Avinash Nair


Auction of three limestone mines fetches Rs 16,201 crore; Gujarat govt to auction 9 more mines
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

The bids were won by Adani Cementation Ltd, JSW Cement Ltd and Shree Cement Ltd. They together will pay Rs 324 crore annually to the state government for 50 years, which is the estimated age of the mines.

Gujarat e-auctions three limestone mines for whopping Rs 16,201 crore
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

The three mines put together have a total reserve of 751 million tonne of limestone that are expected to last for 50 years.

Gujarat sees 53 per cent jump in illegal mining in four years
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Between April 2013-March 2017, as many as 25,987 cases of illegal mining were registered across Gujarat, according to data furnished by Piyush Goyal, MoS (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, in a written reply in Lok Sabha earlier this month.

Gujarat sets up 1555-hectare ‘Japanese Industrial Park’ ahead of Shinzo Abe visit
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

The current Japanese investment in Gujarat is close of USD one billion and is expected to reach USD three billion by 2020. There are over 80 Japanese companies in the state including the likes of Maruti Suzuki and others, say state government officials.

To boost jobs, Gujarat govt to give Rs 730 crore to MSMEs
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

The 16,000 MSMEs are expected to make a cumulative investment of Rs 19,000 crore for which they have sought Rs 11,000 crore loans from various banks between April and July. The aid has come at a time when the number of sick MSMEs has been rising.

Banaskantha: Tradition skews gender ratio in voter list
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

In a district where a sizeable section of women still observe purdah, fewer women enlist in the voter list. Most of the women are restricted to household chores, and exposure to the outside world is limited to their farmland.

EVMs from ECIL to be used in 8 districts: EVMs from UP to be used in Surat
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

In the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections, the Election Commission will deploy EVMs with VVPATs or paper trail devices procured from Hyderabad-based Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) in eight of the 33 districts of Gujarat.

Gujarat floods: How the deluge crippled the state
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Concentrated to a few districts and for a few days, the downpour wreaked havoc in Gujarat. Aggravating the situation were overflowing dams and a breach in the Narmada canal. Indian Express revisits the week of flood fury to understand and explain why and how the rain turned into a nemesis

Coast Guard intercepts Panama vessel carrying Rs 3500 Cr worth narcotics off Gujarat coast
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

This is the largest single haul of narcotics seized till date. Based on intelligence inputs, the vessel was intercepted at around 12.00 hrs on July 29, 2017.

Petrochemicals a commodity of poor: Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

The current petrochemicals market in India is estimated to be about 30 million metric tonnes per annum. This market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 1.5 times that of the GDP in the next 10 years, speakers at the conclave said.

Agriculture minister to assess Kharif crop damage
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare minister Radha Mohan Singh on Saturday is expected to visit Banaskantha and Patan districts where a sizable amount of Kharif crop, sown over six lakh hectare, has been destroyed in flood. He is scheduled to hold a meeting with both the collectors.

Gujarat polls: EVMs, VVPATs to come from 11 states, 2 PSUs
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Election commission has started gearing for the upcoming Gujarat Polls and is procuring EVMs and VVPATs. A total of 70,000 VVPAT devices are being called in from 11 states and two public sector units-BEL and ECIL to be used in all 182 constituencies.

Days before launch, Rs 10 meal scheme for workers a hit in Ahmedabad
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

This temporary food stall, along with 83 others across the state, is part of a new initiative of the Gujarat government, Shramik Annapurna Yojana, under which meal is offered to construction workers once a day for Rs 10 only.

Airbus eyes Dholera and Mundra as Panther helicopter manufacturing base
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

"We are currently collaborating with the state (government) to develop an aerospace ecosystem at Dholera," said Ashish Saraf,

Cost of air travel in India is Rs 5 per km, equivalent to auto-fares: Jayant Sinha
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

"The demand for aviation in India is literally, going through the roof. The reason is aviation in India has hit rail parity... The price of flying now is equal to price of travelling in air-conditioned coaches of Indian Railways," said Jayant Sinha.

Amarnath Yatra terror attack: ‘They were crying, shouting, but I drove fast,’ says driver Salim Shaikh
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

"But I will think twice before going to Amarnath again. I am afraid, and I don’t think my wife and children will allow me to go there again,” said Shaikh, who hails from Jalgaon in Maharashtra and moved to Valsad at a young age.

Achal Kumar Joti to be next CEC; a thorough pro, say officers
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

The 1975-batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre spent a significant part of his career in the state, and officers here fondly remember him for his contributions to e-governance projects.

GIS technology: EC to roll out digital maps of all 182 Assembly seats
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

“The maps, which are being prepared with the help of Gandhinagar-based Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-Informatics, are mainly Assembly profiles in digital format that could be used for election management,” said B B Swain, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Gujarat

I wish my father was around: Presidential candidate Meira Kumar
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

In her interaction with mediapersons, Meira Kumar emphasised that unlike her political opposition which represented "narrow-mindedness", she stood for inclusiveness, openness, love and respect.

My fight is based on Gandhiji’s principles: Meira Kumar at Sabarmati Ashram
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Earlier, Congress leaders Bharatsinh Solanki and Shankersinh Vaghela accompanied Kumar to the Ashram. Later in the day, she will be meeting Congress leaders at the party headquarters. After meeting the Congress MLAs, she will interact with the media in the afternoon.

Strike against GST: Textile markets wear deserted look
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

The textile markets that usually throb with people and remain abuzz with activity wear a complete deserted look on Wednesday — the second day of the three-day GST strike called by textile traders. Shutters have been pulled down and packets containing stocks lie outside.

EC comic on poll process draws out lone voter in Gir forest, other tales
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Lawtoons is a unique project...This compilation contains stories from the length and breadth of India and has attempted to give a glimpse of what makes the Indian elections so unique” - Nasim Zaidi (Chief Election Commissioner)

To counter OBOR, India and Japan propose Asia-Africa sea corridor
Wed, May 31, 2017

The two governments hope that the project would be cheaper option and have a smaller carbon footprint when compared to China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative.

India-Japan joint vision document: ‘A free Indo-Pacific region for Asia, Africa’
Thu, May 25, 2017

The idea is to transform the region into a growth corridor: Japan's Minister of State for Finance

To boost Internet speed, ISRO to launch 3 GSATs in next 18 months
Thu, May 18, 2017

These launches will not only revolutionise the way we use television and smartphones, but also drive the future communication needs of smart cities.

ISRO’s GSAT-trio to usher in high-speed internet era
Wed, May 17, 2017

These launches will not only revolutionise the way we use televisions and smart-phones, but will also drive the future communication needs of smart cities.

ISRO to help Adani Group maximise solar power production
Wed, May 17, 2017

The company is currently using data from foreign satellites to manage their solar power parks.

With selection of real estate authority delayed, Gujarat govt to set up interim body
Wed, May 17, 2017

“This has been done well within the provisions of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act,” the official added.

Sanand unit clocks just 2.56 lakh Nanos in 7 years
Mon, May 15, 2017

Over eight years have passed since Tata Motors shifted its Nano plant from Singur in West Bengal to Sanand, Gujarat. Between 2010-16, the car manufacturing unit has produced a little more than 2.56 lakh cars. Survival for the ‘people’s car’ seems an uphill task, with only 167 Nanos rolling out of the facility this April. […]

Drastic fall in sale of state’s surplus power
Thu, May 11, 2017

In 2012, Gujarat had sold 4,573 million units of its surplus power to different states and power exchanges at an average rate of Rs 3.88 per unit.

After RERA notice, developers seek regulator and portal
Sat, May 06, 2017

“Most developers agreed that the implementation of the RERA will lead to a 15-20 per cent increase in the cost of real estate,” said Dipak Patel, president of GIHED.

Gujarat: Only 4 per cent growth, Alang shipbreaking business continues to languish
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

“Compared to last year, the business in Alang is looking up. Currently, of the total 161 plots about 100 of them have ships and are functional,” said Captain Sudhir Chadha.

Gujarat: 160 per cent jump in villages getting drinking water through tankers
Fri, Apr 14, 2017

During 2011-12, there were just 427 villages in Gujarat where water tankers provided drinking water. By 2015-16, the number of such villages more than doubled to 1,137.

PM’s ‘Give it Up’ campaign: Over 4,700 customers in Gujarat reclaim LPG subsidy
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

National figure is 1.12 lakh with Maharashtra, UP and Rajasthan topping the chart

Over 13.95 lakh new jobs in Gujarat since July 2011
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Govt jobs form a mere 7% of the total jobs created between 2011and 2016, states data from labour dept.

Gujarat: Locals form 92 per cent of private sector workforce
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

Presence of locals in Gujarat govt units is 98.93%, while in central firms it is 68%