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Aapnu Gujarat Mahaan dated 17th June 2012

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     DATE: 17th JUNE 2012
                   PRE-MONSOON ACTIVITIES BEGIN IN SAURASHTRA

Pre-monsoon activities have started in Saurashtra with sporadic rain showers reported from
different places since the past 48 hours. On Friday morning, Mahuva of Bhavnagar district
received a few rounds of rain showers. On Thursday, showers were experienced in Dhari of
Amreli district, where 50 mm of rain was recorded. Also, a spell of showers was experienced in
Sutrapada of Veraval district on Thursday. In Junagadh and Rajkot, the sky remained overcast
with increasing humidity. The state meteorological department officials said sporadic rain
showers will continue throughout Saurashtra as part of pre-monsoon activities.

                  RS 300 CRORE TO BOOST TOURIST INFRASTRUCTURE




 The Gujarat tourism is now focusing on providing better infrastructure to the tourist coming to
the state. The state has decided to spend around Rs 300 crore for beefing up infrastructure at
the tourist destinations. A officer of TCGL said that Gujarat has been promoting itself as a
tourist destination for the past few years. The advertisement "Khushboo Gujarat Ki" campaign
featuring superstar and its brand Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan have also hit the
advertisement world. Also Gujarat tourism has painted one of the Delhi Metro with its
advertisement. After creating a brand, there was a need to focus on the infrastructure as there
were complaint that there was a serious dearth of adequate hotel rooms and other
infrastructure. The government has now chalked out plans to spend around Rs 300 crore for
beefing up infrastructure at the tourist hubs. The inflow of tourists in the state has gone up
significantly in the last couple of years. As against 1.70 crore tourists in 2009-10, the state
attracted 1.98 crore tourists in 2010-11, which went up further to 2.23 crore in 2011-12. The
department will now focus on infrastructure in Dwarka, Somnath, Ambaji, Dakor, Saputara, Gir,
Kutch and Modhera, which ac-count for almost three-fourths of the total tourist inflows in the
state.
SPICE JET TO INTRODUCE EVENING FLIGHTS ON MUMBAI-SURAT-DELHI ROUTE FROM
                                 JUNE 22

The Spice Jet, which operates daily flights to Mumbai and Delhi, has announced the introduction
of evening flights from Mumbai to Surat and from Surat to Delhi starting from June 22. The
decision has come following the long pending demand of the passengers flying to Mumbai and
Delhi for introducing evening flights. AS per the new schedule, the Mumbai-Surat flight will
depart from Mumbai airport at 6:50 pm instead of 2 pm and will arrive at 7:35 pm on the Surat
airport. Likewise, the same flight will be ready for departure from Surat to Delhi at 8:05 pm to
arrive at Delhi airport at about 10:00 pm. However, there is no change in the departure timings
of the Delhi-Surat and the Surat-Mumbai flight in the morning hours. Frequent flyers to Delhi
and Mumbai are happy with the Spice Jet introducing evening flights. They (passengers) believe
the evening flights will be more convenient than the afternoon flight as the person could reach
Mumbai or Delhi in the morning and that they could return back in the evening after completing
their work. Paresh Patel, president, SGCCI told TOI "The chamber had demanded evening flights
for the convenience of the passengers travelling to Mumbai and Delhi. We are happy that the
airline has considered our demand and now the passengers could travel from Mumbai and to
Delhi during the evening hours".

          AMDAVAD MUNICIPAL CORPORTATION GEARS UP FOR RATH YATRA




Like every year, the mayor of the city will welcome the Jagannath Rath Yatra on June 21. The
yatra will reach the AMC office at 8.30 am in the morning. The Ahmedabad Municipal
Corporation has made elaborate arrangements to take care of the sanitation concerns of the
procession. This will be the 135th yatra in the city. The AMC has arranged for clean drinking
water at four major junctions, where the chariot is expected to stop for darshans. The AMC has
also mapped dangerous buildings that may collapse in the walled city with people trying to
climb them to take a glance at the Lord's chariot. "We would cordon off the area and restrict
people from entering such structures," says an AMC official.About 25 CCTV cameras have been
installed at various points to monitor the crowd and look for suspicious elements.

                   180 GUJARAT CITIES TO GET PRIVATE BUS SERVICE

The state urban development department will now introduce private public transport system for
180 cities in Gujarat-including all municipal corporations. This is part of a Rs 2,000 crore urban
mobility plan that the state has constituted. For improving urban mobility, the government
plans to set aside Rs 200 crore over the next five years for introducing private bus service on a
PPP model and then another Rs 500 crore on improving traffic management plans of Gujarat
cities and towns. By the end of this year the state government plans to spent Rs 25 crore
towards city traffic management plan. "With the peripheral areas of Gujarat cities fast
developing and new job areas created and rising fuel prices mobility becomes an important
aspect of city life. Sanand auto hub, Kalol, Mehamdabad and other satellite growth centers will
see industries and residential needs in Ahmedabad. It is the same around Surat , Rajkot and
Vadodara too. The UDD also plans to spent another Rs 500 crore on constructing ring roads,
flyovers railway overbridge and radial roads in cities. There will be also be an integrated
mobility plan for the city where concerns of the elderly, children , cyclists and pedestrians will
be taken care of as they are vulnerable road users .
   CANADIAN DAIRY MAJOR AGROPUR SQUARES UP TO FACE THE MIGHT OF HOME-
                             GROWN AMUL

 Agropur, a Canadian dairy major, is planning to enter India with a manufacturing facility in
Gujarat. The 74-year-old dairy co-operative with a network of 3,349 member dairy producers, is
looking forward to signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Vibrant Gujarat
investors summit in 2013. Generating more than $3.6 billion in sales, the leading Canadian
provider of dairy products is likely to spell competition for home-grown Amul. However,
Agropur's entry is giving no signs of worry to the over six decades-old co-operative which came
up in Anand with inspiration from India's Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Having fought a
battle with privately-owned Polson Dairy when it was taking baby steps under the leadership of
Tribhuvandas Patel and Dr Verghese Kurien, Amul today has crossed the US $2.5 billion mark.
"We do not see any threat to Amul. In fact, there are more than 100 competitors to Amul brand
in across the country," says R S Sodhi, managing director of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk
Marketing Federation (GCMMF) that markets brand Amul. "We have always welcomed
competition if it comes with the long term goal to provide better remuneration to farmers. But
we are against those, especially multinationals, who come here for short term goals," says
Sodhi, adding that in 2011-2012 alone GCMMF has paid Rs 9,901 crore to its 15 member unions
(district dairy unions of Gujarat) who have 32 lakh dairy farmers associated with them as
members. "Gujarat's milk procurement price paid to farmers is 15-20 per cent expensive
compared to other parts of India. We are further enhancing our milk processing capacity to 180
lakh litres per day by investing Rs.3,000 crore to set up nine processing units in next four
years," said the official.

        40% RISE IN DIESEL CARS BOUGHT FOR DELIVERY ON RATH YATRA DAY

A perception that diesel car prices are likely to go up by Rs1.5 to Rs4 lakh anytime soon has
pushed up the demand for diesel cars in the city. Ahmedabad’s automobile dealers say that this
has resulted in a 40% rise in the demand for delivery of diesel cars on auspicious Rath Yatra
day, which falls next week. Almost all these cars were purchased recently. Experts in the
automobile sector say that purchasing a diesel car is not a good idea unless its buyer intends to
drive it 100 km every day. However, subsidized diesel which costs much less compared to petrol
has created the myth that diesel cars are economical. Further, the recent announcement by the
central government that it was considering levying additional duty on diesel cars has created an
unprecedented demand for these vehicles in the city. Buyers are afraid that the cost of diesel
cars would soon go up by Rs1.5 lakh to Rs4 lakh. Overall, there has been an increase of 39% in
the demand for cars this year, and diesel cars have contributed 50% to this demand, said CEO of
Planet Honda, Sukhbir Bagga. “Last year, we delivered 180 cars on Rath Yatra day, 72 of which
were diesel vehicles. In contrast, this year 125 of the 250 cars to be delivered on the auspicious
day will be diesel driven. The trend of preferring diesel cars over petrol automobiles is a result of
the proposal to slap additional duty on diesel cars. The general expectation in the market is that
the cost of diesel cars will go up steeply,” Bagga said. On Rath Yatra day last year, the ratio of
petrol to diesel Mercedes Benz cars sold in the city was 30:70. This year, diesel Mercedes sales
have risen by 20%, changing the petrol-diesel sales ratio to 20:80, said Paras Somani, executive
director, Benchmark Cars.

                    AHMEDABAD RESIDENTS ALL FOR NO-VEHICLE DAY

Many of Amdavadis were seen enjoying an evening stroll on CG road on Sunday. While many of
the business owners might be suffering losses due to the new rule, they seem to be enjoying the
calm Sunday afternoons with no traffic congestion in front of their stalls. Talking about the
rule’s impact on his business, he said that there has been marginal drop of 3-5% in business,
but says that he is happy with the decision and wants the rule to continue for years to come. It
should be recalled that the civic body and traffic department of the city had recently issued a
notification in which three areas of the city have been identified as ‘No vehicle zones’. The roads
are Municipal Market to Shilp crossroads via Swastik crossroads; from Law Garden towards NCC
campus via food market; and thirdly Jaldhara Water Park to Pushpakunj swimming pool.
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THE STRETCH FROM SARKHEJ TO GANDHINAGAR (SG ROAD) THAT LEADS TO
DETROIT OF THE EAST-SANAND IS DOTTED WITH SHOWROOMS THAT SELL
EVERYTHING FROM A HATCHBACK TO A MULIT-CRORE SPORTS CAR.




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NATIONAL UPDATE :
RUPEE DEPRECIATION MAKES REAL ESTATE ATTRACTIVE TO NRI

The real estate here which was reeling under pressure due to high interest costs and inflation is
suddenly active again from the past couple of weeks with a slew of new projects being
launched. In the past three weeks 16 new projects totalling a minimum of a thousand
apartments have been launched indicating robust demand and stepped up activity in the
construction sector here. PMA Razak, president, Mangalore Chapter of the Confederation of Real
Estate Developers' Associations of India (CREDAI), told TOI that the falling rupee has made
investment in real estate an attractive proposition for NRIs. Razak said an NRI who wanted to
buy property here had indicated that NRIs were averse to buying property in the Middle East
due to the uncertain climate and wanted to invest here as rupee had depreciated by 30% which
made investment here attractive. Due to rupee depreciation, a Rs 60 lakh worth of property
here now costs United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) 3.75 lakh, which was costing AED 4.44 lakh
just a month back. The same holds good for all Middle Eastern currencies like Saudi Arabian
Riyal (SAR), Bahrain Dinar (BHD) and Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD). Razak says 82% of the bookings in
ongoing projects from his firm Plama Developers, of which he is the chairman and MD, are NRIs.
A project becomes viable if there are 50% bookings and almost all Mangalore projects have
close to 60% bookings,'' he said. Also, he notes that there is a strong demand from Mumbai-
based Mangaloreans who want a second home in the city. Making investment attractive is the
pre launch rates which are Rs 100 to Rs 50 less per sq ft.

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customer, track the facilities availed, monitor financial transactions in various accounts,
improve risk profiling, take a holistic view of customer profile and smoothen banking operations
for the customer. While some of the Indian banks have already developed UCIC, there is no
unique number to identify a single customer across the organisation in many banks. In this
regard, the Government of India has already initiated some measures as a working group
constituted by them has proposed the introduction of unique identifiers for customers across
different banks and financial institutions. While such a system for the entire financial system is
desirable, it is likely to take quite some time for a complete roll out. As a first step, banks are
advised: - to initiate steps to allot UCIC number to all their customers while entering into any
new relationships in the case of all individual customers to begin with. Similarly, existing
individual customers may also be allotted unique customer identification code by end-April
2013.

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                                       AN ICE CREAM

Over time, addicts build up a tolerance to drugs. Taking more doesn’t give them as much
pleasure as their initial highs. One study showed the same may be true with ice cream.
Scientists looked at one group of teens who regularly ate ice cream and another group who
didn’t. The ice cream-eaters seemed to be de-sensitized to the milkshakes -- that is, the reward
centers in their brains were less active than those of the group that ate ice cream less often.

Light ice cream has at least 50% less fat or 33% fewer calories than regular ice cream, but that
doesn’t make it necessarily healthier. And it doesn’t mean you should eat more of it. Chances
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maximum enjoyment.

It’s a shame that something so pleasurable can cause such sharp pain. An ice cream headache
(or "brain freeze") happens when something cold hits the warm roof of your mouth. This sets off
nerves that control how much blood flows to your head; the nerves cause the blood vessels to
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