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Ahmedabad: Man seeks divorce claiming wife has ‘manly voice’ and ‘facial hair’

A family court in Ahmedabad has rejected the plea of a man seeking to divorce his wife on the grounds that she has a beard and masculine voice.In the petition before judge N M Karovadiya, the man contended that he was duped by the woman’s family, as before the marriage he was not aware that she had facial hair and manly voice.When they first met before the marriage, the woman was wearing a veil, and he didn’t seek to see her face as it would have been against the tradition, the petition said.The wife, in her reply to the plea, said she had some facial hair due to hormonal reasons, and they could be removed through treatment.Her husband was citing false reasons to get divorce as he wanted to kick her out of the house, she alleged.After the wife’s lawyer made the submissions, the man didn’t turn up for further proceedings, prompting the court to dismiss his petition.
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Wait another week for rain in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabadis will have to wait for rains for one more week as the weather department does not see much rains. Even as the progress of monsoon has slowed down, certain parts of south Gujarat did receive some rains and the region will continue to get isolated rains during the week.The maximum temperature in Ahmedabad city will remain in the range of 40 degree Celsius to 41 degree Celsius.”Rainfall occurred at isolated places over South Gujarat region and at some places in Gujarat region and Saurashtra,” said a statement from Indian Meteorological Department. Parts of Jalalpore, Navsari, Choryasi, Umargam, Daman, Madhuban and Dharampur received showers. Light to moderate rains is likely at isolated places south Gujarat region in this week. Rains can expand northwards as the weekend approaches. Ahmedabad witnessed maximum temperature of 40.4-degree centigrade. However, isolated rains in south Gujarat moderated temperature. Surat recorded a maximum temperature of 32.8 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 26.8 degree Celsius, while Valsad recorded 34.4 degree Celsius and 22.1 degree Celsius respectively.The year 2018 will be crucial in terms of monsoon as the state is grappling for water. Apart from 2017, the other years in recent past have been very erratic in terms of late onset, large gaps between two spells of rains.While the year 2017 was by and large normal there were no late rains, which are useful for winter and summer crops.
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Small units facing big challenges: GCCI prez Jaimin Vasa

Small businesses are facing big challenges and to resolve them will be one of the agenda of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), said Jaimin Vasa, who recently took over as the president of GCCI for the year 2018-19. During the year, Gujarat’s apex body for trade and industry plans to work for small businesses, encouraging youth – particularly women towards entrepreneurship and promote innovation.Jaimin Vasa had formally taken over as the president of GCCI on Saturday. As he assumed office on Monday, he welcomed his core team comprising of senior vice president Durgesh Buch and vice president Hemant Shah. Talking about his agenda for next one year, Vasa said that capacity utilization is a major concern for not only small businesses but also large enterprises. “GCCI will make efforts for these units by enabling them to get access to markets within and outside country. Access to timely finance also continues to be a major bottleneck. We will interact with concerned authorities to iron out the problems,” said Vasa.GCCI will play an active role in Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019, wherein it plans to have an MSME Conclave for small businesses to interact with their prospective buyers from the country and abroad. With Indian economy passing through major changes in past two years, it is becoming difficult for smaller units to sustain. “We are inviting FDI. But when these units will invest in India, where will be small players, who can act as vendors. It is necessary that small businesses also reap the benefit,” said Vasa.Another major focus area for the new team will be encouraging innovation industries and academia. Vasa plans to have a strong coordination between Industries and academic institutions to create a skilled workforce that can cater to the requirements of the industries. A ‘Vision Document’ with a roadmap will be prepared with the involvement of experts from different fields.
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10,000 to take part in Yoga Day event at Sardar Patel Stadium

More than 10,000 people are expected to take part in the state-level Yoga event at Sardar Patel Stadium to mark the World Yoga Day 2018 on June 21.The state-level celebrations of Yoga Day have been organised jointly by the state government and Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth, an official release said. It said that celebrities from the field of sports, movies, and literature have been especially invited to take part in the celebrations.Officials said that plans are also afoot to involve maximum number of people in Yoga day celebrations across the state.In Ahmedabad, the district collectorate and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation would hold yoga camps in different wards, school-college campuses, gardens, and commercial complexes in the city.”More than 5 lakh people are expected to take part in the celebrations of World Yoga Day in Ahmedabad,” said an official.The release also said that students of all schools and colleges will take part in the Yoga day celebrations in villages, towns and cities. It said that different voluntary organisations and religious organisations have also been roped in.When it was first celebrated in 2015, 1.09 crore people had taken part in Yoga Day events in the state. In 2016, the number was 1.04 crore, while it rose to 1.16 crore last year.”We are making all arrangements to ensure even greater participation of people in celebration of World Yoga Day,” the release added.FITNESS FIRSTState-level celebrations of Yoga Day have been organised jointly by the state government and Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth, an official release said.
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Soon, Hop-on Hop-off buses for heritage sightseeing: AMC

Across the world, hop-on hop-off buses provide one of the best options to explore cities. By November 2018, Ahmedabad too, will get a hop-on hop-off bus service for heritage sightseeing tours. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) plans to put ten such buses into service.Hop-on hop-off buses travel via fixed routes across a city at regular intervals. They provide people the option to get on at one and get off at another connection.”At present, there are city buses but in addition to that, with participation of the private sector, we are coming up with a hop-on hop-off bus service for heritage sightseeing. We have received overwhelming response from tourists ever since the city was included by the UNESCO on the World Heritage City list,” said Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar, AMC. He added: “We’ve witnessed a rising trend in footfall, and such services will help tourists visit all heritage sites with trained guides. This facility will provide hassle-free and seamless transition between places to the visitors.”A private entity, Akshar Travels, which currently manages heritage walks in the city on behalf of the civic body, is coming up with the bus service too. The company’s managing director, Manish Sharma, said that the buses will be user friendly, with several facilities to smoothen and improve tourists’ experience when exploring the city’s rich heritage. “The buses will ply from November. The red-coloured buses will have heritage-themed graffiti on them. They will be user friendly – each commuter will be given a brochure which will have details about the heritage places they are going to visit. Audio-video information will be departed and there will be LED screens too,” said Sharma.He further said that there would be trained guides on the air-conditioned buses and that apart from the listed heritage monuments and places, Adalaj ni Vav and Sardar Patel Museum will also be part of the itinerary. “The fare will be around Rs 500 and the frequency of the buses will be at an interval of ten to fifteen minutes. Start point of the trip will be Ashram and along with all the heritage sites, we will also cover some of the other attractions of city,” added Singh. Leader of Opposition Dinesh Sharma welcomed the move but raised concerns about why only one group was being entrusted with the service.
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BITCOIN CASE: Former MLA Nalin Kotadiya pronounced proclaimed offender

The Ahmedabad sessions court on Monday declared former MLA Nalin Kotadiya as a proclaimed offender in the Rs9.95 crore bitcoin extortion case of Surat.The CID (Crime) had moved court last week after Kotadiya failed to turn up before it for questioning despite repeated summons, and efforts to trace him failed. The court accepted CID’s application and declared the ex-MLA as a proclaimed offender, and directed him to appear before it within 30 days.The court also issued an arrest warrant against Jatin Patel, another accused in the multi-crore rupee bitcoin case. Kotadiya, who was elected to the assembly from Dhari constituency in Amreli in 2012, before switching sides to the BJP last year, went missing after his name surfaced in the bitcoin scam. Officials said that Kotadiya was in touch with the accused through phone and messages at the time of the crime.After summons was issued to him twice last month, Kotadiya issued a statement claiming innocence and alleged that he was being framed. He also said that he would remain present before police for questioning. However, he is yet to do so, and police suspect that he may have fled outside the country. A lookout notice was also issued against him last month.CID has so far arrested six people, including Amreli SP Jagdish Patel and PI Anant Patel, for being involved in the bitcoin extortion case.According to officials, a team of Amreli police had abducted Surat-based builder Shailesh Bhatt, and his associate and Kotadiya’s nephew Kirit Paladiya, in a bid to extort bitcoins from him, on February 11. Subsequent investigations show that Paladiya was the mastermind of the conspiracy, and had made a deal with SP Jagdish Patel and others to extort the crypto-currency from Bhatt and to share the spoils. A total of 176 bitcoins, worth Rs10 lakh, were extorted from Bhatt.The former MLA allegedly received Rs66 lakh of the money that was extorted from Bhatt. Of this Rs25 lakh was recovered from his nephew last month. However, in yet another twist in the case, cops registered a case against original complainant Bhatt. According to the complaint, days before his own abduction, Bhatt had abducted one Dhaval Mavani, who was running a crypto-currency firm in Surat, on February 1, and extorted Rs155 crore from him.
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Surat farmers object to land acquisition for bullet train

Over 200 farmers from across 15 villages around Surat staged a protest against the notification issued by the Centre for acquiring land for the bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.The farmers gave their objections in writing to the Surat district collectorate.The farmers came in tractors and motorcycles to list their 14 objections to the notifications.”It was not a protest. A notification for acquisition of land in Surat had asked for objections from the public and we had gone there to submit our objections,” said Jayesh Patel, president Khedut Samaj Gujarat.He said the land acquisition is not as per the Land Acquisition Act of 2013 and that no environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the said land had been done. “Usually an EIA is done before such a notification is issued but in this case, this was not done,” said Patel.He added that when land is to acquire for the public purpose the government needs to consult with local organizations and agencies.”But, this was not done in this case. Moreover, for such project, a social impact assessment also needs to be done which has not been done in the case of this project and this is a violation of the rules,” said Patel.Moreover, those will who will be affected the need to be told about the rehabilitation package, this too has not been done, claimed Patel.Around 140 hectare of land from 21 villages in and around Surat is likely to be acquired for the project.Farmers in Valsad are also opposing the land acquisition on the grounds that a substantial part of the land is fertile and home to several orchards.
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Want our approval for Bullet Train? Give us ponds, ambulances, solar lights, doctors: Palghar residents talk tough

Ponds, ambulances, solar street lights and doctors are some of the demands villagers in Maharashtra’s Palghar district want met before they give their nod to the government’s ambitious bullet train project, say officials.Hoping to overcome the villagers’ resistance, the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHRCL), the nodal body to implement the project, has tweaked its strategy to ensure that the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train is on track for a 2022 launch and is agreeing to many of the conditions.Failing to make much headway through mass contact programmes in the 23 villages where it faced extreme resistance, the NHRCL, in a major change in stand, is approaching individual landowners for their demands in addition to the compensation they are due.Also readIndia set to miss deadline to acquire land for Japan-backed bullet train project”We have changed our stance. Earlier, we would gather villagers at village chowks to convince them of the good that the project would do. That did not work, so we have decided that we will now target landowners only and ask village heads to give in writing what they want in addition to the compensation for their land,” said NHRCL spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar.About 110 km of the 508 km train corridor passes through Palghar. The project requires an estimated 300 hectares across 73 villages, affecting about 3,000 people, in the stretch.Also read’Trying to complete bullet train project by 2022’Land acquisition for the Japan-backed USD 17 billion bullet train — that will cut down the distance from Mumbai to Ahmedabad to under three hours from the usual seven — is being bitterly opposed by tribals and fruit growers in Palghar district.Slowly, however, the NHRCL crew seems to be turning the tide in its favour by targeting specific demands of villagers, most of which are related not to their personal needs but to basic necessities such as street lights and ambulances for the entire community.Also readNorms not being followed in bullet train consultations, activists to JICAMankundsar village in the district, for instance, had a leaking pond. Their demand? A boundary wall for the five hectare pond.Similarly, Khurd and Vikramgar villages demanded deployment of regular doctors. Bete village asked for an ambulance and solar street lights while another asked for a bullet train station. Yet another, Kelwa, asked for regular delivery of medicines.All these demands have been made on the letterhead of the village sarpanches on behalf of the landowners in the villages, a move to ensure probity from both sides.”We will comply to their demands if they give it to us in writing. The project is going to bring employment and development to the region and we are happy to help them,” said Kumar.Among those opposing land acquisition in the corridor are sapota (chiku) and mango growers.Like 62-year-old Dashrath Purav, a farmer in Palghar, who said authorities have asked him to hand over the land on which he has toiled for over three decades to develop a sapota plantation.”The government should ensure that at least one of my two jobless sons gets a government job before I hand over the land,” he said.Tribals from Palghar’s Hanuman Nagar and Chandra Nagar villages, who were displaced to construct the Surya dam project in their area in 1990, are also opposing the bullet train project.The villagers allege that they still do not have clarity and were given no time to respond to the notices.In Gujarat, the project is facing resistance though not as stiff.Officials do not seem too worried about the fate of the project in the state as NHRCL has already served notices to 185 of 195 villages in Gujarat to give up their land under the state government’s Land Acquisition Act.However, some affected landowners are continuing their protest against the acquisition, raising objections in a memorandum given to collectors of the districts involved, said farmer activist Sagar Rabari.According to Krishnakant, an activist with NGO Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, it is a two-state project and the acquisition process should be handled by the central government as the appropriate authority, not the state government.”It cannot be done under the provisions of Gujarat’s amended Land Acquisition Act. Farmers are likely to challenge the land acquisition process in the court of law,” he said.Kumar, however, pointed out that land is a state subject.”This is why we are following the 2013 Act in Maharashtra and the 2016 Act in Gujarat,” he said.Villagers also alleged that they have been getting notices late as they are not being sent through registered post but through local officials who delay in serving them.”This gives us very little time to respond, sometimes only one or two days against the 60 days under the provisions of the Act,” said Bhagubhai Patel, an affected farmer from Saron village in Valsad district In Gujarat, around 850 hectares is required to be acquired for the project from around 5,000 families across eight districts — Ahmedabad, Kheda, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Navsari and Valsad.Besides Maharashtra and Gujarat, the proposed high speed rail corridor will pass through the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.For NHRCL, the promises made to villagers in the two states are key to meeting their deadline flag off the project on Independence Day four years later, on August 15, 2022.
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Dalits, Darbars clash in Mansa Taluka in Gandhinagar

Police had to rush to a wedding in Parsa village in Mansa Taluka in Gandhinagar after an altercation between Dalits and Darbars.While Dalits allege that the altercation took place over a Dalit groom riding a mare, cops said it was over bursting of firecrackers in front of the house of Darbars.The incident happened on Sunday afternoon when Pramod Solanki, who belongs to a village in Mehsana, came on a varghodo (a procession in which the groom comes on a mare, accompanied by drums and music) to the house of his intended bride — Varsha Parmar.“Some members of the Darbar community forced the groom to get down from the mare,” alleged Pratik Parmar, a Dalit rights activist who visited the family.“The groom was allowed to proceed to the house of the bride only after the sarpanch intervened and insisted that the groom ride a mare,” said Parmar. As the altercation continued, the Dalits also called the police who rushed to the site to stop any untoward incident.Vijay Patel, additional SP Gandhinagar, however, said the altercation occurred after some members of the Darbar community asked the groom’s party not to burst crackers outside their homes. “The revellers, however, continued to do so and an argument ensued. Someone also called the police and they rushed to the spot to calm tempers. The owner of the mare and the musicians, fearing violence, fled the place. Another mare was called for and the groom reached the house of his bride riding the second mare,” Patel said. He said the altercation was not over a Dalit riding a horse but over bursting of crackers.STILL A HAPPY ENDINGAs per the police, a second mare was called after the first one fled during the altercation. The groom rode the second mare and reached his bride’s house. All ceremonies were completed
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Most undertrials, convicts suffer from depression: Study

Inmates of Sabarmati central jail and Varanasi jail have been found living under depression. In most of the cases, suicidal tendencies were also found in many, revealed a study conducted by a team of experts from Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU) in Gandhinagar. The study further revealed that the undertrials were more depressed than that of convicts and belonged to criteria of severe depression.The research on ‘Suicidal ideation, depression found among undertrials, convicted prisoners’ was conducted by a forensic psychology student Kanishka under the guidance of Dr Priyanka Kacker, Assistant Professor, Institute of Behavioural Science, GFSU.This research was aimed to study the level of depression, hopelessness and suicidal ideation in the prisoners both undertrials and convicts of Sabarmati and Varanasi central jail.”Prisoners are generally considered as the social outcasts of the society. Incarceration of an individual comes with a lot of physical, emotional and mental turmoil for them. Prison adjustment, lack of speedy trials, overcrowding, inmate-inmate conflicts, lack of proper sanitation facilities, authoritarian nature of prisoners and many others are some of the main precipitating factors. Those who are not able to cope with incarceration generally fall in the trap of depression, poor self-esteem, feelings of guilt and hopelessness which eventually at a time leads to prison suicides. In the present time, prison suicides are a blot on the whole prison system,” Dr Priyanka said.As part of the research, the team conducted in-depth interviews with a total of 100 inmates. “Prison suicide is a complex phenomenon which is to be best understood by an assessment of individual psychosocial factors. Through this study, we found high scores of depression in both undertrials as well as convicts. Hopelessness was found to be in a relationship with the suicidal ideation of the prisoners. Lack of psychological support by mental professionals and their non-availability in the prisons was an issue”, added Priyanka.The study concludes with a recommendation on creating rehabilitation models and policies for Indian prisons with a focus on mental health. It also suggested an interstate comparison of the mental and physical health of prisoners.MAJOR FINDINGSUndertrials were more depressed than that of convicts. Undertrials belong to the criteria of severe depression while convicts belong to moderate depression. Mild hopelessness was found in both convicts and undertrials. Time and type of punishment was found in association with prisoners hopelessness and suicidal ideation levels WHAT CAN BE DONEInterstate comparisons of the mental and physical health of prisons should be done Board of visitors to be established by every jail Surprise visits to prisons should be done Rehabilitation projects should be started in central jails More appointments of mental health and medical professionals to be done in prisons Attention needs to be paid to the general prison environment Training programme for correctional staff and caregivers to help them recognize suicidal inmates and appropriately respond to inmates in suicidal crises
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Sculpting designer minds in first 1,000 days

An unequivocal praise that all friends and acquaintances visiting Gujarat lavish on us is our super cool toad network. Our highways, district and village roads are among the best in the country, and even better than many across the globe! Some of the best, reflective breakfast moments are those that I have had on the smooth, Vadodara expressway. I would relish the Bhakri, with dollops of ghee and jaggery. The background of green farms would host a pageant of cars, buses, and vehicles of different sizes and colours moving on the expressway.Similarly, I have been deeply inspired by some of the beautiful minds that I have come across. Conversation and ideas on a variety of topics, subjects and issues would be discussed and shared effortlessly. These interactions would not have irksome jolts or dead ends. This would make one want to continue the conversation for hours, exploring various nuanced ideas. With easy cognitive traction and movement, this would add to ones’ knowledge and understanding of big and small things.These instances are possible due to the excellent network of smooth, highways in those minds, allowing for a comfortable, smooth ‘vehicular’ movement of various kinds of information and knowledge. These neural networks, analogous to the expressway road network, make information travel on them. They ferry information at incredible speeds, helping us get a grip on various issues, topics and matters. A terrain without roads would dissipate lots of energy, time and resources, should vehicles try moving across. Similarly, less developed neural networks in the brain, make the assimilation, and digestion of information and understanding very difficult.In the year 2000, two economists won the Nobel Prize for some pioneering work in this domain. The research by James Joseph Heckmann and Daniel McFadden showed that interventions in the first 1000 days of the development of a new human life yielded 48 times the economic benefits. However, by age 18, the return on investment was close to zero. Given the plasticity of the brain, the window of the first 1000 days following conception was when 100 billion neurons were sprouting, crackling and being created in the foetal brain, at a mind-boggling pace! These billions of neurons are supposed to have a trillion connections, which actually ‘make’ our Intelligence.Now, going back to the 1000 days, it has been found that the 270 days of pregnancy created neurons and networks at an astounding speed. Then, this continued at a somewhat high speed until the age of two years. In the young embryo, what is it that causes these neural networks to form? ‘Who lays these highways and roads in the ‘shop floor’ within the brain of the foetus?’ one may ask. Various sensory stimuli are the actors that cause the neural networks to get built. Taking this forward, the pregnant lady experiences a variety of stimuli for her sense, such as different smells, sounds, tastes, sights and textures that she touches. A variety of these nuances stimuli would enhance the quantity and quality of the cognition of her yet-to-be-born baby. Similarly, on being born, these stimuli again augment the neural networks. The baby now develops an excellent, smooth network of neural pathways for absorbing, processing and digesting a host of information.In other words, this would immensely boost the cognitive development of the child. Yet another very critical factor for the physical, cognitive and emotive development of the baby is the emotional state of the mother. If we try to completely reduce the emotional stress on the mother-to-be or the young mother, this will go a long way in the wholesome development of her baby, accentuating the physical, cognitive and emotional development.Can we also practice and share these ideas with young men and women, mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, around us? That way, we can have great minds with super-smooth network of intelligence, wisdom and compassion. The laurels for these evolved minds would eclipse the paeans for our roads. We can then sculpt intelligent and compassionate ‘designer babies’ and future citizens of the planet.The author is a Harvard-educated civil servant & writer, and has worked in the education [email protected]
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More lessons on institution building for sustainable & empathetic outcomes

Last week, I mentioned some of the lessons of institution building. I wish to take this discussion forward here because there is a crisis in many institutions of excellence in public, private and civil society sector. One of the major questions the students of institution building ask is about the progressive dilution of values with which institutions often start. The answer is not far to seek. If the institutions depend upon individual charisma of the leader, then decline is inevitable. The only way one can avoid it is by embedding these values in a distributed manner and among agile processes and systems. New people are inducted from time to time but if they are inducted properly into the deeper inviolable values, the institution becomes just an organization. The former is led by internal commands while the latter is led by external demands. In the institutions, people do what they do because they feel that to be the right thing to do. In organizations, external motivations, incentives drive the agenda.It is obvious that institution building requires wider ownership of the goals and the means to achieve them. The connection with the people for whom the institution was set up stays strong. One of the early indications of alienation is that more time is spent in intra-organizational communications rather than communicating with the people. I have argued that horizontal accountability that is towards communities and clients/constituents cannot exist without vertical accountability, that is answerability of the top bosses to the floor shop or lower level of functionaries.Sometimes, we confuse means and ends. Events replace deeper processes and engagements. Leaders start listening to those who agree with them and tell what they want to hear. Critical voices are silenced, silence is the rule in various meetings.It is not surprising that the files and decisions start moving upwards. When institutional processes are weak, people avoid talking decisions and shift responsibility upwards. When a pile of files accumulates at the top, one starts delegating decisions to not necessarily the most competent person but the one who is closest or trusted for whatever reason. Sometimes, negotiations take place within the internal coterie and they decide who has said in which matters how much. Such a situation obviously doesn’t remain masked. Performance suffers, goals diffuse, leaders dither, and communities suffer.Despite the fact that open innovation is ruling the world, many countries, companies, and institutions continue to be closed and impervious to learning from outside. Inversion is a sign of decline too. Instead of seeking ideas from outside and different levels, reliance on a few chosen one is recipe for disaster.The rise of secretiveness, short-circuits, lack of transparency obviously will add to the decline. How can one arrest such a process and then reverse it if one sees that happening?One can appoint ombudsmen, who can hear anyone without favour or fear. One can also seek special feedback from those who have been for long with the institution and assess if they feel likewise.Meeting the old clients/communities/individuals who have seen the organizations from the close quarters for long, need to be listened to.In a nutshell, listening, learning and leveraging critical insights can help in arresting and if possible, reversing the decline. The ratio of self-driven decisions to top-down decisions can also be monitored, similar contribution towards public and common good is another indicator of socio-cultural embeddedness. The download to upload ration also shows how much is the institution central to societal learning and value orientation.Will be happy to hear from others as t what lessons they think we need to add in the kit-bag of institutional rejuvenators as well as builders.The author is founder of Honey Bee Network & visiting faculty at [email protected]
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Comma, coma, comatose

Of late, it has been reported in the media that just because of a ‘comma’ the AirAsia deal could be approved by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) as the meaning became different had the particular comma not been placed in the sentence. This is difficult to believe. Though the then finance secretary, who headed FIPB at that time, had called it bad drafting, he had defended the approval given to AirAsia and passed the buck to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for not applying its mind while giving going through the proposal. This is a typical instance of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing and vice versa. This is not acceptable. The government is expected to work in tandem, without contradictory orders, policy documents and statements being issued by different ministries and directorates.Different ministries in the government approved the use of comma and provided an interpretation which suited the foreign airlines in partnership with Tatas in India, however, there are different opinions about the intention of the policymakers and as to how the market could have interpreted the policy, especially the spirit of the policy rather than going by the letter. There is hardly any confusion that the policymakers wanted more foreign investment to be made in airlines in India and because of this reason the policy document was written so as to attract prospective investors to invest in the country in partnership with Indian companies.It is a little bit difficult to understand and agree that the people in airlines business at that time were not able to comprehend the real purpose of the policy document, and had really gone into the literal and grammatical interpretation of it without seeking any formal or informal clarification from the government of the day. Long ago, the noted lawyer Nani Palkhivala had written that in India we interpret our statutes as if they were an exercise in grammar. Now the time has come when the interpretation of statutes or any policy document should more be of understanding the intention of the legislature and the executive, which has been delegated the powers by the legislature, so as to facilitate business and the growth of the country. Going into such finer aspects of interpretation using punctuation marks may be a very good exercise for law students and lawyers but it does not serve the purpose of providing a better business environment in the country.”Foreign airlines are also allowed to invest in the capital of Indian companies, operating scheduled and non-scheduled air transport services, up to the limit of 49% of their paid-up capital.” It is the comma after ‘Indian companies’ and before ‘operating’ which has been to the cause of trouble of the exercise of interpretation.Once it was known that there was confusion due to the comma, it is preposterous to be made to believe that the government could not have come out with the clarificatory order as to what it really meant, comma or no comma. It is agreed that any such order would have also been open to interpretation. In India, with the doors of the courts always open to litigants such an interpretation or an order would have always been challenged – given the stake is too high – but nonetheless, the government would have been very clear from the beginning or done the necessary mid-course correction. It is, therefore, surprising that such matters could be argued and defended by responsible persons on the basis for punctuation mark rather than going by the spirit of the document.Earlier this year an American company – Oakhurst Dairy – had to settle with its drivers just because of the punctuation mark of a comma also known as the ‘Oxford comma’. The company paid about $5 million. Such dispute and litigation in the United States cannot justify similar things in India. It would not be right to compare the American case with the instant issue in India. The reasons are simple to understand. The US is decades, if not centuries, ahead of India in its development, and, moreover, it is known for being highly litigious. With many lawyers in the system and the deep sense of litigation prevailing everywhere in the country, American companies with deep pockets can afford search litigation. India, with all its constraints, is not in a similar position and, hence, the government and also the business fraternity must realize that spirit is far more important than going simply by the letter of a document.In case of any confusion, one can always clarify and initiate business with good intention and clean hands. Comma need not lead to coma and comatose.The author is a professor at IIM-A,[email protected]
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Ahmedabad: Academicians for uniform curriculum, certification of preschools

To curb the menace of preschools mushrooming in Ahmedabad, academicians have started seeking to license or certifying preschools. The concerns were expressed at a day-long workshop organized by the Early Childhood Association. The event, held at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) on Saturday, was attended by leading academicians, teachers and other stakeholders.The workshop included sessions on ‘Brain development in early years’, how ‘drama’ works in early childhood and a panel discussion on ‘Reinventing preschool curriculum’.Not just need for licensing emerged, but also a uniformity of curriculum for preschools so that students, when moving cities, do not face trouble and are being taught age-appropriate learning.Swati Popat Vats, President, ECA said, “With no preschool syllabus in place, pre-schools across the country develop their own syllabus and curriculum. However, a detailed report from the NCERT has stated that the current system has not been helping in the mental development of children and also introduces them to rote learning from a very young age. We do not need regulation but there must be a common policy for all pre-schools across the country for developmentally appropriate curriculum, age of entry, teacher training and remuneration.”The NCERT has framed a draft of a curriculum which was fantastic. Through these workshops, we are just trying to understand what different cities, including Ahmedabad feel about preschools so that we can push for its implementation. NCERT has decided to implement a new model of education in preschool as the current system is not helping to develop their mental skills.In absence of a curriculum, the teaching of every preschool is different and it is only realized when the child shifts states and enrolls for class 1. Many preschools do it the right way and do not focus son writing whereas some, because of competition, make the child market ready, said Pathik Shah.Brain devpt in early yearsSensitizing teachers to not being mosquito teachers, Vats said, “Do not be mosquito teachers or mosquito parent. Give time to a child to register your question. English is a second language for most children. Allow them at least ten seconds to answer your question at that age as after registering, the child translates it into his/her mother tongee, then thinks of an answer.”

CM Vijay Rupani dedicates Rs 411 cr project to Gujarat

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday launched Janyatra, a mobile application, along with dedicating projects and development works, worth Rs 411 crore. The app will give details about the routes and guide the traveller regarding stations. One can also book tickets using this app.This is a part of the smart city project. In other projects, the CM dedicated a flyover to the public near to Balolnagar railway crossing in Ranip. While inaugurating, he said the bridge will ease the traffic burden. He said the government is committed to constructing underpasses and overbridges for the railway crossing across the state. “”We are shaping the infrastructure project keeping in mind the next 25 years. There will be no paucity of the fund for public welfare schemes. We are doing development work and we’ll continue doing the same,” said Rapani.”We have vouched to make Ahmedabad the best city equivalent to the best cities across the globe. This city is India’s first world heritage city and also a part of the smart city project,” remarked Rupani. He handed over selection letters to the youth selected in apprenticeship scheme.GROUNDBREAKINGSewage pumping station in Odhav Sub-zonal office in Ranip ward Community health centre in Amraiwadi ward
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Cyber Cell to probe CM Vijay Rupani resignation rumours

The Gujarat government on Saturday has asked the Cyber Crime Cell to investigate the case of rumours related to CM Rupani’s resignation on social media. The minister of state for home, Pradipsinh Jadeja made this announcement on Saturday. However, he did not reveal that who the government has doubt on.Rumours of CM Vijay Rupani’s resignation sought by the BJP high command and new face taking over as the chief minister of Gujarat had gone viral during initial days of this week.The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel give the push to this issue by making the statement that Rupani already resigned after his cabinet forced him to do so and new CM would be appointed in ten days.Jadeja, talking to media persons in Gandhinagar said, “The government has handed over the probe to cyber crime cell to investigate the issue of rumours. Our team will find out the persons who spread the rumor by social media or any other means. Some people have been deliberately trying to destabilise this government and they are hatching conspiracy for that. We will expose those rumour mongers and conspirators through this probe and initiate strict actions against them.”A senior BJP leader said on condition of anonymity, “This could be an act of the dissident leaders in our party also. There are many in our party who have great political ambitions but could not achieve it because of their own poor performance. Now, they have been trying to create disturbance in the party. Simultaneously Congress leaders in Gujarat and Hardik Patel have been giving impetus to such nasty issues.”
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Lion harassment: Gujarat government plans to shift big cats from human habitats

Gujarat government is mulling to shift the Asiatic lions of the state from revenue areas to sanctuaries for their safe living. The government is planning to do so after an incident was reported in Gir national forests of teasing a lioness with hen. The government’s efforts would be to relocate the lions in Gir Gadhada sanctuary in place of revenue area that includes villages and farms.The shifting will be on an experimental basis as the carnivores will not be relocated forcefully in jungles, but will be done only after positive results of the trails. The minister for forest and environment department of Gujarat government Ganpatsinh Vasava said, “Shifting lions from revenue areas to sanctuaries is the only solution to stop illegal lions’ shows. We have identified Gir Gadhada sanctuary as a suitable location, but we will have to make sure that big cats also find it suitable to live.””It is difficult to relocate lions from one place to another as they are habitual to live in open fields in place of dense jungles. We will try to relocate a pair of lions in Gir Gadhada sanctuary and that will be under constant observation of our staff. If that pair successfully starts living in sanctuary area and acclimates there, we will try to shift other pairs gradually,” Vasava added.The minister said he and secretary of forest and environment department officials had visited the place and held a meeting with foresters, hotels and resort operators in Gir and police. The government has also asked the hotel managers and report operators not to entertain illegal shows.”We have asked the hotel owners to put banners that illegal lion show is prohibited. The foresters will have a team of local police also so that they can raid the places where illegal shows are held and legal actions can be initiated against those who hold it,” Vasava said.NEW POLICYGovernment has also decided that the farmers nearby Gir sanctuary will get special assistance to increase the height of protection wall around the wells as lions have been moving in farms. The honorarium of Rs. 1,000 has been increased to Rs.2,000 for the volunteers who help forest staff in villages.
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Ahmedabad: Drone tech helps in busting Rs 6.25 cr sand mining racket

In a major operation, the Ahmedabad district administration has busted a sand mining racket in which sand worth more than Rs 6 crore was allegedly illegally mined.An official press release said that checks were conducted in Gyaspur on Wednesday by a team of government officials after drone surveillance over the past few days revealed that illegal sand mining was taking place in the area.The release said that people involved in the illegal operations fled from the scene when the team reached there but left behind vehicles that were being used for digging and ferrying sand.Investigations revealed that the machine used for sand mining is owned by Bhavan Bharwad, against whom several cases of illegal mining were also registered in the past. Initial estimates suggest that sand worth Rs6.25 crore had been illegally mined from the Gyaspur plot measuring 2.36 hectare, the release said.District collector Vikrant Pandey told DNA that this is the first case of illegal mining busted with the aid of drone surveillance system in Ahmedabad. The surveillance system was implemented last month with the aim to crack down on illegal mining.Pandey also said that Bharwad has been engaged in illegal sand mining for long. “Bharwad is a notorious element, and there are several cases of illegal sand mining against him. We are in the process of registering a police complaint against him,” he said.
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AMC to collect plastic waste from your door

Want to get rid of your plastic waste? The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has offered to pick up plastic waste from doorsteps. Citizens can call the civic body helpline number, 155303, to avail the service.The AMC has banned plastic thinner than 40 microns and for plastic items in daily use, the civic body is making sure that they are recycled. “We want to make the city free from plastic litter, ” said Mukesh Kumar, municipal commissioner, AMC. “We are expecting things to get streamlined in two months. Fo plastic trash, one can call the AMC helpline number 155303. AMC’s vehicle will come and collected the trash.”He said the AMC will collect plastic waste from residential and commercial units. “We have 12 dedicated plastic waste collection vans. In a few days, there will be a special category in the existing helpline number for plastic waste management,” the municipal commissioner said.Kumar said that since the blanket ban on plastic cups/glasses, bags and water pouches, the city streets have gotten free from plastic. “The nuisance-maker plastic items are not seen on the streets anymore. With the ban, the first and direct effect will be felt during the monsoon. We are expecting less water-logging as the banned plastic items clog the drains usually causing water-logging,” remarked Kumar.Vendors and shopkeepers are no longer offering plastic bags, instead they are asking customers to carry recyclables bags from home. “Our teams are inspecting vendors and retailers, they are not keeping the plastic bags,” said Dr Bhavin Solanki, in-charge medical officer of health, AMC. “There are so many alternate options available. People who want to get away with their plastic trash can contact us, we will take that garbage and recycle it. In market also, plastic pouches, bags and cups are not available. For the awareness drive, we have roped in several NGOs who are meeting people and informing about plastic menace.” The AMC will soon install machines at multiple points to collect plastic bottles. At present, the city has ten roads that are made from plastic waste.
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Third accused in Suresh Shah murder lands in Ahmedabad police net

Rajendra Shekwa, a contractor, had allegedly abducted Suresh Shah, a transporter, in 2006 and taken him to Rajkot where Shah was thrashed in a farmhouse.

No police complaint was lodged.

Shekwa and Suresh Shah were embroiled in a dispute yet again in 2009.

Shekwa was shot at and sustained bullet injuries, following which Shah, and another shooter, were arrested.

Shah was acquitted in November 2017.

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Updated: Jun 16, 2018, 03:37 AM IST<!–end of articllftpbx–>Ahmedabad Crime Branch on Friday arrested the third shooter for allegedly killing one Suresh Shah near Vishweshwar temple in Vasna on March 10. Ravu Khachar, a resident of Chotila, is one of the bike-borne assailants who allegedly gunned down Shah, police said after his arrest.The cops said main conspirator Rajendra Shekwa had given a contract of Rs 50lakh to kill Shah.There were five accused in executing the crime, out of which three have been nabbed. Elam Khan and Rafiq Sumra were arrested by the Crime Branch on April 1, who allegedly took the contract and hired Khachar and another shooter.Khan and Sumra also used Shekwa’s car to locate Shah, police said. Shekwa has run out of the radar of the cops. Khachar is the key lead that could take us to Shekwa and the other shooter, crime branch officer.AN ACT OF REVENGE?Rajendra Shekwa, a contractor, had allegedly abducted Suresh Shah, a transporter, in 2006 and taken him to Rajkot where Shah was thrashed in a farmhouse. No police complaint was lodged. Shekwa and Suresh Shah were embroiled in a dispute yet again in 2009. Shekwa was shot at and sustained bullet injuries, following which Shah, and another shooter, were arrested. Shah was acquitted in November 2017.
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Ahmedabad: Medical students protest against coaching institute, want domicile rule

Nearly 80 medical aspirants from Ahmedabad on Friday staged a protest outside a coaching centre for domicile rule. The students were seen holding placards with messages like ‘Our seats are our seats, none of your seats’, education is a public good, not a commodity, our state, our rights, our domicile, etc.Recently, the state government amended a rule ahead of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), making state domicile mandatory for admission to MBBS, BDS and other medical education courses in the state. The rule impacts 4,050 sanctioned seats for MBBS in 24 government, grant-in-aid and self-financed colleges.With the new rule, a large number of students who have been studying in Gujarat since class VIII found themselves at the receiving end of a new state government rule that has made them ineligible for admission to medical courses in the state and approached Gujarat high court for the same.However, the protest on Friday focussed on voicing out concerns of local students. Dr Vasant Patel, Gujarat Domicile Parents Association who is leading the movement said, “85% state seats are for states taxpayers and domicile people as these colleges are run by their tax money. Since fees for medical colleges in Gujarat are less than other states, our seats are being taken away by outside students. This state is trying to implement this rule for last two years but because of legal issue, it is not being implemented. Students study in their states but register here in class 12 to be eligible for admissions.”Students said, “The right to admission should be with local students and not outsiders.”
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DALIT ATTACK: Gujarat cops form 14 teams to nab four who thrashed boy

It’s again the social media that propelled the cops to take action. A day after the video of a Dalit boy being mercilessly thrashed by a group of upper caste men went viral, the police said they have formed 14 teams to nab the accused. Security has also been provided to the victim and his family.Home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja said that the teams are working under the supervision of senior police officials to nab the accused at the earliest. Mehsana’s deputy superintendent of police Manjita Vanzara told DNA that not just the accused, but even their family members had left the village, and gone into hiding.”The homes of the accused were locked when police teams went there. We believe the accused may be hiding at their relatives’ places. We are searching for them, and will nab them soon,” Vanzara said.In the video that went viral Thursday, 13-year-old Mukesh Rathod (name changed to protect identity), is seen being abused and assaulted by four people. The incident had taken place in Becharaji town of Mehsana on Tuesday.The accused allegedly assaulted Mukesh because he was wearing mojdis, and called himself a darbar.The video shows Mukesh pleading before the attackers to spare him, but to no avail.The police tracked down Mukesh and his family after the video surfaced. The family was reluctant to lodge a complaint since their village is dominated by upper caste communities, but after much convicing by police, an FIR was registered under Atrocities Act, abduction, IT Act, and other offences, officials said.RECENT CASESJune 6: Anganwadi worker Pallavi Jadav, 45, was allegedly attacked by a mob for sitting on a chair in the panchayat office of Valthera village in Ahmedabad districtMay 22: Maulik Jadav, 23, of Dholka, was abused and attacked by a group of upper caste men for adding ‘Sinh’ to his name.
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PRAVESHOTSAV DAY 2: This society needs more schools than temples, says CM Vijay Rupani

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani made said on Friday that society, today, needs more schools than temples. He was speaking on the occasion of school enrollment drive programme held on Friday at Saputara town in Dangs district. The CM made this statement amidst the talks going on BJP’s poll promise of building Ram Mandir in Ayodhya has become the talk of the nation.CM Rupani inaugurated newly prepared school by the organization run by spiritual discourser Rameshbhai Oza. The Sandipani Vidya Sankool was inaugurated and newly enrolled kids were welcomed by the CM under state government’s two days school enrollment drive to give a push to 100% literacy and reduce drop out ratio in Gujarat.CM Rupani said, “The spiritual leaders believe to build temples so that their devotees keep increasing but Rameshbhai Oza has set the example by building a school for society. Today’s society needs schools more than the temples. This is the area dominated by the tribal community and former CM Anandiben Patel when was leading the state government, could successfully engage Rameshbhai in such a great task and today we saw results that hundreds of tribal children would get education facilities here.”Also readPRAVESHOTSAV DAY 2: Breakfast not on platter for kids at many schools in GujaratFormer CM and Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel was also present at the event. She said that her government took the decision to engage social and religious institutions to develop educational institutes in interior parts of state.
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Gujarat: Family of Dalit boy who was assaulted for wearing mojdi in hiding, accused yet to be nabbed

Mukesh Rathod, the 13-year-old teenage Dalit boy, who was beaten up by villagers from Vithalpur village in Ahmedabad district, was assaulted because he wore mojdis (a type of shoe) and called himself ‘Darbar’ (an upper caste community), police said on Friday.A video of Mukesh pleading for help even as upper caste youth kept assaulting him went viral on Thursday. Several activists and politicians, including Jignesh Mewani shared the video on social media demanding action against the accused.Chaitanya Mandlik, the Superintendent of Police, Mehsana, came to know of the incident after someone showed him the video. He then asked Deputy SP Manjita Vanzara to take appropriate action.Also readIn Gujarat’s Mehsana, Dalit teen brutally thrashed for wearing ‘mojdi’The police traced down Mukesh and his family on Thursday. Initially, the family was reluctant to lodge a complaint and had even come to a compromise with the village, as most of the locals living there belonged to upper caste communities However, an FIR was lodged against the four accused after Dy SP Vanzara assured the family police protection.Also readRahul Gandhi visits family of late Dalit farmer-scientist Dadaji Ramaji Khobragade”We have assigned around 14 teams to nab the four accused; we believe two of the accused are minors. After the video went viral on social media, the family members have left the village and hiding somewhere. We had gone their house, but the houses were locked. Search regarding the accused is on and soon they will be nabbed, we believe they might be hiding at some of their relative’s places,” Vanzara told DNA.The complaint was lodged with Becharaji town in Mehsana on Thursday where the incident took place.
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Gujarat: Edible oil prices likely to rise, stock limit abolished

The prices of edible oil may shoot up following the central government’s move to remove the limit on inventory for manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, as well as raising import duties on edible oils. The twin moves brought cheer among the miller and trader communities, who expect demand take off mostly from institutional buyers and partly from households .”Till afternoon (before the announcement of removal of stock limit), I was begging to traders to buy groundnut oil but they were reluctant. After the stock limits were abolished, orders started pouring in. I wondered the way market sentiments changed,” said Samir Shah, president of Saurashtra Oil Mills Association (SOMA). Saurashtra is the main hub for production of groundnut, the main edible oil in the state.Central government on Thursday evening also raised import duties on crude palm oil, refined edible palmolein oil, crude and refined edible sunflower oil, crude and refined soyabean oil as well as crude and refined rapeseed oil from 25-54% to 35-54%. “This will give boost to domestic edible oil sector, which has been shirking because of cheaper imports,” said Shah.He agreed that the price of edible oils may rise for households but its share in annual spending of average households in negligible.”Edible oil is a necessary item. People spend a lot on unnecessary items,” said Shah. However, Sagar Rabari, general secretary of Gujarat Khedut Samaj, said the abolition of stock limit will allow players with deep pockets to buy groundnut at lower prices and sell oil when the prices rise at a later stage. “These players can create artificial shortage causing the prices to shoot up,” said Rabari.Shah claimed that farmers can benefit as they have about four lakh tonne of groundnut and 30 lakh tonne of soyabean. Rising prices will encourage farmers to grow groundnut in upcoming kharif season. Gujarat government has close to eight lakh tonne of groundnut, and is looking at ways tor dispose it. Removal of stock limit will result in higher buying by food processing units, hotel and restaurant operators and to a certain extent even households.SLIPPERY GROUNDSPlayers with deep pockets can buy at lower prices and sell oil when prices rise, say farmers. Households not be affected much as share of spend on edible oil is negligible in annual spending, say industry. Higher import duties will give a breather to local manufacturers, reduce dependence on imports.
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1,100 friends for women and children appointed in Gujarat

As many as 1,100 Friends For Women and Children (FFWC) have been appointed in the state for assisting in crimes related to women and children, finding missing children, human trafficking, and others, the state police said on Thursday.The appointments have been made under the government’s Suraksha Setu scheme, the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) of Women Cell, Gandhinagar, said. In a presentation at the recent National Conference on Child Protection Services and issues related to child offences under POCSO Act, ADGP Anil Pratham said that organizations, NGOs and individuals, who are working in areas related to safety and security of women and children, have been asked to associate as Friends for Women and Children.”They are familiar with working in the field, and can get better results if they are assigned the same area of operations,” Pratham said in the presentation, explaining the rationale behind appointing the FFCWs. He said that the 1,100 FFWC members were appointed in 2017-18, and have been given different tasks for searching the missing children.The official release said that the process for filling 182 posts in women police stations under the central government’s Investigative Unit for Crime Against Women Scheme is in progress.
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Poll mode: Amit Shah to take part in Gujarat BJP meet next week

BJP chief Amit Shah will guide the Gujarat’s party cadres during a two-day brainstorming session of the Gujarat BJP to be held on June 24 and June 25 in Ahmedabad. The session is called Chintan Shibir and will be held at SGVP complex, during which the party leaders will deliberate over the preparations required for the Lok Sabha polls and restructuring of the party.This session is believed to be very crucial among the party leaders as all the senior-most leaders of the BJP in Gujarat will attend it, and the road map and strategy for the 2019 Assembly polls will be decided.The Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani said: “This meeting is very important for us as Amitbhai will present the blue print of the strategy to win all 26 seats at the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.Amitbhai will guide us on the micro-level planning of campaigning at booth level – way to approach people, agendas of the party, strengthening the organisation and other strategic issues.Chintan Bethak is the tradition in the BJP and we hold this before every polls to re-equip, reorganise and rejuvenate our organisation and cadres.”He said CM Vijay Rupani, his deputy Nitin Patel and party in-charge Bhupendra Yadav would also guide party leaders on different issues related to governance and organisation of the party.A senior party leader said on condition of anonymity: “Amit Shah will also direct the party organisation to restructure the same. Many leaders who are both in the government and party organisation will stay in the government while new faces will be introduced in the party organisation. The party has expected to induct young faces in the organisation this time.”
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Rumours of my resignation are lies: CM Vijay Rupani

The rumour of Vijay Rupani resigning as the Gujarat Chief Minister got another push on Thursday when Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel endorsed the same. Taking the rumour farther, Hardik claimed that the Gujarat cabinet forced Rupani to put down his papers. However, the Chief Minister himself, his deputy Nitin Patel and other leaders have dismissed the rumours.Patel was in Rajkot to record his statement at Malaviya Nagar police station in Rajkot city in the morning in a case of illegally organised public meeting. After the formalities, PAAS leader talking to media persons claimed that Rupani put in his papers on Wednesday during the cabinet meeting held in Gandhinagar after the members of the cabinet asked him to do so.Hardik said, “Rupani has been forced to put his resignation as soon as possible and he did that in a cabinet meeting held on Wednesday. The announcement of the resignation will be made within ten days, and some Patidar or Rajput community leader will take over as Gujarat CM very soon.”While Patel did not substantiate his claims, this created a ripple in the state. CM Rupani had to meet the press to dismiss the claim.Rupani said, “I do not know, if any such issue has been made viral on social media or anybody talked on this. I have not resigned and there is no point of resigning. Hardik has been trying to grab the attention of media towards him as he is loosing the steam. I think he does not have enough knowledge that CM has to tender resignation to the governor and not to the cabinet.”His deputy Nitin Patel, who was in Delhi to attend a health ministry function, also trashed the rumours. He said, “There is no question of resignation by Vijay Rupani and several people have been trying to spread such rumours for some days. Rupani is working at the best as the Gujarat CM and party also is happy with his performance.”Many other leaders, including BJP chief Jitu Vaghani also rubbished this and blamed that Congress was trying to creat disturbance in Gujarat by spreading such rumors.‘Cabinet Demanded’PAAS leader Hardik Patel claimed that the Gujarat cabinet on Wednesday forced CM Vijay Rupani to put down his papers. He claimed that the CM has resigned from his post following the meeting.
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CM Vijay Rupani’s aide Amul Bhatt is standing committee chief

In a surprise move, the BJP on Thursday picked the first-time councillor Amul Bhatt from Maninagar ward (elected in 2015) as chairman of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s standing committee. He replaced Pravin Patel, who served two terms as the committee chairman. Bhatt was involved in coordination works for the party.However, many in the AMC believe that Bhatt’s appointment as chairman, which approves projects worth thousands of crores every year, is mainly because of his association with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and the latter’s wife Anjali. Both have RSS background, and were active members of the ABVP during their student days. According to sources in AMC, Vijay Rupani had stayed at Bhatt’s place in city during emergency days.”Anjali Rupani was a resident of Maninagar, and we worked together in ABVP. Between 1976 and 1980, Vijaybhai was also a full-time worker of ABVP, and this is how we came in contact. We also worked together when Vijaybhai became general secretary of state BJP, and I was the party’s general secretary in Ahmedabad. He is senior to me, and has guided me over the years,” Bhatt said.Rupanis’ role in Bhatt’s elevation to the key post can also be inferred from the fact that many in the BJP are unhappy about it. During the agenda meeting, when the decision was announced, former mayor Amit Shah objected to the same, arguing Bhatt was just in his first term as councillor, and was too junior. In the end, Shah had to withdraw his nomination from a seat in the standing committee.While Bhatt told DNA that he would take quick and strict action against officials not working honestly for the city, senior BJP leaders fear that the executive wing of AMC would try to have the upper hand in dealings.FAMILY TIESAnjali Rupani was a resident of Maninagar, and we worked together in ABVP. Between 1976 and 1980, Vijaybhai was also a full-time worker of ABVP, and this is how we came in contact, Bhatt said.
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Ahmedabad 2nd among 23 cities in abuse of elderly: Study

Amdavadis apparently aren’t very kind to the elderly. Ahmedabad came second when it came to abusing the elders, a survey carried out across 23 cities in the country said on Thursday.The survey titled ‘Elder Abuse In India 2018’ found that 46% of the elders surveyed in Ahmedabad said that they had been abused. The top slot when to Mangalore where 47% of surveyed adults said they were abused.Interestingly, sons, in Ahmedabad, turned out to be biggest abusers of elderly while the daughters-in-law came a distinct second. 47% of the respondents named their sons as abusers followed by 26% who said the daughter-in-law was the main abuser. Interestingly, none of the respondents named their sons-in-law or daughters abusers.”The results are different from what we got in last year’s survey in which we had surveyed the attitudes of youth. A majority said they believed the daughters-in-law to be the main abuser. This survey of the elderly themselves reveal an entirely different picture,” said ANIL KUMAR MASSEY, joint director and state head, HelpAge India,He said abuse of elderly was widespread, but the instances of it being reported was low. “As has been revealed in the survey in Ahmedabad alone, 53% of the elderly did not report the abuse to maintain privacy of the family while 28% did not know how to deal with the problem,” said Massey.The elderly also reported feeling of neglect with 74% saying that adult children were too busy with phone even when they were home. The survey covered 218 elderly in the city for quantitative interview and 10 for qualitative ones. Majority of the elderly felt that they were at the receiving end because of their age-related problems and the people they were dependent on thought of them as burden.NO GRATITUDEInterestingly, sons, in Ahmedabad, turned out to be biggest abusers of elderly while the daughters-in-law came a distinct second. 47% respondents named their sons as abusers followed by 26% who said the daughter-in-law was the main abuser.
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Gujarat BJP tries to keep social equilibrium

Gujarat BJP leaders have shown their policy to maintain social equilibrium in making appointments of the leaders in urban bodies by balancing caste and regional equations. The names of the mayor, deputy mayor, standing committee chairman, leader of ruling party and whip of the party in three municipal corporations in the state were announced on Thursday. The bodies including Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar and Surat got the new leaders who will rule for next two and half years term.The names for Rajkot and Vadodara municipal corporation is yet to be announced and it is likely that the formality will be done on Friday. The party chose Patel community councilor to be appointed as the mayor which was reserved for general category woman and Bijal Patel has become the first person of the city. While the post of standing committee chairman has been given to Amul Bhatt who is having a close connection with RSS and CM Vijay Rupani himself. The party chose to give chance to general category communities including Patel and Brahmin here while the schedule caste leader Dinesh Makwana has been made the deputy mayor. The city chief of party organization, MLA Jagdish Panchal is from OBC community.There was a tug of war between leaders of Saurashtra origin and Surti origin in Surat municipal corporation. The party managed the circumstances by appointing Dr. Jagdish Patel from Saurashtra region while Anil Goplani from Surti roots has been appointed as standing committee chairman.
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In Gujarat’s Mehsana, Dalit teen brutally thrashed for wearing ‘mojdi’

A 15-year-old Dalit was mercilessly beaten by up four men of upper caste in Gujarat’s Mehsana district. The teen was brutally thrashed in Becharaji town on Tuesday because he allegedly was wearing a Mojdi (a type of shoe) and called himself a Darbar (a name for an upper caste community in Gujarat) when asked about his caste. The police has now filed a complaint and the cops are on hunt for four people, two of whom are minors.Manjita Vanzara, Deputy SP Mehsana said the boy was picked up on by four young men after they found him at a bus stop. “They saw he had a mojdi on and so began abusing him as to why he wore one since he was not a ‘bapu’ (a term referred to people of upper caste). They then abused him, took him away on a bike, brought him to an isolated place and beat him up,” said Vanzara.She claimed the cops spurred into action the moment they got the video and tracked down the victim urging them to file a complaint. ‘An FIR has been lodged and we will soon nab the accused,’ Vanzara said.The incident that happened on Tuesday came to light after the video shot by the accused went viral. It soon found its way into social media thus spurring the cops into action. In the video, the teen is at one point of time hoisted in the air and dumped hard on the ground. He is also made to apologise by touching the feet of two men. “Haave bapu bolish (will you call yourself a bapu?)” the abusers are heard saying.Acitivist who interacted with the family had a different tale to tell.According to them, Mukesh, a resident of Vithalapur village in Mandal taluka of Ahmedabad had gone to Becharaji to get a haircut. “No one cuts the hair of Dalits in the victim’s village so they have to go to Becharaji that is some 30km for their village. It being a town, people don’t know each other’s caste and getting one’s haircut is not an ordeal,” said Kiritsinh Rathod a Dalit right activist from Navsarjan who met the victim after the video went viral.Rathod said the boy who happened to be well dressed and had a gold chain around his neck attracted the attention of four men, believed to be residents of Endala village, outside the barber shop. They asked him about his caste. “Afraid that if he revealed his caste as Valmiki (considered the lowest among Dalits) the barber may refuse to cut his hair, the teen said he was a Darbar,” said Rathod.Unfortunately for the boy, one of the abusers was a resident of Vithalapur village and soon realised that the boy was lying.“They then bashed him on the road. They kidnapped him, brought him to an isolated place and bashed him up again until he managed to run away. His father had to go to Becharaji to fetch him after the incident,” said Rathod who visited the family and talked to them.He said though the incident happened yesterday, the family had already entered into a compromise. “As the video went viral, the family came under pressure to keep mum. Since 70% of residents are Darbars and only two families are from Valmiki caste in the village, they agreed,” said Rathod.It should also be note that, Mukesh and his family eke out a living by playing dhols in villages and acting as messengers who carry news of death in a village. “This is their traditional occupation and if they go against the Darbars they will no more be able to earn. This is why they decided to keep quiet until we convinced them to file a case,” said Rathod while speaking from Becharaji police station.
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India, Pak volunteers to conduct peace march

Volunteers from India and Pakistan will conduct a peace march in an attempt to bring an end to the death of soldiers manning borders of the two countries, increase contact between people from both nations, open roads and even denuclearise the South Asian region.The Indian delegation, led by social activist and Magsaysay awardee Sandeep Pandey will start from Sabarmati Ashram on June 19 and reach Nadeswari Mata Temple on the Indian side on June 30. Several meetings will be held during the march. Personalities such as Professor Anil Gupta, Mallika Sarabhai, MLAs Jignesh Mevani and Naushad Solanki, and activist Prakash N Shah, among others, will support the march. The Pakistani contingent, led by activist Karamat Ali, will gather in Karanchi.“The topmost agenda is to stop deaths of soldiers of both countries,” said Pandey.He also advocated denuclearisation of the South Asia region. “Our animosity with Pakistan is as old as that between North and South Korea. If they can decide to denuclearise, why can’t we,” he said. “More people-to-people contact is the only way to reduce the animosity between the populace of both nations. There should also be a peace ceremony on the border allowing people to interact.”
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Ahmedabad: 652 cases of waterborne diseases in June

Cases of gastroenteritis were 374, 139 cases of typhoid and 136 cases of jaundice have been reported for the same period. The team also collected 1158 samples of water. 147 cases of malaria have been reported.”
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Two teenagers drown while taking selfie near Tapi River in Surat

Two teenagers drowned in the causeway area near Tapi River in Surat on Monday. Investigations revealed that one of the teenagers was trying to take a selfie when he slipped and fell into the water.According to the police, four friends identified as Akhad Shaikh, Mohammad Zeb, Mohammad Kaif and Sohib, all residents of Habibsha Street in Nanpura, had gone to the Tapi River causeway area in the morning. During the outing, one of them was trying to take a selfie near the river when his foot slipped and he fell into the water. In order to save him, one after the other, the other three boys jumped into the water but began to drown.Two bystanders spotted the youth drowning and went in to rescue them. They managed to pull out Mohammad Kaif and Sohib, but the other two drowned.Chowk Bazaar police and the fire department were called in to help and the two boys’ bodies were fished out from the river. The deceased were identified as Akhad Shaikh and Mohammad Zeb. The police have lodged a case of accidental death in the matter.
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Gujarat University opens new doors of law admission

While the soft copy of the information booklet will be uploaded on its website from June 12, the pins of this programme will be available at the help centres specified in the booklets between June 13 and 22 by payment of Rs 175. Admissions are open for 2520 seats in 12 colleges for 3 years LLB programme.”
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Medical admissions to begin from June 12 in Gujarat

The Admission Committee for Professional Undergraduate Medical Educational Courses (ACPUGMEC), the nodal agency conducting admissions in Gujarat, will begin the online admissions to MBBS, BDS and other medical education courses in the state from June 12.The registration for online application forms for the admission to medical, dental, homeopathy, Ayurvedic and Naturopathy colleges will be open till June 19 and students will be able to purchase the PIN from Axis bank branches between 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Whereas, the holding centre can be accessible from June 13 to June 20.Candidates who want to apply in local quota seats of NHL Municipal medical college Ahmedabad or Surat Municipal Institute of Medical Education & Research must obtain a certificate that student is a local student of Ahmedabad or Surat city from deans of respective institutes.The document verification at help centers will remain closed on public holidays and Sundays. For NRI candidates, after online application, they have to submit demand draft of Rs 10,000 payable to ACPUGMEC.Officials said this year there has been an increase in the number of seats in the state as the Medical Council of India (MCI) has approved a new medical college at Palanpur in Banaskantha district and 370 additional seats in the state.
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AMC vows green island, reservoir at Riverfront

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has said that they will construct a green island and a water reservoir at Sabarmati River. The decision was taken during the meeting of Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Limited (SRFDC) on Monday.”There are two to three scattered riverine islands at present. We are going to develop a proper island utilizing the existing islands. It will be like a green urban forest area. We will create a sloping island there,” said Mukesh Kumar, municipal commissioner, AMC and managing director of SRFDCL.The board of directors discussed how the second phase of the existing riverfront will cater to the need for greenery and water in the future.The second phase is estimated to cost around Rs 830 crore.”We have discussed how the second phase of the riverfront will take shape. Construction of a flyover, water weir and green space as well as of retaining walls for phase two, which is approximately 11-km-long, will be done by investing Rs 830 crore. We’ve designed the project in such a way that it will provide more green space with tree cover,” said Pravin Patel, standing committee chairman, AMC and director of SRFDCL.The civic body has initiated a hydraulic study and preliminary survey for the second phase which will add around five kilometers to the riverfront stretch.”The design will be more or less the same as phase one. We will generate revenue by selling the plots. The water reservoir is going to be constructed between Dafnala and Indira bridge. We have space and now, need infrastructure for storage. The proposal has been approved by board members,” the chairman remarked.No progress on seaplane projectLeader of Opposition and Director of SRFDCL Dinesh Sharma asked the members about the development of the seaplane project which had been promised during the state assembly election.”When I asked the other members regarding the development of seaplane, the board members denied any such development taking place; nor are they going to develop it. This means, the prime minister flew in on a seaplane just to woo voters during assembly elections,” said Sharma.THE AGENDAWe are going to develop a proper island utilizing the existing islands. It will be like a green urban forest area in the river, said AMC commissioner. Board of directors discussed how the work will cater to the need for greenery and water.
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Van Mahotsav to honour women who helped IAF in 1971 war: Gujarat government

Gujarat government has decided to dedicate the 69th Van Mahotsav, a state-level afforestation drive, to 400-odd brave women of Madhapar village of Kutch who helped the Indian Air Force rebuild the air strip devastated by Pakistan in the 1971 war. The government has decided that all the women who have been exemplary in their contribution to the nation, would be felicitated in the third week of June, when the afforestation effort kicks off.A senior official privy to the development said, “The drive will be dedicated to the brave ladies. It’s almost decided the forest to be developed in Madhapar will be called Virangana Van, that is, ‘brave women’s forest’. The government will also invite the ladies who exhibited their bravery during the Indo-Pak war of 1971.”He added: “This tale is related to patriotism. But it has political ties too. This exercise could give a great advantage to the ruling BJP for Lok Sabha polls.”The government has decided to set a record during the drive by planting 9 crore saplings across the state in one day. This will help increase Gujarat’s green cover, which is around 10 per cent of the state. The government wishes to expand it to around 15 per cent.ON A WAR FOOTINGOn December 8, 1971, Pak bombers dropped over 50 napalm bombs on the IAF air strip in Bhuj, making it incapable of launching an offensive. The IAF had limited resources, so around 400 women from Madhapar village came forward to help rebuild it. They and Border Security Force jawans worked relentlessly and ceaselessly, ignoring constant attacks from pak, to finish the mission.
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JEE (Advanced) result on Sunday: CBSE

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will declare the results of 2018 JEE (Advanced) examination on Sunday. The exam was conducted on May 20. Candidates who secure all India rank up to 2,24,000 in JEE (Mains) appear for JEE (advanced) conducted by one of the IITs.While the mains examination is held in a single day over two papers, with each paper being of 180 marks, containing 60 marks for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The IIT Kanpur conducted JEE (Advanced) this year. Seat allocation will be declared on June 19.JEE (Advanced) results had mired into controversy after three aggrived candidates had knocked the doors of Gujarat High Court, alleging that the clarifications regarding answers of numerical-answer-type questions issued a day after the examination was substantially altered compared to the instructions provided to the candidates 20 minutes before the examination.However, the HC refused to stay the results citing announcement of results has all India ramification.This year, a decision was taken to create supernumerary seats specifically for female candidates
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Ahmedabad gets nearly 160 objection applications

Parents of children seeking admission under the Right to Education (RTE) Act have filed objection application with the District Education Officer (DEO). The DEO City and Rural have received a total of 160 objection applications from parents expressing their concerns with regards to school allotment. However, RTE activists and parents have snubbed the numbers saying that in many instances, they have not been heard by the officials.While DEO city has received nearly 90 applications, DEO rural has received around 70-80 applications. With these numbers, officials are citing a successful admission process as the number of objection applications have gone down.Speaking about Ahmedabad rural, Dilip Patel, nodal officer, RTE said, “We have received nearly 70-80 objection applications from parents but above 95% would not be genuine. This time, the objection applications are around school choice despite the fact that the parents this year were given blank space to fill in their choice of schools as per priority.But now they want admission in a particular school and hence the objection application. However, it does not work this way. It could also be the reason that the school they have preferred does not have vacant seats.”Last year, 8845 objection applications from parents were received by the education department from across the state. The government had then issued a circular stating that applications related to change of school due to distance more than 6 km, allotted school is either shut or is likely to be shut down in near future, teaching medium as preferred not allotted, etc will be accepted and the rest have been rejected.
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Gujarat State School Textbook Board: Last minute printing order irks publishers

The state government textbooks of classes 1 — 12 are likely to have a delayed entry into the market. With the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB) placing printing orders at the last minute, publishers are burdened to print thousands of textbooks in short span of time. Since the academic session begins on June 11, the state government has given only a weeks time to the publishers to print second round of textbooks. This has irked the publishers who are finding it difficult to work in short deadline.”There will certainly be a delay of supplying books to the market. And, the blame has to be put on the Pathya Pustak Mandal. They gave publishing orders at the eleventh hour. We received the order on May 31 and were asked to finish the work in just a week. Schools will begin from June 11 and the order is so huge that publishers are taking time to print. Every year, the entire printing happens in April. But, only 50% order was given by April this time.Hence, the delay,” Naresh Shah, President, Gujarat Booksellers and Stationeries Association said.A printing press owner from city requesting anonymity said, “We are charged a penalty if we do not finish work within deadline but in such a case where they are building so much pressure on us, we are not getting extra payment.””In present times when everything is digital, we fail to understand how cannot the textbook board know the number of students in a class. They should have a database. As per the first order, we have already given a lot of books. The second order was given to us on May 31 with a disclaimer that we have to print thousands of books in a week. While we are working day and night for the same, we will be able to hand over the books by Wednesday so there will be a delay”, said an Ahmedabad-based publisher Virang Shah. Last minute printing order irks publishers.ANGRY VOICEA printing press owner from city requesting anonymity said, “We are charged a penalty if we do not finish work within deadline but in such a case where they are building so much pressure on us, we are not getting extra payment.”
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Child-abuse victims known to offenders: Gujarat Forensic Sciences Univerity

The worrying trend, in case of sexual offences against children, is that more often than not the perpetrator is unaware of the consequences of his offences and not scared of the law. To bring the burning issue to the table, a student at Gujarat Forensic Sciences Univerity (GFSU) has found that child sex offenders do not select their victims randomly. The offenders are always known to the victims, his research revealed.The report found that the mental process of the offenders, while choosing their victims, largely depended on the proximity and interaction with between two. Additionally, a large number of offenders had had extensive conversations with the minors before they committed the crime.The study, ‘Child Sex Offenders in India: An Exploratory Study’, found that all minor victims (girls) were known to the offenders. And, a large percentage of the offenders claimed to be in a ‘romantic’ and ‘consensual’ relationship with the victims.The study, which aimed at exploring the characteristics of the offenders and investigate their modus operandi, was undertaken Nipuna Singh — a student of forensic psychology — under the guidance of Dr Priyanka Kacker, assistant professor at the Institute of Behavioural Science, GFSU.”We tried to find out why they chose to target children, said Dr Priyanka adding that for this study, data was collected from 50 convicted and under-trial prisoners from Sabarmati Central jail, Ahmedabad, charged with rape and POCSO act against minors.” Since, cases of child sexual abuse are increasing, we wanted to study the mentality and attitude of the offenders and to prepare a criminal profiling based on the data collected, she said.The report further stated that majority of the offenders gave little thought to consequences of their actions, and believed that they would not end up being punished. Most who fell under the category of ‘romantic’ offenders did not believe that they did anything wrong. She said, “The challenge was delay permission from higher authority. We also tried to study offenders in Tihar jail but they did not give permission, original files were not provided to get proper and complete information about the offender, with the stipulated time limit the interview was supposed to be conducted. Initially, the prisoners were not ready to give correct information so further probing was done that took a lot of time.The biggest shock during our study was when we asked them why did they have sexual relation with the girl despite knowing that the girl is a minor. Most of them said that the government says that marrying a minor is a crime but there was no clarity whether getting into sexual relationships is also a crime. This showed the level of understanding, awareness, and sensitivity of youth regarding sexual abuse. And we need to work on this aspect too.”
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Gujarat: Rs 80L worth adulterated Cumin seized

Food and drugs watchdog of state seized 52 tonnes of jeera from Patan on Thursday. Authorities say the spice has been adulterated with similar looking substances. The Rs 80.8 lakh worth of goods were supposed to be exported to Egypt, when it was intercepted.Food and Drug Control Authority (FDCA) officials got a specific tip of that a consignment containing cumin (jeera), adulterated with spurious substances was to be exported to Egypt from Mundra port. Acting on the tip off, a team led by assistant commissioner KR Patel of FDCA seized two trucks GJ 12 BT 1910 and GJ 12 BT 0568 from Patan. The trucks belonged to Messrs Paladiya Corporation based out of Unjha.When the team inspected the contents of the containment, it was found to be adulterated prima facie. Total consignment was estimated at about 52 tonnes, whose market price was calculated at Rs80.8 lakh. It belong to one Bharat Jagdish Patel, a resident of Unjha, said an FDCA statement.”If such substances are about 10% of the total consignment, they mix with original spices and are difficult to identify,” said HG Koshia, Food And Drug Commissioner in state government.
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National Scientific Congress of 2019 will be held at Gujarat Sports University

National scientific Congress in 2019 will be held at Swarnim Gujarat Sports University in Gandhinagar. The minister of state for sports, culture and youth affairs made this announcement on Thursday in Gandhinagar. The minister said this on the occasion of the convocation of sports university.Minister Ishwarsinh Patel said, “National Scientific Congress in 2019 will be held at Swarnim Gujarat Sports University. The university achieved new heights and that is why the same has been chosen as the venue. As many as 58 universities are going to take part in this event and different experts will deliver the address to the science researchers, scholars and students.”The passing out students of the university received the degrees in physical training, sports training, sports management, sports techniques, health-hygiene and sports, adventurous sports in this event of convocation. As many as 579 students got the diploma and degree certificates in different faculties, whereas 14 students received gold medals and seven students received a Ph.D. certificate for specialization in sports-related subjects.The minister Patel further added, “Our prime minister Narendra Modi had conceptualised this university that can give standard education in the field of sports. Now our government has resolved to raise an international level sports complex. This complex will take shape at Desar town near Vadodara and will be spread over 104-acre area. We expect that by the year 2024, this complex will be ready and sportspersons from Gujarat will get the best training at the state of the art infrastructure there.”The sports university was announced as the fastest growing university by the state government, the minister further added. The officials of the state government and office bearers of sports university also remained present at this event.MEET AHEADMinister Ishwarsinh Patel said National Scientific Congress in 2019 will be held at Swarnim Gujarat Sports University. The university achieved new heights and that is why the same has been chosen as the venue. As many as 58 universities are going to take part in this event.
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Ahmedabad Crime Branch submits closure report in Dadhi murder case

Unable to crack an 18-month-old murder case that took place within half kilometre radius of their office in Jamalpur, Ahmedabad Crime branch filed a closure report with the court eight days ago. One Mohammad Hanif Shaikh, aka Hanif Dadhi, was murdered around 11.30pm on September 17, 2016, near Shaad Bakery.Sources said the agency sleuths failed to crack the despite getting several CCTV camera footage clues. After failing to collect the dots, the sleuths submitted a closure plea with a court eight days ago. Dadhi was close to a bakery with his friends when he was shot by two scooter-borne assailants on his chest. The bullets punctured his lungs and he died on September 18.Gaikwad Haveli police started an investigation, and later handed over the case to Ahmedabad Crime branch on the order of the then Police Commissioner Shivanand Jha. CCTV camera footage of the incident was recovered by the crime branch and it was revealed that the bullets were 7.65mm. The number of the vehicle that was used in the murder was also recovered.However, the Crime Branch officials failed to catch any of the accused. Nor were they able to find any lead into the case.According to a source, more than 100 suspects were interrogated by the officers. However, nothing came out. The investigation even reached Mumbai, but everything failed.
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AMC sealing drive on over plastics

Following the call of United Nations’ Beat the Plastic, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) declared its premises ‘No tolerate zone for plastic’. There is a blanket ban on the usage of plastic cups, glasses, water pouches and bags. The civic body is keeping a strict vigil on the commercial units which consume the most banned plastic products.Moreover, AMC is eyeing to net the big fish like the manufacturers of such products. On Thursday, the health department sealed total 14 units who were found flouting the norms of the civic body. “We will keep the drive of sealing units until people will stop manufacturing and dumping plastic in the market. A ban means ban and there will not be any compromise for that. People should abide the rules,” said Dr Bhavin Solanki, in-charge medical officer, AMC.Along with sealing units, the team had confiscated around 411 kg of banned plastic products and had collected Rs3.47 lakh as an administrative charge.The department had issued 960 notices. “When found breaching the norms, the commercial units are being served a notice first. And then while caught repeating the offence, we are sealing the unit,” added the official.
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Eye on Lok Sabha polls, Vijay Rupani govt plans ‘Chintan’

The Gujarat government’s three day Chintan Shibir — brainstorming session is going to start from Thursday at Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals (GSFC) in Vadodara.The chief minister has asked officials to design a three day musing programme, keeping the Lok Sabha polls in mind, so that the government machinery works in the direction that would benefit the ruling party BJP. The government has mentioned that the ‘Chintan Shibir’ is aimed at good governance and the mantra of sab ka saath, sab ka vikas.A senior official in the government said: “This Chintan Shibir has only one agenda and that is to please the common man. The chief minister meticulously gave the agenda for the Chintan Shibir that would touch the life of the common man at large and would give direct advantage to the ruling party in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. It is widely known that the ruling party lost many seats in the assembly polls held in December and the BJP government now aims to recover the losses.””The chief minister directed his team that the Chintan Shibir should include social sector-related aspects such as rural development, agrarian issues, civic issues, education, health and common amenities. The CM has decided that his government should now focus on the existing programmes and ongoing projects, in place of launching new projects. This would convince the voters on robust growth that is visible. The idea is not to try to woo the people with new promises,” added the official.The official also added that the CM might make the great announcement from the platform of Chintan Shibir. The CM would also put stress over corruption-free administration and would ask all the officials to follow his instruction religiously on the same.As many as 200 participants — including all the ministers, IAS officials serving in state and probationary IAS officers are going to attend Chintan Shibir. The government has identified key issues such as urban administration, new opportunities in agricultural sector, measures for bringing down child and mother mortality rates, etc.
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AMC goes green, invites sponsors for vertical gardens

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Tuesday announced several initiatives to make and keep the city green.Mayor Gautam Shah dedicated the vertical garden at four BRTS terminus of Naranpura to the people of the city. Also, he has invited sponsors to replicate similar gardens for rest of the BRTS terminus.”Students of LD Engineering college have designed the vertical gardens for BRTS terminus. Today we dedicated four such vertical gardens in Naranpura. Gardens like these, not only beautify the space but also tackle air pollution,” said Shah.”The four stations will be maintained by the students alone. We are looking for sponsors who can replicate the same model at other stations,” added Shah.The civic body is going to conduct sapling plantation from June 25, the mayor said. “We are going to plant more than one lakh saplings this year starting from June 25. We need to take care of the environment and keeping future’s need in mind, we have to act from today,” he further said.In a press conference held on Tuesday, the mayor also displayed some of the products made from recycled plastic. “Plastic can be recycled and made into products. I have bought a t-shirt and a jacket made from plastic. Still, there are some types of plastic that can’t be recycled – so such plastic should not be in use,” he added.”Our collection vans collect plastic waste from people and give it to the recyclers. People are advised to segregate their waste and dispose of accordingly so that they can be recycled,” the mayor said.
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Gujarat govt yet to implement plastic waste management: Activist

“There is zero implementation of plastic waste management in the state,” said Mahesh Pandya of Paryavaran Mitra while addressing a press conference about the overall state of the environment in Gujarat on Monday.The rules of management of plastic were formed by the centre in 2011 and amended in 2017 but it is for the state to implement which has so far not happened in Gujarat, said Pandya.He said that though there has been a ban on plastic below 40 microns, the ban is hardly implemented as such bags continue to be available everywhere.”Moreover, the move to charge customers in malls and shops for plastic bags is working more like an incentive rather than a disincentive. The effort should be to ensure that shops don’t keep plastic bags or offer it to customer irrespective of whether they pay for it or not,” said Pandya.Talking about the overall management of solid waste across the state, he said of the eight municipal corporations three did not have a policy in place for disposal of solid waste management.”The problem is not just with the management of the solid waste system. It is also with the waste segregation. The AMC has begun waste segregation but other than handing out different coloured dustbins to various societies it has not created any awareness about why this is needed,” said Pandya.He added that even if residents of societies were aware enough to segregate waste, the effort would be wasted because the person who collects garbage does not have separate bins to bring wet and dry waste.EVENTS IN CITYCentre for Environ-ment Education, Ahmed-abad, has organised a number of programmes to mark World Environment Day on Tuesday. This includes nature trail, paper bag workshop, drawing competition, photography, treasure hunt, clay modelling, craft and origami activities, pottery, among others. The event will begin at 9:30 am at CEE AMC to flag off Plastic waste collection van, ground-breaking of the vertical garden at AEC Cross-roads, launching ‘Plantation on Demand” integrated application and laun-ching of Green Diary.
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Pirana rag pickers are true warriors in battle against plastic waste: AMC

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has recently started an initiative to clean up the mounds of plastic waste in Pirana, but the rag pickers have been doing just that for decades. They are the real warriors who have been contributing towards making the landfill site plastic waste-free since long before the civic body’s announcement on the World Environment Day.Every day, more than hundred people take up the task of segregating plastic bags, bottles, wrappers, etc, from solid waste. Later, they sell it as scrap for a small amount of money. On an average, each rag picker earns Rs 200 to Rs 250 a day.A worker from Ganesh Nagar, Lila Bhil, who is in her, said: “It’s more than ten years I am doing this task. It is unhealthy, I know, but this is our livelihood. The dumpsite feeds my family. I don’t know about environment much but I’m sure I am doing valuable work”Like Bhil, there are many families who have been working at the Pirana site for years. Rubina Shaikh along with her two daughters and a son pick plastic waste at the site. “We reach here around 10am and leave by 5pm. Our family income is around Rs 800 a day. We manage to get around 12 to 15 kg of plastic from waste, and by evening, we sell it.”Prolonged exposure to toxic gases emitting from the waste at Pirana also takes a toll on their heath. “When there is a fire, our eyes burn. During monsoon and Diwali festival it becomes risky to climb on the garbage and churn out plastic. But we can’t leave this place under any circumstance,” said Fizor Ansari, another rag picker.The AMC allows them access to the site because they are helping the civic body’s cause. “The civic body should provide them with masks and gloves. They are helping them reduce plastic waste from the dumpsite. It is because of them recycling of plastic is happening,” said Kalim Siddique, social activist.The AMC has also roped in a private party to recycle plastic waste. “We are collecting segregated waste. Dry and wet waste both contains plastic, but at the transfer stations with the help of some NGOs, people segregate recyclable waste. Also, there is a private player which is recycling plastic. But as of now we don’t have the figures on how much waste have been segregated,” said Harshad Soalnki, director, solid waste management.
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Gujarat: Effluents give fillip to farm prod

If vegetables are irrigated using water, mixed with industrial effluents, the productivity increases, said farmers. On the flip-side, such water makes the land saline, thereby reducing the output in the longrun.Dinesh Patel, chairman of Miroli Piyat Sahkari Mandali (local cooperative), said water mixed with industrial effluents is found to have fertiliser-kind of content, which raises productivity of the crop and benefits farmers. “The increase of few ‘mann’ (20 kg) per bigha, means a considerable additional income,” said Ranjit Desai, secretary of the cooperative. However, a farm labourer, told DNA that such water sharply degrades the quality of land. “It makes the land more saline. It is harmful in the longer run,” said the elderly labourer.Vipul Rabari, a local youth, said effluent mixed water also spoils the crop because of its heat. “Crops fail in summer. Such water aggravates the wastage,” said Rabari.The quality of the water pumped from the river is never constant, informed Amrat Tadvi, who operates the pumping station, which lifts the water from Sabarmati river into the internal canal system.”Today the water is much better,” he said while pointing at the colour of the water. “Yesterday, it was red. Often acidic effluents are discharged into the river upstream. When such water is used, farmers suffer significant loss of crops. They have no choice, but to use this water,” said Tadvi.On whether there are any health hazards to farm workers, farmers say that since they do not have to release water on daily basis, there is no visible harm to farmers or labourers. Fodder served to cattle is grown using same water. “Whether the milk is contaminated, we do not no.If the impact on the body is slow, we would not be able to know about it,” said Desai.According to a well-placed source in Ahmedabad APMC, it is a tragedy in India that footwear, to be used on roads and sand, are sold in AC shops, while vegetables that are consumed by the masses are sold in open markets exposed to pollution. “When Narmada water was not available farmers used similar effluent mixed water from Fatehwadi canal to grow vegetables. Unchecked use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers is causing harm to consumers. But, consumers also prefer cheap products rather than something that is not harmful to their health,” he said.Such effluents have metals like lead and arsenic. These are carcino-genic and affect the nervous system. Lead is harmful because it accumulates in the body. Since effluents come from diverse sources, the contents are also varied. GPCB is duty-bound to act and punish the offenders.Pritee Shah, CGM, CERCToxic materials cause gastric troubles and ailments like mouth ulcers, cancers and allergies. Even vendors who sell these vegetables can get affected. Toxic elements on the surface can be removed by proper cleaning but not those elements which have penetrated deeper.Dr Pragnesh Vachhrajani, secretary, Gujarat State Family Physicians ForumKNOW IT AT A GLANCEMiroli Piyat Sahkari MandaliEstablished 1947Villages Miroli, Timba, NavapuraLand irrigated 1,800 acreVegetables Cucumber (kakdee), Bottle gourd, (dudhi), Ladies finger (bhinda), Brinjal (ringan), Spinach (Palak)Other crops Paddy, wheat, jowar, bajraSold at Jamalpur, Sanand APMC, etcHow old is the problem? For about 35 yearsHEALTH HAZARDSEffluents have heavy metals like Lead and Arsenic, which can cause cancer and nervous disorders. Vegetables thus consumed can result in gastric troubles, ulcers and allergies
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AMC chops branch of 70-year-old tree, locals cry ‘murder’

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation on Sunday chopped off several branches of a 70-year-old banyan tree that was coming in the way of a road widening project.The civic body said it had chopped off only one branch.Incidentally, the civic body had earlier following protests from residents had promised that it would transplant the tree but not cut it.The 70-year-old tree is home to several hundreds of Parakeets.”AMC workers came and chopped off several branches of the tree around six in the morning today. Apparently, they had a permission to ‘trim’ the tree, but they ended up chopping its branches,” said Kirtan Jani, a resident, who is also the Bodakdev Ward President of the Congress.Jani said the villagers got to know of the AMC’s subterfuge and soon gathered to chase away the AMC officials.”The thing is that they want to build a stage for the ‘bhoomi pujan’ of the road widening. The bhoomi puja is done when a new project is started, this is just an extension. They chopped the tree so that they could build a stage,” alleged Jani.AMC officials, however, rubbished the allegations.”We have cut only one branch of the tree that was at a height of 2.5 metres. The branch was at such a height that a bus could not pass under it. The tree will be accommodated in the new plan,” said Jignesh Patel, director parks and gardens.
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Towards an impatient and agile ecosystem for inclusive innovation

Recently, among various Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Awards given by the Hon’ble President of India, there were a few ideas which addressed some of the widely prevalent problems needing extremely affordable solutions. As in the previous years, innovations from and innovations for grassroots were showcased at the Festival of Innovations and Entrepreneurship hosted by the The President’s Office. The National Innovation Foundation, helped in organising the FINE brought more than 200 innovations from and for grassroots at FINE.Vikas, Pooja and Saurabh, students at IIT Delhi, a GYTI awardee team which has designed a Rs 10000 attachment that can convert a conventional microscope into a florescent microscope. And that too in just Rs 20,000, half for an ordinary microscope and another half for the attachment. It presently cost a few lakhs. Without such a microscope, TB causing organism cannot be identified. If we don’t diagnose it in time and in the field, then treatment will become even more difficult. India has decided to get over this problem by 2022 by having full coverage. Similarly, majority of the primary health centres do not have autoclave facility to sterilise various tools used by the doctors. A Rs.500/= solution by Saugandha Das and Archit Devarajan, students of ICT, Mumbai, will do it. While giving intravenous injection or taking a blood sample because of difficulty in finding the vein, one has to pierce the needle several times. An extremely affordable solution by Irivikram Annamalai, IDC, IIT Bombay would make it possible to detect this at a very low cost. One can go on with many such solutions.Many of similar innovations for grassroots innovations have not diffused because of many reasons, a) the industry lack the hunger for innovations,b) an efficient supply chain could not be built by innovators cum entrepreneurs association, c) design inputs in conversion of prototype to product and utility were lacking or not affordable, d) pilot procurement by public agencies is not being done to have larger scale testing, feedback, redesign if needed and approval for large scale procurement etc. in fact for many innovation based entrepreneurs at grassroots may also need financing for pilot as well as normal production. Advance against order will reduce their borrowing requirement. While big companies are able to manage advance but start up often don’t get such an advance payment against the orders. The time has come to rethink the problem of building a holistic ecosystem.During the forthcoming 25th year of celebration of SRISTI and 30th years of Honey Bee Network, June 1-3, 2018 at Grambharati, Amrapur; many of these questions will be discussed threadbare to develop strategy for future transformation of our society. Among many actors who have remained unrecognised are the ones who help in connecting communities, companies, creative innovators, connecting distribution chain, financing logistic partners and feedback collectors for redesigning the product, the process, the service and the system. How can start-up policies and agencies become more empathetic towards innovators. Nattu Bhai is a struggling innovator who spent almost 16-17 years to crack the problem of picking cotton balls from rain-fed cotton variety like 797. He spent lakhs of his own resources besides getting support from GIAN and NIF. But if such innovators don’t get financial support at this stage for scaling up a solution that no other private or public agency could provide in the last so many decades, then how will productivity improve, farmers; income increase and loss of cotton due to untimely rain be prevented. In such cases, where no other solution exists in the country, e should there be a second thought?I hope that we can develop a more responsive and agile ecosystem for supporting inclusive innovations all over the country so that the pace of social transformation can be increased. We will explore durable solutions so that struggle of such farmers can be reduced if not eliminated.
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BJP bribed PAAS leaders, says Hardik Patel

Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel once again reiterated that the state BJP had offered crores of rupees to several Patel leaders to not only break the agitation but also defame the young leader.Hardik’s allegations came after a video went viral in which one Mansukh Patel is seen having discussions with several PAAS leaders. In the video, Mansukh Patel is seen talking about ‘someone’s efforts to offer ‘something’ to the PAAS leaders. It should be noted that nowhere in the video is the word BJP mentioned nor does it make a mention of any money. But, the overall talk in the video indicates ‘giving something’ to someone.It should be noted that Mansukh Patel was once the main mediator between PAAS and the government. It is believed that he was instrumental in gathering the finance required to hold the mega Patel sabha at GMDC ground which ended in violence.Following the release of the video, Hardik Patel in a video statement said it as proof that the government had offered money to several PAAS leaders to break the agitation and to defame him. Hardik also gave out a list of businessmen and BJP leaders who were tasked with the duty of offering the money. He gave out a list of several PAAS leaders along with the amount that they accepted in return for breaking away from the agitation.“People who sell their soul for money without any consideration for the cause of the community should be kept afar,” Hardik said following the release of the video.In his video, Hardik accused Surat businessmen Batuk Movaliya, Mukesh Kheni and Vimal Patel apart from Mansukh Patel (whom he called as the one close to deputy CM Nitin Patel), Jayaram Vansjadiya (Chairman of Sidhsar Umiya Dham) and CK Patel (Chairman Vishwa Umiya Dham) of being tasked with the job of arranging for funds to bribe PAAS leaders.The young Patel leader also gave out the rates at which 10 PAAS leaders agreed to break away from the agitation. Hardik alleged that Reshma Patel and Varun Patel, two PAAS leaders who joined BJP, were bribed for Rs4 crore and Rs 6 crore each.Of the 10 people he named, eight have already joined the BJP. The other two — Dilip Sabva and Dinesh Patel — apparently got Rs4 crore and Rs8 crore respectively, Hardik alleged. It should be noted that Sabva is with NCP. Sabva and Dinesh Patel both continue to be part of the PAAS reservation agitation.
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Attitude of gratitude

Last week, I briefly wrote about people’s tendency to compare their marriage with that of others. There can be a world of difference between what you see, rather perceive, and what exists. How easy it is to paint a rosy picture of your relationship, despite a contrasting reality, courtesy social media.If this disposition to compare is difficult to control (according to me there is nothing which is beyond our control if it’s something within us), why not change the yardstick of comparison — compare with something worse than your situation?It could be your marriage, state of mind, financial status et al. When disturbed by your own marriage with irritating yet negligible issues, if you see a couple heading for a divorce since they cannot see eye to eye and fight at the drop of a hat, you should be happy to not be in that space. You should be pleased that your marriage is not precariously perched on a shaky platform.Comparing your marriage with another where husband and wife fight tooth and nail in front of their kids, get abusive verbally and physically, should put you at ease and peace about not being in that situation. Instead of giving the outside world or the social media the leverage to become the benchmarks of success, count your blessings by seeing the less fortunate ones around you. When we see people less privileged than us, it gives us a feeling of gratefulness, for not being that unfortunate. Someone will always be better looking, more qualified, vastly experienced, moneyed, mentally and physically fitter, in a better relationship, so on and so forth. Hence comparison is a futile exercise. But when you still compare with people more distraught than you, it’s a learning experience to thank your stars. You start valuing things you take for granted. Undergoing therapy with me was a couple where the husband was a culinary expert. The wife never appreciated his art until her best friend married a man who couldn’t even break an egg when she was sick.Not only in relationships, there are many people who are not as well off or not as mentally healthy as you are. When you feel some tinges of self-sympathy towards yourself, look at people who are struggling with bigger challenges than you. Value your life and make it rife with an attitude of gratitude.
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158 passengers stranded at Mumbai airport after Jet Airways has technical fault

Around 158 passengers of Jet Airways 9W-2314 Mumbai-Ahmedabad were stranded at Mumbai Airport on Sunday.According to the passengers waiting at the airport, the onboard staff had informed them that Ahmedabad Airport is closed; however, later a Jet Airways official told ANI that the aircraft is facing a technical fault.“Jet Airways flight 9W 2314 from Mumbai to Ahmedabad has been cancelled today due to technical reasons. Additionally, due to watch hour restrictions at Ahmedabad airport , and the situation further compounded by runway closure led to the respective flight cancellation.“All the affected guests, were taken care of or duly offered refreshments and alternate travel arrangements are being made to fly them to their destination. There were 105 guests who chose alternate flights.“Jet Airways sincerely regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests,” the airline said in a statement
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Another Dalit man assaulted in Gujarat for using ‘Sinh’ suffix in his name

In a fresh incident reported from Gujarat – the third in two weeks – a Dalit man was allegedly beaten up by some upper-caste men for using the suffix `Sinh’ in his name.The incident took place at Un village in Kankrej tehsil of Banaskantha district yesterday, police said.Himatsinh Chauhan (20), who belongs to Koli Thakor, an OBC community, was beaten up by members of the Darbar community when they noticed that he used ‘Sinh’ in his name on Facebook.An FIR was registered under IPC sections 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 395 (dacoity), and 506(b) (criminal intimidation), said Sub-Inspector A K Bharwad of the Thara police station.”Chauhan was thrashed by a group of men after they saw that on his Facebook page he uses the suffix “Sinh” in his name. They also robbed him. We arrested six persons today,” the officer said.Also readGujarat: Dalits and Rajputs clash after man adds suffix Sinh to name’Sinh’ appears in Chauhan’s name in the school certificate too, he said.The incident comes close on the heels of a similar incident in the same district.Also readTamil Nadu: Three Dalits killed for sitting cross-legged by a group of upper caste menOn May 27, a man was allegedly beaten up and forced to shave off his moustache for using Sinh in his name on invitation cards for a religious ceremony at Gaud village near Palanpur.Before that, on May 22, a group of Rajputs clashed with Dalits at Dholka in Ahmedabad district over a Dalit man’s decision to add `Sinh’ to his name. Maulik Jadhav had announced on Facebook that he would be known as Mauliksinh Jadav henceforth, which angered some upper caste men.
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Heat’s taking a toll on pigeons, kites: Experts

If you thought you are the only one getting drained by the unrelenting summer, that’s not true. Animal rescue centres and NGOs working are also registering increasing cases of heat-related ailments particular dehydration among birds and animals. But, the overall number seems to be less than last year. At least for Jivdaya, an NGO that helps rescue and treat injured animals and birds.The NGOs had received 1,736 cases of adult birds and 262 infants being brought to its centre in April 2017. The number, however, fell to 1185 adult birds and 344 infants this April. It should be noted that the figures are only for one centre and there are several such NGOs working for bird and animal rescue.The government’s Karuna helpline also caters to several injured birds and animals and no comprehensive figure about all such cases across the city is available. For May, the NGO attended 972 adult birds and 224 infants so far against 1,324 birds and 267 infants for the same month in previous year.”Of the total figure, a majority of the birds and animals that are brought to us are in some way or the other affected by heat. Among birds, pigeons are the highest affected followed by kites,” said Dharmendra Rathod, general manager of Jivdaya.Explaining why pigeons and kite numbers are higher, Rathod said pigeons have a high population in the city and so their numbers will also be higher. “As for kites, they have certain feeding areas and those may not be places where they can find ready availability of water,” said Rathod. Among animals, the highest affected are the dogs, followed by the cats.Incidentally, though the number of birds being brought saw a dip, the figure for animals saw a rise. Against 1,577 animals brought to the centre in April 2017, this year saw the figure rise to 1,968. The NGO attended 1,449 injured animals in May 2017.
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Ahmedabad: Pirana landfill closure okayed only to get governments grants

The Standing Committee of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Thursday approved a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for solid waste management that also includes closure of Pirana landfill site. The approval by the committee is conditional — once the central and state governments approve the grant, the AMC will change the details.”We have approved the DPR on Thursday, but we are not going to spend Rs 375 crore for closure of Pirana as mentioned,” said Standing Committee Chairman Pravin Patel. “For the time being, we have approved it so that the grant from the central and state governments does not lapse. We have appointed four committee members to check the options for the Pirana site. We will works as per their suggestions.”Interestingly, the four members in the panels AMC officials. Moreover, the AMC had hired a private agency to prepare the DPR in the past. “The question rises on the credibility of the ruling party,” said Dinesh Sharma. “Are they really interested in a solution of Pirana which has become a health hazard for people? Saying that they will change the DPR once they will get the grant is misleading.”The senior Congress leader raised questions against the approval process. “What were the officials were doing till the DPR got approved? And on what basis this DPR has been approved if they are not willing to do capping or bio-mining at the site? “A DPR of Rs 642 crore has been approved at the local body level. In it, the AMC has mentioned activities they are keen on to undertake under the Swachh Bharat Mission. The DPR includes a provision of Rs 375 crore for the closure of Pirana dumping site.EXPERT SPEAK“We have approved the DPR on Thursday, but we are not going to spend Rs 375 crore for closure of Pirana as mentioned,” said Standing Committee Chairman Pravin Patel.
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