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Congress Demands CBI Probe Into Pune Porsche Crash, Calls For Fadnavis Resignation

Congress Demands CBI Probe Into Pune Porsche Crash, Calls For Fadnavis Resignation The Congress in Maharashtra on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe into the Porsche crash incident in Pune, in which two persons died, and said Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should step down. Two IT professionals lost their lives when a Porsche allegedly driven by a 17-year-old in an inebriated state ran over them in the Kalyani Nagar area of Pune city on May 19. The incident sparked outrage after the Juvenile Justice Board granted bail to the teenager and asked him to write an essay on road accidents, but he was later sent to an observation home till June 5. The police have since arrested the teenager's father, grandfather, and Dr Ajay Taware, head of the Forensic Medicine department of the Sassoon General Hospital and its chief medical officer, Dr Shrihari Halnor, for allegedly manipulating the blood samples of the juvenile. Addressing a press conference here, state Congress chief Nana Patole alleged that the Sassoon General Hospital was a five-star hotel for criminals. While the state is reeling under severe drought, instances of drunken driving and drugs are on the rise, he charged. ''Such incidents have been reported in Nagpur, Jalgaon and Pune, but what is infuriating is that efforts were made through the government system to ensure that the privileged accused get immediate bail,'' the Congress leader alleged. The CBI must investigate the car crash case as there seems to be political interference to save the rich accused, he said. He further alleged that the juvenile involved in the car crash was accompanied by an MLA's son. Demanding the deputy chief minister's resignation, Patole claimed in Fadavis's hometown Nagpur, two girls crushed two youngsters to death with their car and got bail within 10 hours and said a similar incident was reported in Jalgaon, where an attempt was made to save the accused. ''Illegal drug racket is operating in Pune. Illegal pubs are rampant in Pune and Nagpur. After the car accident case, 36 illegal pubs in Pune had to be demolished. The BJP has ruined the youth by bringing large quantities of drugs from Gujarat to Maharashtra,'' he alleged. ''A minister and an MLA recommended that Dr Taware should be made the superintendent. People should know their names. The interference of the ruling party has increased, and criminals are roaming freely in the city. A tehsildar was fatally attacked in Indapur. From where do criminals get so much courage? It cannot happen without political blessings,'' Patole claimed. Following the arrest of Sassoon General Hospital's Dr Ajay Taware in the car crash case, a 2023 letter written by NCP MLA Sunil Tingre has surfaced, in which he recommended the doctor be given an additional charge of medical superintendent. Patole leader also claimed that the BJP plans to introduce Manusmriti in the curriculum for schools, but Congress will not let this happen. ''Women have no place in Manusmriti. An attempt to replace the Constitution with Manusmriti will never succeed,'' he said.

devdiscourse 28 May 2024 7:12 pm

Over 250 years of Indian diaspora heritage digitally archived in Oman

The National Archives of India digitised and archived oral history and documents of old Indian merchant families in Oman from the state of Gujarat, shedding light on their cultural practices and contributions to Omani society.

The Economic Times 28 May 2024 5:04 pm

Cong demands probe by sitting HC judge in Rajkot game zone fire incident

New Delhi, May 28 The Congress on Tuesday held the BJP-led Gujarat government responsible for the Rajkot game zone fire incident that claimed 31 lives and demanded an investigation by a sitting High Court or Supreme Court judge besides appropriate compensation for the next of kin of the deceased. Addressing a press conference at the [] The post Cong demands probe by sitting HC judge in Rajkot game zone fire incident appeared first on Kashmir Media Watch .

Kashmir Media Watch 28 May 2024 5:01 pm

Want Hardik to come good in T20 WC, he has gone through a lot: Harbhajan

Chennai: Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has nothing but empathy for Hardik Pandya as he navigates a challenging phase in his career and is hopeful that the all-rounder, who hasn't been a free man in the last two months, will become one during next month's T20 World Cup. Pandya endured a forgettable IPL both as captain and player with his team Mumbai Indians ending bottom of the heap in the points table. What made things worse was the incessant jeering of fans whenever he took the field, including at MI's home turf -- the Wankhede Stadium. But Harbhajan expects the tide to turn in the Americas during the T20 showpiece. When he wears that blue jersey, he will be a different Hardik Pandya because we know he can score those runs and take those wickets. I want Hardik to come good as he has gone through a lot and I wish him all the very best to have a very good tournament for India, Harbhajan told PTI in an exclusive interview. If he has a good tournament, obviously India will have a great chance to go forward, he said. Yes, his form is a bit of a concern...and a lot of other stuff was going on around him, his shifting from Gujarat to Mumbai, was a big change and the team (MI) didn't react too well to Hardik coming back and that too as captain, the 43-year-old added. The reason for the fan backlash against Pandya was MI's decision to hand him the captaincy after taking it away from the long-serving Rohit Sharma. There was speculation throughout the season that MI's dressing room was a divided house due to the change of guard. Rohit will now captain the national side with Pandya as his deputy in the World Cup starting June 1. Harbhajan, a multi-format World Cup winner, urged the team management to bring Pandya and Rohit on the same page. ...it looked like they (MI) were not playing together as a team. So there was a lot going on. Hardik wasn't a free man in the last two months. I believe both of them and many others who have played in different teams will have to come together to do something special for the nation..., he said. Winning a World Cup is a bigger achievement than winning an IPL trophy, so I would urge the management to bring everyone together, have them on one page, and make sure they play like one. I believe it's the responsibility of the management to come together and win together. Even if they lose they should be losing together. Jasprit Bumrah is the only speedster among the chosen three (the other two being Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Siraj), who doesn't need conditions to be successful, feels Harbhajan. Pace attack definitely could be a concern because because Bumrah is in a different league for the kind of bowler he is. He will win you games on any kind of pitch. He doesn't need conditions whereas other bowlers like Arshdeep and Siraj would need help from conditions. If there's bounce, Siraj might do well. He is tall, can also swing it both ways, hits the deck hard, and has got pace. But if wickets are slow then the challenge begins for other bowlers. There will be a lot of responsibility on Bumrah's shoulders but I hope other guys also take responsibility to be someone special. Harbhajan said IPL form would make no difference to the players' fortunes in the ICC showpiece. No matter what you have done in your IPL career or previously, this is what counts the most...if I was in their shoes, I would be looking for this opportunity to showcase that I have been better than what I have been doing, the 'Turbanator' stated. Harbhajan was mighty impressed with how Virat Kohli tweaked his T20 game during this year's IPL by adding shots to his repertoire, which drastically improved his strike rate. Virat has shown a lot of improvement from last year to this year and people spoke about his strike rate. It was in the 130s last year and this time it is in the 160s, he said. Of course, it's a big big change. Virat and Rohit will have to score quickly in Powerplay but also need to respect the conditions in USA and West Indies. Harbhajan doesn't know whether Gautam Gambhir, who is being spoken of as the favorite to take over India's head coach position from the outgoing Rahul Dravid, will get the job but he does believe it would be a crown of thorns for whoever chooses to wear it. If I say it properly, it is a speculation, which is doing rounds...the biggest thing a coach can do is to bring everyone together, so that team plays together. So, whether Gautam becomes coach or Ashish Nehra, or whosoever gets the opportunity, hope they do better than what others before them did. He also ruled himself out of the race.

Deccan Chronicle 28 May 2024 5:00 pm

Power Grid Commissions Transmission Project In Gujarat

Power Grid Corp. commissions transmission project in Gujarat to boost connectivity for Jamnagar Oil Refinery.

Bloomberg Quint 28 May 2024 4:33 pm

Powergrid Commissions Jam Khambhaliya Transmission Project: Boosting Gujarat's Energy Network

Powergrid Commissions Jam Khambhaliya Transmission Project: Boosting Gujarat's Energy Network Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (Powergrid) on Tuesday said it has commissioned Jam Khambhaliya transmission project in Gujarat. In an exchange filing, Powergrid said, ''Jamnagar Oil Refinery of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) to connect with Jam Khambhaliya ISTS PS (Inter State Transmission System Pooling Station) has been commissioned with effect from May 5, 2024, for which notification for commercial operation has been received on May 27, 2024.'' In September 2022, the board of Powergrid had approved an investment of Rs 328 crore for the project to provide an electricity transmission link to Jam Nagar Oil Refinery of Reliance Industries. ''Board of directors have accorded investment approval for transmission project-Jam Nagar Oil Refinery of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to connect with Jam Khambhaliya ISTS PS at an estimated cost of Rs 327.71 crore scheduled to be commissioned by September 2023,'' the company had said. Powergrid is mainly engaged in the business of power transmission. The company has also diversified into the telecom business by leveraging its Pan India transmission network through the stringing of Optical Ground Wire (OPGW).

devdiscourse 28 May 2024 3:31 pm

Did Mallikarjun Kharge Say, 'Congress Is Finished'? No, It's A Cropped Video

Claim: A video of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge is circulating claiming that it shows him confessing that the Congress party has been disbanded and is non-functional now. Fact: BOOM found that in the original speech, Kharge is heard talking about the leaders of the opposition parties from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, who have in their speeches stated that the Congress party is over. Tools used: We ran a keyword search and found that the Congress president's speech in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, was streamed live on May 3, 2024, via the official YouTube channel of the Indian National Congress. We heard the original speech and found that the viral one is cropped. Read the full fact-check here .

Boomlive 28 May 2024 1:54 pm

India's Gujarat Mineral Development Corp down on qtrly profit fall - XM

India's Gujarat Mineral Development Corp down on qtrly profit fall XM

Google News 28 May 2024 1:36 pm

Ahmedabad News Roundup| Temp soars back to 45.2C, fire safety inspections begin in schools & more - Knocksense

Ahmedabad News Roundup| Temp soars back to 45.2C, fire safety inspections begin in schools & more Knocksense

Google News 28 May 2024 1:13 pm

Gujarat: Jain sadhvis attacked with a belt by Altaf Hussain Sheikh in Bharuch during Vihar

The sadhvis asked Altaf to back off. The accused, however, became enraged and kicked one of the female monks, then took out his belt and started beating them.

OpIndia 28 May 2024 1:11 pm

Reporter's Diary: What They Dont Tell Us About Gujarats Metropolis - Outlook India

Reporter's Diary: What They Dont Tell Us About Gujarats Metropolis Outlook India

Google News 28 May 2024 1:05 pm

Kerala a role model for India, UDF for INDIA: Telangana CM

HYDERABAD: Lauding Keralites for keeping communal forces at bay, Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Monday said that the people of other states should emulate them and learn to protect the country and culture from such forces. On Monday, Revanth presided over the annual meeting of the Snehasadas, organised by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), a Congress ally, in Kozhikode. He also unveiled the book The Message of Love, authored by IUML Kerala state president Syed Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal. Addressing the gathering, he congratulated Syed Sadiq Ali for organising such an event when some are trying to divide this country by opening shops of hatred in the market of love. Kerala is a role model for India. The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) a role model for INDIA bloc, he said and added that India should learn from Kerala to protect the society. Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of thinking and acting like a Raja, he said that speaking for a particular community and speaking against a particular community, just to win an election, does not honour the chair of the PM. If the communal forces win this time, it is going to be dangerous for our country, dangerous for our Constitution, and dangerous for reservations, he said. The BJP is speaking about 400 plus seats only to change the Constitution and do away with SC and OBC reservations, he said and urged the people to defeat the communal forces. In south India, there are 130 Lok Sabha seats. In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the BJP will get nil seats. In Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka, the BJP will not cross two seats. That means, south India is going to give about 100 seats to INDIA bloc. In 2019 elections, BJP gained all seats in Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi. In this elections, that number will be reduced by half. Then, how will the BJP get 400 seats? Thats why I said that if the BJP want to get 400 seats, it should contest in Pakistan also, he said. People gave Modi two opportunities. But he cheated them. This time, people will defeat him. The warrantee of Modi guarantee has expired, he added.

The New Indian Express 28 May 2024 1:01 pm

Amid fire tragedies, BTech in fire safety turns a hot cake in Gujarat

Young graduates from GSFC University in Gujarat, with a degree in BTech in Fire & EHS, are achieving record placements, surpassing CSE graduates in salary packages.

The Times of India 28 May 2024 12:27 pm

TCS ties up with IIT Bombay to develop India's first sensing tool for semiconductor chip imaging

TCS ties up with IIT Bombay to develop India's first sensing tool for semiconductor chip imaging IT services major Tata Consultancy Services has entered into a partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, to develop what it said is India's first quantum diamond microchip imager. According to a statement from the IT services major on Tuesday, this to-be-developed sensing tool will hold the potential to unlock new levels of precision in the examination of semiconductor chips, reduce chip failures and improve the energy efficiency of electronic devices. Over the next two years, experts from TCS will work with Dr Kasturi Saha, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of IIT-Bombay to develop the tool. Semiconductor chips are an essential component of all modern electronic devices. These chips act as the brain of devices across industries such as communications, computing, healthcare, military systems, transportation, clean energy, and what not. Professor Saha said, By working together, we aim to transform various sectors, including electronics and healthcare, and propel India forward through ground-breaking technologies and products aligned with National Quantum Mission's Quantum Sensing and Metrology vertical. Dr Harrick Vin, Chief Technology Officer, TCS, noted that the Second Quantum Revolution is progressing at an unprecedented speed, making it imperative to pool resources and expertise to build cutting-edge capabilities in sensing, computing, and communication technologies. We firmly believe this initiative will have a transformative impact on various industries and society, with applications ranging from electronics to healthcare, and beyond. By working together, we can drive innovation and create a brighter future for all, said the CTO. National Quantum Mission, an initiative of the central government, aims to position the nation as a global quantum technology leader. As semiconductors continue to shrink in size, traditional sensing methods lack the precision and capabilities to detect anomalies in the chips, TCS asserted. The to-be-developed Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager can image magnetic fields, enabling a non-invasive and non-destructive mapping of semiconductor chips, much like an MRI at a hospital. It uses the defects in a diamond's structure, known as Nitrogen-Vacancy (NV) centers, together with the other hardware and software for detecting and characterizing anomalies in semiconductor chips. The semiconductor industry in India is still in a nascent stage, with various local and multinational companies intending to tap its vast potential. Union Minister for Communications and Electronics and IT, Ashwini Vaishnaw, earlier this year said, that by the end of 2024, India would witness the launch of the first indigenous semiconductor chip. Currently, four semiconductor units -- three in Gujarat and one in Assam -- are in under construction stage. (ANI)

devdiscourse 28 May 2024 12:12 pm

NIA conducts raids in multiple states, 5 held for human trafficking, cyber fraud

The NIA arrested five individuals in a human trafficking and cyber fraud syndicate after conducting extensive searches across Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, and Chandigarh. The accused were involved in luring and trafficking Indian youth to foreign countries under false promises of employment. Documents, digital devices, passports, and other incriminating materials were seized.

The Economic Times 28 May 2024 11:48 am

Indian Embassy in Oman Digitizes Over 7,000 Documents of Indian Diaspora

More than 7,000 historical documents belonging to the Indian diaspora in Oman have been digitized in a pioneering initiative led by the Indian Embassy in Muscat, in collaboration with the National Archives of India (NAI). The project, named The Oman Collection Archival Heritage of the Indian Community in Oman, spanned from May 19-27, 2024, at the Embassy of India premises in Muscat. These documents, some of which are over a century old, include various artifacts such as trade documents dating back to 1838, a 1927 trade document, and a 1961 invitation to an Indian Embassy event. They were carefully scanned and preserved, marking an important milestone in preserving the cultural and historical ties between India and Oman. Amit Narang, the Indian Ambassador to Oman, highlighted the significance of the project, stating, This is a unique initiative that showcases the rich history and trade ties between India and Oman. We are delighted to have received more than 7,000 documents from 32 Indian families from Gujarat, who have been in Oman for over a century. The initiative was supported by the National Records and Archives Authority (NRAA) of Oman. Speaking about the initiative, Narang added, It was a meticulous exercise to archive historical documents of the Indian diaspora living in Oman, but I am pleased that we have accomplished this. The documents will soon be available for viewing at the National Archives of India. In addition to digitizing documents, the project also involved recording oral histories. Kalpana Shukla, Deputy Director at NAI, noted the significance of these oral histories, saying, This is the first time that we have recorded oral histories and digitized them in Oman. It was wonderful to learn about the harmony and trust that characterized the relationship between Omanis and Indians in business and trade matters. The project has scanned and digitized over 7,000 documents, which include personal diaries, account books, trade invoices, passports, letters, and photographs. These documents provide insights into the lives, contributions, and cultural practices of the Indian community in Oman, showcasing their integration into Omani society and the preservation of Indian traditions abroad. The digitized documents will be archived and made accessible on Abhilekh Patal, the digital portal of the NAI, thereby becoming available for researchers and the public. The project is not only a step towards preserving the rich heritage of the Indian community in Oman but also strengthens the enduring friendship between India and Oman. Sheikh Anil Khimji, head of the Indian community in Oman, expressed his appreciation for the project, stating, We thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar for their vision of engaging and connecting with the Indian diaspora. The archiving of the historical documents of the Indian diaspora by the Embassy of India will go a long way in preserving their history and in doing so also showcase the time-tested bonds of friendship between India and the Sultanate of Oman. The project, supported by Omans NRAA, not only seeks to preserve historical records but also aims to foster a deeper engagement with the Indian diaspora community in Oman and enhance understanding of the longstanding India-Oman friendship. It is expected to serve as a valuable resource for future research and generations. Canada Increases Visas for Gazans, Condemns Israeli Attack in Rafah Everything You Need to Know About Legal Options for H-1B Visa Holders After Job Termination

News Track 28 May 2024 11:18 am

The Fern Hotels & Resorts strengthens its presence in Western India

The Fern Hotels & Resorts, Indias leading environmentally sensitive hotel chain, is pleased to announce the launch of 3 new hotels The Fern Residency, GandhinagarandThe Fern Wisteria Resort, DhariinGujaratandThe Fern Residency, Bhiwandi-PimplasinMaharashtra.The company has a total of 27 properties in Gujarat and 28 across Maharashtra,operational and shortly opening.The addition of these newpropertiesmarks a significant milestone... The post The Fern Hotels & Resorts strengthens its presence in Western India first appeared on Hospitality Biz India: Latest News & Analysis . The post The Fern Hotels & Resorts strengthens its presence in Western India appeared first on Hospitality Biz India: Latest News & Analysis .

hospitalitybizindia 28 May 2024 11:12 am

I have become gaali-proof: PM Modi on opposition's personal attacks against him

I have become gaali-proof: PM Modi on opposition's personal attacks against him Taking on the opposition parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said they believe that they have the right to abuse and that he has become gaali-proof after eing continuously abused for the last 24 years. In an exclusive interview with ANI, PM Modi said opposition parties have become so frustrated that now abusing has become their nature. As far as Modi is concerned, after being continuously abused for the last 24 years, I have become 'gaali proof'. Who called me the 'maut ka saudaagar' and 'gandi naali ka keeda'? Our party member in the parliament did the calculation and counted 101 abuses, so whether there is election or no election, these people (Opposition) believe that only they have the right to abuse and they have become so frustrated that now abusing has become their nature, he said, answering a query on personal attacks against him. PM Modi was Chief Minister of Gujarat before he became Prime Minister in 2014. PM Modi rejected allegations of opposition leaders that probe agencies were being misused to suppress them and said his government has told its officers that there will be zero-tolerance towards corruption. Ask the person who is throwing this garbage, what is the proof of what you are saying?...I will convert this garbage into manure and will produce some good things for the country from it...When Manmohan Singh was in power for 10 years, Rs 34 lakhs were seized and currently in the last 10 years ED has seized Rs 2,200 crores. The one who has brought back Rs 2,200 crores to the country should be respected and not abused. The one whose money has gone is abusing...It means that whoever has a part in stealing money will shout a little after being caught...Today, a Sarpanch has the right to sign on a chequebook but the Prime Minister of the country does not have it...Modi government has told its officers that my government has zero tolerance towards corruption, he said. The Prime Minister said the opposition should be asked about the proof they have over their allegations of interference in the functioning of the central probe agencies. He also said that the government does not interfere in the work of probe agencies. Asked about Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's allegation that PM Modi decides who will go to the jail, the Prime Minister said, it would be better if these people read the Constitution, read the law of the country, I do not need to say anything to anyone. (ANI)

devdiscourse 28 May 2024 11:03 am

Where is note paper made in India?

India, a land known for its rich history and diverse culture, is also a major player in the global paper industry. Let's explore where note paper is made in India, diving into the key regions, companies, and the processes involved. The Paper Industry in India Historical Background The paper industry in India dates back to the 6th century, with traditional handmade paper crafted from various natural fibers. However, the modern paper industry began in the early 20th century. Current Status Today, India is one of the largest producers of paper in the world, with numerous mills spread across the country. The industry not only caters to domestic demand but also exports a significant amount of paper globally. Key Regions for Note Paper Production 1. Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu is a significant hub for the paper industry in India. Notable Companies Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited (TNPL): One of the largest paper mills in India, TNPL produces a wide range of paper products, including note paper. Infrastructure and Resources Abundant availability of raw materials like bagasse (sugarcane residue). Well-established transportation networks. 2. Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh boasts several large paper mills, making it a crucial region for note paper production. Key Players Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills: Known for its extensive range of high-quality paper products. ITC Limited Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division: A major player in the Indian paper industry with significant operations in Andhra Pradesh. Advantages Proximity to ports facilitates easy export. Rich in natural resources like bamboo and eucalyptus. 3. West Bengal West Bengal has a long-standing tradition in the paper manufacturing industry. Prominent Companies Ballarpur Industries Limited (BILT): One of the oldest and largest paper manufacturers in India. Geographical Benefits Strategic location with access to raw materials. Established trade routes. 4. Maharashtra Maharashtra is home to several leading paper mills, contributing significantly to the note paper market. Major Producers Century Pulp and Paper: A well-known name in the industry. Emami Paper Mills: Specializes in high-quality writing and printing paper. Strategic Importance Well-developed industrial infrastructure. Access to both raw materials and skilled labor. 5. Gujarat Gujarat's robust industrial base supports a thriving paper manufacturing sector. Key Manufacturers JK Paper Ltd.: A prominent player in the Indian paper industry. NR Agarwal Industries: Known for producing a variety of paper products. Resource Availability Abundant raw materials. Excellent logistics network. The Manufacturing Process of Note Paper Raw Material Procurement The primary raw materials for paper production in India include bamboo, eucalyptus, bagasse, and recycled paper. Pulping Mechanical Pulping: Involves grinding wood logs to separate fibers. Chemical Pulping: Uses chemicals to break down the wood chips into pulp. Bleaching The pulp is then bleached to achieve the desired whiteness and brightness for note paper. Sheet Formation The bleached pulp is spread over a mesh screen to form sheets, which are then pressed and dried. Finishing The dried paper is calendered (smoothing process) and cut into the desired sizes for note paper. Quality Control Stringent quality checks ensure the paper meets industry standards. Environmental Considerations Sustainability Initiatives Many Indian paper mills are adopting eco-friendly practices: Recycling: Increasing the use of recycled paper to reduce waste. Effluent Treatment: Treating waste water to minimize environmental impact. Energy Efficiency: Implementing energy-saving technologies in production processes. Certifications Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification: Ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests. ISO Certifications: Many mills are ISO-certified for quality and environmental management. Challenges Faced by the Industry Raw Material Shortages The availability of raw materials can be inconsistent, affecting production. Environmental Regulations Strict environmental regulations require significant investments in pollution control measures. Competition The Indian paper industry faces stiff competition from international players, especially from China and Indonesia. Technological Upgradation Continuous investment in technology is necessary to remain competitive. Future Prospects Growth Potential The demand for paper products, including note paper, is expected to grow due to the rising literacy rate and educational needs. Innovations Digital Integration: Incorporating digital tools in paper manufacturing processes. New Product Development: Creating innovative paper products to meet changing consumer preferences. Export Opportunities With increasing global demand, Indian paper manufacturers have significant export potential. India's note paper manufacturing industry is a blend of tradition and modernity, with key regions like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Gujarat playing pivotal roles. Despite challenges, the industry is poised for growth, driven by innovation, sustainability, and expanding markets. Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission Revolutionizes Health Safety for ChardhamYatra Pilgrims, Details Here Chinese Scientists Develop Diabetes Cure, Patient Insulin-Free in 3 Months India and Japan Strengthen Health Cooperation, Focus on Digital Health and AI

News Track 28 May 2024 11:00 am

Lok Sabha Elections: Have Become Gaali-Proof After 24 Years of Oppositions Abuses, Says PM Modi

In an interview to news agency ANI, PM Narendra Modi recalled being called 'maut ka saudaagar', a phrase first used by then Congress president Sonia Gandhi before the 2007 Gujarat Assembly elections

News18 28 May 2024 10:52 am

Fire tragedy: One more partner of Rajkot game zone arrested

Another associate of the Rajkot-based TRP game zone, where a tragic fire claimed the lives of 27 individuals last week, has been apprehended by the Gujarat police, as per an official announcement on Tuesday. Dhaval Thakkar, the owner of Dhaval Corporation, which operated the TRP game zone in collaboration with five partners from Raceway Enterprises, was arrested in Abu Road, Rajasthan, disclosed Banaskantha Superintendent of Police Akshayraj Makwana.

The Economic Times 28 May 2024 10:46 am

Why prolonged heatwave in Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan may not end soon? IMD says no relief even in June

Northwest and central India face severe heatwaves with temperatures soaring between 44 and 50 degrees Celsius. The India Meteorological Department highlights prolonged heatwave conditions and forecasts an increase in heatwave days in June.

The Economic Times 28 May 2024 10:14 am

Rajkot Game Zone Fire Case Updates: Fourth Accused Arrested | Gujarat News Today | English News

Breaking News: Rajkot game zone fire: Fourth accused arrested, held from Rajasthan. Watch for more.Police announced on Sunday that they have apprehended the primary suspect in the Rajkot TRP Game Zone fire tragedy. Dhaval Thakkar, a resident of Abu Road, had evaded capture since the incident, which resulted in the loss of 28 lives.Following the arrest, Banaskantha Local Crime Branch and Rajkot Police collaborated in apprehending Thakkar. Additionally, a court in Rajkot district remanded three other suspects, Yuvraj Hari Singh Solanki, Nitin Jain, and Rahul Rathod, to police custody for 14 days on Monday. Tushar Gokani, the special public prosecutor, confirmed the courts decision.

News18 28 May 2024 7:25 am

Allure of lightweight gold jewellery grips youngsters in Kerala

KOCHI: Keeping up with the trend, Keralas gold jewellery scene is getting a modern makeover! Gone are the days of only heavy, traditional yellow gold. Now, theres a sparkling shift towards lightweight and lower-carat pieces. And thats not all fashion-forward customers are boldly experimenting with a rainbow of gold hues like pink, rose, white, and even black. Whats driving this glittering revolution? Sky-high gold prices are a big reason, but its also thanks to women rocking more roles in the workplace and their ever-evolving style vibes. Gold jewellery in Kerala has never been so exciting! The latest report from the World Gold Council, the market development organisation for the gold industry, says that in response to the higher prices, 18K diamond jewellery saw some improvement, as did jewellery with coloured gemstones. S Abdul Nassar, treasurer of the All Kerala Gold and Silver Merchants Association, noted that while gold jewellery demand in Kerala remains robust, customers are now shifting to 18K gold to offset the price increase. Price difference for a sovereign of gold in 18K and 22K comes to Rs 9,000. If they purchased one sovereign of gold last year on Akshaya Tritiya, this time many opted for one sovereign of gold in 18K. It is hallmarked, ensuring its value, he said. For weddings, the consumption is skewed towards the traditional yellow gold in 22K, and for all other purposes, the customers are seen more adventurous and experimenting, he pointed out. Nassar also mentioned that preferences among youngsters are changing, with a growing penchant for rose, black, and white gold compared to yellow gold.Coloured gold is used to hold stones or diamonds, and it is trendy and stylish. Big designers use 14K for bracelets, watch straps, and luxury accessories, which is in vogue in European countries, he said. Surendran K, the general secretary of the association, noted that youngsters have a flair for trendy, lightweight jewellery, which they wear as a style statement rather than traditional attire. Since 18K gold is hard, it has the potential to be turned into beautiful designs at the lowest weight. You can even make a chain from one or two grams of 18K, and it will be light and trendy. This triggered the shift to lower-carat and lightweight jewellery in the first place. The increase in gold prices added to the shift, he said. The sturdiness of lower-carat gold means that it can be worn every day, Surendran pointed out. However, Ramesh Kalyanaraman, executive director of Kalyan Jewellers, disagreed, stating that the surging gold price is not the primary reason for the shift. He explained that some states, like West Bengal, already had a culture of using 18K gold, which has grown over time. People use 18K to basically encase precious stones like diamonds. Pink and rose gold and platinum are preferred by youngsters as the jewellery stands out, he said. He said the shift to lower-carat gold jewellery is not very visible in Kerala. Earlier, people came to the store with a specific volume in mind. Now they come with a budget. Consumers say they need jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh or 20 lakh instead of specifying 50 sovereigns or 70 sovereigns, Kalyanaraman said. He pointed out that people love it when gold prices surge because everyone already has some gold in their possession. When the price increases, their asset value goes up. After Covid, even youngsters are buying gold because they understand that gold provides liquidity and was the only asset that showed strength when the whole world was locked down, he said.He further explained that youngsters have realised that income and asset stability is not assured in times like the pandemic lockdown, and now they want to hold commodities that provide some assurance. Nassar pointed out that, on average, 500 to 600kg of gold jewellery is sold per day in Kerala, and it increases to 1,100-1,200 kg on Akshaya Tritiya days. Kerala has historically contributed to the national gold demand, typically accounting for a 25-28% share of the annual consumption of 600-800 tonnes. A 2016 study by the WGC emphasised that the average weight of jewellery worn by an upper-middle-class Kerala bride is 320g, compared to 180g worn by a Gujarati bride. According to the latest WGC report, demand for gold in India for Q1 2024 was 136.6 tonnes, up by 8% compared to the Q1 demand for 2023, which was 126.3 tonnes. Total jewellery demand in India for Q1 2024 increased by 4%, reaching 95.5 tonnes compared to 91.9 tonnes in Q1 2023. The demand for jewellery rose to Rs 52,750 crore, a 15% increase from Q1 2023, which was Rs 45,890 crore. Gold rate on 27-05-2024 22K - 1 gram: Rs 6,665 1 sovereign: Rs 53,320 18K - 1 gram: Rs 5,540 Highest recorded price for 22K - 1 gram - Rs 6,890 (20-05-2024) Number of gold and silver jewellery establishments registered in Kerala - 10,649 (2021-2022) Total turnover of gold retailers - Rs 1,01,668.96 crore (2021-22)

The New Indian Express 28 May 2024 7:12 am

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Google News 28 May 2024 6:38 am

Parul University receives Diamond Rating in QS I-GAUGE

Excelsior Correspondent JAMMU, May 27: Parul University achieved a significant milestone by receiving the prestigious Diamond rating in the recently announced QS I-GAUGE Indian University Ratings. This recognition marks Parul University as the first private university in Gujarat to achieve this distinction. The QS I-GAUGE rating framework combines the global expertise and experience of the U.K-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) with the local knowledge of experts from the Indian education system. When it comes to the category-wise ranking, the University has [] The post Parul University receives Diamond Rating in QS I-GAUGE appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 28 May 2024 6:03 am

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Six Jain sadhvis attacked in Bharuch

The Times of India 28 May 2024 5:37 am

Heat stroke claims one life in city

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Takshashila fire: Negligent govt officials face trial

The Times of India 28 May 2024 5:20 am

Fire brigade asks hospital to give details of preparedness

The Times of India 28 May 2024 5:15 am

IndiGos Goa-Surat flight suffers bird hit while landing

The Times of India 28 May 2024 5:06 am

Om stars in AMC win - The Times of India

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The Times of India 28 May 2024 4:41 am

Ahmedabad win U-19, U-16 cricket tournaments - The Times of India

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Teachers object to GU closing three grant-in-aid colleges - The Times of India

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The Times of India 28 May 2024 4:24 am

Water, kulfi fail safety test

The Times of India 28 May 2024 4:17 am

Water, kulfi fail safety test - The Times of India

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Google News 28 May 2024 4:17 am

16 gaming zones have fire NOC: Civic body

The Times of India 28 May 2024 4:13 am

Rajkot city police, municipal commissioner shunted out

Gujarat govt transferred Rajkot city police and municipal commissioners in response to the TRP Game Zone fire. Raju Bhargava, the police chief, was replaced by Brajesh Kumar Jha. Anand Patel, the RMC commissioner, was transferred and DP Desai appointed. ACP Vidhi Chaudhary and DCP Sudhir Desai were also transferred.

The Times of India 28 May 2024 1:20 am

'We don't have faith ... ': Gujarat HC slams state, Rajkot civic body

The Gujarat high court expressed strong distrust in the state's ability to implement corrective measures, reprimanding the Rajkot Municipal Corporation for allowing the illegal operation of TRP Game Zone, where a fire killed 28 people. The court demanded accountability from officials and expressed frustration over repeated failures to prevent such tragedies despite past directives.

The Times of India 28 May 2024 12:59 am

'We don't have faith ... ': Gujarat high court slams state, Rajkot civic body - The Times of India

'We don't have faith ... ': Gujarat high court slams state, Rajkot civic body The Times of India

Google News 28 May 2024 12:59 am

DC Edit | Ignoring fire safety norms is proving very costly for India

The loss of 40 lives, mostly infants and young children, in two fire incidents in two parts of the country on consecutive days could be passed off as accidents but even a cursory look at the reports on them would reveal a pattern in them: a pattern of greedy businessmen ignoring the mandates of the law on peoples safety and the total negligence on the part of the agencies concerned to enforce laws that are made to protect human lives and prevent loss of property. The inexcusable Delhi hospital fire that has cost the lives of seven babies had exhausted its licence in March this year, and had no equipment or tools to fight a fire should they trigger. Normally, such an institution would require extra care and attention, especially since children, who cannot defend themselves, are the most vulnerable in emergencies. And the intensive care unit for the babies, given its closed environs and the presence of oxygen cylinders in it, is a real cause for concern and would demand additional precautionary measures. A hospital which does not have the mandatory licence and qualified doctors cannot be expected to keep the safety of its patients at the top of its agenda. The authorities, who failed to institute a mechanism to ensure that institutions and business establishments regularly renew their licences after meeting the requirements of the law, which invariably include fire safety norms, are also to blame for the death of the innocent children. As for the fire in the gaming zone in Rajkot in Gujarat, where 33 people perished, the police have now found out that the facility has been functioning for the last four years without the mandatory no objection certificate from the fire service department. Worse, it neither had firefighting equipment nor trained personnel to attend a fire should it report one. It appears that the entrepreneur cared two hoots for the safety of the hundreds of people who would converge there for entertainment and relaxation. The Gujarat high court, which has suo motu taken cognizance of the incident, has rightly pointed that it was a man-made disaster. The bench which made a special sitting on Sunday also observed that such facilities have of late cropped up across the state without necessary approvals. There were also reports that such gaming zones took advantage of the loopholes in the law. The collective failure of the local self-governments and the state governments in enforcing the laws on peoples safety has contributed its share into the tragic loss of lives. Aspects of fire safety have not been given it due in India despite the surge in population and in the fire incidents. Most states report huge shortage of manpower in the fire service departments and little has been done to correct the situation over the decades. India is at present the fifth largest economy in the world and is on its way to become the third and hence it must introduce safety norms of global standards and ensure their strict enforcement. There must be adequate number of properly trained manpower with latest tools and technologies to respond to emergencies. It is unacceptable that innocent lives are snuffed out due to business greed and administrative lethargy.

Deccan Chronicle 28 May 2024 12:55 am

Aakar Patel | What lies behind the ideology of the BJP and RSS: An insiders look

The Bharatiya Janata Party is Indias largest political force but its ideology is not properly understood. Some aspects of it the opposition to dynasty, the promise of economic development are clear, even though these may not be adhered to by the party fully. The largest component of the ideology, what is called Hindutva, or Hindu nationalism, is quite vague. What does it mean and what is it intended to achieve? Devanura Mahadeva, a famous Karnataka writer, explores this with his work on the parent body of the BJP. In the book RSS: The Long and Short of It, Mahadeva attempts to understand what the RSS is and what it wants through the simple device of reading Hindutvas primary texts. These are V.D. Savarkars works and M.S. Golwalkars Bunch of Thoughts. The writer describes his motivation to do this through a parable. A sorcerer who spread turmoil was invincible because his life was stored in a parrot in a distant cave. He thus remained untouched by action against his own person. The only way to get at him was to go after this life-soul, in that hidden parrot. Mahadeva thus goes on this quest to see what lies behind Hindutva. In his encounter with Golwalkar, he finds the RSS head worshipped caste and asked that the rest of us worship it. In Bunch of Thoughts, Golwalkar says the Hindu people are his god and this god manifests itself through caste. Meaning the organisation of Hindu society in the way Manu described it (Brahmin head, Kshatriya arms, Vaishya thighs and Shudra feet) is the entity that is worthy of worship. In 1960, Golwalkar said caste could be used for cross-breeding superior humans, like it was done in animals. This was done by Hindus earlier, through upper caste men fathering the first child of a woman married to someone else. It may interest readers to know that Europe in the feudal period may have had something similar called droit du seigneur (right of the lord), allowing feudal lords to have sexual relations with subordinate women on the wedding nights of the women. That this was straight exploitation of the weak and not some noble thing does not appear to have occurred to Golwalkar. If such things are not pushed forth by the RSS cadre or the BJP, it is not because these statements have been withdrawn but because they are likely confident that few people will do what the author has done and actually read the primary texts. It would be interesting to see a television debate today on whether or not the caste system should be worshipped and ossified as the RSS wants it to be. Mahadeva makes a number of original observations. He says the RSS has defanged the religions that sprang out of India but rejected the caste that he wants worshipped. The RSS tries to pull out the teeth and nails of Jaina, Bouddha, Sikh, Lingayat and other dharmas that were born in India and rejected the Chaturvarna order. By merely saying that these are Hindu faiths, it is sought to subsume them. There is no resistance to this internally, he writes, because the RSS in fact does not encourage thinking. Of the title Bunch of Thoughts itself, he says there is not much thinking in the work, only a series of random, dangerous beliefs and that too from a bygone age. Thinking is discouraged in the RSS through the insistence on order over diversity. The RSS tames its volunteers, Mahadeva writes, and quotes Golwalkar as saying that they must do what is told if told to play kabaddi, play kabaddi, told to hold a meeting, then hold a meeting their discretion is not required. Among the things this cadre is taught is that the Constitution is flawed. The very idea of states is offensive to them, because there can be only one Bharat Mata, and the existence of a Karnataka, Gujarat or Bengal is wrong. The stress for homogeneity over diversity shows, the author writes, in such things as nomenclature. The RSS and the BJP refer to Adivasis as vanvasis (forest dwellers), this eroding their indigenous identity. Mahadeva calls Hindutva a cow-faced tiger, an entity that is eating at Indian society from within. The Prime Minister, he says, is popular but is only an utsava murti, a replica of an idol that is led out at a procession. The real deity sits in Nagpur, inside the RSS shrine. The only qualifications required of the utsava murti are the ability to put up a show and mesmerise people. Mahadeva asks: Dont we see all of this today? What does he offer as a solution? He gives the example of a village that is overrun by thieves. First, the entire town wakes up. At night youth take turns patrolling and keeping watch in mohallas. Women carry chilli powder with them. This is the kind of awakening and vigil we all need. Because these thieves can come in different guises; they may come for temple maintenance, for instance. Fake news can be spread. Hymn singing can be organised. The only way out is to first uncover the plot. This requires us to be vigilant. Further, at least now, the sane voices which are a scattered few need to speak up about right and wrong. Words like love, tolerance, justice need to be heard from within our society. The intellectual content of books is sometimes judged by how long they are. Mahadeva himself refers to his work as a booklet. Let this description not mislead the potential reader. This is a first-rate work and the most important intellectual attack on the times we are going through, and for that reason has also become the most popular.

Deccan Chronicle 28 May 2024 12:45 am

Key Accused In Gujarat Game Zone Fire, Which Killed 28, Arrested In Rajasthan - NDTV

Key Accused In Gujarat Game Zone Fire, Which Killed 28, Arrested In Rajasthan NDTV

Google News 28 May 2024 12:24 am

Key Accused In Gujarat Game Zone Fire, Which Killed 28, Arrested In Rajasthan

The main accused in the case of a gaming zone fine in Gujarat's Rajkot, which killed 27, has been arrested, the police said on Monday.

NDTV 28 May 2024 12:24 am

9 Bodies Recovered From Gujarat Fire Tragedy Identified Through DNA Test - NDTV

9 Bodies Recovered From Gujarat Fire Tragedy Identified Through DNA Test NDTV

Google News 28 May 2024 12:13 am

9 Bodies Recovered From Gujarat Fire Tragedy Identified Through DNA Test

The identities of nine bodies recovered from the fire-ravaged TRP Game Zone in Rajkot have been established through DNA analysis, said Gujarat Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi on Monday.

NDTV 28 May 2024 12:13 am

Rajkot fire tragedy: Gujarat High Court pulls up civic body, says it has no faith in state machinery

The Gujarat High Court has taken a strong stance following the tragic fire incident at the Rajkot Gaming Zone. The court criticized the civic body for its lack of action and held all municipal commissioners accountable for the incident. Justices Biren Vaishnav and Devan Desai expressed their disappointment in the state machinery's reactive approach after innocent lives are lost.

The Economic Times 27 May 2024 11:21 pm

LNG terminals get busier as imports balloon

Capacity utilisation at most import terminals increased during the year, with utilisation rising to 95% from 78% in FY23 at India's largest import terminal at Dahej, showed oil ministry data. Petronet LNG operates the Dahej terminal in Gujarat. Its other terminal at Kochi operated at 21% capacity in FY24, up from 19%.

The Economic Times 27 May 2024 11:09 pm

Rajkot fire tragedy: Nine bodies identified through DNA analysis

Ahmedabad: The identities of nine bodies recovered from the fire-ravaged TRP Game Zone in Rajkot have been established through DNA analysis, said Gujarat Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi on Monday, May 27. As many as 27 persons, including children, were killed in a massive fire at the recreation centre on May 25. Since 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 27 May 2024 10:39 pm

Nine bodies from Rajkot fire tragedy identified through DNA test: Gujarat home minister

AHMEDABAD: The identities of nine bodies recovered from the fire-ravaged TRP Game Zone in Rajkot have been established through DNA analysis, said Gujarat Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi on Monday. As many as 27 persons, including children, were killed in a massive fire at the recreation centre on May 25. Since the bodies were charred beyond recognition, the state government is taking the help of a forensic science lab to identify the victims through DNA profiling. As the process is time-consuming, several anxious families waiting outside the Rajkot civil hospital to collect the bodies of their kin got into a heated argument with local police on Monday. Sanghavi visited the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Gandhinagar and announced that it has so far identified nine victims by matching their DNA samples with the samples of their relatives. I can understand the anger of the families who have lost their loved ones. FSL is also working round the clock. Entire FSL staff have cancelled their holidays and other travel plans so that all the samples are analysed as early as possible. I have reviewed the progress and Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel is also taking updates every hour, Sanghavi told reporters. Game zone fire: Gujarat HC rebukes Rajkot civic body, says it doesn't have faith in state machinery Since it was impossible to collect blood samples from the charred bodies, forensic experts have collected bone samples to match the DNA of the deceased and their relatives, said Sanghavi. It would have taken nearly four hours if samples were brought to Gandhinagar by road. To expedite the DNA matching process, the CM ordered the deployment of an air ambulance, he said. The minister said the process of matching DNA started at FSL early on Sunday morning and a team of 18 forensic experts has been working round to clock since then so that the bodies can be handed over to their relatives after identification. This process is lengthy and it involves nine steps. Blood samples of relatives are matched with blood or bone samples of the deceased for matching DNA. Usually, each sample analysis would take nearly 48 hours. Till now, nine dead bodies have been identified. Eight samples are currently under analysis. We will inform the relatives as soon as reports arrive, he added. Rajkot game zone fire: 2 cops, civic staff among 5 officials suspended for negligence

The New Indian Express 27 May 2024 10:28 pm

Nine bodies from Rajkot fire tragedy identified through DNA test: Gujarat home minister - The Times of India

Nine bodies from Rajkot fire tragedy identified through DNA test: Gujarat home minister The Times of India

Google News 27 May 2024 10:22 pm

After Rajkot fire, safety inspections begin at Noidas gaming zones

Noida: Authorities in Uttar Pradeshs Gautam Buddh Nagar launched a fire safety inspection campaign at gaming zones here on Monday, a day after 27 people were killed in a blaze at a gaming zone in Gujarats Rajkot. As part of the two-day campaign, fire safety measures and equipment at gaming zones are being checked and 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 27 May 2024 10:06 pm

Rajkot game zone fire: Court remands three accused in police custody for 14 days

A court in Gujarat's Rajkot city has remanded three men in connection with a game zone fire that claimed 27 lives. The arrests were based on their evasive responses to questions and documents sought from the investigation. The main accused are still on the run, and the court aims to seek their cooperation and elicit the truth. The case involves six partners of the TRP game zone, who were arrested on charges of culpable homicide after a blaze killed 27 people, including children.

The Economic Times 27 May 2024 10:06 pm

Farmer Associations' report reveals 300 % surge in agriculture budget allocation over past 9 years

TheFederation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA), a non-profit organization representing the cause of millions of farmers and farm workers of commercial crops across the States of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka etc. convened a seminar today at theConstitution Club of India, New Delhi-Ensuring Farmer Livelihoods: Enhancing Farmer Incomes Through Sustainable Farming Practices.

Agritimes 27 May 2024 9:55 pm

After Rajkot fire, safety inspections begin at Noida's gaming zones

NOIDA: Authorities in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar launched a fire safety inspection campaign at gaming zones here on Monday, a day after 27 people were killed in a blaze at a gaming zone in Gujarat's Rajkot. As part of the two-day campaign, fire safety measures and equipment at gaming zones are being checked and in case any shortcomings are found, legal action, including registration of FIRs, would be initiated, said district Chief Fire Office Pradeep Kumar Choubey. Children were among those killed in the massive fire that broke out at the TRP gaming zone in Rajkot's Nana-Mava locality on Saturday evening. Two persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. According to officials, the management of the TRP Game Zone never applied for the mandatory fire no-objection certificate (NOC). The Gautam Buddh Nagar police commissioner has formed a multi-department team, including officers of the state tax service, electricity and entertainment departments, and fire service, for fire safety inspections at all gaming zones in the district, Choubey said. Game zone fire: Gujarat HC rebukes Rajkot civic body, says it doesn't have faith in state machinery Our combined team is carrying out a two-day campaign to check all gaming zones in Gautam Buddh Nagar to make sure that a Rajkot-like incident does not occur here. If any shortcomings are found during inspections, an FIR would be lodged and these facilities would be closed to prevent loss of lives and property, he said. Fun City, Hamleys, Smaash, Game Palacio in Sector 18; Time Zone in Logix Mall, Sector 32; Tingaland in Starling Mall, Sector 104; Smaash, G Kart, Just Jumping, Sky Jump in Spectrum Mall, Sector 75; Dynamic in Sector 41; and Hing in Sector 104 were among the places where inspections were carried out, officials said. During the checking, all the gaming zones were told about the necessary guidelines regarding security arrangements, they said. Rajkot game zone fire: 2 cops, civic staff among 5 officials suspended for negligence

The New Indian Express 27 May 2024 9:01 pm

Top cops, officials transferred after Gujarat HC flays govt over Rajkot tragedy - Hindustan Times

Top cops, officials transferred after Gujarat HC flays govt over Rajkot tragedy Hindustan Times

Google News 27 May 2024 8:25 pm

Rajkot civic chief, police commissioner and two other IPS officers transferred

Gujarat's state government has transferred the city's police commissioner, two other IPS officers, and the civic chief following a fire that killed 27 people in a recreation centre in Rajkot. The transfer was without postings, and Brajesh Kumar Jha was appointed as the new police commissioner. Rajkot Municipal Commissioner and IAS officer Anand Patel was also transferred.

The Economic Times 27 May 2024 8:21 pm

Game zone fire: Gujarat HC raps Rajkot civic body, says it doesnt have faith in state machinery

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court Monday said it does not have faith in the state machinery which gets into action only after innocent lives are lost, as it pulled up the Rajkot civic body over the purported lapses in functioning of the game zone facility where a massive fire killed 27 persons. A special bench []

orissapost 27 May 2024 8:15 pm

Rajkot fire accident: 'TRP Game Zone never applied for NOC, cops didn't seek view on booking permit'

RAJKOT: The management of the TRP Game Zone had never applied for the mandatory fire NOC (No Objection Certificate), Rajkot city chief fire officer IV Kher said on Monday, countering the claim made by city police commissioner Raju Bhargava after the massive blaze killed 27 persons. Kher also said the Rajkot city's Fire and Emergency Services was never consulted by the city police before issuing a ooking license to the recreation facility in 2023 and renewing it in January this year. Notably, the Gujarat government on Monday transferred Bhargava, Additional Commissioner of Police Vidhi Choudhary and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-2) Sudhirkumar Desai, and Rajkot Municipal Commissioner Anand Patel, two days after the fire tragedy. While addressing a press conference on May 26, Bhargava said the local police in November 2023 granted a booking license to the gaming zone, which was again renewed for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2024. The game zone had received permission from the roads and buildings department. The management had also submitted documents which showed that it had installed fire safety equipment. Though the process to acquire a fire NOC was initiated by the management, it was not yet completed, he had said. Kher said the owners of the game zone never approached his department to get a fire NOC. TRP management never applied for a fire NOC. No application has ever come to us from them, so no application is pending. When I reached the spot after the fire broke out, I noticed that installation of the fire system was going on but no one had ever applied for an NOC, Kher told reporters when asked if any application was pending as claimed by Bhargava. He also clarified that city police never sought the fire department's opinion before issuing or renewing a booking license. Usually, the police inform us before issuing such licenses. But, neither the police had sought our view nor we gave our opinion in this case. Moreover, no person from TRP Game Zone had approached us for an NOC, said Kher.

The New Indian Express 27 May 2024 8:09 pm

GUJCET 2024 counseling registration closes tomorrow: Direct link to apply NOW and other key details for engineering aspirants

The Gujarat Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) will close GUJCET 2024 counselling registration for engineering tomorrow, May 28. Candidates must register at https://gujacpc.admissions.nic.in/ by tomorrow. Read on for steps and direct link to apply, documents required, steps after counselling and more details.

The Times of India 27 May 2024 8:00 pm

Gujarat High Court blasts govt, civic body over Rajkot gaming zone fire: dont have faith in the state machinery - The Indian Express

Gujarat High Court blasts govt, civic body over Rajkot gaming zone fire: dont have faith in the state machinery The Indian Express

Google News 27 May 2024 7:43 pm

INDIA bloc govt to scrap Agnipath scheme, deposit Rs 8,500 in women's accounts every month: Rahul

BAKHTIYARPUR: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday claimed that the INDIA bloc, if voted to power, would scrap the Agnipath scheme of recruitment in defence services and deposit Rs 8,500 in women's accounts every month. Addressing back-to-back election rallies in favour of Mahagathbandhan nominees in Bakhtiyarpur (Patna Lok Sabha seat), Paliganj (Patliputra Lok Sabha seat) and Jagdishpur (Arrah) in Bihar, he asserted that Narendra Modi will not be able to become the prime minister again, since there is a clear storm in favour of the INDIA bloc across the country. There is a clear storm (toofan) in favour of the INDIA bloc across the country, including in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Narendra Modi will not be the prime minister of India after June 4, he asserted. When the INDIA bloc forms the government, Agnipath scheme will be withdrawn, Gandhi said at the Bakhtiyarpur rally. The scheme, announced by the Narendra Modi government in 2022, envisages recruiting young soldiers, called 'Agniveers' after appointment, on a contractual basis for four years and retiring 75 per cent of them without certain benefits enjoyed by those who were not employed under this programme. The INDIA bloc, if voted to power, will throw the Agnipath scheme into the dustbin. Modi ji has turned soldiers into labourers. The Centre has made two categories in the Army -- Agniveer and others. If an Agniveer gets injured or is martyred, he will neither get a martyr status nor compensation Why is this discrimination? Gandhi said. He (Modi) calls him a true patriot but he insulted jawans by implementing the Agnipath scheme, Gandhi said. From July, Rs 8,500 will be deposited in women's accounts every month. This will change the financial condition of every family, he said. Taking a jibe at the prime minister's 'sent by God' comment, the Congress leader remarked, After June 4, if ED asks Modi about corruption, he will say I don't know anything. I was told by God to do this. This is the reason he concocted this story. He says he is not biological but a messenger of God. Did God send him to serve billionaires? He (PM) has developed strategies to divert the attention of people from real issues. Sometimes he talks about crocodile attacks, sometimes he starts walking on Ganga, Gandhi said. Gandhi claimed that Modi has created 22 billionaires, while the INDIA bloc government would create crores of 'lakhpatis'. He accused PM Modi of waiving loans worth Rs 16 lakh crore of his illionaire friends, and said the country will never forgive him for this. The former Congress president alleged that Modi snatched money from the poor and gave it to corporates who invested it in foreign countries. This election is to save the country, Constitution, democracy and reservations for the poor, he said at another rally in Paliganj. The Congress leader also claimed that if the INDIA bloc forms the government, it would open all closed industries and fill up 30 lakh job vacancies. RJD leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav, Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Liberation general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya, Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) chief Mukesh Sahni, and other INDIA bloc leaders also attended the rallies addressed by Gandhi. Addressing the rally at Paliganj, Yadav, reacted to PM Modi's recent looted Bihar remarks, and said, The people of Bihar are not afraid of anyone. A 73-year-old man (PM Modi) is threatening a 34-year-old youth of jail. People of Bihar are not afraid of the people of Gujarat the people of Bihar are not afraid of anyone, our Lord Krishna was born in jail. PM Modi, while addressing a rally in Bihar last week, had said that the NDA government would not spare those who looted the state. The NDA government will not spare those who looted Bihar. I guarantee the people of Bihar that those who looted the poor and took land in exchange for jobs will face justice. The countdown for their jail journey has begun. Once their helicopter rides end, their prison terms will start. This is Modi ki guarantee, PM Modi had said. While Congress leader Anshul Avijit is contesting from Patna Sahib Lok Sabha seat, RJD leader Misa Bharti is the Mahagathbandhan nominee from Pataliputra parliamentary constituency. Sudama Prasad the sitting CPI (M-L) Liberation MLA of Tararai assembly seat is Mahagathbandhan's nominee from Arrah Lok Sabha seat. Voting will take place in Sasaram, Nalanda, Patna Sahib, Pataliputra, Arrah, Buxar, Karakat and Jehanabad Lok Sabha constituencies in the last phase on June 1.

The New Indian Express 27 May 2024 7:43 pm

IMD Predicts Relief From Heat Wave In Northwest And Central India After Three Days

According to IMD chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Rajasthan and Gujarat saw nine to 12 heat wave days, with temperatures reaching 45-50 degrees Celsius.

Bloomberg Quint 27 May 2024 7:30 pm

Fires in Rajkot and Delhi: To get safer cities, we must demand them - The Indian Express

Fires in Rajkot and Delhi: To get safer cities, we must demand them The Indian Express

Google News 27 May 2024 7:28 pm

India Will Handle The Four ISIS Suspects Detained In Gujarat: Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government stated that India will handle the four Sri Lankan ISIS suspects detained at Ahmedabad airport. At the same time, local authorities will investigate their potential involvement in terrorism within Sri Lanka. The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad arrested the individuals on May 19, revealing their connections to the... The post India Will Handle The Four ISIS Suspects Detained In Gujarat: Sri Lanka appeared first on HW News English .

News View 27 May 2024 7:01 pm

Rajkot fire: Gujarat govt transfers top cop, civic body chief

Rajkot police commissioner Raju Bhargava was transferred on Monday after the fire incident that killed 28 people. He will be replaced by IPS officer Brijesh Kumar Jha.

The Times of India 27 May 2024 6:58 pm

Gujarat govt transfers top police, civic officials after fire that killed 28, including children - The Times of India

Gujarat govt transfers top police, civic officials after fire that killed 28, including children The Times of India

Google News 27 May 2024 6:58 pm

IMD Predicts Respite from Scorching Heat Wave in Three Days

NEW DELHI, May 27: Northwestern and central parts of the country are likely to get some relief from scorching heat after three days due to a fresh western disturbance, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday. According to IMD chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Rajasthan and Gujarat saw nine to 12 heat wave days, with temperatures reaching [] The post IMD Predicts Respite from Scorching Heat Wave in Three Days appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 27 May 2024 6:56 pm

IPL 2024 Team of the Season: Shreyas Iyer Captain, Virat Kohli Opener; No Players from GT & LSG - MSN

IPL 2024 Team of the Season: Shreyas Iyer Captain, Virat Kohli Opener; No Players from GT & LSG MSN

Google News 27 May 2024 6:52 pm

Gujarat: 'The Cow Vigilantes Who Killed My Brother, Grew Up in Front of Us' - The Quint

Gujarat: 'The Cow Vigilantes Who Killed My Brother, Grew Up in Front of Us' The Quint

Google News 27 May 2024 6:41 pm

Gujarat: 'The Cow Vigilantes Who Killed My Brother, Grew Up in Front of Us'

Misri Khan was lynched while he was on his way to another village to drop off a few buffaloes at his sister's place.

The Quint 27 May 2024 6:41 pm

Rajkot game zone fire: Gujarat HC criticises city civic body over fire incident

Gujarat HC ordered current and prior RMC commissioners, from July 2021 until the Rajkot game zone fire date, to write affidavits explaining their activities.

Mid Day 27 May 2024 6:16 pm

Severe Heatwave Expected to Scorch Delhi with Temperatures Soaring to 46 Degrees Celsius

New Delhi: T he India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted a severe heatwave for Delhi on Monday, with the maximum temperature expected to reach 46 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature recorded was 29.2 degrees Celsius, which is 2.6 degrees above normal. This intense heat is likely to persist in the national capital for the next four days. On Sunday, Delhi registered a maximum temperature of 45.4 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal, as recorded by the Safdarjung weather observatory. The city has been experiencing maximum temperatures above 40 degrees since last week, offering no relief from the heat. According to the IMD's seven-day forecast, the maximum temperature will remain around 46 degrees for the next three days, before dropping to 45 degrees on Thursday, 44 degrees on Friday, and 43 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. The weather office has predicted light rain on Friday and a partly cloudy sky on Saturday. Mungeshpur in Delhi was the hottest area on Sunday, with a maximum temperature of 48.3 degrees Celsius, followed closely by Najafgarh at 48.1 degrees. These temperatures were at least 8 degrees above normal, according to the Met Department. Heatwave Alert in Other States The IMD has also issued heatwave alerts for several other states. Severe heatwave conditions are expected to prevail in parts of Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana for the next five days. West Uttar Pradesh will also experience heatwave conditions on Monday and Tuesday. Parts of Jammu and Himachal Pradesh will face heatwave conditions from Monday to Thursday, while Madhya Pradesh will see similar conditions from Monday to Wednesday. Chhattisgarh will experience heatwave conditions from Tuesday to Wednesday, and Maharashtra and Gujarat on Monday. Phalodi in Rajasthan was the hottest place in the country on Sunday, with temperatures reaching 49.8 degrees Celsius. The city had recorded 50 degrees just a day earlier. The intense heatwave in Rajasthan has already resulted in two deaths, as the state continues to face extreme temperatures. Karnataka JDS MP Prajwal Revanna to Appear Before SIT Amid Sex Tape Controversy DJ Shot Dead in Ranchi Bar Dispute Caught on Camera UK General Election 2024: Sunak to Push Ahead with National Service Plan Amidst Criticism

News Track 27 May 2024 6:10 pm

IMD predicts above normal rainfall for most parts of India this monsoon

The southwest monsoon seasonal (June to September, 2024) rainfall is most likely to be above normal over Central India and South Peninsular India, normal over Northwest India, and below normal over Northeast India, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday. The southwest monsoon seasonal rainfall over the Monsoon Core Zone (MCZ) consisting of most of the rainfed agriculture areas in the country is most likely to be above Normal, the IMD said. Above Normal rainfall is most likely over most parts of the country except many areas of northern part of Northwest India, Northeast India and eastern part of the Central India and adjoining areas of east India, where below normal to normal rainfall is most likely. Normal rainfall (92-108% of LPA) is most likely over the country as a whole during June, 2024. The above normal monthly rainfall is most likely over most areas of the south peninsula, and adjoining areas of central India and over isolated areas of Northwest and Northeast India. Below normal rainfall is most likely over many areas of northern and eastern parts of Northwest India and eastern part of Central India, and over some areas over Northeast India and southeastern part of South Peninsula. Onset of Monsoon over Kerala The conditions are likely to become favorable for Monsoon onset over Kerala during next 5 days. The conditions are also likely to become favourable for further advance of Southwest Monsoon into some more parts of South Arabian Sea, remaining parts of Maldives and Comorin area; some parts of Lakshadweep area, Kerala; some more parts Southwest & Central Bay of Bengal, Northeast Bay of Bengal and some parts of Northeastern states during the same period. Heat wave to gradually reduce after May 30 Heat wave to severe heat wave conditions very likely in many/most parts of Rajasthan; in some/many parts of Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi; in isolated/some parts of West Uttar Pradesh, West Madhya Pradesh during May 27 to 29 and gradual reduction thereafter. Heat wave conditions very likely in isolated pockets of Himachal Pradesh, East Uttar Pradesh, during May 27 to 30; Chhattisgarh during May 28 to 30; East Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Jammu division during May 27 to 29, 2024. Hot and humid weather very likely to prevail over some parts of Gujarat state during May 27 to 31; Bihar on May 27 and 28, 2024. Warm night conditions in isolated pockets very likely to prevail over Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi during May 27th to 31; Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh on May 27 and 28, 2024.

The New Indian Express 27 May 2024 5:46 pm

Expect relief from heatwave after three days: IMD

Northwestern and central parts of the country are likely to get some relief from scorching heat after three days due to a fresh western disturbance, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday. According to IMD chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Rajasthan and Gujarat saw nine to 12 heat wave days, with temperatures reaching 45-50 degrees Celsius.

The Times of India 27 May 2024 5:37 pm

Sterling Hospitals Launches LifeSavER Initiative to Enhance First Aid Skills Across Gujarat

LifeSavER by Sterling Hospitals: Empowering 10,000 Volunteers with Essential First Aid Training The program includes Basic Training, Advanced Training for The post Sterling Hospitals Launches LifeSavER Initiative to Enhance First Aid Skills Across Gujarat appeared first on Bilkul Online .

Bilkulonline 27 May 2024 5:33 pm

Expect Relief From Heat Wave After Three Days: IMD

NEW DELHI, May 27: Northwestern and central parts of the country are likely to get some relief from scorching heat after three days due to a fresh western disturbance, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday. Follow the Daily Excelsior channel on WhatsApp According to IMD chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Rajasthan and Gujarat saw nine to 12 heat wave days, with temperatures reaching 45-50 degrees Celsius. Expect relief from the heat wave in northwest and central parts of the country after [] The post Expect Relief From Heat Wave After Three Days: IMD appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 27 May 2024 5:32 pm

Entertainment park fire in India's Gujarat claims 35 lives - bastillepost.com

Entertainment park fire in India's Gujarat claims 35 lives bastillepost.com

Google News 27 May 2024 5:32 pm

Suspension of Officials in Tragic Rajkot Game Zone Fire

Suspension of Officials in Tragic Rajkot Game Zone Fire The Gujarat government on Monday ordered the suspension of seven officials in connection with the Rajkot game zone fire that claimed 27 lives. The officials have been held responsible for their ''gross negligence in allowing the game zone to operate without necessary approvals,'' a government release stated. Earlier in the day, Rajkot Municipal Corporation's town planning department assistant engineer Jaideep Chaudhary, assistant town planner for RMC Gautam Joshi, Rajkot Roads and Buildings department's deputy executive engineers MR Suma and Paras Kothiya, and police inspectors VR Patel and NI Rathod, were suspended, as per orders passed by the respective departments. The RMC later ordered the suspension of Rohit Vigora, the 'station officer' of the RMC's Kalavad Road fire station. Though the recreation facility was operating without any fire NOC for a significant time, Vigora, as a station officer, showed gross negligence and irresponsible behaviour by not taking any action against the game zone, which fell under his jurisdiction, the RMC's suspension order stated. The Gujarat High Court on Sunday took suo motu cognisance of the fire tragedy, terming it a prima facie ''man-made disaster''. The HC noted that a stock of highly inflammable materials such as petrol, fibres and fibreglass sheets were stored at the facility. The state government has formed a special investigation team and announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each deceased. The Central government has also announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased person.

devdiscourse 27 May 2024 5:11 pm

Juvenile's Blood Sample Swapped in Pune Porsche Crash

Juvenile's Blood Sample Swapped in Pune Porsche Crash Top stories from western region at 5:10 pm. BOM28 MH-LD ACCIDENT **** Porsche car crash: 'Juvenile's blood sample changed to show no trace of alcohol'; 2 doctors held Pune: Pune Police investigating the Porsche car crash case on Monday said the blood samples of the juvenile driver were thrown into a dustbin and replaced with another person's samples which showed no traces of alcohol and arrested two doctors of the state-run Sassoon General Hospital. **** BOM24 CG-MANJHI-PADMA AWARD **** Will return Padma award, says traditional medicine practitioner Manjhi after threats from Naxalites Narayanpur: Traditional medicine practitioner Hemchand Manjhi, renowned for his stellar work from a remote village in Chhattisgarhs Narayanpur district, on Monday said he will return his Padma Shri award, after he received threats from Naxalites. **** BOM20 GJ-HC-FIRE TRAGEDY **** Game zone fire: Gujarat HC raps Rajkot civic body, says it doesn't have faith in state machinery Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Monday came down heavily on the Rajkot civic body over the game zone fire which left 27 persons dead, and said it does not have faith in the state machinery which gets into action only after innocent lives are lost. **** BOM15 GJ-FIRE-LD-SUSPENSION **** Rajkot game zone fire: 2 cops, civic staff among 6 officials suspended for negligence Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government on Monday ordered the suspension of six officials in connection with the Rajkot game zone fire that claimed 27 lives. **** BOM26 MH-EX-MAYOR-LD FIRING **** Maharashtra: AIMIM functionary and ex-Malegaon mayor Abdul Sheikh injured in firing Nashik: Former Malegaon mayor and AIMIM functionary Abdul Malik Yunus Sheikh was injured after two motorbike-borne persons allegedly fired at him in Maharashtra's Nashik district in the wee hours of Monday, police said. ****

devdiscourse 27 May 2024 5:08 pm

Rajkot fire: Gujarat Congress demands FIR against senior officials, BJP office-bearers

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Congress on Monday demanded that senior civic and state officials and office-bearers of the ruling BJP be named in the FIR registered in the Rajkot game zone fire that claimed 27 lives. Addressing a press conference, state Congress president Shaktisinh Gohil also asked the government to consider giving generous compensation to the kin of those killed saying the majority of the families belong to humble backgrounds. Gohil's statement came soon after the state government ordered the suspension of six officials for gross negligence in allowing the game zone to operate without necessary approvals. The Congress leader said the action was only taken against some low-ranking officials. Rajkot game zone fire: 2 cops, civic staff among 5 officials suspended for negligence In the past, several high-ranking officials, including the Rajkot mayor, collector and municipal commissioner, had visited this place and shared their photographs on social media too. In such a scenario, how can you expect that a junior officer would dare to take action against the game zone management? asked Gohil. Gohil also shared some photos posted on the Facebook page of the TRP Game Zone, where 28 persons, including four children under the age of 12, were killed in a massive fire on May 25. In one of the photos taken in 2022, BJP's office-bearers, including former mayor Pradip Dav, can be seen at TRP Arena. In another photograph, former BJP MLA Arvind Raiyani and some other local BJP leaders can be seen at the same place, claimed Gohil. There is no meaning in suspending junior-level officers who do not have any powers, he said, demanding that senior civic and state officials and BJP office-bearers be named as accused in the FIR. We also demand generous compensation for the kin of the deceased, he said. So far, the state and Centre have announced a cumulative compensation of Rs 6 lakh for the kin of each deceased. The senior Congress leader said there was a time when the Union railway minister and civil aviation minister used to resign after major accidents. He wondered how the officials failed to notice that such a large recreation complex was being run illegally, particularly when the Gujarat High Court had repeatedly asked the government to ensure compliance with fire safety norms at such places. During our visit to Rajkot on Sunday, we learnt that even if you have installed all the required equipment to deal with fire, a No Objection Certificate (NOC) won't be issued unless you pay a bribe. And, even if you don't have anything in place, you can obtain a fire NOC if you are ready to shell out some money, Gohil alleged. Game zone fire: Gujarat HC rebukes Rajkot civic body, says it doesn't have faith in state machinery

The New Indian Express 27 May 2024 5:08 pm

Rajkot Game Zone fire: 2 Cops, Civic Staff Among 6 Officials Suspended for Negligence

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government on Monday ordered the suspension of six officials in connection with the Rajkot game zone fire that claimed 27 lives. The officials have been held responsible for their gross negligence in allowing the game zone to operate without necessary approvals, a government release stated. Those who have been suspended are Rajkot Municipal Corporation's town planning department assistant engineer Jaideep Chaudhary, assistant town planner for RMC Gautam Joshi, Rajkot Roads and Buildings department's deputy executive engineers MR Suma and Paras Kothiya, and police inspectors VR Patel and NI Rathod, as per orders passed by the respective departments. Notably, the game zone, where the blaze erupted on Saturday, was operated without the fire NOC (no objection certificate). The game zone had received permissions from the roads and buildings department. It had also submitted a proof of fire safety equipment to obtain the fire NOC, which was under process and not yet completed, Rajkot Police Commissioner Raju Bhargava told reporters on Sunday. The government's action of suspending six officials comes a day after Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel inspected the site where the fire erupted on Saturday and instructed the departments concerned to take strict and punitive action against those responsible for such a serious incident. The fire at the TRP game zone in the Nana-Mava locality of Rajkot on Saturday evening killed 27 persons, including children. The police have arrested two persons and registered an FIR against six partners of the game zone and another accused on various charges, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder, officials earlier said. The Gujarat High Court on Sunday took suo motu cognizance of the fire tragedy, terming it a prima facie man-made disaster. The HC noted that a stock of highly inflammable materials such as petrol, fibers, and fiberglass sheets were stored at the facility. The state government has formed a special investigation team and announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each deceased. The Central government has also announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased person.

Deccan Chronicle 27 May 2024 5:07 pm

India will deal with 4 ISIS suspects arrested from Gujarat: Sri Lanka

India will deal with 4 ISIS suspects arrested from Gujarat: Sri Lanka

India Today 27 May 2024 4:17 pm

Manthan Returns: A Restored Classic Hits Indian Theatres

Manthan Returns: A Restored Classic Hits Indian Theatres Following its overwhelming reception at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival, the Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) on Monday said ticket bookings are open for the re-release of Shyam Benegal's ''Manthan'' in Indian theatres. A restored version of the 1976 movie, financed by 5 lakh farmers of Gujarat 48 years ago who donated Rs 2 each to fund the film, was showcased at the gala under the Cannes Classics segment on May 17. The restored ''Manthan'' will re-release theatrically on June 1 and 2 across 38 cities in India, including Mumbai, New Delhi, Anand, Rajkot, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, and Chandigarh. ''BOOKINGS OPEN TODAY! Don't miss the opportunity to watch the India premiere of FHF's restoration of Shyam Benegal's landmark film 'Manthan' (1976) produced by 500,000 farmers on the big screen! Stay tuned to know more about the booking process,'' FHF said in an X post. The restoration was carried out using the 35mm original camera negative preserved at the NFDC-National Film Archive of India with sound digitised from the 35mm release print preserved at the Mumbai-based FHF. For its Cannes screening, the film was restored at Prasad Corporation Pvt. Ltd.'s PostStudios, Chennai and LImmagine Ritrovata Laboratory, in association with Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd, cinematographer Govind Nihalani and Benegal. Fronted by Smita Patil, ''Manthan'' is inspired by the groundbreaking milk cooperative movement by Dr Verghese Kurien that transformed India into one of the largest milk producers in the world and is credited for creating the billion-dollar brand Amul. It was co-written by Benegal and celebrated playwright Vijay Tendulkar. Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah walked the red carpet at Cannes along with actor-wife Ratna Pathak Shah, late co-star Smita Patil's son Prateik Babbar, Dr Kurien's daughter Nirmala Kurien, Amul MD Jayen Mehta, and FHF founder Shivendra Singh Dungarpur. ''Manthan'' won two National Film Awards in 1977: for best feature film in Hindi and for best screenplay for Tendulkar. It was also India's official entry to the 1976 Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category.

devdiscourse 27 May 2024 4:08 pm