Heavy downpour throws life out of gear in Valsad

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VALSAD: Heavy rain lashed Valsad taluka on Monday confirming the onset of monsoon in south Gujarat region. The town received 210mm of rains in just four hours starting from 8am causing water-logging on roads and throwing normal life out of gear. Neighbouring talkukas of Pardi, Vapi and Dharmapur too recorded more than 135mm of rain. Valsad received 210mm of rains in just four hours The heavy downpour resulted in flooding in areas like Chipwad, Tower, Mograwadi, Auranga bridge, Tithal road and administration feared the worst as it was on a…

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DRI seizes red sanders worth Rs 9cr

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Working on specific intelligence, teams of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) from Mumbai and Gandhidham intercepted two export containers meant for United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Vietnam, and found logs of red sanders. The logs, weighing 20.5 metric tonnes and valued at Rs 9.24 crore, were found concealed in consignment of sanitary ware. DRI officials said that the red sanders was of a non-fragrant variety of sandalwood which is used to make oriental musical instruments. It has negligible utilization in India and is primarily used in Ayurvedic applications. Red sandalwood smugglers have a huge market overseas, with China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and UAE serving as primary destinations or transit points. The tree is a protected species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora. “The attempted smuggling through Mundra indicates that smugglers are attempting newer strategies to take red sanders to overseas markets. Further investigations in both cases are in progress,” said an official. tnn

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Heavy rain causes waterlogging, traffic snarls

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The rain-heavy dark clouds kept their promise on Sunday morning at 5am and drenched the city in its first spell. In all, the city received an average of 22.07 millimetres (mm) of rainfall as per Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) rain gauges. AMC flood rescue lines kept ringing for four hours with complaints of waterlogging, road damage, and a few accidents. During early morning hours, a BRTS bus skidded off the corridor and hit a CCTV pole, which caused a road block. The fire services were called in to free the obstruction.The south zone of the city received the maximum rainfall of 47 mm, followed by the Walled City of Ahmedabad which received 22mm rainfall. Areas like Amraiwadi, Gujarat housing society, around Hatkeshwar circle, areas near CTM crossroads saw waterlogging.Roads showed the first signs of wear and tear, quite visible in Saraspur, where the stretch between Shardaben circle and Ambedkar chowk were pitted with potholes. “The roads were laid in May after a water line was laid,” says a local Alpesh Patel. In the west zone there were at least three complaints registered for minor road damage.At Vastral lake, labourers engaged in repairs of embankments had a narrow escape when a large portion of the embankment sank leaving one labourer injured. From the central zone, the AMC received three complaints of dangerous buildings. In Indrapuri ward along the Kharicut canal a local drain began spewing industrial effluent. Locals immediately got together and temporarily constructed a small bund around it to divert the industrial waters towards the canal. There were 16 complaints of tree falls and 35 complaints related to waterlogging from across the city.

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Ahmedabad Metro expected for trials early 2018

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AHMEDABAD: The much-awaited Metro rail project in Ahmedabad city is all set to be rolled out before the end of the current financial year 2018-19. The 6km stretch from Vastral to Apparel Park is likely to be ready by the end of this year. Metro rail officials said that the small stretch between APMC Vasna to Jivraj Park will also be ready in 45 days. Last November, South Korean metro rolling stock manufacturer Hyundai Rotem was awarded the Rs 1,032 crore contract to supply 32 three-car trains for MEGA’s 39.26km…

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Rage after 6th daughter: Man stabs 3-day old

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Maddened by rage that his wife had given birth to their sixth girl child, a 36-year-old man stabbed their three-day-old daughter at his home at Moti Masang village in Dehgam taluka of Gandhinagar on Sunday. The infant was not yet named. The accused was identified as Vishnu Kanuji Rathod, a farm labourer. He and his wife have five daughters, the eldest being nine years old. “The complainant is the girl’s mother, Vimla,” said deputy superintendent of police, Gandhinagar, Vijay Patel. “Vishnu stabbed the baby so viciously that her internal organs spilled out of her body.” The murder occurred when Vishnu was alone with the baby. When his wife saw him running out of the house, she became suspicious. She along with relatives grabbed him and later found the girl in a pool of blood. “Vimla took the baby to Gandhinagar Civil Hospital from where she was moved to Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, said police sub-inspector of Dehgam, V B Desai. “The baby underwent surgeries, but did not survive.”A source at Civil Hospital in Asarwa area of Ahmedabad said, “The girl was stabbed multiple times in her upper abdominal area.” The source said the baby’s liver, intestines and pancreas had shot out of her body. “It was the most gruesome and difficult case for doctors,” he said.”We had placed her organs back inside her body and operated her,” said Dr Rakesh Joshi, the head of the paediatric department at Civil Hospital. “But she suffered three cardiac arrests during the surgery. After each cardiac arrest, she was revived but her life was ebbing away. She died despite being kept on ventilator.” P 4

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Gujarat cities slip in cleanliness ranks

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AHMEDABAD: The Swachch Survekshan 2018—the nationwide cleanliness competition– saw many Gujarat cities move down in cleanliness ranks. Out of Gujarat’s major cities only Ahmedabad managed to move two notches up from position 14 to 12 since 2016. The other cities, including capital Gandhinagar, slipped in ranks between 2016 and 2018. Vadodara slipped from 13 to 44, Rajkot from 7 to 35, Surat from 6 to 14th ranks. While Gandhinagar, which ranked 42 in 2016, improved its ranking in 2017 by moving to 20th in 2017, but this year it dropped…

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Guj cops eye Israel’s K-9 teeth for mob control!

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AHMEDABAD: Gujarat police aims to get the famed Israeli K-9 (K-9 is homophone for canine squad) teeth for effective but non-lethal mob control. Highly placed sources in the home department told TOI that a delegation of senior officials will be accompanying CM Vijay Rupani on his maiden foreign tour to Israel beginning Monday. “Israel’s K-9 squads are world renowned for their effective mob fury control and sleuthing in sensitive situations. The home officials will undertake in-depth study of K-9 squads to understand how these squads can be inducted in the…

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