VADODARA: The son of former MLA Hirabhai Patel, from Lunawada in Mahisagar district, was held with a stash of Indian Made Foreign Liquor from Vadagam in Khanpur taluka of Mahisagar district. The accused had entered into a quarrel with a man in Vadagam and when police reached the spot, it found a high-end car with a plaque ‘MLA Gujarat’ loaded with liquor at the site. The police were called to the residence of Jaswant Patel in Vadagam after two youths including Hirabhai’s son Maharshi Patel and one Shubham Mahajan came to Jaswant’s residence on Monday evening. They had threatened Jaswant over the phone and then came to his residence in an inebriated condition. The accused had come to the village in a white SUV. On checking the car, the villagers and police found a bottle of Scotch whisky and several bottles of other alcoholic beverages. In all, 39 liquor bottles worth Rs 6,100 were found in the car. The plaque with the writing ‘MLA Gujarat’ had been placed on the dashboard of the car. On being questioned, the duo revealed that they had brought the liquor from Rajasthan for their consumption. Maharshi claimed that the car was being used by him, but could not produce documents of the car on Monday evening and hence the car was seized. A separate offence was registered against the duo for beating and threatening Jaswant. Hirabhai was elected on a Congress ticket to the assembly, but joined the BJP recently.
A BJP leader, a minor boy and a deputy sarpanch were among the 41 people arrested after a police raid at a liquor party at Kanjan-Hari village in Valsad district late Sunday. The police also seized 25 litres of IMFL bottles worth Rs 15000, five cars and mobile phones, all worth Rs 35 lakh, in the raid.BJP leader and Valsad taluka Sarpanch Sangh President Vinod Patel and the deputy sarpanch of Nanakwada village were among those arrested and produced before Valsad district Court Tuesday afternoon.Valsad town police station inspector D M Dhol said, ”We have produced all the arrested before the court for obtaining police remand. Vinod Patel had, in his statements to police, mentioned that he had brought liquor from different wine shops in Daman. We are waiting to get the court’s order for obtaining a police remand of the main accused persons in this case.”All the arrested were attending a party hosted by Patel—also the sarpanch of Nanakwada village—Sunday late night. Liquor was also served to the guest, said the police.
Ahmedabad: After a four-day low daily tally, new Covid cases spiked in the city and the state on Tuesday. Against 150 cases on Monday, the city recorded 249; whereas against 419, the tally for Gujarat was 572.With 4,219 tests conducted on Tuesday, the test positivity rate (TPR) for Ahmedabad was 6% compared to 1.8% for Gujarat. Active cases also rose for Ahmedabad and Gujarat, reaching 1,564 and 3,595 respectively.Other cases included 82 in Surat city, 41 in Vadodara city, 22 in Bhavnagar city, 21 in Rajkot city, 18 in Valsad, 16 in Navsari, 13 in Jamnagar, and 12 each in Kutch and Surat. Of the 33 districts, only three now have zero active Covid cases.Gujarat in 24 hours vaccinated 13,285 people with the first dose and 27,694 with the second. TNN
More than 600 workers of the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) from Dahod, Narmada, Chhota Udepur and Vadodara districts joined the BJP Tuesday at Gandhinagar in the presence of Gujarat BJP President CR Paatil.Dahod, which saw over 400 workers from the Congress and a few from AAP and BTP, also had eight councillors from the Jhalod Municipality, including President Sonal Dindor from the Congress, jump over to the BJP.The others include Dala Vasaiya, Khuman Mansinh Damor, Parsinh Damor and independent councillors Bhavesh Katara, Sukhram Milwad, Zakir Kanuga and Shankar Katara, among others. Dindor and Vasaiya were among the Congress councillors who had, in August 2020, voted in favour of the BJP in the election to Jhalod Municipality’s Presidential post, thus causing a furore. Soon, as Jhalod BJP President Hiren Patel was killed in an alleged case of contract killing, Dindor and Vasaiya submitted a memorandum to the district police citing ” threat to life”.A senior BJP leader said, “The party has welcomed strong workers to the fold… This is not just in preparation for the upcoming Assembly polls but also because it allows the BJP to strengthen its ground in these tribal districts, especially Narmada, Dahod and Chhota Udepur, where the Congress has traditionally been on a strong foot. Although the 2021 local body polls were in favour of the BJP in the districts, it will bring a major impact in the Assembly elections to have these strong leaders into the fold.”Additionally, Dahod Taluka Congress president Suresh Baka-liya as well as former General Secr-etary of Youth Congress Nikunj Meda and Vice-President of Dahod district Congress Mitesh Yadav joined the BJP. Valsinh Munia, son of former Congress MLA Virji Munia, along with Sanjeli Sarpanch Mavji Rawat , Singwad taluka Congress member Dipak Parmar and Veena Bhuriya from Garbada also joined the BJP.AAP leader Dhavalsinh Bhuriya as well as BTP President of Dahod Ajay Katara along with leader Nilesh Bamaniya joined the BJP. Nazimuddin Gangardiwala of the Congress city unit also joined the BJP. He even replaced his skull cap with the new saffron topi of the party at the event. Another leader, Sabur Sultan Tadvi, also joined the BJP.In Chhota Udepur, district Congress President Umesh Shah, along with his brother and President of Chhota Udepur Traders’ association, Dipesh Shah, joined the BJP. Former Congress district president Yashpal Rathwa, also the director of APMC, also joined the BJP. From Vadodara, former MS University senate member and trader Bipin Patel, Hitendra Gohil, Sandeep Bhagat, Wasim Malik (Sarpanch of Kia), Indravadan Bhagat and Sudha Patel from Kandari joined the BJP.Membership songGujarat BJP Tuesday launched a song prepared for its membership enrolment drive. The Gujarati song hails the party and its current top leadership.
Ahead of the Assembly polls in the state scheduled later this year, a meet was held between Gujarat Congress leaders and senior party officials in New Delhi on Monday.According to party officials, senior party leaders from state including Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Jagdish Thakor, Gujarat incharge Raghu Sharma, Leader of Opposition Sukhram Rathva, senior leaders Arjun Modhwadia, Deepak Babaria and spokesperson Manish Doshi were summoned to party headquarters in New Delhi.“An important meet in context of the coming elections began on Monday evening with senior party leaders such as All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi, KC Venugopal, Ajay Maken, Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Singh Surejwala and Jairam Ramesh,” said a senior official of Gujarat Congress.
Pointing out that the two Vande Bharat trains launched in 2019 have travelled 14 lakh kilometres and “proven” themselves, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Tuesday said the Indian Railways will launch an upgraded second version of the semi-high-speed trains in August 2022.Interacting with media persons at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) at Gandhinagar, the minister said, “The plan for Vande Bharat trains were given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017 and the first two trains started operating in 2019. So far, both the trains have travelled 14 lakh kilometres… Last year, 75 more trains have been approved that are under production.”The Indian Railways operates Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi to Varanasi and from New Delhi to Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Katra.Adding that the second and third versions of Vande Bharat trains will use better technology, Vaishnaw said the Vande Bharat trains currently run at 160 kilometres per hour and the second version will touch 180 kilometres per hour and the third version of the train will travel at 220 kilometres per hour.“We will start the roll out of Vande Bharat-2 train or the second version of the trains in August 2022,” he said adding that five-six trains will be rolled out every month after the launch. “The second version of Vande Bharat will have air springs (between the coach and the wheels) and will improve the ride quality manifold,” Vaishnaw added.The minister said once the first batch of 75 Vande Bharat trains are launched, the Indian Railways will launch more. “Of the proposed 400 trains, about 250 will be the second version of Vande Bharat trains and then the third version will introduced,” he added.The Railway minister who was at EDII for an interaction on start-ups said Vande Bharat trains will be operated on new routes and in some places, it will replace existing trains. “Bullet train takes 55 seconds to reach from 0-100 kilometers per hour. A similar technology has been ised in these trains and it has been designed in India. It takes only 54 seconds to reach from.0-100 kms per hour. It has a good acceleration. Its shock absorbers are also very good,” he added.Bullet train projectTalking about the bullet train project, Vaishnaw said the project will pick up speed with a new government in Maharashtra. “The earlier government in Maharashtra was not in favour of this project. But now that people have changed the government, the progress will happen,” he added.“Good progress is being made in the bullet train project. So far, pillars on 70 kilometres of the route on Vapi-Ahmedabad section, have been built. The work on this section began first, as we got the land. Foundations for pillars have been laid on 160 kilometres in this section,” he said work on the 8-9 bridges and stations were also under way.“The first bullet train section from Surat to Billimora is targeted to become operation by 2026. The first bullet train section made by China was 113 kilometres between Beijing and Tianjing. Our section between Ahmedabad and Vapi is 352 kilometres,” he said.Station redevelopmentThe minister said a masterplan for developing 370 stations have been made and tenders for 45 stations have been issued. He said the learnings from the pilot projects for station redevelopment at Gandhinagar, Bhopal and Bengaluru have been incorporated into new redevelopment. Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Navsari, Rajkot, Vapi, Bharuch, Bilimora, Anand, Nadiad, Ankleshwar, Udhana, Gandhidham, Palanpur, Jamnagar and New Bhuj will be the 16 stations that will be redeveloped in Gujarat. Apart from this, a new station building has been constructed at Vadnagar station and Chhayapuri is being developed as a new satellite station near Vadodara.The railway minister also said that tenders for installing ingenious anti-collision device “Kavach” have been issued for 3,000 kilometres of railway tracks.
Civil work on the 352-kilometre stretch has started from December 2020, the RTI saidThane: The deadline for the completion of the high speed rail route between Mumbai and Gujarat's Ahmedabad, popularly called the bullet train project, can be fixed only after assessment of delay in land acquisition in Maharashtra and COVID-19 impact, railway officials have said in reply to an RTI plea.The reply from the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) to the Thane-based activists Right to Information Act plea was received on Monday.The NHSRCL's reply stated that a special purpose vehicle was helming the project and the targeted completion year was 2023, adding that a timeline for commissioning (throwing the service open to commuters) can be fixed only after assessing the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown as well as land acquisition pace in Maharashtra.Statutory clearances connected to issues like wildlife, coastal regulation zone and forests have been received, and the total expenditure incurred so far on the Rs 1.10 lakh crore project was Rs 26,872 crore, it added."Joint measure survey (JMS) for all 297 villages has been completed. Out of total land requirement of approximately 1,396 hectares, a total of 1,248 hectares has been acquired. Of the total 1,651 utilities coming in the way, 1,506 have been shifted," it said.Civil work on the 352-kilometre stretch in Gujarat and Dadra Nagar Havel and Daman and Diu has started from December 2020, the RTI reply said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe 508-kilometre HSR corridor will have 12 stations, comprising Mumbai (BKC), Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Billimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand/Nadiad, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat reported 419 Covid-19 cases and one death on Monday, which took the tally to 12,34,117 and the toll to 10,948, a state health department official said. So far, 12,19,657 persons have recovered, including 454 during the day, leaving the state with an active caseload of 3,512, he added. The official said Ahmedabad reported 155 new cases, Surat 96, Vadodara 40, Mehsana 19 and Bhavnagar 17, among other districts, while the lone death took place in Mehsana. A government release said 43,981 persons got vaccine jabs on Monday, which took the overall number of doses administered in the state to 11.15 crore. The adjoining Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu has 13 active cases, a local official said.
AHMEDABAD: The city on Sunday recorded 203 new Covid positive cases, an 11.4% drop compared to 229 on Saturday. For Gujarat, the drop was 21.4% — from 580 on Saturday to 456 on Sunday. Other cases included 86 from Surat city, 38 from Vadodara city, 13 each from Bhavnagar city, Kutch, Mehsana, Navsari, 12 from Valsad, 11 from Surat, and 10 from Gandhinagar city. With the discharge of 156 patients, the active cases in Ahmedabad reached 1,536, whereas for Gujarat the figure was 3,548. Out of 33 districts, four have zero active cases, whereas seven have more than 100 active cases. Most of the cases are concentrated in the urban areas primarily with higher testing. In the past 24 hours, Gujarat vaccinated 937 persons for the first dose and 4,423 for the second. In all, 5.41 crore were administered the first and 5.34 crore, the second dose of Covid vaccine. The state administered booster doses to 7,012 persons, taking the total to 40.94 lakh.
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat on Sunday reported 456 Covid-19 cases, which took the tally to 12,33,698, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,947, a state health department official said. The recovery count increased by 386 during the day and reached 12,19,203, leaving the state with an active caseload of 13,548, he added. He said Ahmedabad led with 207 cases, followed by 97 in Surat, 41 in Vadodara, 15 Bhavnagar, among other districts. A government release said 11.15 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Gujarat so far, including 12,372 on Sunday. Two new Covid-19 cases were reported in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, raising its tally of active cases to seven, local officials said. Gujarat's Covid-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 12,33,698, new cases 456, death toll 10,947, discharged 12,19,203, active cases 3,548, people tested so far - figures not released.
Gujarat on Saturday reported 580 COVID-19 cases, which took the tally to 12,33,242, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,947, a state health department official said.The recovery count increased by 391 during the day to touch 12,18,817, leaving the state with an active caseload of 3,478, he said.Ahmedabad reported 236 new cases, the highest in the state, followed by Surat with 106 cases, Vadodara 36 and Mehsana 29 cases, among other districts, he added. A government release said 11.15 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far, including 39,438Saturday.
AHMEDABAD: The active Covid-19 cases in Gujarat rose to 3,042 after 126 days or more than four months on Thursday with 547 new cases and 419 discharges being recorded across the state. Ahmedabad accounted for 43% of the active case tally with 1,318 cases. The city recorded 222 fresh cases and the discharge of 184 patients. According to the state health department, 82 cases were reported from Surat city, 46 from Vadodara city, 22 from Valsad, 18 each from Mehsana and Navsari, and 16 from Gandhinagar city.
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel tested positive for Covid-19 Wednesday and has been isolated at home with mild symptoms, sources in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.“He (the CM) was having mild symptoms yesterday (Tuesday) following which he got himself tested. Today, the result came positive. He has got himself home isolated,” the source said.The development has put a question mark on the CM’s attendance at the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Ahmedabad scheduled Friday. As a tradition, the CM flags off the Rath Yatra while performing the Pahind Vidhi ritual.“The CM has tested positive for Covid-19. But he is fine and home-isolated. About attending the Rath Yatra, he will be following the advice of the doctors,” an official in the CMO said.Meanwhile, CM Patel Wednesday virtually reviewed the alertness and preparation of the Gujarat police to ensure that the 145th Rath Yatra is carried out in Ahmedabad in a safe and harmonious manner.An official release from the CMO stated that Patel participated in a video-conference that was also attended by Minister of State for Home, Harsh Sanghavi, and police commissioners of four metro cities and superintendents of police of all the districts. Chief Principal Secretary to the CM K Kailashnathan, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Rajkumar, and Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia were also present in the virtual review meeting.As per the release, the CM also gave suggestions for maintenance of law and order in the state while keeping in mind the developments in neighbouring states.As per the state government’s daily bulletin on Covid-19, Gujarat recorded 529 new cases Wednesday. With that, the total number of active Covid-19 cases in the state is 2,914.Out of the total 529 fresh cases, Ahmedabad city reported the maximum cases at 220, followed by Surat (79) and Vadodara (53).
AHMEDABAD: The daily Covid cases continued downward journey in the city and the state. On Monday, the city recorded 150 new cases compared to 203 on Sunday, a drop of 26%. For Gujarat, the drop was 8% from 456 to 419. It was after 37 days for Ahmedabad and 42 days for Gujarat that the discharges of the patients were higher than the new cases, thereby reducing the active cases. Ahmedabad had 1,525 active cases and Gujarat 3,512. The state also recorded death of an active case in Mehsana, taking the death toll to 10,948. Other cities recorded almost similar cases compared to Sunday — Surat recorded 87, Vadodara 28, Bhavnagar 16, and Gandhinagar 10. Gujarat in 24 hours administered 8,391 first doses of Covid vaccine.
VADODARA: When Mangi Vasava (name changed) washes clothes on the bank of Dev river in Waghodia taluka, she makes sure that her back isn't towards the river. Also, she doesn't sit for a long time while washing clothes and is on alert to avoid getting killed. Women in villages have been washing clothes on river banks in and around Vadodara for ages. But even the simple daily chore is putting their lives at risk because of crocodiles lurking around in the water bodies. "We decided to start a campaign to save lives of women staying in villages around Dev river and other water bodies," said Hemant Vadhwana, a wildlife activist. Vadhwana and his team are reaching out to the locals staying around the rivers infested with crocodiles. "We have started with the Dev river which has dozens of crocodiles. Most women sit with their backs to the river while washing clothes. The crocodiles mistake them for small animals and attack from behind giving women no time to defend themselves," Vadhwana explained. "We ask these women to keep their face towards the river and not sit too close to the water. During monsoon, the river swells making it easier for these giant reptiles to lurk near the bank. So, we ask women to not venture near the river alone," he added. In 2020, two women lost their lives and a 70-year-old man suffered injuries in a crocodile attack in Dev river. According to forest officials, over 54 crocodiles reside in the 10 kilometre-stretch of the river in Waghodia. Hence, the forest department has installed many signboards warning people to stay away from the river. "Crocodiles are very active early in the morning and during evening hours. And most women wash clothes in the mornings making them susceptible to the attacks. So, we are urging them to change their timings and also be on alert if they see a crocodile den as the reptiles become aggressive to protect their eggs," Vadhwana added. Jagdish Parmar, sarpanch of Muval village on the banks of Dev river, said, "Such awareness campaigns will help save many lives. We ask people from our village, especially women, not to enter the river and always be on alert while washing clothes or utensils there."
VADODARA/ANAND: Kamlesh Pandya, a dairy farmer in Shili village of Anand's Umreth taluka, knows a day or two in advance when one of his cows will fall sick. An Israeli technology is helping dairy farmers in India's milk cradle Anand track the health of their animals in advance. Like fitness bands or trackers that are rage amongst health freaks these days, cows in the milkshed area of Anand are equipped with digital belts that are tied around their necks. Based on the movement of the cows, the chip-enabled belts alert the owners as well as Amul Dairy's dedicated call centre in Anand if the bovine is likely to fall sick. What's more? Telecom service providers are seeing a market in this segment as the belt relays information on mobile phones of farmers. A couple of them have already approached Amul Dairy which has set a target of covering one lakh animals within the next one year. "Usually, when one sees a cow, you hardly realize that it's sick. But with this technology, I get an alert on my mobile phone if my cow is likely to get ill in the next couple of days. On checking the temperature, you realize that it is having a high temperature. This is the biggest benefit of this technology. I can start providing them treatment before they fall sick ensuring their speedy recovery," said Pandya, who has been running the dairy farm since 2008. Telcos excited as Amul Dairy targets 1 lakh bovines The biggest advantage is that the farm owners get a notification when their animals is in silent heat (sexually receptive). It ensures that artificial insemination (AI) is done on time and the animal turns pregnant without delay, A dairy farmer incurs loss of nearly Rs 15,000 a year if such silent heat cycles go undetected. Amul Dairy's managing director Amit Vyas, said, "Like fit-bits in your hands help you know the number of walking steps or pulse rate, these digital belts/ trackers help us know whether the animal is eating and drinking properly, whether it is moving or not. It also has data of when the animal got pregnant or had a miscarriage." "The Israeli technology has been modified to suit Indian conditions and environment as landholding of our dairy farmers is less. We are targeting 10,000 digital belts of which 3,200 have been commissioned. Our target is to cover one lakh animals within one year," said Vyas. Amul Dairy officials were surprised when a top telecom player recently approached them to enter into an agreement. "They are seeing 10,000 consumers which will eventually turn into a subscriber base of one lakh," he said. Currently, a dairy farmer spends Rs 5 per day per animal towards one digital tracker tied on the neck of his animal. "Eventually, as volumes go up and we evolve the technology further, we want to bring down this cost to Rs 1 per day per animal," he said.
A man was killed and two others were injured in a boiler blast at a powder coating workshop at Ajwa Road in Vadodara Monday.The blast took place at the unit named M/s Kachwala Brothers. Dilawar, the brother of the workshop’s owner, was killed in the blast.Officials of the Vadodara Emergency and Fire Services (VFES) said that three gas cylinders that were found in a hazardous location inside the unit were removed to avoid more explosions.The VFES officials said they received a call about a blast in Sardar Estate Monday afternoon.The fire official attending the call at the spot said, “The unit named M/s Kachwala Brothers is into the work of powder coating. They had a boiler, which exploded around noon, grievously injuring one man named Dilawar, who is the brother of the owner Shabbir Kachwala. Dilawar succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital… two others who have suffered minor injuries are being treated.”The official said, “We have begun the probe and are yet to ascertain if the unit was authorised and following the forms… There are glass shards everywhere, and a brick wall has collapsed. According to local residents, there were only three people inside the unit when the blast occurred.”
VADODARA: Two days after a girl was attacked by a crocodile in Waghodia taluka, the forest department rescued a reptile from the Dev river. The nine-foot-long crocodile was trapped in a cage kept near the river and will be released in another water body. "The crocodile was rescued from the same place where the girl was killed. There are a couple of crocodiles that frequent the spot," said Hemant Vadhwana, wildlife activist. After the attack, locals were scared to venture near the river. The girl was washing clothes on the river bank when the reptile attacked her and dragged her into water. Dev river is home to many crocodiles which are spotted frequently during monsoon when the river water swells. Forest officials and wildlife activists have organized awareness campaigns in the past and urged the locals to stay away from riverbank. During monsoon, many reptiles move out of rivers in search of other water bodies.
AHMEDABAD: On Sunday, the city experienced cloudy weather but no rain. In the periphery, however, Bavla recorded 12mm rainfall, Dhandhuka 5mm, Viramgam and Daskroi 3mm each. According to the state government data, 129 talukas received rains on Sunday with 53 recording 10mm or more. Mangrol near Surat recorded 38mm, followed by 35mm at Songadh near Tapi and 34mm reach in Kambha near Amreli and Karjan near Vadodara. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rain is very likely in Bharuch, Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Porbandar, Junagadh, and Devbhoomi Dwarka on Monday, and Navsari, Valsad, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Panchmahal, Vadodara, Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Bharuc, Surat, Dang, Tapi, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad on Tuesday.
AHMEDABAD: For the city and state, the active cases of Covid are at a four-month high. However, the rise in the cases has had no major bearing over Covid vaccination. The statistics indicated that in one week, the booster dose jabs dropped by 21%, whereas the first doses have increased by 14%. In fact, the booster doses are at a three-week low at 1.41 lakh with approximately 20,000 doses administered daily. "Primary reason for the reluctance to take the third dose is lack of fear. After the second wave, the citizens were concerned about their well-being, and thus we saw huge queues last year. With the first and second doses completing nearly 100% coverage of the adult population, this year's spike is relatively milder and hospitalization is rare," said a city-based physician. "The pandemic has taken the form of an endemic with symptoms like body ache, weakness, low-grade fever with occasional complaint of cold." Cost is another factor, as 90% of the booster doses out of 40 lakh were administered by the government set-up to the healthcare workers, frontline workers and senior citizens. There are still fewer takers for the paid jab, said health department officials. Analysis of the booster doses trend also threw an interesting trend - Banaskantha district had higher booster dose recipients than Surat and Vadodara cities. Likewise, many districts overtook Rajkot city in getting the third jab as the city reached 1 lakh booster doses recently.
AHMEDABAD: An Amdavadi pays Rs 1,565 for the city's development, the sixth highest per capita municipal tax contribution in the country, which is Rs 15 more than what a Chennai resident pays and only Rs 73 less than a Bengaluru resident's share. These figures were tabled in a recent meeting of the Union ministry of urban development. On June 17, officials presented a paper comparing the per capita municipal tax paid across 37 major municipal corporations of the country. The highest tax is paid by a Mumbaikar at Rs 4,086. The average per capita collection across the 37 municipal corporations is Rs 421. A senior official of the Gujarat urban development department said, "Plainly speaking, major cities including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Coimbatore, and Bengaluru have larger property tax bases, because of the higher density of properties and their rising values." The official added, "Also, the property tax is based on the carpet area based formula, which is considered a better representation of the market value. It can be periodically revaluated. Self-assessment schemes and enforcement play a role in tax collection figures." Ahmedabad collects Rs 1,219 crore annually in taxes (vehicles, professional and property). In Surat and Rajkot, the per capita collection is Rs 660 and Rs 628, while in Vadodara it is Rs 911. Former Gujarat chief town planner and urban development expert P L Sharma said, "Financial buoyancy of a municipal corporation comes from better recoveries made from recurring incomes like property tax." He added, "Property taxes constitute 30% of a municipal corporation's income. They have political ramifications and are not revised periodically." Sharma added, "User charges, impact fees, and compensatory funds from a state government constitute less than 25% of a municipal corporation's income." The report of the Union ministry of urban development states that the seven largest urban agglomerations in India are Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad. These are closely followed by Pune and Surat - rapidly growing metropolitan regions in western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat respectively.
Volunteers rescued a 10-foot crocodile from the Dev river in Valva village of Vadodara district, 48 hours after a 16-year-old was killed by one on the banks of the river.Another crocodile, estimated to be about 13-feet-long, is yet to be caught. The victim, Tulsi Naika, was dragged away on July 2, while she was washing clothes on the riverbank. Volunteer Hemant Vadhwana, whose group had received a call to retrieve the body of the girl on Friday, caught the crocodile Sunday but said the one that attacked the girl is yet to be caught.Vadhwana said, “We had set up the cage on the river bank after retrieving the girl’s body on Friday. Nearly 48 hours later, we caught one of the two crocodiles the villagers spotted in the river. This one, about 10-feet-long, is the smaller of the two. The other one, who has evaded the cage so far, is expected to be about 13-feet-long. Usually, crocodiles that are about 11-feet and above attack humans. We are hoping to get the second crocodile soon.”
Vadodara: The prevention of crime branch (PCB) on Sunday seized liquor worth Rs 28 lakh on NH-48 and arrested two men. The cops intercepted the truck on the basis of specific information and found 5,928 boxes of liquor stashed in the vehicle.The police said that the liquor was being smuggled by members of the Bishnoi gang. The two arrested have been identified as Kailash Bishnoi and Dinesh Bishnoi, both residents of Rajasthan. When questioned, the duo told the police that they were to deliver the liquor stock in Kheda.They had brought the liquor from Haryana and entered Gujarat through Madhya Pradesh. The accused were to make a phone call to deliver the stock once they reached Kheda. A third accused identified as Bablu is yet to be nabbed.
Ahmedabad: Heavy rain lashed parts of south Gujarat and Saurashtra regions, causing flood-like situation in the affected areas, prompting the deployment of five National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams in Surat, Banaskantha and Rajkot districts, officials said on Sunday.Parts of Navsari and Tapi districts in south Gujarat, as well as Devbhumi Dwarka, Junagadh and Jamnagar received heavy rainfall in the 24-hour period ending 6am on Sunday. With the state’s 30 talukas receiving heavy rainfall of over 50mm, the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) said.Parts of Narmada, Bharuch, Surat and Vadodara were among those that received good rainfall during the day, it said.With the India Meteorological Department predicting heavy to very rainfall in some isolated pockets of Gujarat over the next five days, the NDRF moved eight of its teams to Surat, Banaskantha and Rajkot districts as “pre-monsoon deployment” from its base in Vadodara, the agency said in a Twitter update.One team each has been moved to Surat and Banaskantha, and three to Rajkot, the specialised relief and disaster combat agency added.Navsari witnessed major waterlogging, leading to traffic jams and blockage of underpasses. In Junagadh and Devbhumi Dwarka, monsoonal rivers received water and so did local dams, officials said.According to SEOC, over a 24-hour period ending at 6am, Vansda taluka of Navsari district received 136mm rainfall, Khambhaliya in Devbhumi Dwarka got 114mm rainfall, while it was 106mm in Manavadar in Junagadh, and 98mm in Dolvan in Tapi.The IMD had, on Saturday, said the southwest monsoon had covered and was active over Gujarat region, with light to moderate rain very likely over the next five days. PTI
The chariot is operated via Bluetooth instead of the traditional rope.As devotees in Odisha participated in Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra on Friday, a man in Gujarat's Vadodara was seen paying an innovative, robotic tribute to Lord Jagannath.A video of Jai Makwana's unique robotic Rath Yatra (robotic chariot) has been shared by news agency ANI on Twitter.Gujarat | Vadodara's Jai Makwana pays a robotic tribute to Lord Jagannath calling it an amalgamation of science & traditions"This robotic rath yatra is a modern-day celebration of the festival with the Lord manifesting in front of devotees on a robotic rath," he said (1.07) pic.twitter.com/R4YmasCSKQ— ANI (@ANI) July 2, 2022The caption of the post shared on Saturday says, "Vadodara's Jai Makwana pays a robotic tribute to Lord Jagannath calling it an amalgamation of science & traditions."He told ANI, "This robotic rath yatra is a modern-day celebration of the festival with the Lord manifesting in front of devotees on a robotic rath."Since being shared, the video has amassed over 1.3 lakh views and thousands of likes on Twitter.According to the news agency the chariot is operated via Bluetooth instead of the traditional rope.Meanwhile, the famous Rath Yatra began on Friday, July 1. Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a beautiful sculpture of Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra to pay homage to the mega annual event. Mr Pattnaik shared the beautiful artwork, created on the Puri beach, on his official Twitter handle on Friday.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMr Pattnaik also created 125 chariots to honour Lord Jagannath's festival in his home state Odisha. He also posted a special message through his art and wrote, "On this Rath Yatra, let us pledge to "Say no to single-use Plastic" and keep our environment clean."While the festival originated in the state of Odisha, it is widely celebrated throughout the country.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday that the Narendra Modi government is spending six times more money annually on the railway network in Gujarat as compared to the previous UPA government.“The Congress government (UPA) in Delhi used to spend Rs 590 crore every year on the railway network in Gujarat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased this spending from Rs 590 crore to Rs 3,960 crore between 2014 and 2022,” said Shah, who was addressing a gathering at Chandlodiya locality of Ahmedabad.Pointing out that projects like Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and Sabarmati riverfront have been successful only in Ahmedabad, Shah said, “As far as development is concerned, PM Modi has done a lot of work for Ahmedabad. I have never seen a riverfront like this anywhere else in the country. Weddings, morning walks, boating, and picnics can all be done on the riverfront. Similarly, BRTS has not been successful anywhere else apart from Ahmedabad.”“The (Ahmedabad) metro project is also nearing completion. Once it finishes, people in the city will not have to burn petrol. Like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, they can simply hop on the metro and reach their workplace,” he said, speaking about Phase 1 of the project.On Saturday, Shah inaugurated projects worth Rs 33.29 crore carried out jointly by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Western Railway. This includes improving the existing platform and building a new booking office at Chandlodiya station, a railway under bridge between Chandlodiya and Khodiyar and three waiting rooms and foot-over-bridge at Sabarmati railway station.In his speech, Shah said during the last three years, 10 over bridges or underpasses have been built in Sabarmati Assembly constituency (part of Ahmedabad city) and thus the government has eliminated the need for railway crossings. “From today, 10 trains, including Gorakhpur-Okha Express, Somnath-Jabalpur Express, Bandra-Veraval, Mumbai-Okha Express, Ahmedabad-Somnath Express, Vadodara-Jamnagar train, will have stoppages at Chandlodiya railway station,” Shah said.The Union minister also asked people of his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency to plant trees. “There is no doubt in my mind that we will become the most developed constituency in the country. I have made a five-year plan. Covid-19 has punctured it a bit, but still development is on track,” he added.
The Surat airport will strengthen its airstrip using steel slag as per the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) recommendations and Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR), according to airport authorities.As per ICAO, the basic strip at a code C airport has to be 140 metres wide, well graded area with a minimum 15 per cent California Bearing Ratio (CBR) — strength of subgrade soil — at a depth of 150 millimetres from the top ground level. The strip at Surat airport is of size as recommended by ICAO, CAR and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). However, in order to fulfil the criteria of recommended strength, the ground improvement of basic strip needs to be done as the area consists of highly expansive soil (black cotton soil) with very low CBR.Work of stabilisation of basic strip will be taken up to raise the CBR value to the required level in order to ensure safety of an aircraft in emergency situations if it steers off the runway. The desired strength at 150 mm below ground level shall help the disoriented aircraft to stop in gradual manner, without causing major damage.Professor Amit Solanki of the Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), who was among the experts who conducted a study of the runway strip, said, “We have submitted our report to develop the airstrip with lime and processed steel slag. If an aircraft enters the airstrip, it may get damaged due to the poor strength of soil. We have suggested that over 150 millimetres of the airstrip on both the sides of the runway should be dug and due to the usage of lime and steel slag, it can gain its strength as per the norms of CBR value.”Sources said that through e-tendering, Adroit Structural Engineers Private Limited from Vadodara was given the work for ground improvement and stabilisation of the runway strip in October 2021. The work was allotted at Rs 20.80 crore.Talking to The Indian Express, Surat airport director Aman Saini said, “The land has black cotton soil and during monsoon, the land swells, while it cracks in summer. To develop the airstrip area, we have consulted the SVNIT to give us their finding to strengthen the soil. We have got a report from them and we have also floated tenders of the airstrip areas.”The length of the runway is 2,905 metres and the width is 45 metres. The airstrip area on both the sides of the length of the runway is 140 metres in width each and the area from the starting point and ending point of the runway is 60 metres in width, he said. The firm to which work has been allotted has not started the work and the authorities have now decided to go ahead for retendering of the work.
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Friday said that many other states have started virtual traffic courts and it is high time for Gujarat to start it, and sought a report on progress of the project of e-traffic courts by July 28. The bench of chief justice Aravind Kumar and Justice Ashutosh Shastri were not pleased with the state government when the court was told that the implementation of e-traffic court would take some time because the state government is facing the issue of right to privacy with the NIC reluctant to part with the data for the virtual traffic court project. The state government explained the delay by stating that it is facing difficulty in compiling data, and since the project is taking place under the Ahmedabad Smart City project, there are issues with integration, the government lawyer. The bench was not ready to accept the reason and the chief justice remarked, “You are not doing it. Madras, Madya Pradesh, Delhi have implemented it. On the administrative side, I know what is happening. This is nothing but you are dragging your feet.” The chief justice said that the issue about payment gateway has already been resolved. The government lawyer tried to defend the delay by citing the issue of right to privacy, but the court rejected the argument. This led the government lawyer to submit, “NIC has refused to part with data which we require. If the court issues notice, it will aid us in the process of acquiring data.” This issue arose last month when a PIL demanded establishment of virtual courts for immediate dealing with traffic violations and for cancellation of pending e-challans. The PIL has demanded cancellation of e-challans which have remained pending even six months after issuance and a court of law has not registered because they become time-barred. The lawyer submitted that information obtained for three municipal corporation areas revealed that up to August 2020, Ahmedabad city had 40.27 lakh unpaid e-challans, Vadodara had 19.73 lakh pending challans and Rajkot had 10.39 lakh pendency. More than Rs 122 crore could not be recovered resulting in the loss to the exchequer.
After Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, senior cabinet minister Purnesh Modi tested positive for Covid-19. Modi, the state cabinet minister for road & building, transport, civil aviation and tourism & pilgrimage development, made his status public through an official message late Wednesday while requesting all those who came into his contact to get themselves tested.Sources from Modi’s office said he has been home isolated. Modi’s condition is reported to be fine, sources added. Notably, CM Patel had also tested positive for Covid-19 Wednesday.On Thursday, Gujarat reported a total of 547 fresh Covid cases. Ahmedabad city continued to top the list of places with highest cases by recording 222 new cases followed by Surat (82) and Vadodara (46). Currently, the state has 3,042 active Covid cases.
AHMEDABAD: Ahmedabad-headquartered pharma giant, Zydus Lifesciences Limited, on Thursday announced it has received final approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to market the Lacosamide injection USP. The injection is used to treat partial-onset seizures and the company has received a nod to market it in 200mg/ 20 mL single-dose vials. Lacosamide Injection is used with other medicines to treat primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures and it acts on the central nervous system to reduce the number and severity of seizures. The drug will be manufactured at the group’s injectables manufacturing facility at Jarod near Vadodara in Gujarat. The group now has 316 approvals and has so far filed over 420 Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) as of March 31, 2022, since the commencement of the filing process in FY 2003-04.
AHMEDABAD: One of the pioneers of multi-speciality hospitals in Gujarat, Sterling Hospitals, has once again seen a change in its ownership. The original founder of the hospital chain, Girish Patel, has sold majority stake in Sterling Hospitals to Arpwood Partners, an investment firm based in Mumbai. Market sources peg that the Patel family has sold at least 90% stake for a sum of Rs 700 crore, reports Parag Dave. Sterling founder sells majority stake Ahmedabad: Sterling Hospitals of Gujarat has once again seen a change in ownership. The founder of the hospital chain, Girish Patel, has sold majority stake in Sterling Hospitals to Arpwood Partners, an investment firm based in Mumbai. According to market sources, the Patel family has sold about 90% of stake for approximately Rs 700 crore. Patel told TOI: "We have finalized the deal to sell majority stake of our Sterling Hospitals chain to Arpwood Partners." However, he did not disclose the deal size. A source aware of developments said that Arpwood has started managing the hospital chain. "The transition period is underway," the source said. Sterling Hospitals was founded by Patel in 2001, and in 2006 the UK-based Actis had bought 41% stake in the chain for about Rs 69 crore and then increased its stake to 80%. Actis later attempted to sell its stake but failed. Eventually, in 2013, Patel bought the stake back. Patel had in 2010 sold his stake in Paras Pharma, a personal care company which has brands such as Moov. Sterling Hospitals has presence in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, and Kutch. Patel is expected to continue to be a mentor to Sterling Hospitals, sources have indicated. "The partnership with Arpwood is aimed at the pursuit of medical excellence at Sterling Hospitals to serve Gujarat," Patel said. "I have high confidence that Arpwood will be a capable new custodian of Sterling." A spokesperson for Arpwood Partners said: "Our intent at Sterling Hospitals is to build on its legacy of trust with investments in high-calibre clinical talent, infrastructure upgrade and patient service experience, and deliver quality medical care to patients." The spokesperson added: "We will soon announce an experienced CEO who has had a long and distinguished record at one of the largest national healthcare chains." The spokesperson went on to say: "Incidentally, all the three founders of Arpwood are privileged to have pursued postgraduate studies from Ahmedabad and are pleased to renew their association with the state of Gujarat and with its admirable people."
In the wake of the killing of a tailor in Udaipur over sharing remarks on the Prophet on social media, Vadodara police on Wednesday held peace meetings ahead of the Jagannath Yatra being organised by the ISKCON temple on Friday.Vadodara city police commissioner Shamsher Singh has deployed six deputy commissioners, 10 deputy superintendents, 40 inspectors, 100 sub-inspectors and 1,500 personnel for the Yatra. Singh told The Indian Express that individual police stations have also conducted peace committee meetings. “We have held several meetings in the areas along the route of the Rath Yatra to ensure law and order.”In Anand , police in Petlad, Khambat and Borsad talukas held peace meetings with members of different communities. SP Ajit Rajiaan said, “We have held peace meetings following the Udaipur incident. We have issued specific instructions… cases will be booked against anyone spreading rumours. We have also requested communities to avoid instigation through social media… Prohibitory orders are in place.”In Dahod, the additional district magistrate has issued prohibitory orders for several routes on Friday.