Avinash Nair


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%

Sardar Sarovar Narmada project: SSNNL reports Rs 973 crore net loss
Thu, Apr 06, 2017

SSNNL was set up by the government of Gujarat to execute, operate and maintain the Sardar Sarovar Project comprising dam, canal system emanating from the reservoir and the power house

Gujarat Information Commission: RTI applications being under-reported
Tue, Apr 04, 2017

The GIC also penalised public information officers in 68 cases (appeals and complaints) for violating the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

Gujarat govt cautioned against ‘undue benefits’ to private firms in port constructions
Sun, Apr 02, 2017

The CAG observed that between August 2012 and March 2015, the Gujarat government had “extended an undue benefit of approximately Rs 182 crore to seven captive jetty holders by reducing the wharfage rates

CAG reports: Education and health spending dropped 11 per cent
Sun, Apr 02, 2017

However, during the same period, the state government spent 5 per cent more on providing economic services like power, irrigation and agriculture.

Gujarat: GSPC’s KG-basin well comes under scrutiny
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

The CAG pulled up GSPC for an expenditure of Rs 478 crore that has been lying idle in an project.

Gujarat: At least 9 slaughter houses running without licence
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

The CAG also found that food business operators engaged in manufacturing and processing of food in Gujarat “were running business without obtaining registration or licences”.

Maternal mortality on the rise in Gujarat
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

The CAG also found shortcomings in storage of drugs, availability of blood, supply of free diet and diagnostic facilities being provided under the JSSK scheme.

Gujarat govt reins in schools; new Bill caps school fees within Rs 15-27K bracket
Fri, Mar 31, 2017

Gujarat education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said "Education is a service and not a business."

Century-old land law amended, 7.5 lakh homes likely to benefit
Fri, Mar 31, 2017

The 1879 law provides for creation, updation and preservation of record of rights in respect of land revenue and register of mutations.

Demand for electricity record high
Wed, Mar 29, 2017

On Tuesday, the peak demand for power rose further to 14974 MW at 2:48 pm.

BJP ally sees signs of early polls, set to go solo in state
Wed, Mar 29, 2017

The state polls will be held in May-end or early June.