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DigiLocker gets good response from Modi’s Gujarat

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s Gujarat has taken fancy to DigiLocker, the digital locker system launched by the government to securely store documents o

New secretaries for power & aviation ministries, govt makes top changes

As the union government prepares India to face uncertain monsoon and resultant effect on the economy, it has made major bureaucratic reshuffle at top tier. In the Tuesday’s shifting 16 minist

Advancing monsoon and cyclonic storm bring rainfall to west coast

The deep depression in the Arabian Sea has intensified into cyclonic storm `Ashobaa`. It may develop into a `super cyclonic storm` in next 24-36 hours. However, the landfall of the cyclonic storm m

Rajasthan set to become top solar energy producer

The desert state will also be solar state soon. Rajasthan is set to achieve solar power generation leadership with an installed capacity of 1,167 megawatt against Gujarat`s 1,000 mw capacity. Cost

Cong fires at PM from Dulat’s shoulder

Congress party has now found its voice to directly attack prime minister Narendra Modi instead of indirect barbs of Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje episodes. On Friday, the party raked up

The Economist’s politics

India’s malnutrition is back in international news, and for rather intriguing reasons. Some nasty articles have appeared in one of the most prestigious international magazines, the Economist

Voting made mandatory in Gujarat for local elections

The Gujarat government has finally taken a huge leap in democratic process in the country. It has issued a notification making voting in local body elections compulsory.  

Mandatory voting law stayed by Gujarat HC

Gujarat government`s notification issued last month making voting compulsory in civic body polls has been stayed by the high court. In response to a petition filed by advocate KR Kos

Morning briefing: Hardik Patel calls for Gujarat bandh, Whatsapp and SMS suspended to contain rumour mongering

Patels community leader Hardik Patel has called for a bandh in Gujarat today. In a late night message on WhatsApp, he also said, "I make an appeal to maintain peace and keep calm." 

PM goes on TV to seek peace in his home state

Prime minister Narendra Modi called for calm in Gujarat as violence rocked parts of the state. “We can reach a solution through negotiations,” Modi said in Gujarati in his first reactio

Police action postmortem bares ‘custodial’ death in Gujarat

The dark side of police action during Patel community agitation is coming out and it is going to hurt the Gujarat government. The Gujarat High Court on Friday ordered the state criminal investigati

Why Modi’s US visit divides Patels

Reservation politics of Gujarat is playing a big role overseas and has divided the Patel community in the US. An influential section of the Patel community is opposed to a planned rally this week a

Morning briefing: 14 Indians among 717 dead in Haj stampede in Saudi Arabia

At least 717 people, including fourteen Indians, were killed and over 860 injured in a stampede on Thursday during Haj here, in the second worst ever tragedy to hit the annual pilgrimage in Saudi A

Stay on local body polls in Gujarat extended

The supreme court has extended stay on the Gujarat local body elections till the next hearing on November 24. The development further increased the possibility of administrator rule

Gujarat HC declines to drop sedition charges against Hardik Patel

Gujarat High Court on Tuesday refused to quash sedition case slapped against Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel. He had moved the high court on Monday after he was arrested on charges of sed

Morning briefing: Cong scores in rural Gujarat, BJP retains urban areas in civic polls

The Congress has made a comeback in the rural areas of Gujarat and won 21 of the 31 district panchayats, while the BJP retained its hold over urban pockets clinching all six municipal corporations

Ishrat Files: Encountering truth

As Ishrat Jahan Raza is once again making headlines from beyond the grave, her family in a small town near Mumbai has to force itself further behind the veil. On a March afternoon, I climb up four

E-Voting: Ballot booth on your desktop

In 2004, a major technological push in the Indian electoral history took place when 1.5-million electronic voting machines (EVMs) replaced ballot boxes and papers for vote casting. The journey howe

How a 22-year old man’s arrest has kept Gujarat on the edge for months

Gujarat witnessed violence in 2015 when the Patidar community stood together to demand reservation for Patels in OBC (Other Backward Class) quota.  It’s been nine months since then but t

The land of Mohan and Mahatma

Porbandar is a small city with narrow and congested lanes, bustling with people, shops, cows, and children. Amid this hustle and bustle is a beautiful big white building, Kirti Mandir – where

All you need to know about Gulbarg society verdict

Fourteen years after a mob attacked the Gulbarg society in a Muslim locality of Ahmedabad during 2002 Gujarat riots, killing some 69 people, a special court on Thursday convicted 24 people involved

Temperance times

Prohibition in Gujarat is of course a joke. There are days – national holidays, religious festivals – when a regular consumer would have a hard time buying it in Delhi or Mumbai, but hi

Dry Bihar heaves a sigh of relief

My husband has lost everything to liquor. Whatever we inherited from our ancestors is  gone. On top of that, he would turn harsh to us after drinking. But now he is fighting for his life after

Promises aside, Tamil Nadu still reeks of alcohol

It is half past noon. Dozens of eager men are at one of the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC)-run liquor shops in Mullimanagar, a fishing hamlet along the Marina beach in Chennai. The

Why prohibition doesn’t make economic sense

These days K Babu, the controversial excise minister in the previous United Democratic Front government in Kerala headed by Oommen Chandy, cannot control his anger and frustration. Reason? He becam

In Anandiben’s Gujarat, dalits are lining up to die

 At least a dozen youngsters from scheduled caste (SC) communities have attempted suicide this week in various small towns in Saurashtra region of Gujarat, protesting against the state governm

That’s enough: Modi’s stern message to cow vigilantes

 "If you have a problem, if you feel like attacking someone, attack me, not my dalit brothers. If you want to shoot anyone, shoot me, not my dalit brothers," declared Modi in his ste

Won’t cow down to cow-protectors

How can people divided into thousands of castes be a nation?” This was a basic question raised by Dr BR Ambedkar during the freedom struggle. According to him, without annihilation of caste,

From saving Narmada to critiquing development, NBA has come a long way

Medha Patkar and the movement led by her, the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), evoke sharp responses. Many label them anti-development, anti-technology and in cahoots with those who do not wan

"If PM had expelled Telangana MLA, that would have sent a stronger message"

Dalit atrocity in Gujarat has highlighted the plight of people fighting with the social stigma even after seven decades of independence. In an interview with Jasleen Kaur

Jignesh Mevani on why the dalit movement cannot fail

When a group of upper-caste ‘cow protection’ vigilantes flogged four dalits for skinning a dead cow (and went on to even record a video clipping of the beating) in Mota Samadhiyala

PM launches SAUNI Project in Gujarat

Giving support to farmers of Saurashtra, Gujarat, prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase of the Saurashtra Narmada Avatarana Irrigation Yojana (SAUNI) project on Tuesday a

Here is a spiritual opportunity for Modi

It’s different this time.” Jignesh Mevani also repeats that adage, that the dalit agitation in Gujarat this time is different. That it is unlike several campaigns in the state&r

SAUNI yojana: Saurashtra is no longer bone dry

Gopalbhai Patel, a 51-year-old farmer of Bagthala village in Rajkot district of Gujarat, has always looked at the skies in monsoon, wishing it to rain copiously so that he can grow his crop

Modi celebrates b’day with specially abled children

Vivek and Ritesh, both six-years-old, from Amerli district were clueless when they sensed sound for the first time in their life. A sense of amusement, mixed with fear, was visible on th

How a partially blind IAS officer helped the deaf to listen and the disabled to move

For a split second, six-year-old deaf boys Vivek and Ritesh looked perplexed, and then they grinned as they were able to hear for the first time after a tiny cochlear implant was switched o

IoT innovation hub to be set up in Gujarat

  To accelerate digital transformation in Gujarat, International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology (iCreate) and Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) has signed an MoU with C

Colours of the white desert

In the night of a full moon, the white desert of Kutch is a captivating sight. The view of mushy salt land under the blanket of moonlight, stretching as far as your eyes can see, beholds to

Not slumming it anymore

The prime minister, who takes pride in having risen from being a chaiwala, has often said he wants every Indian to have a home by 2022. A beginning seems to have been made in his city, Ahmedabad, a

Demonetisation hits handicraft business at Rann Utsav

Mangal Bhai Rama Harijan is a craftsman from Kawada village, 50 kilometres from the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, the place where India’s most prominent cultural festival takes place every

Rann Utsav: Colours of the white desert

Rann Utsav is a 110-day annual cultural festival held in the winter months at the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. The festival attracts thousands of tourists from across the world. Arrangements are

Join the club, let’s discuss biodiversity!

At a time when the biggest seller of weapons is bestowed

Agriculture in Budget 2017: Radical change in approach needed

 Both the finance minister and later the prime minister spoke about the highest priority given to the welfare of farmers in the budget related speeches in the parliament  soon after the b

SC orders compensation to Sardar Sarovar dam oustees

The supreme court has ordered the distribution of compensation to families affected by the Sardar Sarovar dam project. Each family will receive Rs 60 lakh per for two hectares of land. Moreover, ab

The Nirbhaya of Naliya: a gang-rape in Gujarat involving BJP leaders

  The “Forum of Concerned Citizens for Naliya Incident” sent a fact-finding team to Kutch on February 20. The members of the team were Dineshbhai Sanghvi, Meenaks

Nirbhaya of Naliya and a Beti Bachao campaign in Gujarat

The gang-rape and forcing into prostitution of a 19-year-old woman from Naliya, in western Kutch, by people with links to the ruling BJP (in the state as well as the centre) has once again

Action sought on Naliya gang-rape as Modi addresses women sarpanches

  A 19-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped and forced into a sex racket by ruling-BJP members in Kutch district of Gujarat. The victim – being called the ‘Nirbhay

India’s largest petrochemical plant up and running

  Prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday dedicated ONGC Petro additions Ltd (OPaL) plant to the nation at a function at Bharuch, Gujarat.   OPaL is

Guidelines being framed for human milk banks

The government is in process of framing national guidelines on human milk banks, the Lok Sabha was informed.   Presently, there is no breast milk bank in the

BHEL unveils 250 MW eco-friendly lignite power plant in Gujarat

 Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a Maharatna PSU, has successfully commissioned 250 MW unit based on eco-friendly circulating fluidized bed combustion (CFBC) technology, using low g

Cow vigilantism: Why Naqvi`s explanation is not convincing

 Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has dismissed cow vigilantism that led to one person being killed, when he said in parliament that no such incident has taken place. Here is the r

For a cycle of change

Mansukh Mandviya is in his mid-40s and also looks young for a central minister, but he is not a novice in politics. When he first became MLA in Gujarat, in 2002, he was barely 30. An ABVP produ

Maharashtra, UP, Gujarat saw significant investments in real estate

Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat together account for over half of the total investments attracted by real estate and construction sector in India as of December 2016, noted a study by ASSOCH

Campaign launched against mob-lynching

A group of activists on Monday launched a national campaign against mob-lynching and demanded a new law to curb it. The panel comprised JNU student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid,

Demand for products with zero carbon footprint: Modi

 "There is a demand for products with zero carbon footprint,” said prime minister Narendra Modi who inaugurated a mega-trade fair and exhibition: Textiles India 2017 in Gandhinagar

Need to digitise value chain of textile industry: Amitabh Kant

“If India has to grow rapidly, it cannot grow without exports. We still import a lot of raw material like laces, buttons, elastics etc, which makes production expensive for the (clothing) man

To understand Modi saga, look at the Vaghela story

Back in the early 1990s, Shankarsinh Vaghela was (or at least perceived to be) more popular of the two people running the BJP show in Gujarat. Today, the other man is the prime minister, and Vagh

Will the needy get homes under PMAY?

 The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), introduced in June 2015, aims at providing every family with “a pucca house with water connection, toilet facilities, 24x7 electricity supply&rdqu

Use technology to simplify governance: Modi to bureaucrats

 Officers must not restrict themselves to files, but go to the field, to understand the true impact of decision-making, prime minister Narendra Modi told senior bureaucrats. Modi on

Foundation stone laid for India’s first bullet train project

 Foundation stone of the 508 km long Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed rail project was jointly laid by prime minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Thursday at Sabarmati

We have brought Narmada water to villages: Modi

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched multiple infrastructure projects, including an international airport, near Rajkot in poll-bound Gujarat and assured that water from Narmada river w

No cash, please!

Bindu Ben, 41, is a famer by profession. She runs a grocery store in the Gujarat Narmada Fertilizer Corporation (GNFC) township in Bharuch district and transacts only through Paytm – an elect

Gujarat polls in two stages

Gujarat will have two-stage elections for the next assembly, on December 9 and December 14, and the results will be out on December 14, the election commission announced on Tuesday. The fir

The Neem revolution

When it comes to listing the benefits of neem leaves, properties like anti-bacterial and anti-fungal come immediately to the mind. But did you know that these humble leaves can help a child in gett

Skeleton in the backyard

If only fossils could talk. When a team of researchers recently unearthed a gigantic fossil of a sea creature that lived millions of years ago in Kutch, they took us back in time to when there were

Finance beyond geography

Traditionally, finance has been ‘global’ in character. Over the centuries, frequent changes of regimes, combined with evolution of administrative systems, have restricted free movement

Gujarat in the times of another Vikas

In October, during yet another of his visits to Gujarat, prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a curious range of projects in Vadodara: a transport hub and multi-level parking facility as well a

In poll-bound Gujarat, what Rahul misses is Modi’s organisational strength

The assembly elections in Gujarat are expected by December, and the Elections Commission is touring the state on Monday to check the preparedness. It is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home st

In Gujarat polls, forget conventional calculations, Modi will win hands down

Gujarat has always been a riddle for those who tend to apply conventional academic or intellectual tools to unravel the mystery. When confusion gets confounded, such analysts invent subterfuge to c

Forgotten riot victims of Ahmedabad are indifferent to polls

In Ahmedabad, any mention of this locality elicits quite a reaction. “There’s no point in going there. It’s been 15 years now. It’s all developed!” And I’d be te

Gujarat polls phase 1: 15% candidates have criminal cases

As Gujarat goes to assembly elections this month, at least 137 of the 977 candidates in the fray for the first phase have declared criminal cases against themselves.   Th

Gujarat Elections: How disasters have redrawn the state’s political fault lines

A calamity in the times of intense politics, particularly just ahead of elections, is the worst reckoner of history. Luckily, the Cyclone Ockhi that hit the southern coast of Gujarat earlier this w

Gujarat Elections: Is BJP putting a new electoral strategy to test?

As the first phase of the Gujarat elections is on, one question that political pundits and common people alike are asking is: who is likely to win? Indeed, these elections are vital for the BJP, no

Gujarat polls: The news lows in politics

From ‘neech’ to ‘dadhi-topi’, the run-up to Gujarat assembly elections have seen politicians stooping to a new low to score brownie points over their adversaries.

Gujarat Elections: For BJP, voters show both pride and prejudice

Familiarity, it is said, breeds contempt. But a two-decade-long association of a political party with the electorate is bound to unleash demons of contempt, jealousy and disaffection. 

Gujarat decides

People queued up since early morning to cast their ballot to decide the political fate of 851 candidates in the second and final phase of the bitterly fought Gujarat assembly elections.

BJP does well in Gujarat, show exit polls

BJP is all set to retain Gujarat, indicated one exit poll. Another exit poll, however, showed a tough fight in at least one region. Aaj Tak exit poll showed that BJP will win 99 &nda

BJP hopes to retain Gujarat, win Himachal

 As millions of votes began to be counted on Monday, the Bharatiya Janata Party hoped to retain Gujarat for the sixth consecutive time while it looked forward to wresting Himachal Pradesh from

BJP takes early lead in Gujarat, Himachal

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) surged ahead in the first hour of vote count in both Gujarat as well as Himachal Pradesh.   The initial trends on Monday indicate that th

In Gujarat, all eyes on Ahmedabad

All eyes are on Gujarat as the vote count is on, but in the state all eyes might be on Ahmedabad. The chief city, and the early capital before the planned township of Gandhinagar cam

LIVE: Whatever the result, blame it on EVMs

9:13 am: Like failed political analysts, parties also look for an excuse to explain away their failures. Right from the word go, the opposition in Gujarat began with a bravado but

Gujarat Verdict 2017: Two musketeers

Alpesh Thakor, Jignesh Mevani, and Hardik Patel were thought to be cause for worry for the BJP. But Patel, for all his bravado, chose not to contest the elections and prove that he has the support

What a possible jolt in Gujarat can mean for governance

As of writing, there are only leads, and the gap between the BJP and the Congress is somewhat increasing. Yet, it looks like a close battle – not what all the exit polls had forecast.

Trends: BJP coasts past halfway mark in Gujarat

There was a time during the vote count when the BJP election managers may well have chewed through their nails as the Congress put up a spirited fight in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. But, soon the

When some opted for NOTA

Over one and a half lakh voters in Gujarat and nearly 10,000 voters in Himachal Pradesh pressed the NOTA button, expressing their wish that none of the candidates were suitable to be elected to the

Rahul Gandhi’s rise comes at the right moment

In future, the Gujarat elections might as well be remembered for the arrival of Rahul Gandhi.   Going by the leads, the Congress is certainly not going to win, and few ha

A newbie makes its presence felt

For a party that was formed barely a couple of years back, the Bharatiya Tribal Party seems to have done well for itself as it is headed for victory in at least two seats in Gujarat.

Twitter erupts in laughter with #GujaratVerdict

Going by the leads, the BJP is set to establish its stronghold in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Confident of his party’s victory, prime minister Narendra Modi even flashed a victory sign whil

Majoritarianism rules!

Just the facts first. In the Gujarat assembly elections, the BJP did not field a single Muslim candidate. No one expected it to; and its leaders make no bones about ignoring the nine percent Muslim

The other Modi who won in Gujarat

Another Modi emerged triumphant in Gujarat on Monday. No, we are not talking about prime minister Narendra Modi who is credited with scripting the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh victories, but it is

Jo Jita Wohi Sikandar, yes, but the victor is PM, not BJP

More often, a colloquial proverb sums up a complex political situation more aptly than scholarly formulations. If one looks at the Gujarat verdict, nothing summarises it more perfectly than the ada

For a Gujarati, BJP is what CPM was for a Bengali (with a rider)

The BJP is set to form the sixth government in Gujarat. Not counting a bump in 1996-98 thanks to its own rebel Shankarsinh Vaghela, the party has been in power since 1995, and shows no signs of ant

After NOTA`s success, time to consider Right to Recall

With nearly six lakh voters pressing the NOTA button in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, the next logical step for a mature democracy like India would be to introduce right to recal

Mevani the vulnerable

 Jignesh Mevani is the sole leader from the Gujarat youthquake (more accurately, a castequake led by youth leaders) who has won an election on his own steam. He stood as an independent candida

Chief ministerial hopefuls of Gujarat

Would Vijay Rupani continue as the chief minister of Gujarat? If not, then who would succeed him. With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning in Gujarat, albeit with fewer seats as

About a third of Gujarat`s new MLAs have declared criminal cases

 An analysis of the Gujarat assembly elections 2017 shows that 47 of the total 182 MLAs have declared criminal cases against them. In 2012, 57 (31%) MLAs had declared criminal cases against th

Changing Gujarat CM now would make no sense

Speculation is over, as senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley announced in Gandhinagar Friday that Vijay Rupani will continue as chief minister of Gujarat, along with Nitin Patel as his deputy. The specul

UP Investor Summit: Will promise convert into performance?

The UP investors’ summit has received an overwhelming response. On the opening day, Wednesday, 1,045 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) worth Rs 4.28 trillion were signed at the summit &ndas

Exclusive Interview with Gujarat CM Rupani: `Modi magic is intact`

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani asserts that he is sure his party, BJP, will repeat the performance of 2014 Lok Sabha election in the 2019 national elections as the “Modi magic” is

Cape Town water crisis and lessons for dry Holi

Come Holi and the non-ending debate on saving water vs it’s just-a-once-in-a-year festival rages on. A week before the festival, many housing societies and complexes has already started prepa

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