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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)
Bill on chain snatching approved: The President of India has given assent to the criminal law amendment bill which was passed by the Gujarat assembly last year to control the incidents of chain, purse and mobile snatching. Even an attempt to snatch will now attract a fine of Rs. 25,000 and a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment, which can extend to ten years. The bill also prescribed a punishment of three years’ rigorous imprisonment if a victim was injured in an incident of chain snatching. With the stiffer provisions in place it is hoped that chain snatchers will not get off lightly and women will be safer. (02-05-2019)
Two new medical colleges in Gujarat: Permission has been granted by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for two more medical colleges in Gujarat – at Visnagar (Nutan Medical College and Research Centre) and Nadiad (Dharmsinh Desai Medical Institute). With 300 more medical seats in these two colleges, the total for the state will go up to 4,450. The two hospitals attached to these two medical colleges have a capacity of 300 beds. Gujarat presently has 25 medical colleges with 4,150 seats. MCI approval is pending for another two medical colleges, at Amreli and Ahmedabad, and the number of medical seats will then rise by another 300. Admissions to the two new medical colleges will begin from the current academic year. (02-05-2019)
Western Railway vendors’ meet in city on 4th May: A vendors’ meet has been organised by Western Railway on May 4 (between 11 am and 1.30 pm). The event will be held in the conference hall of the divisional railway manager’s office at Pratapnagar in Vadodara. The objective of the meet is to induct new vendors into the railway supply chain. The railway division will display and share information on the annual requirements of Indian Railways of various materials. The stalls at the venue will exhibit various products for which additional vendors are required. All the potential vendors are invited to attend. (01-05-2019)
Public transport is avoided even when available: Many people persist in using their private vehicles even though they have access to alternative public transport options. What could be the possible reasons for this? The Faculty of Technology at Ahmedabad’s CEPT University has conducted a survey to find the answers to this question. Here are some of the factors that switched off people from public transport:
... Inadequate last-mile and first-mile connectivity
... Bus station not close by
... Long, circuitous routes
... Not enough direct routes (this forces commuters to change buses)
... Not enough luggage space
... Long journey time
... High fares
... Poor bus maintenance
... Overcrowding (01-05-2019)
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation fines a man for spitting: Ahmedabad’s municipal and police services have been strengthened by the introduction of powerful CCTV surveillance systems. Officials of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) were recently able to fine a citizen for spitting at a traffic junction; he was spotted and identified by CCTV cameras. The city’s surveillance cameras are programmed by sophisticated artificial intelligence systems which can detect 18 types of violations relating to traffic and public health. The cameras can identify miscreants defacing walls, littering in public areas, smoking in public, speaking on the phone while driving, etc. The software can also zero in on suspects loitering in restricted areas. Some of the cameras can even record ambient conversations! (01-05-2019)
Absconding NRI husbands: The 2018-19 year saw the highest number of complaints registered against absconding NRI husbands at the National Commission for Women. The Ministry of External Affairs initiated action to either suspend or revoke the passports of 61 men; another 14 cases are under scrutiny. There were 828 complaints registered, the highest (96) from Delhi, followed by Punjab (95), UP (94), Haryana (68), Tamil Nadu (65), Telangana (64), Maharashtra (63), Andhra Pradesh (54), and Gujarat (48). The NRI cell has received 4,274 complaints since 2009. Complaints are made by women residing in India and also those residing in the country of residence of their husbands. The usual grievances of women living in India are desertion, domestic violence and dowry harassment by husband and in-laws. Women have other complaints too: husband forcefully taking away the passport of the complainant; husband’s whereabouts not known, lack of support to contest court cases relating to the divorce. (30-04-2019)
Two more hostels for MS University: The advisory committee for the Halls of Residence of MS University of Baroda has decided to build two new hostels to meet the growing demand. Both the hostels, one for girls and one for boys, will have three to four floors. Food at these two hostels may be provided by The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) on a pilot basis. TAPF is a non-profit organisation that primarily runs school lunch programmes across India. (30-04-2019)
Paper knowledge, paper evaluations and paper degrees are all too papery: Ladakhi educationist and celebrated inventor Sonam Wangchuk was in the city on Saturday to be the chief guest at the ‘Tod-Fod-Jod’ (TFJ) Fest 2019 organised by the Vadodara Innovation Council (VIC). TFJ is an exciting and innovative learning approach to help students discover how science and technology can work to create useful devices. In his address Mr. Wangchuk said that board examinations and entrance tests for admission to prestigious institutions must also test the inclination of students towards their field. Universities should not just be issuers of certificates for getting jobs but vibrant places for research on solutions to people’s problems. Born in 1966, Mr. Wangchuk is an engineer, an innovator and an education reformist. He is the founding director of the Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) which was started in 1988 by a group of students who he says were victims of an alien education system foisted on them. He is also known for designing the SECMOL campus that runs on solar energy and uses no fossil fuels for cooking, lighting or heating. He was instrumental in launching Operation New Hope in 1994, a collaboration of government, village communities and civil society to reform the government school system. He invented the Ice Stupa technique that creates artificial glaciers, used for storing winter water in the form of conical shaped ice heaps. He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2018. It is said that he was the inspiration for Aamir Khan’s character in the 2009 film ‘3 Idiots’. He keeps on stressing that paper knowledge, paper evaluations and paper degrees are all too papery and all too theoretical; they have very little that prepares us for real life in the real world. (29-04-2019)
One more step towards India’s first undersea tunnel: The tender has been issued for India’s first undersea tunnel. Issued by the National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL), the tender is for the tunnel which will be a part of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. The entire 508-km route includes a 21-km underground stretch between BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex) and Shilphata in Maharashtra; of this, 7 km will be under the Thane creek – with 1.8 km under the sea bed and the remaining under the mangroves marshland on both sides of the creek. The tender stipulates that the construction of tunnelling works should be completed within 3.5 years. The geo-technical investigation of the undersea tunnel area was already carried out last year by NHSRCL, Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) and Japan’s Kawasaki Geological Engineering. The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), the Mangroves Survey of India (MSI) and the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) have also studied the environmental impact of the project. Clearances have also been taken from the Coastal Regulation Management Authority, the National Board of Wildlife and the forest department. (29-04-2019)
The heat wave is on: The current heat wave pushed Vadodara’s maximum temperature to 44.4 degrees Celsius on Saturday, making the city among the warmest in the state. The minimum for the day was an uncomfortable 28 degrees Celsius. The previous April record for Vadodara was 44.2 degrees Celsius – on April 28, 2009 and April 17, 2010. Last year’s maximum for the summer was 43.7 degrees Celsius. The meteorological department says that the city will continue to sizzle for a few more days. (28-04-2019)
Lady riding pillion falls off her husband’s bike: Safety measures must apply to pillion riders too. The sari of an Ahmedabad lady riding pillion was caught in the rear wheel of her husband’s bike; she fell of the bike and died. The loose end of her sari got entangled in the wheel of the bike being driven by her husband. She was pulled off the bike with her child in her hand. The child was not hurt but the mother, just 22 years old, succumbed to her injuries. Too many pillion riders are being a little careless about elementary safety measures. They should wear helmets too, they should properly tuck in their loose clothing, they should be more careful about how they carry their very young children. Sometimes, adults allow very young children to sit alone on the pillion seat. Also, children often sit on the pillion seat facing backward. It is time that the police get more strict about such dangerous and suicidal behaviour. (28-04-2019)
Two universities team up to offer course on sports forensics: Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU) will collaborate with Swarnim Gujarat Sports University to introduce a course covering the discipline of sports forensics. Covering areas like doping, match fixing, spot fixing, betting, etc., the course will teach investigation methods as well as preventive procedures. Doping is the use of performance enhancing drugs (corticosteroids, anabolic steroids, steroid hormones, etc.) or banned methods to improve performance. Sports doping is also prevalent in horse racing. It is both unfair and detrimental to health. Many of the regulations governing doping are framed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In organised sports, match fixing happens when a match is played to a pre-determined result, violating the rules of the game and the law. It fixes the final result of the game; the objective can be to obtain a payoff from gamblers, or intentionally perform poorly to gain a future advantage, or rig a handicap system. Spot fixing involves fixing small events within a match which can be gambled upon, but which are unlikely to prove decisive in determining the final result of the game. Betting is the activity of predicting results and placing a wager on the outcome. Betting can also apply to non-athletic events such as reality show contests, political elections, horse racing, entertainment events (Grammys, Oscars, Emmy Awards). (27-04-2019)
Only doctor, not insurance company, can decide line of treatment: A consumer court in Vadodara ruled recently that it is only the doctor – and not the insurance company – who should decide the treatment to be given to a patient. The consumer court ordered the insurance company and third-party administrator (TPA) to pay the insured amount to the citizen who had complained to the court. The complainant, whose wife was treated for cervical spondylosis for three days at a local hospital, claimed an insurance amount of about Rs. 19,000 after his wife was discharged. The TPA rejected the claim because ‘no active line of treatment was given during hospitalisation’. The Vadodara District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum ruled that “No insurance company can decide the line of treatment to be given to a patient, only doctors can decide about the treatment. …Opinion of the doctor who treated patient is more truthful than the TPA’s opinion which is based on examination of case papers.” (26-04-2019)
MSU attracted Rs. 105 crore of research grants in three years: In the three years between 2015 and 2017 MS University of Baroda (MSU) attracted Rs. 105 crore for research projects. In this period MSU received 147 sponsored projects from 78 funding agencies. The university’s researchers published 34 patents, of which 19 were granted. These details of the sponsored projects and research activities were submitted for the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. In the NIRF rankings for 2019, MSU was placed in the rank band of 100 to 150 in the university category and in the rank band of 150 to 200 in the overall category. Last year, MSU did not figure in the top 200. (25-04-2019)
How Vadodara district voted: The Vadodara Lok Sabha constituency recorded a little over 67.86 % voting, higher than in the last Lok Sabha election (a by-election) but lower than the 70.94 % registered in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The Vadodara district has 17,94,383 registered voters – 9,22,118 male, 8,72,132 female and 133 third-gender voters. The voter turnout in the Waghodia, Savli and Manjalpur assembly constituencies was higher than last time. Vadodara district collector and election officer Shalini Agrawal said that 21 complaints had been received and these were being looked into by election officials. City police commissioner Anupam Singh Gahlaut said that the voting passed off peacefully. In the neighbouring areas, the Chhota Udepur, Dahod, Panchmahal and Anand parliamentary constituencies saw a voter turnout higher than in the 2014 polls. Chhota Udepur saw Gujarat’s third highest voter turnout – 72.9 %. Anand was at 66 % and Panchmahal 61.6 %. (24-04-2019)
Industrial investments into Gujarat’s districts: Gujarat government statistics show that during the last five years 75% of the total industrial investment of Rs. 2.44 lakh crore that flowed into the state went to just four districts. These districts are Ahmedabad, Kutch, Surat and Bharuch. The total investment into the state was in the form of 1,718 industrial projects. Ahmedabad got 28 percent of the total investment – Rs. 69,384 crore spread over 350 projects. Kutch was next with Rs. 52,759 crore spread over 133 projects, then Surat with Rs. 33,285 crore spread over 209 projects, then Bharuch with Rs. 30,073 crore spread over 211 projects. Some other districts with significant investments: Panchmahal (Rs. 10,525 crore, 43 projects), Morbi (Rs. 10,031 crore, 227 projects), Vadodara (Rs. 9,347 crore, 127 projects). Districts with zero investments were Porbandar, Chhota Udepur, Dahod, and Dangs. Districts which saw less than Rs. 100 crore investments were Navsari (Rs. 52 crore, six projects), Mahisagar (Rs. 73 crore, one project) and Narmada (Rs. 90 crore, one project). Some people believe that the state should make the tribal districts too – Dangs, Banaskantha, etc. – more attractive for investors; this would help to increase the number of available jobs in these areas. Perhaps the training infrastructure in the state also needs to improved further. (23-04-2019)
It is an offence to cut trees without permission: We all know that you should not cut trees without the permission of the concerned authorities. An interesting incident from Ahmedabad now reveals that you should take permission even for cutting off a few branches of a tree. A vigilant citizen was disturbed when some members of his residential society cut off a few branches of two asopalav trees on the grounds of the society. It turned out that permission had in fact not been taken to prune the trees. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has now slapped a fine of Rs. 10,000 on the society. Incidentally, birds had built nests in the branches. The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, stipulates that disturbing the eggs or nests of birds falls under the category of hunting; the offence is liable for punishment that includes up to three years of jail term along with a monetary fine. The Director of the Parks and Gardens department of AMC said that people often chop branches during holidays since the corporation office is closed and they believe that they will escape attention. (22-04-2019)
Ailing cow had garbage inside its stomach: An ailing cow from Kavitha village in Anand district’s Borsad taluka was brought for treatment to Amul Dairy’s veterinary doctors. An operation was done and 20 kg of plastic bags and metal wires were removed from the suffering animal’s stomach! Its stomach was bloated and it had stopped eating for 20 days. The doctors said that such a large quantity of plastic bags could not have been consumed by the cow in just a day; it must have been taking in the junk for quite some time. It seems that the owner let the cow graze in open areas, which is where thoughtless people carelessly throw away plastic bags. Our polluting habits make life miserable not only for human beings, but also for other living creatures – who have no way of protesting. (21-04-2019)
Man claims he had valid bills for the liquor he was caught with: Police in Ahmedabad recently arrested a man for possessing four liquor bottles which he had bought from Dubai for his friends. The man was in a taxi. He claimed that he had bought the liquor from a duty-free shop at Dubai airport. He even said he had valid bills for the liquor bottles. That may be true, said the cops, but possessing the liquor is an offence in Gujarat even if it has been purchased from a duty-free shop. You must have a valid permit for the privilege to drink alcohol. The man was booked for the offence. (20-04-2019)
Civic bodies often outsource important tasks: The Gujarat high court has asked a state official to explain the government’s position on outsourcing of services that are essential functions of civic bodies. A bench of the high court has asked the officer to be present in court to explain the issue. The court said that there are instances where corporations, municipalities and panchayats invite bids for the supply of manpower for jobs that are essential duties of civic bodies under the statutes. A few months back the question was raised whether local bodies “can outsource primary and basic functions and services statutorily required to be discharged by the local authority and whether the local authority can, for awarding contract for execution of such primary functions, invite tenders…”. This question was raised when a charitable trust approached the high court to challenge Junagadh Municipal Corporation’s decision to scrap a tender and float a fresh tender after the trust was found to be the lowest bidder for supplying human resource for sanitation. The trust challenged the corporation’s decision to invite fresh bids. The civic body had also invited tenders for hiring people for the posts of sanitary inspectors, accountants and deputy fire officers. (19-04-2019)
Relaxed rules likely for shops and establishments: Some changes may soon take place in the rules pertaining to shops and establishments in Gujarat. The ‘Gujarat Shops and Establishment Amendment Act’ may perhaps get notified for implementation from May 1. Among the possible changes:
… Businesses can function for longer hours, in some cases round the clock
… Small shop owners will have fewer hassles of registration and renewals
… Women employees can work from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
… Creches where there are more than 30 women employees
… Canteen facility where there are more than 100 employees
… No certificates for establishments with less than 10 employees
… Increase in overtime remuneration is some cases (18-04-2019)
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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)
Bill on chain snatching approved (02-05-2019)
Two new medical colleges in Gujarat (02-05-2019)
Western Railway vendors’ meet in city on 4th May (01-05-2019)
Public transport is avoided even when available (01-05-2019)
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation fines a man for spitting (01-05-2019)
Absconding NRI husbands (30-04-2019)
Two more hostels for MS University (30-04-2019)
Paper knowledge, paper evaluations and paper degrees are all too papery (29-04-2019)
One more step towards India’s first undersea tunnel (29-04-2019)
The heat wave is on (28-04-2019)
Lady riding pillion falls off her husband’s bike (28-04-2019)
Two universities team up to offer course on sports forensics (27-04-2019)
Only doctor, not insurance company, can decide line of treatment (26-04-2019)
MSU attracted Rs. 105 crore of research grants in three years (25-04-2019)
How Vadodara district voted (24-04-2019)
Industrial investments into Gujarat’s districts (23-04-2019)
It is an offence to cut trees without permission (22-04-2019)
Ailing cow had garbage inside its stomach (21-04-2019)
Man claims he had valid bills for the liquor he was caught with (20-04-2019)
Civic bodies often outsource important tasks (19-04-2019)
Relaxed rules likely for shops and establishments (18-04-2019)
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