Forest dept team attacked near Hazira

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Surat: A team of forest department officials were attacked by three persons when they had gone to check unauthorized destruction of mangrove plantation on the coastal area near Rajgari village near Hazira on Thursday. Hazira police has booked three persons identified as Chandrakant Patel, Arjun Patel and Satish Patel for attacking five forest department officials. The accused were allegedly destroying mangrove plantation on the government land as they wanted to develop shrimp farms illegally. The three persons were booked under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code including 186 (obstructing…

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Tamta assures support to textile industry

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Surat: Union minister of state for textiles Ajay Tamta said the central government was committed in resolving the issues faced by the textile sector with regard to Goods and Service Tax (GST) and that his ministry will support the industry stakeholders in mediating the issues with the finance ministry. Tamta was in the city to attend a seminar organized by the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) and the Global Fabric Resource and Research Centre (GFRRC) on ‘future opportunities in textile sector’ on Thursday. Addressing a gathering of…

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Infighting in Cong over cleaning Tapi

Surat: Infighting in Surat Congress has begun after local leaders issued notices to five councillors and two office- bearers for not maintaining discipline within the party. The offended councillors alleged that they were being penalized for opposing ruling BJP. The Congress councillors had aggressively opposed the BJP tactic of using Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) machinery and staff for ‘Tapi Shuddhikarn’ campaign undertaken recently. Some Congress councillors proposed river cleaning campaign from May 1 on the same lines. Following this, Congress city president issued notices to councillor and party’s women wing…

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Burglars loot five persons on city roads

Surat: Five cases of loot and theft were reported on city roads on Wednesday wherein motorcycle-borne burglars escaped with valuables worth several lakhs despite the police claim of having set up special squads to nab chain snatchers. Burglars have also started taking advantage of heavy traffic in the city. Textile products worth Rs 54,000 were stolen from a moving tempo by two men on a motorcycle near New Bombay Market. Ashwin Rathod (29), who does handiwork on saris, lodged a complaint at Varachha police station about a packet of textile…

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Groups clash in Udhna

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Surat: Two groups belonging to different communities clashed with in Udhna at around 11.30 pm here on Wednesday. Young men from both the communities clashed over a month-old dispute, but timely intervention by the police brought the situation under control. Both the groups refused to lodge a complaint against each other, the police said. The police are facing allegations over thrashing three persons who were not involved in the clash. The three men were going on some personal work when they were thrashed, causing them severe injuries. Yash Parmar (21),…

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No action against senator who threatened VNSGU professor

Surat: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is not likely to take any action against its member who had threatened a head of department during the senate meeting of the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU) here on Tuesday. ABVP office-bearers claimed that they have not received any complaint. However, a senator demanded action against the senator, who owes allegiance to ABVP, for issuing a threat to a professor during the meeting.Kanu Algotar, who has been elected as senate member from the Arts faculty, intervened when head of department of…

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City to get only 30MCM water

Surat: Surat irrigation circle has been releasing only limited quantity of water for Surat city since March 21. In all 30 million cubic metre (MCM) of water will be released for Surat in March to maintain weir level at 5 metre near Singanpore. However, hyacinth, that covers a stretch of 20km of river Tapi, is absorbing most of the water, sources said. SMC water committee chairman Pravin Ghoghari, who is also BJP MLA from Karanj, said, “We have to regularly write to the state government to release water and also…

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