QAhmedabad: Couple Thrashed Over Witchcraft; CNG Port at Bhavnagar

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A33-year-old woman and her husband were brutally thrashed in Devgadhbaria taluka of Dahod district, police said. The accused are on the run.

1. Couple Thrashed Over Witchcraft Charge

Accused of “practising witchcraft”, a 33-year-old woman and her husband were brutally thrashed in Devgadhbaria taluka of Dahod district, police said. The accused are on the run.

The incident took place in Simlaghasi Kheda village on Saturday night (9 November). According to the complaint filed by the victim, Ramila Patel (33), her neighbours – Gajabhai Baria, his wife Rachli Baria and Mukheshbhai Baria – barged into her house Saturday night and assaulted her. When her husband, Ramesh Patel tried to intervene, they thrashed him too with wooden sticks and iron rods.

When the woman raised an alarm, other villagers came in and saved Ramesh. The accused allegedly warned her to “stop practising witchcraft” or get killed. The couple was rushed to the nearby hospital where they are undergoing treatment. While Ramila’s condition is reportedly stable, Ramesh is still under observation.

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. Guj Govt Gives Nod for CNG Port Terminal at Bhavnagar

The Gujarat government on Sunday, 10 November, gave its approval for a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) terminal in Bhavnagar with a proposed investment of Rs 1,900 crore, an official said.

A state government release said the facility, approval for which was given by the Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board headed by chief minister Vijay Rupani, would be the world's first CNG port terminal.

It will be developed jointly by UK-headquartered Foresight Group and Mumbai-based Padmanabh Mafatlal Group, the release added.

The Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) had signed an MoU with Foresight Group to set up this port terminal at Bhavnagar in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit held in January this year, said the release.

(Source: Business Standard)

3. Bootlegger Woman & Aides Attack Sarpanch in Gir Somnath, Cops Say Family Dispute

A day after a sarpanch of Bhingran village in Gir Somnath district was allegedly assaulted by three women and a man, he claimed that one of the assailants was a bootlegger and she attacked him because he had been raising voice against bootlegging. However, police said the two families have old disputes and Saturday’s(9 November) assault was a fallout of it.

“I have been raising voice against bootlegging in my area and making representations to police. Lasu, one of the bootleggers, abused me verbally over phone around eight months ago. After that, I gave a written application to sub-inspector of Nava Bandar Marine Police Station, requesting action against her. Yesterday (Saturday), she, her sister, mother and her brother assaulted me physically as her entire family is into bootlegging and they are against my fight for strict implementation of Prohibition Act,” Jenti Solanki, Bhingran village sarpanch, said.

Bhingran is a village in Una taluka of Gir Somnath district. It is located near Diu, a Union Territory district which has a liberal liquor policy.

(Source: The Indian Express)

4. Youth Duped of Rs 4.77 Lakh by Gang Posing as Job Consultants

A 22-year-old engineering graduate from the city has been duped to the tune of Rs 4.77 lakh allegedly by a gang masquerading as a job consultancy company, by offering him a position in a prestigious cement company and later seeking commission charges from him.

According to police, Parth Panchal, a resident of Ranip in Ahmedabad, recently completed his bachelors in civil engineering and uploaded his biodata on an online job portal. He received several calls in the past one month from the gang, saying they were a job consultancy firm representing a prestigious cement company.

(Source: The Indian Express)

5. AirAsia India Plans to Start Multiple Flights Connecting Ahmedabad

AirAsia India will fly daily on the Ahmedabad-Bengaluru route from 22 November and after that it plans to start multiple flights connecting the commercial capital of Gujarat with major destinations like Delhi, Goa and Hyderabad, an official said.

Ahmedabad will become the 21st destination on the airline's network after the beginning of services on the Ahmedabad-Bengaluru route.

"We will soon be launching Ahmedabad-Delhi by next month, with increased frequency to 3X (three times) daily, further down the line. Alongside that, we will also be increasing the Ahmedabad-Bengaluru frequency to 2x (two times) daily," Sanjay Kumar, the chief operating officer (COO), AirAsia India, told .

He said the low-budget carrier is keen on expanding its operations in Ahmedabad by introducing flights on the Ahmedabad-Goa and Ahmedabad-Hyderabad routes.

(Source: Economic Times)

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