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Adivasi Academy in Chhota Udepur helps tribals to extract indigo: The Adivasi Academy in Chhota Udepur successfully conducted a two-year experiment in cultivating indigo and extracting the blue dye. The academy will now train the local tribals in indigo cultivation and extraction. Indigo grows wildly in the district’s forest areas, but the locals never tapped it except for traditional medicinal purposes. In fact, Chhota Udepur has been a supplier of natural dyes to weavers, but not of blue dye. The academy will train the locals to extract the blue dye and also dye the yarn for their clothes. People in the district can then weave their own clothes and also dye them with the colour which they have extracted. Groups of farmers will be formed to grow indigo and supply the blue dye on a commercial scale. Going a step further, the tribals will become completely self-dependent, because the academy plans to grow cotton so that handspun yarn can be used for weaving the cloth. (14-12-2020)
Indian Medical Association members protest against ‘Mixopathy’: Most of the roughly 30,000 Gujarat based doctors who are members of Indian Medical Association (IMA) supported the nationwide bandh call on Friday against what they call ‘mixopathy’. IMA had called for a nationwide protest against the proposed amendments in the CCIM Act which would enable doctors from non-allopathic backgrounds to perform certain allopathic procedures – which the protesters termed ‘mixopathy’. The protesters said they are not against any discipline of medicine, but against mixing of the methods which would dilute the original knowledge. An AMA official said that the government must not play with the health of people by allowing ayurvedic doctors to perform surgeries after a three-year course. (13-12-2020)
Online registration compulsory to organise weddings: Online registration for marriage functions has been made compulsory by the Gujarat government in view of the pandemic. The National Informatics Centre has come up with a software on the government website http://www.digitalgujarat.gov.in wherein people can apply online for upcoming marriage ceremonies and take a print of the registration slip or save a PDF file. If asked by any police or administrative official, the registration slip can be shown by the applicant. The applicant will get the slip within two minutes of submitting the application. There is no need to get permission from the local police. The number of guests at a wedding should not be more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue, and not more than 100. Marriage functions during curfew hours are prohibited in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat. (13-12-2020)
Court orders punishment for bounced cheque: Person A had taken a loan of Rs. 60,000 from person B in February 2017. A issued a cheque to B in June 2017 as repayment. The cheque was dishonoured. B lodged a complaint against A under the Negotiable Instruments Act. The court convicted A and ordered a jail term of eight months besides paying the victim twice the amount he owed within 30 days of the order. In case of default of payment of Rs. 1.2 lakh within the stipulated time, the court stated that the accused will have to further undergo simple imprisonment of 2 more months. (13-12-2020)
Parag Amin was chief guest at Navrachana University’s 8th convocation: The 8th convocation ceremony of Vadodara based Navrachana University was held on Saturday. Eighteen students were awarded gold medals and 826 undergraduate, post-graduate and doctorate program students were conferred degrees. Inventor and serial entrepreneur Parag Amin was the chief guest at the virtual convocation. Mr. Amin is the founding director of iCreate and president of Radiqal, USA. Among the 826 conferred degrees, four have completed their doctoral studies, 259 have specialized in engineering and information technology, 202 in management studies, 149 in sciences, 76 in architecture and interior design, 52 in education, 39 in computer applications, 26 in mass communication and 11 in social work. (13-12-2020)
Fines for not wearing masks and spitting in public cross Rs. 100 crore: The collection of fines collected in Gujarat for not wearing masks and spitting in public has reached a figure which the people of the state cannot really be proud of.
… Fines totalling to Rs. 100.08 crore were collected from over 22 lakh people – between June and December 2020.
…  Action was taken against 62,855 people for violating quarantine norms since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic.
… Over 3.5 lakh people were arrested in the state in 2.5 lakh cases related to the violation of Covid guidelines.
… Since March, about 5 lakh vehicles were impounded for flouting the curfew rules. Fines of over Rs. 56 crore were collected from the owners or the drivers of the vehicles. (12-12-2020)
MS University alumni launch Vision 2020 project: The MSU Vision 2020 project was formally launched virtually on Friday by eminent MS University alumni – mostly of the 1980 batch of Faculty of Technology and Engineering (FTE) who are working in Silicon Valley, USA. The objective is to encourage, groom and mentor the current students of the university.
… The project has three aspects – merit awards, student mentoring programme and the flagship programme of tech incubator.
… It will cover all students of all departments – from their first year of college. The cumulative marks of two semesters will determine the awardee in each department and each year. The merit award will consist of Rs. 10,000, a merit certificate and a place on the MSU Vision 2020 honour roll of scholars.
… In the mentoring programme, each alumni of the network will continuously mentor three to five students providing them one-to-one guidance for their professional development.
… The incubator programme will fund five top teams and will foster the startup culture. Each of the selected five teams will get a seed funding of Rs. 50,000. The programme encourages multi-disciplinary teams of two to five students. Vision 2020 alumni will conduct a series of webinars while each team will also be assigned alumni and faculty mentors as guides. At the end, a grand prize of Rs. 1 lakh will be awarded to the best among the five teams. (12-12-2020)
Newly constructed administrative complex at SIR inaugurated: The Gujarat chief minister virtually dedicated the newly constructed administrative complex of Mandal-Becharaji Special Investment Region (SIR) on Friday.
… SIR will be developed as India’s premier industrial city.
… The administrative complex of the SIR has been constructed at Hansalpur at a cost of Rs 5.44 crore.
… The state-of-the-art facilities at the SIR will be ideal for companies which want to relocate their operations from China and other places to India.
… The SIR covers eight villages of Ahmedabad district and one village of Mehsana district.
… All infrastructural facilities at the SIR will be put up at a cost of Rs 200 crore.
… An automobile hub has been developed here and multinational companies have set up operations. (12-12-2020)
Term of elected bodies ends on Dec 13: The Gujarat chief minister has ordered the municipal commissioners of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar to continue carrying out day-to-day functions of the corporations till the newly elected bodies take charge. The term of the elected bodies ends on December 13. However, the municipal commissioners will not be able to take any policy decisions. The order has come after a directive of the Supreme Court (SC) on an application of the state government regarding the administration of the municipal corporations and other local bodies, terms of which are ending this month. The SC has ordered the state government to let chief executive officers of the respective local bodies carry out the day-to-day functioning till the new political body gets elected and takes charge. The state government moved the SC after the State Election Commission (SEC) postponed the elections of the local bodies owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and order of Gujarat High Court prohibited the government from appointing officers for the day-to-day administration of the same. The SEC stated that the new bodies will be elected by February 2021. (11-12-2020)
The renovated Motera stadium is ready for its first match: The renovated 1,10,000 capacity Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera, is preparing to stage its first match. England will visit India in February-March next year. The day/night pink ball Test match, the third of the series, will be played at Motera from February 24-28. Motera will also be the venue for the final Test from March 4-8. Ahmedabad will host all the five T20Is (March 12, 14, 16, 18, 20), and Pune will be the venue for all the three ODIs (Mar 23, 26, 28). The decision to host so many games in Motera has been taken due to the Covid restrictions. If the Covid situation improves, a few spectators may be allowed inside the stadium. Motera may stage a few domestic games before the Tests. Ahmedabad may also get an IPL team; BCCI’s annual general meeting on December 24 will discuss the induction of two new IPL franchises. ICC will soon announce the schedule of the T20 World Cup and the chances of Motera hosting the final are high. (11-12-2020)
VMC will raise Rs. 200 crore via municipal bonds: The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) may become the first civic body in the state to issue bonds in consultancy with the US Treasury Department (USTD). Vadodara was among the six Smart Cities that were picked for assistance from the USTD. The proposal was initially for Rs. 100 crore, but was subsequently raised to Rs. 200 crore in the 2020-21 budget. Rating agencies Fitch and Crisil had given AA+/stable and AA/stable ratings to the bond issue. The state government approval is awaited. The funds will be used for gap funding of infrastructure projects under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation. The ministry of housing and urban affairs had signed a memorandum with the USTD for the programme. The ministry invited 13 Smart Cities to make presentations for the programme. (10-12-2020)
Work begins to prepare a database of citizens over 50: The Gujarat state health and family welfare department has asked district collectors, district development officers (DDOs) and municipal commissioners to prepare a list of citizens above 50 years of age, and also those below 50 years but with co-morbidities (cancer, organ transplant, ailments related to kidney and heart, thalassemia, anemia, HIV and mental illnesses). The list will enable the planning of the Covid-19 vaccination schedule. The database will be prepared according to the Government of India guidelines. The exercise will follow the same format as in the booth-wise data collection of voters during elections. The teams will carry out a door-to-door survey between December 10 and December 13. The age of 50 years will be calculated as on January 1, 2021. (09-12-2020)
Gujarat’s revised budget will reflect austerity measures: The Gujarat finance minister has said that a drop in the government’s revenues in the form of various taxes, coupled with austerity measures in expenditure, will be reflected in the revised budget estimates to be drawn up by the end of this month. The revised budget estimates may show a fall of about 25%. Tax collection has reduced due to the pandemic, and all departments have been asked to follow austerity measures. Government income from March to November was only 45.30% of the actual budget estimates, in the next four months (to March 2021), the total income from all sources may touch 65% of the budget estimates. The government’s capital expenditure on various projects has also not taken place, leading to considerable savings. With the austerity measures, the fall in revenues has been compensated to some extent by a reduction in expenditure. The size of the next budget is likely to be low if the centre does not permit the state to increase the debt limit. (09-12-2020)
Health workers and doctors will get vaccinated in the first phase in Vadodara: The health department of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) is making the necessary arrangements to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to health workers and doctors in the city. VMC has started preparing the database of such persons. The urban health centers (UHC) of the civic body have ice-lined freezers to store the vaccines. Each refrigerator at the UHC level has a capacity of 225 litres. The list of healthcare workers and professionals includes those from both the public and private sectors. Till a few days back, 13,700 persons have been included in the list which is being updated. The health system has experience in handling vaccination programmes. Recently, the measles-rubella vaccination was administered to about four lakh children in a short span. (08-12-2020)
Night curfew extended in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot cities: The Gujarat Director General of Police has announced that night curfew between 9 pm and 6 am will continue till further notice in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot cities. The curfew was due to end on December 7, but it has been extended in view of the increasing Covid cases. Anyone found assembling at public spaces including roads, highways, lanes and streets will be prosecuted under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. (08-12-2020)
Too many people just don’t care about others: Between June and December 2020, 21.40 lakh people in Gujarat paid up Rs. 93.56 crore by way of fines for violating Covid regulations. In the last week alone, 56,144 people paid fines amounting to Rs. 5.57 crore. The offences: not wearing masks, spitting in public, violating social distancing norms, violating curfew rules. Also, 4.92 lakh vehicles have been seized in the state for corona-code violations – 5,367 vehicles in the last week alone. Between June and December, 60,400 cases were filed under Section 188 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) for disregarding notifications – 2,713 cases in the last week alone. This is in spite of the crackdown by the police! (07-12-2020)
Night curfew in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Surat may be extended: The night curfew in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat may perhaps be extended further. Though there is no formal announcement or statement as yet, informal discussions seem to be going on among the various government departments. Some people are of the opinion that the night curfew may be extended till the end of December or till the pandemic situation improves. The night curfew notification was valid till December 7 and another notification is likely soon. (07-12-2020)
MSU alumni will mentor current students and offer scholarships: MS University (MSU) has signed an MoU with ‘Vision 2020’ – a group of mostly Faculty of Technology and Engineering (FTE) alumni currently settled in USA and other countries – to provide scholarships, mentorship and support to current students by helping them with their startups. To start with the alumni will provide Rs. 25 lakh for this year. The activities will begin from FTE and gradually increase in scale. The scholarships will be given to students who are meritorious and are not covered under any existing schemes. The alumni group will also handhold students and groom them for their overall development. The idea is to increase employability of the current students and support them to develop their entrepreneurial skills. (07-12-2020)
State plans for vaccine storage and distribution: The Gujarat government has formed a task force to draw up detailed plans for storage and distribution of the Covid vaccine throughout the state. The Covid-19 steering committee meeting in Gandhinagar was chaired by state chief secretary Anil Mukim The meeting assessed the vaccine storage and distribution channels. The task force for Covid vaccination has been created in all the 33 districts and 248 talukas of Gujarat. The plan covers six vaccine stores at zonal levels, 41 stores at district and municipal corporation levels, and 2,189 cold chain points for remote locations. The technical audit has been completed. The details of 2.71 lakh government healthcare workers and 1.25 lakh workers in the private sector have been collected and collated. In the first phase, the vaccine will be made available for frontline healthcare workers. (06-12-2020)
Umarpada will have Gujarat’s second sainik school: Gujarat’s second sainik school (military school) is likely to come up at Bilvan village in the tribal Umarpada taluka of Surat district. The first sainik school is at Balachadi in Jamnagar. To be built at a cost of Rs. 27.42 crore and spread over 20 acres, the school building will also have a students’ hostel, dining hall, staff quarters and a sports complex. It will be fully residential and it will provide quality education to hundreds of students in this tribal dominated region. The central government scheme for setting up sainik schools was launched in 1961 to prepare boys academically and physically for entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA). The scheme also seeks to eradicate the rural-urban disparities in the officer cadre of the Indian armed forces. (06-12-2020)
Former city mayor booked for violating Covid guidelines: A former mayor of Vadodara was arrested by the Sayajigunj police on Friday for violating Covid guidelines – for his birthday celebration! He and nine other persons were booked on Thursday for not wearing masks and not following social distancing rules at the birthday bash. He was arrested and later granted bail from the police station. The former mayor had organised a celebration at the party office in Sayajigunj, with many friends and supporters present. The video shot at the scene went viral, and the cops took action. Public figures should be setting examples for others to follow, but certainly not this kind of example. (05-12-2020)
Gujarat state election commission starts preparations for civic body polls: The Gujarat state election commission (SEC) has issued a circular to six municipal corporations and all district collectors on Thursday asking them to prepare for elections to the municipal corporations (Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar), municipalities, district panchayats and taluka panchayats. The elections to the six municipal corporations, along with 55 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats, were scheduled for October-November, but had been postponed by three months because of the pandemic. All urban bodies and district collectors will be responsible for ensuring supply of N95 masks, sanitisers, PPE kits and other materials to be used in the elections. The SEC said, “The number of Covid-19 cases has increased considerably and the situation does not seem conducive for holding elections. However, things are likely to improve, so in anticipation of the situation returning to normal before February, we have directed municipal corporations and all the district authorities to be ready for elections…. We have not taken any final decision. We will take a final call after a month after considering the situation on the ground. If required, we can consider further delaying the elections.” (05-12-2020)
Mandatory community service order stayed by Supreme Court: The Supreme Court has stayed the Gujarat high court order to send people not wearing masks in public places to Covid centres for providing community service. The state government had several apprehensions about the order; though the intention behind the order was laudable, it could lead to further spread of the infection and the fine for violation of Covid norms had already been increased to Rs. 1,000. There were other factors too which needed to be considered before going ahead with the mandatory community service at Covid centres. The Supreme Court asked the additional secretary in Gujarat's home department to ensure that Covid norms and SOPs were scrupulously implemented in the state. (04-12-2020)
Over 8,400 persons pay Rs. 84 lakhs for not wearing masks: Following a stricter crackdown by the Vadodara city police, those violating the Covid guidelines have paid a fairly large sum by way of fines. In 12 days, 8,404 persons were fined Rs. 84 lakhs for not wearing face masks. The two-wheeler commuters not wearing face masks are being fined Rs. 1,000. Even though constant announcements are being made on the roads asking people to wear face masks, many people are still not taking the matter seriously. A joint enforcement team (JET) of police and Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) personnel is checking for violations at malls and shops. CCTVs are also used to identify and fine commuters not wearing face masks. About 300 persons have been arrested for violating the night curfew rules. (04-12-2020)
PM to lay foundation stone of Mega energy park in Kutch: On December 15, Prime Minister Modi will lay the foundation stones of two projects – a mega renewable energy park and a desalination plant – in Kutch district. With both solar panels and windmills, the hybrid renewable energy park is expected to be the world’s biggest, with power generation capacity of 30,000MW. Spread over 60,000 hectares, it is likely to attract investments of Rs.1.35 lakh crore in two years. It should be completed by 2022. The other function will be a ground-breaking ceremony for a desalination plant at Mandvi in Kutch. This plant will provide fresh water for farming, industries and drinking. (04-12-2020)
‘Tibetan’ market and its woolen garments unlikely this year: The shops selling woollen garments and clothing at the Kala Bhavan Ground have been asked to close down because they did not have the necessary permissions. It is not quite clear whether it is the police or the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) that is responsible for this order to the almost 200 shops in what is popularly known as the Tibetan market. Some reports suggest that they have NOC from the fire brigade and the VMC but the permission from PWD is yet to be given. Police permission cannot be given until the PWD gives the NOC. This market is called Tibetan market because most of the shops selling winter clothing are run by Tibetans who come to the city to sell their goods. This year the Tibetans have not come due to the Covid situation. (03-12-2020)
Civic body asks hospitals to complete all fire safety measures: About half of the city’s Covid-19 hospitals have been issued notices by the fire and emergency services department of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) to take appropriate measures to improve their fire safety facilities. Vadodara city and the district have 146 hospitals and 11 extensions of such hospitals in hotels and other buildings where Covid-19 patients are being treated. About 70 hospitals have been given notices over minor issues, such as making some additions or changes. It appears that the GMERS Hospital at Gotri had not renewed its fire NOC; the hospital had the equipment and fire fighting systems in place, but its certificate needs to be renewed. (03-12-2020)
Amul is now the world’s 8th largest milk processor: Amul is the world’s 8th largest milk processor, according to the top 20 list released by the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN), a global dairy research network. In 2018, it was ranked 9th. Amul has replaced Dean Foods of the United States in the global ranking. Incidentally, the US dairy giant has gone bankrupt. All the other global dairy giants starting from US’ Dairy Farmers of America, New Zealand’s Fonterra, France’ Groupe Lactalis, Denmark’s Arla Foods, Switzerland’ Nestle Dairy, Netherlands’ FrieslandCampnia and Canada’s Saputo have maintained their rankings in 2020. (02-12-2020)
Gujarat’s Covid expenditure this year is Rs. 1,289 crore: The Gujarat government has spent Rs 1,289 crore between April and October 2020 to bring Covid-19 under control. The government expects to spend another Rs. 1,000 crore until the end of the current financial year. Most of the expenditure is on drugs, consumables, PPE kits and masks, diagnostic kits, human resources and special infrastructure needs. All these expenses are of course non-planned and in addition to the allocated budget for planned expenditure. (02-12-2020)
Community service at Covid centres for those not wearing masks: The Gujarat high court has directed the state government to make it mandatory for those who are spotted without masks and violating social distancing norms in public places to do community service at Covid centres as a punishment. The court felt that challans alone are not enough to make people behave appropriately. The order reads, “Any person found to be not wearing or using a face mask/covering in a public place and/or violating the Covid protocol of social distancing, shall be mandated to do community service at any Covid Care centre run by the local authorities.” Such defaulters should render services which are non-medical in nature “such as, cleaning, housekeeping, help in cooking and serving the food, preparation of record, data feeding, etc. The nature of the duties given shall be appropriately decided by the authorities, considering the age, qualifications, gender and health status of the violator”. Such duty for defaulters should be at least for 4-6 hours a day ranging from 5 to 15 days, as the authorities deem fit and necessary. (02-12-2020)
Schools in Gujarat may not reopen until next academic year: It now appears unlikely that schools in Gujarat will reopen until the next academic year. The government has reportedly shelved the idea of reopening schools in the near future. Also, the government is perhaps considering a proposal of mass promotion of all students of lower classes. Class X and XII board examinations may be conducted with proper protocols in place. Considering the recent spurt in Covid cases, the authorities are left with no other options. Experts are of the opinion that it may take at least six weeks for the number of cases to reach pre-Diwali levels. The earliest school reopening time may be after the 2021 summer vacation. Board examination can also be postponed if the situation is not conducive. (01-12-2020)
Stricter complaints to be registered against drunkards: The Gujarat police will henceforth register stricter complaints against drunkards. In addition to booking them under prohibition laws, they will also be charged with obscenity or indecent behaviour in public. This will increase the conviction rate in prohibition cases. In every case the charge of obscenity will be added under Sections 110 (behaving indecently in public) and 117 (which has provision for punishment for various indecent public behaviour) of the Gujarat Police Act. If a person is convicted for being drunk and creating a nuisance, he or she can be jailed for up to three years. (01-12-2020)
Price reduced by government for RT-PCR tests by private laboratories: The Gujarat government has reduced the price of RT-PCR tests conducted by private laboratories for COVID-19 to Rs 800 from Rs 1,500. Since the prices of test kits have come down, the state government has decided to pass on this benefit to people. From today, the government-authorised private laboratories will charge Rs 800 for an RT-PCR test, a reduction of Rs 700 from the current rate. If a laboratory assistant is called at home to collect samples, the charge for the RT-PCR test will be Rs 1,100. Labs charge Rs 2,000 for the home collection service at present. (01-12-2020)
Fee Regulatory Committee fines Vadodara school for overcharging: The Fee Regulatory Committee (FRC) has imposed a fine of Rs. 1 lakh on a private school in Vadodara. Parents had complained that the school overcharged tuition fees and collected an additional sum as ‘stationery’ fees. The FRC has instructed the school to repay the additional charge amounting to Rs. 10 lakh and also refund the excess tuition fees. The complaint had been submitted to the district education department by nine parents. The FRC also ordered the school to return the amount charged as ‘stationery’ fees from 400 students. The school has been given 21 days to appeal against the FRC order. It seems that parents of children in other schools have also filed similar complaints. (30-11-2020)
One more fire audit for Covid hospitals in Vadodara: Following the fire at a hospital in Rajkot, a fire safety audit will be conducted again at all private and government Covid-19 hospitals in Vadodara district. The fire and emergency services wing of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has been checking periodically in any case, but the fire safety audit will be conducted again as a precautionary measure. The staff of government hospitals has been given training in fire safety as a safety precaution.  A drill was conducted at Vadodara’s SSG Hospital on September 3 and the hospital experienced an actual fire incident on September 9. There are about 100 such hospitals in the city. (30-11-2020)
Covid vaccine distribution may be based on electoral rolls: The Gujarat government has got into the details of preparing a plan for vaccinating people as soon as the vaccine is approved and available for distribution throughout the state. For common citizens, it seems that the current electoral booth system will be used, where all the details of voters like name, age, address, etc., are available. Specialized booths will be set up to vaccinate people on the basis of electoral rolls. The fingers of people who are vaccinated will be inked for identification purposes. Qualified manpower to execute the vaccination programme is being put into place. Frontline corona warriors and the elderly will be vaccinated first, before the vaccine is administered to common citizens. (29-11-2020)
Fake degrees and certificates are much in demand: With many reputed schools, colleges and institutions, Vadodara has for long been known to be an education hub. The city has now acquired a little ‘fame of a different sort – several gangs have begun operating shady businesses selling fake degrees and certificates. The police recently arrested three persons and seized over 500 fake degrees and marksheets from them. Such gangs cannot function without customers, of course, and it seems that there are enough parents who are desperate enough to buy fake degrees for their children. The certificates are needed to get admission into reputed colleges or to go abroad for further studies. Naturally, the gangs are at times also associated with passport agents in order to offer ‘better service’. Many of these crooks are caught due to tip-offs or complaints by an unsatisfied customer. (29-11-2020)
Seaplane service suspended temporarily for maintenance: The seaplane service from Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Riverfront to the Statue of Unity in Kevadia has been suspended indefinitely because the aircraft has been sent to the Maldives for maintenance. The service was launched on October 31. SpiceJet, the airline operating the service, said that the suspension is temporary. A wet-and-dry dock is required where the aircraft can be docked and routine maintenance can be carried out. Such a facility is still to be set up in Ahmedabad. There is no wet-and-dry dock in India. SpiceJet has wet-leased the 19- seater Twin Otter 300 seaplane from Maldivian Aero. Under the agreement, the Maldives provides SpiceJet with the entire service, insurance, operations and maintenance as well as crew in lieu of a fee. Carrying out maintenance of a flight also has to adhere to some guidelines of the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) but for that, the aircraft has to be registered in India, which is not the case with this seaplane. (29-11-2020)
Covid sewa as a punishment for not wearing a mask: A suggestion was made in the Gujarat high court that the government could perhaps consider introducing punishment of social service in Covid centres for those people who are caught repeatedly for not wearing masks in public places. The suggestion came about because the mandatory mask rule is often not strictly complied with. A petitioner-advocate had proposed to increase the fine and introduce punishment of placing the violators in Covid centres for social service and they should be assigned the non-medical tasks for 14-15 days; this may work as a great deterrent. The petitioner argued that the amount of fine often has no deterrent effect among the public, and social punishment may make people understand the gravity of the situation. The fear of being caught without a mask should creep into the minds and hearts of the people. A judge commented, “They will wear a mask for their lifetime, if they are required to go to a covid centre.” (28-11-2020)
Police permission not needed for weddings: The minister of state for home in the Gujarat government has clarified that no permission is needed from the police for any weddings or other social gatherings. This clarification has been made because there were some doubts about this due to the Covid-19 situation. He said, “According to the guidelines, citizens can hold weddings or any social gatherings with a maximum of 100 persons or 50% of the capacity of the hall. No permission is needed from the police for these functions. However strict following of Covid-19 protocols is required.” (28-11-2020)
Fire no objection certificate mandatory for all factories: A high-level committee of the Gujarat government has recommended that no hazardous chemical units or factories should be allowed to operate without a fire no objection certificate (NOC). The committee checked nearly 1,564 chemical units dealing in hazardous chemicals in the state. The committee has also recommended several other stringent measures. The urban development department has asked the labour and employment department to make it compulsory for factories to submit a fire NOC before they are issued factory licences under the Factories Act, 1948. (28-11-2020)
Capacity for Covid care in Vadodara will be raised to 7,000 beds: To keep pace with increasing cases, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) plans to empanel 100 additional private hospitals for Covid-19 care. Facilities in Vadodara city also cater to districts of Central and South Gujarat – Dahod, Panchmahals, Anand, Kheda, Narmada, Bharuch and Chhota Udepur. There are 5,500 beds in government and private hospitals for Covid treatment. This will be increased to 7,000 beds. Vadodara has already empanelled 121 private Covid hospitals with 4,125 beds. (27-11-2020)
Rajkot offers land to Amul for a modern dairy plant: The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) has been offered land by the Rajkot administration for its proposed milk processing plant near the city. GCMMF wanted 60 acres of land to set up a Rs. 500 crore modern dairy plant with a capacity to process 20 lakh litres milk per day (llpd). It will be the largest in the Saurashtra-Kutch area. The plant in Rajkot is important because GCMMF incurs s cost of Rs. 25 lakh daily to transport about 15 llpd of milk from member unions in Saurashtra-Kutch to the GCMMF plant in Gandhinagar and transporting processed products back to Saurashtra-Kutch. The milk quality also gets affected due to the long transit time. There are a few processing plants in the region, but these plants are small and can manufacture only 15 to 20 products. The bigger GCMMF plants can manufacture 200 products. Also, the GCMMF Gandhinagar plant is running at its full capacity, so the Rajkot plant can take over the load from the region. The plant in Rajkot will also give GCMMF logistical advantages as it will be near an airport and major ports like Mundra and Kandla. (27-11-2020)
Police get strict about masks: People in Gujarat paid Rs. 3.9 crore in fines for not wearing masks, between November 15 and 22. A total of 39,000 people in 33 districts were fined Rs. 1,000 each. Rajkot topped the list with about 7,000 people fined. Among the other cities: Surat, 2,573; Vadodara, 2,341; Ahmedabad, 2,089. Police have been directed to be strict also about improperly worn masks. (26-11-2020)
Raise minimum age for smoking to 21 years: A report by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bangalore says that almost all people who become long-term tobacco users begin smoking while they are adolescents or young adults. Raising the tobacco sales age to 21 may reduce tobacco use initiation and progression to regular smoking. The report recommends that the Union Health Ministry should increase the legal age for tobacco consumption from 18 to 21 years. As many as 14 countries – Ethiopia, Guam, Honduras, Japan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Palau, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, USA, and Uganda – have increased the minimum age to 21 years. (26-11-2020)
Travel from Gujarat to Maharashtra affected by new RT-PCR rules: The Maharashtra government has made it mandatory to produce a negative RT-PCR report upon arrival in the state, and many people travelling from Gujarat have had to cancel or reschedule their trips. Maharashtra has made the RT-PCR tests mandatory 72 hours before departure for fliers and 96 hours before the journey for train passengers. This applies to travellers from Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan and Goa. A large number of tickets from Gujarat to Mumbai were cancelled due to the new rules. Passengers are willing to get the rapid antigen test done because it is convenient and quick. The RT-PCR test is expensive and the reports take time. Inbound tourism into Gujarat has also been affected. (26-11-2020)
Timings changed for visitors at all gardens in Vadodara: Considering the spike in Covid cases, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation has revised the timings for visitors at all the 115 gardens in the city. This is a precautionary measure. The revised timings are from 6 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 7 pm. All the hawkers near the gardens have also been cleared from the respective areas. (25-11-2020)
Palmarosa grass grown in Kutch attracts perfume manufacturers: Many farmers in Kutch district have taken up the cultivation of palmarosa grass, a widely used natural ingredient in the manufacture of perfumes, incense sticks and food flavours. This aromatic cash crop was introduced to the district's farmers by the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) – the plant research laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The weather and soil of Kutch are very suitable for this grass. CIMAP has also trained the farmers to extract oil from this grass. The extracted oil is a substitute for rose, so it is widely used in the cosmetics industry. It is used in soaps, fragrances, chocolates, and also by some pharmaceutical manufacturers. Since it is a natural ingredient for perfume the use of synthetic chemicals can be avoided. The cultivators now make about 15 tonnes of oil every year. The buyers include top international fragrance and flavour manufacturers from Switzerland, USA and Germany. (25-11-2020)
Work begins on the Lothal maritime museum project: The Rs. 1,500 crore National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) is gradually becoming a reality near the ancient port town of Lothal. The first phase – the Rs. 500 crore maritime heritage complex – is expected to be ready by 2023. Lothal was one of the southernmost cities of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. Construction of the city began around 2200 BCE. The Gujarat government has transferred about 400 acres of land at Saragwala village, near the Harappan site, about 80 kilometres from Ahmedabad. Bids have been invited for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work of the maritime heritage complex along with hiring the principal architects and designers for the overall project. It will be along the lines of the Royal Museums Greenwich, UK, Maritime Museum, Australia and Maritime Museum of Singapore, etc. The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Shipping. India has a maritime heritage that is over 5,000 years old, and the country's coastline covers over 7,500 km. Archaeological excavations have discovered the oldest man-made dockyard, over 5,000 years old, in Lothal. The NMHC Project will house the national maritime museum, maritime heritage based theme park, maritime research institute, a nature conservation park and resorts. (25-11-2020)
New Covid guidelines deal another blow to the wedding industry: The Gujarat government has revised its guidelines for weddings and social gatherings. Only 100 guests will now be allowed at weddings, instead of the earlier 200. Many families have been caught by surprise – though they should have allowed for such a possibility – and they will have to re-schedule or entirely cancel events, and curtail guest lists of course. The wedding industry, already hit hard and down to just 5% of its usual business, is taking another blow. (24-11-2020)
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Adivasi Academy in Chhota Udepur helps tribals to extract indigo (14-12-2020)
Indian Medical Association members protest against ‘Mixopathy’ (13-12-2020)
Online registration compulsory to organise weddings (13-12-2020)
Court orders punishment for bounced cheque (13-12-2020)
Parag Amin was chief guest at Navrachana University’s 8th convocation (13-12-2020)
Fines for not wearing masks and spitting in public cross Rs. 100 crore (12-12-2020)
MS University alumni launch Vision 2020 project (12-12-2020)
Newly constructed administrative complex at SIR inaugurated (12-12-2020)
Term of elected bodies ends on Dec 13 (11-12-2020)
The renovated Motera stadium is ready for its first match (11-12-2020)
VMC will raise Rs. 200 crore via municipal bonds (10-12-2020)
Work begins to prepare a database of citizens over 50 (09-12-2020)
Gujarat’s revised budget will reflect austerity measures (09-12-2020)
Health workers and doctors will get vaccinated in the first phase in Vadodara (08-12-2020)
Night curfew extended in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot cities (08-12-2020)
Too many people just don’t care about others (07-12-2020)
Night curfew in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Surat may be extended (07-12-2020)
MSU alumni will mentor current students and offer scholarships (07-12-2020)
State plans for vaccine storage and distribution (06-12-2020)
Umarpada will have Gujarat’s second sainik school (06-12-2020)
Former city mayor booked for violating Covid guidelines (05-12-2020)
Gujarat state election commission starts preparations for civic body polls (05-12-2020)
Mandatory community service order stayed by Supreme Court (04-12-2020)
Over 8,400 persons pay Rs. 84 lakhs for not wearing masks (04-12-2020)
PM to lay foundation stone of Mega energy park in Kutch (04-12-2020)
‘Tibetan’ market and its woolen garments unlikely this year (03-12-2020)
Civic body asks hospitals to complete all fire safety measures (03-12-2020)
Amul is now the world’s 8th largest milk processor (02-12-2020)
Gujarat’s Covid expenditure this year is Rs. 1,289 crore (02-12-2020)
Community service at Covid centres for those not wearing masks (02-12-2020)
Schools in Gujarat may not reopen until next academic year (01-12-2020)
Stricter complaints to be registered against drunkards (01-12-2020)
Price reduced by government for RT-PCR tests by private laboratories (01-12-2020)
Fee Regulatory Committee fines Vadodara school for overcharging (30-11-2020)
One more fire audit for Covid hospitals in Vadodara (30-11-2020)
Covid vaccine distribution may be based on electoral rolls (29-11-2020)
Fake degrees and certificates are much in demand (29-11-2020)
Seaplane service suspended temporarily for maintenance (29-11-2020)
Covid sewa as a punishment for not wearing a mask (28-11-2020)
Police permission not needed for weddings (28-11-2020)
Fire no objection certificate mandatory for all factories (28-11-2020)
Capacity for Covid care in Vadodara will be raised to 7,000 beds (27-11-2020)
Rajkot offers land to Amul for a modern dairy plant (27-11-2020)
Police get strict about masks (26-11-2020)
Raise minimum age for smoking to 21 years (26-11-2020)
Travel from Gujarat to Maharashtra affected by new RT-PCR rules (26-11-2020)
Timings changed for visitors at all gardens in Vadodara (25-11-2020)
Palmarosa grass grown in Kutch attracts perfume manufacturers (25-11-2020)
Work begins on the Lothal maritime museum project (25-11-2020)
New Covid guidelines deal another blow to the wedding industry (24-11-2020)
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