Auction money to be used for clean Ganga project
GN Bureau | February 20, 2015
It started with a quote of Rs 51 lakh and, finally prime minister Narendra Modi's suit with his name woven into it in gold pinstripes has been lapped for Rs. 4.31 crore.
On the final day of auction in Surat, diamond merchant Hitesh Patel of Dharmanandan Diamonds became the owner the suit that has generated so much scrutiny and controversy. Hitesh’s initial offer was of Rs. 3.61 crore and even this amount was far more than figures quoted by other bidders.
On Thursday, another diamond merchant, Mukesh Patel offered Rs. 1.48 crore for the suit. Gujarat-based industrialist Komalkant Sharma bid for Rs. 1.41 crore.
An interesting bid was made by a school teacher. Rajesh Maheshwari, a nursery school teacher in Surat, offered Rs. 1.25 crore raised by a group of 250 people who contributed Rs. 50,000 each.
The suit worn by Modi during US president Barack Obama's visit last month was mocked by opposition parties. The suit was being auctioned along with 450 other gifts Modi received as the prime minister. The bids closed this evening and the money will be used for the clean river Ganga project.
Hitesh Patel told a news agency that “We will keep the suit in our office as a reminder of the noble cause we took part in.”
Who bid for the suit:
Yield gaps in wheat production in India can be countered with an earlier sowing date, says a University of Michigan researcher. Using a new way to measure wheat yields, Meha Jain, assistant professor at the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, found that the wheat yie
Kharpariya village, about 50 km from the headquarters town of Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla district, is like many villages in the region, home to the Baiga, deemed a particularly vulnerable tribal group (PVTG) for whom permanent contraception methods are banned to prevent extinction. However, care for p
Somabhai Modi says he remembers only one occasion when he offered his younger brother prime minister Narendra Modi advice regarding work. This, he says, was when Modi was chief minister of Gujarat. After one of his weekly grievance redressal sessions, the then chief minister had enquired after the well-b
Should ration cards not linked to Aadhaar be rendered ineligible?
INS Kiltan, the third anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvette built under project 28 (Kamorta class), was commissioned into the Indian Navy by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam. The anti-submarine warfare stealth corvet
Maharatna enterprise, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) has supplied defence grade micro-alloyed grade of steel (DMR 249A) steel plates for the indigenously built anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvette INS-Kiltan commissioned into Indian Navy. SAIL’s integ