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District administration shuts all tuition and coaching classes: The Vadodara district administration and the Vadodara city police on Saturday have, through public notifications, closed down all tuition and coaching classes till July 23. The notifications apply to all such classes in all residential and commercial complexes. The ban is a preventive measure following the recent fire tragedy in Surat. The authorities may rethink on this subject if the operators get NOC from the fire department, submit proof of having fire-fighting equipment in their premises, and submit proof that they are trained in the use of such equipment. Several official agencies and personnel from 21 police stations are currently conducting checks of all tuition and coaching classes. The operators have been warned that they will face strict legal action if they are found violating the ban. (27-05-2019)
Fire audit to be conducted in city: The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has roped in the New Delhi based Institution of Fire Engineers to immediately conduct a city fire audit. This move, following the recent fire tragedy in Surat, is meant to ensure that Vadodara is better prepared to avoid and handle such disasters. VMC has asked for the audit report to be submitted in 45 days. The audit is expected to:
… identify vulnerable areas
… suggest equipment and manpower needs
… assess the need and locations of additional fire stations
… recommend schedule of fire officials
… suggest improvements in training of emergency personnel
The city has seven fire stations and three more are expected to come up soon. VMC will now of course do much more rigorous and frequent checking of hotels, restaurants, hospitals, coaching classes, movie halls, malls and other places where large numbers of people gather in restricted spaces. (26-05-2019)
Fire in scrap godown on city’s outskirts: Highly inflammable waste materials caught fire on Sunday afternoon in an open scrap godown on the city’s outskirts. Located near the Jambuva bridge, the godown contained plastic, petrochemicals and chemical waste stored in the open without taking elementary safety precautions. Fire tenders from Makarpura GIDC, Dandia Bazaar and Panigate fire stations took two hours to control the fire. The godown did not have a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Vadodara Municipal Corporation or the Vadodara Fire and Emergency Services. In an earlier incident, a minor fire broke out on Saturday afternoon in a laboratory of the Department of Chemistry at MS University of Baroda. Though the fire caused some understandable panic, it was swiftly brought under control by university staff with the help of fire extinguishers. There was some minor damage to furniture in the laboratory. (26-05-2019)
LED lights have their advantages, and perhaps some disadvantages too: Are LED lights harmful, or are they not? Though there is still no conclusive answer to this persistent question, there are some disturbing findings. A recent report by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) warns that powerful LED lights are ‘photo-toxic’; the ‘blue light’ can lead to ‘irreversible loss of retinal cells and diminished sharpness of vision’. LEDs are used in homes, street lighting, offices, industry, car headlights, torches, toys and electronic devices. LED mobile phones, tablets and laptop screens do not pose much of a risk because their luminosity is low compared to other types of lighting, but when these back-lit devices are used in a dark setting they can adversely affect biological rhythms and sleep patterns. Children and adolescents are more susceptible to such disruptions. Light-emitting diode (LED) technology constitutes 60% of the lighting market, because it uses only 20% of the electricity used by a comparably bright incandescent bulb. Manufacturers, and the traffic police, must make LED car headlights safer because they can be dangerously blinding for oncoming drivers. (25-05-2019)
Young Barodian lady has supported the education of 23,000 girls: Vadodara based Nishita Rajput has spent a large part of her time collecting money for the education of underprivileged girls. She has been doing this for well over 10 years; she started at age 14. She collects donations in the form of cheques and deposits the cheques in the schools that the girls study in. When she was young her parents took her along with them to visit orphanages. She continues to dream of educating as many girls as possible. She gets donations from Vadodara, neighbouring areas and from other countries too. Her latest target is to raise money to pay for the fees of 10,000 girls this year. Donors are given details of the girls supported by their contributions. Her ‘score’ to date: support for the education of 23,000 girls with an amount of Rs. 2.55 crore. (25-05-2019)
Recycled PET bottles used instead of sand in low-cost concrete structures: Two researchers – Anuradha Suryavanshi from India and Elisabeth Riederer from Germany – did research at the Architectural Association in London to develop a new technique for the construction of low-cost concrete structures. They used recycled PET bottles instead of sand in a cement-based composite. Using discarded plastic bottles for this purpose also solves the problem of plastic garbage polluting the environment. Marine sand that is suitable for concrete construction is getting scarce and concrete constructions are becoming expensive. The dumped plastic bottles can be used to make a cheaper alternative building material. The use of PET bottles reduces the need for sand by about 13%, which in turn saves 10 to 15% of the cost. The new material can compete with glass reinforced concrete in some applications. It is light-weight, environment friendly and stronger. This plastic-in-concrete material can last for 35 to 50 years. It can also be an alternate source of income for thousands of slum dwellers in areas like Dharavi which can easily become recycling hubs. Incidentally, Anuradha is a gold medallist from MS University of Baroda. (24-05-2019)
Gujarat will track 195,000 teachers in 32,700 schools: The Gujarat government has put in place a surveillance plan to keep track of over 195,000 school teachers in the state. The plan’s purpose is to ensure that teachers stick to assigned tasks on a daily basis. There were too many complaints that teachers were monitored inadequately and that this led to absenteeism and a casual approach to work. Not only teachers, even their supervisors will be monitored by the surveillance system. The system will be run from a sophisticated command and control centre located in Gandhinagar. The 50 employees at the centre will be recruited from the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and the office of the Director of Primary Education (DPE). There will also be a call centre which will be run by the office of the Principal Secretary (Education). Teachers across the state will be monitored on a realtime basis. Over 1,200 telephone calls will be made daily from the call centre to randomly selected teachers. Details obtained by the call centre will be verified with online data collected by other means. An online attendance system has already been activated, and teachers now know that they are being monitored in realtime. Each caller from the centre will ask about 10 strategically framed questions. These questions will change periodically. The tracking system is also designed to seek feedback and suggestions from teachers, for instance about innovations or new teaching methods that the teachers may want to adopt but are being discouraged from doing so. Teachers should feel that they are being heard and their suggestions are being considered seriously. With over 32,700 schools and 195,000 teachers, this tracking system has a lot to take care of. Many people will be surprised to learn that 12,000 schools are run by just one or two teachers each. Not all teachers are lazy or incompetent. They are also saddled with other responsibilities: election duties, carrying out surveys, pulse polio campaigns, maintaining mid-day meal registers, etc. (24-05-2019)
Six women win Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat: All the six women who contested in the 2019 general election from Gujarat were fielded by the Bharatiya Janata Party and won by impressive margins. Darshana Jardosh won the Surat Lok Sabha seat by a margin of over 5.4 lakh votes. Ranjanben Bhatt won the Vadodara seat with a margin of over 5.8 lakh votes. Bharti Shiyal won the Bhavnagar seat with a margin of over 3.2 lakh votes. Shardaben Patel took the Mehsana seat with a margin of over 2.6 lakh. In the Chhota Udepur seat Geeta Rathva won by over 3.7 lakh votes. In Jamnagar Poonam Maadam won by over 2.3 lakh votes. (23-05-2019)
Plastic bags and pouches banned in wildlife sanctuaries: Water bottles, pouches, bags and other plastic material have been banned by the Gujarat government in the state’s wildlife sanctuaries – Gir National Park, Velavadar Blackbuck Sanctuary, Wild Ass Sanctuary, etc. A notification to this effect has been issued under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The non-biodegradable waste dumped in the sanctuaries has been posing a threat to the wildlife. Animals have been found eating discarded plastic bags. The owners of tourist vehicles will be held responsible if tourists are found disposing of waste. (23-05-2019)
Satellite ‘outgrowth’ areas may be merged with major cities: The Gujarat government will include satellite ‘outgrowth’ areas within municipal corporation limits. Urban development departments and municipal corporations have been asked to draft a report on additional urban growth centres, villages or towns that can be included within the limits of major municipal corporations before the 2020 civic polls for eight municipal corporations and about 100 municipalities. For instance, Bhayli, Dena and Undera may perhaps be included in Vadodara municipal limits. Gujarat city limits are likely to be revised by the end of 2019. A similar exercise was last conducted in 2006-07. (22-05-2019)
Driving licenses of 233 citizens suspended: Mild punishments have not worked with some irresponsible vehicle owners who insist on driving on the wrong side of the road. The city’s traffic police have now started imposing stiffer penalties. Between January 1 and May 15 the driving licenses of 233 citizens were suspended by the regional transport office (RTO) on the recommendation of the traffic police. Hearings are pending in another 98 cases. Vehicles of the offending drivers were seized, and released only after the fines were paid. Police personnel caught 5,108 persons driving on the wrong side, and 4,777 of them were fined on the spot; the penalty amount collected was Rs. 4.77 lakh. (22-05-2019)
Do not tamper with your vehicle’s number plates: In order to evade e-memo fines of Rs. 100 to Rs. 300 some oversmart drivers tamper with the registration plates of their vehicles. The traffic police take a strict view on number plate tampering. The errant driver can even face forgery charges. It is illegal to alter, hide or camouflage vehicle number plates. A driver in Ahmedabad altered his car’s registration number with paint to avoid receiving repeated e-memos for traffic offences. He was eventually caught by the cops and charged for forgery, an offence which invites up to 10 years in jail. (21-05-2019)
Milk prices go up: Milk prices will increase by Rs. 2 per litre across India, including Gujarat, from Tuesday. Amul, the brand marketed by Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), will cost more in almost all major markets – Gujarat, Delhi-NCR, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Uttaranchal. The increase in Gujarat will first take place in Ahmedabad and Saurashtra; it will take effect later in other areas. The new prices for a 500 ml pouch: Amul Gold (Rs 27), Amul Shakti (Rs. 25), Amul Taaza (Rs. 21), Amul Diamond (Rs. 28). The prices of cow milk remain unchanged. Amul Tea Special will cost Rs. 25 per 500 ml. GCMMF procures 190 lakh litres per day (LLPD) in Gujarat and 25 LLPD from village level milk societies located outside Gujarat. (21-05-2019)
Ahmedabad slaps fines on people who spit and urinate in public: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is slapping fines on those who spit or urinate in public places. After the drive started on May 13, the civic body has collected Rs. 12.43 lakh from those who were ‘caught in the act’ for a variety of offences: urinating in public, spitting in public, illegal use of plastic bags, violation of solid waste rules. The Vadodara Municipal Corporation can also copy this idea. (20-05-2019)
No response from prospective partners for Surat’s e-bus project: The recent tender pertaining to the 100 e-buses project of the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) did not got any response from prospective partners. No agency seems to be prepared to invest the amount of Rs. 125 to Rs. 150 crore needed to pay for running and maintaining 100 e-buses. The current mass transportation scene in Surat is: 166 BRTS and 325 city buses (all diesel), 40 routes, 325 sq km area, 2.10 lakh commuters daily. With the massive pollution belched out by all the diesel buses, SMC opted to go in for e-buses. The plan was that private operators will procure, run and maintain the e-buses and SMC will provide the infrastructure and pay per km. The tender has been floated again, and SMC hopes for a better response this time. (20-05-2019)
Defence industries corridor to be developed in Gujarat: The Gujarat government will develop a defence industries corridor, a dedicated area in which national and international defence sector companies can be invited to invest. The corridor will include parts of Ahmedabad district (Dholera SIR), Surendranagar, Kutch and some areas of north Gujarat and coastal Saurashtra. Over 20 companies have defence manufacturing licenses for Gujarat from the Indian government. L&T has already started a tank manufacturing plant at Hazira. The state government will need to notify unpopulated land for testing guns, short distance missiles, etc. Under the proposed policy land will be made available at 50% of ‘jantri’ rates for setting up units and there will be a 100% rebate of stamp duty and registration charges on land purchased. Also proposed is an electricity duty waiver for five years after commencement of production. (19-05-2019)
Special traffic penalty collection centres announced: Vadodara’s traffic police department has announced the opening of five collection centres for fines notified through e-challans issued to drivers who violated traffic rules. The locations of the five centres are Dandia Bazaar Crossroads, Pratapnagar-Dabhoi Crossroads, Sardar Estate, Bird Circle and Mujmahuda Circle. These centres will close on May 26. Penalties can also be paid at any State Bank of India (SBI) branch, traffic police website, Police Bhavan and traffic department in Karelibaug. Dues are yet to be recovered against 1.22 lakh e-challans issued during the last 12 months. (19-05-2019)
Happy days for radiologists and dermatologists: The current favourites among postgraduate medical courses are radiology and dermatology. These two programmes have overtaken the traditional ‘hot’ choices – orthopaedics, surgery, gynaecology, paediatrics and medicine. The trend has changed because of the high demand for radiologists and dermatologists, a demand that has been triggered by better job opportunities, less pressure of emergencies, more relaxed working hours and reduced professional risks. As the demand for radiologists and dermatologists has increased, so have the fees for these courses. At self-financed colleges the fees for these programmes are about Rs. 50 lakh, against Rs. 40 lakh for the PG course in medicine. The ‘returns’ are high too: a fresh doctor with a postgraduate degree in these two fields can easily walk into a job which offers Rs. 2 lakh per month. (18-05-2019)
Interesting tree conservation step: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is toying with an interesting idea: a fine of Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1 lakh for every tree that falls short of the mandated number in a residential or commercial property. No residential or commercial scheme should have fewer trees surviving than that mandated by the ‘building use’ permission granted to it. AMC has instructed all zonal offices to begin inspecting about 3,500 residential and commercial properties built between 2016 and 2019; the tree count mentioned in the town planning records must match the actual count on the property. Societies may face punitive action if the tree counts are short of the figures in the TP records. Societies must submit photographs of tree plantations for the official record. The ‘Nature Conservancy Report’ in 2016 stated that Ahmedabad was among 10 global cities in need of massive investments in tree plantation in order to reduce pollution. (18-05-2019)
Hospital affected by fire did not have an adequate fire-fighting system: Several days back a major fire had taken place on the terrace of a private hospital on Waghodia Road. Patients (two in an ICU and eight others in wards and rooms), their relatives and the hospital’s staff were rescued in time and sent to other hospitals in the vicinity. The hospital’s storage area and medical store located on the terrace were completely damaged. Whatever be the cause for the fire, it took two hours to control it. Investigations into the incident are going on, but it seems that the hospital did not have a fire-fighting system. It did have fire extinguishers. The hospital is by no means a small facility. How come the civic authorities allowed it to function even though it did not have a fire-fighting system? How many other similarly dangerous buildings are there in Vadodara? (17-05-2019)
Radio-frequency identification tags help to track stray cattle: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has ordered 50,000 RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags in its campaign to control the problem of stray cattle. The tags are being put under the skin of impounded stray cattle in order to keep track of them The idea is to create a data base of stray cattle and determine how often the same animal is impounded. The forest department also uses RFID tags, but for a different purpose, to keep track of the movements of lions and leopards. In the first ten days of the drive against stray cattle, over 150 cows were tagged. Once the animals are tagged and linked automatically to their owners, it becomes easier to quickly impose progressively higher penalties on repeat offenders. (17-05-2019)
575,000 e-challans issued for traffic violations: Between April 2018 and April 2019 Vadodara’s police department issued 575,000 e-challans for traffic violations, the total penalty amount being Rs. 8.07 crore. Going by these figures, the city’s drivers do not seem to be particularly law-abiding. The CCTVs on the roads are a big help in quickly issuing the e-challans. Some drivers have received as many as 15 or more e-challans; these cases are being pursued more vigorously, and it is likely that the concerned drivers may lose their licenses or have their vehicles confiscated if they do not pay the penalties. (16-05-2019)
Torrent Pharma is now Gujarat’s most valued pharma company: Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has now replaced Cadila Healthcare Ltd. (Zydus Cadila) as Gujarat’s most valued pharma company in terms of market capitalisation. Torrent’s m-cap (Rs. 27,629 crore) is Rs. 991 crore more than Cadila’s (Rs 26,638 crore). Over the last 12 months Cadila’s share price declined by over 32%, and Torrent’s increased by 21%. Incidentally, Cadila’s USA subsidiary (Zydus Pharmaceuticals Inc) is among the generic drug firms facing lawsuits there. (16-05-2019)
Valsad’s alphonso mango crop hit by industrial pollution: Industrial pollution has hit the Valsadi Hafoos, the alphonso mango loved by so many people. Over 1,600 Valsad farmers are now demanding that the government should compensate them for the failure of their mango crop. The pollution is estimated to have affected over 50% of the crop. The compensation being sought is Rs. 18,000 per hectare. The farmers are also suggesting that the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) should install suitable air pollution monitoring systems in the affected villages. (15-05-2019)
Implanting lens in the eyes is not necessarily cosmetic surgery: Some people have lens implanted in the eyes in order to avoid wearing spectacles. How do insurance companies view such interventions when they are faced with medical claims? In one recent case, a lady – age 82 – in Vadodara spent Rs. 80,000 for cataract surgeries. When she submitted the claim for reimbursement the insurance company cleared only Rs. 44,300 on the ground that the lens implanted to avoid wearing spectacles had cosmetic benefits only. The matter was subsequently taken up by the Vadodara District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum. The consumer court ordered the insurance company to pay the insured amount because such a surgical procedure cannot be considered cosmetic in nature. The doctor who treated the patient certified that the way in which the surgery was performed was not for cosmetic purposes. The specialist said that a special lens had to be implanted and that any other lens would have damaged the eyesight. The purpose was not to eliminate spectacles but to remove the cataract. (15-05-2019)
No helmet, no petrol: Effective June 1, fuel stations in Noida will not sell petrol to bikers without helmets. This directive has been issued by the district administration in order to promote road safety. The initiative will be extended to other areas depending upon the feedback. The administration has also warned that drivers are liable to be arrested if they misbehave with the staff at petrol filling stations. Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, states that not wearing a helmet while riding a two-wheeler can attract imprisonment of up to six months. The owners of filling stations have been instructed to ensure that their CCTV cameras are of reasonably good quality. (14-05-2019)
CCTV surveillance has not reduced cheating in board exams: CCTV cameras in examination centres are supposed to discourage cheating and copying. This year over 2,500 cases of cheating were caught after footage from about 3,500 CDs was examined. After studying the experience with CCTV cameras the authorities have not found a significant decrease in cheating cases. The figures: 2,500 cases in 2016, 2,100 in 2017, 2,550 in 2018. There have been instances where schools submitted tampered CDs of the CCTV footage. In some cases electricity supply was intentionally disrupted to prevent CCTV recordings. (14-05-2019)
Bengaluru’s traffic cops pitch in to fill potholes: A biker in Bengaluru crashed into a car while trying to avoid a pothole in the road. Rather than wait for the city’s municipal authorities to wake up to such hazards the traffic police launched a pothole filling drive to prevent similar accidents. Pretty soon 350 potholes were identified and attended to by the cops. During the last monsoon 20 people died due to pothole related accidents. While they are at it, the cops are also helping to clear stormwater drains choked with garbage and plastic waste. The Bengaluru police department has even drawn up its own monsoon checklist. Perhaps there is a small lesson here for Vadodara’s traffic police. Our city’s roads too have some dangerous spots and the traffic police and PCR van personnel can easily report them to the police control room. Sure, this may not be a legitimate police responsibility, but such voluntary work can certainly earn the cops a lot of goodwill. The Vadodara Municipal Corporation needs to use this help. (13-05-2019)
Over 21,000 Barodians paid Rs. 37 lakh for traffic offences last week: The Vadodara traffic police went into top gear last week to nab errant drivers. They managed to book over 21,000 drivers who shelled out Rs. 37 lakh by way of fines. The usual offences: not wearing helmets, over-speeding, using phones while driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, overloaded autorickshaws, improper parking. Over 3,000 vehicles were towed away from no-parking zones and over 14,600 e-challans were sent out. The cops say that a lot of rules are broken on busy roads during peak hours. Perhaps the police should try watching the same roads at non-peak hours. For instance, check out R.C. Dutt Road near Bombay Shopping Centre on any evening between 9 pm and 10 pm: you can easily spot at least 50 two-wheelers and four-wheelers (yes, four-wheelers too!) brazenly driving on the wrong side of the road. The cops know their job best, but it may be a good idea to spring some unpleasant but well-deserved surprises on the city’s road rowdies. (13-05-2019)
Gujarat police force ‘recruits’ two Belgian Malinois puppies: The Gujarat police force has recently ‘recruited’ two Belgian Malinois puppies to assist in anti-terror and mob control activities. These dogs are strong and rugged and exhibit a wide range of temperament and instinctive aggressiveness. Often called ‘war dogs’ this breed is certainly not suitable for households with small, erratic children. Such dogs are used widely the world over in security operations. The Gujarat cops want to buy 34 more such dogs. The two recently acquired puppies are being trained at the National Training Centre for Dogs in the BSF Academy at Tekanpur in Madhya Pradesh. Following a further stint at the National Training Centre in New Delhi, they will finally be ready for deployment in the Ahmedabad dog squad. Such dogs perform various activities as police dogs: herding, protection and law enforcement; drug, bomb and gas detection; search and rescue; tracking; therapy assistance to disabled. They can effectively chase suspects and take them down. (12-05-2019)
Hospitalisation only for tests, not treatment, but insurer was directed to pay claim: A consumer court in Ahmedabad directed an insurance company to pay the claim of a policy holder who was admitted to a hospital for diagnosis and not treated for any ailment. The doctor had advised him to be hospitalisation for some tests because of his symptoms. The insurer said it was not liable to pay because the hospital stay was essentially for diagnostic reasons and no active treatment had been carried out for his illness. The Ahmedabad Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum took the view that the hospitalisation was for evaluation of the patient’s condition and the subsequent management and control of the ailment; this is not possible to do for an outpatient. The court said that it can be termed active treatment. (12-05-2019)
Air India announces daily morning flight to Delhi: Flight schedules have been severely disrupted by the grounding of Jet Airways and passengers have been hassled, to say the least. Now there is some good news. Air India has announced that, starting June 5, it will start a daily morning flight from Vadodara to Delhi. Departing from Vadodara at 6.50 a.m. it will reach Delhi at 8.20 a.m. Departing from Delhi at 4.45 a.m. it will reach Vadodara at 6.20 a.m. These timings will give passengers a full working day at Delhi as well as at Vadodara. Air India will thus be running two daily flights to Delhi. Indigo already has a morning flight to Delhi. (11-05-2019)
Waste water can be treated and reused: The Gujarat government has taken up two projects to treat waste water in Ahmedabad and send it through a 90-km bulk water pipeline to Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) and Mandal-Becharaji Special Investment Region (MBSIR). The objective is to decrease the use of fresh water for industrial purposes. The reuse of treated waste water should help to reduce the state’s dependence for water on the Narmada Yojana. Narmada water is available to eight municipal corporations (Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Gandhinagar) and local area development authorities. Government authorities are aiming to use 75% treated waste water in industries, construction work, local parks and gardens and thereby reduce the load on local water bodies. Treated waste water can also be used in irrigation. It is also planned to eventually fill the Sabarmati Riverfront with treated waste water. (11-05-2019)
Good news for nightbirds: Business owners have been responding quite enthusiastically to the new Gujarat government regulations that allow shops and restaurants to remain open round the clock. No prior permissions or registrations are required. In some areas the municipal authorities may have to put in more efforts for solid waste management. The authorities will of course increase their law and order and traffic monitoring activities so as to maintain the peace. The longer working hours will hopefully increase employment opportunities and also increase the footfalls and profit margins of establishments. (10-05-2019)
Gujarat’s first Vulnerable Witness Deposition Complex: Gujarat’s first Vulnerable Witness Deposition Complex was inaugurated recently at the Vadodara district court complex by Acting Chief Justice Dave. The complex is designed specifically for victims of sexual offences, child witnesses and victims of heinous crimes who have to be protected from undue pressure from the accused. It has separate entries and there is no direct contact between the judge, the advocate or the accused with the child witness or victim. These features ensure that minor victims can avoid going through the trauma of a conventional courtroom proceeding; they do not even have to face the accused directly. The separate room has toys, television and food for minor victims. A helper sits in this separate room with the victims with headphones and a microphone. The activities inside the room can be telecast live in the courtroom for the judge, lawyers and the accused. For the victim’s deposition, the questions and replies are redirected through the helper. Similar centres, which provide a safe and comfortable environment for vulnerable witnesses, will be set up throughout the state. Until now, depositions were conducted in the judge’s chambers and a partition had to be put up so that the victim was not intimidated by the accused. (10-05-2019)
Yatradham board should cater to pilgrimage sites of all faiths: The Gujarat high court recently ordered the Gujarat Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board to include pilgrimage sites of all religions in allocation of funds for development. The court has asked for an all inclusive list of religious sites from the government by June 14, when a further hearing will be held on a PIL (Public Interest Litigation). The PIL wanted funds to be allocated for development of pilgrimage sites of all faiths – Hindu, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism. The state government had passed a resolution in 1995 with the objective of providing lodging and boarding facilities to pilgrims who visit religious shrines from distant places. (09-05-2019)
Admissions to Gujarat's engineering and pharmacy colleges: Admissions to Gujarat’s engineering colleges will be initiated on May 20 and admissions to pharmacy colleges will be initiated on May 21. The state’s 137 engineering colleges have a total of 60,937 seats, while the 80 pharmacy colleges have 5,795 seats. Students can get their PIN (Personal Identification Number) and reference booklet by paying Rs. 350 at private sector bank branches. More information is available on the website of the admission committee for professional courses. Last year, 30,000 engineering college seats and 2,000 pharmacy college seats remained vacant. (09-05-2019)
Alembic to enter Chinese market: Vadodara based Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has signed a joint venture agreement with SPH SINE Pharmaceutical Laboratories Co. Ltd. and Adia (Shanghai) Pharma Co. Ltd. to promote and sell pharmaceutical products in the Chinese market. The joint venture (SPH 51 per cent, Alembic 44 per cent, Adia 5 per cent) will set up a manufacturing facility in China, besides commercialising the existing Alembic products manufactured at its Indian facilities. The JV will initially start with a portfolio of oral solids. It may widen to other areas like injectables, ophthalmology, dermatology and oncology which are being currently developed and manufactured by Alembic. The agreement was signed at the Vadodara headquarters of Alembic. China is the world’s second largest drug market, after the US. (08-05-2019)
Accused persons should not be shamed by cops in public: The Gujarat high court has ordered government authorities to stop police personnel from shaming accused persons by parading them, handcuffed or bound, in public places after arrests. A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) had been filed recently in the high court seeking its direction “to the police authorities to not tie (up) accused persons with handcuffs or ropes and exhibit them in public view, contrary to the constitutional protection...” The PIL wanted the police to follow the Supreme Court guidelines in this regard. The Supreme Court has delineated in great detail the rights of a person in police custody. The state government assured the court that it will take action against policemen found guilty of violating the rights and dignity of the accused. (08-05-2019)
Ahmedabad tries a new solution for an old problem: Here is a fresh new look at an old problem. Ahmedabad, like so many other places in India, has chaotic traffic problems, road encroachments and people creating nuisance in public places. To solve such problems the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and the city police have set up a Joint Enforcement Team (JET) for each of the city’s 48 wards. Each JET will be responsible tor regulating traffic, removing encroachments, booking those who create nuisance and preventing illegal parking in its assigned ward. JET members will also nab those spitting on the road, littering, pasting unauthorised advertisements, etc. Each JET will move around its ward in a special e-rickshaw that has been designed by the National Institute of Design (NID). The team will have five members – the e-rickshaw driver, two police members, one person from the AMC estate department, and one from the AMC health department. The team will issue memos and collect fines on the spot. Each JET will be evaluated on the basis of several factors – ease of traffic movement, removal of encroachments, parking problems, etc. (07-05-2019)
A citizen is a ‘consumer’ and the municipal corporation is a ‘service provider’: The relationship between the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, or Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) and a citizen is that between a ‘consumer’ and a ‘service provider’. This was stated in a recent ruling by the Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. A citizen had filed a complaint before the district consumer forum against the BMC Commissioner regarding faulty water supply to his home. The commission ruled that the complainant is a consumer of the BMC and is entitled to file a complaint with the consumer forum if he has grievances; he pays taxes to the BMC and hence there is a consumer and service provider relationship. (07-05-2019)
PUBG ban not renewed by the police: The ban notification issued by the police on the online mobile game PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) on March 13 has not been renewed. What this means is that PUBG can again be played in the city without inviting any action from the police. It is quite likely that no new notification to this effect will be issued. The notification was in effect till April 12 and it seems that it has been allowed to lapse after that. During the ban some arrests had been made. (06-05-2019)
Amul will sponsor Afghanistan cricket team for World Cup 2019: The Amul dairy brand will be the official sponsor of the Afghanistan cricket team for the ICC World Cup 2019. This will be Afghanistan’s first appearance at this level, as an international cricket council (ICC) full member; the country is 10th in the ICC one day international rankings. The team featured in the last edition in 2015 as an associate member. Afghanistan will play nine matches, including one against India. The Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) – which markets the Amul brand – has been exporting dairy products to Afghanistan for 20 years. Last year’s exports to Afghanistan included 3,000 metric tonnes of Amul skimmed milk powder and Amulspray infant milk food. Incidentally, Kent RO Systems Ltd. Will be sponsoring the Sri Lanka National cricket team in the World Cup. (06-05-2019)
Dr Shantha Kumar appointed director of Gujarat National Law University: Prof Dr S Shantha Kumar has been appointed as the new director of the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU). The GNLU General Council, headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud approved the decision to appoint Dr. Shantha Kumar to the post for a five-year term. Dr Shantha Kumar will succeed Dr Bimal N Patel whose 10-year term as GNLU Director ended in November 2018. After his term ended, he was asked to continue in office until his successor was appointed. Prof Dr S Shantha Kumar is presently the Pro Vice-Chancellor & Dean, School of Law of GD Goenka University. He has served as Dean, Faculty of Law at SGT University, Gurgaon; Director of ITM Law School, ITM University, Gurgaon; Associate Professor of Law and Controller of Examinations at Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur; Senior Lecturer at Government Law College, Madurai; and Senior Lecturer at Government Law College, Chennai. Before joining the legal academia he had practised at the Madras High Court for seven years. He is an alumnus of Madras University where he obtained his graduation, post-graduation and doctorate degree in law. His areas of specialisation are Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, International Law, and Constitutional Law. GNLU, a National Law University established under the Gujarat National Law University Act, 2003, is located at Gandhinagar. The statute provides that the Chief Justice of India or a Senior Supreme Court Judge serve as the Visitor of the university. (05-05-2019)
Shops and food outlets permitted to operate round the clock: The Gujarat Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act 2019 has been formally notified by the Gujarat government. Shops and commercial establishments will now be permitted to remain open round the clock. This applies to retail shops, markets, malls and food outlets. Other features in the act: shops and establishments employing less than 10 persons will not require registration; annual renewal of registration will not be needed; employees who work overtime will get paid twice their pay instead of the current 1.5 times. Overall, this amendment is expected to increase employment and give a boost to business. The state’s seven lakh shops and establishments with less than 10 employees generate direct employment for about 12 lakh persons. (05-05-2019)
Surat airport is the second busiest in Gujarat: The Surat airport has now become the second busiest airport in Gujarat, next to Ahmedabad. It occupies the 38th position among the busiest 50 in India, in terms of passenger traffic and aircraft movement in 2018-19. Its traffic jumped 81% to 12.38 lakh passengers, up from 6.81 lakh passengers in 2017-18. Surat airport handles 27 flights of SpiceJet, Air India, AirAsia, IndiGo and Ventura AirConnect. Thanks to the increase in passenger traffic, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) will soon deploy CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) personnel for security at Surat airport. Currently, only 95 security personnel are stationed at the airport (the required strength is 114). BCAS studies the need for security manpower and makes suitable recommendations to the Ministry of Home Affairs. Airport security was handed over to the CISF in 1999 after an Indian Airlines flight was hijacked by terrorists. The first airport covered by CISF was Jaipur. Out if India's 98 airports, CISF security is in place at 59 airports. (04-05-2019)
Alkapuri underpass will be closed for a week for a safety inspection: In order to conduct a safety inspection of the Alkapuri underpass, the railways will close it for a week from Saturday. People commuting from Alkapuri to Sayajigunj will have to use the Jetalpur Road and the Jetalpur railway overbridge. The inspection is likely to be completed by 10th May. Taking advantage of the scheduled traffic closure, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation has also planned to take up other repair and maintenance works along this stretch of the road. (04-05-2019)
Maharashtra leads in registration of projects under RERA: Maharashtra tops the list of states when it comes to registration of projects under the realty law known as Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA). The state has 20,718 registered realty projects and about 19,699 real estate agents. Gujarat occupies the second rank, with 5,317 real estate projects and 889 real estate agents and agencies. RERA seeks to protect home-buyers and also boost investments in the real estate industry. It is mandatory for all commercial and residential real estate projects where the land is over 500 square metres, or eight apartments, to register with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) for launching a project, in order to provide greater transparency in project marketing and execution. The rules prohibit unaccounted money from being pumped into the sector. Also, builders have to quote prices based on carpet area, not super built-up area, while carpet area has been clearly defined in the Act to include usable spaces like kitchen and toilets. (03-05-2019)
Tax evaders often flaunt lavish lifestyles on social media: The income-tax (I-T) department in Gujarat is now a part of Project Insight, a national initiative designed to allow tax officials to develop comprehensive, 360-degree profiles of Indian taxpayers. Project Insight is basically a tax tracker to help officials crack down on tax evaders. Earlier, I-T officials relied on bank records to calculate tax liabilities. With Project Insight, spending patterns of taxpayers can be gathered from a variety of additional sources, including social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter. For example, photographs of a holiday abroad may perhaps appear to be incompatible with a person's declared income; a mismatch can lead to further investigation. The department will get details of an individual’s credit card transactions, share transactions, cash transactions, foreign currency transactions, immovable properties, bank deposits, purchases of goods and services, and check these details against the I-T returns filed by him. Tools like data analytics will be used to prepare profiles of persons and companies. The idea is to follow the trail of transactions that a person leaves behind. Collaboration between different government agencies will be a crucial factor to make the initiative successful. People may now think twice before they flaunt their lavish lifestyles on social media. (03-05-2019)
Gujarat high court asks state to consider installation of CCTV cameras in all schools: The Gujarat high court has asked the state government to file an affidavit by June 17 regarding the state of CCTV installations at all schools. The state has been directed to place on record a plan to cover all schools with surveillance cameras for the safety and security of children. All schools – government schools, grant-in-aid schools, private unaided schools – should be covered and there should be a proper safety audit of schools. After CCTV cameras are installed, liability should be fixed on the concerned authorities to make sure the cameras are functional. The Delhi government has implemented such a scheme. Gujarat should be able to do this too. Some time back the high court had asked the state government to bring all police stations under CCTV surveillance in order to curb police atrocities. This had followed a PIL that had complained about custodial torture at a police facility. (02-05-2019)
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District administration shuts all tuition and coaching classes (27-05-2019)
Fire audit to be conducted in city (26-05-2019)
Fire in scrap godown on city’s outskirts (26-05-2019)
LED lights have their advantages, and perhaps some disadvantages too (25-05-2019)
Young Barodian lady has supported the education of 23,000 girls (25-05-2019)
Recycled PET bottles used instead of sand in low-cost concrete structures (24-05-2019)
Gujarat will track 195,000 teachers in 32,700 schools (24-05-2019)
Six women win Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat (23-05-2019)
Plastic bags and pouches banned in wildlife sanctuaries (23-05-2019)
Satellite ‘outgrowth’ areas may be merged with major cities (22-05-2019)
Driving licenses of 233 citizens suspended (22-05-2019)
Do not tamper with your vehicle’s number plates (21-05-2019)
Milk prices go up (21-05-2019)
Ahmedabad slaps fines on people who spit and urinate in public (20-05-2019)
No response from prospective partners for Surat’s e-bus project (20-05-2019)
Defence industries corridor to be developed in Gujarat (19-05-2019)
Special traffic penalty collection centres announced (19-05-2019)
Happy days for radiologists and dermatologists (18-05-2019)
Interesting tree conservation step (18-05-2019)
Hospital affected by fire did not have an adequate fire-fighting system (17-05-2019)
Radio-frequency identification tags help to track stray cattle (17-05-2019)
575,000 e-challans issued for traffic violations (16-05-2019)
Torrent Pharma is now Gujarat’s most valued pharma company (16-05-2019)
Valsad’s alphonso mango crop hit by industrial pollution (15-05-2019)
Implanting lens in the eyes is not necessarily cosmetic surgery (15-05-2019)
No helmet, no petrol (14-05-2019)
CCTV surveillance has not reduced cheating in board exams (14-05-2019)
Bengaluru’s traffic cops pitch in to fill potholes (13-05-2019)
Over 21,000 Barodians paid Rs. 37 lakh for traffic offences last week (13-05-2019)
Gujarat police force ‘recruits’ two Belgian Malinois puppies (12-05-2019)
Hospitalisation only for tests, not treatment, but insurer was directed to pay claim (12-05-2019)
Air India announces daily morning flight to Delhi (11-05-2019)
Waste water can be treated and reused (11-05-2019)
Good news for nightbirds (10-05-2019)
Gujarat’s first Vulnerable Witness Deposition Complex (10-05-2019)
Yatradham board should cater to pilgrimage sites of all faiths (09-05-2019)
Admissions to Gujarat's engineering and pharmacy colleges (09-05-2019)
Alembic to enter Chinese market (08-05-2019)
Accused persons should not be shamed by cops in public (08-05-2019)
Ahmedabad tries a new solution for an old problem (07-05-2019)
A citizen is a ‘consumer’ and the municipal corporation is a ‘service provider’ (07-05-2019)
PUBG ban not renewed by the police (06-05-2019)
Amul will sponsor Afghanistan cricket team for World Cup 2019 (06-05-2019)
Dr Shantha Kumar appointed director of Gujarat National Law University (05-05-2019)
Shops and food outlets permitted to operate round the clock (05-05-2019)
Surat airport is the second busiest in Gujarat (04-05-2019)
Alkapuri underpass will be closed for a week for a safety inspection (04-05-2019)
Maharashtra leads in registration of projects under RERA (03-05-2019)
Tax evaders often flaunt lavish lifestyles on social media (03-05-2019)
Gujarat high court asks state to consider installation of CCTV cameras in all schools (02-05-2019)
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