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Ola electric scooter factory in Tamil Nadu will be run entirely by women
The Ola electric scooter factory in Tamil Nadu will be run entirely by women. It will employ over
The Ola electric scooter factory in Tamil Nadu will be run entirely by women.
Ola had announced a Rs. 2,400-crore investment to set up its electric scooter factory.
- It will employ over 10,000 women at full capacity.
- It will be the largest all-women factory in the world, and the only all-women automotive manufacturing facility globally.
- Training and upskilling are going on in core manufacturing skills, and women will be responsible for the entire production of every vehicle manufactured.
- Studies show that just providing women parity in the labour workforce can grow India’s GDP by 27 percent.
- The company will start with 10 lakh scooters per year and then scale up to 20 lakh.
- When fully completed, the plant may have an annual capacity of one crore units – which is 15 percent of the total two-wheeler production in the world.
- The two variants may cost Rs. 99,999 and Rs. 1,29,999 (including FAME II subsidy and excluding state subsidies).
Electric vehicle charging stations set up on National Highway 8
The electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Gujarat has been given a little boost by state-based
The electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Gujarat has been given a little boost by state-based startup Tecso ChargeZone. The company recently installed eight new EV charging stations between Ahmedabad and Mumbai on National Highway 8. Each charging station is of 60 kilowatt capacity and has fast-charging capabilities. Vehicles can be charged within 40 minutes. The Centre has sanctioned 278 electric vehicle charging stations in Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Gandhinagar. The startup has already set up some 260 charging stations and 950 charging points for electric vehicles across India. Gujarat currently has some 1,319 e-vehicles.
20 National Disaster Response Force teams in Gujarat
Following heavy rains in several parts of the state, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)
Following heavy rains in several parts of the state, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 20 teams across Gujarat as a precautionary measure. The teams have been put in place in Morbi, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Botad Bayad, Bhavnagar, Valsad, Navsari, Surat and Vadodara. Five teams have been airlifted from Punjab. The Indian Navy dispatched a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) team. More rescue teams are on standby. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast widespread very heavy rainfall in the state till September 18.
Survey finds low levels of iodine in salt samples from anganwadis in Gujarat
A survey by the Ahmedabad based Consumer Education and Research Centre (CERC) and the National
A survey by the Ahmedabad based Consumer Education and Research Centre (CERC) and the National Iodine Deficiency Disorders Control Programme (NIDDCP) has found that a large number of salt samples from anganwadi centres across 33 districts in Gujarat do not comply with minimum iodine levels (15 ppm).
This matter is important:
- NIDDCP is being implemented in the country with Universal Salt Iodisation (USI) as a strategy to ensure that more than 90 per cent of the population has Iodised salt available at the household level.
- CERC implemented the NIDDCP in Gujarat as the testing and advocacy body for the past two years and tested over 5,000 samples of salt from 33 districts.
- Samples were taken from different points of distribution like retailers, wholesalers, PDS or fair price shops, anganwadi and ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) centres and from salt iodization units (SIUs) in Halvad, Khadaghoda, Kutch, Santalpur and Bhavnagar.
- About 55 percent of samples collected from Anganwadis and ICDS centres were found to be substandard.
- Districts with maximum number of substandard samples are Tapi, Narmada, Bharuch, Morbi, Surendranagar, Gandhinagar.
- At the salt processors' end, about 35-40 percent samples were found to be substandard.
- The CERC survey also found problems of mislabelling and misbranding.
- The beneficiaries of ICDS are children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
- Iodine deficiency at some stages can lead to a range of disorders that affect the development of the child’s brain and nervous system.
- Iodine deficiency results in a wide array of preventable disorders and disabilities, collectively known as iodine deficiency disorders (IDD).
Common online mock test for MSU's BBA and BCom (Honours) programmes
The Faculty of Commerce at MS University will hold a common online mock test for admission in first
The Faculty of Commerce at MS University will hold a common online mock test for admission in first year BBA and BCom (Honours); 3,000 students have applied for the BBA programme and 2,300 for the BCom (Honours). The common online mock test will be held on Wednesday. The online entrance test for BCom (Honours) will be held on September 18, and for BBA on September 19. Login credentials for the mock test and the entrance test have been sent to the candidates through sms. In case, candidates have applied for both the programmes, their login credentials are separate.
Florence Nightingale Award for SSG Hospital’s ‘sister Bhanuben’
On September 15, the President of India will confer the National Florence Nightingale Award 2020 on
On September 15, the President of India will confer the National Florence Nightingale Award 2020 on Ms Bhanumati Gheewala. Known to all as sister Bhanuben, 56-year-old Ms Bhanumati is a head nurse at the SSG Hospital, Vadodara, which she joined in 2000. She began her nursing career in 1988 in Kutch and then joined the Palanpur General Civil Hospital before joining SSG. She had training in gynaecology at Chandigarh in 2000. She finished the Nurse Practitioner Midwives course in 2010. She performs her duty six days a week at SSH hospital and on the off-day she gives voluntary services at the Ramkrishna Mission to support its child welfare activities. She worked without a single day off during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Indian Nursing Council, a statutory body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, confers the award to recognize the contribution of healthcare workers.
A jetpatcher may be used to repair road potholes in Vadodara
The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) proposes to procure a jetpatcher – a mechanised
The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) proposes to procure a jetpatcher – a mechanised patching machine to repair potholes in roads. The jetpatcher machine repairs damaged roads quickly, and does the job more efficiently. The machine first cleans the pothole with a compressor, then applies an emulsified mix to fill the pothole, then compacts the surface. Unlike manually repaired potholes, the road level is not disturbed. The road becomes usable as soon as the work is completed. The operator gives a guarantee of 18 months for the repaired section.
TN introduces law mandating seating arrangements for salespersons
The Tamil Nadu government has recently tabled a Bill in the Legislative Assembly mandating all
The Tamil Nadu government has recently tabled a Bill in the Legislative Assembly mandating all shops to provide seating arrangements for salespersons. The move was long overdue. A stool for an employee to sit on represents an ideology, that shop owners must treat employees with respect and that these workers are fellow human beings too. Salespersons often have to stand all the time, even when there are no customers to attend to. This move will also help to improve the health of these workers. Long hours of standing can aggravate the problem of varicose veins and inconvenience ladies who have gynaecological problems. Some shop owners complain that it may not always be feasible to provide seating arrangements for all the employees due to shortage of space.
E-vehicles mandatory for government offices in Maharashtra
Shortly after announcing concessions up to Rs. 1.50 lakh on e-vehicles, the Maharashtra government
Shortly after announcing concessions up to Rs. 1.50 lakh on e-vehicles, the Maharashtra government said that e-vehicles will be mandatory for all government, civic and Zilla Parishad offices.
- In the next four years, 10 per cent of all public transport buses and 25 per cent of all state transport buses will be e-vehicles.
- The government will do away with petrol and diesel vehicles.
- In the next four years, there will be 2,500 charging stations across the state.
- The government will reimburse from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 1.50 lakh on purchase of e-vehicles.
- A concession of Rs. 30,000 will be offered on e-three-wheelers.
- A concession of Rs. 1.50 lakh will be offered on cars.
Digital platform will replace employment exchanges in Gujarat
The labour and employment department of the Gujarat government has launched a hiring platform
The labour and employment department of the Gujarat government has launched a hiring platform – Anubandham – to bridge the gap between job aspirants and employers. Through a mobile application, companies can list their requirements and job aspirants can apply based on their qualifications and preferences. The objective is to make employment exchanges completely online. The existing employment exchange staff will be deployed to follow up on the needs of employers and job seekers.
Visitors wearing bermuda shorts not allowed in the Pension Payment Office
A notice outside the Pension Payment Office at Kuber Bhavan in Vadodara says that pensioners and
A notice outside the Pension Payment Office at Kuber Bhavan in Vadodara says that pensioners and visitors wearing bermuda shorts or half pants are not allowed to enter the office. Such wear is considered inappropriate dressing. The signboard was placed several months ago. Some believe that visitors should not be dressed up ‘as if they are going for a picnic’.
Sancheti Healthcare Academy introduces BBA in Hospital and Healthcare
The Sancheti Healthcare Academy in Pune will introduce Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA)
The Sancheti Healthcare Academy in Pune will introduce Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) in Hospital and Healthcare. The three-year programme is designed to meet the demands of today’s healthcare industry through training for evaluation, presentation and research of data related to Healthcare Management. Individuals will be equipped with professional skills to adapt with the changes and updates in healthcare regulations, laws and technology. The course has 6 semesters. Students from any field can apply for the course and there is no entrance exam.
Vallabh Vidyanagar has Gujarat’s first accredited green university
The Sardar Patel University (SPU) in Vallabh Vidyanagar in Anand district has been accredited as
The Sardar Patel University (SPU) in Vallabh Vidyanagar in Anand district has been accredited as the first green university of Gujarat with platinum ranking. The university has developed a balanced ecosystem with over 450 recorded species of life forms – including 90 tree species, over 70 species each of butterflies and spiders and 90 bird species and a number of other life forms,” said department head professor K C Patel. Over 30 acres of barren land is now like a biodiversity park. The ranking has been given by Green Mentors, a United Nations General Assembly recognized institute for global green schooling and green university concepts. Incidentally, Anand is among Gujarat’s greenest districts.
Government’s position on Navratri celebrations is awaited
Speaking with the media recently, Gujarat’s deputy chief minister said that the state
Speaking with the media recently, Gujarat’s deputy chief minister said that the state government will take a decision on Navratri festival celebrations at an appropriate time. He said that a decision on the issue will be taken when the time is right. He was asked whether Navratri celebrations will be allowed this year and what restrictions will be in place.
City police invites cycling enthusiasts to join a 32-km rally
The Vadodara City Police has invited the city’s cycling enthusiasts to participate in a 32-km
The Vadodara City Police has invited the city’s cycling enthusiasts to participate in a 32-km cycle rally which will cover 34 heritage and landmark buildings – including the Nyay Mandir, Laxmi Vilas Palace , MS University buildings, Dilaram Bungalow, Kothi, Central Library, Bank of Baroda headquarters, etc. The event will be held on September 12. Helmets and masks will be mandatory for participation in the rally. People can join in from various points along the route and also exit as they like. The event is an attempt to promote fitness among people and also make interaction with the police more comfortable.
Ganesh pandals must adhere to size guidelines
Due to the restrictions related to the Covid pandemic, the government has issued strict guidelines
Due to the restrictions related to the Covid pandemic, the government has issued strict guidelines this time and asked the pandal organizers to not install Ganesh idols beyond four feet of height. The police have been asked to monitor the festival venues and not allow big Ganesh idols as well as huge pandals. Idols at home can be of maximum two feet. The police department has also disallowed large gatherings. Not more than 15 persons will be allowed in processions. This rule applies even on the immersion day. The pandal organizers have not been given permission to organize any religious or cultural events during the festival. They have been urged to make artificial ponds in their area to facilitate Ganesh immersion locally. The cops have deployed drones to monitor the gatherings and ensure that people do not break the social distancing norms.
MSU featured among the top 100 universities of India
MS University has this year featured among the top 100 universities of India in the list of
MS University has this year featured among the top 100 universities of India in the list of National Institute of Ranking Framework (NIRF) declared by the union ministry of education. The NIRF rankings were released for 10 categories – overall, universities, engineering, management, pharmacy, college, medical, law, architecture, dental and research.
- MSU got the 90th rank, with a score of 39.48. MSU had featured in the rank band of 101 to 150 in the last two years. Its best ranking has been 76th position in 2016.
- Gujarat University, at the 43rd rank, has been ranked best from Gujarat.
- Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) got the 73rd rank.
- In the overall ranking this year, MSU and PDPU are in the rank band of 101 to 150.
- MSU’s pharmacy faculty got the 24th rank.
- The Faculty of Technology and Engineering got the 117th rank, out of 1,147 institutes.
- IIT Gandhinagar ranked 33rd in the overall list.
- IIM Ahmedabad retained its top spot in management category.
- CEPT University ranked fifth in Architecture.
- GNLU was placed sixth in Law.
- NIPER Ahmedabad was ranked 10th in Pharmacy.
- None of Gujarat’s medical and dental colleges made it to the top 100 institutions this year.
GSHSEB announces 2021-22 academic calendar
According to the 2021-22 academic calendar of the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education
According to the 2021-22 academic calendar of the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB), the board exams for Classes 10 and 12 will be held from March 14 to March 30, 2022.
- The first unit test for Classes 9 to 12 will be held from October 18 to October 27.
- The Diwali vacation will be from November 1 to November 21.
- The second session will be from November 22 to May 1.
- Summer vacations will be from May 2 to June 5.
- All exams will be held in the pen-and-paper format, but online exams may be mandated if necessary.
- The academic year for 2022-23 will begin on June 6.
Train late, flight missed, Indian Railways ordered to pay compensation
The Supreme Court has ordered Indian Railways to pay a compensation of Rs. 30,000 to a man who
The Supreme Court has ordered Indian Railways to pay a compensation of Rs. 30,000 to a man who missed a Jammu-Srinagar flight because the Ajmer-Jammu Express reached its destination late. The SC said that passengers’ time is precious and someone must be held accountable for train delays. Somebody has to accept the responsibility. The SC upheld the concurrent orders of the district, state and national consumer forums granting Rs. 30,000 compensation with 9% interest to the person who with his family missed the 12 noon flight from Jammu to Srinagar because the train scheduled to reach Jammu at 8.10 am was almost four hours late. The person and his family had to travel to Srinagar by taxi at a cost of Rs. 15,000 and pay Rs. 10, 000 for lodging at Srinagar. This is the first time that such a ruling has been handed down.
Gujarat has 2.25 vehicles per household
According to the Road Transport Yearbook 2019-2020 of the Union ministry of road transport and
According to the Road Transport Yearbook 2019-2020 of the Union ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH), Gujarat has the third-highest ratio of vehicles per family.
- Gujarat has an average 2.25 vehicles per household. This is the highest after Goa’s 4.41 vehicles and Delhi’s 3.62 vehicles.
- As on March 31, 2021, the state had 2.75 crore registered vehicles.
- There are about 436 vehicles per 1,000 Gujaratis.
- In terms of registration of vehicles, Gujarat ranks fourth with a vehicle population just behind Maharashtra (3.95 crore), Uttar Pradesh (3.83 crore), and Tamilnadu (3.36 crore).
- Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu account for 49% of the total vehicles registered in India.
DJs will be allowed at cultural and religious functions
Responding to ‘demand’, the Gujarat government will allow DJ music at cultural and
Responding to ‘demand’, the Gujarat government will allow DJ music at cultural and religious functions. However, the bands must follow Covid protocols, and the public gathering should not have more than 400 persons in an open venue. On July 29, the home department had allowed a gathering of a maximum of 400 persons for political, social, educational, cultural and religious functions in an open ground. For closed venues, the gathering should not exceed 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue. For the upcoming Ganesh festival, only 15 persons will be allowed for the sthapana and visarjan events and only one vehicle can be used for the same.
Amazon India will help MSMEs to export to over 200 countries
The Industries and Mines Department of the Government of Gujarat has signed a Memorandum of
The Industries and Mines Department of the Government of Gujarat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Amazon India to help drive e-commerce exports from the state. Amazon will train and onboard MSMEs from the state on Amazon Global Selling The aim is to enable the companies to sell their products to over 300 million people in over 200 countries through Amazon’s 17 foreign marketplaces. Amazon will conduct training, webinars and on-boarding workshops for exporters from key MSME clusters like Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Bharuch and Rajkot.
Government reverses 8-hour shift order for primary teachers
The Gujarat government has reversed its order mandating that government primary school teachers
The Gujarat government has reversed its order mandating that government primary school teachers work for 8 hours. A majority of teachers and their federations had been unhappy with the eight-hour rule.
- The teachers felt that if the government wanted primary teachers to work for eight hours as per the provision in the RTE, they must also consider the provision under the RTE which states that teachers cannot be assigned other duties apart from teaching.
- The teachers said that recess time was not counted in the work shift of 8 hours despite the fact that they have to take care of children.
- Also, the teachers report an hour early as compared to students at the school and leave the school an hour later than the students.
- Also, the Gujarat Teachers' Federation said that if primary teachers were considered at par with other government employees, including college teachers, the government must consider that all of them get compulsory holiday on Saturdays, which the primary teachers are not granted.
MS University will offer certificate course in Persian
MS University has recently signed three MoUs: The MoU between the Culture House of the Islamic
MS University has recently signed three MoUs:
- The MoU between the Culture House of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mumbai and university’s Department of Persian, Arabic & Urdu is about jointly organizing programmes, seminars and workshops, Iranian film festival, research on the influence of Persian language and literature on Gujarati language and literature, exhibition on Iranian arts and culture and short-term online certificate courses and workshops to promote Persian language and literature.
- Two MoUs were signed with International Beliefs and Values Institute (IBAVI) at Western Washington University (WWU) and other institutes that are interested in establishing an IBAVI chapter. With this, MSU has become a part of an international consortium of Applied Global Studies (AGS). The consortium comprises eight countries including the United States, India, Japan, Sweden, Australia, Spain, Ghana and Chile.
Motorola Solutions to set up research and innovation centre at CHARUSAT
US-based Motorola Solutions will set up the CHARUSAT-Motorola Solutions Research and Innovation
US-based Motorola Solutions will set up the CHARUSAT-Motorola Solutions Research and Innovation Centre at Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT) at Changa in Anand district. The centre will offer practical opportunities of learning, including internships to students of the university at the Motorola Solutions Innovation Centre. Motorola will also recruit students and provide the university with its expertise, specialists, cloud data centre-software and a variety of facilities while CHARUSAT will provide infrastructure, network, hardware, skilled students and teachers. Motorola has so far offered jobs and internships to 20 students of the university. Motorola has its centre in Bangalore and has chosen CHARUSAT for its first centre in Gujarat. Plans are also on for a centre in Vadodara.
Naam chhe Bond, James Bond!
‘No Time to Die’ – the 25th film in the James Bond franchise – will be the
‘No Time to Die’ – the 25th film in the James Bond franchise – will be the first Hollywood film to be released in a Gujarati dubbed version. Universal Pictures has announced that the film will be released in India on September 30. It seems that the Gujarati language audience has emerged as a major market for entertainment in the country. If you are interested, you can watch the Gujarati trailer.
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation may seal 42 private hospitals
Following a Supreme Court order that had stayed a state notification granting time until next year
Following a Supreme Court order that had stayed a state notification granting time until next year for buildings in violation of building control regulations, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has issued notices to 42 private hospitals and nursing homes to seal these premises within seven days along with cancellation of their registration. The estate and town development department of the AMC issued notices to 42 hospitals and nursing homes, while the health department cancelled Form ‘C’ or the registration of these hospitals. The hospitals have been asked to shift their patients to other hospitals and not admit any new patient. The AMC has stated that if the hospitals fail to close down by itself after seven days, the AMC will proceed with legal action and seal the buildings.
Donations rise to pre-Covid levels at Somnath temple
The Shiva temple at Somnath in Veraval district received donations of Rs. 6.50 crore during the
The Shiva temple at Somnath in Veraval district received donations of Rs. 6.50 crore during the month of Shravan. The footfalls were less compared to 2019, but the donations were more than the Rs. 6.41 crore received in 2019. The month of Shravan has seen 9 lakh footfalls, which is lower than the 25 lakh footfalls in the Shravan of 2019. In pre-Covid times the temple received an average of Rs. 4.5 crore to Rs. 5 crore from donations a month, with the month of Shravan contributing the highest amounts. The Somnath Temple is the first among the twelve Aadi Jyotirlings of India. The existing temple is considered to be the seventh one. Donations are rising to pre-Covid levels also at the Dwarkadhish temple in Dwarka town, the Ambaji temple in Banaskantha and the Ranchhodrai temple at Dakor.
Two city schools receive government funds to nurture startups
New Era Senior Secondary School (NESSS) and Anand Vidya Vihar (AVV) have been granted Rs. 3.35
New Era Senior Secondary School (NESSS) and Anand Vidya Vihar (AVV) have been granted Rs. 3.35 crore funding under Gujarat government’s scheme of assistance for incubators and startups. The fund is meant to develop startup incubators. The trustees of the two schools have established a section 8 company to promote student innovations. Students of both schools will receive assistance and guidance in their projects and ideas. The funding is for setting up the necessary infrastructure, dedicated mentoring assistance, operational assistance, assistance for procurement of software and other requirements.
Bilimora-Waghai heritage train service resumes
The Bilimora-to-Waghai heritage train has been started again after a lockdown-induced gap of 17
The Bilimora-to-Waghai heritage train has been started again after a lockdown-induced gap of 17 months. It now has a tourist coach with wide glass windows so that travellers can enjoy the scenic beauty of the hilly terrain and the lush green dense forest of Dang. The heritage train service between Bilimora in Valsad district and Waghai in Dangs district is over 100 years old. It is the only lifeline for the tribal community in Dang. The beneficiaries are from interior areas in Dang district who work in towns like Gandevi, Bilimora and Chikhli. The train was first started by the Gaekwads in 1913. The 65-km route has 10 stations, and the journey takes over three hours.
Police will use drones to monitor festival gatherings
To monitor whether Covid-19 guidelines are being followed, the Vadodara police will use drones
To monitor whether Covid-19 guidelines are being followed, the Vadodara police will use drones during the forthcoming Ganesh festivities. The drones will be deployed for all the ten days of the festival and the day of Ganesh immersions. Only a limited number of Ganesh pandals have been permitted. The drones will monitor the main roads as well as interior lanes of the city. The police have a high-resolution drone that can be operated automatically and move along a pre-programmed route. It gives a live feed. Several drones will be employed. Face masks are compulsory, and all Covid protocols will have to be followed.
You can contribute 60% towards a village-level project
The Vatan Prem Yojana scheme has been launched under which Gujaratis residing anywhere in India and
The Vatan Prem Yojana scheme has been launched under which Gujaratis residing anywhere in India and abroad can contribute 60 per cent of the cost of a village-level project, and the remaining will be borne by the Gujarat government. Donors can send money online. The first meeting of the governing body, under the chairmanship of the chief minister, was held recently where works worth Rs. 1,000 crore were proposed to be completed by December 2022. The scheme will cover village-level projects like smart classes in schools, community halls, primary health centres, anganwadis, libraries, CCTV surveillance systems, water recycling systems, drainage works, sewage treatment systems, beautification of ponds, bus stands, solar energy powered street lights, mid-day meal kitchens, store rooms, vyayam shalas and kits, crematorium, lake beautification, drinking water tube wells, motors, etc. A plaque of the donor will be placed after the completion of the project.
Working hours of primary school teachers increased
A notification issued by the Gujarat state education department says that the daily working hours
A notification issued by the Gujarat state education department says that the daily working hours for primary school teachers have been increased by two hours to eight hours from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, they will work for five hours as at present. From 35 hours a week, the working hours have been increased to 45 hours. Teachers’ associations have opposed this decision. The decision affects 2 lakh teachers in the state. According to the 2009 RTE Act, primary teachers of Class 1 to Class 5 are supposed to work for 800 hours a year and teachers of Class 6 to 8 are to work for 1,000 hours per year.
Defence Expo will revive Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar hotels
Ahmedabad’s hotel industry is expecting to have booming business in March 2022 due to the
Ahmedabad’s hotel industry is expecting to have booming business in March 2022 due to the Defence Expo from March 11 to 14. About 3,500 rooms will be needed in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. This is the first big event to take place in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar after the pandemic. Five-star hotels may be sold at much more than the current Average Daily Rate (ADR). During the previous editions of the expo in Goa and Lucknow, the ADR was about Rs. 30,000 per room per night. Room tariffs may be between Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 40,000 per room per night. Defence manufacturers, ancillary company representatives, embassy delegates, foreign government representatives and Indian officials will be coming for the expo.
Supreme Court asks Gujarat government to frame parking policy
The Gujarat government has been asked by the Supreme Court to frame a parking policy in two weeks,
The Gujarat government has been asked by the Supreme Court to frame a parking policy in two weeks, making it binding on all municipal corporations to resolve parking and traffic problems. The apex court said, “It cannot be disputed that the traffic problem in the metropolitan cities in the state of Gujarat is a very serious issue because of non-availability of public parking and even sufficient parking spaces in the malls and other markets. The citizens are compelled to park on the road. There is no uniform policy and/or guidelines and/ or notifications issued by the state government.” The bench issued directions to the state government to come out with a parking policy. The state home department, urban planning department and transport secretary will have to file affidavits in this regard by September 14.
Do not use dairy terminology to sell non-dairy products
All marketing companies that use dairy terminology for selling non-dairy or plant-based products
All marketing companies that use dairy terminology for selling non-dairy or plant-based products will be discouraged from doing so with effect from September 15 by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). This decision applies to products like ‘soya milk’, ‘almond milk’, ‘pistachio milk’, ‘walnut milk’, etc., in the virtual offerings of e-commerce firms. The firms will have to delist all such products from their platforms. A demand to this effect was made by the National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India (NCDFI), the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) that markets brand Amul and other dairy co-operatives. The objective is to stop plant-based beverages and products from masquerading as milk and milk products. E-commerce operators have been asked to ensure that no such defaulting products are listed for sale on their online platforms. As per regulations, use of any dairy term for a product which is not milk, milk product or a composite milk product (eg plant based products/ beverages) is prohibited and any such action is in contravention of the regulations.
Bio-bricks developed at IIT-Hyderabad turn waste into wealth
India’s first building made of bio-bricks from agro-waste was recently inaugurated by the
India’s first building made of bio-bricks from agro-waste was recently inaugurated by the Indian Institute of Technology in Hyderabad (IIT-H). Developed as a solution to the air pollution caused by stubble burning, bio-bricks when mass-produced cost only about Rs. 2 to 3.
- To demonstrate the strength and versatility of the material, a prototype of a guard cabin was built on the IIT campus. The building is supported by a metal framework. The roof structure is made of bio-bricks over PVC sheets to reduce heat gain. The inside and outside of the wall is cement-plastered to protect the bio-bricks from rain.
- Burning of agro-waste after harvesting is a major cause of air pollution. Bio-brick technology counters the pollution caused by stubble burning.
- Bio-bricks are 10% of the weight for similar volume compared to burnt clay bricks and concrete blocks.
- Farmers can make this material at the site and thus reduce labour costs.
- The material exhibits excellent thermal insulation and fire-retardant properties. Used in roofing and wall panelling, it can reduce heat gain by 5 to 6 degrees.
- Not only does the agricultural waste become an income generator for farmers, it also gives them employment during their lean period.
- Compared to burnt clay bricks, Bio-bricks will cost about Rs. 2 to 3 when mass-produced.
- A perfect illustration of ‘Wealth from Waste’. IIT-H will propose to the Ministry of Agriculture that this can be widely adopted by the rural community.
- The researchers at IIT have secured a patent for the bio-brick material and its manufacturing technology.
Defence Expo 2022 will be hosted by Gujarat
India’s Defence Expo 2022 will be hosted by Gujarat from March 10 to 13, 2022. The state
India’s Defence Expo 2022 will be hosted by Gujarat from March 10 to 13, 2022. The state government has signed the MoU with the ministry of defence. The venue for the 4-day expo will be the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar for the seminars and the helipad exhibition centre for the displays. The defence ministers’ conclave may also be hosted in the state.
India has only 1.7 nurses per 1000 population
Nursing and midwifery organisations have come together to launch a campaign to highlight the role
Nursing and midwifery organisations have come together to launch a campaign to highlight the role of nurses and midwives and reinforce their contribution to the health care system of the country – through education, service and leadership. The campaign is led by the All India Government Nurses Federation (AIGNF), an umbrella organization of nursing associations, Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI), Society of Midwives-India (SOMI), and Indian Nursing Council (INC).
- Almost 47 per cent of India’s health workforce consists of nurses and midwives.
- India has 1.7 nurses per 1,000 population, whereas the WHO recommended rate is 3 nurses per 1,000 population.
- Investment in nursing and midwifery will not only help achieve health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets but also contribute to education, gender and economic growth globally.
Schools have reopened for classes 6-8, but attendance is low
While schools reopened for classes 6 to 8 on September 2, the attendance was low – as per the
While schools reopened for classes 6 to 8 on September 2, the attendance was low – as per the records of 9,900 private schools and 33,800 government and grant-in-aid schools provided by the state education department.
- In government and grant-in-aid schools, average attendance in Class 6 was 35 per cent, and for classes 7 and 8 it was 33 per cent each.
- The attendance in private schools was 12 per cent for class 6, 7 and 8 each.
- Some private schools have decided to open in phases.
- Schools are facing difficulties in providing transport facility.
- Also, conducting both physical and online classes for students simultaneously is a challenge.
- According to the guidelines, only 50% of students are allowed to attend.
Schools reopen today for students of Classes 6 to 8
Gujarat’s schools will reopen today for students of Classes 6 to 8. Over 32 lakh students
Gujarat’s schools will reopen today for students of Classes 6 to 8. Over 32 lakh students will start attending more than 30,000 government and private schools. Strict Covid protocols and guidelines – including the wearing of masks – have been prescribed by the government to protect children, teachers and other staff. Written consent is to be given by parents to the school authorities for sending their children to school. Attendance is not compulsory and online classes will continue. Teaching will be conducted at 50 per cent capacity.
Gujarat has 114 mobile subscribers per 100 population
The latest telecom subscriptions report released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
The latest telecom subscriptions report released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) reveals that the number of mobile subscribers in Gujarat crossed the 7-crore mark in June 2021.
- There was a net addition of 2.78 lakh connections in June alone.
- The tele-density – number of mobile subscribers per 100 population – is 114, the sixth highest in India. This means that people are using multiple connections.
- In terms of tele-density, Gujarat lags behind Delhi (324), Himachal Pradesh (158), Punjab (140), Kerala (135) and Maharashtra (117).
- The increase in mobile subscriber numbers is mainly due to work from home and online classes.
Process begins to select MS University’s new vice-chancellor
The process has started to select the new vice-chancellor (VC) of MS University (MSU). For this a
The process has started to select the new vice-chancellor (VC) of MS University (MSU). For this a search panel has to be constituted to recommend the name of the new VC. The search panel will have three members: a nominee of the MSU syndicate, a nominee of the joint board of vice-chancellors (JBVC), and a nominee of the MSU chancellor.
- JBVC has appointed professor Pratapsinh Chauhan, vice-chancellor (VC) of Shree Govind Guru University (SGGU), Godhra, as their nominee. He is a former VC of Saurashtra University.
- MSU’s syndicate members have appointed professor Jai Prakash Saini, founder VC of Netaji Subhas University of Technology (NSUT), New Delhi as their nominee.
- MSU chancellor Shubhangini Raje Gaekwad is expected to shortly appoint her nominee.
- The member appointed as the chancellor’s nominee heads the search panel which invites the applications from academicians.
- The applications are later scrutinised and the names of shortlisted candidates are suggested to the state government, which then takes the final call regarding the appointment.
24% of Gujarat’s eligible population has taken both doses
A Gujarat government press release says that over 1.34 crore vaccine doses were administered in the
A Gujarat government press release says that over 1.34 crore vaccine doses were administered in the state against a target of one crore doses. On Tuesday, the state recorded the highest number of Covid vaccine doses administered in a single day since the vaccination drive began on January 16, with over eight lakh people being vaccinated. The state has so far administered 3.46 crore first doses of the vaccine, covering nearly 70 per cent of its eligible population of nearly 4.93 crore; 1.16 crore second doses have been administered, thus achieving complete immunisation for about 24 per cent of the eligible population.
Higher vehicle tax likely in Ahmedabad for cars costing over Rs 15 lakh
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) proposes to increase vehicle tax by 0.5 to 2 per cent for
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) proposes to increase vehicle tax by 0.5 to 2 per cent for vehicles that cost above Rs. 15 lakh, up from a flat 3 per cent levied at present. For four-wheelers costing between Rs. 15 and Rs. 25 lakh the tax may increase from 3 per cent to 3.5 per cent, for vehicles costing Rs. 25 to Rs. 50 lakh, it may increase from 3 per cent to 4 per cent, for vehicles costing over Rs. 50 lakh it may increase from 3 per cent to 5 per cent. The hike will give an additional annual income of Rs 10 crore for the civic body. The increase in vehicle tax is calculated on the basic price of a vehicle. The increases may be effective from October 1, 2021. The aim is pollution control and to increase AMC revenue. The proposal also aims to encourage the use of electric vehicles. AMC may decide on 100 per cent vehicle tax exemption for all types of electric vehicles from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. There is no change in vehicle tax for two-wheelers, autorickshaws, loading rickshaws, four-wheeler loading tempos and mini-trucks. AMC has already announced 100 per cent vehicle tax exemption for electric two-wheelers in its 2021-22 annual budget.
Civic body proposes public-private partnership model for corporation’s gyms
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s recreation, cultural and heritage committee has
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s recreation, cultural and heritage committee has proposed that the operation of the under-construction gyms in Naranpura, Sarkhej, Gota and Thaltej should be given on the public-private partnership model for the next five years to private players. The proposal states that all future AMC gyms should be given to private players to be run on PPP model. At present, there are 36 AMC gyms. A tender for this will be floated after the AMC standing committee approves the proposal.
Wet spell likely soon in rain-starved Gujarat
In the jargon of the India Meteorological Department, Gujarat is very likely to experience an
In the jargon of the India Meteorological Department, Gujarat is very likely to experience an ‘active wet spell’ during the next four days. Gujarat has recorded rainfall 50 per cent below normal this season; it has received 288.6 mm of rain as against the normal of 576.5 mm. Six out of the state's 33 districts have received ‘large deficient’ rainfall, a drop by more than 60 per cent of the long period average rainfall, and the remaining districts have got ‘deficient’ rainfall.
Rs. 3 crore reward for parathlete Bhavina Patel
The Gujarat government has announced a reward of Rs. 3 crore for parathlete and table tennis player
The Gujarat government has announced a reward of Rs. 3 crore for parathlete and table tennis player Bhavina Patel for the silver medal she won at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. The chief minister announced the award as an incentive to Ms Bhavina under the state government's 'Divyang Khel Pratibha Protsahan Puraskar Yojana'. After her schooling in Sundhiya, a village in Mehsana district, she moved to Ahmedabad to do an ITI computer science course. It was in Ahmedabad that she took to table tennis. She is the first Indian to win the table tennis Paralympics silver medal.
Over 540 students conferred degrees at IIT-Gandhinagar convocation
At the 10th convocation of IIT-Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) – it was conducted virtually on Sunday
At the 10th convocation of IIT-Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) – it was conducted virtually on Sunday – 548 students were conferred degrees. Officials say that 73% of the outgoing Btech students, about 73% are placed, and 15% want to pursue further studies. The first batch of the five-year Dual Major BTech programme also graduated (in which the students got degrees in two disciplines with one additional year). Hero MotoCorp chairman and CEO Dr. Pawan Munjal was the chief guest at the ceremony.
Cities may need to use drinking water very carefully
Some cities in Gujarat are facing the possibility that their drinking water supplies may be
Some cities in Gujarat are facing the possibility that their drinking water supplies may be rationed. The state’s Water Resources department may have to adopt staggered water supply to cope with the drinking water crisis. Out of the state’s 206 dams, only six have water reserves of more than 90%, and 54 have water reserves less than 10%. Last year during this time the storage was 12,347 million cubic metre (MCM), this year it is down to 8109.20 MCM. The Sardar Sarovar dam has a reserve of 4,310 MCM.
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