Ahmedabad Paldi News

Stockbroker hangs self in Paldi
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A 39-year-old man from Paldi on Tuesday committed suicide by hanging himself at his home, ostensibly due to a severe financial crisis, police officers said. According to Paldi police, Rahul Shah, a stockbroker and resident of Prakruti Annexe Apartments in Paldi, was alone at home when he committed suicide. "Rahul's wife, Hetal, had gone to her workplace and their 14-year-old son was at his school in Navrangpura. Rahul had then sent a message to a friend, saying that he was fed up of life and would kill himself," said a police officer. The officer said the friend told Hetal about this and she told other family members and relatives, some of whom rushed to Prakruti Annexe. He said Rahul's younger brother managed to open a window of the house and saw Rahul hanging from a ceiling fan. He informed police and a team of Paldi police reached the spot and began an investigation. The police officer said Rahul's body was sent for a postmortem and the report confirmed that the cause of death was hanging. An FSL officer also took samples from the viscera for further investigation. The preliminary inquiry suggests he had financial problems which he did not discuss with relatives but some of his friends knew about them. Rahul worked from home and was a stockbroker. His wife worked for a realty firm and they lived in a rented apartment. Police said Rahul's body was cremated on Wednesday morning and his relatives will be questioned in a week's time. The police officer also said Rahul's call detail records will be obtained to know the exact reason for his suicide.

Stockbroker hangs self in Paldi
  • Ahmedabad: Stockbroker hangs self in Paldi
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: A 39-year-old man from Paldi on Tuesday committed suicide by hanging himself at his home, ostensibly due to a severe financial crisis, police officers said. According to Paldi police, Rahul Shah, a stockbroker and resident of Prakruti Annexe Apartments in Paldi, was alone at home when he committed suicide. "Rahul's wife, Hetal, had gone to her workplace and their 14-year-old son was at his school in Navrangpura. Rahul had then sent a message to a friend, saying that he was fed up of life and would kill himself," said a police officer. The officer said the friend told Hetal about this and she told other family members and relatives, some of whom rushed to Prakruti Annexe. He said Rahul's younger brother managed to open a window of the house and saw Rahul hanging from a ceiling fan. He informed police and a team of Paldi police reached the spot and began an investigation. The police officer said Rahul's body was sent for a postmortem and the report confirmed that the cause of death was hanging. An FSL officer also took samples from the viscera for further investigation. The preliminary inquiry suggests he had financial problems which he did not discuss with relatives but some of his friends knew about them. Rahul worked from home and was a stockbroker. His wife worked for a realty firm and they lived in a rented apartment. Police said Rahul's body was cremated on Wednesday morning and his relatives will be questioned in a week's time. The police officer also said Rahul's call detail records will be obtained to know the exact reason for his suicide.

Ahmedabad man talks to woman, he is beaten
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A man attacked his wife's male friend and when the friend's brother attempted a rescue, the attacker kidnapped the brother. The man who was kidnapped has been identified as Ishwar Adiwal, the brother of Ravi. According to an FIR filed with Paldi police on Saturday, Ravi, 23, was talking to Nita Dantani, 28, on that day when he was attacked by Nita's husband, Vikram, 29. Vikram's accomplice Mohammad Shejad, 20, also started beating Ravi. That is when Ishwar intervened and was kidnapped. Later, Rs 1 lakh ransom was demanded for Ishwar's release. Based on Ravi's complaint, Paldi police on Saturday itself arrested Vikram, Shejad and even Nita under IPC sections 364A (kidnapping for ransom) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt). The three were found using mobile surveillance and were produced in court on Sunday. Investigating officer R R Shukla said that Vikram had been lodged in jail in Bhuj and Nita visited Vikram regularly. During one of her journeys, she met Ravi. After being released, Vikram was enraged by the interactions between Nita and Ravi. Shukla said that Vikram told Nita to call Ravi for a meeting on Saturday. Vikram's plan was to attack Ravi, with Shejad's help. As circumstances unfolded, Ishwar was kidnapped and assaulted. Ishwar received severe injuries. Ravi stated in the complaint that he lives in Gandhidham and often comes to Ahmedabad to visit his relatives. Six months ago, while returning to Gandhidham, he met Nita for the first time and the two exchanged numbers. A month later, he came to Ahmedabad and met Nita. Ravi said that recently he had become engaged to some other woman. He said he had dropped his aunt and grandmother in Ahmedabad for Diwali and had stayed at Ishwar's house in Meghaninagar. Ravi said that while he was at Ishwar's house, he received a call from Nita who told him to meet her at Paldi Crossroads. When Ravi was talking to Nita, Vikram and Shejad attacked him. Ravi said he was accompanied by Ishwar and their cousin Sumit. Ishwar tried to save Ravi but was kidnapped. The three then called Ravi and asked for Rs 1 lakh through an online payment platform. Ravi approached Paldi police.

Ahmedabad man talks to woman, he is beaten
Developer duped of Rs 9L with promise of Dubai tour
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A 40-year-old man from the Paldi area of the city, who runs a realty development firm, on Friday filed a complaint with Satellite police alleging that a tour developer and his manager duped him of Rs 8.82 lakh in the garb of providing a Dubai tour package for him and his family. Viren Kadia, a resident of Banshidhar Society in Paldi, said in his FIR, that he came to know about a tour operating firm named KC Holidays near Iskcon Crossroads in August when he was searching for some holiday packages for Dubai. Kadia said that he had gone to the officer of KC Holidays in Iskcon commercial complex where he met the owner Kiran Chauhan. Kadia said that Chauhan offered him a tour package to Dubai for six nights and seven days. Chauhan told Kadia that he would take at least Rs 1 lakh for each person which will include hotel stay, meals and local transportation. As Kadia was to travel with his family members, he was supposed to pay Chauhan Rs 8.82 lakh, mentioned the FIR. Kadia said that he had paid the amount through RTGS after which Chauhan promised him to send on Dubai tour on October 23. Kadia said that he knew from media recently that Chauhan and his manager named Mihir Shah had fled after taking money from several people from Ahmedabad. Kadia said in the FIR that he had gone to Chauhan's firm and found it was locked. Like Chauhan, as many as 33 others from different parts of the city had lost around Rs 12 crore to Chauhan and Shah, mentioned the FIR. Kadia approached Satellite police and filed a complaint of breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy along with charges of Gujarat Protection Interest of Depositors Act. The accused persons are on run, said officers of Satellite police.

Developer duped of Rs 9L with promise of Dubai tour
Paldi, Navrangpura most polluted areas in Ahd: Study
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Your heart may swell with pride at owning a house or a shop in posh Navrangpura or Paldi. Your lungs, though, are definitely taking a beating. A recent study has revealed that these two wards surprisingly have the city's highest concentration of particulate matter 2.5. While Paldi recorded PM2.5 at 80 micrograms (mcg) per cubic metre, Navrangpura registered a little above 76 mcg per cubic metre -- almost double the desired concentration of 40 mcg per cubic metre as per the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, 2019. ‘Long-term exposure to PM2.5 linked to cancer, heart diseases’Ahmedabad’s air quality is fouled up by toxic fumes from factory chimneys, smoke from burning green and dry waste, as well as vehicle emissions. So, it’s natural to think that the industrial belt of Vatva, Narol, Pirana, and Naroda, or the jam-packed roads in the eastern and central areas of the city are the most polluted. However, an Isro-Space Applications Centre (SAC) funded study by the Department of Civil Engineering, School of Technology at Pandit Deendayal Energy University, found the ground situation contrary. The study simulated municipal ward-wise air pollution (PM2.5) concentration annually averaged for 2021. It used year-long data from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite. PM2.5 refers to fine particles which penetrate deep into the body and fuel inflammation in the lungs and respiratory tract, leading to risks of cardiovascular and respiratory problems, including a weak immune system. Studies also suggest that long-term exposure to PM2.5 may be associated with increased mortality from lung cancer and heart disease. Paldi resident Johar Vora told TOI, “I live next to Tagore Hall in Paldi. The traffic jam near PT Thakkar college causes heavy pollution during the day. In the evening, wind from the Pirana sewage farm spreading a nauseating smell.” Associate professor Anurag Kandya of PDEU’s Department of Civil Engineering said, “This is the first municipal ward-wise simulated study of annual average PM2.5 concentration for any city in the country.” Kandya, who led the study along with Rishabh Oza and Aditya Vaghela, said, “This study can help policymakers come up with targeted mitigation measures to reduce PM2.5 from specific areas in the city. The data can help the CPCB, GPCB and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to strengthen the air action plan.” Mahesh Pandya, director of NGO Paryavaran Mitra, says, “The CAG has already pointed out how continuous construction and road repairs along the BRTS and metro routes, poor traffic management, constantly decreasing green cover are leading to vehicular emissions of PM2.5 and PM 10. A comprehensive strategy to reduce ambient air pollution is the need of the hour, and we cannot delay any further.”

Paldi, Navrangpura most polluted areas in Ahd: Study
Helicopter joyrides a torment: Paldi residents
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: In Paldi, Hetal Doshi has a tough time putting his children to sleep on weekend afternoons. "The noise from the helicopter of the joyride service is so loud my children get scared. I have two special children and sometimes have to give them prescription medication to put them to sleep. It is the same story from noon to 5pm every weekend, when the service operates," said Doshi. The helicopter joyride service was instated by GujSail and has been operating from the waterdrome on the Sabarmati riverfront since January. One resident has filed complaints alleging noise pollution caused by the helicopter rides with the police commissioner and municipal commissioner, copies of which the TOI has obtained. "Citizens living near the riverfront in Paldi are suffering immensely from the noise pollution caused by the helicopter joyride service that has been started at the riverfront. There is one ride every nine minutes on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and the loud noise of the chopper is causing severe mental distress. My father is 97 years old and deserves his peace and quiet in the afternoons," states the complaint by Vaishali Trivedi, a resident of Dharnidhar Society in Paldi. Echoing a similar view, Hemal Shah, a fashion designer and a resident of the area, said, "My octogenarian parents find it difficult to rest on weekend afternoons. We understand it is a joyride but why can't the timings be moved to the mornings." The waterdrome, where the helipad is, was a state government project and AeroTrans is the executing agency for joyride project. "This service is certainly a progressive social infrastructure service. The helicopter flies across the city and covers most residential areas. We don't intend to belittle the struggle of fellow residents and we do sympathize with them," said an AeroTrans spokesperson. The waterdrome earlier saw the seaplane service operations for brief period, and the joyride service was introduced in January. GujSail spokespersons could not be reached for comment. "There wasn't as much noise when the seaplane was operational. Now it is almost continuous," said Dipali Jahanara, who owns a bridalwear boutique in the area.

Helicopter joyrides a torment: Paldi residents
Ahd: 216 swine flu cases in 17 days, 4 dead
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A slight respite in the number of swine flu cases has been observed in the city this month as against August when 737 cases were reported and six persons lost their lives due to infections. The civic body data showed that in September 1-17 period, city hospitals recorded 216 cases of swine flu but four more persons lost their lives. In the January 1-September 17 period, city hospitals registered 987 cases and 953 of them were reported in the August 1-September 17 period. The civic body’s health department officials said that in the last one and a half months, 10 people have lost their lives. The data showed that the western parts of the city remained the epicentre of swine flu cases this year. Of the total swine flu cases this year, 74.7%, or 738 of the total 987 cases were reported from the western areas of the city. The remaining 25.3% of the cases were from the eastern parts of the city. Most swine flu cases have been reported from Navrangpura, Bodakdev, Jodhpur, Thaltej, Paldi and Gota in Ahmedabad city. The highest number, 107 cases, have been reported from Navrangpura followed by 106 in Thaltej. AMC health department officials said that the most cases, 319, have been registered in the civic body’s west zone areas, followed by 276 from the north-west zone. “We are closely monitoring the situation,” an AMC official said.

Ahd: 216 swine flu cases in 17 days, 4 dead
  • Ahmedabad: 216 swine flu cases in 17 days, 4 dead
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: A slight respite in the number of swine flu cases has been observed in the city this month as against August when 737 cases were reported and six persons lost their lives due to infections. The civic body data showed that in September 1-17 period, city hospitals recorded 216 cases of swine flu but four more persons lost their lives. In the January 1-September 17 period, city hospitals registered 987 cases and 953 of them were reported in the August 1-September 17 period. The civic body’s health department officials said that in the last one and a half months, 10 people have lost their lives. The data showed that the western parts of the city remained the epicentre of swine flu cases this year. Of the total swine flu cases this year, 74.7%, or 738 of the total 987 cases were reported from the western areas of the city. The remaining 25.3% of the cases were from the eastern parts of the city. Most swine flu cases have been reported from Navrangpura, Bodakdev, Jodhpur, Thaltej, Paldi and Gota in Ahmedabad city. The highest number, 107 cases, have been reported from Navrangpura followed by 106 in Thaltej. AMC health department officials said that the most cases, 319, have been registered in the civic body’s west zone areas, followed by 276 from the north-west zone. “We are closely monitoring the situation,” an AMC official said.

Ahmedabad: CBI catches customs officer, peon taking Rs 25,000 bribe
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday held a customs officer from Ahmedabad and a peon, who was hired on contract basis by the officer, for taking a bribe of Rs 25,000 to favour an exporter by giving him permission for self-sealing at a manufacturing unit. "A case was registered based on a complaint against the superintendent of customs, Paldi division, Ahmedabad, identified as Sunil Menon and the peon, Pravin Vaghela, for receiving a bribe of Rs 25,000," said a CBI officer. According to CBI officers, it was alleged in the complaint that the complainant, one of the partners in a merchant exporter partnership firm, had applied for self-sealing permission for a manufacturing unit. Menon had demanded Rs 30,000 from the businessman to give the self-sealing permission. After negotiations, it was decided that Menon would be given Rs 25,000 and Vaghela was to pick it up on Wednesday morning. The complainant approached CBI officers who inquired into the case and decided to lay a trap. "The CBI laid a trap and caught Menon and Vaghela while accepting the bribe of Rs 25,000 at the customs office in the Hudco building near Ishwar Bhuvan in the Navrangpura area," said a CBI officer. The officer said searches were conducted at the homes and offices of the accused in Ahmedabad and at Menon's native place in Kerala, which led to the recovery of documents including details of property, added the officer. Sources in the CBI said officers stayed in the customs office till late on Wednesday evening inquiring about the case. Both the accused will be produced before a special CBI court in the city.

Ahmedabad: CBI catches customs officer, peon taking Rs 25,000 bribe
  • CBI arrests Customs officer for taking Rs 25k bribe
  • Ahmedabad Mirror

    CBI arrests Customs officer: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday arrested a superintendent of Customs posted in Ahmedabad and his accomplice in a case of corruption of Rs 25,000.A case was registered based on a complaint against the superintendent of Customs, Paldi Division, Ahmedabad. It was alleged that the complainant, who is a partner in a merchant exporter partnership firm, that he had applied for self-sealing permission for a manufacturing unit. It was alleged that in this case, the accused superintendent, Sunil Menon, had demanded a bribe of Rs 30,000 to provide the permission. A CBI team laid a trap and caught Menon and his accomplice Pravin Waghela red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000, said a statement from the agency. Searches conducted at the premises of the accused in Ahmedabad and Kerala led to recovery of several documents, including details of property, which are now under investigation. Both the arrested accused will be produced before a competent court.

West Ahd accounts for 76% of swine flu infections
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: After being a Covid hotspot not very long ago, the western part of Ahmedabad has turned into an epicentre for swine flu infections. Of the total 743 cases registered this year, 76.4%, or 542 cases were reported from western areas of the city. About 709 cases were recorded in August alone. The remaining 23.6% of the cases were reported from the eastern parts of the city. Most swine flu cases have been reported from Bodakdev, Jodhpur, Thaltej, Ghatlodia, Navrangpura, Paldi and Vasna in Ahmedabad city. Thaltej reported the highest number of cases at 78 followed by Jodhpur at 72. On the other hand, in the eastern part of the city, Nikol reported highest number of cases at 19. In August, five swine flu patients lost their lives while one case of suspected swine flu death was also reported. Explaining the scale of spread of the disease, AMC officials said that there were just two cases in June followed by 30 in July. Till August 18, 370 cases of swine flu were reported from various parts of the city and from August 19 to 31, 339 more cases were added. According to a senior AMC health official, a major chunk of swine flu patients were children under 15 years of age. Of the 709 cases reported in August, nearly 150 were children under 15 years of age. "We have reported five H1N1 deaths this year, but these deaths are due to chronic conditions among the elderly," a senior AMC health official said. He added that more people from western parts are getting themselves tested. Dariapur is the only ward that has not reported a single swine flu case so far.

West Ahd accounts for 76% of swine flu infections
  • Alarming surge in Ahd: 6 die of swine flu
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Swine flu cases are surging at an alarming rate and health authorities are caught off guard. During the first 17 days of August, Ahmedabad city reported 336 cases of H1N1, while August 18 onwards till Monday, in just 11 days, another 373 cases were reported. Since January this year, 743 cases were reported, of which 709 cases were reported in August alone (till August 29). The highest number of H1N1 cases were reported from Bodakdev and Jodhpur municipal wards with 69 and 70 cases respectively. Over the past few days, four more patients have died due to swine flu, taking the total death toll to six patients in August. Since 2019, the highest number of H1N1 flu cases and deaths have been reported in this year. The western part of Ahmedabad city is witnessing the highest number of cases. Nearly, 70% of the 709 swine flu cases that were reported in August were from western areas of the city. A number of swine flu cases have been reported in Bodakdev, Jodhpur, Navrangpura, Paldi, Vasna, Thaltej and Ghatlodia. In the the eastern side, only Naroda has reported the highest number with 20 cases. As senior AMC health official told TOI that in June just two cases were reported, in July there were 30 cases, while in August, 709 cases were reported. Of these, roughly 200 swine flu cases were reported in first seven days of August. Of the total, 743 cases of swine flu have been reported in eight months of 2022, 739 cases were reported in the last two and a half months. AMC health department sources say that like 2017, 2022 too is expected to see a huge surge in swine flu cases. A major chunk of swine flu cases that were reported in August were children under 15 years of age which was worrisome, according to a senior AMC health official. The official revealed that of the 404 cases recorded till August 18, nearly 100 were children under 15 years of age. "The infection spreads faster in schools when they mingle. We are now closely monitoring this rise. We have reported two H1N1 deaths this year, but these deaths were because of chronic underlying conditions among the elderly," added the senior AMC health official.

  • Ahmedabad reports 586 swine flu cases, 3 deaths in August
  • The Indian Express

    Heavy and prolonged rainfall Ahmedabad, have led to a surge in swine flu cases in August, with 586 cases and three deaths reported as of Thursday. According to data from the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), of the total 620 cases of flu this year the highest number (586) were reported in August. In July, a total of 30 cases of swine flu were registered with zero deaths. AMC data also states the highest cases in August were from the west zone of Ahmedabad, accounting for 194 cases. This was followed by the northwest zone, which had 165 cases. The next zone with the highest numbers was the southwest zone, accounting for 86 cases. In terms of deaths, west, northwest, and north zones accounted for one fatality each.AMC said two cases of flu were reported in June and a case each in February and April, but no deaths were reported. Three cases were reported in zones outside AMC’s limits.

  • 940 swine flu, seasonal flu cases in 8 cities
  • Ahmedabad Mirror

    ByBrendan Dabhi, Nischal Sanghavi &Gaurav KharaEven as 13 patients are currently admitted in Ahmedabad Civil hospital battling Swine Flu with four on oxygen and one on Bipap ventilatory support, the eight major cities of Gujarat have reported 940 cases of flu so far in the season.The eight municipal corporations of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Junagadh and Jamnagar have further reported a total of 14 deaths so far due to the endemic ailment.Ahmedabad city has reported the highest number of swine and seasonal flu cases in the state at 543 patients confirmed so far, followed by 177 cases in Vadodara city. There have been 100 cases reported from Surat city from January 1 to August 23, 2020. There were 72 cases in Rajkot city but just 20 in Gandhinagar, all of them in August. There have been 18 cases in Bhavnagar, 4 cases in Junagadh and 6 reported from Jamnagar so far.Giving a dire warning not to take the flu lightly, especially in light of the havoc caused by Covid in the last two years, Dr Pankaj Rathod, Medical officer of Health (MoH) for Rajkot said, “While we may have fewer cases, we are seeing a lot of hospitalisations with patients needing to be put on oxygen support. Swine Flu is not to be taken lightly. While hospitalisation rate for Covid-19 was 1%, it is about 50% for swine flu.”Deaths in 60+ age groupThere have been a total of 14 deaths in the five major cities so far. Surat city reported 6 deaths, followed by Bhavnagar with 4, 2 in Rajkot city and 1 each in Gandhinagar and Jamnagar. While Ahmedabad city has not reported any death directly attributable to Swine Flu, at least one geriatric patient succumbed due to co-morbid conditions.Dr Ashish Naik, DyMC of Health in Surat said, “Of the six deceased, five female and one male, while 3 were in the 60+ years age group, the other 3 were in the 50+ years age bracket with almost all of them having some or the other co-morbidities.”‘Don’t send sick kids to school’​​​​​​​Among children, the five major cities have reported 178 cases so far this year, with 125 in Ahmedabad city, 36 in Surat, 15 in Vadodara and 2 in Gandhinagar. There were no pediatric cases reported in the other four cities.Dr Bhavin Solanki, Medical Officer of Health (MoH)in AMC , said, “While the geriatric population is more vulnerable in terms of severity, it is recommended that children pay attention to symptoms of their children and refrain from sending them to school till they are better.”

  • 100 patients each of swine flu and Covid hospitalized in Ahmedabad
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: It's a triple whammy for Amadavadis as cases of swine flu, Covid and seasonal flu record a surge simultaneously in the city. More than the cases, a bigger worry for health experts is rise in number of hospitalizations due to severe symptoms. Dr Bharat Gadhvi, president of Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (AHNA), said data from around 200 member hospitals including major corporate hospitals shows around 110-120 swine flu patients and 100 Covid patients are under treatment after hospitalization. "The number has increased this week compared to last week due to change in weather, surge in travel and spike in viral infections," he said. Experts said 100 Covid hospitalizations have taken place in Ahmedabad after almost two months adding that majority of patients getting admitted are senior citizens and children, co-morbid and need oxygen support. Dr Rakesh Joshi, medical superintendent of Civil Hospital, said the hospital currently has 11 swine flu patients and 8 Covid patients. At Sola Civil Hospital, all three admitted Covid patients have oxygen dependency, while four patients were positive for swine flu. "Of four, three are children and one adult," said Dr Pradip Patel, RMO of the hospital, adding severity has also increased, requiring longer hospitalization. The hospital also recorded death of a swine flu patient. Dr Amit Prajapati, a critical care specialist, said swine flu patients come with acute respiratory distress syndrome and need to be put on oxygen support. "Due to similar symptoms, we advise the patients to undergo RT-PCR for both Covid and H1N1. If it's viral fever, it would result in sudden and high fever. For Covid and H1N1, we advise testing after sustained fever for 2-3 days," he said. Pathological laboratories in the city have recorded a spike in H1N1 tests. Dr Mukesh Maheshwari, a pathologist, said that the labs are processing more than 100 samples daily - a threefold increase in a fortnight. "The cost is being seen as one of the reasons for fewer H1N1 tests as compared to Covid tests. One test costs Rs 3,800 to Rs 4,500 depending on the lab. As compared to that, treatment with Tamiflu would cost around Rs 1,000. So, symptom-based treatment is the trend. We are also seeing a higher number of children and teenagers contracting swine flu," he said, adding that the new trend is simultaneous RT-PCR for almost all suspected cases. The hospitalizations have also gone up. "Typically, we would see swine flu cases around Diwali. This year, these are being reported two months early. Hospitalizations for H1N1 have increased. The past couple of years had not recorded many H1N1 cases. Thus, the rise in numbers is seemingly higher," said Dr Maharshi Desai, a city-based internal medicine specialist, adding that the treatment is generally symptoms-based and due to the prevalence of vector-borne diseases, mere fever as a symptom is not enough for diagnosis currently. "The profiles of the admitted patients reveal that most are senior citizens, those with existing comorbidities, and those who are immunocompromised," he said. Dr Nirav Visavadia, a critical care specialist, said that in some patients of H1N1, they have recorded low oxygen levels. "We should not see it as just flu. If one has sustained fever for more than two days, a doctor should be consulted to prevent complications. The overall numbers are high for both Covid and swine flu, but the hospitalizations are currently about 10% of the OPDs," he said. "We advise tests for both H1N1 and Covid to assess patients with severe symptoms."

  • 75 per cent of 370 swine flu cases from Ahmedabad’s western areas
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: After Covid cases, western Ahmedabad now is struck by swine flu, turning it into a hotspot for H1N1 infections. Of the total 404 cases registered this year, 370 were reported in the first 18 days of August. Of the total, 75% of swine flu cases, which is 279 cases, were reported from western areas of the city. The rest 25% of the cases were reported from the eastern parts of the city. Most swine flu cases have been reported from Bodakdev, Jodhpur, Navrangpura, Paldi and Vasna in Ahmedabad city. The highest number, 44 cases each, have been reported from Bodakdev and Jodhpur areas. On the other hand, in the eastern part, Naroda reported the highest number of swine flu cases, 11 cases till Thursday evening. To give an idea of the scale of spread of the disease, AMC officials said that there were just two cases in June followed by 30 in July. Till August 18, 370 cases of swine flu were reported from various parts of the city. A major chunk of swine flu cases were among children under 15 years of age which was worrisome, according to a senior AMC health official. The official revealed that of the 404 cases, nearly 100 were children under 15 years of age. "The infection spreads faster in schools when they mingle. We are now closely monitoring this rise. We have reported two H1N1 deaths this year, but these deaths were because of chronic underlying conditions among the elderly," says a senior AMC health official. Two cases had gone untraceable, health officials said. Of the total 48 municipal wards in the city, there are 11 wards in the city where cases of swine flu are more than 10. Only eight wards in the city have not reported a single swine flu case, say officials.

Congress: Fake notes worth Rs 12.24 crore detected in Gujarat in past five years
The Indian Express | 3 months ago | |
The Indian Express
3 months ago | |

Raising questions on the success of the Central government’s demonetisation move, the Congress Thursday claimed that fake currencies worth Rs 12.24 crore were found in the banking system of Gujarat in the past five years.“From 2016 to 2021, fake currencies of Rs 2,000/Rs 200 denominations and Rs 100 have been found in Gujarat with a total valuation of Rs 12.24 crore. Gujarat has ranked first in India when it comes to fake currencies, as per a report by the Reserve Bank of India. Among the fake notes, more than 50,000 notes are of Rs 2,000 denomination in Gujarat,” said Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi at a press conference held at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan in Paldi of Ahmedabad.During demonetisation, the Union government had claimed that it was being done to put an end to the fake currency racket in the country. “However, the situation today is completely different as racketeers have managed to get fake currencies into our banking system and the economy once again,” he added.Doshi also criticised the state government for its failure to curb the sale of illicit liquor and drugs in Gujarat. “Gujarat has fake currency racket, fake medicines racket, fake degree and marksheet racket and fake liquor racket, among many other ill practices that have been going on with full support of those in power. The state government has failed to curb the drug menace and now we have fake notes also circulating in our markets,” he said.

Congress: Fake notes worth Rs 12.24 crore detected in Gujarat in past five years
Ahd: Aug accounts for 509 H1N1 cases this year
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: While city hospitals have been reporting an alarming rise in H1N1 cases, swine flu has claimed two lives in the city this month. Sources in the city civic body's health department said that a 43-year-old man who was admitted to SVP Hospital and a 50-year-old woman who was being treated at Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC) have died in the last four days. Both were diagnosed with swine flu. Sources in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) said that city hospitals reported 534 cases of swine flu between January 1 and August 22. Of these, 509 cases were reported this month; 139 of these were recorded between August 18 and 22. Sources said that of the cases reported this month, 120 patients are below 15 years, 139 patients are between 16 and 40 years while 125 each are in the 41-55 and above 55 age groups. According to sources, in July, the city hospitals had recorded only 30 cases of swine flu. Officials in the health department said that around 70% of the cases have been reported from western parts of the city such as Bodakdev, Jodhpur, Navrangpura, Paldi and Vasna. They said that Bodakdev and Jodhpur are the worst-affected with about 100 cases reported from these areas. At 15, Naroda recorded maximum cases in the eastern part of the city. This is the steepest rise recorded in the city since 2017. Sources said that the two deceased who were being treated for swine flu were also suffering from other diseases and therefore the health department has termed these deaths as suspected swine flu deaths. The health department said that the reason for the high number of cases being reported from the western areas of the city is high awareness among the people there.

Ahd: Aug accounts for 509 H1N1 cases this year
Woman booked for hitting two puppies in Ahmedabad
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Vasna police on Saturday booked a woman for allegedly beating two puppies with an iron pipe. The puppies suffered paralysis due to impact of the beating, mentioned the FIR. Deepa Joshi, a yoga consultant from Paldi, said in her complaint that she works for animal welfare and rescue injured animals and provide treatment to them. On Friday night, she got a call from a volunteer who told Joshi that a woman named Ladi Kumawat had hit few stray dogs with an iron pipe and video of the incident went viral. The volunteer told Joshi that when he tried to stop Kumawat, she threatened him with dire consequences. Joshi told her volunteer to admit those two puppies, who were injured in the attack, in a hospital near Panjrapol. During the diagnosis, it was found that both the puppies suffered paralysis because of the beating by Kumawat. She alleged in the FIR that Kumawat has been regulary beating stray dogs. Joshi finally approached Vasna police and filed a complaint against Kumawat under various sections of IPC for injuring two puppies and for criminal intimidation along with the charges of prevention of cruelty to animals act.

Woman booked for hitting two puppies in Ahmedabad
  • Woman booked for hitting two puppies in Ahd
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Vasna police on Saturday booked a woman for allegedly beating two puppies with an iron pipe. The puppies suffered paralysis due to impact of the beating, mentioned the FIR. Deepa Joshi, a yoga consultant from Paldi, said in her complaint that she works for animal welfare and rescue injured animals and provide treatment to them. On Friday night, she got a call from a volunteer who told Joshi that a woman named Ladi Kumawat had hit few stray dogs with an iron pipe and video of the incident went viral. The volunteer told Joshi that when he tried to stop Kumawat, she threatened him with dire consequences. Joshi told her volunteer to admit those two puppies, who were injured in the attack, in a hospital near Panjrapol. During the diagnosis, it was found that both the puppies suffered paralysis because of the beating by Kumawat. She alleged in the FIR that Kumawat has been regulary beating stray dogs. Joshi finally approached Vasna police and filed a complaint against Kumawat under various sections of IPC for injuring two puppies and for criminal intimidation along with the charges of prevention of cruelty to animals act.

  • Woman beats pups with an iron rod, booked
  • Ahmedabad Mirror

    Vasna police booked a woman under various sections of the IPC and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act for allegedly beating up two stray puppies. The FIR states that one of the puppies is in a coma after suffering a haemorrhage while the other has had its limb permanently damaged.NGO files complaintThe complaint by Deepa Joshi, who runs Namaste Foundation, which works for animal rescue, states that she came to know of Ladli Kumavat, a resident of Swaminarayan Part-2 in Vasna through a contact.Kumavat allegedly beat two stray puppies with an iron rod on Friday night severely injuring the animals.The animals were rushed to Jivdaya in Panjrapole and it was found that one of the puppies had suffered a brain haemorrhage while the hind limbs of the other had been damaged.Joshi also alleged that when the staff of the foundationconfronted Kumavat about the atrocity she threatenedthem with dire consequences. Later an FIR was filed in the matter.

Vector density in Ahd highest in 5 years in July
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Even as the city reels under an onslaught of seasonal flu, Covid cases and an unusual spike in swine flu cases, threat of vector borne illnesses namely malaria, dengue chikungunya now looks large. Heavy rains in July have led to an alarming spike in mosquito population - the city has average four mosquitoes in a room! This is nearly 60% higher than average of the past four years at 2.5 and is the highest in the past five years. The mosquito density survey was carried out by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to understand the distribution of vectors and prepare for the possible outbreak of vector-borne diseases. Among the areas, Paldi was found to have 24 mosquitoes per room, followed by 13 in Isanpur, 8 in Sardarnagar, 5 in Asarva, 4.5 in Stadium and 3.5 in Vejalpur among others. Experts said that the relative density is higher in western city areas due to factors such as higher share of open areas, terraces with pots and kitchen gardens that give mosquitoes places to lay eggs. Among the months so far, March recorded 1.3 overall density. You may want to allocate a good amount for mosquito repellents in your household budget if you don't want to end up spending a fortune on hospital bills. A record-breaking monsoon is leading to a consequence citizens may be less thrilled about: a huge explosion in the mosquito population in Ahmedabad city. The city has registered the highest mosquito density in four years - now, there are four mosquitoes per room against 2.33 in 2018. The worst-affected areas are in the western part of the city. Areas like Paldi have recorded as many as 24 mosquitoes in a room, while the next highest is in Isanpur in eastern Ahmedabad with a mosquito density of 13.25 per room. In a span of just one month, the city saw a rise in mosquito population. In June this year, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) calculated an average mosquito density of 0.10 per room which increased to 3.98 in July. The mosquito density has been accounted for all species - female anopheles mosquito that causes malaria and falciparum; aedes aegypti that causes dengue and chikungunya; anopheles stephensi and culicines. "The mosquito density will increase further in August and September," warned a senior AMC health official. In western parts of the city, the overall density of female anopheles has been found to be 1.38 per room, while the density of aedes aegypti is found to be an average of 0.39. An AMC health official observed, "Waterlogged terraces and building basements have become a major reason for breeding of mosquitoes," admits the AMC health official. This time around, AMC will be deploying drones to identify breeding spots on terraces and even conduct fumigation of such spaces across the city.

Vector density in Ahd highest in 5 years in July
Guj: Trio robs banker of Rs 2.50L after road-rage drama
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A 62-year-old man from the Paldi area of the city on Saturday filed a complaint with police alleging that three men in the garb of road rage snatched Rs 2.50 lakh cash which he had received from an angadia firm in Navrangpura. Kishor Shah, a resident of Srushti Apartment in Paldi, works as a channel manager facilitator with the zonal office of the SBI in Ambawadi. He said that his friend Pankaj Joshi, a resident of Paldi, on July 25 told him to receive Rs 2.50 lakh from HM Angadia firm in Iscon Arcade on CG Road in Navrangpura. On his friend's insistence, Shah had gone to the angadia firm on July 27 and received the money. After receiving the money, he went to Bodyline Crossroads, then took his scooter towards the Parimal Underpass. From there, he drove his scooter towards Subidha Crossroads where a motorcycle-borne man began chasing and yelling at him. Shah said that the man accused him of hitting his motorcycle with his scooter. Shah parked his scooter on the roadside and went to talk with the man. Meanwhile, two other men on a motorcycle came there and started checking Shah's scooter. Shah said that the two took out the bag comprising money from his scooter. Shah said in the FIR that he tried to stop the two men carrying the bag, but they continued driving and Shah got dragged for some time and fell on the road. He said that the two men and the man who picked fight with him fled from the spot. Shah also suffered injuries in the scuffle. Shah on Saturday approached the police and filed a complaint of robbery and abetment against the three persons.

Guj: Trio robs banker of Rs 2.50L after road-rage drama