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BJP accepts Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel's resignation
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Anandiben Patel as the Chief Minster of Gujarat after she offered to resign, saying she was soon going to turn 75.
 
Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that she had set an example for many across the country.
 
"The party has accepted her resignation. She offered to resign as she was nearing 75. She has set an example for lakhs of party workers and become an inspiration for many in the country by doing this", Naidu told reporters here.
 
He also said that the party appreciated the "satisfactory" work done by her as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
 
"She has been a minister in Gujarat government for 18 years. She headed the government as CM in satisfactory manner. The party appreciates the good work done by her for the development of the state", he added.
 
Naidu also informed that she would meet the governor today to give her resignation.
 
Patel, the first woman chief minister of Gujarat offered to quit keeping in mind the BJP's tradition of leaders vacating their post as they turn 75.
 
The BJP's state legislature meeting will take place on Thursday under the leadership of party president Amit Shah to decide the next chief minister of the state.
 
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Deepak Narain

10 months ago

The lacklustre comments by Mr Naidu show that Ms Anandiben Patel was a casual Chief Minister and there is little outstanding about her. Actually, there is, at least, one scandal also against her name where undue favoritism was alleged in the very cheap allotment of government land to the business associates of her daughter, Anar Patel.

Above average rainfall likely in monsoon's second half: IMD
In a prediction that will being cheer to farmers, the IMD said on Tuesday that rainfall in the second half of the monsoon from August to September is likely to be above average.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) also said that the rains in July this year had been about 7 per cent above Long Period Average (LPA) - the first time in two years, third time in last ten years and only 14 times in last since 1970 that India received rainfall above LPA.
 
Though the first half of the monsoon is crucial since the paddy is planted toward this time but the second half is more crucial as paddy requires water till September end. The second half is also important for the arhar (pulses) crop.
 
The IMD however added that the rainfall in June this year had been 11 percent below the LPA, but the first half of the monsoon season (June-July) is normal.
 
"West Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, East Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Marathawada, Madhya Maharashtra, North interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema and Tamil Nadu have received wide spread and excess rainfall during July 2016," it said. 
 
The weather department had predicted the June-September monsoon rains to be 106 percent of the LPA.
 
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Two buses with 22 persons aboard missing in Maharashtra
At least two buses and several other vehicles went missing near Mahad city after a bridge on the Savitri River collapsed early Wednesday due to torrential rains in the Konkan region.
 
The bridge, more than seven decades old and a critical link to the Mumbai-Goa national highway, crashed around 1 a.m. due to the flood waters rushing into the river.
 
Two state transport buses with 11 passengers each were missing and there was no contact with either their drivers or the passengers, Raigad Collector Sheetal Ugale said.
 
Since the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation buses -- which started from Mumbai -- did not arrive at their scheduled Mahad depot, Ugale appealed people to get in touch with the concerned authorities about their missing relatives.
 
Locals said that around five to six private vehicles were also missing and they were feared to be washed away in the floods.
 
A search operation have been initiated, Ugale said.
 
"The bridge was built during the British era. After discussion with the National Highways Authority, we have shifted traffic to the new parallel bridge nearby. We are trying to confirm reports of other missing vehicles," Ugale said.
 
Rehabilitation Minister Chandrakant Patil said helicopters would be deployed and the help of defence forces was taken to search the missing vehicles.
 
Meanwhile, a 45-member National Disaster Response Force team reached Raigad from Pune to assist in the rescue operations.
 
Incessant rains continue to lash the coastal Konkan, northern and western Maharashtra since past five days.
 
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