QAhmedabad: 21 Killed in Ambaji Bus Accident; Surat Gets New CP

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21 were killed and several others were injured when a bus carrying over 50 devotees from Banaskantha’s Ambaji Temple collided with a truck and turned turtle
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1. Banaskantha Accident: 21 Devotees Killed in Truck Collision

At least 21 were killed and several others were injured when a bus carrying over 50 devotees from Banaskantha’s Ambaji Temple collided with a truck and turned turtle on Monday evening (30 September). According to the police, the accident occurred around 4.15 pm near Trishulia Ghat in Banaskantha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences and said, “The local administration is providing all possible help to the injured.”

“Devastating news from Banaskantha. I am extremely pained by the loss of lives due to an accident. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. The local administration is providing all possible help to the injured. May they recover soon,” he tweeted.

(Source: Indian Express)

2. After Major IPS Reshuffle, Surat Gets New Police Commissioner

In a major reshuffle of officers of the Gujarat Police, 25 IPS officers have been transferred as well as promoted as per a recent order from the office of Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja.

Among the major transfers is the posting of RK Brahmbhatt as the Surat city police commissioner from the post of Inspector General Police (Intelligence 2).

The Gujarat government also transferred incharge police commissioner Harekrishna Patel, who was joint police commissioner of Sector 1, to Inspector General of Police (administration) at Gandhinagar. Manoj Sashidhar, Additional Director General of Police (Panchmahal Godhra) range will take the position of Brahmbhatt as the ADG Intelligence.

(Source: Indian Express)

3. Bankers on Loan Spree This Festival Season

Bankers want you to take loans during this festive season and so they are beginning a massive outreach exercise in October. They will showcase their loan products across retail, agriculture and MSME sector in order to woo clients. However, they are not offering any concessions or discounts to the clients.

K V Tulshibagwale, general manager of Ahmedabad Zone for Bank of Baroda told media persons in the city that it will hold camps in eight districts while Union Bank of India and Corporation Bank will hold camps in two and one district respectively.

"All other banks including private banks, NBFCs, Housing Finance Companies as well as Micro Finance Institutions have also been invited to participate in this initiative. They will also put their stall and display their products," said a note of Bank of Baroda. Organisations like Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) have also been invited.

(Source: DNA)

4. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Fears Spurt in Dengue Cases After Extended Rains

Extended monsoon seems to be bringing more problems for the administration. The health department of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) fears that mosquito breeding is very likely to see and uptick resulting in fresh cases of vector-borne diseases, especially dengue.

In September so far, AMC has recorded 811 cases of indoor patients of dengue, which is higher than 624 cases of malaria during the same period. The city also recorded 37 cases of malaria falciparum. In September 2018, AMC had recorded 899 cases of dengue, which rose to 1,234 in October.

Health officials say there could be spurt in dengue cases this October as well. "Look at the weather. I have never witnessed regular rains during Navratri in my lifetime. Moreover, there are no inidication that rains would stop soon. There would be a spurt in dengue cases," said Bhavin Solanki, in-charge medical officer of health in AMC.

(Source: DNA)

5. 'Vendors Can Sell Non-Judicial Stamp Papers Till 1 Dec 1': Gujarat Govt

After multiple petitions were filed in the Gujarat High Court challenging a 7 September notification of the state government by which the latter planned to do away with physical non-judicial stamp papers from October 1, the state government on Monday 30 September clarified that licensed stamp vendors holding such stamps will be allowed to sell it till 1 December.

Notably, the division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice AJ Shastri had on Friday directed the state government to clarify its stand on the issue.

During the hearing on Monday, 30 September the division bench questioned the state government on whether the licensed stamp vendors will be allowed to exhaust the stock of non-judicial stamp papers lying with them. Counsel for the state government after taking instructions from the concerned authority informed the court that the vendors who are holding these stamps will be allowed to sell the same till 1 December.

(Source: DNA)

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