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Union Ministry of education top ranks IIT, Madras
The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras is in the top position in the Union ministry of
The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras is in the top position in the Union ministry of education's India Rankings 2022 of Higher Educational Institutions. According to a list released by Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday. Indian Institute of Science-Bengaluru and IIT-Bombay, have secured the second and third spots respectively.
* IISc Bengaluru has been named the best university, while Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Millia Islamia from Delhi got the second and third ranks respectively.
*IIT Madras is the best engineering college followed by IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay.
*IIM-Ahmedabad has been identified as the best business school in India, followed by IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Calcutta.
*Among the pharmacy institutions, Jamia Hamdard has bagged the top rank. The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research,
Hyderabad is the second best in the category while Panjab University, Chandigarh has been ranked third.
While Miranda House is the best college as per the said rankings, Hindu college stood second, followed by Presidency college
*AIIMS, New Delhi, is the best medical college as per the released list.
*The Savitha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences in Chennai is the best dental college, as per the list.
*IIM Ahmedabad is the best management institution in the country followed by IIM Bengaluru and IIM Calcutta.
MSU prof on who tech group
Professor Vanisha Nambiar from M S University’s Department of Foods and Nutrition, who also
Professor Vanisha Nambiar from M S University’s Department of Foods and Nutrition, who also holds additional charge of deputy director of university’s Office of International Affairs, has been appointed to the World Health Organization (WHO) technical advisory group for integrated clinical care (TAG-IC2) for a period of two years.
She is the only Indian member of the 22-member group. Nambiar received an invitation letter from Dr Rudi Eggers, director of WHO’s integrated health services headquartered at Geneva, Switzerland.
The TAG-IC2 function includes providing clinical support tools related to primary, emergency, operative and critical care. It advises WHO on the development and revision of integrated evidence-based guidance, standards, protocols, and pathways across these four delivery channels.
Amul curd & buttermilk prices increased
Prices of curd, lassi and buttermilk are expected to shoot up. Sources said that home-grown dairy
Prices of curd, lassi and buttermilk are expected to shoot up. Sources said that home-grown dairy giant – Amul – may revise prices of these dairy products following a decision taken by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council to remove exemptions on GST on repackaged, re-labelled and packaged buttermilk, curd and lassi.
RS Sodhi, managing director of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) – the apex body of all the district dairy unions of
Gujarat that markets dairy products under Amul brand - confirmed the development.
“We are waiting for the official notification to be released. Prices of these products will certainly increase if they are brought under the ambit of GST,” said Sodhi. He said that prices of dairy products will increase based on the GST imposed on them.
The GST Council earlier this month has decided to charge 5 % GST on the dairy products.
It is worth mentioning here that except pouched/ packaged milk, all other dairy products have now been covered under the ambit of GST.
Amul has already made representations in the past to rollback the GST that has been imposed on dairy products like ghee that currently attract 12 % GST. The organised players in the dairy sector have argued that on one hand edible oil, a good part of which is imported, carries GST of only 5 % whereas ghee is taxed at a much higher rate.
While dairy products like butter, cheese and milk-based beverages attract 12 % GST, ice-cream attracts 18 % tax.
The council has also raised GST on dairy machinery and milking machines from existing 12 % to 18 %. After the council’s decision, the Indian Dairy Association (IDA) had also convened a meeting of stake holders after which it has made a representation to the centre urging it to re-consider the GST Council’s decision.
Amarnath Yatra temporarily suspended following heavy rainfall
The Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir has been temporarily suspended from Baltal Marg due to
The Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir has been temporarily suspended from Baltal Marg due to continuous rains. The trip will resume as soon as the weather improves, officials said.
Earlier, the yatra was stopped following heavy rainfall on July 5 and after a cloudburst on July 8 this year. Amarnath Yatra was temporarily suspended on Thursday morning due to inclement weather. No pilgrim was allowed to move towards the holy cave from both Pahalgam and Baltal camps. Over 1.44 lakh 'Yatris' have performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra so far.
Cabinet approves Taranga Hill-Ambaji-Abu Road new railway line project
The Union Cabinet on July 13 approved the Taranga Hill-Ambaji-Abu Road new railway line project.
The Union Cabinet on July 13 approved the Taranga Hill-Ambaji-Abu Road new railway line project. The estimated cost of the rail project is around Rs. 2798.16. While addressing a Press Briefing, Union I&B Minister Anurag Thakur said, 'Cabinet has approved Taranga Hill-Ambaji-Abu Road new rail line to provide connectivity and improve mobility. The estimated cost of this project is Rs 2798.16 crores and will be completed by 2026-27.'
Free Covid precaution doses for 18-59 age group from July 15
People in the 18-59 age group will get free precaution doses of the Covid vaccine at government
People in the 18-59 age group will get free precaution doses of the Covid vaccine at government vaccination centres under a 75-day special drive likely to begin from July 15, official sources said on Wednesday.
So far, less than 1 per cent of the target population of 77 crore in the 18-59 age group have been administered the precaution dose.
Studies at ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) and other international research institutions have suggested that antibody levels wane around six months after the primary vaccination with both doses... giving a booster increases the immune response," the official said.
The two-month programme is currently underway.
Inoculation of those in the age group of 15-18 commenced on January 3 this year.
MSU offer courses in international languages
MS University will start offering courses in Japanese language to students from the current
MS University will start offering courses in Japanese language to students from the current academic year, that is 2022-23.
MSU’s Faculty of Arts is home to departments of Persian, Arabic & Urdu, Sanskrit, Pali & Prakrit apart from Sindhi, Marathi, Gujarati and English.
With this latest addition, MSU will become the only university to offer courses in these international languages. We plan to introduce diploma courses in the next academic year.
The fees for the certificate course in Japanese will be Rs 9,000. The level-1 in the certificate course will cover the basics of self-introduction, time of the day, calendar, things, and counting using Japanese numerical classifiers among others.
Amarnath Yatra resumed from today, July 11th
Amarnath Yatra is starting again from July 11, 2022 (Monday). The yatra was postponed following a
Amarnath Yatra is starting again from July 11, 2022 (Monday). The yatra was postponed following a cloudburst after the Amarnath cave on July 8, 2022 (Friday) evening. So far 16 people have died in this accident. The army resumed the rescue operation on Saturday morning. 35 injured have been airlifted. 45 people are still missing and the mountain rescue team is looking for them. The army's rescue operation went on all night. No body was recovered during this period.
Gujarat to host 36th National Games from Sept 27 to Oct 10
After a gap of seven years, the National Games will be held in six cities – Ahmedabad,
After a gap of seven years, the National Games will be held in six cities – Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhavnagar.
I am happy to announce that Gujarat will organise the National Games between September 27 and October 10.
Gujarat government, noticing this long gap in conduct of these games and postponement of the 2022 Asian Games, approached IOA to be the host to the 36th National Games, the release said.
Citing IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, the release said that he had expressed happiness with Gujarat’s readiness to organise the event.
This way, the infrastructure created and enhanced will continue to be utilised by the state’s sportspersons on a regular basis,” the release said.
Gap between second dose and booster dose reduced
The Union health ministry on Wednesday reduced the duration between the second dose and the
The Union health ministry on Wednesday reduced the duration between the second dose and the precautionary third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine from nine months to six months.
On July 6, 2022 (Wednesday), Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to the states that a decision has been taken to administer the precaution third dose to the adult population after completion of six months or 26 weeks from the date of administration of the second dose. At present, precaution dose is available free of cost at government vaccination centres to the priority groups -the frontline workers, healthcare workers, and the elderly population aged above 60 years. For those aged 18-59, the precaution dose is available only at private vaccination centres.
Bhushan told the states the revised guidelines for precaution were based on the recommendation made by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), India’s apex advisory body which provides guidance to the government on vaccination by undertaking technical reviews of scientific evidence on matters related to immunization policy and programmes.
“In the view of evolving scientific evidence and global practices, “Standing Technical Sub Committee” (STSC) of ‘National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation’ (NTAGI) has recommended to revise the duration between 2nd dose and precaution dose from existing 9 months or 39 weeks to 6 months or 26 weeks. This has also been endorsed by NTAGI,” Bhushan told the states.
As per the official data, India has administered 4.75 crore precaution doses. In the priority groups, 57.75 lakh health care workers, 1.05 crore frontline workers and 2.50 crore elderly population above the age of 60 years have received their precaution dose.
On January 10, India rolled out precautionary third dose health care workers, frontline workers, and citizens above 60 years with comorbidities. At that time, the health ministry issued guidelines that the precaution dose would be based on the completion of 9 months — that is, 39 weeks from the date of administration of the second dose.
On April 10, announced the rollout of the precautionary third dose of Covid-19 vaccine for the 18 plus population. The data shows that 33.99 lakh beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group and 27.76 lakh beneficiaries in the 45-59 age group have received their precaution age group in the private vaccination centres.
Bahucharaji mandir in vadodara to be renovated
Nearly three centuries after it was built in the erstwhile Baroda state, the Bahucharaji Temple in
Nearly three centuries after it was built in the erstwhile Baroda state, the Bahucharaji Temple in Karelibaug has got a new lease of life. The royal Gaekwad family has rebuilt the heritage temple of Bahuchar Ma that came up in the 18th century. Samarjitsinh Gaekwad, a member of the royal Gaekwad family performed puja at the temple on July 6, 2022 (Wednesday) in the presence of priests. Samarjitsinh Gaekwad said that his family has been refurbishing temples that come under Devasthan Trust run by the royal Gaekwads. The temple located in Karelibaug is very popular among the devotees who turn up in thousands to seek the blessings of Bahuchar Mata during Navratri every year. The priests performing puja at the temple said that the structure was made of wood.
“The wooden structure where Bahuchar Mata’s idol is placed was refurbished a few times over the last century. But the structure had become weak and hence it was brought down completely. The new temple was built completely from stone and it is a replica of the wooden structure,” said Biren Pujari, priest at the temple.
Apart from Bahuchar Mata, the premises also have temples of Lord Shiva, Hanuman, Baliyadev and Bhatuji Maharaj. The premises also have a big water tank in octagonal shape. According to historians, Bahuchar Mata’s temple became popular after the royal Gaekwads started worshipping her in the late 18th century.
According to the book ‘Vadodara na Mandiro’ penned by Manjula M Oza in 1995, a devotee named Kameshwar Shukla found a ‘yantra’ inscribed on a
paper in a lake in 1763. He built a small temple there and named it Becharaji. An Ahmedabad-based devotee, Jagpurshottam Panchal, then built a big temple of the goddess along with some other small temples in the premises.
The book further says that Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad I also contributed Rs 8,933 for the temple construction in 1823. The royal Gaekwads became devotees of the goddess and began donating regularly to the temple. The temple premise is in square shape and it has two entry gates. Art historian Chandrashekhar Patil, however, said that no one knows exactly when the temple was built.
The Vistadome coaches will be part of Jabalpur Janshatabdi Express
The Vistadome coach has features that include large glass windows, rotating seats, glass roofs, and
The Vistadome coach has features that include large glass windows, rotating seats, glass roofs, and an observation lounge that let passengers witness a breath-taking view of the country landscape.
The West Central Railway, for the first time is adding vistadome coaches for its Jabalpur-Ranikmalapati route. The services will start soon.
The Vistadome coach has features that include large glass windows, rotating seats, glass roofs, and an observation lounge that let passengers witness a breath-taking view of the country landscape.
The Vistadome coach is a new initiative by the Indian Railways that aims to make the travel experience of tourists more memorable. Another feature of this type of coach is that it allows passengers to move around and look at the scenery.
Besides having a glass roof, the unique quality of the Vistadome coaches includes its various other features such as multiple window panes, toilets with ceramic tile flooring, a wide side sliding door for differently-abled people, LED lights, a GPS-based info system, and an electrically operated sliding compartment door.
Domestic LPG cylinder prices hiked by Rs. 50
Oil Marketing Companies increased the price of the domestic 14.2 kg LPG cylinder by Rs 50 per
Oil Marketing Companies increased the price of the domestic 14.2 kg LPG cylinder by Rs 50 per cylinder with effect from July 6, 2022 (Wednesday).
- LPG price was hiked by Rs 50 per cylinder for those weighing 14.2 kg.
- The price change will be effective from today.
- Besides, the price of a 5kg domestic cylinder will increase by Rs 18 per cylinder.
MSU will offer courses on Hindu studies
MS University has joined other state universities of Gujarat and central universities in the
MS University has joined other state universities of Gujarat and central universities in the country that are offering courses on Hindu studies.
The proposal regarding the same was approved by the university’s syndicate body during their meeting on July 5, 2022 (Tuesday).
While other universities are offering masters in Hindu studies, MSU will be the first to offer a bachelors degree with 60 seats and medium of instruction as English.
The course syllabus intends to cover Bhagwat Gita, Ramayana, ayurveda, knowledge of Hindu culture and its application in the current context.
"The new education policy in 2019 aims to focus on value-added courses to “correct” such discrepancies and places more emphasis on the India-centered knowledge tradition,” the note further states.
The programmes also offers various interdisciplinary subjects such as history, economics, law, society, culture, politics, education, arts, ethics, literature, drama, linguistics, ayurveda and yoga.
- A new course will be started at MS University, Vadodara
- Graduation course in Hindu Studies will be started in the university
- The course of Hindu Studies will start in BA and MA
Hotels, restaurants barred from levying service charge by default
The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) on Monday (4th July 2022) barred hotels and
The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) on Monday (4th July 2022) barred hotels and restaurants from levying service charge automatically or by default in food bills and allowed customers to file complaints in case of violation.
The guidelines issued by CCPA stipulate that hotels or restaurant shall not add service charge automatically or by default in the food bill. The service charge will not be collected by adding it along with the food bill and levying GST on the total amount.
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said that the consumer may lodge a complaint against the violator hotel or restaurants on the National Consumer Helpline (NCH) by calling 1915 or through the NCH mobile app.
The Ministry highlighted that the consumer may also file a complaint against unfair trade practice with the Consumer Commission through e-daakhil portal www.e-daakhil.nic.in for its speedy redressal.Furthermore, the consumer may submit a complaint to the District Collector of the concerned district for investigation and subsequent proceeding by the CCPA.
Commencement of Amarnath Yatra 2022 from tomorrow
Preparations are in full swing to welcome the devotees who come to pay homage to Baba Barfani on
Preparations are in full swing to welcome the devotees who come to pay homage to Baba Barfani on the Amarnath Yatra. A control room has been set up in the office of Jammu Divisional Commissioner for Amarnath Yatra, helpline number 0191-2478993 has been announced for the pilgrims.
Ban on single use plastic items from 1st July
As the deadline to implement the ban on single use plastic (SUP) nears, FMCG players have started
As the deadline to implement the ban on single use plastic (SUP) nears, FMCG players have started exploring alternatives.
The union environment ministry has included plastic straws in the list of SUPs whose manufacturing, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use will be prohibited from July 1.
The country’s largest FMCG player — Amul — has decided to shift to paper and compostable straws replacing plastic straws that accompany small packets of milk-based beverages.
Another leading FMCG player Parle Agro, which dominates the sparkling fruit juices category, too has started importing paper straws before switching over to biodegradable straws.
“We are exploring two alternatives before the deadline. We have started procuring imported paper straws and simultaneously bio-compostable straws that are manufactured domestically,” said R S Sodhi, managing director of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) that markets the brand Amul. Amul has a requirement of about 10 lakh straws a day for its milk-based beverages.
Sodhi said that the union ministry has recently released a list of 200 plants in the country that can manufacture and are licensed to manufacture compostable straws.
Even as the cost of these alternatives is twice or thrice compared to plastic straws, Sodhi said Amul does not have any immediate plan to pass on the cost to consumers.
“We will have to bear the burden of increased input cost,” he said. Sodhi hoped that as volumes of compostable straws grow, prices will come down.
Parle Agro’s CEO Schauna Chauhan said that the company has started importing paper straws to ensure the new rules are met by its deadline.
“Our shipments of paper straw are coming in a staggered manner due to huge demand. Nonetheless, we are working on a program for a smooth transition from plastic straws to biodegradable straws and have no plans of closing any factories in the process. All factories will be operational,” he said.
Four bone marrow transplant at SSG Hospital
Four patients have undergone bone marrow transplant at Central Gujarat’s biggest government
Four patients have undergone bone marrow transplant at Central Gujarat’s biggest government facility SSG Hospital in the last month. “This is for the first time that autologous stem cell/bone marrow transplant of four patients has been done in state medical college of Gujarat,” said Dr Meet Kumar, a haemato-oncologist from a private hospital in Gurgaon and a visiting oncologist at SSG Hospital.
A Vadodara-born doctor visits SSG Hospital every Thursday for treatment of blood cancer patients at the oncology department under the CM Setu Scheme.
“Treatment cost for bone marrow transplant is very high in a private or corporate hospital but at SSG Hospital, this treatment is provided almost free of cost. The four patients were treated with high dose chemotherapy followed by bone marrow transplant,” he said.
While two patients were discharged after 15 days of transplant, two other patients are on the path of recovery, he said. These patients include a 26-year-old man suffering from chemotherapy refractory Hodgkin lymphoma, another 26-year-old woman who was diagnosed with acute leukemia, an 11-years-old boy suffering from acute leukemia and a 71-years-old woman having multiple myloma.
“Providing these advanced services with limited manpower and resources were the challenges that we initially faced,” said Dr Anil Goel, professor and head of radiation oncology.
“We have ultramodern radiotherapy machines that are better than any other private hospitals to treat cancer patients. We provide free treatment to all cancer patients who have PMJAY card while other patients who don’t have any cards are provided treatment at nominal cost,” said Goel, adding that advanced machines like cyberknife and Tomotherapy can further enhance the department.
Akash Ambani appointed chairman of Reliance Jio
In the first major announcement of succession planning at Reliance Industries 30-year-old Akash
In the first major announcement of succession planning at Reliance Industries 30-year-old Akash Ambani was appointed chairman of Reliance Jio. Mukesh Ambani, aged 65, stepped down from the board of the telecom behemoth, passing on the baton to the family's next generation.
This is the first instance of one of Mukesh and wife Nita Ambani's three children - Akash, Isha (twins) and Anant (27 years) - assuming a leadership role in a key company of the group.
Akash and Isha are already on the board of the group's fastest-growing new-age units -- Jio and Reliance Retail -- while Anant (the youngest of the three) is on board of Jio Platforms along with the other two children.
When it comes to the parent company, Reliance Industries, though, the children are yet to join the board where only Mukesh and Nita represent the family. Mukesh also continues to be the chairman of Jio Platforms and Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd, the companies that hold all the digital and retail assets of the group.
VCCI, industrial bodies to hire Agniveers
Youngsters, who are set to undergo Agnipath training, will get jobs in the state. The Vadodara
Youngsters, who are set to undergo Agnipath training, will get jobs in the state. The Vadodara Chambers of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) along with the other industrial associations said that it will offer jobs to the Agniveers.
“VCCI and other associations represent 12,000 industries in the state. We have decided to employ Agniveers and they will be given dignified jobs. Once they undergo training, these youngsters will have good skills and discipline,” said Himanshu Patel, VCCI vice-president. The VCCI has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi promising jobs to Agniveers and they handed it over to Gujarat BJP chief C R Paatil on June 28, 2022, Monday.
Forecast moderate to heavy rains in Gujarat for the next 5 days
The meteorological department has forecast normal to moderate rainfall in the state while heavy
The meteorological department has forecast normal to moderate rainfall in the state while heavy rains have been forecast in some districts of South Gujarat and Saurashtra. The rainy weather will remain the same for the next five days. The meteorological department has forecast heavy rains in Saurashtra and some districts of South Gujarat for the next five days.
Breeding centre in Velavadar to boost lesser florican numbers
In an effort to conserve the endangered lesser florican, the smallest bird in the bustard family, a
In an effort to conserve the endangered lesser florican, the smallest bird in the bustard family, a breeding centre has come up at Velavadar National Park. The breeding centre, which will be inaugurated shortly, will give the birds a feeling of a natural habitat.
The forest department took a cue from the houbara bustard conservation in the UAE to develop this breeding centre. The department will prepare in-house food like insects and vegetation at the national park for the lesser florican.
The national park is a sprawling grassland and an ideal habitat for the lesser florican that lays eggs here during the monsoon, particularly in August, which increases the chances of the eggs getting destroyed either due to water ingress or some animals eating them away. To save the eggs, forest officials started an experiment two years ago to hatch the eggs by artificially incubating them and they have hatched nine chicks so far.
CREDAI Gujarat to employ 3K Agniveers
Gujarat-based developers have welcomed Agnipath scheme of the Union government. CREDAI
Gujarat-based developers have welcomed Agnipath scheme of the Union government. CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India), Gujarat chapter, has promised to provide 3,000 jobs in the real estate sector every year to Agniveers.
The Union government had on June 14 announced the Agnipath scheme to recruit new soldiers for four years. The Agniveers will get a monthly salary of Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000, with 75% of them who get demobilized after four years getting a ‘Seva Nidhi’ exit package of Rs 11.71 lakh, half of which will be through their own contributions. The remaining 25% will be inducted into the regular cadres of the armed forces to serve another 15 years.
CREDAI office-bearers held a meeting with Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel, state BJP president C R Paatil and state home minister Harsh Sanghavi and got details about Agnipath scheme. CREDAI Gujarat president Ajay Patel said, “We welcome the Agneepath scheme rolled out by the central government. Our Army is known for discipline and dedication and it will give physical and skill training to 50,000 youth every year. Also, the government will give attractive package to these youths during the four-year training, They will get an Agniveer graduate degree.”
He said that CREDAI Gujarat will give employment to 3,000 Agniveers every year in the Gujarat real estate sector. “CREDAI has 26 state chapters across India and the CREDAI Gujarat team will explain this scheme to all these chapters and we will try to ensure that the real estate sector of India gives permanent employment to 30,000 Agniveers every year.
After the government introduced the scheme, a number of government departments and private sector companies have announced jobs for Agniveers.
Undhiyu, sev-usal as packet foods turn into ‘bas 2-minute’ recipes
Not just the butter-chicken premixes or the palatable dal makhani packs that you once saw on
Not just the butter-chicken premixes or the palatable dal makhani packs that you once saw on supermarts, ready-to-eat food, or the ready-to-cook remixes now offer a wide array of Gujarati flavours too. So, say hello to packaged Undhiyu or the Kathiyawadi to-die-for palate ticklers and the quintessential sev-usal — store shelves have it all — both here and abroad.
What makes these packaged foods a popular choice, especially among the time-starved young professionals, is the ease of preparation — cut packet, boil, and serve piping hot within minutes! Additional flavour enhancers are choice-based, but the package in itself is quite complete.
108 service handled 1.35 crore calls in 15 years
The 108 ambulance service, which will complete 15 years of service in August this year, has so far
The 108 ambulance service, which will complete 15 years of service in August this year, has so far attended to 1.35 crore emergencies, an official release said on June 22, 2022, Wednesday.
A CMO release said that until May 2022, the GVK-EMRI 108 service handled about 46 lakh pregnancy-related emergencies, about 17 lakh road accident related emergencies and more than 12 lakh persons have been administered first aid at the site of accidents.
Since its inception, medical personnel have carried out child-birth procedures of 76,565 women in ambulances itself. Another 42,545 birth procedures were successfully completed at the homes of women, as there was very little time to move them to a hospital for child birth.
Till date, 802 ambulances of the 108 service are operational in the state. These include two 108-service boat ambulances and one air ambulance, which was recently launched in the month of March 2022.
The release added that Gujarat is the first state in the country to launch an air ambulance service. The release added that a mobile app of the 108 ambulance service has also been prepared for the benefit of the people.
PLI scheme for basic chemicals soon
As India tries to reduce its dependence on other countries for chemicals and APIs (active
As India tries to reduce its dependence on other countries for chemicals and APIs (active pharmaceuticals ingredients), and to support the whole value chain, the central government will soon introduce the production-linked incentives (PLI) scheme for basic chemicals, said Union chemicals minister Mansukh Mandaviya. He said, The government also plans to set up chemical parks and bulk drug parks.
Speaking at the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on the ‘Role of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry to achieve $5 trillion
economy’, Mandaviya said, “We have already introduced the PLI scheme for APIs and are now planning to offer a PLI scheme for basic chemicals, because it will help the value chain. We do not only aim to produce for the domestic market but want our industry to export to the world.”
He also said the government will establish chemical parks and bulk drug parks. “We are planning to set up three bulk drug parks in the country. We are even considering a model where the government becomes a partner in a private industrial park and once it is built, the government exits the SPV. A special scheme will be rolled out for this,” the minister said.
Water supply projects approved
To address the water crisis in parched north Gujarat, the state government on June 21, 2022,
To address the water crisis in parched north Gujarat, the state government on June 21, 2022, Tuesday approved projects to provide water to 135 villages in Banaskantha and Patan district, for drinking and irrigation.
The government approved Rs 1,566.25 crore for a 78-km pipeline from Kasara to Dantiwada under the Sujalam Sufalam Yojana and a 33km pipeline from Dindrol to Mukteshwar, which will cost Rs 191.71 crore. Ninety-six lakes in 33 villages of Harij and Saraswati talukas of Patan will be filled with water through this pipeline, the statement added. tnn
Women no longer oppose nutritional supplements
There are hundreds of beneficiaries, who were earlier averse to using the nutritional supplement
There are hundreds of beneficiaries, who were earlier averse to using the nutritional supplement powder distributed by the Government have now developed a taste for it. Noticing that the packets of fortified powder only gathered dust in houses and only a countable number of beneficiaries demanded more, the Junagadh district administration hit upon a simple idea - sharing recipes of various delicacies that can be cooked with this powder on Whatsapp groups.
Various types of recipes were sent in nearly 200 groups regularly. As a result, not only has the uptake of fortified power increased but nutritional levels among the beneficiaries have also improved considerably.
Junagadh district development officer (DDO) Mirant Parikh said, “We came up with an idea to make our day-to- day food items using this powder and organized a competition among anganwadi women.
We recorded videos of the food recipes they made. After scrutiny, we started circulating the videos on various WhatsApp groups of beneficiaries”
More than 200 WhatsApp groups had been created during the Covid period in the district to disseminate relevant information to pregnant women and adolescent girls. The same groups are now used to post the videos.
Officials said this experiment has boosted the nutritional levels among a group of beneficiaries by 30 to 40%. Live Live demos of various dishes are also held at anganwadis for beneficiaries. Parikh says they carry out surveys of beneficiaries every Wednesday to check the nutritional parameters, height and weight of the beneficiaries.
“After we introduced the videos, we found 30-40% improvement in the nutritional levels among them. The demand for our powder has also increased,” said the DDO.
ICDS programme manager in Junagadh, Sharda Desai, said: “This powder provides nutrition but its sweet taste and sticky texture is not liked by many. Now, we are teaching them how to use this powder in sabji, dhokla, thepla, handvo, etc and they are happily taking it.”
Metro projects to create opportunities for construction companies: ICRA
The domestic metro rail projects will provide business opportunities worth Rs 80,000 crore for
The domestic metro rail projects will provide business opportunities worth Rs 80,000 crore for construction companies over the next five years, according to ICRA.
15 cities across the country have operational with metro networks of about 746 km , the agency said adding another seven cities have under-implementation metro projects of about 640 km.
This is apart from 1,400 km of metro rail projects worth Rs 2 trillion in the approval/proposal stages, of which a 352-km of new metro network has been approved, with the balance being in the proposal stage.
Metro rail projects offer Rs 80,000 crore business opportunities to construction firms over the next five years, it said.
HC praises govt schools, educational infrastructure
Amid continual attacks from some political party leadership on the quality of education and
Amid continual attacks from some political party leadership on the quality of education and educational infrastructure in Gujarat, the state government gets something to fall back upon. The Gujarat high court on Tuesday praised state’s government schools, their infrastructure and the government’s prompt response to addressing the problems. The court even placed government schools at a par with private schools.
The HC put an end to litigation initiated suo motu over a collapsed school building at Vagalwada village in Chhota Udepur district, where students were made to sit at a residential premises for their studies. This was after the government constructed a new school building and the court termed it a “beautiful and wonderful” building. However, there was no respite for education minister Jitu Vagani, with the court refusing to deal with its earlier remarks about the minister’s “rash and shameful comment” as the court had noted, about the incident last December.
Chief Minister releases booklet on yoga
Chief minister Bhupendra Patel released a booklet ‘Vishwa Yog Divas - Samanya Yog
Chief minister Bhupendra Patel released a booklet ‘Vishwa Yog Divas - Samanya Yog Abhyaskram’ prepared by the directorate of Ayush on the eve of the 8th International Yoga Day on Monday.
The booklet contains information on various topics like the themes around International Yoga Day celebrations held so far, introduction to yoga, heritage, traditional branches, and details about pranayama.
In addition, yoga protocols and asanas are also covered in this book, a release said.
Water quality of Sursagar improves
With aeration and cleaning of the Sursagar pond taken up after dead fishes surfaced in it in a
With aeration and cleaning of the Sursagar pond taken up after dead fishes surfaced in it in a large number, the water quality in the pond has shown improvement. Samples of water from different locations in the pond were collected by the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) and tested at its public health engineering laboratory.
VMC had drawn flak after the fishes died as it had come to light that the contract for aeration of the pond had expired. The contractor had continued aeration for some days even after the contract term got over, but eventually stopped it as no new arrangement was made.
In the wake of the controversy about the dead fishes and discontinuation of aeration, VMC decided to expedite the work on aeration and also asked the existing contractor to start work. The civic body decided to test the samples of water after the decision.
Samples of water from the pond were collected at three different locations and tested. It came to light that there was no major deviation in the values of pH, total soluble solids (TSS), biological oxygen demand (BOD), and dissolved oxygen (DO) amongst these samples. The average value of these parameters was also acceptable.
Sources said that the pH stood at 7.28 while TSS was found at 7.8mg/litre and the dissolved oxygen level stood at 4.1mg/litre and were acceptable. The only concern was BOD which stood at 10.2mg/litre which was marginally higher. BOD indicates contamination of microbes in water.
Enrollment drives for Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kevalani in Gujarat from June 23
The three-day enrolment campaign is being held after a gap of two years due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The three-day enrolment campaign is being held after a gap of two years due to Covid-19 pandemic. The 17th edition of Gujarat government’s school enrollment drives, Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani, are scheduled to begin on June 23.
While Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will visit the Memadpura Government Primary School in Vadgam taluka of Banaskantha district on June 23, 84 IAS, 24 IPS and 15 IFS officers along with 356 Class -I officers would visit 32,013 government primary schools across the state for the enrollment drive, said Education Minister Jitu Vaghani during a briefing on Monday.
This year Vice Chancellors of universities will also be roped in for Praveshotsav drive. The chief minister presided over a meeting with members of the Cabinet, office-bearers and senior officials ahead of the enrolment drive.
New initiatives as part of the enrollment drive, that was launched by then Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2003 aiming at 100 per cent student enrolment in government schools, will also be reviewed.
Under the new initiatives launched by the education department during Covid-19 pandemic including samaydaan by teachers to cover up learning loss among children, 100 per cent attendance of teachers and students, availability of basic facilities at schools, results of unit tests and semester exams and online and offline initiatives undertaken by the department during pandemic will be reviewed.
As per the schedule shared by the state education department, on June 24, across the state from 4-5 pm taluka level review would be conducted in the presence of officials from the state government.
Official numbers said that in 1990-91 the drop-out rate was 64.48 per cent which was reduced to 3.7 per cent in 2020-21 and the gross enrolment ratio in 2004-05 was 95.65 which increased to 99.02 in 2020-21, Vaghani added.
Almost half of the country covered by Monsoon; the rainfall approaches average: Report
Annual monsoon rainfall has covered more than half of the country and conditions are favourable for
Annual monsoon rainfall has covered more than half of the country and conditions are favourable for it to advance into central, northern and western regions this week, the weather department said on Monday. The monsoon's progress will help farmers accelerate sowing of summer-sown crops, which has been lagging due to below-normal rainfall in the first half of June, especially in central India. The monsoon has covered all of southern and eastern India and most of Madhya Pradesh, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement.
"Monsoon has revived. This week many regions in southern and central India would get heavy rainfall," an IMD official told Reuters.
Conditions are favourable for the monsoon to advance further into Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, said the official, who was not authorised to speak with media so declined to be identified.
8-yr-old girls from vadodara ascend Buran Ghati Pass
Two eight-year-old girls from the city have become the youngest ones to summit Buran Ghati Pass in
Two eight-year-old girls from the city have become the youngest ones to summit Buran Ghati Pass in Himachal Pradesh at the height of 15,000 feet.
The girls had earlier successfully summited Kedar Kantha at 12,800 feet and Tarsar Marsar at 13,800 feet. Rhyna Patel and Sanaya Gandhi – daughters of two childhood friends – achieved the rare feat last Saturday.
Buran Ghati is known to be one of the most difficult treks in HP. Many trekkers face altitude sickness due to its steep ascent and tricky weather.
Trekking at Buran Ghati Pass was suspended twice in the last two years. “It was reopened again this year.
Abhayam helpline to connect women’s stalkers
181 The Abhayam women’s helpline receives 200-odd complaints in a month about telephonic
181 The Abhayam women’s helpline receives 200-odd complaints in a month about telephonic harassment of women and girls. To handle difficult cases, the helpline has roped in state police personnel who will track the callers and contact them.
Narendrasinh Gohil, the coordinator for the Abhayam helpline at EMRI, said that the rationale is to ensure that women are not harassed and the stalkers realize that the cases are being monitored by police directly. “The initiative of the Police Action Desk has run for the past couple of months on a pilot basis and now will be expanded,” he said.
Currently the helpline has 15-odd police personnel deputed to it. Describing the role of the team, Abhayam officials said that the 181 number gets the details of unwanted calls and messages. Tele-counsellors note down information such as the period of harassment and the relationship with the caller if any and pass it on to the police desk.
Pavagadh temple near Vadodara now with ‘Dhwaja’after nearly 500 years
The endless wait for five centuries for a flag to flutter high atop its shrine finally ended for
The endless wait for five centuries for a flag to flutter high atop its shrine finally ended for the Mahakali temple on Pavagadh hill in Panchmahal district on the last Saturday when Prime minister Narendra Modi raised the ‘dhwaja’. The temple is listed among India’s ‘shaktipiths’ dedicated to the goddess.
Speaking on the occasion, Modi said that even after 75 years of independence, the temple did not have its ‘dhwaja’ that has been missing for five centuries now. “Today it is there. After centuries, this Mahakali temple is in its full glory before us and makes our heads rise with pride,” the PM said.
Asking people from Pavagadh to request Pavagadh pilgrims to also visit other pilgrimage sites, Modi said that several places across the state had been developed as pilgrimage spots. “Visitors bring newer opportunities for youth and tribals, tourism increases, and employment and infrastructure also grow. Art, crafts and culture also develop with tourism,” he said, adding that Panchmahal will develop as a tourism place after the developments at Pavagadh.
200-acre Olympics village & training facilities coming up in Bopal area
As part of the state government's ambitious Rs 4,118 crore project to create sports facilities in
As part of the state government's ambitious Rs 4,118 crore project to create sports facilities in and around Ahmedabad with an eye to hosting the 2036 Olympics, Ahmedabad Urban Development authority (AUDA) has planned an Olympics village and training facilities on 200 acres of land at Manipur-Godhavi near Bopal.
Sources in AUDA said that as per earlier plans the government had planned a Games Village with apartments for sports persons in the periphery of Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Motera. However, as making changes in two TP schemes -- T in Motera-Koteshwar and TP 21 in Sabarmati area - is taking time due to negotiations with plot owners, the authorities have decided to shift a major chunk of the planned games village to Manipur-Godhavi.
AUDA sources said that to obtain land without any additional cost, the authority has planned to collect deducted pockets of land as per the town planning norms from various TP schemes located in around 400 ha land in Manipur-Godhavi area.
Covaxin safe and immunogenic in children aged 2-18 years
Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL)’s whole-virion inactivated Covid-19 vaccine
Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL)’s whole-virion inactivated Covid-19 vaccine candidate Covaxin has proven to be safe, well-tolerated, and highly immunogenic in children aged 2-18 years in a phase II/III study, the results of which have been published in the prestigious, peer-reviewed Lancet Infectious diseases, peer reviewed high impact factor journal. Bharat Biotech said the neutralizing antibodies in children were on an average 1.7 times higher than in adults and that data from over 50 million doses administered to children in India revealed that side effects were minimal.
EME Circle in Vadodara gets a new look
The famous EME Circle in Fatehgunj has been renovated and will be a prominent landmark of Vadodara
The famous EME Circle in Fatehgunj has been renovated and will be a prominent landmark of Vadodara representing the Indian army. The circle made from sponsorship given by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) is a tribute to EME School which has been a part of the city since its establishment in 1963. The theme of the EME Circle depicts the ‘Soldier Craftsman’ wherein an EME soldier has been depicted with a weapon in one hand and the EME crest with a globe on the other hand signifying the tasks that EME exploiting technology, engineering and technical skills in maintaining the combat edge of the Indian Army.
Hardik Pandya Named Captain for T20 Series against Ireland
Hardik Pandya on June 15th, Wednesday was named as the captain of the Indian team for the two T20Is
Hardik Pandya on June 15th, Wednesday was named as the captain of the Indian team for the two T20Is against Ireland later this month. Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as his deputy. Team India will play two T20Is on June 26 and June 28 in Dublin. Batting legend and current National Cricket Academy chairman VVS Laxman will be the head coach of the side during the two-match tour. NCA coaches Sitanshu Kotak, Sairaj Bahutule and Munish Bali will also accompany Laxman.
Safaris will now remain closed from June 16 to October 15
The Gir National Park in Gujarat will be closed for the next 4 months starting tomorrow. The
The Gir National Park in Gujarat will be closed for the next 4 months starting tomorrow. The closure is due to protected area maintenance activities as well as the oncoming monsoons The National Park is the only home to Asiatic Lions in India.
The state Forest Department has announced that the Gir National park located in western Gujarat would be closed for the next four months starting from June 16. The Gir National Park is the only place in the world where you can spot Asiatic lions roaming free in the wild and the only place in India where they can be spotted as well. The national park is home to many birds and herbivores as well. According to a report in the Times of India, nearly 5 lakh people visited the national park over the last eight months. The park is spread over an area of 1412 square kilometres. The park is home to many other species of fauna besides lions.
The Gujarat Forest Department organises regulated Safaris in the park where visitors can catch a glimpse of the magnificent Lions and other animals in the park. These Safaris will now remain closed from June 16 to October 15.
Natural Farming to be part of curriculum
The Gujarat government announced on Thursday that it will include natural farming in the
The Gujarat government announced on Thursday that it will include natural farming in the educational curriculum from classes IX to XII. Sources said natural farming will be covered in a chapter of the environment studies subject.
State education minister Mr Jitu Vaghani said in Gandhinagar that experts in the field of natural farming will prepare the topics. He added that students will be given a comprehensive overview of what natural farming is, its benefits to health and economic growth of those who adopt natural farming.
Sources in the education department said that a chapter on natural farming will be added to the environment studies subject and there will not be any separate subject on natural farming.
Amarnath Yatra 2022 will start from 30th June
Chief Officer of Amarnath Shrine Board performed first puja in the holy cave Amarnath temple. This
Chief Officer of Amarnath Shrine Board performed first puja in the holy cave Amarnath temple. This year Amarnath Yatra will start from 30th June and will continue till 11th August Around one million devotees are expected to join the Yatra. Security arrangements for the Yatra were reviewed.
Disaster management announces emergency number
The Disaster Management Department at District Collectorate, Vadodara is working through training
The Disaster Management Department at District Collectorate, Vadodara is working through training and demonstrations to raise awareness of disaster / disaster at the village level in the district. Monsoon is here and there is a possibility of hurricane or heavy rainfall with flooding. Fires and major accidents, such as building collapses occur during this period. If the disaster management department is notified in time. Effective coordination of rescue and relief can be done. Natural disasters are reported to the above department by taluka centers. At the same time, if the disaster management department is immediately informed by the alert citizens and leaders from the scene of the incident, the response will be quick, response time will be reduced and rescue and relief will be effectively coordinated. And people should be moved to the right place before they get into big trouble.
Vadodara district P.O. appealed to them to report the disaster immediately on their mobile number 8866621514.
He said that the disaster management plan at village, taluka and district level has been updated by the department with necessary amendments. Awareness programs and training are conducted in schools and taluka centers to increase social preparedness for disaster response.
5G rollout in India: Cabinet approves 5G spectrum auction
India is going to get 5G services very soon.
The union cabinet has approved DoT’s 5G
India is going to get 5G services very soon.
The union cabinet has approved DoT’s 5G spectrum auction. Total auction of 72097.85 MHz of spectrum with 20 yrs validity by July-end will be put to auction. The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi has finally approved the Department of Telecommunications (DoT)’s 5G spectrum auction through which spectrum will be assigned to bidders to provide 5G services to the public as well as enterprises.
The cabinet claimed that the 5G network will provide speed and capacity that would be about 10 times higher than what is possible through the current 4G services. A total auction of 72097.85 MHz of spectrum with 20 yrs validity by July-end will be put to auction, which is said to be held by the end
of July 2022. Ashwini Vaishnav, Minister of Telecom and IT said that the “spectrum auction announced today is an integral part of developing BharatKa5G ecosystem.”
PIB in an official release detailed that the “auction will be held for spectrum in various Low (600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz,2100 MHz, 2300 MHz), Mid (3300 MHz) and High (26 GHz) frequency bands.”
The spectrum auction is said to benefit from the Telecom Sector Reforms announced in September 2021. The reforms include zero Spectrum Usage Charges (SUC) on the spectrum acquired in the upcoming auction, providing significant relief to the service providers in terms of the operating cost of telecom networks.
The cabinet also said that for the very first time “there is no mandatory requirement to make upfront payment by the successful bidders.” Payments for spectrum can be made in 20 equal annual installments to be paid in advance at the beginning of each year. “The bidders would be given an option to surrender the spectrum after 10 years with no future liabilities with respect to balance installments.
First Private Train Stats Service Bharat Gaurav scheme
The first train under the Bharat Gaurav scheme announced by the ministry of railways was flagged
The first train under the Bharat Gaurav scheme announced by the ministry of railways was flagged off from Coimbatore North railway station June 14, Tuesday evening. The train is operated on the Coimbatore North–Sainagar Shirdi tourist circuit. The luxurious service on board. The train includes high-quality vegetarian meals, a snack trolley, devotional magazines, and a bedtime kit. Sources said there would be an in-house doctor on the train. Special assistance will be provided to elders and the disabled to board the train. During the onward journey from Coimbatore, this Bharat Gaurav train has a stoppage at Mantralayam Road station for five hours to facilitate darshan at Mantralayam temple.
GIDC Industries to observe weekly holiday on Saturday
Industries in Makarpura GIDC Industrial Estate have decided to change their weekly holiday this
Industries in Makarpura GIDC Industrial Estate have decided to change their weekly holiday this week. They have decided to observe holiday on Saturday the 18th June 2022 so that all staff and workers can attend the upcoming public meeting of PM Narendra Modi at Leprosy Ground on Ajwa Road. As a compensation of the lost working day, the industries will work for full day on Sunday the 19th June 2022.
Centre Government to fill up 10 lakh vacancies in next 18 months
The central Government has decided to hire 10 lakh people in the next 18 months in as a mission
The central Government has decided to hire 10 lakh people in the next 18 months in as a mission after PM Narendra Modi asked various government departments and ministries to undertake the recruitment. The direction from came after PM Modi had a review of the status of human resources in all government departments and ministries, on Tuesday the 14 th June 2022 and directed that recruitment of 10 lakh people be done by the Government in mission mode in next 18 months the PMO said in a tweet. PM Narendra Modi had recommended before two month that urgent steps be taken to fill up the existing vacancies in the ministries and departments. The decision of filling up the vacancies comes after two months as during a meeting held with the secretaries on April 2, PM Modi had emphasized that employment should be the focus of all government interventions in public and private sectors. The government data indicated in the Rajya Sabha in February highlighted that there were 87 lakh vacant posts in the Central government departments as on March 1, 2020.
Union Cabinet approves development of greenfield airport at Dholera, Gujarat
The Union Cabinet today approved the development of phase I of a new greenfield airport at Dholera
The Union Cabinet today approved the development of phase I of a new greenfield airport at Dholera 109 KMS from Ahmedabad, Gujarat at an estimated cost of Rs 1,305 crore. The project is being implemented by Dholera International Airport Company Ltd, a joint venture between Airports Authority of India, Government of Gujarat and National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT), holding equity in the ratio of
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51:33:16. The new greenfield airport in the northern part of the Dholera Special Investment Region is expected to ease traffic overflow at Ahmedabad International Airport, apart from serving Dholera and its hinterland. The airport is expected to be operational in 2025-26 with initial passenger traffic estimated at 3 lakh passengers per annum and annual cargo traffic of 20,000 tonnes, the government said in a statement. Over a 20-year period, the airport is expected to serve up to 23 lakh passengers per annum and undertake throughput of 2,73,000 tons of cargo. Once completed, Dholera airport will enable the development of maintenance, repair, overhaul or MRO services for both civil and defense, and aerospace sectors in the state.