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Family refuses to accept Dalit activist’s body 18.2.2018 DNA: Mumbai
Twenty hours after he was declared dead, the body of 61-year-old Dalit activist Bhanu Vankar continues to be in the post-mortem room of Gandhinagar civil hospital. Vankar had set himself on fire at Patan collectorate on February 15 to protest inordinate delay in granting land titles to two Dalit families from Dhadhuka village of Sami taluka in Patan. Vankar, along with Hema Vankar, a 60-year-old woman, and Rama Chamar had sent a letter to the collector, stating  that they would set themselves on fire if their issues were not addressed.  Vankar’s family and community members have refused to take his body until their two major demands are met.  Vankar’s family members are demanding that a statue of Vankar bet set up in the Patan collectorate. They have also demanded that the families of Hema Vankar and Rama Chamar be given the title to the land for which Vankar sacrificed his life.  The statue demand, though, did not figure in the final five demands presented to the state government. It should be noted ...
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SMCs to help 6,500 migrant kids get quality education 18.2.2018 DNA: Mumbai
The School Management Committees (SMC) in Gujarat want to provide education for 6,500 migrant children from 680 villages in Gujarat, its members said at their 4th annual convention in Ahmedabad on Saturday.  More than 400 SMC members, CSR representatives and non-governmental organiations attended the gathering, which was jointly organised by the American India Foundation (AIF) and Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD). The objective of the convention was to enable SMC s in the state to share their experiences, success stories and challenges faced in strengthening elementary education, and motivate them to improve school governance in their villages, said an AIF fellow. During the event, education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama lauded the efforts to bring SMC members of 10 districts under one platfrom. “As the Minister for Education, it is my responsibility to meet SMC members and provide them required support in reaching out to children across the state and ensure that they not only get ...
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LoP: AMC didn't inspect roads worth Rs 350 crore 17.2.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Talking on the sidelines of the budget board meeting on Friday, leader of opposition Dinesh Sharma has alleged that road scam at the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is nothing new. The inquiry made by the civic officials are nothing new but an eyewash, he added. Sixty-three road contracts, worth Rs473.62 crore, have been allotted to the AMC over the last two financial years. The vigilance department officials have only collected material samples from 183 roads that have been constructed over the last two years. However, the officials did not inspect the roads which were constructed between 2015-16 after spending Rs300 to Rs350 crore, said Sharma. "In the last two years, Rs 548 crores have been spent after making new roads. Out of this, roads worth Rs480 crores have been washed away during the last monsoon. Also, Rs 125 crore of road patchwork has been washed," Sharma said. "Annually, AMC spends Rs250 crores to resurface the roads. The civic body has already invested Rs 200 crore for constructing ...
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Probe if Hardik Patel's words hurt Brahmins: Gujarat High Court 16.2.2018 DNA: Top News
The Gujarat High Court has ordered local police to investigate whether the alleged remarks by Patidaar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel against Brahmin community constitute an offence. If so, the court said that an FIR should be registered against Patel. It is alleged that Hardik's statements had hurt the sentiments of Brahmin community. Brahma Samaj, representing the Brahmin community, has objected to alleged remarks by Hardik against two Brahmin girls in December 2017 during the campaign for elections to Legislative Assembly of Gujarat. One Abhishek Shukla, representing Brahma Sangharsh Samiti had, then approached Chandkheda Police Station in Ahmedabad to register a complain against Hardik. However, the police did not register the complain. Shukla then approached the HC. Shukla's advocate R Rajput presented the case in the court and submitted the necessary documents. Justice JB Pardiwala ordered examination of evidences submitted on behalf of Shukla as well as investigate whether there ...
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Narmada Nigam says water supply to farms from Mar 15 16.2.2018 DNA: Opinion
The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) of Gujarat government has altered the decision to stop water supply for irrigation February 15 onwards. The SSNNL had given the advertisemet informing farmers and their cooperative society that water will not be available for irrigation in Saurashtra and Ahmedabad region through Narmada canals February 15 onwards, but the department has made the clarification that the supply would continue till the prescribed date of March 15 of this year. The SSNNL releases water through Narmada Project canals in state for irrigation till March 15, but following to water shortage this season, the SSNNL decided to stop water supply from February 15. The government earlier had announced that the farmers should not cultivate crops in summer season, if they were totally dependent over Narmada water. However, following to increasing criticism, the SSNNL now has altered the decision to stop water supply. The chairman and managing director SS Rathore said, "The chief engineer of ...
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Consumer forum orders insurance co to pay claim to customer 16.2.2018 DNA: Opinion
State consumer court recently ordered New India Assurance Company to grant a claim to a customer, which the company had previously rejected saying that the customer was suffering from a congenital disorder that is not covered under insurance. According to a press release by Consumer Education and Research Centre, Ahmedabad-based Natwar Patel had medical insurance from New India Assurance for his son Chintan. Later on, Chintan was diagnosed with haemolytic anaemia and spherocytosis. It results in anaemia, jaundice and enlargement of the spleen. City-based Dr Bhauman P Maniyar operated upon him in September 2009, incurring an expense of Rs 1,23,142. Natwar lodged a claim for Rs one lakh before the insurance company. Third Party Administrator – MD India Healthcare Services (TPA) Pvt. Ltd. – rejected the claim on the grounds that Chintan's health condition was a hereditary disorder and not covered by the policy. Dr Maniyar certified that a hereditary disease is not a congenital defect and are covered by ...
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High-Security Registration Plates deadline extended till Mar 31 15.2.2018 DNA: Bangalore
High-Security Registration Plates deadline extended till Mar 31
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Ahmedabad: Victory of love over fear on Valentine's Day 15.2.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
Love was in the air as Amdavadis celebrated Valentine's Day, the festival of love, with zest on Wednesday. Unfazed by fear of violence by activists of Bajrang Dal and other right-wing organisations, couples were seen spending moments of togetherness in gardens, the Sabarmati Riverfront, cafes, and other popular hangout places. There was tension at the Riverfront for some time as stick-wielding activists of Bajrang Dal chased away some couples in the morning, before they were detained by the police. Apart from this, there were no other reports of any untoward incident. Amdavadis marked the day by exchanging roses, greeting cards and gifts with their partners, loved ones, family members and friends. The city also witnessed a number of parties and get togethers that were specially organised to celebrate the day. Malls and shopping centres were all decked up with heart-shaped balloons in a bid to cash in on the Valentine's Day fever. A sharp rise in footfalls was reported from malls during the day. Star ...
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HSRP deadline ends tomorrow, another extension? 14.2.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
With lakhs of vehicles in the state yet to be fitted with the High Security Registration Plates (HSRPs), the state government is expected to extend the February 15 deadline for installation of the new number plates. The original deadline to get HSRP installed in every vehicle was to expire on January 15, but the state government extended it by a month till February 15 in view of the large number of vehicles that were yet to get one. The state government had said that vehicles not fitted with the HSRPs would be fined up to Rs 500. However, it seems that the deadline would see another extension. A senior government official said that at the beginning of February, more than 1.20 crore vehicles out of 2.1 crore vehicles registered with all Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) in the state were still without an HSRP. At present, the high security plates, which are being installed in the wake of a Supreme Court order, are being fitted in approximately 10,000 vehicles in the state per day. The official said that ...
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Valentine's Day: Age no bar for elderly couples 14.2.2018 DNA: Popular News
The concept of Valentine's day celebration is still not known to everybody in India. There's much excitement among the youth and the newly-weds for Valentine's day and the week around it. However, there remains considerable stigma when senior citizens celebrate the day. Despite all the flak they receive, there are several old couples who celebrate the day in their own novel way. One such couple is Dolly, 62, and Kishor Shah, 69, who started celebrating the festival since last 2 years. Kishor begins the day by gifting his wife a card and Dolly makes Kishor's favourite dish for lunch. Later, they order dinner from a restaurant where they celebrate all their anniversaries and birthdays and they enjoy their dinner talking and cherishing their memories. When asked if they have ever been criticised for celebrating the day, Rohit said, "We live alone here in Ahmedabad. Our son and daughter are in the USA. We spend the day with each other. We do what we like and we spend time together. We enjoy celebrating small ...
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IIM-Ahmedabad to establish centre in Dubai 12.2.2018 DNA: Opinion
The Indian Institute of Management here (IIM-A) and the UAE-based BRS Ventures today signed an agreement to establish the premier B-school's first overseas extension center in Dubai. "The proposed UAE Extension Center will begin with executive education programmes that are relevant to the region and will include both open learning and customised training programmes. "With the synergy, this partnership is expected to benefit both the organisations, besides benefiting the UAE regional business and governance," IIM-A said in a statement here without offering details on when the centre will be up and running. The agreement was signed at the World Government Summit 2018, an annual event held in Dubai, that brings together leaders in government for a global dialogue about governmental process and policies with a focus on the issues of futurism, technology and innovation, the statement added. "The IIM-A will provide the academic and training expertise, while BRS Ventures will facilitate all the required ...
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Roots of forensic dates back to Chanakya's days: Rajnath Singh 11.2.2018 DNA: Opinion
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday that the roots of forensic science dates ages back. Speaking at the inauguration of the 24th All India Forensic Science conference, Singh stressed on the importance of forensic science. Addressing forensic experts who had come from across the country, Singh said, "The word forensics and its techniques have been helping crime and justice for years. Panchari, in his book Arthashashtra, described that scientific reason behind death should be probed. You will be surprised to know that in olden times, an accused would be given rice ball (chawal ka gola) to keep in the mouth and immediately vomit it out. If there was less saliva on the rice ball, it was believed that he/she was an accused as fear causes less saliva production. Based on the analysis of saliva, accused was punished. Even if it was not a foolproof method, we can see the roots of forensics that dates ages back." "There was no progress in forensic science during the British rule though they brought ...
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Sky High 11.2.2018 DNA: India
Jaipur airport is taking wings: Passenger traffic has surged by 31% in fiscal 2016-17 with the total number of passengers touching 38,05,711 during the period. Of these, 4,54,183 were international passengers with the rest being domestic passengers. In the financial year 2015-16, the total number of passengers travelling through Jaipur airport stood at 29,04,350. That year, too, the growth rate was an impressive 31.52 %. As such, the airport authorities are now gearing up to ease the congestion at the airport. In order to do that, a plan has been charted whereby terminal 2 (T2) will see a horizontal expansion. Work for the development of terminal 2 has already been awarded. Moreover, a project monitoring consultant was appointed on January 12this year .He will be responsible for the execution the expansion plan of terminal 2. Currently, about 60 flights operate daily from Jaipur airport and many more flights are expected in the coming months. As a result, the passenger load which the terminal sees is ...
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Forensic training a must for cops: 11.2.2018 DNA: India
Recalling an incident where he became a victim of cyber crime last year, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in the city to attend the 24th All India Forensic Science Conference, wondered whether his online aggressor had been traced, before proceeding to make a case for forensic training for police officials. Talking about how a morphed photo showed him in a bad light, Singh said, "The image was from a film and my photo was fitted into the frame and it portrayed that Gujarat cops were kneeling in front of me. I had to then clarify in a public meeting that I was not in the photo. I do not know whether cyber experts traced him or not." "Gujarat police was blamed in that incident. Did you trace the mischief-maker or not? Find him and try to give him some publicity," Singh joked. Giving similar examples, he said, "In Jammu and Kashmir too, doctored photos are shown to youngsters to mislead them. Incidents that happen in Myanmar or Phillipines are portrayed as if they happened in Gujarat, all just to disturb ...
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GST refund woes continue to haunt exporters in state 11.2.2018 DNA: India
Refunds under Goods and Services Tax (GST) continue to haunt exporters in the state. According to estimates, the refund pending with the government is estimated at Rs 3,000 crore and it is unclear when businessmen will get their refunds. Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Saturday, organised a seminar and interactive session of refunds pending under Integrated GST, where Nittin Tagade, deputy Commissioner in Customs Commissionerate in Ahmedabad guided the exporters on the common mistakes made during filing as a result of which refunds are pending. However, experts said that even if all the filing is proper then also refunds are not available. GCCI president Shailesh Patwari said the issue has snowballed to dangerous levels. "It is difficult for exporters to honour their contracts. They can't say that they are not able to ship the goods as their refunds are pending.  The credibility of Indian exporters is at stake. If their position is weakened, exporters from China and other competing countries ...
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“Government to set up a Cyber Crime Reporting Portal to report Cyber Crimes Against Women”: Union Home Minister 10.2.2018 Govt of india: PIB
The Union Home Minister has said the Government has decided to establish a Cyber Crime Reporting Portal to report Cyber Crimes Against Women. We will also establish a dedicated Cyber Crime Laboratory to stop Crimes Against Women and Children, he added.
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Ahmedabad: Accidents claim 4 lives in a day 10.2.2018 DNA: Opinion
Four fatal accidents have rocked Ahmedabad city over the last 24 hours. The accidents took place at Bopal, Vasna, Danilimda and Riverfront East. A teenager boy was mowed down by a speeding car while he was going to school on his cycle at around 7.50am on Friday. The boy came under an AMTS bus due to the strong impact of the accident. The incident took place near India Colony AMTS bus stand in Bopal. Thirteen-year-old Jaishal Sharma was a local and studied in Class VII of Devashish School. The minor died on the spot. The accused car driver, who the cops say was a woman, fled the spot leaving her vehicle behind. The bus driver, Paresh Patel, 42, has lodged a complaint against the woman, who was driving the car. "We have seized the car from the spot and started a search to track down the owner of the car," a police officer said. The cops immediately swept into action in order to clear road where locals had gathered to protest against rash driving. The second accident took place on Riverfront Road, between ...
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AMC Budget 2018: opposition seeks OTS for property tax, funds for temples 10.2.2018 DNA: Opinion
A one-time settlement (OTS) scheme for outstanding property tax, allocation of funds for development of religious structures at Sabarmati Riverfront, and a cricket stadium in East Ahmedabad are among the proposals by opposition Congress in the 2018-19 budget of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). Addressing media-persons, Dinesh Sharma, leader of opposition in AMC, proposed additional development works of Rs 151 crore, and revised budget size of Rs 7,150 crore. The AMC standing committee had proposed a budget of Rs 6,990 crore, comprising revenue expenditure of Rs 3,500 crore, and capital expenditure of Rs 3,490 crore. "Our amendments to the budget are aimed at improving lives of people of Ahmedabad by providing them better facilities. We hope the ruling party will incorporate our recommendations in people's interest," he said. He proposed an allocation of Rs 20 crore for development of 50 religious structures, including 40 temples, on both sides of Sabarmati Riverfront. He also proposed a policy to ...
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Ex-minister Anil Patel passes away 9.2.2018 DNA: Mumbai
Former industries minister and founder president of Ganpat University, Mehsana, passed away at the age of 74 on Thursday. An educationalist and technocrat by occupation, Patel was suffering from cancer for the past one-and-a-half years. He was admitted to a hospital in Ahmedabad for the past two days. He breathed his last in the early hours of Thursday. Patel's body was later taken to Ganpat University, where a large number of people paid their tributes to him. He was cremated in Mehsana in the afternoon. Born on March 8, 1944, in Lanva village of Patan, Patel had completed his Master of Science (industrial engineering) from the USA. A two-term MLA from Mehsana constituency, Patel had served as minister of state for industries, tourism, civil aviation, and other departments from 2002 to 2007. He was also elected to the assembly in 2007 but had not contested after that. Patel was the founder president of Ganpat University, and managing trustee of Sardar Vidybhavan Trust, Mehsana. He was also secretary of ...
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AMC to tap groudwater to tide over crisis 9.2.2018 DNA: Mumbai
With the summers round the corner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has decided to source 350 MLD (million titer per day) of groundwater to meet the demand. The city needs around 1,280 MLD water, of which almost 800 MLD comes from Narmada. But with the river drying up, the civic body has decided to look at other resources to avoid paucity of water in the coming months. AMC has also decided to dig up 30 new bore wells to meet Ahmedabad water needs. The city has been receiving 10% less water from the Narmada canal for the past 15 days. The civic body has prepared a list of non-functional bore wells, which are around 257. At present, there are 214 active bore wells that work for eight to ten hours a day. According to AMC officials, they could easily source 350 MLD of groundwater. He said the Sabarmati Riverfront project had led to a significant rise in groundwater levels, and water was now available at 330 to 350 feet, as opposed to 380 feet earlier. While the national average is 140 LPCD (litres per capita ...
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