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Discussions are on about reopening schools: While school managements are discussing school reopening with the state government they feel that they should not be held accountable if students get infected by coronavirus. Some issues raised by them:
... A fixed set of guidelines cannot be applied to all schools across the state.
... There should be separate rules for rural and urban schools.
... Schools should not be accountable if students get infected by coronavirus.
... Students travel to school and back by autorickshaws and vans, and schools cannot monitor their activities outside.
... 80% of students are in favour of online education.
... 44% of parents said they will prefer not to send students to school amid the pandemic.
... To begin with, schools should be reopened only for students from Class IX to XII. (23-10-2020)
Drunk people pose a problem for cops in Covid times: A standard quick confirmation of a drunk person is the smell from his mouth. In Covid times, any smelling process can be dangerous – for the culprit as well as for the cop. A forthcoming police circular will detail other ways in which an inebriated person can be identified. Some simple indicators:
... Inability to stand properly.
... Unstable movements.
... Slurred speech
... Weaving or swerving while driving.
... Speed Inconsistencies.
... Traffic Violations.
... Poor Judgement.
... Sudden Stops.
... Flushed face.
... Red, watery, glassy or bloodshot eyes.
Based on these factors the cops can decide whether to take the suspect to a hospital for a medical test. (23-10-2020)
Law student suggests courts should switch to A4 size papers: Law student Jaydeep Patel had filed an interesting PIL before the Gujarat high court. He suggested that the usual legal size papers that are so commonly used for all court proceedings should be replaced by A4 size papers. He also suggested that the papers should be printed on both sides instead of on just one side. The high court disposed of the PIL by directing its registry to place the issue before the chief justice for consideration on the administrative side. If the student’s suggestion is implemented, it will introduce uniformity about the use of paper and printing and minimise paper consumption. It will be an eco-friendly move. (23-10-2020)
Adani will take over at Ahmedabad international airport: Operations at Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport will be taken over by Adani Enterprises Limited (AEL) on November 7. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) said that the union ministry of civil aviation has signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect with Adani Ahmedabad International Airport Limited. The MoU pertained to provision of Reserved Services: customs, immigration, plant and animal quarantine, health, MET and security. AAI also signed a CNS-ATM agreement with Adani for the provision of CNS-ATM services at the city airport. AEL had put in a bid of a Rs. 177-per-passenger fee to be paid to the AAI. The SVPI Airport had recorded 1.14 crore passenger footfalls in 2019-20. (23-10-2020)
Amul introduces camel milk ice-cream: Dairy giant Amul is launching camel milk ice-cream and milk powder. According to the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) that markets the Amul brand, “Amul camel milk powder will enable lakhs of individuals to try the goodness of camel milk across the country for the first time. … The milk powder made from natural camel milk procured from camel herders in Kutch will have a shelf life of eight months.” Incidentally, after Amul launched camel milk products the rates of camel milk in Gujarat have doubled, thus leading to a revival of the sector. GCMMF entered into a MoU in 2018 with the Kutch District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited (Sarhad Dairy), Sahjeevan Trust and the Kutch Unt Uccherak Maldhari Sangathan for procurement, processing and marketing of camel milk. Kutch milk union is now collecting about 70,000 litres of camel milk every month. There are around 30,000 camels in Gujarat, mostly of Kutchi and Kharai breeds. The state is home to around 1,000 camel breeders mainly from the Rabari, Fakirani Jat, Sama and Sodha communities. (22-10-2020)
Suzuki’s Hansalpur plant makes its millionth car: Suzuki Motor Gujarat Pvt. Ltd. (SMG) recently made its millionth car at its passenger vehicle manufacturing plant at Hansalpur. SMG, a subsidiary of Japan based Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), employs 1,800 persons at the Hansalpur plant, which is 97 km from Ahmedabad. It manufactures cars for Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL), for the domestic as well as export markets. SMG began with Baleno in 2017 and added Suzuki Swift in 2018. SMC has cumulatively invested over Rs. 12,500 crore in its plant in Gujarat. (22-10-2020)
Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate Girnar ropeway, virtually: The Girnar ropeway near Junagadh at Girnar will be inaugurated, virtually, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 24. The ropeway connects Bhavnath Taleti and Ambaji Temple – a distance of 2.3 km – in seven minutes. There are 5,000 steps between Bhavnath Taleti and Ambaji Temple. Eight passengers can be accommodated in each of the 25 carriages. It is supposed to be the biggest ropeway project in Asia. (22-10-2020)
Diwali vacation announced for all board schools: Diwali vacation will be from October 29 to November 18 for all state board schools. The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) announced that all educational activities, including online classes, will remain closed during this twenty-day vacation period. The decision on reopening of schools after the Diwali vacation will be taken after consulting stakeholders – health department, parents, students, school trustees, teachers and prominent educationists. (21-10-2020)
Maharashtra government caps prices of masks: The Maharashtra government has capped the prices of masks in order to reduce profiteering during the pandemic. An N-95 mask currently costs Rs. 150 to Rs. 600, and a 3-ply mask costs Rs. 20 to Rs. 40. The capped prices:
... An N-95 mask will cost Rs. 19 to Rs. 45.
... A 3-ply mask will cost Rs. 4.
... A 2-ply mask will cost Rs. 3.
The new rates ensure that the masks cost less than the reusable plain cotton masks that are being sold between Rs. 10 and Rs. 200. The Food and Drug Administration will ensure that chemist sell masks at the new prescribed rates. (21-10-2020)
High-yielding ‘desi’ cotton variety developed: Gujarat Anand Desi Cotton-2 (GADC-2) – a ‘desi’ cotton variety developed by the Viramgam regional cotton research station (RCRS) of Anand Agricultural University (AAU) – has been notified by the Plant Varieties Registry of the government of India. AAU now has exclusive rights to produce, sell, market, distribute and export this variety of cotton for an initial term of six years, which can be further renewed. This variety is suitable for the Wagad region of Gujarat that accounts for 20% of the state’s total cotton production. In this region (including areas north of Viramgam, near Little Rann of Kutch, Rapar and Bhachau) the soil is saline. Only ‘desi’ cotton can grow in this belt; American cotton or Bt-cotton does not survive in the Wagad region. GADC-2 is an improvised ‘desi’ cotton variety:
... Its yield potential is 1,640 kg/ hectare’ 8% higher than earlier ‘desi’ varieties.
... Its quality is better; the micronaire value (MV) is in the range of 4 MV to 4.8 MV.
... The fibre length of GADC-2 is more than 24 mm.
... In Wagad the ‘desi’ cotton grown here remains comparatively free from pest attacks.
... Its dependency on fertilizers is low.
... As irrigation cost is almost nil, the cotton is cheaper compared to Bt cotton. (21-10-2020)
Sainik School Balachadi will be first in India to admit girls: There are 33 Sainik Schools in India, but the 60-year-old Sainik School Balachadi, Jamnagar, will soon become the first to admit girls. From the next academic session, 10 girls will be given admission and the number of seats for them will be increased later looking at the response. There will be 67% reservation for Gujarat and other reservations for SC, ST, OBC will be applied as per the rules. The ministry of defence had earlier taken a decision to allow girls in four or five Sainik Schools. The residential school enrols students from Class VI and they are given special training to prepare them for NDA, besides the regular syllabus up to Class XI. Along with studies, military training will be given to girls in the same manner as it is being given to boys to prepare them for careers as defence officers in the armed forces. This is a futuristic step, and it will take around seven years for the girls to get prepared for NDA, which may also start inducting women over the coming years. The school currently has 570 students on its 425-acre campus. The Sainik Schools are a system of schools managed by the Sainik Schools Society under the Ministry of Defence. They were conceived in 1961 to rectify the regional and class imbalance amongst the officer cadre of the Indian Military, and to prepare students mentally and physically for entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune and Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, Kerala. The schools come under the purview of the respective state governments and the Ministry of Defence. (20-10-2020)
Amul moves into the carbonated drink segment with AmulTru Seltzer: By launching AmulTru Seltzer – the country’s first seltzer – dairy major Amul has moved into the carbonated drink segment. A release issued by the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) – the organisation that markets the brand Amul – said in a release, “Historically, people from Niederselters, a town in Germany bottled and exported their naturally carbonated water in 1787 and Americans called it seltzer. Hundred years back, in the 19th century, people started adding seltzer to milk, either as a refreshment or a tonic to cure diseases.” AmulTru Seltzer is a mix of real fruit juice, milk solids and fizz. It comes in two flavours now, lemon and orange; variants like cola, jeera and apple will soon follow. (20-10-2020)
Tambekarwada is passing through troubled times: Did you know that the four-storeyed Tambekarwada – the beautiful 19th century building that is a prominent heritage structure in Vadodara – is for all practical purposes managed by two institutions? The front portion of this structure is under the possession of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), and the rear portion is the responsibility of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC). The structure is not entirely safe, in the sense that its rear part is dilapidated enough to require urgent maintenance. A part of the structure at the rear collapsed recently, threatening the entire structure. This has happened before too. Heritage lovers and conservation enthusiasts are not pleased at all. It is about time that the ASI and the VMC sit across the bureaucratic table and do what is best for Tambekarwada. This building was the residence of the dewan of erstwhile Baroda state. (19-10-2020)
Gujarat’s bigger cities grab 94% of real estate investments: As many as 6,905 real estate projects were registered in Gujarat by the end of fiscal 2019-20. These projects had an investment potential of about Rs 2 lakh crore. Data analysed by the Gujarat Real Estate Regulatory Authority (GujRERA) throws up some interesting bits of information:
... Gujarat’s small and medium cities account for only 14% of the real estate projects registered with GujRERA.
... The share of the small and medium cities in real estate sector investment is just 6%.
... 86% of the registered projects are in districts with bigger cities such as Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara, Gandhinagar and Surat.
... The districts with bigger cities account for 94% of the investment made in the real estate projects.
... The districts with bigger cities house 36% of the state’s population.
... Despite having 64% of the population, the districts with smaller cities such as Kutch, Banaskatha, Sabarkantha, Panchmahal, Bharuch and Valsad hardly have any projects.
A major reason for less number of projects in small cities is availability of land at low prices, which makes residents build their own houses on individual plots, which in turn results in low demand for highrise development, which in turn makes projects unattractive for developers.  From the perspective of Gujarat RERA, government policy should focus on the overall development of tier two and tier three cities, and also scale up investments in basic infrastructure services, transport connectivity, seamless mobility and all-weather roads in such areas. (19-10-2020)
Don’t be in a hurry to reopen schools: Perhaps reacting to the possibility of limited reopening of schools being allowed after Diwali, recent guidelines by the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) have advised caution. It is suggested that reopening should be permitted only after the case positivity rate goes below 5% – that is, fewer than five persons testing positive out of 100 scanned. One doctor said: “Schools may even try to adapt to the stringent norms of sanitizing and social distancing – but what about informal interactions outside classrooms?... It’s difficult for younger students to follow all norms.” (19-10-2020)
Today is the 100th anniversary of Gujarat Vidyapith: Today is the 100th anniversary of Gujarat Vidyapith, the institution established by Mahatma Gandhi on October 18, 1920. Gujarat Vidyapith was established as a national university without a government charter. Gandhiji was its life-long chancellor. Professor A T Gidwani was its founder vice-chancellor. After Gandhiji, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Morarji Desai adorned the post of chancellor of the Vidyapith. Later, many more institutions, colleges and schools were affiliated to the Vidyapith. Today, it is one of the national universities with a charter from the Government of India and seeks to promote Gandhiji's ideals of service-oriented education. Bapu’s principal objective behind establishing the Vidyapith was to instil in Indians the devotion for self-liberation and knowledge which were its permanent ideals, while political independence came after that. (18-10-2020)
Realtors can buy agricultural land for affordable housing: Real estate developers in Gujarat will be allowed to purchase agricultural land for affordable housing under Section 63AAA of the Gujarat Tenancy Act. This section allows purchase of agricultural land for a bona fide industrial purpose. This move will improve the availability of land for affordable housing and also provide more affordable homes for people. A developer can buy agricultural land in the name of his company and the process to convert the land into non-agricultural land can be initiated after the acquisition. This will reduce the project cost and enable faster execution of realty projects. Other benefits for the realty sector:
... The carpet area limit for affordable housing units has been raised from 80 square metres to 90 square metres.The increase in carpet area will result in consumers getting spacious and bigger houses under affordable housing.
... The government will provide interest relief on payment of chargeable FSI (floor price index).
... The government will announce a uniform policy with regard to chargeable FSI. This will reduce project cost and speed up project launches.
... The government may consider the demand of real estate developers that the premium on new tenure land should be levied only after the mandatory deduction of land in non-town planning (non-TP) areas.
... The government has decided to remove the floor height restriction of 3.6 metres.
... The government is considering granting building plan approvals to low-rise buildings on the same day (not a provisional approval, but a final approval). (18-10-2020)
Tribals open Van Shree Restaurant’ in Vyara: The Vyara Forest Division in the Panvadi area at Vyara town of Tapi district has encouraged local tribals to open the ‘Van Shree Restaurant’. At this restaurant people can get a taste of tribal foods and local delicacies. The restaurant also provides employment to local tribals. Run by about 20 women of a Self Help Group (SHG), the restaurant is on the way to Dangs and easily accessible by tourists. There is a tribal mall too, where local bamboo products, handicrafts, local grains and cereals and ayurvedic medicines are sold. The tribal mall sells products worth Rs. 5,000 daily. (18-10-2020)
Central supercomputing facility planned for Gujarat: The Gujarat Council on Science & Technology (GUJCOST) plans to establish a central supercomputing facility with more computational power and speed as part of the National Supercomputing Mission. GUJCOST has provided 26 Param Shavak high-performance computers (HPC) – popularly known as supercomputers – to 26 institutes and universities in the state for various research projects. A four-day training programme for Param Shavak was conducted recently by Pune-based C-DAC. The programme was attended by 126 faculty members and researchers from the 26 institutes and universities where the Param Shavaks have been granted. High-performance computing will have a major impact on ongoing research in several fields ranging from molecular biology to quantum physics. Gujarat is said to be the largest user of Param Shavaks today. Many of the projects undertaken by the institutes having HPCs would not have been possible without these supercomputers. (17-10-2020)
Minimum age for women to get married may be changed: The Indian government may change the minimum legal age for women to get married. Some people believe that the current minimum age of 18 years is not right for a woman to get married and bear children. According to the National Family Health Survey (2015-16), the age at which a woman marries in India depends upon the state, the level of education, the family’s financial status, caste and religion. The debate is concerned with the choice between individual rights and social good as enforced by law. Here are just a few of the very many factors that play a part:
... Women in villages marry 20 months earlier than women in cities.
... Women who have completed 12 years of education marry much later.
... Women from financially well-off families marry at least three years later than those with limited financial means.
... Women in the Christian community marry later in life (21.6 years), while Hindu women are likely to marry earlier (18.5 years).
... In the case of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and OBC categories, women marry at a much younger age relative to the rest. (17-10-2020)
Boards of major industrial areas to be reconstituted: The Gujarat government’s experiment of giving management powers to local industries in 22 major notified industrial areas has not proved to be successful. The state government will one again take over the management of these industrial areas by reconstituting the governing boards of all the major notified industrial areas. The local officers of the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) will be put in charge of the industrial areas. The state government has bifurcated industrial areas based on size. Industrial areas above 500 hectares will be managed by regional GIDC directors and those less than 500 hectares will be managed by an officer appointed by the local government body. The president and secretary of industry associations will be members of the new boards, but will not have the authority they earlier had. (17-10-2020)
Microlight flight simulator inaugurated at Vadodara: Virus SW80 Microlight Flight Simulator is now officially operational at 1 Gujarat Air Squadron, Vadodara. The flight simulator will help cadets to learn almost real time flying and they can fly solo also. The design and controls of the flight simulator are the same as that of the recently acquired Virus SW80 Microlight aircraft. All emergencies and weather conditions can be simulated in it. The Flight Simulator will also save fuel costs while enabling cadets to get a first hand feel of flying a real Microlight aircraft. A firing simulator will soon be introduced in the Army NCC wing. (16-10-2020)
Claims reported that cow dung reduces radiation: Over 400 scientists in the country have written a letter to the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog regarding the organisation’s claim that keeping cow dung cake in homes reduces radiation. The scientists are associated with IIT Bombay, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, among others. It seems that mediapersons had been told that a ‘cow dung chip’ has been produced which can reduce radiation when kept on a cellphone. The scientists wanted to know whether the claims were made with scientific backing. One scientist said: “Science is based on evidence and not claims. We are not stating that the claim is false, but we have asked for evidence that proves that the claim is scientific in nature.” The Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog was established in 2019 for the protection, promotion and conservation of indigenous cattle. (16-10-2020)
Chandigarh gets a state-of-art petrol pump: The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has launched a state-of-art petrol pump. Some features:
... It is spread over 12,000 sq.ft.
... It will function 24x7.
... It will offer green fuels like CNG, EV charging and battery swapping.
... The civic body expects to earn Rs. 1.5 crore annually from the petrol pump.
... This Indian Oil Retail outlet was commissioned in a record time of three months.
... Women will be given equal opportunities to work at the new outlet.
... The retail outlet is fully automated.
... Customers will receive e-receipts after the purchase of fuel.
... The ultra-modern facilities include the new ‘Smart Ground Detector’ for better safety.
... It expects to earn Rs. 1.5 crore annually. (16-10-2020)
Kutch’s Sarhad Dairy may venture into fruit processing: The Sarhad Dairy in Kutch is thinking about setting up a fruit processing plant near Bhuj. If the idea sees the light of day, customers in Gujarat may be able to get many of Kutch’s famous fruits – kesar mangoes, pomegranates, dates, etc. – throughout the year. The fruit juice and pulp extract can be used to make several value-added products. Sarhad Dairy is a member of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), the organisation that owns the Amul brand. Even after domestic consumption and exports, Kutch produces enough fruits for processing. According to a primary survey, the area produces 1.25 lakh metric tonnes of dates, 1.50 lakh metric tonnes of pomegranates and 80,000 metric tonnes of kesar mangoes annually. Roughly half of this may be available to the dairy for processing. The fruit processing plant may also be able to support the fruit farmers of Kutch. It may be possible to use the fruit juices and pulp in products like ice creams, flavoured yoghurt and milkshakes. Also, dates can also be used to make mouth fresheners. A consultant has been appointed to prepare a project report for the fruit processing plant. It is expected to cost Rs. 25 crore. Amul will market the juice, pulp and other value-added products made out of Kutch’s popular fruits. (15-10-2020)
Government has not asked temples to close because of Covid-19: The Gujarat government has clarified that it has not directed major temples to close down due to the possibility of spread of Covid-19 during the upcoming Navratri and other festivals. The government has “only coordinated with trustees of respective temples to ensure social distancing and other norms for the safety of devotees. According to the government of India’s Unlock-1.0 guidelines and subsequent guidelines issued by the state government, all temples are allowed to be open….. All temple trusts can take decisions according to the local conditions as and when required.” (15-10-2020)
Bar Council of Gujarat will act against lawyers who take up other professions: The Bar Council of Gujarat (BCG) has resolved to act against those lawyers who are engaged full-time in other professions and have not deposited their sanad (license to practice law) with the council. The Advocates Act provides for prior approval from the body before taking up any other profession if a person wants to keep the sanad. There are many cases in which advocates have not deposited their sanads, though they are engaged in other professions than practising the law. Due to the nationwide lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, lawyers have been hit hard financially, and as the courts were shut the BCG permitted the lawyers to take up other professions till the year ends. (15-10-2020)
Statue of Unity will reopen from 17th October: The Statue of Unity (SoU) at Kevadia colony will reopen from Saturday, October 17, the first day of Navratri. It was closed down for tourists in March. Covid-19 guidelines will of course be implemented strictly. Wearing face masks has been made compulsory and every tourist will be screened thermally. Only 2,500 tourists will be allowed per day, spread over five slots of two hours each between 8 am and 4 pm. Tourists can book entry tickets online and choose the time slot. The special hop-on hop-off buses will be available for visitors. The Jungle Safari and the Children’s Nutrition Park have already reopened from October 10. (14-10-2020)
Pavagadh’s Mahakali temple will be closed for visitors during Navratri: Pavagadh’s Mahakali temple will be closed for visitors during Navratri. It is during these nine days that the temple has lakhs of visitors., but the decision to remain closed was taken by the temple trust due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The temple will remain closed for pilgrims from October 16 to November 1. Rituals inside the temple will continue as usual, but devotees will have to do ‘darshan’ online using the temple website. This decision has been taken in the interest of the health and safety of devotees. (14-10-2020)
Waste flowers can be converted into fertilizer: The Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT) at Surat has developed the technology to make compost fertilizer from flower-waste. Flowers offered as a ritual at crematoriums accumulate and smell as they decompose. An average crematorium can generate about 100 kg of flower-waste daily. The SVNIT technology will be used by the Shree Ramnath Ghela Smashan Bhumi Trust (SRGSBT) in Umra to convert flower-waste into compost fertilizer. The process has been patented by SVNIT civil engineering associate professor K.D. Yadav and PhD student Dayanand Sharma. The crematorium will need a machine to convert 450 kg of waste into compost manure in 25 days; 100 kg waste can produce 30 kg of compost. Similar machines can be installed in temples too. The fertilizer can be sold at Rs. 20 per kg. (14-10-2020)
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