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Vadodara: Rental aid by VMC pending, Kalyannagar families must pay up or go back to street
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

A former official of the VMC affordable housing department said that the total rent disbursed to the families until September 2016 was Rs 15 lakh per month.

‘No tree will be cut’: Five questions from Vinod Rao, Vadodara Municipal Commissioner
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Not a single banyan tree will be cut in the process of opening of road line... If there are any tree are in the middle of the widened road, we will try to transplant it.

Hardlook: Vadodara Green Cover- Cloud over the banyan canopy
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Two major roads in Vadodara, R C Dutt and Jail Roads, are in the process of expansion. Standing in the way are age-old Banyans, symbolic to the city which gets its name from these trees. Will the trees have to go?

Indian-foreign students clash at Parul University: Management steps in to broker truce
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Nine students from Afghanistan and African nations were remanded in judicial custody for alleged rioting Wednesday, following Sunday’s clash at the hostel.

By aligning with Shiv Sena, Hardik evaluates if Uddhav Thackeray can hit the BJP hard
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

The problem for Hardik is that all his options have limitations. By aligning with the Shiv Sena, Hardik is evaluating if Sena can garner enough Hindu votes in Gujarat to hit the BJP hard.

Chhota Udepur: Bumper crop leaves tomato farmers with little earnings
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

Many farmers in the district have simply discarded their crops for lack of takers.

We must follow our intuition, Nobel Laureate tells students in Gujarat
Fri, Jan 13, 2017

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan ‘Venki’ spent a day in his home city, interacting with old friends and taking a stroll at his alma mater, Convent of Jesus and Mary

Hardlook: Law and behold
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

Days after the Gujarat government cleared an ordinance to toughen the prohibition law – proposing a ten-year imprisonment for possession of alcohol – the talking point has been a raid conducted by the Vadodara rural police at the privately-owned Akhand farmhouse in Sevasi, where prominent personalities were attending a pre-wedding party organised by two reputed […]

143 guests test positive for alcohol consumption, to be booked: Police
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

Days after a pre-wedding party was raided in Vadodara, investigations by the police carried out on all those who were detained at the party have shown that at least 143 guests tested positive for alcohol consumption.

Jan Dhan deposits swell in Gujarat, numbers go down
Mon, Nov 28, 2016

The zero-balance Jan Dhan accounts in Gujarat have reduced by 30,909 until November 23 (from 19,26,793 on November 9 to 18,95,884 on November 23).

Anger over cash crunch: Worried Gujarat BJP reaches out to people
Fri, Nov 25, 2016

Rupani had spoken about how the party “was not afraid of situations, but found solutions”, and that the BJP was not a party of “despair” but of “systems”.

Cash crunch: Realtors stare at delayed PPP projects, heavy losses
Thu, Nov 24, 2016

The delay has also meant additional financial burden of disbursing rental allowances to beneficiaries for a longer time.

To get rid of old notes, firms in Gujarat pay salaries up to 6 months
Thu, Nov 24, 2016

Like Baria, Rajesh Parmar, works as office assistant at a firm in the the city, was asked to accept advance salary until March 31 in cash, amounting to Rs 45,000.

Over 4,500 soldiers killed along LoC in Pak firing since 2001: Army
Sat, Nov 05, 2016

Army's response to RTI filed by Pankaj Darve revealed that post Kargil conflict, as many as 4,675 soldiers have lost their lives along the LoC in ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

On Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s anniversary, here is a status check of the Statue of Unity
Mon, Oct 31, 2016

Each of the three CMs of Gujarat since its foundation have laid a foundation stone for a part of the project -- Statue of Unity.

‘Conditional’ nod to controversial mall in Gujarat
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

In January this year, the project ran into controversy after the VMC began a process to procure land for widening the existing 18-metre road along the plot, mandatory for the construction of a mall.

Vadodara: Gangster Mukesh Harjani shot dead by unidentified assailants
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Vadodara's gangster Mukesh Harjani was one of the most wanted criminals in Gujarat.

A burns patient in 2002, Best Bakery survivor now guides patients to their wards
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

The scars linger, but Ishrat has decided to face her fears by returning to the hospital to serve the patients in her own small way.

Ahead of PM Modi’s visit, Vadodara civic body puts up hoardings hailing ‘56-inch chest’
Thu, Oct 20, 2016

They also ascribed various attributes to Modi as “observer, efficient, arduous, competent leadership, ambitious, intellectual, technocrat and visonary”.

Months after CAG rap, govt in no hurry to get its act together
Sun, Oct 09, 2016

The CAG had said that the park had the potential be a UNESCO World Heritage site, attracting tourists from world over.

PM Modi, CM Vijay Rupani feature on hoardings for mall that awaits VMC nod
Tue, Oct 04, 2016

VMC says permission given to hoardings under ‘religious’ head, didn’t check contents; realtor argues banners put up to promote Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Scrap iron collected from farmers used in the Statue of Unity, says CM Vijay Rupani
Fri, Sep 30, 2016

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who visited the Statue of Unity project on Thursday ahead of Garib Kalyan Mela in Rajpipla, said iron extracted from the scrap has been used “symbolically” in the statue.

Gujarat Congress to poll aspirants: Furnish testimonies from voters for tickets
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

In Vadodara, September 30 is the deadline to file applications for candidature and so far, 15 leaders have sent their requests to the GPCC, staking claim to five Assembly constituencies.

Sulemani Chawl plot: VMC allows garba, declines Muslims’ request for tazias
Fri, Sep 23, 2016

VMC officials said the request for allowing the plot for garba came first (on Monday), while the Muslims sought the ground for tazia on Thursday.

At mega electrical expo in Gujarat, only veg food, no alcohol for foreign participants
Fri, Sep 16, 2016

The decision was taken days after foreign delegations planning to attend the event had enquired about availability of non-vegetarian dishes, especially beef, and alcohol.

Smart classes help ‘transform education’ in VMC schools
Mon, Sep 05, 2016

Teachers say that unlike text-book reading, an interactive digital board works well to keep the attention of the students.

Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016: Money, jobs frame another side of debate
Sat, Aug 27, 2016

The Surrogacy Bill, bars married couples who have biological or adopted children, single people, live-in partners and homosexuals from opting for surrogacy.

Surrogacy Ground Zero: Money, jobs frame another side of debate
Fri, Aug 26, 2016

The proposed Bill bars married couples who have biological or adopted children, single people, live-in partners and homosexuals from opting for surrogacy.

Gujarat Dalit outcry: If there was a broom strike…
Mon, Aug 15, 2016

Several Dalit outfits had appealed to community members to stop disposing of animal carcasses and clearing garbage to protest flogging of Dalits in Una by ‘gau rakshaks’.

Hunt on for Gujarat kidney racket kingpin: Officers face probe for ‘lapse’
Fri, Aug 12, 2016

According to police, the officers were taking turns to keep watch on Raut and the officer doing so dozed off when Ajmer station was approaching.

Hoarding refers to Saurabh Patel as an ‘outsider’, hails ‘insider’ minister
Wed, Aug 10, 2016

If the split in the BJP was not already evident enough, Tuesday’s hoarding put up across the city by former VMC Standing Committee chairman and BJP leader Vijay Shah drove the point home.

In Bharuch, a family with links to Zakir Naik’s South African mentor
Wed, Aug 10, 2016

A village in Gujarat’s Surat district has hit the spotlight for being the birthplace of late Sheikh Ahmed Deedat, the mentor of Zakir Naik.

How gau rakshaks across party lines get Gujarat government rewards
Sun, Aug 07, 2016

It was under Narendra Modi as chief minister, in 2011, that the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act, 1954, got more teeth.

Kidney racket ‘kingpin’ lands in Anand police net
Sun, Jul 31, 2016

The Anand police, guarded about Raut’s arrest, are now hoping that the court will cancel his bail in the previous conviction.

No water supply and electricity for Muslim families in Vadodara
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

On May 31, the VMC had demolished 318 homes in the Muslim-populated Sulemani Chawl as part of “Slum free Vadodara” project and started working on resettling them in Kapurai area on Dabhoi Road, where upper caste Hindus reside.

Hardik turns 23, away from family but among fans
Sun, Jul 24, 2016

Hardik said that the BJP tried to break his morale by putting him in prison, but he sought strength from reading “inspirational stories” of Nelson Mandela.