VADODARA/ANAND: It was nothing less than a visit to paradise for nearly 550 children from poor sections of the society studying in government schools when the 'Earth Mega Mall' opened its doors for them. The children splurged on the sizeable collection of toys, clothes, stationery, and books of their choice in milk city Anand, thanks to long-drawn efforts by the Voluntary Nature Conservancy (formerly known as Vidyanagar Nature Club) aimed at spreading smiles on these little faces. The collection drive had started before Diwali festivities was finally put together for the mega event organized inside the Maruti Solaris Mall in Anand. Through the collection drive, VNC's team had collected nearly 15,000 items which were segregated in 32 segments by 100-odd medical students. "The aim of putting up this mall was not only to help children from underprivileged sections of the society but also to reduce the pressure on Mother Nature to produce more," said Anirudh Vasava, executive director of VNC. "We believe in the principle of reduce, reuse and recycle to limit the pressure on Mother Nature for resources. We had started the drive accepting donations of items such as clothes, toys, bags, stationery which were in good condition and can be reused by keeping donation boxes at 15 elite schools of Anand region," he said. "On Friday, children from nine government schools most of them located on the outskirts of the city or besides slum areas were invited for the event," he said. "Each child was handed over a cloth bag consisting of 1,500 smiley points. Using the smiley points, they were able to buy things. There were many who stepped inside and got experience of a mall for the first time in their life. By giving the children the choice of selecting the items, we also wanted to ensure that their self-respect in maintained," he said. Students from Classes 6 to 8, in the age group of 12 to 14 years, were invited for the event which was promoted by VNC as an unique mall where happiness is sold against the smiles.
VADODARA/ ANAND: A middle-aged woman from Ahmedabad died after being run over by the Vande Bharat Express train near Anand railway station on Tuesday. The victim, identified as Beatrice Archibald Peter, was crossing the railway track when the accident took place at 3.45 pm, railway police said. The Ahmedabad resident was visiting a relative in Anand. She was crossing a stretch of the track where platform number four, ends. Sources said that locals often try to cross the railway track near Bhalej railway crossing to take a shorter route towards the nearby residential society. The deceased was a resident of Bhavdeep Apartment adjacent to Laxminarayan bus stand in Ahmedabad’s Maninagar area. She was run over when the train which does not have a halt at Anand was on its way to Mumbai Central from Gandhinagar. Anand railway police have registered a case of accidental death while further investigation is underway. The police have sent the body of the deceased for postmortem. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the semi high-speed train from Gandhinagar on September 30. After the inaugural run, there have been at least three incidents of the train hitting cattle on the track. On October 6, the train had rammed into a herd of buffaloes between Vatva and Maninagar stations. The fibre-reinforced plastic of the nose of the train was damaged due to the incident. A day later, it hit a cow in the Kanjari-Boriyavi-Anand stretch of Anand district which caused a minor dent on the nose. Earlier, railway minister Ashwini Vaishnavhad told students of a private engineering college that collision with cattle on the railway tracks was unavoidable.
A 54-year-old woman died after being run over by the Mumbai-bound semi high-speed Vande Bharat Express train near Anand railway station in Gujarat on Tuesday, Railway Police said.The victim, identified as Beatrice Archibald Peter, was crossing the track when the accident took place at 4.37 pm, said an official.Peter, a resident of Ahmedabad, was apparently visiting a relative in Anand, he added.The train was on its way to Mumbai Central from Gandhinagar Capital station. It does not have a halt at Anand.Further investigation was underway, the official said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on September 30 flagged off the inaugural run of the train. There have been at least three incidents of cattle dying on the track after being hit by the train in the last one month.
The train was on its way to Mumbai Central from Gandhinagar Capital station. (File)Anand: A 54-year-old woman died after being hit by the semi high-speed Vande Bharat Express train near Anand in Gujarat on Tuesday afternoon, Railway Police said.The victim, identified as Beatrice Archibald Peter, was crossing the track near Anand railway station when the accident took place at 4.37 pm, said a police official here.Beatrice Archibald Peter, a resident of Ahmedabad, was reportedly visiting a relative at Anand, he said.The train was on its way from Gandhinagar Capital to Mumbai Central. It does not halt at Anand railway station.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on September 30 flagged off the inaugural run of the train from Gandhinagar Capital station.In the last one month, the train has suffered damage on three occasions due to collision with cattle on the tracks.On October 6, its front panel was damaged when it hit a herd of four buffaloes between Vatva and Maninagar railway stations.The next day (October 7), the train hit a cow near Anand.In another incident, the train hit a bull near Atul railway station in Gujarat.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe indigenously designed and manufactured semi-high speed train is the third under the Vande Bharat series.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayRajasthan Teacher Changes Gender To Marry: "Everything's Fair In Love"
The Centre on Monday (November 7) constituted the Law Commission of India with Justice (retd) Rituraj Awasthi, former Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court, at its head. Law Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted that the other five members on the panel would be former Kerala High Court judge Justice K T Sankaran, M Karunanithi, and law professors Anand Paliwal, D P Verma, and Raka Arya.The Central Govt is pleased to appoint Justice Rituraj Awasthi, Retired HC Chief Justice as Chairperson, Law Commission of India and Justice KT Sankaran, Prof. Anand Paliwal, Prof. DP Verma, Prof.(Dr) Raka Arya and Shri M. Karunanithi as Members of the Commission.— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) November 7, 2022Justice Awasthi took over as CJ of the Karnataka High Court in October 2021, and retired in July this year. He headed the Bench that in March this year upheld the state government’s restriction on women and girls wearing the hijab in educational institutions. Last month, a two-judge Bench of the Supreme Court delivered a split verdict on the appeal against the High Court’s order.Justice Sankaran served in the Kerala High Court from 2005 to 2016. In 2009, Justice Sankaran decried the alleged practice of converting women to Islam in the guise of love, giving legitimacy to the theory of “love jihad”. This concept, the meaning and factual basis of which remain unclear, has since been used widely by politicians as a tool for communal polarisation.Law Commission of IndiaThe Law Ministry describes the Law Commission of India as a non-statutory body that is constituted by a notification of the Government of India, with definite terms of reference to carry out research in the field of law. The Commission makes recommendations to the Government (in the form of Reports) as per its terms of reference.The Law Commission was first constituted in 1955, and has so far submitted 277 reports. According to the Law Ministry’s website, the “Law Commission of India provides excellent thought provoking and vital review of the laws in India”.22nd Law CommissionThe Commission headed by Justice Awasthi is the 22nd Law Commission of India. The tenure of the 21st Law Commission, which was headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice B S Chauhan, came to an end on August 31 2018.The 22nd Commission has been constituted two and a half years after it was approved by the Union Cabinet on February 19, 2020, just before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. A petition had been moved in the Supreme Court subsequently against the delay in constituting the 22nd Commission.An official release at the time of Cabinet clearance had said the Commission would have a tenure of three years from the date of publication of the Order of Constitution in the Official Gazette.The release said that the Commission shall, among other things, “identify laws which are no longer needed or relevant and can be immediately repealed; examine the existing laws in the light of Directive Principles of State Policy and suggest ways of improvement and reform and also suggest such legislations as might be necessary to implement the Directive Principles and to attain the objectives set out in the Preamble of the Constitution”; and “revise the Central Acts of general importance so as to simplify them and remove anomalies, ambiguities and inequities”.
Rajasthan Chief Minister and election incharge of Gujarat Congress, Ashok Gehlot, on Monday criticised the Gujarat government on state’s health infrastructure, while promising to implement free health service scheme in the state if the party is elected in the upcoming Assembly elections.Speaking at the Congress Parivartan Sankalp Yatra in Asodar in Anand on Monday, Gehlot said, “In Rajasthan, we have made health services free up to Rs 10 lakh that includes medicines, medical scans and transplants, for which, people have to often mortgage their homes and sell their jewellery. Even when our parents are old and we know they won’t live for long, we spend lakhs for their treatment because it is our sanskaar (values) that we can do anything to save our parents…,” he said, adding, “We will implement the same in Gujarat… you will not need to spend even Re 1 on your medical treatment.”Criticising the failing health infrastructure of Gujarat and government’s “apathy” in cases of human casualties such as the Botad hooch tragedy and the Morbi bridge collapse, he said, “The Covid-19 pandemic was spread across the world but why did Gujarat suffer the most? It was due to the government hospitals lacking infrastructure; everyone saw ambulances queued up outside the hospitals in Ahmedabad… The government does not care about the loss of human life.”“Look at the hooch tragedy (in Botad) and now Morbi where more women and children have died… It is necessary that you (BJP) set up probe committees under high court judges. First they said that Rs 2-3 crore was spent on repairing the Morbi bridge… Now it turns out that only 12 lakh was spent. What is the meaning of Modiji coming and performing so many ceremonies for foundation stones and inaugurations…,” he said.Brushing aside the controversy around Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra skipping Gujarat, Gehlot said, “Rahul Gandhiji is doing a padayatra… Inflation has hit the common man so much… and the padayatra is against inflation. He has already walked 1,500 km taking up issues such as unemployment… In Gujarat, you don’t even know how government jobs are granted with half-baked procedures. There are so many paper leaks in Gujarat… In Rajasthan, one paper leak happened and we sent the culprits to jail.”Evoking Indira Gandhi, the Rajasthan CM told the audience, mostly comprising women, that that like Indira Gandhi, who “gave her life” to keep India united, Bharat Jodo yatra was to “rekindle the lost love and brotherhood” in the society. “Rahul Gandhi wants that differences between castes, religions and other reasons should end to make India stronger… to rekindle the love and brotherhood in the society… It was the very reason why (his grandmother) Indira Gandhi gave her life. She wanted India to be one,” he said.Speaking at the event, MLA Amit Chavda said Congress has “always respected women” by awarding them leadership roles in high offices, including the only woman Prime Minister Indira Gandhi so far. Former Union minister Bharatsinh Solanki also evoked his late father and former CM Madhavsinh Solanki as he spoke about the connection the party had with Anand, especially Asodar.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Thursday declared 10 candidates in its 10th list for the upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat which are to be held on December 1 and December 5.So far, the party has declared 118 candidates.Of the 10 seats to which candidates were declared, five in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Anand and Surendranagar districts are held by the Congress.In a press conference in Ahmedabad, AAP Gujarat general secretary Manoj Sorathiya declared Kanti Thakor from the Kalol in Gandhinagar district, and two candidates, Taj Qureshi and Harun Nagori, from Dariapur and Jamalpur-Khadiya seats respectively in Ahmedabad district.These constituencies are represented by Congress MLAs.In Bhavnagar, AAP has announced Dr. ZP Kheni from Palitana constituency, Hamir Rathod from Bhavnagar East and Arvind Solanki from Dasada in Surendranagar.Arjun Bharwad will contest from Petlad seat in Anand, while Bharat Rathva was declared the candidate from Halol in Panchmahal. Harshad Vaghela and Kanchan Jariwala were declared candidates from Nadiad in Kheda district and Surat East in Surat district respectively.AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal will announce on Friday the name of the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections on the basis of opinions given by the people of the state, party office-bearers said Thursday.On October 29, Kejriwal had urged people to contact the party through SMS, WhatsApp, voice mail and e-mail to give their views about who should be the CM candidate from the party.He had said that people could submit their points of view till November 3 evening and on the basis of their opinions, the name of the party’s chief ministerial face would be announced the next day.
NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday decided to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and currently living in Anand and Mehsana districts of Gujarat under the Citizenship Act, 1955. The move to grant citizenship under the Citizenship Act, 1955 and not the controversial CAA bears significance. Such people living in the two districts of Gujarat have to submit their applications online which will then be verified by the collector at the district level. The application and reports thereon shall be simultaneously made accessible online to the Centre, the notification read.
The Home Ministry on Monday issued a notification, allowing the collectors of Mehsana and Anand districts in Gujarat to grant citizenship certificates to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan under the Citizenship Act, 1955.The move to grant citizenship under the Citizenship Act, 1955 and not the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) bears significance.The CAA also provides for granting Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, but as the rules under the Act have not been framed yet, no one so far could be granted citizenship under it.The MHA also asked the authorities to follow all the conditions, including the application for registration as citizen of India. In August, Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi had handed over Indian citizenship certificates to 40 Pakistani Hindus at the Ahmedabad collectorate. Since 2017, 1,032 Pakistanis have been given citizenship by the district.
VADODARA/ ANAND: In a major embarrassment, 144 kg ganja valued at Rs 8.60 lakh was stolen from Virsad police station in Anand district. The ganja was found stolen from the custody room located just behind the police station. Virsad police have registered an offence against unidentified persons for stealing the stock of ganja. Shobhana Vaghela, a head constable at the Virsad police station in her complaint stated that on Saturday morning after she arrived at the police station, she went to the custody room. Inside the custody room, she noticed that one bag of ganja was lying away from the other stock in the custody room. Later, she also noticed that the iron grills of the window of the room were broken and bricks adjacent to the window were removed. After informing her superiors and colleagues, the head constable and other staff of the police station cross-checked the stock of ganja that was seized in connection with a case registered in September 2018 under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. A total of 56 bags of ganja were seized by the cops in September 2018. After checking the records, the cops found that of the 56 bags that were kept in the custody room, four bags were missing. Going by the details, while one bag had 34.29 kg ganja worth Rs 2.05 lakh, another had 36.39 kg ganja worth Rs 2.18 lakh, third one had 33.90 kg ganja worth Rs 1.98 lakh and the fourth contained 39.60 kg ganja worth Rs 2.37 lakh. The cops have registered the offence under sections 454, 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to trespassing, house-breaking and theft.
The AAP government in Delhi Wednesday picked its Patel Nagar MLA Raj Kumar Anand as its newest cabinet minister. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena for his approval.Anand has been associated with the Aam Aadmi Party since its formation in 2012. Before that, he was associated with the anti-corruption movement. He did his MA in Political Science.This comes after former Delhi minister Rajendra Pal Gautam resigned from the cabinet earlier this month after his involvement in a “conversion” event was highlighted by BJP leaders. President Droupadi Murmu accepted Gautam’s resignation Tuesday.Though Gautam rejected the BJP’s allegations that anti-Hindu statements were made at the event where thousands of people converted to Buddhism, he resigned and blamed the Opposition party for creating a “needless controversy”.The Union Ministry of Home Affair’s gazette notification Tuesday said, “President is pleased to accept, on the advice of the Chief Minister of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, the resignation of Shri Rajendra Pal Gautam, a Minister in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, with immediate effect.”Blaming the BJP for the controversy, Gautam had said in his resignation letter he had not insulted Hindu gods and goddesses at the event and only repeated the vow taken by B R Ambedkar when he had converted to Buddhism. He also said did not want the AAP to suffer because of him before the Gujarat Assembly elections.
VADODARA/ ANAND: Gujarat government on Monday brought some parts of Borsad and Petlad towns of Anand district under the Gujarat Prohibition of Transfer of Immovable Property and Provision for Protection of Tenants from Premises in Disturbed Areas Act (1991) popularly known as the Disturbed Areas Act. The Act will be imposed in parts of these towns to prevent the distress sale of properties in the communally-sensitive areas of Anand district. The Gujarat governor has given assent to implement the provisions of the Act in these two towns. Earlier, in 2019, it was during the tenure of former chief minister Vijay Rupani that the Act was imposed for the first time in some parts of Anand town. Earlier, some outfits had demanded that the Act be imposed in Petlad and Borsad towns of the district. Members of the Anjana community in Petlad had submitted a memorandum to Petlad’s chief officer to impose the Act in Anjanawad area of Petlad which had witnessed communal riots in the past.
Ahead of the state assembly elections, the Gujarat government Wednesday transfered 23 IAS officers, appointing M Thennarsan, vice-chairman and managing director of the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), as the new Ahmedabad municipal commissioner, while Ahmedabad district collector Sandip Sagale will become the new municipal commissioner of the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation.The transfers included that of RA Merja — the deputy municipal commissioner of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and brother of Brijesh Merja, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Rural Housing and Rural development.RA Merja, who has been appointed as the district collector of Bhavnagar, is among the nine district collectors who were newly appointed through a notification from the General Administration Department of the state government.Merja, was promoted to the IAS cadre from the State Civil Service in October 2020. The promotion happened after his brother Brijesh left the Congress before the Rajya Sabha polls and joined the BJP in June 2020.The district collectors of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Anand, Dang, Tapi, Kutch, Mahisagar and Morbi are among those transferred. M Thennarsan, the vice-chairman and managing director of the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), has been appointed as the new AMC municipal commissioner, while Ahmedabad district collector Sandip Sagale will become the new municipal commissioner of the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation.Dhavalkumar Patel, who headed the municipal corporation in Gandhinagar will replace Sagale as Ahmedabad district collector, while industries commissioner Rahul Gupta will hold the additional charge of GIDC.The collectors of tribal districts who got transferred include BK Pandya who has been transferred to Mahisagar from Dangs. Similarly, BR Dave, managing director of the Gujarat Livelihood Promotion Company Ltd has been appointed as the new district collector of Tapi.Kutch district collector DK Praveena has been appointed as new the collector of Gandhinagar. Dilip Rana, director of tribal development will be the new Kutch collector. Similarly, DS Gadhvi, District Development Officer of Surat has been appointed as the district collector of Anand, while GT Pandya, Director of Technical Education, has been appointed as the collector of Morbi.Bharuch District Development Officer Yogesh Chaudhary has been appointed as the managing director of the state electricity distribution company, Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Ltd (DGVCL). Jasmine Hasrat who held this post in DGVCL is the new MD of Gujarat State Energy Generation Ltd, Surat.
VADODARA/ ANAND: After Vande Bharat Express collided with cattle for two consecutive days, the Gujarat Superfast Express hit stray cattle near Anand on Saturday afternoon. Officials of Vadodara railway division confirmed that train number 22953 hit a stray cattle on the Kanjari-Boriyavi-Anand section – the same section where the Vande Bharat Express train had collided with a cow on Friday afternoon. “It was a minor incident. There was no damage either to the train or passengers,” said Pradeep Sharma, public relations officer of Vadodara railway division. The incident however delayed Gujarat Express which was on its way from Vadodara to Ahmedabad by a few minutes. “The train was halted for five minutes but resumed its journey,” he said. Earlier this week, the newly launched Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Express had hit cattle. On Thursday, the train had rammed into a herd of buffaloes between Vatva and Maninagar stations in Ahmedabad after which the fibre-reinforced plastic of the nose was damaged. On Friday, the train had hit a cow on the Kanjari-Boriyavi-Anand stretch resulting into a minor dent on the nose. The Vanda Bharat Express was flagged off from Gandhinagar on September 30. Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Friday had said that collision with cattle on the tracks was unavoidable. He had said that Vanda Bharat Express was designed keeping all these aspects in mind. “In India, the tracks are laid on the ground. Wherever you go, cattle will cross them, one cannot stop them. Unless we elevate the tracks in another 5-6 years, they (cattle) will come in front of the trains,” the minister had said while interacting with youth at a private engineering college at Vallabh Vidyanagar.
On a day Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said “collision with cattle on tracks is unavoidable”, the Vande Bharat Express met with a cattle collision for the second consecutive day en route to Mumbai.At around 4 pm Friday, the Vande Bharat Express collided with a cow at the Kanjari Boriyavi station in Kheda district of Gujarat. On Thursday, the train collided with four buffaloes at Vatva near Ahmedabad on its way to Gandhinagar. Railway officials confirmed that the train, which had been left with a damaged nose for the second consecutive day, will undergo repair on arriving in Mumbai shortly after 8 pm Friday evening.According to railway officials, the train was running on time despite the damaged nose, which had only been repaired Thursday evening after it reached Mumbai following a collision with buffaloes the same day. Railway officials said the cow that collided with the train Friday died but no human casualty was reported.Notably, the accident comes on a day Vaishnaw was in Anand district – just a few kilometres from Friday’s accident spot. When asked about Thursday’s accident, Vaishnaw said the train had been designed to withstand “unavoidable” collisions with bovines.He said, “The train is sturdy and designed to withstand accidents… In India, railway tracks are on (accessible) grounds, and everywhere, cattle cross railway tracks. It is not possible to stop them. Only when we elevate tracks in the next few years, will we be able to prevent collisions with cattle. Until then, it is unavoidable when trains are running at high speeds of 120, 130, or 160 kmph…”Vaishnaw further added that the collisions with Vande Bharat train will not result in casualty. He said, “The train has been designed thoughtfully to be strong, keeping in mind that it can be mended immediately in case of an accident… As soon as it reached Mumbai (on Thursday after Vatva-Gandhinagar), it was cleaned and its nose was replaced… The air spring of the train is a shock absorber and one cannot hear any noise inside it. The next version of Vande Bharat will run at a speed of 200kmph.”Vaishnaw, who was interacting with students at the engineering college in Vallabh Vidyanagar after inaugurating the newly reconstructed Anand railway station, said that it was the “vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by which 199 railway stations across the country were to undergo redevelopment in the near future”.The minister also described to the students the ride that the prime minister took during the inaugural run of Vande Bharat train. He said, “Modiji travelled for 40 km on the train and he spoke to the technicians and welders… They wanted pictures with him and he obliged eight or nine times, standing without support on the train even when it was running at high speed. This is because one cannot feel vibrations inside the train… The noise decibels are low. This is because it is a world-class train.”
The Gandhinagar-Mumbai Vande Bharat Express hit a cow near Anand station in Gujarat on Friday, resulting in minor damage to the train’s nose panel, an official said.A day before, the newly-launched semi-high speed train had hit four buffaloes and its nose cone had to be replaced.The railway official said the train did not sustain major damage in the latest incident except a small dent on the nose cone panel.The incident on Friday took place at 3.48 pm near Anand, about 432 km from Mumbai.“The train’s front portion has suffered a small dent,” confirmed Sumit Thakur, chief public relations officer of Western Railway, adding that all the passengers were safe.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Gujarat has registered a case against the owners of buffaloes that were hit by the Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat express, in which the front portion of the train was damaged, officials said on Friday.The nose cone cover of the driver coach of the semi-high speed train, which got damaged after hitting the buffaloes, was replaced with a new one in Mumbai, the Western Railway (WR) said in a statement.The newly-launched Mumbai Central-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat train had hit the herd of buffaloes around 11.15 am on Thursday near Ahmedabad, when the train was on its way to Gandhinagar. Four buffaloes were killed in the incident, the officials said.“The RPF has lodged a first information report (FIR) against the unidentified owners of the buffaloes that came in the way of Vande Bharat train between Vatva and Maninagar railway stations in Ahmedabad,” WR’s senior spokesperson (Ahmedabad division) Jitendra Kumar Jayant said.RPF inspector Pradeep Sharma posted at Vatva railway station said the FIR was filed under section 147 of the Railways Act, 1989, which deals with unauthorised entry into any part of a railway and misuse of its property.“The FIR was registered on Thursday evening in connection with the incident in which four buffaloes were killed,” he said.The railway police have not yet been able to identify the owners of the buffaloes so far and efforts are on to do so, he said.The incident had occurred in Punitnagar area near Vatva railway station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city, Sharma added.The train’s damaged nose cone cover made up of FRP (fibre-reinforced plastic) was replaced with a new one in Mumbai, the WR said in a statement.“The nose cone cover of the train’s driver coach along with its mounting brackets was damaged in the cattle-hit incident. However, the vital parts of the train remained unaffected. The damaged nose cone was replaced at the Coach Care Centre in Mumbai Central,” WR’s chief public relations officer Sumit Thakur said.After the incident on Thursday, the train had covered the distance to Gandhinagar Capital station and back to Mumbai Central without the nose cover panel as there was no damage to it train’s vital parts, he said.“The nose cover is designed to absorb the impact without transmitting the same to the functional parts of the train. Therefore, it is sacrificial by design and hence replaceable,” Thakur added.Railway keeps sufficient nose-cones as spare, he said.“The damaged nose cone was replaced in no time and the train was put back to service without any extra down time. The train departed from Mumbai today without any inconvenience to the passengers,” he said.According to the official, the Western Railway is taking all necessary measures to prevent such incidents in future.The indigenously designed and manufactured semi-high speed train, the third service under the Vande Bharat series, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 30 from Gandhinagar Capital and it started the commercial run from the next day.
The recently launched Vande Bharat train that was damaged after it hit a herd of buffaloes on Gujarat rail tracks was put back into service Friday, said the Western Railway. The train that runs between Mumbai Central and Gandhinagar was repaired at Mumbai Central Railway carshed.The front portion of the driver’s cabin of Vande Bharat got damaged Thursday morning after a herd of four buffaloes strayed onto the railway tracks between Vatva and Maninagar stations as the speeding train from Mumbai was proceeding to Gandhinagar.Though the train was detained for 10 minutes at the site, it reached Gandhinagar on time. Vital parts of the train remained unaffected by the impact, said the Western Railway on Friday.“On this hit with the cattle, the nose-cone cover of the front coach i.e. driver coach was damaged with its mounting brackets. The nose cover is designed to absorb the impact without transmitting the same to the functional parts of the train. Therefore, it is sacrificial by design and hence replaceable. The Railways keeps sufficient nose-cones as spare. It was replaced with a new one in Mumbai Central depot in no time during the maintenance and the train was put back to service without any extra downtime,” the statement said.After fixing the damaged portion, the train departed from Mumbai Friday without causing any inconvenience to the passengers. Meanwhile, the Western Railway ensured that it is taking all action to prevent such incidents in the future.
Vande Bharat Express:The front of the train, damaged after hitting cattle, is now repaired.Mumbai: The front portion of the Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Express train, which was damaged after hitting some buffaloes in Gujarat, has been replaced by the railway authorities, an official said today. The Vande Bharat train was repaired within 24 hours of the incident.The nose of the newly-launched Mumbai Central-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Express train had suffered damage after it hit a herd of buffaloes around 11:15 am on Thursday near Ahmedabad, when the train was on its way to Gandhinagar."The nose cone cover of the train's driver coach along with its mounting brackets was damaged in the cattle-hit incident. However, the vital parts of the train remained unaffected. The damaged nose cone was replaced at the Coach Care Centre in Mumbai Central," Sumit Thakur, chief public relations officer of the Western Railway said.The nose cone was made up of FRP (fibre-reinforced plastic).The incident had occurred between Vatva and Maninagar areas of Ahmedabad, but the train had covered the distance to Gandhinagar Capital station and back to Mumbai Central without the panel on Thursday."The nose cover is designed to absorb the impact without transmitting the same to the functional parts of the train. Therefore, it is sacrificial by design and hence replaceable," Thakur said.He said that a sufficient quantity of nose cones is kept as a spare."The damaged nose cone was replaced with a new one at the Mumbai Central depot in no time during the maintenance and the train was put back to service without any extra down time. The train departed from Mumbai today without any inconvenience to the passengers," he added.The Western Railway is taking all necessary action to prevent such incidents in future, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe indigenously designed and manufactured semi-high speed train, the third service under the Vande Bharat series, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 30 from Gandhinagar Capital and it started the commercial run from the next day. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
The damaged nose cone cover of the Vande Bharat train was replaced.Mumbai/Ahmedabad: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Gujarat has registered a case against the owners of buffaloes that were hit by the Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat express, in which the front portion of the train was damaged, officials said on Friday.The nose cone cover of the driver coach of the semi-high speed train, which got damaged after hitting the buffaloes, was replaced with a new one in Mumbai, the Western Railway (WR) said in a statement.The newly-launched Mumbai Central-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat train had hit the herd of buffaloes around 11.15 am on Thursday near Ahmedabad, when the train was on its way to Gandhinagar. Four buffaloes were killed in the incident, the officials said."The RPF has lodged a first information report (FIR) against the unidentified owners of the buffaloes that came in the way of Vande Bharat train between Vatva and Maninagar railway stations in Ahmedabad," WR's senior spokesperson (Ahmedabad division) Jitendra Kumar Jayant said.RPF inspector Pradeep Sharma posted at Vatva railway station said the FIR was filed under section 147 of the Railways Act, 1989, which deals with unauthorised entry into any part of a railway and misuse of its property."The FIR was registered on Thursday evening in connection with the incident in which four buffaloes were killed," he said. The railway police have not yet been able to identify the owners of the buffaloes so far and efforts are on to do so, he said.The incident had occurred in Punitnagar area near Vatva railway station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city, Mr Sharma added.The train's damaged nose cone cover made up of FRP (fibre-reinforced plastic) was replaced with a new one in Mumbai, the WR said in a statement."The nose cone cover of the train's driver coach along with its mounting brackets was damaged in the cattle-hit incident. However, the vital parts of the train remained unaffected. The damaged nose cone was replaced at the Coach Care Centre in Mumbai Central," WR's chief public relations officer Sumit Thakur said.After the incident on Thursday, the train had covered the distance to Gandhinagar Capital station and back to Mumbai Central without the nose cover panel as there was no damage to it train's vital parts, he said."The nose cover is designed to absorb the impact without transmitting the same to the functional parts of the train. Therefore, it is sacrificial by design and hence replaceable," Mr Thakur added.Railway keeps sufficient nose-cones as spare, he said."The damaged nose cone was replaced in no time and the train was put back to service without any extra down time. The train departed from Mumbai today without any inconvenience to the passengers," he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAccording to the official, the Western Railway is taking all necessary measures to prevent such incidents in future. The indigenously designed and manufactured semi-high speed train, the third service under the Vande Bharat series, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 30 from Gandhinagar Capital and it started the commercial run from the next day.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
VADODARA/ANAND: A 21-year-old man from Anand district collapsed while dancing to the tunes of garba. A video clip of the man who was first seen as normal but suddenly collapsing on the garba ground was making rounds on social media for last few days. Now it has come to light that the youth hailed from Anand’s Tarapur taluka. Virendra Singh Rameshbhai Rajput was doing garba at Tarapur’s Shivshakti Society on Friday night. At first, he was watching garba but on the insistence of his friends he joined them in playing the garbas. Rajput suddenly fell unconscious. He was rushed to a hospital but he died on the way to the hospital. Doctors said that he died of a heart attack.
After having introduced electronic tablets in the Assembly and holding special sitting for women legislators, Speaker Satish Mahana on Thursday said that he would now form groups of MLAs for their interaction with “big industrial houses”.Mahana said such interactions would help “lawmakers also understand the issues related to achieving the UP government’s goal of making the state a one trillion dollar economy”.“Lawmakers can then make suggestions to the government and implement some of the ideas in their own constituency as well,” Mahana said, adding the plans for it is now at a preliminary stage.He also said that after taking a lesson from Gujarat, the Uttar Pradesh Assembly would also organise a Youth Parliament with the main objective of making the youth sensitive towards Parliament and its proceedings and encouraging them to take parliamentary life in future.“Many people learnt from us, and there is no harm in learning from others. Like what Gujarat Assembly has done, we also plan to hold Youth Parliament,” he said.He said that after holding a special sitting for women legislators, he would like to set aside a day for all those who have not spoken in the Assembly even for once – be it first-timers or multiple-term MLAs.The Assembly is also planning to convene a workshop on “parliamentary journalism” on “fair reporting of the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly”. While Mahana said that it would be a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, he added that discussions can also be held about the way “proceedings of the house are being negatively broadcast at present”.Stating that some of the rules of the Assembly are “complicated” thereby making it difficult for many MLAs to understand them, the Speaker said, “Soon, steps will be taken to publish these rules in a simplified manner.” “The newly elected MLAs find it difficult to understand the rules. So, we are planning to publish the procedure and rules of the Assembly in a simplified form.”Former Congress Legislative Council member Deepak Singh has requested Assembly Speaker Satish Mahana to reinstate the photograph of Anand Bhavan in Prayagraj, the former residence of Jawahar Lal Nehru, in the Assembly gallery. In a letter to Mahana, Singh said the photograph was removed during renovation work in the Assembly about four months ago. “It (Anand Bhavan) is not a personal property, but has a significance in history,” Singh wrote. Mahana, meanwhile, said he was not aware of the issue. ENS
As the Navratri fervour grips India, several videos and photographs of people gearing up to celebrate the festival have surfaced online. The nine-day festival is celebrated with much pomp and enthusiasm in different parts of the country and Mumbai is no exception.Business tycoon Anand Mahindra has shared a glimpse of Navratri celebration from Marine drive in Mumbai and netizens are elated. The clip shared by the chairman of Mahindra and Mahindra shows a large group of youngsters doing garba. Clad in casual attire, they are seen unitedly grooving in a large circle on the street.In a quirky tweet, Mahindra noted that “these are invaders who are welcomed with open arms”. “Mumbai, Marine drive. The conquest and annexation of Mumbai’s streets is complete. But these are invaders who are welcomed with open arms. No place like Mumbai during Navratri. ( I know I’m going to hear howls of protest from cities in Gujarat!),” Mahindra tweeted.Mumbai, Marine drive. The conquest and annexation of Mumbai’s streets is complete. But these are invaders who are welcomed with open arms. No place like Mumbai during Navratri. ( I know I’m going to hear howls of protest from cities in Gujarat! 😊) pic.twitter.com/vaGNSVSybE— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) September 27, 2022The clip shared Tuesday has amassed more than 47,000 views on Twitter. A user commented, “Lovely share ! Anywhere, everywhere, the colonies, housing and cooperative societies, the enthusiasm and fun continues.” Actor Raveena Tandon wrote “My glorious country ! With its music , dance and Colors !! Whatever the occasion/ festival , we know how to celebrate! May life always be a music laughter filled journey.”During Navratri, people offer prayers to Goddess Durga and many observe fast. Spanning over nine nights and ten days, people worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga. This year, the festival commenced on September 26 and will end on October 5 with Dussehra.
Gujarat BJP president CR Paatil Monday hinted that the Legislative Assembly election in the state might be completed by November end and warned his party workers against “groupism” telling them that they had “no right to question” the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah when it comes to the selection of candidates.Addressing a gathering of page committee (five-member committees formed for each page of electoral rolls) members in Anand, where he also inaugurated the district Kamalam office, Paatil said party workers “should not come to Gandhinagar” to make representations for aspiring candidates.“I feel that the (Gujarat) election will be completed by the end of November. The last two times, in 2012 and 2017, the elections were held on December 5 onwards. But this time, it may be advanced by about 10-12 days. No one has told me this and I haven’t spoken to anyone … The media will say I declared the election dates but I don’t have the power to declare the election dates.”Warning leaders against “groupism” ahead of the ticket distributions, Paatil said that the final word on candidates rests with PM Modi and Shah. “Don’t worry about who gets the ticket… That will be decided by PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. I don’t have the power to allot tickets. Many times, some of you aspiring for the tickets feel your name was cut off although you were capable, but it is not so…” he said.“We will send the biodata of each of the aspiring leaders to Delhi. PM Modi and Amit Shah will decide based on the representations of all castes, capability, the importance of seats and so on… You do not have the right to ask why someone was given a ticket because that ultimate decision is with Modiji. Can we challenge him and ask why was someone given and why someone was not given the ticket? Forget about these differences. Anyone who comes with the lotus symbol, you have to make them win. If you have complaints, put them in front of the observers who will come later,” Paatil added.Paatil warned the leaders to not “beeline in Gandhinagar” with aspiring leaders of their choice. “Another 100 will come with another leader after you and you both will look at each other as rivals… Please don’t try to come to Gandhinagar to seek tickets. It damages the organisation. We do not want groupism. I have come to take this assurance from you.”Paatil further urged the page committee leaders to visit their members for tea to build rapport. “We will have the Diwali festival in between… don’t slack. You are all members of the page committee… No matter what, go and visit the homes and one of the five page (committee) members have tea with them. It is my request to not go in big groups of 25 to burden families and have them prepare 25 cups of tea. Please visit only in twos, so as to not burden the women of that house… We have seen the power of the page committees. We have won local body polls on your strength… In fact, in the last two years, we have won every single election in the state.”Enlisting the elections won under his leadership in the state, Paatil said that the party also decided to curtail the number of positions that could be held by the party leaders simultaneously. “The BJP recently won 318 of 360 institutional and cooperative elections… We have been on a winning streak in these elections for the last two years… BJP workers have taken the responsibility of running all sugar factories, district cooperative banks, agricultural produce market committees (APMCs), agriculture banks and all but one milk dairy in the state — only your (Kaira district cooperative) dairy is not yet with BJP. This is a blemish on us. When the next election comes, we have to wipe out this blemish.”Paatil added: “Now, in the party, anyone who contests any elections for party posts and wins, cannot contest elections in cooperative sectors… We have ended the practice of having double posts. We have decided ‘one leader, one post; one family, one post’. There are lakhs of party workers — so many have got a chance to do work in the party and contest various elections. That is why the party has been strengthened. The BJP has those workers who can win every seat in the Assembly polls. All you have to do is to win the page. We have to win by a margin of more than 50,000 votes.”Paatil praised the Anand unit of the party for having a surplus sum of Rs 20 lakh from the funds collected to build the new office building and urged that the new office should be used to devise an “unbeatable strategy to win all seven” Assembly seats in Anand district.He said: “The first use of this office has to be made to win all seven seats in the districts. Some people have been winning (from Anand) for years by way of unscrupulous means like setting and managing (voters) but this time the BJP Page committee is ready to give them a fitting answer. There is no other unit of the party that is as strong as the Anand district, I can see that. We have to create a record. If there is a record in anyone’s name in your district, it is up to us to change that record to the name of the BJP. Will you do it? We have to break the record.”
AHMEDABAD: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast mentioned mostly dry weather during Navratri. There could be occasional spells at isolated places. Manorama Mohanty, head of IMD Gujarat, said except a few places in south Gujarat, the weather is likely to be dry. The forecast on Sunday mentioned that September 28 may see light rains in all districts of south Gujarat, Kheda, Anand, Panchmahal, Dahod, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Gir Somnath.TNN
Garbas are back and the state is all set to witness its grandeur with Navratri beginning on Monday, two years after the Covid-19 pandemic halted the celebrations.All roads lead to garba grounds in Vadodara, even before the actual festival has commenced. Several local garba organisers in Manjalpur, Karelibaug, Waghodia Road and other areas organised “ratris before Navratri” over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, to allow patrons two additional days of merriment.Kapil Shah, a resident of Manjalpur, who attended a garba at a local ground in the area on Saturday, said, “Now that the pandemic is almost over, normalcy is back… markets are open and people are excited to get garba costumes made, check on the latest garba playlists and add new steps into the performances… We are looking forward. The pre-Navratri garba had a huge crowd.”Tarak Patel, vice-chairman of the Resources Development Committee (RDC) of United Way of Baroda — the biggest garba in Vadodara — said that they have decided to make the venue more vibrant to beat the blues that Covid-19 has left behind.Patel told The Indian Express, “The decorations will be more colorful and vibrant as garbas will be held after two years. We have additional lighting arrangements. Singer Atul Purohit has already announced the launch of three new garba (songs) this year.”UWB, which will hold its event at a ground in Kalali for the first time, has already got around 35,000 registrations so far. “We are expecting 35,000 to 38,000 players daily, apart from spectators. This year, the ground in Kalali is more approachable from the main road and has ample parking space. Since Gandhi Jayanti coincides with Navratri, we have decided to announce a tricolour dress code for the players. We will also play the national anthem to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi…,” said Tarak Patel.The Vadodara Navratri Festival (VNF), which will be held at its usual venue in Navlakhi, has also planned “surprises” for the players. Mayank Patel of VNF said, “We have set up food courts at both entry points with delicacies from across Gujarat. After Covid-19 restrictions interrupted garbas for two years, this year, the organisers are making it more interesting for the participants. We have surprises… it will be revealed during the nine nights.” VNF has got close to 45,000 registrations, Mayank Patel said.The organisers have already put out a list of the songs to allow groups to choreograph the garbas.Mitanshi Parikh, a student, who is attending VNF, said her group of friends had hired a choreographer. “We are a group of 15… Every year, we choreograph our own steps but this time, since we are playing commercial garba after long, we hired a choreographer. We want to make this garba very special. We have practiced for almost a month… Our costumes are ready too.”The royal family of Vadodara has also organised a heritage garba at the Motibaug palace. Apart from the major commercial garbas, several other organisers have also decided to add “unique” features to garbas this year.In Anand and Kheda districts, several Garba organisers are expecting NRI players, who have come down to celebrate Navratri. Ashmit Patel, a resident of Anand, who has arrived from the US along with his family, said, “We are here for 10 days… It is a great feeling to be in India and in our hometown for Navratri because despite the best of things we get to organise the festivals there, the feel, flavour and fervour of being in Gujarat for garbas is something different. We did not want to miss it.”Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxOrganisers have also increased their insurance costs this year, following the bad weather forecast for Navratri, to as high as Rs 6.5 crore for one garba venue in Vadodara. UWB has also brought in special soil to ensure fast draining of water in case of rain.Tarak Patel said, “Given the indications for rain during the nine nights, we have used special sand that would allow the ground to be dried faster.”
Actor-comedian Raju Srivastava passed away on September 21, just a month after he had suffered a cardiac arrest. The comedian, who shot to fame with The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, was mourned by the film industry and several stand-up comics for his contribution to the comedy scene in India. Raju is known to have never even famously spared Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his jokes.In a 2017 interview, he had revealed how PM Modi had enjoyed his mimicry as well. “Modi ji told me, ‘If you wish to, you should mimic me, just take care that the crowd should be entertained.’ He believes mimicry is an art. Modi ji in fact said that there should not be in any discrimination, that powerful people are not poked fun at, and only rest of the sections are the subject of one’s humour,” Raju had said.During a conversation with comedian Sorabh Pant, Raju had elaborated more about performing for the PM and how he had been warned to not crack any jokes about him. He recalled the rigid atmosphere where there were security officials in every corner and then he was eventually asked about jokes he was planning to crack.“Gujarat me mera show tha, jo patang udayi jati hai, wo tyohaar me. Toh vaha pe Modiji aane wale the, badi security vicurity thi sab charo taraf. Humlog ki bhi talashi valashi li ja rahi thi. Kutte vutte chode gaye, kutte vutte sunghke gaye. Uske baad aa gaye ek do IAS officers. ‘Mr Srivastava, toh ap kya karenge? Kya kya perform karenge?’ Mene kaha ye office ka kaam nai hai. Ki ap file jaisa bana rahe ho. Approve kar rahe ho kuch. Mahaul dekh ke, mood dekh ke karenge (I had my show in Gujarat, the one where you fly kites. Modiji had attended it and there was security in every corner. I was even searched, and dogs were let loose. After that, IAS officers asked me, ‘Srivastava so what will you do? What will you perform?’ I answered that this isn’t work at office that needs to be filed. Based on the mood, I will perform),” he said.”Remembering the experience, he added, “Shuru me keh rahe ‘Modiji ka mat kariye (mimicry)’. Main aaya, pehle hi joke maine unpe mara, Modiji pe. Bohot hasse, taali maar maar ke hasse. Aur 10 se 15 minute ho gaya, mene mic se hi bola. Public khush thi, taali vaali baja rahe the, ‘once more, once more’ ho raha hai. Toh maine Modiji se kaha, ‘Sir, mujhe bataya gaya hai ki aapko nikalna hai, apke pass time…’ (as a reply PM Modi said) ‘nai, nai, nai, nai, are sunao, bhot anand aa raha hai. Aapko bohot din baad sun raha hun bohot anand aa raha hai. Sunaiye, sunaiye, mere pass samay hai’ (In the beginning, they said don’t mimic Modi. I came, and cracked the first joke on him. He laughed and clapped. The public was happy and asked me for an encore. So I told Modi, that I was told that you had to leave….and he answered, ‘No, no, I am very entertained. Listening to you after many days, so keep talking, I have time.”Raju Srivastava’s funeral will take place on Thursday morning in Delhi.
17-year-old Mohammad Rashid Ayub Khan Pathan, a student of Hanifa School in Borsad in the Anand district has been wheelchair-bound since childhood. But the support and guidance of his teachers and his own determination paid off as he cleared his JEE Advanced with rank 20 in the PWD category.“I studied for around 13 hours a day with the help of my teachers from school. I did not go to any coaching classes but followed the module suggested by my teachers… My aim is to become a software developer.” said Rashid, whose father runs a general store in Borsad. Rashid scored 90 per cent in his 12th CBSE board exams.Rashid’s mentor from Hanifa School, Anand Gupta, who spent hours teaching the special student, said, “Rashid did not allow his medical condition or his family issues to come in the way of his studies. It is not easy for a wheel-chair bound student to put in 14 hours each day. He would even attend extra classes in the evening, as late as 9.30 pm and it is his parents who have played a big role in his achievement. This has come as a reward for their attitude and hard work, always believing in making efforts and not excuses. All his teachers are extremely happy for him and feel equally rewarded and blessed to have had him as their student.”
Surat: Scoring 285 out of 360 marks, city boy Mahit Gadhiwala secured All India Rank (AIR) nine and the first position in Gujarat in the JEE Advanced exam results for which were announced on Sunday.Two other students from the city — Krush Rakholiya (AIR 84 ) and Anand Sasikumar (AIR 94) — were among top 100 in country. Mahit and Anand were among the top rankers from the city in JEE Main exam results announced in August. Mahit scored 290 out of 300 in JEE Main June attempt. Along with preparing for JEE, Mahit took national and international tests during his school days and performed brilliantly as well. He was among toppers of KVPY and science Olympiads in the past couple of years. With an aim to study engineering, Mahit started its preparation seven years ago. Son of dentist couple - Rajesh and Premal - Mahit wishes to study computer science from IIT Mumbai. “Mahit will get admission in the desired course at IIT Mumbai due to his score,” said Nehchal Singh Hanspal, Mahit’s tutor. JEE Advance is a top-quality screening of brilliant students, said Hanspal. Only 2.5 lakh top scorers of JEE Mains get a chance to appear in the advance exams, he added.
SURAT: Scoring 285 out of 360 marks, Surat boy Mahit Gadhiwala secured All India Rank (AIR) nine and the first position in Gujarat in the JEE Advanced exam results announced on Sunday. Two other students from the city - Krush Rakholiya (AIR 84 ) and Anand Sasikumar (AIR 94) - were among the top 100 in country. Mahit and Anand were among the top rankers from the city in JEE Main exam results announced in August. Scoring 285 out of 360 marks, city boy Mahit Gadhiwala secured All India Rank (AIR) nine and the first position in Gujarat in the JEE Advanced exam results for which were announced on Sunday. Two other students from the city — Krush Rakholiya (AIR 84 ) and Anand Sasikumar (AIR 94) — were among top 100 in country. Mahit and Anand were among the top rankers from the city in JEE Main exam results announced in August. Mahit scored 290 out of 300 in JEE Main June attempt. Along with preparing for JEE, Mahit took national and international tests during his school days and performed brilliantly as well. He was among toppers of KVPY and science Olympiads in the past couple of years. With an aim to study engineering, Mahit started its preparation seven years ago. Son of dentist couple - Rajesh and Premal - Mahit wishes to study computer science from IIT Mumbai. “Mahit will get admission in the desired course at IIT Mumbai due to his score,” said Nehchal Singh Hanspal, Mahit’s tutor. JEE Advance is a top-quality screening of brilliant students, said Hanspal. Only 2.5 lakh top scorers of JEE Mains get a chance to appear in the advance exams, he added .tnn
The Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), the premier rural management institute founded by Dr Verghese Kurien, has set two records for its flagship Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management) batch of 2022-2024 with the highest number of enrolments from aspirational districts and candidates from outside Gujarat.In the batch of 2022 out of the 271 total students 12 per cent are from aspirational districts and 97 per cent are from outside Gujarat, the data accessed and analysed by The Indian Express reveals.Among reasons cited for these firsts, institute authorities stated that the 5 per cent weightage given to candidates from aspirational districts and the entire online admission process has helped achieve these numbers.“This year, we have the highest number of students from aspirational districts, a significant improvement in the representation from aspirational districts as they go back and work for the respective districts, state or area. With this idea we launched a 5 per cent weightage for candidates from aspirational districts, for this batch,” IRMA Director Dr Umakant Dash told The Indian Express.As per the recent Delta ranking by NITI Aayog based on incremental progress made across 49 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) under five broad socio-economic themes – Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion and Skill Development and Infrastructure-there are 112 aspirational districts in the country.Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2018, the Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) aims to quickly and effectively transform 112 most under-developed districts across the country.The broad contours of the programme are Convergence (of Central and State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level Nodal Officers and District Collectors), and Competition among districts through monthly delta ranking; all driven by a mass movement.With the flagship programme in rural management, students once they pass out are encouraged to contribute to the rural development sector. However, the trend over the years reveals that the managers are attracted towards lucrative corporate sectors.On this, the Director added, “Instead of forcing the students once they pass out to serve in rural areas instead of corporate setups, we have tried to motivate students from these (under developed) areas in admission.”The decision for IRMA, an autonomous institute, the authorities say was a “call from within”.“This is not imposed or dictated by anyone. The call was from within to serve vulnerable districts lagging behind in several indicators than the developed districts. It is a part of capacity building for them,” added Dr Dash.Out of 271 students, 262 or 97 per cent are from states other than Gujarat. The highest representation from among six regions is from the North Indian states-73 followed by the South Indian states-72.In the 2022 batch, the states which sent maximum number of students to IRMA are-Maharashtra (33), Uttar Pradesh (30), Kerala (24), Bihar (20), Haryana and Madhya Pradesh (17 each), Telangana (14), Uttarakhand and Andhra Pradesh (13 each) and Tamil Nadu (12). This is the second batch appearing for the online admission process. With the introduction of an online admission process owing to Covid-19 pandemic replacing personal interviews that were held at Anand, it was conducted online this time.Among reasons behind this spike, IRMA authorities attributed the online admission process. Learning from the first online admission process that was also affected by the pandemic, this time IRMA disseminated information well in advance.Also, with active social media awareness more candidates sat for the interview process as compared to last year, authorities said.From the coming academic sessions, the institute plans to set up around seven centres in each region across the country.As other management institutes also conduct interviews around the same time, candidates prefer not to risk their chances of securing a seat. Also, travelling all the way to Anand from across the country not only consumes time but also poses a financial burden on them.However, the dominance of students from agriculture and allied discipline continues in the new batch with 42 per cent followed by 26 per cent students with engineering background.The PGDM (RM) is recognized as equivalent to a Master’s Degree in Rural Management by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and has produced some of the most influential leaders across diverse sectors.
VADODARA/ANAND: 'The house of this hospital is small, a little room sufficing for many birds: yet I saw if full of birds of all sorts which need tendance, as cocks, hens, pigeons, peacocks, ducks and small birds, which during their being lame, or sick, or mateless, are kept here, but being recover'd and in good plight, if they be wild they are let go at liberty: if domestick they are given to some pious person who keeps them in his house (sic).' This is how Italian traveller Pietro dela Valle who had sailed from Venice to India in early 17th century had described the bird hospital at Cambay (present day Khambhat) in Gujarat. Very few know that Gujarat's coastal town - Khambhat - had a dedicated veterinary clinic to treat birds as early as 1539. The same premise has now paved way for a modern veterinary hospital complex. State animal husbandry has constructed a new veterinary hospital complex at the cost of Rs 1.2 crore which was inaugurated on Tuesday by state MOS Devabhai Malam. "Khambhat was a pioneer in the field of veterinary medicine. At a time when veterinary education was in the early development era around the world, Khambhat had a veterinary clinic to treat birds in 16th century. It is one of the oldest known veterinary hospitals in the world," said Dr Snehal Patel, deputy director, animal husbandry department, Anand district panchayat. The Italian traveller has mentioned that it was maintained with "public alms". The veterinary hospital was functioning from its current premises since 1910. The old building that was constructed in 1926 was later handed over by Nawab of Khambhat to Gujarat government. "Khambhat is also home to wetlands where migratory birds come. The migratory birds that get injured are also brought to this hospital," he said.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged on Tuesday that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forced private plot owners to cancel a public event of Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal in Anand.In a press conference held in Ahmedabad, AAP Gujarat president Gopal Italia claimed that BJP leaders were scared of Kejriwal’s rising popularity in Gujarat and hence forced six private party plot owners to cancel his upcoming event scheduled in Anand.“We tried to organise a program for Kejriwal in Anand on the speculative dates of August 11, 12 and 13. When we first contacted Tulsi party plot they agreed to let us rent it but they called back two hours later to inform us that they will have to cancel the rent due to pressure from BJP leaders,” Italia claimed.“Then we contacted ‘Vivah’ party plot, ‘Avsar’ party plot, ‘Nakshatra’ party plot, ‘Neelkanth’ party plot and ‘Sardar Patel’ banquet hall for the event. All the six party plot owners initially agreed but later retracted claiming that BJP leaders have threatened all party plot owners in Anand to not allow Kejriwal’s event to be held,” Italia further added.“Arvind Kejriwal’s rising popularity has made BJP anxious. For the first time in the history of Gujarat politics, the word guarantee has found its place because Kejriwal is a leader who delivers what he promises,” Italia told mediapersons.
The cyber crime police station of Gujarat’s Anand district issued summons to Flipkart on August 17 asking the company to join a probe into a scam unearthed in June after a gang of five persons was arrested for cheating customers of at least 600 mobile phones.The gang purchased phones from Flipkart using EMI options and had sold them off to unsuspecting customers, who eventually ended up with locked phones due to non-payment of the EMIs.According to Anand cyber police, the technical examination of eight phones seized so far has revealed that the phones had pre-installed software that allowed Flipkart “unilateral access” to block the phones.The Anand district cyber crime police has issued seven summons to Flipkart to join the probe through the Technical Nodal Officer based in Bangalore and through the Legal Department of the company based in Hyderabad. However, the e-commerce company is yet to join the probe.Police sub-inspector Amit Sharma of Anand cyber crime police station said, “We have asked Flipkart to join the probe in the case. Consumers had filed complaints that the phones purchased through local dealers were blocked and a primary investigation into the scam had revealed that a gang was purchasing phones on EMI through Flipkart and selling them off to unsuspecting customers. We had arrested five persons in the case.”The police have served three notices to Flipkart under Section 160 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, to join the probe as “witness” and four summons under CrPC Section 90, which is related to summons and warrants of arrest. Senior officials of the district police said that the company did not respond despite repeated reminders. The last summons was sent on August 17.The police came across the case while monitoring and analysing cases of cyber fraud in online shopping after receiving a complaint in June this year. The five accused were involved in a racket of purchasing mobile phones on Flipkart by allegedly registering accounts under pseudo names using bogus phone numbers on the EMI option and selling them off to other dealers. Once a dealer passed a phone to an unsuspecting customer, sometimes by even creating a proper bill, the accused stopped paying the EMIs. Eventually, the phones were blocked for non-payment of EMI and the customers returned to the dealer for help. The accused then got involved in “helping” the customers unlock the phones and charged them a hefty sum of money.The accused have been booked under Indian Penal Code sections for criminal breach of trust (406), cheating (420) and abettor present when the offence is committed (114).