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Central University of Gujarat campus will come up near Vadodara
The permanent campus of the Central University of Gujarat (CUG) will come up near Vadodara. An
The permanent campus of the Central University of Gujarat (CUG) will come up near Vadodara. An amount of Rs. 743 crore has been sanctioned for this purpose. This announcement was made by President Kovind while speaking at the third convocation of the university at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. About 55% of the students presently receiving an education at CUG are girls. The Central University of Gujarat is established by an Act of Parliament of India, called Central Universities Act (2009). Currently, the university has 11 Schools with 22 Centres along with one independent Centre and 66 programmes of studies. CUG offers 2 UG courses, 18 PG courses and 12 doctoral courses. The candidates are selected through the Common Entrance Test (CUCET) conducted by the university.
Third-party administrators cannot reject mediclaims
While dealing with some rejected medical insurance claims the Vadodara district consumer disputes
While dealing with some rejected medical insurance claims the Vadodara district consumer disputes redressal forum (additional) recently referred to regulation 3(2) of the rules which states that a TPA (third-party administrator) shall not reject or repudiate any of the claims directly and ‘shall not directly make payments in respect of the claims. If a third-party administrator rejects your insurance claim or deducts money from your claim amount under some or the other clause, you may perhaps be able to hold the TPA responsible for going beyond its role and taking arbitrary action by rejecting your claim. The consumer court has recently ruled in favour of the insured person in several cases. According to a consumer lawyer, the TPA’s role is to conduct an internal investigation of a claim and propose its findings whether to pay the amount and if it is to be paid then how much amount is to be paid to the insurance company; the final decision must be made by the insurance company on the claims. Even if the TPA is rejecting the claim or deducting the amount it has to be communicated on the letterhead of the insurance company.
Gujarat has 58,000 buildings without fire NOC
The Gujarat government recently informed the Gujarat high court that there are about 58,000
The Gujarat government recently informed the Gujarat high court that there are about 58,000 buildings in the state which do not have the mandatory fire NOC and Building Use (BU) permission. These buildings have either not installed proper fire prevention and protection systems or they have not renewed their fire NOCs. There are 33,274 buildings which do not have BU permissions – 25,910 in municipalities; 1,489 in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), 2,335 in Surat civic body area, 1,009 in Vadodara and 1,640 in Rajkot.
The BJP wins 69 of the 76 seats in the Vadodara Municipal Corporation
The BJP won all the six municipal corporations of Gujarat. It won 483 of the total 576 seats. The
The BJP won all the six municipal corporations of Gujarat. It won 483 of the total 576 seats.
BJP won 84% of the total seats in these elections compared to the previous municipal polls held in 2015 when it bagged 68% of the seats.
- The BJP won 69 out of the 76 seats in the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC). The Congress won 7 seats (compared to 14 seats in the 2015 civic polls).
- The AAP made a debut by winning 27 of the total 120 seats in Surat.
- The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen made a debut in Ahmedabad by winning seven seats.
- Rajkot, Vadodara, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar will not have an opposition as none of the rivals has won 10% of the total seats required to qualify for the opposition status.
- Surat will have AAP as the opposition, and Ahmedabad will have the Congress as the opposition.
Water usage meters for homes and establishments in Ahmedabad
According to the conditions of a World Bank loan the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation had given a
According to the conditions of a World Bank loan the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation had given a commitment to make water usage accountable by metering and charging citizens. To get the loan of Rs. 3,000 crore for modernising the city’s water distribution and wastewater management networks, AMC had proposed a water meter based tariff policy. At present a blanket water usage charge is collected as a part of the property tax bill; this amounts to Rs. 183 crore for the city. Of this, Rs. 153 crore is collected from large institutions, schools, colleges, universities, commercial properties, and government offices.
AMC is in the process of legalising illegal water connections by charging Rs. 500 per connection.
- The proposed charge per 1,000 litres: Rs. 10 for religious institutions, Rs. 15 for government and semi-government educational institutions, Rs. 40 for commercial establishments other than private hospitals, schools, or educational institutions.
- For residential properties, AMC does not plan to charge till a household’s water usage exceeds 22,500 litres in a month.
Two students develop battery-operated kit to run motorbikes
Arpit Chauhan and Kartik Atreya – two students of Gujarat Technological University (GTU) in
Arpit Chauhan and Kartik Atreya – two students of Gujarat Technological University (GTU) in Ahmedabad – have developed a battery-operated kit to run motorbikes at a much cheaper cost. The kit uses six batteries of lead acid and lithium. Efforts are being made to develop such kits for autorickshaws, tractors and cars. An electric motorbike can also reduce noise pollution by 10-12 decibels. Arpit and Kartik are enrolled with GTU’s graduate school of management studies.
Gujarat’s hottest water springs found near Navsari
Researchers at Pandit Deendayal Energy University’s Centre of Excellence for Geothermal
Researchers at Pandit Deendayal Energy University’s Centre of Excellence for Geothermal Energy (CEGE) have found Gujarat's hottest natural water springs at Unai, 56 km from Navsari. With the average water temperature at the spot being about 70 degrees celsius, this is a potential site for harnessing geothermal energy. A team from CEGE will now drill a well to a depth of 500 metres to probe further. This spring is hotter than the one found in Dholera. CEGE is preparing a geothermal atlas of Gujarat. The atlas will consist of salient features of each hot spring in terms of surface temperature, reservoir temperature, thermal gradient and the geochemistry of water. The state has 17 known hot water springs or geysers, including Lasundra, Tuwa, Kawi, Tulsishyam, Lalpur, etc.
Museum to highlight contribution of erstwhile princes
Another tourist attraction is being planned at the Statue of Unity (SoU) complex near the Sardar
Another tourist attraction is being planned at the Statue of Unity (SoU) complex near the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) dam at Kevadia. A museum will be built to highlight the contribution of 562 erstwhile princes towards the making of the Union of India. The Gujarat government’s Sports, Youth and Cultural Affairs Department has constituted a seven-member committee to implement this project, with Director of Archaeology and Museums Dr. Pankaj Sharma as the secretary.
Patients may be able to inhale azithromycin instead of taking a pill
Researchers at MS University’s Faculty of Pharmacy have invented a liposomal dry powder
Researchers at MS University’s Faculty of Pharmacy have invented a liposomal dry powder inhaler (LDPI) of azithromycin. A patent has been granted to them. This development will help to reduce the side effects to people who consume azithromycin in the form of pills. The project was carried out by Dr. Hetal Thakkar, along with her students Sunil Thakor and Dr. Praveen Srivastava. Azithromycin is used to treat respiratory tract infections. In pill form the drug first enters the stomach and blood and causes some side effects, so a formulation is needed that can help the drug to directly reach its target organ – the organ where the bacteria responsible for the respiratory infection reside. The MSU team encapsulated azithromycin within liposomes (used as a carrier), converting it into a dry powder by freeze-drying it and filling it in capsules. Patients can then take the drug through dry powder inhalers. The formulation is ready for clinical investigation in human volunteers.
Hyderabad recognised as India’s only ‘Tree City of the World’
Did you know that Hyderabad is the only city in India to be recognised as a ‘Tree City of the
Did you know that Hyderabad is the only city in India to be recognised as a ‘Tree City of the World’ by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations? It shares this distinction with 119 other cities from 63 countries. The countries are recognised for their commitment to growing and maintaining urban forests in building healthy, resilient and happy cities. A ‘Tree City’ must conform to the following five standards:
- The city must establish a Tree Board with the responsibility for the care of trees within the municipal boundary.
- The city must have a law or official policy that governs the management of forests and trees.
- The city must have an updated inventory of the local tree resource.
- The city must have a dedicated annual budget for the routine implementation of the tree management plan.
- The city must hold an annual celebration of trees to raise awareness among residents and to acknowledge citizens and staff members who carry out the city tree programme.
Reliance Jio leads in Gujarat with 2.54 crore mobile subscribers
The December 2020 Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) report suggests that Reliance Jio
The December 2020 Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) report suggests that Reliance Jio has Guajarat’s largest subscriber base. It has 2.54 crore mobile subscribers in the state, with 3.36 lakh subscribers added in December 2020 alone. The company’s market share is 37.5%. Vi (earlier Vodafone Idea Ltd) has 2.5 crore subscribers and a market share of 37.01%. Airtel has 1.11 crore subscribers.
New material developed to convert waste heat into electrical energy
Scientists at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bengaluru have
Scientists at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bengaluru have developed a new material that can help to convert waste heat into electrical energy. For instance, waste heat produced by domestic and industrial appliances can be deployed to do other useful work like charging a mobile phone – or the heat produced by a mobile phone can be used to charge a watch. Industrial processes and power plants invariably produce some waste heat that can be used to do other work. The new energy conversion process converts this waste heat into electrical energy to power other machines or processes. The new material that the scientists have found is Silver Antimony Telluride. Energy conversion is generally not a particularly efficient process. Only a small part of the energy used is actually productive, and the rest is wasted and released as heat:
Tata Steel has shown interest in the material and is collaborating with the Bengaluru team to develop this material for use in its steel manufacturing units where a huge amount of waste heat is generated.
- In an automobile engine, only 30% of the total energy is used to drive the vehicle.
- When coal is burnt to boil water in power plant turbines there is a lot of waste heat.
- Heat is wasted even in nuclear reactors.
Large sports enclave likely to come up at Motera
A large sports enclave is likely to come up at Motera, and the buzz is that the modern venue will
A large sports enclave is likely to come up at Motera, and the buzz is that the modern venue will be suitable for hosting Olympic events. The Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium will then be just a part of the proposed sports enclave. The proposed scope of the project:
- The enclave will be three times the size of Motera stadium, which is spread over 63 acres.
- It will be larger than the Indira Gandhi Sports Arena in Delhi, which is spread over102 acres.
- It will house a FIFA-compliant stadium.
- The complex will host swimming pools, badminton courts, lawn tennis, hockey, basketball court and gymnastics facilities.
- It will be able to host events of the Asian and the Commonwealth Games.
- The multisport facility will include entertainment, retail, leisure and sports training.
- It will be connected by the Sabarmati bullet train station, metro and the BRT within 3 km radius.
- The project will be jointly executed by Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA), central government and Gujarat government. The foundation stone is likely to be laid by President Ram Nath Kovind on February 24.
Knowing the particulars of a candidate is a voter's elementary right
The Gujarat high court recently observed that the voter has the elementary right to know the full
The Gujarat high court recently observed that the voter has the elementary right to know the full particulars of a candidate who is to represent him in the election and it is the duty of the returning officer to check whether the candidate furnishes full information. The returning officer must check the affidavit and the information furnished in the affidavit. The voter’s natural right is an integral part of Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. The very purpose of filing an affidavit is the same. The returning officer can very well compel a candidate to furnish the relevant information. Filing of affidavit with blank particulars will render the affidavit nugatory.
Two Gujarat villages get high-speed internet using LiFi-based technology
Akrund and Navanagar – two villages in Gujarat’s Aravalli district – have become
Akrund and Navanagar – two villages in Gujarat’s Aravalli district – have become India’s first smart villages with high-speed internet using LiFi-based technology. With this facility, schools, hospitals, post offices and government offices in these villages will get faster and safer internet connection through existing electricity lines. This has been done with the help of an Ahmedabad startup – Nav Wireless Technology. LiFi technology enables the transmission of data with a light beam spectrum through open space in outdoor and indoor environments. LiFi systems provide ultra-fast data connections, and are especially useful in urban areas where radio spectra are congested, and are also handy in rural areas where fibre-optic cables or networks are not reachable. The startup has collaborated with BharatNet for implementing similar technology in 6,000 more villages of Gujarat by the end of 2022.
Maharashtra government will encourage ‘caravan tourism’
To give a boost to the tourism industry, the Maharashtra government may encourage caravans and
To give a boost to the tourism industry, the Maharashtra government may encourage caravans and caravan parks in the state.
- ‘Caravan tourism’ may be promoted at beaches, forts, mountain ranges, hill stations, forests and heritage sites.
- Recreational vehicles, camper vans or motor homes will be allowed at places where permanent construction is prohibited or where hotels and resorts are scarce.
- Caravan parks at such places will be created with facilities such as water, roads, power connections, tourist facility centres, parks, etc.
- Each park will come up on 2.5 acres of land, with a maximum of 20 parking bays.
- Private players will be allowed to set up the caravan parks on private or government land in buffer zones such as forests, foot of the forts, hill stations and dams.
- Caravan parks can be set up in the vicinity of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) accommodation or on its open land as well as at agri-tourism centres.
- Not only caravan tourism, private investment will also be encouraged.
- Among the incentives: exemption in stamp duty, refund of the state’s share of Goods and Services Tax, rebate in electricity duty, etc.
- The caravans should be registered with the transport commissioner.
55,000 spectators to be allowed at Motera for England-India test match
What is the maximum number of spectators who can watch the forthcoming third cricket test match
What is the maximum number of spectators who can watch the forthcoming third cricket test match against England at Ahmedabad’s Motera stadium? The stadium has a capacity of 110,000, but the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) can allow only 50% of the capacity – that’s 55,000 spectators. If all the tickets get sold out it will mean the biggest number of spectators since the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be the first international match at the revamped stadium. It will be a day-night encounter. Motera has two kinds of pitches: of the 11 available pitches, six are made with red soil and five are regular ones. Both options will be made available.
Cheaper alternative to organic light-emitting diodes
The chemistry department of Sardar Patel University (SPU) has developed a cheaper alternative to
The chemistry department of Sardar Patel University (SPU) has developed a cheaper alternative to the organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) used in the display units of cell phones, tablets, television sets and similar electronic devices. The substitute material enables a better display of colours on screens, and the fabrication process is also cost-effective. The compound developed by SPU is 50% cheaper than the material used currently. The compound was developed as part of a project funded by the Department of Science and Technology.
If you do not have a toilet, you cannot contest a panchayat election
An Ahmedabad district panchayat election candidate found that her nomination was rejected because
An Ahmedabad district panchayat election candidate found that her nomination was rejected because her house does not have a toilet. It is compulsory for every panchayat candidate to first prove that he or she has a toilet facility at home. The lady in question was a candidate from the Singarva seat for the Ahmedabad district panchayat. She does not have a toilet at her home in Kanbha, from where she filed her nomination. Incidentally, the lady owns a fair amount of gold, has a flat in Ahmedabad, and drives an expensive SUV. But the rules are the rules, and the rules must be followed, so her nomination was rejected.
Physical fitness programme designed for Vadodara police force
The Vadodara police department is taking steps to improve the physical fitness of the city’s
The Vadodara police department is taking steps to improve the physical fitness of the city’s cops. Over 2,800 police personnel are presently going through medical check-ups at several hospitals in the city. After the reports are in, each person will be given a customised diet plan, exercise routine and stress management guidance. The health programme has been put together by a 10-member health advisory committee consisting of specialist doctors and experts in lifestyle diseases. Police personnel often work irregular hours and this affects their lifestyle, food timings and sleeping habits.
Dr. Umakant Dash appointed director of IRMA
Dr. Umakant Dash has taken over charge as the director of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand
Dr. Umakant Dash has taken over charge as the director of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). He comes in place of professor Hitesh Bhatt, who retired after his three-year term ended in November 2021. Dr. Dash has a PhD in applied economics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and specialises in macroeconomics and health economics. He was earlier the head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Madras.
Night curfew hours cut in four major Gujarat cities
The Gujarat government has extended till February 28 the night curfew imposed in Ahmedabad, Surat,
The Gujarat government has extended till February 28 the night curfew imposed in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot. According to the revised timings, the curfew will be from midnight to 6 am.
FASTag mandatory for all vehicles from February 15 midnight
FASTag will be mandatory for all vehicles from February 15 midnight. If you are going for a road
FASTag will be mandatory for all vehicles from February 15 midnight. If you are going for a road trip after Monday midnight, you will need a FASTag for your vehicle. The Radio Frequency Identification tag facilitates electronic payment of fees at toll plazas. Vehicles without FASTag will have to pay twice the toll amount. The deadline for implementation of FASTag will not be extended. The National Electronic Toll Collection FASTag is a sticker that can be attached to the windshield of your car. The RFID-enabled barcode linked with registration details of your vehicle allows toll amounts to be deducted digitally from your prepaid balance, thereby allowing cars to pass seamlessly without interacting with people at the toll plaza.
- You can buy FASTag for your vehicle at certain toll plazas across the country by producing identification and vehicle registration documents.
- You can also buy it online on portals such as Paytm and Amazon.in or on the websites of certain banks such as HDFC Bank, SBI, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Kotak Bank, etc.
- All lanes in the fee plazas on National Highways shall be declared as FASTag lanes.
- The cost of buying FASTag will depend on the type of your vehicle and the website you are getting it from.
- You can recharge your FASTag digital wallet using internet banking, credit or debit cards and UPI.
- A FASTag is valid for five years from the date of purchase and the recharge amount does not have any extended validity period associated with it.
- People who are exempted from paying tolls, like judges, ministers, lawmakers, top bureaucrats and military officers, and emergency service workers, do not need to get FASTag.
- FASTag was first introduced in 2016.
- Fitment of FASTag in M&N categories of motor vehicles has been in effect from January 1, 2021. Category ‘M’ stands for a motor vehicle with at least four wheels used for carrying passengers. Category ‘N’ stands for a motor vehicle with at least four wheels used for carrying goods, which may also carry persons in addition to goods.
Renovated Motera cricket stadium ready for its first match
The renovated Motera cricket stadium is ready to stage its first test match. Ticket booking for the
The renovated Motera cricket stadium is ready to stage its first test match. Ticket booking for the third test match between India and England at this venue – the world’s largest cricket stadium – has started from today. The authorities will allow spectators up to a maximum of 50% of the stadium’s capacity. England will play two test matches here (February 24-28 and March 4-8). Motera will also host all the five T20 internationals (March 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20).
Basketball tournament honours talented state player
The first edition of the Parikshit Memorial Basketball Tournament organised in January 2021 in
The first edition of the Parikshit Memorial Basketball Tournament organised in January 2021 in Vadodara has been started in the memory of Parikshit Ambegaonkar. Parikshit was a basketball player in the state who shone in national tournaments and was also a very good coach. He had also coached the Baroda and Gujarat basketball teams. He was working as a basketball coach in St Kabir’s School. He passed away at the early age of 35, and the tournament has been started partly to assist the Ambegaonkar family.
Gujarat schools will resume classes 6 to 8 from February 18
The Gujarat government has announced that normal functioning for classes 6 to 8 will be resumed in
The Gujarat government has announced that normal functioning for classes 6 to 8 will be resumed in schools from February 18. Permission has already been given to resume normal functioning for classes 9 to 12. The government has also decided to have online education parallel to the classes. All the schools will have to follow Covid-19 guidelines as well as the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the resumption of education. The attendance of the students will not be mandatory, but the schools and colleges will have to get written consent from the parents of the students. The entire teaching staff and all students will have to be checked for their temperature.
Pharmaceutical major seeks help on cyber security from NFSU Gandhinagar
In order to protect its assets from cyber attacks, a large pharmaceutical major in Mumbai has
In order to protect its assets from cyber attacks, a large pharmaceutical major in Mumbai has turned for help to the National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU) in Gandhinagar. For this cyber security assistance the firm has signed a Rs. 90-lakh MoU with NFSU; the latter will provide cyber security monitoring, audit and analysis. The university will provide a security operations and emergency operations centre to the firm. Cyber attacks are a big worry for companies and they need to safeguard sensitive information about R&D projects, products under development, intellectual property and formulations. According to government sources, there were about 7 lakh cyber attacks in 2020.
Convention of Association of Domestic Tour Operators at Statue of Unity
A three-day annual convention has been organised from Friday at the Statue of Unity (SoU) in
A three-day annual convention has been organised from Friday at the Statue of Unity (SoU) in Kevadia by the Association of Domestic Tour Operators (ADTO). The convention is being supported by the ministry of tourism and over 350 delegates – government officials, industry representatives, tour operators, airlines representatives, hoteliers – are expected to attend. There will be business sessions dealing with current topics on tourism, product presentations, and business to business meetings with travel, tourism and hospitality partners. An exhibition showcasing various travel products has also been organised.
‘Build art gallery, or we will boycott civic polls’
Some artists in Vadodara have decided that they will boycott the forthcoming civic polls if the
Some artists in Vadodara have decided that they will boycott the forthcoming civic polls if the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) does not set up an art gallery in the old city. VMC had pulled down the Swami Vivekananda Gallery which was located in Badamdibaug a few years back in order to make room for a citizen facilitation centre, a video conference hall and a gallery. However, that plan was subsequently changed and the Central Command and Control Centre (CCCC) and the fire brigade headquarters came up instead at the site. So, now the civic body has no gallery of its own. There is a shortage of suitable exhibition spaces, and the Badamdibaug gallery was both affordable and centrally located. Left with few avenues of making their displeasure known, the artists are now saying “No gallery, no vote”.
Outpatient services were closed on Thursday after attack on doctor
Many doctors in Vadodara closed their outpatient departments on Thursday to express their
Many doctors in Vadodara closed their outpatient departments on Thursday to express their displeasure after an attack on a doctor in the city on 9th February. A urologist in a private hospital was attacked by the relatives of a patient because they were unhappy with the treatment. Over 10,000 doctors associated with the Vadodara Hospitals Association, Indian Medical Association Vadodara, and other bodies stayed away from work. The police department is looking into the matter.
Dismantling of decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat stopped
The Supreme Court has for the time being stopped the further dismantling of the Indian Navy’s
The Supreme Court has for the time being stopped the further dismantling of the Indian Navy’s decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat. The aircraft carrier was supposed to be dismantled in Gujarat at Alang, the world's largest ship graveyard, and then sold as scrap. The centaur-class INS Viraat was in service with the Indian Navy for 29 years before it was decommissioned in March 2017. It served in the British Navy as HMS Hermes from November 1959 to April 1984 and after refurbishment it was commissioned into the Indian Navy. A Supreme Court bench has issued notice to the Centre and others seeking their responses on a petition by a firm which wants to convert the ship into a maritime museum and multi-functional adventure centre. The firm has offered Rs. 100 crore to the company that has bought it as scrap.
‘Nritya Parva’ held virtually for the first time in 40 years
‘Nritya Parva’ is organised every year in the city in memory of Anjali Mehr, the former
‘Nritya Parva’ is organised every year in the city in memory of Anjali Mehr, the former head of the Department of Dance at MS University’s Faculty of Performing Arts. The annual three-day international dance festival has been organised for 40 years. This year, for the first time, it happened virtually from Monday. ‘Nritya Parva’ is being organised by the Anjali Memorial Committee (AMC) with the support of MS University’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Donor’s Relations and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Gujarat. This year the event is also paying tribute to four internationally acclaimed artists – Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Phillip Zarrilli, Astad Deboo and Dr. Sunil Kothari.
Schedule specified for six city mayors in Gujarat
The Gujarat state election commission has now declared the reservation schedule for the mayors of
The Gujarat state election commission has now declared the reservation schedule for the mayors of the state’s six municipal corporations, according to the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporations (Reservation in the office of the Mayor) Amendment Rules, 2021:
- Ahmedabad will get its next mayor from the scheduled caste (SC) councillors for the first two and a half years. It will get a woman mayor in the second two and a half years.
- Surat will get a woman mayor for the first two and a half years and a mayor from the general category in the next two and a half years.
- Vadodara will get a mayor from the general category in the first two and a half years and a woman mayor in the next two and a half years.
- Rajkot will get a mayor from other backward classes (OBC) for the first two and a half years and a woman mayor after that for the next two and a half years.
- Bhavnagar will get a woman mayor in the first half of the term and an OBC mayor in the second half.
- Jamnagar will get a woman mayor in the first half and a mayor from SC in the second half of the term.
Bank employees may go on strike on March 15 and 16
Over 55,000 public sector bank employees in 18,000 branches in Gujarat may participate in the
Over 55,000 public sector bank employees in 18,000 branches in Gujarat may participate in the nationwide bank strike on March 15 and 16. March 13 is a second-Saturday holiday and March 14 is a Sunday, so banks may effectively be closed for four days. The strike call – against the proposed privatisation of two-state owned lenders – has been given by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU). If the strike materialises, transactions worth Rs. 60,000 crore may be affected.
Pedestrians have a right to walk safely in the city
In a recent report the ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH) said that every third person
In a recent report the ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH) said that every third person who died in road accidents in Ahmedabad in 2019 was a pedestrian. Of the 439 deaths, 135 were pedestrians. The high number of accidents involving pedestrians suggests that the city does not have proper footpaths for pedestrians or that they have been encroached upon. The city footpaths are not only encroached upon but are also used as parking space for two-wheelers and four-wheelers, forcing people to walk on the road. It is quite likely that the situation in Vadodara is not very different from that in Ahmedabad. Should not the citizen’s right to walk be respected by municipal planners and the police department?
Income tax returns were filed by 5.78 crore individuals
Here are some interesting statistics from the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT): 5.78 crore
Here are some interesting statistics from the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT):
- 5.78 crore individuals filed their income tax returns for the financial year 2018-19.
- There are 1.46 crore taxpayers in India – out of the total population of 130 crore.
- 1 crore taxpayers reported income in the range of Rs. 5-10 lakh.
- 46 lakh reported income of over Rs. 10 lakh.
- 4.32 crore individuals reported income below the tax bracket.
- 3.16 lakh reported an income of over Rs. 50 lakhs.
- 8,600 reported income of over Rs. 5 crore.
- The salary earning taxpayers pay three times more tax than the non-salary earning taxpayers.
- 4% of the taxpayers pay 60% of the total tax revenue generated.
- The direct tax to GDP ratio is 5.1%.
- The total tax to GDP ratio is 9.88%.
Employment figures for women in the defence services
What are the employment figures for women in the defence services? The following are some details
What are the employment figures for women in the defence services? The following are some details provided recently in the Rajya Sabha:
- The Indian Navy has the maximum percentage of women in its workforce among the three services, at 6.5 per cent.
- The percentage of women in the Army and the Indian Air Force is 0.56 per cent and 1.08 per cent.
- 6,807 women are employed in the Army; the number of men serving in the force is 12,18,036.
- The number of women and men in the IAF is 1,607 and 1,46,727 respectively.
- The number of women serving the Navy is 704 while the strength of men in the force is 10,108.
- The government has sanctioned 1,700 posts for women in the Military Police Corps in a phased manner.
Vadodara district’s waterbodies have over 1,000 crocodiles
A recent census has revealed that there are over 1,000 crocodiles in the waterbodies of Vadodara
A recent census has revealed that there are over 1,000 crocodiles in the waterbodies of Vadodara district. Vadodara has the largest number of crocodiles among all districts of Gujarat. There are 270 crocodiles in the Vishwamitri river which passes through the city; this includes adult as well as baby crocodiles. Most of the crocodiles are in the stretches of the river near Bhimnath Bridge, Central Jail, Sayajibaug and Kala Ghoda Circle. Crocodiles are also found in the Dhadhar River, Dev River, Mahi River, Ajwa Lake and about 50 ponds in the district. About 60% of the crocodiles are adults (over five foot long) and the rest are babies (two to five feet). The forest department formed 11 teams to count the crocodiles along the 17-km stretch of the Vishwamitri River from the Vadodara-Ahmedabad Expressway to Talsat village in Makarpura.
City police launch 'SHE' team to assist women
Did you know that the Vadodara police department has started a 'SHE' team at the Police Bhavan? The
Did you know that the Vadodara police department has started a 'SHE' team at the Police Bhavan? The 'SHE' team is a special centre which will focus exclusively on problems faced by women in the city.
L&T has approved – in principle – a proposal to sponsor the cost of the centre.
- The centre will encourage women to approach the police if they face any crime.
- The centre will focus on providing a conducive environment for women to file complaints or narrate their harrowing experiences.
- In addition to helping the victim to file a complaint, the 'SHE' team will also counsel her. Women will be counselled by a team of policemen who are being trained to deal with victims.
- A technical data centre has been proposed to store details of all the cases that are registered. A police sub-inspector and four cops will do the work of recording all the data.
- The SHE team will not only deal with crimes, it will also offer other help to women and senior citizens.
Election expenditure limits revised
The Gujarat State Election Commission (SEC) has revised the maximum limits of election expenditure
The Gujarat State Election Commission (SEC) has revised the maximum limits of election expenditure for the candidates of various self-governance institutions:
- For the municipal corporations, a candidate can spend Rs. 6 lakh (earlier it was Rs. 4 lakh).
- For a nagar palika with more than nine wards, a candidate can spend Rs. 2.25 lakh (earlier it was Rs. 1.5 lakh).
- For a nagar palika with less than nine wards, a candidate can spend Rs. 1.5 lakh (earlier it was Rs. 1 lakh).
- For a taluka panchayat, a candidate can spend Rs. 2 lakh (earlier it was Rs. 1.25 lakh).
Fee Regulation Committee fines four schools for overcharging students
The Fee Regulation Committee (FRC) in Vadodara has ruled against four city schools for overcharging
The Fee Regulation Committee (FRC) in Vadodara has ruled against four city schools for overcharging fees and taking charges or fees under heads that were not included in their approved fee structure. The schools will have pay up over Rs. 1 crore. The FRC acted after complaints were received from parents of some children in Podar World School, Podar International School, Delhi Public School (DPS) at Harni and DPS at Kalali. The schools can appeal against the decision of the FRC in the revision committee or the court. Similar action had been taken recently against St Kabir School and Global Discovery Academy.
Sunetra Paranjpe appointed head coach of BCA women’s team
Former India cricketer Sunetra Paranjpe will be the head coach of the Baroda women’s team.
Former India cricketer Sunetra Paranjpe will be the head coach of the Baroda women’s team. The appointment was announced by the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA). Ms Paranjpe is an International Cricket Council (ICC) level 1 coach and NLP practitioner. She has worked as Under-19, Under-23 and senior women’s team coach with the Mumbai Cricket Association. She was also a trainer for the Indian Railways Under-23 women’s team. During her cricketing career she played as a right hand batswoman and medium pacer and was a member of the Indian women’s team between 2002 and 2007. She played in 28 one-day internationals and three test matches. Mandar Sane has been appointed the bowling coach of the Baroda women’s team. A former Maharashtra Ranji team player, Ms Sane is a BCCI level B coach with 10 years of coaching experience. She has in the past played for Mumbai and West Zone.
Lower courts in four major cities will resume from March 1
The lower courts in Gujarat’s four major cities – Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot
The lower courts in Gujarat’s four major cities – Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot – will resume working physically from March 1. The Gujarat high court has taken this decision following a reduction in the number of Covid-19 cases and requests from the bar associations. On November 4, the high court had permitted all lower courts in the state to open courtrooms, but not in the four major cities. The latest circular says, "All subordinate courts (except those in micro-containment zones, if any) at district headquarters of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot shall start functioning physically with regular court working hours of 10.45 am to 6.10 pm." All guidelines issued by the Centre and the state government must be followed once the courtrooms are open.
Surat-Vadodara Memu train from February 9
From February 11, the Western Railway (WR) will run Memu trains with 12 reserved coaches on the
From February 11, the Western Railway (WR) will run Memu trains with 12 reserved coaches on the Vadodara-Surat route:
- Vadodara-Surat Memu train: Dep Vadodara at 5.50 am, Arr Surat at 9.15 am.
- Surat-Vadodara Memu train: Dep Surat at 5.38 pm, Arr Vadodara at 9.20 pm.
Indian Institute of Skills to be set up in Gandhinagar
An Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) will be set up at Nasmed by the Labour and Employment
An Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) will be set up at Nasmed by the Labour and Employment department of the Gujarat government in collaboration with the Tata Group. Nasmed, 20 km from Ahmedabad, is in Gandhinagar district. IIS will follow the not-for-profit PPP model. Work will start at the earliest. The government has allotted 20 acres of land for the institute. The Tata Education Development Trust is contributing the capital investment. About 5,000 students are expected to complete its courses each year. The fields of study include:
The Union government has also approved similar institutes in Mumbai and Kanpur.
- Artificial intelligence
- Additive manufacturing
- Augmented reality
- System integration
- Cloud-based applications
- Simulation solutions
Gujarat high court will celebrate diamond jubilee
A commemorative postage stamp will be released on Saturday on the diamond jubilee of the Gujarat
A commemorative postage stamp will be released on Saturday on the diamond jubilee of the Gujarat high court. The high court was established after the state of Gujarat was carved out from Bombay state in 1960. During the virtual celebration the prime minister will release the stamp and address Gujarat high court judges and members of its bar.
On-campus studies will resume for first-year college students from Feb 8
On January 11, colleges in Gujarat were reopened after more than nine months only for final-year
On January 11, colleges in Gujarat were reopened after more than nine months only for final-year students in undergraduate, postgraduate, M Phil, PhD and other programmes. This was in line with the Centre’s guidelines to reopen educational institutions in a staggered manner. The state education department has now announced that first-year college students can resume on-campus studies from February 8. The standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Centre and implemented for final-year students will remain in force for first-year students too. SOPs have also been issued for reopening hostel facilities for college students. Online classes will continue; it is not mandatory for students to attend on-campus classes.
Class X and Class XII GSHSEB exams schedule announced
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has announced that the Class X
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has announced that the Class X and Class XII board exams for the academic year 2020-21 will be held from May 10 to May 25. The number of students taking the exams this year is likely to be more than last year’s 17.5 lakh students. The exams will be conducted from 10 am to 1.15 pm for Class X students, and from 3 pm to 6.30 pm for Class XII science students. The registration process for the exams will begin soon. Practical examinations for Class XII science will start from March 30. The board had earlier announced a 30% reduction in the syllabus and made changes in the exam paper style. In the revised exam format, 50% weightage will be given to OMR questions and 50% to descriptive questions for Class XII science students. For Class XII general stream as well as for Class X candidates, the weightage of objective questions will be 30% instead of 20% earlier. The number of exam centres will be increased from 5,500 in 2020 to 6,700 this year due to social distancing norms. The number of exam rooms will go up from 60,000 in 2020 to 75,000 this year. About 60% of the exam centres are in rural areas.
Ahmedabad Regional Passport Office will accept DigiLocker documents
The regional passport office (RPO) in Ahmedabad has announced that it will no longer require
The regional passport office (RPO) in Ahmedabad has announced that it will no longer require physical copies of documents for verification. Instead, the RPO will accept documents stored on DigiLocker, the Centre's online digitisation service. This will be a big relief for those applying for passports or seeking to renew them. This decision follows a directive from the Ministry of External Affairs to reduce the usage of physical documents. Applicants can share the documents with passport seva kendras while filling the passport application form. It can be done under the ‘self-declaration’ option and the ‘upload supporting documents’ option while filing the application.
Another fire breaks out in the Kothi building
A fire broke out in the Kothi building on Tuesday morning at about 11.30. This heritage building
A fire broke out in the Kothi building on Tuesday morning at about 11.30. This heritage building houses the district collectorate. Many documents and some furniture were completely burnt in the room where the fire started. Two ladies working in the room managed to rush out unharmed. The fire spread quickly, but personnel from the nearby Dandia Bazaar fire station arrived quickly and brought the fire under control. The cause of the fire is being investigated. There have been several such incidents in the Kothi building in the recent past, but a long-term solution to the problem seems to be evading the authorities.
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