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AHMEDABAD: A faculty member at Ahmedabad University has developed a method to identify individual crocodiles based on aerial images, which can be used to understand crocodiles' habitats and migration patterns. Ratna Ghosal, an assistant professor at the university, was co-author of the paper 'Identification of free-ranging mugger crocodiles by applying deep learning methods on UAV imagery', which was recently published in the Elsevier journal Ecological Informatics. "The biometric tool identifies mugger crocodiles or marsh crocodiles based on the pattern of their bony external plate, known as scute. Each crocodile has a unique pattern which can be identified by artificial intelligence (AI). We have so far developed a library of 143 crocodiles in three different habitats - Kutch, Anand and Vadodara districts," Ghosal told TOI. "The library can be expanded by drone images from different populations," he added. This identification will serve several purposes, she said. "The most important is understanding population clusters and migration patterns. With a large population base in some districts of Gujarat, it is interesting to see how an increase in population affects the habitat. We have also shared this research with the state forest department," she added. The researchers added that this method is much more animal-friendly compared to rubber or radio tags or collars, which often irritate the animals. "We are also trying to understand the various aspects of these populations such as human presence, interaction with the local environment, their adjustment to modified environments - some muggers live in the highly polluted waters of the Vishwamitri river and this could be affecting the health of these apex predators," said Ghosal, adding that muggers are a protected Schedule I species under the Wildlife Protection Act.
Ahmedabad: A certificate of merit was awarded to Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on the occasion of National Voters Day 2023 by chief election commissioner of Gujarat Sanjay Prasad, which was received by Pathik Patwari, the president of GCCI. GCCI was given the award as it contributed to raising voting awareness during the assembly election in Gujarat in 2022. The certificate has been awarded in recognition of conscientious efforts on behalf of Election Commission of India in the Industry Association Category, GCCI said in a statement. tnn
AHMEDABAD: Installation charges for utility lines - whether overhead or undeground - will see a steep increase as the apex planning body of the city, the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (Auda), has resolved to charge as much as 15 times the jantri rates for land on which electric poles or towers are installed. Earlier, Auda had no policy to charge utility companies for cables. For this, it examined the policies of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). Auda's policy was finalized by its land disposable and price fixing committee. In Ahmedabad city and Auda areas, market prices of commercial plots were found to be between 5.33 and 22.72 times higher than the 2011 jantri rates. The Auda board resolved on January 7 that a one-time licence fee of Rs 100 per metre for overhead and underground high tension cables and Rs 50 per metre for LT cables would be charged. AUDA stated in the proposal that GIDC's policy is that if a power company needs underground cable passage or installing of poles or towers over GIDC land, it was charged 10% of distribution charges, for a period of 10 years. After that, Right of Use (ROU) charges are 10% for every subsequent year. If the cable passes through saleable GIDC land, it is charged 100% of the jantri rate for the area that it utilizes. In AMC areas, Getco and other power companies are charged a one-time licence fee of Rs 100 per running metre for high-tension and overhead cables, and Rs 50 per running metre for low-tension cable. "Auda earlier had a policy for telecom companies installing cables below footpaths, dividers and junctions, and a one-time charge that was 40 per cent of jantri rate was charged, but ownership of the land remained that of the authority," said a senior Auda official.
The Ahmedabad crime branch had swung into action after the letter. (Representational)Ahmedababad: Four persons, including one from Uttar Pradesh, have been detained by the Gujarat Police for allegedly threatening to carry out serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad city on the Republic Day on Thursday, an official said.The action was taken based on a letter received two days back by the Ahmedabad police commissioner's office, in which the threat of serial bomb blasts was given, the senior official of the city crime branch said.The Ahmedabad crime branch had swung into action after the letter, he said."The sender of the letter threatened to carry out bomb blasts at different places in Ahmedabad, including at the railway station and bus stand, on the Republic Day on Thursday. Following a probe, four persons have been detained for questioning," the official said.While three persons were detained from Ahmedabad, the fourth one named Om Prakash was held by the Uttar Pradesh Police from Ballia district after getting a tip-off from the crime branch here about his role, he said, adding that a team has been sent to UP to take his custody.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"A preliminary probe has revealed that Om Prakash from Ballia is the key accused in sending this threat letter, which turned out to be a hoax. We are yet to find out the exact motive behind this act," the official said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayBihar's Migrant Labourers Turn Entrepreneurs After Covid Lockdown
AHMEDABAD: Eight individuals from Gujarat were awarded the Padma award in 2023, including noted architect BV Doshi and Areez Khambatta, founder of Rasna.The honours list for 2023 was announced on the eve of Republic Day.Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award, was posthumously given to Doshi who passed away on January 24.Read AlsoShaper of modern Indian architecture BV Doshi no moreWell-known architect and Padma Bhushan awardee Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, 95, who worked with 20th century architecture legends such as Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, breathed his last at his residence in Ahmedabad on Tuesday morning. B V Doshi is considered a pioneer in modernist and brutalistAreez Khambatta, the founder of Rasna, received posthumous Padma Shri honours.Other awardees include Hemant Chauhan, Bhanubhai Chitara, Mahipat Kavi, Hirabai Lobi, Prof Mahendra Pal, and Paresh Rathwa.City-based architecture community was elated with the news of Doshi getting the award. The community members said the award would provide a new dimension to several homage events planned this fortnight. He was conferred with Padma Bhushan in 2020.Piruz Khambatta, the Rasna chairman, told TOI, “I am really happy and proud that my father has been given this award. He has served the nation in all ways possible – be it through business, philanthropy or civil service. He was long associated with Home Guards, too”.Hirabai Lobi, 62, is a Jambur-based matriarch of the Sidi community known for her social work for the community.“My work speaks for me – except Covid pandemic, which also took a major toll on my health, I have been constantly on the mission to ensure that the community children go to school and the women learn how to remain self-reliant. The award has given me a boost to do better,” she told TOI.Hemant Chauhan is a well-known Gujarati Bhajan singer. His son Mayur told TOI that the family was elated with the news.“The congratulatory calls and messages have continued to pour in. We are happy that his 40 years of service to the folk music of Gujarat is recognised with the award,” he said.Pallavi Vyas, daughter of Mahipat Kavi, 92, said that her father has been associated with the art of puppetry for over seven decades.“For him, the medium is not just a performance, it transcends boundaries of conventional entertainment as the puppets talk about education and social issues,” she said, adding that almost all his children and grandchildren are active in puppetry to keep the art alive.While Prof Mahendra Pal is a state-based veterinary scientist, Chitara and Rathwa are celebrated artists of Kalamkari and Pithora art forms respectively.Chitara makes signature Mata ni Pachedi as a custodian of over four centuries-old art, whereas Rathwa's work carries forward the legacy of centuries-old tribal art. Both artists are involved in creating a new generation of artists.
NEW DELHI: The Ahmedabad franchise in the Women's Premier League (WPL) will be called 'Gujarat Giants, the owners -- Adani Sportsline, the sports arm of the Adani Group -- announced on Wednesday.Adani Group bought the Ahmedabad franchise with the highest bid of INR 1289 crores at the auction held by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday. The inaugural edition of the WPL could be held in March this year, with the player auction likely to be held in February."The Indian women's cricket team has been doing exceptionally well -- and a cricket league for women is a significant step in creating more opportunities for women through sports," said Pranav Adani, Director, Adani Enterprises.The Gujarat Giants cricket franchise in the upcoming Women's Premier League joins Adani Sportsline's family of successful teams, like the Gulf Giants in the ongoing ILT20 in the UAE, and the Gujarat Giants in the Pro Kabaddi League."Cricket is an inseparable part of the country's fabric and Adani Sportsline was keen to begin their association with the sport with the inaugural edition of the Women's Premier League. While I wish every other franchise the very best, I look forward to the Gujarat Giants standing out as the top team in this new, exciting league," he added.Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals (RR), the IPL 2008 champions congratulated the BCCI for bringing WPL closer towards turning it into reality."We would like to extend our best wishes for this new beginning to all the successful bidders and also congratulate the BCCI on bringing the Women's Premier League to life. It is a huge step forward for Indian cricket, and will prove to be a game changer for women's sports across the globe," the franchise said in an official statement.The franchise had also bid for a team in the WPL, but were unable to be among the top five winning bidders.Apart from Adani Sportsline, Indiawin Sports Pvt. Ltd acquired the Mumbai franchise with a bid of INR 912.99 crores. Royal Challengers Sports Pvt. Ltd, JSW GMR Cricket Pvt. Ltd and Capri Global Holdings Pvt. Ltd won the rest of the three teams, Bangalore, Delhi and Lucknow respectively with winning bids of INR 901 crores, INR 810 crores and INR 757 crores respectively."That being said, we are obviously disappointed not to have won the bid for a team in this historic inaugural season of the Women's Premier League. We always knew there was going to be a lot of competition given the IPL's success in the men's format, but still were hopeful of securing a women's franchise to extend the Royals Family and hope there will be an opportunity to do so in the future," RR said.Rajasthan remarked they would continue to do their bit of unearthing next generation of female cricketers in India."At the Royals, we have been deeply committed to the women's game and that will continue. We are significantly investing in our new talent hunt 'Cricket Ka Ticket' to find the best female cricketers from across the country and provide them with a development pathway to the new Women's Premier League and hopefully the India team, while our High Performance Centre in Nagpur continues to serve as a hub for both female and male athletes through world-class coaching to aid in their overall progression," it said."With the objective of strengthening women's grassroots cricket even further, we will also continue to invest in organising and expanding competitions such as the Rajasthan Royals Women's Cup which can prove to be a stepping stone for potential female cricketing superstars of Indian cricket."Our intention is to keep scaling these investments and also look at other avenues to enable the growth of women's cricket in India, and take it to the next level," it added.Earlier, on January 16, Viacom18 Media Private Limited won the consolidated bid for media rights (i.e., Global Televisions Rights and Global Digital Rights) of the WPL for the period of 2023-2027.Viacom18 won the rights with a bid of INR 951 crores, which translates to a per match value of INR 7.09 crores. It is believed that 22 matches could be held for the first three seasons with a possibility of increasing the matches to either 33 or 34 from 2026 onwards.