Politics is perhaps the only “profession” where your academic excellence doesn’t count. Or so the people think. However, Ahmedabad city is an exception this time with half of the 32 candidates (of BJP and Congress) either being graduates or postgraduates. In all, for 16 Ahmedabad seats, 11 candidates are graduates, 5 post graduates and 2 PhDs. Six candidates haven’t finished higher secondary.Among graduates, 7 are from Congress and 4 are from BJP. The INC candidates are Payal Patel, Ranjitsinh Barad, Vijaykumar Brahmbhatt, CM Rajput, Vipul Parmar, Sailesh Parmar and Bhikhu Dave. Among the BJP, three including Ami Shah, Kaushik Jain and Darshna Vaghela have graduate degrees while Payal Kukrani, the BJP candidate from Naroda, is a foreign medical graduate from Smolensk Medical University, Russia.The most educated of the lot is Amee Yajnik, the INC candidate who is up against CM Bhupendra Patel in Ghatlodia. She has a Doctorate in the Science of Law (JSD) from Stanford University.On the other hand, ChiefMinister Bhupendra Patel has a Diploma in Civil Engineering. In the BJP, Harshad Patel of BJP, contesting from Sabarmati, has a Master’s Degree in Education (MEd) as well as a PhD.There are three candidates, all from the BJP — Amit Thaker from Vejalpur, Hasmukh Patel from Amraiwadi and Amul Bhatt from Maninagar — who have a Master’s degree. While Thaker has one in law, Patel has his degree in medicine and Bhatt has his degree in chemistry.Sonal Patel, representing Congress in Naranpura, has a PG Diploma in Planning from CEPT University in Ahmedabad.BJP’s Naresh Vyas, contesting from the Danilimda (SC) seat, has a Diploma in Fine Arts.There are four such candidates up for election in Ahmedabad - two each from INC and BJP - who did enrol in a graduate degree, but couldn’t complete college. These are INC’s Balvantsinh Gadhvi (FYBCom) and Dharmendra Patel who reached SYBCom. From the BJP, Jagdish Vishwakarma reached SYBA and Bhushan Bhatt, contesting from Jamalpur-Khadia, has completed SYBCom.Two candidates, both from the BJP — Jitendra Patel from Naranpura and Dinesh Kushwaha from Bapunagar constituencies — have just managed to finish higher secondary schooling. Notably, the INC candidate from Bapunagar, Himmatsinh Patel, has only passed Class 9.There are two candidates, one each from the INC and BJP, who have passed out of the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). They are Dineshkumar Mahida (INC) contesting from Sabarmati, and Babusinh Jadav (BJP), contesting from Vatva.Meghraj Dodani, the NCP candidate from Naroda, BJP’s Kanchan Radadiya from Thakkarbapa Nagar and two of the INC candidates — Gyasuddin Shaikh from Dariapur and Imran Khedawala from Jamalpur-Khadia — have all passed their Class 10 examinations only.
Vatva :99,000 Winning margin61.81% votes BJP hadsecured32.41% votes Conghad securedBabubhai JadavjiBJPcandidatePeople of Vatva have faith in BJP and the developmental work done by Pradipsinh Jadeja during the last ten years. The issue of pollution is being addressed while the sewage facility is much more effective now. We have built party plots, gardens and RCC roads. BJP will emerge victorious under guidance of Pradipsinhji.Balwantsinh GadhviCongresscandidateDespite repeated representations, BJP has done nothing to control the rising menace of pollution in Vatva. Our organisation is working in the area and running a door-to-door campaign. If we come to power, the issues will be resolved. BJP has been in power for 27 years in Gujarat but has failed to resolve issues of Vatva.What the incumbent MLA saidPradipsinh Jadeja,former MoS HomeJadavji has been working in the organisation for 25 years. I have full faith in him and will campaign for him. He will win with a similar margin as I did.Developmental works worth over Rs 1,000 crore have been done in the area in 10 years.Winnerlast timePradipsinh Jadeja of Former MoS (home) Pradipsinh Jadeja had won this seat with a huge margin of over 99,000 votes in 2017 Assembly elections. BJP had secured 61.81% votes while Congress 32.41%.About VatvaBJP has announced the name of Babubhai Jadavji, a ward pramukh, from one of its safest seats Vatva. He’s a lesser known name in the predominantly industrial area that has 20% Muslim and 10% Dalit population. Congress has fielded Balwantsinh Gadhvi.The issuesPollution, poor condition of roads, sewage, rise in sale of drugs and crime rate are causes of concern for voters here.Hitesh DesaiserviceCleanliness and pollution are the biggest issues here. Even roads are not up to the mark. Pradipsinh Jadeja did a lot of good work in the area, but a lot needs to be done.Arbazkhan Pathanresident of Bibi TalavI don’t know who the candidates are but I will surely vote for AAP’s candidate. No one has done anything for the area. The drug menace has played a major role in spurring the crime rate.Shailesh RabaribusinessmanThis area has seen development under Pradipsinh but a lot more is desirable. Roads and pollution due to mushrooming industries are key issues. It’s likely to be a tight race this time.
Congress’ nomination of candidates for the Jamalpur-Khadia and Vatva assembly seats has led to protests. A group of youth Congress and NSUI workers on Monday charged senior leader Bharatsinh with corruption after the party gave seat to Imran Khedawala from Jamalpur-Khadia and ignored Shahnawaz Pathan.Similar protests broke out in the party’s Vatva seat after Balvant Gadhvi was given ticket to contest the election. Banners tagging him an “outsider” have surfaced in Vatva, urging Congress party to give tickets to some “locals”. “In the surveys, it was found that Khedawala may not win against AIMIM candidate Shabbir Kabliwala. However, Solanki is ignoring the youth and insists that the ticket be given to Khedawala. He is believed to have taken money for all such recommendations,” said a protesting member who wrote defaced the GPCC wall to mark his protest.
After long deliberations, the BJP decided to nominate Babusinh Jadhav from Vatva constituency of Ahmedabad. There was suspense over the ticket for the seat represented by former state home minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja. The party also gave ticket to Alpesh Thakor from Gandhinagar (South) despite protests from locals. Alpesh had contested the previous elections as Congress candidate and had won, but he later switched to BJP and had to vacate the seat. He lost in the by-elections held later.The party declared its fourth list of 16 candidates on Monday. Now only four seats—Mansa, Kheralu, Raopura and Manjalpur — are left to be decided. There is dispute on the seats and the party is likely to announce candidates on Tuesday.The party has selected Rajul Desai for the Patan seat and Lavingji Thakor for Radhanpur seat. Besides, Ritaben Patel will be the BJP candidate from Gandhinagar (North), while Keyur Rokadia was selected for Sayajigunj. In Kalol, the BJP has fielded Bakaji Thakor and V D Jhala from Himmatnagar. Mahesh Bhuria has been selected from Jhalod and Arjunsinh Chauhan from Mehemdabad.
Unhappy with the selection of candidates for the upcoming polls, Congress workers from Jamalpur-Khadia and Vatva seats in Ahmedabad city protested against their leadership and vandalised the party headquarters here Monday.Workers from the minority-dominated Jamalpur-Khadia protested against tickets being given to sitting MLA Imran Khedawala who will be fighting AIMIM Gujarat president Sabir Kabliwala and BJP’s Bhushan Bhatt. The protesters alleged that Khedawala was connected with local real-estate lobby and will lose the polls this time.Gujarat elections: Upset over candidate selection, Congress workers vandalise party headquartershttps://t.co/oIHEmidZ7a pic.twitter.com/w5OghSFFaU— Express Gujarat (@ExpressGujarat) November 14, 2022The agitated workers defaced walls of the Congress headquarters and wrote slogans against senior Congress leader Bharatsinh Solanki and accused him of selling tickets to Khedawala. They sought a ticket for Shahnawaz Sheikh from Jamalpur-Khadia, raised slogans and damaged the name-plates of former Congress presidents, including that of Solanki. They also burnt his posters. In the 2017 polls, Khedawala had defeated BJP’s Bhatt by winning 58 percent of the votes polled. However, in 2012, when Kabliwala had fought as an independent, Bhatt had emerged victorious by defeating the Congress candidate.The Congress workers also protested against the party candidate Balvant Gadhavi saying they would not support any “imported” candidate but will happily work for any of the local candidates. The Congress had announced the candidates for both Jamalpur-Khadia and Vatva Sunday night.The party is expected to release an official statement regarding the protests later in the day.
Unhappy with the selection of candidates for the upcoming polls, Congress workers from Jamalpur-Khadia and Vatva constituencies in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad protested against the party leadership and vandalised the state headquarters of the Congress in the city Monday. The party had on Sunday night announced the candidates in the two seats.Workers from the minority-dominated Jamalpur-Khadia protested against the ticket given to sitting MLA Imran Khedawala who will be fighting AIMIM Gujarat chief Sabir Kabliwala and the BJP’s Bhushan Bhatt. The workers defaced walls of the party’s headquarters and wrote slogans against senior Congress leader Bharatsinh Solanki, accusing him of selling tickets to Khedawala.The agitated workers, who sought a ticket for Shahnawaz Sheikh, also damaged the nameplates of former Congress presidents, including Solanki and burnt his posters. The protesters alleged that Khedawala was connected with the local real-estate lobby and will lose the polls this time.In the 2017 polls, Imran Khedawala had defeated Bhushan Bhatt of the BJP by winning 58 per cent of the votes polled. However, Bhatt had emerged victorious in 2012 by defeating the Congress candidate.Congress workers also protested against the party candidate Balvant Gadhavi in Vatva constituency, saying they will happily work for any local candidate, but will not support an “imported” candidate.The Congress is expected to release an official statement regarding the protests soon.
AHMEDABAD: The cybercrime branch said on Saturday that it has arrested a resident of Gomtipur, Akhtarnawaz Pathan, for selling contraband drugs online. Cybercrime branch officers said that Pathan had been absconding in another case. The officers said that during a cyber surveillance operation, they noticed that drugs were being sold online. Further investigation made them monitor the activities of Pathan. In time, the cops started searching for him. The officers said they soon learnt that he was wanted in a case registered with the detection of crime branch. Cybercrime branch officers said that they received specific intel about Pathan and kept watch in the Kankaria area. The cops said as they were tracking him, they received information that he was near PD Pandya College in Vatva. He was eventually detained and the records confirmed his identify. He was then arrested in the case registered with the detection of crime branch. The cops said that Pathan found customers online and then fixed a place to make deliveries to them.
VADODARA/ ANAND: A middle-aged woman from Ahmedabad died after being run over by the Vande Bharat Express train near Anand railway station on Tuesday. The victim, identified as Beatrice Archibald Peter, was crossing the railway track when the accident took place at 3.45 pm, railway police said. The Ahmedabad resident was visiting a relative in Anand. She was crossing a stretch of the track where platform number four, ends. Sources said that locals often try to cross the railway track near Bhalej railway crossing to take a shorter route towards the nearby residential society. The deceased was a resident of Bhavdeep Apartment adjacent to Laxminarayan bus stand in Ahmedabad’s Maninagar area. She was run over when the train which does not have a halt at Anand was on its way to Mumbai Central from Gandhinagar. Anand railway police have registered a case of accidental death while further investigation is underway. The police have sent the body of the deceased for postmortem. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the semi high-speed train from Gandhinagar on September 30. After the inaugural run, there have been at least three incidents of the train hitting cattle on the track. On October 6, the train had rammed into a herd of buffaloes between Vatva and Maninagar stations. The fibre-reinforced plastic of the nose of the train was damaged due to the incident. A day later, it hit a cow in the Kanjari-Boriyavi-Anand stretch of Anand district which caused a minor dent on the nose. Earlier, railway minister Ashwini Vaishnavhad told students of a private engineering college that collision with cattle on the railway tracks was unavoidable.
A 54-year-old woman was run over by the Vande Bharat Express near Anand railway station while crossing the railway track on Tuesday afternoon, railway police confirmed.The deceased was identified as Beatrice Peter, a resident of Ahmedabad. According to railway police, she was visiting Anand to meet a relative when she decided to cross the railway tracks.At around 4.30pm, when the Vande Bharat Express was crossing Anand railway station, where it does not have a stop, Peter could not spot the oncoming train.The railway police has registered a case of accidental death and initiated a probe.Officials of the Vadodara division of railways said that the train ran on its scheduled time without any delay.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 30 flagged off the inaugural run of the train.There have been at least three incidents of cattle being run over by the train in the past one month.
AHMEDABAD: The people of Lambha, a municipal ward in Ahmedabad, have a problem of plenty. This 44 sq km area elects four MPs, five MLAs, and four councillors! It appears that too many legislative cooks spoil the development broth. The ward is divided into multiple assembly and parliamentary constituencies, so voters are confused about which door to knock to have their grievances redressed. Parts of Vejalpur, Daskroi, Danilimda, Vatva, and Maninagar assembly constituencies jut into Lambha. Moreover, swaths of Kheda, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad West, and Ahmedabad East Lok Sabha constituencies fall in Lambha. Kalu Bharwad, an independent Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) councillor from Lambha, said his is the only ward in the city divided among these many assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies. “These divisions cause a lot of trouble to citizens as they don’t know which MLA or MP to approach when they have a problem,” Bharwad said. He added that the jumble of lines of authority deprives people of the benefits of government schemes and MLA and MP grants, as smaller areas usually do not get priority. Rahul Parmar, 24, a resident of Jyotinagar Society in Lambha, said: “Our ward was roughly 58 sq km when it was brought within the AMC jurisdiction in 2007. But that year, a boundary delimitation ahead of the assembly election reduced its area to 44 sq km.” Parmar added: “For a decade, basic amenities including roads, sewers, and water networks have not been laid properly in the ward.” He went on to say: “Roads don’t get repaired regularly. We still do not have a complete sewer network, since a large portion of the ward is an industrial zone.” Ghanshyamsinh Parmar, the Congress president of Lambha ward, said: “Lambha is the only ward which is overrepresented by politicians, but in terms of civic facilities we have nothing in place.” He added: “Shahwadi, Ranipur, and Narol villages were initially merged into Isanpur in 1989 but have been in Lambha ward since 2010. These new areas do not have proper sewer network, water supply, or roads. Where do local residents go for redress?” The problem appears to be a tangle of jurisdictions. For example, Gyaspur in Lambha lies within the Vejalpur assembly seat. Twenty-two Lambha polling stations, including Indira Nagar sections 1 and 2 and Lakshmipura Gam, come under the Daskroi assembly seat. More befuddling, the Daskroi assembly seat areas are covered by the Kheda Lok Sabha constituency. Five polling stations — including Saijpur, Piplaj, and Ganeshnagar — are part of the Danilimda assembly constituency. A major part of Lambha, with 52 polling stations, is under the Maninagar assembly seat. Perplexingly for the voters, Ahmedabad West Lok Sabha constituency spans Danilimda and Maninagar.
AHMEDABAD: Pigment manufacturers fear that they will lose about 50% of their exports to China, due to the anti-dumping duty, ranging from 15% to 82%, imposed by Beijing on phthalocyanine pigments exports from India, with most of these companies being based in Gujarat. Industry experts say these companies got revenues of around Rs 3,200 crore from China, but this number will now halve. However, quality-conscious buyers will continue to use Indian products, the experts said. Chemexcil chairman S G Mokashi said, "China has imposed an anti-dumping duty on phthalocyanine pigments ranging from 15% to 82%. This will hurt our companies and exports will fall by 50%. Gujarat-based industry associations have raised the issue with the government and we are also taking the matter to the commerce ministry." Natu Patel, MD of Meghmani Organics, said, "It will definitely hurt pigment manufacturers of the state. India always had an advantage over China in reactive dyes and pigments because of our availability of resources, research and development, expertise and also the final application of pigments is better in our products. Our products were cheaper than China's and we were able to export to that market in good quantities. Now, with China imposing the duty exports will reduce by 50%. However, our quality is better and quality-conscious buyers in China will continue to use our pigments." He added that the duty will cost his company about Rs 50 crore of exports to China. According to industry players, the Chinese duty will hurt MSMEs more. Bhupendra Patel, chairman of Chemexcil Gujarat region said, "China has imposed up to 82% duty on MSME companies. They will be unable to compete and their exports to China will nearly stop completely. Around 100 MSMEs located in Vapi, Ankleshwar and Vatva will be affected by the Chinese duty." Big manufacturers have joined hands to challenge the Chinese government legally. Gokul Jaykrushna, MD of Asahi Songwon said, "China was considering this duty for more than six months and Indian manufacturers of phthalocyanine pigments came together to challenge it. The average duty is around 17.5% for large corporates while it is as high as 80% for others. We are going to challenge this duty in Chinese courts and our argument will be that this duty is unfair." Those who are not exporting to China are also worried as the Chinese duty will intensify competition among Indian companies for other export markets.
AHMEDABAD: The top leadership of the BJP has completed assessing 16 constituencies in Ahmedabad for the coming assembly election. Sources say as many as 25 leaders from the BJP and the Congress who hold or have held positions in the AMC are lobbying for party tickets. These include six politicians who have been the mayor. Sources said BJP leader and former mayor Kanaji Thakor has laid claim to the Dariapur seat, while Asit Vora, who was also mayor earlier, wants Maninagar ticket. Sources said Meenakshi Patel is jostling to contest from Vejalpur seat. Former mayors Amit Shah and Bijal Patel are in competition with each other and other BJP ticket claimants, for the Ellisbridge seat. Amit Shah is also the BJP's city president. BJP ex-mayor Gautam Shah has claimed the Naranpura ticket. Darshna Vaghela, who held the deputy mayor's position when Asit Vora was mayor, is in the race for the ticket for the Asarwa seat. Sources said that fiercest competition in the BJP is for Dariapur, with the highest number of candidates claiming this ticket. Former councillors Krushnavadan Brahmbhatt, Jagdish Dantania and former standing committee chairman Pravin Patel are competing against former mayor Kanaji Thakor for this ticket. For the Jamalpur-Khadia seat, former BJP councillors Bhushan Bhatt and Mayur Dave are vying for the ticket. Hitesh Barot, the current AMC standing committee chairman, is competing with former mayor Meenakshi Patel for the Vejalpur seat ticket. Sources said BJP's former standing committee chairman Amul Bhatt is vying for the ticket from Maninagar. Asit Vora has also laid claim to this seat. Former councillor Vallabh Patel, who is currently AMTS chairman, is in the race in Naroda, while former councillors Roshan Golani, Bipin Sikka and Ashok Hansani along with current Sardarnagar councillors Kanchan Panjwani and Sunny Khanchandani have also sought the ticket for the same constituency. Sources said for the Vatva seat, Vastral ex-councillor Bansilal Prajapati has thrown his hat in the ring.
AHMEDABAD: The Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Superfast Express rammed into cattle near Atul railway station in Valsad district on Saturday morning, which damaged its front panel, an official said. This was the third such incident since the Vande Bharat train service started on this route from September 30. The train halted for 15 minutes after hitting a bull that had strayed on the track around 8.20am but all the passengers were safe, said Sumit Thakur, chief public relations officer of Western Railway. The train's front panel was damaged and the underbelly equipment of its first coach was also dented, he said. "There is no damage to the train, except to the nose cone cover of the front coach, that is the driver's coach. The train is running smoothly," Thakur added. The damaged panel will be replaced once the train reaches Mumbai, he said. On October 6, the train, ran over four buffaloes between Vatva and Maninagar stations near Ahmedabad on its way to Gandhinagar from Mumbai. Its nose panel had to be replaced overnight.
The third incident of cattle hit by a Vande Bharat Express train in Gujarat took place in Valsad district near the Atul Railway station Saturday morning at 8.17 am, said railway officials.The cone-shaped structure below the driver’s cabin was damaged due to the impact, the officials said and added that after a 26-minute halt for the repairing works, the train was allowed to continue its journey towards Ahmedabad.Sources in the Western Railway said the Vande Bharat express train started its journey from Mumbai Central Saturday morning around 6.10 am. On the way, near the Atul railway station, the semi-high-speed train hit a bull. The driver immediately put the train to a halt and intimated the Western Railway control room and Valsad railway authorities.The engineering staff from Valsad railway station, along with the RPF and the GRP officials, rushed to the spot. With the help of local youths, the carcass of the bull was removed from the tracks and placed on the sideway.RPF police inspector of Valsad Railway station Gracious Fernandes said, “The incident took place at the end of Atul Railway station at level crossing gate number 94. Gateman Eknath Chaudhary spotted the bull walking on the tracks just a minute before the train arrived and he tried his level best to get it out of the tracks and was successful too but the bull returned to the tracks which led to the incident.”Sources in the railway department of Valsad present on the spot told The Indian Express that the train was made to halt for around 26 minutes for repair works. The carcass of the bull was later buried. The officials also examined the railway tracks and later found it to be okay.Sources said that this is the third incident of cattle being hit by the Vande Bharat train. The first incident took place on October 6, when a Vande Bharat train rammed into a herd of buffaloes in Ahmedabad and the second took place on October 7 near Anand in Central Gujarat when a train hit a cow.The railway authorities of Valsad said cattle roam freely for grazing in the bushy areas near the railway tracks. While grazing, they walk on the tracks which lead to the accidents. Officials said if a cattle is hit by a train and nobody comes and claims the carcass, it is buried with the help of local youths.On October 9, a total of 19 cattle died on the spot after being run over by an Ajmer Mysore Express train at Joravasan village near the Dungri railway station in Valsad district.
A car plunged into Trikampura canal at about 6.15 pm on Saturday after the driver, who onlookers said seemed drunk, lost control of the vehicle. A local, Harshad Patel said the driver came out of the car and called up someone on his phone. “Within minutes a private crane arrived at the spot, pulled out the car in 20 minutes and the driver fled the spot,” said Patel. He said locals tried to pursue the driver and the car that was towed away by the crane but they drove away. Patel said Vatva GIDC Police station has been informed and they were worried as it seemed unusual that someone would fall in a canal and not seek help or inform the cops or fire brigade.
AHMEDABAD: A 30-year-old man from Nadiad on Sunday filed a complaint with the Ramol police that four fake cops abducted him and extorted Rs 21,000 from him on the pretext of booking him in false cases. Vipul Suthar, a resident of Yoginagar on Dabhan Road in Nadiad, said in his FIR that he went to his sister’s place in Vastral on Saturday night. When he was returning, four men on two motorcycles stopped him on Suralia Estate road and told him that they were cops from Vatva GIDC police. One of them seized his motorcycle and forced him to sit pillion with another man. They took the road towards Hatkeshwar and then turned towards Jashodanagar Crossroads and constantly threatned him to implicate him in a false case. They demanded Rs 55,000 from him for his release. When Suthar told him that he did not have the money, they checked his bank balance via banking app on his phone and found that he had Rs 20,000 in his account. They thrashed him and took away Rs 1,000 cash from him. The four men took him to an ATM and withdrew Rs 20,000 from his account. They later told him to drive his motorcycle towards Vatva GIDC police while they followed him. After a while, the four, fled. Suthar went to Vatva GIDC police and complained about four cops where he found that no such cops worked there. He later approached Ramol police and filed a complaint of abduction, extortion, causing hurt and criminal intimidation against four unknown men.
AHMEDABAD: The steep surge of dengue cases across Ahmedabad has put health officials on tenterhooks and becoming a major worry. A number of cases involving drastic lowering of blood platelets levels were reported over the past month. The disease has claimed two lives already, including that of a child. Recent serotype tests have revealed the DenV2, one of the four dengue virus serotypes, is the dominant strain in the city. In September, 17 samples serum samples were sent by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) for testing, of which 10 samples were detected with dengue serotype 2 (DenV2), while one sample was detected with dengue serotype 1 (DenV1) while two samples detected with dengue serotype 4 (DenV4). Children of the age group of 0 to 14 years and the elderly are the most vulnerable. AMC officials reveal that between October 1 and October 15, there were 469 fresh dengue cases needing hospitalization. In all, a total of 1,821 dengue cases have been reported between January 1 and October 15 this year. Of these, 814 were reported in the western region and 1,007 in the eastern region of the city. In the western Ahmedabad, Thaltej has reported 89 cases, the highest number, followed by Bodakdev with 82 dengue cases. Apart from this, 76 cases were reported from Gota, 69 from Jodhpur ward, 58 cases in Chandlodia and 56 cases from Stadium ward. In the eastern part of the city, Ramol and Hatijan wards have reported the highest number of dengue cases, 132 in all, followed by Lambha with 102 cases. There have been 61 dengue cases in Vastral and 53 in Vatva. A senior doctor at SVP Hospital’s medicine department told TOI that increasing severity of dengue cases is primarily because of repeat infections. “Blood platelets drastically fall in those patients who have repeat infections, children, young, adults and elders are worst affected needing hospitalization. This severity is not because of a particular dengue virus strain,” said the senior doctor.
AHMEDABAD: A 28-year-old woman lost her life to dengue in the city this month. This was the second dengue death registered in the city this year. According to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) health department sources, a 28-year-old woman treated for dengue at LG Hospital died on October 13. The deceased woman was a resident of Vasna. The first dengue victim was a 7-year-old girl admitted with dengue to LG Hospital. She lost her life in the last week of September. According to AMC data, city hospitals registered 469 new dengue cases between October 1 and 15, and 1,821 cases between January 1 and October 15. tnn
Diwali is fast approaching and so is the threat of rising pollution due to firecracker bursting. But people with health issues, lung damage and asthma — in sizable numbers since Covid-19 — will not be able to check the status of air pollution in the city while stepping out of their homes.While all the ‘SAFAR boards’ that monitor and display pollution info have been dysfunctional for several years now, senior officials privy to developments in the Union ministry confirmed that the boards will not be functional even during Diwali this year.This is because the funding for the maintenance of SAFAR LED boards, set up in 12 areas of the city,has run out and has not been renewwed by the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences even after the second Covid wave.The SAFAR-AIR programme was set up by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM-Pune) under which 10 Air Quality Monitoring Stations were set up — 8 in Ahmedabad and 2 in Gandhinagar. A total of 12 LED screens, 11 in Ahmedabad and 1 in Gandhinagar, were set up for public information.Ahmedabad was the first Indian city to get the SAFAR system on May 12, 2017, followed by Mumbai, Delhi and Pune.Officials from the SAFAR team at IITM said, “The operational maintenance contracts of SAFAR boards had been discontinued due to Covid in 2020. They were resumed in Mumbai and Delhi but not in Ahmedabad and Pune due to funding issues. However, we have requested funds from the ministry to restart them. But it will not happen by Diwali.”There are a total of 13 Air Quality Monitoring Stations (AQMS) installed in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar cities which are linked to the National Air Quality Index (NAQI) system and its website, which is managed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).In Ahmedabad, 8 machines installed by IITM under SAFAR (Chandkheda, Gyaspur, Raikhad, Rakhial, SAC-ISRO Bopal, SAC-ISRO Satellite, SVPI Airport Hansol and SVP Stadium) and 2 are handled by the GPCB (Maninagar and Vatva GIDC). In Gandhinagar, 2 AQMS are installed by IITM (GIFT City and IIPHG Lekawada), while 1 is installed by GPCB (Sector-10).However, for the past 3 months since July 9, the CPCB’s website has been displaying Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar air pollution data from just 3 of 13 machines, the ones run by GPCB.Mirror cross-checked CPCB’s National Air Quality Index data reports for the past several months dating back from October 12, 2022, and found that the last time the CPCB had received data from all 9 AQMS in Ahmedabad, was on March 23, i.e. 7 months ago. However, all 10 IITM monitoring stations are functional and reporting air quality data.The issue appears to be a linkage glitch between CPCB and IITM, and one which the SAFAR team had no idea about till it was pointed out to it.An officer at IMD said she could not immediately comment on the matter, while an official from the GPCB said that neither the monitoring stations, nor their LED boards, fall under their jurisdiction.However, the IITM official said, “CPCB has been given access to all SAFAR data from all our machines but there must be a linkage issue. However, we have not yet been officially intimated of this. Still, we will look into the matter.”
A Vatva resident allegedly thrashed his wife and attempted to choke her after she told their son to switch off the television.In her Vatva police plaint, Aarefabanu Saiyyed, 39, stated that on Tuesday about 3.30pm, when her 15-year-old son was watching television, she told him to put it off. Her husband Amjadali Saiyyed allegedly thrashed and attempted to choke her. AM
As many as 11.62 lakh new voters have been registered in the state. The state election commission on Monday released the final electoral roll of the state, according to which the total number of voters is 4.90 crore.There are a total 2,53,36,610 male voters and 2,37,51,738 female voters. Some 1,417 are third-gender voters, 4.61 lakh voters from the age group 18-19 have been added in the rolls. These include 2.68 lakh men and 1.93 lakh women. Apart from this, 4.03 lakh voters have been added inthe age group 20-29 years, whichconsist of 1.45 lakh men and 2.57 women voters.There are more than 4 lakh ‘divyang’ (people with disability) voters. The election commission has launched an app for them through which they registered.The highest number of voter registration has been from Ahmedabad district, while 5.99 lakh voters have been registered in the city. The lowest number of voters is from Dangs at 1.93 lakh.The total number of voters in Vadodara district is 26.02 lakh, Surat 47.39 lakh and Rajkot 23.05 lakh.In Ahmedabad district, there are 31.17 lakh male, 28.75 lakh female and 211 third gender voters. The highest number of voters in the city are from Ghatlodia constituency – 4.26 lakh. The constituency is represented by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. The lowest number -2.07 lakh are from Bapunagar.Vatva has the second highest number of voters at 3.95 lakh, while Vejalpur has 3.87 lakh. There are two reserved seats in the district –Danilimda and Asarwa.
AHMEDABAD: The city crime branch on Saturday said it has arrested two persons who were in possession of two pistols and 11 live cartridges. In another operation, the crime branch arrested one person for his involvement in vehicle thefts from several areas of the city including Satellite, Navrangpura, Ellisbridge, and Naranpura. Crime branch officers said that a surveillance mission led them to intercept a man on a bike near New Cloth Market. He has been identified as Prakash Meena, 55, a resident of Udaipur. He could not produce the papers for the bike and hence was detained. During interrogation, he admitted that he had stolen the bike. Rakesh MeenaMeena confessed to stealing the bike from Meghaninagar one and a half months ago, and to snatching a chain in Khokhra. The cops said that he is involved in 40 thefts from many areas including Satellite, Navrangpura, Ellisbridge, Naranpura, Ghatlodia, Khadia, Maninagar, Vastrapur, Bapunagar, Paldi, Vatva, Naroda, Odhav, and Shahibaug. As for the pistols, police arrested Vinod Thakore, 29, and Dipak Srivas, 32. They are both residents of Bapunagar. Police said they arrested Thakore from Bapunagar based on surveillance intelligence. Police recovered two country-made pistols and 11 live cartridges. Thakore told police that Srivas had given him the pistols and the cartridges. When Srivas was interrogated, he revealed that he had obtained the weapons and cartridges from Madhya Pradesh. Thakore has been arrested earlier for loot, assault, and bootlegging. He was released from jail less than a week ago.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Gujarat has registered a case against the owners of buffaloes that were hit by the Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat express, in which the front portion of the train was damaged, officials said on Friday.The nose cone cover of the driver coach of the semi-high speed train, which got damaged after hitting the buffaloes, was replaced with a new one in Mumbai, the Western Railway (WR) said in a statement.The newly-launched Mumbai Central-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat train had hit the herd of buffaloes around 11.15 am on Thursday near Ahmedabad, when the train was on its way to Gandhinagar. Four buffaloes were killed in the incident, the officials said.“The RPF has lodged a first information report (FIR) against the unidentified owners of the buffaloes that came in the way of Vande Bharat train between Vatva and Maninagar railway stations in Ahmedabad,” WR’s senior spokesperson (Ahmedabad division) Jitendra Kumar Jayant said.RPF inspector Pradeep Sharma posted at Vatva railway station said the FIR was filed under section 147 of the Railways Act, 1989, which deals with unauthorised entry into any part of a railway and misuse of its property.“The FIR was registered on Thursday evening in connection with the incident in which four buffaloes were killed,” he said.The railway police have not yet been able to identify the owners of the buffaloes so far and efforts are on to do so, he said.The incident had occurred in Punitnagar area near Vatva railway station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city, Sharma added.The train’s damaged nose cone cover made up of FRP (fibre-reinforced plastic) was replaced with a new one in Mumbai, the WR said in a statement.“The nose cone cover of the train’s driver coach along with its mounting brackets was damaged in the cattle-hit incident. However, the vital parts of the train remained unaffected. The damaged nose cone was replaced at the Coach Care Centre in Mumbai Central,” WR’s chief public relations officer Sumit Thakur said.After the incident on Thursday, the train had covered the distance to Gandhinagar Capital station and back to Mumbai Central without the nose cover panel as there was no damage to it train’s vital parts, he said.“The nose cover is designed to absorb the impact without transmitting the same to the functional parts of the train. Therefore, it is sacrificial by design and hence replaceable,” Thakur added.Railway keeps sufficient nose-cones as spare, he said.“The damaged nose cone was replaced in no time and the train was put back to service without any extra down time. The train departed from Mumbai today without any inconvenience to the passengers,” he said.According to the official, the Western Railway is taking all necessary measures to prevent such incidents in future.The indigenously designed and manufactured semi-high speed train, the third service under the Vande Bharat series, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 30 from Gandhinagar Capital and it started the commercial run from the next day.
The engine of the newly launched Vande Bharat Express, which was on its way to Gandhinagar in Gujarat from Mumbai, was damaged after the train hit four buffaloes that strayed onto the railway tracks between Vatva and Maninagar stations at 11.15 am on Thursday. Railway authorities said there was no disruption to rail traffic.However, the impact killed “two-three buffaloes” and delayed the train “by about half an hour in reaching the Gandhinagar station”, said Jitendra Jayant, senior public relations officer (PRO), Western Railway, Ahmedabad division.“Two-three buffaloes have died in the Vande Bharat clash. The train got delayed by about half an hour in reaching the Gandhinagar station,” said Jitendra Jayant.“A few buffaloes came on the railway track. The driver could not have applied brakes or else a larger incident damaging the lives of the passengers would have happened. The train was at a speed of about 140 kmph at that time. Applying brakes would have derailed the train,” said Jitendra Jayant, Senior Public Relations Officer (PRO) at Western Indian Railways, Ahmedabad division.“The damage is on the left side of the engine, though the loss is not huge. It was sent for repair; only the outer portion which acts like a mudguard got damaged. The proper repair will take place in Mumbai. The next train for Mumbai was at 2.05 pm. The same engine was sent and the train left Gandhinagar station at 2.05 pm for Mumbai. So, there was no delay in the train schedule,” said Jayant.The train had left Mumbai at 6.10 am and was scheduled to reach Gandhinagar railway station at 12.25 pm.“No casualties happened. No complaint has been filed yet. The railway department will look into the matter further and appropriate action will be taken,” the PRO added.
Six days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the new series of semi high speed trains, Vande Bharat Express, it suffered a cattle collision in Ahmedabad on Thursday at 11.18 am. The accident killed four buffaloes that were part of a herd crossing the tracks and damaged the locomotive. Vande Bharat Express runs between Gandhinagar and Mumbai Central railway stations and was inaugurated on September 30. Western Railway, Ahmedabad Division officials said the collision took place between Vatva and Maninagar railway stations in Ahmedabad city. The accident damaged the front hood of train number 20901 BCT-GNC VB Express and a portion of it had to be manually pulled and removed by the staff before it was allowed to proceed at 11:27 am.A statement from the divisional PRO JK Jayant said no injuries or casualties were reported among the passengers. Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials confirmed the death of four buffaloes that had to be pulled off the tracks before the train could proceed to Ahmedabad.When Mirror visited the spot, we found a major portion of the area on both sides of the railway tracks between Vatva and Maninagar had no boundary wall making it accessible to all and sundry. The open track is where next-generation semi-high speed trains like Vande Bharat Express with a service speed of 160 kmph and a top speed of 200 kmph are being run.The Railway Protection Force (RPF) at Vatva railway station on Thursday evening filed a complaint against the anonymous owner of the buffaloes under Section 147 of The Railways Act for unlawful entery into railway property. However, the owner was not booked for damage to railway property as it was the animals who had caused damage and not any human, said RPF Inspector Pradeep Sharma. RPF personnel on Thursday scoured shanties around the accident site to look for cattle owners.
The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday announced 12 names in its fourth list of candidates for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections.“This shows the party is an ‘aggressor’ and is capable of taking decisions. The party has registered its strong presence in the state, where on one side is the ‘corrupt’ BJP and on the other hand is the ‘fallen’ Congress,” AAP state president Gopal Italia said at a press conference in Ahmedabad.“We had declared 29 candidates earlier. Adding these 12, a total of 41 candidates have been declared by the AAP in Gujarat. Many of them are young, from non-political backgrounds or are freshers who have no experience in politics,” he said.From north Gujarat and Saurashtra, Nirmalsinh Parmar, a retired principal and a long-time AAP volunteer has been given the ticket for the Himatnagar constituency in Sabarkantha district and Dolat Patel, who was earlier with the Congress, for Gandhinagar South.In Ahmedabad district, Kuldeep Vaghela, a businessman, has been fielded from Sanand. Another businessman, Bipin Patel, is the candidate from the Vatva constituency, while Bharat Patel, an advocate, is the pick from Amraiwadi,Ramjibhai Chudasama, a former BJP leader, has been fielded from Keshod in Junagadh district.From central and south Gujarat, while Natwarsinh Rathod is the candidate from Thasra in Kheda district. While Takhatsinh Solanki, a former Congress member, has been fielded from Shehra in Panchmahal district, Dinesh Baria, a tuition teacher, will contest the Kalol seat in the same district.Shailesh Bhabhor, a labour contractor, is the nominee in the Garbada constituency in Dahod district. Pankaj Tayde, a builder from a scheduled tribe community, has been given the ticket for Limbayat in Surat district.And in Navsari district, former BTP leader Pankaj Patel will contest the Gandevi seat for the AAP.
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.”
AHMEDABAD: City crime branch on Saturday arrested three persons - Rashid Ansari, Ayub Shaikh and Shahnawaz Maniyar - from the Kankaria area of the city for their alleged involvement in vehicle thefts. All three are residents of Gomtipur. Police said Rashid's name figured in nine cases of assault in Vatva and three of vehicle theft in the Ellisbridge area of the city. A police team intercepted a two-wheeler on Anupam Bridge near Kankaria and on investigation found that it was a stolen vehicle. The cops immediately arrested the riders. The trio told the police team that they had stolen the vehicle from Krushnadham Society in Vatva on Tuesday by using a duplicate key. Rashid was earlier arrested under PASA on three occasions. Maniyar was also arrested by Gomtipur police earlier. tnn
Three new cities — Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara — have been added to the list of Critically Polluted Areas (CPA) in Gujarat while Odhav, Naroda (in Ahmedabad), Bhavnagar and Junagadh have been removed from the list, stated the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in a report tabled in the Gujarat Assembly, Thursday.“Based on Comprehensive Environment Pollution Index (CEPI), the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had declared (January 2010) six major industrial areas of Gujarat — Vapi, Ankleshwar, Vatva, Ahmedabad (Odhav and Naroda), Bhavnagar and Junagadh — as CPA and imposed moratorium on setting up industries and expansion of existing industries in these areas,” stated the report titled “Performance Audit of Air Pollution Control by Government of Gujarat”.“As per latest CEPI score submitted (July 2019) by Central Pollution Control Board to National Green Tribunal, three new cities Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot have been added to CPA list, while Odhav, Naroda, Bhavnagar and Junagadh were removed from the list,” it added.The audit watchdog stated that CEPI scores of Vadodara was highest in state, followed by Surat. Rajkot turned critically polluted from being a severely polluted area in 2009.Based on Remedial Action Plans proposed by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), approved by CPCB in September 2010 for the abatement of pollution in these CPAs, the ministry lifted the moratorium from Vapi (October 2010), Bhavnagar (February 2011), Junagadh (March 2011) and Ahmedabad (September 2013).The moratorium was reimposed in Vapi in September 2013 due to poor CEPI scores. The ministry finally lifted the moratorium on Vapi, Ankleshwar and Vatva in November 2016 based on re-assessed CEPI scores.The report stated that the GPCB was yet to comply with the 2016 directions of CPCB for installation of at least two Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations in each CPA.The CAG also rapped GPCB for not developing a system for period review of health impact assessment in critically polluted areas. The audit pointed out that 15 hospitals in industrial areas of Ahmedabad, Vapi and Ankleshwar reported 80,443 patients with asthma, bronchitis and acute respiratory infections between 2012-2017.“An increasing number of patients during this period depicts severity of the impact of air pollution on health,” the report stated.While the Gujarat government claimed that health impact assessment in CPAs were done by industries associations, the auditor stated, “Such studies were to be conducted by the GPCB through recognised health institutions once in 4-5 years…”The report also pointed out that under the National Clean Air Programme launched in January 2019, MoEF&CC had identified 102 cities as “non-attainment” cities that failed to meet the prescribed standards of air pollution.“Ahmedabad and Surat were among the non-attainment cities in Gujarat,” CAG stated adding that industries, vehicles, domestic fuel, construction and road dust were prominent sources of emission in these two cities.
AHMEDABAD: A team of EMRI 108 ambulance on Sunday rescued a newborn girl child, suspected to be abandoned soon after birth. According to officials, they got a call from Vatva railway crossing near Ghodasar about the child. "The girl was provided artificial breathing and was stabilized. The girl was later admitted to the Civil Hospital where she's on path of recovery," said an official. Officials said that in the past three months, it's second such instance of abandonment of a girl child who was rescued in the nick of time. Across Gujarat, annually about 10-odd newborn children are rescued after abandonment, they added. tnn