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PM Modi scheduled to campaign in Gujarat on May 1-2

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Gandhinagar, April 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to be in his home state Gujarat on May 1 and 2 to campaign for his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

During his two-day visit, he will address six major election rallies across critical regions such as Kutch-Saurashtra, and north and central Gujarat, as per the BJP.

The Prime Minister will begin with a roadshow in Vadodara, followed by public gatherings in Banaskantha and Anand on May 1.

On May 2, he will address rallies in Surendranagar, Bharuch, and Sabarkantha. These events are anticipated to draw large crowds and are crucial in garnering support for the BJP in these areas.

In preparation for the PM’s campaign, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will engage in a series of public meetings across the state from April 25 to 27, beginning with Bardoli in south Gujarat.

Elections to all the 26 Lok Sabha seats of the state will be held on May 7, in the third phase.

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One dead, two injured in accident on Noida expressway

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Noida, May 26 (IANS) A man died while two others sustained injuries after the SUV, they were travelling, in crashed into a divider and overturned on the Noida expressway on Sunday, police said.

The deceased was identified as Nitin alias Bablu, a resident of South Extension.

“A grey-coloured Mahindra XUV 500, carrying three people Nitin, Ashish and Bobby, met with an accident. The man driving the SUV lost control over it, rammed into a divider near the Sulabh Toilet, overturned and landed in the green belt near the service road,” said a senior police official.

Nitin was admitted to a private hospital in Sector 137 by the PRV (Police Response Vehicle), where doctors declared him dead.

“Ashish and Bobby have been admitted to the Trauma Centre in Delhi,” the police official said.

“The body of the deceased has been sent for post-mortem after completing the necessary inquest proceedings, and other necessary actions are being taken,” the official added.

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CPI(M) candidate barred from campaigning near Bengal CM's residence

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Kolkata, May 26 (IANS) Tension gripped the Kalighat area on Sunday after the police disallowed campaigning by CPI(M) candidate from Kolkata-Dakshin Saira Shah Halim in a locality adjacent to the residence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

After Halim, the niece of iconic Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah, reached the locality associated with her party activists and leaders for campaigning, she saw guardrail barricades being raised by the city police to prevent them from campaigning.

When she questioned the police about the reasons behind the prohibition, the latter replied that as Section 144 CrPC is imposed in that area, the assembly of five or more persons is prohibited.

The CPI(M) candidate then moderated her plans slightly and informed the police that instead of regular campaigning, she would distribute campaign leaflets at the shops and residences in the locality.

When the police even refused to permit that, her supporters fumed and started protesting by raising slogans.

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Some of them tried to break through the barricades which resulted in a scuffle with the police.

Police were of the view that without prior permission of the higher authorities, any kind of campaigning could not be conducted in that area.

Kolkata-Dakshin will be going for polls in the last and seventh phase on June 1.

Halim is married to a city-based medical practitioner Fuad Halim, who is the son of former West Bengal Assembly Speaker late Hasim Abdul Halin.

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Goa: Bus rams into hutment, 4 labourers dead

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Panaji, May 26 (IANS) Four labourers were killed and four others have been injured after a bus rammed into their hutments along the roadside at Verna Industrial estate in the coastal state on Saturday night, police said.

Superintendent of Police (South) Sunita Sawant told media persons that the accident occurred after a bus driver carrying workers of a private company lost control of the steering.

“While negotiating to take a turn, the driver rammed the bus into hutments, where around eight labourers were sleeping. Four of them have died, while four are undergoing treatment at Sub District Hospital in Margao,” Sawant said.

She said that these workers, all natives of Bihar, were engaged in construction work of pavement.

Police said that the bus driver has also sustained injuries and is undergoing treatment.

Police are further investigating the case.

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Rajkot fire claims 35 lives, DNA tests to identify victims

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Rajkot, May 26 (IANS) The fire at Gamezone amusement park in Rajkot on May 25 resulted in the loss of 35 lives, leaving victims charred beyond recognition that identification is possible only through DNA testing, officials shared.

According to reports, DNA samples were dispatched to Gandhinagar via air ambulance at 4:30 a.m. The results of these tests are expected within 48 hours. So far, 25 DNA samples have been sent, while the relatives of two victims are yet to arrive.

According to sources, some relatives are travelling from Junagadh, and no immediate family member is present for one individual who came from abroad. Sixteen bodies are currently in cold storage at AIIMS, and 11 others are at the Civil Hospital.

“Over 27 bodies have been transported to Rajkot Hospital, where DNA samples will be collected before conducting post-mortem examinations. The Civil Hospital in Rajkot is overwhelmed with the number of deceased. DNA samples from missing family members will also be collected to aid identification. It has been reported that most of the victims are from Gondal, with 31 families still searching for their missing children. More than 10 police teams are involved in documenting the incident, and the death toll may rise above 50,” sources said.

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“Families of the injured are heartbroken and in mourning, unable to see their loved ones one last time due to the condition of the bodies,” sources from Rajkot added.

The government has issued orders for an investigation and action against those responsible.

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Rajkot Gamezone fire: Rs 99 scheme led people to death trap

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Rajkot, May 26 (IANS) As the death toll in fire tragedy at the Gamezone amusement park in Rajkot reached 35, it has emerged that the administrators took advantage of the weekend and launched a Rs 99 scheme, drastically reducing the entry fee from Rs 500 to lure the visitors.

Sources said this ill-fated decision, driven by profit, pushed people into a death trap.

According to sources, the Gamezone saw an overwhelming crowd due to the Rs 99 scheme. The entry fee was slashed from Rs 500 to Rs 99 to attract more holiday and weekend visitors. As a result, approximately 300 people had thronged the Gamezone when the fire broke out.

It has come to light that the Gamezone management did not obtain a Fire No Objection Certificate (NOC). To avoid municipal approvals, the Gamezone was set up in a shed, and a three-story facility was launched after only acquiring a ride certificate. The officials responsible for issuing these certificates are now absconding.

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The fire reportedly started due to a welding spark on a ladder. With only one staircase available, people on the second and third floors were trapped, leading to a higher casualty rate. The fire spread rapidly due to the structure and materials used in the Gamezone.

The Gamezone featured rubber and resin flooring, thermocol sheet partitions, and over a thousand tyres around the car zone, creating a highly flammable environment. Additionally, 1500 litres of diesel stored on-site exacerbated the fire, causing it to become fierce and uncontrollable, the sources added.

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