As many as 12 of 17 states in the Reserve Bank of India’s non-special category grew faster than the growth pace of  the national economy in 2018, a Crisil report has said. In its report titled ‘States of growth 2.0’, Crisil said, “As many as 12 of 17 states in the Reserve Bank of India’s non-special category grew faster than the 6.7% pace the national economy clocked in fiscal 2018”. Crisil said that the growth however has not been equitable.

“Low-income states have not sustained high growth long enough to meaningfully bridge the per-capita income gap with the high-income states. In fact, the chasm is widening,” the report added.

Moreover, growth has not quite been conducive to job creation in a majority of the states. That’s because 11 states have recorded lower growth in ‘employment-intensive’ sectors such as manufacturing, construction and trade, and hotels transport and communication services, compared with the national rate, it said.

Crisil report found that on the fiscal front, most states veered off the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM) line. “Despite this, due to little fiscal legroom for the Centre and increased share of states in central transfers, states are now the new engines of public spending. Although Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Bihar were the biggest spenders overall, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana topped the list of states that spent the most out of their budget on capex,” Crisil said.

It added that the spending is not as much as they ought to be in health and education. The debt ratio was over 30 percent in Punjab, Rajasthan and Kerala, while Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Karnataka managed to keep it relatively low.

For most states, an increase in the primary deficit (which captures the current fiscal stance of the government) was the major cause of the rise in the debt ratio, the report added.

-January 22, 2019

BJP MP Nana Patole, unhappy with PM Modi’s style of functioning, resigns from Party, Lok Sabha

BJP MP Nana Patole, unhappy with PM Modi’s style of functioning, resigns from Party, Lok Sabha

A day before Gujarat goes to polls with BJP banking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s popularity, a BJP MP from Maharashtra has resigned citing Mr Modi’s unpopularity.  

A Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Maharashtra’s Bhandara-Gondia constituency, Nana Patole, resigned from the party and the Lok Sabha today.

Patole, in August, criticised the BJP-led Maharashtra government for the way it was implementing the farm loan waiver scheme. He said the government was insensitive to farmers’ problems and farmer suicides.

Nana Patole did not resign just because he was unhappy with the way farmer crisis was being handled, but because PM Modi’s way functioning did not go down well with him.

Patole had criticised Narendra Modi earlier this year saying the prime minister does not like to take questions.

Nana Patole’s resignation letter

Patole, who joined the BJP in 2008 after ditching Congress, extended his support to senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha in his agitation for farmers. In the 2014 general elections, Patole won the Bhandara-Gondia constituency defeating NCP’s Praful Patel.

Sources said that he may return to the Congress Party.

Nana Patole gave 14-point resignation letter accusing PM Modi and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis of pursuing anti-people policy. The points raised in his letter are:

  1. There has been an increase of 43 per cent in farmers’ suicides over the last one year. The government had promised to give one-and-a-half times the existing price for produces to the farmers, but they are not getting adequate price. The government has not implemented the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission report for farmers’ benefit.
  2. The state of unemployment is very serious while the government had promised to provide employment to 2 crore youths. The government has not taken any measure for employment generation. There has been 90 per cent reduction in government jobs.
  3. The nomadic people are backward in educational, social and economic spheres in Maharashtra and other parts of the country. But, the government has not implemented Renke Commission’s recommendations for their benefit.
  4. The state of economy is pathetic.
  5. Crores of people were rendered jobless due to demonetisation. Youths have been thrown out of jobs from private banks.
  6. Small industries have almost shut down after GST.
  7. The government has failed in providing reservation due to which SC/ST and OBC communities are in distress. The government has even acted against its own promise of conducting caste census to know the exact population of OBC community.  Till date OBC population is not known.
  8. The provision to penalise poor for keeping less than minimum amount in bank accounts is not going down well with people. Even the LPG subsidy is being lost to penalty for non-maintenance of minimum amount in bank accounts.
  9. Farmers are being exploited due to non-availability of seeds and fertilizers. Farmers are also facing problems in selling their produces in the mandis.
  10. The government schemes have not been properly implemented efficiently which led to policies like the Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme become a failure.
  11. Lack of knowledge on the part of farmers for the use of chemical insecticides led to further trouble for the farmers.
  12. Lack of compensation for the loss of crops. The farmers were asked to register their complaints online which is not in their favour.
  13. The incidents of farmers’ suicide increased in the last three years. But, the government did not take measures to put a check on this trend.
  14. The government’s policy is in favour of corporate world. It seems that the government’s intention is to favour contract and privatisation.
    – New Delhi, December 8, 2017

Ahmedabad first World Heritage city of India

Ahmedabad first World Heritage city of India

Gujarat’s largest city Ahmedabad on Friday formally became India’s first World Heritage City with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova handing over the certificate to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.

Speaking on the occasion, Rupani said it was a proud moment for over 6.5 crore Gujaratis. Ahmedabad got the World Heritage City status due to hard work done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added.

The city, which is also known as Manchester of the East for its textile industries, was selected out of 250 cities in the race for the coveted status.

“Modiji did a lot of hard work to get the heritage city tag for Ahmedabad,” said Rupani, adding the city, which is a home to great men like Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Narendra Modi, has now been awarded the certificate of the World Heritage City by UNESCO.

Ahmedabad“This day is not a result of something which is achieved overnight but a fruit of the hard work of then Chief Minister Modi, who organised an Asian heritage city conference in Ahmedabad in 2010

wherein he talked about making the city a world heritage city,” Rupani said. “I convey my heartfelt gratitude to PM Narendra Modi for his vision and direction and support. I am sure that the city will now be flooded with tourists and historians from across the globe

which will increase the pride and glory of Gujarat,” said the Chief Minister. He accused the earlier Governments of not trying enough to get the coveted status. The Chief Minister also thanked the UNESCO and the Culture Ministry

In her speech, Bokova said, “It was indeed a great experience to visit India’s first UNESCO World Heritage city, a symbol of intercultural dialogue and unity in diversity.

“A city that boasts life, culture, and joy everyday with its extravagant lifestyle. A symbol of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence.” “Significance of the city lies beyond the physical beauty of its architectural heritage. A landmark city where (Mahatama) Gandhiji began India’s freedom struggle,” the UNESCO official added.

On July 8, India secured the nomination for Ahmedabad on UNESCO’s World Heritage list during the 41st Session of World Heritage Committee. The honour makes the walled city of Ahmedabad the third in Asia to be on the list.

 – 02 September, 2017 | Ahmedabad

Cleanest Cities in the Country- 2017 list released

‘Cleanest Cities in the Country’

Survey of ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ — carried out by the Quality Council of India released

Indore and Bhopal, in Madhya Pradesh have emerged as the cleanest cities.

Indore and Bhopal, both in Madhya Pradesh, have emerged as the cleanest cities in the country as per a massive cleanliness survey commissioned by the Union Urban Development Ministry. They are followed by Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru, Tiruchi, New Delhi Municipal Council area, Navi Mumbai, Tirupati and Vadodara in the top 10 list.

The survey — Swachh Survekshan 2017 — was carried out by the Quality Council of India across 434 cities in the country and is based on the feedback of 18 lakh respondents.Cleanest Cities

The results of the survey were announced by Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday.

The top 10 cleanest cities in the country are Indore, Bhopal, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru, Tiruchi, New Delhi Municipal Council area, Navi Mumbai, Tirupati and Vadodara, respectively.

In Madhya Pradesh, all cities and towns have substantially improved sanitation rankings in 2017 over that of 2016 and 2014. The State’s 23 cities and towns are among the top 100 cleanest cities in the country.

Gujarat is also close, with 21 of its cities and towns in the top 100 list. Surat and Vadodara are in the fourth and tenth position respectively.

However, Gujarat has the maximum of 12 cities among the Top 50, closely followed by Madhya Pradesh with 11 and Andhra Pradesh with 8. Tamil Nadu and Telangana account for four each. Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Sikkim and Uttar Pradesh account for one each in this group.

“I would prefer to call these results as ‘Citizens’ Verdict’ on sanitation in urban areas, given the scale and eagerness of citizens’ participation and the fact that these 434 cities and towns account for about 60% of the country’s urban population,” Mr. Naidu said.

“I am particularly happy over the fact that over 80% of the respondents reported a definite improvement in cleanliness in our cities and towns over the last year and in sanitation related infrastructure and services like waste collection and processing has improved,” he said.

A major transformation in respect of sanitation was taking place in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. “So, let us call them the ‘Movers and Shakers’ of the ongoing cleanliness drive,” he said.

Rajasthan and Punjab have five cities each in the Bottom 50, followed by Maharashtra, with two and one each from Haryana, Karnataka and Lakshadweep. Of the 62 surveyed in Uttar Pradesh, 41 figured among the Bottom 100 and this was a matter of concern, Mr. Naidu said.

“Further to our analysis of the survey data, sanitation scenario in Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab and Kerala also appear to be a matter of concern, requiring these States to step up efforts,” he said.

In respect of Bihar, out of the 27 cities surveyed this year, 19 of them were ranked beyond 300 and the best rank for the State being 147 for Biharsharif. Fifteen cities are among the Bottom 100.

In the case of Rajasthan, 18 of the 29 cities are ranked beyond 300, with 13 among the Bottom 100. Best rank that the State could get is 171 for Bundi.

In Punjab, 7 of the 16 cities surveyed figure among the Bottom 100 with the best rank being 121 for SAS Nagar.

-04-May, 2017

Swachh Survekshan- 2017 Rankings



1 Indore Madhya Pradesh
2 Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
3 Visakhapatnam (Vizag) Andhra Pradesh
4 Surat Gujarat
5 Mysuru (Mysore) Karnataka
6 Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) Tamil Nadu
7 New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Delhi
8 Navi Mumbai Maharashtra
9 Tirupati Andhra Pradesh
10 Vadodara Gujarat
11 Chandigarh Chandigarh
12 Ujjain Madhya Pradesh
13 Pune Maharashtra
14 Amdavad (Ahmedabad) Gujarat
15 Ambikapur Chattisgarh
16 Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
17 Khargone Madhya Pradesh
18 Rajkot (M. Corp) Gujarat
19 Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh
20 Gandhinagar (NA) Gujarat
21 Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh
22 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Telangana
23 Sagar Madhya Pradesh
24 Murwara (Katni) Madhya Pradesh
25 Navsari Gujarat
26 Vapi Gujarat
27 Gwalior Madhya Pradesh
28 Warangal Telangana
29 Greater Mumbai Maharashtra
30 Suryapet Telangana
31 Tadipatri Andhra Pradesh
32 Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
33 Bhavnagar Gujarat
34 Kalol Gujarat
35 Jamnagar Gujarat
36 Omkareshwar Madhya Pradesh
37 Kumbakonam Tamil Nadu
38 Rewa Madhya Pradesh
39 Jetpur Navagadh Gujarat
40 Narasaraopet Andhra Pradesh
41 Chas Jharkhand
42 Erode Tamil Nadu
43 Kakinada Andhra Pradesh
44 Tenali Andhra Pradesh
45 Siddipet Telangana
46 Rajahmundry Andhra Pradesh
47 Shimla Himachal Pradesh
48 Ratlam Madhya Pradesh
49 Godhra Gujarat
50 Gangtok Sikkim
51 Singrauli Madhya Pradesh
52 Junagadh Gujarat
53 Chhindwara Madhya Pradesh
54 Bhilai Nagar Chattisgarh
55 Sehore Madhya Pradesh
56 Shirdi (Shirdhi) Maharashtra
57 Madurai Tamil Nadu
58 Dewas Madhya Pradesh
59 Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh
60 Bharuch Gujarat
61 Pithampur Madhya Pradesh
62 Tambaram Tamil Nadu
63 Mangaluru (Mangalore) Karnataka
64 Jamshedpur (NAC) Jharkhand
65 Karnal Haryana
66 Dwarka Gujarat
67 Gandhidham Gujarat
68 Tiruppur Tamil Nadu
69 Nadiad Gujarat
70 Ongole Andhra Pradesh
71 Chittoor Andhra Pradesh
72 Pimpri-Chinchwad Maharashtra
73 Khandwa Madhya Pradesh
74 Mandsaur Madhya Pradesh
75 Satna Madhya Pradesh
76 Chandrapur Maharashtra
77 Korba Chattisgarh
78 Betul Madhya Pradesh
79 Botad Gujarat
80 Nandyal Andhra Pradesh
81 Giridih Jharkhand
82 Hosur Tamil Nadu
83 Machilipatnam Andhra Pradesh
84 Velankani (Vellankanni) Tamil Nadu
85 Durg Chattisgarh
86 Eluru Andhra Pradesh
87 Bhimavaram Andhra Pradesh
88 Faridabad Haryana
89 Ambarnath Maharashtra
90 Panaji Goa
91 Hazaribag Jharkhand
92 Chhatarpur (Chhattarpur) Madhya Pradesh
93 Guntakal Andhra Pradesh
94 Bhubaneswar Town Odisha
95 Palanpur Gujarat
96 Morbi Gujarat
97 Tadepalligudem Andhra Pradesh
98 Bhuj Gujarat
99 Mehsana Gujarat
100 Leh Jammu and Kashmir
101 Veraval Gujarat
102 Deoghar Jharkhand
103 Anand Gujarat
104 Raigarh Chattisgarh
105 Aizawl (NT) Mizoram
106 Dindigul Tamil Nadu
107 Chilakaluripet Andhra Pradesh
108 Vellore Tamil Nadu
109 Dhanbad Jharkhand
110 Karaikkudi Tamil Nadu
111 Patan Gujarat
112 Gurugram (Gurgaon) Haryana
113 Pudukkottai Tamil Nadu
114 Nagda Madhya Pradesh
115 Solapur Maharashtra
116 Thane Maharashtra
117 Ranchi Jharkhand
118 Guntur Andhra Pradesh
119 Srikakulam Andhra Pradesh
120 Deesa Gujarat
121 S.A.S. Nagar Punjab
122 Imphal Manipur
123 Amreli Gujarat
124 Dhule Maharashtra
125 Rajapalayam Tamil Nadu
126 Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh
127 Kancheepuram Tamil Nadu
128 Bhind Madhya Pradesh
129 Raipur Chattisgarh
130 Mira-Bhayandar Maharashtra
131 Mango (NAC) Jharkhand
132 Bathinda Punjab
133 Proddatur Andhra Pradesh
134 Guwahati Assam
135 Salem Tamil Nadu
136 Neemuch Madhya Pradesh
137 Nagpur Maharashtra
138 Burhanpur Madhya Pradesh
139 Vasai Virar City Maharashtra
140 Ludhiana Punjab
141 Ichalkaranji Maharashtra
142 Valsad Gujarat
143 Udupi Karnataka
144 Adityapur Jharkhand
145 Aligarh Uttar Pradesh
146 Biharsharif Bihar
147 Shivamogga (Shimoga) Karnataka
148 Mandya Karnataka
149 Dharmavaram Andhra Pradesh
150 Surendranagar Dudhrej Gujarat
151 Nashik Maharashtra
152 Tumakuru (Tumkur) Karnataka
153 Gondal Gujarat
154 Kadapa Andhra Pradesh
155 Pallavaram Tamil Nadu
156 Gudivada Andhra Pradesh
157 Satara Maharashtra
158 Kulgaon Badlapur (Badlapur) Maharashtra
159 Kavali Andhra Pradesh
160 Hindupur Andhra Pradesh
161 Nagaon Assam
162 Jalgaon Maharashtra
163 Seoni Madhya Pradesh
164 Rajnandgaon Chattisgarh
165 Nellore Andhra Pradesh
166 Jhansi Uttar Pradesh
167 Gadag Betageri Karnataka
168 Raurkela Odisha
169 Avadi Tamil Nadu
170 Panvel Maharashtra
171 Bundi Rajasthan
172 Delhi Cantonment Delhi
173 Vidisha Madhya Pradesh
174 Nagercoil Tamil Nadu
175 Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
176 Kurnool Andhra Pradesh
177 Kolhapur Maharashtra
178 Nizamabad Telangana
179 Bilaspur Chattisgarh
180 Sikar Rajasthan
181 Nandurbar Maharashtra
182 Miryalaguda Telangana
183 Ahmednagar Maharashtra
184 Porbandar Gujarat
185 Nagapattinam Tamil Nadu
186 Pali Rajasthan
187 Berhampur(Brahmapur Town) Odisha
188 Pathankot Punjab
189 Puducherry (Pondicherry) Puducherry
190 Balasore(Baleshwar Town) Odisha
191 Ramagundam Telangana
192 Nanded Waghala Maharashtra
193 Tirunelveli Tamil Nadu
194 Puri Town Odisha
195 Adilabad Telangana
196 East Delhi Municipal Corporation Delhi
197 Anantnag Jammu and Kashmir
198 Thanjavur Tamil Nadu
199 Hubli-Dharwad Karnataka
200 Nalgonda Telangana
201 Karimnagar Telangana
202 South Delhi Municipal Corporation Delhi
203 Bagalkote(Bagalkot) Karnataka
204 Cuttack Odisha
205 Morena Madhya Pradesh
206 Ozhukarai Puducherry
207 Ulhasnagar Maharashtra
208 Kohima Nagaland
209 Jodhpur Rajasthan
210 Bruhat Bengaluru (BBMP) Karnataka
211 Panchkula Haryana
212 Bhilwara Rajasthan
213 Ananthapuramu (Ananthapur) Andhra Pradesh
214 Srikalahasti Andhra Pradesh
215 Jaipur Rajasthan
216 Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh
217 Bhadravathi(Bhadravati) Karnataka
218 Roorkee Uttarakhand
219 Osmanabad Maharashtra
220 Ranebennur (Ranibennur) Karnataka
221 Port Blair Andaman and Nicobar Islands
222 Ferozepur Punjab
223 Thoothukudi (Thoothukkudi) Tamil Nadu
224 Adoni Andhra Pradesh
225 Chickamagaluru (Chikmagalur) Karnataka
226 Ajmer Rajasthan
227 Hassan Karnataka
228 Shivpuri Madhya Pradesh
229 Parbhani Maharashtra
230 Yavatmal Maharashtra
231 Amravati Maharashtra
232 Jagdalpur Chattisgarh
233 Jalandhar Punjab
234 Kalyan-Dombivli Maharashtra
235 Greater Chennai (Chennai) Tamil Nadu
236 Khammam Telangana
237 Sangli Miraj Kupwad Maharashtra
238 Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu
239 Malegaon Maharashtra
240 Udgir Maharashtra
241 Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
242 Damoh Madhya Pradesh
243 Sonepat (Sonipat) Haryana
244 Haridwar Uttarakhand
245 Saharanpur Uttar Pradesh
246 Jaunpur Uttar Pradesh
247 Allahabad Uttar Pradesh
248 Belagavi (Belgaum) Karnataka
249 Mahabubnagar Telangana
250 Cuddalore Tamil Nadu
251 Jammu Jammu and Kashmir
252 Ayodhya Uttar Pradesh
253 Thanesar Haryana
254 Kozhikode (Calicut) Kerala
255 Gangapur City Rajasthan
256 Kashipur Uttarakhand
257 Kishanganj Bihar
258 Amritsar Punjab
259 Kullu Himachal Pradesh
260 Dabra Madhya Pradesh
261 Baripada Town Odisha
262 Patna Bihar
263 Agra Uttar Pradesh
264 Silvassa (Silvasa) Dadra and Nagar Haveli
265 Jind Haryana
266 Guna Madhya Pradesh
267 Ambur Tamil Nadu
268 Rameswaram (Rameshwaram) Tamil Nadu
269 Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
270 Bettiah Bihar
271 Kochi (Cochin) Kerala
272 Hajipur Bihar
273 Orai Uttar Pradesh
274 Sirsa Haryana
275 Bhagalpur Bihar
276 Shillong Meghalaya
277 Dimapur Nagaland
278 Sasaram Bihar
279 North Delhi Municipal Corporation Delhi
280 Silchar Assam
281 Madanapalle Andhra Pradesh
282 Kaithal Haryana
283 Ballari(Bellary) Karnataka
284 Barnala Punjab
285 Beawar Rajasthan
286 Palakkad Kerala
287 Barshi Maharashtra
288 Davanagere Karnataka
289 Datia Madhya Pradesh
290 Agartala Tripura
291 Hisar Haryana
292 Jhunjhunu Rajasthan
293 Bodh Gaya Bihar
294 Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) Karnataka
295 Rohtak Haryana
296 Akola Maharashtra
297 Dibrugarh Assam
298 Bareilly Uttar Pradesh
299 Aurangabad Maharashtra
300 Sujangarh Rajasthan
301 Chittorgarh(Chittaurgarh) Rajasthan
302 Beed(Bid) Maharashtra
303 Rewari Haryana
304 Muzaffarpur Bihar
305 Chandausi Uttar Pradesh
306 Guruvayur Kerala
307 Jehanabad Bihar
308 Ambala Sadar (Ambala) Haryana
309 Sultanpur Uttar Pradesh
310 Udaipur Rajasthan
311 Achalpur Maharashtra
312 Vijayapura (Bijapur) Karnataka
313 Wardha Maharashtra
314 Gorakhpur Uttar Pradesh
315 Bidar Karnataka
316 Dehradun Uttarakhand
317 Hosapete (Hospet) Karnataka
318 Latur Maharashtra
319 Bikaner Rajasthan
320 Lalitpur Uttar Pradesh
321 Moradabad Uttar Pradesh
322 Sambalpur Town Odisha
323 Hoshiarpur Punjab
324 Thrissur (M.Corp) Kerala
325 Rudrapur Uttarakhand
326 Shamli Uttar Pradesh
327 Buxar Bihar
328 Raichur Karnataka
329 Tonk Rajasthan
330 Nainital Uttarakhand
331 Loni Uttar Pradesh
332 Hanumangarh Rajasthan
333 Akbarpur Uttar Pradesh
334 Dehri Bihar
335 Panipat Haryana
336 Etawah Uttar Pradesh
337 Chitradurga Karnataka
338 Deoria Uttar Pradesh
339 Meerut Uttar Pradesh
340 Diu Daman and Diu
341 Kota Rajasthan
342 Purnia Bihar
343 Gondia Maharashtra
344 Muzaffarnagar Uttar Pradesh
345 Bhiwani Haryana
346 Yamunanagar Haryana
347 Robertson Pet Karnataka
348 Motihari Bihar
349 Bhadrak Odisha
350 Daman Daman and Diu
351 Ghaziabad Uttar Pradesh
352 Mathura Uttar Pradesh
353 Bahadurgarh Haryana
354 Baran Rajasthan
355 Hinganghat Maharashtra
356 Darbhanga Bihar
357 Aurangabad (Bihar) Bihar
358 Sawai Madhopur Rajasthan
359 Ganganagar Rajasthan
360 Modinagar Uttar Pradesh
361 Ballia Uttar Pradesh
362 Gaya Bihar
363 Malerkotla Punjab
364 Alwar Rajasthan
365 Kollam Kerala
366 Kannur Kerala
367 Hindaun Rajasthan
368 Jalna Maharashtra
369 Moga Punjab
370 Maunath Bhanjan Uttar Pradesh
371 Bharatpur Rajasthan
372 Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
373 Kolar Karnataka
374 Pilibhit Uttar Pradesh
375 Firozabad Uttar Pradesh
376 Siwan Bihar
377 Farrukhabad-cum-Fatehgarh Uttar Pradesh
378 Sambhal Uttar Pradesh
379 Mainpuri Uttar Pradesh
380 Alappuzha (Alleppey) Kerala
381 Gangawati Karnataka
382 Mughalsarai Uttar Pradesh
383 Faizabad Uttar Pradesh
384 Nagaur Rajasthan
385 Banda Uttar Pradesh
386 Basti Uttar Pradesh
387 Dhaulpur Rajasthan
388 Badami Karnataka
389 Mirzapur-cum-Vindhyachal Uttar Pradesh
390 Arrah Bihar
391 Dinapur Nizamat (Danapur) Bihar
392 Bhiwandi-Nizampur(Bhiwandi) Maharashtra
393 Amroha Uttar Pradesh
394 Rae Bareli Uttar Pradesh
395 Haldwani-cum-Kathgodam Uttarakhand
396 Saharsa Bihar
397 Palwal Haryana
398 Azamgarh Uttar Pradesh
399 Rampur Uttar Pradesh
400 Khanna Punjab
401 Shikohabad Uttar Pradesh
402 Jhalawar Rajasthan
403 Bhiwadi Rajasthan
404 Begusarai Bihar
405 Churu Rajasthan
406 Etah Uttar Pradesh
407 Sitapur Uttar Pradesh
408 Hathras Uttar Pradesh
409 Kasganj Uttar Pradesh
410 Lakhimpur Uttar Pradesh
411 Patiala Punjab
412 Fatehpur Uttar Pradesh
413 Ghazipur Uttar Pradesh
414 Jamalpur Bihar
415 Munger Bihar
416 Kavaratti Lakshadweep
417 Unnao Uttar Pradesh
418 Batala Punjab
419 Kishangarh Rajasthan
420 Badaun(Budaun) Uttar Pradesh
421 Baraut Uttar Pradesh
422 Chapra Bihar
423 Bulandshahr Uttar Pradesh
424 Hapur Uttar Pradesh
425 Khurja Uttar Pradesh
426 Shahjahanpur Uttar Pradesh
427 Abohar Punjab
428 Muktsar Punjab
429 Bahraich Uttar Pradesh
430 Katihar Bihar
431 Hardoi Uttar Pradesh
432 Bagaha Bihar
433 Bhusawal Maharashtra
434 Gonda Uttar Pradesh

Gujarat makes cow slaughter non-bailable offence

Gujarat makes cow slaughter non-bailable offence

The Gujarat assembly on Friday amended its cow protection act making the law stringent and even punishable with life term.
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The state assembly passed the amendment to the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act of 1954 providing for maximum punishment of up to life imprisonments and a fine of up to Rs five lakh.
With this Act, cow slaughter became a non-bailable offence in the state. Hitherto, if a person was found in possession of beef, he could face a jail term ranging from seven to 10 years.
According to the new law, even if someone had a permit they would not be allowed to carry any meat at night.
-31 March 2017 | IANS | Gandhinagar

Gujarat ATS keeping close watch on ISIS sympathizers

Gujarat ATS keeping close watch on ISIS sympathizers

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Gujarat ATS is keeping a close watch on the youths in the state who are following the terror outfit ISIS on various social media platforms, officials said on Wednesday.

Waseem and Naeem Ramodiya, the two brothers who were arrested by the ATS on Sunday last for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to spread terror in Gujarat, admitted to having created a chat group on a messaging application to communicate with other suspected persons.

“Waseem and Naeem admitted to have created a group on a messaging application and added some suspected persons in it. It was also revealed that some youths from Gujarat are following ISIS on social media. All such persons are now on our radar and investigations are on to identify and locate them,” a senior Gujarat ATS official said.

Both Waseem and Naeem were nabbed from Rajkot and Bhavnagar respectively. They have been remanded to 12-days custody of ATS by a local court in
Rajkot on Monday, following which, they were brought to ATS headquarter here yesterday.

Officials of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) along with Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai ATS joined their Gujarat counterparts in the interrogation, he said.

As per the FIR filed against them, the duo were under surveillance of security agencies for over a year for their suspected activities and communication with the alleged ISIS handler.

It is alleged that the two brothers were about to carry out “lone-wolf” attacks in Gujarat, after which, they had planned to escape to Syria.

During the interrogation, it was revealed that Waseem convinced Naeem to join him for spreading terror in Gujarat through various means, including planting bombs.

“Waseem claimed that he was jobless and wanted some money. So he thought of working for ISIS, for which, he was expecting some reward. When he failed to carry out the attacks on his own, his wife convinced Waseem to involve Naeem,” said the official.

-March 1, 2017, Ahmedabad


Gujarat ATS arrests two ‘ISIS terrorists’

Gujarat ATS arrests two ‘ISIS terrorists’ from Rajkot, Bhavnagar; they were planning bomb blast in Chotila Mandir

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Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) officials have arrested two persons from Gujarat for their alleged links with ISIS (Islamic State).

The Gujarat ATS has arrested two brothers from the state for their alleged involvement in activities related to the terror group ISIS.

Wasim and Nathin were arrested from Rajkot and Bhavnagar respectively, in an operation launched by the ATS.

Reportedly, the two arrested terror suspects were allegedly planning a bomb blast in Chotila Chamunda Mata ji Mandir.

Chotila Chamunda Mata ji temple is situated in Surendranagar district, near Rajkot. Joint CP of Crime Branch, IK Bhatt, says they were planning ‘lone wolf’ attacks.

Earlier this month, the NIA arrested a Kerala resident, in connection with its probe in alleged ISIS module.

Last year, the ATS of Rajasthan had arrested an alleged Islamic State operative in Sikar district who was involved in collecting and transferring funds for the terror organisation from Dubai.

Meanwhile, Indian doctor K Ramamurthy who landed in India after being rescued from the clutches of ISIS, said that the terror outfit is keeping an eye on the development of education and economy in India and wants and wants to push their ideology in the country.

Rescued from the Islamic State prison on February 14, Dr Ramamurthy said that the members of the terror outfit are educated youngsters and know everything about India’s growth.

 “These ISIS people are well-educated youngsters and they do know about India and its development and how it has developed in education, economy and everything else. They are interested in India. But, I did understand that they wanted to spread the ideology of their nation to other parts of the world, including India,” he said.

-February 26, 2017, Rajkot/ Bhavnagar


Gujarat, Andhra first States to become Open Defecation Free

Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh first States to become Open Defecation Free in urban areas

Porbandar among districts declared ODF on 147th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma

‘It is an interim gift to Mahatma; Swachh Bharat as final gift in 2019’ 

‘Mood of Developing India (MODI)’ for sanitation building a people’s movement-

Credit for making Swachh Bharat will go to people and all stakeholders-Minister


Postal Stamp on Swachhata released; Short film makers on Swachhata felicitated


The Swachh Bharat Week that began on the 25th of this month concludes today with Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh becoming the first States to declare all cities and towns in respective States as Open Defecation Free (ODF) and a few districts including Porbandar also declared ODF, on the 147th Birth Anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi which is also the second anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission.

Porbandar, the native district of Mahatma and all the 180 cities and towns in Gujarat were today declared ODF in the presence of Union Minister of Drinking Water & Sanitation Shri Naredra Singh Tomar, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Vijay Rupani at a special programme in Porbandar.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Shri N.Chandrababu Naidu declared all 110 cities and towns in the State as ODF at a programme in Tirupati.

Addressing the participants of the Porbandar programme through a video-link, Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu said “Declaration of Porbandar district and other areas as Open Defecation Free today is an interim gift to Mahatma on the occasion of his birth anniversary today and the final gift of Swachh Bharat would be presented to Gandhiji on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary on October 2,2019. The Mood of Developing India (MODI) being strongly for sanitation, Swachh Bharat Mission is becoming a people’s movement and Swachh Bharat will be realized with people leading the grand India Sanitation Alliance of all stakeholders”.

In a similar address to Tirupati programme, Shri Naidu urged the people to become ‘Swachhagrahis’ to make the country free from poor hygiene in the spirit of ‘Satyagrahis’ who won political freedom for the country under the leadership of Gandhiji. He said that Rs.186 cr has been sanctioned today for Andhra Pradesh for focusing on solid waste management in urban areas.

Shri Naidu complimented Chief Ministers, concerned Ministers, Mayors, Councilors, Municipal Commissioners, the people and all others concerned for making urban areas of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh Open Defecation Free.

Speaking at a Short Film Festival on Sanitation, organized by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and National Film Development Corporation, Shri Naidu said “While Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi triggered interest of the people in Swachh Bharat, the Mission is a people’s movement and the credit for building Swachh Bharat would go to the people and all stakeholders including Chief Ministers, elected representatives of the people and others. Mind and body are inseparable like the Advaita. A clean mind resides only in a clean body. Clean individuals make clean environment. Individual actions result in collective effort needed for Swachh Bharat.”. He complimented young film makers who made 120 for making thought provoking short films on sanitation.

Shri Naidu also released a book ‘In the Footsteps of Mahatma : Gandhi and Sanitation’ published by the Publications Division of the Ministry of I&B. The book was authored by Prof. Sudarshan Iyangar, a veteran Gandhian.

On the last day of Swachh Bharat Week today, Shri Naidu also flagged off a Swachh Awareness Rally organized by NDMC. At a function, also organized by NDMC, Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh administered Swachhata Pledge at Connaught Place.

A Postal Stamp on Swachhat was released today by Shri Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha in New Delhi.

405 cities and towns have so far claimed to have become Open Defecation Free along with 20,000 of the 82,000 urban wards in the country. Another 334 cities and towns would become ODF by March next year.

Maharashtra, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram and other North-Eastern States are on course to declare all urban areas as ODF soon.

-Ministry of Urban Development, 02-October, 2016

Apollo doctor, ward boy raped dengue patient in ICU

Apollo doctor, ward boy raped dengue patient in ICU in Gujarat, arrested

SHOCKING! Apollo doctor, ward boy raped dengue patient in ICU in Gujarat, arrested

An  employ Apollo doctor Group hospital in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar has been arrested for allegedly raping a dengue patient in the ICU earlier this week.

According to reports, a 21-year-old woman, who was admitted to hospital on Saturday, was allegedly raped by the doctor and a hospital worker on two days, in a section of the hospital where visitors have restricted entry.

In her complaint, the victim alleged that was assaulted first on Sunday, when the doctor, Ramesh Chauhan, 28, was on the night shift.

She also claimed that she was drugged before being raped, so she could not fight back. The ward boy who allegedly participated in the crime has also been arrested. A medical examination has also confirmed that the young woman was raped.

The police say she was heavily drugged and managed to reveal what had happened only yesterday, in a letter to her uncle. Two people have been arrested after a dengue patient was allegedly raped by doctor and hospital ward boy in Ahmedabad, police told ANI.

-September 9, 2016, Gandhinagar

Vijay Rupani to be new Gujarat CM, Nitin Patel will be Deputy CM

Vijay Rupani to be new Gujarat CM, Nitin Patel will be Deputy CM

Vijay Rupani to be new Gujarat CM, Nitin Patel will be Deputy CM

 The Bharatiya Janata Party leadership on Friday named state party presidentVijay Rupani as Gujarat’s new Chief Minister, while Nitin Patel will be the deputy chief minister.

Earlier, reports had said that Nitin Patel, the senior-most minister in the Anandiben Patel Cabinet, would take over as the Gujarat CM from her.

Rupani emerged as the choice for the top slot at the legislature party meeting attended by BJP chief Amit Shah and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

After the meeting, Gadkari announced that Rupani would be the new Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Rupani would be tasked with leading the party in the Assembly polls due next year, overcoming the multiple challenges faced by it in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Anandiben Patel announced her decision to resign through a Facebook post last week, saying she thought it fit to step down since as she will turn 75 this November, the age cap set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the central and the state ministries.

BJP president Amit Shah has since yesterday held deliberations with party leaders to finalise the candidate.

BJP’s parliamentary board accepted Anandiben Patel’s offer to resign on Monday at its meeting in Delhi, setting in motion the process of choosing the new Chief Minister.

The BJP, in power in Gujarat for long, has been facing grim challenges like Patel quota stir and Dalit unrest in the wake of widely condemned Dalit flogging incident in Una apart from reversals in rural areas in civic polls, which together seem to have dented its image and support base, prompting Aanandiben to quit.

-August 5, 2016, Ahmedabad