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BTP wiped out along with Congress in tribal districts
Wed, Mar 03, 2021

The BJP, which recorded a landslide win in Narmada district — a Congress bastion in the local body polls, wiped out the Congress and BTP in the district panchayat as well as five taluka panchayats.

Congress may lose chance to be in civic panels as Oppn party
Tue, Mar 02, 2021

Of the 12 seats of School Board members, one is reserved for an SC or ST candidate while three are reserved for candidates holding matriculation or higher education degrees.

Gujarat: Kevadia seat a prestige battle for BJP, Cong fighting to retain hold
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

The Kevadia seat for the district panchayat is currently held by Congress’s Dinesh Jesinh Tadvi.

No poll heat in Dediapada, eco-sensitive notification unknown to many tribals
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

The election campaign is conspicuous by its absence -- only two hoardings of the four BJP candidates contesting the Narmada District Panchayat elections serve as a reminder that an election is coming up on Sunday.

BJP wins VMC for fifth time in a row; Cong wins 7 seats
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Among the 69 winners of the BJP were two 22-year-olds -- both first-time contestants and youngest in the city -- Bhoomika Rana and Shrirang Ayare, while Congress heavyweight and six-term corporator Chirag Zaveri suffered a setback in Ward 18.

Gujarat Municipal Election Results 2021 HIGHLIGHTS: BJP to retain power across in all six municipal corporations
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

A total of 192 seats in Ahmedabad, 72 in Rajkot, 64 in Jamnagar, 52 in Bhavnagar, 76 in Vadodara and 120 in Surat were up for grabs in the elections. The AAP had fielded 470 candidates across the six corporations.

Gujarat local body polls: Parties resort to blame game after low turnout in Vadodara
Mon, Feb 22, 2021

As leaders of political parties gauged the indications of a low voter turnout in most wards, party workers fanned out in their respective wards and urged residents to vote.

Gujarat local body polls: Party loyalists to first-time voters queue up
Mon, Feb 22, 2021

A High Court advocate from Juhapura area, Sufi Anwar Hussain (45) says lawyers are still distressed due to the pandemic.

In ‘communally sensitive’ Tandalja, basic amenities key issue for many
Sun, Feb 21, 2021

Homes of people from Hindu and Muslim communities sharing a common wall, neighbours calling out to one another to share a cup of tea and joining in one voice to complain about the lack of amenities as the civic polls approach — all signs indicative of the ‘communal sensitivity’ of understanding.

Explained: Why the Ahmedabad-Kevadia seaplane flies to the Maldives for maintenance
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

This was the third major suspension since its launch on October 31, 2020.

Manifesto for VMC polls: Congress offers ‘date destinations’ with coffee shops, BJP sees red
Thu, Feb 18, 2021

The BJP reacted to the manifesto saying it was an “influence of Italian culture” that has “offended the people of sanskaari nagri (cultural city) Vadodara”.

Gujarat: Seaplane services suspended since Feb 2, SpiceJet says planning to purchase own fleet
Sat, Feb 13, 2021

A plan to launch the second service to connect Sabarmati Riverfront to Shatrunjay Dam for Palitana has been put on hold as of now.

Gujarat: Panth Patel files nomination for bypolls to replace slain father in Jhalod municipality
Sat, Feb 13, 2021

Says stepping into Hiren Patel’s shoes to fulfil his ‘incomplete dreams’

Gujarat: Row over two circulars making Covid shot mandatory for school teachers
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

The circular has been received by the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) under the taluka.

Gujarat’s two-child policy: Why 3 civic candidates were disqualified
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

Three candidates from the Municipal Corporations of Vadodara and Rajkot were disqualified on Monday under the two-child policy in place in the state for candidates. The nominations were challenged because each candidate had three children.

No Acacia at Kevadia zoo, but lone giraffe never misses favourite meal
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Everyday, close to 20 kilos of acacia leaf branches and twigs make their way into the enclosure for the three-year-old female giraffe, which is now the only surviving of the four that were shipped into the park in October 2019 from Africa.

Virus and Politics
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

The Gujarat government had banned gatherings and celebrations, including festivals, during lockdown and unlock period due to the Covid-19 pandemic, while it opened several new tourism avenues attracting huge crowds and allowed certain political rallies and gatherings.

Avian flu: Demand for chicken drops, broiler farmers body says ‘unfounded campaign creating panic’
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

Anwesh Patel, president of GBFCC and owner of around 10 poultry farms in Anand district, said the consumption of broiler chicken in Gujarat is pegged at 600 tonnes per day, and the industry has seen a 90% dip in sales since Monday.

To avoid law & order issues, keep gate opening to minority-dominated area shut: Vadodara cops on Samarpan Society
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

The Samarpan Society was at the centre of controversy after some residents lodged a criminal complaint against one of its members, Feroz Contractor, for “hiding his religion” when he sold a plot in the society to Firoz Patel.

Kevadia jungle safari to get a crocodile enclosure soon
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

However, the authorities are “yet to decide” if the crocodiles on display will be from the Narmada river, which has been home to the muggers or whether they will be brought in as part of an “exchange” programme from elsewhere.

Gujarat: To escape night curfew, New Year revellers head to outskirts
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

However, celebrations will be muzzled with no mass gatherings, DJ or orchestra performances as police have warned of legal action against both the hosts and party goers if social distancing norms are violated.

Explained: Why there are protests over an eco-sensitive zone in Narmada district
Thu, Dec 31, 2020

Tribal communities have been protesting since the beginning of November, when the district administration served the first notice to execute the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) order.

Seaplane services to resume from Dec 28 with new ‘decade-old’ aircraft
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

SpiceJet officials said the aircraft being brought in will be newer and “about a decade-old”. The bookings for the Ahmedabad-Kevadia seaplane route have commenced from December 28, they added.

Mahisagar police books 28 over misappropriating 1 crore MNREGA fund
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

The fraud came to light when whistleblower Indravadan Parikh, an advocate in Santrampur wrote letters to various government departments seeking an inquiry after he learnt about the scam of Rs 19 lakhs in Santrampur.

Explained: How Vadodara corporation plans to raise money via municipal bonds
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

A municipal bond is a kind of debt instrument where investors offer loans to local governments. They are issued by civic bodies for specific projects and usually have a 10-year tenure.

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