QAhmedabad: Alpesh to Get BJP Ticket; City Crosses 100% Rain Quota
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1. Alpesh Thakor to Contest From Radhanpur
While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is yet to declare the names of candidates for the upcoming bypolls, sources say that Alpesh Thakor will file his nomination from Radhanpur on 30 September at around 1.43 pm.
Thakor had resigned from the Radhanpur seat earlier in the year, after he and his supporter Dhavalsinh Zala, voted for BJP in the Rajya Sabha election. Both Thakor and Zala had won the Radhanpur and Bayad seats respectively on a Congress ticket.
The state BJP, meanwhile, continued to be tight-lipped about the name of their candidate. After Thakor's resignation from Congress, it has been a foregone conclusion that he would be repeated from the same seat on a BJP ticket, but the party is known to pull a surprise at the last moment.
2. Ahmedabad Crosses 100% of Its Seasonal Rainfall Quota
With the sudden surge in rains in the last couple of days, the city has received the full quota of its rainfall. As per the state government data, against the average yearly rainfall of 793mm, the city has received 803 mm of rainfall, which is 101% of the average rainfall it receives.
In fact, the district average is also just 2% short of its annual average rainfall. Against the average of 695 mm, the district has so far received 686 mm. On Friday, 27 September, the city witnessed intermittent but heavy rainfall during the morning and afternoon.
Although in all the city recorded an average of 2.95 mm of rainfall till 6:00 in the evening. The highest rainfall was recorded in New West Zone that saw an average rainfall of 9 mm followed by the South West Zone with an average of 6 mm. The Vasna barrage recorded a water level at a height of 128.75 ft.
3.Gujarat Congress Leaders Oppose Motor Vehicle Act, Ride Sans Helmet
To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Gujarat Congress on Friday, 27 September set out on a bike rally sans any helmet for any of the riders. The opposition party used the yatra, which began from Dandi, the place of the historic Dandi March, to oppose against the amendments in the Motor Vehicle Act.
The yatra titled 'Gandhi Sandesh Yatra', took two routes, one from Dandi and the other from Porbandar. Both saw hundreds of Congress workers riding a bike without a helmet. Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Amit Chavda was himself seen riding a bike without a helmet.
The yatra from Porbandar was led by Opposition leader Paresh Dhannani. Both the yatras will culminate at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.
4. Gujarat Man Held for Cheating Thane Corporator, Three Others for Rs.38 Lakh
A man has been arrested from Vapi in Gujarat's Valsad district for allegedly cheating four persons from Thane, including a Shiv Sena corporator, police said on Friday, 27 September. According to the police, in 2018, the accused, Awadesh Singh, along with two others, had approached the four partners of a construction company in Thane and promised them lucrative contracts.
The three allegedly took Rs 38 lakh from the partners, but never delivered on their promise. The trio then wrote them a cheque for Rs 11 lakh, which was dishonoured, they said. In August 2018, the partners, including Dileep Bartakke, a Sena corporator in the Thane Municipal Corporation, registered a cheating complaint with the police.
(Source: Business Standard)
5. Guj Govt Announces New Port Policy, Captive Jetties to Benefit
With a view to optimally utilise the 1,600 km-long coastline of Gujarat and to attract new investment into the port and maritime sector, the state government on Friday, 27 September announced a new port policy, giving significant relaxations to the existing captive jetties.
As per the new port policy, all the 32 captive jetties on the coastline will now be allowed to handle third party cargo without any restrictions, a release issued by the Gujarat government said.
The government has introduced this new policy after a gap of 24 years as the previous one was issued in 1995. In addition, owners of such captive jetties can make additional investment to increase the existing cargo handling capacity, it said.
(Source: Business Standard)
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