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MSU teacher bags best paper award
Dr Ranjitsinh Devkar, assistant professor of MS University’s Department of Zoology has won
Dr Ranjitsinh Devkar, assistant professor of MS University’s Department of Zoology has won the award of best research paper that was published in Redox Biology journal.
He was conferred the award at the 39th International conference of SRBCE held at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, attended by over 350 participants from India and abroad.
Redox Biology is an open access, peer reviewed, high impact scientific journal of the Society of Redox Biology. This journal has a high impact factor of 10.787 and cite score of 16.4. Due to these credentials the said paper was chosen for this award.
The research work involves study on CORM A-1 (a carbon monoxide releasing molecule) and its role in preventing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and improve mitochondrial function in experimental models.
Vadodara’s rank drops to 14th
The ranking of Vadodara dropped to 14th in the Swachh Survekshan results declared on Saturday. The
The ranking of Vadodara dropped to 14th in the Swachh Survekshan results declared on Saturday. The city had stood eighth last year. The rankings were declared by the Union urban development ministry in New Delhi.
Vadodara was ranked amongst the cities with over one lakh population. The city had been showing consistent improvement in its rankings for the last two years. From being ranked on the tenth place in 2020, it reached the eighth place in 2021.
The ranking in 2020 was a major achievement as the city had ranked at 78 in 2019. Officials said that the civic body was yet to get the detailed result. “Once we get the marking details, we will work on the shortfalls,” said VMC executive engineer Shailesh Naik.
Plan to make 6 airbags must in cars deferred by a year
The government has deferred the implementation of the proposal to make six airbags mandatory in
The government has deferred the implementation of the proposal to make six airbags mandatory in passenger cars by one year to October 1, 2023, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on September 29, 2022, Thursday.
The government had earlier planned to make six airbags mandatory in eight-seater vehicles for enhanced safety of occupants from October 1, 2022.
"Considering the global supply chain constraints being faced by the auto industry and its impact on the macroeconomic scenario, it has been decided to implement the proposal mandating a minimum of 6 Airbags in Passenger Cars (M-1 Category) w.e.f October 1, 2023," Gadkari said in a tweet.
The minister further asserted that the safety of all passengers travelling in motor vehicles irrespective of their cost and variants is the foremost priority.
Tech attuned to cardiac rhythms
The resting heartbeat of the Indian population on average is about 7-8 beats higher per minute
The resting heartbeat of the Indian population on average is about 7-8 beats higher per minute compared to that of the populations of the West, according to experts.
Moreover, the cardiovascular age of an average Indian adult is about 8-10 years higher than their biological age.
Thus, when it comes to wearable tech that tracks heartbeats and prepares an electrocardiogram (ECG) reading, such factors need to be taken into account, said Dr. Kamal Sharma, a city-based interventional cardiologist.
Dr. Sharma is part of the team that recently published 'Deepaware: A hybrid deep learning and context-aware heuristics-based model for atrial fibrillation detection', in the Elsevier journal ScienceDirect along with three other works on the same topic.
Machine learning takes into consideration factors such as activities, movement acceleration, body position, and sleep pattern to raise an alarm if the heart rate is not normal.
The team pointed out a major difference between readings in a medical setting and the smart watch.
Hair transplants only in hospitals
For the first time, the National Medical Commission (NMC) has issued a guideline on who can perform
For the first time, the National Medical Commission (NMC) has issued a guideline on who can perform a hair transplant and what kind of medical infrastructure is needed for it.
A hair transplant procedure involves removing small pieces of hair-bearing scalp from a donor site and using them as grafts to be relocated to a bald or thinning area.
According to the guideline, hair transplant should be conducted in a hospital with facilities for treating indoor patients.
On May 14, reported about the death of a 35-year-old man, allegedly on account of negligence during the hair transplantation process at a salon in Delhi.
The Delhi high court had directed the Centre and Delhi government to ensure that such practices were checked, people made aware that such procedures could be fatal, and medical protocols framed at the national level.
The PM will give the gift of Vande Bharat train to Gujarat
PM will give green signal to Vande Bharat train from Gandhinagar railway station.
PM will give green signal to Vande Bharat train from Gandhinagar railway station.
Semi high speed train will run between Gandhinagar and Mumbai.
First Vande Bharat train equipped with indigenously developed 'KAVACH' technology.
Karamsad to celebrate Vithalbhai’s 150th birth anniversary
Karamsad town in Anand district will celebrate 2023 as the 150th birth anniversary year of
Karamsad town in Anand district will celebrate 2023 as the 150th birth anniversary year of Vithalbhai Patel, elder brother of India’s Iron Man, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Vithalbhai devoted himself to bring about both social and political reforms to successfully fight for India’s freedom.
He had become a member of Bombay Legislative Council, was elected to the Imperial Legislative Council, had served as mayor of Bombay Municipal Corporation.
The freedom fighter was also co-founder of the Swaraj Party.
“Apart from his contributions to the freedom movement, he had also contributed immensely to the field of Yunani medicine, making primary education compulsory, town planning and most importantly he was instrumental in laying down rules and regulations for parliamentary proceedings,” said Rashesh Patel, member of the Vithalbhai Patel Shard Shatabdi Samiti.
The samiti also has plans to celebrate 2025 as Sardar Patel’s 150th birth anniversary.
Lipstick effect on skin products's sale
After the second wave of Covid pandemic, websites like Nykaa registered higher sales of skin
After the second wave of Covid pandemic, websites like Nykaa registered higher sales of skin products, said founder and CEO Falguni Nayar.
While we did not see it in lipstick per se - primarily due to use of masks - we did see the effect in skin products," she said.
It's because people want to feel good; it's associated with their sentiments," said Nayar, who is an alumna of IIM-A. Answering a question about the impact of technology on fashion and cosmetics business, she said that advancement in technology is a big boost.
Today every user generates about 2,000-odd tags when they navigate the websites.
The use of machine learning and artificial intelligence is a must to correlate these points and predict behaviour.
The chair is set up for an initial period of three years and is facilitated by the IIM-A Endowment Fund.
Dadasaheb Phalke award for Asha Parekh
Veteran actor Asha Parekh will be conferred the Dada Saheb Phalke award for 2020, the highest
Veteran actor Asha Parekh will be conferred the Dada Saheb Phalke award for 2020, the highest recognition in the field of Indian cinema, Union information and broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur said on September 27, 2022, Tuesday.
It is a matter of pride for the ministry to announce this prestigious award for the veteran actress," Thakur said.
Parekh, a much-celebrated actor whose career spans nearly five decades is only the seventh female actor to be awarded the top honour.
She also turned director and producer with the the acclaimed TV drama 'Kora Kagaz' in the late 1990s and became the first women to head the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) from 1998-2001.
Parekh was conferred the Padma Shri in 1992.
50-year-old garba faces group’s flak
For over half a century, M S University’s Faculty of Fine Arts is known for organising
For over half a century, M S University’s Faculty of Fine Arts is known for organising Gujarat’s famed garbas in its most traditional form during the nine-day long festivities.
Sticking to the traditional format of garbas, students, teachers and alumni of the faculty dance to the garba beats without using mic or sound system, singing traditional folklore.
In their memorandums, the group said that idol or image of ‘Aradhya devi’ should be installed, there should be ‘aarti’ on all the nine nights of Navratri and people from other religions and anti-social elements should not be allowed during the garbas.
In-charge dean of the faculty professor Jayaram Poduval said the faculty is surprised that such a representation has been made.
“We don’t use any extra musical instruments.
Even the garbas are from Zhaverchand Meghani’s collection.
Covid-19 gives 65-year-old leg up to run marathon
This 65-year-old's dry run for a gruelling marathon in the Western Ghats abruptly ended when he was
This 65-year-old's dry run for a gruelling marathon in the Western Ghats abruptly ended when he was diagnosed with Covid-19 on September 8.
But within only five days of recovering, Jagat Karani ran over the potential health risks by successfully completing the 21-km Satara Half Marathon, considered to be one of the toughest due to its steep route winding through the hills.
I recovered within five days and left for Satara immediately.
Karani not only completed the half marathon but also went past his personal best in the race.
"I was feeling weak, but once I took off, there was no looking back as the energy of other runners motivated me to run on ," Karani, a businessman, said.. Covid takes a toll of energy and the body feels very weak.
Notably, Karani wasn't always an athlete.
Barodians to run marathon after 2 years
In January next year, Barodians will sprint again on the city streets.
The 10th edition of MG
In January next year, Barodians will sprint again on the city streets.
The 10th edition of MG Vadodara International Marathon (VIM) will be organized on January 8 next year.
It has been a testing time but we did organize two virtual marathons during the pandemic years,” Amin added.
In 2020, the then Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani had flagged off the race along with the then state sports minister Ishwar Singh.
The VIM has full marathon and half marathon category along with 10 km and 5 km run.
Ratan Tata join as trustee of PM Cares Fund
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lauded the people for contributing wholeheartedly to the PM CARES
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lauded the people for contributing wholeheartedly to the PM CARES Fund as he chaired its meeting which was also attended by newly-nominated trustees Justice KT Thomas, former deputy Lok Sabha speaker Kariya Munda and Ratan Tata, the PMO said on Wednesday.
Modi chaired a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the PM CARES Fund on Tuesday during which a presentation was made on the various initiatives undertaken with the help of PM CARES Fund, including the PM CARES for Children scheme which is supporting 4,345 children, a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.
Prime Minister Modi said the participation of new trustees and advisors will provide wider perspective to the functioning of the PM CARES Fund, according to the statement.
He said their vast experience of public life would impart further vigour in making the fund more responsive to various public needs.
The PM CARES Fund, set up to deal with emergencies such as the Covid pandemic, saw its corpus grow nearly three-fold to Rs 10,990 crore in the 2020-21 fiscal, while the disbursal rose to Rs 3,976 crore, according to the latest audited statement.
Chhello Show: A Gujarati's ode to films is Oscars entry
Early in the movie Chhello Show (Last Film Show), wide-eyed protagonist Samay, a young boy in a
Early in the movie Chhello Show (Last Film Show), wide-eyed protagonist Samay, a young boy in a small village in Saurashtra region of Gujarat, discovers 'fillam' (movie) and gets enamoured by the 35 mm medium of sound and light playing at the speed of 24 frames per second.
"It's perhaps has to do with the universal power of stories.
The movie's name may be Last Show, but for us, the work has just begun," said Pan Nalin, who has acclaimed works such as Samsara, Valley of Flowers and Angry Indian Goddesses on his filmography.
"But for right now, my wish would be to get as many people to see it in India and Gujarat as possible.
The film, produced by Roy Kapur Films and Jugaad Motion Pictures among others, stars Bhavin Rabari, Bhavesh Shrimali, Richa Meena, Dipen Raval and Paresh Mehta among others.
Last year, Tamil drama Koozhangal (Pebbles), directed by Vinothraj PS, was India's official entry at the Oscars but didn't make the shortlist.
India’s milk production to triple by 2047
Once a milk-deficit country, India has traversed a long journey to emerge as world’s largest
Once a milk-deficit country, India has traversed a long journey to emerge as world’s largest milk producer surpassing the US in 1998 with the ‘billion litre’ idea (Operation Flood) that was initiated in 1970s.
The country which currently accounts for 23% of the global milk production is estimated to contribute nearly half of world’s total milk production in the next two and a half decades.
“India’s milk production is expected to jump three-fold to reach 628 million tonnes in the next 25 years with an average annual growth of 4.5 %,” said R S Sodhi, managing director of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) and president of the Indian Dairy Association.
The demand for milk and milk products is also set to increase because of rising population.
Currently, it stands at 428 grams per person per day.
Last year, exports of dairy products from India stood at just US $350 million.
Next-generation artisans go places
About a decade ago, Champa Siju Magariya used to weave conventional handloom products like her
About a decade ago, Champa Siju Magariya used to weave conventional handloom products like her ancestors did for generations and sell them, oblivious to market trends and needs.
A piece would fetch her Rs 1,200 in the local market.
Launched in 2013, it was shaped into the current form in 2018.
Case studies, which form the backbone of the IIM-A pedagogy, are used as the primary tools to teach students how they can scale up their operations, modernize processes and find new avenues to pitch their products,” Prof Amit Karna, co-chair for the Creative and Cultural Business Programme added.
Cases in point are Saurabh Jaiswal and Aniket Maurya from Varanasi.
NRG bags queen’s award in Canada
Pathik Shukla, a Canada-based NRI from Bharuch, has been awarded ‘Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
Pathik Shukla, a Canada-based NRI from Bharuch, has been awarded ‘Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Award’.
He was picked up for the award by the House of Commons of the Canadian parliament.
“I was amongst 12 who were selected directly based on their contribution while the remaining will be decided after a process of nominations,” Shukla said.
The award was instituted to mark the 70 years of the accession of late Queen Elizabeth.
“We were very active during the Covid-19 pandemic and helped students a lot,” he said.
MSU inks MoU for climate change study
MS University has signed an MoU on Saturday with Gujarat government’s climate change
MS University has signed an MoU on Saturday with Gujarat government’s climate change department for promotion of research and innovation in the area of climate change.
Pact was inked on the sidelines of the ‘Panchamrit for climate change: Youth outreach fortnight’ in presence of Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel.
It is a strategic MoU that we have signed with the climate change department to connect youth for propagation of renewable energy, said a university official.
The outreach fortnight that will continue till September 30 will be held at all educational institutes across the state, the official added.
As a university, we have already contributed in the area of drafting policy decisions when it comes to climate change.
SVPI airport likely to get third terminal
A third terminal is likely to be built at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in
A third terminal is likely to be built at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad to handle increasing passenger rush.
According to sources privy to the development, the terminal will cater to domestic passengers.
A new terminal was already on the cards when the Airports Authority of India was managing the airport (AAI), and the peak passenger footfall stood at 1.1 crore in 2019-20.
However, the proposal for expansion never saw the light of day.
"The floor space is being expanded to accommodate more passengers and boarding gates are being added to ease passenger movement at the domestic terminal. This will help in handling more flights at a time," a source said.
Sayajibaug aviary to get exotic foreign birds
The Sayajibaug Zoo is looking to purchase exotic birds to be kept at the large aviary that has been
The Sayajibaug Zoo is looking to purchase exotic birds to be kept at the large aviary that has been planned in the facility.
The standing committee of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) will take up a proposal for the procurement for discussion on September 16, 2022, Friday.
The aviary proposed in 2018 is ready now.
However, it is likely that the budget may not be sufficient if a good variety of birds is to be maintained at the aviary.
In wake of the possibility of extra expenses being involved, the standing committee's nod has been sought to make necessary provisions.
PM Modi to flag off Vande Bharat Express train
Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnav on September 13, 2022, Tuesday announced that the work for
Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnav on September 13, 2022, Tuesday announced that the work for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet train was on track, and the city multimodal hub which is coming up at Sabarmati, will be ready by January or February next year.
About the Vande Bharat train, he said that the first train will be flagged off from Gandhinagar by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and thereafter, three to four Vande Bharat trains will be flagged off.
He said that the train gets to the speed of 100 in just 52 seconds and videos have shown that the train is moving steady at even 180 km per hour.
Vaishnav, who visited the multimodal hub in Sabarmati on Tuesday, announced that the work on the Mumbai section of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train will soon begin on the ground as all the necessary permission including environment and forest clearance have been received soon after chief minister Eknath Shinde took over.
The minister said that the only stretch which is remaining is the undersea tunnel and the tender for the same would also be floated soon.
Vaishnav said that the pillar for 80 km stretch have been constructed and the construction of all the bullet stations have also begun.
MoU was signed by Foxconn and Vedanta Group
In the presence of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupendrabhai Patel and Union Minister for Science and
In the presence of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupendrabhai Patel and Union Minister for Science and Technology Mr. Ashwini Vaishnav, MoU was signed by Foxconn and Vedanta Group for investment of 1 lakh 54 thousand crores for construction of Semiconductor and Display Fab in Gujarat.
Stray dog population rises despite sterilisation in Gujarat's larger cities
If the data furnished by the Union ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying is any
If the data furnished by the Union ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying is any indication, the number of stray dog population in the state has increased between 2012 and 2019.
The numbers had increased from 8,46,093 in 2012 to 9,31,170 in 2019.
After this, two new villages were merged with RMC in 2015 and four new villages were added in 2020.
If we include all these new areas, we have currently around 33,000 dogs under RMC's limit.
An official in the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) said that despite the increase in city limits periodically, stray dog population had remained under control.
The rise could be because of the areas outside these cities.
Gujarat announces ‘Cinematic Tourism Policy 2022-2027’
Gujarat government announced state's first 'Cinematic Tourism Policy' in the presence of
Gujarat government announced state's first 'Cinematic Tourism Policy' in the presence of dignitaries including actor Ajay Devgn and state government ministers.
This new policy will create viable opportunities for film production in Gujarat and also provide employment opportunities to local people.
I have been associated with Gujarat for years.
Tourism minister Purnesh Modi said, this Cinematic Tourism Policy will be very important in promoting the tourism of Gujarat.
Secretary of tourism department Hareet Shukla in his welcome address said that people remember the place shown on the cinema screen and later it becomes a tourism spot.
1022 crore for investments in various subjects including film making, studio infrastructure, acting schools in Gujarat were signed by some investors with the tourism department.
Non-toxic, non-stick tribal cookware to make entry into modern kitchens
Does the special recipe cooked in non-stick utensils invariably get burnt in your guilt-ridden
Does the special recipe cooked in non-stick utensils invariably get burnt in your guilt-ridden toxicity fears?
Coating ensures vessels don't retain oil The uniqueness of the product comes from its lac coating that gives the utensils a non-stick effect.
Thereby usage of oil gets reduced, while at the same time the outer layer of the vessel stays hot for a longer period.
Tyagi developed her product using the indigenous technique after working for four months at Adivasi Academy at Tejgadh and tribals in Chhota Udepur.
The new designs ensure that people will be able to cook, boil, reheat and even deep fry food without worrying about the utensils breaking," she said.
While the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) is already working for the GI tag, the new range of articles with new designs has shown a new direction to the use of non-stick cookware," said Meena, adding that it will also generate new employment for people in the region.
City boys shine, scores low as difficulty level of questions high
Students from the city made a mark in the JEE (Advanced) 2022 with at least seven students
Students from the city made a mark in the JEE (Advanced) 2022 with at least seven students obtaining all-India rank (AIR) below 500.
One student obtained eighty-eighth AIR in the results declared on Sunday.
Sources said that there was a dip in the cut-off marks indicating that the difficulty level of the questions may have been higher this year.
“I had started preparing consistently for my exams since standard 10.
I was always keen on becoming an engineer and will study computer science.
I will prefer to join either IIT-Delhi or IIT-Kanpur,” said Vraj who had obtained the 468th rank in the JEE Main.
SVPI Airport gets play area for kids
To add to the convenience of passengers travelling with kids via the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
To add to the convenience of passengers travelling with kids via the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport, the airport operator on Thursday inaugurated a dedicated play area for children in the security hold area.
The new outlet termed as Toy Joy Tales is located on the first floor of domestic departures, right before the boarding gate.
Usually it gets stressful when parents are travelling with children and have to wait for their flight for a long time.
Now the new addition is for children where they can play freely while they travel.
The play is completely supervised and easy to access with well-trained assistants.
Vadodara girl ready to join AIIMS
Zeel Vyas from the city stood ninth in the all-India rank (AIR) for the National Eligibility
Zeel Vyas from the city stood ninth in the all-India rank (AIR) for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).
The student of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in the city is now looking forward to pursue medicine from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
My parents supported me throughout my preparations for NEET, said Zeel who obtained 99.99 percentile scoring 710 marks.
Zeel said she chose biology over mathematics as she liked biology more.
I have not thought of any specific field for specializing after completing MBBS.
I will do that at a later stage, she added.
Rear seat belt alarm to be made must: Nitin Gadkari
Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari said on September 6, 2022, Tuesday seat belt alarm will
Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari said on September 6, 2022, Tuesday seat belt alarm will be made mandatory for rear seats of vehicles too, in a bid to nudge all occupants of a four-wheeler to buckle up for their safety.
He said that the enforcement responsibility lies with state governments.
Airbags are not effective if the occupants are not wearing seatbelts.
The ‘alarm’ feature has been mandatory for front seat occupants from July 2019.
I appeal to people to follow rules for their own safety.
India’s 1st nasal Covid vaccine gets approval
Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate codenamed BBV154, which has now been rechristened
Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate codenamed BBV154, which has now been rechristened iNCOVACC, on Tuesday became the world’s first intranasal Covid-19 vaccine to be granted emergency use authorisation (EUA) after the Indian drug regulator approved it for a two-dose primary immunisation of those aged 18 years and above.
“Big Boost to India’s Fight Against Covid-19!
In addition to this, Bharat Biotech also conducted heterologous booster dose studies on around 875 subjects at nine trial sites all India to test the safety and immunogenicity of the vaccine in those who have received two doses of the commonly administered vaccines like Covaxin or Covishield.
“iNCOVACC has been designed for efficient distribution and easy administration,” Ella said.
The company said iNCOVACC has the double benefit of enabling faster development of variant specific vaccines and easy nasal delivery that enables mass immunization to protect from emerging variants of concern.
With the receipt of approval today, the product will be launched and available for use in due course of time,” it added.
MSU prof appointed VC of Sanskrit varsity in Puri
Professor Rabindra Kumar Panda from M S University has been appointed as vice-chancellor (VC) of
Professor Rabindra Kumar Panda from M S University has been appointed as vice-chancellor (VC) of Shri Jagannath Sanskrit Vishvavidyalaya in Puri, Odisha, for a term of four years.
Odisha governor professor Ganeshi Lal appointed Panda as VC on Sunday. Panda, a professor in the department of Sanskrit, Pali & Prakrit of Faculty
of Arts, has served as head of the department and principal of Baroda Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya for almost a decade. Panda was earlier a student at the Sanskrit university where he has been appointed as the VC. “This appointment will provide a chance to me to serve my alma matter,” said Panda.
MSU prof in Int’l Council of Museums’ executive board
Professor Ambika Patel, head of MS University’s museology department from faculty of fine
Professor Ambika Patel, head of MS University’s museology department from faculty of fine arts has been elected as the executive board member of the regional alliance of Asia-Pacific countries of the International Council of Museums (ICOM ASPAC) during its annual conference held recently at Prague, Czech Republic.
She has been elected for the period between 2022 and 2025.
ICOM ASPAC provides forum for exchange and co-operation between museum and museum professionals participating in the 24 national committees of Asia Pacific region.
Patel is the chair of the ICOM national committee of India from 2021 to 2024. “
It is a matter of pride and privilege to represent India in the regional alliance executive board to make national and regional voice heard by the global community,” said Patel “This opportunity will enable me to raise public cultural awareness through global networks and co-operation programmes,” she added.
URJA 2022: Royal family’s two-day exhibition
Works of over 25 artisans will be exhibited during URJA 2022 organized by Shree Maharani Chimnabai
Works of over 25 artisans will be exhibited during URJA 2022 organized by Shree Maharani Chimnabai Stree Udyogalaya (SMCSU) in the city. The two-day exhibition will start on Friday at SMCSU premises behind Sursagar Lake.
“Apart from the handmade works of the artisans, one of the key features of this exhibition will be food and beverage. Traditional Maharashtrian and Gujarati cuisines will be on offer for people,” said Radhikaraje Gaekwad, vice-president of SMCSU.
The LGBTQI community from Lakshya Trust is also helping the trust in organizing the exhibition. Proceeds from the exhibition will be used in a unique project wherein the royal Gaekwad family plans to start an LGBTQI café in the city. Members of the community will manage and run the café which is expected to start by December this year. The trust is also running a programme wherein women are being trained in driving autorickshaws and heavy vehicles so that they can work in public transport.
16th C aviary turns into modern veterinary hospital
‘The house of this hospital is small, a little room sufficing for many birds: yet I saw if
‘The house of this hospital is small, a little room sufficing for many birds: yet I saw if full of birds of all sorts which need tendance, as cocks, hens, pigeons, peacocks, ducks and small birds, which during their being lame, or sick, or mateless, are kept here, but being recover’d and in good plight, if they be wild they are let go at liberty: if domestick they are given to some pious person who keeps them in his house (sic).’
Very few know that Gujarat’s coastal town – Khambhat – had a dedicated veterinary clinic to treat birds as early as 1539.
The Italian traveller has even noted that he turned most curious when he saw that “little orphaned mice” were brought to the hospital.
It is one of the oldest known veterinary hospitals in the world,” said Dr. Snehal Patel, deputy director, animal husbandry department, Anand district panchayat.
The veterinary hospital was functioning from its current premises since 1910.
Khambhat is also home to wetlands where migratory birds come.
Cheaper & eco-friendly cow dung idols
For most devotees, clay idols had been the best replacements while seeking eco-friendly options so
For most devotees, clay idols had been the best replacements while seeking eco-friendly options so far for Ganpati idols.
Gaining from that experience, we can now make idols that are around three feet in height. The idols are coloured using food colours, Gupta said.
Rahul Dhariya from Devgadh Baria had been experimenting with cow dung to make various products for about a decade now.
PoP not only pollutes water, but also kills aquatic life.
Dhariya uses natural resins to ensure that the dung binds properly and idols also get a desired finish.
MSU improves NAAC scorecard to A+
Gujarat’s only English medium university – the MS University – has improved its
Gujarat’s only English medium university – the MS University – has improved its scoreboard.
The publicly-funded university has bagged ‘A+’ grade with 3.43 CGPA from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
“We have received the communique from NAAC informing us that we have received A+ grade with 3.43 CGPA,” said university’s officiating registrar Dr. K.M. Chudasama, adding that there is an improvement in all the seven parameters which NAAC’s peer team had considered while carrying out the university’s assessment.
NAAC’s peer team had visited the university campus from August 25 to 27 for which the university had made heightened arrangements.
Although this were last minute preparations, the actual preparations for the assessment cycle had begun much earlier.
Gandhinagar scientists launch extraction mission for US soldiers
Buried in the northeast stretches of India lie American soldiers of World War II, saluted by their
Buried in the northeast stretches of India lie American soldiers of World War II, saluted by their country as members of its 'Greatest Generation'.
NFSU's ambitious goal is to trace the identities of about 400 US soldiers who had died in India's northeast in the line of duty between 1942 and 1945.
NFSU is the local partner of the Defence Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA) project of the US's department of defence.
Dr. J.M. Vyas, vice-chancellor of NFSU, said that the collaboration was signed in 2021.
"In 2021, the search could not take place because of the Covid pandemic as we could not obtain the necessary permissions for recovering the remains for scientific analysis," said an NFSU official.
Apart from enemy attacks, the causes of the soldiers' deaths included diseases such as malaria as well as landslides.
Adventure sports tag for Dahi Handi events
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday announced in the state Assembly that Dahi Handi will now
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday announced in the state Assembly that Dahi Handi will now be considered an adventure sport.
Prize money for the same will be paid by the government.
Govindas or their families will be provided with compensation in case of fatal or other injuries suffered by the players during the formation of human pyramids, Shinde said on the eve of the festival, which will be celebrated without any restriction this year.
He added that for this year’s festival, if a govinda dies during the formation of a human pyramid, the kin would get Rs 10 lakh as compensation from the state.
Shinde further said the state would bear the cost of treatment of govindas.
This is, however, applicable only for this year.
Kadana dam releases water, 128 villages put on high alert
Four gates of the Kadana Dam on Mahi River were partially opened on August 18, 2022, Thursday to
Four gates of the Kadana Dam on Mahi River were partially opened on August 18, 2022, Thursday to maintain the rule level following heavy influx of water due to torrential rain in Rajasthan and the catchment areas.
Sources said that the Kadana project officials had issued an alert for 128 villages located along the Mahi River. They did not rule out the possibility of more water being released from the dam.
The water reached the level of 126.87 m in the dam with the danger level 127.71 m. The rule level of the dam is 126.8 m. On Thursday evening, the dam had an inflow of 62,990 cusecs while 57,060 cusecs water was being discharged.
Besides the four gates, water is being discharged in the hydropower plant of the dam and the canals of the dam.
Two years on, Ahmedabad to expand again
For the first time in the city’s history, it will be expanded for a second time in just 26
For the first time in the city’s history, it will be expanded for a second time in just 26 months. The limits were last extended in June 2020.
The AMC had in 2020 demanded that Zundal, Khoraj, Amiyapur, Sughad and Koteshwar, be included in the city, but the state government included them in the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) limits.
Therefore, a proposal to include Nandoli village was mooted a few months back. The final decision in this regard will be taken by the state government.
Gujarat woman gifts hygienic lives to Kashmiri girls
For the women residents of remote hamlets in Kupwara district of strife-torn Kashmir, life is a
For the women residents of remote hamlets in Kupwara district of strife-torn Kashmir, life is a Catch22 situation between terror and tension from monthly menstrual cycles.
The pads aren’t just used by them but also sold to the women staying in the adjacent villages, said Bedekar, whose NGO collaborated with the Army for support of this project.
“Most villages in this part of the valley that is covered with snow for almost six months every year are poverty-stricken. The unit helps women in earning some money and the pads keep them free of infection too,” she added.
Bedekar’s NGO provides the units with raw materials to make the pads. Brigadier Vinod Singh Negi, Vishisht Seva Medal, Commander 53 Infantry Brigade, Col Ranveer Singh, Sena Medal, CO 45 Rashtriya Rifles, Maj Anand C S and Captain Harish Deshpande extended major support to us,” she said.
Ahmedabad gas distributors reduce CNG, residential PNG prices
In a major relief to the transport industry and consumers, major city gas distribution (CGD) firms
In a major relief to the transport industry and consumers, major city gas distribution (CGD) firms have announced a cut in the unit base prices (UBP) of compressed natural gas (CNG) and residential piped natural gas (PNG).
On August 19, 2022, Thursday, Adani Total Gas Limited announced a reduction of Rs 4.7 per kg in CNG prices across all 19 geographical areas.
With this, CNG price in Ahmedabad will reduce from Rs 87.38 per kg to Rs 83.90 per kg - a reduction of Rs 3.48 per kg.
The recent intervention by the central government has helped the CGD industry to moderate the prices of CNG and residential PNG for the end consumers.
Even IRM Energy has reduced its CNG prices by Rs 6 per SCM effective Wednesday.
With this, the revised price of domestic PNG in Junagadh (supplied by Torrent Gas) will be Rs 47 per SCM, including taxes, whereas CNG prices will also settle at Rs 87 per kg including taxes.
Priority to only Gujarat domicile for organ transplant irrational
A division bench of Gujarat high court on August 18, 2022, Thursday dismissed the state
A division bench of Gujarat high court on August 18, 2022, Thursday dismissed the state government's appeal against a single judge's direction to the authorities to register a person, who does not have a Gujarat domicile certificate but is in dire need of kidney transplant, in the list of organ recipients.
This case involves Himanshu Shekhar who hails from a north Indian state but has been living in Ahmedabad for more than six years working as a chartered accountant with a home grown corporate firm.
Shekhar was advised to undergo kidney transplantation, and he tried to register with the State Organ and Tissue Transplantation Organization for receiving a donor organ but could not produce a domicile certificate as he has not been living in Gujarat for 10 years.
What if a Gujarati is refused transplant in Chennai?
Shekhar approached the HC through advocate Kunan Naik challenging the guideline that prioritises patients with domicile certificate for organ transplantation with contention that such a rule is in breach of not only constitutional provisions for right to life, but also against the parent Act of 1985.
Even after dismissing the appeal, the bench continued to question the priority policy.
Road minister launched India’s first electric double decker
“My dream is to connect Nariman Point in Mumbai to Delhi by an electric AC luxury bus which
“My dream is to connect Nariman Point in Mumbai to Delhi by an electric AC luxury bus which will cover the distance in 12 hours in near future,” said Union transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari as he launched India’s first electric double decker at Y B Chavan Centre on August 18, 2022, Thursday afternoon.
The BEST will run the e-double deckers for the public from September, and around 200 e-buses are being procured from Switch Mobility, a subsidiary of Ashok Leyland, in the first phase.
These buses will be operated in Thane, Navi Mumbai and Mumbai. “Around 35% pollution in the country is due to diesel and petrol. It’s high time we switch to cheaper, alternate fuels,” said Gadkari.
DA hike for govt employees
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on August 15, 2022, Monday announced a three per cent hike
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on August 15, 2022, Monday announced a three per cent hike in the dearness allowance (DA) for state government employees under the 7th Pay Commission, with retrospective effect from January 1, 2022.
MSU may get trademark for its logo
MS University may get its logo registered under the trademark act to prevent misuse of its logo and
MS University may get its logo registered under the trademark act to prevent misuse of its logo and name.
A report of the committee appointed by the university to look into the misuse of the logo and its name by mischievous elements along with its recommendations was unanimously passed by the university’s syndicate members on Saturday.
“We have also recommended that all stakeholders may not be allowed to use logo of the university after completion of his or her tenure or service period designated by university or faculty or institution,” said Vaghela.
The report states that any group of students cannot use the name of the faculty, institution, or university for any student union or other activities. “
Apart from Vaghela, syndicate members Dr. Dinesh Yadav, Dr. V.K. Kher, Hemal Mehta, Dr. Rajendra Parikh from the Faculty of Law and government nominated senate member Ishan Purohit were part of the committee.
Prerna 2022 after 2 years gap
After a two years break, budding engineers of MS University’s Faculty of Technology and
After a two years break, budding engineers of MS University’s Faculty of Technology and Engineering (FTE) are gearing up to organize – Prerna – Asia’s largest fest for disabled people in the offline mode.
Students of FTE have been organizing Prerna that provides a platform for people with disabilities for the past 16 years.
For the past four consecutive years, the fest has received patronage from the Unesco.
“We have received patronage from the Unesco for this edition as well,” Saksham Garg, a student said, adding that Prerna 2022 will be held from August 27 to 29. “
The fest will include social segments like ‘Artico’, ‘Alfaaz’, ‘Aaghaz’, ‘Aahvan’, paralympic sports, visitor events among others. “
For Artico – an entertainment night – nationally renowned artists will be invited.
Here, have your cup of chai and eat it too!
The most annoying part of sipping tea in a roadside kilti is finding a bin to dispose of the paper
The most annoying part of sipping tea in a roadside kilti is finding a bin to dispose of the paper cup.
What if we tell you that at this tea stall you won’t have the same problem as after finishing your tea you can gobble up your cup too?
Thousands have tea at such stalls in the city and if all vendors switch to biodegradable cups, it will reduce plastic waste considerably,” said Rahul Barboza, who works in an advertising agency.
Along with Thakur, Shankar Pradhan, Vikas Shridhar and Suraj Shridhar started the tea stall about a month ago.
The four friends were brought up together in an orphanage in the city.
They decided to launch their startup and make a living for themselves.
Fostering entrepreneurial spirit
Five teams of students pitched their start-up ideas to the alumni of MS University during PitchFest
Five teams of students pitched their start-up ideas to the alumni of MS University during PitchFest under Incubator 2.0 that was recently held online.
Alumni from the US, Canada, Singapore and other countries participated in the event organized under the banner of MSU Vision 2020, an initiative supported by the Office of Alumni Affairs and Donor Relations (OAADR).
A total of 25 teams had registered and five of them made their products, raising Rs 50,000 funding for the initial stage of launch. Best pitch will receive Rs 1 lakh fund from the alumni network.
“PitchFest plays a vital role in entrepreneurship, to raise initial venture funds by the network of alumni nurturing bond of excellence with students and university,” said professor Sanskriti Majumdar from OAADR.
GSHSEB announces secondary schools’ 2022-23 academic calendar
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) announced the calendar for the
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) announced the calendar for the 2022-23 academic year on July 27, 2022, Wednesday. As per the schedule, Class 10 and Class 12 exams will be conducted from March 14 to 31. The first term will end on October 19 and 21-days Diwali holidays will begin from October 20.
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As per the schedule, schools will conduct 241 days of teaching during the year. First term that started from June 13 will be of 104 days and First term exams will begin from October 10 and will end on October 18.
The second term of 137 days will begin from November 10 and end on April 30, 2023. First preliminary exams of Class 9 to 12 will begin from January 27 and end on February 4. Scholarship exams for Class 9 will be conducted on February 7. As per calendar, internal exams will be conducted during February 13 to 15 while practical exams for Class 12 science stream will be held during February 20 to 28. Final exams of Class 9 and Class 11 will begin from April 10 and end on April 21.
Summer holidays for secondary schools will begin from May 1 and end on June 4 and from June 5 the 2023-24 academic year will begin. There will be a total of 80 holidays including two vacations and public holidays.
No reduction in curriculum.
The board has announced that the curriculum will not be reduced this year. GSHSEB had reduced curriculum for the last two years due to the pandemic situation. As per the board calendar, the first test curriculum will include June to September. Class 10 and 12 preliminary exams will include questions from the entire syllabus. Class 9 and 11 Second tests will include questions from June to January curriculum. The board said that the exams will be conducted as per 2019-20 exam format.