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The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:39 am

Surat Congress nominee's papers rejected over 'discrepancies' - The Times of India

Surat Congress nominee's papers rejected over 'discrepancies' The Times of India

Google News 22 Apr 2024 2:34 am

Double blow for Congress in Surat: Nomination papers of candidates rejected, party says will move HC - Business Today

Double blow for Congress in Surat: Nomination papers of candidates rejected, party says will move HC Business Today

Google News 21 Apr 2024 7:34 pm

Nomination form of Congress candidate from Surat rejected at the behest of BJP; will move HC: Gohil

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Congress chief Shaktisinh Gohil on Sunday alleged the nomination form of the party's candidate from Surat Lok Sabha constituency was rejected at the behest of BJP which is attled as it has sensed defeat in elections. Terming the development as a murder of democracy, Gohil said the Congress will file a petition in the Gujarat High Court against the Returning Officer's decision to cancel the nomination form of the party candidate Nilesh Kumbhani over alleged discrepancies in the signatures of proposers in the form. Congress is pushed out of the poll fray from the Surat constituency as the nomination form of Suresh Padsala, the substitute candidate from Surat, was also invalidated. In his order, Returning Officer Sourabh Pardhi said the four nomination forms submitted by Kumbhani and Padsala were rejected after prima facie, discrepancies were found in the signatures of the proposers, and they did not appear genuine. The BJP is rattled as it has realised that the situation is not favourable for them this time (in elections). It hatched a conspiracy to get the forms of Congress candidates cancelled by hook or by crook. Kumbhani was their target ever since he filed his nomination form because BJP sensed defeat in Surat seat, Gohil told a press conference. He alleged that attempts were also made to threaten Kumbhani. The senior Congress leader said the nomination form cannot be cancelled after the nomination form was filed solely on the proposers' claim that signatures in the form do not belong to them. The proposers, in their affidavits, stated they had not signed the forms themselves, as per the Returning Officer. Gohil also claimed that the nomination form of Aam Aadmi Party candidate from the Surat-East assembly seat in the 2022 elections was not cancelled even though two proposers had claimed that they had not signed his nomination form. Congress' Surat LS candidate Kumbhani's nomination rejected over proposers' sign discrepancies The returning officer had refused to cancel the nomination form, saying discrepancies in the proposers' signatures cannot be the basis for the cancellation of the form, claimed Gohil. At that time, the form was not rejected because the AAP candidate would have helped the BJP by splitting votes. But this time, our form was rejected at the behest of BJP because the ruling party realised that it was going to lose Surat seat in the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress leader said. He sought the intervention of the Election Commission into the issue. This is a murder of democracy. We will file a petition in the High Court against this order (of the Returning Officer) and also knock on the doors of the Supreme Court if needed, said Gohil. He said the returning officer should have taken the help of forensic experts to match the signatures of proposers in the nomination form and in their affidavits, which they submitted later claiming they had not signed the nomination form. The returning officer could have taken the help of handwriting experts to find out if the signatures in the form were genuine or forged. Moreover, the law does not have a provision to cancel the nomination form on this basis. The Election Commission can file a case of forgery if it wants, but it cannot cancel the form. Thus, Kumbhani's form has been cancelled illegally, said Gohil. Dinesh Jodhani, the election agent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Surat, Mukesh Dalal, had objected to the nomination forms of Kumbhani on Saturday, after which the returning officer granted time to the Congress candidate to appear before it on Sunday morning to present his case. In his reply, Kumbhani submitted that the proposers had put their signatures in his presence, and their signatures should be examined by a handwriting expert. They also should be cross-examined for the benefit of justice, he said. The returning officer ordered the rejection of the nomination forms after considering the affidavits submitted by the proposers and related evidence and after ascertaining the identity of the proposers and ensuring they were not threatened or were under pressure. Even the presence of the signatories was not found in the video footage examined at the request of the Congress candidate's lawyer, the Returning Officer stated. The Congress is contesting 24 of 26 seats in Gujarat while two constituencies are allotted to AAP as per the seat-sharing deal.

The New Indian Express 21 Apr 2024 5:44 pm

Congress' Surat Candidate's Nomination Rejected Over Proposers' Sign Discrepancies

The nomination form of Suresh Padsala, the Congress' substitute candidate from Surat, was also invalidated, pushing Gujarat's principal opposition party out of the poll fray in the city.

NDTV 21 Apr 2024 5:07 pm

Congress' Surat Candidate's Nomination Rejected Over Sign Discrepancies

The candidature of Congress' Nilesh Kumbhani from Surat Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat was rejected on Sunday after the district returning officer prima facie found discrepancies in the signature of the proposers.

NDTV 21 Apr 2024 4:43 pm

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Congress' Surat candidate Kumbhani's nomination rejected over proposers' sign ... - Deccan Herald

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Congress' Surat candidate Kumbhani's nomination rejected over proposers' sign ... Deccan Herald

Google News 21 Apr 2024 4:40 pm

No Cong candidate from Surat?: Kumbhani's nomination rejected

Returning officer Sourabh Pardhi cited prima facie irregularities in the signatures of the proposers as the reason for rejecting the four nomination forms submitted by Kumbhani and Padsala. The proposers, in their sworn affidavits, denied signing the forms themselves, leading to the rejection of the nominations, as per Pardhi's order. Congress party's legal representative, Babu Mangukiya, confirmed the rejection, stating that the proposers disclaimed the signatures on the forms.

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 3:58 pm

Surat Congress candidate's nomination cancelled over 'discrepancy' in proposers' signatures - The Indian Express

Surat Congress candidate's nomination cancelled over 'discrepancy' in proposers' signatures The Indian Express

Google News 21 Apr 2024 3:52 pm

Congress' Surat LS candidate Kumbhani's nomination rejected over proposers' sign discrepancies

SURAT: The nomination forms of Congress' Surat Lok Sabha candidate Nilesh Kumbhani were rejected on Sunday after his three proposers had submitted affidavits to the district returning officer claiming the signature on them were not theirs. The nomination form of Suresh Padsala, the Congress' substitute candidate from Surat, was also invalidated, pushing Gujarat's principal opposition party out of the poll fray in the city. In his order, Returning Officer Sourabh Pardhi said the three nomination forms submitted by Kumbhani and Padsala were rejected after prima facie discrepancy was found in the signatures of the proposers and they did not appear to be genuine. Hence, Kumbhani's nomination form has been rejected, Pardhi said in the order. The proposers, in their affidavits, had stated that they had not signed the forms themselves, Pardhi's order informed. Confirming the development, the Congress party's lawyer Babu Mangukiya said, Nomination forms of Dinesh Kumbhani and Suresh Padsala have been rejected after the four proposers said signatures on the forms were not theirs. Mangukiya said the next course of action will be to approach the High Court and Supreme Court.

The New Indian Express 21 Apr 2024 2:47 pm

Lok Sabha election: Congress' Surat candidate nomination rejected over proposers' sign discrepancies

Nomination forms of Congress candidates Nilesh Kumbhani and Suresh Padsala in Surat Lok Sabha rejected due to disavowed proposer signatures. High Court and Supreme Court actions planned. BJP interference alleged, with multiple candidates facing form scrutiny and objections in Gujarat elections.

The Economic Times 21 Apr 2024 2:20 pm

Congress Surat candidate Nilesh Kumbhanis nomination papers invalidated after proposers deny they signed his form

Now, there is no Congress candidate in the fray for Surat Lok Sabha seat

The Hindu 21 Apr 2024 1:53 pm

Congress Surat candidate Nilesh Kumbhanis nomination papers invalidated after proposers deny they signed his form - The Hindu

Congress Surat candidate Nilesh Kumbhanis nomination papers invalidated after proposers deny they signed his form The Hindu

Google News 21 Apr 2024 1:53 pm

Former Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani Flags Off Mahavir Jayanti Yatra in Rajkot

Surat: Vijay Rupani, former Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP leader, flagged off the Mahavir Jayanti Yatra in Rajkot on Sunday and extended his best wishes to everyone. On the auspicious day of Mahavir Jayanti, with all excitement, Jain society across the country celebrates with the principles of Lord Mahavir. I extend my best wishes to everyone, Rupani told the media. Claiming victory for his party in Gujarat, Rupani stated, The environment is heating up as the election is going forward. BJP is ahead in campaigning across the nation, and in Gujarat, 26 out of 26 seats BJP will win, he told the media.Lok Sabha elections in Gujarat's 26 parliamentary constituencies are scheduled to be held on May 7, 2024, in a single phase during the third phase.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah Extend Wishes Prime Minister Narendra Modi also extended greetings to the countrymen on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, stating that the messages of Lord Mahavir are an inspiration for the country in building a developed India.In a post on social media, PM Modi said, On the auspicious occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, my best wishes to all the families of the country. Lord Mahavir's messages related to peace, restraint, and goodwill are an inspiration for the country in building a developed India. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended wishes on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti and said that Lord Mahavir's principles of non-violence, truth, non-stealing, celibacy, and non-possession will guide generations.In a post on social media, Amit Shah said, Infinite wishes to everyone on Lord Mahavir Jayanti. Lord Mahavir Ji, the eternal symbol of sacrifice, penance, truth, and non-violence, paved the way for the welfare of the entire human race through his teachings. His Panchsheel principles of non-violence, truth, non-stealing, celibacy, and non-possession will guide generations. Significance of Mahavir Jayanti Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir, who was given the name of 'Vardhamana' in his childhood. Born in 615 BC in a royal family, Mahavira renounced his princely status at the age of 30 to start his spiritual journey in search of truth and enlightenment. He practiced austerities and meditated for 12 years in a forest to achieve 'Kevala Jnana.' He then propagated the Dharma known as Jainism. The festival of Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated with rituals such as praying at Jain temples, processions, singing hymns adoring Lord Mahavira, fasting to purify the body and soul, charity, cultural programs, and lectures by religious scholars and leaders. Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated to highlight the significance of Jainism in the world, especially in India. The core teachings of Mahavira, including non-violence, non-stealing, chastity, and non-attachment, hold great importance in the world today. Delhi Police Special Cell Arrests Alleged Kingpin of Interstate Firearms Racket BJP's Moradabad Lok Sabha Candidate Kunwar Sarvesh Singh Passes Away Security Forces Encounter Naxalites in Chhattisgarh, One Killed

News Track 21 Apr 2024 12:11 pm

Land deals on upswing; 721 acres closed in Jan-Mar, nearly 3,000 acres in FY24: Anarock

Land deals on upswing; 721 acres closed in Jan-Mar, nearly 3,000 acres in FY24: Anarock Builders and other entities have closed at least 29 land deals involving 721 acres during January-March this year to expand their businesses amid surge in demand especially for housing, according to Anarock. During the entire 2023-24 fiscal, property consultant Anarock said that real estate developers and other entities have closed 101 land deals, cumulatively accounting for 2,989 acres. Land deals in terms of acres have increased 61 per cent annually in January-March 2024 and 58 per cent annually in 2023-24. At least 26 land deals for around 449 acres were closed during January-March 2023, while 88 land deals for 1,886 acres were struck during the full 2022-23 fiscal. These land deals, which were struck across major tier I, tier II and tier III cities, include outright purchase-sale transactions and also partnerships with landlords called Joint Development Agreements (JDAs). Anarock Chairman Anuj Puri said, ''Out of the total land deals in 2023-24, over 83 deals for about 1,135 acres were closed in the top 7 cities alone. ''The remaining 18 deals, accounting for over 1,853 acres, were sealed in various tier 2 and 3 cities like Ahmedabad, Ayodhya, Jaipur, Nagpur, Mysuru, Ludhiana, and Surat. ''Tier 2 & 3 cities have once again emerged as growth engines, thanks to their rapidly improving infrastructure and growth opportunities,'' Puri said. Among cities, Anarock highlighted that Delhi-NCR clocked maximum 12 land deals for 160 acres during January-March 2024 and 29 land deals for 313 acres in the entire 2023-24 fiscal. Commenting on the findings, Aakash Ohri, Joint Managing Director of DLF Home Developers Ltd, said, ''Land deals in the NCR have peaked due to urbanization, infrastructure development, and investment opportunities. Future developments and potential returns on investment are high contributors to the rise in land transactions.'' The surge in land deals underscores the buoyancy of the housing market, Ohri noted. Signature Global Chairman Pradeep Aggarwal said, ''The demand is robust for all kinds of properties from mid-segment to luxury and this is resulting in a significant number of land deals across the country including Delhi-NCR.'' ''This is expected to pave the way for a robust pipeline of new projects in the coming months, which in turn is likely to provide homebuyers a wider range of options to choose from,'' Aggarwal added. Mohit Malhotra, Founder & CEO of realty firm NeoLiv, said the surge in land deals reflects the enduring demand for housing that has sustained since 2023. ''The mid-housing segment is experiencing a significant uptick, mirroring the evolving preferences of homebuyers,'' Malhotra observed. As per the Anarock data, out of the total land deals in the 2023-24 fiscal, around 80 land deals for 2,252 acres are for proposed residential, plotted development & township projects. Commercial and retail real estate projects together saw 4 separate deals for over 42 acres closed. At least 79 acres in 4 separate deals have been earmarked for mixed-use developments. Around 164 acres in 5 separate deals were closed for industrial, IT park, and logistics park. Three land deals, involving 411.75 acres, were for setting up of manufacturing facilities. Among real estate developers, DLF, Godrej Properties, Macrotech Developers, Prestige Group, Brigade Group, Signature Global, Birla Estates, Eldeco and Mahindra Lifespace, among others, were engaged in land acquisitions during the last fiscal.

devdiscourse 21 Apr 2024 12:10 pm

Justice Mandavli

Time is money for all professionals. In many countries, the concept of billable hours is well established. Thus, the amount you pay a professional is supposed to be commensurate with the time the professional spends on the work. This is true for the medical as well as the legal professions. In our country, except in the commercial capital and big metros, the concept of billable hours has not really taken off. Fixed fees or lump sum charges are still the [] The post Justice Mandavli first appeared on The Leaflet .

theleaflet 21 Apr 2024 11:41 am

This Chocolate Idli From Surat Is Making Waves On The Internet; Do You Fancy A Bite? - News18

This Chocolate Idli From Surat Is Making Waves On The Internet; Do You Fancy A Bite? News18

Google News 21 Apr 2024 11:00 am

Heat on Congress, AAP LS candidates over 'errors' in affidavits

Political tensions in Gujarat surged as errors surfaced in nomination forms. Surat's Nilesh Kumbhani faced possible invalidation. Affidavit sought clarification. Complaint filed for proposers' kidnapping. Sunday deadline for clarifications amid accusations between Congress and BJP.

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 8:16 am

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The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:41 am

Smuggled diamonds worth 46L seized

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:17 am

Proposers of Congress' Surat candidate deny they signed his form; hearing on Sunday

Proposers of Congress' Surat candidate deny they signed his form; hearing on Sunday The district election officer (DEO) on Saturday sought a reply from Nilesh Kumbhani, Congress' candidate in Surat Lok Sabha constituency of Gujarat, after his three proposers claimed that they had not signed his nomination form. Elsewhere in the BJP-ruled state, officials will also decide on objections to the nomination forms of Jenny Thummar, Congress candidate from Amreli; and Umesh Makwana, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Bhavnagar. Surat DEO Sourabh Pardhi has granted Kumbhani time till 11am on Sunday to furnish his response. Interestingly, the sole proposer of Suresh Padsala, who is Congress' alternative candidate from Surat, also denied that he signed the nomination form, prompting Gujarat Congress chief Shaktisinh Gohil to allege that the ruling BJP was trying to get his party's candidates invalidated. During the hearing before the Surat DEO on Saturday evening, both Kumbhani and Padsala sought time till Sunday. ''Proposers of main candidate (Kumbhani) and the substitute (Padsala) have denied having signed the papers. We have been given time till 11 am on Sunday before the final order is passed. The party will submit a detailed argument,'' Congress spokesperson Naishad Desai said. Kumbhani said his proposers Ramesh Polara, Jagdish Savaliya and Dhuvin Dhameliya were unreachable at the moment, but he would contact them soon. AAP leader Gopal Italia alleged that Kumbhani's proposers had been kidnapped, and said that a complaint had been registered with police. ''They were pressurised to submit affidavits denying they had signed the nomination forms,'' he claimed. Congress and AAP are contesting the elections in Gujarat in alliance. Congress has fielded candidates on 24 out of 26 seats, while AAP is contesting Bhavnagar and Bharuch. Gohil said the party took all care to ensure there were no errors in the nomination forms of its candidates. ''Despite this, the BJP raised objections in 14 places. In Surat, the BJP feared that Congress would win, so they used police to put pressure on the proposers to file affidavits about not having signed the forms,'' Gohil alleged. ''All four proposers, three of the main candidate and another of the substitute candidate, have made similar claims,'' he said, adding that Congress will move the High Court and Supreme Court over the issue. The BJP's Bhavnagar candidate Nimuben Bambhaniya claimed that there was a discrepancy in the income details in the affidavit filed by Makwana during the 2022 assembly election and the information in his present affidavit. He also did not fully disclose his education qualifications, she said in her complaint. In Amreli, BJP's Ravu Khuman alleged that Thummar did not disclose full details of her property in her affidavit. ''We have submitted our objection and it is for the officer to decide,'' he said. Ajay Dahiya, DEO, Amreli, said Thummar was given time till 4 pm to provide a clarification. There would be a final hearing on Sunday morning after which a decision will be taken, he said.

devdiscourse 20 Apr 2024 10:22 pm

Supreme Court refuses to interfere with Gujarat HC order regarding APMC land auction

The Supreme Court refused to interfere with the Gujarat High Court order that directed the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), Surat to auction the land allegedly misappropriated for the construction and running of a 5-star hotel. The Bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justice JB Pardiwala passed the order on Friday on []

indialegallive 20 Apr 2024 12:49 pm

APMC constructing a mall and five-star hotel is a scam: SC

Most Gujaratis strive for commercial success, but Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee of Surat took it a step farther by building a mall and a five-star hotel on land acquired by the Gujarat government in the 1960s for the benefit of farmers. SC bench of Chandrachud and J B Pardiwala castigated Surat APMC for frittering away land meant for welfare of farmers.

The Times of India 20 Apr 2024 10:48 am

Plain Cotton Blend Ladies Sports Bra 1583 at Rs 190/piece in Surat, sports bra fabric - miPRO

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Google News 20 Apr 2024 6:50 am

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The Times of India 20 Apr 2024 5:18 am

Will catapult Navsari onto global platform: Paatil

The Times of India 20 Apr 2024 4:44 am

Three complaints of rape filed, 17-year-old among survivors

The Times of India 20 Apr 2024 4:34 am

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The Times of India 20 Apr 2024 4:32 am

NIA freezes immovable property of key aide of Pakistan-based Khalistani terrorists Rode & Doctor in 2021 Jalalabad blast case

NIA freezes immovable property of Surat Singh, a key aide of Pakistan-based Khalistani terrorists behind the 2021 Jalalabad blast case

OpIndia 19 Apr 2024 5:07 pm

NIA freezes immovable property of key aide of Pak-based Khalistani terrorists

NIA freezes immovable property of key aide of Pak-based Khalistani terrorists The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has frozen the immovable property of a key operative in a 2021 case relating to a fatal motorcycle-borne explosion in Punjab, with links to notorious Pakistan-based Khalistani terrorists Habib Khan, alias Doctor and Lakhveer Singh, alias Rode. The property of Surat Singh @ Surti, resident of Village Mahatam Nagar, PS Sadar Fazilka, Punjab, has been frozen under the provisions of the NDPS Act 1985. The said property comprises Khewat numbers 84/78, 93/87, and 95/89, totaling an area of 13 Kanal, 17 Marla, and 5 Sarsai, the NIA stated. The NIA stated that Surat Singh, as well as Pakistan-based drugs and weapons smugglers Habib Khan alias Doctor and Designated Terrorist Lakhveer Singh alias Rode, are among the nine accused chargesheeted by the NIA so far in the case, in which the bike bomber was killed. NIA investigations have revealed that Habib Khan and Rode had collaborated with Surat Singh and other associates in India to create a terror gang in Punjab with the aim of perpetrating IED blasts and operating a narco-terror racket to destabilise the region, it stated. It further said that Surat Singh has been identified as a key agent in the terror network, involved in the smuggling of narcotics, explosives, arms and ammunition from Pakistan. He used encrypted communication channels such as WhatsApp, along with fake IDs and virtual numbers, to facilitate the logistical and financial aspects of terrorist activities as an overground worker (OGW) of the Naco-Terror network, as per NIA findings. In association with other accused individuals, he provided support for the execution of criminal conspiracies on the directions of Pak-based handlers, it stated. The case was initially registered under sections 3 and 4 of the Explosives Act at Police Station City Jalalabad, Fazilka, Punjab, on September 16, 2021, a day after the fatal blast in a Bajaj Platina bike in Jalalabad. NIA took over and re-registered the case as RC 24-2021/NIA/DLI on October 1, 2021. NIA investigations and efforts to completely dismantle the network of narco-terrorists are continuing, it said. Further investigation is underway. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Apr 2024 4:27 pm

2021 Punjab Motorcycle Blast Case: NIA Freezes Immovable Property Of Accused

New Delhi, Apr 19: The NIA has freezed a property of a man involved in a blast in Punjab in 2021 and with links to Pakistan-based Khalistani terrorists, according to an official statement issued on Friday. The case relates to an explosion in a Bajaj Platina motorcycle near a Punjab National Bank branch in Jalalabad in which the bike-bomber was killed. Follow the Daily Excelsior channel on WhatsApp The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has frozen the property of Surat Singh [] The post 2021 Punjab Motorcycle Blast Case: NIA Freezes Immovable Property Of Accused appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 19 Apr 2024 3:47 pm

Madhuri Dixit's Golden Chiffon Saree Is Perfect Wedding Wear

Madhuri Dixit's saree look became the talk of the town when she came as a guest to an event in Surat.

News18 19 Apr 2024 12:41 pm

Dubai flyer caught carrying gold worth Rs 18L in airpods

Passengers faced flooding at Dubai Airport. A man smuggled gold to India via Surat International Airport. Customs found 240g 24-carat gold in airpod cases and a juice blender. Gold bars were hidden in brand new airpod boxes.

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 8:09 am

CR misses vijay muhurat as crowd swells in Navsari

Navsari MP CR Paatil missed 'vijay muhurat' after a big roadshow. CM Bhupendra Patel, Ratnakar, Kanu Desai, Harsh Sanghavi, Narottam Patel accompanied Paatil to collector's office. Papers to be filed Friday.

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 8:05 am

Paatil misses vijay muhurt, to file nomination today

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 5:02 am

600 office to be operations by July 7 at SDB

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 4:36 am

Patidar leaders Kathiriya, Malaviya resign from AAP

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 4:29 am

AAP candidate says people of Bharuch will vote for change

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 4:29 am

Cops invoked PASA against 17, exteren 25

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 4:27 am

Trader loses 23L in online fraud

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 4:25 am

Electronics Hiring Surges 154 pc in March

Chennai: With the surge in electronics exports in recent months, hiring in the industry has jumped 154 per cent in March. Tamil Nadu is leading the country in terms of hiring. Hiring in the electronics industry grew 154 per cent in March 2024 when compared to March 2023. This was commensurate with the increased manufacturing activity and exports in the electronics sector. Electronics goods exports registered more than 23 per cent growth in FY24 and were one of the key drivers of merchandise exports. According to Quess Corp, within the electronics industry telecom domain tops hiring demand, accounting for 64 per cent of hiring, closely followed by lighting and automotive sectors. Further, Tamil Nadu leads the states with a significant 33 per cent share of electronics hiring demand, followed by Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Telangana. Tamil Nadu, which saw Apple contractors Foxconn and Pegatron and suppliers like Salcomp expanding operations, leads the country in exports. In terms of job roles, electronic engineers, instrumental engineers, and electronic design engineers are in high demand. The average salaries for these roles range from Rs.18,000 per month to Rs.32,000. The electronics industry also witnessed a significant deployment of women in various roles, particularly in electronics manufacturing. The rise in employment has been particularly noticeable in mobile manufacturing, with subsequent growth observed in the retail and services sectors. Women constitute 78 per cent of the industrys workforce and are increasingly employed as operators, quality assurance professionals, and in testing roles, with some companies achieving up to 80 per cent female representation. Industry experts forecast the creation of one million jobs by 20252026, and the market size is expected to reach $400 billion by 2025. In the years to come, the electronics sector is poised to emerge as one of the drivers of Indias economic growth and employment generation, said Lohit Bhatia, President of Workforce Management at Quess Corp.

Deccan Chronicle 18 Apr 2024 8:15 pm

Loud music in front of Surat masjid during Ram Navami sparks row

In Bardoli town of Surat, Gujarat, the celebration of Ram Navami in front of the Minara Masjid has become a customary affair, often accompanied by hateful numbers playing on loudspeakers. This year, the tradition persisted, drawing both criticism and support. Some question the appropriateness of celebrating Ram Navami in proximity to a mosque when there 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 7:11 pm

Bholi Si Surat: Rohit Sharma's Encounter With 20-Year-Old Self. Watch

Ahead of the clash against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, former Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma had a hilarious moment

NDTV 18 Apr 2024 3:33 pm

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The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 5:08 am

Mystery shrouds death of former sarpanch

The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 4:59 am

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The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 4:51 am

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The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 4:50 am

Its time to give Mansukhbhai rest, Chaitar urges voters

The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 4:37 am

Man hires friend for 20k to steal suitcase with 5L cash

The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 4:28 am

In HC, mom seeks custody of abducted 'children' - girl, livestock

A woman from Surat filed a habeas corpus petition in the Gujarat High Court seeking custody of her abducted daughter as well as her stolen livestock. Her advocate argued that since the animals were like children to her, custody should be granted. The court, however, expressed confusion over invoking habeas corpus jurisdiction for animals and directed the lawyer to remove the prayer for custody of animals and birds from the petition.

The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 2:07 am

Bholi si surat: Rohit Sharmas encounter with his 20-year-old self

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The News Mill 18 Apr 2024 2:04 am

'Bholi si surat': Rohit laughs at 20-year-old self

Rohit Sharma, the ex-captain of the Mumbai Indians, found himself engaged in a lighthearted exchange with his teammate Romario Shepherd within the confines of the MI's dressing room. Adorning the walls were images commemorating the 2007 T20 World Cup final, a significant moment in Sharma's emergence onto the international stage as part of the Indian cricket team.

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 7:17 pm

Lok Sabha elections: No Muslim candidates nominated by BJP, Congress in Gujarat

AHMEDABAD: The influence of the Muslim vote bank has significantly diminished in Gujarat. Neither the BJP nor the Congress has nominated a Muslim candidate for any seat in the state for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Despite Gujarat's 9.7% Muslim population, no Muslim candidate has been successful in securing a Lok Sabha seat in the last three decades. There is no official source of information on the Muslim population in each Gujarat district, but if surveys undertaken by various Muslim organizations are to be trusted, Bharuch ranks first at 23.15 percent followed by Kutch (22%), Jamnagar (16.55%), Dwarka (15%), and Ahmedabad (13.38%). The districts with the lowest Muslim population are Dang (2.57 percent), Tapi (3.76 percent) and Chhota Udepur (4.19 percent). In the history of Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Gujarat, Muslim representation has been scarce. In the 1996 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress nominated Irshad Mirza as the sole Muslim candidate for the Ahmedabad Lok Sabha seat, but the BJPs Harin Pathak defeated him. Subsequently, in the 1998, 1999, and 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress did not nominate any Muslim candidates. Gujarat: Only 4 women candidates figure in BJP and Congress lists In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress fielded Aziz Tankarvi from Bharuch, who lost to the BJP's Mansukh Vasava. Similarly, in 2014, the Congress nominated Maqsood Mirza for the Navsari seat, but he was defeated by the BJP's C. R. Patil. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress fielded Sher Khan Pathan for the Bharuch seat, but he also lost to the BJP's Mansukh Vasava. For the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Mumtaz Patel, the daughter of late Congress leader Ahmed Patel, has expressed her intention to contest from the Bharuch seat. Although the Congress has allocated the seat to the Aam Aadmi Party as part of their alliance, the Aam Aadmi Party has chosen Chaitar Vasava as their candidate. Mujahid Nafees, Convener, Minority Coordination Committee, Gujarat, alleged that Muslims are ot only socially but also politically marginalized in Gujarat. This is an extension of the ideology of RSS to be a Muslim-less discourse in the political system. Congress is also on the path of RSS ideology in Gujarat. Without inclusion how will democracy strengthen? he said. He said Muslim voters dominate nine of Gujarat's 182 assembly seats -- Daryapur, Jamalpur-Khadia, Vejalpur, Bhuj, Abdasa, Wagra, Limbayat, Surat-East, and Wankaner. The Congress fielded six Muslim candidates in the 2022 Gujarat assembly elections, of whom only one won -- Imran Khedawala (Jamalpur-Khadia). In 2017, three of the five minority candidates fielded by the main opposition party won. Meanwhile, no Muslim contender received a ticket from the BJP.

The New Indian Express 17 Apr 2024 5:29 pm

2 held in Surat for parcel fraud in Kol

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 5:21 am

Man kills elder brother

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 5:15 am

Terrific 25 for Gujarat in UPSC results

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 4:39 am

Natl speed skating referee ends life

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 4:37 am

Hemils father to visit Russia for compensation

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 4:36 am

SMC conducts checks at food grain traders

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 4:34 am

Hazira EPC firm execs booked for forgery

The Times of India 16 Apr 2024 4:59 am

From PC to CP, we will work as a team: Surat police chief

The Times of India 16 Apr 2024 4:58 am

Mango farmers worry over forecast of rain

The Times of India 16 Apr 2024 4:48 am

Brain-dead man gives new lease of life to five

The Times of India 16 Apr 2024 4:48 am

Congs Navsari candidate to dress like Gandhi till poll

The Times of India 16 Apr 2024 4:44 am

Rama Navami Buzz Captures Hyderabad

Hyderabad: With the auspicious occasion of Sri Rama Navami around the corner, the city streets are bustling with activity as vendors set up stalls on footpaths of major roads with intricately-crafted Lord Rama idols on sale. From traditional clay idols to plaster-of-paris sculptures, a wide variety of Lord Rama idols, along with his consort Sita, brother Lakshman and devotee Hanuman idols are on display. Each idol is meticulously crafted to capture the essence of divine grace and benevolence. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle , Kamlesh, a Rajasthani-vendor said the idols are brought from Gujarats Surat, and are in high demand for the festival. Showing the different varieties of idols, he said, The price for the idols go from Rs 600 to Rs 3,500 depending on the size. Devotees throng the marketplaces, eager to find the perfect idol to adorn their homes and altars during this sacred festival. A customer expressed happiness as she bought a set of idols, and said they will organise a special pooja for the occasion. With these idols, the city prepares to celebrate Sri Rama Navami with grandeur and devotion.

Deccan Chronicle 16 Apr 2024 4:36 am

Gujarat businessman, wife donate 200 crore wealth, embrace monkhood

AHMEDABAD: In a remarkable display of devotion and selflessness, Bhaveshbhai Bhandari and his wife Jinal Bhandari, residents of Himmatnagar in Gujarat's Sabarkantha district, have generously donated nearly 200 crore and embraced monkhood. Their decision to embark on a journey for salvation comes after they humbly offered all their wealth during a ceremony held in February. They were following the noble example set by their 19-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son, who embraced monkhood in 2022. Bhaveshbhai, formerly engaged in the construction business, and his wife have been inspired by their children's commitment to the ascetic path. Their actions serve as a poignant reminder of the power of selflessness and the pursuit of spiritual fulfillment over material possessions. In a statement to the media, Dilip Gandhi, an acquaintance, emphasized the significance of monkhood in Jain society. He highlighted that monks are required to lead a life of austerity, which includes begging for sustenance and renouncing modern comforts such as air conditioning, fans, and mobile phones. Additionally, they are expected to traverse the country barefoot as part of their spiritual journey. Bhavesh and Jinal are set to embark on the path of monkhood on April 22nd. They will be among 36 individuals who will undergo initiation during a ceremony scheduled at the riverfront in Ahmedabad. The choice made by the Bhandari family, renowned for their substantial wealth, has captured widespread attention throughout the state. Before this event, in another similar incident in Jamnagar, a wealthy family spanning three generations initiated the process of monkhood at Girnar Darshan Jain Dharmashala in Junagadh last month. The woman of the family had taken initiation in Surat a month-and-a-half earlier, inspiring the father-son duo and grandson to follow suit. Notably, the grandson has completed his CA final exams. This marked the first instance in the state where three generations simultaneously embraced monkhood. Ajitbhai Shantilal Shah, originally from Sinhor and now residing in Jamnagar, along with his son Kaushikbhai Ajitbhai Shah and grandson Viralbhai Kaushikbhai Shah, expressed their desire to embark on the path of asceticism.

The New Indian Express 15 Apr 2024 7:13 pm

35 IPS transferred in Gujarat, Anupam Singh Gehlot made Commissioner Surat, J R Mothaliya made IG Ahmedabad ... - Elets

35 IPS transferred in Gujarat, Anupam Singh Gehlot made Commissioner Surat, J R Mothaliya made IG Ahmedabad ... Elets

Google News 15 Apr 2024 3:42 pm

Guards beaten, 45,000 robbed from temple

The Times of India 15 Apr 2024 4:41 am

Oil tank in textile unit explodes, 1 killed

The Times of India 15 Apr 2024 4:28 am

Transfers , Promotions of 35 IPS Officers in Gujarat; Surat, Vadodara get new Police Commissioners - DeshGujarat

Transfers , Promotions of 35 IPS Officers in Gujarat; Surat, Vadodara get new Police Commissioners DeshGujarat

Google News 14 Apr 2024 12:32 pm

Demand for political merchandise booms in Bengal as elections draw near

Demand for political merchandise booms in Bengal as elections draw near As Lok Sabha elections draw near, the political merchandise market, both offline and online, in West Bengal has started booming, with tee shirts sporting slogans such as 'Khela Hobe', 'Nation with NaMo' and 'NaMo again' selling like hot cakes. Market analysts said that while merchandise extending support to the Trinamool Congress is a hit in the wholesale markets of Burrabazar and Canning Street in Kolkata, those of the BJP top the charts on e-commerce platforms. The northern part of West Bengal, which will go to polls in the first few phases, is particularly witnessing a surge in demand for the political merchandise, they said. In the wholesale markets of the eastern metropolis, hundreds of shops have been adorned with a vibrant array of political merchandise, ranging from flags to key chains, caps, umbrellas, and sunglasses bearing political symbols. However, the quality and price of goods available in wholesale markets differ substantially from those available on e-commerce platforms. ''In the wholesale markets, there has been a steady increase in demand for these goods, with TMC merchandise leading the sales, followed by those of the CPI(M) and Congress. However, there has been lesser demand for BJP merchandise,'' Sanjay Chandrana of Shivam Textiles told PTI. Debashish Palodhy of Taramaa Enterprises anticipates a further spike in sales following Poila Boisakh, the Bengali New Year, which is on Sunday. Other merchants also echoed his sentiments. Manufacturer and supplier Shivam Pagarh of Gourisut Textiles in Gujarat's Surat said he has been receiving consistent inquiries about political merchandise, which shows a surge in its demand. He predicted that the demand will grow after the festive season. He said textile manufacturers are prepared to increase their production capacity to meet the demand. Sayantani Saha of Noise Tee said that polyester tee shirts with political slogans are in demand. ''There is more demand for TMC merchandise, while there is not much demand for those of BJP and other parties. We are ready to increase our capacity if demand increases further,'' she said. Online e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Meesho and Flipkart are also tapping into people's enthusiasm for the Lok Sabha elections, which are the largest democratic exercise in the world, by offering a diverse range of political merchandise, ranging from trendy and premium apparel to mass-priced key chains and home decor items. A seller on one of the leading e-commerce platforms said that BJP's merchandise is selling more as compared to other parties. However, reactions from Amazon and Flipkart on the sale of political merchandise on their platforms were not available. The major differences between merchandise offered in wholesale markets and online platforms, however, are quality and pricing. While bulk tee shirts in Burrabazar are priced between Rs 50 and Rs 70 each and are made of polyester, online offerings are typically single-piece retail products and crafted from cotton, with significantly higher prices. A polyester saree with political images costs between Rs 150 and Rs 300 in wholesale markets, whereas it costs upwards of Rs 500 per piece online. Political parties have welcomed the enthusiasm among the public regarding the elections, and said these merchandise increase the visibility of parties. BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said that colourful political merchandise such as tee shirts and sarees increases a party's visibility, but voting patterns depend on political understanding and the nature of the election, whether it is national or local. Trinamool Congress spokesperson Santanu Sen said that visual impression through logos and photographs has a lot of impact on voters. ''There will always be innovation in campaigning,'' he added.

devdiscourse 14 Apr 2024 9:15 am

58 LPG bottles seized, 3 held in Surat | Ahmedabad News - The Indian Express

58 LPG bottles seized, 3 held in Surat | Ahmedabad News The Indian Express

Google News 14 Apr 2024 5:05 am

Group attacks water park security staff, injures two

The Times of India 14 Apr 2024 4:35 am

Dance teacher booked for rape

The Times of India 14 Apr 2024 4:34 am

Cashew worth Rs 1.2 cr diverted en route from Karnataka to Gujarat; part recovery in Maharashtra

Cashew worth Rs 1.2 cr diverted en route from Karnataka to Gujarat; part recovery in Maharashtra The police in Maharashtras Palghar district have recovered a big chunk of a cashew consignment worth Rs 1.2 crore that was misappropriated during transportation from Karnataka to Gujarat, an official said on Saturday. A supplier from Karnataka's Udupi district had on April 2 despatched 24.63 metric tonnes of cashew nuts for delivery in Surat and Ahmedabad in Gujarat, he said. When the nuts valued at Rs 1.21 crore, packed in 2,469 boxes, did not reach the destination, the supplier filed a police complaint. Acting on leads, the Karnataka police sought the help of their peers in Maharashtras Palghar district who then tracked down a bulk of the consignment to two godowns at Nalasopara in the district and Navi Mumbai, the official said. Senior Inspector Rahul Rakha of the Central Crime Unit of Mira-Bhayandar, Vasai-Virar Police said they have recovered cashew nuts worth Rs 92.7 lakh. Efforts are on to arrest the accused and to recover the remaining cashew, he added.

devdiscourse 13 Apr 2024 6:04 pm

Special train from Erode to Surat on April 15

The Hindu 13 Apr 2024 6:00 pm

Surat municipal school students to be taught AI, coding, robotics - The Indian Express

Surat municipal school students to be taught AI, coding, robotics The Indian Express

Google News 13 Apr 2024 5:09 pm

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

Gujarat businessman booked for cheating APMC dry fruit traders

Gujarat businessman booked for cheating APMC dry fruit traders A businessman from Surat in Gujarat was booked for allegedly cheating two dry fruit traders of Rs 23 lakh in Navi Mumbai's APMC masala market, a police official said on Saturday. As per the complaint of the two traders, Atul Shah owes them Rs 18.40 lakh for 3.3 tonnes of almonds and 50 kilograms of walnuts as well as Rs 5.31 lakh for 810 kilograms of cashew, the APMC police station official said. ''He cheated them in connection with deals that took place between December 2023 and January this year. Shah was booked for cheating and other offences but is yet to be arrested,'' the official added.

devdiscourse 13 Apr 2024 4:41 pm

Western Railway Run Special Trains Between Udhana-Patna & Rajkot-Lalkua

Ahmedabad, April 13 (Udaipur Kiran): In view of the rush of passengers during the vacation period, Western Railway has decided to run a weekly Holi Day Special train from Udhana (Surat) to Patna. It has also been decided to run weekly special trains with special fares between Udhana-Patna and Rajkot-Lalkua for the convenience of passengers. ... Read more

Udaipur Kiran 13 Apr 2024 4:22 pm

Udhna murder: Two of 6 accused nabbed

The Times of India 13 Apr 2024 5:29 am

Diamond polisher held for raping loan agent in Surat

The Times of India 13 Apr 2024 5:05 am

History-sheeter attacked by three dies, accused held

The Times of India 13 Apr 2024 4:46 am

Two workers fall to death in Hazira steel plant

The Times of India 13 Apr 2024 4:35 am

Air India Express to connect Surat with New Delhi from May 1

Air India Express is set to connect New Delhi with Surat from May 1. The flight will depart Delhi at 10 am and arrive in Surat by 12 pm. On the return leg, the flight will take off from Surat at 1 pm and reach Delhi at 3 pm. This schedule offers a convenient option... The post Air India Express to connect Surat with New Delhi from May 1 first appeared on India's Top Travel News Source: TravelBiz Monitor .

travelbizmonitor 12 Apr 2024 12:00 pm

Malabar Gold & Diamonds Sets New Annual Turnover Record, Surpassing Rs 50,000 Crore Indian Rupees

Malabar Gold & Diamonds Sets New Annual Turnover Record, Surpassing Rs 50,000 Crore Indian Rupees Plans to Open New Stores in New Zealand, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Additional Locations in Europe, targeting to open 100 New Stores Within the Next Year Aims to Hire an Additional 7,000 Employees, Increasing the Workforce to 28,000 Plans to Expand Presence into States Such as Jharkhand, Goa, Assam, Tripura, and Jammu & Kashmir To Date, 234 Crore Indian Rupees have been Spent on Malabar Group's CSR Initiatives. Malabar Gold & Diamonds the world's sixth-largest jewellery group and the 19th-ranked brand in Deloitte's Global Ranking of Luxury Products, announces a milestone achievement with an annual retail global turnover of Rs 51,218 Crore Indian Rupees in the last financial year. This remarkable growth underscores Malabar Gold & Diamonds' rapid ascent as a trusted jewellery brand worldwide. In just three decades, Malabar Gold & Diamonds, headquartered in Kerala, has garnered unprecedented success in the global jewellery industry. The brand's strategic retail expansion plan spans India and overseas markets, aiming to strengthen its position as a global leader. Currently, Malabar Gold & Diamonds operates 345 stores across 13 countries, with plans to open new stores in New Zealand, Egypt, Bangladesh, and more locations in Europe. The company will strengthen its presence in existing markets such as the US, Canada, UK, and Australia, with a target of opening 100 new stores within the next year. The brand also aims to hire an additional 7,000 employees, increasing the workforce to 28,000. With 21,000 employees representing 26 countries and speaking diverse languages, Malabar offers a dynamic and inclusive work culture. In addition to opening more stores in its current states of operation in India, Malabar Gold & Diamonds plans to expand its presence into states such as Jharkhand, Goa, Assam, Tripura, and Jammu & Kashmir. Beyond India, the company currently has stores in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Singapore, Malaysia, USA, Canada, UK, and Australia. Malabar Gold & Diamonds also has its own state-of-the-art design studio, training centre, and research and development department. The company leverages the services of globally renowned consulting firms such as Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Accenture, and IBM. The company operates 14 supply chain management units in 8 countries and 15 jewellery manufacturing units across 5 countries, complemented by design studios showcasing over 25 exclusive brand collections. In India, manufacturing units are located in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, and West Bengal, while internationally, units are in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, and Bangladesh. Additionally, preparations are underway to establish new jewellery manufacturing factories in Jaipur, Surat, Hyderabad, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. With a customer base exceeding 15 million across 100 countries, Malabar Gold & Diamonds is a hallmark of excellence in the global jewellery sector, guided by the mission 'Make in India, Market to the World'. Apart from Malabar Group's headquarters in Kozhikode, the International Headquarters is located in Dubai, and the National Hub is in Mumbai. These strategic locations drive the brand to achieve current and future business objectives, encompassing supply chain management, sourcing, e-commerce, digital marketing, CRM, omnichannel operations, corporate gifting, B2B divisions, human resources and legal, merchandising, and bullion. Leveraging these centres enables the brand to take a leadership role in reaching new heights through growth. Malabar Gold & Diamonds maintains its reputation as a Responsible Jeweller by sourcing gold and diamonds exclusively from responsible mining operations and legitimate suppliers, ensuring purity in their jewellery. The brand also upholds ethical business practices, transparent fund management, and professionalism in global operations, meeting commitments with trading institutions, financial entities, and government regulators. Importing 'Rand Pure Gold' from responsible sources underscores the company's dedication to ethical sourcing. Malabar Gold & Diamonds adheres strictly to the legal provisions and tax systems in each operating country, fulfilling tax obligations to contribute to national development. Additionally, the Malabar Group actively conducts public awareness campaigns against tax evasion and gold smuggling. Commenting on the company's success, MP Ahammed, Chairman, of Malabar Group, said, ''Maintaining our position as a Responsible Jeweller is our utmost responsibility. Given our extensive global presence, we maintain our dedication to responsibly sourcing gold, ensuring it is mined without infringing upon the rights of individuals, particularly children, animals, and their habitats, assuring ethical practices, and transparent fund management. This commitment has earned us the trust and loyalty of our customers. We remain dedicated to sourcing responsibly mined materials and contributing positively to the communities we serve.'' Malabar Gold & Diamonds is committed to providing exceptional value and service to its customers through initiatives like the ''One India One Gold Rate'' scheme, ensuring consistent pricing for gold across the country. The company offers 10 promises to its customers, including transparent pricing with detailed information on net weight, stone weight, and stone charge. Customers also benefit from lifetime free maintenance on jewellery, 100 percent value for gold when exchanging old jewellery, and HUID hallmark certifying the purity of gold. Additionally, the brand provides IGI-GIA-certified diamonds with quality assurance through 28 lab tests. Also, a Buyback Guarantee and One Year Free Insurance Coverage on all jewellery, Responsible Sourcing of Gold from approved sources, and fair treatment with fair wages, benefits, and a good working environment for employees. Malabar Group's Commitment to Sustainability and Social Responsibility Malabar Group's core objective is to preserve the environment and promote a green earth. All business projects of Malabar Group are based on ESG principles in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner. The company also organises various campaigns aimed at environmental protection. The ''Hunger Free World'' project has garnered global attention by providing meals to over 30,000 individuals daily in India, Gulf countries and other countries through 37 food distribution centres. Immediate steps have been taken to deliver food to 51,000 people daily, with plans to reach at least one lakh people daily in the near future. Schools in Zambia, Africa's largest gold mining region, also benefit from this initiative. The ''Grandma Home'' project was started to provide shelter and facilities to poor and destitute women in society. The Group plans to establish Grandma Homes in Kerala, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, and Mumbai. This initiative empowers abandoned and needy women to live with dignity. Malabar Charitable Trust supports girls' education by awarding scholarships, benefiting 86,000 girls so far. This year, the group has committed to providing scholarships to 30,000 girls across the country. Malabar Group allocates five percent of its profits to CSR activities, focusing on health, education, environment, housing, and women empowerment. To date, 234 Crore Indian Rupees have been spent on such initiatives. About Malabar Gold & Diamonds Malabar Gold & Diamonds is the flagship company of Malabar Group, a leading diversified Indian business conglomerate. Established in 1993 in Kerala, the brand today has a strong retail network of over 345 stores spread across 13 countries. The company operates 14 supply chain management units in 8 countries and 15 jewellery manufacturing units across 5 countries, complemented by design studios showcasing over 25 exclusive brand collections. In India, manufacturing units are located in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, and West Bengal, while internationally, units are in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, and Bangladesh. The company currently ranks 6th among the largest jewellery retailers globally and also 19th in Deloitte's Global Powers of Luxury Goods 2023 ranking.

devdiscourse 12 Apr 2024 11:39 am