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Rate your public toilet: Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) will soon be able to get user feedback regarding its 70 public toilets and five community toilets. The commendable intention seems to be to improve the quality of the toilets. The device is quite simple to operate: press the red button for ‘bad’, yellow for ‘average’ and green for ‘good’. This exercise is a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, and the date from the devices will be automatically fed into a central data base, hopefully for follow-up action. Each device will cost Rs. 945 per month. The system will cost Rs. 850,500 per year. There is one hurdle to cross: VMC’ Standing Committee still has to approve the scheme. Incidentally, can a city as large as Vadodara manage with only 70 public toilets? (21-01-2018)
Solar rooftop project for MS University of Baroda: The Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) is associating with MS University of Baroda (MSU) to implement a solar rooftop project to meet the electrical power needs of the educational institution’s sprawling campus. As a first step, the project has been implemented in the campus of the Faculty of Technology and Engineering (FTE). The target for the entire campus is to install 964 kilowatts, of which 312 kilowatts have been installed and 652 kilowatts are in the pipeline. MSU is likely to save Rs. 1.40 crore annually once the project is completed. Each installed kilowatt can generate five units of electricity per day, which amounts to 144,000 units per month from the 964 installed kilowatts. Each unit of electricity is worth Rs. 6. For this particular project, MSU will not pay GEDA anything; it merely has to make available the required flat roof surfaces and terraces which get direct sunlight without any obstruction from trees. (19-01-2018)
Restaurant opens at Vadodara airport: A restaurant has been started in the security hold area at Vadodara airport’s new integrated terminal building. Passengers waiting to board their flights will finally be able to get a proper meal (until now only a limited choice of fast food was available). The restaurant is being operated by Club One, the company which offers a similar facility at Jaipur International Airport and Udaipur airport. The restaurant will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Vadodara airport operates 20 flights daily, mostly to Delhi and Mumbai. The airport has about 3,200 footfalls daily. (17-01-2018)
Vadodara prepares for the bullet train: The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train route will call for substantial modifications in the Vadodara railway station area. To prepare for the changes officers from the National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC), Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) and Vadodara division of the Western Railways are pitching in with their suggestions. The bullet train will need an elevated railway platform and this will dictate major changes at the Alkapuri side of the station and perhaps an additional railway underpass between Sayajigunj and Alkapuri. The bullet train corridor through the city will mostly be elevated. (13-01-2018)
Baroda Medical College gets approval for 70 more MBBS seats: The Baroda Medical College has been permitted by the Medical Council of India (MCI) to increase the intake for its MBBS course by 70 seats. The college will offer 250 MBBS seats starting from the 2018-19 academic year. The formal intimation to this effect will come from the union government’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The approval followed an assessment made by MCI in early December. The Baroda Medical College has a long association with the city of Vadodara. According to its website, “ The foundation stone of the college was laid in the year 1946 by the former ruler of Baroda Sir Pratapsingh Gaekwad. … The college started functioning from June 1949 with a batch of 40 students. Attached to the college is the 1500 bedded academic teaching hospital, Sir Sayajirao General Hospital, a tertiary care centre which traces its origin to the Countess of Dufferin hospital started in 1865. The college and hospital are located in a 36 acre campus located 1 km from the Vadodara railway station, and 3 km from the Vadodara airport. It functions as the Faculty of Medicine of the prestigious Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, which is responsible for awarding the degrees to the students. The Medical College campus also houses the Government Physiotherapy College and the Government Nursing College which train students for B.Sc (Physiotherapy) and B.Sc (Nursing) courses respectively.” (11-01-2018)
Kite manufacturing industry hit by higher raw material costs: The business of kite making is essentially an informal labour intensive activity. Thanks to the post-GST rise in raw material costs, the supply of kites has reduced. This has pushed up kite prices by as much as 35%. GST rates vary for raw materials: 12% for paper, 5% for string, and 5% for stick. The GST on kites is 5%. Kites currently sell in the wholesale market at about Rs. 300 for 100 kites, which is roughly 35% higher than last year. Corporate orders have also dwindled over the years. Incidentally, political parties are fairly large clients for the kite industry. (10-01-2018)
Goods & Services Tax will feature in school syllabus: The class IX and XI syllabus in Gujarat’s schools will henceforth feature the Goods & Services Tax. Text books are being suitably modified so that the subject can be included from the academic year beginning in June 2018. The education department has also instructed the Gujarat state textbook board to prepare a syllabus and accordingly prepare the textbooks for class IX and XI. The education committee of the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Education Board (GHSEB) is also assisting in this matter. The RTI (Right to Information) Act is also being added to the syllabus. (09-01-2018)
President Ram Nath Kovind will grace MSU annual convocation: President Ram Nath Kovind will be the chief guest at the 66th annual convocation of MS University of Baroda on January 22. Gujarat governor O P Kohli, who is visitor at MSU, will also be present, along with Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani. The convocation ceremony has been cut short because the President will be present only for an hour, between 11 a.m. and 12 noon. Thanks to the restricted schedule, gold medals will not be conferred during the convocation ceremony; the gold medals will be awarded during a separate function. The historic Sayaji Bhavan on the MSU campus is being given a face lift for the occasion. Considering that the President will be attending, elaborate security arrangements are being made by the police department. (08-01-2018)
MS University of Baroda will begin restoration work on its heritage buildings: MS University of Baroda (MSU) is about to begin serious work on the restoration and renovation of its many heritage buildings. The necessary tenders have already been floated. Among the buildings to be covered are: Population Research Centre at Faculty of Science, Department of English building at Faculty of Arts and the Department of Architecture building near the D.N. Hall. The Gujarat government has approved a grant of Rs. 15 crore for this work. The required proposals will come up before the university’s building committee on January 25, and thereafter will be sent for approval to the syndicate on January 30. Work may start in February. Also on a separate to-do list are other works such as repairs of faculty buildings and residential quarters, pending works at the student hostels, re-carpeting of internal roads and extension of the Institute of Fashion Technology building. (06-01-2018)
GSHSEB announces SSC and HSC examination dates: The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has announced the schedule for the 2017-18 Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations. The Class 10 or SSC exams will be from March 12 to March 23. The Class 12 or HSC exams (General Stream) will be from March 17 to March 28. The Class 12 or HSC exams (Science stream) will be from March 12 to March 28. All Class 10 exams will be from 10 a.m. to 1.20 p.m.; all Class 12 exams will be from 3 p.m. to 6.15 p.m. For details: www.gseb.org. (05-01-2018)
Work finally begins on the renovation of Sursagar Lake: Work finally seems to have begun on the cleaning and beautification of Sursagar lake. The lake is now being emptied so that the plaster of Paris (PoP) deposits at its bottom can be removed. The emptying operation may perhaps take a month. Once the accumulated waste at the lake’s bottom is removed, work will start on the strengthening of the boundaries and beautification.The water being drained from the lake is being emptied into the Vishwamitri river. The lake has about 260,000 cubic meters of water and a two-meter layer of sludge (which amounts to about 120,000 cubic meters). The outlay by Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) for this project is a little over Rs. 38 crore. It is expected that the project will be completed by March 2019. The plan has a provision for comfortably handling about 25,000 visitors at a time. The Padmavati Shopping Complex is likely to be demolished as a part of the development project. Incidentally, the Sursagar lake has the dubious distinction of being one of the most polluted water bodies in Gujarat. The name Sursagar can be traced back to its designer Sureshwar Pandya, a mid-18th century tax collector during the time of the first Gaekwad king Pilajirao Gaekwad. He developed a lakefront around Chandan Talao and this was subsequently re-named as Sursagar after his name. The embankments around the lake were made by Maharaja Malharrao Gaekwad. (04-01-2018)
Laboratory technicians will not be permitted to run pathology laboratories: The Supreme Court has recently ruled that laboratory technicians will not be permitted to run pathology laboratories. With this ruling the apex court has upheld a Gujarat High Court order to the effect that only a qualified and registered pathologist with a postgraduate qualification in pathology can countersign the clinical pathology report of any patient. Therefore, MSc or PhD degree holders or laboratory technicians who do not meet these requirements may not sign laboratory reports.The position of the Medical Council of India (MCI) is clear: pathology laboratories functioning without a qualified pathologist must close down until a qualified pathologist is employed. It seems that over 40,000 laboratories in India do not employ a pathologist. (01-01-2018)
All vehicles must have high security registration plates by January 15: The Gujarat government has said that all vehicles registered in the state must be fitted with High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) latest by January 15, 2018. Non-compliance with this order may invite a fine of Rs. 500. In addition to the RTO offices, two-wheeler and four-wheeler dealers have also been authorised to fit the HSRP number plates. Two-wheeler dealers may charge Rs. 89 extra, that is, in addition to the charge fixed by the RTO. For cars the RTO charge for fitting the HSRP number plate is Rs 400, but dealers are allowed to charge Rs 150 extra. (31-12-2017)
City to host three women's one-day international cricket matches: Vadodara will play host to three women's one-day international cricket matches between India and Australia. The matches will be played at the Reliance Stadium on March 12, 15 and 18. The city has not seen too many international matches; the last men’s ODI was in 2010 (India against New Zealand) and the last women’s match was a T20 game in 2011. The Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) does not have its own cricket stadium and it has not leased any stadium. (27-12-2017)
MS University convocation: MS University of Baroda (MSU) will have its annual convocation on January 22, with President Ram Nath Kovind as the chief guest. It will be for the first time in the university’s history that the country’s president is the chief guest. On this occasion MSU may release a compilation of all the convocation addresses made by dignitaries in the past. (26-12-2017)
Dharmaj Day will be celebrated on January 12: The town of Dharmaj in Anand district will celebrate its annual day on January 12. Over 1,000 non-resident Dharmajians(NRDs) are likely to participate. The town has been organising this event every year since 2007. USA-based NRD Naresh Patel will be the guest of honour at the event. The main speaker will be retired IAS officer Bhagyesh Jha and his talk will be on 'Chalo Jeevan Recharge Kariyen'. (25-12-2017)
Commendable achievement by Baroda Medical College: The Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre (ICTC) of the microbiology department at Baroda Medical College and SSG Hospital has again achieved the 'star achiever' honour for having tested the maximum number of suspected HIV patients in Gujarat. This is the sixth award in a row from the Gujarat State AIDS Control Society of the state government’s Department of Health and Family Welfare. Over 22,000 samples are tested every year by the Vadodara centre. According to the Gujarat State AIDS Control Society website: an integrated counselling and testing centre (ICTC) is a place where a person is counselled and tested for HIV, on his own free will or as advised by medical provider and convinced that the test is mandatory. He/she is assured that the process will be confidential. The main functions of an ICTC include: early detection of HIV; provision of basic information on modes of transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS for promoting behavioural change and reducing vulnerability; link positive people with other HIV prevention, care and treatment services; follow-up counselling; prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT). (23-12-2017)
Gujarat Police CID (Crime) appoints Mahila and Bal Mitras: The Gujarat police have been toying with the idea of raising a cadre of police ‘friends’ to create awareness about the many issues related to the safety of children and women in the state. The department has finally gone ahead with the initiative and appointed 1,100 persons as Mahila and Bal Mitras. The volunteers will work with the police to organise events and reach out to citizens. They will also help to mobilise citizens in the search for missing children. The selected volunteers, ranging in age from 25 to 70 years, are from many backgrounds, such as NGO officials, lawyers, human rights activists, academicians, etc. (23-12-2017)
Mr. Vijay Rupani will continue as Gujarat chief minister: With senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitely and Saroj Pandey in attendance as Central Observers, the party’s newly elected MLAs decided that Mr. Vijay Rupani will continue as Gujarat chief minister and Mr. Nitin Patel will continue as the deputy CM. It appears that the swearing-in ceremony will be on December 25. The decision on the post of party president remains pending. Mr. Rupani was chosen as Legislature party leader unanimously. The BJP has won 99 seats in the 182-member assembly. Independent MLA Ratansinh Rathod has extended his support to the BJP, thus raising the figure to 100. (22-12-2017)
India’s first National Rail and Transport University (NRTU) may start in Vadodara by July 2018: India’s first National Rail and Transport University (NRTU), which is to be set up in Vadodara, has finally been cleared by the Union cabinet. Its official academic status will be a ‘Deemed to Be University’. Assuming that all approvals are in by April 2018, the first academic program may begin by July 2018. A non-profit management company will be created by the Railway Ministry to give financial and infrastructural support to the proposed university and appoint its chancellor and pro-chancellor. There will be a fully autonomous body of professionals and academics to independently perform the university’s academic and administrative responsibilities. All the facilities of the existing National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) at Vadodara (popularly known as Railway Staff College) will be modified for the university. At full capacity, it will have 3,000 full- time students. (21-12-2017)
Passenger sues airline for a button in his garlic bread: A business class passenger found a button in his garlic bread when he was served lunch on a Jet Airways flight from Delhi to Ahmedabad. The passenger complained, the airline tried unsuccessfully to settle the matter, and the passenger sued the airline for Rs. 3 lakh. The matter came up before the Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum in Ahmedabad. The consumer court ruled that the presence of an inedible object in the food, coupled with the fact that a complaint book was not provided to the passenger, amounted to deficiency in service and an unfair trade practice. The court asked the airline to pay the passenger Rs. 50,000 towards the pain and agony caused to him and another Rs. 5,000 towards his legal expenses. (21-12-2017)
More crorepati MLAs in the new Gujarat assembly: The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Gujarat Election Watch (GEW) analysed the results of the recent Gujarat assembly elections. Here are some random findings: there are 13 women MLAs as against 16 last time; the number of elected representatives with criminal cases is down compared to the 2012-17 House (18 BJP MLAs and 25 Congress MLAs have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits); the total wealth of the new members is higher than the wealth of the members of the 2012-17 House; 141 MLAs are crorepatis, with declared assets of over Rs. 1 crore, compared to 134 last time; the average assets declared by the members is Rs. 8.46 crore, up from Rs. 8.03 crore last time; the 81 re-elected MLAs show an increase of 45 per cent since their last affidavit. The average age of the MLAs is 53. (20-12-2017)
New Gujarat government likely by December 25: The new Gujarat government may perhaps be sworn in on December 25. The BJP’s central parliamentary board is yet to decide the name of the chief minister. Ahmedabad’s Sardar Patel stadium is the likely venue for the oath-taking ceremony, though the Mahatma Mandir or the Sabarmati Riverfront cannot be ruled out. (19-12-2017)
In Gujarat assembly elections the NOTA (None Of The Above) voting option was decisive in a few constituencies: During the recent Gujarat assembly elections, voters who did not prefer any candidate had the option to press the NOTA (None Of The Above) button. A new feature in the state assembly elections, the NOTA option was the choice of 551,000 voters, that is, 1.8 per cent of the total votes cast. Interestingly, only BJP and Congress polled more votes than NOTA. In several constituencies, the NOTA votes were more than the votes cast for the registered political parties. Two prominent leaders lost by margins which were less than the NOTA votes cast. (19-12-2017)
Vadodara district results in the Gujarat assembly elections: Eight wins for BJP and two for Congress:
Vadodara City: Manisha Vakil (BJP)
Sayajigunj: Jitendra Sukhadia (BJP)
Akota: Seemaben Mohile (BJP)
Raopura: Rajendra Trivedi (BJP)
Manjalpur: Yogesh Patel (BJP)
Dabhoi: Shailesh Mehta (BJP)
Padra: Jaspal Singh Thakore (Congress)
Waghodia: Madhu Srivastav (BJP)
Karjan: Akshay Patel (Congress)
Savli: Ketan Inamdar (BJP) (18-12-2017)
Sculptor Nagjibhai Patel passes away: Internationally recognised Baroda-based sculptor Nagjibhai Patel passed away in the city on Saturday (16th December), possibly due to a heart problem.Though a very prominent artist, Nagjibhai was a remarkably humble and approachable human being. Many Barodians know him as the sculptor responsible for the city’s two famous landmarks: the Banyan Tree sculpture (also called the ‘Vad’ sculpture) and the Abacus sculpture. The Banyan Tree sculpture was initially located at Fatehgunj and then moved to Chhani Jakatnaka. The 'Abacus' sculpture was located at Akshar Chowk and then moved to Sama. His sculptures are also at South Korea’s Seoul Olympic Park, Mure (Japan), Arendjelovac (Yugoslavia), Bharat Bhavan (Bhopal), National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi). His work was featured in the Festivals of India in London and Tokyo, the Triennale in New Delhi and many National Exhibitions of Art organised by the Lalit Kala Akademi. He also taught art. Nagjibhai was born in a family of farmers in 1937 in Juni Jithardi village (Karjan taluka, Gujarat). He studied sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the MS University of Baroda. (17-12-2017)
Stringent security for vote counting operations: Over 40,000 security personnel will be on duty on December 18, to assist the Election Commission of India (ECI) while it conducts the counting operations for the Gujarat assembly elections. The vote counting exercise will be done at 37 centres in the state’s 33 district headquarters. About 10,000 counting staff and 10,000 support staff will be on duty. Mobiles and electronic items are not permitted inside the counting centres. Counting of paper ballots of government employees will start at 8 a.m. and EVM vote counting will start at 8.30 a.m. (17-12-2017)
Licensed liquor shops told to remain closed before polls: As a step to maintain law and order during elections the Gujarat police have ordered liquor shops to remain closed for two days prior to both the polling dates of 9th and 14th December. The liquor shops will also remain closed on 18th December, the date of counting of votes. Gujarat has 52 licensed liquor shops for its 70,000 liquor permit holders – including 37,000 with health liquor permits and 18,000 ex-army personnel. To help curb the flow of liquor there will be 558 Static Surveillance Teams (SST), 90 check-posts and 500 check-nakas; the monitoring will be done within the state and along the state’s borders with Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. (07-12-2017)
Gujarat high court rules that poker is gambling: The Gujarat high court has ruled that the game of poker is gambling and it can therefore not be permitted. Several petitioners had approached the court after the Ahmedabad city police did not give permission to organise the game. The petitioners maintained that poker is a game of skill and that it cannot be controlled under the Prevention of Gambling Act, and also that it is allowed in some other states. The Gujarat government maintains that poker should not be allowed. The court dismissed the petitions. (06-12-2017)
Tight security in place for Gujarat assembly elections: Over 60,000 jawans – roughly 600 companies – of central paramilitary forces have reached Gujarat in order to strengthen the security presence for the upcoming assembly elections. This is in addition to the 80,000 state police personnel who will also be on duty. The state’s land and sea borders, specially in the districts bordering Pakistan, will also be secured. The marine unit of the Border Security Force (BSF) will step up patrolling in the marshy creeks of Kutch. (05-12-2017)
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