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Gujarat elections 2012: Approximately 60 percent of the 87 seats in the first round of voting

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An average 53 per cent voting was recorded till 3 pm in polling across 87 seats in the first phase of Gujarat polls which will decide the fate of state political big-wigs like Keshubhai Patel, BJP’s R C Faldu and Congress’ Arjun Modhwadia.

“An average 38 per cent polling has been recorded till 1 pm,” Additional Chief Electoral officer Ashok Manek said.

Till 11 am, voter turn out on the 87 constituencies was a moderate 18 per cent, but in the following two hours, it increased to 38 per cent.

Even after noon, long queues were seen outside many polling booths as people were still coming to exercise their franchise.

In places like Kutiyana where Kandhal Jadeja, son of ‘God Mother’ Santokhben, is contesting on Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ticket, 36 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 11 am and officials were expecting a higher percentage of voting.

There were reports from some polling booths in Viramgam constituency, Sanand and Surat of malfunctioning of EVMs. Many people also complained that their names were missing from the electoral rolls.

The constituencies where polling started include 48 in seven districts of Saurashtra, 35 seats in seven districts of south Gujarat and four seats in Ahmedabad district.

Leaders like former Chief Minister and GPP president Keshubhai Patel, BJP state unit president R C Faldu, state finance minister Vajubhai Vala and state Congress president Modhvadia cast their vote in the early morning hours.

International Day of Non-Violence

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International Day of Non-Violence – 2nd October

On June 15, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared Oct. 2 of each year to be “International Day of Non-Violence” to commemorate the birthday of Mahatma Ghandi. Ghandi’s name is recognized around the world as synonymous with peace, and this day strives to further his philosophy through education and public awareness.

Most would agree that Mahatma Ghandi was a great and inspirational human being. Here are some interesting facts about his life that you may not have known:

* Ghandi spoke English with an Irish accent.

* Ghandi lived on a diet of fruit, goat’s milk and olive oil.

* Ghandi was heavily influenced by Henry David Thoreau, specifically when it came to his beliefs on Civil Disobedience.

* Ghandi never visited the U.S.

Mahatma Gandhi – The Father of the Nation

Gandhi Jayanti Celebration

Gandhi  Jayanti Celebration-2nd Octomber

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 at Porbandar in Gujarat. Gandhiji is called as Mahatma and Bapu by all Indians. He was officially honored as the Father of the Nation and his birthday is celebrated as Gandhi jayanti. The celebration and observance of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi is to commemorate his sacrifices, morals and his teachings. His ethics and his principles on non-violence have become an inspiration of light for the world.

Mahatma Gandhi was a great leader. His tradition are still appreciated and commonly used for solving conflicts and finding nonviolent result to troubles. Some of the significant events used to take place every year although the festival is celebrated as a quiet affair. The following line makes to understand or comprehend to know all about celebrating Gandhi Jayanti.

Prayer meetings are held at Raj Ghat, New Delhi, and the memorial where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. The Prime Minister and President of India attend a prayer services. Other dignitaries are also present. Everybody present pays their respect to the great leader. As Gandhi is respected by all the religions, various religious and political leaders they all will come and pay their tribute to Gandhi. Religious poetry and prayers from different holy books are also read out. Moreover, Gandhis favorite devotional song Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram is sung in the memory of the deceived.

On Gandhi Jayanti, all schools and offices are closed throughout the nation to celebrate the occasion. In most schools, the instance is celebrated by performing various works, such as planting new saplings, distributing medicines to the poor and needy, cleaning public areas and pledging to educate poor people. 2nd October has also been affirmed as the International Day of Non-Violence by the United Nations General Assembly on 15th June, 2007. Hence, on this day, liquor is neither sold nor consumed throughout India in Gandhijis honor. Some sincere followers of Gandhiji also refrain from consuming meat on this day.

On the day of Gandhi Jayanthi many of the colleges and communities used to arrange various competitions such as essay writing and painting. Many of these competitions were conducted on the regards of glorifying peace, violence and the teachings of the great Gandhi.

Diesel Prices Hiked by 5 rupees


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Diesel Price Hike Latest News

The government on Thursday hiked the price of diesel by Rs 5 per litre, to be effective from midnight. The Cabinet Committee of Political Affairs (CCPA), however, decided not to hike the price of kerosene.

The CCPA, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, also ended the subsidy on branded diesel fuel saying it would be sold at market rates.

In another major decision, it was decided that a household would get a maximum of six LPG cylinders at the subsidised price per year.

The government, however, spared an increase in petrol price by cutting excise duty of Rs 5.50 per litre.

Reacting to the decision of the CCPA, the Trinamool Congress, a key UPA ally, said that the effect of the hike in the diesel price would trickle down to essential commodities.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was shocked with the decision as her party was not consulted on the issue by the government.

“I am really shocked by the decision. The government did not consult us before hiking the price,” said Banerjee.

She also said that the issue was not discussed at the UPA coordination committee even.

She added, “We are part and parcel of the UPA…I want to know why the price was hiked without consultation.”

Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN, the Trinamool Congress chief expressed her anger saying, “The hike is going to affect the farmers and prices of commodities are going to go up.”

She said that the matter was quite serious and her party would not tolerate things that affect people, adding that the government must withdraw the hike.

The West Bengal Chief Minister said that she would take up the matter in party meeting, but maintained that she would continue to stay with the UPA.

Earlier, speaking to CNN-IBN, Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said, “We will discuss the fallout of the hike in party forum.”

The Congress also said that as a party, it was not in favour of the hike. “As a party, we are not in a favour of the hike as it hurts the farmers,” said Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh.

He, however, added that “there are some unpleasant decisions that have to be taken by the government in power”.

Meanwhile, reacting to the announcement, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said they protested the hike.

BJP leader Ananth Kumar said, “It will have cascading effect on inflation, it will have direct effect on common man, farmers and labourers.”

“The cap on the LPG cylinders will hurt the poor. This government has brought back control economy of past era,” he added.

Describing the hike in diesel prices as a cruel joke and “mortal blow” on the common man and farmers, the BJP accused the government of conspiring with petrol ‘mafia’ and said it will not allow the hike and take to the streets instead.

“This is a cruel joke on the common man in the country. It has hit farmers hard during the peak paddy sowing season. We will not allow this hike. We will not allow this government to loot the common man like this,” BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

“The way this government is increasing prices of petrol, diesel and LPG despite a reduction in international crude prices, it is a clear-cut case of a conspiracy with the petroleum mafia,” Naqvi said.

BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said the hike will have a cascading effect on prices and will contribute further to inflation.

“It is a mortal blow of Rs 5 increase in diesel price and will cause hardship. Had it been raised in small amounts it would not have been that objectionable or difficult. Diesel increase will have a cascading effect on the economy as a whole. Prices are already not under control, so this is going to contribute to overall inflation and create mayhem in the economy,” Sinha said.

The Left Front also opposed the move by the government calling it a “highly condemnable action”. CPM leader Brinda Karat said that at a time when food inflation was rising, the diesel price hike would have a cascading effect.

Karat said, “There is no question of waiting. The government has to roll back and reverse it entirely.”

List of diesel price in major cities:

Ahmedabad:The price after the hike would be Rs 51.38 per litre, which is Rs 45.89 per litre at present.

New Delhi: The price of diesel in the national capital would be Rs 46.32 per litre following the hike. Currently, the price is Rs 41.32 per litre.

Mumbai: In Mumbai, where the current price is Rs 46.25 per litre, the price of diesel will be Rs 51.25 per litre after the hike.

Jaipur: Currently, the price in the Rajasthan capital is Rs 43.25 per litre, and would be Rs 48.22 per litre post midnight.

Chandigarh: The price after the hike would be Rs 46.94 per litre, which is Rs 41.25 per litre at present.

Kolkata: In the West Bengal capital, the price at present it Rs 44.76 per litre at present, and would be Rs 49.76 per litre post midnight.

Chennai: Currently, the diesel price in the Tamil Nadu capital is Rs 43.91 per litre, and following the decision, it would be Rs 48.91 per litre.

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Naroda Patiya case: Maya Kodnani, Babu Bajrangi convicted

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Ahmedabad: It is the day of judgement in one of the most tragic cases in the 2002 Gujarat riots. A trial court in Ahmedabad will deliver its verdict in the Naroda Patiya massacre in which 95 people were killed mercilessly and the accused include a former BJP MLA and a senior state BJP leader.

The case has been probed by a Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigating Team.

For Shakila Bano, eight of whose family members were killed by a murderous mob right in front of her eyes, life is no longer the same. She has, however, shown the courage to move back to her home.

A key witness in the trial, Shakila eagerly awaits the judgement and hopes those who tore apart her family, are handed stringent punishment.

“My entire family was killed. How can I forget anything? It doesn’t seem as if it has been 10 years, it all is still fresh in memory,” she says.

Politicians incited the mob: Eyewitness

Of the total 62 accused in the case, about ten are in custody, and the remaining are out on bail.

Twenty five fresh arrests were made, including that of former BJP minister Maya Kodnani, after the SIT took over investigation in this case. Another influential accused is former Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi.

An eyewitness to the massacre, Bashir Khan Mansuri, says, “These leaders could have used their influence over people to stop the violence. Instead they incited the mobs. They should be punished according to the law.”

Naroda Patiya is a high profile case, not only because close to a hundred people were killed right in the heart of Ahmedabad, but also because top politicians like Maya Kodnani have been named as accused.

Survivors who have lost their family members say that the only consolation is exemplary punishment for those who committed the crime.