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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.

Churches in Gujarat to go virtual for Christmas and New Year
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

The church will also, similarly, hold the New Year Service virtually.

Vadodara ‘custodial death’: HC disposes of habeas corpus plea
Wed, Dec 09, 2020

The HC order comes a fortnight after the State Crime Investigation Department (CID) filed a chargesheet against six policemen for the alleged murder. The chargesheet also booked two other police personnel as accused.

Ahmedabad’s water hangar to improve seaplane services, allow local maintenance
Sat, Dec 05, 2020

With Seaplane operations in the state likely to be expanded on three more routes, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is constructing a water hangar at the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad to avoid disruption in operations due to maintenance.

More youngsters infected in Vadodara since festive season
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

Social gatherings and violation of COVID-19 precautions during Diwali is the reason for the recent increase in infection among youngsters in Vadodara, says Administrative officials.

Gujarat: Preimplantation diagnosis of embroys offers hope in eliminating genetic disorders
Tue, Dec 01, 2020

Disorders such as thalassemia, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, Huntington's disease and spinal muscular atrophy can be diagnosed using the PGT, which identifies genetically normal embryos in a given cohort for implantation.

122 villages Near Statue of Unity: Villagers unhappy as local admin starts process to mark land eco-sensitive zone
Sat, Nov 14, 2020

In a notification, dated November 7, the Garudeshwar mamlatdar included the entire Gora village, located near the Statue of Unity and the Shoolpaneshwar sanctuary, under eco-sensitive zone and added the state government as a “co-holder” on the land survey numbers.

Gujarat Gaay Gauri Mela called off over Covid restrictions: ‘Will decorate cattle and offer prayers indoors’
Sat, Nov 14, 2020

Much like the famous annual Spanish bull run festival, the streets of Dahod are filled with bejewelled and hand-painted cows and bulls, running frantically as men prostrate to be “run over for blessings”, during the annual festival held a day after Diwali to mark the Hindu New Year.

Vadodara ‘custodial death’: No record of body matching description of deceased, says SSG hospital superintendent
Sun, Nov 08, 2020

The state CID, in its reply to the Gujarat High Court on Friday, which is hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Babu Shaikh Nisar’s son Salim, has said that a team will visit the family’s home in Telangana with pictures of unidentified bodies from the SSG Hospital.

Meat and poultry prices in Gujarat may continue soar for a few months: Experts
Sat, Nov 07, 2020

From about Rs 150 per kilo for undressed chicken (before it is plucked for sale) and Rs 500 per kilo for meat before the lockdown was imposed, the prices have currently hit Rs 200 and Rs 750, respectively, in most cities in Gujarat.

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