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704 from Ahmedabad clear CA foundation exam
The Indian Express | 5 hours ago | 12-08-2022 | 12:35 am
The Indian Express
5 hours ago | 12-08-2022 | 12:35 am

As many as 704 students from Ahmedabad cleared the Chartered Accountant Foundation exam, held by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) in June 2022, results of which were declared Wednesday.Sheikh Mohammad Rahil Hussainmiyan, 19, from Gomtipur in Ahmedabad, who worked for a year after his Class 12 to pay the fee, was among the students who cleared the exam.Bishan Shah, chairperson of ICAI Ahmedabad, said 2,360 students appeared for the exam from Ahmedabad, of which 29. 83 per cent passed. All over India, 93,729 students appeared for the exam, of which 23,693 students passed, indicating a percentage of 25.28.Son of an autorickshaw driver, Rahil, a B Com student, started preparing for the exam six months ago. “The total expense was Rs 22,000 and I took Rs 4,000 from my parents… the remaining was my savings of one year,” he says.After completing his Class 12 with 70 per cent, he had to drop a year and help his father run the house due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “I worked as a packer in a garment factory and as an accountant in a tube manufacturing company in Ahmedabad after I learnt the accountant software,” says Rahil who attended coaching classes run by ICAI. He says he is hopeful of clearing the CA inter examination as well.

704 from Ahmedabad clear CA foundation exam
  • Ahmedabad: 29.83% of students clear CA Foundation
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI) on Wednesday announced the results of its CA foundation course exam that was held in June. The success rate of ICAI's Ahmedabad chapter was 29.83%, slightly higher than the national rate of 25.28%. A statement from ICAI said 2,360 candidates had taken the June exam of whom 704 succeeded. Nationally, 93,729 students took the exam and 23,693 passed it. Last year ICAI signed an agreement with Swaminarayan Vidyamandir Raisan, to coach their girl students. The statement said 12 girls were coached of whom four took the exam and one has passed. Harshvi Rathwa, the successful candidate from Swaminarayan Vidyamandir said she used to take online coaching for the CA exams while preparing for her Class 12 exams. She said she studied exclusively for the CA exam only for 20 days. "I could do it just because of the support of my teachers," Rathwa said. She scored 85% in her Class 12 exams. The Ahmedabad chapter's June exam success percentage was slightly lower than that of the exam held in December 2021. A total of 3,152 students from the Ahmedabad chapter had attempted the December exam of whom 1,059 students or 30.60% succeeded. The national success rate in December last year was 30.28%, the statement said.

Gujarat: Six killed as car rams into auto-rickshaw and motorbike in Anand district
Times of India | 6 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 11:08 pm
Times of India
6 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 11:08 pm

ANAND: Six persons, including three women, were killed after a speeding SUV rammed into an auto-rickshaw and motorbike near Sojitra village in Gujarat's Anand district on Thursday evening, police said. The accident took place on a state highway connecting Anand town with Tarapur, they said. Kirit Padhiyar, who was allegedly driving the SUV, fled from the spot abandoning the vehicle but was later nabbed, said district superintendent of police Ajit Rajian. The deceased were residents of Sojitra and Boriyavi villages in the district, local police officials said. "The driver of the SUV will be booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code," SP Rajian said.

Gujarat: Six killed as car rams into auto-rickshaw and motorbike in Anand district
  • 6 die as car rams into auto-rickshaw, bike
  • Times of India

    ANAND: Six persons, including three women, were killed after a speeding SUV rammed into an auto-rickshaw and motorbike near Sojitra village in Gujarat's Anand district on Thursday evening, police said. The accident took place on a state highway connecting Anand town with Tarapur, they said. Kirit Padhiyar, who was allegedly driving the SUV, fled from the spot abandoning the vehicle but was later nabbed, said district superintendent of police Ajit Rajian. The deceased were residents of Sojitra and Boriyavi villages in the district, local police officials said. "The driver of the SUV will be booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code," SP Rajian said.

Planning in place for first Agnipath rally under Pune zone in Aurangabad
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 07:35 pm
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 07:35 pm

The Indian Army Thursday said that meticulous planning between military and civil agencies has been done for the first Agnipath Army recruitment rally of the Pune Recruiting Zone. The drive will begin from August 13 in Aurangabad.In June, the Ministry of Defence announced its new Agnipath initiative for recruitment of soldiers across the three services. Under this defence recruitment reform, which was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security, soldiers will be recruited annually. While the appointment is for four years, of the total annual recruits, around 25 per cent of each batch of Agniveers will be enrolled in the regular cadre of the Armed forces and would be required to serve an engagement period of 15 years.Under Agnipath, the first recruitment rally under the aegis of the Headquarters Recruiting Zone, Pune, is scheduled from August 13 onwards at Aurangabad. The Pune Recruiting Zone will conduct a total of eight recruitment rallies, including one rally for Agniveer Women Military Police. These eight rallies will cover the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Union Territories of Dadra, Daman, Diu and Nagar Haveli over the next four months.“Huge numbers of candidates have registered for various categories to include Agniveer General Duty, Agniveer Technical, Agniveer Clerk, Agniveer Store Keeper Technical and Agniveer Tradesman. The response for the Agnipath scheme has been enthusiastic and the youth have registered adequately for the recruitment which is evident from the overwhelming Registration figures,” said a press statement of the Indian Army.The admit cards for the rally have been issued from the Army Recruiting Office at Aurangabad and candidates can download these using their user IDs and passwords. For any information, candidates can use http://www.joinindianarmy.nic.in, officials said.“For the management of such a large number of candidates, meticulous planning and coordination between multiple military and civil administrative agencies was carried out. The selection process is completely transparent and efficient to provide equal and fair opportunity to candidates. Hence the candidates are strongly advised to refrain from unethical means during the rally,” the statement issued by the Defence PRO, Pune, further read.The Pune Recruiting Zone of the Army will hold eight rallies under the Agnipath scheme through its regional Army Recruiting Offices starting this month. The first two recruitment rallies will be held by Army Recruiting Offices of Aurangabad and Pune. Other rallies will be held by Army Recruiting Offices of Mumbai, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Ahmedabad and Jamnagar.

Planning in place for first Agnipath rally under Pune zone in Aurangabad
Gujarat: Foresters on toes as lumpy skin disease spreads
Times of India | 18 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 11:18 am
Times of India
18 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 11:18 am

AHMEDABAD: The spread of the lumpy skin disease virus in cattle in the state has forest officers worried and the department has instructed beat guards and social forestry staff to watch out for cattle infected by the virus. Field staff have been told that if they spot an infected animal they should immediately inform senior officers and if required lions in the area should be moved to safer places. Officials in Gandhinagar said ground staff have also been instructed to monitor the health of each lion in their area. Officials said the lumpy skin disease virus has spread through Amreli, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, and Bhavnagar districts in Saurashtra and these the place are where the majority of Asiatic lions are concentrated. Officials said, according to the official 2020 lion count, there are 674 lions in the state of which about 50% move outside protected areas. Officials said unofficial figures indicate much higher numbers of lions outside protected areas. A study revealed that 75% of lions’ diet inside the Gir sanctuary is hunted wildlife. However, outside the sanctuary 70% of their diet is livestock. The study, ‘Ecology of Lion in Agro-Pastoral Gir Landscape, Gujarat’, by Wildlife Institute of India (WII) researchers Y V Jhala, Kausik Banerjee and Parabita Basu stated that only 20% of this livestock is hunted while about 50% is scavenged, which includes dying or dead animals abandoned by locals, especially gaushalas, which house old, unproductive and ill cattle. The official said the fact that 50% is scavenged feed is worrying officials as infected cattle may be eaten by the big cats. Officials said the forest department has asked the animal husbandry to take up vaccination on a war footing. The department wants almost all cattle around the forest area and lion landscape to be vaccinated. “The department has already vaccinated all cattle within the Gir sanctuary. Forest officers are also monitoring the cattle vaccination programme. To know what effect the lumpy skin disease virus has on big cats, a team of officials are scanning research papers and have found instances the virus spreading to goats. So far we have not come across any paper which suggests that lions or big cats can be infected if they prey on infected cattle. The department is keeping a close vigil on the lion landscape,” said a senior officer.

Gujarat: Foresters on toes as lumpy skin disease spreads



Ahmedabad Election News

Gujarat: 18th birthday on October 1? Gift is right to vote
Times of India | 3 days ago | 09-08-2022 | 05:11 am
Times of India
3 days ago | 09-08-2022 | 05:11 am

AHMEDABAD: If you are turning 18 on or before October 1, you will be eligible to vote in the state scheduled to be held later this year. P Bharathi, Gujarat's chief electoral officer, made the announcement while speaking to mediapersons on Monday. She said that people can register to vote online or at voting booths in their areas. Booth-level officers (BLOs) will visit the booths on four Sundays from August 21 to facilitate the process. "With the enrollment of first-time voters who turn 18 on October 1, the Election Commission is expecting to increase the number of first-time voters by 3-4 lakh," Bharathi said. "At present, there are 4.84 crore registered voters, of whom 2.50 crore are male and 2.34 crore are female. Moreover, 1,291 registered voters are from the third gender." A state election commission official said: "Even if a person is turning 18 on October 1 this year, he or she can register to vote." The official added: "The final and updated electoral roll will be declared on October 10." The official said that earlier turning 18 on January 1 was considered the cut-off point for voting eligibility. There has been a 16% decrease in the number of first-time voters, the 18-19 age group, in 2022 compared to 2012. The data from the electoral rolls shows there were 1.34 lakh first-time voters of the 18-19 age group in the year 2012, which dropped to 1.12 lakh in 2022. Over the past five years - from 2017 to 2022 - the decline in first-time voters has been 9.6%, from 1.24 lakh to 1.12 lakh this year. As for the current drive to update the electoral roll, officials said even those who want to get their names deleted from the voters' list or have an objection to the inclusion of any person's name in the list can raise the matter with the BLOs. Also, changes can be done on any of the four Sunday beginning from August 21, officials said. The state has decided to set up 51,782 polling booths for the forthcoming assembly elections.

Gujarat: 18th birthday on October 1? Gift is right to vote
Sunak says polls indicate he is in ‘best place’ to win
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 days ago | 07-08-2022 | 12:00 pm
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 days ago | 07-08-2022 | 12:00 pm

Prime Minister candidate and Conservative Party leadership contender Rishi Sunak has claimed polls indicate that he is in the “best place” to win over the United Kingdom in the upcoming election.Speaking to the BBC, Rishi Sunak said that people have responded well to his message during campaigning.“Everywhere I go, there’s a lot of people who have not made up their minds. People are very receptive to the message I have got about how to restore trust, rebuild the economy and reunite our country,” he said.Sunak said he is the “best person” to get to grips with all the issues that his country is facing.“I know what our members are ultimately focused on is who is best placed to beat Keir Starmer and the Labour Party in the next general election and I am the best person to do that as well as take on the job as prime minister, to get to grips with all the issues that we face,” he said.“As people saw me act during the pandemic, I will bring that same sense of urgency and grip to the government, restore trust and I am confident that I can make good progress in this race,” he added.Sunak will be up against Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in the election. Ms Truss is widely considered to be the favourite to become the next Conservative Party leader, and as a result, the next British Prime Minister.Asked if he would concede given the polls suggest that Ms Truss is leading the race, Mr Sunak said: “We have to remember I did lead the parliamentary stage of this process at every round, topped the ballot at every round, have the broader support of my parliamentary colleagues and the polls show that I am the best placed to win in the general election.”“So I am going to keep going out and about on fighting hard for every vote,” he said.

Sunak says polls indicate he is in ‘best place’ to win
Gear up Gujarat, polls likely in Nov third week
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 01-08-2022 | 06:00 am
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago | 01-08-2022 | 06:00 am

Elections to the Gujarat Assembly are likely to be held in the third week of November. The State Election Commission (SEC) has started preparations forthe polls.The announcement is likely to come soon after Diwali in October, a top-ranking official told Mirror. Earlier, there was talk of elections in the first week of December, but they are likely to be preponed.The SEC has begun revision of electoral list and registration of first-time voters. The commission is also organising camps and seminars for the staff about poll procedures and related work.This will leave very little time for the government, with just three months left. With revenue records mentioning monsoon season till September 15, no major projects can be taken up.Senior BJP leaders are quite anxious as the Bhupendra Patel government will go to polls with just one year to show its achievement. The results of the polls would also indicate if the decision of the BJP high command to change the entire ministry has worked well.Though the new government, which faced hiccups in the initial 4-5 months, has now gained pace. The image of a stop-gap government is slowly changing and many new policies and projects have been announced in the recent past.For the BJP, that the Gujarat elections are crucial is evident from the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been making a visit to the state every month. For the past three months, Modi has visited Gujarat more than half-a-dozen times, which has brought the state into election mode.The PM has launched several projects worth crores of rupees in the state, including the latest and most ambitious India International Bullion Exchange (IIBX), India’s first International Bullion Exchange in GIFT-IFSC. He also launched the NSE IFSC-SGX Connect. The CM is also on a launching spree laying foundations of many projects that focus on urban areas.Party programmes are being held at the district level and MLAs have been asked to focus on their constituencies. However, there are chances that many of the present MLAs would not be repeated.

Gear up Gujarat, polls likely in Nov third week



Ahmedabad Education News

Guj: ‘Can’t solve today’s issues with y’day’s solutions’
Times of India | 23 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 05:46 am
Times of India
23 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 05:46 am

GANDHINAGAR: Stressing on need to upgrade and fine-tune education and training pattern of military officers in face of challenging security dynamics, Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari said today's problems cannot be solved with yesterday's solutions. He was at the Rashtriya Raksha University near Gandhinagar to preside over signing of a MoU between the IAF and RRU, which will enable pursuit of academics by IAF personnel in contemporary subjects besides promoting research and development in areas of mutual interest. "While conventional domains of conflict have consistently been evolving, new non-kinetic and non-lethal means of warfare are also being used," he said. Stressing the need to upgrade and finetune the education and training pattern of military officers in the face of challenging security dynamics, Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari said that today’s problems can’t be solved with yesterday’s solutions. The Air Chief Marshal was at Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU) near Gandhinagar to preside over the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the IAF and the RRU, which will enable the pursuit of academics by IAF personnel in various contemporary subjects besides promoting research and development in areas of mutual interest. “While conventional domains of conflict have consistently been evolving, new non-kinetic and non-lethal means of warfare are also being used,” the Air Chief Marshal said after the IAF signed the MoU on academics and research. He added, “We cannot solve today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions. We will have to adapt and technology, training and education will be vital dimensions in preparing a military officer for future war.”

Guj: ‘Can’t solve today’s issues with y’day’s solutions’
Apex Educational Services organizes Telangana’s biggest ‘Education Fair 2022’ in Hyderabad
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 07:00 pm
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 07:00 pm

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], August 10: Apex Educational Services has organised a two-day-long Telangana’s biggest educational fair ‘Telangana Education Fair 2022’ to provide a unique platform for the student community from the state to connect with reputed educational institutions and universities under one roof starting from August 13.DR. Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, MLC, Telangana Government, launched the poster of Telangana’s biggest Educational Fair 2022 in the presence of Dinesh Kumar Gattu, managing director of Apex Educational Services and GB Sharath, core organizing team member.Telangana Education Fair 2022 is supported by Impact Foundation and Ambitions Consultancy, while Digital Connect is the digital branding and PR Partner and HMTV and Thehansindia is the official media partner.The Telangana’s Education Fair 2022, to be held at The institution of engineers, Visvesvaraya Bhavan at Khairatabad in Hyderabad, will mark a new phase in many students’ lives and provide a platform for the educational institutions to help them build their future. The education fair will bridge the gap between the students and the institutes.DR. Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, MLC, Telangana Government, said, “I congratulate Apex Educational Services for organising such an Educational fair for the students. It will go a long way in bridging the gap between the students and the educational institutions in Telangana state.”The Education Fair will have exhibitors such as Indian Universities, International Universities, and Institutions offering various courses like Medical, Engineering Technology, Pharmacy, Architecture, Management, Aviation, Hospitality, Media, and Animation. Fashion & Interior Designing, Fine Arts, Music, Overseas Education, Employment Agencies & Educational Loan Providers, etc.Dinesh Kumar Gattu, managing director of Apex Educational Services, said, “This is the 11th Educational fair being organized by Apex Educational Services. The sole mission is to bring students at the doorsteps of educational institutions. There will be spot admissions and interviews at the Educational Fair, giving a fair chance to the students to get spot admissions.”The Education Fair 2022 will provide a fair chance to the students, including the intermediate students, graduates, Diploma Students, Academicians, Parents & EAMCET/ICET/ECET/ PGECET Exam Appeared Students, to build their future.The Apex Educational Services has conducted more than 15 Education Fairs with various News Channels across the country in the last decade.GB Sharath, a core organizing team member, said, “The Educational Fair is for the students and the educational institutions. We aim to bridge the gap between the students and the institutions. Many renowned universities and educational institutions are participating in this event.”“Our main goal and objective are to bring awareness on different universities, colleges, courses, fees, and their selection procedure,” said a spokesperson of Apex Educational Services. “Apex is authorized by many universities, medical colleges, engineering colleges, and management colleges from different major states of India. Apex is professionally managed by experienced counsellors and staff who conduct their daily activities highly competently.”Students and parents can attend Telangana’s Education Fair 2022 for FREE. Register at www.apexeduservices.com

Apex Educational Services organizes Telangana’s biggest ‘Education Fair 2022’ in Hyderabad
Gujarat cos spent Rs 1,400 crore on corporate social responsibility in 2020-21
Times of India | 1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 10:43 am
Times of India
1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 10:43 am

GANDHINAGAR: Private companies and public sector undertakings (PSUs) spent close to Rs 1,400 crore in 2020-21 in Gujarat as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR), the Union government informed the parliament. Kutch BJP MP Vinod Chavda sought to know from the ministry of statistics and programme implementation and the ministry of corporate affairs the status of the funds allocated by government agencies and private firms under CSR. The MP also sought information on the activities taken up using the CSR funds in Gujarat. Details provided by the union government indicate that there has been a steady increase in CSR spending by companies over the past five years, except for a minor drop in 2019-20 compared to the previous year. In reply to the question, the Union government said, “On the basis of annual filings made by companies, the CSR funds spent by companies in the state of Gujarat during the financial years (FY) 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 respectively are Rs 864.83 crore, Rs 967.97 crore, Rs 1,082.09 crore, Rs 982.53 crore and Rs 1,397.26 crore respectively.” The broad framework for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been provided under Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, and Companies (CSR Policy) Rules, 2014, the Union government said. Figures provided by the Union government indicate that maximum CSR funds have been spent on health and education in Gujarat. In 2020-21, a sum of Rs 588.24 crore was spent on healthcare and Rs 401.71 crore on education. The CSR spending registered the highest jump in 2020-21 at Rs 1,397 crore as compared to the CSR spending of Rs 982 crore in the previous year.

Gujarat cos spent Rs 1,400 crore on corporate social responsibility in 2020-21
GMC cracks whip on foreign medical grads
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 06:00 am
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 06:00 am

If you are a foreign medical graduate (FMG doctor) and you show your profile as an MD doctor, then watch out! Gujarat Medical Council (GMC) has cracked the whip against MBBS graduates from abroad showing their degrees as MD. After receiving more than 40 complaints relating to degrees, GMC has suspended a foreign medical graduate from Ahmedabad for six months.A large number of students go for medical education in countries like Russia, Ukraine, China and Philippines after not being able to get admission in MBBS in medicalCollege Dr Nitin Vora said, “Students who studied medicine abroad are known as foreign medical graduates. Every year, a large number of students go to countries like China, Russia for medical education. Although they have been studying MBBS, they are given degrees marked as ‘MD’.”“Such degrees are counted as MBBS, not MD in India, but foreign medical graduates equivalent to MBBS do practice and show their degree as ‘MD’, which is inappropriate and criminal. The reason why GMC is taking strict action against doctors who call themselves as MD doctors despite having an MBBS degree.”According to sources in Ahmedabad Medical Association, two FMG doctors attached to a well-known neurologist doctor’s hospital have presented themselves as ‘MD’ and AMA is planning to file a complaint in GMC in this regard.A doctor from Indian Medical Council (IMA) said, “In India, one has to study for five-and-a-half years for an MBBS degree and another three years for an MD degree. MD degree is awarded after the first five years of medical studies abroad. Hence, many foreign medical graduates practice as MD after returning here. GMC has also received complaints.”Also, after eight years of study in India, it is natural for a postgraduate medical student to want a higher salary in any corporate hospital. In comparison, foreign medical graduate degrees described as MD, equivalent to MBBS, are recruited by private hospitals at a lower salary, but mentioned as MD doctors on the nameplate, which benefits the hospital but is a wrong practice.GMC found a foreign medical graduate doctor in a well-known hospital in Ahmedabad showed himself as MD in the board despite having studied MBBS, so the GMC suspended him for a month.Confirming this, Dr Mehul Shah, in-charge registrar and member of executive committee of GMC, said, “In one year, more than 500 foreign medical graduate doctors have registered in GMC, while in the same period we have received more than 40 complaints over the degree issue. We first serve notice asking FMG doctors to write MBBS at all places including name boards, cards or prescriptions. If any FMG doctor presents himself/herself as MD despite repeated instructions, his licence will also be revoked.”“Such complaints have increased in the past two years. We are taking strict action against such doctors,” Dr Shah added.​​​​​​​It is mandatory for all FMG doctors to register with GMC to practice in state after acquiring medical education and a degree from abroad.–Mehul Shah, GMC

GMC cracks whip on foreign medical grads



Ahmedabad Covid News

Gujarat records 4 Covid deaths after 5 months
Times of India | 1 day ago | 11-08-2022 | 05:40 am
Times of India
1 day ago | 11-08-2022 | 05:40 am

AHMEDABAD: The city in the past 15 days recorded 4,228 Covid cases and 10 deaths. In the previous fortnight, the city had recorded 4,188 cases and nine deaths. Thus, there has been no major rise or fall in cases or deaths in the city. On the other hand in Gujarat, Covid cases increased by 15% from 11,577 to 13,269 and the deaths of Covid patients increased from 16 to 21, accounting for a 31% rise. The daily cases included 189 from Ahmedabad city, 61 from Vadodara city, 41 from Gandhinagar, 35 from Surat city, 33 from Vadodara, and 28 from Gandhinagar city. Active cases reached 1,769 in Ahmedabad and 5,321 in Gujarat. The state in 24 hours vaccinated 1,362 persons for the first dose and 3,308 for the second. In all, 5.43 crore have been administered the first and 5.38 crore the second dose of Covid vaccines. The state administered booster doses to 16,494 senior citizens, taking the total to 50.49 lakh. The state also administered 1.72 lakh booster doses to the 18-59 age group, taking the total to 62.34 lakh.

Gujarat records 4 Covid deaths after 5 months
  • 91 new Covid-19 cases in Ahmedabad
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The city on Tuesday recorded the death of a Covid patient and a slight rise in daily cases at 261. Across Gujarat, 678 cases were recorded. With the discharge of 810 patients, active cases reached 5,729 in Gujarat and 1,901 in Ahmedabad. Other cases included 91 in Vadodara city and 37 in Surat city. At city hospitals, the hospitalization of Covid patients has remained 5-7% of the total number, said officials. Across Gujarat, 15 patients were on ventilators. Gujarat in 24 hours vaccinated 655 persons for the first dose and 3,106 for the second. In all, 5.43 crore have been administered the first and 5.38 crore the second dose of Covid vaccines. The state administered booster doses to 12,921 senior citizens, taking the total to 50.32 lakh. The state also administered 1.37 lakh booster doses to the 18-59 age group, taking the total to 60.62 lakh.

  • Ahmedabad records 261 cases, 1 death
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The city on Tuesday recorded the death of a Covid patient and a slight rise in daily cases at 261. Across Gujarat, 678 cases were recorded. With the discharge of 810 patients, active cases reached 5,729 in Gujarat and 1,901 in Ahmedabad. Other cases included 91 in Vadodara city and 37 in Surat city. At city hospitals, the hospitalization of Covid patients has remained 5-7% of the total number, said officials. Across Gujarat, 15 patients were on ventilators. Gujarat in 24 hours vaccinated 655 persons for the first dose and 3,106 for the second. tnn

  • 661 new Covid cases in Gujarat
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD/RAJKOT: As many as 661 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the state in 24 hours ending 5pm on Monday, taking the total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 12.61 lakh. The state's death toll increased to 10,980 with two deaths in Bhavnagar city The new cases include 206 from Ahmedabad, 82 from Vadodara, 70 from Surat and 63 from Rajkot districts In the 24 hours, Gujarat also vaccinated 5,475 people for the first dose and 5,972 for the second. In all, 5.43 crore have been administered first and 5.38 crore second dose of Covid vaccine. Booster doses were given to 23,023 senior citizens, taking the total to 50.19 lakh. The state also administered 2.26 lakh booster doses to those in 18-59 years population, taking total to 59.25 lakh

  • Ahmedabad records 201 new cases
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Ahmedabad recorded 201 new Covid cases on Monday, the lowest in a week, while Gujarat logged 661 fresh cases. The state recorded deaths of two patients from Bhavnagar, taking the Covid death toll to 10,980. The state's active cases witnessed a slight drop at 5,862; of this Ahmedabad accounted for 1,931 cases. According to city hospitals, 35 patients have been admitted for treatment including 11 in Civil Hospital and 5 in Sola Civil Hospital. Two swine flu patients were also under treatment at Sola Civil Hospital, whereas a swine flu patient was discharged from Ahmedabad Civil Hospital on Monday.

  • Ahmedabad records 230 new Covid cases
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The city on Sunday recorded 230 new Covid cases, further reducing the active cases to 1,903. Across Gujarat, 768 cases were recorded, a drop from 965 on Saturday. The state however recorded 3 deaths - 2 from Rajkot city and 1 from Surat district - taking the total to 10,978. The state had 5,895 active cases, out of which 21 were on ventilator. Other cases included 68 from Vadodara city, 58 from Gandhiangar, 55 from Mehsana, 45 from Vadodara, 40 from Surat city and 34 from Rajkot city among others. Of 33, only two districts had zero active cases. Gujarat in 24 hours vaccinated 682 persons for the first dose and 3,649 for the second. In all, 5.43 crore are administered first and 5.38 crore second dose of Covid vaccine. The state administered booster doses to 11,640 senior citizens, taking total to 49.96 lakh. The state also administered 1.01 lakh booster doses to 18-59 years population, taking total to 56.99 lakh.

Hester Biosciences Ltd reports Net Profit of Rs. 3.56 crore and Revenues from Operations of Rs. 50.7 crore in Q1FY23
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 07:02 pm
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 07:02 pm

August 10: One of India’s leading poultry and animal vaccine manufacturing companies, Hester Biosciences Limited, has reported a consolidated net profit of Rs. 3.56 crore and Revenue from Operations of Rs. 50.70 crores for the Q1FY23. Individually, the gross margins of the vaccines and the health products have been in line with the corresponding quarter; however, the overall margins have reduced due to the increase in the proportion of health products sales which have lower gross margins compared to vaccines. Health Products sales constituted 34% of the total sales in Q1 FY23, versus 20% in Q1 FY22.Hester Tanzania recently received regulatory approvals for four products, with two additional products under approval. Hester Tanzania has just started commercial operations, and Revenues are expected to start in Q2. Hester Nepal has registered a 16% growth in domestic revenues; however, there were no tender sales in the current quarter due to delays in tendering by FAO and other multilateral institutions.Going furtherThe company is confident of arresting the de growth in Q2 as well as hopes to improve the profitability as follows:On the vaccine side:The recent outbreak of Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) in certain parts of the country since July 2022 is expected to result in additional sales in Q2 FY23.The Company was a successful bidder in a government tender for PPR vaccine for sheep & goats, the supplies for which will likely start from September 2022.On the Health Product side:It is our endeavour to improve the profitability. Over the next couple of quarters, Hester will focus on growing sales on the back of improving the sales productivity of the marketing team as well as launching new products and entering new territories.Petcare divisionThe Company launched a new division for Petcare during Q1 with ten products. Activities related to market development, field force establishment and product pipeline are ongoing. Petcare Division will emerge as a steady long-term growth driver, given the increasing adoption of pets in the country.Status on Hester’s initiatives in the Covid-19 vaccineThe Company, in consortium with Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC), Government of Gujarat (GoG), has entered into a term sheet agreement with Bharat Biotech India Limited to manufacture the Drug Substance for Covaxinunder the Mission Covid Suraksha Scheme of the Government of India.The project is to manufacture a Drug Substance equivalent to up to 7 million doses per month.The construction of the BSL-3 facility is nearing mechanical completion. Planning and preparation for commissioning are ongoing. The facility is expected to be ready for commercial operation in Q3FY23.This facility is a multi-purpose facility to handle other micro-organisms beyond Covid-19.Other developmentsThe Company is strengthening its new product vaccine pipeline by developing new vaccines like Classical Swine Fever (CSF), Sheep Pox and an improved version of Brucella vaccines.The bulk antigen production capacity expansion project is completed, and trial runs are ongoing. Expansion of Fill-Finish line capacity is expected to be completed by Q4FY23. These two expansions will double the production capacity of vaccines.The recent notification by the Government of India to allow the manufacture and sale of Avian Influenza Inactivated vaccine, the H9N2 strain, will contribute to our sales from Q3.

Hester Biosciences Ltd reports Net Profit of Rs. 3.56 crore and Revenues from Operations of Rs. 50.7 crore in Q1FY23
‘Lack of RTPCR report no ground to reject claim’
Times of India | 1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 07:55 am
Times of India
1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 07:55 am

RAJKOT: A consumer court in Rajkot ordered an insurance company to pay a woman Rs 2.33 lakh with interest after her claim for Covid-19 treatment was rejected as she did not attach an RTPCR or rapid antigen Covid positive report as mandated by the government. According to the case details, Sanya Wadhvani moved the Rajkot Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission after the Future Generali India Insurance Company rejected her claim in spite of her having a policy of Rs 5 lakh as sum insured (SI). In April 2021, Wadhvani suffered from fever, cold and breathing problems and the doctors advised her to undertake MACT scan of thorax. In the report she was diagnosed as Covid suspect and the doctors asked her to remain under home quarantine. However, Wadhvani's health deteriorated in the next five days and she had to undergo CT SCAN of her chest and as per doctors' advice, she was admitted to a Covid hospital on April 20. Wadhvani was finally discharged on May 2 and her treatment cost was Rs 2.33 lakh. On May 17, she put up a claim of her medical expenses before the insurance company and the company, through a letter, dated September 16, 2021, informed Wadhvani that her claim has been rejected. The company cited that she did not have an RTPCR or Antigen report which is mandatory as per government order and also a condition of the policy. Her advocate, Shailendrasinh Jadeja said, "We put the facts before the court that Covid-19 was at its peak at that time and there was a long waiting list for RTPCR tests. We did not have that much time to wait for the report as the patient required immediate medical attention. Also the doctors decided to proceed with her CT SCAN score." The lawyer further stated that the complainant relied on a judgment of the Supreme Court which stated that "the insurance company, while setting the claims, should not be too technical and ask for documents which the insured is not in a position to produce due to the circumstances beyond their control." After hearing the arguments, the commission Rajkot ordered the insurance company to pay the claim amount together with six per cent interest and Rs 5,000 towards legal expenses.

‘Lack of RTPCR report no ground to reject claim’
Rakhi sales at all-time high, beat pre-Covid sale
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 06:00 am
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 06:00 am

The onset of the festive season this year, with Rakshabandhan on Thursday, has brought cheer to rakhi traders after washout Covid years of 2020 and 2021.President of Ahmedabad Cutlery and General Merchant (ACGM) Association Laxman Aswani said, “The rakhi business is part of our association and this year the sales have crossed the Rs 300 crore mark. Compared to 2019, sales had fallen by 50% in 2020 and 2021.”He further said, “Witnessing the high demand, many retail shops that never stocked rakhi are also selling it this year.”In another major development, manufacturing of rakhis has increased in Ahmedabad while import of rakhis from China has stopped, said retailers and manufacturers.Khema Nanda, one of the biggest rakhi traders in Sarangpur area, said, “This year we are registering brisk sales as people are emerging from fear of Covid. People want to indulge in festivities after a two-year Covid break.”Talking about festive cheer despite inflation and higher prices of rakhi this year, ACGM association’s vice president Amit Desai told Mirror, “The retail shops that usually sell gifts and cutlery have taken to selling rakhi in a big way. The outlets selling rakhis have doubled this year.”He added, “There would be more than 10,000 shops in Ahmedabad that are selling rakhis this year. Moreover, the sales figure is also high because traders are supplying rakhis to about 15-odd states in India.”Kolkata dominated the production of rakhis and continues to hold the top spot but Ahmedabad is fast catching up, said manufacturers. In fact, Ahmedabad is emerging as a competitive market.According to rakhi retailers in the city, this year rakhis from Rs 10 to Rs 25,000 are available in Ahmedabad shops. However, the ones from Rs 50 to Rs 150 are selling the most.Amit Patel, owner of Anand Rakhi Bazar in the Science City area, said, “We have been selling rakhis from Rs 10 to Rs 6,000 at our three outlets in the western part of the city. However, demand for Rs 50 to Rs 150 rakhis is the most. This year prices of rakhis have increased by 25% due to higher input cost and general rise in inflation.”

Rakhi sales at all-time high, beat pre-Covid sale
Mixed infections, hospitalizations up in Ahmedabad
Times of India | 3 days ago | 08-08-2022 | 07:36 am
Times of India
3 days ago | 08-08-2022 | 07:36 am

AHMEDABAD: With the rain taking a break and temperature dropping, cases of viral infections are up in the city, said city-based medical practitioners. More importantly, the number of hospitalizations have also gone up in the past fortnight compared to the preceding fortnight, they added. Dr Pragnesh Vaccharajani, a city-based general practitioner, said that while Covid cases have relatively reduced in the past few days, the overall viral fever cases have increased exponentially. "About seven out of every 10 patients have the same complaint of high-grade fever coupled with body ache/muscle pain. Due to several infections going on at the moment, we generally wait for a couple of days before advising tests," he said. "Conventionally, cases of malaria, dengue and chikungunya see rise after mid-August," he added. Dr Dhiren Mehta, a city-based general practitioner, said that testing, especially for swine flu, is not very common. "Only those patients who are admitted due to severe symptoms generally go for the test. But our friends in critical care field tell us that the cases are on the rise," he said. "The hospitalizations are also up. Most cases are senior citizens and paediatric patients who report constant high fever and severe body pain." Dr Jigar Mehta, a critical care specialist. He said that compared to the past three months, the Covid hospitalizations have gone up. Dr Minesh Mehta, a city-based intensivist, said that if the patient is diagnosed with pneumonia or other complications, they are advised hospitalization for observation and oxygen supply if required.

Mixed infections, hospitalizations up in Ahmedabad