QAhmedabad: Amit Shah Hails Balakot Air Strike & More

A quick round-up of top stories from Gujarat. 

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BJP chief Amit Shah. 

1. Over 250 Terrorists Killed in Balakot Air Strike: Amit Shah in Gujarat

BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday, 3 March, said “more than 250 terrorists” were killed in the air strike in Balakot on 26 February.

“After the Uri attack, the army did a surgical strike. After the Pulwama attack, people said there could not be a surgical strike due to the high level of alertness. But on the 13th day, the Narendra Modi government carried out an airstrike, and more than 250 terrorists were killed without suffering any losses,” Shah said.

Speaking at an event in Ahmedabad, he said: “When (Wing Commander) Abhinandan Varthaman was caught, they (Opposition) started again. But the Narendra Modi government’s impact was such that for the first time in the world, a PoW was released in such a short time… Abhinandan was released within 48 hours.”

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. Pulwama Attack: Jains Give Rs 3 Crores to CRPF Martyrs

The community members of Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO) on Sunday 3 March, donated Rs 3 crores to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for the families of the jawans who were martyred in the Pulwama terror attack, Kashmir on 14 February.

The cheque was handed over to the Inspector General of CRPF by BJP National President Amit Shah at 'Lakshya' hosted by JITO in Ahmedabad. As part of the event, JITO also announced two of its projects that include a hostel facility for Jain students as well as housing scheme for needy Jain families.

Making an announcement, Jigish Doshi, chairman, JITO said, "JITO Ahmedabad Awas Yojana has been inspired from Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. We aim to provide housing facility to Jain families who are unable to afford a housing property or rental costs. "

(Source: DNA Ahmedabad)

3. PM Modi to Launch Workers Pension Scheme During Gujarat Visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting his home state Gujarat on 4 and 5 March , where he will launch several development projects, including the first phase of Ahmedabad Metro. He will also launch a pension scheme for workers in the unorgnaised sector on Tuesday.

During the first leg of his two day visit, he will launch several development projects in Jannangar, Jaspur and Ahmedabad on 4 March, which also includes inauguration of first phase of Ahmedabad Metro.

The Prime Minister will also dedicate a 750 bed annexe at Guru Gobind Singh hospital to the nation in Jamnagar. He will also dedicate Sauni irrigation project to the country and flag off Bandra-Jamnagar Humsagar Express.

(Source: Financial Express)

4. Ravindra Jadeja’s Wife Rivaba Joins BJP

Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja’s wife, Rivaba Jadeja, on Sunday, 3 March, joined the BJP in Jamnagar. She was welcomed to the party fold by Gujarat Agriculture Minister R C Faldu and Jamnagar MP Poonam Maadam.

This comes a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jamnagar.

“She is a known face in Jamnagar and Gujarat. Her entry gives the BJP one more recognisable face, and it will help the party in the Lok Sabha elections,” Hasmukh Hindocha, president of Jamnagar city unit of the BJP, said.

Five months ago, Rivaba Jadeja was appointed the chief of women’s wing of Karni Sena, a Kshatriya community outfit that had protested the release of Hindi movie Padmavaat.

(Source: The Indian Express)

5. Ahmedabad: Dengue Cases Rise 4-Fold in 5 Years

In an unusual phenomenon, the city has witnessed four-fold rise in dengue cases in the last five years, despite mosquito density decrease. According to the experts, more surveillance and diagnosis has led to the rise. The data of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation states that in 2014 the number of dengue cases reported in civic body's limit was 638 which rose to 3135 in 2018.

In 2014, average mosquito density was 4.05 while the density of Aedes aegypti was 2.60 which has dropped to 3.20 and 0.19 respectively.

According to the entomologist Rajesh Sharma, the civic body does the highest sampling round the year. "Not a single case is under-reported. It is true that despite the low density of the mosquito number of positive cases have increased. Due to the short monsoon, the longevity of mosquitoes have increased," said Sharma.

(Source: DNA Ahmedabad)

6. 12 Kg of Charas Seized in Aravalli District of Gujarat

The Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested two persons and seized 12 kg of charas which was hidden inside tail lights of a car. The person who was supposed to receive the contraband was also arrested subsequently, it said in a release on Sunday, 3 March.

An NCB team intercepted a car at Shamlaji in Aravalli district of Gujarat near Rajasthan border Saturday afternoon, the bureau said. Upon search, 17 packets of charas weighing about 12 kg were recovered from cavities made in the car's tail lights, it said.

The arrested men were identified as Mustaq and Jahid, residents of Uri in Jammu and Kashmir. The person who was to receive the drug was arrested within 24 hours from Rajkot with the help of Gujarat Police, the NCB said, without revealing his name.

The bureau had seized 40 kg of ganja in Ahmedabad and arrested three persons last Friday, it said.

(Source: PTI)

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