Two teenage boys shoot objectionable video, let go with warning

Surat: A video, which went viral on social media, came to city police’s notice also on Sunday. A young boy, who claimed to be from minority community, is seen tearing a paper tricolor in the video. Police traced the boy and another teenager from Amroli and called them to police station along with their family members. They were allowed to go after they confessed to having shot the video on a mobile phone just for fun. “The two boys and their family members apologized. We did not take action against…

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Probe in wrong direction delayed cracking the case

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Surat: The brutal murders of the woman and her son wouldn’t have been an unsolved mystery for three long months had the police taken the missing persons report filed by her husband seriously.In fact, victim Manju Yadav’s husband Sadabrij had even told police that she could have eloped with Suresh Gautam when he lodged the report with Limbayat police station on May 13, two days after she was killed. Police have been blaming the absence of CCTV footages as well as mobile location details for the delay in cracking the…

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AAI serves demolition notices to 70 buildings for height violation

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Surat: Airports Authority of India (AAI) has served violation notices to realtors and housing society presidents of more than 70 buildings in 17 residential projects for penetrating the approach surface of the runway-22 on Vesu side of Surat airport. The realtors and housing society presidents of respective buildings have been asked to demolish the structures within permissible top elevation within next two months, failing which final action will be taken by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Airport director Sanjay Kumar Panigrahi told TOI, “About 17 projects consisting of more…

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AI reschedules its Delhi flight for second consecutive day on Sunday

Surat: Passengers travelling to New Delhi from Surat in Air India flight created noisy scenes at the airport on Saturday night after there was a long delay in departure and that AI authorities were not giving proper response to them. For the second consecutive day on Sunday, Air India rescheduled its night flight from Surat to New Delhi by half-an-hour. Passengers had gheraoed AI staff at the airport in the presence of police personnel and shouted slogans and demanded refund amount for the delay on Saturday night. The passengers said…

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Bitcoin extortion, kidnapping: CID crime files chargesheet

Surat: The state CID crime submitted a 1,047 pages chargesheet in the Rs 155 crore bitcoin extortion and kidnapping case against five accused in local court here on Saturday. Out of 13 accused, five have been arrested and eight are yet to be arrested, including the alleged kingpin Shailesh Bhatt. CID has already arrested Nikunj Bhatt, Dilip Kanani, Jignesh Moradiya, Manoj Kyada and Umesh Goswami. Those named in the chargesheet and are yet to be arrested include Bhatt, Kirit Wala, Hitesh, J K Rajput, Himmat, Raju Patel, Kirit Paladiya and…

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Kerala floods: Textile traders staring at huge losses due to rain havoc in Kerala

Surat: The textile traders are staring at huge losses running into crores of rupees following the unprecedented havoc caused by heavy rains in Kerala ahead of Onam festival. With the Kerala government appealing not to celebrate Onam festival due to flood devastation, the supply of saris and dress material from Surat to Kerala has been hit hard. The traders and wholesalers in Kerala cancelled their orders placed with the traders in Surat following the devastation caused by heavy rains. The State Government has also declared to put off the Onam…

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Water released: Causeway bridge over Tapi closed for vehicular traffic

Surat: The weir-cum-causeway bridge over river Tapi connecting Singanpore and Rander was closed for pedestrians and vehicular traffic after release of water from Ukai reservoir on Saturday. Sources said the causeway was shut on Saturday morning due to increase in the water level to 6 metres. Due to continuous inflow of water into Ukai reservoir, the water level in upstream of Tapi River at Singanpore has increased. Ukai dam authorities said the water level at the reservoir was at 302.32 feet and the rate of inflow was 20,000 cusecs. Hundreds…

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Rs 3cr in old notes seized, 3 arrested

Surat: Three persons were detained on VIP Road and scrapped notes of Rs1,000 and Rs500 denominations having face value of Rs3.36 crore seized from their possession by police here on Saturday. The accused, who came from Bardoli in a car, were looking for someone to exchange the notes scrapped by the Government of India on November 8, 2016 when detained. The trio’s car along with mobile phones was also seized by the cops, surprised by the recovery of scrapped notes in the city even 22 months after demonetization. Police investigation…

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Body of man found near rivulet

Surat: Body of a 30-year-old man was found near a rivulet on road connecting Sosyo Circle and Pandesara road on Friday. The body was found by some locals on side of the bridge on a rivulet at around 8 am. Police did not find any documents on the deceased that could help in his identification. The man was wearing a full-sleeve shirt and a jeans pant. The cops also found photo of a woman from the pocket of the deceased. Police have shared the pictures of the body, tattoo on…

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‘Gems and jewellery industry plays crucial nation-building role’: GJEPC

Surat: Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) has launched a campaign for portraying the industry as a valuable asset of the country. Official sources said five different aspects are being portrayed to get the message across – the industry’s pre-eminent position in the global industry; its contribution to the nation’s GDP; massive number of employment opportunities it creates; measures implemented for enhancing workers’ welfare and positive impact this has on the quality of life of their families. GJEPC vice-chairman Colin Shah said, “Public at large is not aware of…

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