Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 05-08-2022 | 06:00 am
Indrajit Rajput, manager of Planet EDO which is an authorised agency to conduct IELTS exams, appeared before the Mehsana police on Thursday in the scam involving certain students managing fake IELTS bands to illegally migrate to the US. Earlier, four students identified as Dhruv Patel, Neel Patel, Urvish Patel and Savan Patel, who appeared for the IELTS exam at a centre in South Gujarat’s Navsari town on September 25, 2021, and went to Canada on student visas on March 19, were among the six who were caught while illegally crossing into the US from Canada by US authorities.When produced in the court in the US, they were not able to speak in English which raised the suspicion that they might have procured fake IELTS certificates. The US authorities had requested Gujarat police to investigate the role of IELTS centres from where illegal immigrants caught by the US authorities had appeared for the exam. “The agency was identified as Planet EDO and the four students had appeared from its branch located near Visat Petrol Pump in Sabarmati area. The ones who were caught while crossing into the US could be soon deported to India,” said a police official.A police official said, “During Rajput’s examination it emerged that instructions to keep the CCTV closed are given from the higher ups because there always remains a possibility of a leak. Also, Rajput’s responsibility was limited to booking IELTS slots for students at centres in various cities and towns of Gujarat. However, we will call Rajput again and if we get evidence of irregularities then the state could become the complainant or Planet EDO could become the complainant against the centres responsible for irregularities.”
GANDHINAGAR/AHMEDABAD: Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) on Friday began releasing water from the Sardar Sarovar dam. For the first time this monsoon, water was released being at a rate of 10,000 cusecs on Friday from five gates of the dam. As of Friday, the dam was filled to 83% of its capacity and the water level stood at 133.95 metres. The level has been increasing by three to four centimetres every hour. The Sabarmati in Ahmedabad got about 4,000 cusecs of Narmada water on Friday. According to AMC officials, the fresh Narmada water flushed out the stagnant water from the river. "Only 1,000 cusecs was released from the Vasna Barrage," said an AMC official. With the water level increasing steadily in the dam, for the past 20 days, the riverbed power house has been generating about two million units of electricity worth Rs 4 crore daily, according to an official statement. The canal head power station began producing electricity on Friday. According to the officials, about 20,000 cusecs of water will be released for irrigation purposes into the Narmada main canal. With 10,000 cusecs of water being released into downstream areas, the district administrations of Narmada and Bharuch districts have been asked to remain alert. The government officials said that the other 206 dams, barring Narmada dam, have total storage of 65.14% which was 2,695.6 million cubic metres more that the storage last year. The storage in South Gujarat was the highest at 75.30% followed by 70.78% in Kutch. Of the 206 dams, 68 have over 90% storage and another 16 have storage between 80% to 90%.
AHMEDABAD: A class 12 (science) student's attempt to lure the board examiner into passing him by stapling a crisp Rs 500 note with the answer sheet has backfired. The student has recently been debarred from appearing for board exams for the next one year and has also been marked 'fail' in the current exam. Top board officials said while students sneaking in currency notes in answer sheets in university exams is reported, such a desperate attempt is rather uncommon among school students. In this case, this class 12 (science) student from central Gujarat was not sure about his performance in the papers and decided to take a chance by stapling Rs 500 currency note with the paper requesting the examiner to "please pass him" during the board exams held this year. During assessment of the answer-sheets, the teachers reported staples currency with the physics and chemistry papers. Following procedure, the student failed in the papers and called for explanation by the examination reforms committee of the Gujarat Secondary Education Board. "The boy confessed that he was confident about his preparation for the boards and had heard rumours that if a student staples money in the answer sheet, there is a chance that he may be passed. He said he was not aware that doing this amounted to bribing the examiner," senior board official said. The student hails from a middle class household and told that his parents had even enrolled him with a local tuition class. Despite this, he could not prepare well for the exams and was unsure of his performance. Sources said that the student's performance was not downright pathetic and his score could have been in the range of 27 to 29 marks in both subjects. "If he had not attempted to bribe the paper assessing teacher, he may have passed with grace marks," the source said.
Citizens of Ahmedabad will get the Navratri gift of Metro. The much-awaited train services are expected to begin by the third week of September. The work on phase-I of the project is nearing completion and trial runs of the trains on the North-South corridor have started.The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) will conduct the final inspection next week. The CMRS team is expected to arrive on August 20 and will inspect the operations on the entire stretch of 40 kms.Once the inspection work is done, the Gujarat Metro Rail Service (GMRS) will have to do necessary paperwork to get final approval to launch the service.The compliance of CMRS can take up to 15-20 days and the services are likely to begin in late September, Managing Director of GMRS S S Rathod said. Work has been affected due to the monsoon. Trial runs are in progress and each train has to complete 320 kms of trial run before the actual operations can start.The project was scheduled to be completed in 2021 but Covid lockdown and some legal hurdles delayed the project. More than Rs 12,500 crore have already been spent on the project. The train will run on elevated platforms except in the Walled City where it is underground. There are four stations in the underground section- Kalupur, Shahpur, Gheekanta and Kankaria East.The phase-1 has two corridors. Corridor- 1 is from APMC to Motera stadium while corridor -2 is from Thaltej gam to Vastral gam, Rathore said. Corridor -1 will have stations at Jivraj park, Rajivnagar, Shreyas, Paldi, Gandhigram, Old High Court, Usmanpura, Vijaynagar, Vadaj, Ranip, Sabarmati Railway station, AEC, Sabarmati and Motera.While corridor- II will pass through Thaltej gam, Thaltej, Doordarshan Kendra, Gurukul Road, Gujarat University, Commerce six roads, S P Stadium, Old High Court, Shahpur, Gheekanta, Kalupur Metro station, Kankaria East, Apparel Park, Amraiwadi, Rabari Colony, Vastral, Nirant Crossroads, Vastral gam.Maximum fare to be Rs 25The maximum fare in Metro trains would be Rs 25 while minimum would be Rs 5. The fares will be in multiples of Rs 5. The maximum fare of Rs 25 in corridor -I would be from APMC to Vastral and Motera to Apparel Park. While in corridor-II, Rs 25 would be the fare from Thaltej gam to Vastral, Nirant Crossroads and Vastral Gam. The fares for different stations would be Rs 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25.
As many as 704 students from Ahmedabad cleared the Chartered Accountant Foundation exam, held by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) in June 2022, results of which were declared Wednesday.Sheikh Mohammad Rahil Hussainmiyan, 19, from Gomtipur in Ahmedabad, who worked for a year after his Class 12 to pay the fee, was among the students who cleared the exam.Bishan Shah, chairperson of ICAI Ahmedabad, said 2,360 students appeared for the exam from Ahmedabad, of which 29. 83 per cent passed. All over India, 93,729 students appeared for the exam, of which 23,693 students passed, indicating a percentage of 25.28.Son of an autorickshaw driver, Rahil, a B Com student, started preparing for the exam six months ago. “The total expense was Rs 22,000 and I took Rs 4,000 from my parents… the remaining was my savings of one year,” he says.After completing his Class 12 with 70 per cent, he had to drop a year and help his father run the house due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “I worked as a packer in a garment factory and as an accountant in a tube manufacturing company in Ahmedabad after I learnt the accountant software,” says Rahil who attended coaching classes run by ICAI. He says he is hopeful of clearing the CA inter examination as well.
The district administrations of Ahmedabad and Vadodara on Thursday issued flood advisories due to the possible of release of water from various dams following heavy rainfall.In Vadodara, the administration has cautioned the public to keep a safe distance from Narmada river banks and also instructed the administrative bodies of Shinor, Dabhoi and Karjan to be vigilant, as 55,000 cusecs of water was being released downstream from the Riverbed Powehouse (RBPH) of the Sardar Sarovar dam.SSNNL is likely to open the radial gates of the dam for the first time this season, to release a total of 1.45 lakh cusecs of water release by 12 noon of August 12, if rainfall continues unabated in the catchment areas in Madhya Pradesh. The dam was 80 per cent full with water level just six metres short of Full Reservoir Level of 138.68 metres Thursday.The Ahmedabad administration also issued a flood advisory for those living downstream to Vasna barrage as water may be released in the Sabarmati river-Narmada Canal network Friday.In Tapi, Ukai Dam authorities have started discharging over 1.81 lakhs cusecs of water since Thursday morning. Ten gates of the dam have been kept open and on Thursday evening, the water level in the Ukai dam was 334.56 feet, against the danger level of 345 feet.