Kamal Saiyed


Hardlook: Caught between a rock and a hard place
Mon, Mar 12, 2018

Last month, Surat woke up to a rude shock of over Rs 12,000 crore bank fraud, allegedly carried out by two of their own big names in diamond trade — Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. A month later, Kamaal Saiyed, tries to find out if the fraud has made the world’s largest diamond cutting and polishing hub any less brighter.

PM Modi launches chopper service between Daman & Diu, daily flight service to Ahmedabad
Sat, Feb 24, 2018

The chopper service is expected to close in the 16-hour distance by road between the two Union Territories to an hour by flight.

Gujarat tribal woman tied to stump, beaten up after her son elopes
Sun, Feb 18, 2018

The women’s helpline team rescued Buchiben Vasava, a resident of Bitada village, Friday afternoon. Buchiben’s son, Kalpesh, allegedly had an affair with a 20-year-old woman from the same village

Surat job fair: 130 hired on spot, 550 shortlisted
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

Youths were seen queuing up in front of several counters to fill forms with their details like education qualification, name, address, age and interested field. After getting negative response from one window, they moved to other counters.

NRI couple based in US adopts two Navsari children
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

It took around one year for the couple to clear all procedures with the Central Adoption Research Authority (CARA).

Surat first to have CCTV cameras in courtrooms
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Acting on the apex court’s order, the Gujarat High court had directed district courts of Surat and Mehsana to install CCTVs in their courtrooms.

Behind Gujarat’s urban-rural skew: Where faith in BJP overrode urban traders’ anger and Hardik appeal
Tue, Dec 26, 2017

Surat city BJP vice-president P V S Sarma says, “The traders might have understood that if they voted for the BJP, their issues would be sorted out soon.”

Gujarat election results 2017: In tribal areas, BJP, loses some, gains a few; Congress holds ground
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

Gujarat election results 2017: The BJP’s performance, however, was not as impressive in other tribal-dominated seats and Congress candidates snatched seats from the saffron party in Tapi and Narmada districts.

Youth with hardik, not all patidars: Despite Patidar, GST anger, BJP sweeps Surat
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

A former PAAS Surat convenor said the Hardik-led outfit’s somewhat confrontationist streak at times did not go down well with voters

In Surat, Congress claims win on 5, and BJP on all 12
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Surat city BJP president Nitin Bhajiyawala, however, dismissed the Congress’s claim, saying that they will win all the 12 urban seats

Gujarat Assembly elections: Turnout falls in Surat’s Patel seats, Muslim-majority booths
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

In the Patidar-dominated seats of Kamrej, Surat North, Varachha, Karanj and Katargam, the turnout dropped between 6 per cent and 13 per cent

Gujarat elections: 68% vote, some technical glitches reported with EVMs; PM Modi says confident of BJP’s win
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

Over 175 candidates contested for 16 Assembly seats in Surat. Among eligible voters were 88,000 first timers.

Gujarat clocks 30.31% polling till 12 pm, Congress alleges EVM malfunctioning in several booths
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

In the first four hours of polling till 12 pm, Gujarat witnessed an average voter turnout of 30.31 per cent, with the highest turnout being recorded in the districts of Tapi, Morbi and Navsari.

Probing who put up ‘Ahmed Patel for CM’ banners; not in Muslim areas: collector
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

Aslam Cyclewala, a Congress municipal councillor in Surat, alleged that BJP leaders had done it to polarise voters and incite people from the Hindu community to vote for the ruling party

Gujarat elections: From Surat on Luxury Buses — Diamond polishers return home to vote, ‘with help from candidates’
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

Those who arrived early for elections were seen helping local BJP leaders in campaigning and related logistics.

Linking neech to caste, PM Narendra Modi says: Teach them a lesson on voting day
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

PM Narendra Modi said: "We have to give them (Congress) a reply via the medium of election. In a democracy, the ballot box is the best way to teach them a good lesson and the best way to give them an answer."

Gujarat polls: BJP mayors from UP in Surat to woo migrants
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

Besides the 14 mayors, the BJP has roped in its winning local body candidates from Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

PM Narendra Modi slams ‘Aurangzeb raaj’, says BJP would have thought 70 times
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Addressing a rally in Malapada village in Dharampur taluka of Valsad district, PM Narendra Modi took off on part of a remark made by former Union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar on the criticism directed at the Congress presidential election.

Gujarat elections: CM Vijay Rupani and Hardik Patel make it roadshow versus roadshow in Surat
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

Rupani’s roadshow, meanwhile brought people of Majura out on the streets. He was accompanied by Majura’s BJP candidate, Harsh Sanghvi, a Jain who calls himself the “youngest MLA”.

Gujarat elections: Don’t vote for BJP, NCP or AAP, says Hardik Patel in Surat
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

"The Patidar community people had remained loyal to BJP, when the party was being ruled by Keshubhai Patel, Vallabhbhai Katheriya and Atal Bihari Vajpayee but now the party has such people who had done physical torture on us."