1. Rain Nightmare for Garba Organisers
The recent spell of rains that began on Wednesday, 25 September, have garba organisers concerned over their events planned for the nine nights of Navratri. It rained about 17 mm on Wednesday and the city witnessed cloudy and moist weather for a significant part of the day on Thursday, 26 September.
Late in the evening, heavy rains lashed the city resulting in waterlogging in several low-lying areas. This led to closure of vehicular traffic on Shahibaug and Akhbar Nagar underpasses.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted rains till Tuesday, while Navratri begins on Sunday, 29 September.
"It will be a big problem, if rains continue. We had thought that the rains have departed but they have made a comeback. This is a matter of serious concern for all commercial garba organisers," said Anil Shah director of Rajpath Club.
2.Man With Two Passports Moves Gujarat High Court for Renewal
In an interesting case, a man had to move the Gujarat High Court for renewal of his passport after the regional passport officer refused the same citing he was unaware that another passport has been already issued in his name by Bareilly passport office.
The man claimed that he had approached the passport authorities for a renewal of his passport after its expiry. However, the same was denied on the ground that he had suppressed the fact that another passport was already issued in his name by Bareilly passport office. He tried to justify to the authorities that he had never applied for any passport from Bareilly but his attempts went in vain.
Against this, he moved the high court and contended that he had only made an application at Ahmedabad passport office through an agent as all his required documents for passport belongs to Ahmedabad.
3. Auto Driver Attempts Suicide, Citing Inability to Pay Rs 18k Fine to Release Seized Vehicle
A 48-year-old autorickshaw driver from Gomtipur area of Ahmedabad allegedly tried to end his life Thursday morning (26 September) by consuming phenyl, claiming that his livelihood has been affected after Traffic Police seized the vehicle one-and-a-half months ago.
Raju Solanki, who is the lone breadwinner of his family of four has been unemployed for the past one-and-a-half months, and the regional transport office (RTO) had issued him a memo of Rs 18,000 over pending third-party insurance since his vehicle was seized, his relatives said.
Police said Solanki consumed a few drops of phenyl at his residence in Rajpur area of Gomtipur on Thursday morning, after which he was rushed to LG Hospital.
(Source: The Indian Express)
4. 22-Yr-Old Man Held for Stabbing Girl to Death
A day after a 17-year-old girl was stabbed to death in a commercial complex in Ahmedabad, the Crime Branch arrested a 22-year-old man from Nadiad city in Kheda district.
The accused, Naresh Sodha (Thakor), is a native of Nadiad. The girl recently joined a law firm after finishing her Class 12 exams. Though at present the accused was unemployed, he had worked as a driver in the past, police said.
“Sodha told us that he was friends with the victim for the past six years and they studied at the same coaching centre. He had developed feelings for her, but it was never reciprocated. The accused had a problem with the girl befriending other people. Recently, the girl used to travel to office with another male colleague which Sodha disliked. He would also question the girl if she didn’t pick up his phone calls. On Wednesday afternoon, (25 September) he purchased a steel rod from a shop in the commercial complex, reached the girl’s office and stabbed her in her neck and stomach,” said B V Gohil, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Local Crime Branch.
5. Nobel Laureate ADA Yonath: Resistance to Antibiotics Major Challenge to Medicine
Israeli crystallographer and Nobel laureate Ada E Yonath on Thursday, 26 September, emphasised that resistance to antibiotics is one of the major challenges faced by modern medicine today. Yonath is at Anand’s CHARUSAT to attend a conference.
Yonath whose pioneering work on the structure of the ribosome won her the Nobel prize in 2009 said, “Resistance to antibiotics is one of the most severe problems faced by modern medicine today. Owning to the wide spread resistance it seems that we will soon revert back to pre antibiotics era.”
Yonath further said that the drug making market is on a decline due to this resistance. “3.8% of the global economy will be lost by 2050 because of resistance to antibiotics. Most large drug companies have stopped attempts at certain new antibiotics owing to the huge mismatch between the social value and the high expense needed for creating new antibiotics,” she said.
(Source: The Indian Express)