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Weightage of multiple-choice questions increased for Std 9-12 exams
The weightage of objective questions for Class 9 to Class 12 examinations has been increased from
The weightage of objective questions for Class 9 to Class 12 examinations has been increased from 20% to 30%. The weightage in exam papers for descriptive questions will be reduced to 70% instead of 80% earlier. For Class 12 science students 50 marks weightage for MCQ questions (multiple-choice questions) and 50 marks for descriptive questions in exams will continue. The decision, taken by Gujarat state education department, should benefit about 30 lakh students of Class 9 to Class 12. A similar question pattern is followed in competitive entrance exams like JEE and NEET. The board exams are only a few months away.
Compulsory RT-PCR test for passengers from 'at risk' countries
Passengers from 'at risk' countries will have to undergo RT-PCR test on arrival in Gujarat
Passengers from 'at risk' countries will have to undergo RT-PCR test on arrival in Gujarat
Passengers from countries categorised as 'at risk' by the Union Health Ministry must undergo Covid-19 tests upon arrival in Gujarat if they are not fully vaccinated. Nine countries (United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe) have so far been classified as 'at risk'. Those who are fully vaccinated will also be screened at the airport and allowed to proceed if they do not show any symptoms of the infection. There are two international airports in Gujarat – Ahmedabad and Surat.
Tree numbers increased in Gujarat’s non-forested rural area
The 2021 tree survey by the Gujarat state forest department shows the tree population in the
The 2021 tree survey by the Gujarat state forest department shows the tree population in the non-forested rural area of 1.54 crore hectares increased to 39.75 crore – an increase of 5.40 crore compared to the 2017 survey number of 34.35 crore.
- A random sampling was done in 933 villages of 251 talukas in all the 33 districts covering non-forested village area of 7,34,041 hectares.
- The survey was conducted in 4.06% of the total state area.
- The trees increased by 15.73% over the past five years.
- The total tree density per hectare has increased to 25.74 in 2021, up from 22.38 in 2017.
- Anand district had the highest tree density rise at 71.44%, Valsad with 69.5%.
- The lowest increase of tree density was recorded in Surendranagar district at 4.5% and Devbhoomi Dwarka at 8.79%.
- The per person numbers rose from 5.6 in 2017 to 6.58 in 2021.
- Trees per family of five members rose to 33 from 28.
- Districts with tree density above 50 per hectare include Anand, Tapi, Navsari, Valsad, Dang, Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Panchmahal, Nadiad, and Mehsana.
- Ahmedabad, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Jamnagar, and Surendranagar are districts that have tree density below 10 per hectare.
- Eucalyptus and neem are the top trees in the state in terms of population.
Drone exhibition in Ahmedabad attracted a lot of interest
The Gujarat Drone Mahotsav was held in Ahmedabad on Friday. The event was organised by Prime UAV
The Gujarat Drone Mahotsav was held in Ahmedabad on Friday. The event was organised by Prime UAV and sponsored by Dholera Industrial City Development Ltd, Adani Defence and Aerospace and Blue Ray Aviation. The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) says that the liberalised drone policy will help to create intellectual property in this domain.
- The government gives 20% cashback (on the cost incurred of manufacturing drones) on the value addition.
- In the last year the turnover was Rs. 60 crore from this sector.
- MoCA will have drone awareness programs in various states to create awareness among drone-based end users such as farmers, students, academia, start-ups, government and private organisations.
- Drones can be used in floods to map an area and predict the inundation pattern in the area which can be used to for evacuation and rescue work.
- Mapping drones can be used for planning construction over a swathe of land high accuracy, for mining and for monitoring tree density in forests.
- Drones can be used for spraying insecticides and pesticides says in less time.
- Drones can also help in firefighting and rescue operations.
CBSE approval not required for students from international boards
International board school students will now not need prior approval for admission to CBSE
International board school students will now not need prior approval for admission to CBSE affiliated schools. This will help the families shifting to India, because many students studying abroad in foreign boards are joining schools affiliated to the CBSE. Students from international boards are admitted to CBSE schools on the basis of equivalency of classes in both the boards.
Some malls in Mumbai will open their parking spaces to the public at night
Thanks to an interesting solution for the shortage of parking space in Mumbai, vehicle owners will
Thanks to an interesting solution for the shortage of parking space in Mumbai, vehicle owners will be allowed to park their vehicles between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. in eight malls in the city.
- The plan has been made by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the new Mumbai Parking Authority (MPA).
- 6,500 new parking spaces will be available.
- 5 malls will charge on a monthly basis, others on weekly or overnight basis.
- Spaces for over 1,100 vehicles are available at Phoenix Palladium in Lower Parel at Rs. 3,500 per month.
- The parking rates are decided by the mall authorities.
- This will be beneficial for overcrowded residential colonies.
- The malls will also accommodate Ola and Uber fleet owners.
- MPA is creating a city parking pool which will be an online aggregator platform with details of all parking spaces available in the city.
- All government agencies which have parking areas under them will be encouraged to participate in the city parking pool (CPP) to ensure that citizens can book any parking slot in the city using a single platform.
- Under CPP, the owners (commercial spaces, shopping centres) will be free to open their premises at their will and have the flexibility to keep timings, rates and rules as per their convenience.
Almost half of the deliveries in private facilities are through C-section
The National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) reveals that the number of Caesarean sections
The National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) reveals that the number of Caesarean sections (C-sections) in India increased in the last five years from 17.2% C-section births to 21.5%.
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that caesarean deliveries should not exceed 10 to 15% of all deliveries in any country. The International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, is the nodal agency of the survey. Information was gathered from 6.36 lakh households, 7.24 lakh women and 1.01 lakh men.
- Almost 50% of the deliveries in private institutions were C-sections – up from 47.4% to 40.9%.
- In Gujarat the rise was from 18.4% to 21%.
- According to experts, the situation has become grim and the physician-induced demand can be controlled.
- The rise in C-section deliveries in the government sector may be due to complicated cases being referred to public health facilities during the last stages.
- One doctor attributed this trend to: late pregnancies, increasing use of reproductive techniques, more obesity, lifestyle changes, and demand by patients to avoid complications.
- Also, neither the patient nor the doctor wants to take any risk as fear of complications can lead to legal issues.
- Usually, at a good facility, the cost of a C-section is about Rs. 90,000 and a normal delivery is about Rs. 60,000.
All employees must be fully vaccinated
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has announced that all public and private offices must
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has announced that all public and private offices must ensure that all their employees are fully vaccinated, failing which penalties will be levied – including closure of their premises and imposition of fines. AMC officials have started inspecting offices to ensure that the employees have taken both doses. Exemption will be given only to those with valid medical reasons.
Maharashtra and Gujarat received highest CSR funds
Gujarat has received the second highest amount of funds spent by 301 publicly traded companies
Gujarat has received the second highest amount of funds spent by 301 publicly traded companies towards CSR in fiscal 2020-21.
- CSR funds worth Rs. 676 crore were spent during the financial year.
- The amount was the second highest after Maharashtra’s Rs. 1,272 crore.
- The report, prepared by a CSR research and advisory firm, covers 301 large companies (public and private sector) listed on the top stock exchanges in India.
- Almost 40% of the large companies have funded one or more CSR projects in Gujarat. There are over 500 CSR projects funded by these 120 companies.
- The large segment of CSR fund comes from companies in pharma, chemical and textile sectors.
- Gujarat is followed by Delhi (Rs. 515 crore), Odisha (Rs. 512) and Karnataka (Rs. 494 crore).
- Maharashtra gets 10 % of the total, and Gujarat 5.6 %.
- Healthcare, education and skills, poverty alleviation and rural development were the major beneficiary sectors.
- The CSR spend by these 301 companies was Rs. 12,182 crore across India.
- 65% of the companies spent more than their prescribed CSR budget for the year.
Parasailing activities temporarily suspended in Gujarat
Following a mishap – just a scare, fortunately no one was injured at all – involving a
Following a mishap – just a scare, fortunately no one was injured at all – involving a parasailing couple recently, the Gujarat government has ordered that all such adventure activities at tourist locations should be suspended for the time being. The incident happened at Diu, near Gujarat. The government will shortly frame new safety guidelines for such activities. The tourism department had ordered safety audits of all such services in Gujarat. The operators were functioning without any government regulations.
International bullion exchange to start at GIFT City
An international bullion exchange is likely to start at the GIFT City, Gandhinagar, in January,
An international bullion exchange is likely to start at the GIFT City, Gandhinagar, in January, perhaps when the Vibrant Global Gujarat Summit (VGGS) takes place. Trial runs have already been carried out. India International Bullion Holding IFSC Limited (IIBH), a holding company, has been created to set up and operationalize the international bullion exchange, bullion clearing corporation and depository. The Union finance minister had recently said, “The bullion exchange will be a game changer for India. We consume a lot of gold and every gram we consume is imported. To have an exchange in India and be able to determine the price, being one of the leading buyers in the global gold market, will be an important milestone.”
Ahmedabad sets up emergency response sanitation unit
The Ahmedabad civic body will set up an emergency response sanitation unit (ERSU), the first among
The Ahmedabad civic body will set up an emergency response sanitation unit (ERSU), the first among Gujarat’s eight municipal corporations to do so. The ERSU will have four civic body officials and a team of ‘sewerage commandos’ (trained sewerage entry professionals) who will attend only to emergency rescue calls of sanitation workers. The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Act 2013 says that an ERSU must be set up by any municipal body with a population of one lakh. Other municipal corporations and civic bodies will have to create such units. These will be rapid response rescue teams like the fire brigade and will rescue manhole workers in emergency situations. About 1,200 sanitation workers are being trained as sewerage commandos.
Gujarat government wants to start air ambulance services
Gujarat’s Minister of State for Civil Aviation has said that the state has sought permission
Gujarat’s Minister of State for Civil Aviation has said that the state has sought permission from the Centre to begin air ambulance services. Rental charges for the air ambulance service will be between Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 60,000 per hour. If an emergency call is made to 108, then the charge will be Rs. 50,000, while for calls from hospitals, Rs. 55,000 will be charged, If an individual calls, Rs. 60,000 will be the rental. Gujarat will perhaps be the first state to begin such a facility.
Researchers at MS University identify a chemical compound that repels mosquitoes
MS University researchers have identified a chemical compound which can repel mosquitoes better
MS University researchers have identified a chemical compound which can repel mosquitoes better than the existing commercially available products.
- They have got a patent for this compound named lactol.
- It was discovered accidentally while studying plants that animals use to rub their skin with in order to keep insects away.
- Its structure resembles nepetalic acid, a natural product present in catnip oil. Cats like catnip because it protects them from mosquitoes.
- The compound is less toxic to the human body and has less side effects.
- DEET, the commonly used mosquito repellent, is slightly toxic and may cause side effects.
Voting on December 19 for 10,879 gram panchayats in Gujarat
Gujarat will hold elections to 10,879 gram panchayats on December 19. The counting will take place
Gujarat will hold elections to 10,879 gram panchayats on December 19. The counting will take place on December 21.
- Ballot papers will be used for voting because each village has about 8 to 12 wards and the Election Commission of India does not have so many Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
- 54,387 polling boxes have been arranged for 2.53 crore voters at 27,000 polling booths.
- During the panchayat polls, only candidates contesting for the post of sarpanch will have to submit an account of expenses incurred during the election campaign. Villages with 12 wards have an expense limit of Rs. 15,000, while villages have 13-22 wards have a limit of Rs. 30,000 and those with 23 or more wards have an expense limit of Rs. 45,000.
- The Samras gram panchayats will not see any voting and 15 per cent of the villages going to polls are tribal. In the Samras gram panchayats, sarpanch and ward members are elected with consensus.
- Gram panchayat elections are not fought on party symbols.
Substantial learning loss as primary schools reopen after 20 months
A committee formed by the Gujarat government to suggest ways to cover the learning loss to lower
A committee formed by the Gujarat government to suggest ways to cover the learning loss to lower primary students during the Covid-19 pandemic, when classes were held online for almost 20 months, has recommended a plan for the remaining days of the academic session by skipping assignments in class, increasing homework and reducing the curriculum. Schools had an average attendance of 15 per cent when offline classes resumed for Classes 1 to 5 on Monday. Among the many suggestions from experts are:
- There should be a reduction in curriculum with stress on teaching only the relevant chapters.
- Worksheets to reduce gaps should be prepared by schools and distributed among students for Classes 1 to 5, and stress should be on listening, reading and writing in the core subjects.
- There should not be a rush to complete the curriculum, and it cover only the relevant chapters that are required in the next class.
- Surveys conducted in many schools revealed that behaviour of children, especially in Classes 6 to 8, has changed a lot. They are no more able to sit continuously for four to five hours, which was the school time earlier as they have been taking online classes sitting or lying down on a sofa.
- Teachers have suggested that an additional one hour should be planned for making children only read and write before the school hours.
Gujarat has 99 lakh registered users on the Bombay Stock Exchange
The number of stock investors from Gujarat on the BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) is the second highest
The number of stock investors from Gujarat on the BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) is the second highest in India. Gujarat has 99 lakh registered users; Maharashtra has the highest registered accounts on the BSE. Gujarat’s total is expected to cross the one crore figure soon. The investors are of all types – individuals, institutional, or through mutual funds. India’s total is 8.69 crore accounts (Gujarat’s share is 11 percent).
Insurance cover for tourists to five eco campsites
In the Vadodara wildlife division, tourists will have an insurance cover for five eco campsites
In the Vadodara wildlife division, tourists will have an insurance cover for five eco campsites – Dhanpari at Jambughoda, Targol and Bhat at Shivrajpur and Naldha and Udal Mahuda at Ratanmahal. About 25,000 tourists visit these five eco campsites every year. Tourists will be provided accidental insurance cover of up to Rs. 50 lakh by the associations of locals managing the forest department’s five eco campsites. This insurance is not provided by the government, but by the ‘mandlis’ of locals managing the eco campsites. Any person who has taken the entry pass at the gate or done online booking for overnight stay at the eco campsites will be covered under this. This insurance will be for protection in case of a natural calamity or animal attack or insect or snake bite. The associations are providing the insurance cover from their own pockets, and during a year they will consider two cases for providing insurance money.
Youngsters should appreciate the significance of democracy
To make the student community and other youngsters understand and appreciate the significance of
To make the student community and other youngsters understand and appreciate the significance of democracy, Vadodara’s Parul University (PU) has launched an Electoral Literacy Club (ELC). The electoral club started by helping over 3,000 students register for their electoral rights and change their addresses on their election cards. It also organised ten events to support government initiatives related to elections. Four street plays have been organised and posters and banners have been put up to create awareness. PU seems to be the only educational institution in Gujarat to launch such a club.
Offline classes for 1 to 5 allowed to start from Monday
The Gujarat government has allowed the resumption of physical classes for students of 1 to 5 who
The Gujarat government has allowed the resumption of physical classes for students of 1 to 5 who can attend schools from November 22. This is the first time that these students will be attending schools in person since the outbreak of the pandemic. The offline teaching for classes 1 to 5 will resume when the Diwali vacation ends on November 22. Permission of parents is required for sending their wards to schools. The SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) remains the same as for other classes where offline education has been resumed. Offline classes for classes 6 to 8 had resumed from September 2 with 50 per cent capacity. The government has also allowed online classes to continue along with offline classes, and attendance of students is optional. In July the reopening of schools for class 12, colleges, and technical institutions was allowed.
Vadodara city was ranked 8th in the Swacch Survekshan survey
Vadodara city has ranked 8th in the Swacch Survekshan survey; it was 10th in the last survey. The
Vadodara city has ranked 8th in the Swacch Survekshan survey; it was 10th in the last survey. The earlier rankings: 13th in 2016, 10th in 2017, 44th in 2018, 79th in 2019. It seems that the rankings in 2018 and 2019 were affected due to technical reasons and documentation issues. Surat and Rajkot were 2nd and 11th, Ahmedabad was 10th. Also, Vadodara has been given a three-star rating for efforts towards a garbage-free city. Porbandar slipped to the 146 rank among 695 districts assessed by the Union ministry of urban development. Indore city retained its top position for the fifth consecutive time. Navi Mumbai was placed fourth.In the latest nationwide cleanliness survey, 4,320 cities were covered in 28 days wherein over 4.2 core people had given their feedback. The five-star Garbage free rating award was received by Surat. The 10 top-ranked cleanest cities for 2021 are Indore, Surat, Vijayawada, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Ambikapur, Tirupati, Pune, Noida and Ujjain. Lucknow was ranked the least clean among the 25 cities in the same category.
Gujarat farmers will get Rs. 1,500 aid to buy a smartphone
The Gujarat government will give financial assistance of up to Rs. 1,500 to farmers for purchasing
The Gujarat government will give financial assistance of up to Rs. 1,500 to farmers for purchasing a smartphone.
- The smartphones can be used to increase farm income since digital services in the field of agriculture are expanding.
- Any landholding farmer in Gujarat can apply for the assistance of 10 percent of the total cost of a smartphone not exceeding Rs. 1,500 on i-khedut portal to avail of the benefit of this scheme.
- The assistance is valid only for the cost of the smartphone and not for any other accessories such as power backup device, earphones, charger etc..
- All landholding farmers are eligible for this scheme, but only one beneficiary in a joint holding farm will be eligible.
- The smartphone will make it easy for a farmer to access information regarding weather forecast, possible pest infestation, various schemes of the agriculture department, modern farm techniques and expert opinions.
- The smartphone can also be utilised to apply online for various schemes of the state government meant for them.
The Pratapgunj area has been a wonderful habitat for birds
With less disturbance and a high tree count, Vadodara’s Pratapgunj – one of the
With less disturbance and a high tree count, Vadodara’s Pratapgunj – one of the city’s oldest residential areas – is a good refuge for birds. MS University’s botanists and zoologists did a study that showed the presence of 54 species of birds belonging to 32 families that use 28 species of trees spread over about 29.4 acres.
- The paper – titled ‘Conservation importance of trees as urban green spaces: A case study of birds in Pratapgunj residential area, Vadodara’ – is by Tanaya Ambadkar, Geeta Padate from MSU’s Zoology department and Prof Arun Arya, former Head of Department of Botany.
- Birds are known to effectively indicate the quality of habitat in an area.
- Two migratory species – Rosy Starling and White Wagtail – were observed in good numbers, apart from two other species of Alexandrine Parakeet and Black-headed Ibis (classified as ‘near threatened’ in IUCN red lists).
- The Pratapgunj area has seven bird species with decreasing trend, nine with increasing trend, 28 with stable global population and ten species whose trend is not known.
- Three striped palm squirrel, gray langur, Indian grey mongoose, Indian flying fox and Asian house shrew are commonly found mammals in the area.
- Reptiles like oriental garden lizard, spectacled cobra and Indian rat snake have also been recorded.
- There are 28 species of trees including 16 fruiting species in this area.
- There are 75 Ashoka (asopalav) trees, all more than 60 years old.
Gujarat begins testing for 5G internet services
Gujarat has begun the testing for 5G internet services. The department of telecom officials visited
Gujarat has begun the testing for 5G internet services. The department of telecom officials visited the testing sites in Gandhinagar with the technical team of Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) and Nokia. Data speed at the Mahatma Mandir 5G site in Gandhinagar was found to be about 1.5 Gbps during testing, which is almost 100 times faster than 4G services. VIL and Reliance Jio Infocomm had received licences and spectrum from the department of telecom (DoT) in May to carry out 5G testing in Gujarat. VIL got the approval for urban testing for Gandhinagar, Mansa for semi-urban and Unava for rural areas. Reliance Jio Infocomm received approval for testing in Jamnagar for semi-urban and rural areas.
Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar as possible venues for 2036 Olympics
The Gujarat government is preparing to initiate exchange with the International Olympic Committee
The Gujarat government is preparing to initiate exchange with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2036 Summer Olympic Games in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. As part of the preparations, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be set up in coordination with the Central government. With the SPV, the government can present a compelling case for hosting the Olympics. A detailed assessment of all the key sports and non-sports facilities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar has been undertaken, aligned with the requirements of the International Olympic Committee. These venues have also been benchmarked with past and future Olympic Host Cities such as London, Rio, Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles. Such global sporting events spur strong economic growth while acting as a catalyst to fast-track development for the host city, region and country at large. It also helps the construction and hospitality industry.
48% of hospitals are functioning without valid building use permits
The advocate general (AG) recently submitted before the Gujarat High Court that the fact that a
The advocate general (AG) recently submitted before the Gujarat High Court that the fact that a survey found that 48 per cent of hospitals were functioning without valid building use permits came as a shock to the state as well. This was at the hearing of a public interest litigation concerning fire safety and building safety of Gujarat buildings. The AG assured the court that regardless of whether the building has a valid BU permission, the state shall ensure that all buildings are fire safety compliant.
New facility will take in 2,000 impounded cattle
Four large tracts of grazing land have been identified in Vadodara by the government to relocate
Four large tracts of grazing land have been identified in Vadodara by the government to relocate the cattle being kept in the city and make the roads free of cattle. The first such site – spread across one lakh square feet – will start functioning this month at Khatamba. It can take in 2,000 cattle. Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) will develop the infrastructure to keep the cattle there and make arrangements for cattle herders. Cattle owners can build their own sheds.
Dangs will be declared organic farming district
Gujarat’s tribal district of Dangs will be declared an organic farming district, the first
Gujarat’s tribal district of Dangs will be declared an organic farming district, the first such district in western India to be so designated. The will give Rs. 10,000 per hectare (for a maximum of two hectares) to farmers as financial aid to encourage organic farming. The people of Dangs use fewer pesticides and chemical fertilisers. The objective now is to ensure that the region is completely free from chemical fertilisers and pesticides. The pilot project will encourage 12,000 farmers to shift to organic farming.
Information Technology Park likely to come up soon at Rajkot
Rajkot city is likely to get an Information Technology (IT) Park, and the Rajkot Information
Rajkot city is likely to get an Information Technology (IT) Park, and the Rajkot Information Technology Association (RITA) has proposed to allot six lakh square feet of land for it. The government is expected to approve the proposal. Rajkot’s IT sector has an annual turnover of Rs. 4,000 crore. The proposal was moved to Gujarat informatics limited (GIL), the nodal agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DCT). After it is approved, the IT industry from Saurashtra will move to it. The park may have 3,000 units and possibly employ about one lakh people. An incubation center for startups may also come up at the park.
MoU signed between Gujarat and Cambridge
To design the best curriculum for the ‘Mission Schools of Excellence’ project the
To design the best curriculum for the ‘Mission Schools of Excellence’ project the Gujarat government’s education department has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cambridge Partnership for Education – a wing of the University of Cambridge. This will enable collaboration on the development of curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning resources, and teacher training. This curriculum will build English and 21st century skills in students to international standards. It will be implemented in residential schools of excellence from 2022. Classes from 6-8 will be bilingual, Class 9 onwards will be English medium. Cambridge Partnership for Education has expertise from the publishing and assessment businesses and departments of the University of Cambridge.
Medical colleges and seats in Gujarat
Online registrations for medical, dental, homeopathic and ayurveda seats begin from November 17.
Online registrations for medical, dental, homeopathic and ayurveda seats begin from November 17.
- The Admission Committee for Professional Under Graduate Medical Educational Courses (ACPUGMEC) will conduct the admission process for 12,707 seats this year.
- There are 30 medical colleges in Gujarat, with 5,550 MBBS seats, 12 dental colleges with 1,255 seats, 33 Ayurveda colleges with 2,242 seats and 36 colleges with a total capacity of 3,710 seats.
- The long-term plan is to have one medical college in every district of the state. To achieve this target, seven additional medical colleges will have to be set up in districts that do not have one.
- The government plans to set up eight new medical colleges in the next two years, which will add 1,200 MBBS seats.
- The new medical colleges in Morbi, Godhra and Porbandar are likely to start in the 2021-22 academic year.
- Next year, the target is to start new medical colleges in Rajpipla, Navsari, Jam Khambhaliya, Botad and Veraval.
Forms for Board exams can be filled from November 22
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has announced the following
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has announced the following details for the board exams of Classes 10 and 12:
- November 22 to December 21 is the time for filling of forms for the board exams of Classes 10 and 12 which will be held in 2022.
- The board exams will be conducted from March 14 to March 30, 2022.
- The exams will be held in pen-and-paper format.
- Subject to the Covid-19 situation, a decision on online exams can be taken.
- This year, there will be no reduction in the syllabus.
- The preliminary exams for Classes 10 and 12 will be conducted from January 27 to February 4, 2022.
Vadodara has all households with tap water connections
The Gujarat chief minister said recently that Vadodara has become the sixth district in the state
The Gujarat chief minister said recently that Vadodara has become the sixth district in the state to have all the households with tap water connections – after Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Anand, Botad and Porbandar. He said that drinking water was no longer an issue in Gujarat and that it has become a tool of development. He was addressing a function organised by the Water Supply Department at Savli in Vadodara district. He also laid the foundation stone of water supply works worth Rs. 490 crore to strengthen the water distribution system in the district.
Non-vaccinated people banned from entering private premises
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has restricted entry of those who have not been
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has restricted entry of those who have not been vaccinated for Covid-19 to private residential and commercial areas.
- Non-vaccinated people will not be allowed to enter shopping malls, cinema halls, clubs, gymnasiums, commercial complexes, party plots, hotels, restaurants as well as religious and tourist places.
- Societies should insist at the entrance before admitting people in.
- The vaccination certificate should be kept in their mobile phones or they should carry a hard copy.
- This applies to all over 18 years of age who are eligible for vaccination but not taken the first dose as well as those who are eligible for a second dose but not taken the dose.
Gujarat high court asks state why there is no online RTI application system
While hearing two public interest litigations seeking facilities for online filing and fee payment
While hearing two public interest litigations seeking facilities for online filing and fee payment for RTI applications in the state, the Gujarat High Court has asked the state whether it is ready to process RTI applications online. The is expected to respond to the court’s queries by November 17. While the government has elaborated that it was in the process of executing an online portal to monitor and track government files, it had not mentioned installing an RTI portal that would permit citizens to file applications and pay fees online.
Ahmedabad cops do not seem to enforce the mask rules consistently
The Ahmedabad city police nabbed 65 people for mask offences on November 5 (Gujarati New Year day).
The Ahmedabad city police nabbed 65 people for mask offences on November 5 (Gujarati New Year day). Then on Sunday (November 14) there were 345 cases. Perhaps the cops looked the other way during the Diwali and New Year days. Now, responding to the rising number of Covid-19 cases, they have become strict in dealing with mask offenders.
Differently-abled women will be trained to become cricket umpires
The Divyang Cricket Control Board of India (DCCBI) will train over 20 differently-abled women to
The Divyang Cricket Control Board of India (DCCBI) will train over 20 differently-abled women to become professional cricket umpires and scorers. They will be trained at Vadodara. The course will make them eligible to be umpires in any cricket tournament. The women are from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi. After the six-day training – which will be both theoretical and practical – they get a certificate upon passing an examination. The training will be conducted by level 1 coaches and umpires provided by the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA). According to Mr. Nitendra Singh, chief coach and director of cricket operations at Divyang Cricket Control Board of India (DCCBI), the training will enable the women to stand in as professional umpires and scorers in cricket tournaments at the state, national and international levels. They can earn about Rs. 1,500 per day when matches are played; they will also be paid travelling expenses.
Two-year old lion pair will soon arrive in Sayajibaug Zoo
The zoo at Sayajibaug in Vadodara will shortly get two Asiatic lions – both two years old
The zoo at Sayajibaug in Vadodara will shortly get two Asiatic lions – both two years old – from Junagadh’s Sakkarbaug Zoo. The two lions presently in Sayajibaug Zoo are 13 years old. The transfer formalities have been completed. The Sayajibaug Zoo had given a pair of blue crown pigeons and love birds to the Sardar Patel Zoological Park in Kevadia. In return, the young lion pair has been given to Vadodara from the Sakkarbaug Zoo. The zoo is also likely to get a white tiger.
Shastri bridge will be closed temporarily due to bullet train project
Since the Vadodara Municipal Corporation will be moving its drainage lines, water lines and
Since the Vadodara Municipal Corporation will be moving its drainage lines, water lines and stormwater drainage lines for the bullet train project, vehicular movement from Shastri bridge to the railway station will be restricted for six months from Monday. The necessary notification has been issued by the police commissioner. Vehicle traffic from the railway station to Shastri bridge will be allowed. Commuters will have to use the Fatehgunj main road and Sayajigunj to reach the railway station.
There is no clarity about the future of Nyaya Mandir
There is still no final decision about the future of Nyaya Mandir. Ever since it was built in 1896,
There is still no final decision about the future of Nyaya Mandir. Ever since it was built in 1896, the imposing structure was once a vegetable market and then served as the high court of the erstwhile Baroda state. The court is no longer there, and several ideas have been floated about how best to use the building.
- The Gujarat government had given possession of the building to the revenue department.
- The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) may get possession from the government.
- One suggestion is to develop it as a city museum.
- Another suggestion is that the VMC headquarters in Khanderao Market should be shifted to this building.
- One more idea is that both the VMC office and the city museum should be in this building.
National Heritage Week from November 19 to 25
Heritage Trust is planning several events – heritage walks, food walks, guided tours, cycle
Heritage Trust is planning several events – heritage walks, food walks, guided tours, cycle rides – to mark National Heritage Week from November 19 to 25. Various events will be held every month till April 18, 2022 – which is celebrated as World Heritage Day worldwide. The trust may also prepare a document that can serve as a resource for heritage conservation in Vadodara. This project will include research, compilation and publishing of historical timeline, bibliography, inventory of tangible heritage and cultural resources with geo-tagged photographs of Vadodara city. The trust wants historically important monuments of Vadodara to get listed as protected monuments under The Gujarat Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1965.
Drivers cross into Gujarat due to lower fuel prices
Fuel prices in Gujarat are currently significantly less than in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
Fuel prices in Gujarat are currently significantly less than in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Therefore, many vehicle owners from the two neighbouring states prefer to cross the border into Gujarat in order to fill up petrol, diesel and CNG. For instance, fuel stations in Dahod see a lot of business from across the border. Transporters have been filling diesel in their trucks regularly at Dahod, and now even passenger vehicles and two-wheelers are crossing over regularly. The price of CNG is about Rs. 65 per kg in Dahod, and about Rs. 76 per kg in MP.
It may be called ‘gando baval’, but perhaps the name is incorrect
The ‘gando baval’ – more correctly called ‘prosopis juliflora’ (PJ)
The ‘gando baval’ – more correctly called ‘prosopis juliflora’ (PJ) – is considered to be an infamous an invasive weed which is hard and expensive to remove because the plant can regenerate from the roots. It was considered to be quite a nuisance because it harmed the traditional grassland in Kutch and destroyed the livelihood of many people. However, a study by the Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE) proposes a separate management policy for PJ. The reason? It seems that the weed has several advantages too, and the capacity to generate employment for thousands of people and transform the ecosystem of Kutch’s Banni land.
- Though considered to be an alien species it has economic and environmental potential.
- Prosopis pods after removing the seeds are rich in protein and glucose.
- PJ can be used to make bread, biscuit, syrup, energy tonics, coffee, cocktails and even brandy.
- Its wood can be used in making charcoal and generating electricity. The cost of power generation from PJ is low.
- Pods can be useful to make cattle feed mixture.
- The wood burns evenly and does not spark or smoke excessively and its calorific value is quite high.
No AMC amenities and services for those yet to take second dose
Following the recent increase in Covid-19 cases, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC)
Following the recent increase in Covid-19 cases, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) announced that it will not permit citizens to avail of public amenities and services without taking the second dose of vaccine even after being eligible for the same. The decision will be implemented in AMTS buses, BRTS buses, Kankaria lakefront and zoo, Sabarmati riverfront, libraries, gymkhanas, swimming pools, AMC sports complexes, city civic centres and other AMC buildings. As per the AMC, there are over 9.30 lakh persons in the city who are eligible for the second dose and yet to take it. BRTS bus passengers will have to keep their second dose certificate ready and will have to furnish the same to get a ticket. As many as 390 staff at 163 BRTS bus stops will be deployed to enforce the mandate.
Helicopter on hire for joy rides and to visit tourist attractions
Gujarat government’s civil aviation department and the tourism department plan to offer
Gujarat government’s civil aviation department and the tourism department plan to offer helicopter joy rides in Ahmedabad, an air ambulance service, and helicopters on hire to visit tourist attractions. The Ahmedabad-Kevadiya seaplane service may also resume operations soon. The relevant approvals have been obtained from the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The government’s Beechcraft Super King aircraft will be converted into an air ambulance. The seaplane service between Ahmedabad and the Statue of Unity at Kevadia will now be operated by the state civil aviation department.
Chennai Metro Rail does not have jurisdiction to fine maskless travellers
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) had fined maskless passengers Rs.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) had fined maskless passengers Rs. 200. The Madras High Court has now ruled that the company has no jurisdiction to fine its maskless travellers, though it had done so in the public interest and its intention might have been good. According to the court, “Whatever may have been the pious intention behind the move, when the action is confiscatory in nature as the imposition of a fine or penalty, it has to be backed by due sanction of law. The best-intentioned actions, not backed by the authority of law, cannot stand.” The bench permitted CMRL to retain the fines collected as the quantum was meagre and it would be almost impossible to identify the persons on whom fines were imposed.
Seven-floor hostel proposed for MS University’s girl students
MS University (MSU) proposes to construct a seven-floor hostel for girl students. The corporate
MS University (MSU) proposes to construct a seven-floor hostel for girl students.
- The corporate sector will pitch in to support with donations. Linde Engineering India Pvt Ltd has given a letter of intent to this effect.
- The hostel building will be the tallest structure on the university campus.
- The proposed site is near the chief warden’s office.
- MSU is also toying with the idea of building additional floors at the existing boys hostels.
Pilot project started for tele-ICU services in remote locations
The Gujarat government plans to use private doctors to start tele-ICU services to ease the pressure
The Gujarat government plans to use private doctors to start tele-ICU services to ease the pressure on government hospitals and health centres in rural and remote areas. There is a shortage of expert doctors in remote locations.
- The services will be launched at community health centres (CHCs), Sub District Hospitals (SDHs) and District Hospitals where intensive care (ICU) facilities are presently not available.
- The tele-ICU service will work like a remotely monitoring ICU through tele calling or video calling.
- A critical care doctor on phone/video will guide the medical staff at the health care facility to treat emergency cases.
- All the medical records and notes will be recorded on software, and there will be 24×7 monitoring of patient by a critical care specialist.
- The state government has enlisted Ahmedabad based Virtual Health Care to run the pilot project in 10 facilities across the state. The 10 centres include district and sub-district hospitals in Surendranagar, Morbi, Jamkhambhaliya in Devbhoomi Dwarka, Veraval in Gir Somnath, Lunawada in Mahisagar, Rajpipla in Narmada, Godhra in Panchmahal, Vyara in Tapi, Mehsana and Deesa in Banaskantha. One mobile kiosk will be installed in all these designated ICUs with audio and video facilities with WiFi.
CBSE will use data analytics to detect malpractices in conduct of examinations
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will use advanced data analytics to ensure fairness
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will use advanced data analytics to ensure fairness in the examinations it conducts by identifying centres where there is a high probability of recourse to unfair means. The objective is to prevent irregularities in academic testing across all major CBSE administered exams in the country. The system will help to identify examination centres where the data indicates the existence of malpractices during the conduct of examinations. A pilot analysis was done on January 2021 Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) examination data in collaboration with the Central Square Foundation and Playpower Labs to develop algorithms to identify suspicious data patterns at the centre and the individual test-taker level.
Primary schools in Gujarat may be reopened after November 21
A Gujarat government committee will decide on the reopening of schools for Class 1 to Class 5
A Gujarat government committee will decide on the reopening of schools for Class 1 to Class 5 students after the Diwali vacation. The committee has experts from the educational field and also medical specialists (including child psychiatrists). The Diwali vacation will end on November 21. The re-opening of schools will be welcomed by parents who had enrolled their children in schools that did not have the infrastructure to conduct online classes.
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