The Indian Express | 1 week ago | 05-08-2022 | 03:50 am
Gujarat on Thursday reported a suspected case of monkeypox in a 29-year-old man with no travel history. He was isolated at GG Hospital in Jamnagar on Thursday and his sample has been sent to BJ Medical College in Ahmedabad and National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune.The man, a native of Nava Nagna village in Jamnagar, had reported “high fever since the past two to three days and has lesions or blisters on his hand and feet,” said Dr Saugata Chatterjee of GG Hospital.Dr Chatterjee added that his close contacts and family members have not exhibited any symptoms so far.Additional Chief Secretary of Health department Manoj Aggarwal said that two samples were taken from the patient, with one sent to BJ Medical College in Ahmedabad and another to NIV Pune for validation, as per protocol.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox“The sample was sent today and the test result is expected in 8-10 hours. However protocol requires that we send samples to NIV Pune for validating results, so both samples of the patient will be tested at the two centres simultaneously, and results declared only after NIV Pune completes the testing,” said Aggarwal.India has so far recorded eight cases of monkeypox and one death.
AHMEDABAD: The city in the past 15 days recorded 4,228 Covid cases and 10 deaths. In the previous fortnight, the city had recorded 4,188 cases and nine deaths. Thus, there has been no major rise or fall in cases or deaths in the city. On the other hand in Gujarat, Covid cases increased by 15% from 11,577 to 13,269 and the deaths of Covid patients increased from 16 to 21, accounting for a 31% rise. The daily cases included 189 from Ahmedabad city, 61 from Vadodara city, 41 from Gandhinagar, 35 from Surat city, 33 from Vadodara, and 28 from Gandhinagar city. Active cases reached 1,769 in Ahmedabad and 5,321 in Gujarat. The state in 24 hours vaccinated 1,362 persons for the first dose and 3,308 for the second. In all, 5.43 crore have been administered the first and 5.38 crore the second dose of Covid vaccines. The state administered booster doses to 16,494 senior citizens, taking the total to 50.49 lakh. The state also administered 1.72 lakh booster doses to the 18-59 age group, taking the total to 62.34 lakh.
NEW DELHI: ITC Hotels on Wednesday opened its premium luxury ITC Narmada in Ahmedabad. The hospitality major says ITC Narmada is Gujarat’s first LEED Platinum certified hotel, its 15th luxury collection hotel in India and its 12th property in Gujarat. ITC says the 291-room, 19-storey “celebrates the spirit of Gujarat”. ITC chairman Sanjiv Puri said: “It gives us immense pride to present ITC’s signature hospitality landmark, ITC Narmada in Ahmedabad. Building on the legacy of ITC’s iconic hotel properties in India, ITC Narmada is a befitting tribute to the rich heritage, grandeur and vibrant culture of Gujarat. It is also the first hotel in the State to receive the LEED Platinum certification for its sustainability and environmental stewardship. I am confident that this world-class property will make a meaningful contribution to the vibrant tourism landscape of Gujarat.” “Over the years, ITC has been expanding its presence in the state across agriculture, manufacturing and services. Our multi-dimensional interventions include farmer empowerment across a range of agri value chains, growing footprint of our manufacturing and hospitality assets as well as launching new initiatives like ITCMAARS (Metamarket for Advanced Agriculture and Rural Services), a ‘Phygital Eco-System’ that digitally empowers farmers with FPOs as the pivot. Stepping up our investments further, we are now constructing a state-of-the-art packaging unit at Nadiad, which will create significant livelihood opportunities in the State,” Puri added. ITC executive director Nakul Anand said: “The addition of ITC Narmada to our luxury hotel portfolio further strengthens our presence in Western India. Ahmedabad is rich in culture and traditions in a unique way – it has celebrated the culture of the intellect through the centuries, where literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, theatre, cinema, science, have not only blossomed, but are inherent to the ethos of Gujarat. In keeping with ITC Hotels' philosophy of Responsible Luxury and creating indigenous experiences, ITC Narmada is rooted to the ethos of the land and pays a tribute to these finest experiences that while being indigenous to the state are celebrated globally.”
BHUBANESWAR: The state government on Monday held an investors’ meet in Ahmedabad, Gujarat to showcase Odisha’s investment potential in textiles, metals, metal downstream, chemical and various other sectors. During the meet, state industries secretary Hemant Sharma made a presentation on Odisha’s business ecosystem and investment opportunities. Sharma emphasized on some of the advantages like a stable government, progressive policies, natural advantages, industry-led infrastructure development, availability of industrial land, port-led development model, and highly skilled human resources to attract investors to the state. Sharma also highlighted the zero-human-interface single window portal — Go Swift, ready-to-move industrial land parcels across the state and the competitive power and water tariffs which are enablers to set up industries and manufacturing units. State industries minister Pratap Keshari Deb, who inaugurated the meet, said that because of abundant natural resources and metal ecosystem advantage, Odisha has become a preferred location for enterprises in the metal and allied sectors. “The state government is promoting a Petroleum, Chemical, and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) in Paradip with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd as the anchor tenant. Another priority area for our state is food processing sector, which includes seafood processing as well,” said Deb. He said Odisha has a 480-km coastline and three fully functional ports at Paradip, Gopalpur, and Dhamra that connects the state to global trade channels. As the state government is going to host the third edition of Make in Odisha conclave, the flagship investors’ meet from November 30 to December 4, the minister extended invitation to the representatives of various industries, who attended the meet in Ahmedabad. Around 150 top executives from various industries participated in the meet. The minister also held one-to-one discussions with various industry leaders to explore the investment opportunities in the state.
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat University will conduct an offline admission round for admissions to 2,982 MCom seats that lie vacant even after the completion of two rounds of admissions. Students who want to register for the process will have to submit their forms in person at their preferred colleges starting from Wednesday. The last date for submission of forms is August 17. Sources said that GU has admitted 4,258 students after conducting two rounds of admissions. There are a total of 7,240 MCom seats available in various colleges affiliated with GU. As per the schedule, the colleges will announce the merit list on August 22, after which the students will have to confirm their admissions by paying their college fees. On August 29, the university will announce the details of vacant seats. Meanwhile, the deadline to pay token fees to confirm admissions to science courses has been extended to Thursday. Students can inform the college about the fees paid till 5pm on August 13. “Since not many students have confirmed their admissions in science courses, the university has decided to extend the deadline,” said sources.
AHMEDABAD: As the clock strikes 12 in the noon, a huge crowd gathers outside the Mandar at Sevala, a quaint village just 115 km from Ahmedabad city. The people who belong to the Satpanthi sect, which comprises members from the Hindu-Rabari as well as a few other communities, have come together to listen to the kathakars reciting the day-by-day account of the Battle of Karbala, leading to the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the prophet Mohammed. For nearly six centuries, Sevala - a part of Chanasma taluka in Patan district - has been a beacon of communal fraternity in Gujarat. Every year, Satpanthis along with their Muslim brethren observe mourning during the 10 days of Muharram which end with Ashura. "The Muharram 'katha' is held here during this period. People gather at the Mandar at noon. They listen to the katha in pin-drop silence till it gets over at 3pm. I have been attending the katha at the Mandar for more than 60 years now," says Jivrajbhai Desai, a 65-year-old Satpanthi residing in Sevala village. The tradition first began 600 years ago when Hazrat Pir Imam Shah Bawa visited Pirana village on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. He is believed to have founded the Sufi-inspired Satpanth (true path) faith by teaching tolerance and the universality of religions to the villagers. A roza - a combination of a mosque and tomb - dedicated to the Sufi saint exists here. Ali Haider Bawa of Kalupur, a descendant of Imam Shah Bawa, says, "We attend 1-2 readings at Sevala every year. The katha preaches the values of truth, non-violence, harmony, and restraint." Social activist Dev Desai says, "The Rabaris living in Patan and Banaskantha districts belong to the Satpanth sect which is centred around Pirana village. It is also called Auliya, known as the religion of saints. If a Satpanthi dies, there is a tradition of burying him/her at Pirana. My grandparents were also buried at Pirana."