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Coaching for PET, NET and GSET: MS University has launched a coaching centre to offer coaching for students who want to appear for PET (PhD Entrance Test), NET (National Eligibility Test) and GSET (Gujarat State Eligibility Test). The NET is an assistant professorship exam conducted by the University Grants Commission. The GSET is an assistant professorship exam conducted by MS University. The PET is an entrance test for students planning to do PhD. (17-08-2018)
Civic body fines commercial complexes: The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) slapped fines on several commercial complexes for parking space violations. This step was taken after repeated warnings were ignored. Further action can also involve sealing buildings which refuse to follow the rules. It seems that such drastic action is authorised by the General Development and Construction Rules (GDCR). VMC had issued notices to two hotels and the owners of many big commercial buildings and shopping complexes. (17-08-2018)
Most livable places in India: Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai were ranked the top 3 in the Centre’s ‘Ease of Living Index’. No city in Gujarat features among the 10 most livable places in India. New Delhi was placed at No. 65 among the 111 cities that participated. Surat was No. 19, Ahmedabad 23, Vadodara 36, Rajkot 38, Gandhinagar 39 and Dahod 79. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, through an international bidding process under a World Bank-funded programme, had selected IPSOS Research Private Limited, in consortium with Athena Infonomics India Private Limited and Economist Group Limited, to assess the livability index of cities. The assessment was based on four ‘pillars’ – institutional, social, economic and physical. The livability index also took into account physical infrastructure like housing, public open spaces, land use, water availability, solid waste management, reduced pollution and waste water management. (16-08-2018)
Railway stations ranked according to cleanliness: The Ahmedabad railway station occupies the 17th position among A1 stations (which have annual passenger revenue of over Rs. 50 crore) in the Rail Swachh Bharat 2018 survey of the ministry of railways. Among other stations in Gujarat, Vadodara ranked 15th, Surat 24th and Rajkot 50th. The cleanliness rankings are compiled by the Quality Council of India (QCI). The parameters for the survey were: process of cleanliness (in the parking area, main entry area, main platform and waiting room), direct observation by QCI assessors, and passenger feedback. The survey also considered if there was a penalty for spitting on the platform. (16-08-2018)
Two city children win regional round of World Robot Olympiad: Two children from Vadodara won the regional round of the World Robot Olympiad which was held recently at Mehsana. They emerged winners by beating 22 teams from Gujarat. The two kids – Hriday Parikh (11) and Rishiraj Behki (12) – will now take part in the national round next month. If they win they will get a chance to represent India in the World Robot Olympiad in October. (15-08-2018)
Gujarat’s first automobile specific SEZ: Gujarat will soon get a special economic zone (SEZ) specifically for automobiles. HBS Pharma SEZ Private Ltd. has been permitted to change its sector status to automobile, automobile ancillary and engineering. The change in sector makes HBS’ Panoli SEZ the first automobile sector specific SEZ in Gujarat. Gujarat already plays host to the auto manufacturing plants of Tata, Ford, Suzuki Motor Corporation, SAIC’s MG Motor, Honda Motorcycle, Scooters India and Hero MotoCorp. The SEZ is spread over 300 acres. (15-08-2018)
Even celebrities must wear helmets: Film actors Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain were in Vadodara on Monday to promote their forthcoming movie ‘Loveratri’. Driving around the city on a two-wheeler, they were fined by the police for not wearing a helmet. Interestingly, there were many other helmetless drivers also on the road at the time, but it seems that the fine was imposed only on the actor. Perhaps the high-profile example will get more people to start wearing helmets. (14-08-2018)
Minor changes made in schedules of 190 trains: Minor changes have been made in the schedules of 190 trains passing through Vadodara railway station. The revised schedule will be effective from August 15. The timings have been preponed for 94 trains and postponed for 96 trains. Passengers can check the revised schedules online or ring up 139. (14-08-2018)
Government may approve development of water aerodromes: The Indian government has approved in principle the development of water aerodromes in some states. Among the first few sites may be the Sabarmati riverfront at Ahmedabad, the Sardar Sarovar Dam and the Chilika Lake in Odisha. It is expected that this will promote tourism and connect many tourist destinations. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has framed the necessary regulations for setting up water aerodromes. A water aerodrome is an area of open water used regularly by seaplanes or amphibious aircraft for landing and taking off. Generally, seaplanes are described as fixed-wing aircraft that are designed for taking off and landing on water. Among the companies which may get on to the seaplane bandwagon are SpiceJet, Pawan Hans, Mahindra Aerospace, Viking Air, Setouchi Holdings, etc. According to Wikipedia: An aerodrome is a location from which aircraft flight operations take place, regardless of whether they involve air cargo, passengers, or neither. Aerodromes include small general aviation airfields, large commercial airports, and military airbases. The term airport may imply a certain stature (having satisfied certain certification criteria or regulatory requirements) that an aerodrome may not have achieved. This means that all airports are aerodromes, but not all aerodromes are airports. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) an aerodrome is "a defined area on land or water (including any buildings, installations, and equipment) intended to be used either wholly or in part for the arrival, departure, and surface movement of aircraft." (13-08-2018)
Police department wants more personnel in traffic brigade: The traffic wing of the Vadodara police department has put in a requisition for 400 additional personnel to better manage the city’s traffic signal points and facilitate the smooth flow of vehicles on the roads. Currently the total sanctioned strength is 400, and the cops feel that there should be a total of 800 to cope with the city’s increasing spread. The police department says that the additional personnel will help to make the ongoing drives against rash drivers and illegal parking more effective. (13-08-2018)
Women police personnel must be included in night rounds: Mr. Shivanand Jha, Gujarat’s Director General of Police (DGP), has instructed all police stations in the state to include women police personnel in night rounds. He further stipulated that 30% of the strength of a police station (including women, writers and computer operators) must do night rounds on a rotation basis. Also, to the extent possible, only women cops should check women. Another strict instruction is that police personnel on night rounds must wear police uniforms. (12-08-2018)
Research institute trains farmers to cultivate seaweeds: The Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI) in Bhavnagar has trained 18 farmers to grow non-edible seaweed 'gracilaria dura' near the Simar and Rajpara village coasts in the Gir-Somnath district. Over 160 farmers will be similarly trained in a Rs. two-crore project funded by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB). Gracilaria dura helps in the extraction of agar and agarose gel for the pharmaceutical industry. Considering that Gujarat has a 1,600 km coastline seaweed cultivation can be very lucrative for the state’s farmers. CSMCRI will also focus on the cultivation of edible seaweeds. The Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute is a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. (11-08-2018)
One person dies as old house collapses in city: An old house which was not in a good condition collapsed early on Saturday morning near the Gendigate area in Vadodara. One person died and three were injured. A still bigger tragedy was averted because there were few people near the building. Neighbours rushed to the scene and began helping and the fire brigade arrived quickly and brought out five persons from the debris. The building was 50 years old and in such a dilapidated condition that the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) had issued a notice to the owner to vacate it. (11-08-2018)
Civic body asks 49 complexes on R.C. Dutt Road to clear their parking spaces: Forty-nine posh commercial buildings on a posh road in Vadodara have been instructed by Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) to clear their parking spaces. The road is R.C. Dutt Road and some of the buildings on the scanner are Gayatri Chambers, Offtel Towers, Shriram Chambers, Bhagwan Chambers, Ivory Terrace, Sterling Center, National Plaza, Premier Chambers, Shreem Shalini, Windsor Plaza, Darpan Building, Dwarkesh Complex, Bombay Shopping Centre, Alkapuri Arcade, B.N. Chambers, Concorde, Centre Point, Siddharth Complex. VMC officials also took a look at the parking spaces at WelcomHotel Vadodara, Hotel Express, Kabir Kitchens, Joyalukkas, V Mart, Hotel Shavshanti Towers, Mango Hotel, and two petrol pumps. The Madhya Gujarat Vij Company’s sub-division office was also given a notice. The notices have been served, but will the posh people in this posh area display some civic sense? (10-08-2018)
School vans detained for violating RTO rules: Vadodara’s Regional Transport Office (RTO) inspectors recently did a surprise check of school vans near Amitnagar Circle on VIP Road. They detained 25 vans because they violated the Gujarat Motor Vehicle Rules by running private vehicles as transport vehicles. The RTO had earlier warned school van drivers to re-register their vehicles as transport vehicle, but they did not comply with the regulation. Private vehicles carry the risk of endangering the lives of school children because they have not been subjected to the periodic mandatory fitness tests conducted by the RTO. Such school vans are also restricted from exceeding specified speed limits. Incidentally, why can’t parents play a more active role in this serious matter? Can’t they insist on seeing the van’s proper RTO certificate before selecting the van driver? (10-08-2018)
Indian Railways begins world’s largest recruitment drive: A massive recruitment drive, claimed to be the world’s largest, began on 9th August. Over 350,000 candidates appeared on the first day of examinations conducted in 160 cities across the country by the Indian Railways to hire over 100,000 employees. Over 4.75 million applied for the examination. The first phase is for 60,000 posts of Assistant Loco Pilots and Technicians. The next phase will be for trackmen and similar posts. A total of about 24 million candidates have applied for all the vacancies. The randomised computer-based tests are so designed that no two question bank patterns are alike. (09-08-2018)
Two MSU departments finally get their own buildings: The MS University of Baroda (MSU) has now announced permanent locations for two departments which did not have proper ‘addresses’ of their own. The Maharaja Ranjitsinh Gaekwad Institute of Design (MRID) will get a new building which will be constructed at Gulab Baug. The Faculty of Pharmacy will also get new premises which will be built at the Maharaja Pratapsinhrao Gaekwad Parisar (earlier known as Donor’s Plaza Ground). The Pharmacy Department was a part of the Faculty of Technology and Engineering until it was granted faculty status in 2015. When MRID (a part of the Faculty of Fine Arts) began in 2013 it was housed in Sayaji Bhavan. (09-08-2018)
Ahmedabad seeks to restrict number of autorickshaws: To reduce pollution, chaos and traffic congestion the Gujarat government intends to restrict the number of autorickshaws on Ahmedabad’s roads. The factors that will be considered are: the city's population, area, road conditions, alternative public transport facilities, etc. The city has 200,000 autorickshaws against a need of 100,000. The surplus capacity exists because multiple autos are often registered against one driving licence and sometimes autos are given on rent. To cut down the number of autos genuine auto drivers may be issued badges. Regional Transport Offices in Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot have also been instructed to take up this issue seriously. (08-08-2018)
Gujarat Board will itself conduct class XII practical examinations: The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) is not quite happy about the way in which some schools conduct the class XII practical examinations. The current scene is that students appear for the practical examinations in their respective schools. It seems that many schools do not conduct the examinations at all, and many others conduct them elsewhere. Faced with such malpractices the Board has decided that from March 2019 it will itself conduct the class XII practical examinations in biology, physics and chemistry. The examinations will be held at designated examination centres across the state and the examiners, resource materials and question papers will be provided by GSHSEB. (08-08-2018)
Saragvo is perhaps a super food: Almost all parts of ‘moringa oleifera’ or the drumstick tree (also known as saragvo or horseradish tree or ben oil tree) are eaten or used as ingredients in traditional herbal medicines. This especially applies to the leaves and pods. Saragvo has been praised for its health benefits for thousands of years. Scientific research suggests that it is very nutritious, rich in antioxidants, may lower blood sugar levels, may reduce inflammation, can lower cholesterol, and may protect against arsenic toxicity. Many of these benefits have also been indicated in clinical trials carried out at the Department of Foods & Nutrition at MS University of Baroda. The National Health Mission (NHM) in Gujarat says that the consumption of drumsticks should be promoted to fight malnutrition. For example, only 20 grams of fresh drumstick leaves or 5 grams of dried powder can help improve the immune system and reduce malnutrition – without any side effects. It can be put into khichdi or raab or even theplas. It is full of amino acids which are otherwise available only in red meat or dairy products like cheese. Drumstick trees grow easily in Gujarat's soil. The trees can be conveniently grown in the grounds of public health centres and schools and aanganwadis. A super food? Perhaps it is. The trials at MS University were led by Dr. Vanisha Nambiar. (07-08-2018)
Person allowed to file IT return even though Aadhaar number is not linked with PAN: The Gujarat high court on Monday directed the Income Tax Department to accept the income tax return of a person even though he had not linked his Aadhaar number with his PAN. The court said that this is because the issue is still pending before the Supreme Court. The petitioner argued that the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with PAN till March 31, 2019, but the I-T department still keeps on insisting on the same. (07-08-2018)
Many in Ahmedabad have not paid their traffic fines: The Ahmedabad Regional Transport Office (RTO) will blacklist 125,000 vehicles because their owners have failed to pay e-challans issued to them for traffic violations. Over 44,000 vehicles have already been blacklisted. The owner may not show up to pay the fine for several reasons: he may not have a valid licence, the vehicle may be owned by someone else and the registration papers may not have been changed accordingly, he may have received more than one challan and is afraid that his driving licence may be confiscated. It is not quite clear what exactly blacklisting means. Does it mean that eventually a vehicle can be confiscated if the owner does not show up to pay the penalty due? (07-08-2018)
Alliance formed to make hospitals and communities baby friendly: The Department of Foods & Nutrition at MS University’s Faculty of Family & Community Sciences has tried to bring Vadodara’s medical and nutrition fraternity to a common platform to make hospitals and communities baby friendly. As a result of similar initiatives from other organisations 16 public and private hospitals in the city have forged an alliance to make their premises baby friendly. This announcement was made during the ongoing World Breastfeeding Week celebrations. The alliance will work towards following the ten steps of successful breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices as per international guidelines.

The 10 steps are that every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:
1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within half an hour of birth.
5. Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.
6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
7. Practise rooming-in - that is, allow mothers and infants to remain together - 24 hours a day.
8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
9. Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants.
10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic. (06-08-2018)
Driving on the wrong side of the road can be costly: Coming across people driving on the wrong side of the road, the police until recently let the drivers get away with only a penalty. Since many drivers continue to treat the penalty lightly, the cops have now started booking them for rash driving under IPC section 279. IPC 279 pertains to driving in a manner so rash or negligent as to endanger human life or cause hurt or injury to any other person; the punishment can be imprisonment for up to six months or a fine of up to Rs. 1,000, or both. (05-08-2018)
Excessive use of smartphones can lead to physical ailments: A recent study by SBB College of Physiotherapy at the VS General Hospital in Ahmedabad was devoted to the physical ailments experienced by college students in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar as a result of using digital devices like smartphones, computers and tablets. Prolonged use leads to pain in the neck, upper back, wrist and thumb. Out of the sample size of 1,080 students 197 male and 187 female participants had smartphone addiction. Nearly 25% of the participants used smartphones for over four hours daily – which is roughly 25% of their waking hours. The usual complaints were pain in fingers, palm, thumb and heel of the hand. Looking downward becomes the usual posture, and the spinal cord suffers due to the unnatural tilt of the head. (05-08-2018)
Drones will keep track of government land: A pilot project has been started in Vadodara district to use drones to survey government land and monitor encroachments. Called Land Digital Surveillance (GLDS), the pilot project has surveyed government land in three villages – Gosindra, Hinglot and Kotda. The entire district is expected to be covered in 12 months, and then the district administration will make the real-time data available at various offices in the district. GLDS will also monitor the status of government land in ravines and riverbeds. (04-08-2018)
Civic officials find out what most Barodians have known for long: Many commercial complexes in the city block their parking lots so that visitors cannot use the parking area. They restrict entry into the parking area so that visitors are forced to park on the adjoining roads. It seems that the officials woke up to this reality only when the recent well publicised anti-encroachment drive began. Of course, in many complexes parking spaces have been illegally given to shops. Civic officials acted on Wednesday to clear the parking space in 18 complexes on the the Race Course Circle and Old Padra Road. Among the complexes inspected were Emerald, Landmark and Trivia. (03-08-2018)
Girl 20, boyfriend not old enough to marry her: A 20-year-old woman wants to live with her 19-year-old boyfriend, but he is not old enough to legally marry her. So, in order to live together they sign a contract about their live-in relationship, and they get the documented notarized. The parents do not approve of this. When the girl firmly refuses to stay with her mother, the court allows her to go with her boyfriend; the court says he is a not a minor and can therefore stay with anyone she likes in accordance with the law. (03-08-2018)
City deputy mayor’s car spotted being driven on the wrong side of the road: Just as traffic problems, parking violations and driving offences are attracting the attention of the police, municipal authorities and the public at large, the car of the city’s deputy mayor was recently spotted being driven on the wrong side of the road. The incident happened on the Vadsar-GIDC Road. Commuters who were driving on the correct side of the road were rather angry about the violation by the deputy mayor’s car and they stopped his car to express their irritation. Before the situation could turn ugly, Manjalpur police rushed to the scene and managed to disperse the crowd. (02-08-2018)
Buses in Gujarat will be quipped with GPS tracking systems and panic buttons: All government and private buses in Gujarat – including buses run by travel operators – will be equipped with GPS tracking systems and panic buttons by April 1, 2019. The idea is that anyone in a bus should be able to signal an emergency. The panic button will automatically alert a control room which can track the bus and dispatch the nearest police van. Of Gujarat’s 24 million vehicles 10% – that is about 2.4 million – are public transport vehicles. The State Transport Corporation runs over 9,000 buses, and 80% of them still do not have GPS tracking facilities. (02-08-2018)
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