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Along with heritage, need to revive traditional food habits


While the first World Heritage City of the country, Ahmedabad is decked up once again with the World Heritage Week celebrations beginning Sunday, experts say the need of the hour is to revive our traditional food culture.

Dr Hemant Bhatt of Khadia Itihas Samiti, who has been organising traditional food festivals at ‘pols’, said, “Consumption of traditional food items has now mostly became restricted to festivals or celebrations. Despite having rich, diverse and healthy cuisine, we prefer unhealthy items in our daily life, most of which are loaded with preservatives.”

Elaborating, he said, “Kansar can be made with very few ingredients even today. Our forefathers stressed on its consumed during Diwali due to specific reasons. It contains cracked wheat, jaggery and ghee. It has carbohydrates, lipids and sugar.”

Several others experts also believe that the increasing lifestyle diseases are because of our unhealthy food habits. “Earlier, irrespective of religion, people used to finish their dinner before 8 pm. It consisted of milk, Bhakhari and Sabji or Khichadi. Milk was the staple food of evening. It contains amino acids which prompt sound sleep. It also contains melatonin that is said to regulate the sleep and waking cycle,” added Dr Bhatt.

Likewise, during Uttarayan, he said, …read more


Needed: Jadu ki Jhadoo

Swachhata mission

With the mission to improve ranking in the Clean Survey (Swachh Servekshan)-2018 conducted by the Ministry of Urban Development, Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has started with working on the areas that will help the city fetch points. But in the last one year, JMC has not done enough work and they require a lot of catching up if they intend to better their previous ranking. In the 2017, the Pink City scored 215th rank.

Clean Survey 2018 will assess the cleanliness standards of 191 urban bodies in the state. During the survey, all India rankings will be given to 500 cities, including state capital and cities having more than one lakh population all over the country. The survey will be held in three parts and the points will be given out of total 4000 points.

In part one, maximum 1400 points will be given under municipal documentation, part two will have maximum 1200 points for direct observation while in the third part, maximum 1400 points can be fetched under citizen feedback category.

These three cleanliness parametres include waste collection, waste processing and citizen feedback and unfortunately JMC is most vulnerable in all the three categories. In the survey, 420 points are devoted to …read more


E-auction changes fortune of HUDA, IKEA deal brings windfall


It seems that the rechristen of Gurgaon to Gurugram has also recast the fortune of real estate of the city. Gurugram, which had been in news for land scams and spurious land deals in the previous government, has now hit the headlines for a mega Rs 842 crore auction of 10 acres land. At a time when all real estate giants are finding it difficult to make a deal, state’s urban development agency, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has hit the goldmine.

It has auctioned 10 acres land in sector 47 to iconic furniture retailer Ikea, a Swedish multinational group that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories at an exorbitant price of Rs 842 crore, making it biggest ever deal in the history of HUDA. The deal has come as a big relief for the cash starved HUDA, which has recently auctioned 2 acres for Rs 206 crores.

“The credit goes to the chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who introduced e-auctioning of HUDA land to explore the best price. In the previous government, HUDA land would go at dirt cheap price due to political interference. Some of these deals which involve high ranking political people, …read more


A Dialogue with JC: Baby Doll Sunny can’t wait to be Barbie Doll in Tera Intezaar

Sunny Leone, Arbaz Khan and Rajeev Walia

You all must be anxiously waiting for November 24 – the release date of your film?

Arbzaaz Khan: Ofcourse, there is excitement before release of every film…but we are happy, we have worked hard… now waiting for the reponse of public.

How the movie is special for you?

Sunny: I was quite excited after reading the script…I have tried hard to keep up the expectations of my director…I hope audience will enjoy watching the way we enjoyed working…the sales will be in line with the views.

How excited you are for it?

Rajeev: We have been working on this project for 18 months … we are hoping for the best

Teaser is a hit, does it indicate anything?

Sunny: People watch teaser on social media and You Tube, I hope the number of hits on social media would translate into viewership of the movie… hope that the sale of tickets will be in line with the number of views

You are considered Queen of social media… what is the response keeping that in mind?

Sunny: Not a Queen but as an entertainer, we should reach out to all kinds of markets…social media has a far reach for youth… I think I am good here.

What is the basic concept of …read more


Basic needs top the list, voters fume


Vatva (43) constituency came into existence after delimitation in 2008. Since then, it has seen just one election to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly in 2012. It has one of the state’s largest industrial estates and the voters here are mostly workers, farmers and small-time businessmen.

Just as you enter Vatva, the four-lane road converts into a narrow, two-lane one, something that hurts residents the most. Their demands are pretty basic — roads, sewage, cleanliness, affordable education and medical services.

One typical complaint is that power (electricity) is very costly and bills have risen disproportionately. “We have basic electrical equipments like fans and tubelights but we get bills of Rs 1,600 for two months,” said a homemaker in a Muslim dominated locality. Muslims make for one of the largest voting segments but they complain that their names don’t feature in the voters’ list at the time of casting votes. “Voting is just a setting. Entire societies find no mention in the list. What is the point in mentioning our problems?” said a Muslim resident unwilling to divulge his identity. He complains that Muslim areas are neglected in terms of basic civic amenities.

This sentiment is echoed in Thakor-dominated localities, who are loyal to the …read more


Hawk flies in from Pak with ‘object’


A hawk fitted with a small “device” was spotted and captured near Sriganganagar town. This has sent shock ripples across the area. The device attached to the bird appears to be some sort of a transmitter. The authorities are planning to conduct an X-ray of it to ensure if any more smaller devices have been implanted into it.

The hawk was spotted and captured in village 1V near Sriganganagar town when farmers working in the fields saw the hawk preying on a smaller bird. “The farmers noticed a shiny object attached to the bird. The Kesrisinghpura police was immediately informed,” said Ved Prakash lakhotiya, Station House Officer, Kesrisinghpura police station.

Meanwhile, the information was shared with senior officials anmd other security agencies.

“The device was removed and sent for investigation. An FSL investigation will reveal if any spying activities were being carried out. There are falconry games organised on the other side of border in which the hawk that goes farthest wins. There is a possibility of the device being used to keep track of the bird. However, an FSL report would clearly reveal nature of the device” the SHO informed.

The bird was handed over to the Forest Department at Sriganganagar. There are …read more


Cops spoil smugglers’ party, seize liquor worth Rs 1 crore


In two separate incidents, alert cops seized two consignments of liquor which were reportedly being peddled to Gujarat ahead of the elections.

The net worth of the consignments was pegged around Rs 1 crore. Three persons have been arrested. The first consignment was confiscated by Harmara police while the second was seized by Chomu police.

“Keeping in mind the upcoming state Assembly elections in Gujarat, vigilance had been increased against liquor peddlers. A special team had also been formed which was tasked with checking various trucks passing through the Daulatpura checkpost area. On Sunday, we received a tip off about a truck passing through the area. Based on that, we seized a truck (HR 55 P 2838) and the driver was detained for questioning regarding the contents of the consignment. The driver tried to mislead the cops by saying that he was ferrying electronic items from Delhi to Bhiwandi. The officers on duty doubted his version and carried out a raid. the cops found 1,135 cartons of Haryana made Liquor. The truck driver Sube Singh Jangid (46) and helper Mahaveer Singh (55) were later arrested. The consignment worth was pegged at Rs 60 lakh,” said Ashok Gupta, DCP West.

During questioning, the truck …read more


Unrest over tickets grows in BJP

Party Headquarters

Thousands of BJP workers gathered at the party headquarters Shri Kamalam here during the weekend, raising slogans against party leaders and high command.

For a party known for its internal discipline, this is probably the first time in the history of its 22 years in Gujarat that the BJP was facing this level of open rebellion within party ranks. Similar show of protest are played out across the state, be it Saurashtra-Kutch, north, central or south Gujarat, ever since the party announced candidates for 106 constituencies last week. Members have expressed dissatisfaction over 40 names.

A senior leader of the party said, “Such open show of rebellion was not in the BJP’s culture. It was more of a Congress party characteristic. This is a serious concern for the party high command. The BJP is also going against the flow as many communities are on the warpath and the anti-incumbency factor is at the peak.”

CM Vijay Rupani believes this is just temporary and the protests will ease. “BJP is a mass party and there are more than one aspirant for every seat.

It is natural that there will be some dissatisfaction. I am confident that our workers and leaders will work hard for the …read more


By 2025, RSS wants 5,000 Ekal Vidyalayas in Guj tribal belt

Ekal Vidyalayas

Polls or no polls, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has a task cut out for its Gujarat unit with exact targets. In 2025, when the saffron organisation will complete 100 years, it wants to complete its target of changing the tribal landscape in eastern Gujarat by establishing 5,000 Ekal Vidyalayas. It has established 1,100 so far.

“We believe in Gita. Karmanye Vadhikaraste Maphaleshu Kadachana, our work is to do the job on the ground and not be worried about its outcome. If the work is good, the results will come automatically,” says Vasanbhai Gamit, the sanhchalak of Tapi district. He is also the adhyaksh or chairman of the Ekal Abhigyan.

To reach this mammoth target, the organisation is right now working in south Gujarat where it has spread out a complex hierarchical set-up by dividing the region in six anchals — Dangs, Tapi, Sagpada, Bharuch, Mahisagar and Dahod.

“Each anchal has 9 sanch (zones) and in each sanch there are 30 villages. There should be an Ekal Vidyalaya in each village. We are working towards it,” says Gamit, a tribal of Gumasta village in Okai, Sonepada.

Each village has an Ekal committee headed by an Acharya trained by the RSS who looks after education, …read more


Parliamentary panel to look into airlines’ treatment of flyers

Derek O' Brien

In the wake of a huge row over manhandling of a passenger by IndiGo Airlines last month, a Parliamentary committee will be examining the issue of “behaviour of airline personnel towards passengers” on Monday.

The Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee of Transport, Tourism and Culture headed by Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’ Brien has called the Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation, along with representatives of Airports Authority of India, Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, on Monday.

The panel has also asked public carrier Air India and private airlines, including Indigo, to appear before it and explain their views on the matter. Representatives from Jet Airways, Spicejet, Go Air, Vistara and Air Asia will also appear. The panel has sought their views on passenger amenities and behaviour of airline personnel towards passengers.

The panel is expected to examine the issue comprehensively. The 31-member panel has 21 MPs.

An internal inquiry report by IndiGo, after the incident in October, had said it was actually the “whistleblower”, who circulated the video, who was to be blamed for the incident.

After the Indigo incident, public carrier Air India had come out with a hilarious photo, saying “we raise our hands only to …read more