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Gujarat's municipalities will get star rankings based on civic amenities
The Gujarat government plans to give star rankings to the state’s 156 municipalities based on
The Gujarat government plans to give star rankings to the state’s 156 municipalities based on the civic amenities being provided by them. This was discussed by the chief minister during a meeting which reviewed urban development activities with six regional commissioners of municipalities.
Incidentally, 50 per cent of the state’s population lives in cities and towns.
- The objective is to improve services by creating an atmosphere of healthy competition so that the municipalities work harder for people’s welfare.
- The government may also provide additional funds as incentive to the better performing urban bodies.
- Municipalities will be evaluated on the basis of street lights, water, roads, underground drainage, sewage treatment plant, etc.
- The chief minister suggested that municipalities should fix targets for welfare activities and complete them on schedule.
Entrance exams at MS University for first year BSc and MSc courses
Next month the Science Faculty at MS University of Baroda (MSU) will conduct entrance exams for
Next month the Science Faculty at MS University of Baroda (MSU) will conduct entrance exams for admission in first year BSc and MSc courses. The exams will be conducted online for MSc courses, BSc (Environment Science), BCA (Bachelor of Computer Applications) and CMB (Cell & Molecular Biology). The mock tests for undergraduate courses including BCA, BSc (Environment Science) and CMB will be held on August 17 and August 18. Admission to BSc (Honours) in botany, chemistry, geography, geology, maths, microbiology, physics, statistics and zoology, both regular and higher payment courses, will be merit-based. For admission in BSc (Environment Science), BCA, CMB, BSc (Honours) at Faculty of Science and M K Amin College at Padra, August 9 is the last date for application. Those students whose results are not declared so far can also apply for all the entrance exam based admissions. The mock test for postgraduate courses for admission in botany, geography, statistics, zoology, physics, chemistry, geology, biochemistry, medical biotechnology, microbiology, mathematics, MSc (Environment Science) and MSc (IT) will be held on August 6 and August 8. The last date for application is July 31.
Children-friendly centres launched at Delhi police stations
The Delhi police department has launched children-friendly centres at 11 police stations to create
The Delhi police department has launched children-friendly centres at 11 police stations to create a safe and comfortable space for children who may need to lodge complaints, seek help or otherwise interact with the cops.
- Six to seven children visit a police station every day.
- Many of these children are victims of rape, abuse or domestic violence.
- Children often leave their homes and are rescued from other cities or states.
- Children sometimes get drawn into petty crimes and violate the law.
- Children – and their families – are scared of police stations and nervous with police personnel.
- Children are frightened and take time to identify or give the names of the tormentors.
- The centres are equipped with books, toys, games.
- The furniture and the decor are pleasant and comforting for children.
- Women personnel are deployed at each centre.
Drop in number of students going abroad for education
According to the ministry of external affairs, 2.61 lakh students from India went abroad for higher
According to the ministry of external affairs, 2.61 lakh students from India went abroad for higher studies in 2020 – roughly half of the four-year high of 5.88 lakh in 2019.
The pandemic has had some effect on the overall numbers.
- As far as Gujarat is concerned, the number fell from 48,051 to 23,156 between 2019 and 2020.
- Gujarat’s figure of 23,156 was the fourth highest – after Andhra Pradesh (35,614), Punjab (33,412), and Maharashtra (29,079).
- About 9% of the students who went abroad were from Gujarat.
Accountant encashed 5,000 fake leave applications to steal Rs. 10 crore
A deputy accountant working at the Ahmedabad district primary education office seems to have
A deputy accountant working at the Ahmedabad district primary education office seems to have defrauded the state exchequer of about Rs. 10 crore. It appears that he siphoned away the staggering amount by encashing 5,000 fake leave applications in the names of several teachers from all eight talukas of Ahmedabad district. The sum involved may be even larger. He pulled off the scam between 2016-17 and 2020-21, but the scam had first come to light in the 2016-17 audit report. The deputy accountant is now absconding.
M-cap of five Gujarat companies crossed Rs. 50,000 crore in 2021
Five companies based in Gujarat crossed a market capitalization of Rs. 50,000 crore in 2021. The
Five companies based in Gujarat crossed a market capitalization of Rs. 50,000 crore in 2021. The companies are: Gujarat government-owned Gujarat Gas Ltd (GGL), Cadila Healthcare Ltd, Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Adani Total Gas Ltd (ATGL) and Adani Transmission Ltd (ATL). The number of companies in this club more than doubled in 2021; the earlier ones included Adani Enterprises Limited (AEL), Adani Green Energy Ltd and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ). Most of the companies are from the city gas distribution (CGD) and pharmaceutical sectors. CGD players benefited from increased demand and consumption of natural gas, and pharma firms gained from the demand due to the pandemic. Covid helped most pharma firms.
Covid care training for undergraduate medical students
After having conducted programmes to train senior and intern doctors for a possible third wave of
After having conducted programmes to train senior and intern doctors for a possible third wave of Covid-19, the Baroda Medical College will start preparing undergraduate students too. The training programme will cover first, second and third year MBBS. It will cover: clinical management of Covid-19 cases, Covid management in pregnancy and safe delivery, paediatric care, oxygen therapy and ventilatory management for adult patients, sample collection and transport for diagnosis, infection prevention and control, biomedical waste management, post Covid-19 rehabilitation and hands-on training in ICUs.
Special drive on Sunday to administer doses for shopkeepers and staff
A special vaccination drive will be held in Gujarat on July 25 for people who interact with several
A special vaccination drive will be held in Gujarat on July 25 for people who interact with several others as part of their job, including shopkeepers, traders and street vendors. As per a notification issued by the state government, people who interact with several others as part of their job have to be compulsorily vaccinated by July 31. These include owners and employees of shopping malls and complexes, beauty parlours and salons, restaurants and gyms as well as street vendors, tuition class administrators, teachers, public and private bus transport drivers and conductors, sports coaching employees, cinema complex employees, and employees at water parks and swimming pools. These people can avail vaccines from nearly 1,800 vaccination centres on July 25.
VMC will take back 46 plots given for green belt plantations
The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has decided to take back the 46 plots that were handed
The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has decided to take back the 46 plots that were handed over to various organisations between 1993 and 2004 for green belt plantations. Some people say that most of the plots have not been used for the purpose originally specified; they were being used for purposes other than plantations. There was no significant addition to the city’s greenery. Critics suggest that VMC should develop the green plots on its own. The organisations have been given two weeks to remove their belongings from the 46 plots before handing them over to VMC.
Over five lakh doses administered in Gujarat on Thursday
Over five lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccinations were administered in Gujarat on Thursday, the highest
Over five lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccinations were administered in Gujarat on Thursday, the highest so far in a single day. Of the 5.08 lakh vaccinations administered, 3.56 lakh were first doses and 1.51 lakh second doses. The total administered so far in the state is 3.06 crore – 2.34 crore for the first dose and 71.67 lakh for the second dose (covering about 47% and 23% of the eligible population of 18+ years). Gujarat ranks third in India in overall vaccinations so far.
Schools for classes 9-11 will reopen from July 26, with 50% capacity
The Gujarat government announced on Thursday that schools can reopen for students of classes 9 to
The Gujarat government announced on Thursday that schools can reopen for students of classes 9 to 11 from July 26 with 50% capacity with all pandemic-related guidelines in place. Students who are willing to attend physical classes need to submit a consent form from their parents. Schools have already opened for students of class 12 since July 15, but physical attendance is not mandatory. The government has also allowed physical classes in technical institutions with 50 per cent attendance while following all pandemic-related protocols.
Tennis courts to be rented out by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) plans to rent out 13 of its tennis courts at different
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) plans to rent out 13 of its tennis courts at different locations on rent. The courts will be offered for five years on the public-private partnership (PPP) model. Depending on the locations, the annual rent per court will range from Rs. 1.36 lakh to Rs. 14.92 lakh. All the 13 courts together will give the AMC a total of over Rs. 33 lakh.
Janmashtami fairs unlikely to take place this year
It is not likely that the fairs associated with the Janmashtami festival will be permitted in
It is not likely that the fairs associated with the Janmashtami festival will be permitted in Gujarat this year due to the current pandemic situation. The state chief minister said that a decision on this will be taken at the appropriate time; the government’s main concern is that crowding does not take place. The Rajkot authorities have not permitted the holding of the Janmashtami mela this year.
Decision pending on restarting schools for classes 9 to 11
The Gujarat government has not yet decided to start offline teaching for classes 9 to 11 (offline
The Gujarat government has not yet decided to start offline teaching for classes 9 to 11 (offline classes for class 12 have already been allowed). The decision may be taken during the cabinet meeting scheduled on Thursday. In any case, education department officials said that attendance will not be mandatory and schools will have to get permission from parents in writing. The government has already permitted coaching and tuition classes to operate. The Self-Financed School Management Association and the Association of Progressive Schools have represented to the government that schools should be allowed to start for all classes. Some people suggest that children in remote learning situations are falling behind academically; they believe that educators and school counsellors are often the first to spot signs of students struggling to understand concepts.
Residential colonies will get help to make rainwater recharge wells
The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has decided to encourage residential colonies to have deep
The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has decided to encourage residential colonies to have deep rainwater recharge wells to conserve rainwater. VMC may aid residential societies to opt for recharge wells on an 80-20 sharing basis. A pilot project has been started in a residential colony in the city. The civic body made it mandatory in 2009 for developing colonies to make arrangements for rainwater harvesting, but it has not yet enforced the rule.
Self-financed schools want to start for classes 9 to 12
The Self-Financed School Management Association (SFSMA) in Vadodara – including over 100
The Self-Financed School Management Association (SFSMA) in Vadodara – including over 100 representatives, office-bearers and members of private school managements – has submitted a memorandum to the district education officer (DEO) requesting the Gujarat government to allow schools to reopen for classes 9 to 12. SFSMA’s state-level body had asked its members to submit such memorandums. The memorandum points out that the government has allowed coaching classes, government schools and religious places to reopen as per standard operating procedures (SOPs), but the demand of self-financed schools to reopen classes for 9- 12 students has not been taken into consideration. Even swimming pools and cinema halls are allowed to function. SFSMA may consider halting online education if its demand is not addressed.
The Amul Group turnover has crossed Rs. 53,000 crore
During the last financial year, milk procurement of all the member unions of the Gujarat
During the last financial year, milk procurement of all the member unions of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) grew by 14 per cent. The cooperatives handled 35 to 40 lakh litres of additional milk every day during the pandemic. Despite poor demand for milk and milk products from hotels and restaurants during the pandemic, the Amul Group’s turnover grew by two per cent to over Rs. 53,000 crore in its 75th anniversary year.
The birth centenary of Dr. Verghese Kurien, regarded as the father of the 'White Revolution' in India, coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Amul cooperative movement.
- The co-operative handled 40 lakh litres of milk per day extra during the pandemic.
- While consumer pack business grew by 8.1%, bulk dairy commodities as well as sales from restaurants and hotels registered a decline in 2020-21 due to Covid-19.
- GCMMF believes that the high remuneration for milk has sustained the interest of Gujarat's farmers in dairying.
- Over the last eleven years milk procurement witnessed an increase of 171% as a result of the high-milk procurement price paid to the farmer-members.
- The Gujarat government extended special Covid financial support of Rs. 50 per kg to the dairy cooperatives in Gujarat to export skimmed milk powder.
- India's largest cooperative wants to double the group turnover to Rs. 1 lakh crore by 2025.
- It was the world’s eighth largest milk processor in 2020, according to the global dairy research network International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN).
Gujarat police will set up a 'retirement home' for their dog squad
Did you know that the exceptionally trained and capable dogs in the special squads of the police
Did you know that the exceptionally trained and capable dogs in the special squads of the police department have a 'working life' of about 10 years? After their 'active service period' they are usually handed over to NGOs who look after them and tend to their age-related ailments. It is not unlikely that they may sometimes not be looked after as well as they were during 'active duty'. To ensure that these retired heroes get their due, with dignity and respect, Gujarat Police will open an 'old age home' for canines. One such facility has been set up at Anand police headquarters and it will be inaugurated shortly. It will take in 14 retired dogs to start with. The facility will ensure that the dogs have an active retired life. The Indian Army has a similar facility. Gujarat has 150-odd dogs in police service; about eight dogs are retired every year.
New tenancy act planned for rented properties in Gujarat
The Gujarat government wants to introduce a new tenancy act to replace the Bombay (now Gujarat)
The Gujarat government wants to introduce a new tenancy act to replace the Bombay (now Gujarat) Rents, Hotel and Lodging House Rates Control Act, 1947. It may be along the lines of the central government’s Model Tenancy Act 2021. The new act will ensure impartiality to property owners and tenants and shield property owners from harassment by tenants. One objective is to facilitate the growth of rented properties, since the existing laws make property owners apprehensive about harassment by tenants who do not vacate the premises. There may be a state-level authority to regulate the rented property market, perhaps along the lines of RERA (Real Estate Regulation Authority). The new act will have a provision on sub-letting of properties.
Bharti Garva elected as first sarpanch of Balika Panchayat
The Balika Panchayat in Kunariya village of Bhuj taluka in Kutch conducted its first election on
The Balika Panchayat in Kunariya village of Bhuj taluka in Kutch conducted its first election on Monday, and 20-year-old Bharti Garva won by 117 votes to become the first sarpanch. A total of 410 girls aged 10-21 years, voted to elect the sarpanch. Four candidates contested in the election. The Balika Panchayat will be governed by girls below the age of 21, and it will address issues faced by women and adolescent girls. Bharti Garva is doing a distance learning course to become a graduate. She says she will focus on issues like health, education, nutrition and career training for girls. Other villages also follow this model, and they hope to form a federation of Balika Panchayats.
Taluka level ecological data banks to be prepared
The Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC) has taken up a project to prepare ecological and environmental
The Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC) has taken up a project to prepare ecological and environmental data banks at the taluka level as well as the village level. Ecological profiling documents rare and endemic species in a region.
Communities living within the vicinity of bio-geographical zones will be also be profiled to study:
- Eco-profiling will study the distribution and the state of the forests and will map vegetation gradients.
- It will also identify hotspots of plant, animal and insect diversity.
- The objective is to prepare a decision support document which can help to plan development activities at block levels.
- To start with, 10 talukas have been chosen in ecologically vulnerable areas.
- GEC officials will coordinate with various district collectors for the project.
- Demography of the area.
- Profile of 25 occupations.
- Income ranges.
- Population growth index.
- Pressure over resources.
- Conflicts over resources sharing.
Counselling centre launched by Vadodara police department
The Vadodara city police department has launched a counselling centre to offer help to all citizens
The Vadodara city police department has launched a counselling centre to offer help to all citizens including women, senior citizens and others who face trouble and do not know how to approach the police to get their problems solved. The police department has joined hands with MS University’s psychology department for the counselling sessions. The centre will operate from the Police Bhavan.
India plans to have 100,000 undergraduate medical seats
The National Medical Commission (NMC) plans to increase the number of undergraduate medical seats
The National Medical Commission (NMC) plans to increase the number of undergraduate medical seats in India from 82,500 to 100,000 by next year.
NMC functions under the ministry of health and family welfare.
- There are about 540 medical colleges offering MBBS courses – 49% government run and the rest self-financed and on public-private-partnership basis.
- Gujarat has about 5,500 undergraduate medical seats. The state may get three more medical colleges and add 450 seats.
- One way of adding more seats is to run colleges in two shifts.
- The Central government aspires to have one government run medical college in every district of India.
New course announced in innovation and new ventures
The Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Enterprise at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU)
The Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Enterprise at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) plans to introduce a postgraduate diploma in innovation and new ventures in partnership with the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad. Around 3,000 incubation centres will be set up across India which will require skilled professionals in managing them. After the course is completed, students will be eligible to work with incubation centres.
- The programme is open to all candidates who have new ideas in any sector involving science and technology.
- Working professionals, entrepreneurs and start-up owners can apply.
- The course will be available in virtual mode.
- The eligibility is a bachelor’s degree in any science and technology discipline.
- Selection will be based on the interview.
- The subjects in the six-month, 14-credits course include innovation management, customer-centric innovation and product management, legal aspects, technology transfer, IP management, planning and managing new ventures.
- Registration for the course closes on July 30.
- Candidates will be shortlisted by August 3.
- Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be conducted between August 4 and 7.
- The list of shortlisted candidates will be displayed on August 10.
- The course will commence on August 20.
- For more details: http://iil.unipune.ac.in/.
The livestreaming of proceedings begins at Gujarat High Court
On Saturday, the Indian judicial system for the first time livestreamed the functioning of a court
On Saturday, the Indian judicial system for the first time livestreamed the functioning of a court when Supreme Court Chief Justice N.V. Ramana launched the livestreaming of Gujarat High Court proceedings. He assured that the Supreme Court will soon begin similar livestreaming. Justice Ramana said that while the judicial system had always been open as people are allowed to witness court proceedings, with livestreaming the access to justice will become a true reality when litigants and interested parties will get to witness, understand and comprehend justice dispensation first-hand.
The lack of direct access sometimes leaves space for misconceptions.
- Livestreaming will remove multiple incorrect notions in the minds of the public regarding the justice delivery system.
- Information will not be filtered by agents of transmission which vested interests sometimes use to spread misinterpretations in order to embarrass or discredit the institution.
Kunariya village in Kutch will soon have a ‘Balika Panchayat’
Kunariya, a Kutch village 18 km from the district headquarter of Bhuj, has a population of 4,000.
Kunariya, a Kutch village 18 km from the district headquarter of Bhuj, has a population of 4,000. They seem to be taking some clues from the populat TV serial ‘Balika Vadhu’.
In the normal panchayat, women enjoy 50 percent reservation, but elected women’s decisions are sometimes overshadowed by their husbands’ views. It is hoped that by the time these girls can contest the real elections, they will understand their constitutional rights and responsibility and will not allow others to take decisions on their behalf.
- The village is empowering village women through a Balika Panchayat to address female adolescents’ issues – of girls, by girls, for girls.
- Females aged 10 to 21 years will contest elections for a unique ‘girls only’ panchayat which will run parallel to the adult village version. However, it will address issues pertaining to adolescent girls and women in the village.
- The Balika Panchayat election is due to be held on Monday. The result will be declared on the same day.
- Eight candidates are vying for the sarpanch's post; there are 450 voters.
Ahmedabad-Rajkot semi high-speed rail project likely soon
The railway ministry has assured support to Gujarat to take up a 225-km semi high-speed rail
The railway ministry has assured support to Gujarat to take up a 225-km semi high-speed rail project between Ahmedabad and Rajkot. This will reduce the Ahmedabad-Rajkot travel time to two hours. Western Railway has already prepared the Detailed Project Report (DPR) and submitted it to the Railway Ministry. The decision on this DPR is expected to be taken soon, the release added. The project will make it possible for passengers from Rajkot to reach Mumbai within a day, after the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project is operational.
GSHSEB declares the Class 12 science results
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has declared the Class 12
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has declared the Class 12 science results.
After cancelling the Class 12 board exams, GSHSEB had laid out guidelines for evaluating the academic performance for merit-based progression. The performances in Class 12, Class 11 and Class 10 exams, in 25:25:50 ratio, were used to tabulate the Class 12 results for the academic year 2020-21.
- From 44 students who had secured the A1 grade (99-100 marks) in March 2020, this increased to 3,245 this year. In 2018, 136 students graded A1.
- All of the 107,264 students – 63,028 boys and 44,236 girls – were declared pass.
- The overall pass percentage was 71.34 per cent in 2020 and 71.90 per cent in 2019.
- 293 students (227 from Gujarati medium students, 55 from English medium, 11 from Hindi medium) were given grace marks and promoted under mass promotion. The minimum passing marks 33.
- 3,245 students secured the A1 grade (99-100 marks). 44 students had secured the A1 grade in March 2020, and 136 students had secured the A1 grade in 2018.
- Rajkot has the highest number of students with A1 grade (829), followed by Surat (546), Bhavnagar (322), Junagadh (243), Gandhinagar (148) and Ahmedabad (109).
- The number of students in the A2 grade increased from 2,576 to 15,284 within a year.
- Within 15 days of the declaration of the result, Class 12 regular students who are not satisfied with their results have to submit their result with the GSHSEB headquarters in Gandhinagar. The Board will conduct separate exams for such students.
Water parks and swimming pools in Gujarat can open from July 20
From July 20, swimming pools and water parks in Gujarat can function with 60% capacity by following
From July 20, swimming pools and water parks in Gujarat can function with 60% capacity by following COVID related protocols.
- The owners, managers and staff at swimming pools and water parks must get their first dose of vaccination by July 31 or else they will not be allowed to operate them.
- The ongoing night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am in the eight metropolitan cities of Gujarat will continue till July 31. The cities are Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar, Junagadh and Jamnagar.
- Public and private non-AC buses can function with 100% capacity, and standing passengers will not be allowed. AC Buses will be allowed to function with 75% capacity.
- All bus drivers and conductors will have to get their first dose of vaccination.
- Hotels, resorts, restaurants and water parks have been exempted from fixed electricity charges for a period of one year; such entities will have to pay only for actual consumption.
Four power discoms of Gujarat get A+ rating
In the Ninth Annual Integrated Rating conducted by the Union Ministry of Power, four power
In the Ninth Annual Integrated Rating conducted by the Union Ministry of Power, four power distribution companies of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. (GUVNL) – Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Ltd. (UGVCL), Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Ltd. (MGVCL), Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Ltd. (DGVCL) and Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Ltd. (PGVCL) – secured the first four positions with the highest rating of A+.
- The ratings are conducted for evaluating performance of state power distribution utilities based on a range of parameters – AT&C losses, cost Efficiency, Financial Performance, Sustainability, Regulatory Reforms, Government Support.
- Only five out of 41 power discoms of 21 states were awarded such a rating for 2019-20, and the discom of Haryana was the only one from outside the Gujarat in this list.
- This year, 41 utilities from 22 states were rated.
Admission process for engineering courses to begin soon
The Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) is likely to begin the admission process
The Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) is likely to begin the admission process for engineering courses by the end of July.
- The dates for buying the PIN will be announced soon.
- The results of Class 12 science will be announced on July 16 following which the admission tickets for GujCET exams will be announced.
- Once the hall ticket numbers for GujCET are generated, the process for PIN distribution will start.
- The performance in Class 12 and GujCET will be given equal weightage for admissions to engineering courses. Every year a merit list for college admissions is drawn up by giving 40% weightage to GujCET and 60% weightage to Class 12 (Science) board exams. This year, the ratio will be 50:50.
Gujarat partially reopened education institutes from July 15
The Gujarat government has partially reopened education institutes from July 15 for Class 12 and
The Gujarat government has partially reopened education institutes from July 15 for Class 12 and higher and technical institutes with 50 per cent capacity. The decision applies to over 6.82 lakh students who are enrolled in 8,333 government, grant-in-aid and private higher secondary schools. It also applies to over 8.85 lakh students of 1,609 higher education institutes affiliated to universities, along with 2.78 lakh students registered under different courses of engineering, pharmacy and polytechnic with 489 technical institutes.
- About 40% attendance was recorded in Gujarat as schools reopened for Class 12 on Thursday.
- Higher and technical institutes also resumed classes.
- Offline classes are optional and attendance is not compulsory; schools have to continue with online teaching as well.
- Some schools have decided to delay the reopening.
- In many cases, parents’ consent letters are awaited. A letter of consent from parents is mandatory for students to attend schools and colleges.
- MS University (MSU) was not able to hold classes for most of its programmes on the first day; the university is yet to receive consent forms from students. Once the students submit the forms, the university can decide on the schedule of classes. Also, the offline classes also cannot clash with the timing of online classes.
- Class 10 and 12 board exams for repeat and private candidates conducted by the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) started on Thursday.
Gujarat Common Entrance Test will be conducted on August 6
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has announced that the Gujarat
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has announced that the Gujarat Common Entrance Test (GujCET) will be conducted on August 6. GujCET is the state-level exam held annually for science students seeking admissions in degree engineering, diploma engineering and pharmacy courses in government, grant-in-aid and self-financed engineering institutions in Gujarat.
- The exam will be conducted over a duration of four hours in four main subjects after reducing the syllabus by 30%.
- The timing of the exam will be from 10 am to 4 pm.
- Questions will be in MCQ format and students will have to take the test using OMR answer sheets.
Only 15% of Ahmedabad’s road network has footpaths
The CEPT University in Ahmedabad has carried out a study – ‘Strategic Transportation
The CEPT University in Ahmedabad has carried out a study – ‘Strategic Transportation Plan for Ahmedabad (Non-Motorized Transport)’ – which throws up some interesting information:
Some recommendations made:
- Only 252 km of the city’s road network has footpaths, which is just 15% of the total length. 28% of this, about 71 km, cannot be used by pedestrians as the pavement is blocked by on-road parking.
- Of the 775 accidents during the study period, 40% involved pedestrians or cyclists.
- Bicycle tracks are available only on 2%, or 18km, of the roads.
Most of the above problems are experienced in Vadodara too.
- Construction of footpaths on 142 km of arterial roads and 110 km of sub-arterial roads for pedestrian safety.
- Upgrade existing footpaths in core city areas.
- Footpath width should be at least 3 metres near institutions, 2 to 3 metres in commercial areas, and 1.8 metres in residential areas.
- Construct 107 km of bicycle tracks.
Rs. 10 lakh each for six women selected for Olympic Games
The Gujarat government has decided to grant financial assistance of Rs. 10 lakh to each of the six
The Gujarat government has decided to grant financial assistance of Rs. 10 lakh to each of the six women athletes from the state who have been selected for the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo from July 23. The six women are Maana Patel (Swimming), Elavenil Valarivan (Shooting), Ankita Raina (Tennis), Sonal Patel and Bhavina Patel (Para Table Tennis), and Parul Parmar (Para Badminton). The Tokyo Olympics-2021 will be held from July 23 to August 8, and the Paralympic Games from August 24 to September 5.
Veraval develops an environment friendly option to plastic
The Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) at Veraval has developed a biodegradable
The Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) at Veraval has developed a biodegradable plastic film extracted from seaweed. The film can substitute for the plastic used in food packaging. CIFT had taken up the project to find seaweed extract that is biodegradable and cheaper than plastic. This biopolymer is a better alternative to petroleum-derived polymers, it is environment friendly and it is available naturally. Another advantage is that antimicrobial agents, anti-fungal compounds and nano silver particles that have anti-bacterial property can also be added do it. There is a huge scope to make this biopolymer along Gujarat’s long coastline, and it can perhaps generate employment and create new business avenues for locals. Food processing companies use multi-layer plastic for packaging to keep the contents fresh. However, when discarded, such plastics are disastrous for the ecosystem because they take hundreds to get destroyed. For instance, Rajkot’s farsan industry alone generates about 40 tonnes of plastic waste daily – most of it namkeen wrappers.
Baroda Young Turks Roundtable 201 gives new life to an old school building
Indiranagar Prathamik Shala near Koyali functions in a 25-year-old building which was not in a very
Indiranagar Prathamik Shala near Koyali functions in a 25-year-old building which was not in a very good condition. The Baroda Young Turks Roundtable 201 (BYRT) took up the project of renovating the school premises. They managed to raise and pump in Rs. 18 lakh and spruced up the building within four months. The school’s 300 children now have a more pleasant ambience to study in. All the problems – leaking tin roofs, termite-infested doors and windows, insect-infested classrooms, crack-laden floor, sinking plinth – have been tackled. Cricketer Irfan Pathan recently inaugurated the renovated classrooms.
PM will inaugurate Gandhinagar railway station, with a five-star hotel above it
The Gandhinagar railway station has been revamped and a special feature is that there is a
The Gandhinagar railway station has been revamped and a special feature is that there is a five-star hotel in the space above the station. It will be inaugurated virtually on July 16 by the prime minister. The project took four years to complete. The hotel will be operated by Hotel Leela Ventures Ltd. (now Schloss HMA Pvt. Ltd.). The cost of redeveloping the railway station and building – with the 318-room five-star hotel – was about Rs. 780 crore. The Gandhinagar Railway and Urban Development Corporation (GARUD), the company which is in charge of the project, is a joint venture of the Gujarat government and the Ministry of Railways acting through the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC) with a 74:26 equity shareholding. The project cost included the development of Gandhinagar Capital station and the underpass connecting the station to the hotel. The hotel is the first constructed on Indian Railways’ property. Its restaurants will be open to walk-in guests also. The station has three platforms. The concourse level will be auctioned for commercial development.
Public transport in Ahmedabad is used only by 12% of citizens
It may surprise many people to learn that only 12% of Amdavadis use the city’s public
It may surprise many people to learn that only 12% of Amdavadis use the city’s public transport – the AMTS buses, the BRT, and the metro. This statistic was thrown up by a study conducted by students at CEPT University. As against this, 27% of the people in the city use two-wheelers. Of course, the metro service is still not fully operational, and the study projected that public transport users will increase from 12% to 30% with the metro functional completely. The study argued that in order to promote more public transport use, Ahmedabad should perhaps calibrate the existing network to emerging housing and industrial clusters in and around the city – such as Gandhinagar, GIFT City, DFC Corridor, etc. Incidentally, the study revealed that 47% travel for work and 34% travelled for education. Only 1% said they were travelling for social purposes, and another 2% for recreation.
Parul University launches a drive to vaccinate students and staff
The authorities at Parul University (PU) in Vadodara say that 82% of its staff and 70% of its
The authorities at Parul University (PU) in Vadodara say that 82% of its staff and 70% of its students have been vaccinated. Offline classes in colleges and universities are due to reopen on July 15. In an effort to create a Covid-free campus, PU encouraged the vaccination of not only the university’s staff and students but also the students’ parents and relatives. The vaccinations of all stakeholders are being regularly monitored and the records are being scrupulously updated.
- 19,452 students have complied with vaccination registration procedures.
- Out of a total of 63,625 family members of students, 60,392 have registered for vaccination.
Ahmedabad takes a step forward to bid for 2036 Olympics
Ahmedabad wants to make a bid to host the 2036 Olympics. Towards that objective the Ahmedabad Urban
Ahmedabad wants to make a bid to host the 2036 Olympics. Towards that objective the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) had invited national and international consultants to help prepare a roadmap for Ahmedabad’s bid. Several agencies have shown interest. AUDA had invited proposals from the consultants to assess venues and infrastructure required to host the Olympics games. The centre of the games will be the Rs. 4,118 crore SVP Sports Enclave coming up on the riverfront near Bhat village. The selected consultant will assess sports and non-sports venues and city infrastructure for hosting the Olympic Games and identify options for host cities for the Olympics. After preparing the roadmap, the selected consultant will be engaged in preparing the Olympic bid conforming to IOC rules, the Olympic charter and the IOC code of ethics. The Gujarat government may form a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for this task. Funds may be sought from the state and central governments and also the private sector.
India’s Mid-Day Meal scheme is the largest in the world
The largest school feeding programme in the world is India’s Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme.
The largest school feeding programme in the world is India’s Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme. Incidentally, India is supposed to have the highest number of undernourished children in the world. Specialists at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in the USA have used nationally representative data on mothers and their children from 1993 to 2016 to assess whether MDM supports inter-generational improvements in child linear growth. The findings are encouraging:
- Investments made in school meals in previous decades were associated with improvements in future child linear growth.
- Intervening during the primary school years can make important contributions to reducing future child stunting, particularly given the cumulative exposure that is possible through school feeding programmes.
- School meals may contribute to education, later fertility decisions, and access to health care, reducing the risk of undernutrition in the next generation.
- School feeding programmes like India's MDM scheme can stimulate population-level stunting reduction as they are implemented at scale and target multiple underlying determinants of undernutrition in vulnerable groups.
- Previous evaluations of India's MDM scheme have shown a positive association with beneficiaries' school attendance, learning achievement, hunger and protein-energy malnutrition, and resilience to health shocks such as drought.
- All of these may have carryover benefits to children born to mothers who participated in the programme.
- Further research is required to understand whether improving the quality or quantity of meals provided and extending the programme beyond primary school might further enhance its benefits.
Linde may contribute Rs. 3.75 crore to build new MS University girls hostel
Linde Engineering India Pvt. Ltd. has indicated to MS University (MSU) that it will contribute to
Linde Engineering India Pvt. Ltd. has indicated to MS University (MSU) that it will contribute to the proposed project of constructing a new hostel building for girl students. MSU plans to build a ground-plus-ten floor building at the present location of the chief warden’s office near the existing halls of residence on the girls hostels campus. Linde is likely to contribute, as part of its CSR activities, an amount of Rs. 3.75 crore towards the construction of three floors. Linde will enter into an MoU with MSU after the university submits a firm plan and the Linde board approves it.
Night-light pollution in cities affects individuals
A study conducted jointly by Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur), School of Planning and
A study conducted jointly by Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur), School of Planning and Architecture (Bhopal) and ITM University (Gwalior) has determined the effect of night-time light pollution in cities on individuals, trees, birds and insects. The researchers – Tanya Kaur Bedi of IIT-Kharagpur, Ksha ma Puntambekar of SPA- Bhopal) and Sonal Singh of ITM Gwalior – point to a 2020 study of the United States Environmental Protection Agency which showed that each kilowatt of electric energy releases 1.3 pounds of carbon dioxide, 2 gm of sulphur dioxide, and 1.60 gm of nitrogen dioxide into the atmosphere. The light pollution maps for Indian cities were prepared using high-resolution satellite imagery. Some findings:
Among the measures suggested to control light pollution:
- Night-time lights suppress the sleep hormone melatonin and cause insomnia.
- Exposure for one hour to midnight lighting from 3,000 lux to 200 lux can suppress melatonin by 71% and 16% respectively.
- A 39-minute exposure to light from a normal incandescent bulb at home causes human melatonin levels to dip by 50%. Fluorescent light takes 15 minutes and white LED takes 13 minutes to suppress melatonin to that level.
- Delhi had the maximum area under light pollution, followed by Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Pune, Jaipur, and Surat.
- New buildings should not include the use of glass that produces horizontally-polarized light.
- Asphalt road surfaces near environmentally sensitive zones can be converted to a non-polarizing substance by incorporating a comparatively rough surface on the top or by the usage of granules to scatter light.
- Trees with large canopies should be considered in landscaping to help reduce glare and to reflect light towards the sky.
Amul wins first trademark violation case outside India
The Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited (better known as Amul Dairy) and GCMMF
The Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited (better known as Amul Dairy) and GCMMF – Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation, the company that markets brand Amul – had moved the Federal Court of Canada against Amul Canada and four other individuals who had copied the trademark ‘Amul’ and the logo of ‘Amul-The Taste of India’ and created a fake profile on a social media platform. They argued that Amul had never licensed nor provided consent for either Amul Canada or any of the four individuals to use their trademarks and copyrights in any manner. The Federal Court of Canada held that the defendants had infringed the copyright of Amul and issued an order permanently restraining them from infringing the trademark and copyright of ‘Amul’ and ‘Amul-The Taste of India’. GCMMF has exported milk products to the USA for the last 22 years, and has exported Amul Kool (flavoured milk), ice cream and dairy snacks to Canada over the last two years. Amul is the world’s eighth largest milk processor handling 10.3 million metric tonnes of milk annually with a turnover of over Rs. 40,000 crore (CAD 9 billion). It is the first such case that Amul had filed against any company on foreign soil.
Travel and tourism is picking up, but cautiously
The recent partial relaxation of restrictions has given a small boost to travel and tourism.
The recent partial relaxation of restrictions has given a small boost to travel and tourism. Destinations like Diu, Saputara, Daman, Udaipur, Mount Abu, Statue of Unity, Sasan Gir, Somnath, Dwarka, etc., are seeing more visitors. The restaurants and hotels are also reasonably well crowded. However, people from neighbouring states are still avoiding travel, and they seem to prefer shorter getaways and drivable destinations so that they can avoid public transport and crowding. Full revival of the tourism and hospitality sector will take more time. The Statue of Unity is witnessing increased footfalls.
Gujarat wants 10,000 foreign students in technical courses
Gujarat has set a target of enrolling 10,000 foreign students by 2022 in colleges offering
Gujarat has set a target of enrolling 10,000 foreign students by 2022 in colleges offering technical courses. About 8,916 applications have already been received from overseas students by over 15 universities (both state-run and self-financed). Admissions of 3,111 students have already been confirmed.
The Gujarat government passed the Gujarat Professional Technical Educational Colleges or Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fees) Bill, 2019. It changed the earlier law that allowed only private colleges to admit students from other places. The new set of rules gives room to foreign students to get admission in any college or institution in the state. The new rules also reduced the number of government-reserved seats for professional courses and open direct admissions to foreign nationals and students from other Indian states to study in Gujarat. According to the new rules, the government-reserved seats in unaided or self-financed colleges have been reduced from 75% to 50%. Management-quota seats have been raised from 25% to 50%. This includes 15% non-resident Indian seats, and seats for foreign students and students from any state (including Gujarat).
- Gujarat University (GU) has received the highest number of applications (2,660), and it has confirmed the admissions of 1,030 students.
- Gujarat Technological University has admitted 809 foreign students (it received 1,240 applications).
- MS University has enrolled 541 foreign students (852 candidates had applied).
- Marwadi University – a private institution in Rajkot – received 1,256 applications and 47 students have been given admissions.
- National Forensic Sciences University in Gandhinagar has confirmed admissions of 170 candidates of the 315 applications received.
- Swarnim Startup University has admitted one student.
- Pandit Deendayal Energy University has admitted seven students.
- Charusat University has admitted four students.
- Veer Narmad South Gujarat University has admitted 152 students.
Lok Adalats in Gujarat resolve 3 lakh cases in one day
A National Lok Adalat was organized at district courts across Gujarat on Saturday, and the
A National Lok Adalat was organized at district courts across Gujarat on Saturday, and the judiciary disposed of 3.03 lakh cases. The Lok Adalat was held under the aegis of Gujarat State Legal Services Authority.
- A total of 2,78,697 pending cases and 24,345 pre-litigation cases were disposed of.
- Disputes involving accident claims were settled and amounts to the tune of Rs. 767.76 crore were paid to claimants.
- Ahmedabad’s metropolitan court disposed of the highest number of cases, 50,028. The district court in Vadodara was second with 25,919 cases.
- In 312 motor accident claims suits, in which a settlement was arrived at between parties, more than Rs. 10 crore was paid.
- In 1,421 other disputes, settlements took place on payment of Rs 51.74 crore to litigants.
Jagannath yatra allowed in Vadodara, but public not permitted
The Vadodara cops have given permission to the ISKCON management to organize the Jagannath yatra on
The Vadodara cops have given permission to the ISKCON management to organize the Jagannath yatra on July 12, but the public will not be allowed on the route from where the procession will pass.
- Only those persons whose RTPCR tests are negative 48 hours prior to the rath yatra day can participate in the procession.
- No prasad will be distributed to devotees.
- A curfew will be imposed in the areas from where the procession will pass, and people will not be allowed to come on the roads to take darshan of the lord.
- The procession will start at 9 am and it will end within two hours.
- The police will deploy four companies of state reserve police (SRP), joint police commissioner, six deputy commissioners of police, 10 assistant commissioners of police and over 1,000 policemen on the procession route.
Security tightened in Gujarat for the rath yatras
The Gujarat police have deployed substantial forces throughout the state to ensure that the Lord
The Gujarat police have deployed substantial forces throughout the state to ensure that the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra is conducted smoothly and peacefully at various places. The state’s Director General of Police (DGP) said that 10 paramilitary companies and 33 companies of SRP (State Reserve Police) have been mobilised for the rath yatras to be held in Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Anand, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat on July 12. Apart from the paramilitary forces, the police deployment includes four IGPs (inspector general of police), 20 SPs (superintendent of police), 47 DySPs (deputy superintendent of police), 147 inspectors, 347 sub-inspectors, 1,900 constables – plus home guards and Gram Rakshak Dal jawans. In all the cities, devotees have not been allowed to participate in the rath yatra processions.
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