1. Guj HC Issues Notices to Govt on Allegations Against BJP MLA
The Gujarat High Court on Friday, 15 November, issued notice to the state government and BJP MLA and former minister Babu Bokhiria on a PIL alleging illegal transfer of forest land in favour of him and his family members in Jamnagar district.
The district's Paradva Gram Panchayat had moved a PIL in the matter last year and it came up for hearing on Friday before the division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice AJ Shastri.
The bench issued notices to the state government, the Jamnagar district collector, the district forest officer and Bokhiria. Further hearing would take place on 13 December.
The petition alleges that Bokhiria, his son and son-in-law "forged and fabricated power of attorney" to acquire a piece of land in Paradva village.
The land, measuring 200 hectares, was already declared as reserve forest and is home to several wild animals, it stated.
(Source: Times of India)
2. Ferry Service Between Surat-Mumbai Commences Operation
The Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) has announced that cruise-based passenger ferry service between Surat and Mumbai has commenced successfully on Friday, 15 November.
The Mumbai-based SSR Marine Services have been permitted by the Gujarat government to operate a cruise liner between Hazira port in Surat and Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai, GMB said in a statement.
The cruise liner was flagged off from Essar Hazira Ferry Terminal in Surat today, the statement said.
In a release, Essar Ports said it has completed work on the Passenger Ferry Terminal at Hazira in Surat. It added that the terminal has paved the way for a cruise-based passenger ferry service, commencing today, between Hazira Port in Surat and Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai.
3. CBI Questions Ateeq Ahmed in Abduction, Assault Case
The CBI on Friday, 15 November questioned former Samajwadi Party MP Ateeq Ahmed in a Gujarat jail in connection with a case of alleged abduction and assault of a businessman, officials said.
The agency recorded his statement at the Sabarmati jail, they said.
The CBI, early this year, had registered a case against Ahmed for allegedly assaulting and abducting real estate dealer Mohit Jaiswal in December 2018. Ahmed was then lodged at the Deoria jail.
The agency had then raided some of his premises too. The case was registered following the Supreme Court's direction.
(Source: Business Standard)
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4. Smriti Irani Wields Two Swords, Performs 'Talwar Raas' in Guj
Union Textiles and Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday , 15 November, performed the ‘talwar raas’, a traditional Gujarat dance form using swords, at a cultural programme organised in the state’s Bhavnagar area.
During the function, Irani took a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who she defeated in Amethi in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Irani said she could not resist the urge to perform the traditional dance after watching girls put up a stellar display.
Irani then took the stage and tried her best to match steps with the girls while holding two swords, a video of which later went viral on social media platforms.
(Source: The Tribune)
5. Ayodhya Verdict in Our Favour as BJP is in Power: Guj MP
Mansukh Vasava, BJP MP of Bharuch in Gujarat, on Thursday, 14 November claimed Supreme Court gave a verdict "in our favour" on the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute in Ayodhya because a BJP government is at the Centre.
It drew condemnation from the Congress which demanded an apology and accused the MP of "fanning communal tension".
Vasava, however, later claimed he was only pointing to how the BJP government (at the Centre) was able to maintain law and order after the SC verdict was delivered on 9 November.
The Supreme Court in a unanimous verdict cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.
(Source: Business Standard)
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