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Sara Ali Khan Visits Gujarat’s Nageshvara Jyotirlinga Temple With Vikrant Massey Amid ‘Gaslight’ Shoot

Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India], March 31 (ANI): Actors Sara Ali Khan and Vikrant Massey, who have been shooting for ‘Gaslight’ in Gujrat for a while now, paid a visit to the famous Nageshvara Jyotirlinga Temple on Thursday.

Several pictures and videos from their visit have been doing the rounds in which Sara can seen sporting an ethnic white suit. On the other hand, Vikrant opted for a basic blue shirt. Both the actors have a yellow cloth tied around them. Sara, too, shared a few pictures with Vikrant on her Instagram handle.

“Nice to have you mere saath..Filming, inspiring, holding my haath..Being there and helping me for har ek baat ..Thank you..Jai Bholenath,” Sara captioned the post.

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Besides ‘Gaslight’, Sara will also be seen in Laxman Utekar’s untitled next opposite Vicky Kaushal and Vikrant will soon be seen in ‘Forensic’ opposite Radhika Apte.

IPL : Will bat at No 4 so others can play freely : Hardik

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Gujarat Titans (GT) skipper Hardik Pandya expressed happiness after his side defeated Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the clash of debutants of Indian Premier League (IPL), 2022 on Monday.

Fighting knocks from Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni guided Lucknow Super Giants to 158/6 in their assigned 20 overs before their fellow IPL debutants Gujarat Titans chased the target with two balls to spare.
“This was the right game for us to be on either side and learn, but have learnt a lot by winning. Shami is known for his seam positions and he got us to a great start. We would have any day taken 160 on this wicket. Mostly I’ll bat at number four because I want to take pressure with my experience so that the others can play freely. We want to win as a team and nobody can take the contribution away from anyway,” said Hardik in a post-match presentation.

“It was quite humid as well, so I wouldn’t have finished Shami’s spell over there. Manohar is some talent to look at with the talent he has. He is someone who you are going to hear about in the future. Tewatia was sensational as well. Getting out to Krunal would have pinched me more had we lost, but now the family is neutral and happy. He got me out and we won the match,” he added.

Gujarat CM reviews Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail project

Surat (Gujarat) [India]: Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel visited and reviewed the development of the High-Speed Bullet Train Mumbai-Ahmedabad project in Surat on Sunday afternoon.
Union Minister of State for Railways Darshana Jardosh was also present at the venue. National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) MD, Satish Agnihotri who was here as well told ANI today, “We have acquired and started working on approximately 98.5 per cent of the 350 kilometres land stretch in Gujarat.”
“We will try to adhere to the time period of 6 years given by the Railways Minister to complete the project in Gujarat,” Agnihotri said.
Jardosh tweeted, “Reviewed the ongoing work of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) Project C-4 section at Vaktana near Surat with Gujarat CM Shri @Bhupendrapbjp ji. The High Speed Bullet Train Project is on track to bring unparalleled economical transformation for our nation.”
At present Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) project is the only sanctioned project of High-Speed Rail (HSR) in the country which is under execution with financial and technical assistance from the Government of Japan.
A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), namely National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has been formed to implement the Project, the Ministry of Railways said.

IRCTC to run ‘Rampath Yatra’ train from Gujarat to Ayodhya on Dec 25

Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India]: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will run the ‘Rampath Yatra’ train on December 25 which will start from Gujarat connecting Madhya Pradesh to reach Ayodhya, informed Krishna Kumar Singh, Regional Manager of IRCTC on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference in Indore on Tuesday, Singh said, “The 640-seater train will start from Sabarmati station in Gujarat and reach Ayodhya the next day via Ratlam, Ujjain.” Describing the journey to Ayodhya, the IRCTC Regional Manager said that devotees will be taken by road to Nandigram, Varanasi, Prayagraj and Chitrakoot from December 27.
“The journey will take seven nights and eight days in which 320 seats will be in 3AC and 320 seats in sleeper coaches. IRCTC will make all the arrangements for food, accommodation of devotees etc for which Rs 12,600 will be charged for 3AC and Rs 7,560 will be charged for sleeper coaches via online booking,” he said.
Further, Singh informed that it is not important to get both the COVID-19 vaccine doses for travelling in this train, however, necessary medical arrangements have been made including isolation wards.
“This is the third ‘Rampath Yatra’ train of this year. The first train was started from Indore in February 2021 and the second flagged off from Pune a few days ago. This is the third train which will begin from December 25 because we have received good response from the devotees in the previous two,” he added.
Earlier on November 27, Rampath Yatra special train flagged off from Pune to Ayodhya which aimed at promoting pilgrimage tourism.

People of Gujarat need not worry on Covid New Variant: Gujarat Health Minister

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India]: Gujarat Health Minister Rushikesh Patel on Saturday assured the people of the state that there is no need to worry about another COVID-19 wave as the state government is well prepared and has increased preparedness by 2.5 times.
“We are well prepared, irrespective of whether a third wave hits India or not. From oxygen cylinders, ventilators to beds, arrangements have been increased by 2.5 times. Be it third, fourth, or fifth wave, it won’t affect us. People of Gujarat need not worry,” the state’s health minister told ANI. His statement comes amid rising concern over the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, that was first detected in South Africa.
“Omicron cases have been reported in 7-8 nations, we have made an action plan for travellers from the said nations. Travellers from Hong Kong, South Africa, Botswana will be screened at the airport and quarantined as and when required,” said the minister.
The Gujarat government on Saturday mandated RT-PCR testing for travellers landing at the airports in the state. The travellers arriving from 11 countries including Europe, the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Hong Kong have to get tested after landing at the airports in the state.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’ and alarmed the siren among countries of the new variant.
Taking action amid concerns over the new variant of the virus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a comprehensive meeting to review the public health preparedness and vaccination-related situation for COVID-19.
As per an official statement issued by Prime Minister Office, officials briefed the PM about the new Variant of Concern ‘Omicron’ along with its characteristics and the impact seen in various countries.
Its implications for India were also discussed. The PM spoke about the need to be proactive in light of the new variant. The PM highlighted the need for monitoring all international arrivals, their testing as per guidelines, with a specific focus on countries identified ‘at risk’. He also asked officials to review plans for easing of international travel restrictions in light of the emerging new evidence.

Gujarat announces new rules for international flyers amid concerns over ‘Omicron’

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India]: Amid the rise in concern due to the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’, the Gujarat Government has mandated RT-PCR testing for travellers landing at the airport from Europe, Brazil, South Africa, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, earlier in the day, chaired a meeting with top officials on the COVID-19 situation and said that the country needs to be proactive in light of the new variant while laying emphasis on the precautions to contain the virus. PM Modi was briefed about the Covid-19 situation across the world, including the new Variant of Concern ‘Omicron’ along with its characteristics and the impact seen in various countries, as per the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
He further highlighted the need for monitoring all international arrivals, their testing as per guidelines, with a specific focus on countries identified ‘at risk’. PM Modi also asked officials to review plans for easing international travel restrictions in light of the emerging new evidence.
This variant is reported to have a significantly high number of mutations, and thus, has serious public health implications for the country, in view of recently relaxed visa restrictions and opening up of international travel.
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, Principal Secretary to PM Modi, PK Mishra and NITI Aayog member (health) Dr VK Paul among others attended the meeting.

India’s first veterinary ventilator hospital: After losing his dog, Man opens hospital in Ahmedabad

Gujarat (Ahmedabad) [India]: A Gujarati, who lost his pet a year ago due to lack of facilities has now opened “a one-stop solution to everything related to pets – a non-profit veterinary hospital with fully equipped OT rooms and India’s first animal vet ventilator” in Ahmedabad.

Shaival Desai, founder of ‘BestBuds Pet Hospital’, while speaking to ANI, said, “The idea for a multi-speciality hospital for pets struck when I lost my dog a year ago. It was a painful time. He could not be treated well due to shortage of facilities which is when I decided to come up with a hospital for pets.”

“Now, I have opened a one-stop solution to everything related to pets – a non-profit vet hospital with fully equipped OT rooms and India’s first animal vet ventilator,” Shaival added.

Dr Divyesh Kelawaya, a Senior Veterinarian, said, “During COVID-19, many people abandoned their dogs following the rumour that dogs can spread coronavirus. I request people not to abandon their pets over such rumours.” (ANI)

5.0 magnitutude earthquake hits Gujarat

New Delhi [India]: An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 on the Richter scale hit Dwarka, Gujarat on Thursday, informed the National Center for Seismology (NCS).
“An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 on the Richer Scale hit 223 km north northwest of Dwarka, Gujarat today at 3:15 pm,” NCS said. Earlier in the day, an earthquake of magnitude 3.7 on the Richter scale hit Assam’s Tezpur.

16 names for 4 HCs

The Supreme Court collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, has recommended 16 names for elevation as judges of the high courts of Bombay, Gujarat, Orissa and Punjab and Haryana.

New Delhi [India], September 30 : The Supreme Court Collegium in its meeting held on September 29 approved the proposal for the elevation of Judicial Officers – AL Pansare, SC More, US Joshi Phalke and BP Deshpande – as Judges in the Bombay High Court according to a statement. In another statement, the Supreme Court Collegium has approved the proposal for elevation of the seven advocates as Judges in the Gujarat High Court. The judges approved for elevation include Mauna Manish Bhatt, Samir J Dave, Hemant M Prachchhak, Sandeep N Bhatt, Aniruddha Pradyumna Mayee, Niral Rashmikant Mehta, and Nisha Mahendrabhai Thakore.
The Supreme Court Collegium has also approved the proposal for the elevation of Sandeep Moudgil, advocate, as Judge in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
In another statement the apex court said that in its meeting on September 29, it has approved the proposal for elevation of two advocates and two judicial officers as Judges in the Orissa High Court. Collegium approved the proposal for the elevation of advocates Aditya Kumar Mohapatra, and Mruganka Sekhar Sahoo and judicial officers — Radha Krishna Pattanaik, and Sashikanta Mishra.
The Collegium System is a system under which appointments/elevation of judges/lawyers to Supreme Court and transfers of judges of High Courts and Apex Court are decided by the Chief Justice of India and two justices of the Supreme Court.
Here, besides the CJI, the collegium which deals with the appointment in high courts includes Justices UU Lalit and AM Khanwilkar.

Gujarat CM reaches Delhi

New Delhi [India], September 20 : Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday at 4 pm. He will also meet Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President JP Nadda at 6 pm in the national capital. This will be Patel’s first meeting with the country’s top leadership, after assuming the Chief Minister’s post. He reached Garvi Gujarat Bhavan at 10 am today.
During his visit, he first met President Ram Nath Kovind. His courtesy call on the President lasted about 20 minutes.
“Bhupendra Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat, called on President Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” tweeted Rashtrapati Bhavan.



Later, he also met Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Home Minister Amit Shah at 12 noon. He also met Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Parshottam Rupala.

Today, his meetings with Prime Minister and Home Minister are also being considered important. It is believed that during the meeting the new Chief Minister can have talks with the national president about how to work for the upcoming elections.
Bhupendra Patel was sworn in to the topmost position in the state on Monday. Gujarat Cabinet’s swearing-in ceremony was held on Thursday, a total of 24 ministers took oath at Raj Bhawan in Gandhinagar.
Rupani had submitted his resignation to state Governor Acharya Devvrat on Saturday, months before the 2022 Assembly elections in the state.
With Rupani’s resignation as the Chief Minister, he became the fourth Chief Minister in the BJP-led state government in the country this year to opt for this move. Earlier, former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat and Trivendra Singh Rawat tendered their resignations.
Born in Ahmedabad, Patel is a first-time MLA from the Ghatlodia seat, a post previously held by Anandiben Patel, who is currently serving as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh with an additional charge of Madhya Pradesh.
The party is counting on Patel to navigate the party through tough waters during the upcoming assembly elections in 2022. In the 2017 state election, the BJP won 99 of the state’s 182 Assembly seats, Congress got 77 seats.

Gujarat Cabinet Reshuffle: 24 ministers take oath; first Cabinet meeting at 4:30 PM

New Gujarat Chief Minister and first-term MLA Bhupendra Patel was sworn in on Monday, two days after Vijay Rupani’s surprise exit from the post

Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India], September 16 : The first cabinet meeting of the newly-inducted Council of Ministers of Gujarat will be held on Thursday at 4.30 pm.
The meeting will be led by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. “The first cabinet meeting of the Council of Ministers to be chaired by CM @Bhupendrapbjp will take place at 4.30 pm today at Gandhinagar,” Gujarat’s CMO office tweeted.
The swearing-in of new ministers in the Gujarat Cabinet of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will take place today at Raj Bhawan in Gandhinagar at 1 pm.
According to sources, over 20 leaders would be sworn in as ministers.
The majority of ministers in the cabinet headed by previous Chief Minister Vijay Rupani are likely to be dropped, the sources said.
Senior leaders in the party had been reaching out to those not likely to be retained as ministers.
“There is a massive exercise going on to see that leaders who won’t be accommodated in the cabinet do not feel left out,” the sources added.
Bhupendra Patel took oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat on Monday.
The party is counting on Patel to shore up the party’s fortunes ahead of the assembly elections towards the end of next year. In the 2017 state election, the BJP won 99 of the state’s 182 Assembly seats and Congress got 77 seats.

Nitin Gadkari reviews progress

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday reviewed the progress of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway (DME) covering the States of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.

Sohna (Haryana) [India], September 16 : Addressing media in Sohna, Gadkari said, “Delhi-Katra expressway will be launched in two years, to reduce the distance from 727 to 572 kilometres, you will reach Katra from Delhi in six hours. We are also working on new roads from Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Dehradun and Delhi-Haridwar, to take you there in two hours.” As per the official release by the Transport and Highways Ministry, the expressway is being developed at a cost of Rs 98,000 crores. The 1,380 kilometres long Delhi Mumbai expressway will be the longest expressway in India.
It will enhance connectivity between Delhi and Mumbai. The expressway will connect the urban centres of Delhi through the Delhi-Faridabad-Sohna section of the corridor along with a spur to Jewar Airport and Jawaharlal Nehru Port to Mumbai through a spur in Mumbai.
In addition, the expressway which passes through the six states of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra will improve the connectivity to economic hubs like Jaipur, Kishangarh, Ajmer, Kota, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat bringing economic prosperity to millions.
Delhi Mumbai Expressway, envisaged under the vision of Prime Minister’s ‘New India’, was kick-started in 2018 with the foundation stone being laid on March 9, 2019. Out of the 1,380 kilometres, contracts for more than 1,200 kilometres have already been awarded and is under progress. (

New CM: Gujarat’s new cabinet to be sworn-in today

Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India], September 16 (ANI): The swearing-in of new ministers in the Gujarat Cabinet of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will take place on Thursday at Raj Bhawan in Gandhinagar at 1 pm.

According to sources, over 20 leaders would be sworn in as ministers.
The majority of ministers in the cabinet headed by previous Chief Minister Vijay Rupani are likely to be dropped, the sources said.

Senior leaders in the party are reaching out to those not likely to be retained as ministers.

“There is a massive exercise going on to see that leaders who won’t be accommodated in the cabinet do not feel left out,” the sources added.

Bhupendra Patel took oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat on Monday.

The party is counting on Patel to shore up the party’s fortunes ahead of the assembly elections towards the end of next year. In the 2017 state election, the BJP won 99 of the state’s 182 Assembly seats and Congress got 77 seats. (ANI)

Gujarat: Night curfew in 8 cities

Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India]: In order to arrest the spread of COVID-19 cases in the state, the Gujarat government on Tuesday extended the night curfew till September 25.
The government said the night curfew will be in force from 11 pm to 6 am in eight major cities including Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Surat, Rajkot from tomorrow onwards. “Night curfew in Gujarat will be from 11 pm to 6 am in 8 major cities including Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Surat, Rajkot from Sept 15 to Sept 25 in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases,” the Gujarat government said.
Earlier as per the Gujarat CMO, the midnight curfew was enforced during the Ganeshotsav from September 9 to September 19.

Bhupendra Patel takes oath as 17th Gujarat CM

Bhupendra Patel on Monday took oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Ahamadabad, Gujarat, September 13 : BJP leader Bhupendra Patel on Monday took oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat today. Governor Acharya Devvrat administered him the office of oath and secrecy. Union Minister Amit Shah, Chief Ministers of BJP ruled states Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), Manohar Lal Khattar (Haryana) and others were present on the occasion. 

Patel took oath as the CM of Gujarat two days after Vijay Rupani’s resignation from the top post in the state. The decision came several months before the Assembly elections in the state. The western state will go to polls in December next year. 

It is believed that Patel holds a strong influence in the Patidar community in Gujarat which the BJP party has banked upon to win the upcoming elections.

Fondly addressed as ‘Dada’ by his supporters, Bhupendrabhai Rajnikanthbhai Patel is known for his gentle personality and is said to be a protege of former chief minister Anandiben Patel.

The announcement of the 59-year-old BJP leader’s name as the Chief Minister-elect at a legislative party meeting of the BJP on Sunday came as a surprise for many as the low-profile MLA was not seen to be among the top contenders for the post.

However, BJP said the selection of Patel was a unanimous decision by all leaders present in the party’s legislative meeting.

Till early Sunday morning, Patel was just another MLA attending small party events in his constituency, where he was panting saplings and planning next organizational programs.

Born in Ahmedabad, Patel is a first-time MLA from the Ghatlodia seat, a post previously held by Anandiben Patel, who is currently serving as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh with an additional charge of Madhya Pradesh.

He had won his maiden seat by a margin of 117,000 votes in 2017, the largest margin in that poll defeating Congress candidate Shashikant Patel. He grabbed more than 72 per cent of the vote share in the Ghatlodia constituency during the 2017 assembly polls.

Patel is, however, not a new face in politics and has served as the Ahmedabad municipal councillor. Patel, who holds a diploma in civil engineering, also served as the chairman of the Standing Committee of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA).

With Assembly polls in the state scheduled to be held in 2022, BJP went with Patel, a Patidar face for the Chief Minister. He is also a trustee at Patidar organizations Sardar Dham and Vishwa Umiya Foundation.

The Patidars are a dominant caste in Gujarat with a sizeable control over the electoral votes. The community also dominates the political economy with a stronghold over education, realty and cooperative sectors.

The choice of a Patel name is important for BJP because besides being a Patidar, he is also a Kadva Patel. He will be the first Chief Minister in Gujarat from the Kadva Patel community which forms nearly 12.4 per cent of the state’s population. Till now all the other “Patel” chief ministers of Gujarat were from the Leuva Patel community.

Patel has been invited on Monday by Governor Acharya Devvrat to the oath as the chief minister. BJP has said the decision regarding the new Gujarat cabinet will be taken later.

The party is counting on Patel to navigate the party through tough waters during the upcoming assembly elections in 2022. In the 2017 state election, the BJP won 99 of the state’s 182 Assembly seats, Congress got 77 seats.

PM Modi congratulates Bhupendra Patel on taking oath as new Gujarat CM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Bhupendra Patel on taking oath as the new chief minister of Gujarat while lauding his predecessor Vijay Rupani for his people-friendly measures.
In a tweet, PM Modi said Patel will certainly enrich Gujarat’s growth trajectory. “Congratulations to Bhupendra Bhai on taking oath as CM of Gujarat. I have known him for years and have seen his exemplary work, be it in the BJP Organisation or in civic administration and community service. He will certainly enrich Gujarat’s growth trajectory. @Bhupendrapbjp,” tweeted PM Modi.
Praising the former Chief Minister, PM Modi said he is certain that Rupani will continue to contribute to public service in the times to come.
Rupani resignation comes a year before the Assembly elections in the state. He took charge as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on August 7, 2016. He currently represents Gujarat’s Rajkot West as MLA.
“During his five years as CM, Vijay Rupani Ji has undertaken many people-friendly measures. He worked tirelessly for all sections of society. I am certain he will continue to contribute to public service in the times to come. @vijayrupanibjp,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Ghatlodia MLA Bhupendra Patel took oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat today.
It is believed that Patel holds a strong influence in the Patidar community in Gujarat, which the BJP has banked upon to win the upcoming elections.
Fondly addressed as ‘Dada’ by his supporters, Bhupendrabhai Rajnikanthbhai Patel is now the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Congress slams BJP

New Delhi [India], September 13 : Congress leader Gourav Vallabh on Monday blamed top leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party for replacing the chief ministers in BJP ruled states including Gujarat which is set to witness Assembly elections next year, saying the chief ministers that were removed have been made “scapegoat” for the failures of the Centre.
His comments come after Gujarat BJP legislatures elected first-time MLA Bhupendra Patel as the next chief minister of Gujarat. Patel, who is set to take oath today, succeeds Vijay Rupani as 17th chief minister of the state. Referring to the trend of replacing chief ministers in BJP ruled states, Vallabh said, “It started with Uttarakhand; Trivendra Singh, Tirath Singh and now Dhami. In Karnataka from Yediyurappa to Bommai. In Assam, from Sonowal to Sarma. In Gujarat, from Rupani to Bhupendra Patel. I’m asking why all of them were removed? Because they were not doing good work, this is what they want to share. As far as COVID-19 first and the second wave is concerned. But why they were not doing good work? Because the government of India was not able to give them vaccines. Because the government of India was busy beating ‘tali’ and ‘thali’. They were not procuring the vaccines when major counties of the world were procured.”
“It’s not the time to remove Chief Minister, it is time to remove Prime Minister,” he added.
Earlier, former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat and Trivendra Singh Rawat tendered their resignations.
Born in Ahmedabad, Patel is a first-time MLA from the Ghatlodia seat, a post previously held by Anandiben Patel, who is currently serving as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh with an additional charge of Madhya Pradesh.

Bhupendra Patel set to take over as 17th Gujarat Chief Minister today

BJP said the selection of Bhupendra Patel was a unanimous decision by all leaders present in the party’s legislative meeting.

Ahamadabad, Gujarat, India, September 13 : BJP leader Bhupendra Patel will take oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat today. His swearing in ceremony will take place in the afternoon at 02:20 PM today. Two days after Vijay Rupani’s resignation from the top post in the state, Patel was chosen as the new face of Gujarat. The decision came in several months before the Assembly elections in the state due next year in December. It is believed that Patel holds a strong influence in the Patidar community in Gujarat which the BJP party has banked upon to win the upcoming elections.

With Vijay Rupani’s resignation on Saturday as the Chief Minister, he became the fourth CM in the BJP-led state government in the country this year to opt for this move. Earlier, former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat and Trivendra Singh Rawat tendered their resignations.

Fondly addressed as ‘Dada’ by his supporters, Bhupendrabhai Rajnikanthbhai Patel is known for his gentle personality and is said to be a protege of former chief minister Anandiben Patel.

The announcement of the 59-year-old BJP leader’s name as the Chief Minister-elect at a legislative party meeting of the BJP on Sunday came as a surprise for many as the low-profile MLA was not seen to be among the top contenders for the post.

However, BJP said the selection of Patel was a unanimous decision by all leaders present in the party’s legislative meeting.

Till early Sunday morning, Patel was just another MLA attending small party events in his constituency, where he was panting saplings and planning next organizational programs.

Born in Ahmedabad, Patel is a first-time MLA from the Ghatlodia seat, a post previously held by Anandiben Patel, who is currently serving as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh with an additional charge of Madhya Pradesh.

He had won his maiden seat by a margin of 117,000 votes in 2017, the largest margin in that poll defeating Congress candidate Shashikant Patel. He grabbed more than 72 per cent of the vote share in the Ghatlodia constituency during the 2017 assembly polls.

Patel is, however, not a new face in politics and has served as the Ahmedabad municipal councillor. Patel, who holds a diploma in civil engineering, also served as the chairman of the Standing Committee of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA).

With Assembly polls in the state scheduled to be held in 2022, BJP went with Patel, a Patidar face for the Chief Minister. He is also a trustee at Patidar organizations Sardar Dham and Vishwa Umiya Foundation.

The Patidars are a dominant caste in Gujarat with a sizeable control over the electoral votes. The community also dominates the political economy with a stronghold over education, realty and cooperative sectors.

The choice of a Patel name is important for BJP because besides being a Patidar, he is also a Kadva Patel. He will be the first Chief Minister in Gujarat from the Kadva Patel community which forms nearly 12.4 per cent of the state’s population. Till now all the other “Patel” chief ministers of Gujarat were from the Leuva Patel community.

Patel has been invited on Monday by Governor Acharya Devvrat to the oath as the chief minister. BJP has said the decision regarding the new Gujarat cabinet will be taken later.

The party is counting on Patel to navigate the party through tough waters during the upcoming assembly elections in 2022. In the 2017 state election, the BJP won 99 of the state’s 182 Assembly seats, Congress got 77 seats. 

Gujarat: Amit Shah to attend swearing

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will attend the swearing-in ceremony of BJP leader Bhupendra Patel as Gujarat’s new Chief Minister on Monday afternoon, sources said.

New Delhi [India], September 13 : The ceremony is expected to take place around 3 p.m. Patel would be the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat. Patel, Member of Legislative Assembly from Gujarat’s Ghatlodia constituency, was announced as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat on Sunday by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The decision to appoint Patel as the new Gujarat Chief Minister was taken in the legislative meeting called by the BJP in the Gujarat party headquarters, Gandhinagar.
It is also learnt that a meeting is also scheduled after the oath-taking ceremony to revamp the Gujarat cabinet. The meeting, sources said, will be held in presence of Amit Shah, Bhupendra Patel and other senior BJP leaders including CR Patil and Bhupendra Yadav.
The Union Home Minister on Sunday took Twitter to congratulate Bhupendra Patel on being elected as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat.
“Under your guidance and leadership, the state’s continuous development journey will get new energy and momentum and Gujarat will continue to be a leader in good governance and public welfare,” Amit Shah tweeted.
Gujarat Chief Minister-designate, Bhupendra Patel, expressed gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Shah, BJP president JP Nadda and his predecessor Vijay Rupani for reposing faith in him, and said he would take the development journey of the state forward.

Bhupendra Patel meets Deputy CM Nitin Patel ahead of oath-taking ceremony

Ahead of the oath-taking ceremony chief minister-designate of Gujarat Bhupendra Patel met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel in Ahmedabad on Monday.
Speaking to the media, the Deputy Chief Minister said, “Bhupendra Patel is my old family friend. I congratulated him. We will be happy to see him take oath as CM. He has also asked for my guidance whenever needed.” Meanwhile, Bhupendra Patel also offered prayers at his home and met his neighbours.
“I have been living here for last five years, and in all these years, I have understood that he is a very humble person and always works together. I’m very happy. He will do good work and complete the development process,” his neighbour said.
“I am also distributing sweets as he will be taking the oath the new Chief Minister of Gujarat,” he added.
Fondly addressed as ‘Dada’ by his supporters, Bhupendrabhai Rajnikanthbhai Patel is set to become the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat.
The announcement of the 59-year-old leader’s name as the chief minister-designate at a legislative party meeting of the BJP on Sunday came as a surprise for many as the low-profile MLA was not seen to be among the top contenders for the post.
Born in Ahmedabad, Patel is a first-time MLA from the Ghatlodia seat, a post previously held by Anandiben Patel, who is currently serving as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh with an additional charge of Madhya Pradesh. Patel had won his maiden seat by a margin of 117,000 votes in 2017, the largest margin in that poll defeating Congress candidate Shashikant Patel.
Patel has been invited by Governor Acharya Devvrat to the oath as the chief minister today.
BJP has said the decision regarding the new Gujarat cabinet will be taken later. The party is counting on Patel to navigate the party through tough waters during the upcoming assembly elections in 2022. In the 2017 state election, the BJP won 99 of the state’s 182 Assembly seats, Congress got 77 seats.

Bhupendra Patel to take oath as Gujarat CM today

Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India]: Two days after Vijay Rupani’s resignation from the top post in the state months before the Assembly elections, Bhupendra Patel will take oath as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on Monday afternoon.
It is believed that Patel holds a strong influence in the Patidar community in Gujarat which the BJP party has banked upon to win the upcoming elections. With Vijay Rupani’s resignation on Saturday as the Chief Minister, he became the fourth CM in the BJP-led state government in the country this year to opt for this move. Earlier, former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat and Trivendra Singh Rawat tendered their resignations.
Fondly addressed as ‘Dada’ by his supporters, Bhupendrabhai Rajnikanthbhai Patel is set to become the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat.
The announcement of the 59-year-old BJP leader’s name as the Chief Minister-elect at a legislative party meeting of the BJP on Sunday came as a surprise for many as the low-profile MLA was not seen to be among the top contenders for the post.
However, BJP said the selection of Patel, a man known for his gentle personality and is said to be a protege of former chief minister Anandiben Patel was a unanimous decision by all leaders present in the party’s legislative meeting.
Till early Sunday morning, Patel was just another MLA attending small party events in his constituency, where he was panting saplings and planning next organizational programs.
Born in Ahmedabad, Patel is a first-time MLA from the Ghatlodia seat, a post previously held by Anandiben Patel, who is currently serving as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh with an additional charge of Madhya Pradesh.
He had won his maiden seat by a margin of 117,000 votes in 2017, the largest margin in that poll defeating Congress candidate Shashikant Patel. He grabbed more than 72 per cent of the vote share in the Ghatlodia constituency during the 2017 assembly polls.
Patel is, however, not a new face in politics and has served as the Ahmedabad municipal councillor. Patel, who holds a diploma in civil engineering, also served as the chairman of the Standing Committee of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA).
With Assembly polls in the state scheduled to be held in 2022, BJP went with Patel, a Patidar face for the Chief Minister. He is also a trustee at Patidar organizations Sardar Dham and Vishwa Umiya Foundation.
The Patidars are a dominant caste in Gujarat with a sizeable control over the electoral votes. The community also dominates the political economy with a stronghold over education, realty and cooperative sectors.
The choice of a Patel name is important for BJP because besides being a Patidar, he is also a Kadva Patel. He will be the first Chief Minister in Gujarat from the Kadva Patel community which forms nearly 12.4 per cent of the state’s population. Till now all the other “Patel” chief ministers of Gujarat were from the Leuva Patel community.
Patel has been invited on Monday by Governor Acharya Devvrat to the oath as the chief minister. BJP has said the decision regarding the new Gujarat cabinet will be taken later.
The party is counting on Patel to navigate the party through tough waters during the upcoming assembly elections in 2022. In the 2017 state election, the BJP won 99 of the state’s 182 Assembly seats, Congress got 77 seats.

Gujarat: NEXT CM?

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India]: Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday reached Ahmedabad as Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) central observer over the matter of deciding state’s leadership, a day after Vijay Rupani resigned from the post of Gujarat Chief Minister.
“We have come here to hold further discussions (over the name of next chief minister of Gujarat). We will hold discussions with the state President and other senior leaders,” Tomar told reporters at the airport in Ahmedabad. Tomar was accompanied by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National General Secretary Tarun Chugh.
Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi is likely to arrive later during the day. The BJP is likely to hold its legislative party meet later today.
The visit of the central leaders comes after Rupani on Saturday met Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat and submitted his resignation from the post of state Chief Minister. His resignation came ahead of the elections to the 182-member Assembly scheduled for next year.
Sources told ANI that Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, BJP vice president Gordhan Zadafia and Dadra and Nagar Haveli Administrator Praful Khoda Patel are being considered as possible choices for new chief minister.
Rupani took charge as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on August 7, 2016. He currently represents Gujarat’s Rajkot West as MLA. In the 2017 state election, the BJP won 99 of the state’s 182 Assembly seats, Congress got 77 seats.

Gujarat’s Chief Minister Vijay Rupani resigns from the post

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has submitted his resignation to Governor Acharya Devvrat. Rupani was accompanied with four ministers.

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, September 11 : Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has submitted his resignation to Governor Acharya Devvrat. Rupani was accompanied by four ministers. Even though the real reason behind his resignation is unclear, reports suggest that his alleged differences with the party may have compelled him to step down as the CM.

Also, reports suggest that there was a disconnect between the party and the people of the state due to Rupani’s policies.    

Speaking to the reporters after his resignation, Rupani said that he is ready to take up any responsibility which the party will bestow him with. “I sincerely thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving me this responsibility.”

Interestingly, the names which are doing the rounds as CM probables are Union Health minister Mansukh Mandhaviya, Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Parshottam Rupala and deputy CM Nitin Patel.

Rupani, who was supposed to end his term of office next year, had taken the oath on December, 2017.

The Gujarat CM becomes the fourth serving CM to have left the office in any BJP-ruled state. In July, BS Yediyurappa had also resigned as Karnataka CM.

PM Modi to inaugurate Sardardham Bhavan

New Delhi [India], September 10 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate the Sardardham Bhavan in Ahmedabad and also perform the ‘bhoomi pujan’ of Sardardham Phase – II Kanya Chhatralaya (girls’ hostel), on September 11 at 11 am.


An official statement from the Prime Minister’s Office stated that Sardardham has been working towards educational and social transformation, upliftment of weaker sections of society and providing employment opportunities to the youth. It further said that Sardardham Bhavan includes state-of-the-art facilities for students, with modern amenities. The Kanya Chhatralaya will be a hostel facility for 2000 girls irrespective of economic criteria.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel will also be present on the occasion.

Ahmedabad’s dump yard being converted into green zone

Ahmedabad [Gujarat] (India): Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has taken an initiative to transform a dump yard in the city into a green zone.
The municipal corporation has cleared 16 hectares of the dump yard to transform the area into green zone. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s Standing committee chairman Hitesh Barot said, “The toxic dump yard is present here from the last 3 decades. It will be transferred into a green zone.”
“We are planting several varieties of trees which will live up to 100 years and till now 16 hectares of land have been cleared and will take two or three months to fully convert the dumping site into a green zone,” he added.

PM chairs 37th PRAGATI meeting, reviews eight projects of three ministries

New Delhi [India], August 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired the 37th meeting of PRAGATI, the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving the Centre and state governments.
A PMO release said nine agenda items were taken for review during the meeting including eight projects and one scheme. Among the eight projects, three projects each were from the Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and two projects were from the Ministry of Power.
These eight projects have a cumulative cost of Rs 1,26,000 crore concerning 14 states – Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttrakhand, Manipur and Delhi.
The Prime Minister stressed the significance of the timely completion of these projects.
During the interaction, the Prime Minister reviewed ‘One Nation – One Ration Card’ (ONORC) scheme.
He asked officials to explore multiple utilities of the technological platform developed under the scheme for a wide array of benefits to the citizens.
The Prime Minister also directed the state officials to keep monitoring the construction of oxygen plants and the availability of hospital beds.
In the previous 36 PRAGATI meetings, 292 projects having a total cost of 13.78 lakh crore, have been reviewed.

Earthquake strikes Gujarat’s Rajkot

Rajkot (Gujarat) [India], August 21 : An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 on the Richter scale hit Rajkot in Gujarat on Saturday. According to National Center for Seismology (NCS), the tremors were felt at 12:08 hours on Saturday in 151 kilometres north-northwest of Rajkot. “Earthquake of Magnitude: 4.0, Occurred on 21-08-2021, 12:08:44 IST, Lat: 23.62 & Long: 70.41, Depth: 10 Km, Location: 151km NNW of Rajkot, Gujarat, India,” tweeted NCS. More details are awaited.

‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ chant Indian officials evacuated from Kabul after landing in Gujarat

Jamnagar (Gujarat) [India], August 17 : Indians evacuated from Kabul in Afghanistan chanted “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Vande Mataram” after landing at Jamnagar in Gujarat on Tuesday.
According to sources, an Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft brought 120 Indian officials from Afghanistan’s capital, after the Taliban took control of the presidential palace on Sunday. Earlier today, the Ministry of External Affairs informed that the Indian Ambassador in Kabul and his Indian staff will move to India immediately, in view of prevailing circumstances in the war-torn country.
Afghanistan government collapsed on Sunday with President Ashraf Ghani leaving the country and the Taliban’s entry into the capital, the New York Times reported.
Taliban leaders have been discussing future government plans in Doha after gaining control of Kabul and seizing the presidential palace in Afghanistan’s capital, as per a media report.
Panic gripped the Afghan capital as people fear about a return to the Taliban’s brutal rule and the threat of reprisal killings.
Thousands of Afghans flooded the tarmac on Monday morning, at one point swarming around a departing US military plane as it taxied down the runway.

Ten-feet-long python rescued from river in Vadodara

Vadodara (Gujarat) [India]: A ten feet long python was rescued from a small river in Vadodara by Gujarat Forest Department officials on Tuesday.
“The python had swallowed a monkey and later vomited it after the rescue. It is in a good condition now,” said Shailesh Rawal, animal rescuer, Forest Department. According to Rawal, the Forest Department will release the python in Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary once permission is obtained.
The python was hauled out of the river by three rescuers who later put it into a cage till it is released by the Forest Department.

Govt to promote Ecotourism, sanctions 3 projects in Gujarat

New Delhi, Aug 2: The government under its Swadesh Darshan scheme is developing 15 theme-based tourism circuits in the country, Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy said on Monday.

The objective of the scheme includes creating employment through active involvement of local communities and promoting community-based development with a pro-poor approach, he said.

The tourism ministry has identified eco and wildlife circuits as one of the 15 niche areas under the scheme and formulated a Draft National Strategy and Roadmap for Sustainable Tourism with focus on ecotourism.

Reddy, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, said the development projects under the scheme are identified in consultation with the State and UT administrations and are sanctioned subject to availability of funds, submission of suitable detailed project reports, adherence to scheme guidelines and utilisation of funds released earlier.

The minister in another written reply said the ministry has sanctioned three projects of Rs.179.68 crore under the Swadesh Darshan scheme in Gujarat.

It has also sanctioned three more projects for total of Rs.105.56 crore under ‘National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD)’ in the state.

PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) in Gujarat on Tuesday.
As per Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), PM Modi will interact with beneficiaries of PMGKAY at 12:30 PM via video conferencing. “A public participation programme is being launched in the state to create further awareness about the scheme,” said the PMO.
PMGKAY is a food security welfare scheme that was envisaged by the Prime Minister to provide assistance and help mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19.
Under PMGKAY, 5 kilograms per person additional food grain is given to all beneficiaries covered under National Food Security Act.

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