State health department officials appear to be embarrassed by the high number of cases of dengue being reported in Gujarat and seem to have resorted to comparing weekly percentage change to soften the blow. A press note from the state government mentioning a “35% decline in dengue cases”, came without the mention of the base number or period of comparison. The department remains hesitant to share exact numbers, saying, “When we give numbers, it goes as headline without a context and it looks very bad for our department and goes on to lower our morale…Anyway weekly comparison is the appropriate way to assess if the control measures that we are taking, is effective or not.”
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Additional Chief Secretary (Forest and Environment) Rajiv Kumar Gupta, who has been credited with expediting the works around the Statue of Unity project, is now penning a coffee table book on his experiences and the entire process of how the project materialised. It will detail how the Statue of Unity has transformed into an international tourist destination. Gupta, who also holds charge as managing director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited has published four books till now, according to his Twitter profile.