India: Gujarat minister tests positive for coronavirus

Ahmedabad, Jul 8 (PTI) A Gujarat minister has tested positive for coronavirus, state Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said on Wednesday.

"The minister has been admitted to a hospital in Ahmedabad after he tested positive for coronavirus," Patel, who holds charge of the health department, said ahead of the state cabinet meeting in Gandhinagar.

The BJP MLA from Valsad district is the first state minister to have contracted the viral infection.

India: Guj Congress leader on ventilator; 2 MLAs test positive

Ahmedabad, Jul 7 (PTI) A senior Congress leader from Gujarat battling COVID-19 infection was put on ventilator support on Tuesday, hospital authorities said.

The condition of the 66-year-old leader, who had served as a minister in the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, is stable, they said.

Meanwhile, a BJP MLA from Surat and a Congress MLA from Banaskantha district have tested positive for coronavirus,said health officials from respective districts.

India: Former Gujarat CM tests positive for coronavirus

Ahmedabad, Jun 28 (PTI) A former chief minister of Gujarat has tested positive for coronavirus, his aide said on Sunday.

He was suffering from fever for last three-four days and was quarantined at his home in Gandhinagar under doctor's guidance, he said.

"He tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday and was shifted to a private hospital on Sunday morning on the advice of his doctor," the aide said.

India: Five former Congress MLAs join BJP in Gujrat

Ahmedabad, Jun 27 (PTI) Five former Congress MLAs from Gujarat, out of the total eight who had resigned as legislators in March and June- ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections- joined the BJP on Saturday.

Former Congress MLAs Jitu Chaudhary, Pradyumnasinh Jadeja, J V Kakadiya, Akshay Patel and Brijesh Merja joined the BJP in the presence of party's state unit president Jitu Vaghani and other senior leaders.

India: Aftershocks rattle Kutch in Guj post earthquake

Ahmedabad, Jun 15 (PTI) As many as 14 aftershocks were experienced in Gujarat's Kutch district, a day after an earthquake of 5.3 magnitude hit the area, officials said on Monday.

No casualty or damage to property was reported, they said.

On Sunday night, an earthquake was recorded with its epicentre 10 km North-North East (NNE) of Bhachau in Kutch.

Navy ship brings back 233 stranded Indians from Iran

Ahmedabad, Jun 11 (PTI) Under the Indian Navy's 'Samudra Setu' operation, naval ship 'INS Shardul' on Thursday brought back 233 Indians to Gujarat from Iran, where they were stranded due to travel restrictions in view of the coronavirus -induced lockdown.

The ship set sail from Bandar Abbas port of Iran on June 8 with these 233 Indians, mostly fishermen from Valsad district of the state, and arrived at Porbandar port on Thursday, said defence PRO for Gujarat, Puneet Chadha.

India: Five Killed, Over 50 Injured In Factory Explosion In Gujarat

NEW DELHI, June 4 (NNN-UNI) – At least five people were killed and over 50 others injured Wednesday, in a massive explosion inside a chemical factory, in India’s western state of Gujarat.

The blast-triggering fire, went off at a plant in an industrial area, in Dahej of Bharuch district, about 254 km south of Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat.

An official posted at Bharuch collectorate office said, “Some of the bodies were found inside the factory, while few others succumbed at hospital.”

India: BJP MLA tests positive for coronavirus in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, May 28 (PTI) A BJP MLA in Gujarat tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday and was admitted to a private hospital.

His condition was stable, said state BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya.

Congress MLA Imran Khedawala took a jibe at the MLA for not opting for government-run hospitals.

Did the BJP legislator not trust the state government's claim that government hospitals were providing the best treatment, he asked.

India: 30,000 weddings cancelled in Guj amid COVID

Ahmedabad, May 27 (PTI) The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown has severely hit the wedding industry in Gujarat, which has witnessed approximately 30,000 cancellations and postponements in the last two months.

At least 30,000 weddings planned across the state have been called off or postponed in the last two months in light of the ongoing health crisis, said spokesperson of Hotel and Restaurant Association (Gujarat) Abhijit Deshmukh.

India: Congress, BJP spar over Dhaman-1 ventilators

Ahmedabad, May 22 (PTI) The Congress has alleged that the Gujarat government was playing with the lives of coronavirus patients to promote 'Dhaman-1' ventilators made by a firm `owned by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani's friend'.

The ruling BJP called the allegations levelled by the Congress on Thursday as baseless and said the opposition party was maligning the image of a local manufacturer.

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