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Surat diamond industry looks to tide recession by extended vacation

Workers unions have accused the Surat diamond companies of resorting to massive layoffs- a claim refuted by the industry bodies

The Surat diamond industry employs close to 8 lakh people. (File Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2023 12:42 PM IST

Surat textile industry faces 30% drop in demand, reduces working hours

The Surat textile industry has recorded a 30-40% drop in production and many factory owners have reduced the work hours to four-five days per week

The textile industry in Surat has been facing various challenges that have led to a decline in its growth and profitability. (File Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2023 02:51 PM IST

Ahmedabad court orders inquiry into Tejashwi Yadav’s ‘Gujarati thugs’ remark

The complainant, Haresh Mehta, an office bearer of an NGO, sought action against the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader under sections 499 and 500 (dealing with criminal defamation) over an alleged remark made by Yadav.

Bihar deputy chief minister and RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav (File Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2023 08:55 PM IST

All 67 accused acquitted in Naroda massacre case

A special court in Ahmedabad on Thursday acquitted all accused in the Naroda Gam massacre case where 11 Muslims were killed.

Gujarat ex-minister Maya Kodnani leaves the court after her acquittal, in Ahmedabad, on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 21, 2023 01:02 AM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Surat court declines to stay Rahul’s conviction

The conviction in a 2019 criminal defamation case related to his remarks on the Modi surname led to Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as a Member of Parliament

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 21, 2023 12:13 AM IST
By, Ahmedabad

Cumin prices hit eye-watering 600/kg as spice inflation bites

A silver lining is that farmers are getting a fair share of the market price due to a twist in how the spices market functions.

In Gujarat's Una, the nerve centre of India's spice trade, prices of cumin shot to over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>40,000 quintal (100 kg) last week.(Unsplash)
Published on Apr 18, 2023 06:14 AM IST

Up to 73% of 1,091 bird species likely to shift due to climate change: Study

The paper titled “Projected Shifts in Bird Distribution in India under Climate Change” flagged the impacts of climate change on biodiversity in India

The study showed that long-distance migratory birds’ habitat is more vulnerable to climate change. (AFP/Representative)
Updated on Apr 05, 2023 01:01 PM IST

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
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