QAhmedabad: Rahul Gandhi, Rupani Engage in a War of Tweets, & More

1. Rahul Gandhi, Vijay Rupani Indulge in War of Tweets on Vibrant Summit

On Sunday night Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani engaged each other in a war of tweets after the former tweeted: “At the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019, cynical sponsors no longer want to associate themselves with an event presided over by NoMo. They have left the stage, the way he likes it... Empty.”

In no time Vijay Rupani retorted: “The glee in your tweet shows how desperate you are to see Gujarat fail. Gujaratis recognise your hatred for the state and have continuously rejected the Congress & will keep doing so!”

Vijay Rupani returned with another tweet where he called the Congress President a shameless liar, providing a news link with ‘facts’ on higher participation in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019.

(Source: Times of India)

2. Cable Operators Restore Channels After Blackout

Saturday, 29 December witnessed a complete blackout of paid cable channels across Gujarat, which was restored on Sunday. The blackout was held as a protest against the new tariff proposed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) by the Cable Operators Association of Gujarat (COAG).

Cable operators allege that new tariff will burn a hole through their pockets as local cable operators charge Rs 200 to Rs 350 per month providing access to over 400 channels. However, with new norms the base charge will be Rs 100 for nearly 100 free-to air channels, while the rest is chargeable. As a result, the customer will end up paying Rs 600-700 per month.

With 80 per cent of the subscription amount going to the broadcaster and 55 per cent of the remaining 20 per cent going to ‘Multi System Operator’, it will be difficult for cable operators to run their businesses.

(Source: Times of India)

3. Ten Members of Family Killed in Road Accident in Kutch

Ten members of a family were killed on Sunday when the SUV they were travelling in got crushed between two trucks near Bhachau in Gujarat's Kutch district, police said.

The incident occurred on the Bhachau highway in the evening, when a trailer truck carrying salt jumped over the divider and onto another lane, where it collided with the sports utility vehicle (SUV) carrying 11 persons, the police said. At the same time, another truck rammed the SUV from behind, resulting in the death of 10 passengers, a police official said.

The victims were travelling to Bhuj, their hometown, from Bhachau when the tragedy struck. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani expressed condolence over the accident and directed the district administration to provide all necessary support to the victims, a government release stated.

(Source: PTI)

4. CCTVs, Vehicles, Cops in Place for Ahmedabad’s New Year Festivities

A huge posse of policemen, over a thousand CCTV cameras, an equal number of motorcycles and 500 other vehicles have been deployed in Ahmedabad to maintain law and order during New Year festivities, a senior official said Sunday.

Elaborate arrangements had been put in place to ensure that people do not consume alcohol (Gujarat is a dry state) or drugs, an official said.

Speaking about the arrangements, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) J K Bhatt said, "A total of 1,006 CCTV cameras, including both of the civic body and police, will keep an eye on the city. Recently, we placed 226 CCTV cameras at 84 points."

"We have kept 1,000 motorcycles for cross-patrolling. Around 500 vehicles of the police control room and local police stations have also been deployed," he added. He said policemen carrying breathalysers will patrol the streets to apprehend drunken revellers.

(source: Times of India)

5. Woman Stole Gold to Fund Husband’s Alcoholism

On Sunday. 26-year-old Heena Nagar was arrested by Ramol Police in Ahmedabad for shoplifting and recovered eight gold rings worth Rs 1.05 lakh. Heena has claimed that she indulged in the crime to fund her husband Jeetendra Nagar’s addiction to alcohol. Jeetendra is on the run.

According to police inspector KS Dave from Ramol police station, Heena was a smart con artist. She would visit jewellery shops and have a closer look at gold rings. She would then return to the shop with similar gold-plated silver rings and replace it with real ones, after she requests the shopkeeper show her the original rings.

Incidentally on 22 December, a jeweller in Maninagar area of Ahmedabad had lodged a complaint that gold rings were stolen from his shop.

(Source: Times of India)

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