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45-year-old woman hit by ST bus, dies
Times of India | 1 day ago
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Ahmedabad: A 45-year-old woman from the Paldi area died as she was hit by a speeding ST bus on Dharnidhar bridge late on Saturday night. The woman was riding pillion on a scooter when the accident took place. Her husband, who also suffered injuries, has been admitted to a private hospital in Jivraj Park area. According to an FIR filed with N Division traffic police, Kirti Bhavsar, 45, a resident of Komal Enclave in Paldi, who works with a private realty developer in Prahladnagar, was riding towards Vastrapur with his wife Megha when the accident took place at around 9pm on Saturday. Kirti and Megha were going to a friend’s place in Konark Karishma tower in Vastrapur. From their house in Paldi, Kirti and Megha rode towards Anjali crossroads and then went towards Dharnidhar bridge. When Kirti was riding in the middle of the Dharnidhar bridge, an ST bus hit the two from behind due to which they flung in the air and fell on the road. Both Kirti and Megha became unconscious and were rushed to a hospital in the Jivraj Park locality. Megha died during treatment and Kirti suffered fractures in his right wrist. N Division traffic police registered a case of negligent driving causing death against an unknown bus driver who fled after the accident.

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Modi picked cooperation model: Shah
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Gandhinagar: Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah said in Gandhinagar on Sunday that the cooperation model is best suited to economic development that can fuel India’s growth. He said this after inaugurating a slew of projects at AmulFed Dairy. Shah said development models are a subject of serious studies, but many pundits have faltered in prescribing the right model for India. “Our PM realized when he was the Gujarat CM that if there is one model which can benefit all people, it is the cooperation-based model,” Shah said. “That is why the PM has started the cooperation ministry.” Shah said: “It is not easy to take the benefits of development to all sections of society in a country with a population of 130 crore.” Shah added: “A number of development models have been proposed. Some are suitable for countries with 2 crore or 10 crore population.” Shah said that the cooperation model of economic development is not new to Gujarat. “What started as a movement against exploitation has today become a movement of 36 lakh members of Amul, which is Gujarat’s pride,” he said. Commenting on the formation of the Union cooperation ministry, Shah said: “Many people were skeptical and asked what was the point in creating this ministry.” He said: “For me though, it is a matter of pride that I am the country’s first cooperation minister. This ministry has the potential to accelerate development and make people economically strong.” Shah said Amul has strengthened its core. “The procurement by 36 lakh dairy farmers, processing of milk and milk products, and marketing of the final products to lakhs of consumers are the three pillars of Amul,” he said. “It has strengthened all three pillars with these new projects.” He described Amul as the prime example of success of the cooperation model and women empowerment.

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Fire in two commercial complexes in Ahmedabad brought under control; no casualties reported
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AHMEDABAD: Fires broke out in two multi-storey commercial complexes in Ahmedabad city in Gujarat on Sunday, though both were doused soon and did not result in any casualty, officials said. A fire broke out in a 10-storey commercial complex on SG highway in the evening, but it was brought under control before it could spread through the structure, a fire department personnel said. In the other incident, a fire broke out in a readymade garments unit located in a four-storey building on Relief Road in the eastern part of the city, which was brought under control in 45 minutes, said Rajesh Bhatt, additional chief fire officer of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. "The fire witnessed in the electrical duct of one of the floors of the 10 storey building damaged ducts from the 2nd till the 9th floor, though it did not spread to the offices located in the complex. Since it was Sunday, there were few occupants. The blaze was brought under control in one hour," Bhatt said. The blaze in the building on Relief Road was possibly caused by short circuit in the garment machine or electrical equipment, leading to damage to some machinery, he said. No injury was reported in both incidents, the official added.

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HM Amit Shah inaugurates Amul projects in Gandhinagar
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Gujarat: 13 dental students arrested for consuming liquor, creating nuisance in Gandhinagar
Times Now | 1 day ago
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Ahmedabad:In dry Gujarat, at least thirteen dental students, including nine girls were arrested on Saturday for consuming liquor at a residential apartment in Gujarat's Gandhinagar. The neighbours apparently alerted the cops to the party at a flat in Swagat Afford society.As a result of the raid, two liquor bottles were recovered from the flat. The man who recorded the video accuses the students of taking drugs as one of the girls is sleeping. The police team has arrested 13 students but no drugs were recovered from their possession.According to the police, a resident went to the flat in question and recorded a video, and sent a complaint to the police control room. Gandhinagar superintendent of police, Mayur Chavda said that the police have become complainant in this case as no resident came forward to file a complaint.As per the complaint, dental students had organised the party at their residence. According to the report published in the Times of India, one arrested student is local, while others are from Haryana, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Maharashtra among other states. Another similar incidentThe Hyderabad police caught three students with 110 MDMA pills on November 12. According to the police, the estimated value of the drugs will be Rs 3 lakh in the international market.Based on a tip-off, the police and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) team nabbed the three accused. During the interrogation, the accused revealed that the drugs were being supplied from Goa.

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  • 13 dental students held in Gandhinagar
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: At least 13 students, including nine girls, of a Gandhinagar-based dental college were caught drunk at a flat in Swagat Afford society in Gandhinagar. Neighbours had apparently alerted the cops to the party. A resident of the complex went to the flat in question and started recording a video. He is heard accusing the students of taking drugs as one of the girls is sleeping. Gandhinagar Police has become the complainant in the case and has arrested the 13 from the flat. Gandhinagar superintendent of police Mayur Chavda said no drugs were found at the flat. Two liquor bottles were recovered. He said that the residents had sent a complaint to the police control room, but no one came forward to formally file it. So police have become the complainant. The complaint stated that one of the 13 arrested was a resident of the society and had organized the party. The person who had taken the flat on rent was a native of Madhya Pradesh. Cops said that one student is a local and the rest are from Haryana, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Maharashtra among other states. tnn

Gujarat: Massive crowd for 600 posts of Gram Raksha Dal in Banaskantha
Times of India | 1 day ago
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Times of India
Hip-hop jewellery adds bling to Surat manufacturing units
Times of India | 1 day ago
Times of India
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SURAT: Imagine a 500-gram diamond-studded gold pendant in an equally weighing gold chain adorning your neck. Bedazzling, right? Thanks to the growing trend of hip-hop jewellery in a few countries, Diamond City’s fast developing jewellery manufacturing industry too is sparkling these days. After dominating the world in diamond manufacturing, the city is now eyeing on becoming a jewellery manufacturing hub and hip-hop jewellery is only adding to its bling. A city-based manufacturer recently made an umbrella pendant comprising 450gram gold and studded with 12,000 diamonds of 175 carats costing at least Rs 20 lakh. With a heavyweight like that, the pendant can be worn only with a heavyset necklace, and hence, the uber ensemble of pendant and necklace set now fetches a whopping Rs 50 lakh plus. Earlier, hip-hop jewellery was made in countries like the US and the UK where buyers were locally available. But thanks to growing demands, it has now reached down to local units in the Diamond City too. “Surat is now manufacturing hip-hop jewellery and the manufacturers are receiving orders from abroad. Earlier, Surat would only export polished diamonds for this type of jewellery but now we are making such jewellery here,” said Jayanti Savaliya, president of Surat Jewellery Manufacturers Association. Vijay Mangukiya, a manufacturer, is to display the umbrella and necklace set at the Gems & Jewellery Manufacturers’ Show-2021 to be held at SIECC, Sarsana starting from Saturday. “Hip-hop jewellery is a trend in a few countries and its manufacture requires expertise. Our manufacturers have developed the ability and they are making international standard jewellery,” said Kalpesh Vaghasiya, a jewellery manufacturer. At the show, 105 businesses will display their products of jewellery and machinery. Over 8,000 visitors from across the country are expected to visit the three-day show.

Times of India
  • Hip-hop jewellery adds bling to mfg units
  • Times of India

    Surat: Imagine a 500-gram diamond-studded gold pendant in an equally weighing gold chain adorning your neck. Bedazzling, right? Thanks to the growing trend of hip-hop jewellery in a few countries, Diamond City’s fast developing jewellery manufacturing industry too is sparkling these days. After dominating the world in diamond manufacturing, the city is now eyeing on becoming a jewellery manufacturing hub and hip-hop jewellery is only adding to its bling. A city-based manufacturer recently made an umbrella pendant comprising 450gram gold and studded with 12,000 diamonds of 175 carats costing at least Rs 20 lakh. With a heavyweight like that, the pendant can be worn only with a heavyset necklace, and hence, the uber ensemble of pendant and necklace set now fetches a whopping Rs 50 lakh plus. Earlier, hip-hop jewellery was made in countries like the US and the UK where buyers were locally available. But thanks to growing demands, it has now reached down to local units in the Diamond City too. “Surat is now manufacturing hip-hop jewellery and the manufacturers are receiving orders from abroad. Earlier, Surat would only export polished diamonds for this type of jewellery but now we are making such jewellery here,” said Jayanti Savaliya, president of Surat Jewellery Manufacturers Association. Vijay Mangukiya, a manufacturer, is to display the umbrella and necklace set at the Gems & Jewellery Manufacturers’ Show-2021 to be held at SIECC, Sarsana starting from Saturday. “Hip-hop jewellery is a trend in a few countries and its manufacture requires expertise. Our manufacturers have developed the ability and they are making international standard jewellery,” said Kalpesh Vaghasiya, a jewellery manufacturer. At the show, 105 businesses will display their products of jewellery and machinery. Over 8,000 visitors from across the country are expected to visit the three-day show.

Gujarats pride roars at port
Times of India | 1 day ago
Times of India
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A long with ship bugle, chances are very high that while on this sea port run by APM Terminals, you may also hear a lion’s roar. And not just a roar, you may be even luckier to be privy to a pride of Asiatic lions crossing your path at the entrance of Port Pipavav. Awed? Read on. Welcome to Port Pipavav in Gujarat’s Amreli district, managed by the world’s biggest container terminal operator - Denmark-headquartered AP Moller Maersk, possibly the only such maritime facility in the world where lions tread free without fear or human interference. Sometimes these felines even come close to the jetty area and saunter between the huge containers that are offloaded from the ships. Port workers, however, have learned the art of cohabiting unperturbed in the presence of royalty! Believe it or not, this peaceful co-existence here is so fascinating, that a lioness has found the port’s main gate a peaceful zone to give birth to her cubs despite the constant flow of vehicles and port employees. In fact, wildlife experts say Port Pipavav is the only such port in the world which is a home to an endangered wild animal. "Your peaceful post-dinner stroll may be interjected by a lion or a cub — but it’s nothing uncommon. For us, it’s as simple as seeing a stray dog or cattle," a port executive, not wanting to be named, living in the colony for many years now, told TOI. The port colony houses 240 families. In zest, a senior forest officer said, "Port employees’ mobile phones have more photos and videos of lions in their colony and at the port than their own selfies!" Amreli district adjoins the famous Gir sanctuary, the natural and only abode of Asiatic lions. But over the years, a burgeoning lion population has spilled out of the protected areas and into the district; frequently seen making a kill right inside villages, sauntering on the roads or calmly parking themselves right outside the villages. Sources said there are at least 40 lions residing within a 3-4 km stretch between Pipavav and Kovaya village, home to the massive plant of Ultratech Cement. The lions usually reside in the thick bushes adjoining the seashore, but often wander into the port area via the railway tracks. Badal Saiyed, who regularly drives trucks to the port, said, "We often have to slow down our vehicles to let the lions stroll across the road." On the 500m road leading to the port, truck drivers often stop their vehicles to shoot videos of lions crossing the road or just sitting in the bushes, a few metres off the actual facility. Many of them, however, have also been booked for ‘harassing’ this endangered species by chasing them with their vehicles. Notwithstanding the fact that many a time lions have killed their costly and sole source of income — the milch cattle — ṯthe people of Amreli love the lions. And Pipavav too is no exception. It doesn’t matter for these royal animals if hundreds of ships berth at the port. Their schedule remains unchanged! Amreli district, an abode of 100 lions: Though fascinating, experts say, lions in a port is not sustainable for the wild cats in the long term. "Landscape and habitat management for the growing population is a subject of paramount importance going forward. I believe initiatives such as Project Lion are being designed keeping in mind such long term-management goals," said Priyvrat Gadhvi, member, state wildlife board. How Pipavav got its name Legend has it that the king of Pipa in Rajasthan and his queen were touring Saurashtra around 1,500AD following spiritual guidance by their guru. Noticing acute famine here, they wanted to help out people but as per the conditions laid down by their guru, they couldn’t use their royal wealth. The king was a great singer while his wife a danseuse. Using their art, they collected funds for charity and got a stepwell (vav) made to address water scarcity. One day, in his dream, the king saw Lord Krishna telling him about a neem tree which had a sole sweet branch. Next day, he and villagers found it to be true and named the place as Pipavav Dham. "Interestingly, Bherai village where the present port stands had a jetty with regular trade to Mumbai and south India with Rajula town being the nearest hub. Following disputes among claimants, Padma Shri poet and saint Dula Bhaya Kag suggested that the port be named after Pipavav Dham," said Prakash Thaker, former advisor, external affairs and PR, Port Pipavav.

Times of India
Ahmedabad woman pays for husbands studies, gets cruelty
Times of India | 1 day ago
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Ahmedabad: A 30-year-old assistant engineer from Chandkheda, who was forced to pay for her husband’s studies in Canada, has filed a complaint of cruelty and harassment. In her complaint, she said that although she gave in to her husband’s financial demands, he had threatened to divorce her. Chandkheda police on Friday lodged a complaint under the Indian Penal Code’s sections 498A (husband or a relative of the husband subjecting a woman to cruelty), 294B (uttering obscenities), and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt). The woman told police she works as assistant engineer in Gandhinagar. She said that earlier she was a professor at a university where she met the man she married. He too was a professor at the university at the time. She stated that after marriage, she started living at her in-laws’ home in Gandhinagar. She said that her sister-in-law and brother-in-law started taunting her over domestic chores. She said that she informed her parents who asked her to come to Chandkheda. She and her husband shifted to her father’s flat. The woman said that in 2018 her husband got a student visa for Canada. She said that she was pressured to give Rs 2 lakh and then Rs 4.10 lakh for his fees. The woman went to Canada on leave without pay to meet her husband. She was forced to return to Gandhinagar by her in-laws. She said that when her mother contracted Covid, her in-laws did not allow her to tend to her mother. They apparently told her that her mother had lived her life and hence she should not worry. Later her father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law told her that she would not be allowed to go to Canada and divorce was her only option. Her in-laws refused to give back 150 grams of gold which her father had gifted after marriage. The woman said that her in-laws asked her to get more money.

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Registration with fake stamp: 4 booked
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Ahmedabad: The Sola Police registered a case of cheating and breach of trust after the sub-registrar officer found that the e-stamp which was produced for the registration of the document in the office was a fake one. The sub-registrar, Meena Prajapati, stated that on September 30 in Bopal a document for sale of house in Palash Residence was produced and the document for sale was valued for Rs 42 lakh. An e-stamp of Rs 2.06 lakh was produced during the registration of the document. The registration was done where Pratik Kadiya and Snehal Kadiya, both residents of Kadi, Mehsana, were the sellers. The purchasers were Dhruvang Mehta and Tamanna Mehta, both residents of Bharuch. After the endorsement of the document, the e-stamp certificate was entered for verification and the same did not get verified. The complainant stated that she then informed her superiors. A call was made to the advocate, Rahul Jaiswal, and he was asked from where he got the e-stamp. Jaiswal said that he had got the same from notary Manoj Patel. Jaiswal rushed to the office and presented a second e-stamp. The e-stamp was then sent to the deputy collector stamp duty. The complainant said the Stock Holding Corporation had decided to lodge an online application with Madhavpura police but the authorities were told to file the complaint at Sola police station. The complaint was lodged against Mehtas, Patel and Jaiswal under IPC Section 420 (cheating), 465 (punishment for forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will), 471 (using as genuine a forged) and 114 (abettor present when offence is committed).

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Covid shadow over Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit
Times of India | 1 day ago
Times of India
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Gandhinagar: A rise in Covid-19 cases globally and the alarm over detection of new variants of coronavirus in some countries, has cast a shadow on the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit (VGGS), which is scheduled to be held a little over a month from now. The Gujarat government has referred the matter to the central government for guidance, even as PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on January 10. Also, most departments of the Union government and heads of state and top global business leaders are expected to attend the meet. “The state government has referred the matter to GOI as the scenario has changed. The central government will take a final call in the matter, but the options being explored right now is a change in both scale as well as format of the VGGS 2022,” a top source in the state government said. Sources added, “It is certain that VGGS 2022 will not be called off or postponed. Since the PM will inaugurate the event, a number of heads of state are expected to attend and most departments of GOI will be jointly organising events of VGGS 2022, the central government will have to decide on the format of holding the event.”

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Gujarat: MCQ weightage up for standard 9-12 exams
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Ahmedabad: The state education department has decided to increase the weightage of objective questions for Class 9 to Class 12 examinations from 20% to 30%. As a result, the weightage in exam papers for descriptive questions will now be reduced to 70% instead of 80% earlier, said sources. The change is not applicable for Class 12 science students where 50 marks weightage for MCQ questions and 50 marks for descriptive questions in exams will continue. The decision was taken on Saturday by state education minister Jitu Vaghani after consulting chief minister Bhupendra Patel. The decision is expected to benefit about 30 lakh students of Class 9 to Class 12 in Gujarat and has been taken in view of competitive entrance exams like JEE and NEET where a similar question pattern is followed. In the past, a similar question paper pattern with 70:30 weightage where 70% was for descriptive and 30% was for MCQ type questions was being followed but it was discontinued few years ago, said sources. “The government has taken the decision amid Covid-19 where in-person classroom education got disrupted for over a year, resulting in learning loss for many students,” said sources. The decision comes at a time when board exams are only few months away. “Students have already completed half of their academic session. Such decisions are to be taken well in advance,” said an academic expert. The state education department has been taking key decisions in lines with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Recently, CBSE announced reduction in school syllabus by 30% for the academic year 2021-22. “There have been many representations both from schools and parents for reduction in state board syllabus. But the government has so far announced nothing in this direction,” said sources.

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Heard of Lakshmis arrival on Dhanteras
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Kajal and Sujit Nadi adopt Misti (Left in White dress),and Chetan and Mahesh Mishtry adopt Arzoo ( right in red dress) from Paldi Shishu gruh in presence of MLA Rakesh Shah with TV actrees Neha Mehta in Ahmedabad on Saturday,27,November,2021 Photo Yogesh ChawdaAhmedabad: They were two bundles of joy that brought tears of happiness to their parents at Shishu Gruh in Paldi on Saturday – while Mishti was adopted by Kajal and Sujit Nandi, residents of Rajkot, Aarzu was adopted by Mumbai-based Mahesh and Chetna Mistry. Both girls, abandoned by their biological parents in two or three days of birth, are nine months old. “When we got the news, it was Dhanteras. Lakshmi has indeed come to our home,” said an elated Kajal Nandi. This is the first child for the couple. For the Mistrys, Aarzu will be their younger daughter. “We have a son, but we always wanted a daughter and thus approached CARA,” said Mahesh Mistry. Ritesh Dave, superintendent of Shishu Gruh, said both couples had applied for adoption about two years ago.

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Gujarat: SMC headquarters Muglisara declared waqf property
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Ahmedabad: The Gujarat State Waqf Board has declared that the Muglisara (Mughalsarai) building, which is the headquarters of the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), is a waqf property. It has ordered that the building be registered as a waqf property. The board said that during the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jehan, Surat was his daughter Jahanara Begum’s fief. Her confidante Ishaqbail Yazdi aka Haqiqat Khan had constructed the building in 1644 AD at a cost of Rs 33,081, named it Humayun Sarai, and donated it to be used as an inn for Haj pilgrims as Surat was a major port on the west coast. As it was donated as waqf property by a Muslim ruler, the purpose of the property does not change. The board cited Islamic sharia and the Supreme Court’s declaration that ‘once a waqf property, always a waqf property’. Abdul Wadood Jarullah petitioned the Waqf Board in 2015-16 to declare Muglisara a waqf property under Section 36 of the Waqf Act, 1995. Following his request, the Central Waqf Council also wrote to the board to act on Jarullah’s application. As proceedings did not move further, Jarullah approached the Gujarat high court for quick proceedings. Jarullah supplied 17 documents to establish that the nearly 400-year-old building was in use as an inn for Haj pilgrims till 1867, when it was first used as a municipal office by the British as there was no place from which the new civic body could function. In 1961, the building became the SMC headquarters and the civic body’s name was added in the revenue records. He argued that as the building was built for the purpose of social work and donated in waqf, it should be declared waqf property. Among the historical documents on which he relied, was a plaque on the front wall which contained information that the building was given in waqf by the Mughal ruler. The SMC opposed the bid and supplied eight documents. It argued that the building had been handed over to the British government in 1867 and revenue records were altered in 1961.

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Ex-Vadgam MLA quits Cong
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Gandhinagar: Former Congress legislator from Vadgam constituency, Manibhai Vaghela, quit the party on Saturday. He had refrained from contesting in the 2017 assembly elections so that Jignesh Mevani could stand as an independent candidate from Vadgam with outside support from the Congress. Sources said the BJP is likely to field Vaghela against Mevani for the Vadgam seat even as the independent MLA is expected to formally join the Congress just before next year’s assembly election. In his resignation letter dated November 19 which he addressed to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Vaghela expressed displeasure with the Congress’ working style, ideology and “disregard” towards junior workers. He wrote that he had been a dedicated Congress worker for 40 years and had defeated a BJP cabinet minister — Fakir Vaghela — to win the Vadgam seat in 2012.

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Ahmedabad: Change bond rules, say resident docs
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Ahmedabad: After calling for a strike from Monday, the Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) at BJ Medical College (BJMC) and Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, put their demands before the college and hospital authorities on Saturday. Faced with repeated delays and postponement of National Eligibility Entrance Test postgraduate (NEET PG) counselling 2021, the association said it will withdraw from outpatient department (OPD) services from Monday if the counselling process is not fast-tracked. The association has demanded that resident doctors, who are in their second year now, be provided with medical officers (MO) to assist them till the new batch joins. They have also demanded the implementation of the ‘bond plus SR’ scheme for batches from 2018. “The bond policy must be revised for students who have completed MBBS, PG and/or super-specialty from the state of Gujarat. The lower degree bond must be dissolved into the higher degree bond of that candidate,” according to their representation. As a result, only higher degree bond remains to be served, it further stated. “There is wastage of time, knowledge and money and resources if a specialist is made to work like simple MBBS MO or super-specialist is made to work like specialist. For example, if candidate has done MBBS and MD both from Gujarat then the government should impose bond of MD degree only,” the JDA has demanded. The bond posting must be according to the branch only and PG candidates must not be forced to work as MBBS MO, said a JDA member.

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Active Covid cases in Ahmedabad at 100 after 11 days
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Ahmedabad: After reaching up to 136 on November 19 – one of the highest in the past four months – the active cases in Ahmedabad district came back to 100 after 11 days. As of Saturday evening, the district accounts for 34% of the state’s total 291 active cases. Gujarat in 24 hours recorded 28 new positive cases, one more compared to 27 on Friday. The new cases included 10 from Ahmedabad city, 6 from Surat city, 4 from Vadodara city, 2 each from Kutch and Surat, and 1 each from Jamnagar, Kheda, Navsari and Valsad districts.

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  • Gujarat cities account for 65% of new Covid cases
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    Ahmedabad: The four major cities of Gujarat – Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot – accounted for 20 of the 31 new cases on Thursday, or 65%, a fall from 72% on Wednesday. The latest numbers pointed to greater spread in the rest of the state. Ahmedabad city accounts for 128 or 41% of the state’s active cases. The new cases include 10 from Ahmedabad city, six from Vadodara city, three from Surat city, two each from Jamnagar, Kutch, Navsari and Vadodara, and one each from Rajkot city, Bharuch, Gir Somnath, and Porbandar districts. With the discharge of 32 patients, the number of active cases fell by one to 315. Of the active cases, six patients are on ventilators. The state reported the vaccination of 5.16 lakh persons, taking number of jabs administered to 7.89 crore. tnn

  • New Covid cases down by 20% in Gujarat
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: After more than 30 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the number fell to 29 on Wednesday, representing a 20% fall in Gujarat. The fall was greater for Ahmedabad at 24%, from 17 to 13. The other new cases included three each from Vadodara city and Valsad, two each from Surat city, Gandhinagar and Rajkot, and one each from Gir Somnath, Morbi and Navsari districts. With the discharge of 32 patients, the number of active cases came down by 3 to 316. Ahmedabad accounts for 133 or 42% of the active cases. Four patients are on ventilators in Gujarat. The state vaccinated 4.5 lakh persons in 24 hours, taking the total number of doses administered to 7.84 crore. tnn

  • Covid-19: Daily cases down 39% in Gujarat
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    AHMEDABAD: The city recorded drop of daily Covid-19 positive cases from 8 on Saturday to 4 on Sunday – a drop of 50%. Compared to that, Gujarat recorded drop of 39% from 36 to 22 in 24 hours. With discharge of 35 patients, the active cases got reduced by 13 to 310. The new positive cases included 8 from Vadodara city, 4 from Ahmedabad city, 3 from Surat city, 2 each from Rajkot city, Rajot and Valsad districts, and 1 from Narmada district. The four cities accounted for 77% of the new cases. Daily vaccinations took a dip as 17,699 got vaccinated for the first and 1.08 lakh for the second doses. In all, Gujarat has administered 7.71 crore doses of Covid vaccination so far. Out of active cases, three were on ventilator.

  • Active Covid cases in Gujarat dip after 10 days
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    Ahmedabad: After a period of 10 days, Gujarat recorded a fall in the number of active Covid cases. Compared to 36 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the state saw 44 patients being discharged, reducing active cases by 8 to 323. Of the total, 16 or 36% of discharges were in Ahmedabad city. The new cases included nine in Ahmedabad city, seven in Vadodara city, four each in Surat city and Valsad, two each from Rajkot city, Sabarkantha, Kutch, Jamnagar, and one each in Gandhinagar city, Jamnagar city, Ahmedabad, Mehsana, and Narmada district. Cities accounted for 24 or two-thirds of the new cases. The state vaccinated 4.1 lakh persons, taking the total number of doses administered to 7.69 crore.

  • Daily Covid cases drop by 12% in Gujarat
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    AHMEDABAD: Gujarat in the 24 hours ending at 5pm on Friday added 36 new positive cases, a drop of 12% in 24 hours. It’s the second consecutive day of drop in daily cases after four-month high cases at 54 on Wednesday. Valsad recorded the death of an active patient, taking the death toll to 10,091. Valsad has recorded six out of nine deaths recorded in Gujarat since October 1. The new positive cases include 10 from Ahmedabad city, 8 from Vadodara city, 4 from Navsari, 3 from Surat city, 2 each from Jamnagar city, Anand and Mehsana, and 1 each from Gandhinagar city, Kutch, Sabarkantha, Surat and Valsad. Cities accounted for two thirds or 67% of cases.

Concern over new Covid variant hits cotton prices in Ahmedabad
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Ahmedabad: After having remained firm for quite some time, cotton prices have eased on concerns of new variant of coronavirus, Omicron. The prices of cotton in local markets dropped by Rs 1,000-1,200 per candy (356kg) over the last two days as the new variant, currently circulating in South Africa, spooked the global cotton market, said traders. The prices of benchmark cotton variety, Shankar-6, have come down to Rs 65,300-65,800 per candy from their high levels of Rs 66,500-66,800 over past two days. “New variant of coronavirus has spooked the market, which has pulled down cotton prices in local markets,” said Arun Dalal, a city-based cotton broker. “Following price dip in international market, domestic futures prices also dipped. Consequently, spot prices too eased,” said a cotton trader from Rajkot. According to traders, arrivals of new crop to local mandis is currently slow and domestic mills are making limited purchases given the high price of the natural fibre. About 35,000 to 40,000 bales (one bale weighs 170kg) are arriving daily in local mandis . This should have been higher at 55,000 to 60,000 bales, added traders. “Presently, arrivals are slow as farmers are busy with marriage season and there is also a shortage of labourers to pluck cotton.The arrivals are expected to pickup after December 10,” said a city cotton trader.

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Silence please! Akhbarnagar, Shivranjani noisiest spots in Ahmedabad
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Ahmedabad: Incessant horn honking, revving engines, blaring loudspeakers, and wailing sirens, all have turned our city into a sonic battlefield. And the west side of the city is losing the war against noise pollution. A team of researchers analysed the noise levels at some of the busiest traffic junctions on Ashram Road and 132 Feet Ring Road to find that Akhbarnagar followed by Naranpura, Shivranjani, Keshavbaug and IIM-A are some of the noisiest spots on these traffic corridors. Most of the spots were along BRT junctions. The study was conducted by researchers from departments of civil engineering of Indus University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat power engineering and research institute (GPERI), Mehsana and PDEU, Gandhinagar. The noise pollution rules, 2000 limits daytime noise pollution level at 55dB for residential areas and 65dB for commercial areas. Yet, Akhbarnagar junction was found to be the noisiest at 86dB, then Naranpura (84.9dB). Shivranjani, Keshavbaug, and IIM-A also had relatively high noise pollution. The average noise level was 74.9 dB which peaked at 82dB at Shivranajani. The average at Keshavbaug was 76.8dB and the highest was registered at 85dB. At IIMA, noise levels rose 81.6dB while the average was 76.5dB. Similarly, on Ashram Road, Usmanpura, Income-Tax and Vasna junctions were the noisiest with peaks reaching 81dB, while average noise levels hovered between 73dB and 75dB. PDEU associate professor, Dr Anurag Kandya, points out, “We need to create a noise pollution map. Along with economic progress, the space to enjoy quiet, peaceful moments is crucial for citizens. What our cities need are soundscape designers.” The study was led by lead author Ketan Lakhtaria of Indus University and Sandip Trivedi of GPERI. Lakhtaria said, “The minimum noise level was above the permissible level of 55dB in almost 79.6% of the 22.5km corridors. This is worrisome.” The study claims stagnancy of the road network and traffic management issues is causing noise pollution. Ahmedabad had 49 lakh vehicles till last March. While this grows by 5-6% every year, the per vehicle road length availability, which should have been 2m, is currently 0.54m and dwindling.

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Gujarat: 30 babus draw Rs 1.57 crore rent from homes on govt-allotted plots
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Ahmedabad: The erstwhile policy of Gujarat government to allot plots to its employees in the state capital for a token amount has turned some of the Gujarat cadre IAS and IPS officers into landlords who are drawing huge rentals every month. As many as 30 such officials, belonging to 1986 to 1995 batches, are collectively drawing Rs 1.57 crore per annum in rents. The rental amount that these babus draw ranges from Rs 8,333 to as much as Rs 1.58 lakh per month! Over a decade, the rental amount any of these landlord babus draw has increased by a staggering average of 90%! Between 1988 and 2002, the state government allotted land at a heavily discounted rate to its employees in Gandhinagar and other cities. The government allotted land for the first time in 1988-89, then again in 1990-91 and for the last time the state allotted land to its employees in 2001-02. The government sold land to government employees at Rs 100 per metre in 1990-1991, which increased to Rs 400 per metre in 2001-02. Thereafter, the government stopped giving residential plots at token rates to its employees. The last time it did so was when it allotted land in Ahmedabad to Gujarat high court and lower court judges. The Immovable Property Return (IPR) filed by IAS and IPS officials for the year 2020, which is available in the public domain, reveal that as many as 25 IAS officers belonging to 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1995 have bought land from the government at token rates and built houses on it. Barring only five, the remaining 20 IAS officials have rented these houses and are drawing rents from it. Two IAS officers belonging to 1991 and 1995 batches draw Rs 8,333 per month each which is the lowest income generated from rentals among all 30 IAS and IPS officers. The highest per month rental, Rs 1,58,333, is drawn by one of the 1988-batch IAS officers. The second highest rental is drawn by an IAS officer of 1986 batch who is earning Rs 1,00,00 per month from his house. A 1991-batch officer and one IPS officer from 1985 batch earn Rs 62,500 per month each from rentals from houses built on government allotted land. The 20 IAS officers who have rented their houses built on government allotted plots in Gandhinagar collectively draw a rental amounting to Rs 1.12 crore per annum while ten IPS officers collectively draw rentals amounting to Rs 45 lakh per annum. Interestingly, a comparison of IPR records between 2010 and 2020 also reveal a staggering rise in the rental amount. The official who was getting Rs 50,000 as rental is now earning a monthly rental of Rs 1,58,333 per month from the same property, a rise of 216%! Another official who was earning Rs 18,500 per month in 2010 is now drawing Rs 49,500 per month which is a rise of 167% in a decade. The growth in their rentals range from 39% to 216% while an average growth in rentals stands at 90% in a decade.

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