The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued heavy rainfall warning across Gujarat till July 8 as the southwest monsoon got active over Gujarat.“Heavy rain is very likely in the districts of Gujarat region, namely Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Narmada, Bharuch, Surat, Tapi, Navsari and Valsad,” the IMD forecast for Monday stated.On Sunday, heavy rainfall was witnessed in more than 100 talukas of southern, Saurashtra and central districts Sunday. Mangrol in Surat recorded the highest rainfall of 38 mm till 8 pm Sunday followed by Songadh in Tapi at 35 mm, Karjan in Vadodara and Khambha in Amreli at 34 mm each, Navsari taluka in Navsari and Mandvi in Surat at 32 mm each, and Netrang in Bharuch 30 mm.During the week, more districts are expected to receive heavy rainfall, the weather department warned. These include Kheda, Ahmedabad, Panchmahal, Vadodara, Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Bharuch, Surat, Dang and Tapi. Heavy rainfall is expected in the districts of Saurashtra, namely Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad on July 6.The weather department has issued heavy rainfall alerts for more districts of Saurashtra, including Porbandar, Junagadh, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gir Somnath and Surendranagar on July 7 and 8.The widespread rainfall has helped in bringing down the mercury. On Sunday, the highest maximum temperature of 39 degrees Celsius in the state was recorded at Vallabh Vidyanagar followed by 37.2 degrees Celsius at Kandla Port. Kandla Airport recorded 37 degrees Celsius. Ahmedabad recorded 36.8, Bhuj and Naliya 36, Deesa 34.6, Gandhinagar 34.5, Bhavnagar 34.2 and Surendranagar 34 degrees Celsius.
NDRF’s 6th Battalion’s Deputy Commandant Anupam told IANS, “Three teams are carrying out rescue operations in Anand, Navsari and Gir Somnath district, six other teams have been kept on standby — three at Rajkot, two in Gandhinagar, one each in Surat and Banaskantha district.”He also said three teams are deployed in Rajasthan, one each in Kishangarh, Kota and Udaipur.Weather forecast for the state from July 3 to next five days is, ‘heavy to very heavy rains likely at the isolated places in the districts of south Gujarat like Surat and Navsari, Saurashtra’s Junagadh, heavy rains likely in districts like Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Dangs, Valsad, Tapi, Daman and Dadranagar Haveli, Porbandar, Kutch, Amreli, Dwarka, Gir Somnath in Saurashtra and Kutch region’.In the last 24 hours (July 2, 8 a.m. to July 3, 8 a.m.), Navsari’s Vansda received 136 mm, Devbhumi Dwarka’s Khambhalia taluka (114) Junagadh’s Manavadar (106) and Tapi district’s Dolvan taluka received 98 mm rainfall. in the last 24 hours, 110 Talukas have received more than 5 mm rains.NDRF team on Sunday recovered one more dead body from Kathol village of Borsad taluka. It had recovered two bodies that were swept away in heavy rains on Thursday night. The Borsad taluka in Anand district received 12 inches of rain. Several villages are still marooned in three to four feet water.Anand District Panchayat president Hansaben Parmar have blamed the village sarpanch for this situation. She said if they had done pre-monsoon work properly, water would have flowed easily either in lakes or in farms, but that did not happen.
Over 130 trees were uprooted and around 10 hoardings fell, damaging over five vehicles, in the thunderstorm that lashed Ahmedabad late Sunday, with most of the damage in Jodhpur and Bodakdev areas, according to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). However, no casualty was reported.AMC city engineer Harpalsinh Zala, said, “Over 130 trees were uprooted in Jodhpur, Bodakdev and SG highway due to heavy winds. Hoardings on the roadside also fell, causing damage. Water-logging was also reported due to leaves of fallen trees getting stuck in the manholes. The blockages were cleared immediately.”The hoardings fell on three cars and two autorickshaws parked on the roadside, damaging the vehicles, he added.India Meteorological Department (IMD) regional director Manorama Mohanty said, “It was a thunderstorm activity that was reported across Gujarat, barring the South Gujarat parts.”As per IMD forecast issued Monday, there are five synoptic situations that are developing over the region, including an offshore trough, low pressure area over the Arabian Sea, cyclonic circulation and a trough from cyclonic circulation over central parts of Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring areas.Heavy rain with thunderstorm is expected across the state in the coming days as well, she added. The state has recorded seven per cent rainfall.The weather department has issued a heavy rainfall warning for Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Dahod, Chhota Udepur, Bharuch, Dang, Tapi, Surat, Valsad, Navsari and in Daman, Dadara Nagar Haveli; in the districts of Saurashtra namely Amreli, Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath, Junagadh from June 28 and 30 as well as July 1 and 2.Sunday’s rainfall brought down temperatures across the state, majorly in areas like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot and Surendranagar that reported a drop of 5-8 degrees.
Even as the Centre promotes e-vehicles, an e-bike company quietly made its exit from the city a fortnight ago. The e-bike Yulu first began its service in Ahmedabad in 2020 just before Covid. Lack of response from citizens and rising costs, however, forced the operators to shut down.The service closed down fifteen days ago. Interestingly, the service had a 60% utilisation after Covid but it did not translate into profit forcing the Bangalore-based start-up to wind up operations in the city.The service offered 250 Yulu bikes on streets but multiple uses through a single entry caused trouble, a source in the know said. “The entire fleet of bikes has now been moved to Mumbai where the service is a success,” a senior executive of Yulu bikes told Mirror. Those in the know said Covid negatively impacted the business. The night curfew that was put in place even after the lockdown also affected business.“Moreover there were health concerns as people did not want to use a bike that had been handled by many others. The lack of a dedicated lane for cycles and such bikes also made people reluctant to use them,” said the source. The bikes offered chargeable batteries and full safety features. The service was launched with much fanfare during the Happy Street initiative in Law garden. The company had two stands one outside Vastrapur Lake and one near Ahmedabad Mall.Booz bikesMeanwhile, electric kick scooters are offering their service at Kankaria Lakefront. Booz bikes, an Ahmedabad-based start-up, has put 10 such vehicles for use at the venue. “We plan to increase the number based on the response,” Rutvij Dasadia, the founder said.MYBYKAnother bike-sharing service MYBYK has reported good response from Amdavadis. The company has increased its fleet from 1,000 to 3,500 bikes post-Covid. The company has 350 bike stations in the city of which 250 are in the western part alone. Its founder Arjit Soni said the number of users is on the rise, but most ride it for health reasons rather than commute. He said several factors, including lack of dedicated lanes and weather conditions, prevent people from using bikes for commuting.SRFDCL reactionA senior official of Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Ltd (SRFDCL) admitted that the public bike-sharing system has not received the needed response. “All the three companies that offer the service began their operations just before Covid and then suffered losses due to lockdown,” said the official.“Lack of dedicated bike tracks also added to the problems. Though the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) made provisions for cycle tracks along the BRTS routes they have been encroached upon,” said the official.Interestingly, the Science City road which was developed as a model road has no cycle track. The cycle tracks on the road from Helmet Crossroads to Shivranjani have all been encroached.
The Science City will soon have a Climate Change learning lab, a sort of knowledge centre on the issue. It will also work towards coordinating, preparing and implementing the state action plan on climate change.The lab will focus on various issues associated with climate change like the greenhouse gas effect, global trends in temperature surges, extreme weather conditions including depleting groundwater levels and the overall impact on human health.“The lab will provide information on climate change in an interesting, interactive, and experiential manner to enhance the learning process,” an official said.It will also provide a clear understanding of the involvement of different stakeholders in climate action, the official added. The lab will be the knowledge management centre on the subject and will be involved in creating awareness and building capacities related to Climate Change.The lab is part of the India-EU cooperation on Climate Change, the Strategic Partnership for the Implementation of Paris Agreement (SPIPA) project.The Climate Change Learning Lab will enable on-demand delivery of knowledge to a wide variety of relevant stakeholders including school and college students, government officials from different departments, people’s representatives, vulnerable communities, NGOs and the media.The project will also provide financing for experts and architecture consultants to design and fabricate the learning stations with interactive videos and working models. The lab will be set up with the assistance of the central government.
Several areas of Saurashtra and South Gujarat received good rains even as Ahmedabad continued to battle a dry spell with the sole exception of Dholka. On Wednesday, Mangrol taluka in Junagadh recorded the highest rainfall of 79 mm followed by Mahemdabad (74mm) in Kheda and Manavadar (68mm) in Junagadh.Isolated places in Amreli, Bhavnagar, Gir-Somnath, Patan, Banaskantha, Anand and Rajkot also recorded rains.The IMD has said that major places in the state including many districts in Saurashtra and South Gujarat like Rajkot, Surendranagar, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Amreli, Narmada, Navsari, Valsad and Surat among others are likely to receive rains till Monday. Rainfall is also expected atisolated places in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Patan and Mehsana in North Gujarat.Ahmedabad on Wednesday was the hottest place in the state with a maximum temperature of 39.7 degree celsius followed by Gandhinagar at 39 degree celsius.Rain may play spoilsport in T20 match at RajkotThe rains in Rajkot since last Saturday have got clouds hovering over the 4th T20 match between India and South Africa scheduled on June 17.Both the teams are already in the city and the match is to be played at SCA Cricket Stadium in the city. Rajkot is hosting an international cricket tournament after a gap of two years and this has generated considerable interest among citizens. Jagat Trivedi, officer-in-charge at IMD said the city is likely to get light to medium rainfall in the next five days. This means there is a possibility of rain during the match scheduled on Friday.The Met department’s website also warns of a thunderstorm with rain for Rajkot on Friday.Popular local weather analyst Ashok Patel said Friday is going to be windy, with scattered showers but the sky may clear during the match hours. Kaushik Solanki who plans to watch the match with his friends and family said he is hopeful that the weather will hold up.
VADODARA: Along with helicopter shots and cover drives on the field, young cricketers in the city are also going to learn the tricks off-field on how to duck bodyline throws from uncharted fans, mostly females and bookies. Under-23 and Ranji squad players will undergo professional training about how to save themselves from glam-coated honey traps by fending off unknown women and bookies trying to befriend them off the field. With the possibility of the young players being picked by Indian Premier League (IPL) teams in the future, the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) has decided to organize a workshop to get them educated on such dangerous mind games. "With the advent of many gaming apps that offer cash-prizes, betting on cricket games has also gone up significantly. Bookies have started betting on even domestic cricket whose scorecards are streamed live on different websites," said Shishir Hattangadi, BCA CEO. "With that the chances of young players in domestic cricket stepping inadvertently into the bookies' treacherous web goes up. ," Hattangadi, told TOI. With that the chances of young players in domestic cricket stepping inadvertently into the bookies' treacherous web goes up. We have had instances where some shady people have tried to befriend the players off the field. And, women may be brought into the honey trap and blackmail the cricketers," Shishir Hattangadi, BCA CEO told TOI. Players will be warned not to entertain video calls from unknown numbers, nor share any kind of online or offline chats about their game or field conditions even with friends. Also, they will be specifically taught not to give access to their rooms while touring other cities to any unknown people, not even fans. Players will be given specific instructions not to share pertinent details of weather, wicket, or any part of the cricket ground with any person. "If they find any suspicious person lurking around on the ground or approaching them off the field, players can directly approach our anti-corruption unit representative," Hattangadi said.
The Southwest monsoon has made its landfall in Gujarat, but Amdavadis will have to wait a bit longer to receive a good amount of rain. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted no rainfall in the coming days. Meanwhile, the director of relief chaired a meeting of the weather watch group on Tuesday.The Southwest monsoon entered Gujarat on Monday. On Tuesday, there was rain at isolated places in districts of Devbhumi Dwarka, Surendranagar, Amreli, Kheda, Banaskantha, Dahod, Gir-Somnath and Valsad. But most of Ahmedabad remained dry for the entire day though there was an overcast sky. As per the IMD, till Friday light rainfall is expected at isolated places in Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Junagadh and Gir-Somnath, but in case of Ahmedabad rainfall is expected only on Friday.Meanwhile, the meeting of the weather watch group chaired by the director of relief in Gandhinagar, the weather scenario in the state was discussed, besides information on the Sardar Sarovar Dam filled with water up to 34.93% capacity was shared. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the weather department, NDRF, SDRF, Agriculture, Energy, Health, CWC among others.Ahmedabad and Vallabh Vidyanagar remained the hottest place in the state on Tuesday with 38.5 degree celsius followed by Gandhinagar with 38 degree celsius and Rajkot with 37.8 degrees.
AHMEDABAD: Southwest monsoon advanced to some parts of southern Gujarat on Monday, two days prior to the traditional onset date of June 15. The rainfall on Sunday night and Monday morning gave much-needed respite to the city that has experienced one of the hottest summers in a decade. Several parts of the city recorded drizzle to light rains in the early hours of Monday. At Ambedkar Bridge, several commuters slipped on an oil slick; a video of the same went viral on social media. The city experienced cloudy weather for almost the entire day on Monday and recorded a maximum temperature of 34.7°C, among the lowest temperatures in the past three months. It was also the first day of below-40°C temperature after April 20. At 40°C, Kandla was the hottest town in the state. 'Southwest monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of Arabian Sea, some parts of Gujarat, entire Konkan, most parts of Maharashtra, most parts of Marathwada and Karnataka, some parts of Telangana and Rayalaseema, some more parts of Tamil Nadu, most parts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal and some parts of Bihar today,' mentioned the India Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin. It added that conditions are favourable for further advance of monsoon in some more parts of north Arabian sea and Gujarat state among other parts of country in the next 48 hours. The IMD forecast indicated possibility of light to moderate rains in Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Dang, Tapi, Navsari, Valsad and all districts of Saurashtra on Tuesday. In Morbi district, three members of a family were killed after a wall of their house collapsed, police said.
AHMEDABAD: Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) officials on Friday said that they have received a total of 67 proposals for collaboration so far. The body, created as a single-window system for private entities including organizations and individuals, has its headquarters at Bopal, which was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi. Pawan Kumar Goenka, chairman of IN-SPACe, said the 67 proposals include 29 for satellites, 19 for space applications, 10 for launch vehicles and nine for ground systems and research. Moreover, 34 are from MSMEs or startups, 17 are from academia or industrial associations, 14 from industry, and two from individuals. The IN-SPACe team told TOI that a Sanand-based firm, Azista Aerospace, has made one proposal. It is for usage of the Isro’s launch facility for satellites developed by them. “The firm also wishes to test some of its systems. The promoters were vendors to Isro earlier. They have come up with a multi-spectral optical payload,” said a team member. Goenka said they received some really innovative ideas. “For instance, Agnikul Cosmos and Skyroot Aerospace are both developing launch vehicles with different ideas. Agnikul is aiming at developing a launch vehicle for very small satellites that can cut costs for companies. Another startup, Digantra, aims to be the ‘Google of space’ with map of the debris around Earth and monitoring of space weather for early warnings for satellites,” he said.
Ahmedabad: Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) officials on Friday said that they have received a total of 67 proposals for collaboration so far. The body, created as a single-window system for private entities including organizations and individuals, has its headquarters at Bopal, which was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi.Pawan Kumar Goenka, chairman of IN-SPACe, said the 67 proposals include 29 for satellites, 19 for space applications, 10 for launch vehicles and nine for ground systems and research. Moreover, 34 are from MSMEs or startups, 17 are from academia or industrial associations, 14 from industry, and two from individuals.The IN-SPACe team told TOI that a Sanand-based firm, Azista Aerospace, has made one proposal. It is for usage of the Isro’s launch facility for satellites developed by them. “The firm also wishes to test some of its systems. The promoters were vendors to Isro earlier. They have come up with a multi-spectral optical payload,” said a team member. Goenka said they received some really innovative ideas. “For instance, Agnikul Cosmos and Skyroot Aerospace are both developing launch vehicles with different ideas. Agnikul is aiming at developing a launch vehicle for very small satellites that can cut costs for companies. Another startup, Digantra, aims to be the ‘Google of space’ with map of the debris around Earth and monitoring of space weather for early warnings for satellites,” he said.
Gandhinagar: The much-publicised seaplane service between the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad and the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya in Narmada district has run into rough weather yet again with the government finding no takers to run the service. Factors like high costs and lack of demand on the route are keeping operators away from evincing any interest in the project.Having taken up the exercise in February this year of starting the project afresh, the Gujarat government has put the decision to resume the service on hold. No private operator is willing to run the seaplane, citing reasons of lack of demand and high operational costs.Launched with much fanfare in October 2020, the seaplane service has been closed since April 2021. Even during the period between October 2020 and April 2021, the service had remained suspended because of various operational issues. During its short period of operation, the 19-seater aircraft had ferried over 2,000 passengers between Kevadiya and Ahmedabad.Sources in the state government said that the inability of the project to resume will also have a bearing on plans to connect the Sabarmati riverfront to Dharoi dam in north Gujarat through a seaplane service.In reply to a question in the recently concluded budget session of the assembly, the state government said that Rs 7.70 crore has been spent on starting the seaplane service between Ahmedabad and Kevadiya. Sources said that three private players had shown interest when the state government sought bids to resume the service.However, none of these three players are now willing to pursue the matter “because of high operational costs and lack of adequate demand on the route.”The project was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2020 to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and the PM took the inaugural flight between Ahmedabad and Kevadiya as well. However, the project soon suffered setbacks and has been non-operational since April 2021.
Ahmedabad: Every day in Ahmedabad, one can easily spot plumes of smoke rising from factory chimneys. The dust kicked up by overloaded trucks, exhaust from lakhs of vehicles, and the smouldering Pirana dump only adds that extra dash of toxic air that we and our children breathe every day. To properly assess the city’s emissions and even predict pollution levels a few days in advance, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is setting up the city’s largest emission inventory.This will include calculating emissions based on vehicle counts at junctions and arterial routes, from industry clusters and small and micro-enterprises as well as household kitchens in the city. The project will be part of the Air Action Plan for Control of Air Pollution in Ahmedabad (APCAPA). Under this, AMC will commission the largest study to collate data repositories of emission sources in Ahmedabad. The civic body will appoint an agency for collating data of source apportionment of particulate matter pollution, carrying capacity, and emission inventory for the city. The emission inventory data is needed to prepare mathematical models for pollution predictions in the future. In short, it will entail the prediction of pollution levels for specific areas for a few days in advance. The last such study in the city was carried out by IITM Pune in 2016. The project was conducted by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) under the central ministry of earth sciences in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) Gandhinagar. IITM had identified and collated total emissions from 81, 217 sources in the city.Under the study profile of ground-level concentration (GLC) of air pollutants in different parts of the city along with air sheds of the city including residential, commercial, mixed areas, and source-specific hotspots will be made in residential, commercial and industrial zones. For the study, a minimum of 12 air monitoring stations will be installed at locations such as kerbside, residential, industrial and background areas of the city. The selected agency will carry out continuous monitoring for one month in each season for three seasons covering the whole year plus five days of Diwali festivities. AMC has invited expressions of interest from agencies.
It was cricket mania at the Narendra Modi Stadium where all roads converged on Friday for the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The venue will also host the IPL final.On Friday, cricket fans thronged the stadium in large numbers to watch their favourites in action. Spectators arrived as early as 3 pm waiting patiently for the stadium gates to open for the 7.30pm match.Though it was not the Gujarat Titans that were playing, Amdavadis came to the venue with their faces painted and dressed in the jerseys of RCB and RR.The face painters and hawkers selling the team merchandise did some brisk business thanks to the enthusiasm of the spectators.Not just Amdavadis, cricket fans from Surat, Rajasthan and Mumbai also arrived for the high octane second semifinal match.To control the flow of spectators, cops put up barricades on both ends of the road leading to the stadium. Only residents of the area were allowed to ply their vehicles on the stretch.Rahul (12) and his cousin made good the opportunity of the hot weather to sell bottled water to the spectators and made some quick bucks.Among the enthusiasts was a group of four friends who came from Banswara in Rajasthan to cheer for RR. Rakesh Patidar, a teacher who came with three of his friends, said they are here to cheer for RR. “We have only won the IPL once in 2008 when Shane Warne led the team. This year we are in the qualifier and will cheer at the top of our voice for our team,” said Patidar.His friend Vikas said this year the team is playing well and as a tribute to the late Shane Warne, they should win the trophy for him.Three other friends from Mumbai were in queue to watch the IPL match. One of them is an RCB fan, another backed the RR and the third was here to enjoy some good cricket.Ketan Devda (50), who came to watch the match with his friends Chetan Katira, an RCB fan, and Manoj Solanki, an RR fan, said his friends are here are backing the opposing teams, but he is here for cricket. “I am a big fan of cricket and it is like a festival for me,” said Devda.Isanpur resident Jignesh Patel took a day off from work to watch the match live. He was accompanied by his brother and children.“All of us are big fans of Virat Kohli and we came here to cheer for RCB. The children are excited too as this is the first time we get to watch a cricket match in the stadium without any restrictions since the Covid pandemic,” said Patel.Meanwhile, others used the crowd and the opportunity to spread some message of unity and brotherhood.Members of the Dharma Ekta Trust were seen distributing pamphlets with the message “Garv se kahiye hum Bharatiya hai’ written on it.Rajeshwar Brahmbhatt, a businessman who is part of the trust said their motto was to promote Bharatiya among Indians.“There is no better place to promote brotherhood than a cricket stadium as it is the biggest festival celebrated by all irrespective of caste, creed or religion,” said Brahmbhatt.
Ahmedabad: In natural calamities or during the Covid pandemic, during serial blasts or riots, these men in white care only for the patients in the back of their ambulances as they negotiate narrow lanes in the walled city or heavy traffic in the western half of town. EMRI 108 celebrated May 26 as ‘Pilot Day’ to honour its 800-odd drivers — they are called the pilots — and felicitated 113 on Thursday. Jashvant Prajapati, COO of EMRI Gujarat, said pilots are integral to the service as they ensure patients reach hospitals in time. “Since August 2007, the service has attended to 1.35 crore calls and saved 12.14 lakh lives,” he said. What makes an ambulance driver, who has to navigate the most challenging of scenarios? Senior EMRI officials said the average speed of an ambulance is between 60 and 80km per hour. “On city roads, even this speed is difficult. They are restrained from going above 90kmph unless they have a valid reason,” said a senior official. “We also have a simulator to regularly test pilots’ skills to ensure we have the minimum accidents.” Officials said that along with driving skills, temperament and mental health are important criteria. “This is a very stressful job, the person faces a barrage of calls, instructions, different traffic scenarios and weather, among other variables on a regular basis. It is important that they don’t lose their cool and perform optimally. They undergo tests and training regularly,” said an official.
India’s power demand during May 1-17 is estimated at 196 GW and it is higher than expected as the demand is driven by sustained warmer-than-normal weather, said S&P Global Commodity Insights.Temperatures for the first half of the month were 2 degrees Celsius higher year-on-year for India, while certain regions, such as Delhi, were 4 degrees C higher.”The May development is a continuation of the situation in April, when a temperature-driven increase in power demand set a new all-time high record and averaged 194 GW. The hot weather in Delhi is expected to get a relief over the next few days as rain is forecast for May 20-24.”S&P Global Commodity Insights assumes normal temperatures going forward and expects power demand for May to September at 182 aGW, which is an increase of 10 aGW year on year.In May 2021, there was a nationwide lockdown for several weeks, which limited power demand.India is expected to import 11-13 million mt of thermal coal in April and May 2022 ahead of the monsoon season. Imports during summer of 2022 is expected to average around 14 million tonne per month through September, though significant downside risk remains to this forecast.”Seaborne imports continue to be constrained by elevated seaborne spot price levels throughout 2022 and this forecast remains above the previous year average of 12 million tonne per month for the same period.”
An adventure trip to Manali undertaken by an Ahmedabad-based social worker turned sour when he got stranded in a landslide while returning to Ahmedabad.Madhish Parikh, who was on a seven-day trekking trip to Manali, and hundreds of other travellers were stranded on the road near the landslide for more than 12 hours through the night till the next afternoon.He and other tourists spent the night out in the cold without food and water, besides the fear of further landslides occurring due to unseasonal rains. He also missed the flight. Later, he had to book another ticket for Wednesday.According to Parikh, there was a 10 km long traffic jam, which left them no option but to wait on the road which had a river on one side and mountains on the other side.“My flight was scheduled for Tuesday at 6:45 pm, but due to the delay because of the calamity I wasn’t sure what time I would reach Delhi and so booked another flight for 6.05 am for Wednesday,” said Parikh.Rescue efforts for the stranded travelers and tourists started only after Parikh tweeted about the incident at 6.25 to the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, HP police and others. “At around 8.45 am, a JCB reached and started clearing the roads. The HP police, Army and other personnel joined the rescue effort.”Later, the tweet received a response from the Himachal CMO, SP Mandi and other senior police officers who assured quick help.According to Parikh, women and children in the bus were distressed as they couldn’t even step out of the bus stuck in two-foot deep mud on the narrow road. “We had no food or water for almost 12 hours. Despite the adverse terrain and weather, the driver tried twice to move the bus out of the landslide mud but failed,” Parikh told Mirror on the phone.After the rescue team arrived, it made swift progress. However, the 12-hour bus journey had turned into 30 hours. “Because of this, hundreds like me have missed their trains, flights etc,” he said.Parikh is a National Youth Award recipient and a TEDx Speaker, who also runs an NGO to empower youth in their development.We had no food or water for almost 12 hours. Despite the adverse terrain and weather, the driver tried twice to move the bus out of the landslide mud but failed–Madhish Parikh, TEDx speaker
Ahmedabad: Heavy rain and hostile winds in Delhi brought more than 900 unscheduled fliers streaming into the Ahmedabad airport in the early hours of Tuesday, and 263 of these passengers in addition to 17 crew members were aboard a turbulence-hit Air Canada flight. Five crew members and three passengers suffered injuries and were offered treatment at Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. At least five domestic and two international flights were diverted to Ahmedabad in the small hours of Tuesday because of the bad weather in Delhi. The other international flight was the Newark-Delhi service operated by United Airlines. The five domestic flights were those that connected Varanasi to Jaipur; Surat to Jaipur; Chennai to Delhi; Hyderabad to Jaipur; and Delhi to Jaipur. As for the Air Canada flight, AC42 from Toronto to Delhi, it had children and the elderly among its passengers, said sources. A passenger on that flight, Satish Shah (name changed to protect privacy), said: “Just before we were about to land at the Delhi airport, an in-flight announcement informed us that the flight will be diverted to Ahmedabad.” Shah added: “Even before the announcement was completed, there was a massive turbulence due to which many passengers collided with the seats in front of them and sustained injuries.” He went on to say: “We all had our seatbelts fastened since the flight was preparing to land in Delhi and therefore the injuries were minor.” Shah said: “Soon after we landed in Ahmedabad, every passenger underwent a medical check-up and the necessary first aid was given.” A team of medical experts was deployed to examine the passengers. The national capital had been battered by rain and winds which hampered the movement of several flights at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport. “Our first priority always is the safety of our flights, crew and passengers. Air Canada’s crews are highly skilled professionals in handling all situations onboard safely. The Captain requested immediate priority to land at Ahmedabad. The flight landed normally and the crew did an exemplary job of assisting passengers,” Air Canada said in a statement in response to a TOI query. “Medical personnel met the aircraft to assess and treat injuries. Seven of the eight affected passengers and crew have all been released, with the last passenger expected to be released soon. Accommodations and meals were arranged in Ahmedabad for all passengers,” the statement further added. The aircraft has undergone a full maintenance check in Ahmedabad, and the flight will resume to Delhi on Wednesday local time. Customers have been rebooked to their final destinations. Passengers arriving on the diverted flights were provided refreshments and food at the Ahmedabad airport, sources said. Nevertheless, the passengers had to contend with the chaos stemming from the struggle to find their baggage and timely connecting flights to Delhi. Scores were stranded for hours in Ahmedabad. Sources said that some passengers who arrived from Newark reported that their baggage was missing. Some of them took to social media platforms to voice their concerns. A distressed passenger aboard flight UA82, Bhavesh Kookani, posted: “UA82 flight diverted to Ahmedabad last night, and passengers deplaned at 4am. It’s been 4 hours and bags have still not arrived.” The post added: “AI ground staff responsible for managing on United’s behalf are nowhere to be seen… Many passengers have missed their rebooted connections and are now left fending for themselves without a semblance of support or response from both United and Air India ground staff.”
Pre-monsoon showers in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the north, and Kerala and Karnataka in the south, raised hopes of many that even Gujarat will receive some relief from sweltering heat. However, the Met department has said that even though cloudy weather may prevail over the state, there are no chances of pre-monsoon showers this week.No active systemprevailing over GujaratThe Met department has ascribed the rainfall in the north due to the “western disturbance” which resulted in strong winds on Monday affecting operations at the Delhi airport. The cloud cover over Gujarat is thanks to the low pressure created over Rajasthan.Talking to Mirror, IMD Regional Director Dr Manorama Mohanty said, “The rain in northern India is due to western disturbance. An induced low-pressure area over North West Rajasthan has resulted in cloudy sky over most of Gujarat which will continue for the next couple of days.”When asked regarding the occurrence of showers due to pre-monsoon activity, Mohanty said, “Currently no system of rainfall is prevalent over Gujarat so rainfall is not expected to take place for the next few days.”Monsoon expected in Kerala by May 27Ahmedabad on Monday recorded a maximum temperature of 41.2°Celsius and remained the hottest place in the state. Bhavnagar and Surendranagar followed with 40.2°C and 40°C temperatures. These three are the only districts which recorded a maximum temperature above 40°C.According to the Met department, the onset of monsoon is expected by May 27 over Kerala which will be five days earlier than the usual June 1.
AHMEDABAD: Poet William Blake may have famously seen the world in a grain of sand, but scientists at Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleosciences (BSIP) have seen a drought spanning nearly a century in a few grains found from Vadnagar. Dr Rajesh Agnihotri, a senior scientist at BSIP, one of the presenters at three-day long Vadnagar Conference held in Gandhinagar, elaborated on the archaeological findings of grains from the excavation sites in the ancient town and what it meant for the understanding of the climate and food habits of the occupants over the millennia. The findings were based on three researches over the years carried out by Agnihotri, Anil Pokharia, YS Rawat, and Abhijit Ambekar among others. The researchers had analyzed over 3,000 grains from the site spanning over several centuries. The grains were cleaned and analyzed through carbon isotopes and optically-stimulated luminescence (OSL) methods. Agnihotri told TOI that from the early phases to about 1,700 CE, the climate was getting increasingly arid or dry. “Despite vagaries of weather, agriculture continued in the region, but around 1,700 to 1,800 CE, there was a major shift in the grains. The crops changed completely from barely, wheat and some amount of paddy to coarse grains such as millets and ragi. Such a change could only be possible if there was a very long period of drought and the farmers had no option but to change the crop cycles,” he said. The only constant for nearly 2,000 years at the spot, however, has remained green gram (mung), which has been part of the region’s diet. Dr Agnihotri said the crop pattern also indicates the diet and signs of inhabitation. As there's a nearly unbroken record of grains, he said that it indicates resilience of the locals who found ways to sustain themselves rather than abandoning the site completely even when they were faced with long droughts. Based on the grain analysis, the researchers had earlier pointed out that the Buddhist monks at the town had the diet of barley, wheat, cow pea, green gram, black gram and horse gram.
Several parts of the national capital received rainfall last night bringing respite from the scorching heat on Saturday.As per the India Meteorological Department, the city will see a cloudy day on Saturday with the temperature hovering between maximum 39 degree Celsius to 29.8 degree Celsius.Apart from the drop in temperature, very light rain and thunderstorms are also expected that would be accompanied with gusty winds blowing at a speed of 30 km/hour to 440 km/hour.As per IMD update at 8.30 a.m., the city was having a relative humidity of 37 per cent. The wind was blowing in a west-northwesterly direction at a speed of 14.7 km/hour.The city observed sunrise at 5.28 a.m. and the sun will set at 7.08 p.m.Meanwhile, the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) said the Air Quality Index (AQI) was 320 for PM10 and 94 for PM2.5.As PM10 went over 300, the department issued a ‘poor’ health advisory which stated that people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.Delhi has 36 monitoring stations that accurately record the levels of both particulate matters.Usually, the air quality is categorised as ‘good’ when the AQI is between 0 to 50; ‘satisfactory’ between 51-100; ‘moderate’ between 101-200; ‘poor’ between 201-300; ‘very poor’ between 301-400; ‘severe’ between 401-500; and ‘hazardous’ at over 500.In the past 24 hours, the maximum temperature was recorded at 44.4 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season’s normal.
Ahmedabad: The city was the second hottest weather station in Gujarat at 43.5 degrees celsius, after Surendranagar at 43.7 degrees. The maximum temperature was 1.6 degrees higher than normal, and the minimum was 1.1 degrees higher than normal at 28.2 degrees.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a maximum temperature of around 43 degrees on Friday. ‘No large change in maximum temperatures during next 48 hours, thereafter fall by 2-3 degrees during subsequent three days very likely over the region,’ the forecast said.On Thursday, 10 cities and towns recorded maximum temperatures of 41 degrees or more. State capital Gandhinagar recorded 43 degrees, whereas Kandla and Rajkot were at 43.1 and 42.9 degrees, respectively. City-based physicians have advised the regular intake of fluids and covering of heads while going out in the afternoon to reduce chances of heatstroke.
Rajkot: The celebrations in this nondescript hamlet close to the Arabian Sea in Gir-Somnath district are no less than Diwali since May 16. In Gujarat’s historic victory in the 24 Youth National Volleyball championship over a formidable Kerala, half of girls in the team were from Sarkhadi, a village in Kodinar taluka. While the girls have brought several laurels earlier, this win was special as Kerala has been winning this trophy for the last 16 years and had four players who had played the game at international level. In fact, the team was captained by Sarkhadi girl Sandya Rathod, who told TOI, “Initially, we got a bit intimidated seeing the height of Kerala players. They were an experienced team but our coordination during the game was impeccable which helped us beat them.” The final was held in Sangli town of Maharashtra on May 16. The team’s coach Parita Vala said, “The girls of Sarkhadi had won many medals in the past but during Covid-19 pandemic, they couldn’t get sufficient practice. But six players were from the same village and practised together which resulted in good combination and coordination which worked.” Besides captain Rathod, other players were Usha Vala, Deesha Vala, Nirali Vala, Priyanka Zala and Manisha Zala, all from Sarkhadi and Nipa Barad of Sidhaj village of the same district. The road to success for Sarkhadi girls has always been tough. In absence of a proper indoor facility, they practise on the rugged ground of the school despite the blistering heat and battling tough weather conditions. A few years ago, this village was extremely water-starved and the girls had to get water to their school during practice as there was no water supply. Parita Vala had participated in the junior Asian championship in China in 2014 while Kinjal Vala was captain of youth India team in Asian youth girls volleyball championship organized in Thailand in 2014. Shilpa Vala had represented India at Asian Youth Championship held in Malaysia in 2010. Kanji Bhaliya, district sports officer, said, “This victory is the result of hard work of the girls. They continued practice and maintained their fitness even during Covid times. Sarkhadi village has now become the hub of volleyball.”
Ahmedabad/ Kathmandu: A doctor couple from the city became the first from India to scale Mount Everest, adding another record to their name. Dr Hemant Leuva, professor of surgery at NHL Municipal Medical College, and his wife Dr Surbhi Leuva, chief medical officer at Gujarat Vidyapith, reached the 8,849m peak at 8.30am on Friday.Rishi Bhandari, MD at Satori Adventure, said that the Leuvas are the first doctor couple to achieve the feat. Local media reported that they used the opportunity to spread the message: Save the environment. Hundreds of foreign climbers and Sherpa guides attempt to climb Mt Everest in May when weather conditions in the Himalayan peaks are most favourable for climbing. The couple in 2021 had climbed Mt Manaslu, an 8,163m peak in Nepal, which is the eighth highest peak in the world. They were also together at the Everest Base Camp twice. Dr Hemant Leuva is founder of Mountain Movers, a group of enthusiasts who have been conducting camps for both professionals and amateurs in India and abroad for the past several years. Dr Leuva had attempted the climb at Mount Everest exactly a year ago, but bad weather prevented him from reaching the summit. Instead of losing hope, he he prepared with double the vigour to ensure that he achieved his dream of becoming an ‘Everester’.The feat is remarkable also because the couple had tested positive in 2020 for Covid. They had worked relentlessly the entire year as medical professionals to save lives. But their unwavering focus was on the biggest prize. “It’s any mountaineer’s dream to reach the highest peak of the world, but there must be a reason for taking this up. For me, it’s like going to the mother’s lap. My aim is to create awareness about saving our precious planet and precarious environment,” Leuva had told TOI before his Mt Everest attempt last year. “Our aim is to go closer to nature to motivate the members to preserve it for the next generation and promote sustainable practices.” Several city-based doctors have also accompanied the couple on their different climbs over the years and congratulations started pouring in on social media early Saturday.
In a serious setback to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan of making Alang a vehicle scrapping centre, the ship breakers there have evinced little interest in it. Despite the state government’s extended talks with ship breaking companies, nothing fruitful has yet emerged from it. Alang is acclaimed globally as a ship breaking yard and PM Modi wanted to extend its expertise to scrapping vehicles.The vehicle scrapping policy launched by the Centre in August last year has not been implemented in Gujarat. The Gujarat government is finalising details and a GR in this connection is likely to be issued soon, a senior official said. On Wednesday, State Transport Minister Purnesh Modi had a meeting with senior officials of the department regarding implementation of the policy.The transport department has sent the file to the Finance department which would clear it and then forward it to Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel for final nod. The rates for fitness testing and other issues are being worked out, the official added.The state Ports department is also working on a model to set up vehicle scrapping centres at Alang and other ports. The aim is to directly export the scrap from the ports and Alang, in particular, has all the infrastructure in place. However, the scheme has run into rough weather as no one has evinced interest in Alang.Till now, the state government has received three proposals for setting up scrapping centres, two from Kheda and one from Bhavnagar. Earlier, seven companies had evinced interest but none have finalised concrete plans. Setting up a scrapping centre requires permission from the fire department and Gujarat Control Pollution Board, which is believed to be delaying the process, the official said.At the time of launching the scrapping policy, PM Modi had said, “In this entire region, the infrastructure and skilled manpower (needed for scrapping) exists. So, after ships, Alang can also become a hub for scrapping vehicles.”Bhavnagar also has 80 odd units that operate induction furnaces and 60-65 steel re-rolling mills which currently recycle scrap salvaged from defunct ships, Modi had said.100 applications for fitness centresWhile the response for setting up vehicle scrap centres is poor, the state has got more than 100 applications for setting up vehicle fitness centres. The approval process, however, is on hold due to lack of clear policy. The government has not yet finalised fees for testing fitness.More than 41 lakh old vehicles in GujThere are 41.20 lakh vehicles in the state that are more than 15 years old. Of these, a maximum 20.56 lakh are from Ahmedabad. The scrap policy for commercial vehicles will come into effect from April 1, 2023 and for non-commercial vehicles from June 1, 2024.
Ahmedabad: A 39-year-old woman was accused of putting on an act and beaten by her husband when she complained to him about her high blood pressure during an argument. She filed a complaint with Shahibaug police station, alleging that her husband beat her up despite being fully aware of her medical condition. The FIR stated that the couple got married in 2006 but the marriage ran into rough weather soon. Fights over petty issues became a common affair. They have two sons aged 14 and 5. She stated in the complaint that she has not been keeping well due to constant harassment and fights. She was later diagnosed with hypertension. On Monday, following uneasiness due to high blood pressure, she consulted a doctor who advised her to get admitted to a hospital. She alleged that when her husband learnt that she had been hospitalized, he left their home and went incommunicado. On Wednesday, when she reached home after being discharged from the hospital, her husband too returned. He claimed that she had been pretending to suffer from hypertension and accused her of having met her boyfriend. When she objected to the allegations, he assaulted her. She filed a complaint of causing hurt against her husband.