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Vadodara Peaceful: The situation in the city has been peaceful on Saturday. The police are maintaining a strict watch to ensure that mischievous elements do not cause any trouble. To stop the spread of baseless rumours, the authorities have ordered a temporary ban on mobile internet services throughout the city. This ban affects about 520,000 mobile phone customers. (5 p.m.) (27-09-2014)
Minor Incidence Of Stone Pelting In City: Vadodara witnessed another minor incident of stone pelting between two groups in the early afternoon hours on Friday, September 26. The worst affected area was Fatehpura. The authorities seem to have acted swiftly to restore calm. People have been asked to refrain from spreading baseless rumours. (4.30 p.m.) (26-09-2014)
The Vishwamitri level was 14.50 Ft. At 2 p.m. on Saturday (13th September): Most of the flood-affected people in the city are gradually returning to their homes. However, in the rest of Vadodara district there are many more still having to stay in the relief camps. The bypoll for the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat is going on, though the voter turnout is not very heavy. (2.30 p.m.) (13-09-2014)
The Vishwamitri level was 20.25 Ft. At 7 p.m. on Friday (12th September): Schools and the MS University of Baroda have resumed classes. Clean-up operations are in full swing all over the city. (7.30 p.m.) (12-09-2014)
The Vishwamitri level was 26 Ft. At 10 p.m. on Thursday (11th September): Life is getting back to normal. Schools will re-open on Friday. Still, it will be several days before the people worst affected by the waterlogging can resume their normal lives. (10.30 p.m.) (11-09-2014)
Vishwamitri Level Still At 34 Ft At 7 P.M. On 10th Sept: At 7 p.m. on Wednesday (10th September) the Vishwamitri level is still steady at 34 Ft. Waterlogging in the city areas is expected to reduce gradually, unless the rains again play spoilsport. There is a forecast of rain. Schools and colleges will remain closed on Thursday. The current Vishwamitri water level of 34 Ft is much above the danger level of 26 Ft. The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) closed the gates of Ajwa dam and stopped releasing water at 5.30 a.m. on Wednesday, after the Vishwamitri river passing through the city was flowing above the danger level. All the 62 gates of Ajwa dam had been opened on Tuesday after the Ajwa Sarovar level touched 215.10 Ft (its capacity is 214 Ft). Incidentally, the Sayaji Sarovar in Ajwa crossed the 215-Ft mark for the first time in 50 years. (7.30 p.m.) (10-09-2014)
Vishwamitri Level Steadies At 34 Ft: The likely situation at 2 p.m. on September 10 is that the Vishwamitri water level will begin to recede over the next few hours. The district administration has appealed to citizens not to spread rumours. It is likely that the Vishwamitri river waters will start receding from the waterlogged areas of the city over the next few hours. A bit of good news is that the 62 gates of Ajwa Dam have been closed. The city saw 9.5 inches of rain in the last 48 hours. Over 1000 societies have been waterlogged due to the rain or the overflowing Vishwamitri. In some way or the other, over 300,000 people have been affected. The bridges over the Vishwamitri in the city have been closed. Parts of Sayajibaug are under four feet of water and the zoo’s birds and animals have been moved to safer places. In many ways, this is similar to the flood situation of 2005. All said and done, there is no need to panic. Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the army are on standby. The district administration is also monitoring the public health situation and officials of the SSG Hospital have been alerted to take preventive measures to avert water-borne diseases. A special squad of doctors has been set up at the hospital’s department of emergency medicine. (2.00 p.m.) (10-09-2014)
Vishwamitri Level At 34 Ft: This was the level at 1 p.m. on 10th September. The level at Ajwa Lake was 213.75. It is likely that the Vishwamitri level will now reduce over the next four hours. It is also expected that the waterlogging in the city may also start reducing. (10-09-2014)
Vishwamitri Level Touches 34.0 Ft: This was the level at 11 a.m. on 10th September. The level at Ajwa Lake was 213.70. (09-09-2014)
Vishwamitri Level Touches 26.6 Ft: This was the level at 4.30 p.m. on 9th September. The level at Ajwa Lake was 214.80. (09-09-2014)
Vishwamitri Level Crosses 26 Ft: This was the level at 3 p.m. on 9th September. People in the low-lying areas have been asked to move to safer areas. The level at Ajwa Lake was 214.85. (09-09-2014)
Vishwamitri Level Touches 24.6 Ft: This was the level at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept 9. The authorities have requested people not to spread baseless rumours about imminent flooding. On Monday Vadodara received 85 mm rainfall. This, plus the incessant rains in the surrounding rural areas, increased the water inflow into Ajwa reservoir The Ajwa dam gates have been opened to release water. It is when the Vishwamitri level touches 26 ft. that still more precautions need to be taken. (09-09-2014)
Voter Slips For Vadodara Parliamentary By-election: Citizens who have not received their voter slips for the Vadodara parliamentary by-election by Tuesday may contact the following telephone numbers of the control room of the Vadodara district collector: 0265-1077 and 0265-2427592. (08-09-2014)
Change Of Top Brass: Avantika Singh has been transferred to Vadodara as the new District Collector. She took over from Vinod Rao who moved to Bharuch as the District Collector. In the other major appointment, R. Radhakrishnan took over as the city’s new Police Commissioner, in place of Satish Sharma who has been transferred to Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. (18-08-2014)
Rs. 24 Crore For Sursagar Development: The standing committee of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has approved a Rs. 24.7 crore plan to develop the Sursagar lake and its surrounding areas. The lake and its surroundings may well become a recreational attraction. The lake’s water body will be spruced up and its periphery will be beautified. On the agenda: a stepped garden, a play area for children, lazing areas, fountains (may be even a musical fountain). Most importantly, preventive steps are being taken to eliminate pollution due to the immersion of idols during religious festivals. (11-08-2014)
Kamatibaug Is Getting A Facelift: Kamatibaug is due to receive major funding from the Vadodara Municipal Corporation, as much as Rs. 20 crore for a facelift and some additional facilities. On the agenda for the garden, which is now 135 years old, are a butterfly park and a cable-stayed pedestrian bridge. Two duck ponds and a fountain have been given a fresh lease of life, a cactus garden has come up, a new boundary wall is being built along the C.C. Mehta Marg, new food spots have been earmarked, there is new fencing along the Vishwamitri River, and there are more places to just sit and laze around. There will be better drinking water facilities and a larger lawn behind the Health Museum. Visitors can also use the cycling track. And, yes, there is a lot of fitness equipment available, and some people have started free yoga classes. If you visit the garden now, there is certainly a perceptible improvement. (08-08-2014)
MSU Signs MoU With Tata Consultancy Services: MS University’s Statistics Department has joined hands with Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS) to introduce application oriented courses in retail, business analytics and other areas. These courses will be both elective or certificate based. Over 40 students from various faculties have registered for the first three-month course. Based on performance, students may get preference in placements at TCS. (06-08-2014)
Free Knee & Hip Replacement Surgeries: Baroda’s SSH Hospital has recently collaborated with Hariom Seva Trust (HST), a city based NGO, to offer knee and hip replacement surgeries free of cost to poor patients. HST collected funds from donors to facilitate 70 such surgeries. The trust started with total knee replacement (TKR) surgeries and then began to facilitate total hip replacement (THR) surgeries. SSG Hospital performs two to three such surgeries daily. Over 60 patients are on the waiting list, but the trust cannot handle all the cases unless more donors come forward to help. (22-07-2014)
Toy Room At GMERS Hospital: The Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society (GMERS) General Hospital at Gotri now has two toy rooms and a play area where children admitted to the paediatric ward can play in the evening. The toy rooms have been set up with the help of an NGO – Voluntary Youth Organization for Motivation (VYOM). Though the Medical Council of India (MCI) stipulates that every paediatric department should have a toy room, not all hospitals follow the rule. The toy room helps in the rehabilitation of children as well as in their mental development. The toy room and its activities are supervised by VYOM members. VYOM serves underprivileged children and women by involving youth volunteers. It is active in Baroda and some neighbouring areas. (22-07-2014)
MS University Accreditation: The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) will visit MS University in early 2015 to review the accreditation of the university. Its current grade is ‘B’ and the university is making attempts to become eligible for grade ‘A’. A core committee has been formed for the purpose with the assistance of the university’s Internal Quality Assurance Cell; the committee is chaired Vice Chancellor Yogesh Singh. The NAAC is an autonomous wing of the University Grants Commission (UGC); its task is to rank Indian universities on the basis of their performance. (17-07-2014)
No Gifts of Fruit Baskets & Flowers Please: In her first visit to Baroda as Gujarat chief minister, Anandiben Patel was faced with a minor deluge of gifts in the form of fruit baskets and flowers. Disapproving of such a wasteful formality at official and political events, she requested those present to regularly donate fruits and food to anganwadis instead. As a matter of fact, this was followed a few days later by a government circular to the effect that felicitations of guests in official programmes must include only baskets of fruits or vegetables and pulses that must later be distributed to children studying in local anganwadis. The circular also stipulated that guests and officers should no longer be felicitated with ‘flowers, shawls and books’. Even stage decorations for government events should not have more than a modest display of flowers. Incidentally, at her first public event (the Krishi Mahotsav held in May), she was welcomed with a garland of peanuts instead of flowers. (16-07-2014)
Honour For MSU Chancellor: MS University chancellor Dr. Mrunalinidevi Puar was given the outstanding chancellor award at the recent World Chancellors' and Vice-Chancellors’ Congress in Mumbai. Chancellors and vice-chancellors from 107 countries participated in the congress. Dr. Puar is a leading nutrition expert. She has an MS (Food & Nutrition) from Iowa State University of Science and Technology, USA, and a PhD from MSU. She is an associate member of the Nutrition Foundation of India. (16-07-2014)
Shastri Bridge To Be Widened: The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) plans to widen the two-lane Shastri Bridge near the MS University Polytechnic to four lanes. A 10 metre span will be added to the bridge, most likely on the northern side of the bridge (near the polytechnic campus). The project needs the approval of VMC's standing committee. The likely project cost is over Rs. 17 crore. The bridge was built in the 1970s. (12-06-2014)
Barodian Will Become Infosys CEO: Baroda born Vishal Sikka, former CTO of SAP, has been appointed as the chief executive officer and managing director of Infosys. Born in the city in 1967, Vishal passed out from Rosary High School and studied computer engineering till the third year at MS University's Faculty of Technology and Engineering. He did MS in computer science at Syracuse University, New York, and PhD from Stanford University. Sikka is widely considered to be the brain behind the HANA platform. (12-06-2014)
MSU To Get New VC: MS University of Baroda recently put out a public notification seeking applications for the position of Vice-Chancellor (VC). The university has never ‘advertised’ like this in the past. Over 150 academicians applied for the job. The current VC, the 16th for the university, is Professor Yogesh Singh; his term expires on July 6. It seems that four current faculty deans are also in the running. Among the essential criteria for the job: the applicant must be a professor or equivalent and also have a PhD. (10-06-2014)
B. Com (Hons) Course Announced: MS University’s Faculty of Commerce is preparing to start a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) course this year. It will be able to admit 180 students. The course will be conducted in the faculty’s new auditorium building. Being set up at a cost of Rs. 8 crore, this building will be the most expensive on the campus. The self-financed programme will cost about Rs. 20,000, annually. (10-06-2014)
What You Can Do If You Do Not Have An Election Card: Voters who do not have an election card will be able to vote in the coming parliamentary polls using identity cards issued by the central and state government or state-owned companies or public limited companies. They can also show their bank or post office passbooks with photographs, PAN cards, Aadhar cards, National Population Register smart cards, jobs cards issued under MNREGA, health insurance scheme smart cards issued by the labour department, pension certificates with photographs or voter slip with a photograph issued by the election machinery. Overseas electors will have to bring their passport for voting. (17-04-2014)
Fire At Waghodia Factory: A fairly major fire broke out at the factory of Atmiya Engineering & Plastics in the Waghodia GIDC Estate near Baroda on Wednesday (April 16) morning. No workers were injured. The Fire Brigade, deploying two of its own fire tenders and one from GAIL, brought the fire under control in six hours. The company makes water coolers and water purifiers. Substantial damage was caused to machinery and stocks. The initial estimate of the loss is Rs. 20 crores. (17-04-2014)
Steps Taken To Ensure Peaceful Polling: To ensure that the coming parliamentary elections are peaceful, the Vadodara police are doing their bit by arresting history-sheeters and temporarily taking custody of licensed firearms. Owners of firearms have been asked to deposit their weapons in order to prevent their misuse. This will not apply to bank security guards, jewellers and a few individuals. Vigilance has been stepped up to ensure that liquor and dubious cash are not smuggled into the city. (16-04-2014)
Sub-Junior Hockey Tournament: Vadodara will be the venue in May 2014 for the 4th sub-junior national hockey tournament for boys. The tournament will have over 450 participants from 21 states. Baroda High School (ONGC) will provide many facilities and the playing venues will be the Kala Bhavan hockey ground, the SRP grounds and the hockey ground of MS University. (16-04-2014)
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