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Sanjaynagar slum rehabilitation: VMC puts off demolition drive‘for a day’
Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Parmar and Chauhan claim that they have been under “immense pressure” for the last seven months as alleged “dealers” have been forcing them to evacuate the plots

Kathleen Rice joins India Caucus
Sun, Feb 07, 2016

The membership enrollment drive is an attempt to correct the diminishing numbers that the Caucus has seen over the last few years, going down to 110 Congressmen from 186.

Ganesh Devy: Diminishing understanding between societies… I am trying to bridge divide
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

The Padma Shri winner and literary activist explains the writers’ movement he is trying to project as a bridge between societies

In Vadodara rail goods yard, tribals scavenge spilt grain
Sun, Jan 31, 2016

Kavita Desai, project director of the urban community development programme of the municipal corporation, said, “We are following the BPL list from 2000.”

Over 500 literary writers, thinkers launch ‘Sarva Bhasha Samvad’ conclave in Gujarat
Sun, Jan 31, 2016

The event was attended by family members of murdered rationalists Govind Pansare, M M Kalburgi and Narendra Dabholkar.

In Vadodara, several anganwadis fall into disrepair, tell stories of ‘neglect’
Thu, Jan 28, 2016

The anganwadi workers say they are admonished for speaking up against the lack of amenities.

Poor infra, delay in modernisation hit Vadodara’s best civic hospital
Wed, Jan 20, 2016

The 1,500-bedded SSG hospital and medical college, which is supposed to provide medical facilities in various specialized areas is witnessing its infrastructure falling apart, aside from the state government’s delay in procurement of modern equipment sanctioned for the hospital since 2012.

Sanjaynagar redevelopment: Developer puts up site map for rehabilitation of 771 families, VMC says no approval yet
Wed, Jan 13, 2016

On Tuesday, a sitemap of the proposed Sanjaynagar redevelopment under the Mukhyamantri Gruh Yojana (MGY) scheme, indicated the 4.27 lakh sq feet of land will house 22 MGY towers, nine luxurious towers and a mall overlooking the Mangal Pandey Road.

Redevelopment of Vadodara slum: Developer announces mall, luxury homes at site without govt nod
Fri, Jan 08, 2016

VMC claims to be unaware of builder’s commercial project; row also over retention wall construction

Election code put brake on selection of MSU V-C: Panel
Sat, Jan 02, 2016

Professor KC Upadhyay, who is also the former vice-chancellor of MSU and heading the three-member search committee formed in July, said the process is time consuming as ‘the most suitable’ candidate must be chosen for the post.

Municipal corporation elections: More women in fray, fewer women voted
Sun, Dec 13, 2015

As per election branch data, the maximum women voters turnout in Surat district was seen in Ward No 29 (Vadod Unn), ie. 50.80 percent. Sources said the Muslim community votes were divided in different wards due to delimitation.

Local polls: Among those elected, wives, sisters, sons, daughters of party workers
Sun, Dec 13, 2015

The Gujarat government amended the Gujarat Local Authorities Act to introduce 50 per cent reservation for women, opening up posts for them across all tiers of local government.

Families, Made in India
Sun, Dec 13, 2015

Stories of five couples who travelled to India and took the surrogacy route to become parents.

Hooch tragedy: ‘My father was teetotaler’, ‘We don’t drink’, ‘No one distributed alcohol’…
Mon, Dec 07, 2015

Villagers deny knowledge of alcohol consumption; police say no cooperation due to prohibition law.

Hooch deaths: Local BJP leader among seven held
Sun, Dec 06, 2015

Mahesh Khant, Raisinh Khant and Satish Solanki — were arrested on charges of culpable homicide.

Gujarat election result 2015: Cong terms its performance as ‘verdict against BJP govt’
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

Gujarat civic election results 2015: Counting of votes for the crucial local bodies polls in Gujarat, a litmus test for the ruling BJP against the backdrop of Patel quota agitation, is under way.

In Vadodara, 30-yr-old pacer sells chaat to make ends meet
Sun, Nov 29, 2015

Imran Sheikh led the team in Asia Cup T20 tournament.

Onus of administration of dissent on govt: former RS member
Sun, Nov 29, 2015

The government must in fact be responsive to dissent to allay the raging debate on ‘intolerance.’

Gujarat Panchayat polls: Women candidates step out to campaign, in the shadow of men in family
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

Women candidates shadow walking their men folk remains a common sight during election campaign

Municipal Corporation elections: Reading Turnout- Patidars, minorities turned up in big numbers
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

Surat the only city where the Patel turnout was significantly low; polling by female voters remained generally high.

Koyali taluka panchayat: Upset, ex-MLA ‘makes’ Cong, BJP candidates withdraw from polls
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

The BJP leaders of Vadodara district are blaming Gohil, who resigned from the party earlier this month, citing “malpractices” in ticket distribution, for the fall of the taluka seat.

Gujarat civic polls: Missing names dampen voters’ spirit
Mon, Nov 23, 2015

Many of the voters who found their names “deleted” said they had cast their votes last year, in the Lok Sabha elections.

Gujarat civic polls: Out of 1,856 candidates in the fray, 374 independents, many Patidars
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

Many Patidar candidates in Surat and Vadodara have picked rolling pin and flourboard as their symbol.

A Muslim campaigner for the BJP who’s doing it all just for ‘business’ in Vadodara
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

For Memon, the campaign is “pure business”. He says, “I am not campaigning for the BJP or any other party. I am only the service provider for a client that wants to use LED advertising.”

For lack of a loo
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

He gave an affidavit promising to build a toilet soon but said election officials did not yield. His BJP rival, Rakesh Patel, vice sarpanch of Ajrai village, has been declared the winner of this election, unopposed.

Lalji Patel in Vadodara: Don’t let lotus bloom
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Patidar leader says mood of the state against BJP.

Diwali break hits printing of voter slips, parties fret
Tue, Nov 10, 2015

SEC is non-committal about printing the voting slips as rules do not make it mandatory on the SEC to print the slips for local body polls.

Vadodara Municipal Corporation polls: No Muslim in BJP list, Congress fields only 5
Sat, Nov 07, 2015

The BJP has fielded 59 new faces among the 76 candidates in Vadodara four of who were sitting Corporators for 2010-2015, as well as the Standing Committee Chairman Dr. Hitendra Patel.

Congress to field ‘a sweet number’ of Patels in Vadodara civic elections
Mon, Oct 26, 2015

Although party leaders say the appointment is not in line with the Patidar agitation, with a Patel at the helm of the city unit, voter equations are being recalculated

Peace meetings before Dussehra, Muharram processions
Thu, Oct 22, 2015

The police have booked as many as 15 cases of violation against tazia and garba organisers.

Tension in Vadodara amid Navratri festivities and Muharram tazias
Mon, Oct 19, 2015

The incident occurred shortly before midnight Saturday when a tazia procession crossed Mandvi to head towards Fatehpura.

OBC leader Thakor warns of Naxal-like movement, says Patidars disrupting Ind vs SA cricket “unwise”
Thu, Oct 15, 2015

Several members of the OBC community gathered in Narmada to meet Thakor, who has been threatening a stir to counter the Patel community's OBC reservation agitation.

On the Other Side of the Rainbow
Sun, Oct 11, 2015

For Manvendrasinh Gohil, Baroda’s openly gay prince, a Gujarati film, Meghdhanushya, about a gay man, is a cause worth fighting for.

Vadodara court remands Maria Susairaj to 4-day police custody
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

Clad in a military green sleeveless top, navy blue sweatshirt and denims, Maria appeared unfazed as she walked into the Vadodara court, escorted by women constables and officers of the Vadodara Crime Branch on Friday evening.

Garba celebrations: After Gujarat High Court rap, VMC plans ‘religious’ tag for Navratri hoardings
Tue, Oct 06, 2015

In July, the VMC had covered up at least 800 hoardings across the city, after a rap on the knuckles by the HC.

Vadodara low-cost sanitary napkin model to be replicated in Jordan refugee camps
Fri, Oct 02, 2015

Syrian women in refugee camps currently use unwashed rags for sanitary protection.