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Narco reward policy announced for police personnel and informants
To encourage police personnel and informants in the fight against drugs the Gujarat government
To encourage police personnel and informants in the fight against drugs the Gujarat government plans to introduce a narco reward policy.
- The concerned authorities will be authorised to announce rewards for crackdown on narcotics after considering the work done by the police and the risk taken by the informants.
- The reward given will be completely ex gratia.
- The regular work done by the police against narcotics smuggling will not be considered for rewards.
- Police and informants will be eligible for a reward of 20% valuation of the drugs seized.
- The reward sum cannot exceed Rs. 20 lakh in total workings, and in single cases individuals cannot be awarded more than Rs. 2 lakh.
Age limit increased by one year for government job recruitments
The Gujarat government has increased the upper age limit for recruitment in government jobs by one
The Gujarat government has increased the upper age limit for recruitment in government jobs by one year to compensate for the one year loss for job applicants because competitive examinations could not be held in the state due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- The exemption will be effective from September 1,2021 to August 31, 2022.
- The age limit for male candidates from unreserved categories for jobs requiring graduation or equivalent qualification as direct recruitment through competitive examinations in the state has been increased by one year from 35 to 36 years.
- In case of posts for which graduation is not the minimum qualification, the existing age limit for unreserved male candidates has been increased from 33 to 34 years.
- In case of male candidates under reserved categories of SC, ST, OBC and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), the age limit for graduation or equivalent qualification has been increased from 40 to 41 years.
- The age limit for undergraduates in this category has been increased from 38 to 39 years.
- For those women in the reserved categories who get a five-year exemption and an age limit of 45 years, since there is a provision under the recruitment rules that the age limit shall not be more than 45 years, the state government had decided not to give an additional one-year benefit for women under reserved categories.
- In case of women candidates from unreserved categories, the age limit has been increased from 38 to 39 for the posts which do not require graduation as the minimum qualification.
- For women candidates under non-reserved categories for graduate level posts, the age limit has been increased from 40 to 41 years.
- In reserved categories, for women candidates, the age limit has been increased from 43 to 44 years for the posts which do not require graduation as the minimum qualification.
Four lakh persons are registered with employment exchanges in Gujarat
As of March 2021, there were over four lakh unemployed persons who were registered with government
As of March 2021, there were over four lakh unemployed persons who were registered with government agencies in Gujarat. Only 5% of these unemployed persons are semi-literate. The following is a brief glimpse of the registrations in Gujarat’s 48 employment exchanges:
At present, 48 employment exchanges are functioning under the Directorate of Employment and Training (DET), which coordinates with prospective employers in getting jobs for those who have registered at employment exchanges.
- 406,007 persons have registered for employment with the state government.
- Of these, 385,506 are educated while only 20,501 are semi-literate.
Monsoon may be withdrawing from Gujarat
The southwest monsoon normally withdraws from Gujarat by September 30, but this year the India
The southwest monsoon normally withdraws from Gujarat by September 30, but this year the India Meteorological Department (IMD) says that the departure has been delayed by about two weeks.
- This year the state received 703.4mm of rainfall against the long-term average of 692.4mm.
- The state has received 102% of its seasonal rainfall.
- Saurashtra and Kutch got 24% excess rain, but the rest of Gujarat was 12% deficient.
- 20 of the state’s 33 districts received normal or higher rainfall, and 13 districts remained slightly deficient.
- The overall deficit reduced due to the excess rain in September.
Vadodara city has 19,000 bovines, kept by 2,300 families
According to the 2019 livestock census there were around 19,000 bovines in Vadodara city, and these
According to the 2019 livestock census there were around 19,000 bovines in Vadodara city, and these were owned by 2,300 families. To many Barodians it may appear that the city’s entire bovine population is roaming on the roads. The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) is trying hard to curb the menace of stray cattle, but its round-the-clock effort does not seem to be very successful. However, cattle owners are beginning to realise that this time round the authorities will enforce the laws strictly and impound their cattle. As a result the cattle are retreating from the main roads and moving into the side streets!
Class 9-12 exams will be held as scheduled
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has announced that the first
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has announced that the first written test for Class 9 to Class 12 students will be held as scheduled. Please do not believe the rumours that the exams have been called off. The messages circulating in the social media regarding the postponement of the exams are not true. The examinations will be held from October 18 to October 27.
Police raid 10 illicit liquor units along Vishwamitri banks
Vadodara’s cops have successfully located and raided 10 units manufacturing illicit country
Vadodara’s cops have successfully located and raided 10 units manufacturing illicit country liquor. Drones were used to survey the suspected spots along the banks of the Vishwamitri river in Bhaliyapura, Bil, Talsat-Vadsar, Ranoli-Koyali and Chhani. The cops confiscated 113 litres of country liquor and 7,690 litres of rectified spirit used to manufacture the country liquor. The drones were a great help because the units were located in the inaccessible terrain along the banks of the river.
Gujarat has covered 89% of the population with the first shot
All eight municipal corporations of Gujarat now have 90% or more of the population covered with at
All eight municipal corporations of Gujarat now have 90% or more of the population covered with at least one dose of the vaccination.
- As on Monday, Surat, Gandhinagar and Junagadh had 100% or more population covered with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccination.
- With this, all eight municipal corporations now – including Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar – have 90% or more of the population covered with at least one dose of the vaccination.
- 97% of the target population has got the first dose in these cities, which is higher than the state average of 89%.
- For the second dose, the state average is 44%, the urban areas average 52%.
- Half of those who have got the first shot have also got the second shot.
- 83 lakh persons who have taken the first shot, are due for the second shot and have not taken the jab yet.
- Gujarat is second in India among major states with 89% of the population covered with the first shot and 44% with the second. Kerala is at the first position with 93% and 43% coverage of first and second shots respectively.
- Himachal Pradesh has 100% population covered and Jammu & Kashmir 97% with the first jab.
- Gujarat has vaccinated 6.5 crore persons for both first and second doses.
- Surat and Gandhinagar have achieved 100% of the first dose.
- While 89% of the eligible population has been administered the first dose, the rate is 97% for the eight municipal corporations. The rate dips to 85% for the rest of the state (other than the municipal corporation areas).
- Against 52% eligible population getting both the doses in eight cities, the number in case of the 33 districts was 41.5%.
- Six districts – Ahmedabad, Mahisagar, Tapi, Vadodara, Valsad and Dahod – have 90% or more Covdi-19 vaccine coverage in case of the first dose.
- The number of districts with over 50% coverage of both the doses include Ahmedabad, Aravalli, Mahisagar, Narmada, Navsari and Vadodara. The figures exclude the municipal corporation areas.
Private hospital association seeks to come up with a code of ethics
The Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (AHNA) has decided to suggest a code of
The Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (AHNA) has decided to suggest a code of ethics for its 500 members. The association feels that it must build the trust of the people in the private healthcare system, through some sort of a standard operating system. “A patient should be provided complete transparent information both pre- and post-availing healthcare services without looking at the profit motives”, according to the AHNA president. It seems that private hospitals are accused of lack of transparency and overcharging. AHNA feels that a code of ethics will take care of many related issues. AHNA is setting up an ombudsman or arogya lokpal for complaints against private hospitals rather than seeking legal help.
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation aims for vaccination target
During a campaign to encourage citizens to get vaccinated, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
During a campaign to encourage citizens to get vaccinated, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) distributed mobile phones worth Rs. 10,000 each to 25 vaccinated citizens through a lucky draw process. To achieve the 100 per cent vaccination target AMC also distributed 18,749 one-litre pouches of edible oil to vaccine beneficiaries in urban health centres and slum areas on Sunday. A total of 38,975 persons were vaccinated at government and private facilities on Sunday.
GIFT City in Ahmedabad is steadily becoming an aircraft leasing hub
The Centre having announced a regulatory framework for making GIFT City an aircraft leasing hub,
The Centre having announced a regulatory framework for making GIFT City an aircraft leasing hub, six firms have already been given licenses to operate from this hub.
- Five licences have been given to Indian firms (JetSetGo Aviation, Vman Aviation Services, Wels, Rensar Aviation and Millennium Aviation), and the sixth to a subsidiary of a firm based in Ireland.
- Seven more companies have already applied for licenses which are currently being scrutinised.
- As part of one of the regulatory requirements at GIFT CIty, all the firms have to create a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to operate from the IFSC.
- Such entities also have to maintain a minimum capital of USD 20,000 or it’s equivalent in freely convertible currency.
- Lessors get tax deductions on their income for 10 years.
- The Gujarat government provides stamp duty exemptions.
- The current demand for leased aircrafts is from flying clubs, air taxis and corporates leasing out business jets.
- The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation is promoting the setting up of new flying clubs in the country. These flying clubs require training aircraft, which are not manufactured in India.
- Earlier, Indian firms had to register their companies in leasing hubs like Ireland. Now they can do it from GIFT City.
- Ireland commands 60 per cent of the global leasing market.
- The government has been requested to allow newly leased aircrafts to land anywhere in the country. This will further help aircraft leasing.
SSG Hospital’s paediatrics ICU now has a haemodialysis unit
The paediatrics ICU (PICU) of state-run SSG Hospital at Vadodara now has a fully functional
The paediatrics ICU (PICU) of state-run SSG Hospital at Vadodara now has a fully functional hemodialysis unit. Individuals and corporates have contributed towards the cost of the unit. The accessories have been donated by Crompton Greaves Ltd. and the Institute of Kidney Diseases (IKD) is providing technical support to the unit. Until now, children with kidney failure and severe anaemia had to be referred to Ahmedabad for treatment.
Interesting ruling by court about removing statues from public places
The Madras High Court recently directed the Tamil Nadu government to remove all statues of
The Madras High Court recently directed the Tamil Nadu government to remove all statues of political leaders and eminent personalities installed on roads and other public places in three months and create a ‘Leaders’ Park to relocate them; till then, no permission shall be granted to install statues in public places. The court directed the State Home Secretary to identify the statues and structures in all public places, highways, public roads, government lands and others within three months and thereafter evict/remove all encroachments and unauthorised structures, statues by following the procedures as contemplated under the relevant acts and rules in force. … The Home secretary shall not grant any permission hereafter for installing any structure or statues in those places affecting or infringing the rights of the common people. … He shall issue comprehensive guidelines for grant of permission for erection of statues or structures. … The officials shall identify lands for creation of required numbers of “Leaders Park” across the state for installing new statues and for re-location or replacement of existing ones, for which permission had already been granted. … He shall maintain the statues/structures after re-locating the same …and the maintenance cost shall be recovered from those who had got permission for installing them. In case of non-payment of maintenance cost, the competent authorities shall recover the same by invoking the Revenue Recovery Act. All these directions are to be complied within six months.
The number of anaemic children has risen in Gujarat
The National Family Health Survey 5 (2019-20) may help to give a better direction to the activities
The National Family Health Survey 5 (2019-20) may help to give a better direction to the activities of the health and women and child development departments of the Gujarat government:
- The survey reveals that nearly 11% of children under 5 years in Gujarat suffered from wasting (weight-to-height ratio); this was 7% in 2005-06.
- The number of children with severe wasting has also risen by 4%.
- Analysis by the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, on nutrition-related indicators shows that the number of anaemic children has risen by 10%, from 70% to 80%, in the last 14 years.
- The state nutrition profile report by International Institute for Population Science (IIPS), NITI Aayog and UNICEF shows that both pregnant and non-pregnant women recorded a rise in anaemia by 2% and 10% respectively.
- At the same time, there was an increase in cases of obesity, hypertension and blood sugar. Percentage of overweight children rose from 2% in NFHS 3 (2005-06) to 4% in NFHS 5 (2019-20).
- Women and men recorded a 6% and 8% increase in the overweight population respectively.
- Lifestyle disorders such as high blood sugar and hypertension increased in non-urban, tribal districts such as Dangs, Tapi, Bharuch and Porbandar.
- The state has done better in some nutrition indicators like stunting (chronic undernutrition during critical periods of growth), down from 51% to 39%.
- Gujarat has improved on parameters such as early initiation of breastfeeding and literacy among women, from 60% to 77%.
Night curfew extended by a month in eight cities of Gujarat
The Gujarat government has extended the night curfew by a month in eight cities - Ahmedabad,
The Gujarat government has extended the night curfew by a month in eight cities - Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Junagadh, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar. The night curfew will be from 12 pm to 6 am every night till November 10, This is just a precautionary measure.
Reward amount increased for cops who crack narcotics cases
The Gujarat government and its law enforcement agencies are taking several steps to fight the
The Gujarat government and its law enforcement agencies are taking several steps to fight the menace of narcotics more effectively. One of the measures is a monetary reward for cops who crack drug cases. For the past several years the reward amount has been Rs. 5,000. The government has now decided to increase the amount six times to Rs. 30,000. The government will also felicitate cops who assist in cracking narcotics related cases.
48% of total hospitals do not have Building Use permissions
An extensive survey carried out by the Gujarat government reveals that nearly 48% of total
An extensive survey carried out by the Gujarat government reveals that nearly 48% of total hospitals operational in the state do not have the Building Use permission – a pre-requisite for occupancy of any building. Also, the BU permission law is likely to be violated by nearly half of the residential buildings in the state. This information has been conveyed to the High Court.
Notices issued to doctors who are yet to discharge their bonds
Many doctors did not respond when summoned for Covid-19 duty during the second wave of the
Many doctors did not respond when summoned for Covid-19 duty during the second wave of the pandemic. The Gujarat government had ordered the doctors who studied at government medical colleges and yet to discharge their bonds to join Covid duty. The government has now started issuing notices to such doctors for attachment of their properties or properties belonging to the guarantors who stood for them in lieu of the Rs. 10-lakh bond executed during admission to PG medical courses. The authorities asked the doctors to either pay the bond amount and discharge themselves from the mandatory three-year rural service or properties belonging to them or their legal heirs or their guarantors would be attached and put on auction to recover the Rs 10 lakh bond amount. If they fail to pay, they can be arrested. In some cases, medical college authorities have issued notices to former students asking them to pay Rs 10 lakh and get themselves discharged from the bond. As many as 45 doctors have now paid the bond amount and freed themselves from the liability.
On the vaccination front in Gujarat, Vadodara tops list of ‘both-dosers’
The following vaccination status is as on Tuesday: As far as major cities in Gujarat are
The following vaccination status is as on Tuesday:
- As far as major cities in Gujarat are concerned, Vadodara has topped the list of cities in which people have taken both the doses.
- 4.2% of the persons who took the first dose have also taken the second dose.
- Vadodara is ranked fourth in the administration of the first dose.
- Surat had achieved over 100% coverage of the first dose.
Increase in charge for renewal of registration of 15-year-old cars
From April 2022, a car owner will have to pay Rs. 5,000 for renewal of registration if the vehicle
From April 2022, a car owner will have to pay Rs. 5,000 for renewal of registration if the vehicle is older than 15 years, an increase of more than eight times. This is part of the government's overall plan to roll out the National Automobile Scrappage Policy. The charges of registration renewal of old bikes will be Rs. 1,000. Renewal of registration for imported bikes and cars will cost Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 40,000, respectively. An additional fee of Rs. 50 for each day of delay after the expiry of certificate of fitness will be levied. An additional fee of Rs 200 shall be levied if the certificate of registration is a smart card-type issue.
Cybersecurity Research Centre to be set up at Gujarat University
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Gujarat University (GU) to set up the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Centre for Cybersecurity Research (SVPCCR) at the GU campus in Ahmedabad. The investment involved will be Rs. 100 crore. The centre will focus on directed basic and applied research related to defence and dual-use applications.
Curbs imposed on unvaccinated people in Ahmedabad
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has decided to prevent access to private spaces and facilities
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has decided to prevent access to private spaces and facilities for citizens who have not taken the first vaccine dose. Citizens visiting private premises such as shopping malls, cinema halls, clubs, commercial complexes, party plots, hotels, restaurants, religious sites, tourist sites, large societies, etc., will not be allowed to enter such premises if they have not taken the first dose. Such premises will also remain off-limits if an individual has not taken the second dose despite being eligible for the same.
Health insurance scheme extended to anganwadi workers and helpers
The Ministry of Women and Child Welfare has expanded the ambit of the health insurance scheme for
The Ministry of Women and Child Welfare has expanded the ambit of the health insurance scheme for frontline and Covid-19 workers to cover anganwadi workers and helpers too. A health cover (insurance cover provided under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana) of Rs. 50 lakh is expected to be available to 13,29,000 anganwadi workers and 11,79,000 anganwadi helpers. This will be retrospective – it will apply from the date that the WHO declared the pandemic in March 2020. Those eligible will include those who worked during the pandemic engaging in Covid-19 awareness drives, door-to-door ration distribution, community fever surveillance, interacting with families affected by Covid-19 and those who provided support for home quarantine. This has been communicated to all states and it will be incumbent upon states to operationalise the scheme.
VMC resolves – once again – to deal firmly with stray cattle menace
After another round of complaints about the menace of stray cattle by citizens and, more important,
After another round of complaints about the menace of stray cattle by citizens and, more important, by VIPs, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) is once again launching a ‘major drive against stray cattle in coordination with the city police’.
Let us hope, once again, for the best.
- All cattle owners will have to get RFID tags on their cattle within 30 days.
- Any cattle impounded without tags will not be released.
- VMC will increase the number of teams deployed to impound cattle – from three teams a day to five teams.
Cinema hall must provide free drinking water if water from outside is not allowed
The Madras High Court has said that cinema halls should provide free, portable and pure drinking
The Madras High Court has said that cinema halls should provide free, portable and pure drinking water through water coolers installed inside the cinema halls if they ban the carrying of water from outside. Cinema owners may prohibit patrons from bringing drinking water from outside for security reasons.
- The HC also said that drinking water facilities should be provided at all times to cinema goers in the hall.
- Water purifiers need to be installed within water coolers so that the water available to cinema-goers is free from impurities.
- A sufficient number of disposable glasses should be made available near the coolers.
- The water purifiers have to remain fully functional and regularly serviced from time to time. Drinking water has to be available before the movie starts and throughout the screening of the movie, including during the interval.
- If water supply is not available on a particular day, alternative arrangements should be made.
ITIs in Gujarat will award degrees and diplomas too
Now that the Gujarat Assembly has passed the Kaushalya Skill University Bill 2021 the state
Now that the Gujarat Assembly has passed the Kaushalya Skill University Bill 2021 the state government plans to upgrade and bring the 525 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) under this university that will come up in Ahmedabad. The ITSs will start awarding degrees and diplomas in place of only one-year certificate courses. The ITIs currently function under the Gujarat Council of Vocational Training (GCVT) as per the guidelines of the National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT). The objective of the university is to provide skilling, reskilling and upskilling, and facilitate research in emerging areas in primary, secondary and tertiary industries. Rs. 1 crore has been approved for the year 2021-22 as an initial grant to set up the university. Entrepreneurship development is also an objective – the slogan bening “don’t be a job seeker, be a job creator and giver”. The government plans to cover other skills too, even in the non-technical sectors – applied sciences, service sector, banking and finance, liberal arts and management.
Compensation for land acquired for Mumbai-Vadodara express highway
By way of compensation for their land acquired for the Mumbai-Vadodara express highway project, 28
By way of compensation for their land acquired for the Mumbai-Vadodara express highway project, 28 farmers from three villages in Bardoli taluka of Surat district received a total of Rs. 42 crore. Around 612 hectares of land is still to be acquired from 37 villages. Earlier the amount per bigha was Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh and now the farmers are getting around Rs. 1 crore per bigha.
Control room opened at Ankleshwar for chemical leakages in road accidents
The first such facility in India, a control and command centre has been opened at Ankleshwar to
The first such facility in India, a control and command centre has been opened at Ankleshwar to quickly respond to chemical leakages and fires caused by road accidents. This disaster prevention and management centre will also function as an emergency response centre to track and monitor transportation of hazardous chemical waste. The facility has been set up by Nicer Globe – an Indian Chemical Council (ICC) initiative to make the chemical industry and transport safer. The response teams have retired police and defence officers and fire attendants. Nicer Globe has a database of around 1.30 lakh drivers, 52 chemical companies and 527 transporters. A similar Disaster Prevention and Management Centre will come up at Jhagadia.
Manager of a Gandhidham club arrested for organising a garba
Kutch police have arrested the manager of a Gandhidham club for organising a garba program at the
Kutch police have arrested the manager of a Gandhidham club for organising a garba program at the club. The police claim that several people had gathered at the club for the program and Covid-19 guidelines had been violated because many people had not worn masks and social distancing was not maintained. Also, police permission had been taken for the program.
CSR wing of Reliance group will set up four hospitals for lions
Many animals, including lions, sometimes accidentally fall into open wells and seriously injure
Many animals, including lions, sometimes accidentally fall into open wells and seriously injure themselves. The CSR wing of the Reliance group has decided to actively participate in the effort to conserve Asiatic lions by constructing parapet walls around 3,000 wells and also build four hospitals for lions. The hospitals – equipped with ICUs – will be at Sasan, Jamwada, Dhari and a fourth location to be decided later; they will be run by the forest department.
Recent rain raises Ajwa reservoir water level
The level at Vadodara’s Ajwa reservoir is satisfactory, which is good news for Barodians as
The level at Vadodara’s Ajwa reservoir is satisfactory, which is good news for Barodians as far as drinking water is concerned. The level was 212.15 feet above sea level on Saturday. The reservoir's level has received a boost due to the recent spell of rain. Prior to this spell, a worried Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) had been prepared to turn to the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL) to ensure supply of water from the project to the Ajwa reservoir. The water level is now sufficient till next monsoon.
‘Vishwamitri Padyatra’, a march to revive Vadodara’s lifeline
A group of concerned Barodians have decided to undertake a ‘Vishwamitri Padyatra’ on
A group of concerned Barodians have decided to undertake a ‘Vishwamitri Padyatra’ on October 15. Their ultimate objective is raise awareness about the revival of the Vishwamitri river that flows through the heart of the city. Participants will walk alongside the river and connect with the people living on its banks. Much effort is needed to revive the river by clearing the pollution that strangles it. Government authorities and environment activists have not yet achieved the objective, and the active involvement of citizens can perhaps be sought by sensitizing them about the river and its importance. More people need to be made aware about the river’s history and its biodiversity. Once they understand it, they are likely to join in the revival project. The Community Science Centre is organising the foot march along the 22-km stretch of the river. October 15 is the birth anniversary of former president Abdul Kalam – who had supported the ‘Vaho Vishwamitri Abhiyan’.
Gujarat attracted the maximum number of projects in five years
The private corporate sector seems to prefer Gujarat for setting up projects. This is according to
The private corporate sector seems to prefer Gujarat for setting up projects. This is according to the recently released report of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on private corporate investment.
The report excluded investment projects smaller than Rs. 10 crore as well as projects with private ownership below 51% or undertaken by trusts, governments, and educational institutions.
- The state attracted the maximum number of projects (14.7%) sanctioned by banks and financial institutions from 2016-17 to 2020-21.
- Some other states: Maharashtra (12.1%), Karnataka (9.5%), Andhra Pradesh (8.8%), Tamil Nadu (7.2%).
- 330 projects were sanctioned in Gujarat from 2017 to 2021. The total number across India was 1,975.
- Raw materials, availability of labour, adequate infrastructure, market size and growth prospects are the deciding factors for locating a project.
Admission to Sainik School Balachadi
A statement issued by the Sainik School Balachadi, Jamnagar, states that the National Testing
A statement issued by the Sainik School Balachadi, Jamnagar, states that the National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the entrance examination for admission in January next year. The school’s online admission process for the academic year 2022-23 started from September 27 and it will continue till October 26. The entrance examination will be held on January 9, 2022. The admission is open for class 4, for both boys and girls category, and for class 9 only for boys category. The written examination will be held in Ahmedabad, Balachadi and Surat.
Insurer cannot reject smoker’s medical claim
An insurance company in Ahmedabad refused to reimburse the expenditure on medical treatment for
An insurance company in Ahmedabad refused to reimburse the expenditure on medical treatment for lung cancer on the grounds that the patient was a chain smoker and contracted cancer due to his smoking. A consumer court has ordered the insurance company to reimburse the expenditure. The consumer court said there was no proof that the cancer had been caused by the smoking habit. It cited a higher forum’s order that a discharge summary itself cannot be treated as primary or conclusive evidence in the absence of any independent proof. Those who do not smoke also get lung cancer and it cannot be believed that all those who smoke have lung cancer.
‘Smart tea’ from a contactless vending machine
Cherise India Pvt Ltd of Pune has come up with a new type of vending machine for tea: it is powered
Cherise India Pvt Ltd of Pune has come up with a new type of vending machine for tea: it is powered by IoT (internet of things), has built-in GPS, mobile app-based control, and cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity. You get your cup of ‘Smart Tea’ and can also watch a film on it. Over 350 machines have been sold. Cherise, a global leader in orthodox tea manufacturing and distribution, has sold 3.7 million cups of tea, coffee, soup and milk from its smart vending kiosks.
The Indian vending machine market is likely to grow at about 15% compound annual growth rate from 2020 to 2026 due to the growing retail industry and rapid urbanisation.
- The machine has been made contactless and safe.
- To get a cup users have to scan a QR code on the machine and the entire menu appears on their mobile phones within a second.
- Every vending kiosk is like a small tea shop, you can have different types of tea, coffees, water, etc.
- The company has deployed the machines mostly in factories and in hospitals.
- A miniature vending machine for personal use is getting ready.
Call for a public movement to rejuvenate Gujarat’s rivers
The Gujarat high court has called for a public movement to clean and rejuvenate the Sabarmati river
The Gujarat high court has called for a public movement to clean and rejuvenate the Sabarmati river and said that each of the citizens living in its catchment area needs to be involved. The HC had taken suo motu cognizance of improperly treated sewage being discharged into the river. The court said that we have to use the ‘Public Trust Doctrine’ to apply stringent provisions against permitting municipal bodies or industries from polluting rivers.
- The HC in an order directed that industries found flouting pollution norms should be barred from participating in trade fairs and public private partnership events.
- The principle of collective responsibility shall lie with the industrial estates and industries located within the vicinity of each other and the industrial associations shall take the responsibility for the misdeeds of its members.
- The illegality committed by one industry shall result in collective penalties such as payments against pollution.
- Even if one of the members of a particular association or organization is found guilty, all the members shall have to pay the price for the same.
- The electricity connection of erring industrial units should be disconnected immediately and no re-connection should be made nor any new connection should be granted under any other name on the existing premises.
- Steps should be taken by the GIDC to provide drainage connections to the industries so as to reduce the problem of industrial contamination.
Disability research centre set up at Delhi’s Kirori Mal College
Kirori Mal College of Delhi University has set up a first-of-its-kind Centre for Disability
Kirori Mal College of Delhi University has set up a first-of-its-kind Centre for Disability Research to focus on disability studies as a legitimate field of academic enquiry. The centre is interdisciplinary and the faculty members are drawn from various departments – English, Hindi, Zoology, Commerce, Geography, Political Science, Economics and Chemistry. So far, 53 students of the college are a part of the centre, after a selection process. This approach is different from a rehabilitation approach. Here the approach is that the problem is not persons with disabilities but the way that the idea of the normal has been constructed to create problems for disabled persons. Students may work on projects that explore the intersection of disability with gender, projects on inclusive and universal design, how to analyse literary texts and movies, etc. The centre is also planning to start a certificate course.
High domestic PNG consumption in Gujarat
Thanks to a wide base of residential piped natural gas (PNG) consumers, Gujarat’s usage of
Thanks to a wide base of residential piped natural gas (PNG) consumers, Gujarat’s usage of piped cooking gas is twice that of Maharashtra and four times that of Delhi. This is according to figures with the government's petroleum planning and analysis cell (PPAC).
Gujarat also consumes the highest amount of industrial PNG in the country. Out of the total 11,803 industrial PNG connections in India, Gujarat has the highest – 5,411 connections.
- Individual households in the state consumed 11.62 lakh standard cubic meters per day (SCMD) of domestic PNG during the period from October 2020 to March 2021. Domestic PNG sales were 5.73 lakh SCMD in Maharashtra and 3 lakh SCMD in Delhi.
- Gujarat has a deeper penetration of city gas distribution (CGD) networks and a wider coverage of the natural gas transportation grid.
- Gujarat also has multiple companies supplying piped natural gas.
- Unlike Maharashtra or Delhi, the use of PNG by households in Gujarat is not restricted to urban and semi-urban areas; it is also available in semi-urban and rural areas.
- Gujarat had 24.21 lakh domestic PNG connections as of March 31, 2021 – against 19.68 lakh in Maharashtra and 10.56 lakh in Delhi NCR.
- Gas distribution licenses have been issued for all the districts in Gujarat – the only state to be covered under 100% CGD network.
- Usage for geysers for heating water is another reason for higher residential PNG consumption.
Works of Ravishankar Raval and Somalal Shah on display
Selected works of artists Kalaguru Ravishankar M. Raval and Somalal Shah are on display at the
Selected works of artists Kalaguru Ravishankar M. Raval and Somalal Shah are on display at the exhibition hall of MS University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. The exhibition, which will remain on view till October 1, has been organised by the Department of Painting in collaboration with the Gujarat State Lalit Kala Akademy as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations. Padma Shri recipient Professor Jyoti Bhatt inaugurated the exhibition. Painter, illustrator, teacher and art writer, Ravishankar Raval was known as a kalaguru of Gujarat; he played a role in bringing up the Faculty of Fine Arts in Vadodara. He was born in Bhavnagar. Somalal Shah was born in Kapadwanj and studied for a while at Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai, and continued his studies at Vadodara also at the Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata. He took up teaching at Dakshinamurthy School in Bhavnagar and joined Alfred High School there. He is known for his pastoral scenes of Saurashtra.
Implement fire safety laws firmly, seal buildings
The Gujarat high court has insisted that authorities should seal buildings that violate fire safety
The Gujarat high court has insisted that authorities should seal buildings that violate fire safety norms and then be ready to handle the commotion that is likely due to the stringent actions. The authorities must be proactive in implementing fire safety laws following the Supreme Court’s order by which it compelled the state government to withdraw a notification granting relaxation to building owners till March 31, 2022 on account of the Covid-19 pandemic. Citing the SC order, the judges said, “You seal the buildings. The rule of law has no emotions. When the Supreme Court has said that you have to implement the law, there is no scope for sentiments and emotions. For fire safety, there should be no compromise. Seal and handle the commotion.” The judges said, “The Supreme Court observation is a mandate for you, and dictum for us.”
The railway saloon built in the 1880s in Baroda has been demolished
The railway saloon shed built in Baroda in the 1880s was demolished on Tuesday to make way for the
The railway saloon shed built in Baroda in the 1880s was demolished on Tuesday to make way for the bullet train corridor. Heritage conservationists had long been demanding that the heritage structure should be restored. However, the structure was razed by the National High Speed Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) for the bullet train corridor that will pass through this location. The red-stone railway saloon shed was situated between Platform 7 and the Pandya bridge. It was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in the 1880s, and it has been neglected over the years. It originally served as the shed to house the royal broad gauge coaches (the living, dining and bedroom bogies) owned by the erstwhile royal family of Baroda. The railway shed/ saloon was not listed as a centrally protected monument of the Archaeological Survey of India and was in a dilapidated condition. The land pocket involved was handed over by Gujarat government to NHSRCL and a compensation of Rs 14.45 crore was paid. The Heritage Trust of Baroda has condemned the demolition. In 2014, the Nazarbaug Palace in the Mandvi area was demolished to make way for a commercial complex. Shanta Devi Hospital on Jail Road was also similarly razed.
Infosys will help Karnataka government in skill development for students:
The Karnataka government will collaborate with information technology company Infosys to facilitate
The Karnataka government will collaborate with information technology company Infosys to facilitate skill development among students according to the norms of the new Education Policy (NEP-2020). The aim is to utilise the ‘Infosys Springboard’ platform that comprises over 3,000 skill development courses for college students. The platform will also facilitate digital learning for teachers and professional guidance for students. Infosys will donate 15,000 debonded computers to colleges in the state. The springboard is an integrated digital literacy platform comprising effective digital learning solutions, technology-based life skill courses, gamification, live classes, industry certification, makers’ lab, career guidance and options for higher education. The collaboration will also enable the use of gesture-computing and biometrics for smart classrooms, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for training, linking learning data with performance outcomes and utilising gamification and design principles to create competition among students. Automation and robotic tools from the platform will be used to create content. An ‘NEP community’ will be established for the exchange of best practices among institutions.
Construction workers have too many work-related health problems
A doctoral study on construction workers conducted by Rutvik Purani, a student of SBB College of
A doctoral study on construction workers conducted by Rutvik Purani, a student of SBB College of Physiotherapy in Ahmedabad, reveals that the work can have quite harmful consequences.
Agencies working in the field must take necessary steps to ensure safety. Better ergonomics should be followed and there should be more use of safety equipment. Safety norms should also be adhered to.
- The study was undertaken to determine the extent of physiological and other health issues faced by the workers in the largely unorganized sector.
- The study covered four areas of Gujarat and covered brick and stone masons, plumbers, plasterers, roofers, drillers, etc.
- About 28% of the workers were from Gujarat.
- Out of 457 construction workers studied, 44% reported joint pain and respiratory and neurological issues.
- About 38% had multiple joint pain.
- The workers were below 40 years of age.
- Frequent illnesses reduce the work life of the construction worker.
- Construction site accidents are seldom reported, and the extent of injury is often not known.
CII and IRMA will promote development of cooperatives
In order to improve its programmes the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) has signed an MoU
In order to improve its programmes the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) has signed an MoU with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to strengthen private sector engagement. The collaboration combines the advantages of CII’s network and outreach with IRMA’s knowledge and resources to achieve the overall development of cooperatives and community centric models. IRMA seeks to work as a nodal academic institution to take forward the cooperative movement. The collaboration will together identify and prioritize key issues and accordingly work closely with policy makers, industry, cooperatives and communities at the state as well as national level.
Aditya Birla Capital and Baroda Cricket Association will train aspiring cricketers
Aditya Birla Capital will help the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) to identify and encourage
Aditya Birla Capital will help the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) to identify and encourage cricketers from Gujarat’s rural areas. The funding from the company will be for the expenses and training of aspiring cricketers from remote areas. Mr. Shishir Hattangadi, BCA CEO, is one of the persons who floated the idea of such a project. Players between the age of 15 and 17 years will be selected and given access to the best of training facilities and professional coaching. BCA’s ‘territory’ covers Patan, Mehsana, Navsari and Bilimora – all once a part of the erstwhile Baroda state. Aditya Birla Capital has committed Rs. 50 lakh for this project. The proposal awaits approval of the BCA apex council.
‘Music and Mechanical Vibrations’ & ‘Biology for Engineers’
Two new subjects will be offered for engineering students in the curriculum of the Visvesvaraya
Two new subjects will be offered for engineering students in the curriculum of the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in accordance with the new National Education Policy (NEP). Engineering students in colleges affiliated with VTU in Karnataka will be introduced to courses on health and wellness and global medical technology. A subject called ‘Biology for Engineers’ has been introduced in the fourth semester. Courses on environment studies and ‘Music and Mechanical Vibrations’ have also been added. VTU will make a 24-week internship mandatory for all engineering courses while encouraging multidisciplinary internships for those getting the opportunity to go abroad.
Budding entrepreneurs get valuable guidance from agri-business incubator
Not too many people may have heard about Medi-Hub TBI, an Anand based agri-business incubator
Not too many people may have heard about Medi-Hub TBI, an Anand based agri-business incubator involved in technology management, business and incubation in the field of medicinal and aromatic plants. Mentioned recently in the prime minister’s Mann Ki Baat programme, the incubator was commissioned in 2020 with financial support from National Agricultural Innovation Fund (NAIF) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India. Medi-Hub TBI is hosted at the ICAR-Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research (DMAPR) at Anand in Gujarat. Medi-Hub TBI is encouraging budding entrepreneurs to promote the growth of medicinal and aromatic plants. The incubator has already supported the business ideas of 15 entrepreneurs. Among the ideas incubated: herbal room and car fresheners, herbal terrace garden.
Control room in Gujarat for quick response to chemical leakages in road accidents
The first such facility in India, the control and command centre will initially cover roads in
The first such facility in India, the control and command centre will initially cover roads in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and NCR. It is being set up by Nicer Globe – an Indian Chemical Council (ICC) initiative to make the chemical industry and transport safer.
- The centralized control room has seven people with chemical engineering backgrounds. They have detailed information about each and every chemical and how to tackle the situation in case it leaks on the roads.
- Each control room representative knows multiple languages including Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam – to communicate effectively with truck drivers.
- A toll-free number will be pasted on tankers carrying hazardous chemicals. In case of an accident, the driver or any commuter can call on the number and contact the control centre.
- A team including a cop and a fireman has been positioned at every 200 km in different states. In case of emergency, the control room will first ask the driver to take some safety measures, then call the nearest team and direct it to the spot along with an ambulance. The company that owns the chemical stock as well as the tanker owner will also be informed.
- Tanker drivers as well as the emergency team are being trained about the chemicals and the safety protocols to be followed.
Playing and learning are two sides of the same coin
The ongoing International Toy Design and Innovation e-Symposium organized by the National Institute
The ongoing International Toy Design and Innovation e-Symposium organized by the National Institute of Design (NID) has brought together national and international experts on the toys and gaming industry. New-age toys and games try to infuse educational philosophies and develop cognitive and motor skills among the players. Play and toy-based pedagogy has been given much importance in the National Education Policy 2020. Playing and learning are two sides of the same coin. Toys and games play a substantial role in the education of children with special needs. The event started on September 22 and will continue till October 7. The virtual exhibition of over 40 toys and 60 projects can be visited from the NID website.
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