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DATE: 5th Aug                            2012

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.

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.


 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.


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..

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 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.

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.


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 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.


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                                    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.

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                                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

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.

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