The Indian Express | 5 days ago | 07-08-2022 | 12:50 am
Gujarat reported 965 Covid-19 cases Saturday taking the state’s tally to 12,60,493, a health official said.The death toll stood unchanged at 10,975, while the recovery count increased by 928 and reached 12,43,489, he added. Of the new cases, Ahmedabad led with 265, followed by 141 in Vadodara.
Son of a migrant worker from Telangana who allegedly died in police custody in Vadodara in 2019 Wednesday approached the Gotri police station, complaining of death threat against him by one of the six accused police personnel.Salim, son of Babu Shaikh, 65, who allegedly died in custody at the Fatehgunj police station in Vadodara on December 10, 2019, was present in the Vadodara district court on Wednesday to submit an affidavit seeking expedition of the trial in the alleged custodial death of his father. In his complaint, Salim told police that the accused accosted him near the parking area and allegedly issued a death threat in presence of jail police escorting him.A resident of Nanded in Maharashtra, Salim stated, “As per the directions of the Gujarat High Court, a case has been registered against then inspector and five other personnel of Fatehgunj police station under Indian Penal Code Section 302 in the custodial death of my father, Babu Shaikh Nisar. The case is now before the court of the Principal District and Sessions Judge in Vadodara after the charge sheet was filed.”“Today (Wednesday), I was present in the sessions court… After the hearing was adjourned, I was waiting near the parking when one of the accused — Rajesh Savji Gadchar alias Raju Rabari — was passing by, escorted by police… He threatened me saying, ‘What were you able to do to me? I will be acquitted of all charges and once I am freed, I will not allow you to live… I will kill you’,” Salim said in his complaint.Salim said the officer in charge of Gadchar’s escort had to intervene and “drag away” the accused. “I was scared and could not immediately file a complaint. However, after gathering courage, I have come to file the application before police… police should conduct a probe,” Salim stated.In his affidavit before the district court, Salim said the accused have been “delaying the commencement of the trial on purpose” and then inspector DB Gohil, who is the prime accused in the case, withdrew an interim bail application in the high court in March this year, to apply for regular bail if the trial does not commence within six months.Salim’s advocate Imtiyaz Qureshi told this newspaper, “The court is yet to frame charges. The accused have been delaying the process by not appearing before the court… in every hearing held so far, one of the six accused excuses himself citing medical emergency in judicial custody. This is done so that the six-month period ends in September…”An official of the Vadodara city police said that Salim’s application was being “seriously looked into” and a necessary probe would be initiated. Nisar, who had arrived in Vadodara to sell bedsheets, allegedly went missing on December 10, 2019, after he was apprehended in Fulwadi area by personnel from Fatehgunj police station on suspicion of theft.On October 21 and November 3, the CID conducted an extensive search, dredging the Narmada main canal in Vadodara, and made multiple inquiries in villages in the catchment areas of Mahisagar river, where the accused were suspected to have burnt the body. However, it yielded no result. In a report filed before the bench in a sealed cover on December 1, 2020, the CID said that Nisar “has expired and his body is yet to be recovered”.
To check the spread of Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) among livestock in the state, the Gujarat government has formed a task force of seven members led by Kamdhenu University Vice-Chancellor Naresh Kevalva, said Animal Husbandry Minister Raghavji Patel Wednesday.In an official release giving out the update on the prevalence of the disease in Gujarat, the minister also stated that the state reported 744 new cases of LSD Wednesday morning. Of the 23 affected districts in the state, 12 did not report a single case in the past 24 hours, he added.Quoting minister Patel, the release said, “The task force is keeping a close watch on treatment in the affected districts and is providing guidance so that the disease does not spread further.”As per the release, 76,154 cows have been affected by the disease, of which 54,025 have been cured and 19,271 are under treatment. So far, 2,858 animals died due to the disease. To ensure that unaffected animals do not get infected, more than 31.14 lakh animals were been vaccinated, it said.The worst affected district is Kutch where 38,891 cases have been reported, followed by Banaskantha (8,186), Devbhumi Dwarka (7,447), Jamnagar (6,047) and Rajkot (4,359). Of the total 23 affected districts, eight districts reported 76 deaths in the past 24 hours. The release added that to expedite treatment of livestock in the affected districts, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has been assessing the situation with top officials.As the Lumpy Skin Disease has claimed over 2,700 cattle in Gujarat, the Vadodara district Additional District Magistrate has issued prohibitory orders on the transfer and movement of cattle from one village to another in the district as well as events and fairs that bring cattle in close proximity.According to Vadodara Additional District Magistrate Kuldeepsinh Jhala, the notification issued on August 8 will remain in effect for a month and has been issued as per the recommendations of the animal husbandry department.The notification, which is also in place in neighbouring districts of Vadodara which have seen the outbreak of LSD, states, “It has been decided to prohibit the transfer of animals from one village to another within a taluka, district and state. Similarly, trade of animals, fairs and exhibitions as well as any public activity or games involving animals stand prohibited until the notification is in place.”Issued under Section 188 of CrPC, the notification also prohibits any individual from leaving an infected animal on the loose or disposing of the carcass of an infected in a public place.
AHMEDABAD: The city in the past 15 days recorded 4,228 Covid cases and 10 deaths. In the previous fortnight, the city had recorded 4,188 cases and nine deaths. Thus, there has been no major rise or fall in cases or deaths in the city. On the other hand in Gujarat, Covid cases increased by 15% from 11,577 to 13,269 and the deaths of Covid patients increased from 16 to 21, accounting for a 31% rise. The daily cases included 189 from Ahmedabad city, 61 from Vadodara city, 41 from Gandhinagar, 35 from Surat city, 33 from Vadodara, and 28 from Gandhinagar city. Active cases reached 1,769 in Ahmedabad and 5,321 in Gujarat. The state in 24 hours vaccinated 1,362 persons for the first dose and 3,308 for the second. In all, 5.43 crore have been administered the first and 5.38 crore the second dose of Covid vaccines. The state administered booster doses to 16,494 senior citizens, taking the total to 50.49 lakh. The state also administered 1.72 lakh booster doses to the 18-59 age group, taking the total to 62.34 lakh.
NEW DELHI: ITC Hotels on Wednesday opened its premium luxury ITC Narmada in Ahmedabad. The hospitality major says ITC Narmada is Gujarat’s first LEED Platinum certified hotel, its 15th luxury collection hotel in India and its 12th property in Gujarat. ITC says the 291-room, 19-storey “celebrates the spirit of Gujarat”. ITC chairman Sanjiv Puri said: “It gives us immense pride to present ITC’s signature hospitality landmark, ITC Narmada in Ahmedabad. Building on the legacy of ITC’s iconic hotel properties in India, ITC Narmada is a befitting tribute to the rich heritage, grandeur and vibrant culture of Gujarat. It is also the first hotel in the State to receive the LEED Platinum certification for its sustainability and environmental stewardship. I am confident that this world-class property will make a meaningful contribution to the vibrant tourism landscape of Gujarat.” “Over the years, ITC has been expanding its presence in the state across agriculture, manufacturing and services. Our multi-dimensional interventions include farmer empowerment across a range of agri value chains, growing footprint of our manufacturing and hospitality assets as well as launching new initiatives like ITCMAARS (Metamarket for Advanced Agriculture and Rural Services), a ‘Phygital Eco-System’ that digitally empowers farmers with FPOs as the pivot. Stepping up our investments further, we are now constructing a state-of-the-art packaging unit at Nadiad, which will create significant livelihood opportunities in the State,” Puri added. ITC executive director Nakul Anand said: “The addition of ITC Narmada to our luxury hotel portfolio further strengthens our presence in Western India. Ahmedabad is rich in culture and traditions in a unique way – it has celebrated the culture of the intellect through the centuries, where literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, theatre, cinema, science, have not only blossomed, but are inherent to the ethos of Gujarat. In keeping with ITC Hotels' philosophy of Responsible Luxury and creating indigenous experiences, ITC Narmada is rooted to the ethos of the land and pays a tribute to these finest experiences that while being indigenous to the state are celebrated globally.”
BHUBANESWAR: The state government on Monday held an investors’ meet in Ahmedabad, Gujarat to showcase Odisha’s investment potential in textiles, metals, metal downstream, chemical and various other sectors. During the meet, state industries secretary Hemant Sharma made a presentation on Odisha’s business ecosystem and investment opportunities. Sharma emphasized on some of the advantages like a stable government, progressive policies, natural advantages, industry-led infrastructure development, availability of industrial land, port-led development model, and highly skilled human resources to attract investors to the state. Sharma also highlighted the zero-human-interface single window portal — Go Swift, ready-to-move industrial land parcels across the state and the competitive power and water tariffs which are enablers to set up industries and manufacturing units. State industries minister Pratap Keshari Deb, who inaugurated the meet, said that because of abundant natural resources and metal ecosystem advantage, Odisha has become a preferred location for enterprises in the metal and allied sectors. “The state government is promoting a Petroleum, Chemical, and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) in Paradip with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd as the anchor tenant. Another priority area for our state is food processing sector, which includes seafood processing as well,” said Deb. He said Odisha has a 480-km coastline and three fully functional ports at Paradip, Gopalpur, and Dhamra that connects the state to global trade channels. As the state government is going to host the third edition of Make in Odisha conclave, the flagship investors’ meet from November 30 to December 4, the minister extended invitation to the representatives of various industries, who attended the meet in Ahmedabad. Around 150 top executives from various industries participated in the meet. The minister also held one-to-one discussions with various industry leaders to explore the investment opportunities in the state.