US, India focus on edu, business venture goals

Ahmedabad Mirror | 5 days ago | 22-09-2022 | 06:00 am

US, India focus on edu, business venture goals

Mike Hankey, the newly-appointed Consul General in the US Consulate for Western India in Mumbai, said the US aims to focus on education, climate change and facilitate bilateral relationships with India.Hankey, who is on a three-day official visit to Ahmedabad, met Chief Minister Bhuprendra Patel, government officials, leaders from political parties, business leaders, SEWA members and students from IIMA and others. Hankey said, “Focusing on the education sector, achieving the environmental goals, doing joint partnership in research and joint ventures for businesses are focus areas for the US and India.82,000 Indian students issued US visasTalking about visa issues faced by students, he said, “More than 82,000 Indian students got visas for the US this year. We have applied our resources to ensure that all the students get clearance this year.” About tourist and business visas, he said that the waiting time is little longer for the general category and this is being reduced by increasing staffing to pre-Covid level. He said those facing issues with business visas can approach their American Corner office near CG Road or Radisson Hotel on CG Road for help. Headed straight to Manek Chowk food streetUS Consul General Mike Hankey apparently loves Gujarati food. He said, “After landing in Ahmedabad, I headed straight to Manek Chowk food street and had fafda and jalebi, panipuri.”He also visited Sabarmati Ashram, Adalaj ni Vav among other places on his 3-day visit to Ahmedabad. “We want to develop a strong partnership between the US and India. Also, when I visited Gandhiji’s Ashram, I felt so good. His lessons are very relevant even today,” he said.

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A Dalit guest from Gujarat: How Arvind Kejriwal made a meal out of a lunch
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | 27-09-2022 | 12:35 am
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | 27-09-2022 | 12:35 am

HARSH Solanki, a sanitation worker from Gandhinagar, Gujarat, got a “surprise” invitation from Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal Sunday, for lunch at his chief ministerial residence in Delhi. By Monday, the 20-year-old had had a taste of the full course: flight tickets, airport reception, a tour of AAP’s mohalla clinics and government schools, and to wrap it up, a photo-op with Kejriwal against a life-size B R Ambedkar portrait.While the Congress dismissed it as political showmanship, and the BJP called it a gimmick, AAP clearly enjoyed the day, from Delhi to Gandhinagar – as did the overwhelmed Solankis.Harsh, a contractual worker with the Gandinagar civic body, was accompanied by his mother Lata Ben and sister Solanki. For the family, it was their first time on a flight; for Lata Ben, who also works as a safai karamchari, her first time ever in Delhi.It was at a meeting with sanitation workers in Ahmedabad Sunday that Harsh had got up to ask Kejriwal whether he would visit their home, like he had gone to an autorickshaw driver’s home in the city a few days ago. The CM replied that before elections, politicians had made a habit of visiting Dalit homes and eating. But, no one called them home, he said. And he would.The Solankis landed in Delhi at around 10.20 am Monday. They were welcomed at the airport by AAP Rajya Sabha MP and Gujarat election co-incharge Raghav Chadha, who gave them a shawl as a token of respect.In the around three hours between then and when the Solankis reached the CM house, the family was taken first to a government school and then a mohalla clinic in West Vinod Nagar. They were given a tour of the school by Principal Mary Jyotsna.Harsh, who studied up to Class 10 before taking up the safai karamchari job to supplement the family income, said he came away “mesmerised” from the school. “I have never seen a government school in Gujarat with such facilities like a swimming pool… These should be created in Gujarat too so that children from poor families can get a good education.”The family of five survives on the money earned by Harsh and his mother.Sister Suhani said she had studied in a private school up to Class 12, and the Delhi government schools were better than even her school. “There is no comparison. Private schools charge huge fees and yet the facilities are not up to the mark and there is discrimination between girls and boys.”Her education halted after she finished Class 12 two years ago, Suhani said she expects she will be married off soon.Lata Ben said she admired the infrastructure and roads in Delhi. “The city is very clean, there is no garbage and potholes on the road. In Gujarat, the entire area becomes a swimming pool, even if it rains for 10 minutes.”At the CM house, an emotional Harsh hugged Kejriwal, and presented him a portrait of Ambedkar. He called it “a very proud moment for us”. “I cannot believe I am standing here with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal sir… It still feels like I’m daydreaming.”Harsh repeated what Kejriwal said at Sunday’s meeting. “In the last 75 years (of India’s Independence), no leader has invited a Dalit boy to his home for lunch… He (Kejriwal) is the only and first leader in the country to do so and eat with us.”Kejriwal said: “My family members and I were very happy to receive the Solankis. I am very thankful to them for coming so far from Gujarat.” The CM added that the next time he goes to Ahmedabad, he would visit Harsh’s house and meet the people of his community.Lata Ben said she never thought she would see this day. “Harsh keeps attending these political meetings and comes home and (talks politics)… Last night, when he said we should pack our things and be ready by 6 am to meet Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi, I did not believe him. I though he is joking like always and said, ‘Tu pagal ho gaya hai, jaa soja (You have lost it, go and sleep)’. Later, at midnight, he told me the tickets were booked. In the morning, as a car arrived to take us, as did the media, my blood pressure went low in shock and excitement.”The lunch with Kejriwal has huge significance, she stressed. “Who calls a Dalit family to their house in today’s time? That too for lunch,” Lata Ben, who is posted in the Gujarat Sports Authority office and earns Rs 8,000 per month, said.Asked if they were regular voters and would tell their neighbours about Delhi, Harsh said: “Yes. We got electricity a year ago after 15 years of request. In Delhi, people enjoy free electricity, education, health services… AAP is growing and people like it for its honesty.”The 20-year-old also has a personal wish: that his safai karamchari job is regularised by the new government.After visiting Kejriwal’s house, the family was to visit Indira Gandhi Hospital in Dwarka before flying back to Ahmedabad.Congress leader Romesh Sabharwal posted a video of Raghav Chadha welcoming the family to Delhi, while tweeting, “Good fixing. We did this our whole life but we don’t give publicity to this culture.”AAP leaders, however, insisted the CM’s invitation to Harsh was entirely on the spot. “Once he asked Solanki to come to Delhi, we made inquiries and booked the tickets,” a leader said.A senior leader added: “Of course, it was all part of politics and optics, but the CM’s decision to call Solanki and his family home was completely spontaneous.”With AAP increasingly putting Ambedkar at the centre of its politics, the leader said Kejriwal regularly visits the Valmiki temple in Delhi, which falls in his constituency. “For decades, people have used the Dalit community for their gains, but this is the first time a CM has accorded respect to a person from the community,” the leader said.While even before his Ahmedabad visit to an auto driver’s home, Kejriwal had visited another such driver in Delhi, and others in Punjab, it is the first time he has invited a common man to his home for lunch.Back in Gandhinagar, there was some confusion over Solanki’s exact residence. AAP Gujarat spokesperson Karan Barot claimed he was a resident of Shahibaug. But later, the party shared an itinerary of his visit to Delhi in which Gandhinagar was shown as his address.A contact of a family acquaintance, shared by AAP, told The Indiana Express, “I do not get to meet him much, but I know he has been working as a sanitation worker on contract for the last three-four years.”(With inputs from RASHI MISHRA, Ahmedabad)

A Dalit guest from Gujarat: How Arvind Kejriwal made a meal out of a lunch
Canoe, kayaking to make a splash at Riverfront
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 day ago | 26-09-2022 | 06:00 am
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 day ago | 26-09-2022 | 06:00 am

Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint at Sabarmati Riverfront are likely to be one of the most exciting events at the 36th National Games 2022 to be held in the city soon. The Canoe Slalom event will in fact be played for the first time in the National Games, and its introduction happens to be at Sabarmati Riverfront. The two canoe events will be held on October 8,9,10 and 11.The adventure sport of Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom are an exciting affair and will attract a lot of people to the events. At the National Games, Slalom will be played in flat-level water from head to head which will be 180 metres. Normally, it is played in a rapid water with downstream-upstream gate at the international level, but the nature of the water body in Sabarmati Riverfront allows for only flat water.The Kayaking and Canoeing matches will have contests between boats of teams having both men and women. The top eight qualifying teams will compete in the Games for events.One of the teams will be from hosts Gujarat as a mandatory entry, while seven other teams have fought it out to make the cut for the final event.The competition for men will be of 200, 500 and 1,000 metre race events, and 200 and 500 metre for women.The Kayaking boat is a narrow single seater, two or four seaters with competitors pedalling away on both sides of the boat.Ramakrishna Puli, competition manager at the National Games, said, “Canoe Slalom will be played for the first time in National games. The Sabarmati Riverfront is world-class and very apt for water sports. The facilities and arrangements are good. The event will be conducted on the auto-start system which will bring complete transparency.”Gujarat can have more players in Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom. “Gujarat has to work towards making water sports popular. There is a plan to bid for the 2036 Olympics in the state. Acting fast now and encouraging players can get good results later,” said a source associated with the sport.“It is necessary to allow players to practice water sports in Sabarmati Riverfront. A dedicated space will help to promote water sports,” said another source.Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Kerala, Manipur, Haryana etc usually do well in water sports and Gujarat can do it as well. “A collaborative effort by the Sports Authority of Gujarat (SAG), coaches, parents and students, along with developing suitable infrastructure will enable the state to master the sport,” he said.Dr Bhagwatsinh Vanar, secretary general of Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association, said, “We wish that a proper permanent boat parking is allotted at Sabarmati Riverfront. This can lead to opening the training center which in turn can help Gujarat, India and international players too. As per our technical committee, it has the best course in Asia.”

Canoe, kayaking to make a splash at Riverfront
Realty GIFT: Gandhinagar to wear new look
Times of India | 1 day ago | 26-09-2022 | 05:11 am
Times of India
1 day ago | 26-09-2022 | 05:11 am

GANDHINAGAR: The state capital is being primed to emerge as a location of real estate efflorescence, with the newly drafted Gandhinagar riverfront master plan combining with that of GIFT City. The central business district model based on the Sabarmati riverfront development plan of Ahmedabad will be now replicated in the heart of Gandhinagar, thanks to the policy initiative. A few weeks ago, Gujarat's urban development department (UDD) had begun the process of making the two master plans congruent. Earlier, GIFT Urban Development Authority (GIFT-UDA) was planning to create its own waterbody to offer a recreational splash to the residents of GIFT-IFSC (International Financial Services Centre). "We concluded that it makes sense to fuse the two infrastructure master plans," said a senior UDD official. "The decision will influence real estate opportunities in three TP (town planning) schemes and ensure the densification of the 4.5km vicinity of GIFT City with new residential and commercial projects on both sides of the river." The current Gandhinagar riverfront plan provides five access points to the Sabarmati including one from GIFT City. "These points lie along Dholeshwar temple, Raysan village, and Randesan village," the official said. Narmada and Water Resources, Water Supply and Kalpsar Department is overseeing the Gandhinagar-focused development which covers a 9.3km stretch between PDEU and Shahpur Bridge. The project cost is estimated to be Rs 353.58 crore. Sources said that additional land will be reclaimed along the riverfront stretch for exploring real estate opportunities and recovering the construction cost of the riverfront. "The state government has already asked GIFT-UDA and the water resources department to consider combining the two master plans," the UDD official said. "A riverfront development plan will mean framing separate volumetric (volume-based) general development control regulations (GDCR) on the lines of those of Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Limited in Ahmedabad." As for the proportion of public and commercial spaces, the official said: "A special governing council will be responsible for formulating policies for the development of the riverfront."

Realty GIFT: Gandhinagar to wear new look
For Gujarat to change like Delhi and Punjab, its youths will have to stand up: Arvind Kejriwal
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | 26-09-2022 | 12:35 am
The Indian Express
1 day ago | 26-09-2022 | 12:35 am

Calling on Gujarat’s youths to bring about change by motivating their families to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections, Delhi Chief Minister and party convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that for Gujarat to change like Delhi and Punjab, its “youths will have to stand up”.Addressing a rally in Nikol area of Ahmedabad along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Kejriwal said, “This election is for a revolutionary party, for new politics like ours, it is a party for the youth… those who are a little older will say, ‘I have always been with the BJP, I have always been with the Congress’, they don’t listen… It is your responsibility to ensure votes of your family.”Earlier, Kejriwal and Mann addressed another rally of outsourced, contractual and sanitation workers. At the Shahibaug rally of sanitation workers, the Delhi CM responded to an invitation by Harsh Solanki, a Dalit, to dine at his home, by inviting his whole family to dine with him in Delhi on Monday.Kejriwal said, “I have seen that every leader visits the house of a Dalit for a meal to show off. Till today, no leader has invited a Dalit to his house for a meal. Will you come to my house to have food together,” he asked and Solanki promptly accepted.The Delhi CM added, “Flight tickets will be sent to you. And I promise that I will come and eat at your place the next time I visit Ahmedabad.”Hopeful that the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections would be nothing less than a “movement or revolution”, the AAP supremo said, “They abuse me everyday calling me a cheat, a maha thug, a Khalistani, terrorist… what is my fault? I am only saying I will build schools, hospitals and provide jobs.”Referring to “WhatsApp groups of Gujarat”, Kejriwal said he had seen a message circulating that said, “If you vote for Congress Sonia Gandhi’s son will prosper, if you vote for BJP, Amit Shah’s son will prosper, but if you vote for Aam Aadmi Party, then every child of Gujarat will prosper”.Kejriwal has put out a calendar for hiring for government jobs such as talatis, teachers, sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors, along with promising an unemployment allowance of Rs 3,000 each for those who waited till they were employed.“If properties of leaders of both these parties (BJP, Congress) is sold, Gujarat can be rid of all debt,” said Kejriwal.Referring to the slogans shouted at him in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Vadodara airport when he visited on September 20, Kejriwal said, “I am telling those people, I will never tell you to change your slogan but if our government comes to power we will give you also the jobs and unemployment allowance.”By improving schools, raising standard of education and hiring teachers, setting up mohalla clinics, each creating five new jobs, supplying ration at the doorstep like in Punjab, 20 lakh jobs can be created in Gujarat, he said.Speaking at the event, Mann urged the youth to walk the path of the late revolutionary Bhagat Singh and said, “He was hanged at the age of 23… At the age at which youths ask their fathers for a motorbike, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru asked for their country from the British.”“The circumstances under which he got Kranti were very different… you have to bring Kranti by pressing the button with the broom… Remember that button is not of the lotus, or of the hand or of an bow and arrow or of the elephant or broom but of your future,” said the Punjab CM.At the rally of contractual and outsourced workers and daily wagers, Kejriwal promised to make all temporary government jobs permanent and ensure “equal pay for equal work”. Doing away with “thekedari pratha” (middlemen and contractor systems) he said the wages of the workers would directly go to their banks.“This government has been keeping you on contract for so long, it is now your chance to remove them from the contract of 27 long years,” said Mann .Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox“We use the tax money which we get from the people and they call it ‘free ki revadi’. In other countries such as Canada and the US, they call it ‘social security’… They have sold most of the public assets such as the LIC, and other public units, the only thing they have bought is the media,” said Mann.Adding that AAP is the only party that believes in Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Kejriwal said , “Ambedkar has said that education is important for growth. We will bring that and make accessible to everyone.”

For Gujarat to change like Delhi and Punjab, its youths will have to stand up: Arvind Kejriwal
"Every Child In Gujarat Will Prosper": Arvind Kejriwal's Big Claim In Ahmedabad
Ndtv | 1 day ago | 25-09-2022 | 04:18 pm
Ndtv
1 day ago | 25-09-2022 | 04:18 pm

Arvind Kejriwal said if AAP comes to power in Gujarat, it will raise money by stopping corruption.Ahmedabad: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said if people of Gujarat bring the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to power, then every child in the state will prosper.Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann addressed a gathering of youngsters in Ahmedabad where Arvind Kejriwal targeted both the ruling BJP and opposition Congress in Gujarat, where the Assembly elections are due in December this year."I was seeing a wonderful message being shared in a Gujarat WhatsApp group that I follow. It says if you vote for Congress, then Sonia Gandhi's son will prosper. If you vote for BJP, (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah's son will prosper, and if you vote for AAP, then every single child of Gujarat will prosper," the Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener said.Like the AAP governments provided 12 lakh jobs in Delhi and 20,000 in Punjab in less than six months, the party is committed to provide 10 lakh jobs in Gujarat when it comes to power in the state, he said.Arvind Kejriwal again listed the "job calendar" for Gujarat and said the AAP will provide 10 lakh government jobs by filling teachers' posts in schools, opening new colleges and mohalla clinics, and providing more doctors and health care staff in hospitals, among others."I believe if 10 lakh jobs are less, we will be able to provide 20 lakh government jobs in five years," he said.AAP will also provide an unemployment allowance of Rs 3,000 per month to youth till they get a job, he said.Arvind Kejriwal claimed people have been voting for BJP because the "Congress is even worse," but this time they have an alternative in AAP -- "an honest party with fresh faces and new politics." He said "leaders of both the BJP and Congress have stolen so much of public money that if their properties are sold, then I believe the entire debt of Gujarat can be paid"."If the AAP forms a government, we will spend every single penny on you (citizens), and will not let it be stolen," he said.Arvind Kejriwal said if the AAP comes to power in Gujarat, it will raise money by stopping theft and corruption.The AAP will stop the "loot" carried out by leaders of the two parties, he said."We will stop the loot and recover the money. Every single penny of Gujarat government will be spent on you," Arvind Kejriwal told the gathering.He said the guarantee is applicable to all youth from the state, irrespective of the leaders they support.Recalling a group of youth shouting "Modi, Modi" when he came out of the airport in Vadodara recently, Arvind Kejriwal said he would not ask them to change their slogan."I would like to tell you from this stage that I will never ask you to change your slogan, you are free to raise a slogan for him. But if we form a government, we will give you a job and unemployment allowance as well. Those people shouting slogans are also ours. The entire country is ours, the entire Gujarat is ours," he said.Arvind Kejriwal also targeted the Gujarat BJP government over cases of exam question paper leak and said if voted to power, the AAP government will open such cases."Leaders who have played with the future of the youth will be sent to jail. We will ensure there is no paper leak in Gujarat. And if anyone dares, we will bring a law with a provision of 10 years imprisonment," he said."While the paper leak happens in Gujarat, the Central Bureau of Investigation conducts raids on (Delhi Deputy CM and Education Minister) Manish Sisodia and AAP in Delhi," he claimed.Punjab CM Mann urged the youth to use their energy positively to change the government in Gujarat."For the first time it has happened in 27 years that (senior BJP leader) Amit Shah went to inaugurate a government school (in Gujarat). He is forced to pay attention to the education sector, but didn't do so in the past," the AAP leader claimed.Bhagwant Mann said the AAP has set the narrative that politics based on religion, caste, and allurement money will not work."Votes will be given only on the politics of work," he said.Bhagwant Mann claimed the BJP and said its leaders only know how to speak and not to listen to the public.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"If you have done 'Mann Ki Baat,' then why do it again on radio (referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's programme)? Listen to the public's 'mann ki baat'. But they have no habit of listening," he said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

"Every Child In Gujarat Will Prosper": Arvind Kejriwal's Big Claim In Ahmedabad