QAhmedabad: HC Says Govt Definition of Domicile Inadequate & More

1. Gujarat Govt’s Definition of Domicile Inadequate: HC

The Gujarat High Court quashed the state government’s decision to cancel the admission of four students of medical and dental courses. The govt cancelled their admission after holding their domicile certificate invalid, and the HC on Wednesday, 5 December, highlighted the ambiguity of the state government’s definition of domicile.

The single bench made it clear that the students’ parents have been living in Gujarat for more than 10 years and they intended to settle in Gujarat. Thus, the domicile of the children would follow the domicile of the parents.

The HC highlighted that the Gujarat Government’s amended rules do not define the term ‘domicile’ or ‘domicile of Gujarat’. The rules do not stipulate that only those candidates who establish a ‘minimum continuous stay of 10 years in Gujarat at the time of application’ can be considered eligible for domicile status.

(Source: The Times of India)

2. Gujarat High Court to Get Four More Judges

The Supreme Court collegium has recommended the names of three advocates and one judicial officer for their elevation as judges in the Gujarat High Court. The four new judges are an addition to the four judges the HC added two months back.

The three lawyers recommended by a three-judge SC collegium are- BD Karia, Meghna Jani and Sangeeta Vishen. The judicial officer recommended for promotion to HC bench is VP Patel who is serving in state’s lower judiciary.

The elevation of Justice MR Shah from Gujarat Cadre to the supreme court seems to have cleared the way for its lawyers, as the SC had no judge from Gujarat for the past few years to get an opinion on these recommendations.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. Strict Waste Segregation Leaves Societies With Left-Over Garbage

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s decision to collect only segregated waste has resulted in a collection shortage. The waste received at the refuse transfer station has been 20 per cent less than average. The collection has fallen short by around 350 metric tonnes.

On an average, over 2,000 metric tonnes of kitchen and dry waste is collected from 5.7 million citizens and their households across the city. The AMC has already issued a diktat to the contractors that penalties will be levied and action will be taken if they accept mixed waste.

On the first day the AMC received 120 MT of dry waste. The figure gradually increased to 130 MT. Officials said segregation will pick up in days to come. According to the AMC 30,000 kilos of dry waste was collected from Vasna area in Ahmedabad.

(Source: The Times of India)

4. Gujarat Doctor Mends Heart from 32 Km Away

The world’s first in-human telerobotic coronary intervention was done in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, 5 December. Senior cardiologist Dr Tejas Patel sat on a console at Akshardam Swaminarayan temple in Gandhinagar and performed an angioplasty on a middle aged woman who was operated at Apex Hospital some 32 km away.

According to Dr Patel, telerobotics is a mix of telemedicine and robotics and has the potential to change the way advance medicine is delivered to patients in remote areas. The procedure was enabled by an internet-enabled robotic arm at the cath lab in the operation theatre, which Dr Patel operated remotely.

A team of doctors and paramedics were attending to the patient in the OT to take care of any eventualities.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Gujarat HC Dismisses PIL Seeking Ban on 'Kedarnath'

The Gujarat High Court Wednesday, 5 December, dismissed a PIL seeking a ban on the release of Bollywood film ‘Kedarnath’ and said it was merely a ‘publicity stunt’ by the petitioner. The film, which stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan, is set to release on December 7.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A S Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav dismissed the PIL that sought a ban on the release of the movie saying that it hurt the ‘religious sentiments’ of Hindus. Prakash Rajput, President of International Hindu Sena, had filed the plea claiming that the movie hurt the sentiments of Hindus as it featured a Muslim boy falling in love with a Hindu girl.

In the petition, he alleged the movie also featured kissing scenes at Kedarnath, a revered site, which also hurt the sentiments of Hindus. Coming down heavily on the petitioner, the court said the PIL was nothing but a ‘publicity stunt’. It also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on him.

(Source: PTI)

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