Ahmedabad zoo offers a chance to adopt wild animals and birds

Ahmedabad zoo offers a chance to adopt wild animals and birdsAhmedabad, Nov 6 : The Kamala Nehru Zoological Park in Ahmedabad has offered a chance to its residents to adopt wild animals and birds through a scheme.

The scheme “friends of the zoo”, was launched last year, and invites the locals to adopt an animal against some money, which is utilized by the zoo authorities to feed the animal.

Modi recovers, top Gujarat health official gets swine flu

Narendra Modi Gandhinagar, Nov 5 : Gujarat's principal health secretary is down with swine flu and is among several top officials to be quarantined even as Chief Minister Narendra Modi has recovered from it and is getting ready to join office Friday.

Ravi Saxena, principal secretary, health, has tested positive for the H1N1 virus. He has been quarantined at his residence in Ahmedabad. Health commissioner Mukesh Puri has tested negative, but has been isolated as he was in close touch with Saxena.    

Narendra Modi likely to resume work Friday

Narendra Modi likely to resume work FridayGandhinagar, Nov 4 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who was diagnosed with swine flu last week, has recovered and is expected to resume office work Friday, officials said Wednesday.

Diagnosed with Influenza A (H1N1) virus late Thursday following his return from Russia, 60-year-old Modi has shown rapid recovery.

He was declared "completely healthy" by the team of doctors attending on him Tuesday, but has been advised rest until Thursday when his week-long period of "isolation" ends.

Second eliminations in Mega Challenge

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega ChallengeSa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge will be soon seeing its second elimination of the show. This time there was a competition between Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat but as per the rule one has to go out of the show. So now the question arises that which is the next state out of Mega Challenge?

Our close source informs, “The next state which is out of the Mega Challenge was Madhya Pradesh. Even though the state has strive to give justice to their Janma Bhumi but have failed to compete with Gujarat. Thus, the participants of M. P i. e. Amir Hafiz, Sumedha and Pratibha are finally out of the of the show.”

Gujarat on high alert following terror threat

Gujarat on high alert following terror threatAhmedabad, Nov 4 : Gujarat Police have stepped up security across the state after intelligence agencies issued a warning about a possible 26/11-like Mumbai terror attack.

According to media reports, defence intelligence agencies have alerted the home ministry about a major terrorist threat to coastal states such as Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka.

When asked about the reports, Gujarat state''s top cop said that since the state shares a border with Pakistan, they are always on vigil.

Modi catches swine flu, quarantined

Narendra ModiGujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Friday tested positive for swine flu, two days after returning from Russia.

The team of doctors attending the BJP leader at his official residence in Gandhinagar said he was responding well to treatment and recovering fast.

“He’s under medication and will require rest for a few days,” Ravi Saxena, principal secretary, health, Gujarat, told HT.

Gujarat has reported 40 swine flu deaths so far.

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi Has Swine Flu

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi Has Swine FluGujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has tested positive for the deadly H1N1 flu today.

After returning from Russia two days back, the 59-year-old Modi had been suffering from cough, cold and fever, officials said.

Dr. Atul Patel, one of the four physicians in the group looking after Modi, said that blood samples of the minister taken for investigation yesterday, confirmed the presence of the H1N1 virus.

Reports about Modi being infected with H1N1 virus had started coming up on Thursday evening. But, the government had denied confirming it.

Welspun Gujarat Q2 net profit zooms 114%

Welspun Gujarat Q2 net profit zooms 114%Saw pipe maker Welspun-Gujarat Stahl Rohren has registered a net profit of Rs 140 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, 2009, up 114% against Rs 65 crore in the corresponding quarter previous fiscal.

Further, company’s total income grew up by 21% to Rs 1816 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 as against Rs 1497 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2008

However, its sales rose to Rs 2173 crore in the latest quarter ended September 30, against Rs 1493 crore in the same quarter previous fiscal.

Batsmen need to perform:, says Dhoni

Batsmen need to perform:, says DhoniVadodra, Oct 25 : India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed his batsmen for their four-run loss to Australia in the opening One-Day International cricket match, but said they will bounce back in the seven-match series.

Chasing 293, India were struggling at 201 for seven, before an inspiring batting effort from Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar brought them within inches of victory. The two added 84 runs for the eighth wicket.

Australia beat India by four runs in first ODI

Australia beat India by four runs in first ODIVadodara, Oct 25 : Harbhajan Singh (49) and Praveen Kumar (40 not out) produced a sensational 84-run partnership, but failed to see India through against Australia in the opening One- day international cricket match here Sunday.

Chasing 293, India finished at 288 for eight.

India looked down and out at 201 for seven, before Harbhajan smashed 49 off 31 balls and Praveen Kumar hit 40 off 32 balls to put India on the brink of victory.

Gautam Gambhir was the top scorer with 68 runs.

India challenge Australia for ODI top spot

India challenge Australia for ODI top spotVadodara, Oct 24 : There is an air of excitement as the seven-match India-Australia series gets underway here Sunday. The teams have a lot to play for as both will be fighting it out to be the number one One-Day side.

The series has also acquired significance because of the ongoing debate over the future of One-Day cricket in the light of the surge of Twenty20. But the poor turnout for the just-concluded Champions League might have saved the 50-overs cricket. And if the series goes to the wire then the format will get a fresh lease of life.

Length of ODI series will provide opportunity to bounce back: Dhoni

Mahendra Singh DhoniVadodara, Oct 24: In contrast to Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s view on the length of the seven-game ODI series between India and Australia, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday said that the “long series” would provide an opportunity for teams to bounce back.

Ponting had earlier questioned the logic behind playing a long series citing that the team that had already wrapped up the rubber will find it difficult to maintain focus.

4 held for killing tourist car driver, fleeing with vehicle

Four people, who allegedly murdered a tourist car driver and fled with the vehicle last month were arrested recently.

The police said the accused had called up a tour agent in MIDC on the pretext of hiring a car to Pawagadh in Gujarat. On the way, they strangled the driver at a desolate spot, the police added. They fled with the vehicle and sold it in Uttar Pradesh.

On September 16, the owner of the tourist agency lodged a police complaint. The police tracked down the accused based on their telephone records.

Two of their accomplices are still at large, the police said.

Cadila Healthcare gets USFDA nod for its Topiramate Capsules

Cadila Healthcare, the parent company of the Zydus Cadila group, has finally secured approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Topiramate capsules.

Topiramate drug is indicated as an initial monotherapy in patients 10 years old or older with partial onset or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures.

In addition, the drug is also indicated as an adjunctive therapy for adults and pediatric patients aged 2 - 16 with partial onset seizures, or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and in patients 2 years of age or older with seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

HCC bags EPC contract worth Rs 167 crore

Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), India’s leading engineering and infrastructure development company, has picked an EPC contract worth Rs 167 crore from Gujarat Water Infrastructure Limited (A Government of Gujarat Undertaking) for Pumped Water Supply Scheme.

Under the deal, HCC will construct two reservoirs - one at Kesaria along with pumping station and second at Veeraval and a 62.28 km pipeline connecting these two reservoirs. The project is scheduled to be completed in 18 months.       

Toxic ship Platinum II inspected

Alang (Gujarat), Oct 20 : A three-member investigation team has started inspection of the US ship Platinum II for toxic materials.

The three-member team comprising an official from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the Steel Ministry and the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) will submit its report by the end of the week.

The team will inspect the ship and determine whether the cargo on board is toxic for environment.

The Platinum II is allegedly loaded with highly dangerous toxic waste but was granted permission to dock earlier this month.

The government''s move has had environmentalists protesting.

Central team to examine ‘toxic’ ship

toxicA team from the Centre will examine an American ship allegedly containing hazardous substances, anchored near Alang, some 250 km southwest of Ahmedabad, since October 4 for demolition.

This despite the Gujarat government giving a go-ahead for the ship to be dismantled at Alang, the world’s leading ship breaking centre.

Platinum II, a passenger ship, contains hazardous substances such as asbestos and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), environmental group Indian Platform on Ship Breaking (IPSB) has alleged.

Surat ready to use GPS, powered by Google and Rockefeller Foundation

Surat ready to use GPS, powered by Google and Rockefeller Foundation Surat is set to become the first city in India to have a Global Positioning System (GPS) for getting accurate information about physical assets especially underground assets.

Talks are undergoing with Rockefeller Foundation and Google Inc. to materialize the GPS mapping of the city on few months.

The city advisory committee discussed feasibility and scope of the GPS mapping of Surat city at the recently held meeting of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Bangkok.

Spectacular firework show dazzles people in Rajkot on Diwali eve

Spectacular firework show dazzles people in Rajkot on Diwali eveRajkot, Oct. 16 : Thousands of people thronged the Madhavrao Scindia cricket stadium here on Thursday to witness a firework show being organized by city''s civic authorities.

Gasps of wonder and cheering were heard as the people were treated to the choicest of fireworks, ahead of Diwali.

The authorities spent around rupees 200, 000 to entertain the people with these spectacular fireworks, which lit up the night sky.

Rajkot schoolchildren make exquisite earthen lamps on Diwali

Rajkot schoolchildren make exquisite earthen lamps on DiwaliRajkot (Gujarat), Oct 16 : Ahead of Diwali, the festival of lights, a number of schoolchildren in Rajkot have been engaged in making earthen lamps.

These students are undergoing a vocational course at Kadvibai Virani Kanya School in Rajkot, which has been engaged in the production of lamps for the past three years.

The lamps are essentially sold in the domestic market during Diwali, while generally it is exported to foreign countries including USA, UK and Germany, where there is a great demand for the artifacts.

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