Maulik Pathak
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New species of gecko found in Gujarat named after Vindhya hills

The Palearctic naked-toed geckos of the genus Cyrtopodion are a group of gekkonid lizards distributed across the arid regions of north Africa, Arabia, and Central Asia to northwestern India. The taxonomic history of the genus Cyrtopodion has been unstable, and 23 species are currently recognized, with the diversity concentrated in Pakistan and Iran

A new species of naked-toed gecko (Cyrtopodion) has been discovered in Gujarat (Harshil Patel)
Updated on Mar 20, 2023 12:17 PM IST

Gujarat conman with fake PMO card baffles Jammu and Kashmir cops

Kiran Patel from Gujarat is not an important man, but a conman from Gujarat who successfully misled the government apparatus in the India’s most security-sensitive state that he was a representative of PMO. But in February 2023, he pushed his luck too far.

An undated photo of Gujarat conman Kiran Patel with his security. Patel has been arrested for cheating, forgery and impersonation as an as an additional director (strategy and campaigns) in the PMO. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 18, 2023 01:15 PM IST
ByMir Ehsan and Maulik Pathak, Srinagar/ahmedabad

Goodbye Valley VIP, hello Gujarat con man

For his 1,595 followers on Twitter, Kiran Bhai Patel was as an important man; a resident of “34, Meena Baug, New Delhi”; a PhD from a college in Virginia, an MBA from IIM Trichy; “thinker, strategist, analyst, and campaign manager”, all rolled into one

An undated photo of Gujarat conman Kiran Patel with his security. Patel has been arrested for cheating, forgery and impersonation as an as an additional director (strategy and campaigns) in the PMO. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 18, 2023 01:18 PM IST
ByMir Ehsan and Maulik Pathak, Srinagar/ahmedabad

Gujarat’s Barda pitched as new home for lions, to be moved from Gir

State forest department officials said Barda is a natural second home for lions moving from Gir, which is overflowing with the big cats.

Asiatic lions at the Gir National Park, which is about 100km away from the Barda Wildlife Sanctuary. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 15, 2023 09:53 AM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Project Lion proposes Barda in Gujarat as second home for Asiatic lions

PM Narendra Modi had announced Project Lion and shared the government’s resolve and commitment to work for the long-term conservation and securing future of Asiatic lions in India

Barda is a natural second home for lions moving from Gir, which is overflowing with lion population. (Representative HT photo)
Updated on Mar 14, 2023 05:24 PM IST

Suicide on IIT-B campus: Athawale, Solankis demand probe; students’ body claims lack of institutional support

Three days after Darshan Solanki, an 18-year-old B.Tech student at IIT-Bombay allegedly died by suicide, on Wednesday, Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale visited the campus and demanded a thorough probe into his death and the allegations of caste discrimination

Calling it a “serious incident”, Athawale said, “In 2014, a Dalit student ended his life in a similar way. Six months back, another student outside IIT-B died by suicide. Such incidents are increasing and require probe.” (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 16, 2023 02:26 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit and Maulik Pathak

‘Faced caste discrimination’: Family of deceased IIT-Bombay student

The student died after he allegedly jumped off the eighth floor of his hostel building at the Powai campus of the institute on Sunday afternoon.

IIT Bombay in Powai (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 16, 2023 04:24 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit and Maulik Pathak, Mumbai/ahmedabad

34-page exit letter pits ex-IIM-A director against alumni over campus buildings

The letter has sparked a row with a group of 30 IIM-A alumni across batches and programmes saying that structural safety was a trojan horse for the eradication of Louis Kahn’s masterpiece

 IIM Ahmedabad.(File Photo)
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 10:49 AM IST

Morbi tragedy: Oreva’s MD named as accused in charge sheet

The police are yet to arrest Oreva’s MD , who has repeatedly failed to appear before them for questioning. Efforts are on to trace his location, senior police officers said.

In March 2022, Oreva group, a company which specialises in making clocks, home appliances and e-bikes, was given the contract to repair, renovate, maintain and operate the “Jhulto Pul”, or suspension bridge, originally built in 1879, for a period of 15 years (PTI)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 12:39 AM IST

Morbi bridge collapse: Oreva MD named main accused in 1,200-page chargesheet

Oreva Group was given the contract by the Morbi municipality in March 2022 to repair, operate the British era bridge for 15 years and to collect revenue from its ticket sales

The bridge, after undergoing repairs, was thrown open for public on Oct 26 and it collapsed on Oct 30. (AP image)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 12:52 PM IST

Warrant issued, but Oreva group’s head remains untraceable

The police are in the process of filing a charge sheet and the investigation so far points out to Patel as the main accused in the case, according to senior police official close to the development.

The Gujarat police got an arrest warrant from the court more than 10 days ago and issued a lookout notice for Patel at airports and ports to ensure that he does not flee the country. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 26, 2023 03:53 AM IST

Doyen of Indian architecture BV Doshi dies at 95

Renowned Indian architect, planner, and Pritzker laureate Balkrishna V Doshi passed away on Tuesday at his residence in Ahmedabad, his family announced

HT Image
Published on Jan 25, 2023 12:01 AM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Noted architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi passes away aged 95; PM mourns demise

Doshi was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honour in India, in 2020, and was a protégé of field legends Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn

Dated 10 May 2022, this image was taken after BV Doshi was conferred with the prestigious Royal Gold Medal, one of the world’s highest honours for architecture. (File Photo)
Published on Jan 24, 2023 02:31 PM IST

Congress leaders to meet in Gujarat for evaluation, will also decide of LoP

The party will also decide on the leader of the opposition candidate in the Gujarat legislative assembly and has submitted the names of three contenders to the leadership after the Gujarat assembly secretariat recently asked the Congress to appoint its leader in the House before January 19

According to political experts, infighting was seen as a major reason for the Congress to be unable to re-group in Gujarat (Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 15, 2023 05:16 PM IST

Lions captured from Gir following children’s death last year, released back

Four children, aged 7-14 years, were killed by lions in a separate incident near Gir sanctuary in September and November last year

13 of the 23 lions captured from the Gir lion landscape were released back by the forest officials (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 05, 2023 05:23 PM IST

Gujarat man’s death on US border brings spotlight back on illegal migration scam

The lure for better job opportunities overseas has been driving people of Gujarat to foreign lands by using illegal routes for many years now

A Gujarati man died on December 14 after he fell off a metal barrier on the US-Mexico border (also called the ‘Trump Wall’) while holding his three-year-old son, who survived. (Representative Image/AFP)
Updated on Dec 24, 2022 02:40 PM IST

Gujarat high court notice to Ajanta-Oreva group over Morbi tragedy

The group was awarded the contract to maintain and operate the British-era suspension bridge, which collapsed here on October 30, killing 135 people.

The Morbi bridge collapse left 135 people dead on October 30. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 22, 2022 05:03 AM IST

Gujarat high court notice to Oreva group’s Ajanta over Morbi tragedy

A resident of Ahmedabad who lost his brother and sister-in-law in the tragedy petitioned the court against the Ajanta Manufacturing Pvt Ltd which was contracted to renovate and maintain the bridge

The suspension bridge in Morbi over the Machchhu river collapsed on October 30 (PTI)
Published on Dec 21, 2022 04:48 PM IST

Bhupendra Patel takes oath as Gujarat CM amid grand show of strength

BJP leader Bhupendra Patel was sworn in as the 18th chief minister of Gujarat on Monday in a high-profile ceremony in Gandhinagar attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanges greetings with Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel (third from left) and other BJP leaders, at the oath-taking ceremony in Gandhinagar on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 13, 2022 06:06 AM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Gujarat polls: Patidars return to BJP as agitation anger cools

There are about 16 seats where Patidars are the dominant community, of which nine are in Saurashtra, three in north Gujarat and four in Surat, internal surveys by political parties show.

The BJP’s Hardik Patel addressing a rally in Viramgam constituency in Gujarat (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 03:58 PM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Gujarat election results: AAP plays spoiler, claims win with national status

Gujarat election results: For over three months, the biggest names in the AAP — from party chief Arvind Kejriwal to Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann and Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha — made Gujarat their second home.

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal during a roadshow in Gujarat’s Rajkot. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 04:05 PM IST
ByMaulik Pathak and Dipankar Ghose

Gujarat: AAP fails to make a mark; both state party chief, CM face stare at defeat

AAP, which was aiming to replace the Congress as the main opposition party in Gujarat, failed not just to do so, but also in positioning themself as a strong third front

Aam Aadmi Party national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 08, 2022 04:13 PM IST

In Ahmedabad’s Juhapura, voters say they are shunned, focusing on education

Juhapura is located on Ahmedabad’s outskirts and has been described as India’s largest Muslim ghetto with a population of about 500,000

Polling underway in the second and final phase of Gujarat assembly elections in Ahmedabad. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 05, 2022 11:23 AM IST

Verdict sealed for 89 seats in Gujarat’s high-stakes Phase-1

Over 23,976,670 people across 89 constituencies in the battleground regions of Saurashtra and South Gujarat voted on Thursday in the first phase of the assembly elections and recorded a provisional turnout of over 60.47%.

PM Narendra Modi at a rally in Ahmedabad on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 04, 2022 01:47 PM IST
ByMaulik Pathak and Amit Cowper, Ahmedabad/surat

Stage set for voting in Phase 1 of high-stakes Gujarat elections

Eighty-nine of Gujarat’s 182 seat assembly will go to the polls on Thursday, with the BJP hoping to consolidate its position in a region it faced some reverses five years ago, and safeguard its bastion from the Congress and the AAP, which is looking to make gains in its maiden outing.

Polling officials carrying EVMs and other polling materials on the way to their respective polling stations on the eve of the first phase of Gujarat elections, in Surat on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 01, 2022 03:48 PM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Gujarat assembly polls: AAP pulls out all stops in Surat

The AAP hopes to replicate its successes in the 2021 civic polls in the city when it replaced Congress as the second-biggest party and secured about 28% of the vote share

Arvind Kejriwal during a roadshow in Surat. (Twitter)
Published on Nov 30, 2022 01:01 PM IST
ByMaulik Pathak and Melvyn Thomas

Gujarat elections: Congress banks on ‘silent’ drive with focus on key candidates

Compared to the BJP and AAP, the low-key campaign of Congress in Gujarat, especially in Saurashtra where it won 28 seats out of 48 in 2017, may throw up some surprises. The BJP won 19, while one went to the Nationalist Congress Party.

Surat, Nov 21 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses the public meeting for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections, in Surat on Monday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Updated on Nov 28, 2022 05:18 AM IST
By, Jamnagar/rajkot

In Gujarat, BJP promises 20 lakh jobs, Uniform Civil Code implementation

In the manifesto, BJP also promised 1 litre of edible oil four times a year and 1 kg subsidised chana per month at subsidised rates through the PDS system to the people of Gujarat

Gujarat CM, national president JP Nadda and state president CR Patil release BJP’s manifesto (Photo: Twitter@BJPLive)
Updated on Nov 26, 2022 01:57 PM IST

Gujarat elections: Spotlight on AAP’s CM face in high-stakes battle

A former television journalist, Gadhvi entered politics last year and will contest his first election; he is pitted against sitting MLA Vikram Madam of the Congress, and BJP's Murubhai Bera.

AAP’s Isudan Gadhvi during a poll rally in Khambhalia, ahead of the Gujarat elections. (Isudan Gadhvi/Twitter)
Updated on Nov 26, 2022 04:53 AM IST
By, Khambhaliya/jamnagar

Gujarat polls: BJP faces resentment over nominations of Congress turncoats

The BJP is worried the rebels could eat into its votes, which could be crucial in the event of a triangular contest involving Congress and Aam Aadmi Party as well

A BJP supporter waves a party flag. (PTI)
Published on Nov 25, 2022 10:02 AM IST
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