Maulik Pathak
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Gujarat’s cyclone resilient power project brings hope for Great Indian Bustards

Union home minister, Shri Amit Shah, while inspecting the areas impacted by the cyclone in Kutch, suggested burying the power lines underground

Updated on Nov 29, 2023 04:24 PM IST

Rajasthan’s political shifts: The 48 swing seats and other influencing factors

In 2013, the BJP got 44% votes winning 163 of 200 assembly seats. The 48 seats that belonged to the Congress in 2008, shifted to the BJP in 2013

Since 1993, Rajasthan has seen a consistent change in power between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress every five years (Representative Photo)
Published on Nov 24, 2023 02:27 PM IST

BJP’s outreach to Rajasthan tribals through Mangarh Dham

The 80-km journey to Mangarh Dham from Aaspur remains challenging; some ongoing roadwork has brought hope to locals

A view of the national monument unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mangarh last year. (HT photo)
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 09:38 AM IST

Rajasthan polls: Two sons of Gujarat’s tribal leader up against each other

Tribal leader Chhotubhai Vasava’s two sons are pitted against each other in Rajasthan’s tribal area for the upcoming assembly elections

The 2023 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election is scheduled to be held on 25 November 2023. (Representative file image)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 04:17 PM IST

4 labourers from Bihar die of suffocation inside septic tank in Surat

Four migrant labourers from Bihar died due to suffocation while working inside a septic tank in Surat. Police are questioning senior officials of the factory.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to uncover the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. (HT File/Representational image)
Published on Nov 15, 2023 09:16 AM IST

Morbi bridge collapse: Kin of victims await justice a year after tragedy

The British-era bridge built in 1877 collapsed on October 30 last year a week after it was reopened after repairs, leaving 135 people dead

The pedestrian bridge collapsed in Morbi on October 30, 2022. (AP)
Published on Oct 31, 2023 09:34 AM IST

Panel slams IIMA for new logo, renovations

An expert committee has identified key challenges facing the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), including global competition, a decline in rankings, and alumni concerns. The committee has called for improved strategic focus, enhanced alumni involvement, and prioritisation of research. It also criticised the institute for changing its logo and demolishing dorms without consulting alumni. The committee's recommendations are in line with the IIM Act, 2017, which requires performance evaluations and public availability of reports for each IIM. The IIMA board set up the independent expert group to conduct the evaluation.

IIM Ahmedabad (File)
Updated on Oct 24, 2023 06:50 AM IST

‘Lapses by Oreva firm led to bridge collapse in Gujarat’: SIT report

The “Final Report on Morbi Bridge Incident” submitted by the SIT to Gujarat HC also lays blame on three office bearers of the executive committee of the Morbi municipality

At least 135 people were killed and 56 others injured after a bridge collapse in Gujarat (AP)
Updated on Oct 11, 2023 06:40 AM IST
By, Ahmedabad

PM Modi positions India as future growth powerhouse

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that India will soon emerge as a global economic powerhouse and aims to make the country a global growth engine. He accused previous Congress-led governments of discouraging foreign investors from coming to Gujarat. Modi made these statements at an event to mark 20 years of success of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, which aims to woo global investors. He also criticized the previous government for putting hurdles in his way and refusing to attend the summit. The next edition of the summit is scheduled to take place in January.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel being served tea by a robot at Science City, in Ahmedabad, Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 28, 2023 06:14 AM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Modi hails transformation of Vibrant Gujarat, recalls indifference of previous govt

Modi, who was the Gujarat chief minister when the summit was launched in September 2003, said far from cooperating, the previous government put hurdles in their way

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)
Published on Sep 27, 2023 03:20 PM IST

Godhra riots | Tracing the case against Teesta Setalvad

The activist's petition to quash the FIR filed against her will be taken up by the Gujarat HC in October. An explainer on the case against her, and her defence

Teesta Setalvad is facing charges related to propagating a larger conspiracy behind the 2002 riots and allegedly attempting to frame Modi and others.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 06:35 PM IST

Renewed hope for Gujarat’s salt pan workers as eviction threat eases in Little Rann

The Gujarat government on September 4 decided to permit salt pan workers holding leases up to 10 acres to continue their age-old tradition of salt production in the Little Rann of Kutch

The Gujarat forest department in February this year sent eviction notices to the salt pan workers in Little Rann of Kutch saying that the region is a Wild Ass Sanctuary and the salt-making activity there was illegal. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 05:02 PM IST

The importance of the Swaminarayan sect…

…And why the newly formed Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha’s ruckus over the sect’s depiction of Lord Hanuman is only the first of the many negotiations with the sect

The murals were removed following a meeting of saints on Monday. (AFP/Representative Image)
Updated on Sep 12, 2023 05:44 PM IST

How a burial ground of Dalits in this Gujarat village turns into a battle ground

The Dalit community says they face stiff resistance from the upper caste people to conduc last rites at the burial ground

Police have set up a temporary police post in Dalod village in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad district. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 06:29 PM IST

New specie, genus of snakes discovered in Western Ghats

The study’s authors are Harshil Patel and Tejas Thackeray from the Thackeray Wildlife Foundation, Patrick Campbell from the Natural History Museum in London, and Zeeshan A Mirza from the Max Planck Institute for Biology in Germany

The new genus has been named Sahyadriophi Uttaraghati (HT Photo/sourced)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 02:13 PM IST

Gujarat court denies Kejriwal’s request for speedy hearing in defamation case

Arvind Kejriwal has been accused of making “deragatory” comments at press conferences and on Twitter targeting the Gujarat university over PM Narendra Modi’s educational qualifications

Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal. (Photo credit: PTI)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 06:48 PM IST

‘If IIM boards don’t deliver, they may lose part of autonomy’: Bakul Dholakia

Ex-director of IIM-A, Dr Bakul Dholakia said the inefficacy of the existing grievance redressal procedure contributed to the breakdown of governance structure within these institutes

Dr Bakul Dholakia was IIM-Ahmedabad director during 2002-2007
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 04:01 PM IST

Strongly worded letters cast light on tensions between India’s 2 diamond bourses

BDB office-bearers have questioned the necessity of establishing a bourse in Surat. They have argued that Surat already houses 10,000 diamond offices in established hubs of Varachha, Mahidhapura, and Katargam

Bharat Diamond Bourse in Mumbai (Representative Photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 06:19 PM IST

30-yr-old woman dies by suicide after husband, 2 sons killed in Junagadh collapse

The woman, who died by suicide, had asked her husband and two children to wait for her while she went to buy vegetables. The three were killed when a building collapsed on them

Local residents trying to rescue people trapped under the debris after a two-storey building collapsed in Junagadh
Updated on Jul 26, 2023 09:30 PM IST

Gujarat court suspends ex-minister Vipul Chaudhary’s jail sentence, gives bail

Additional district and sessions judge CM Pawar also ordered release of the 15 persons convicted in the case on bail on producing a surety of ₹50,000 each

Vipul Chaudhary was Dudhsagar Dairy chairman between 2005 and 2016. (HT File Photo/Raj K Raj)
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 08:17 PM IST

Ex-Gujarat minister Vipul Chaudhary sentenced to 7 years in prison for graft

Vipul Chaudhary was a minister in chief minister Keshubhai Patel’s government in the 1990s before he sided with Shankersinh Vaghela when he rebelled against the BJP

Chaudhary was the chairman of Dudhsagar Dairy when the scam occurred. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jul 13, 2023 03:30 PM IST

Gujarat suicide case: Honey trap laid by sweet-talking conwoman ends bitterly

Manisha Goswami, who is currently in judicial custody for the murder, has been accused of masterminding a honey trap that led to a businessman's suicide.

Goswami (in white) was sent to judicial custody on June 30. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 04:43 AM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Gujarat HC refuses to grant Rahul Gandhi stay on conviction in defamation case

The Gujarat high court has refused to put on hold Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's conviction and two-year jail term in a criminal defamation case.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (AP)(MINT_PRINT)
Updated on Jul 08, 2023 12:04 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/ahmedabad

How Alang ship breaking yard struggles to survive as govt comes to its rescue

According to data provided by the Alang ship-breaking companies, Alang did 1.09 mn tonnes of Light Weight Displacement (LDT) recycling in 2022-23

The iconic INS Viraat had made its final journey to Alang ship breaking yard in 2017. (File photo)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 05:41 PM IST

Birdwatchers catch rare glimpse of sea birds on Gujarat shore after cyclone

Some unusual bird sightings have captivated birdwatchers in Gujarat as pelagic birds, typically bound to coastal and offshore regions, have been spotted inland following Cyclone Biparjoy.

A sooty tern was spotted at Nalsarovar. (Ramzaan Kasam/HT photo)
Updated on Jun 27, 2023 08:10 AM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Birders catch rare glimpse of seabirds in onshore regions of Gujarat

Birdwatchers and enthusiasts have reported sightings of Pelagic birds, including species like shearwaters, petrels, storm petrels and terns in places not typically associated with their presence

Brown Noddy spotted at Balachadi beach, about 35 km from Jamnagar, Gujarat (Yashodhan Bhatia)
Updated on Jun 25, 2023 06:41 PM IST

Gujarat begins to recover as cyclone ‘Biparjoy’ weakens; Shah lauds achievement

Shah surveyed affected regions, including Jakhau and Mandvi, and praised coordinated efforts of central and state personnel over “very severe” cyclonic storm.

Union home minister Amit Shah meets NDRF personnel in Gujarat on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 18, 2023 04:47 AM IST
By, Jakhau/mandvi/bhuj

Cyclone Biparjoy: Restoration process begins after cyclone leaves trail of destruction in Gujarat

Cyclone Biparjoy: In areas across coastal Gujarat like Bhuj and Dwarka, people stayed off the roads, and businesses such as hotels, restaurants and petrol stations remained shut.

Workers erect a pole to restore electricity in Kutch district of Gujarat. (AP)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 11:51 PM IST
By, Bhuj

Biparjoy disrupts infra, but damage contained

Cyclone Biparjoy caused damage to homes, trees, and power lines in several parts of Gujarat, India, after making landfall near Jakhau port on Thursday. The evacuation of over 100,000 people and preparations by multiple agencies helped contain casualties, with 23 injuries confirmed and no known fatalities. The cyclone caused flooding in Saurashtra and Kutch, and power outages affecting over 4,600 villages. The cyclone weakened as it headed towards Rajasthan, where heavy rain is forecast. The Gujarat government has announced cash incentives for those impacted by the cyclone, and preliminary assessments have been ordered to estimate damages.

A drone view of a broken bridge along the Naliya-Bhuj highway. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 11:48 PM IST
By, Bhuj

'Waiting for instructions': Locals as Gujarat recovers after Biparjoy battering

All ports in Gujarat’s Saurashtra and Kutch, including Mundra and Kandla, were shut before Cyclone Biparjoy brought winds sustaining at 115 to 125 km per hour.

People evacuated from Kandla Port before Cyclone Biparjoy made landfall. (AP)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 02:27 PM IST
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