Sunday, January 31, 2010

Girnar Mountain Ropeway Rahul Gandhi Junagadh City News Gujarat India

Rahul Gandhi Summons Junagadh Congress Men for Girnar Rope Way Issue.

In a youth vision program 2010 held to import training to congress elected office bearers in the presence of all India congress general secretary Shri Rahul Gandhi at Koba of Gandhinagar from 19-1-10 to 22-1-10 the team of representation to Shri Rahul Gandhi regarding the issues of Girnar Mountain Ropeway dark zone, railway forest department and fishermen.

In present to this Rahul Gandhi invited the youth congress worker.

The youth team of Junagadh City Gujarat also explained to Shri Rahul Gandhi as to in what way the central government would be helpful in connection with the above issues. In this context Shri Rahul Gandhi Summoned five members of youth congress and three

Remember of Junagadh Municipal Corporation to Gandhi in Issue of Girnar Parvat Ropeway and asked congress secretary Shri Jintendra Sinh to take up the matter, with the union forest suitable action for getting the sanction for the same.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Veraval Taluka Junagadh District News Samachar Gujarat India

130 school students suffer food poisoning.

Over 130 students of a primary school in Junagadh district of Gujarat suffered from food poisoning after participating in mid-day meal today, police said.

The incident took place in a government-run primary school of Navadra village, they said.

"Nearly 160 students took the mid-day meal at the school today, out of which 130 complained of feeling sick," Junagadh District Development Officer (DDO), Banchhandi Pani told PTI.

"Nearly 103 students have been referred to Veraval civil hospital, while 16 are getting treatment at Prabhas Patan primary health center (PHC) while some have been sent home after treatment," he said.

According to Bani, the students were served Lapsi (prepared using wheat flour, sugar and ghee) and potato curry.

Police said samples of the cooked food as well as the raw material have been sent to the forensic science laboratory at Junagadh district headquarters for tests.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Narendra Modi Bhartiya Janta Party Junagadh Saurashtra News Gujarat India

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi readies young team for civic polls.

In a bid to get a sweeping verdict in the upcoming state civic polls, chief minister Narendra Modi has fielded youngsters in most of the districts. The party declared its organizational commanders of 33 districts on Friday and Saturday.

For the first time BJP has put faith in the young brigade. Most of the district and city heads have been nominated by the state leadership. "We now have a team with an average age of 45 years," said Bharatsinh Parmar, Bhartiya Janta Party general secretary who is looking after the entire election process. "It goes without saying that they have to form a strong team to strengthen the party organization," he added.

The newly appointed presidents of the districts and city units have been ordered to form teams with strong organizational network, and they have also been asked not to look back until the civic polls, which are scheduled to be held at the end of this year. Out of 33 districts, the party has selected eight MLAs to hold responsibilities for key districts.

The responsibility of all major cities has been given to candidates who are at the most 45 years old. Ahmedabad city is in the hands of young MLA Rakesh Shah, who was elected for the first time, from the Ellisbridge constituency. Vadodara and Surat have been handed over to Bharat Dangar and Purnesh Modi respectively.

Rajkot city has been allotted to Dhansukh Bhanderi, former mayor. There is a big responsibility on the shoulders of Jitu Hirpara, who has been nominated for Junagadh city. He has to strengthen the BJP which lost the Junagadh municipal corporation poll last year.

There are eight MLAs nominated as the chiefs of district organizations. Pragji Patel, MLA from Mandal, has been elected as the president of Ahmedabad district, Mohan Kundaria (Tankaria), is the head of Rajkot district. Rushikesh Patel (Visnagar), has to look after Mehsana and Jayanti Bhanushali (Abdasa), is head of Kutch district.

The responsibility of Kheda district is on Bimal Shah, MLA from Kapadvanj, while Mulu Bera, an MLA from Jamnagar, will look after Jamnagar district's party organization. Praful Patel, MLA from Himmatnagar, has been assigned the responsibility of Sabarkantha.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

BJP Junagadh City State Saurashtra News Gujarat India

Gujarat BJP appoints 15 districts, city presidents

Gujarat BJP, today, appointed party unit presidents for 15 districts while appointments of presidents for 17 district and city units will be made tomorrow.

"We have made appointments for party unit presidents of 15 district and city units today while remaining appointments will be made tomorrow," said Bharatsinh Parmar, state BJP general secretary, who is supervising the state unit's organizational election process.

Those who have been appointed district presidents are, Ramesh Chaudhary as president of Dangs, Ashok Dhorajia president of Navsari, Kanti Gamit president of Tapi, Gajendrasinh Jadeja president of Narmada, Dhirubhai Dangar, president of Vadodara city, former minister Bimal Shah, president of Kheda District, Shakuntalaben Patel, president of Gandhinagar City and MLA Praful Patel, president of Sabarkantha party unit.

Dr Kiran Mogra has been appointed as president of Banaskantha, MLA Mulubhai Bera has been made president of Jamnagar district BJP, Jitu Hirpara has been appointed as president of Junagadh city unit while former minister Madhabhai Boricha has been nominated as the president of Junagadh district unit.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Deepa Hiremath Anand Junagadh Agricultural Colleage University News

Deepa Hiremath sweeps all 14 gold medals in agriculture.

The sixth convocation of Anand Agricultural University (AAU) will be held on Wednesday. The star attraction here would be 20-year-old Deepa Hiremath, who is the first girl in the university's history to sweep all 14 gold medals as well as cash reward.

"It's a matter of immense pride as the university has 75 per cent boys and 25 per cent girls. Despite the small numbers, this girl has pipped all to post and walked away with all the gold medals," said AAU vice-chancellor (V-C) AAU MC Varshneya.

Deepa is currently pursuing her Masters in Agriculture (economics) at Junagadh Agricultural University in Junagadh City State Saurashtra Kathiyavad Region. University officials said the girl has broken all the records as earlier there have been two girls who won nine and seven gold medals, but never the complete sweep.

Meanwhile, Varshneya said 330 graduate, post-graduate and doctoral students will be awarded degrees at the convocation. Chairman of Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board Dr CD Mayee will be the chief guest, while Gujarat governor and chancellor Dr Kamla will preside over the convocation function.

A special highlight of the convocation would be awarding Doctorate of Sciences degree to four veterans, who have made significant contribution in the field of agricultural sciences. These include Dr AC Pandya, Dr PD Mistry, Dr GM Dave and Dr Janki Raman, all four who have dedicated their lives to establishing new techniques and concepts in agriculture science and research.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sasan Gir National Park Wildlife Sanctuary Junagadh News Gujarat India

Lion census is set to begin shortly at the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, and the State Forest Department may also take up GIS mapping this time.

But in an irony of sorts, a recent training conducted by the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) has shown that only 16 per cent of the total staff manning the sanctuary actually knows the exact application of The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. About 490 Gir staff had attended the first-ever WTI training in Gujarat.

Rakesh Singh, WTI Coordinator, told The Sunday Express: “The training was conducted from December 9 to 25 and had two segments. In some cases, it was disappointing to know that the forest officials were not even aware of the application of The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Under this Act, every forest officer is empowered to arrest a person, detain vehicles and even seize property if he comes across any wildlife crime. However, not many forest guards and range forest officers were aware about this.”

He added: “There were multiple choice questions in the post training session. Only 50 per cent of the total participants were able to identify the pug/hoof marks of antelopes, lions, sloth bear, chital, hyena, sambhar and black bucks.”

WTI officials said most of the forest officers had already completed 30 years of service as beat guards and range officers.

“The Forest Department has been giving training to the frontline staff, but most of them failed to answer basic queries such as how crime investigation should be done,” Singh said. He also did not rule out that a lack of understanding of wildlife could lead under-reporting of cases.

According to the WTI, nearly 25 per cent of the total staff undergoing training failed to identify wildlife crime; out of 490 staffers, 324 did not know what a protected area is, and only 16 per cent of the total staff knew what their powers are.

“Forest authorities told us that our training received a negative feedback, but the forest officials said otherwise,” said WTI officials.

A Round Forest officer from Girnar Forest Range said: “I have been in this service for 30 years. The WTI training has been more effective, so much so that after the training we were able to identify 13 wildlife crimes.”

Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) M M Sharma refused to comment on the matter.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Junagadh City Caves History Buddhism News Saurashtra Gujarat India

Buddha was here, says Lankan scholar.

While M S University's department of archaeology and ancient history may have grabbed global attention with its possession of Lord Buddha's relics, but few might know that in his lifetime Lord Buddha had visited Gujarat. This startling piece of information was given by professor Anura Manatunga from Sri Lanka, who presented his paper "Buddhism in Gujarat: Some supplementary evidences from Sri Lanka".

"There are two references in Sri Lankan sources about Lord Buddha's visit to the state during his lifetime. As per first reference in Mahavamsa, which is a revered chronicle of Sri Lanka, Buddha visited Sunnapparantaka Janapad (part of Gujarat) along with 500 monks on the invitation of great monk Sunnapparantaka in his ninth year after he became Buddha. It is further stated that he preached Buddha dharma at Chandanshala of Muhalu Ashram, also in Gujarat," said Manatunga, who is the director of Centre for Asian Studies in University of Kelaniya.

He added, "The text adds that from Sunnapparantaka, he left for Narmada River on an invitation of a Nag King of Narmada and set up sacred footprints of Buddha at the mouth of Narmada River. The second source says that public society of traders of Sunnapparantaka Janapad is one of the 24 societies which had been preached by Lord Buddha during his lifetime. One can infer that these places refer to Gujarat as apparantaka' which means west-end of the country. In Indian context, it only points towards the state," added Manatunga.

Quoting more evidences from Mahavamsa, Manatunga explains that their country was colonised by a prince Vijaya along with 700 followers hailing from Lata country that was a part of Gujarat. "It is mentioned that prince Vijaya came to Sri Lanka on the same day when Buddha died. His successor king S L Panduvasadeva too came from Lata. It can be inferred that Sri Lanka has a strong Gujarat connection and influence," said professor Manatunga.

The Sri Lankan researcher also said that Buddhism too finds a strong presence in state with ancient Sri Lankan inscriptions revealing that a chief named Mala had gone from Bharuch to Sri Lanka where he constructed and donated a cave to Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka. "There is another inscription from Junagadh City that refers to a construction of two-cell cave by two Sri Lankan brothers Buddha Mitra and Buddha Rakshita. They were described as sons of horse traders who lived in Bharuch having migrated from Sri Lanka," he said.

"Sources also enumerate instances of presence of many viharas and monasteries in Saurashtra Janapad, which was described as a wealthiest of all Janapad's of the country," said Manatunga.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Buddhist Pilgrimage Gujarat Heritage Tourism Saurashtra News India

Gujarat to be projected as Buddhist pilgrimage destination.

After being stashed away for more than 50 years since its excavation, the stone casket containing the mortal remains of Lord Gautam Buddha would become the mascot for the state government, which now wants to popularize Gujarat as a major Buddhist pilgrimage destination. The remains were excavated from Dev Ni Mori Buddhist stupas by archaeologist B Subbarao.

A three-day international seminar on Buddhist heritage would be held in Vadodara MS University campus from January 15. The event would see several Buddhist scholars from all around the world including, 1,500 religious preachers, academicians and His Holiness Dalai Lama converge at varsity.

South East Asian countries, certain European and South American countries which have over the last few years shown interest in investments in the state would be the prime focus. These include Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Germany, USA, Canada, and Bangladesh.

Several religious and political leaders would be in Vadodara at the inaugural session of the international seminar. The list includes a ministerial representative from Bhutan, Lonopyo Pashi Zimba; spiritual leaders like, Oozing Trina Lee; Uttrakhand CM Ramesh Pokhariyal; patron of Maha Buddha society in India, BK Modi; Swami Dayanand Saraswati, and vice-chancellor of MS University Mrinalidevi Puar.

Gujarat Tourism Development Minister Jaynarayan Vyas, said, "The international seminar would be a platform for the state where scholars from around the world would appreciate the Buddhist past of Gujarat. In fact, Gujarat was a centre for both Hinayana and Mahayana forms of Buddhism. The accounts of Chinese travellers Huen Tsang and I Tsing have references to Buddhist monasteries in the state."

The main motive of the international event would be promoting documentation of Buddhist artifacts in the state. The excavations of Buddhist sites in recent years in Vadnagar, Sana caves, Khambalida, Siyot caves, Junagadh City Khapra kodia monastery and Talaja caves would be put on display along with Dev Ni Mori site along river Meshvo.

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