Gujarat: CM inaugurates nano urea spraying using drones

The Indian Express | 6 days ago | 06-08-2022 | 03:50 am

Gujarat: CM inaugurates nano urea spraying using drones

Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel inaugurated spraying of nano urea using drones at Isanpur Mota village of Gandhinagar district in Gujarat. Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO ) chairman Dileep Sanghani claimed that it is for the first time in the world that drones were deployed to spray nano urea. The spraying of nano urea through drones “will save water”, an official release stated quoting the chief minister. Ahmedabad News1Gujarat: Govt not acting against those involved in recruitment scams, says AAP’s Yuvrajsinh Jadeja2Delhi CM Kejriwal to arrive in Gujarat tomorrow, likely to announce AAP third “guarantee”3One Pakistani fisherman apprehended, five boats seized by BSF off Gujarat coastMore from AhmedabadIFFCO, the first to develop nano urea, has 35 drones in Gujarat for spraying 92,000 acres. TWO IS ALWAYS BETTER |Our two-year subscription package offers you more at lessBuy nowIFFCO, the first to develop nano urea, has 35 drones in Gujarat for spraying 92,000 acres. TWO IS ALWAYS BETTER |Our two-year subscription package offers you more at lessBuy now

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State received 80 pc rainfall, has enough water until Aug ’23: Govt
The Indian Express | 7 hours ago | 12-08-2022 | 12:50 am
The Indian Express
7 hours ago | 12-08-2022 | 12:50 am

As Gujarat received 80 per cent of its average rainfall for this season since July this year, the state now has 21 per cent more water than in August 2021 —enough to last until August 2023 for drinking and irrigation purposes, a release from the state government said on Wednesday.In a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel in Gandhinagar, the water department stated that the 207 reservoirs in the state, including the Sardar Sarovar project in Narmada, had a total of 69 per cent water until August 10 — the highest in 13 years.The meeting was held in the presence of the Water Supply and Irrigation Minister Rushikesh Patel, in which the water resources department presented a detailed description of the situation of the reservoirs till August 10.The 207 reservoirs of the state have total storage of 25,266 Million Cubic Metres (MCM) of water of which, 17,687 MCM has already been received, this year until Thursday. According to the status report of the Water Resources and Water Supply Department of the state Thursday, the state had a total storage of 70 per ent. Sardar Sarovar dam is 80 per cent full with storage of 7,598 MCM out of the total designed capacity of 9,460 MCM.On August 11, 2021, Sardar Sarovar only had 4,408 MCM water due to deficit rainfall in the catchment areas of the basin in Madhya Pradesh.This year, however, the inflow into the dam from its mother dams Indirasagar and Omkareshwar projects in MP has been heavy. On Thursday, too, the dam had an inflow of 1.1 lakh cusecs, taking the level to 132.7 metres, which is just six metres short of the Full Reservoir Level.The dam is also releasing water by operating the Canal Head Power House and the Riverbed Powerhouse at full capacity — which results in a release of over 50000 cusec water in total after one full cycle.Zone-wise, South Gujarat has the highest filling of reservoirs at 74.52 per cent Thursday with 6,427 MCM of storage, and eight dams completely filled. In Kutch, which received heavy rainfall on July, 12 of the 20 dams are completely filled. Kutch region has a total of 70 per cent water storage Thursday at 232.63 MCM.Until Thursday, Saurashtra recorded water storage of 63.27 per cent and 19 of the 141 dams completely filled while Central and North Gujarat have recorded a total filling of 50.51 per cent and 31.77 per cent, respectively. While Central Gujarat has two dams completely filled and total storage of 1177.33 MCM, none of the 15 dam schemes in North Gujarat is completely filled.At the meeting Wednesday evening, CM Patel instructed to carry out irrigation works in areas that have received a good monsoon, the government release said. The Chief Minister has emphasised saving and storing the excess water by creating check dams.“It was stated in the meeting that out of the 73 water reservoirs of the state from which water is taken for drinking, 62 water reservoirs have enough water to last till August 2023. The Chief Minister also reviewed the rainfall situation in the state during this meeting. Regarding the review of the rainfall situation, it has been said that an average of 80 per cent of the rain has been received in the state till August 10. Not only that, more than 125 mm of rain has been received by all the talukas of the 33 districts of the state,” the government release stated.

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Why Nitish Kumar felt the absence of Sushil Modi, ‘Jaitley channel’
The Indian Express | 14 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 05:50 pm
The Indian Express
14 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 05:50 pm

After forming the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) government and taking oath as the Bihar Chief Minister for a record eighth time Wednesday, a day after he walked out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) again, Janata Dal (United) supremo Nitish Kumar said that if BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi had been his deputy CM the situation leading to his snapping ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would not have arisen.The BJP, which was stunned by Nitish’s move, pushed Sushil,70, to the margins of the Bihar political scene despite the fact that the latter had enjoyed a warm and close relationship with the CM in their successive coalition governments as his deputy from November 2005 to June 2013 and again from July 2017 to December 2020.Nitish also had a seamless communication line with former Union minister late Arun Jaitley. The Bihar BJP circles then used to dub it as Nitish’s “Jaitley channel”. Sushil was also known to be close to Jaitley. So, the relations between the two NDA allies had remained smooth at both the state and central levels.However, their ties developed the first crack during the BJP National Executive meet held in Patna in 2010, when big advertisements were published in Bihar newspapers showing the then Gujarat CM and current Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar in the same frame from a picture from a 2009 Haryana rally. Upset by the ads, Nitish cancelled the dinner he was going to host for the visiting BJP leaders.Although the then ruling JD(U)-BJP alliance had survived but some hiccups remained that eventually reached a breaking point in June 2013. But even then, Nitish had kept Sushil and Jaitley posted about his reservations about Modi’s expected projection as the BJP-led NDA’s PM candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.But now, Nitish did not bother to share his concerns with the BJP central leadership and took them by surprise.Less than a month ago, on July 12, PM Modi shared stage with Nitish at a function held in Patna as part of the Bihar Assembly’s centenary celebrations, where the latter welcomed the PM. PM Modi also praised Nitish, calling him a “popular leader” and a “valuable ally”, highlighting his role in ensuring 50 per cent reservation for women in Panchayat Raj institutions.A hint of a discord that the BJP leaders might have sensed was Nitish’s move to skip four back-to-back central dispensation-held meetings, including the NITI Aayog governing council meeting called by the PM, in recent days.Yet, when Union home minister Amit Shah called up Nitish Monday, a day before he severed his alliance with the BJP, he reportedly told the former that there was “no issue”. A JD(U) leader said: “Even though Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan came to meet Nitish Kumar recently and PM, Shah and Nadda would intermittently call him up, there used to be no warmth in his communications with the BJP brass like he had during Sushil Modi’s stint as his deputy.”He also said, “Both Nitish and Sushil entered politics through the JP Movement in the 1970s and knew each other very well. In the course of their partnership as CM and DCM, if there were any reports of any communal incident from anywhere in the state, Nitish would call up Sushil and another BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav to hep him defuse it. But with the present set of BJP leaders, Sanjay Jaiswal as their state president and two deputy CMs, Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi, there was a huge communication gap.”However, it was said to be his long-standing camaraderie with Nitish that cost him the DCM’s post after the alliance returned to power in the 2020 Assembly polls. Sushil defended himself from the charge coming from within the BJP that he was “too close” to Nitish to their leadership’s discomfort, saying “what he did had the backing of the central leadership and it was important to stay in power than confront the CM”.When the BJP top brass called him to Delhi after the 2020 poll results, Sushil was reportedly told that the “leadership responsibility in government would now go to the younger leaders”. However, Tarkishore Prasad, 64, and Renu Devi, 62, were picked as the DCMs, much to the surpise of everyone. They were reportedly chosen as they belong to the OBC and EBC communities, respectively.The BJP, however, did not attempt to make a leader with some significant political heft Nitish’s deputy. It wanted the party to come out of Nitish’s shadows, and its leaders started to attack the CM in a case of political adventurism. A senior JD(U) leader said: “It is a standard power theory to remain loyal and submissive when you are number two. BJP perhaps had been desperate to become number one against Nitish and ended up losing us”.The BJP seemed to have looked for stop-gap arrangements. Even though it had in its ranks leaders like Ravi Shankar Prasad, Giriraj Singh, Sanjay Jaiswal, Mangal Pandey and Shahnawaz Hussain, it perhaps suprised and disappointed its cadre by choosing Tarkishore and Renu as DCMs over these well-known faces. Ujiyarpur MP and Union minister Nityanand Rai tried to throw his hat into the ring because of his closeness to Amit Shah and Union minister Bhupendra Yadav but his being a Yadav put the BJP in a dilemma – given the fact that the Yadav community along with Muslims has remained the RJD’s core vote base – and his leadership candidature remained more a matter of self-projection.Sushil, a Rajya Sabha MP now, continues to raise state and national issues, but he prefers to keep a low profile. When BJP leaders like Bisfi MLA Haribhushan Thakur would issue anti-Muslim statements at regular intervals upsetting Nitish, the party leadership would never rein him in. It was kind of free-for-all in the BJP. Any second-rung leader would take on Nitish and get away with it. Even Sanjay Jaiswal would occasionally go after Nitish over issues like population control and law and order. The absence of a Bihar BJP in-charge like Bhupendra Yadav also contributed to a rise in tension in its relations with the JD(U).A senior BJP leader said: “Sushil Modi still commands great respect. After he was sidelined in Bihar BJP politics, no other leader seems to have filled his slot… We do not know what Centre wants. Getting a small-stature leader might work elsewhere, not in Bihar, especially when you have a leader of Nitish Kumar’s stature to match up to. Now that we are all by ourselves, let us have a leader in BJP in Bihar.”There had been a growing discomfort in Nitish’s relations with the BJP since they formed the government again after the 2020 polls, with the BJP as the senior partner this time. Finally, the “RCP Singh model of conspiracy” might have given him the handle to pull the plug on it.

Why Nitish Kumar felt the absence of Sushil Modi, ‘Jaitley channel’
Course on innovation and design thinking for schoolchildren launched
The Indian Express | 20 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 11:50 am
The Indian Express
20 hours ago | 11-08-2022 | 11:50 am

Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Wednesday launched a course on innovation, entrepreneurship and design thinking for schoolchildren at the Gujarat University on Wednesday.The Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) is developed by Vikram Sarabhai National Children Innovation Centre (VSCIC), under the aegis of Gujarat University Startup and Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC) and UNICEF.Top Education NewsStrike completes 4 days; UG students steer clear of fee hike protest at IITFirst batch of Indian students stuck back home will arrive 'very soon': ChinaSt Xavier’s University professor quits: ‘Forced to do so over Instagram photos’Click here for more The CM interacted with start-ups and felicitated young innovators actively engaged with the VSCIC as well as finalists of herSTART, the women-focused startup promotion platform of GUSEC.“Everything comes down to the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, a vision that startups are boosting by generating jobs and encouraging innovation,” said the CM as quoted by an official release issued by the GUSEC. The Vikram Sarabhai National Children Innovation Centre is a national resource centre established by GUSEC, with the support of UNICEF. Explained by The Indian ExpressDo not just read the news. Understand it. Read our daily explainersRead now The Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) is developed by Vikram Sarabhai National Children Innovation Centre (VSCIC), under the aegis of Gujarat University Startup and Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC) and UNICEF.Top Education NewsStrike completes 4 days; UG students steer clear of fee hike protest at IITFirst batch of Indian students stuck back home will arrive 'very soon': ChinaSt Xavier’s University professor quits: ‘Forced to do so over Instagram photos’Click here for more The CM interacted with start-ups and felicitated young innovators actively engaged with the VSCIC as well as finalists of herSTART, the women-focused startup promotion platform of GUSEC.“Everything comes down to the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, a vision that startups are boosting by generating jobs and encouraging innovation,” said the CM as quoted by an official release issued by the GUSEC. The Vikram Sarabhai National Children Innovation Centre is a national resource centre established by GUSEC, with the support of UNICEF. Explained by The Indian ExpressDo not just read the news. Understand it. Read our daily explainersRead now The CM interacted with start-ups and felicitated young innovators actively engaged with the VSCIC as well as finalists of herSTART, the women-focused startup promotion platform of GUSEC.“Everything comes down to the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, a vision that startups are boosting by generating jobs and encouraging innovation,” said the CM as quoted by an official release issued by the GUSEC. The Vikram Sarabhai National Children Innovation Centre is a national resource centre established by GUSEC, with the support of UNICEF. Explained by The Indian ExpressDo not just read the news. Understand it. Read our daily explainersRead now “Everything comes down to the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, a vision that startups are boosting by generating jobs and encouraging innovation,” said the CM as quoted by an official release issued by the GUSEC. The Vikram Sarabhai National Children Innovation Centre is a national resource centre established by GUSEC, with the support of UNICEF. Explained by The Indian ExpressDo not just read the news. Understand it. Read our daily explainersRead now

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Gujarat: Effective measures taken to prioritise conservation of lions, says CM Bhupendra Patel
Times of India | 1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 06:30 pm
Times of India
1 day ago | 10-08-2022 | 06:30 pm

AHMEDABAD: The state government has prioritised lions conservation and taken effective measures for protection of lions through various schemes and projects, said chief minister Bhupendra Patel on the occasion of International World Lion Day. Chief minister added that we have been celebrating World Lion Day since 2016 to raise public awareness regarding conservation of lions. Rescue centres as per the need have been set up in areas where Asiatic lion reside. Not only this, these rescue centres are well equipped with veterinarians, advanced equipment for treatment, equipment for rescue operations, vehicles. For immediate treatment of lions, Lion Ambulance with advanced equipment has been provided. A state-of-the-art Lion Hospital has been established at Sasan for lions. Apart from this, for continuous monitoring of the lions the forest department has established a Gir Hi-Tech monitoring unit equipped with advanced technology. Giving details, chief minister said, gene pools have been started at three places namely Rampara in Saurasthra, Shakkarbag in Junagadh and Satvirda to preserve genetic qualities of the lion. The statue is a three-dimensional emblem (which is also known as Raj chinh) of our country showing four lions. It has a replica of four Asiatic lions standing back to back on an elaborate base. The replica of Gir’s lion has been also placed as the logo of the prime minister’s flagship project Make in India campaign. Chief Minister mentioned that the mascot for the upcoming 36th National Games in the state is also a lion. Stating that the people have immensely contributed towards the conservation of lions, the Chief Minister appreciated the awareness towards the wild animals of Gir, especially among the children of the upcoming generation. Approximately 15 lakh people have been part of the celebration of World Lion Day, which includes a large number of students, 6800 students and people involving colleges and schools across 6 districts of Saurasthra along with them forest lovers, pioneers and wildlife lovers. The Chief Minister said that the local people residing in the forest area have accepted the co-existence with the lion and have maintained our traditions of live and let live. Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel also said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi started the Lion Project for the conservation of Asiatic lions. The Chief Minister clearly stated that with the concrete steps taken by the government, relentless efforts of the forest department and the public participation the population of lions have increased steadily.

Gujarat: Effective measures taken to prioritise conservation of lions, says CM Bhupendra Patel