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24-hour Child Help Desk becomes operational at Kalupur Railway station 19.7.2018 DNA: India
The Kalupur Railway station has launched a 24-hour helpline service for children in distress. As per railway authorities, they will set up a 'Child Help Desk' which will be functional round the clock, helping find missing and runaway children. Several cases of missing children are lodged with the Government Railway Police (GRP) every year, where the children are either found at the railway station or in trains. With the desk installed at the station, authorities hope to provide help to such children. A total of 10 experts would be present at the help desk at any given time to care for and counsel kids who are found on railway premises, and help them reunite with their families. In 2017, around 1,000 cases of missing children were lodged with the GRP, while this year, 300 cases have been registered until now. This initiative should go a long way to boost officials' efforts to help children at the railway station itself. Pradeep Sharma, PRO of Ahmedabad Division of Railway said, "In Ahmedabad division, six ...
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Ex-IPS Sanjiv Bhatt's security cover withdrawn 19.7.2018 DNA: India
The Ahmedabad police on Wednesday withdrew the security cover provided to former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who described the move as an attempt to jeopardise his and his family's security. The ex-cop also demanded that the security cover be immediately restored. Bhatt was placed under suspension in 2011, while his services were terminated in August 2015, but the security cover was continued because of the threat assessment. He was provided with one PSO. "The security provided to me and my family has been suddenly withdrawn this morning by @Ahmedabadpolice under the instructions of @dgpgujarat and @CMOGuj," Bhatt wrote on Twitter. Ahmedabad commissioner of police AK Singh confirmed that Bhatt's security has been withdrawn, but declined to share the specific reasons behind the move. A senior government official said that Bhatt's security cover has been withdrawn "pursuant to a review exercise by the home department". Reiterating that the threat assessment against him remains high, Bhatt stated that ...
Heavy rains likely across Gujarat over next five days 18.7.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
Even as heavy rains lashed many places in Saurashtra and south Gujarat on Tuesday, the Indian Meteorological Department has said that heavy rains are likely in south Gujarat, Saurashtra, Kutch and north Gujarat over the next five days. Devbhumi Dwarka, Porbandar and Junagadh in Saurashtra, and Navsari and Dangs in south Gujarat received heavy to extremely heavy rainfall on Tuesday, throwing life out of gear. IMD Ahmedabad's director Jayant Sarkar said at the Weather Watch Group meeting in Gandhinagar that the cyclonic circulation system above the Arabian Sea will lead to heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at several places across the state. The meeting was presided over by Relief Commissioner MR Kothari, who said that 20 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been pressed into service in view of the flood-like situation at many places. Four teams of NDRF have been deployed in Gir Somnath district, which witnessed incessant rainfall on Monday, and three teams in Vadodara. Kothari said at the ...
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Major rejig: Gujarat govt transfers 31 IPS officers, five get promotion 18.7.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
A few days after transferring 21 IAS officers, the state government ordered the transfer of 31 IPS officers late on Monday night, and also promoted five of them. A notification said that Tirth Raj, DGP (law & order), Gandhinagar, has been appointed as DGP (human rights). The postings of Mohan Jha, DGP (administration), and TS Bisht, DGP (prison) were swapped. Sanjay Srivastava, ADGP (technical services) has been moved to law & order. KK Ojha, ADGP (training) has been made ADGP (Prevention of atrocities on SC/ST). He replaces PB Gondia, who is now Director of civil defense and home guards. VM Pargi, ADGP (inquiries) has been transferred to technical services. The government abolished the post of ADGP (state crime records bureau) and clubbed its functions with those of ADGP (technical services). KLN Rao, special CP (sector 1) in Ahmedabad replaces Pargi. Ajay Tomar has been given proforma promotion as ADGP and appointed in CID (crime). Shamsher Singh, ADGP (SCRB) has been transferred to Armed Unit. Manoj ...
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Ahmedabad: Jewellers expect uptick after two months slowdown 17.7.2018 DNA: Money
Jewellers in Ahmedabad are hopeful about an uptick in business after Rathyatra as past two months have been of unusual slowdown. They say that the overall slowdown of the economy has affected sales of jewellry. High taxes and credit restrictions following Nirav Modi scam has aggravated the slowdown. Normally, the months of May and June constitute off season. However, this year the slowdown was much deeper. "Normally, the business is off season about half of normal season. This year, the business was lower by about 40% even by off season standards," said Jigar Soni, vice-president of Ahmedabad Jewellers Association. He attributes the drop in business to slow down in sectors like real estate, textiles and even agriculture. "There is a cyclic effect on business. When one sector slows down, there is a cascading effect on other sectors of the economy as well," said Soni. Shantibhai Patel, president of Gems and Jewellry Trade Promotion Council, said that with festive season now approaching, there are hopes ...
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Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019 curtain raiser to kick off on Wednesday 16.7.2018 DNA: Top News
The curtain raiser for the StartUp summit will take place in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Ahead of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019, the state government has been organising the VG StartUp Summit since last year. The second edition of the Vibrant Gujarat StartUp and Technology Summit 2018 — Grand Challenge, a three-day event, is going to take place between October 11-13, 2018. “The second edition of the StartUp Summit is bigger than last year. The three-day event to be held in the second week of October will see eight different themes. It is an extensive platform for Investors, startups, incubators and professionals for collaboration,” said D Thara, vice-chairman and managing director of GIDC. “We are encouraging startups to showcase their ideas, and face the different challenges in three different stages. The curtain raiser event will reflect the mood of the upcoming mega event. The Grand Challenge is an initiative to bring together a community of changemakers, who can harness science, technology, and ...
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GST practitioners form national body to suggest changes 16.7.2018 DNA: Top News
Practitioners of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from across the country have formed a Joint Action Committee (JAC) to suggest simplification in compliance and filing of returns as well as to ensure that money (of businessmen) is not blocked in the form of refunds due to them. The JAC was announced on Sunday, when the two-day national conclave of tax practitioners concluded in Ahmedabad. The committee was formed to fill the gap of a nation-wide body to represent to the authorities the issues faced by businessmen and tax practitioners at the grass-root level. "GST is a national Act, which subsumes most of the Acts governing states and central taxes. There is no way local tax practitioners can represent their cases to GST Council. Such a national body is the need of the hour," said Amit Dave, a tax practitioner from Indore. Close to 200 delegates from 29 states and Union Territories participated in the conclave. Representatives from each state will be a part of the JAC. A core body within JAC will also be ...
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Ahmedabad: Jagannath's tour of city peaceful 15.7.2018 DNA: Top News
The Jagannath temple wore a festive look on Saturday as Ahmedabad celebrated Lord Jagannath's 141st Rath Yatra of the city. The 400-year-old temple in Jamalpur began receiving visitors since midnight with the crowd surging as the day wore off. Over 1,200 cops and other paramilitary forces were deployed in and around the temple premises alone to ensure that the yatra passed off peacefully. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel arrived around 7 to perform the Pahind Vidhi (the ceremonial cleansing of the route with a golden broom before the yatra begins). Speaking to reporters after the event, Rupani said, "The yatra is now a celebration for the people and it is a festival that transcends religious and caste lines. We hope that Lord Jagannath will continue to shower his blessing on the state." Earlier, the CM had also taken the real-time monitoring of the security arrangements for the yatris through the CM dashboard command control, allowing him to know the progress of the yatra ...
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Ahmedabad: Plastic ban reduces waste to half this year 15.7.2018 DNA: Top News
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's (AMC) efforts to effectively enforce its plastic ban has resulted in a reduction of garbage waste. This year, during Rath yatra, the amount of garbage that was collected came down to 12 tonnes from 25 tonnes last year. Interestingly, against around 12 tonnes of plastic waste generated last year, this year it had been reduced to mere 500 kg. Mainly because of the ban on plastic water pouches, plastic glasses/cups, and bags, claim AMC officials. "There is a drastic reduction in the waste collection during on the Rath yatra day. This is mainly because of the effective plastic ban in city. Last year, we had collected around 25 tonnes of garbage from the route, which has reduced to 12 tonnes this year," said Harshadray Solanki, Director of Solid Waste Management, AMC. "Main difference is the reduction in the plastic waste. This year, of all the waste collected, only 500 kg was plastic," added Solanki. "The collected plastic has been sent to a private firm for recycling. ...
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Quit BJP or end pol ties with me: Shankersinh Vaghela tells son 15.7.2018 DNA: Top News
Former chief minister and veteran politician Shankersinh Vaghela warned his son Mahendrasinh to leave BJP soon else he would break all relations with Mahendrasinh. A two-time MLA from Bayad seat, Mahendrasinh joined BJP on Saturday morning in presence of Gujarat BJP chief and by afternoon, Shankersinh warned his son of the consequences during a press conference. Addressing the press at the Ahmedabad circuit house, Shankersinh said, “It was Mahendrasinh’s personal decision to join BJP and I was not informed about it at all. I do not endorse his decision. He should have taken his supporters in confidence before joining BJP and acted accordingly. I would advise him to know the opinion of his supporters within a week and leave BJP if they disagree, or else I will break all political relations with him. I stand by my own decision to not join BJP under any circumstances.” On Saturday morning, Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani announced Mahendrasinh’s decision to join BJP at a Youth Parliament programme near ...
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In Puri and Ahmedabad, devotees flock to be part of annual Jagannath Yatra 14.7.2018 DNA: Top News
The 141st Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath commenced this morning in Puri, Odisha and Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The Rath Yatra is taken out every year on Ashadhi Bij, the second day of Ashad month, as per the Hindu calendar. According to mythology, the Ratha Yatra dates back some 5,000 years when Hindu god Krishna, along with his older brother Balaram and sister Subhadra, were pulled on a chariot from Kurukshetra to Vrindavana by Krishna's devotees. Lakhs of devotees descended in Puri to accompany Lord Krishna and his siblings for a visit to their aunt at the Gundicha Temple. Here's a look at the processions that took place at two corners of India. Sections:  Slide Photos:  Devotees arrive to see the 141st Rath Yatra, in Puri on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (PTI Photo) Chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Goddess Subhadra during the final leg of preparation ahead of Rath Yatra festival, in Puri on Friday, July 13, 2018. (PTI Photo) Devotees throng around the icon of Balabhadra, brother of Jagannath, is ...
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Prudent Corporate Advisory Services offering minority stake to TA Associates 14.7.2018 Sify Finance
[India], July 14 (Businesswire-India): Prudent Corporate advisory Services Ltd ("Prudent"), a leading independent distributor of mutual fund and other wealth products, today announced that it has
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Government school teachers asked to teach weak students after school: Gujarat govt 14.7.2018 DNA: Money
To improve the level of education in the state, government school teachers have been asked to teach weak students after school hours. In addition, the government has also asked the heads of schools to involve senior people of villages and retired teachers in the education system. The officials are at present identifying weak students from schools across the state who need more attention. State education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama addressed District Education Officers, District Primary Education Officers, Block Resource Coordinators, Cluster Resource Coordinators, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation School Board officials and others on Friday at Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya auditorium where he asked all the teachers to take responsibility of such students. Addressing them, he said, "The work of making a road or a building can get over, but work of education is a never ending process. We need to focus on why in the state of Gujarat, a Gujarati child fails in Gujarati subject. Our Prime Minister has taken ...
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Gujarat: Nine districts wait for good rains 14.7.2018 DNA: Money
Heavy rainfall is being received at several places in south Gujarat and Saurashtra for the past few days, but rains continue to elude several districts. More than three weeks after monsoon arrived in the state, as many as nine districts are yet to receive even one-tenth of the season's average rainfall. Kutch, which received 417 mm average annual rainfall between 1988 and 2017, has received only 5 mm average rainfall this season as of Friday, ie just 1.30 per cent of the average. Four talukas in Kutch have recorded zero rainfall, according to a State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) report. Devbhumi Dwarka and Surendranagar districts of Saurashtra have received 2.3 per cent and 4.2 per cent of the average annual rainfall of the last 30 years so far. Ahmedabad district, where average annual rainfall over the past 30 years was 714 mm, has received 56 mm rain as of Friday. Ahmedabad city has recorded 91 mm rainfall, which is 11 per cent of the average 803 mm rainfall. The two north Gujarat districts of ...
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Jayanti Bhanushali resigns as Gujarat BJP vice-president 14.7.2018 DNA: Money
Gujarat BJP vice-president Jayanti Bhanushali resigned from the post in organisation after a police complaint was filed against him in Surat accusing him of rape. The complaint was filed by a Surat-based girl who claimed that the BJP leader allegedly physically exploited her and also shot a video to intimidate her. Bhanushali wrote to Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani on Thursday to remove him from the responsibility of vice-president until his name is cleared of the allegations. Vaghani accepted the resignation on Friday. As per the complaint, the 57-year-old leader has initially offered to help her in getting admission in a leading fashion institute in Ahmedabad. She also mentioned that Bhanushali treated her like daughter first, but then demanded physical relationship. He allegedly had been raping her since November last year. She also alleged that some acquaintance of Bhanushali shot the video of the act inside a car. "He also enticed me with promises to make me a BJP leader and then raped me couple of ...
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Gujarat: City gears up to receive Lord Jagannath 14.7.2018 DNA: Top News
As the Rath Yatra begins on Saturday in the Eastern parts of the city, the Gujarat State Police has left no stone unturned to make sure that it goes smoothly.  They have installed more than 250 cameras across the route of the procession. The cameras will be under constant monitoring from nine control rooms all over the city. Of these nine control rooms, seven will be the police stations that fall on the route like Shahpur, Kalupur, Karanj, Shaher kotda, Gaikwad Haveli , Madhavpura.  The CCTV footages will be broadcasted on the monitors inside these police stations to make sure there are no anti-social elements trying to disrupt. All these control rooms will be supervised by a Police Inspector each . Interestingly, there are already 15 CCTV cameras that each police station monitors.  Police officers told DNA, that they have identified several sensitive areas where the probability of chaos is higher. There are 99 such spots through the route. For these spots alone, there are 150 CCTVs.  These sensitive ...
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Rath Yatra 2018: Over 20,000 cops to be deployed to maintain security in Ahmedabad 14.7.2018 DNA: Top News
For the 141st Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, the Police department is all geared up and ready to roll. The procession is expected to stretch up to 1.5 km and cover around 15 km on road before returning to the Jagannath temple in Jamalpur. The symbolic ritual of cleaning the way for the raths will be done by state Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at the 400-year-old Jagannath temple. The yatra will have 18 elephants, 101 trucks, 30 Akhadas, 3 Rass Mandals, 18 Bhajan Mandals and three raths. Given the stress on security during the procession, the Police department has done all arrangements. Over 20,000 cops will be deployed in the bandobast to ensure that the yatra is peaceful. The deployment will have city commissioner AK Singh, three Special Commissioner, five IG and DIG-level officers, 31 Superintendents of Police, 88 Assistant Police Commissioners, 253 Police inspectors, 819 Sub-inspectors, 14270 Constables and 5400 home guards. Apart from that, 22 companies of SRP, 25 companies of Paramilitary force, one ...
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Gujarat: Aeronautical, automobile engineering loses sheen in colleges 13.7.2018 DNA: Top News
While the state government is exploring options to offer short-term diploma and certificate courses in the aviation sector from next year, the situation of admissions in aeronautical engineering seems gloomy. Colleges offering a course on aeronautical engineering are facing vacant seats after round 1 of admissions. While admission to regular engineering courses have also been quite gloomy with only 41,000 applications considered by the Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) for 67,000 seats, academicians were hopeful for more applications to specialised and niche courses such as aeronautical engineering which promises better opportunities for employment. After round 1 of admissions, aeronautical courses in various colleges witnessed vacant seats. At Adishwar College of Technology, nearly 80% of seats remained vacant followed by Bhagwan Arihant Institute of Technology with 63%, Silver Oak Institute of Technology with 60% and Parul Institute of Technology with 31% of seats vacant. As far as ...
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No road contracts, AMC to go solo 13.7.2018 DNA: Top News
Fearing the cartel of road contractors would disrupt work, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to have its own plants to mix road materials. The idea was mooted by a Standing Committee member during a meeting on Thursday. “During the meeting, one of the members proposed to set up our own hot mix plants, but since setting up the plant would take a long time, the AMC has decided to have these plants on contract,” said Standing Committee Chairman Amul Bhatt. “The civic body will give specifications to the contractors who would then supply material to the corporation, which will not hamper work.” According to Bhatt, the materials will be procured only in times of distress. “We will also support the contractors who may not be able to procure materials in time. Thus work won’t be disrupted.” Bhatt said that the AMC will begin road resurfacing from October 10, the first day of Navratri. A senior officer on condition of anonymity said: “Last year after a lot of hue and cry over the quality of ...
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Tax practitioners to discuss GST glitches at two-day nat'l conclave in Ahmedabad 13.7.2018 DNA: Top News
Close to 200 tax practitioners from about 26 states will deliberate on the burning issues of Goods and Services Tax (GST) during a two-day conclave to begin in Ahmedabad on Saturday, July 14. Issues related to simplification of GST will be discussed and findings will be submitted to GST Council which is meeting on July 21 to simplify things. This is the first ever, and the most widely represented meet of stakeholders at the grass-root to be held to review GST, which recently marked its first anniversary. "Returns, refunds and recommendations are the main things on our agenda. Participants from almost all the states in the country will share the issues they are facing. This will be a win-win proposition for the government, country's economy, businessmen and tax practitioners," said Axat Vyas, an organiser. Nigam Shah, former president of Gujarat Sales Tax Bar Association said even after one year of the roll-out of what is considered as the biggest ever indirect tax reforms in the country since ...
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