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Export ban: 4,000 wheat-laden trucks stranded at Gujarat port
Times of India | 3 hours ago | 17-05-2022 | 04:16 pm
Times of India
3 hours ago | 17-05-2022 | 04:16 pm

AHMEDABAD: The ban on wheat export by the Centre has left at least 4,000 trucks carrying the food grain stranded outside Deendayal Port at Kandla in Gujarat for want of permission from authorities to load them into vessels, port and industry officials said on Tuesday. A three-day holiday last weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) at the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has kept four vessels berthed at the port awaiting additional permission to load following the ban notified on May 13, they said. From the Deendayal Port in Kutch district, wheat is primarily transported to African countries, Bangladesh, South Korea and Yemen. "Around 4,000 trucks carrying wheat from Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra and some other states are parked outside the Kandla port since the last three to four days, awaiting loading due to uncertainty caused by the sudden ban on export by the Centre," said Teja Kangad, president of the local Gandhidham Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Compounding the problem was the extended three-day holiday at the DGFT on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, due to which four vessels berthed at the port to export wheat were left awaiting additional permission from the DGFT for Customs clearance after the export ban notification, he said. Meanwhile, the port and local administration and the Gandhidam industry body have arranged for food for around 7,000 to 8,000 drivers and cleaners of these stranded trucks, Kangad and an official of the Deendayal Port Administration said. "We believe that nearly 20-25 lakh tonnes of wheat has been lying at the Kandla port godowns, complex, and trucks and vessels awaiting clearance," Kangad said. Officials of the Deendayal Port administration said an effort is being taken to ease the situation. Of the four vessels berthed at the port, one, called 'Mana', was granted permission on Tuesday to load the remaining 17,160 tonnes of wheat and allowed to sail to its destination in Egypt, they said. The three other vessels are still stuck awaiting clearance from the authorities to load the remaining wheat and sail to their respective destinations, the Deendayal Port administration's spokesperson Om Prakash Dadlani said. "The approvals for the remaining three vessels are in process and will be completed in time," he said. Three out of the four vessels were scheduled to sail on May 15, but the ban on wheat export has caused the delay, Dadlani said. "With the DGFT issuing clearance, trucks have started moving to the port, and the situation has started easing," he said. Last week, the Commerce Ministry imposed a ban on wheat export with immediate effect, amid concerns over the impact on production due to scorching heat and to control the domestic prices of the food grain. The Centre has said that apart from meeting the food grain requirements of neighbouring and vulnerable countries, the decision will help control the retail prices of wheat and flour, which have risen by an average of 14 to 20 per cent in the last one year.

Export ban: 4,000 wheat-laden trucks stranded at Gujarat port
Gujarat HC nod sought for hanging three in gangrape, murder case
Times of India | 6 hours ago | 17-05-2022 | 01:51 pm
Times of India
6 hours ago | 17-05-2022 | 01:51 pm

AHMEDABAD: The state government has filed yet another application in the Gujarat high court requesting it to confirm the death sentence awarded by a trial court last month to three persons in a case of gangrape and murder. According to provisions of section 366 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), when a sessions court passes a death sentence, the case proceedings are required to be submitted to the high court and execution cannot take place unless the HC confirms the death penalty. The high court then, under provisions of Section 368 of CrPC, may confirm the death sentence or pass any other sentence warranted by law. Accordingly, the high court’s nod for confirmation of the death sentence has been sought for three people – Gopi alias Bhalabhai Devipujak, Jayanti Vadi and Lalabhai Vadi alias Kankudiyo, all from villages near Kapadvanj town of Kheda district. A sessions court at Kapadvanj awarded maximum punishment to them on April 29 after holding them guilty of gangrape and murder of a woman in 2018. They had abducted the victim from Motijher village and took her to Nirmali village, where they raped her and then strangulated her. They dumped her body on a nearby farm. The victim’s brother lodged a criminal complaint. As many as 46 people had been awarded death sentences in Gujarat in 2022. The huge figure is because of the record death sentence awarded in the 2008 serial blasts case, in which 38 people had been ordered to be hanged in February. Apart from the serial blasts case, there are six other cases in which courts in Gujarat have condemned convicts to death.

Gujarat HC nod sought for hanging three in gangrape, murder case
Gujarat reports 33 Covid cases
Times of India | 8 hours ago | 17-05-2022 | 11:06 am
Times of India
8 hours ago | 17-05-2022 | 11:06 am

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat reported 33 Covid-19 cases on Monday, which took its tally to 12,24,754, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,944, an official said. With 25 patients getting discharged, the number of recoveries rose to 12,13,588, leaving the state with an active caseload of 222, he said. Ahmedabad reported 26 cases, Gandhinagar and Vadodara three cases each, and Surat one case, he added. With 24,086 people getting vaccinated against Covid-19 during the day, the number of doses administered so far in the state went up to 10.84 crore. There is no active case in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, local officials said.

Gujarat reports 33 Covid cases
  • Ahmedabad records 25 new Covid cases
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: The city on Monday recorded 25 new Covid cases. With discharge of 18 patients, the active cases reached 165. Gujarat recorded 33 new cases and discharge of 25 patients, taking active cases to 222.The other cases included 3 each from Gandhinagar and Vadodara cities, and 1 each from Ahmedabad and Surat districts. With the update, 21 out of 33 districts had zero active cases. Two of the active cases were on ventilator.Gujarat in 24 hours vaccinated 1,447 persons for the first dose and 15,953 for the second. In all, 5.39 crore are administered first and 5.17 crore second dose of Covid vaccine. The state administered 5,937 second doses to the children in 12-14 years age group, taking the total to 9.28 lakh. tnn

  • Ahmedabad records 15 new Covid cases
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The city in 24 hours added 15 new cases, the lowest in five days. With discharge of 34 patients, the active cases reached 139. Gujarat in 24 hours recorded 33 new cases and discharge of 37 patients, taking the active cases to 214. Of total active cases, 2 were on ventilator. The other new cases included 10 from Vadodara city, 6 from Gandhinagar city, and 1 each from Anand and Surat districts. Out of 33 districts of Gujarat, 20 have zero active cases. Gujarat in 24 hours vaccinated 199 persons for the first dose and 2,159 for the second. In all, 5.39 crore are administered first and 5.17 crore second dose of Covid vaccine. The state administered 937 second doses to the children in 12-14 years age group, taking the total to 9.22 lakh.

  • City records 20 Covid cases
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: The city in 24 hours recorded 20 new Covid cases, accounting for 64.5% of the state’s 31 tally. With discharge of 18 patients, the active cases reached 160. Gujarat has 218 active cases. The past week is marked by the high daily cases in Ahmedabad. The other cases included 6 from Vadodara city, 3 from Rajkot city, and 1 each from Surat city and Bharuch district. Out of total active cases, 2 were on ventilator. Out of 33 districts in Gujarat, 20 were having zero active cases. tnn

  • 23 new Covid cases in city
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: The active Covid cases in Ahmedabad crossed 150 at 157 on Thursday – crossing the number for the first time after March 14. On April 3, the active cases in city had got reduced to 18. The city recorded 23 new cases, and only five patients got discharged.Gujarat on Friday recorded 35 new cases and discharge of 12 patients, taking the active cases to 211. Two of the active cases are on ventilator, according to the state health department. The state crossed 200 active cases after March 28. Out of 33 districts, 19 have zero active cases.Gujarat in 24 hours vaccinated 2,382 persons for the first dose and 25,786 for the second. In all, 5.39 crore are administered first and 5.17 crore second dose of Covid vaccine. tnn

  • 72% of states Covid cases in past week from Ahmedabad
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The city on Thursday recorded 20 new Covid cases. With discharge of 9 patients, the active cases reached 139. Gujarat recorded 28 new cases and discharges of 23 patients, taking the active cases to 188. Analysis of the state Covid cases revealed that Ahmedabad recorded 139 cases in the past seven days, which accounted for 72% of 193 cases recorded in Gujarat. Vadodara city recorded 29 cases in a week, accounting for 15% cases. With the update, 20 out of 33 districts have zero active cases. Gujarat in 24 hours vaccinated 2,633 persons for the first dose and 25,002 for the second. In all, 5.39 crore are administered first and 5.16 crore second dose of Covid vaccine. The state administered 9,629 second doses to the children in 12-14 years age group, taking the total to 9.06 lakh.




Ahmedabad Election News

BJP has no competition in Gujarat
Times of India | 16 hours ago | 17-05-2022 | 03:26 am
Times of India
16 hours ago | 17-05-2022 | 03:26 am

Ahmedabad: Speaking at the end of the two-day brainstorming session with the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections on mind, the BJP said on Monday evening that it has no competition in Gujarat and the Congress’ presence is diminishing in Gujarat and across the country.Briefing the media at the end of the ‘chintan shibir’, state education minister Jitu Vaghani said, “Congress is no longer a force to reckon with in Gujarat. People of Gujarat have seen negative politics of the opposition.”The session concluded on Monday with leaders resolving to work towards winning 150 seats in the forthcoming assembly election in the state.State party general secretary Pradipsinh Vaghela claimed the BJP will win the assembly election convincingly and the win will lay the foundation for the BJP’s 2024 Lok Sabha campaign.Party leaders said on Monday evening that Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah guided the leaders on the way forward as the party gears up for the assembly election. BJP national organisation secretary B L Santosh, party’s Gujarat in charge Bhupendra Yadav, co in charge Sudhir Gupta, state BJP president C R Paatil and others from the organisation were present for the two-day session.The major issues that were deliberated upon during the two-day brainstorming session were strategies to consolidate those seats which the BJP had won with small margins in 2017, leaders stated. The Patidar community factor, the impact that the Aam Aadmi Party could have on the assembly election and the Congress’ tribal push were also discussed at length over the past two days, leaders said.Party leaders said that state level, district level and block level BJP workers will be educated on how to effectively propagate the schemes and achievements of the Union and state governments, sources said.

BJP has no competition in Gujarat
Gujarat: BJP focuses on AAP, Patidars and tribals
Times of India | 1 day ago | 16-05-2022 | 11:41 am
Times of India
1 day ago | 16-05-2022 | 11:41 am

AHMEDABAD: The impact that the Patidar community, the tribal vote bank, and the AAP might have on the BJP’s prospects dominated the deliberations at the ‘chintan shibir’ or brainstorming session of the BJP. The two-day session got underway on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on Sunday. Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah and other leaders of the party were present for the event which gains significance as the ruling party prepares a blueprint for the assembly election scheduled later this year in Gujarat. Ruling party sources said that the BJP has identified the seats which it won in 2017 by a margin of fewer than 5,000 votes and the seats which the Congress has been traditionally strong in. Strategies to win such seats and divide the anti-BJP votes were mulled, sources said. The BJP has already announced that it intends to win a record 150 seats of the total 182 in the Gujarat assembly. Although the BJP has publicly underplayed the AAP’s presence in the state, sources said the issue of AAP having made electoral gains in the Surat Municipal Corporation was examined. Also, a strategy to thwart the Kejriwal-led party from consolidating its gains was debated. Much of the BJP’s electoral setbacks in 2017 were a result of the antagonism from the Patidar community, spurred by the reservation agitation. Subsequent elections have indicated that the Patidar community vote bank is now firmly with the BJP. In this backdrop, the anti-party utterances being made by state Congress working president Hardik Patel were discussed, sources said. The Congress’s tribal push at the beginning of the election season was also a theme for exchanges, sources said.

Gujarat: BJP focuses on AAP, Patidars and tribals
BJP councillor hid religion, birth date, court orders probe
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 days ago | 14-05-2022 | 06:00 am
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 days ago | 14-05-2022 | 06:00 am

The court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate has asked the Navrangpura police to conduct an inquiry against a BJP councillor who allegedly did not mention his religion and mentioned the wrong birth date while filing nomination papers for civic polls from Navrangpura ward in 2021.The court issued the order in response to an application filed by rival candidate Jay Patel from Congress who has alleged that BJP candidate Nirav Kavi didn’t mention his religion in the election affidavit. He also wrongly mentioned his date of birth.The plea sought that a criminal offence be registered under various sections of the IPC, including submission of concocted documents as genuine one. Kavi has denied the allegations.“We don’t have to mention religion in the election affidavit, and even he (Patel) didn’tmention his religion. I follow the Hindu religion and his allegations are false. Even the civil court issued an order in my favour in response to an election petition filed by him,” Nirav Kavi told Mirror.He said, “I am not aware about the criminal proceedings initiated against me. These allegations have been levelled against me without any basis and only due to political rivalry.”According to Jay Patel, he had first raised the issue before the Navrangpura police for action against Kavi, but the police did nothing for a long time. He said he also moved an RTI application, but didn’t receive any satisfactory response. So, he filed an FIR against Kavi under section 156(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code.“I have proof that Kavi is actually a Muslim and he has faked his birth date. He studied at Samarth Vidya Vihar near Law Garden and his school leaving certificate mentioned his sub-caste as ‘Musalman Raj Kavi Mir’. His birth date is June 6, 1975, but he mentioned it as November 11, 1977 in the election affidavit,” Patel claimed.He said, “I have filed a complaint in the civil court as well as the criminal court. The criminal court issued an order on March 23 directing the police to initiate inquiry and file a report within 90 days. I got a copy of the court order today (Friday). The police should act and register an offence against him as I am ready to submit documents to it and any legal forum.”

BJP councillor hid religion, birth date, court orders probe



Ahmedabad Education News

Police complaint filed over forged SSC, HSC results announcement
Times of India | 16 hours ago | 17-05-2022 | 03:26 am
Times of India
16 hours ago | 17-05-2022 | 03:26 am

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) filed a police complaint on Monday after a fake notification related to the announcement of Class 10 and 12 general stream examination results was circulated on social media platforms. The fake letter stated that the results will be announced on May 17 and students would be able to see their results on the board’s official website starting from 8am.GSHSEB secretary, Dinesh Patel, said that some miscreants had modified the board’s official press statement announcing the date of Class 12 science results. “When it came to our notice that a fake letter was being circulated on social media, we investigated and found that the letter was fake. We have issued an official statement clarifying that it is a fake letter. We have also filed a complaint with the cyber crime police department,” Patel told TOI.On May 12, during the press meet of Class 12 science results, state education minister Jitu Vaghani had announced that Class 10 (standard maths and basic maths) and Class 12 general stream results will be announced in the first week of June. The minister had said that results are being prepared at present and the process will be completed soon. Around 9.5 lakh students of Class 10 and 5.5 lakh students of Class 12 general stream had taken the exams this year. tnn

Police complaint filed over forged SSC, HSC results announcement
Gujarat: Unqualified school teachers under scanner
Times of India | 16 hours ago | 17-05-2022 | 03:26 am
Times of India
16 hours ago | 17-05-2022 | 03:26 am

Ahmedabad: The state education department has asked the offices of all district education officers (DEOs) to prepare a list of teachers in private primary schools who are not qualified for the job. The department has issued a notification to the DEOs’ offices following an unstarred question asked by Congress MLA from Mangrol Babu Vaja in the state assembly.Vaja had asked how many unqualified teachers have been removed from their jobs at private primary schools over the past three years and how many are yet to be removed. The notification asks the DEOs to provide the status of such teachers as on October 31, 2021.Under the Right To Education Act, 2009, private primary schools cannot employ a teacher who is not qualified and who has not undergone teachers’ training courses such as BEd or PTC.A few years ago, the state government had begun the process of collecting the details of such teachers and had also instructed school administrations to give time to such teachers to get the necessary qualifications. The teachers were to be asked to leave if they failed to get the requisite qualifications.Sources in the education department said that the government had also started a training course for such teachers and had given a timeframe in which they had to get the necessary qualifications. However, many of the private primary schools did not provide such details and they did not even register their teachers for training.The sources said that a few teachers have been fired but most of the ineligible teachers are still holding their jobs. The sources said that this notification has put many private schools in a fix as they will have to declare officially that despite the given timeframe they have not complied with the rules and have not taken any action against such teachers.

Gujarat: Unqualified school teachers under scanner
GSHSEB files police complaint for fake result announcement
Times of India | 22 hours ago | 16-05-2022 | 09:50 pm
Times of India
22 hours ago | 16-05-2022 | 09:50 pm

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) filed a police complaint on Monday after a fake notification related to the announcement of Class 10 and 12 general stream examination results was circulated on social media platforms. The fake letter stated that the results will be announced on May 17, Tuesday and the students will be able to see their results on the board’s official website starting from 8am. Dinesh Patel, secretary of GSHSEB said that some miscreants had modified the board’s official press statement announcing the Class 12 science results date. “When it came to our notice that a fake letter was being circulated on social media, we investigated it and found that the letter was fake. We have issued an official statement clarifying that it is a fake letter. We have also filed a complaint with the cyber crime police department,” Patel told TOI. On May 12, during the press meet of Class 12 science results, the state education minister Jitu Vaghani had announced that Class 10 (standard maths and basic maths) and Class 12 general stream results will be announced in the first week of June. The minister had said that results are being prepared at present and the process will be completed soon. Around 9.5 lakh students of Class 10 and 5.5 lakh students of Class 12 general stream had taken the exams this year.

GSHSEB files police complaint for fake result announcement



Ahmedabad Covid News

Gujarat reports 33 Covid cases
Times of India | 8 hours ago | 17-05-2022 | 11:06 am
Times of India
8 hours ago | 17-05-2022 | 11:06 am

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat reported 33 Covid-19 cases on Monday, which took its tally to 12,24,754, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,944, an official said. With 25 patients getting discharged, the number of recoveries rose to 12,13,588, leaving the state with an active caseload of 222, he said. Ahmedabad reported 26 cases, Gandhinagar and Vadodara three cases each, and Surat one case, he added. With 24,086 people getting vaccinated against Covid-19 during the day, the number of doses administered so far in the state went up to 10.84 crore. There is no active case in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, local officials said.

Gujarat reports 33 Covid cases
  • Ahmedabad records 25 new Covid cases
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: The city on Monday recorded 25 new Covid cases. With discharge of 18 patients, the active cases reached 165. Gujarat recorded 33 new cases and discharge of 25 patients, taking active cases to 222.The other cases included 3 each from Gandhinagar and Vadodara cities, and 1 each from Ahmedabad and Surat districts. With the update, 21 out of 33 districts had zero active cases. Two of the active cases were on ventilator.Gujarat in 24 hours vaccinated 1,447 persons for the first dose and 15,953 for the second. In all, 5.39 crore are administered first and 5.17 crore second dose of Covid vaccine. The state administered 5,937 second doses to the children in 12-14 years age group, taking the total to 9.28 lakh. tnn

  • Ahmedabad records 15 new Covid cases
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The city in 24 hours added 15 new cases, the lowest in five days. With discharge of 34 patients, the active cases reached 139. Gujarat in 24 hours recorded 33 new cases and discharge of 37 patients, taking the active cases to 214. Of total active cases, 2 were on ventilator. The other new cases included 10 from Vadodara city, 6 from Gandhinagar city, and 1 each from Anand and Surat districts. Out of 33 districts of Gujarat, 20 have zero active cases. Gujarat in 24 hours vaccinated 199 persons for the first dose and 2,159 for the second. In all, 5.39 crore are administered first and 5.17 crore second dose of Covid vaccine. The state administered 937 second doses to the children in 12-14 years age group, taking the total to 9.22 lakh.

  • City records 20 Covid cases
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: The city in 24 hours recorded 20 new Covid cases, accounting for 64.5% of the state’s 31 tally. With discharge of 18 patients, the active cases reached 160. Gujarat has 218 active cases. The past week is marked by the high daily cases in Ahmedabad. The other cases included 6 from Vadodara city, 3 from Rajkot city, and 1 each from Surat city and Bharuch district. Out of total active cases, 2 were on ventilator. Out of 33 districts in Gujarat, 20 were having zero active cases. tnn

  • 23 new Covid cases in city
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: The active Covid cases in Ahmedabad crossed 150 at 157 on Thursday – crossing the number for the first time after March 14. On April 3, the active cases in city had got reduced to 18. The city recorded 23 new cases, and only five patients got discharged.Gujarat on Friday recorded 35 new cases and discharge of 12 patients, taking the active cases to 211. Two of the active cases are on ventilator, according to the state health department. The state crossed 200 active cases after March 28. Out of 33 districts, 19 have zero active cases.Gujarat in 24 hours vaccinated 2,382 persons for the first dose and 25,786 for the second. In all, 5.39 crore are administered first and 5.17 crore second dose of Covid vaccine. tnn

  • 72% of states Covid cases in past week from Ahmedabad
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The city on Thursday recorded 20 new Covid cases. With discharge of 9 patients, the active cases reached 139. Gujarat recorded 28 new cases and discharges of 23 patients, taking the active cases to 188. Analysis of the state Covid cases revealed that Ahmedabad recorded 139 cases in the past seven days, which accounted for 72% of 193 cases recorded in Gujarat. Vadodara city recorded 29 cases in a week, accounting for 15% cases. With the update, 20 out of 33 districts have zero active cases. Gujarat in 24 hours vaccinated 2,633 persons for the first dose and 25,002 for the second. In all, 5.39 crore are administered first and 5.16 crore second dose of Covid vaccine. The state administered 9,629 second doses to the children in 12-14 years age group, taking the total to 9.06 lakh.

Post-Covid innings in Ahmedabad: Cricket coaching hits fever pitch
Times of India | 1 day ago | 16-05-2022 | 08:50 am
Times of India
1 day ago | 16-05-2022 | 08:50 am

AHMEDABAD: With the pandemic retired hurt though not out yet, summer vacation this year has turned out to be quite exciting for young cricket enthusiasts after two long years. Restrictions eased, cricket coaching camps in the city are buzzing with children and the batches are fully packed. Dipen Gandhi, manager of Sardar Patel stadium in Navrangpura, said that the AMC trains children on five practice pitches while the remaining five have been leased out to private coaches who run their own camps. “About 50 students train at the AMC pitches in the morning and an equal number trains in the evening. The numbers have more than doubled for the summer vacation camps,” he said. Groundsman Harshad Nayak said that the rush is expected to continue until the beginning of monsoon. “The batches are normally packed during summer and winter, but this year, the rush for practice is greater because the last two summers were lost to Covid,” he said. Across the city though, there are about 35 cricket coaching centres. Summer camps have come up at several open plots of land and on playgrounds at educational institutions where coaches charge between Rs 1000 and Rs 2000 per month. The training session is held for about three hours in the morning and another three hours in the evening. Most of these centres are running at full capacity this summer. Nilesh Macwan, whose sons Darren (17) and Ashley (19) train every evening, said he had difficulties making arrangements for cricket coaching in the past two years. With Covid restrictions eased, the boys get to practise the game every day.

Post-Covid innings in Ahmedabad: Cricket coaching hits fever pitch
Gujarat: Foreign travel 25% pricier but holiday plans priceless
Times of India | 2 days ago | 15-05-2022 | 03:19 am
Times of India
2 days ago | 15-05-2022 | 03:19 am

Ahmedabad: With a strong dollar zooming to record-high levels, fewer destinations opening to tourists, lesser flight frequency, skyrocketing airfares and stinging inflation, foreign holidays are now dearer. Estimates by travel company owners suggest that both airfares to popular destinations have become dearer by at least 25% as compared to the previous summer travel season, i.e. in 2019. However, inflation has failed to dampen the pent-up vacation demand as Gujaratis are raring to take off after the doom and despair of two years of Covid.Virendra Shah, chairman, Travel Agents' Association of India (TAAI) – Gujarat, said, "Holiday costs have shot up due to the depreciation of the Indian rupee against the US dollar which stood at 77.49 on Saturday. Due to this, effective costs of travel including internal transfers at destinations, hotel tariffs and other travel charges have increased. Fortunately, despite this, vacationers are determined to travel this season and are shelling out extra costs as necessary."For instance, travel to popular Europe destinations which cost around 1,400 Euros per person for a six night, seven day package in 2019 has gone up to 1,750 Euros. Similarly, Singapore-Thailand which stood at $600 per person for five nights, six days, has gone up to $750; Dubai travel cost went up from $400 to $500 for four nights, five days package whereas Maldives and Mauritius increased from $800 to $1,000 for a five nights, six days package. The Indian currency has weakened against both the US dollar and Euro which stood at 80.67 on Saturday and in mid-April touched a peak of 83.02.Over the past two years, due to Covid-19 restrictions, foreign countries had not opened borders to tourists. Estimates by tour operators and travel agents suggest that holiday package costs including airfares have increased by at least Rs 20,000 per person this year as compared to 2019."Most foreign holiday bookings were finalised in March-end and April because of Covid-19 restrictions and lack of clarity about international flight movement to various destinations. At that time, there were fewer flight frequencies to popular destinations amid a rush in demand. Dynamic pricing coupled with increased demand and limited supply in addition to rise in aviation turbine fuel costs propelled an increase in airfares," said Anuj Pathak, president, Tour operators and travel agents' Association of Gujarat (TAG)."This time, the pent-up demand has played a big role in propelling demand for international holidays as people haven't been able to travel over the past two years," said Pathak.

Gujarat: Foreign travel 25% pricier but holiday plans priceless
5 new medical colleges to be set up in Guj for Rs 2,500 cr
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 days ago | 14-05-2022 | 06:00 am
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 days ago | 14-05-2022 | 06:00 am

The state government will set up five new medical colleges in Gujarat for Rs 2500 crore from the next academic year, adding 500 seats to the existing 5700 medical seats. The move is aimed at making Gujarat a medical hub of India and improving the medical infrastructure, whose shortcomings were exposed during the Covid pandemic.Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called to set up a medical college in every district of the country. Sources in the health department said at present the state has six government medical colleges and another eight medical colleges are run by the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society (GMERS). The state thus offers 5700 medical seats in all.The new medical colleges will come up at Morbi (for Rs 627 crore) Porbandar (Rs 390 crore), Godhra (Rs 512 crore), Navsari (Rs.542 crore), and Rajpipla (Rs 529 crore). In all the state will spend Rs 2500 crore to set up the new colleges.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for setting up medical colleges in every district to enable health services. From the next academic year, five new colleges will be set up in Morbi, Porbandar, Navsari, Godhra and Rajpipla under GMERS,” said Dr R Dixit, Additional Director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (Medical Education) in Gandhinagar.He said each medical college will have 100 seats and thus 500 new medical seats will be added to the existing ones.“In addition to the new colleges, Civil Hospital (Asarwa), Gandhinagar Civil Hospital and Sola Civil Hospital will be turned into super-speciality hospitals which will further strengthen health services and medical education,” said Dr Dixit.An official of the state government’s Project Implementation Unit said the government has given the go-ahead to set up five new medical colleges which will come up within the year and a budget for the same has also been allocated.A senior health official said the state is now undertaking most of the medical education projects due to the problems faced during the Covid pandemic.Sources said apart from the five new colleges, there are plans to set up five more medical colleges at Botad, Khambhaliya, Veraval, Tapi and Vyara.

5 new medical colleges to be set up in Guj for Rs 2,500 cr
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