VIEWS: 62 PAGES: 9 CATEGORY: Current Affairs POSTED ON: 8/5/2012
weekly non-political newsletter from Ahmedabad Gujarat-India connecting all Gujaratis with their homeland.
KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO YOUR ROOTS DATE: 5th Aug 2012 SCHOOL STUDENTS CELEBRATE RAKSHABANDHAN AHMEDABAD City schools celebrated Rakshabandhan a day early on Wednesday, marked by usual fervour and gaiety that one associates with this auspicious occasion. A day prior to the festival, girls were busy selecting the best rakhis for their brothers. Thanks to combined effort by teachers, parents, principals and students, schools succeeded in catalysing feelings of care and affection between siblings. Students, meanwhile, have gone ‘green’ with rakhis too. The ‘green’ rakhi made by students of Satwa Vikas School has plants in a glass bottle with threads attached to it. These cannot be actually used as rakhis, but are excellent display items. “Kids love to experiment with rakhis,” said Raja Pathak, Trustee of the school who believes that celebration of festivals in schools is necessary. “Due to nuclear families, children today are deprived of true spirit of such festivals. Such celebrations in schools teach students about our traditions,” he added. Food items such as apricots, raisins, cherries, cloves and even chocolates found favour among students of NR Primary School to decorate their rakhis. “Every year students experiment with different materials to make rakhis. Food items was the theme this year,” said Rita Baker, principal of the school. An inter- class rakhi-making competition was held for tiny tots at HB Kapadia School. “The competition was for our pre-primary students who learnt to make rakhis from their teachers,” said Saroj Khubchandani, principal of the school. Udgam Vidyalaya too had rakhi-making contest with boys handing out pencils, erasers and pens as gifts. Students of St Xavier’s Loyola were found donning traditional attire during the day. Girls dolled themselves up in bandhani, kalamkari, silk and netted outfits. AHMEDABAD EXPERIENCES RAIN AFTER FORTNIGHT After a break of almost a fortnight, the rains made a brief visit to some parts of the city. While the hovering clouds had been teasing the Amdavadis about probability of rains for the last two days, it was only on Monday that they relented. However, rains were reported in only some parts of the city while the rest continued to remain dry.“We experienced some rain in the evening but it did not last very long. It is the end of July and it doesn’t even feel like monsoon. The only saving grace is that the sky was overcast for the last two days, providing some respite from the heat,” said Payal Shah, a resident of Maninagar.While Prahladnagar and Satellite witnessed mild rainfall, many others like Ghatlodia and Vastrapur remained dry. The meteorological department has predicted a few spells of rain in some parts of the city. The city on Monday recorded a maximum temperature of 32.4 degree celsius and a minimum temperature of 26.7 degree celsius. Since the beginning of June, the city has received 107.1 mm of rainfall, which amounts to a deficit of 268 mm.Across the state, rainfall were recorded in 8 districts of the state and 26 talukas; the highest being 81 mm in Kaprada taluka in Valsad. Dangs and Vasda received 45mm and 43mm rainfall respectively. According to the meteorological department, South Gujarat is expected to receive heavy rain and thundershowers tomorrow as well. GUJARAT IS ON THE VERGE OF ‘DROUGHT’, RELIEF PACKAGE SOON After almost a decade of timely rain and bumper harvests, Gujarat this year faces the possibility of drought. The state government indicated on Friday that it may officially declare ‘drought’ in Gujarat in a couple of days. This will trigger a mammoth exercise of estimating the number of drought-affected people and livestock, the extent of its impact on agriculture and the availability of drinking water in the state. Sources in the government indicated that all concerned departments, including revenue, water resources, agriculture, labour & employment and finance, are assessing the situation to determine what may be needed to deal with the drought. Indications to this effect were given by officials after Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh’s meeting with Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. Pawar heads the empowered group of ministers (EGoM) constituted to review the situation and take necessary action in rain deficit districts of the country. Ramesh is also a member of the EGoM. Gujarat Water Resources Minister Nitin Patel said that the state government is assessing the situation. “We are monitoring the situation and will soon take a decision on whether to declare drought in the state or not. An announcement in this regard may be made soon,” Patel said. An official said on the condition of anonymity that before it is officially declared that the state is in the grip of a drought, the revenue department carries out a process of assessing the situation. The average rainfall in the state should be less than 5 inches for there to be a full drought,” said the official. Once drought is declared, many things become compulsory. The official said that once a drought is announced, the government is supposed to initiate steps for drought relief. “The aim of these steps is to provide work through the labour & employment department and the revenue department to drought-affected people in an effort to sustain their livelihood. The animal husbandry department would provide fodder for livestock and cattle,” the official said. He added that the water supply and water resources department takes care of drinking water supply in the affected areas. DISEASES PROLIFERATE AS WEATHER CONTINUES TO DISAPPOINT The prevailing dry but overcast skies in the city have disappointed citizens two-folds. While rains continue to play truant on one hand, the mixed weather conditions have led to an increase in number of people suffering from diseases. If the figures shared by general physicians are to be believed, then around 50% of the cases general physicians have been receiving pertain to viral and upper respiratory tract infections. Dr Pragnesh Vachharajani, president of Ahmedabad Medical Association, stated that a lot of people these days are suffering from upper respiratory tract diseases like cough, cold, breathing problems, as well as fever and gastric problems such as indigestion, and vomiting. It has, therefore, become important for every citizen to maintain hygiene in and around their house and follow a good, healthy diet regimen, warn doctors. The daily health report brought out by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) indicates that a total of 800 people registered at municipal hospitals in July suffered from malaria. During the same month, municipal hospitals registered 596 cases of indigestion and 303 cases of jaundice. Two cases also resulted in deaths. The report released on Friday also indicated that number of people stricken by diseases has been rising gradually. In a span of just one month, indigestion cases reported have risen from 12 to 32, while cases of jaundice rose from three to 12. As if these weren’t enough, there has also been an increase in people with skin infections. A general physician on a daily basis is receiving around 3-5 patients with skin problems.. PUNE BLASTS: GUJARAT PUT ON HIGH ALERT TILL AUGUST 15 Gujarat was put on high alert today following the low intensity serial bomb blasts in Pune last night, police said. "High alert is in force in the state and will remain till August 15, the Independence Day," said Chittaranjan Singh, In-charge Director General of Police(DGP), Gujarat. "After that we will review the situation and take an appropriate decision," he added. The police in Gujarat has been asked to be on 'stand to' mode to counter any untoward incident. The quick response teams (QRTs) and special operation groups (SOGs) across the state have been alerted. Patrolling at all sensitive and strategic locations has been intensified. Checking of suspected vehicles and those at entry and exits of cities like Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot have been intensified, police officials said. "Checking at hotels, guest houses, bus and railway station have also been intensified," said Joint Commissioner of Police(JCP), Sector I, Ahmedabad Ajay Tomar. "We are taking as much precautions as we can to avert any untoward incident," he said. Ahmedabad had experienced terror in July 2008, when a series of 20 bomb blasts rocked it, killing 56 people and injuring more than 200, within a span of 70 minutes. GUJARAT UNIVERSITY FINALLY MAKES THALASSEMIA TEST COMPULSORY Gujarat university has finally made it mandatory for all the students to undergo Thalassaemia test from this academic session. The Gujarat University has tied up with the Ahmedabad Municipal corporation and Red Cross society. The duo will charge Rs.100 from the students. Also the university has made it compulsory for the students to also undergo a health check up. Acting Vice Chancellor Mukul Shah said that this is a precautionary measure and students can cure himself if required. Four years back the state government had directed the universities to make screening of thalassaemia patients compulsory in colleges, Gujarat University (GU) is yet to implement the same. Other universities, which include the four agriculture based Ayurvedic University, Sardar Patel University, M S University, Veer Narmad University and Saurashtra University - thalassaemia screening has become mandatory. Nearly five lakh students study in these universities. According to official, thalassaemia screening among youth is important because in some communities like the Lohanas, Memons, Sindhis and Kadva Patels from Saurashtra, nearly 25 per cent members suffer from this blood disorder. MORE JOYRIDES TO BE INTRODUCED AT KANKARIA, BUT ONLY FOR DAREDEVILS At Kankaria, the rides will soon be no less entertaining than what you witness in Disneyland or popular entertainment zones in Europe. In the latest plan that was presented before the standing committee of the Ahmedabad Municipal Coproration (AMC), these rides will also come up in Prahladnagar Garden and at Vastrapur lake apart from the entertainment park in Kankaria.Those who hate walking or have to wait for their turn for the toy train ride, can now go for 'Segway' and zoom around the lake on their own terms. For those who would like to try their hand at golf, the AMC plans to come up with a mini golf course at Kankaria.The AMC on Wednesday claimed that some of the rides it plans to introduce at Kankaria will be for the first time in the country. For instance, Black Flash and Maverick rides and the unique Sky Fly will be meant for those who have the guts. "We will specify the age groups for different rides. The medical condition of the visitor will be ascertained before allowing them to enjoy the rides," says a senior AMC official. The Kankaria joyride project alone to cost Rs 33 crore. Three agencies have already bid for the project, which includes Sky Wanderers, Amrapali and Moving Pixels. At Vastrapur lake the AMC plans to introduce rides worth Rs 3.64 crore while at Prahladnagar Garden the civic body plans to introduce rides at a smaller scale with an investment of Rs 1.70 crore.The AMC also plans to introduce Aqua Kart water adventure sports this time for those who love rafting. Apart from this, there will be some breathtaking rides like the Vertical Swing and Paint Ball Shooting. BRTS STATIONS TO GET HERITAGE MAKEOVER Wooden ceiling with intricate carvings, a huge chabutra on one side and walls covered with photographs of different heritage sites-no, they are not talking about the décor of a museum here, but their BRTS stations in Ahmedabad, which will soon get such a distinctive traditional makeover. AMC has finalized the design with heritage as the theme for a total of eight Bus Rapid Transit System stations that start from Ellisbridge to Sarangpur area. The designs have been prepared by Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, to keep operations smooth, the basic structure will remain the same but the interiors will get an aesthetic look. The new design has been submitted by CEPT and has been finalized by AMC, and the work will begin shortly. SOON, ROW GENTLY DOWN SABARMATI…. Come Aug 15 and you will probably be happily rowing down your own boat by Sabarmati, iof Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Ltd’s ambitious plans to start boating facilities takes shape as per schedule. It has given work order to various agencies for starting amphibian bus service along with motorised and non-motorised boating service. Visitors will be able to enjoy pedal boats, family boats, speed boats, jet ski, zorbing among other water sports. SRFDCI, has fixed charges for the various services keeping in line with the Kankaria lake front, people will be able to enjoy speed boat ride for Rs100, while jet ski will be available at Rs200. Motorised boat ride will cost Rs15 per person, while charge for non-motorised boat ride will be Rs10 per person. One needs to pay Rs50 for half an hour ride of pedal boat. Work order for Amphibian bus service has already been given and services are likely to start by Navratri. MARUTI TO START WORK ON GUJARAT PLANT SOON Maruti Suzuki India Ltd plagued by labor problems at its two factories in Haryana state -- is set to soon start work on building a previously-announced plant in Gujarat. "We expect them [Maruti] to start their preparation in three months," said a senior Gujarat state government official who didn't want to be named. The plant will be Maruti's third manufacturing facility in India and its first outside Haryana, where a July 18 riot by about 3,000 workers at its Manesar factory resulted in the death of a senior manager, injured more than 100 people and forced the company to suspend production. The lockout is estimated to be costing India's largest car maker by sales $9 million in daily revenue losses. Although the Manesar plant has been hit by labor problems for more than a year now, the recent violence was the worst since the local unit of Suzuki Motor Corp. A factory in Gujarat, which has a long coastline, will allow Maruti to save on logistics costs in shipping its cars to several regions, especially Europe, said analysts. Maruti exports its cars to about 125 countries. The Gujarat plant plan came about "because of its proximity to ports. According to a pact signed with the Gujarat government in June, Maruti will build the factory near Mehsana, about 300 kilometers from the Mundra port. The plant will have an initial capacity of 250,000 cars each year when it opens by the end of March 2016. The Gujarat official said Maruti will build the plant over 600 acres, but he didn't say if the auto maker has made any decision about advancing the commissioning of the plant. The Manesar and Gurgaon factories can produce a total of about 1.5 million vehicles each year. Maruti is in the process of adding a third assembly line at Manesar to make an additional 250,000 vehicles a year. The line is scheduled to open before 2014. The company currently produces a total of 13 passenger vehicle models at both its plants. TOP STORIES. INDIA’S FOREX RESERVES RISE BY $1.31 B India’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves grew by $1.31 billion to $288.64 billion for the week ended July 27, 2012, Reserve Bank of India data showed. The forex had earlier risen by $589 million to $287.34 billion for the week ended July 20, 2012. The country’s forex reserves had declined by $872.7 million in the week ended July 13, 2012. Foreign currency assets, the biggest component of the forex reserves kitty, increased by $1.29 billion to $256.39 billion for the week under review, according to weekly statistical supplement released by the RBI. The foreign currency assets had risen by $565.5 million to $255.10 billion for the week ended June 20. The RBI said the assets in US dollar terms included the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US currencies such as the pound sterling, euro and yen held in reserve. The value of special drawing rights (SDRs) grew by $13.5 million to $4.35 billion during the week ended July 27, while India’s reserves with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) rose by $6.7 million to $2.13 billion. However, the value of gold reserves remained unchanged at $25.76 billion. ****************************************************************************** FOR MARKET DETAILS ON FOREX, FOR MARKET DETAILS ON FOREX, EQUITY, BULLUON EQUITY, BULLUON Clliick on; http://www.riticonsultancy.in/ C ck on Or copy past on the browser. ********************************************************************* FOR DETAIL INFORMATION ON MUTUAL FUND, EQUITY, AND INVESTMENTS GUIDANCE OR IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN INVESTING IN EQUITIES, IPOs, MUTUAL FUNDS, BANK DEPOSITS OR EVEN IN REAL ESTATE, YOU MAY EMAIL TO Log in to; http://www.riticonsultancy.in/ OR EMAIL TO: email@example.com ********************************************************************* Penetration of ATMs, card usage very low: RBI Penetration of ATMs in the country is still very low compared to other emerging markets even as the number of automated teller machines is increasing by nearly 25 per cent every year, the Reserve Bank said today. "Although there has been a steady year-on-year 25 per cent growth in the number of ATMs in the country, their penetration as measured by the number of ATMs per million population is still very low when compared to other emerging markets," RBI Governor D Subbarao said in his keynote address at at the IDRBT Banking Technology Awards Function. In proportional terms, India has one of the lowest numbers of ATMs and PoS (Point of Sales) terminals - 63 ATMs and 497 PoS per million population, he said. "Disappointingly, the penetration of debit cards has been shallow. One disincentive is the business cost to merchants," he added. Subbarao said in order to increase the penetration of ATMs, RBI has permitted non-bank entities to deploy 'White Label ATMs', especially in the smaller centres on own and operate basis. The regulatory guidelines prescribe a proportion of ATMs to be necessarily installed in Tier III to Tier VI centres (towns/villages with population of less than 50,000), thereby extending anytime, and anywhere banking facility to a wider segment of population. Subbarao said as the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) for debit and credit cards has been uniform in India, the RBI has decided to introduce new payment charges for debt card usage. "The Reserve Bank decided to introduce a differential MDR for debit card transactions. Under this recently announced policy, the MDR for usage of debit cards should not exceed 0.75 per cent of the transaction value for transactions up to Rs 2000, and not exceed 1 per cent for transactions above Rs 2000," the banking regulator said. Both the volume and value of mobile banking transactions are witnessing a remarkable growth. As of June 2012, a year-on-year growth in terms of volume was 143 per cent while that in terms of value was 213 per.cent. The RBI Governor said when compared with other emerging markets like Brazil, Mexico and Russia, the value of banknotes and coins in circulation in India, at 12 per cent of GDP, is high. For viewing latest Indian Stock Market – Gold – Currency Rate BSE-NSE Commentary Gold-Rate Currency. http://www.imexforex.com/foreign.htm 12 INDIAN FOODS THAT CUT FAT EISHA SARKAR (Mumbai Mirror) Sep 20, 2011 You don't have to acquire a taste for olive oil, seaweed or soya to maintain a low-fat, healthy diet. Indian cuisine can be healthy too, if it's cooked with oil and ingredients that take care of your heart and health. Ayurveda suggests you include all tastes — sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent — in at least one meal each day, to help balance unnatural cravings. Here are 12 foods that can help you lose weight and gain health: Turmeric : Curcumin, the active component of turmeric, is an object of research owing to its properties that suggest they may help to turn off certain genes that cause scarring and enlargement of the heart. Regular intake may help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, increase blood circulation and prevent blood clotting, helping to prevent heart attack. Cardamom : This is a thermogenic herb that increases metabolism and helps burn body fat. Cardamom is considered one of the best digestive aids and is believed to soothe the digestive system and help the body process other foods more efficiently. Chillies : Foods containing chillies are said to be as foods that burn fat. Chillies contain capsaicin that helps in increasing the metabolism. Capsaicin is a thermogenic food, so it causes the body to burn calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chillies. Curry leaves : Incorporating curry leaves into your daily diet can help you lose weight. These leaves flush out fat and toxins, reducing fat deposits that are stored in the body, as well as reducing bad cholesterol levels. If you are overweight, incorporate eight to 10 curry leaves into your diet daily. Chop them finely and mix them into a drink, or sprinkle them over a meal. Garlic : An effective fat-burning food, garlic contains the sulphur compound allicin which has anti- bacterial effects and helps reduce cholesterol and unhealthy fats. Mustard oil : This has low saturated fat compared to other cooking oils. It has fatty acid, oleic acid, erucic acid and linoleic acid. It contains antioxidants, essential vitamins and reduces cholesterol, which is good for the heart. Cabbage : Raw or cooked cabbage inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Hence, it is of great value in weight reduction. Moong dal : The bean sprouts are rich in Vitamin A, B, C and E and many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium. It is recommended as a food replacement in many slimming programmes, as it has a very low fat content. It is a rich source of protein and fibre, which helps lower blood cholesterol level. The high fibre content yields complex carbohydrates, which aid digestion, are effective in stabilising blood sugar and prevent its rapid rise after meal consumption. Honey : It is a home remedy for obesity. It mobilises the extra fat deposits in the body allowing it to be utilised as energy for normal functions. One should start with about 10 grams or a tablespoon, taken with hot water early in the morning. Buttermilk : It is the somewhat sour, residual fluid that is left after butter is churned. The probiotic food contains just 2.2 grams of fat and about 99 calories, as compared to whole milk that contains 8.9 grams fat and 157 calories. Regular intake provides the body with all essential nutrients and does not add fats and calories to the body. It is thus helpful in weight loss. QUOTE OF THE WEEK A FRIEND IS ONE WHO BELIVES IN YOU WHEN YOU HAVE CEASED TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY IMEXFOREX SERVICES IMEXFOREX SERVICES NOW ANARIE SOLUTIONS NRI SERVICE PROVIDERS NRI SERVICE PROVIDERS https://sites.google.com/site/anariesolutions/ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org : email@example.com
Pages to are hidden for
"Newsletter from Ahmedabad dt 5th Aug 2012"Please download to view full document