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Chief Minister releases booklet on yoga

Chief minister Bhupendra Patel released a booklet ‘Vishwa Yog Divas - Samanya Yog Abhyaskram’ prepared by the directorate of Ayush on the eve of the 8th International Yoga Day on Monday.

The booklet contains information on various topics like the themes around International Yoga Day celebrations held so far, introduction to yoga, heritage, traditional branches, and details about pranayama.

In addition, yoga protocols and asanas are also covered in this book, a release said. (21-06-2022)

Water quality of Sursagar improves

With aeration and cleaning of the Sursagar pond taken up after dead fishes surfaced in it in a large number, the water quality in the pond has shown improvement. Samples of water from different locations in the pond were collected by the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) and tested at its public health engineering laboratory.

VMC had drawn flak after the fishes died as it had come to light that the contract for aeration of the pond had expired. The contractor had continued aeration for some days even after the contract term got over, but eventually stopped it as no new arrangement was made.

In the wake of the controversy about the dead fishes and discontinuation of aeration, VMC decided to expedite the work on aeration and also asked the existing contractor to start work. The civic body decided to test the samples of water after the decision.

Samples of water from the pond were collected at three different locations and tested. It came to light that there was no major deviation in the values of pH, total soluble solids (TSS), biological oxygen demand (BOD), and dissolved oxygen (DO) amongst these samples. The average value of these parameters was also acceptable.

Sources said that the pH stood at 7.28 while TSS was found at 7.8mg/litre and the dissolved oxygen level stood at 4.1mg/litre and were acceptable. The only concern was BOD which stood at 10.2mg/litre which was marginally higher. BOD indicates contamination of microbes in water. (21-06-2022)

Enrollment drives for Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kevalani in Gujarat from June 23

The three-day enrolment campaign is being held after a gap of two years due to Covid-19 pandemic. The 17th edition of Gujarat government’s school enrollment drives, Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani, are scheduled to begin on June 23.

While Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will visit the Memadpura Government Primary School in Vadgam taluka of Banaskantha district on June 23, 84 IAS, 24 IPS and 15 IFS officers along with 356 Class -I officers would visit 32,013 government primary schools across the state for the enrollment drive, said Education Minister Jitu Vaghani during a briefing on Monday.

This year Vice Chancellors of universities will also be roped in for Praveshotsav drive. The chief minister presided over a meeting with members of the Cabinet, office-bearers and senior officials ahead of the enrolment drive.

New initiatives as part of the enrollment drive, that was launched by then Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2003 aiming at 100 per cent student enrolment in government schools, will also be reviewed.

Under the new initiatives launched by the education department during Covid-19 pandemic including samaydaan by teachers to cover up learning loss among children, 100 per cent attendance of teachers and students, availability of basic facilities at schools, results of unit tests and semester exams and online and offline initiatives undertaken by the department during pandemic will be reviewed.

As per the schedule shared by the state education department, on June 24, across the state from 4-5 pm taluka level review would be conducted in the presence of officials from the state government.

Official numbers said that in 1990-91 the drop-out rate was 64.48 per cent which was reduced to 3.7 per cent in 2020-21 and the gross enrolment ratio in 2004-05 was 95.65 which increased to 99.02 in 2020-21, Vaghani added. (21-06-2022)

Almost half of the country covered by Monsoon; the rainfall approaches average: Report

Annual monsoon rainfall has covered more than half of the country and conditions are favourable for it to advance into central, northern and western regions this week, the weather department said on Monday. The monsoon's progress will help farmers accelerate sowing of summer-sown crops, which has been lagging due to below-normal rainfall in the first half of June, especially in central India. The monsoon has covered all of southern and eastern India and most of Madhya Pradesh, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement.

"Monsoon has revived. This week many regions in southern and central India would get heavy rainfall," an IMD official told Reuters.

Conditions are favourable for the monsoon to advance further into Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, said the official, who was not authorised to speak with media so declined to be identified. (21-06-2022)

8-yr-old girls from vadodara ascend Buran Ghati Pass

Two eight-year-old girls from the city have become the youngest ones to summit Buran Ghati Pass in Himachal Pradesh at the height of 15,000 feet.

The girls had earlier successfully summited Kedar Kantha at 12,800 feet and Tarsar Marsar at 13,800 feet. Rhyna Patel and Sanaya Gandhi – daughters of two childhood friends – achieved the rare feat last Saturday.

Buran Ghati is known to be one of the most difficult treks in HP. Many trekkers face altitude sickness due to its steep ascent and tricky weather.

Trekking at Buran Ghati Pass was suspended twice in the last two years. “It was reopened again this year. (20-06-2022)

Abhayam helpline to connect women’s stalkers

181 The Abhayam women’s helpline receives 200-odd complaints in a month about telephonic harassment of women and girls. To handle difficult cases, the helpline has roped in state police personnel who will track the callers and contact them.

Narendrasinh Gohil, the coordinator for the Abhayam helpline at EMRI, said that the rationale is to ensure that women are not harassed and the stalkers realize that the cases are being monitored by police directly. “The initiative of the Police Action Desk has run for the past couple of months on a pilot basis and now will be expanded,” he said.

Currently the helpline has 15-odd police personnel deputed to it. Describing the role of the team, Abhayam officials said that the 181 number gets the details of unwanted calls and messages. Tele-counsellors note down information such as the period of harassment and the relationship with the caller if any and pass it on to the police desk. (20-06-2022)

Pavagadh temple near Vadodara now with ‘Dhwaja’after nearly 500 years

The endless wait for five centuries for a flag to flutter high atop its shrine finally ended for the Mahakali temple on Pavagadh hill in Panchmahal district on the last Saturday when Prime minister Narendra Modi raised the ‘dhwaja’. The temple is listed among India’s ‘shaktipiths’ dedicated to the goddess.

Speaking on the occasion, Modi said that even after 75 years of independence, the temple did not have its ‘dhwaja’ that has been missing for five centuries now. “Today it is there. After centuries, this Mahakali temple is in its full glory before us and makes our heads rise with pride,” the PM said.

Asking people from Pavagadh to request Pavagadh pilgrims to also visit other pilgrimage sites, Modi said that several places across the state had been developed as pilgrimage spots. “Visitors bring newer opportunities for youth and tribals, tourism increases, and employment and infrastructure also grow. Art, crafts and culture also develop with tourism,” he said, adding that Panchmahal will develop as a tourism place after the developments at Pavagadh. (19-06-2022)

200-acre Olympics village & training facilities coming up in Bopal area

As part of the state government's ambitious Rs 4,118 crore project to create sports facilities in and around Ahmedabad with an eye to hosting the 2036 Olympics, Ahmedabad Urban Development authority (AUDA) has planned an Olympics village and training facilities on 200 acres of land at Manipur-Godhavi near Bopal.
Sources in AUDA said that as per earlier plans the government had planned a Games Village with apartments for sports persons in the periphery of Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Motera. However, as making changes in two TP schemes -- T in Motera-Koteshwar and TP 21 in Sabarmati area - is taking time due to negotiations with plot owners, the authorities have decided to shift a major chunk of the planned games village to Manipur-Godhavi.

AUDA sources said that to obtain land without any additional cost, the authority has planned to collect deducted pockets of land as per the town planning norms from various TP schemes located in around 400 ha land in Manipur-Godhavi area. (18-06-2022)

Covaxin safe and immunogenic in children aged 2-18 years

Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL)’s whole-virion inactivated Covid-19 vaccine candidate Covaxin has proven to be safe, well-tolerated, and highly immunogenic in children aged 2-18 years in a phase II/III study, the results of which have been published in the prestigious, peer-reviewed Lancet Infectious diseases, peer reviewed high impact factor journal. Bharat Biotech said the neutralizing antibodies in children were on an average 1.7 times higher than in adults and that data from over 50 million doses administered to children in India revealed that side effects were minimal. (17-06-2022)

EME Circle in Vadodara gets a new look

The famous EME Circle in Fatehgunj has been renovated and will be a prominent landmark of Vadodara representing the Indian army. The circle made from sponsorship given by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) is a tribute to EME School which has been a part of the city since its establishment in 1963. The theme of the EME Circle depicts the ‘Soldier Craftsman’ wherein an EME soldier has been depicted with a weapon in one hand and the EME crest with a globe on the other hand signifying the tasks that EME exploiting technology, engineering and technical skills in maintaining the combat edge of the Indian Army. (17-06-2022)

Hardik Pandya Named Captain for T20 Series against Ireland

Hardik Pandya on June 15th, Wednesday was named as the captain of the Indian team for the two T20Is against Ireland later this month. Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as his deputy. Team India will play two T20Is on June 26 and June 28 in Dublin. Batting legend and current National Cricket Academy chairman VVS Laxman will be the head coach of the side during the two-match tour. NCA coaches Sitanshu Kotak, Sairaj Bahutule and Munish Bali will also accompany Laxman. (16-06-2022)

Safaris will now remain closed from June 16 to October 15

The Gir National Park in Gujarat will be closed for the next 4 months starting tomorrow. The closure is due to protected area maintenance activities as well as the oncoming monsoons The National Park is the only home to Asiatic Lions in India.

The state Forest Department has announced that the Gir National park located in western Gujarat would be closed for the next four months starting from June 16. The Gir National Park is the only place in the world where you can spot Asiatic lions roaming free in the wild and the only place in India where they can be spotted as well. The national park is home to many birds and herbivores as well. According to a report in the Times of India, nearly 5 lakh people visited the national park over the last eight months. The park is spread over an area of 1412 square kilometres. The park is home to many other species of fauna besides lions.

The Gujarat Forest Department organises regulated Safaris in the park where visitors can catch a glimpse of the magnificent Lions and other animals in the park. These Safaris will now remain closed from June 16 to October 15. (16-06-2022)

Natural Farming to be part of curriculum

The Gujarat government announced on Thursday that it will include natural farming in the educational curriculum from classes IX to XII. Sources said natural farming will be covered in a chapter of the environment studies subject.

State education minister Mr Jitu Vaghani said in Gandhinagar that experts in the field of natural farming will prepare the topics. He added that students will be given a comprehensive overview of what natural farming is, its benefits to health and economic growth of those who adopt natural farming.

Sources in the education department said that a chapter on natural farming will be added to the environment studies subject and there will not be any separate subject on natural farming. (16-06-2022)

Amarnath Yatra 2022 will start from 30th June

Chief Officer of Amarnath Shrine Board performed first puja in the holy cave Amarnath temple. This year Amarnath Yatra will start from 30th June and will continue till 11th August  Around one million devotees are expected to join the Yatra. Security arrangements for the Yatra were reviewed.
  (15-06-2022)

Disaster management announces emergency number

The Disaster Management Department at District Collectorate, Vadodara is working through training and demonstrations to raise awareness of disaster / disaster at the village level in the district. Monsoon is here and there is a possibility of hurricane or heavy rainfall with flooding. Fires and major accidents, such as building collapses occur during this period. If the disaster management department is notified in time. Effective coordination of rescue and relief can be done. Natural disasters are reported to the above department by taluka centers. At the same time, if the disaster management department is immediately informed by the alert citizens and leaders from the scene of the incident, the response will be quick, response time will be reduced and rescue and relief will be effectively coordinated. And people should be moved to the right place before they get into big trouble. 

Vadodara district P.O. appealed to them to report the disaster immediately on their mobile number 8866621514.

He said that the disaster management plan at village, taluka and district level has been updated by the department with necessary amendments. Awareness programs and training are conducted in schools and taluka centers to increase social preparedness for disaster response. (15-06-2022)

5G rollout in India: Cabinet approves 5G spectrum auction

India is going to get 5G services very soon.
The union cabinet has approved DoT’s 5G spectrum auction. Total auction of 72097.85 MHz of spectrum with 20 yrs validity by July-end will be put to auction. The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi has finally approved the Department of Telecommunications (DoT)’s 5G spectrum  auction through which spectrum will be assigned to bidders to provide 5G services to the public as well as enterprises.

The cabinet claimed that the 5G network will provide speed and capacity that would be about 10 times higher than what is possible through the current 4G services. A total auction of 72097.85 MHz of spectrum with 20 yrs validity by July-end will be put to auction, which is said to be held by the end
of July 2022. Ashwini Vaishnav, Minister of Telecom and IT said that the “spectrum auction announced today is an integral part of developing BharatKa5G ecosystem.”
PIB in an official release detailed that the “auction will be held for spectrum in various Low (600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz,2100 MHz, 2300 MHz), Mid (3300 MHz) and High (26 GHz) frequency bands.”

The spectrum auction is said to benefit from the Telecom Sector Reforms announced in September 2021. The reforms include zero Spectrum Usage Charges (SUC) on the spectrum acquired in the upcoming auction, providing significant relief to the service providers in terms of the operating cost of telecom networks.
The cabinet also said that for the very first time “there is no mandatory requirement to make upfront payment by the successful bidders.” Payments for spectrum can be made in 20 equal annual installments to be paid in advance at the beginning of each year. “The bidders would be given an option to surrender the spectrum after 10 years with no future liabilities with respect to balance installments. (15-06-2022)

First Private Train Stats Service Bharat Gaurav scheme

The first train under the Bharat Gaurav scheme announced by the ministry of railways was flagged off from Coimbatore North railway station June 14, Tuesday evening. The train is operated on the Coimbatore North–Sainagar Shirdi tourist circuit. The luxurious service on board. The train includes high-quality vegetarian meals, a snack trolley, devotional magazines, and a bedtime kit. Sources said there would be an in-house doctor on the train. Special assistance will be provided to elders and the disabled to board the train. During the onward journey from Coimbatore, this Bharat Gaurav train has a stoppage at Mantralayam Road station for five hours to facilitate darshan at Mantralayam temple. (15-06-2022)

GIDC Industries to observe weekly holiday on Saturday

Industries in Makarpura GIDC Industrial Estate have decided to change their weekly holiday this week. They have decided to observe holiday on Saturday the 18th June 2022 so that all staff and workers can attend the upcoming public meeting of PM Narendra Modi at Leprosy Ground on Ajwa Road. As a compensation of the lost working day, the industries will work for full day on Sunday the 19th June 2022. (15-06-2022)

Centre Government to fill up 10 lakh vacancies in next 18 months

The central Government has decided to hire 10 lakh people in the next 18 months in as a mission after PM Narendra Modi asked various government departments and ministries to undertake the recruitment. The direction from came after PM Modi had a review of the status of human resources in all government departments and ministries, on Tuesday the 14 th June 2022 and directed that recruitment of 10 lakh people be done by the Government in mission mode in next 18 months the PMO said in a tweet. PM Narendra Modi had recommended before two month that urgent steps be taken to fill up the existing vacancies in the ministries and departments. The decision of filling up the vacancies comes after two months as during a meeting held with the secretaries on April 2, PM Modi had emphasized that employment should be the focus of all government interventions in public and private sectors. The government data indicated in the Rajya Sabha in February highlighted that there were 87 lakh vacant posts in the Central government departments as on March 1, 2020. (15-06-2022)

Union Cabinet approves development of greenfield airport at Dholera, Gujarat

The Union Cabinet today approved the development of phase I of a new greenfield airport at Dholera 109 KMS from Ahmedabad, Gujarat at an estimated cost of Rs 1,305 crore. The project is being implemented by Dholera International Airport Company Ltd, a joint venture between Airports Authority of India, Government of Gujarat and National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT), holding equity in the ratio of
51:33:16. The new greenfield airport in the northern part of the Dholera Special Investment Region is expected to ease traffic overflow at Ahmedabad International Airport, apart from serving Dholera and its hinterland. The airport is expected to be operational in 2025-26 with initial passenger traffic estimated at 3 lakh passengers per annum and annual cargo traffic of 20,000 tonnes, the government said in a statement. Over a 20-year period, the airport is expected to serve up to 23 lakh passengers per annum and undertake throughput of 2,73,000 tons of cargo. Once completed, Dholera airport will enable the development of maintenance, repair, overhaul or MRO services for both civil and defense, and aerospace sectors in the state. (15-06-2022)

Arrangements are being made at Pavagadh temple for the PM visit

PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the Mahakali temple on the hills of Pavagadh during his visit to Vadodara on 18th June 2022. The management of the Mahakali temple at Pavagadh is getting ready for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. The temple will remain closed for public for two days from Thursday afternoon in view of the PM’s visit and security reasons. PM Modi will be visiting Pavagadh for the first time after the Mahakali temple there has been refurbished. The refurbishment of the temple is a part of a larger project to develop Pavagadh as a pilgrimage and tourist center.
Speaking to media persons, temple trustee Ashok Pandya said that a highlight of the day will be the hoisting of the ‘dhwaja’ at the temple. He said that devotees had been waiting for years for the day when the ‘dhwaja’ would flutter at full mast atop the shrine. Pandya said that PM Modi will reach Pavagadh at 9am on Saturday and will first visit Bhairav temple before reaching the Mahakali temple. The PM is scheduled to perform a puja at the Mahakali temple and another puja of the ‘dhwaja’ before it is hoisted on the temple. Pandya said that the PM would also address a gathering of invitees at the temple. (15-06-2022)

Online registration from June 16 for Diploma admissions in Gujarat

The online registration for the admission of Class 10 students into the first year of engineering diploma courses will begin on June 16 and the last date of filing application is July 7. The provisional merit list will be announced on July 12 and the mock test round for choice filling will be conducted on July 22. The final merit list will be announced on the same day. From July 22 to 28 choice filling will be conducted and the college allotment for the first round will be announced on August 1.
The Admission Committee for Professional Diploma Courses (ACPDC) announced that students who have been allotted colleges will have to confirm their admissions by paying fees starting from August 1 to 7. Committee will announce the vacant seats on August 10 and the second round of admissions will begin from the same day. The students will be allotted colleges on August 20 for the second round and they will have to confirm their admissions by August 25.
On August 29 the committee will announce the seats that remained vacant after completion of the second round. There are 67,000 seats available in the state for engineering diploma courses. Sources said that last year, the committee had conducted admissions on 66,804 seats but at the end of the admission process 25,644 seats had remained vacant.
ACPDC expects that this year seats won’t remain vacant as All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has reduced the minimum eligibility marks to 33 from the previous 35 marks. The committee expects that due to this change around 10,000 more students will be eligible for admissions. (15-06-2022)

Gujarat high court directs AMC to seal 26 high rise commercial buildings without fire NOC

The Gujarat high court on June 14, Tuesday directed the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to take concrete action against 26 high rise commercial buildings, including sealing, as they do not have fire NOC. The high court ordered the corporation to take action against 1128 residential buildings and other 259 high rise buildings which are used for commercial and residential purposes. It has given two weeks' time to the authorities with hopes
that the civic body would take concrete action against three categories of buildings and come up with a report by June 30. During the state government's survey of 2160 buildings in municipalities, around 1833(85%) buildings were found existing in violation of building byelaws,
without BU permission as noticed. The court has asked the government to find out a solution to this issue in 5 weeks’ time. (15-06-2022)

Excessive use of smartphone at night will cause a ‘jet lag’

Use of smartphone while it is taken to bed can do a damage to you. It can steal your sleep, claims a recent study based in Ahmedabad. Like jet lag,
the use of a phone during night hours are turning the youth insomniacs with an average two hours of sleep getting disturbed. The researchers also claimed that 60% of the respondents indicated their maximum smartphone usage during night hours or just before going to sleep, disturbing their natural circadian rhythm. Out of total, 47% boys said that they sleep less than 7 hours on working days, and 38% said that they try to balance it by sleeping more than 9
hours on free days. The study, ‘Evaluation of smartphone usage as a predictor of social jetlag in university students’, covered 1,175 students in Ahmedabad. It sought answers on their normal waking up and sleeping hours, difference between these hours during working days and rest days, phone exposure and times of highest exposure, among others. (15-06-2022)

Gita Education For School Kids

Earlier Gujarat Government had announced that it would start teaching the Bhagavad Gita in government schools from the next academic session. The Gujarat government is in the process of preparing about 50 lakh supplementary booklets on the holy scripture and these will be distributed to students of Classes 6 to 12. While attempts will be made to provide these booklets to all students at the onset of the academic year, a sizable number will get them during the three-day ‘Praveshotsav’. While the supplementary booklets will be provided free of cost to government schools, students of private schools will have to purchase them if private schools choose to introduce them in their curriculum. (14-06-2022)

Agnipath Scheme to Start In 3 Months

Elaborating on the newly launched ‘Agnipath’ scheme to recruit new soldiers for terms of four years, Air Marshal Vikram Singh, air officer commanding-in-chief (AOC-in-C) of South-Western Air Command (SWAC) said recruitment under the scheme will start in three months. The SWAC chief also said recruitment drives under the new scheme will be held every year. Speaking to reporters at the SWAC headquarters in Gandhinagar, Singh said the ‘Agniveers’ recruited under the new scheme will be given preference in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) jobs. Under the Agnipath scheme, the procedure to recruit 46,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen will be held. The age limit is 17.5 to 21 years and educational qualification needed is Class 12 pass only. ‘Agniveers’ will get a monthly salary of Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 and 75% of them will be demobilised after four years, with a ‘Seva Nidhi’ exit package of Rs 11.71 lakh, half of which will be through their own contribution. The remaining 25% will be inducted into the regular cadres of the armed
forces to serve for another 15 years. On opening contract jobs in the armed forces, Singh said, “This is not a contract job because the recruitment will be done under the existing recruitment rules of the armed forces. (14-06-2022)

Fire NOC For Schools

The state education board has issued a circular ordering all district education officers (DEOs) to ensure that schools falling under their jurisdictions comply with fire safety rules and get the valid no-objection certificate (NOC) for fire safety. About a year ago, following a public interest litigation in the high court related to fire safety rules in Gujarat, the state government had told all schools to comply with fire safety rules as quickly as possible. There
are 2,477 schools falling under the Ahmedabad DEO. These schools include private, grant-in-aid, and government institutions. Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services (AFES) had sealed 128 schools for not having valid fire NOCs.

Later, after these schools got their fire NOCs, AFES had allowed them to reopen. In May, AFES had submitted before the high court that all schools in Ahmedabad city have complied with fire safety rules.

Sources said that despite repeated reminders a number of schools in the state have not taken action to comply with fire safety rules. (11-06-2022)

Jamnagar to Get 10 Elephants From Itanagar

The Gujarat forest department has permitted the transfer of 10 elephants, mostly sub-adults, from Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh to the Radhe Krishna Temple Elephant Welfare Trust in Jamnagar. The elephants were recently in the news after some students had stopped the trucks carrying them. The students had feared smuggling. 

These elephants were released on Tuesday and are heading to Jamnagar. This is not the first time that the trust has received elephants from other parts of India. Recently, six female elephants from the Mysore Palace in the 27-44 age group were shifted to Jamnagar.

As for the new batch, seven are male and three are female elephants. According to the Wild Life (Protection) Act, elephants are a protected species under Schedule I and cannot be transported unless an an authorized officer certifies the transfer. The route on which they will be transported has to be mentioned while issuing the permit.

The Radhe Krishna Temple Elephant Welfare Trust, set up in 2013-14, has been receiving funding and resources from Reliance Industries Limited. The trust said in a statement that it also takes abandoned or injured elephants rescued from various disagreeable circumstances including being put to work at circuses or being deployed for begging. (09-06-2022)

MSU Ex Registrar Appointed Ombudsman Under MGNERGS

Former in-charge registrar of MSU and engineer Mr. NJ Ojha has been appointed as ombudsman for a period of two years under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNERGS), which is operational in all the eight talukas of Vadodara district.

Based on recommendation of the ombudsman state selection committee, the state government approved Ojha’s appointment for Vadodara district, Mr Sajjansinh Amarsinh Padwal’s appointment for neighbouring Panchmahal district, as well as Dr. Ranjitsinh Nayak and Mr. Bhargav Trivedi for Dahod and Chhota Udepur districts of Central Gujarat. (09-06-2022)

Cone making unit of Amul coming up near Surat

World renowned Milk and Derivatives giant Amul's new Ice Cream Cone making unit has come up near Surat. Gujarat Co-Operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF) will lay the foundation of its first ice cream cone making unit on Wednesday at Navi Pardi village in Kamrej taluka of Surat.

GCMMF requires about 45 crore ice cream cones annually for its various ice cream varieties sold throughout the country under the brand name Amul.

The plant which is likely to get operational by January 2023 will come up at Surat District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd or Sumul’s ice cream factory in Navi Pardi.

Sumul, being a part of GCMMF, will now manufacture 12 crore cones annually at this unit which currently manufactures ice cream. Besides setting up the cone making unit, Sumul will also begin work on the expansion of its ice cream manufacturing unit from its current capacity of 50,000 litres per day to 1 lakh litres per day.

The cone making facility and expansion of ice cream units will cost Rs 125 crore. It is being done under the Production-linked Incentive (PLI) scheme of the government. Sumul’s own demand for ice cream cones is around 6 crore per year.

“Currently GCMMF purchases cones from private manufacturers within the state and outside. The foundation for the first cooperative owned ice cream cone manufacturing plant will be laid on Wednesday,” Sumul MD Arun Purohit told TOI.

“Sumul has been chosen by GCMMF to make the ice cream cones as we already have a bakery unit. Now, the ice cream will be filled in cones at the same place,” said Purohit. (08-06-2022)

World Record For Laying 75 Kms Highway In 105 Hours

Union Minister for Highways Mr Nitin Gadkari announced that the 75 km stretch of the Amravati-Akola highway in Maharashtra was laid in 105 hours and 33 minutes, setting a Guinness World Record.

State-owned NHAI has created a Guinness World Record for the longest continuously laid bituminous lane of 75 kilometres in 105 hours and 33 minutes on the national highway between Amravati and Akola districts in Maharashtra.

Mentioning about the record, Road Transport and Highways Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said the project was implemented by 720
workers including a team of independent consultants who worked day and night.

The total length of the 75 kilometres of single lane continuous bituminous concrete road is equivalent to 37.5 kilometres of two-lane paved shoulder road and the work started on June 3, at 7:27 am and was completed on June 7, at 5 pm, the minister said in a video message.

The previous Guinness World Record for the longest continuously laid bituminous was for building 25.275 kilometres of road that was achieved in Doha, Qatar in February 2019 and that task was completed in 10 days, Mr. Gadkari said. (08-06-2022)

Gujarat to reserve 10% seats in PG courses for in-service doctors

A 10% reservation in postgraduate medical courses has been announced by Gujarat’s health department for in-service doctors working at district and taluka health centres.

  • The rules list 10 branches in which reservations will be implemented: paediatrics, TB and chest, obstetrics and gynaecology, preventive and social medicine, orthopaedics, general surgery and medicine.
  • Anaesthetics, radiology and pathology are not on the list.
  • The eligibility conditions are that the in-service doctors have to be Class 2 officers, should have been appointed by the Gujarat Public Service Commission, and have completed three years of service.
  • The age limit to avail of this reservation has been set at 45 years.
  • If an in-service doctor leaves the course midway, according to the government's bond policy, they will have to pay 25% of their Rs. 40 lakh bond, i.e. Rs 10 lakh.
  • The candidate doctors must have cleared NEET-PG.
  • This reservation will be implemented in the 2022-23 admission procedure.
  • With SC, ST and OBC quotas accounting for 49%, 10% EWS quota, 5% for persons with disabilities and 10% reservation for in-service doctors, a total of 74% of seats will be reserved.
(12-01-2022)

Central Board of Direct Taxes extends deadlines

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the deadline of filing tax audit reports for income tax returns to February 15 for the assessment year 2021-22.  A tweet by the department said: ‘On consideration of difficulties reported by taxpayers/stakeholders due to Covid & in e-filing of Audit reports for AY 2021-22 under the I-T Act, 1961, CBDT further extends due dates for filing of Audit reports & ITRs for AY 21-22.’ The due date for furnishing report of audit is extended to February 15. It also applies to the specified domestic transactions under Section 92E. For the individual taxpayers, the return of income for assessment year (AY) 2021-22 which was October 31 – and for some sections November 30 – is extended to March 15. (12-01-2022)

Gujarat government will recruit 3,300 primary school teachers

The Gujarat government is preparing to recruit nearly 3,300 teachers (vidya sahayaks) for state-run primary schools. 1,300 teachers will be recruited for Classes I to V, and 2,000 teachers for Classes VI to VIII. Those who have cleared the eligibility test in the past will be considered for recruitment as an extension has already been given in this regard. (12-01-2022)

Government launches drive to save birds injured during kite festival

The government has launched a drive to rescue and treat birds injured because of the kite festival. Rescue and treatment centres, medical practitioners and over 6,000 volunteers will help in rescue and treatment of birds.

  • The drive will continue until January 20.
  • State forest department control rooms will function from 7 am to 6 pm in all talukas of the district and information about rescue centres will be available through WhatsApp and a website.
  • People can get information on bird rescue and treatment facilities by sending the text “Karuna” to the number 93200 02000 or by logging on to the website https://bit.ly.karunaabhiyan.
  • In addition, 1962 – the helpline number of the state animal husbandry department – will also be available for citizens to report injuries to birds caused by kites.
(11-01-2022)

R.B. Barad is the new Vadodara district collector

The Gujarat government has promoted and transferred several IAS officers in the state, including the Vadodara district collector.

  • Vadodara district collector R.B. Barad was promoted and transferred to the Forest and Environment Department.
  • A.B. Gor, CEO of the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA), has been appointed as the new Vadodara district collector.
  • D.P. Desai, who was the Registrar of Cooperatives, will be the new CEO of AUDA.
  • Alok Kumar Pandey, Director of Employment and Training, was also promoted and appointed as the new MD of TCGL.
(11-01-2022)

Ahmedabad police notification on kite flying

The Ahmedabad city police has issued a notification regarding the kite festival which may be useful for all people:

  • It has prohibited the production, sale, storage and use of kite strings made of nylon, synthetic, glass-coated or non-biodegradable material.
  • The restriction will be in place till January 15 night.
  • Flying kites that have inflammatory slogans written on them and use of loudspeakers to offend common people’s feelings have been banned.
  • Production, sale and use of sky lanterns, flying of kites over rooftops, terraces and public places and acts of chasing cut kites with bamboo shoots, wooden sticks or iron rods in public places are also banned.
  • Anyone found violating the notification will be booked under Indian Penal Code section 188 for disobedience to order given by a public servant and other relevant sections.
(11-01-2022)

Statewide sample survey to find buildings without BU permission

Thanks to a high court directive, a statewide sample survey of properties without Building Use (BU) permission across municipal corporations and nagarpalikas is being undertaken. About 8,300 buildings, including residential properties, will be part of the sample survey. The survey will help to frame a legal provision to legitimize such buildings even after these buildings could not be legalized under the impact fee law. There is also the issue of implementation of the provisions of the central law of the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010, which is yet to be implemented in the state and requires that hospitals, nursing homes and clinics operate from legal and fire-safe premises. Fire safety and structural safety are of primary concerns, but one of the biggest impediments is the legal status of these buildings. (11-01-2022)

Gujarat high court unhappy with Pollution Control Board

The Gujarat high court strongly rebuked the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) for granting permission to a company to discharge its treated trade effluent in the sewer. It asked for immediate suspension of the officer who gave his consent to the industrial unit. The court asked who had signed GBCP’s consent report for the company, and upon being informed that a senior environment engineer did it, the judges said, “Then he is in contempt (of court). He does not deserve to remain in office. He should be suspended with immediate effect. Are we fools that we have invested so many hours to resolve the problem and finally to read this consent order? Such things have shaken our confidence.” The high court has ordered the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and the GPCB to sever all drainage connections of industrial units found discharging their effluents into sewerage networks. (10-01-2022)

Helpline for wildlife conservation launched by forest department

The Gujarat state forest department wants to encourage public participation in wildlife conservation and facilitate the rescue of wild animals and action against wildlife-related crimes. Towards this end it has launched a state-wide helpline number (+91 83200 02000).

  • Citizens can give a missed call or send an SMS or a WhatsApp message to report wildlife-related crimes or raise a rescue alert.
  • They can also receive links to apply for cattle-death compensation through this number.
  • This is an unmanned auto reply number.
  • In response, the helpline provides links to a page which has phone numbers of all concerned forest officials like RFO or DCF and wildlife wardens based in all 33 districts.
This helpline is only meant for issues related to wild animals and not for pets or stray animals. The department already has Karuna Animal Helpline 1962 for rescue of birds and stray animals.
  • Karuna Animal Helpline has been upgraded keeping in mind the upcoming Uttarayan festival when thousands of birds are at risk of getting injured or killed because of the sharp kite strings.
  • Earlier, people would call 1962 to receive information related to rescue services. Now, it has been made a GIS-enabled service where a person can get all the numbers of forest department-operated rescue centres, NGOs, veterinary doctors and volunteers located in nearby areas.
  • Citizens can visit Gujarat Forest Department’s official website to avail of this service.
(10-01-2022)

Academic collaboration between MS University and Institute of Company Secretaries of India

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by MS University (MSU) and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) for academic collaboration between the two. This will facilitate both the institutions for imparting knowledge and honing skills of students, academicians and professionals. The MoU will also help to develop skills by enhancing the curriculum at the university level. This academic collaboration will open new avenues for students of MSU. (09-01-2022)

Insensitive birthday party for a pet dog

Here is how the members of a family in Ahmedabad celebrated the birthday of their pet dog:

  • They hired a party plot for Rs. 7 lakh.
  • They roped in a singer, invited guests, played garbas.
  • The venue was decorated with flowers, balloons, photos and cutouts of the pet.
  • There was a huge stage for the orchestra and singers.
  • They cut a birthday cake.
  • All this was going on after curfew hours.
  • Eventually, they drew the attention of some uninvited guests – the police – and were very rightly arrested for violating Covid-19 norms.
  • They were booked for not wearing masks, violating social-distancing norms and holding a gathering without permission.
They were later released on bail. The law, as it stands, can perhaps do no more, but the society at large – and genuine animal lovers –  should consider a boycott of the following people who voluntarily attended and participated in the stupid and insensitive event:
  • All the invited guests.
  • The singer and performers.
  • The stage decorators.
  • The caterers.
(09-01-2022)

Ahmedabad will follow Indore’s waste management model

Ahmedabad’s new municipal commissioner wants to strictly ensure that citizens segregate their domestic waste. He wants to implement the Indore model of solid waste management.

  • Indore’s clean streets are the outcome of the work done by 11,000 sanitation workers, 80% of whom are women who live within 1 km of their service areas so that they can manage their homes and work.
  • Adequate manpower, capacity building of staff, and the acquisition of equipment like segregated garbage tippers are the key.
  • Other essentials: efficient waste segregation of recyclable waste and strong administrative control.
  • Political will is also crucial.
  • Indore’s sanitation inspectors have the power to fine litterbugs between Rs 100 and Rs 1 lakh on the spot. The AMC plans to run similar
  • jeeps in the city.
It is said that in Indore people are more afraid of the yellow garbage patrol vehicles than police vehicles. (08-01-2022)

Manush Shah picked for Target Olympic Podium Scheme

Vadodara’s table tennis champion Manush Shah has been picked by the ministry of sports for its Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) to prepare him for the 2024 Olympics. The central government had started the TOPS in 2014 to support Indian sportspersons for the Olympics. He won the men’s title in table tennis in South America last year along with silver medal in men’s category at Pondicherry in December 2021. He also won a silver medal in open category at Indore last year. He is currently ranked 12th among the country’s senior men. Earlier, he was ranked No. 1 in the country and 6th in the world in the Under-18 category. (08-01-2022)

Gujarat High Court to start virtual proceedings from Jan 10

Due to the rising Covid-19 cases, the Gujarat High Court will move to virtual proceedings from January 10. All courts under the district judiciaries have been asked to move to virtual proceedings. Such a decision was taken for the safety of all stakeholders: lawyers, litigants, visitors to court premises and court staff. Virtual court proceedings will be held over the Zoom platform and the livestream of the HC proceedings will continue. For district judiciary courts, judicial custody and police remand of an accused shall not be granted through video conferencing although extension of judicial custody can be extended through video conferencing. No advocates or parties-in-person will be permitted to be present in court halls during a virtual hearing. After going virtual in March 2020, the HC had resumed physical proceedings on August 17, 2021. (08-01-2022)

New curfew timings announced for 10 cities in Gujarat

New measures have been announced in Gujarat to curb the spread of Covid-19:

  • The night curfew in Ahmedabad, Anand, Bhavnagar, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Nadiad, Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara will be in force from 10 pm to 6 am.
  • For open spaces, the government announced a ceiling of 400 attendees for political and social events, weddings etc. In case of a closed venue, not more than 50 per cent of the total capacity will be allowed. For funerals, a maximum of 100 mourners will be allowed to gather.
  • Establishments such as shops, spas, shopping complexes, malls, hotels and restaurants can function till 10 pm, but at a maximum capacity of 75 per cent. This limit is also applicable for government and non-government AC buses.
  • A cap of 50 per cent has been announced for cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, libraries etc.
  • The government has also ordered closure of all educational institutes till January 31.
(07-01-2022)

Student Startup and Innovation Policy 2.0 launched

The first phase of the SSIP had started in 2017 and had concluded in 2021. The new phase will run till 2027.

  • The first phase covered 6,276 student innovations and provided Rs 100 crore aid to 186 educational institutes associated with 51 universities.
  • The policy reaches school level and includes those who dropped out of school or college, and alumni of up to 35 years of age.
  • The focus will be on all streams, not just tech-based innovations.
  • Among the features: a grant of up to Rs. 5 crore to start innovation and acceleration activities and a grant of up to Rs. 2 crore to institutes under the same head.
  • Other features are support for filing IPR and providing seed grants and financial support for organizing boot camps and seminars.
(07-01-2022)

Vadodara’s Yastika Bhatia picked for ODI World Cup

Vadodara’s 21-year-old Yastika Bhatia has been picked for the Indian women’s team for the ICC One-day International (ODI) World Cup 2022. She has also been selected for the five-match ODI series in New Zealand. A left-handed batter and wicket-keeper, she captained the Baroda team in the National U-23 Women’s T20 Cricket Tournament in 2019. She was also a part of the India ‘A’ team that won the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) Women’s Emerging Asia Cup. She is pursuing her BA. (07-01-2022)

MS University now has a garden specially designed for the visually challenged

The MS University (MSU) campus now offers Gujarat's first garden specially designed for the visually challenged. The diversity of plants allows people to touch, smell and even taste them. MSU has incorporated this special sensory garden by modifying its century-old botanical garden. Braille script has been installed on standees near each of the 22 plant species. They can read the description of each plant (common name, scientific name and use) in Braille – in Gujarati and English. After reading it, they simply bend to get the feel and texture of the plant, enjoy its taste and rub it to smell its fragrance. All the plants have aroma and are edible as well. (06-01-2022)

Gujarat government puts Vibrant Gujarat Summit on hold

The Gujarat government has postponed the Vibrant Gujarat global investor summit which was to be inaugurated on January 10. This was done due to the prevailing Covid situation in Gujarat. No rescheduled dates have been announced. The chief minister's statement said that heads of different countries, high-level delegations and companies from across the country had expressed interest and registered to participate in the summit. More than 17,000 individuals and 7,000 companies had registered for the summit. (06-01-2022)

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