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No illegal entry
Amid a mad rush to grab a look at the lions at Sasan Gir during the festival season, several tourists, who tried to break the law, were caught by forest officials and fined. Forest rangers caught 10 men entering the Gir forest area without permission in two incidents and imposed a fine of Rs 22,000 on them. “There is a heavy rush of tourists at Sasan Gir. Those who do not get permission, tend to enter the sanctuary area by any means. We have formed special teams of forest guards to check such activities,” said a top forest officer.
The Ahmedabad Municipal School Board chose to be very selective while celebrating Diwali with its students. The senior-most officials of the Board were seen at the special celebrations organised at the recently opened English medium municipal school, the Ahmedabad Public School (APS) in Shahpur. However, they seemed to run out of time to visit the other municipal schools. Sweets and crackers were distributed among more than 150 students of this school, followed by a parents’ meet. By evening, the news of this activity reached the media houses through a press note. The Board seemed to grab this opportunity to not only share the festivities with the children and their parents, but also to publicise AMC’s first English-medium public school.
A technical snag caught Chief Minister Narendra Modi unawares, as the video conference went live without his or even his technical team’s knowledge. As hundreds of party workers eagerly waited for Modi to appear on the two giant screens in front of them on Sunday, they were amused to see Modi’s face flash on the screen and the CM ask his technical men, “Main dikh raha hoon bahar...ye chalu hai?. (Can they see me out there...is it on).” One of the technical person’s voice was also heard saying, “Only you can see, not them (workers).” This few seconds long minor glitch made Modi visibly upset, who was also heard telling the cameraman to zoom in on his face, “Screen ko aur paas me lao.”
Catholic Association opens first old age home in city
Ahmedabad: The Catholic Association of Ahmedabad opened the first home for the aged in the city on Sunday. Jeevan Sandhya, as the house is called, belongs to Errol and Juliet Fern, who now live abroad. John D’Costa, president of the Association, Ahmedabad