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‘Chilli Bombs’ May Replace Teargas: ‘Chilli bombs' may soon allow police forces in Gujarat to bid farewell to the traditional teargas which is used to disperse mobs. One problem with teargas is that people in the crowd can hurl the teargas canister right back at the police. This ‘return shot’ is not possible with the chilli bomb, because it explodes and generates thick smoke when it is shot. The chilli bomb causes coughing and a burning sensation in the eyes. The effect lasts for 30 minutes, which is enough time for the police to control the situation. (02-12-2014)
Online Registration Of Doctors: The Gujarat Medical Council (GMC) has now introduced online registration of doctors practicing in Gujarat, so that they do not have to visit the GMC office in Ahmedabad for this purpose. Currently a one-time requirement, GMC is considering a proposal to make renewal of registration mandatory every five years. GMC’s responsibilities include maintaining a register of the names and addresses of medical practitioners who possess recognized medical qualifications and also taking disciplinary action against errant practitioners. GMC may also begin online education of doctors in order to update their knowledge and skills. Gujarat has over 51,000 registered practitioners. (02-12-2014)
Capacity Expansion At Baroda Medical College: The Baroda Medical College (BMC) proposes to increase its seats from 180 to 250 students. The Gujarat government will seek approval for this from the union health ministry and Medical Council of India (MCI). BMC already has the capacity at the SSG Hospital to treat the required number of patients in order to qualify for the increased seats. The college will, however, need bigger classrooms, a better library, and the latest teaching aids. The state government has sanctioned Rs. 120 crore towards the Rs. 500 crore expansion plan; the balance will be funded by the central government. It seems that the expansion activities will be completed in time for the 2015-16 academic session. (08-11-2014)
Narsinhjino Varghodo: Lord Narsinhji's wedding procession will begin on Thursday evening and go on till early morning on Friday. Starting at the Narsinhji temple it will go to Tulsiwadi. On security duty will be 10 companies of the State Reserve Police, one company of Rapid Action Force, 100 home guards and 1,500 other policemen; heading them will be a police superintendent, five deputy superintendents and 15 police inspectors. Over 150 videographers will be deployed and CCTV surveillance will be used to monitor mischief mongers. And, in what now appears to be a routine precautionary measure, mobile internet facilities will be suspended from 5 p.m. on Thursday (6th) to 7 a.m. on Friday (7th). (06-11-2014)
City May Get A World-Class Cricket Stadium: The Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) has again raised the hopes of Barodians about building a world-class cricket stadium at Kotambi, 20 kms from the city and on the road to Halol. The two-year project is expected to commence soon. The land was bought for Rs. 21 crore. (06-11-2014)
Heavy Security For Tazia Immersions & Narsinhji Procession: To prevent rumour-mongering during the Tazia immersions on Tuesday (4th November) and the Narsinhji procession on Thursday (6th November) the Vadodara city police have banned mobile internet services on both days. Bulk SMS, MMS and Whatsapp services will be suspended from 10 a.m. on Tuesday to 7 a.m. on Wednesday and from 5 p.m. on Thursday to 7 a.m. on Friday. The police have deployed four deputy commissioners, 10 assistant commissioners, 33 police inspectors, 170 police sub-inspectors and 2,315 constables for security during the processions. One deputy superintendent of police, five ACPs, 15 police inspectors, nine SRP companies, one RAF company and 1,000 home guards have been roped in from outside. Also on duty will be 29 CCTVs and 110 videographers. The police have made 288 preventive arrests and detained 15 persons under Prevention of Anti-Social Act (PASA). (04-11-2014)
Baroda Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya Seminar: Modern Sanskrit literature – short stories, drama, poetry, sonnets, ghazals and autobiographies – between 2001 and 2014 will be the subject of national seminar being organised in the city by MS University's Baroda Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya (BSM). The one-day national seminar on 'Sanskrit literature of 21st century' will be held on November 26. Over 250 students and experts are expected to participate. (04-11-2014)
MSU Announces Courses For Yoga & Nature Cure: CLE, the Centre for Lifelong Learning and Extension run by MS University of Baroda, has started short-term self-financed vocational courses to train beauticians as well as programmes in yoga, acupressure and nature cure. CLL has also started a one year course on tourism and travel; the two-semester self-financed programme covers various aspects of tourism and tourism services. (04-11-2014)
Vadodara Gas Ltd. Now A Reality: Vadodara Gas Ltd. (VGL), the joint venture (JV) company of Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) and GAIL Gas Ltd. (GGL), is now a reality. VGL will be responsible for piped natural gas distribution in the city. It will also have eight CNG gas stations for cars. The company will also have the task of supplying piped gas to more areas of the city. Incidentally, in 1971 Vadodara Municipal Corporation became the first Asian civic body to provide piped natural gas distribution. VMC currently supplies gas to 75,000 households and 2,500 commercial customers. (31-10-2014)
Prof Ramanlal Mehta Passes Away: Professor Ramanlal Mehta, the first dean of MS University's Faculty of Performing Arts, passed away recently in Baroda at the age of 96. He was the dean of the faculty from 1954 to 1978; he had earlier spent nine years with All India Radio. He followed the Kirana style of the Late Ustad Abdul Waheed Khan. He was accepted as a fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2008 and awarded Padma Bhushan in 2009. He founded the Indian Musicological Society in 1970. (31-10-2014)
‘Rang Rasiya’ To Be Screened In City: Though born in the state of Travancore, the 19th century painter Raja Ravi Varma had a special relationship with Baroda. Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III , an admirer of his work, drew him to Baroda in the 1880s and gave him a studio. Now Ketan Mehta has directed a film – Rang Rasiya – based on the painter’s life. The film will be screened in Baroda on 2nd November, with lead actors Randeep Hooda and Nandana Sen in attendance. The Gaekwad family will co-host the first show. The film has been produced by Deepa Sahi. (30-10-2014)
Vivekananda Memorial Renovated: The Swami Vivekananda Memorial in Baroda, currently housed in the 150-year-old Dilaram Bungalow on R.C. Dutt Road, has been renovated recently at a cost of Rs. one crore. The spiritual leader stayed in this bungalow when he visited Baroda in 1892. The building was handed over to the Ramakrishna Mission by Gujarat government in 2005. Gujarat has two other memorials dedicated to Swami Vivekananda, one at Porbandar and the other at Limdi. (30-10-2014)
Capacity Expansion at Jalaram Blood Bank: The United Way of Baroda (UWB) has helped the city based Medical Care Center Trust (MCCT) to increase its capacity to collect, test and store blood at the Jalaram Blood Bank. The capacity will be stepped up from 2000 to 3500 units of blood. The UWB funding will be Rs. 11 lakh. Incidentally, Jalaram Blood Bank gives blood free of cost to poor patients. UWB is also considering helping out MCCT to set up a cancer ward at the K.G. Patel Children Hospital in Karelibaug. This hospital has also received similar help from UWB for cleft lip surgeries for children. (29-10-2014)
Corporate Relationship Cell At MS University: MS University has decided to set up some formal mechanism to seek the involvement of corporate India in the university’s research, training and placement activities. Towards this end MSU has set up a Corporate Relationship Cell (CRC) with professor Bhavna Mehta from the Faculty of Social Work as its director. CRC will also invite the help of industries in curriculum development and consultancy services. Of course, corporate funding and grants will also be welcome. Formal approval of the MSU syndicate is awaited. (29-10-2014)
India’s Biggest Canal-Top Solar Power Plant Comes Up At Baroda: Located at Baroda, India’s biggest canal-top solar power plant is expected to soon start producing power. The 10-MW plant has been constructed on a 3.5-km canal stretch from Sama to Chhani. The power will be used by Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. (SSNNL). Over 480 solar tablets (each 6.5 metres x 2.3 metres) have been laid along the canal top. The plant, constructed by Hyderabad based Mega Engineering & Infrastructure Ltd., will supply 16.2 million units of power annually. Using the space above the canal helped save about 20 acres of land that would otherwise have been needed for a project of this size. The canal-top structure also reduces water evaporation from the canal. (28-10-2014)
Rooftop Solar Plants: The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) is considering rooftop solar plants on three large buildings of the civic body – the Khanderao Market office, the Manjalpur outdoor sports complex along with its parking area and the Sama indoor sports complex. The project will be handled by an agency recognised by Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd. (GPCL). The agency will foot the project cost, sell the generated power to Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Ltd. and give VMC Rs. 2 per unit of electricity as a green incentive. VMC is expected to earn over Rs. 900,000 every year from this solar power project. (28-10-2014)
Theft At Baroda Museum: During the Diwali holidays two antique revolvers and the sheath of an antique sword – both over 100 years old – disappeared from the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery in Sayajibaug. The revolvers had been donated to the museum very recently by retired IAS officer Ashok Bhatia and his wife. Surprisingly, the thief ignored more valuable items. It seems that the thief had cut the wires of a CCTV camera. The museum has 44 CCTV cameras. A police forensic team is investigating the case. (28-10-2014)
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)
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