Avinash Nair

Profile

CAG picks holes in slum development projects in Gujarat
Wed, Aug 24, 2016

Launched by the Central government in 2005, the IHSDP was meant to provide houses with basic infrastructural facilities to slum dwellers living in small and medium towns.

43 per cent solar street lights non-functional in Gujarat, says CAG
Wed, Aug 24, 2016

In the 80 gram panchayats that CAG visited it found 43 percent of the solar street lighting systems non-functional due to “non-maintenance” and “lower specification of batteries”.

Gujarat: Solar co-operative at Dhundi village sells water instead of electricity
Sun, Aug 14, 2016

“For irrigating one bigha, we need about four hours and 20 units of solar power. If we switch off our irrigation pumps and supply the power to the grid we will earn about Rs 93." said Parvin Ali.

Gujarat: 20% jump in deaths due to sickle-cell anaemia
Tue, Aug 09, 2016

In a span of 12 months, there has been almost 20 percent rise in the number of deaths caused by sickle-cell anaemia in Gujarat.

Dayashankar Singh episode was BJP’s pre-planned conspiracy to stop me from visiting Una: Mayawati
Thu, Aug 04, 2016

"This was done intentionally, so that the attention of Dalits in the entire country gets shifted from the Una incident," said Mayawati.

Gujarat: First set of 76 plots allotted to ‘women’s-only’ industrial park at Sanand
Wed, Aug 03, 2016

"This park has been developed on a fast-track basis by Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel," said Trivedi.

Cost of luxury homes jumps 9 per cent in Ahmedabad, highest in country
Mon, Aug 01, 2016

During January-June 2016, the “luxurious” housing segment - priced Rs one crore and above - in Ahmedabad has seen a price rise of nine percent, which is the highest growth rate clocked in any of the top eight cities of the country.

Armed SRP battalion will now guard Gujarat ports
Sat, Jul 30, 2016

Currently, around 280 personnel of the Gujarat Industrial Security Force Society (GISFS) stand guard at nine non-major ports that fall under direct control of the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB), the state’s nodal agency for ports.

Brinda slams PM Modi for silence on Gujarat Dalit assault
Sun, Jul 24, 2016

“Skinning dead cattle is the traditional job of the Dalit community. However, in the name of gau raksha, atrocities have been committed on Dalits,” Brinda Karat said.

Gujarat Dalit protests: Three bastis, one united voice
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

The Indian Express visited three Dalit “bastis” across the state — in Ahmedabad, Surendranagar and Mehsana — to track the Una fallout.

Women constitute one-fourth of Honda Navi buyers
Wed, Jun 29, 2016

Stating that Navi has already sold over 10,000 units since its launch, 25 per cent being women, Guleria said, "It gives women a high of riding a bike. By August or mid-September, we will go pan-India for Navi."

Chinese company among four bidders for supplying coaches to Ahmedabad Metro
Sat, Jun 25, 2016

Bombardier, Alstom, South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem and China’s CRRC Corporation Ltd are the four companies who have bid to supply 96 metro coaches.

All set to use technology to secure border, says Rajnath
Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Pilot project in Gujarat too to lay a network of CCTV cameras, laser fences, radars

Gujarat smart cities: An ideal work-life balance by the Sabarmati
Sat, Jun 18, 2016

Gujarat International Finance Tec-City is slowly taking shape as plans are being drawn out for 25,000 smart homes which will attempt to create an ‘exclusive and secure zone’ with an ideal work-life balance

Surge by 300 per cent in allocation for Gujarat railways in 2 years, says Suresh Prabhu
Wed, Jun 08, 2016

Suresh Prabhu said while the UPA government laid 4.3 km new tracks every day, the number “almost doubled” to 7.8 km during the Modi rule.

Narendra Modi government gave us clean, riot-free India, says Ram Madhav
Wed, Jun 08, 2016

'Surveys have been conducted after the completion of two years (of Modi government) and people are saying that they want Modi as PM once again,' said Madhav.

‘Invite to PM to address US Congress a rare honour’
Thu, Jun 02, 2016

Modi, who was invited by US President Barack Obama for a bilateral visit when he went to the US in March, will be addressing a joint meeting of US Congress on June 7 and will later hold talks with the US President.

Bank NPAs in Gujarat cross Rs 25,000 crore mark
Fri, Jul 01, 2016

The latest report of the State Level Bankers' Committee (SLBC) released Thursday states the total advances of all banks in Gujarat stood at Rs 4.31 lakh crore at the end of March 2016.

US bullish on wooing Indian firms; SelectUSA summit likely to see big contingent this year
Tue, May 31, 2016

Indo-US bilateral trade currently stands at around $107 billion and both President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have targeted to take it to $500 billion.

Scary…need to know someone in govt to do business in India: US Governor Nikki Haley
Sat, May 28, 2016

The Indian-American politician’s comments come at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the US for a few days starting June 7.

Back Story: The story of GSPC, theme of the latest BJP-Congress joust in House and outside
Mon, May 16, 2016

In a report tabled in Gujarat Assembly in 2012, the CAG severely criticised GSPC’s operations in KG block, and said “numerous faulty investment and destructive administrative decisions” had led to a loss of Rs 7,000 crore to the company.

Maersk to send first two ships for recycling at Alang this month
Sat, May 14, 2016

Till now, the Maersk Group used to recycle its ships in limited number of yards in China and Turkey.

Solar Power: In Kheda village, farmer group makes hay while the sun shines
Sat, May 07, 2016

CM to present a formal letter of recognition to Dhundi Solar Urja Udpadak Sahkari Mandali in Anand on May 9

Gujarat: Green shoots visible again as more old ships beach at Alang
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Only 129 ships beached at Alang for recycling between April 2015 and December 2015, when the business witnessed one of the worst slumps. From January to March 2015, only 67 vessels had come to the yard.

Debal Deb, India’s rice warrior, finds rice species containing medicinal properties
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

A Fulbright scholar Deb spoke of several traditional rice varieties conserved by him that have high "nutraceutical value."

Maritime India Summit: Gujarat set to ink deals worth Rs 35,000 crore
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

Deals will also be signed for the development of a jetty at Porbandar and Okha on the western coast of the state for the Indian Coast Guard at the cost of Rs 100 crore.

Gujarat: EC begins drive to rectify electoral rolls
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

Panel to accept forms for enrolment, deletions and corrections on April 17.

Cartosat-2C to boost military surveillance capabilities
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, the Cartosat-2C — built at Space Applications Centre (SAC) in Ahmedabad — has been dispatched to ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) at Bengaluru after successful rounds of tests and evaluation.

Industries that went for expansion in last 4 yrs have been caught in a trough: Union Bank CMD
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

"Did we know four years ago that the economy will not do well? Please do not forget that banking is a reflection of the economy," said Arun Tiwari.

Congress demands JPC in KG basin as CAG picks other holes in Gujarat’s development
Wed, Apr 06, 2016

The latest CAG report on Gujarat has highlighted many such gaps in PSU projects in the states as well as development schemes, raising doubts about the 'Gujarat model'.

Panama Papers: Have already ordered probe, says Justice Shah
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

Shah said that while the documents looked authentic “prima facie,” the offshore companies needed to be probed to check if they were legal and set up as per RBI guidelines.

Jewellers struggle to continue strike, artisans give up and head home
Sat, Apr 02, 2016

In 2012, the union government had imposed a one per cent excise duty which it was forced to rollback after jewelers protested.

Rampant poaching at Nal Sarovar, no step taken to protect wetlands
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

As the bird sanctuary was spread over a large area, the CAG observed, the forest department should “use modern technology to curb poaching” because manual surveillance might not be enough.

Model bus ports: ‘Undue favours’ to pvt developers
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

The state government’s six “model bus ports” being built in Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Surat and Mehsana have been criticised by the CAG for providing “undue favours” to private developers involved in building these structures. “Transparent tender procedures require that conditions offered to the bidders at the time of bidding should not be subsequently changed at the […]

Surrender of 37 oil & gas blocks: GSPC rapped over its failure to assess risks
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

Apart from the surrendered blocks, GSPC had 27 blocks in hand, of which 11 were under exploration and development and 16 blocks were under production.

Hardlook: Bumps on Nano speedway in Gujarat
Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Patel’s and Rajput’s suspension triggered the suspension of 26 more employees on February 22 after they came out in support for the reinstatement of the two.