat ThakkarDistributed by: Panorama StudiosTrailer You Tube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukrPLFr58Z8

Trailer of Upcoming Gujarati film ‘Lakiro’ is released
Gold smuggling: Volume up by 37% in Ahd
Times of India | 18 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 01:43 pm
Times of India
18 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 01:43 pm

AHMEDABAD: A rising number of gold smuggling cases have been detected at the Ahmedabad airport, and at airports across the country, ever since the basic customs duty on gold went up. At the Ahmedabad airport alone, seizures of smuggled gold have spiked by 37.5% merely eight months into FY 2023 as compared to FY 2022, suggests the data released by the Ahmedabad customs commissionerate. From March to November 2022, 30 persons have been arrested at the Ahmedabad airport in connection with gold smuggling. About 40kg of gold was seized in FY 2022 and the figure shot up to 55kg in the current fiscal. Effective July 1 this year, gold started attracting a basic customs duty of 12.5% in addition to the 2.5% agriculture cess. Over and above this, 3% GST is also applicable on gold purchases, taking the effective duties and taxes on gold to 18%. On Wednesday, the gold price stood at Rs 54,400 per 10 gram in the Ahmedabad market. Therefore, for every kilogram of gold smuggled, the smuggler makes a profit of Rs 9.7 lakh, excluding costs paid to couriers. “Due to the geopolitical uncertainty and economic instability, yellow metal prices are already high. With the Indian currency depreciating past the 81-mark, the effective price of gold in the Indian market is even higher after adding duties,” said Haresh Acharya, director, India Bullion and Jewellers’ Association. Acharya added: “Therefore, the procurement of gold through unofficial channels is increasingly taking place here to save duties.” In fact, IBJA has already sent a representation to the Union finance ministry, seeking to abolish the basic customs duty on gold and instead hiking the GST to 15%. “In that situation, smugglers will not get any incentive to procure gold from other countries. A level-playing field will be created for gold industry players, as unofficial procurements will stop,” said a senior IBJA official. “At the same time, the exchequer will not lose revenue. It will also make the gold market more organized.”

Gold smuggling: Volume up by 37% in Ahd
  • 18kg smuggled gold seized in Ahm, 5 held
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Just ahead of the assembly elections in Gujrat, some five passengers arriving from Sharjah at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad were arrested on Tuesday by the air intelligence unit of the Customs Commissionerate, Ahmedabad, for smuggling gold. Some 18.34kg of gold was recovered and seized by the Customs department officials. Gold price stood at Rs 54,500 per 10 gram in the Ahmedabad market. Accordingly, the seized gold is estimated to be worth Rs 10 crore in the local markets here. The duo was among the five passengers who were intercepted by the customs officials, based on passenger profiling carried out using scientific tools. Two of the five were found to be carrying gold concealed in paste form in a waist belt. Officers of the air intelligence unit at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad said, "Gold was concealed in the form of paste and kept in pockets of a specially designed belt the passengers wore around their waist. The duo claimed they were wearing a specific belt for relief from backache". The gold was confiscated by the Customs department officials under section 111 and section 11(3) of the Customs Act, 1962. "Upon interrogation, the remaining three passengers admitted active involvement in smuggling gold with these two passengers," said a Customs official. Offence has been registered against all five passengers under Section 132 and Section 135 of the Customs Act 1962. All have been arrested and produced before the court. Of late, Ahmedabad Customs has been increasingly unearthing cases of gold smuggling in huge quantities. Gold smuggling has particularly increased over the past 8-10 months as the basic customs duty on gold has been increased by the Union Finance Ministry as a result of which gold price is higher in India. “Lately, due to geopolitical uncertainty and economic instability, yellow metal prices are already high. With the Indian currency depreciating past the 81-mark, the effective price of gold in the Indian market is even higher after adding duties. Therefore, procurement of gold through unofficial channels is increasingly taking place here to save duties,” said Haresh Acharya, director, India Bullion, and Jewellers’ Association.

NRG from Kadi shot dead by 2 teenagers in US
Times of India | 19 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 01:05 pm
Times of India
19 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 01:05 pm

PALANPUR: A 36-year-old NRG from Untva village in Kadi taluka in Mehsana district was shot dead in a hold-up in Tennessee state of the US on Monday. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department in the US has arrested two 15-year-old boys, kin of the deceased said on Wednesday. According to Mahendra Patel, sarpach of Untva village, they received information on Tuesday that Vishal Patel, a native of his village, was shot dead by two men in US on Monday. Mahendra said that Vishal's parents had emigrated to US about a decade ago. "Vishal first went to Canada and then moved to US. He was working in a convenience store there," Mahendra told TOI. Metropolitan Nashville Police Department in US in an official release said, "Two 15-year-olds from Kentucky have been charged with murder in Juvenile Court for the fatal shooting of Vishal Patel, 36, at the Kwik Sak, 4890 Lebanon Pike, Monday afternoon." They further stated that the accused teenagers entered the gas station and had a brief interaction with Vishal, before one of them pulled out a handgun and shot Vishal, who was an employee at the gas station. The release stated that Vishal was transported to Skyline Medical Center where he died. Both the accused fled the scene in a stolen car that belonged to their relative. Police located the stolen car where the two teenagers were taken into custody. Police release further stated that both teenagers admitted to their involvement during an interview. The official release of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said that the duo was also involved in another robbery a day before they shot Vishal.

NRG from Kadi shot dead by 2 teenagers in US
Gujarat Phase 1 vote today: BJP faces Saurashtra test; AAP, Congress stand in way of bid to regain lost ground
The Indian Express | 20 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 11:35 am
The Indian Express
20 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
  • PM Narendra Modi is Gujarat’s pride, honour: Rajnath Singh
  • Times of India

    GANDHINAGAR: BJP leader and Union defence minister Rajnath Singh said that Mahatma Gandhi and Vallabhbhai Patel were the symbols of Gujarat's honour and pride in the 20th century and PM Narendra Modi has emerged as the state's "honour and pride" in the 21st century. Addressing a press conference, Singh said that Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge's "Ravan" jibe against PM Modi reflects the mentality of the "entire Congress leadership", adding that the people of Gujarat will give a befitting reply to those who used abusive words for the PM. "While Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel were the symbols of Gujarat's honour and pride in the 20th century, our PM Narendra Modi has emerged as Gujarat's honour and pride in the 21st century. And today, foul language is being used by Congress for our PM," he said. Singh said opposition parties are trying to level baseless allegations against the PM. Using abusive words does not reflect a healthy democracy, he said. "The PM's post is not just a person, it is an institution. I am confident people of Gujarat will give a befitting reply to those who had used abusive words for the PM, who is Gujarat's honour and pride," Singh added. Commenting on the Congress and the AAP, Singh said that while the BJP will secure a two-thirds majority in the upcoming election, Congress is fighting for survival and AAP is contesting to register its presence. "Everyone knows if there is a political party which has created the maximum amount of credibility crisis in Indian politics, it is Congress. There is a huge difference between what they promised and what they did in the past," Singh said, adding that the BJP on the other hand, has fulfilled all promises it made in its manifestos.

This jumbo Guj family stays, votes together
Times of India | 21 hours ago | 01-12-2022 | 10:38 am
Times of India
21 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