Gujarat: 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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Cop among 6 booked in Rs 14 crore bitcoin fraud

SURAT: Six people were booked at Sarthana police station on Friday for their alleged role in Rs14 crore cheating wherein 31 people were lured to invest in bitcoins. The accused also include the then police inspector at Kamrej police station L B Dabhi, who is currently posted as PI at ACB in Bharuch. However, his exact role in the crime is not clear. The investigation of the case has been transferred to crime branch. Police booked Rohit Kapopara, a resident of Sarthana; L B Dabhi; Altaf, an employee of Kapopara;…

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127 arrested for gambling on Bhim Agiyaras

Surat: Police raided various locations following information about gambling in the city on Saturday and in the early hours of Sunday. A total of 27 cases were registered at different police stations and cash and valuables worth Rs18 lakh recovered from the gamblers who were playing cards. It is a tradition among some people from Saurashtra to gamble on Bhim Agiyaras, a festival which was celebrated on Saturday. Of the total cases, six were registered by detection of crime branch in different areas which also arrested 62 people. DCB recovered…

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Mother of two files dowry complaint

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SURAT: A 27-year-old mother of two girls has registered a police complaint against her husband and in-laws for torturing her for not bearing a son and demanding Rs15 lakh dowry from her parents. Maya G.Purohit in her complaint lodged at Umra police station on June 23 stated that she got married to Gautam Purohit on November 23, 2010. She had given birth to a son but he died at the age of four on March 18, 2017. Later when she gave birth to two daughters, her husband Gautam, father-in-law Karsan…

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Surat slips in swachhata rank

SURAT: In the Swachh Survekshan 2018 conducted by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs, Surat has slipped from the 4th spot (2017) to 14th, pushing it out of the league of top-10 cleanest cities in India. According to the 2018 survey report Surat needs to improve door-to-door garbage collection, public toilet facilities, segregation of waste at source, conversion of waste-into-best by setting up small plants to make manure from organic wast, and take other steps, if it wants to regain its prominence as a clean city. Dr Ashish…

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Building’s wall collapses in Surat during rain

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SURAT: Wall of a building collapsed and a tree got uprooted besides there was an incident of short-circuit during rain in the city on Sunday morning. Mangrol in Surat district and Dang district too received 43mm and 25mm of rain, respectively, during the day. The city received 35mm of rain in the morning. It had received rain the night before too. A tree got uprooted at Krishna Nagar Society on old Amroli-Kosad Road and fell on DGVCL line which disrupted power supply for some time in the area. However, there…

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Corrupt govt officers targeting Ankleshwar industries: Manskuh Vasava

Bharuch: Many government officers are corrupt and for the sake of their own vested interest, they are harassing the industrial units by raising various issues, Bharuch member of parliament Mansukh Vasava said on Saturday.The parliamentarian was speaking at launching of tree plantation drive at Ankleshwar organized by the local industries association. “Many entrepreneurs have complained to me about some of the bureaucrats who don’t understand that industries give employment to tribals and needy people,” Vasava added. “I have made representation on behalf of the industries to the chief minister twice.…

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Luxury bus rams into parked truck killing five

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BHARUCH/SURAT: Five persons, including a woman and her daughter, were killed and many others were injured when a luxury bus collided with a parked truck near Mandva village on the Bharuch-Ankleshwar stretch of the National Highway 48 on Friday midnight. According to police, the luxury bus carrying 58 passengers was coming from Surat and travelling towards Gariyadhar in Bhavnagar when it collided with the truck parked on the roadside from behind. Four persons died on the spot while several passengers inside the bus who suffered injuries were rushed to the…

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Uphill task for SMC to refurbish rusted, leaking water lines

Surat: The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is facing an uphill task of refurbishing the old, rusted or leaking water distribution pipeline network and rigorous monitoring of the water distributed from the water works to curb the contamination of drinking water. The municipal corporation has maintained that the quality of water supply reported under Service Level Benchmarking (SLB) of the SMC for 2017-18 is 99.7%. Hence, the water supplied from the distribution centres and water works of the SMC remains in adherence to drinking water standards. Seven deaths have been reported…

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Flawed BRTS set-up makes it risky for senior citizens

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SURAT: Experts consider the present set-up for bus rapid transit system (BRTS) in the city as high-risk because of bus stops built at the centre of the road. The BRTS lanes are centrally located on the road and the bus stops built at a central position, with physical barriers on both sides. This makes it difficult for senior citizens and kids to access it. Professor Gaurang Joshi, a transportation expert from Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT) told TOI, “For certain people, reaching safely to BRTS bus stop is…

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