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Tinder, Yuvaa encourage, educate first-time voters

BENGALURU : With 20 million voters eager to cast their votes for the first time in the Lok Sabha elections, brands are doing their best to encourage the youth to make an informed decision. Tinder, an app for meeting new people launched Every single vote counts awareness campaign across the country in collaboration with Yuvaa a youth media organization and Mark Your Presence, a non-partisan organization that aims to empower and educate young voters. The company witnessed a three-times increase in the number of individuals who are adding voting in their Tinder Bios. The platform introduced in-app voting-themed stickers such as Voting partner needed, First-time voter, and I voted for users to display on their profiles. Until May 15 users will see Swipe Cards on the app highlighting the process of voting and tips for documentation. Each Swipe Card will direct the relevant Tinder user to the Mark Your Presence website for information on voter registration and how to complete the process. A survey conducted by Yuvaa of 18-24-year-olds across Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata in 2024 showed that when it comes to voting and dating preferences, 60% of GenZ respondents strongly prefer dating someone who votes and 1 in 3 of surveyed young adults expressed that they would find a potential match more attractive if they know the person is taking the elections seriously. Speaking to TNIE, Chaitanya Prabhu, founder, Mark Your Presence said that everyone wants youngsters to contribute to the electoral process, but have very little information on how to navigate through the system. We dont want to influence their decisions but in the most non-partisan ways we want to make them aware of how the Lok Sabha polls and state elections affect their everyday lives, the role of an MP, MLA and other leaders. The 25-year-old added that he has been receiving a good response and the tide is changing with more individuals from the community wanting to contribute. Aahana Dhar, Tinders Communications director in India said, Over half of Tinders users are aged between 18 to 25 years old and this collaboration is a great opportunity to encourage younger and newer voters to go to the ballot. We know young daters are passionate about key events that impact their lives and Tinder is giving them a way to express their intent directly apart from raising awareness about voter registration for first-timers. Change your mindset and vote: Girinath to youth District Election Officer (DEO) and Chief Commissioner Tushar Girinath appealed to students to change their mindset and vote without fail in the Lok Sabha elections. He was speaking after launching a voting awareness programme held on Saturday at Seshadripuram College, Gandhinagar. To fulfil your aspirations, you should go to the polling stations, cast your votes without fail and choose the best candidate, Girinath said. He also added that India has a huge number of young people, which is why everyone should vote voluntarily. Every vote is important in an election and voting should be everyones first priority on April 26, he said.

The New Indian Express 21 Apr 2024 11:09 am

Ahmedabad set to host largest business conclave in 2024

Ahmedabad set to host largest business conclave in 2024 It will take place at Mahatma Mandir from April 26-28 and celebrate a decade of excellence and connections With a focus on promoting business, networking, creativity, learning and fun, the event will witness participation of BNI members from across India Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], April 20: The countdown has begun for the much-anticipated BNI Symposium 2024, the flagship event of BNI Ahmedabad and the citys biggest business conclave, promising to be an unparalleled celebration of entrepreneurship, collaboration, and success. Breaking new ground, Symposium 2024 will be open to BNI members nationwide, facilitating collaboration and networking on an even bigger scale. BNI executive directors from across India will participate in the festivities and witness the legacy of 10 years of BNI Ahmedabad. In sync with BNIs vision of expanding collaboration and connectivity, BNI Ahmedabad has also introduced the Champion Connector Award at Symposium 2024. This award recognises the member who excels in facilitating the highest number of cross-region participants, underscoring the spirit of collaboration that defines BNI. Yash Vasant, Founder and Executive Director of BNI Ahmedabad, said, We are truly thrilled to organise Symposium 2024 to mark a decade of impactful growth and networking. The response to the event has been overwhelming from our members in Ahmedabad as well as from other regions. We look forward to hosting the esteemed guests in our vibrant city. The symposium is a unique event centred around celebrating the BNI community and maximising the value of their connections. It is not only the citys biggest business extravaganza but also an excellent platform to connect and network with members across the country and spread wings. Symposium 2024 will take place at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar from April 26 to 28, packed with activities focused on promoting business, networking, creativity, learning, and fun. Participants can look forward to engaging with industry leaders, participating in insightful sessions, and expanding their network amidst a dynamic atmosphere. They can also showcase their innovative products and services at the business expo. Renowned actor Anupam Kher and celebrated author Amish Tripathi will grace the event with their presence, sharing their wisdom and insights with attendees. Their participation presents a unique opportunity for the BNI community to learn from the best and draw inspiration from their remarkable journeys. The participation of Anupam Kher and Amish Tripathi as the keynote speakers for our symposium will make the celebrations and the symposium all the more special. Their participation is a unique opportunity for the BNI community to learn from the best, to be inspired by greatness, and to fuel our aspirations for success and excellence, said Mr Vasant. Adding to the excitement, BNI Ahmedabad will also present BNIs Got Talent 6.0, providing 3,000 BNI Ahmedabad members with a platform to showcase their hidden talents. Whether it is singing, dancing, reciting poetry, or stand-up comedy, participants will be able to unleash their creativity and captivate the audience. Reflecting on the last ten years of BNI Ahmedabad, Mr Vasant said, We have facilitated business of more than Rs. 7,000 crores in these years. But, more than that, what defines us is the impact we have had on 70 lakh lives and the strong and meaningful community we have been built. Every member of BNI Ahmedabad has contributed to this. BNI Ahmedabad is the largest BNI community in India with over 3,000+ members in Ahmedabad and 6,000 members in Gujarat. The symposium will contribute to the expansion of network, connections and business in the city amongst MSME business owners, startups and entrepreneurs from various sectors and industries, and facilitate BNI Ahmedabads aim of achieving Rs. 10,000 crore businesses in the next five years.

devdiscourse 20 Apr 2024 4:07 pm

BNI Symposium 2024 to be Ahmedabad's biggest business conclave

BNI Symposium 2024 to be Ahmedabad's biggest business conclave PNN Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], April 20: The countdown has begun for the much-anticipated BNI Symposium 2024, the flagship event of BNI Ahmedabad and the city's biggest business conclave, promising to be an unparalleled celebration of entrepreneurship, collaboration, and success. Breaking new ground, Symposium 2024 will be open to BNI members nationwide, facilitating collaboration and networking on an even bigger scale. BNI executive directors from across India will participate in the festivities and witness the legacy of 10 years of BNI Ahmedabad. In sync with BNI's vision of expanding collaboration and connectivity, BNI Ahmedabad has also introduced the Champion Connector Award at Symposium 2024. This award recognises the member who excels in facilitating the highest number of cross-region participants, underscoring the spirit of collaboration that defines BNI. Yash Vasant, Founder and Executive Director of BNI Ahmedabad, said, We are truly thrilled to organise Symposium 2024 to mark a decade of impactful growth and networking. The response to the event has been overwhelming from our members in Ahmedabad as well as from other regions. We look forward to hosting the esteemed guests in our vibrant city. The symposium is a unique event centred around celebrating the BNI community and maximising the value of their connections. It is not only the city's biggest business extravaganza but also an excellent platform to connect and network with members across the country and spread wings. Symposium 2024 will take place at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar from April 26 to 28, packed with activities focused on promoting business, networking, creativity, learning, and fun. Participants can look forward to engaging with industry leaders, participating in insightful sessions, and expanding their network amidst a dynamic atmosphere. They can also showcase their innovative products and services at the business expo. Renowned actor Anupam Kher and celebrated author Amish Tripathi will grace the event with their presence, sharing their wisdom and insights with attendees. Their participation presents a unique opportunity for the BNI community to learn from the best and draw inspiration from their remarkable journeys. The participation of Anupam Kher and Amish Tripathi as the keynote speakers for our symposium will make the celebrations and the symposium all the more special. Their participation is a unique opportunity for the BNI community to learn from the best, to be inspired by greatness, and to fuel our aspirations for success and excellence, said Mr Vasant. Adding to the excitement, BNI Ahmedabad will also present BNI's Got Talent 6.0, providing 3,000 BNI Ahmedabad members with a platform to showcase their hidden talents. Whether it is singing, dancing, reciting poetry, or stand-up comedy, participants will be able to unleash their creativity and captivate the audience. Reflecting on the last ten years of BNI Ahmedabad, Mr Vasant said, We have facilitated business of more than Rs. 7,000 crores in these years. But, more than that, what defines us is the impact we have had on 70 lakh lives and the strong and meaningful community we have been built. Every member of BNI Ahmedabad has contributed to this. BNI Ahmedabad is the largest BNI community in India with over 3,000+ members in Ahmedabad and 6,000 members in Gujarat. The symposium will contribute to the expansion of network, connections and business in the city amongst MSME business owners, startups and entrepreneurs from various sectors and industries, and facilitate BNI Ahmedabad's aim of achieving Rs. 10,000 crore businesses in the next five years. (ADVERTORIAL DISCLAIMER: The above press release has been provided by PNN. ANI will not be responsible in any way for the content of the same)

devdiscourse 20 Apr 2024 4:06 pm

Police recover stolen property worth Rs 30 lakh in last one month: SP South

Excelsior Correspondent JAMMU, Apr 19: The South Zone of Jammu Police achieved a major success by recovering 8 stolen vehicles and property worth about Rs 21 lakh in last 30 days. The total value of recovery is around Rs 30 lakh. This was stated by SP South Zone Jammu, Ajay Sharma while addressing a press conference, here today. He said this has become possible by the hard work put in by Sudhir Sadhotra (SHO Gandhinagar), Sushil Sharma (SHO Satwari) and [] The post Police recover stolen property worth Rs 30 lakh in last one month: SP South appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 20 Apr 2024 5:29 am

Amit Shah Submits Poll Paper

GANDHINAGAR: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday submitted his nomination papers for the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat from where he is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate. Shah was accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel when he submitted the nomination papers to Gandhinagar collector and district election officer in the state capital exactly []

Kashmir Reader 20 Apr 2024 2:19 am

Amit Shah picks 12.39pm 'vijay muhurat' to file his papers

At precisely 12:39 pm on Friday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah officially submitted his nomination for a second consecutive term in Parliament from Gandhinagar. He highlighted Gandhinagar as the constituency where his political journey flourished over three decades, evolving from a humble booth worker of the BJP to a Member of Parliament.

The Times of India 20 Apr 2024 1:16 am

Lok Sabha Elections: Amit Shah Files Nomination From Gandhinagar Seat

The former BJP president had won from the Gandhinagar constituency in the 2019 general elections.

Bloomberg Quint 19 Apr 2024 5:56 pm

Congress | NDTV Exclusive

Lok Sabha elections 2024: (Amit Shah NDTV Exclusive) (Gandhinagar Lok Sabha Seat) . NDTV .

NDTV 19 Apr 2024 3:49 pm

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Amit Shah Says Modi's Popularity Will Lead To BJP's 'Best-Ever Showing' In South

Amit Shah submitted his nomination papers to contest from the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat earlier on Friday.

Bloomberg Quint 19 Apr 2024 3:48 pm

Electoral Bond Amit Shah NDTV | NDTV Exclusive

Lok Sabha elections 2024: (Amit Shah NDTV Exclusive) (Gandhinagar Lok Sabha Seat) . NDTV (Electoral Bond) .

NDTV 19 Apr 2024 3:48 pm

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Amit Shah files nomination from Gandhinagar

Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah on Friday filed his nomination for the upcoming Lok Sabha election. He was accompanied by Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel. The veteran BJP leader has represented Gandhinagar as an MLA and then as an MP for 30 years.

newspoint 19 Apr 2024 3:42 pm

Pasted Posters In Gandhinagar, People's Love Made Me Home Minister: Amit Shah

Having filed his nomination from Gujarat's Gandhinagar, a constituency he won by a margin of 5.5 lakh votes in 2019, Amit Shah on Friday reflected on his journey from a worker who pasted posters for the BJP to the party's de facto number two.

NDTV 19 Apr 2024 2:48 pm

Home Minister Amit Shah Files Nomination From Gandhinagar Lok Sabha Seat

Shah was accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel when he submitted the nomination papers to Gandhinagar collector and district election officer in the state capital

News18 19 Apr 2024 2:07 pm

General Elections 2024 | Amit Shah files nomination from Gandhinagar

The former BJP president had won from the Gandhinagar constituency in the 2019 general elections by a margin of more than five lakh votes, which also marked his debut as a Lok Sabha member.

The Hindu 19 Apr 2024 1:58 pm

BREAKING: Amit Shah Files Lok Sabha Poll Nomination From Gujarat`s Gandhinagar

BJP Leader Amit Shah exuded confidence of scoring a victory from Gandhinagar.

Zee News 19 Apr 2024 1:25 pm

Amit Shah files nomination from Gandhinagar: 'Rose from booth worker to MP'

Amit Shah files nomination from Gandhinagar Rose from booth worker to MP

India Today 19 Apr 2024 1:10 pm

Amit Shah Files Nomination From Gandhinagar Lok Sabha Seat

Union Home Minister Amit Shah today filed his nomination for the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat in the upcoming general elections.

NDTV 19 Apr 2024 1:01 pm

Lok Sabha elections: Home Minister Amit Shah files nomination from Gujarat's Gandhinagar - The Economic Times

Lok Sabha elections: Home Minister Amit Shah files nomination from Gujarat's Gandhinagar The Economic Times

Google News 19 Apr 2024 12:44 pm

Lok Sabha elections: Home Minister Amit Shah files nomination from Gujarat's Gandhinagar

Amit Shah files nomination in Gandhinagar for Lok Sabha polls. The constituency has seven assembly segments. BJP stronghold with all seats. Shah won in 2019 by over 5 lakh votes. Former BJP president won by a large margin.

The Economic Times 19 Apr 2024 12:40 pm

Amit Shah to file nomination from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat

The Union Home Minister won the seat in 2019 and got a vote share of 69.67 percent. He defeated CJ Chavda of Congress who got a vote share of 26.29 percent

Business Today 19 Apr 2024 12:24 pm

Amit Shah slams Opposition, says probe agencies doing their duties

AHMEDABAD : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday expressed confidence that BJP will win all 26 LS seats in Gujarat. Be it the East, West, North or South, the atmosphere in the country suggests that we will get more than 400 seats. BJPs performance in south India will be the best-ever this time In Gujarat, we will win 26 of 26 seats, with a larger lead than in the previous election, Shah said at a rally in Gandhinagar. Addressing concerns over Kshatriya communitys resentment in Gujarat, Shah said, Rupalaji sincerely apologised. Kshatriyas have been protesting against Union minister Parshottam Rupala, contesting from the Rajkot seat, after a video clip of his remarks went viral in the last week of March. The protesters demanded that the BJP cancel the ticket to Rupala to contest from Rajkot. The BJP is poised for victory in states like Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh. Our tally in Uttar Pradesh will be the highest ever, he said. Reflecting on his political career, Shah emphasized his long-standing connection with many states. I was the election in-charge for Atalji and Advaniji, he said. Referring to Gandhinagar, he said, This area has given me everything Ive got. Ahead of the roadshow in Sanand, Shah in a post on X said, Today I will appeal to my brothers and sisters of Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency to make BJP victorious and give their blessings to Modi ji so that he becomes Prime Minister once again to make the country No. 1 in every sector and to make Gandhinagar one of the most developed Lok Sabha seats in the country. He added, Our lead will increase in every seat, signaling a significant rise in support. Reacting to Opposition outcry over the investigation agencies, Shah said, The probe agencies perform their duties diligently. If anyone has any issues with them, they should address them in courts. The veteran BJP leader, vying for re-election from the Gandhinagar seat for a second term, is scheduled to file his nomination papers on Friday, according to Gujarat party spokesperson Yagnesh Dave. Shah had won from Gandhinagar by more than five lakh votes in the 2019 elections. He conducted three roadshows in the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday, followed by an evening rally in the Vejalpur area of Ahmedabad. Vijay Muhurat for state party president Gujarat BJP president CR Paatil faced a delay in filing his nomination for the Navsari seat at an auspicious time on Thursday due to an overwhelming turnout of supporters at his morning roadshow. Consequently, the MP will file his nomination at the auspicious Vijay Muhurat of 12.39 pm on Friday.

The New Indian Express 19 Apr 2024 9:18 am

Every vote of yours has power to create secure, developed, and self-reliant India: Amit Shah

Every vote of yours has power to create secure, developed, and self-reliant India: Amit Shah Appealing to the voters to vote in large numbers in the first phase of elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said that every vote of the public has the power to create a secure, developed, and self-reliant India. It is an important day today, as the first phase of voting is taking place in the country. I appeal to all the voters who are voting in this phase to vote in large numbers because every vote of yours has the power to create a secure, developed, and self-reliant India. Your vote is not only meant to determine the fate of a Lok Sabha or a candidate but also to shape a bright future for India, Amit Shah posted on X. My appeal is to choose a strong and decisive leadership that has shown the determination to free the country from corruption, nepotism, and appeasement while fulfilling its promises, Shah said. Amit Shah is the BJP candidate from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, a constituency he won in 2019. Earlier the Prime Minister also called upon the people to vote in large numbers saying 2024 Lok Sabha Elections Begin Today! As 102 constituencies across 21 states and UTs are going to polls, I appeal to all those voting for these constituencies to vote in record numbers. I especially appeal to young and first-time voters to vote in large numbers. After all, every vote counts and every voice matters! Voting for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections 2024 began on Friday across 102 parliamentary constituencies spread over 21 states and Union Territories as the mega seven-phase electoral exercise commenced at 7:00 am. Voters will exercise their franchise until 6:00 pm. According to the data released by the Election Commission of India (ECI), a total of 1.87 lakh polling stations have been set up, while 18 lakh personnel have been deployed across the 102 constituencies going to the polls. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking his third consecutive term, while the opposition bloc-INDIA- a coalition of opposing parties formed to take on the BJP in the general elections, is eyeing to oust him from power. The second phase will be held on April 26 and the remaining phases will be May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25 and June 1 accordingly. The last general elections in 2019 were also held in seven phases. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Apr 2024 8:32 am

MEDIA UPDATE (April 19, 2024)

19-Apr-2024 Power New Delhi : Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA) has opened an office in GIFT City at Gandhinagar which will specialise in [] The post MEDIA UPDATE (April 19, 2024) appeared first on Sarkaritel.com .

SarkariTel 19 Apr 2024 7:02 am

BJP will win all 26 seats in Gujarat: Amit Shah

The party achieved a clean sweep of Gujarat seats in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections; there is a pro-government wave across the country, says Mr. Shah, who is seeking re-election from Gandhinagar

The Hindu 18 Apr 2024 11:01 pm

'Revoked Article 370, Implemented CAA, Abolished Triple Talaq': Amit Shah Confident About NDA Win

Holding a roadshow in Gandhinagar a day before filing his nomination, union home minister Amit Shah said India has faith in PM Narendra Modi and the opposition has no chance in front of him

News18 18 Apr 2024 9:38 pm

BJPs performance in South this time will be its best so far, says Amit Shah

Ahmedabad: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday expressed confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party will give its best performance so far in south India in the Lok Sabha elections this time. Shah, the BJP candidate from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, was talking to PTI during a campaign roadshow in Ahmedabad city. Also ReadBJP not Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 18 Apr 2024 9:05 pm

IREDAs GIFT City branch to give special foreign currency loans for green projects

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA) has opened an office in GIFT City at Gandhinagar which will specialise in providing [] The post IREDAs GIFT City branch to give special foreign currency loans for green projects appeared first on Sarkaritel.com .

SarkariTel 18 Apr 2024 12:43 pm

Amit Shah holds roadshow in Gandhinagar LS seat; appeals to people to ensure BJPs win

AHMEDABAD, Apr 18: Union Home Minister Amit Shah embarked on a roadshow on Thursday morning in Sanand town of Gujarats Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, from where he is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate. Shah, while standing on a specially-designed vehicle, greeted the people and BJP workers who gathered in large numbers on the route from the APMC Chowk to Nalsarovar Chowk. Ahead of the roadshow in Sanand, Shah in a post on X said, Today I will appeal [] The post Amit Shah holds roadshow in Gandhinagar LS seat; appeals to people to ensure BJPs win appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 18 Apr 2024 12:20 pm

Amit Shah holds roadshow in Gandhinagar LS seat; appeals to people to ensure BJP's win

Amit Shah holds roadshow in Gandhinagar LS seat; appeals to people to ensure BJP's win Union Home Minister Amit Shah embarked on a roadshow on Thursday morning in Sanand town of Gujarat's Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, from where he is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate. Shah, while standing on a specially-designed vehicle, greeted the people and BJP workers who gathered in large numbers on the route - from the APMC Chowk to Nalsarovar Chowk. Ahead of the roadshow in Sanand, Shah in a post on X said, ''Today I will appeal to my brothers and sisters of Gandhinagar Lok Sabha Constituency to make BJP victorious and give their blessings to Modi ji so that he becomes Prime Minister once again to make the country No. 1 in every sector and to make Gandhinagar one of the most developed Lok Sabha constituencies in the country.'' The senior BJP leader, who is seeking re-election from the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency for a second term, will file his nomination papers on Friday, state party spokesperson Yagnesh Dave said. This is one of the three roadshows to be held by Shah in Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency during the day before addressing a rally in Vejalpur area of Ahmedabad in the evening. After Sanand town of Ahmedabad district, Shah will hold a roadshow in Kalol town of Gandhinagar district. It would be followed by a third roadshow in Ahmedabad city covering areas under Sabarmati, Ghatlodia, Naranpura and Vejalpur assembly segments, all part of the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, which the senior BJP leader won in 2019. The Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency consists of seven assembly segments -- Gandhinagar North, Kalol, Sanand, Ghatlodia, Vejalpur, Naranpura and Sabarmati. All these assembly seats are with the BJP. The former BJP president won from Gandhinagar in 2019 by a margin of more than 5 lakh votes. In the past, the seat had been represented by BJP veteran and former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani. The opposition Congress has fielded party secretary Sonal Patel from Gandhinagar. Patel filed her nomination papers on Tuesday. Voting for all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat will take place in a single phase on May 7.

devdiscourse 18 Apr 2024 12:12 pm

Amit Shah Holds Massive Roadshow In Gandhinagar

Ahead of filing nomination from Gandhinagar tomorrow, Home Minister Amit Shah holds a mega roadshow in Gujarat's capital.

NDTV 18 Apr 2024 11:25 am

Lok Sabha polls: HM Amit Shah to campaign in Gujarat, BJP chief Nadda to visit Assam today

Shillong, April 18: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will campaign for the BJP in Gujarat on Thursday. He is scheduled to hold three roadshows and a public meeting in the state. The Home Minister will hold roadshows in Ahmedabads Sanand and Vejalpur at 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. respectively, and in Gandhinagars Kalol at 10:15 [] The post Lok Sabha polls: HM Amit Shah to campaign in Gujarat, BJP chief Nadda to visit Assam today appeared first on The Shillong Times .

The Shillong Times 18 Apr 2024 11:16 am

Amit Shah To Hold Roadshows, Rally In Gandhinagar Before Filing Nomination For Lok Sabha Elections

On Thursday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be in his home turf in Gandhinagar in Gujarat, where he will hold three roadshows and address a rally before filing his nomination from the constituency on Friday.Home Minister Shah will hold his first roadshow in Sanand town of Ahmedabad district and the second one in Kalol town of Gandhinagar district. His third roadshow will be in Ahmedabad city covering areas like Ghatlodia, Naranpura and Vejalpur, state BJP spokesperson Yagnesh Dave said.

News18 18 Apr 2024 10:24 am

UPSC Results 2023 | Jammu And Kashmirs Anmol Rathore Secures AIR 7

JAMMU, Apr 16: Union Public Service Commission, UPSC has released the UPSC 2023 results. Amng the 1016 candidates shortlisted; Anmol Rathore has secured AIR 7. Amol has secured 7th Rank in UPSC Final Exam 2023. She hails from Udrana village Bhaderwah and is a law graduate from Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. The post UPSC Results 2023 | Jammu And Kashmirs Anmol Rathore Secures AIR 7 appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 16 Apr 2024 3:28 pm

LS polls: Rupala seeks support of Kshatriyas in country's interest, files nomination from Rajkot

LS polls: Rupala seeks support of Kshatriyas in country's interest, files nomination from Rajkot Union minister and BJP candidate from the Rajkot Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat, Parshottam Rupala, whose remarks on Kshatriyas have sparked massive protests by the Rajput community, on Tuesday filed his nomination papers following a two-km long roadshow in the city. Former Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, BJP's Rajya Sabha member Kesridevsinh Jhala and cabinet minister in the Gujarat government Bhanuben Babariya were present when Rupala submitted his nomination papers to District Election Officer Prabhav Joshi. ''As decided by my party, I filed my nomination papers today. A large number of people turned up to give their blessings to me. Senior party leaders, corporators as well as sitting MLAs and MPs also remained present in my support,'' Rupala told reporters after filing his papers. While addressing a gathering at the end of the roadshow near the Race Course ground, the BJP leader appealed to the Kshatriya community, which has been holding protests to press for the cancellation of his nomination, to support him and his party ''in the interest of the nation''. ''I want to make an appeal to the Kshatriya community. Your support is also crucial in the interest of the nation. I request you to show a big heart and support BJP,'' Rupala said. He said since there is no doubt that the BJP will once again form a government at the Centre after the polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already prepared a blueprint about the work to be done in the first 100 days of his next government. ''PM Modi believes in 100 per cent saturation of all government schemes. When the PM is working hard to achieve that goal, BJP workers should also try to ensure 100 per cent voting at their respective booths. Let's give Modi record break seats this time so that he gets strength to put India on global map,'' he said. The BJP this time dropped two-time MP Mohan Kundariya and fielded Rupala instead. The Congress gave candidature to former MLA Paresh Dhanani for this Patidar-dominated seat, considered a stronghold of the BJP since late 1980s. Rupala has irked the Rajput community by claiming that erstwhile 'maharajas' succumbed to the persecution of foreign rulers as well as the Britishers. He further said these 'maharajas' broke bread with these rulers and also married off their daughters to them. Since majority of the erstwhile rulers in Gujarat were Rajputs, the community saw the remarks as an insult to them and has asked the BJP multiple times in the recent past to withdraw Rupala's candidature or else the community will go against BJP in this election. Though Rupala has already tendered an apology over his remarks and sought forgiveness, Rajput community leaders have refused to back down. To press for their demand, the Rajput community has been holding protests in several parts of Gujarat, where elections to all the 26 Lok Sabha seats will be held in a single phase on May 7. Key Rajput leaders held a meeting with Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi and Gujarat BJP president C R Paatil at the CM's residence in Gandhinagar on Monday night. After the meeting, convener of the Rajput Coordination Committee, Karansinh Chavda, said the BJP leaders have promised to convey the demand of the community to the party high command. ''We want nothing else except removal of Rupala as the Rajkot candidate. When BJP leaders asked us to find another solution, we said the only way out is cancellation of Rupala's ticket. If that does not happen, we will intensify our protest and also stage protests in each and every poll rally of BJP in Gujarat,'' Chavda told reporters.

devdiscourse 16 Apr 2024 3:09 pm

Nearly 40,000 students admitted under RTE Act in Gujarats round One

BILKULONLINE Gandhinagar, April 16 : The Gujarat government has admitted 39,979 children into unaided private primary schools in the first The post Nearly 40,000 students admitted under RTE Act in Gujarats round One appeared first on Bilkul Online .

Bilkulonline 16 Apr 2024 9:45 am

Gujarat: Only 4 women candidates figure in BJP and Congress lists

AHMEDABAD: Despite the rhetoric surrounding womens empowerment and the advocacy for a 33 per cent reservation for women, political parties in Gujarat display reluctance in nominating female candidates for electoral positions. Both the BJP and Congress, as major parties in the state, are guilty of this reluctance. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP secured six women MPs out of 26 seats in Gujarat. However, in the current 2024 elections, the BJP has fielded only four women candidates. Similarly, the Congress party has also nominated just four women candidates for the Lok Sabha elections this time. Its worth noting that Gujarat has approximately 2.39 crore women voters, constituting around 50 per cent of the total registered voters. The representation of women MPs and candidates in Gujarat is on a consistent decline. Among the total of 26 seats in Gujarat, both major parties have only nominated four women candidates collectively. Among the four women nominated by the BJP are Poonam Madam for the Jamnagar seat, Shobhana Baraiya for the Sabar Kantha seat, Neemu Bambhania for the Bhavnagar seat, and Rekha Ben Chaudhary for the Banas Kantha seat. Notably, in the upcoming elections, a Congresswoman candidate will be contesting against a BJP woman candidate for the Banaskantha seat in North Gujarat. This marks the sole instance in Gujarat where both BJP and Congress have fielded female candidates against each other. Among the four women candidates nominated by the Congress party, Geni Ben Thakor is contesting from the Banaskantha seat. Additionally, Congress has fielded Sonal Patel from the Gandhinagar seat, where Union Home Minister Amit Shah is contesting. Other notable nominations include Jeni Thummar in Amreli and Prabha Taviyad in Dahod. Remarkably, there are nine constituencies in Gujarat where no woman candidate from any party has ever been elected, including Ahmedabad West, Gandhinagar, Porbandar, Patan, Panchmahal, Kheda, Bharuch, Valsad, and Navsari Representation of women on decline The representation of women MPs and candidates in Gujarat is on a consistent decline. Of 26 seats in Gujarat, both major parties have only nominated four women candidates each

The New Indian Express 16 Apr 2024 9:13 am

LS polls: Top Gujarat BJP, Congress leaders set to file nominations

LS polls: Top Gujarat BJP, Congress leaders set to file nominations Gandhinagar: Top BJP and Congress leaders in Gujarat are set to file their nomination papers for the Lok Sabha polls. The list of BJP leaders who will be filing nominations on Monday includes Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya from Porbandar, Dinesh Makwana from Ahmedabad [] The post LS polls: Top Gujarat BJP, Congress leaders set to file nominations appeared first on Mangalorean.com .

Mangalorean 15 Apr 2024 8:09 am

Gujarat Congress yet to finalize candidates for key Lok Sabha seats

AHMEDABAD: As the election season gears up in Gujarat with the election commission announcing the date for filing nominations from April 12 to 19, the Congress is yet to disclose the candidates for four crucial seats in the state. The Congress initially intended to contest former MLA and Patidar leader Lalit Kagathara to challenge BJP candidate Purusottam Rupala in the Rajkot Lok Sabha constituency. However, amid recent controversy with Rupala commenting on the Kshatriya community and the following protests demanding his candidacy withdrawal, Paresh Dhanani, the former opposition leader of the Congress, has expressed his willingness to enter the electoral fray. Dhanani had previously refused to contest the elections, however, sources suggest that his readinss now comes after the mounting opposition against the BJP candidate Rupala. 'Not hesitant to fight LS poll against Amit Shah,' says Sonal Patel, Congress candidate in Gujarat's Gandhinagar Meanwhile, Congress is also struggling to choose a candidate for the Mehsana seat which is considered to be a BJP bastion for several years. The party aims to experiment by fielding an OBC candidate against the BJP's Patidar candidate. However, internal divisions within the Congress are hindering this decision. With one faction of the party favouring Patidar candidates, another is advocating for OBC representation. Moreover, the Vijapur By-Election, which falls within the Mehsana Lok Sabha constituency, will also influence the selection for the Mehsana seat. If Congress selects a Patidar candidate for the Vijapur Assembly seat, then Congress will likely nominate an OBC candidate for the Lok Sabha seat to maintain demographic balance. For the third seat, Navsari Lok Sabha, several party leaders, including Mumtaj Patel, daughter of the late Mr. Ahmed Patel, Surat Congress spokesperson Naishad Desai, and Navsari Congress leader Shailesh Patel, are said to be expressing their interest in contesting. However, the party is yet to finalize a candidate as it is one of the hottest seats in the state. BJP has chosen its state president CR Patil to contest from the Navsari Lok Sabha. Patil secured this seat with the largest margin in India prompting the Congress to strategize and nominate a formidable contender to challenge him. The last and final seat without a Congress candidate is the Ahmedabad East Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat. Rohan Gupta, the president of the Congress's social media department, was selected as the party's candidate for the seat but Gupta shifted to the BJP. The Congress is now facing difficulty in finding the right candidate for the Ahmedabad East Lok Sabha seat. With this, sources revealed that the party is contemplating nominating either the city Congress president, Himmatsinh Patel, or a candidate from the Patidar community.

The New Indian Express 13 Apr 2024 4:59 pm

This woman will challenge Amit Shah in Gandhinagar

'The BJP is using administrative machinery to fight elections'

Rediff 13 Apr 2024 11:32 am

'Not hesitant to fight LS poll against Amit Shah,' says Sonal Patel, Congress candidate in Gujarat's Gandhinagar

GANDHINAGAR: Sonal Patel, whom the Congress has fielded against Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Gujarat's Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, said she was not at all hesitant to fight the upcoming election against the senior BJP leader. The 62-year-old leader, who is All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary and the party co-incharge of Mumbai and western Maharashtra, claimed that anti-incumbency prevails as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has failed to fulfil the aspirations of people. She also accused the ruling party of intimidating Congress workers in her constituency and sought a level-playing field in fighting elections. In an interview to PTI, Patel said, I had not asked for a ticket from the party as I was busy with Congress's affairs in Maharashtra, where I am co-incharge of Mumbai and Western Maharashtra.But the party fielded me from Gandhinagar and I accepted it. Our workers are being intimidated, nobody is ready to rent a space to us for organising meetings of party workers fearing that they will be targeted once the elections are over. Police are calling our city and district leaders to police stations in some frivolous cases from the past. BJP is using administrative machinery to fight elections, she alleged. This shows that they are scared and not on a firm footing, Patel said, adding, I don't know if Amit Shah is aware of these tactics that BJP's local leaders are employing.Everybody should get a level-playing field to fight elections. An architect by profession, Patel said she was not hesitant in taking on Shah in Gandhinagar, a BJP bastion from where former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former deputy prime minister L K Advani had contested elections. He (Shah) may be the home minister of the country, but we have seen him from the days when he was a common BJP worker, she said. From a grassroot worker from Naranpura (Amit Shah's assembly constituency when he was MLA) he has risen to be the home minister of the country. My father was Congress municipal councillor from Naranpura and we have seen him grow.I have also worked my way up from grassroots like him, she said. And when people cast their vote, they will not choose (their MP) thinking that he is the home minister or that I am a simple party worker, she said, adding that that was the reason she did not hesitate even a bit to contest the election against Shah. The Congress had earlier fielded bigwigs like former election commissioner T N Seshan, actor Rajesh Khanna to give a fight to BJP heavyweights from Gandhinagar seat. Explaining the reason why the Congress did not field any heavyweight candidate from outside against Shah, she said, There are two problems in calling heavyweight candidates from outside - the person does not know anything about the area and he has to be hand-held, and after the defeat when the candidate leaves, a vacuum is created. So it is better to choose a local candidate instead. After her name was announced, Patel began campaigning by organising voters' meetings and visiting different areas of the constituency. Our campaigning is going on and it will pick up pace, she said. A video went viral, which showed her being stopped from campaigning in Pethapur village in Gandhinagar due to the ongoing controversy over BJP's Rajkot candidate and Union minister Parshottam Rupala's remarks against the Rajput or Kshatriya community. We are not linked to the controversy in any way and we have criticised Rupala's remark against the Kshatriya community, but we were not allowed in Pethapur village. A video of the incident went viral and we later came to know those who stopped us were BJP workers. As they cannot campaign in villages dominated by the Kshatriya community, they did not allow us to do the same, she said. On the main issues in the constituency, she said anti-incumbency prevails as the BJP has failed to fulfil the aspirations of the people of the state. They have built infrastructure, but the poor are becoming poorer and the rich are becoming richer. There are no employment opportunities in villages and land holding by farmers is reducing as it keeps on getting divided through generations. When a villager moves to a city, he faces extreme inflation. BJP has no answer to these problems, she said. BJP's claim of winning over 400 seats is nothing but rhetoric and I am sure that it will not be able to win all 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat this time, she said. In 2014 and 2019, the BJP had all 26 seats in the state. Patel, who studied architecture from Centre of Environment Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, is urban and regional planner and is a member of many architecture organisations. She also served as president of Gujarat Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee from 2012 to 2018. After that she was elevated to the post of AICC secretary. Patel said she has decided to file her nomination papers without any pomp and show as she does not want to trouble party workers. I have decided to go with just four or five women to file the nomination form on April 16. Why give trouble to party workers? she said. The Lok Sabha elections in Gujarat will be held in a single phase on May 7 and the deadline for filing of nominations is April 19.

The New Indian Express 13 Apr 2024 11:00 am

Sonal Patel, Congress' pick in Gandhinagar, says not hesitant to fight Lok Sabha poll against Amit Shah - The Economic Times

Sonal Patel, Congress' pick in Gandhinagar, says not hesitant to fight Lok Sabha poll against Amit Shah The Economic Times

Google News 13 Apr 2024 10:14 am

Sonal Patel, Congress' pick in Gandhinagar, says not hesitant to fight Lok Sabha poll against Amit Shah

Sonal Patel bravely challenges Amit Shah in Gujarat's Gandhinagar, criticizing BJP's failures and intimidation of Congress workers. She demands a fair electoral process and accuses the party of anti-incumbency, showcasing her determination in the election.

The Economic Times 13 Apr 2024 10:14 am

Sonal Patel, Cong's pick in Gandhinagar, says not hesitant to fight LS poll against Amit Shah

Sonal Patel, Cong's pick in Gandhinagar, says not hesitant to fight LS poll against Amit Shah Sonal Patel, whom the Congress has fielded against Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Gujarat's Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, said she was not at all hesitant to fight the upcoming election against the senior BJP leader. The 62-year-old leader, who is All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary and the party co-incharge of Mumbai and western Maharashtra, claimed that anti-incumbency prevails as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has failed to fulfil the aspirations of people. She also accused the ruling party of intimidating Congress workers in her constituency and sought a ''level-playing field'' in fighting elections. In an interview to PTI, Patel said, ''I had not asked for a ticket from the party as I was busy with Congress's affairs in Maharashtra, where I am co-incharge of Mumbai and Western Maharashtra. But the party fielded me from Gandhinagar and I accepted it.'' ''Our workers are being intimidated, nobody is ready to rent a space to us for organising meetings of party workers fearing that they will be targeted once the elections are over. Police are calling our city and district leaders to police stations in some frivolous cases from the past. BJP is using administrative machinery to fight elections,'' she alleged. This shows that they are scared and not on a firm footing, Patel said, adding, ''I don't know if Amit Shah is aware of these tactics that BJP's local leaders are employing. Everybody should get a level-playing field to fight elections.'' An architect by profession, Patel said she was not hesitant in taking on Shah in Gandhinagar, a BJP bastion from where former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former deputy prime minister L K Advani had contested elections. ''He (Shah) may be the home minister of the country, but we have seen him from the days when he was a common BJP worker,'' she said. ''From a grassroot worker from Naranpura (Amit Shah's assembly constituency when he was MLA) he has risen to be the home minister of the country. My father was Congress municipal councillor from Naranpura and we have seen him grow. I have also worked my way up from grassroots like him,'' she said. ''And when people cast their vote, they will not choose (their MP) thinking that he is the home minister or that I am a simple party worker,'' she said, adding that that was the reason she did not hesitate even a bit to contest the election against Shah. The Congress had earlier fielded bigwigs like former election commissioner T N Seshan, actor Rajesh Khanna to give a fight to BJP heavyweights from Gandhinagar seat. Explaining the reason why the Congress did not field any heavyweight candidate from outside against Shah, she said, ''There are two problems in calling heavyweight candidates from outside - the person does not know anything about the area and he has to be hand-held, and after the defeat when the candidate leaves, a vacuum is created. So it is better to choose a local candidate instead.'' After her name was announced, Patel began campaigning by organising voters' meetings and visiting different areas of the constituency. ''Our campaigning is going on and it will pick up pace,'' she said. A video went viral, which showed her being stopped from campaigning in Pethapur village in Gandhinagar due to the ongoing controversy over BJP's Rajkot candidate and Union minister Parshottam Rupala's remarks against the Rajput or Kshatriya community. ''We are not linked to the controversy in any way and we have criticised Rupala's remark against the Kshatriya community, but we were not allowed in Pethapur village. A video of the incident went viral and we later came to know those who stopped us were BJP workers. As they cannot campaign in villages dominated by the Kshatriya community, they did not allow us to do the same,'' she said. On the main issues in the constituency, she said anti-incumbency prevails as the BJP has failed to fulfil the aspirations of the people of the state. ''They have built infrastructure, but the poor are becoming poorer and the rich are becoming richer. There are no employment opportunities in villages and land holding by farmers is reducing as it keeps on getting divided through generations. When a villager moves to a city, he faces extreme inflation. BJP has no answer to these problems,'' she said. ''BJP's claim of winning over 400 seats is nothing but rhetoric and I am sure that it will not be able to win all 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat this time,'' she said. In 2014 and 2019, the BJP had all 26 seats in the state. Patel, who studied architecture from Centre of Environment Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, is urban and regional planner and is a member of many architecture organisations. She also served as president of Gujarat Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee from 2012 to 2018. After that she was elevated to the post of AICC secretary. Patel said she has decided to file her nomination papers without any pomp and show as she does not want to trouble party workers. ''I have decided to go with just four or five women to file the nomination form on April 16. Why give trouble to party workers?'' she said. The Lok Sabha elections in Gujarat will be held in a single phase on May 7 and the deadline for filing of nominations is April 19.

devdiscourse 13 Apr 2024 9:56 am

Amid protests Gujarat BJP candidate Rupala to file LS nomination on April 16; Amit Shah on 19

AHMEDABAD: With the nomination process for the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat began on Friday, the BJP has announced that six candidates including Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will file their nominations. Meanwhile, the BJP candidate Purusottam Rupala has signalled that he will filing his nomination papers on April 16 along with three other candidates. This move comes at a time when there are ongoing protests by the Kshatriya community against Rupala demanding his replacement. Rupala during a programme held in Rajkot stated, Friends, there are efforts to disrupt the atmosphere. Yet, I earnestly urge you all to exercise patience and restraint. Let's proceed with caution. While the election commission has set April 20 as the deadline for candidates filing their nominations, the State BJP announced the dates of various candidates filing their nominations. The party sources revealed that the candidates are directed to file their nominations in three phases starting from April 15. Mansukh Mandviya is said to file his forms on April 15 along with five other party candiadates, while 16 other BJP candidates are expected to file their nominations on the following day (April 16). On April 18, three BJP candidates will submit their nominations, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will conclude the process by filing his nomination from the Gandhinagar seat on April 19. Before his nomination on April 18, Amit Shah will lead a roadshow in Gujarat. Gujarat Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister of BJP-governed states, prominent BJP leaders, and state office bearers are expected to be attending Amit Shah's roadshow. On April 18, Gujarat BJP state president and Navsari Lok Sabha candidate C.R. Patil, along with three other BJP candidates, will complete their form submissions.

The New Indian Express 12 Apr 2024 4:32 pm

NEWSMAKER-He once sold tea, now India's Modi seeks his own 'tryst with destiny'

NEWSMAKER-He once sold tea, now India's Modi seeks his own 'tryst with destiny' Narendra Modi often says he likes to think big, dream big and act big. Having sold tea at a railway station as a boy while his mother washed dishes to make ends meet, the man who looks set to be only the second Indian to win three national elections in a row has come a long way from his humble beginnings. And, he is still thinking big. Opinion polls ahead of the election starting on April 19 predict he will equal the three-term record of India's first prime minister, the Western-educated and wealthy Jawaharlal Nehru, who famously called India's independence in 1947 a ryst with destiny. If he wins, it may be the 73-year-old Modi's last term in office and he wants to cement a legacy of setting India on the path to abolishing poverty and becoming a fully developed nation by 2047, the 100th year of independence from British colonial rule. He has set a tentative target of increasing the size of the economy by about eight times to $29 trillion by then and the per-capita income by about seven times to nearly $18,000, apart from securing a permanent seat at the U.N. Security Council. I am dedicating every moment to making India a developed country, Modi said at a campaign rally this month. That's why I am working 24X7 for 2047. The opposition says another term for Modi could severely damage India's secular and democratic traditions, arguing his Hindu nationalist agenda has polarised the country. He has also been accused of authoritarian rule, a clampdown on dissent and politically motivated arrests of key opposition leaders for alleged corruption. In a relentless pursuit of votes for nearly 23 years, beginning in 2001 when he became chief minister of his native Gujarat state, Modi has not shied away from using his modest upbringing to build a following in a country where hundreds of millions of its 1.42 billion people are poor. I know the pain of living under a weak roof, he said this week in Bastar, one of the most underdeveloped regions in India. I know what a mother goes through when there is no food at home. I know how helpless one feels when there is no money to buy medicine. Therefore, I decided that I will not rest until I remove every worry of the poor. He regularly ridicules the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty for what he sees as its entitled control of the main opposition Congress party despite heavy defeats in the last two elections, while he himself has kept his family at a distance - and out of politics. I have left my family. Not for myself, not for fun, but for my country. This is my country, this is my family, he told a rally last month. TOO SUCCESSFUL? Modi has not visited his family since his mother, who used to live in Gujarat with one of her four other sons, died in late 2022, said his younger brother Pankaj. Modi's estranged wife Jashodaben lives separately in the western state. My brother has always maintained a very clear boundary between his work and family, Pankaj Modi, a retired Gujarat government official, told Reuters in Gandhinagar, the state capital. Modi's ability to overcome a difficult childhood has made him successful, but he may be too successful, said Surendra Kumar Dwivedi, a former head of the Department of Political Science at Lucknow University. My sole issue with Modi today is that he has become larger than the party itself, he said. In a democratic system... a party should always supersede an individual. HINDU FERVOUR Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have consistently wooed the majority Hindu community, including by shepherding the building of a Hindu temple on the site of a razed mosque, igniting a wave of religious fervour. His approval rating is 75%, the highest among 25 world leaders tracked by U.S. data intelligence company Morning Consult. Modi was once a pariah in the Western world because of deadly religious riots when he was chief minister of Gujarat in 2002. But he is now courted, thanks to India's world-beating economic growth and its position as a counter-balance against China. At least 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed across Gujarat in the riots, although activists put the toll at more than twice that number. Critics accused Modi of failing to protect Muslims, but he denied the charges and a Supreme Court-ordered investigation found no evidence to prosecute him. The United States, nevertheless, has raised concerns over the treatment of Muslims, underprivileged Hindus, Christians and other religious minorities in India in his rule. Modi says his government works for the welfare of all without discriminating. Modi has not addressed a single press conference in the past decade, but the Indian media fawns over him, giving him wall-to-wall coverage as he tours Hindu temples or speaks at rallies. He honed his oratory as a full-time propagandist for the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the de facto parent of the BJP that he joined after school, distancing himself from his family. With thinning white hair, a neatly trimmed white beard and immaculate Indian attire, Modi is the dominant face of election campaigns for the BJP. In 2015, he was ridiculed for wearing a suit embroidered repeatedly with his name while meeting U.S. President Barack Obama. The suit was later auctioned and sold to a Gujarat diamond merchant for over half a million U.S. dollars that was used on a project to clean the Ganges river. Modi's aides and his ministerial colleagues say the demands on his time mean he sleeps little. I am working with a boss who practically works 20 hours a day and has not taken a single vacation in whatsoever number of years I have seen him, Ashwini Vaishnaw, minister for railways and electronics, told a recent event. (Additional reporting by Saurabh Sharma; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

devdiscourse 11 Apr 2024 6:30 am

Amidst BJP's Rajkot seat turmoil, Congress pits Paresh Dhanani against Parshottam Rupala

AHMEDABAD: The BJP faces ongoing challenges in Rajkot as the Kshatriya community vehemently opposes the party's nominee, Parshottam Rupala. They demand the cancellation of Rupala's ticket for the Rajkot seat, warning of further protests and unrest if their demands aren't met. Capitalizing on this discord, Congress saw an opening. During an event on Tuesday, party leader Lalit Kagathara announced that senior party politician Paresh Dhanani will contest for the Rajkot seat. This sets the stage for a crucial electoral showdown between the two leaders after 22 years. Under a new strategy, the Kshatriya Community plans to convene a large-scale gathering to protest against Parshottam Rupala in Rajkot. Meanwhile, Karni Sena leader Raj Shekhawat, en route to challenge the BJP at their Gandhinagar headquarters today, was apprehended by police at Ahmedabad airport. During a Congress event, Paresh Dhanani rallied the workers, declaring, This is a battle for dignity, a battle to admonish those who have besmirched the reputation of women. If these haughty leaders refuse to relent, then in the saga of the modern Mahabharata. Subsequently, speaking to the press in Rajkot, Congress leader Lalit Kagathara asserted, If the BJP fails to replace Purushottam Rupala in the Rajkot seat, Paresh Dhanani will stand as the Congress candidate. Senior journalist Dilip Patel said, If Paresh Dhanani is handed a ticket in this seat, the BJP will face a tough fight against Rupala because this seat is dominated by leuva Patidars from the Patidar Community. The caste equation and history support Congress. The Leuva Patel Community commands around four lakh votes, whereas the Kadwa Patidar Community holds approximately one lakh votes in the Rajkot constituency. Parasottam Rupala, a BJP candidate, hails from the Kadwa Patidar community, while Paresh Dhanani represents the Leuva Patidar community. Based on current trends, Congress is poised for an advantage here, he added. It is noteworthy that 22 years ago, (i.e., in 2002) Paresh Dhanani defeated Rupala by a margin of sixteen thousand votes in the Amreli Assembly seat. Now, after two decades, both leaders find themselves contending against each other once again in the Lok Sabha elections.

The New Indian Express 10 Apr 2024 11:38 am

Karni Sena leader gheraos Gujarat BJP office; detained later

Ahmedabad: Police detained Karni Sena leader Raj Shekhawat from outside the Ahmedabad airport on Tuesday, hours before his plan to gherao the BJPs Gujarat headquarters in Gandhinagar, an official said. Shekhawat, the national president of Karni Sena, an outfit of the Kshatriya or Rajput community, on Sunday gave a call to Gherao the state BJP Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 9 Apr 2024 5:41 pm

Siddaramaiah, DK Shivakumar keen to win Bluru seats

BENGALURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah continued his campaign in Bengaluru for a second day, while Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar is also focusing more on the Bengaluru Lok Sabha constituencies. Presently, all three LS constituencies in Bengaluru Urban are represented by MPs from the BJP. Siddaramaiah, who continued to campaign for the Congress Bengaluru South Lok Sabha candidate Sowmya Reddy, said the latter was treated unfairly during the counting of votes in the Assembly elections last year, and lost the polls by a few votes. We will get justice in the court, he said. He urged people to give her justice in their court. He also slammed sitting MP and BJP candidate Tejaswi Surya, asking on what basis will he seek votes when he failed to raise his voice for the state in Parliament? Later in the day, the CM campaigned for Mansoor Ali Khan, the Congress candidate for Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha constituency. The CM slammed sitting MP PC Mohan, stating that the latter has won several times from the constituency, but has never raised any Bengaluru-related issue in Parliament. He did not bother to question the injustice done by the Centre to the state, he alleged. Shivakumar is also campaigning for the partys Bengaluru Lok Sabha candidates, and is meeting voters. Just a few days ago, he met apartment residents in the city. On Monday, he took part in a road show, seeking votes for Mansoor, while participating in road shows at Gandhinagar, Rajajinagar and CV Raman Nagar.

The New Indian Express 9 Apr 2024 8:49 am

Leave the village or elsedont even think of coming here: Pethapur locals stop Gandhinagar Congress candidate Sonal Patel from entering their village

A video of Congress candidate Sonal Patel being stopped by locals in Pethapur, Gandhinagar, from entering their village has gone viral on the internet.

OpIndia 8 Apr 2024 9:55 pm

Outdoor workers face health risks amid rise in temperature

NEW DELHI: Rising heat will reduce the working capacity of outdoor workers and cause severe health impacts, says a study. India is among the tropical countries where outdoor workers get severely impacted due to humid heat which leads to loss of over 20 per cent working hours, it said. It underlines the rise in 1 degree C of additional warming, heat and humidity, which will hinder the ability of one in eight people living in the tropics during most daylight hours. Recently, the Indian Meteorological Department forecast an above-normal heat wave days and higher temperature in April-June. It would have a detrimental effect on outdoor workers such as farmers, construction workers, small-scale fish workers and others. The study, Impacts of warming on outdoor worker well-being in the tropics and adaptation options published in One Earth journal, underlines the heat-impact on outdoor workers in the tropics that leads to loss of labour productivity as wages push outdoor workers into a web of poverty. Contestants take all precautions to beat the summer heat The heat affects work capacity and productivity through its physiological effects. Excessive heat enhances blood flow to the skin which can reduce the ability of muscles to perform physical work. Dry heat is relatively easier to handle. When the body heats up and we drink water, there is evaporation and the body cools down. However, in humid heat, evaporation reduces because of high moisture in the air which hampers the bodys cooling mechanism, says Dr Vimal Mishra, Vikram Sarabhai Chair Professor, Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar. Another study, conducted in Tamil Nadu and published in October last year, found that occupational exposure to extreme heat more than doubled the risk of miscarriage among pregnant women, with the heat generally raising the overall risk of adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes. Researchers warn of extreme heat impact on outdoor workers, call for awareness, fewer hours Heat affects work capacity The heat affects work capacity and productivity through its physiological effects. Excessive heat enhances blood flow to the skin, which can reduce the ability of muscles to perform physical work. Dry heat is relatively easier to handle. When the body heats up and we drink water, there is evaporation and the body cools down, says Vimal Mishra from IIT-Gandhinagar.

The New Indian Express 8 Apr 2024 7:22 am

Researchers warn of extreme heat impact on outdoor workers, call for awareness, fewer hours

Researchers warn of extreme heat impact on outdoor workers, call for awareness, fewer hours As the country braces for extreme heat in the April-June period with the temperatures already starting to rise, researchers have sounded the alarm over detrimental effects it can have on outdoor workers in farming, construction and other sectors. The India Meteorological Department recently said above-normal maximum temperatures were likely over most parts of the country in April-June this year, and the central and western peninsular parts are expected to face the worst impact. Above-normal heatwave days are likely over most parts of the plains, it said. Following the adverse weather warning, researchers are advocating for novel ways of working outdoors, including flexible hours and mandatory breaks, to help workers adapt to the effects of heat, made increasingly humid because of climate change. ''Dry heat is relatively easier to handle. When the body heats up and we drink water, there is evaporation and the body cools down. However, in humid heat, evaporation reduces because of high moisture in the air which hampers the body's cooling mechanism,'' Vimal Mishra, Vikram Sarabhai Chair Professor, Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar, told PTI. ''Doing intensive labour in such conditions can raise body heat to a level where it can also cause mortality,'' he warned. An international study examining how tropical heat impacts outdoor workers has found that for one degree Celsius of additional warming, roughly 800 million people will live in areas needing hours of heavy work to be cut down by more than half over the entire year. In other words, ''one degree Celsius of additional warming, heat, and humidity, will hinder the ability of one in eight people living in the tropics to safely work (outdoors) during most daylight hours,'' Mishra, the study's co-author, wrote in a comment for Nature India, an online publication of the Nature Portfolio. The study, co-led by the US-based Paul G Allen Family Foundation, was published in the journal One Earth in March 2024. According to the study, the world is edging closer to breaching the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement, with heat and humidity levels in the tropics having been studied to be closer than ever to human tolerance thresholds. The increasingly humid heat is likely to affect outdoor workers in Africa and Asia the most because of their large working-age populations, likely to rise in coming decades, coupled with high reliance on agriculture, forestry and fisheries, the authors said. Another study, conducted in Tamil Nadu and published in October last year, found that occupational exposure to extreme heat more than doubled the risk of miscarriage in pregnant women, with the heat generally raising the overall risk of adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes. ''We also observed that because of limited access to toilets, the women were eating and drinking less, resulting in malnutrition. This too can impact pregnancy outcomes,'' Vidhya Venugopal, the study's corresponding author and professor at the Faculty of Public Health of the Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research in Chennai, told PTI. The study assessed 800 pregnant women, 47 per cent of whom were exposed to heat while working outdoors. Among the women exposed to extreme heat, 6.1 per cent had still and preterm births, compared to 2.6 per cent of the women exposed to heat within safe limits, it said. Further, 8.4 per cent of the women exposed to high heat levels birthed babies having low weight, compared to 4.5 per cent of the women exposed to safe levels of heat, the ''first-of-its-kind'' study to be conducted in India found. It is published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. ''Biologically, the external heat adds to the internal heat generated in pregnant women because of hormones. So, when these women sweat in the heat, the blood flow rushes more towards their organs, which lowers the amount flowing towards the foetus, thereby hindering their growth and development,'' Venugopal said. Mishra said that unless adaptation measures were implemented, the vulnerable tropical outdoor workers were in store for a future with more extreme heat, accompanied by more pronounced adverse impacts. The researchers also called for the empowerment of outdoor workers by raising their self-awareness and agency in decision-making. ''We suggest workers to avoid labour under harsh conditions. We also suggest fewer working hours with changes in working routine in line with the external ambient conditions. We further advise workers to take breaks, which can also be mandated by agencies employing them,'' Mishra added. Venugopal said outdoor women workers needed to be made more aware of the effects of extreme heat on their health and that primary healthcare centres can play an important role. ''Through primary healthcare centres, which the women frequent during their gestation period, they can be sensitised about how the extreme heat is impacting them and their offspring's health. The government can adopt such measures in mitigating the effects of extreme heat on outdoor women workers,'' she said.

devdiscourse 7 Apr 2024 10:01 am

Rajput women threaten jauhar if BJP fails to withdraw Rupala from LS fray; Karni Sena leader held

AHMEDABAD, Apr 6 : A high drama prevailed in Ahmedabad on Saturday when some women from the Kshatriya community threatened to perform jauhar (self-immolation) outside the BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar demanding the party withdraw Parshottam Rupalas candidature over anti-Rajput remarks. Police detained five women and Shree Rashtriya Karni Sena president Mahipal Singh Makrana before he could meet them in Ahmedabad. In other parts of the state, members of the Kshatriya community organised a march in Rajkot while in Jam Khambhalia [] The post Rajput women threaten jauhar if BJP fails to withdraw Rupala from LS fray; Karni Sena leader held appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 7 Apr 2024 5:07 am

Australian envoy to India meets Gautam Adani, discusses future collaboration

Australian envoy to India meets Gautam Adani, discusses future collaboration Australia's High Commissioner to India, Philip Green, had a meeting with Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani on Friday, and they discussed the Indian conglomerate's existing investments in Australia. They also discussed future collaboration on renewables, critical minerals and rooftop solar, the envoy to India posted on his X handle sharing a photograph with both shaking hands. According to Adani Enterprises' website, its Adani Australia is a multi-dimensional energy and infrastructure company, dedicated to delivering energy solutions for an advancing world. It provides energy solutions in Australia and the Asia Pacific region from thermal and renewable energy sources. Adani Australia owns and operates Abbot Point Terminal which has been exporting Queensland coal responsibly for more than 35 years. It is Australia's most northerly coal port and is located 25 kilometres north-west of Bowen, in North Queensland. The port is a modern, high volume, fast turnaround port complex with natural deep water, and is a multi-user port facility that currently has capacity to throughput up to 50 Mtpa. Adani Renewables Australia's first solar farm Rugby Run near Moranbah was officially opened in October 2019, supplying 65 MW of renewable energy powering about 23,000 Queensland homes. Adani Mining Pty Ltd is an Australian mining company that operates out of regional Queensland. Adani Mining's flagship development is the Carmichael mine and rail project. Located more than 300km west of the Queensland coast, the Carmichael Project is ideally positioned to maximise the opportunities that the Galilee Basin presents. The Carmichael Project is a thermal coal mine and rail project, which will transport coal from the Galilee Basin to countries in Asia, including India, delivering thousands of jobs for Queenslanders in the process. Today, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel too met the Australian envoy to India and Mumbai-based Australian Consulate General Paul Murphy, in Gandhinagar. Discussed with him the prospects of collaboration between Australia-India-Gujarat on production of renewable energy, solar rooftop and critical minerals-lithium battery storage, Bhupendra Patel wrote on his X timeline in Gujarati after the meeting. (ANI)

devdiscourse 5 Apr 2024 10:13 pm

GNLU rape-harassment allegations: High-level panel to assess varsitys 5-year performance

GNLU rape-harassment allegations: High-level panel to assess varsitys 5-year performance The Gandhinagar-based Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) has informed the High Court that a High-Level Review Committee (HLRC) headed by former Supreme Court judge Indu Malhotra will be constituted to assess the institution's performance in the last five years. The assurance came in the wake of allegations of harassment of a queer student and rape of a female student at the varsity. A division bench of Chief Justice Sunita Agarwal and Justice Aniruddha P Mayee is hearing a suo motu PIL (public interest litigation) on the issue. Earlier, the bench had described the findings of a committee, which looked into the students' allegations, as ''scary''. During a hearing on the suo motu PIL on Thursday, Advocate General Kamal Trivedi, appearing for the GNLU, informed the bench that the governing council of the university met on March 23 and resolved to constitute the HLRC. Apart from Justice Indu Malhotra, the committee will have Attorney General R Venkataramani and State Finance Department's former additional chief secretary MM Srivastava as its members. Moreover, Trivedi said a sub-committee will also be appointed by the varsity ''for the reconstitution of a transparent and vigilant Internal Complaints Committee''. It will consist of Additional Advocate General Manisha Luvkumar Shah and senior advocate Asim Pandya. ''The Governing Council was extremely concerned about the welfare of the students of the university and therefore University should take all possible measures to create a safe and secure environment among the students so that they should not feel inhibited to come forward with such experiences,'' Trivedi told the bench while reading out the affidavit of GNLU. To address these issues, the Governing Council has resolved to constitute the HLRC with the aim of ''assessing past five years performance of the university in the field of academics, administration, finance as well as safety and security aspects of students and for suggesting further correcting measures to be undertaken in the future'', he said. Trivedi further submitted that the reports of both these committees will be placed before the Executive Council of the GNLU. He added that the council also directed the university administration to immediately appoint a full-time Registrar for GNLU. After taking into consideration GNLU's submissions, Chief Justice Sunita Agarwal directed the varsity to submit an Action Taken Report before the next date of hearing on April 29. During the last hearing held on February 28, the bench had described the findings of a committee, which looked into the allegations of harassment of a queer student and rape of a female student at GNLU, as ''scary''. After going through parts of the report, submitted in a sealed cover, the bench had expressed shock at ''incidents of molestation, rape, discrimination, homophobia, favouritism, suppression of voices'' going on at the Gandhinagar-based institute. ''This report is really scary,'' the court had said while hearing the suo motu PIL taken up by it based on a newspaper report dated September 22 last year.

devdiscourse 5 Apr 2024 8:42 am

Gujarat: Caste cauldron causes unease in BJP as Patidar, Kshatriya get into fight

AHMEDABAD: As the Kshatriya community has remained firm on their demand that Union minister Purushottam Rupala be replaced as the BJP candidate from the Rajkot Lok Sabha seat, Patidars have started a social media drive in support of him, leaving the ruling party caught between two dominant castes in Gujarat With about 18 per cent of Gujarats population, the Patidar community holds sway over more than seven of the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat. For the past week, the Kshatriyas, also known as Rajputs, have been staging protests over Rupalas remarks about the community. Jyoti Tilwa, a BJP leader and a prominent figure among the Patidars, circulated a message urging for unity. Even after Rupala apologised many times, it is not appropriate for anyone to have such a concern. Let us wake up, my brothers and sisters, and support Rupala sahib. the message read. Kshatriya stir hits BJP in Gujarat bastion Many other Patidar leaders have taken to social media to express their support for Rupala. The community had planned to hold a meeting in Vadodara on Thursday, but it was cancelled at the last moment. Instead, a meeting took place at Rupalas residence in Gandhinagar with BJP leaders. Lalit Vasoya, the Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Porbandar and a Patidar leader, has accused the BJP of attempting to drive a wedge between the two communities. Certain BJP leaders are turning a personal feud with Rupala into a rift between two communities. I denounce this attempt. Efforts must be made to uphold amicable relations between the two communities, Vasoya told the media.

The New Indian Express 5 Apr 2024 7:53 am

IIT Gandhinagar Opens Applications for MTech Programme in ICDT; Eligibility Criteria Detailed

Embark on a journey of excellence with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar, as it invites aspiring engineers to apply for the MTech programme in Integrated Circuit Design and Technology (ICDT). With the release of the application form, the doors to a promising career in cutting-edge technology are now open. Read on to discover more about this exciting opportunity and how you can be a part of it.

Naukrinama 4 Apr 2024 9:00 pm

Corporate Security Management Course for Vedanta Security Officers Kicks Off at Rashtriya Raksha University

BILKULONLINE Gandhinagar, April 3: Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU) The School of Private, Industrial & Corporate Security Management at Rashtriya The post Corporate Security Management Course for Vedanta Security Officers Kicks Off at Rashtriya Raksha University appeared first on Bilkul Online .

Bilkulonline 3 Apr 2024 4:56 pm

Gujarat NMMS hall ticket 2024 out at sebexam.org, download link here

The State Examination Board, Gandhinagar, has released hall tickets for the National Means cum Merit Scholarship (NMMS) for Class 8th students in Gujarat. The exam is scheduled for April 7, 2024. Applicants can download their admit cards from the official website by logging in with their confirmation number and Aadhar Dise Number or Date of Birth. The process involves visiting the SEB website, clicking on the NMMS Hall Ticket Download link, entering login credentials, and downloading the hall ticket.

The Times of India 3 Apr 2024 1:28 pm

TRS Supremo Named in Snoopgate Case

Hyderabad: For the first time, the TRS Supremo figured in the phone-tapping case that has been creating political tremors in Telangana state. P. Radha Kishan Rao, retired deputy commissioner of police of the city task force, in his confession statement, he made references to TRS supremo more than once. This is expected to have far-reaching consequences particularly in the backdrop of the Congress and the opposition BJP accusing BRS (formerly TRS) president K. Chandrashekar Rao and his son and party working president K.T. Rama Rao of being the chief architects and ultimate beneficiaries of snoopgate. In the confession statement, a copy of which is available with Deccan Chronicle, Radha Kishan Rao said he was posted as DCP, Task Force, in 2017 by TRS supremo to maintain a hold on Hyderabad city for political and other reasons. He went on to explain how he along with former IG intelligence T. Prabhakar Rao, who emerged as the kingpin in phone-tapping and was Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) head at that time, and other accused conspired to ensure BRS victory for third time in 2023 elections and keep tight control of BRS party and its supremo (over the political rivals and dissidents within the party). The former cop told the investigators that surveillance was put on activities of political leader(s) of opponent parties, their family members, associate supporters, business persons, critics of BRS party and also suspicious activities of person(s) within BRS. Sources also said there were indications that Radha Kishan Rao, Accused No. 4 in the case, might turn approver and unconfirmed reports suggested that Prabhakar Rao had also sent feelers on spilling the beans. Other accused, N. Bhujanga Rao and G. Thirputanna, ASP rank officials, were arrested and their inputs gave authentic leads in investigation. Radha Kishan Rao said Prabhakar Rao was brought into the SIB because of caste equations (he belonged to former chief minister K. Chandrashekar Raos Velama caste) and he in turn handpicked other team members either on caste equation or with acquaintance in previous postings. Radha Kishan Rao in his statement stated on the directions of Prabhakar Rao, during the Assembly election in December 2018, D. Praneeth Rao, suspended DSP of the SIB, shared inputs to him and based on that they seized `70 lakh that belonged to Anand Bhaskar, owner of Bhavya Cements at Paradise. Anand Bhaskar was a TD contestant from the Serilingampally Assembly constituency. During the Dubbak byelections in 2020, Praneeth Rao shared technical surveillance and identified the target and the city task force seized `1 crore in Begumpet from the relatives of BJP contestant M. Raghunandan Rao, who run a chit fund in Siddipet. During the Munugodu bypoll in the second week of October 2022 the team intercepted G. Sai Kumar Reddy, Kunde Mahesh, D. Sandeep Kumar, M. Mahender, A. Anush Reddy and V. Bharat, associates of then BJP candidate Komatireddy Raj Gopal Reddy, and seized `3.5 crore cash and handed it over to the Gandhinagar police. Prabhakar Rao allegedly created special operations team (SOT) war rooms in different districts exclusively for the purpose of surveillance over targeted political leaders and their associates, rebels and dissidents within the TRS/BRS and candidates to induce rivals to join the BRS which was clearly against the mandate of the SIB. Radha Kishan Rao also stated that after his superannuation in 2020, he influenced the then BRS government by using his caste equation, got appointed as officer on special duty of the city task force for three years till 2023 and continued till the elections. Further, on Radha Kishan Raos recommendation, Gattu Mallu was posted as inspector, west zone task force, and later in the SIB to accomplish the conspiracy. Further, they decided to communicate with each other in encrypted social media apps such as Whatsapp, SnapChat from not being detected about their clandestine and unauthorised activities using the technology and tools manpower at their disposal, Radha Kishan Raos confession statement stated. However, Radha Kishan Raos counsel filed a counter on his police custody at the court on Monday and orders have been served.

Deccan Chronicle 2 Apr 2024 12:55 am

Internal rift hits BJP as rebellion erupts in 5 seats

AHMEDABAD: For the first time in 22 years, the BJP in Gujarat is facing serious internal resistance over five of the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the run-up to the May 7 polls. What initially started as dissent in one of the constituencies has now spread to about half a dozen others, including Sabarkantha, Rajkot, Vadodara, and Valsad districts, posing a challenge for the party. To make matters worse, circulating on social media is a letter to the BJP state president urging a change in the partys candidate for the Junagadh constituency. In the viral letter addressed to state BJP president CR Patil, a Jan Sangh worker has highlighted various concerns about BJP candidate Rajesh Chudasama. He has not done a single worth mentioning developmental work in Junagadh, nor has he taken any interest in conveying the central and state government schemes to the beneficiaries, reads the letter. In the wake of the resistance from local leaders, the party candidate in Vadodara, Ranjan Bhatt, was replaced. However, there is growing demand to replace the new candidate, Dr Hemang Joshi. Sources indicate that several BJP workers question Joshis roots, claiming that he was in the state for education and that his involvement with the party was only for three years. Expressing dissent, a BJP worker criticised Joshi on social media. During a live stream featuring state BJP president CR Patil, the worker commented, It is an insult to Vadodaras womens power; first, they were given the ticket and then withdrawn. What has he contributed to the party? Yet, BJP candidate Hemang Joshi asserted that There is no discontent within the BJP. As of now, the controversy concerning the candidacy in Sabarkantha remains unresolved. A meeting was convened at the Chief Ministers residence earlier in the day to deliberate on the Sabarkantha candidate. On Friday, state Home Minister Harsh Sanghvi visited Sabarkantha amid protests against the BJPs nominated candidate, Shobnaben Baraiya. After this visit, sources suggest that the Home Minister submitted a report to the state president and chief minister. Despite BJP candidate Rupala issuing two apologies for his remarks concerning the Rajput community, efforts persist within the community to seek a change in the candidate for Rajkot. On Saturday, the Rajput community gave a memorandum to the Gandhinagar collector and also urged the BJP to reconsider their choice. Kshatriya leader quits Gujarat BJP over Rupalas remarks about community Kshatriya community leader Raj Shekhawat on Saturday resigned from the BJP in protest against Union Minister and Rajkot Lok Sabha candidate Parshottam Rupalas remarks earlier. Rupala, while speaking at a public event, had claimed several Rajput rulers collaborated with the British, a statement that drew widespread condemnation from community members. Shekhawat is also national president of a faction of the Karni Sena, an outfit of the Rajput or Kshatriya community. He said he was resigning from the primary membership of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party with immediate effect. Shekhawat said that he had joined the BJP ahead of the Assembly polls for the welfare of the community and Sanatan Dharma.

The New Indian Express 31 Mar 2024 7:50 am

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Facts about key BJP candidate Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is seeking reelection from Gujarat's key constituency Gandhinagar, a seat formerly held by BJP stalwarts like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani.

The Economic Times 30 Mar 2024 5:29 pm

Best Of This Week's The Breakfast Club With Sonal Mehrotra Kapoor | Social Media Ban | Unique School

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Monday that prohibits people under 14 years old from having social-media accounts, regardless of parental consent, one of the most restrictive laws aimed at curbing social-media access for minors.School for the blind and visually impaired children in Gandhinagar is designed for children from remote villages and towns in Gujarat and professors eager to offer them a better education and opportunities in society. Initially, the school occupied an existing building, previously a primary school. The India Meteorological Department on Friday predicted that temperatures across the country will rise abnormally, and heatwave conditions are expected to hit parts of India in the months of April and May.

News18 30 Mar 2024 10:01 am

Gandhinagar: Sumitomo Mitsubishi Banking Corp gets nod to open branch in GIFT City

SMBC opens branch in GIFT City, easing Japanese investments. Special zone provides tax benefits for offshore borrowing. India's first smart city, GIFT City, caters to diverse client needs with international and domestic banks.

The Economic Times 29 Mar 2024 12:43 am

Japan's Sumitomo Mitsubishi Banking Corp to open branch in GIFT City, Gandhinagar

Sumitomo Mitsubishi Banking Corp. (SMBC) has been granted approval to establish a branch in GIFT City, Gandhinagar. This move aims to streamline Japanese investments into India by reducing regulatory barriers. GIFT City operates within a special economic zone, encouraging exports and foreign investments, especially from multinational corporations.

The Economic Times 28 Mar 2024 8:03 pm

For elections, people support needed, not money: DMK reacts to Nirmala Sitharaman's statement

For elections, people support needed, not money: DMK reacts to Nirmala Sitharaman's statement DMK spokesperson Saravanan Annadurai on Thursday reacted to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's statement, saying that she doesn't have the money to contest the Lok Sabha polls, DMK spokesperson Saravanan Annadurai on Thursday said that for contesting elections, people's support is needed, not money. Probably the finance minister is running away from contesting the elections, giving flimsy reasons. For contesting elections, you don't need money, you need the support of people, which she doesn't have, Annadurai said. Coming down heavily on the finance minister, the DMK leader said that the former has sensed the displeasure she has earned from the people. She has sensed it. The way she addressed the policies and issues of the people definitely earned her some displeasure. Probably she has sensed such displeasure. Due to this, she is not contesting elections, he said. Alleging that the BJP has extorted a huge amount of money, Annadurai said, And it's not the fund of the candidate; its of the party; the BJP has Rs 6,000 crore in their kitty. The BJP has extorted Rs 8250 crore and has Rs 6,000 crore in their bank account. She is the top minister in the cabinet. Why can't the BJP not sponsor her?' Annadurai's statement came after Sitharaman said on Wednesday that she would not contest the Lok Sabha election, adding that the Bharatiya Janata Party asked her to contest the polls from Tamil Nadu or Andhra Pradesh. Party did ask me, after thinking over a week or days, I just went back to say ...may be not. Because my party president asked me, would you want to contest somewhere in the south-option is somewhere in South, Tamil Nadu or Andhra Pradesh, said Nirmala Sitharaman while speaking at the Times Now summit. But I don't have that kind of money to contest, I also have a problem because whether it is Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu, there is also going to be a question of various winability criteria that they use, are you from this community or from that religion. I said no I dont think I am going to be able to do it. The party was graceful enough and I am very grateful to accept my argument, and I am not contesting, the Union Finance Minister said. When asked why she does not have enough funds to contest elections, Sitharaman said, My salary, my earnings, and my savings are mine and not the Consolidated Fund of India. Nirmala Sitharaman has served as the Union Defence Minister. In 2014, she was elected as Rajya Sabha MP from Andhra Pradesh. She has also served as the Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs and later the Minister for Commerce and Industry with Independent Charge. On March 2, Bharatiya Janata Party released its first list of 195 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will contest Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi again. Of 195 candidates, 34 are Ministers from Centre and States, while two are former Chief Ministers who are on the list. Home Minister Amit Shah will contest from Gandhinagar, while Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will contest from Porbandar. Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar will contest from Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram. Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will contest from Dibrugarh, Kiren Rijiju from Arunachal Pradesh. Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's daughter Bansuri Swaraj has been fielded from New Delhi. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will contest from Lucknow, Smriti Irani will again contest from Amethi. Ajay Mishra Teni,MOS Home will again contest from Khiri. BJP leader Alok Sharma to contest from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh while former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to contest from Vidisha. Jyotiraditya Scindia, who joined BJP from Congress in 2020, to contest from Guna in Madhya Pradesh. (ANI)

devdiscourse 28 Mar 2024 12:08 pm

Don't have that kind of money to contest: Niramala Sitharaman opts not to fight Lok Sabha polls

Don't have that kind of money to contest: Niramala Sitharaman opts not to fight Lok Sabha polls Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said that she would not contest the Lok Sabha election, adding that Bharatiya Janata Party asked her to contest the polls from Tamil Nadu or Andhra Pradesh. Party did ask me, after thinking over a week or days, I just went back to say ...may be not. Because my party president asked me, would you want to contest somewhere in the south-option is somewhere in South, Tamil Nadu or Andhra Pradesh, said Nirmala Sitharaman while speaking at the Times Now summit. But I don't have that kind of money to contest, I also have a problem because whether it is Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu, there is also going to be a question of various winability criteria that they use, are you from this community or from that religion. I said no I dont think I am going to be able to do it. The party was graceful enough and I am very grateful to accept my argument, and I am not contesting, the Union Finance Minister said. When asked why she does not have enough funds to contest elections, Sitharaman said, My salary, my earnings, and my savings are mine and not the Consolidated Fund of India. Nirmala Sitharaman has served as the Union Defence Minister. In 2014, she was elected as Rajya Sabha MP from Andhra Pradesh. She has also served as the Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs and later the Minister for Commerce and Industry with Independent Charge. As the Defence Minister, Sitharaman is credited with expediting the decision-making process relating to procurement in defence sector. She constituted a Defence Planning Committee to formulate an action plan to effectively overcome with various security challenges facing the nation. Sitharaman joined the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in 2008 and has served as a national spokesperson for the party since 2010. Sitharaman was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, on August 18, 1959. She completed her graduation from Seethalakshmi Ramasamy College, Tiruchirappalli and obtained her M.A. (Economics) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. On March 2, Bharatiya Janata Party released its first list of 195 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will contest Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi again.Of 195 candidates, 34 are Ministers from Centre and States, while two are former Chief Ministers who are on the list. Home Minister Amit Shah will contest from Gandhinagar, while Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will contest from Porbandar. Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar will contest from Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram.Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will contest from Dibrugarh, Kiren Rijiju from Arunachal Pradesh. Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's daughter Bansuri Swaraj has been fielded from New Delhi. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will contest from Lucknow, Smriti Irani will again contest from Amethi. Ajay Mishra Teni,MOS Home will again contest from Khiri. BJP leader Alok Sharma to contest from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh while former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to contest from Vidisha. Jyotiraditya Scindia, who joined BJP from Congress in 2020, to contest from Guna in Madhya Pradesh. (ANI)

devdiscourse 28 Mar 2024 7:30 am

Razorpay Awarded 'Best Fintech Company' at Business Today & KPMG's Awards 2024; Acknowledged for Transformative Innovations and Market Leadership

Bangalore, Karnataka, India (NewsVoir) Razorpay, India's Leading Omnichannel Payments, and Business Banking Platform, was awarded the Best Fintech Company in the Payments Category at the 28th Edition of the Business Today & KPMGs Best Banks and Fintech Awards 2024, held at GIFT City, Gandhinagar. This award is another recognition of the impact Razorpay has created in the fintech sector through its industry-first products, and continuous endeavor to build the next generation of money movement infrastructure for entrepreneurs and businesses. The award was felicitated by the Honorable Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari; along with other dignitaries. Based on a comprehensive study covering over 35 quantitative parameters, the Business Today - KPMG Award seeks to recognise fintech firms and banks who have weathered storms in FY23, delivered innovations in products and services, nurtured talent, and have leveraged the strengths of fintech or technology partners to prepare for the future. The award platform is aimed to encourage collaboration, innovation and bring together experts in the fintech and banking sector. The event witnessed a stellar gathering from the banking and financial services world. Some of the other winners include HDFC Bank, Bajaj Finance Ltd, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Federal Bank. Humbled by this recognition, Arpit Chug, Chief Financial Officer of Razorpay, said, We're honored to receive the prestigious title of the Best Fintech Firm at the BT-KPMG Awards. Determined to bridge the gap in digital payment solutions for startups and SMEs, we founded Razorpay with a mission to democratize payments. What got us so far, so fast is our spirit of perseverance, our constant commitment to innovation, and our proactive approach to solving key industry payment and banking challenges to help businesses. It is a way of life at Razorpay. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our exceptional teams, partners, and customers whose trust and support have been pivotal to our success and this recognition. With an annualized Total Payment Volume (TPV) of $150 Billion, Razorpay today has gained a majority market share, making it Indias Market Leader in the Digital Payments Processing category. At its recently concluded flagship event, FTX, Razorpay launched Indias First Full-Stack Intelligent Marketing Growth Suite - ENGAGE, and Indias First AI-Assistant for Payments & Payroll - RAY. The event also witnessed the launch of Indias First PG Built for 600 Million Users - Razorpay PG 3.0, and Indias First UPI-Led QR Stack for Enterprises - Razorpay Dynamic POS Device. With relentless industry-first solutions, Razorpay continues to remain at the forefront of innovation through its strong presence as Indias only full-stack platform for all things payments and business banking. About Razorpay Razorpay, an omnichannel payments and banking platform for businesses helps Indian businesses with comprehensive and innovative solutions built over robust technology to address the entire length and breadth of the payment and banking journey for any business. Established in 2014, the company provides technology payment solutions to Millions of businesses. Founded by alumni of IIT Roorkee, Shashank Kumar, and Harshil Mathur, Razorpay is the second Indian company to be a part of Silicon Valleys largest tech accelerator, Y Combinator. Marquee investors such as Lone Pine Capital, Alkeon Capital, TCV, GIC, Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital India, Ribbit Capital, Matrix Partners, Salesforce Ventures, Y Combinator, and MasterCard have invested a total of $741.5 Mn through Series A to F in funding. A few angel investors have also invested in Razorpays mission to simplify payments and business banking and redefine how finance works in India. (Disclaimer: The above press release comes to you under an arrangement with Newsvoir and PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.). PTI PWR PWR Disclaimer: This article is published from a syndicated feed and has not been edited by the Deccan Chronicle team

Deccan Chronicle 27 Mar 2024 11:39 am

LIC gets GST demand notice of Rs 39.39 lakh

LIC gets GST demand notice of Rs 39.39 lakh Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) on Tuesday said tax authorities have slapped a demand notice of about Rs 39.39 lakh on it for short payment of Goods and Services Tax (GST) for 2017-18. The company has received a communication/demand order for interest and penalty from the Additional Commissioner, Central Goods & Service Tax, Gandhinagar on January 3, 2024, LIC said in a regulatory filing. The corporation has filed an appeal against the order demanding GST of Rs 19,64,584 for FY 2017-18 and interest applicable on it along with a penalty of Rs 19,74,584 before the Commissioner (Appeals), Ahmedabad on March 26, 2024, it said.

devdiscourse 26 Mar 2024 4:28 pm

AIMIM to fight LS poll from Gandhinagar and Bharuch seats

AIMIM to fight LS poll from Gandhinagar and Bharuch seats The AIMIM on Monday said the party will contest from Bharuch and Gandhinagar constituencies in Gujarat in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Notably, the high-profile Gandhinagar seat is represented by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. ''Our Central leadership has decided to field party's candidates from Bharuch and Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seats. Names of candidates will be announced soon. Both Bharuch and Gandhinagar have significant number of Muslim population,'' said Gujarat unit All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Sabir Kabliwala, a former MLA. He said irrespective of the poll outcome, this election will prepare the AIMIM cadres for the 2027 assembly elections and also the Gandhinagar corporation polls in 2026. BJP has re-nominated sitting MP Mansukh Vasava from the Bharuch seat who will square off against Aam Aadmi Party's Chaitar Vasava. For the high-profile Gandhinagar constituency, the Congress has fielded the former president of Gujarat Congress' women wing, Sonal Patel. Voting for all 26 constituencies in Gujarat will be held in a single phase on May 7.

devdiscourse 25 Mar 2024 8:29 pm

Gandhinagar man held in US for ponzi scam worth $4,00,000

A 23-year-old man from Gandhinagar has been indicted in a case of ponzi scam worth $4,00,000 in Alabama in the US. The accused, Pathyam Patel, began selling securities without registration and kept collecting money after guaranteeing huge returns which he never invested in securities. Instead, he used them to meet his personal expenses.

The Times of India 25 Mar 2024 2:27 am

BJPs fifth list likely to be out today

NEW DELHI: The BJPs Central Election Committee (CEC) met for the third time at the party headquarters on Saturday to finalise candidates for the remaining Lok Sabha seats. The protracted meeting took up for discussion potential candidates and considered the possibility of repeating many MPs and Union ministers following feedback received from state units. The third CEC meeting was held soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned from the Bhutan trip. The CEC members were closeted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and JP Nadda. The criteria for potential candidates included their suitability as per social equation and winnability as per their public connect and political standing in line with the partys target of winning 370 seats. Two Union ministers, three women and two minority faces in BJP's LS candidates list from Kerala The names shortlisted in recent rounds of state core committees meetings were discussed for various states including UP, Bihar, Punjab and other states. The fifth list of candidates after the approval of the CEC is likely to come by tomorrow as the nomination for the first phase of LS elections has already begun, said a senior party leader. BJP candidate list for Kerala dampens workers zeal ahead of polls On Saturday, sources said, the discussions were held on the candidates in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, West Bengal, and Bihar. The CEC members shared their opinion before the PM on the names of many sitting MPs. Prominent among them whose candidatures are learnt to have been discussed are Varun Gandhi (Pilibhit), Menaka Sanjay Gandhi, VK Sigh , Brij Bhusan Singh (former president of WFI) and some Union ministers, said a source. As the alliance in Odisha could not materialise, the party also discussed the potential candidates for that state too. It is expected that some new faces would be fielded in the state, said a BJP source. He said the party was considering candidates at least in 400 Lok Sabha seats. PM Modi looks at all factors that match with emerging political situations and social equations before giving approvals along with other members of the CEC. There is a possibility that only a few MPs would be dropped to accommodate new faces or newly inducted members, said a source, adding that candidates may be finalised for 90-100 LS seats. Hours before the CEC met, Shah and Nadda reportedly briefed the Prime Minister about seat-sharing with the allies as well as a breakdown of talks with some regional parties in states like Odisha. BJP releases final list; actor Radikaa among 3 women candidates in fray The BJP has so far fielded 291 candidates out of the expected figure of nearly 400 candidates. In the first phase of the list after the CEC meeting earlier, the candidates for 195 LS seats were announced followed by 72 candidates in the second list, 9 in the 3rd list and 15 in the fourth list. Prominent leaders who are in fray after the first and second meetings of the CEC are Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi, Amit Shah from Gandhinagar, Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal, Anurag Thakur, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Arjun Meghwal, L Murgan, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, V Muraleedharan, and others. Among the candidates in the fray, three are former chief ministers and one a former governor. The fifth list of candidates for over 90-115 Lok Sabha seats after the approval by CEC on Saturday is expected to be released on Sunday.

The New Indian Express 24 Mar 2024 6:24 am

Intention behind bringing electoral bonds scheme was good, says Union minister Gadkari

Intention behind bringing electoral bonds scheme was good, says Union minister Gadkari Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said it is not possible to run a political party without funds and added the Centre had introduced the electoral bonds scheme, now struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, in 2017 with a ''good intention''. The senior BJP leader said all political parties need to sit together and deliberate if the Supreme Court gives any further direction on the matter. He made the comments at an event organised by a media house in GIFT City near Gandhinagar. ''When Arun Jaitely was (Union finance) minister, I was part of that discussion (regarding electoral bonds). No party can survive without resources. In some countries, governments fund political parties. There is no such system in India. Thus, we chose this system of financing political parties,'' said Gadkari on a question about electoral bonds. He noted the main intention behind introducing electoral bonds was that political parties get funds directly, but the names (of donors) are not disclosed because ''problems arise if the party in power changes''. The road transport and highways minister said just like a media house needs a sponsor to finance an event, political parties also require funds to run their affairs. ''You need to see the ground reality. How are parties supposed to fight elections? We brought this system of electoral bonds to bring transparency. So, our intention was good when we brought electoral bonds. If the SC finds any shortcomings in it and asks us to rectify it, all parties will sit together and unanimously deliberate on it,'' emphasised the former BJP president. ''In the interest of our country and value-based democracy, everyone needs to find a transparent way (of financing parties). Because without funds, parties can't do undertake any activity,'' asserted the minister. The Supreme Court, in a landmark judgment last week, annulled the electoral bonds scheme ahead of the April-May Lok Sabha polls. The top court said the scheme violates the constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression as well as the right to information. Since then, the State Bank of India (SBI) has released different sets of data pertaining to the electoral bonds, containing details about funds received by political parties under the scheme, to the Election Commission.

devdiscourse 22 Mar 2024 11:12 pm

DoT workshop at IIT Gandhinagar focuses on 5G use cases across sectors

New Delhi: In a bid to create awareness about 5G technology use cases across industries, the National Telecommunications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation, and Training (NTIPRIT), under the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), on Friday said that it hosted a two-day workshop at IIT Gandhinagar. The workshop, titled 5G Use Case Labs: Awareness and Pre-Commissioning Readiness, Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 22 Mar 2024 7:05 pm

Desperate Cong defaming democracy fearing poll defeat: Gujarat BJP

Gandhinagar, March 21 (IANS) Gujarat BJP Spokesperson Yagnesh Dave on Thursday accused the Congress of becoming desperate and defaming Indias democracy as it faces defeat in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Addressing the media at BJPs Kamalam state office, Dave criticised Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, for allegedly spreading incomplete information regarding []

bhaskarlive 21 Mar 2024 11:37 pm

Cong's 3rd list of LS poll candidates: Adhir from Berhampore, Kharge's son-in-law from Gulbarga

Cong's 3rd list of LS poll candidates: Adhir from Berhampore, Kharge's son-in-law from Gulbarga The Congress on Thursday released its third list of 56 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, fielding Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury from Berhampore, party chief Mallikarjun Kharge's son-in-law Radhakrishna from Gulbarga and former Union minister Sushilkumar Shinde's daughter Praniti Shinde from Solapur. The Congress has left the Sikar constituency in Rajasthan for the Communist Party of India (Marxist). With this, the party has declared a total of 138 candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. In its third list, the Congress has declared candidates for two seats in Arunachal Pradesh, 11 in Gujarat, 17 in Karnataka, seven in Maharashtra, five in Rajasthan, five in Telangana, eight in West Bengal and one in Puducherry. Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki has been fielded from Arunachal West. In Gujarat, the party has named Sonal Patel from Gandhinagar, Prabhaben Taviyad from Dahod (ST) and Nilesh Kumbani from Surat, among others. Kharge's son-in-law and the children of five ministers figure in the second list of 17 candidates for Karnataka announced by the Congress. It has fielded Priyanka Jarkiholi from Chikkodi, Radhakrishna from Gulbarga (SC), Vinod Asooti from Dharwad, M Rajeev Gowda from Bangalore North, Sowmya Reddy from Bangalore South, Mansoor Ali Khan from Bangalore Central and state minister Lakshmi Ravindra Hebbalkar's son Mrunal Ravindra Hebbalkar from Belguam, among others. The Congress has fielded Shahu Shahaji Chhatrapati, a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji, from Kolhapur in Maharashtra. It has also fielded Vasantrao Chavan from Nanded and Ravindra Hemraj Dhangekar from Pune. In Telangana, the party has fielded Sunitha Mahender Reddy from Malkajgiri, Danam Nagender from Secunderabad, Gaddam Vamsi Krishna from Peddapalle (SC), Gaddam Rajith Reddy from Chevella and Mallu Ravi from Nagarkurnool (SC). In Rajasthan, the Congress has fielded Sunil Sharma from Jaipur, Sangeeta Beniwal from Pali, Urmila Jain Bhaya from Jhalawar-Baran. The party has again fielded Chowdhury from Berhampore, setting up the much-anticipated clash between the veteran Congress leader and cricketer-turned-politician Yusuf Pathan, who has been fielded by the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal. In West Bengal, the Congress has also fielded Pradip Bhattacharya from Kolkata North, Mostaque Alam from Maldaha North, Ali Imran Ramz (Victor) from Raiganj, Mohammed Murtoja Hossain (Bokul) from Jangipur, Nepal Mahato from Purulia and Milton Rashid from Birbhum. The party has renominated its incumbent MP from Puducherry, Ve Vaithilingam. Also, the Congress has fielded Isha Khan Choudhury, son of Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury, from Maldaha South. Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury is the incumbent MP from the seat. Earlier, the Congress had announced 82 candidates in two lists for the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls beginning April 19.

devdiscourse 21 Mar 2024 11:11 pm

Congress releases 3rd list of Lok Sabha poll candidates; Adhir re-nominated from Berhampore

Congress released 3rd list of 56 Lok Sabha candidates on Thursday. In its third list, the Congress declared candidates for two seats in Arunachal Pradesh, 11 in Gujarat, 17 in Karnataka, seven in Maharashtra, five in Rajasthan, five in Telangana, eight in West Bengal and one in Puducherry. Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki has been fielded from Arunachal West. In Gujarat, the party has named Sonal Patel from Gandhinagar, Prabhaben Taviyad from Dahod (ST) and Nilesh Kumbani from Surat, among others.

The Economic Times 21 Mar 2024 10:20 pm

Unease in Gujarat BJP amid Congress heavyweights influx

AHMEDABAD: It ensions within the Gujarat BJP have escalated after the announcement of Lok Sabha elections following an influx of Congress leaders into the party, besides internal divisions at the local level. Adding to the turmoil, Ketan Inamdar, a three-term BJP MLA from Gujarat, announced his resignation from the state assembly on Tuesday. He cited his inner conscience for his decision, emphasizing the importance of self-respect amidst perceived inaction. However, following persuasion from the state party chief, he retracted his resignation within hours. Frustrated by the continuous migration of Congress leaders and other party members into the BJP, the Savli MLA emailed his resignation to Assembly Speaker Shankar Chaudhary on March 19. Efforts were made to persuade him to reconsider his decision. The MLA from Jamnagar, along with the Vadodara district in-charge, visited Savli to persuade the MLA. Inamdar was then called to Gandhinagar where he attended a meeting with state party chief CR Patil. He later withdrew his resignation. I shared my grievances and concerns with Patil. I engaged in introspection and spoke from my heart. Our dialogue took place in a constructive environment. It was crucial to honour the dedication of devoted party workers. Each individual has a unique approach to work. Theres no personal animosity. I withdraw my resignation, Inamdar said. The Savli constituency is located in Vadodara district. Earlier in the morning after his resignation, the three-term MLA conveyed to the media: This isnt a tactic to exert pressure. Ive long felt that the party has overlooked the welfare of its grassroots and veteran members. Ive brought this concern to the attention of the leadership. Inamdar has a history of tendering resignations and subsequently withdrawing them. In January 2020, he announced his resignation as an MLA, although the Speaker did not accept it. Congress candidate withdraws Congress candidate from Ahmedabad East Lok Sabha seat Rohan Gupta has said he has withdrawn from the contest due to his fathers serious medical condition. Gupta is the Congress national spokesperson and his name was in the list of candidates declared by the party on March 12. He also posted an image of his handwritten letter to GPCC president Shaktisinh Gohil.

The New Indian Express 20 Mar 2024 7:22 am

Ahead of polls, Gujarati folk singer Dev Pagli, others join BJP

Gandhinagar, March 19 (IANS) Former Congress MLA Joita Patel, ex-candidate Lebji Thakor, and several others, including Gujarati folk singer Dev Pagli, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the state party headquarters here on Tuesday. The presence of Dev Pagli, who is known for his rural folk music, was particularly noteworthy among the new BJP []

bhaskarlive 19 Mar 2024 11:18 pm

Considering Taking Back Resignation: Gujarat BJP MLA Hours After Quitting

Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Ketan Inamdar tendered his resignation from the state assembly on Tuesday morning, only to announce hours later that he was considering taking it back after meeting senior state party leaders in Gandhinagar.

NDTV 19 Mar 2024 9:09 pm

REC board okays third interim dividend of Rs 4.5 per share

REC board okays third interim dividend of Rs 4.5 per share State-owned REC's board on Tuesday approved a third interim dividend of Rs 4.5 per share with face value of Rs 10 each for 2023-24. Earlier, the company has already announced two interim dividends, totalling Rs 6.5 per share for the current fiscal. A regulatory filing stated that the board, in its meeting held on Tuesday, approved the declaration of interim dividend at the rate of Rs 4.50 per equity share of Rs 10 each for the financial year 2023-24. The record date for the interim dividend is Thursday, March 28, 2024, and it will be paid on or before April 17, 2024, to those shareholders. The board also approved the sale and transfer of the entire shareholding of three wholly-owned subsidiaries, presently held by REC Power Development and Consultancy Ltd (RECPDCL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of REC to the successful bidders selected through a tariff-based competitive bidding process. The three subsidiaries are Kallam Transco (sold to Indigrid 2 Limited and Indigrid 1 Limited- Consortium); Meerut Shamli Power Transmission (to Megha Engineering & Infrastructures) and Jalpura Khutja Power Transmission (to The Tata Power Company). It also approved the incorporation of a wholly-owned subsidiary company of REC Limited for dealing in permissible activities as a Finance Company in the International Financial Service Centre (IFSC), Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT), Gandhinagar, Gujarat, subject to receipt of no-objection certificate from the Reserve Bank of India. It also cleared a proposal to incorporate a project-specific special purpose vehicle as wholly-owned subsidiary of REC Power Development & Consultancy Ltd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of REC Ltd) for additional Transmission system for evacuation of power from Bhadla-III PS as part of Rajasthan REZ Phase-III scheme (20 GW) and to act as Bid Process Coordinator (BPC) for selection of Bidder as Transmission Service Provider (TSP), through tariff based competitive bidding process.

devdiscourse 19 Mar 2024 8:14 pm

Gujarat University attack incident shows we are not fully aware of our traditions: Kerala Guv

Gujarat University attack incident shows we are not fully aware of our traditions: Kerala Guv Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has said incidents like the attack on foreign students allegedly for offering namaz in the Gujarat University's hostel block indicate people of the country are still not fully aware of its traditions and cultural heritage. Khan made the remarks while talking to reporters on Monday at the Central University of Gujarat in Gandhinagar where he was invited to speak in a national conference on 'Indian Knowledge Tradition'. Queried on the attack, he said, ''Such incidents indicate we are still not fully aware of our own traditions and cultural heritage. Conferences like this will help us in understanding what our traditions are.'' In his address, Khan said though people follow different faiths and traditions, they are ultimately united by their soul. ''We all might be having different ways of expressing our devotion. My language, skin colour as well as customs and traditions may also differ from yours. Still, we all are united by our soul, that is what the Indian knowledge tradition teaches us,'' he said. On the occasion, Khan recited several slokas and verses from the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita, and told the audience that majority of the scholars India has produced were ''saints''. Quoting the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, Khan said a knowledgeable person is one who will always find unity hidden behind the visible diversity in society. Citing Swami Ranganathananda, Khan said though the Indian civilisation was known for its knowledge system, it became ''vulnerable and conquerable'' because those with immense knowledge had stopped sharing it with the masses. Around two dozen people allegedly barged into the government-run Gujarat University's hostel in Ahmedabad on Saturday night and raised an objection to students from foreign countries offering namaz near the facility block where they stayed, according to the police. Two students - one from Sri Lanka and another from Tajikistan - were hospitalised after the incident, police earlier said. An FIR was registered against 20-25 unidentified assailants, and nine teams were formed to conduct a probe into the incident. So far, five persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, police said on Monday.

devdiscourse 19 Mar 2024 8:24 am

With a voter base of 49.5 million, Gujarat prepares for the Lok Sabha polls on May 7

BILKULONLINE Gandhinagar, March 17:As Gujarat prepares for the Lok Sabha elections to be held in the state on May 7, The post With a voter base of 49.5 million, Gujarat prepares for the Lok Sabha polls on May 7 appeared first on Bilkul Online .

Bilkulonline 17 Mar 2024 11:36 am

Gujarat: BJP faces Congress-AAP combine in Lok Sabha polls

Gujarat: BJP faces Congress-AAP combine in Lok Sabha polls In Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state Gujarat, the BJP looks confident of retaining all 26 Lok Sabha seats, despite a combined opposition from Congress and Aam Aadmi Party, key constituents of the INDIA alliance. Lok Sabha polls in Gujarat will be held in a single phase on May 7. Counting of votes will be held on June 4. The Congress and AAP fought the 2022 state assembly polls separately, and the BJP got a record 156 of the 182 seats in the House. In the ensuing Lok Sabha poll, the Congress will contest 24 seats, while the AAP is fielding candidates from Bharuch and Bhavnagar. The BJP is so confident of making a clean sweep that its state unit chief CR Paatil has routinely said the party's sights are on a victory margin of five lakh votes in each seat. The Congress would dearly hope for a repeat of the 2009 polls when it won 11 of the state's 26 seats, while for the AAP, even a single win coming after its assembly showing, will bolster its status as the opposition party to watch out for. Gujarat is divided into four regions, namely Saurashtra and Kutch, north Gujarat, south Gujarat and central Gujarat. Saurashtra and Kutch: All the eight Lok Sabha seats in the region are with the BJP since a long time. The focus this time will be on Porbandar, where Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya has been fielded, and Rajkot, where his cabinet colleague Parshottam Rupala will try his luck. The two ministers have so far reached Parliament through the Rajya Sabha route. North Gujarat: The seven seats in the region include Gandhinagar, represented by BJP heavyweight Amit Shah, as well as two seats in Ahmedabad, the state's premier city. The party is brimming with confidence, while the only solace for the Congress is that it did well in the region in the 2004 and 2009 polls. Central Gujarat: The six seats here include Vadodara and the tribal dominated Dahod, Panchmahal and Chhota Udaipur seats. The tribal areas of this region will be crucial for the BJP to repeat its clean sweep of 2014 and 2019. South Gujarat: The region has five seats, including diamond polishing hub Surat, Bharuch and Navsari. The focus would be on Bharuch, which is being fought by the AAP in alliance with the Congress. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party has fielded Chaitar Vasava, MLA and upcoming tribal leader, against the BJP's Mansukh Vasava, who has been MP from the seat several times. Gujarat BJP chief C R Paatil will contest from Navsari, a seat he has won previously with state record margins.

devdiscourse 17 Mar 2024 11:29 am

Mild tremor hits Kutch in Gujarat; no casualty

Mild tremor hits Kutch in Gujarat; no casualty A mild tremor of 3.3 magnitude hit Gujarat's Kutch district shortly after midnight on Sunday, the Institute of Seismological Research (ISR) said. The tremor was recorded at 12.12 am with its epicentre 22 km east-south east of Khavda, the Gandhinagar-based institute said in its latest update. District authorities said no casualty or damage to property was reported. Kutch district is located in a very high risk seismic zone, where earthquakes of lower intensity occur regularly. This month, Kutch has so far witnessed three tremors. The district recorded a tremor of 3.2 magnitude on March 5 and of 3.5 intensity on March 11, as per the ISR record. The 2001 earthquake in Kutch was the third largest and second most destructive in India over the last two centuries. Around 13,800 persons were killed and 1.67 lakh injured, while a large number of towns and villages in the district suffered almost complete destruction.

devdiscourse 17 Mar 2024 9:54 am

18 Hindu refugees from Pak get Indian citizenship at camp in Ahmedabad

18 Hindu refugees from Pak get Indian citizenship at camp in Ahmedabad Eighteen Hindu refugees from Pakistan residing in Ahmedabad have been granted Indian citizenship during a camp attended by Gujarat minister of state for home Harsh Sanghavi. At the camp organised at the district collector's office on Saturday, Sanghavi conferred Indian citizenship to the 18 persons and urged them to work together to realise the dream of a new India. ''It is expected that all of you will be determined to participate in the development journey of the country,'' he said, adding the central and state governments were committed to bringing all those who have obtained Indian citizenship to the society's mainstream. Gazette notifications of 2016 and 2018 empower the district collectors of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Kutch in Gujarat to grant Indian citizenship to people of minority communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, said an official release. With this, a total of 1,167 Hindu refugees from Pakistan residing in Ahmedabad district have so far been granted Indian citizenship, it said. Sanghavi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have made special efforts for the suffering minorities of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh to get Indian citizenship easily and quickly. On March 11, the Union government announced implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, paving the way for citizenship to undocumented non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. With this, the government aims to start granting Indian nationality to persecuted non-Muslim migrants -- Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians -- from the three countries.

devdiscourse 17 Mar 2024 8:36 am

With a voter base of 4.95 cr, Gujarat readies for May 7 Lok Sabha polls

Gandhinagar, March 16 (IANS) As Gujarat prepares for the Lok Sabha elections to be held in the state on May 7, the state poll panel under Chief Electoral Officer P. Bharati is ensuring that the state is well-prepared with a robust voter base of nearly 4.95 crore, including over 11 lakh young voters and 10,322 []

bhaskarlive 16 Mar 2024 8:48 pm

5 Key Seats And Big Battles In Gujarat For 2024 Lok Sabha Elections

Of the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat, the electoral battle in Gandhinagar, where Union minister Amit Shah is in the fray to retain his seat, will be among the most keenly watched one in the ensuing elections.

NDTV 16 Mar 2024 5:06 pm

Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel sanctions Rs 240 crore for implementing Nirmal Gujarat 2.0

Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel sanctions Rs 240 crore for implementing Nirmal Gujarat 2.0 Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has sanctioned Rs 240 crore for various initiatives under 'Nirmal Gujarat 2.0' to effectively strengthen the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on a broader scale in Gujarat. To enhance public awareness of cleanliness in urban areas and position Gujarat as a leading state in cleanliness nationwide, the Chief Minister has decided to allocate incentive grants to municipalities based on their tax collection performance in sanitation. Under this plan, A and B class municipalities will receive a 100 per cent incentive grant for achieving 71 to 80 per cent annual sanitation tax collection, 100 per cent for 81 to 90 per cent collection, and 200 per cent for 91 to 100 per cent collection. Similarly, for C and D class municipalities, the incentive grant standard is set at 50 per cent for tax collection ranging from 60 to 70 per cent, 100 per cent for 71 to 80 per cent collection, 200 per cent for 81 to 90 per cent collection, and 300 per cent for 91 to 100 per cent collection, Information department of Gujarat said. Each municipality will receive a matching grant of cleaning tax equivalent to the amount collected annually by that municipality. As per the resolution issued by the Urban Development and Urban Housing Department of the state for the effective implementation of Nirmal Gujarat 2.0, the Chief Minister has sanctioned assistance for the development of major entry roads to towns and cities, as well as for the enhancement of one road within each town as an iconic road. Municipalities are tasked with intensively cleaning roads up to 5 kilometres from city limits, while municipal corporations must clean roads up to 2 kilometres from city limits. Additionally, approach roads to towns will be cleaned, and one road will be designated as an iconic road. For this purpose, the state government will provide financial assistance to municipalities and municipal corporations. Financial assistance of Rs 2 crores will be provided each to Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot Municipal Corporations; Rs 1.5 crores each to Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Jamnagar, and Gandhinagar Municipal Corporations; and Rs 1 crore each to A class municipalities, Rs 75 lakh each to B class municipalities, and Rs 50 lakh each to C and D class municipalities, totalling Rs 111 crores, the information department further said. Municipalities and municipal corporations across the state will receive one-time assistance of Rs 1 lakh each for beautification efforts, such as installing sculptures, creating gardens, and planting trees, at every Garbage Vulnerable Point. This initiative aims to ensure cleanliness by permanently removing garbage and maintaining cleanliness at these locations. The state government has allocated Rs 16 crore for this purpose. The Information department said that to foster a competitive spirit among local self-government bodies in terms of cleanliness, a quarterly competition titled Maru Shaher, Swachh Shaher (My City, Clean City) will be conducted, with categories based on the population of the towns. Certificates of recognition will be awarded to the best collector, commissioner, regional commissioner, and chief officer based on their sanitation performance, as assessed through quarterly reports submitted by third-party agencies. Additionally, a total of Rs 16 crore will be allocated for awards to the winning cities. Under this award, a municipality with a population of more than 10 lakhs will receive Rs 5 crores, a municipality with a population of less than 10 lakhs will receive Rs 4 crores, a class A municipality will receive a grant of Rs 3 crores, a class B municipality will receive a grant of Rs 2 crore, and a class C and D municipality will receive Rs 1 crore each. Financial incentives will be provided to sanitation workers, who play a vital role in the cleanliness and sanitation operations of the state's cities, by recognizing them as the best sanitation workers. Each ward in Municipal Corporations will select one best sanitation worker monthly, who will be granted Rs 10,000. Similarly, at the municipal level, one of the best sanitation employees per municipality will also receive Rs 10,000 monthly. The state government will provide a total assistance of Rs 4 crores for the best sanitation workers. As part of Nirmal Gujarat 2.0, the administrative departments of the Secretariat and their head offices will implement an annual cleanliness calendar and conduct sanitation cleaning activities. Nirmal Gujarat 2.0 is part of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) and aims to build on the success of the Nirmal Gujarat Abhiyan from 2007, following the motto Cleanliness is next to Godliness. (ANI)

devdiscourse 16 Mar 2024 5:05 pm

Gujarat govt extends till Sep 30 cent pc penalty waiver in older schemes of Housing Board

Gandhinagar, March 16 (IANS) The Gujarat government on Saturday extended the 100 per cent penalty waiver until September 30, in the old schemes of the Gujarat Housing Board and Slum Clearance Cell, which is set to bring relief to thousands. Chief Minister Bhupendra Patels decision to extend the Chief Ministers Incentive Compensation Scheme is set []

bhaskarlive 16 Mar 2024 3:38 pm