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Gujarat poll dates delayed, sops and relief flood Banaskantha
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Patan District Collector Anand Patel told The Sunday Express that “100 percent of relief and rehabilitation” work in the district has been completed.

Gender skew in Gujarat electoral rolls: The younger the voters, the fewer the women
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Women are outnumbered by men at all ages under 60, match them in the age group 60-69, and outnumber them in the senior age groups.

Poll-bound Gujarat to set up 16 industrial estates with an investment of Rs 19,650 crore
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

The Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation estates will aim to create over a lakh new jobs in a state that goes to polls in December

Will compare VVPAT paper slips in one polling station of all 182 assembly constituencies: CEC on Gujarat polls
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

The EC has allocated 76232 VVPATs for the Gujarat polls. Of these, 45000 VVPATs are brand new and will be supplied by the two public sector firms that manufacture these devices. Gujarat is yet to receive 4000 of these VVPATs.

Gujarat polls to be held in December, says CEC AK Joti
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

When asked if the polls will be held in two phases, AK Joti said, "We are yet to decide on that. We will inform you later."

Day after GST relief: Have brought in early Diwali, says PM Modi
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

“There is an atmosphere of Diwali around after the GST Council took important decisions yesterday,” Modi said at Dwarka, where he prayed at the famous Dwarkadhish temple.

Election countdown begins, CEC-led team in Gujarat tomorrow
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

Meetings are also scheduled with income tax officials, prohibition commissioner, RBI officials and representatives of leading banks, apart from nodal officers for election expenditure management.

Election countdown begins, CEC-led team in Gujarat tomorrow
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

According to sources, different aspects of poll management like electoral rolls, district management plan, polling stations, paid news, use of social media, etc will be discussed.

Day after GST relief: Have brought in early Diwali, says PM Modi
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Interestingly, Modi’s itinerary in Gujarat on Saturday was almost same as that of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who began his recent three-day roadshow after paying homage at the Dwarkadhish temple, travelled across Jamnagar and Morbi districts in a bus and then halted at Chotila town for a darshan of goddess Chamunda.

11-member team headed by CEC AK Joti on two-day visit to poll-bound Gujarat
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

According to official sources the EC team will largely be assessing the poll preparedness in Gujarat where over 76232 VVPATs have been allocated to be used for the first time to conduct polls in over 50100 polling booths.

Country’s first marine police training institute to be set up at Dev Bhoomi Dwarka: PM Modi
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Modi said, "The country's first and biggest institute that will be train marine police from across the country will be set up at Dev Bhoomi Dwarka. It will be set up near Modak."

Okha-Beyt Dwarka ferry service: Boat owners fear job loss with new bridge
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Though Beyt Dwarka is famous for the Dwarkadhish temple, 90 per cent of the 10,000-odd inhabitants are Muslims who are dependent on either fishing or the 150-odd passenger boats.

Gujarat Assembly Election: EC begins drive on VVPATs
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Gujarat will only be second state to use VVPATs in all its Assembly constituencies after Goa, where the device was used in all the 40 constituencies earlier this year

Gujarat: LPG scheme launched from Patidar village
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Members of the Patidar community, who donated more than Rs 9.2 crore for building various infrastructure facilities in the village like hospital, concrete internal roads, toilets, park and temple were felicitated at the event.

35 per cent LPG connections under PMUY lying dormant in Gujarat
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

Officials told The Indian Express that unaffordablility, partial usage and greater dependence on kerosene and firewood/biomass as a cooking fuel were some of the factors that were acting as major deterrents for BPL families in Gujarat and other states from shifting to LPG.

‘Govt to bring in standards for chemical products’
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

In order to stop imports of sub-standard chemicals in India, the Centre is working on bringing in standards for chemical products.

Dahej to house country’s first Central Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology: Ananth Kumar
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Just like Wimbeldon is for tennis and Lords is for cricket, Dahej is the "kaashi" of chemical and petrochemical industry, the Union minister said at India Chem Gujarat 2017 held at Mahatma Mandir

Gujarat Assembly elections: EC to set up 50,100 booths for over 4.33 crore voters
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

The Election Commission has already carried out physical verification of locations of all the existing and new polling booths to find out if voters have to cross canals, rivers or ravines to reach the booth.

Jump in women voters helps narrow gender gap
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

With the Election Commission stressing on enrolling women voters, 25,56,000 women have been enrolled in the voters’ list in the last five years. This is more than 23,85,000 men voters added in the same period.

EC to set up all-women polling stations in 182 constituencies of Gujarat
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

At all 182 pink booths — which will be among 48,000 polling stations across the state — all those in charge of conducting elections like presiding officer, three polling officers, micro observers and security personnel will be women.

50,000 ex-servicemen given new jobs every year: DGR
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

Major General Singh said, “Every year we have been placing 40,000-45,000 people in security agencies. This is on a contract for one year,” while the rest of the placements happen in the private sector, state and central governments.

State Level Banker’s Committee report: In 3 yrs, NPAs in Gujarat more than double; cross Rs 35K crore
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

According to bankers, the poor performance of textiles, steel, cement and infrastructure sectors in Gujarat have contributed to the NPAs. “In the corporate sector the NPAs in Gujarat are more than eight percent,” Khichi remarked.

Banks in Gujarat have enrolled 10.67 lakh farmers under PMFBY
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

This is about one-fourth of the total cultivable area of 99 lakh hectares. A premium of Rs 365 crore have so far been collected from farmers enrolled under PMFBY and the sum insured is Rs 11,000 crore. 

Non-Performing Assets in Gujarat rise 2.5 times; cross Rs 35,000 crore mark
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

The quantum of bad loans registered in Gujarat have increased by 2.5 times. At the end of June 2017, the gross Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) of all the banks crossed the Rs 35,000 crore-mark, which is more than double the numbers registered in June 2014.

50,000 ex-servicemen given new jobs every year, says DGR Major General Jagatbir Singh
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

When asked about the details of the ex-servicemen requiring jobs across the country, Major General Singh said, "We do not have a database of ex-servicemen requiring jobs. That is our biggest challenge. Right now the database is maintained in the three wings of the armed forces."

Shinzo Abe in Gujarat: ‘A strong India is in interest of Japan’
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Shinzo Abe said the "Ja" of Japan and the "I" of India together makes "Jai" which stands for victory.

To curb illegal mining, Gujarat govt to create GIS maps of 7,000 mines
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

The vehicle tracking and management system will make it mandatory for an estimated 18,000 vehicles transporting minerals to get themselves registered. To keep an eye on mining activities, seven IT-enabled check posts have been set up on routes with maximum traffic

Ahmedabad metro project: Japan firm wins bid to supply rail tracks
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

“Mitsui has been selected from a group of five bidders which included Voestalpine, Jindal Steel, British Steel, East Metals,” said IP Gautam, managing director of Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) Company Ltd.

No difference between ‘AmitShahi’ and ‘Taanashahi’: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

Ramesh told the audience that he had recently written a book on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her love for the environment, but he personally felt that the decision to impose the Emergency by Mrs Gandhi was a wrong move.

Illegal mining: Gujarat govt to create GIS maps for 7000-odd mines & launch VTMS
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Gujarat government to create command and control centre at Gandhinagar, tighten rules by doubling penalties and registering end-users. There are over 7719 existing mining leases that cover a total area of 1,96,024 square kilometers in Gujarat.

Ram’s arrows were like ISRO’s missiles, says Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

As the audience applauded, Rupani referred to more anecdotes from Ramayan. He said: “When Laxman fell unconscious in the battle, experts knew that there was a herb in the North which could cure him — research was available then.

Ahmedabad metro set to miss October deadline
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

In 2011, former IAS officer Sanjay Gupta took over the project and around Rs 400 crore was spent on land redevelopment at Sabarmati. A fresh DPR was passed in November 2014.

Project report sent to centre: Cost of Surat metro pegged at Rs 15,000 crore
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

“The (Surat city metro rail) project is being constructed on the same model as that of Ahmedabad metro rail... We are expecting to begin work on this project in 2018,” said a senior official linked to the project.

To curb illegal sand mining, govt opts for drones
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

According to Singh, the government will not buy any drones for the project, but will hire firms that can provide drone surveillance services. The drones are expected to be in place in the next three weeks.

IIM-Ahmedabad receives fresh wave of Rs 15.5 crore restoration fund
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Of the estimated five lakh square feet of restoration works that we are looking at, IIM-Ahmedabad officials say that they have received funding for 1.5 lakh square feet which is almost one-third of the requirement

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.