India: 222 lions died in Gir forest region in 2017-19: Minister

Gandhinagar, Jul 16 (PTI) As many as 222 lions died, most of them due to natural causes, in the Gir forest region in Gujarat in the last two years, the Legislative Assembly was told Tuesday.

Among them, only 23 lions died because of "unnatural" causes such as getting hit by trains or falling into wells between June 2017 and May 2019.

India: Rahul pleads not guilty in defamation case by Ahmedabad bank, gets bail

Ahmedabad, Jul 12 (PTI) Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was on Friday granted bail by a court here after he pleaded not guilty in a criminal defamation suit filed by Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank, in which Union Home Minister Amit Shah is one of the directors, and its chairman Ajay Patel.

The defamation suit was filed by the bank against Gandhi after he alleged that it had swapped Rs 750 crore in scrapped currency with valid notes within five days of announcement of demonetisation on November 8, 2016.

India: Rahul issued summonses by two Guj courts in defamation cases

Ahmedabad, Jul 9 (PTI) Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was issued summonses by two Gujarat courts on Tuesday in criminal defamation complaints filed by BJP leaders for allegedly calling Union Minister Amit Shah a "murder accused" and saying that "all thieves have Modi as surname".

Chief Judicial Magistrate B H Kapadia in Surat asked Gandhi to appear on July 16, while an Ahmedabad court ordered the Congress leader to appear on August 9.

India: Dalit hacked by upper caste in-laws in presence of officials

25-year-old Haresh Kumar Solanki, a Dalit man, was hacked to death by eight men outside his wife’s house, allegedly by his upper-caste in-laws, in the presence of a women’s helpline team in Varmor village of Ahmedabad district Monday evening.

Solanki, from Gandhidham in Kutch, married Urmila Zala, who is two months pregnant, almost six months ago but her parents, disapproving the inter-cast marriage, had brought her back to Varmor.

India: Man gets 10 years in jail for slaughtering a calf

Ahmedabad, Jul 7 (PTI) A court in Gujarat's Rajkot district has sentenced a person to 10 years of imprisonment and imposed Rs 1 lakh fine for slaughtering a calf.

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge H K Dave Saturday sentenced Salim Makrani under the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 2017.

An FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint by one Sattar Koliya in January this year in which he accused Makrani of stealing his calf, slaughtering it and serving it at the wedding feast of the latter's daughter.

India: SC convicts 12 persons in Haren Pandya murder case

New Delhi, Jul 5 (PTI) The Supreme Court convicted 12 persons on Friday in the 2003 murder case of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya.

The apex court allowed the appeals of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Gujarat government challenging the high court order by which the convicts were absolved of the murder charge in the case.

The trial court had convicted the accused persons for the offence of murder and sentenced them to life imprisonment.

India: Gujarat owes over Rs 2.40 lakh crore in public debt

Gandhinagar, Jul 3 (PTI) With a steep rise of over Rs 23,000 crore in one year, Gujarat's public debt now stands at Rs 2,40,652 crore as per the revised estimates of 2018-19, the Legislative Assembly was informed on Wednesday.

Responding to a written query raised by Congress MLA Niranjan Patel during the Question Hour, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who handles the Finance portfolio, said in his written reply that as per the revised estimates for 2018-19, Gujarat owes Rs 2,40,652 crore, a rise of Rs 23,314 crore from 2017-18.

India: SpiceJet plane overshoots runway on landing

Surat, Jun 30 (PTI) A SpiceJet plane Sunday overshot the runway while landing at the Surat Airport, although none of the passengers and crew members on board were hurt in the incident, an airport official said.

The incident, which occurred around 8.15 pm, was a result of heavy rain and wind, the official said.

"A SpiceJet flight from Bhopal to Surat overshot runway at the airport here due to heavy rainfall and wind. All the 43 passengers and four crew members are safe and they are being handled by the SpiceJet officials," Surat airport director S K Panigrahi said.

India: Dalit sarpanch's husband killed in Gujarat: eight held

Botad, Jun 20 (PTI) Eight persons were arrested in Botad district of Gujarat Thursday for allegedly killing the husband of a Dalit sarpanch.

Manjibhai Solanki (51), resident of Jalia village, was beaten to death on Ranpur-Barvala road in the district Wednesday.

His wife Geeta Solanki is the sarpanch of Jalia.

India: Ex-Gujarat cop Sanjiv Bhatt gets life

Jamnagar, June 20;  IANS/GANASHAKTI: A Gujarat court on Thursday sentenced sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt to life imprisonment in a three-decade-old custodial death case, finding him guilty of murder.

Jamnagar District and Sessions Court Judge D.M. Vyas also awarded similar penalty to police constable Pravinsinh Jhala.

The verdict came after the Supreme Court last week rejected Bhatt's application seeking fresh examination of witnesses in the case, contending that this was key to arrive at a proper judgment.

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