QAhmedabad: Maya Kodnani Plans to Return To Active Politics & More

1. Maya Kodnani Angling for Return to Active Politics

Following a long exile from politics and her acquittal from the controversial Naroda Patia Massacre Case, former BJP MLA from Naroda, Maya Kodnani, says she will return to active politics and will play an important role in representing Gujarat in the BJP Mahila Morcha Adhiveshan (convention) in December.

According to Kodnani the convention will be held either in Ahmedabad or Gandhinagar and has informed the party that she open to take on any responsibility the party thinks she should hold. Kodnani is out on bail in the Naroda Gam Massacre Case.

On Friday Kodnani attended the re-launch of the NGO, Global Indians for Bhartiya Vikas (GIBV) which is chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s elder brother Soma Modi.

(Source: Times of India)

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2. After Patidars, Rajputs and Bhramins Demand Reservation

After Patidars, the Bhramin and Rajput communities in Gujarat have asked for OBC commission for additional reservation quota. Leaders of the Rajput community said that they are 8 percent of the total population in the state and thus want 8 percent reservation in Gujarat.

Similarly the Samast Gujarat Brahm Samaj has written a letter to the OBC Commission demanding a survey to include them under the OBC Umbrella. Head of the samaj Yogesh Dave said that there are 60 lakh Brahmins (9.5% of the total population) of which 42 lakh are financially weak and need reservation.

Rajput Garasiya Samaj Sangathan also met with Sugna Bhatt, head of the OBC commission in person and submitted a written petition. They have argued that Rajputs do not get equal opportunities in work and education.

(Source: Times of India)

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3. Seven New Districts of Gujarat Missing From Class VI Textbooks

The map of Gujarat as shown in the class VI social sciences textbook has missed out on seven new districts. These districts are Morbi, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gir Somnath, Aravalli, Botad, Chhota Udepur and Mahisagar, created in 2013. The state authorities have promised to rectify the error in the next edition.

Nitin Pethani, president of the Gujarat State School Textbook Board claimed that the books are prepared and printed by the Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training (GCERT). He said that the books will be reprinted next year for the revised syllabus next year and the map will be reprinted with the new districts.

However, in-charge director of GCERT, TS Joshi, said that the chapter in which the ‘wrong’ map was printed in about climate of the state and district boundaries don’t matter as far as content of the chapter is concerned.

(Source: Times of India)

4. 300 Hoteliers Won’t Honour Bookings From Two Portals From Saturday

Around 300 hotels in Ahmedabad have decided to boycott bookings from two online portals – MakeMyTrip and GoIbibo – from Saturday 1 December onwards. This means that if someone made a booking at a city-based hotel through the above mentioned portals, they will not be entertained at the hotel even on producing the Hotel’s vocher.

Hoteliers have alleged that indiscriminate discounting by these travel portals have adversely affected their business. A meeting was called by the Hotels and Restaurant Association (HRA) Gujarat in Ahmedabad on Friday to discuss the matter.

According to the president of HRA, Narendra Somani, these portals charged 35% commission from hoteliers on discounted rates. Due to this, it was becoming quite difficult for hoteliers to sustain business as they were losing revenue.

(Source: Times of India)

5. Annual DGP Conference to Be Held at Statue of Unity on Dec 20

The annual conference of state Director Generals of Police (DGPs) will be held at the convention facilities at the Statue of Unity in Narmada district of Gujarat, the state government said Friday. The statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Kevadiya in Narmada district, believed to be the tallest statue in the world, was inaugurated last month.

The site also has a convention hall and related facilities. The conference will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 20 December, an official release said. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani visited the Statue of Unity complex Friday to review preparations for the conference, it said.

The three-day national conference will also be attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, it added. The last conference had been held at BSF Academy at Tekanpur, Madhya Pradesh in January 2018.

(Source: PTI )

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