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Nitin Patel admits shortage of beds, health facilities in Gujarat as COVID cases surge

Gujarat’s health minister Nitin Patel on Sunday admitted that there is a dearth of beds required for COVID-19 patients in the state—a fact that the government had been denying for the past few days despite media reports suggesting so. Patel said that the current requirement of beds and allied healthcare facilities in view of the...

Gujarat: As COVID-19 cases surge, Nitin Patel urges people to get vaccinated

At a time when COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly in Gujarat, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Monday urged citizens above 45 years to get themselves vaccinated free of cost at government facilities when vaccination for the category begins on April 1. Patel also said that people should take both doses of the vaccine to...

Gujarat: CM Rupani rules out lockdown, but no Holi celebrations will be allowed

At a time when COVID-19 cases in Gujarat is increasing rapidly, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ruled out chances of imposing a complete lockdown, while asserting that strict implementation of COVID safety guidelines will have to be followed by the people. The CM said, “There won’t be any lockdown. People need to follow COVID-19 guidelines....

24-day-long budget session begins in Gujarat

With the local body elections in Gujarat coming to an end on Sunday, the budget session of the Assembly began on Monday. During the 24-day-long budget session, many important bills will be introduced including on love jihad. The budget session is likely to be a noisy affair with the Opposition targeting the government on the...

Gujarat Civic Polls: Average 27% voting recorded till 1 pm

The voter turnout in the second phase of local body elections is gradually picking up pace with each passing hour. Voting for municipalities, taluka panchayat and district panchayat is going on throughout the state. Till 1 pm, the state has recorded an average voter turnout of 27 per cent. Nearly 35.44 per cent voting has...

Nitin Patel casts vote, wishes BJP candidates

Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Sunday cast his vote along with his family in his home district Mehsana’s Kadi taluka. Notably, voting for the second phase of civic polls is going on in Gujarat today. Average voting is reported in many districts till 12:30 pm. Ahmedabad and Surat have reported around 12 per cent...

Congress questions govt’s silence on Madhu Shrivastav’s controversial statement

BJP MLA from Vaghodia, Madhu Shrivastav, has once again raked up a controversy with his statements. While addressing an event in Sayajipura, the BJP legislator said that he keeps police and collector in his pocket and no one can touch him. With civic elections around-the-corner, the Congress too has utilised the opportunity. It has questioned...

Gujarat govt announces relaxation in night curfew as COVID-19 cases decline

The night curfew imposed by the Gujarat government in four cities of the state to contain the spread of COVID-19 has been extended till February 28. The decision in this regard was taken during the meeting of a core committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. While the night curfew has been extended, the...

No extension of weekend curfew in Ahmedabad, night curfew to continue: Nitin Patel

Gujarat’s deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Sunday put to an end speculations about extension of the curfew in Ahmedabad and other cities in the state. Nitin Patel has said that the curfew imposed in Ahmedabad to contain the coronavirus pandemic will not be extended. Patel, however, clarified that night curfew will continue in Ahmedabad,...

Gujarat ranks 12 in new COVID-19 cases: Rupani

Gujarat ranks 12 th in reporting new COVID-19 infections, chief minister Vijay Rupani said on Wednesday.  He said those who were praising the Kerala Model should look at what has happened now.   Rupani was speaking to the media after a review meeting of the COVID-19 situation in Rajkot.  Rupani was accompanied by deputy chief...

Grade pay has not been increased: Nitin Patel

Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel on Wednesday clarified that no hike in the grade pay of teachers has been done. Patel in a press conference said, A lot of controversies has been going around the Rs4200 grade pay being given to teachers in the state. Nitin Patel said this was something that was paid to...

Nitin Patel says govt is not hiding COVID-19 death statistics

Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel who is also the Health Minister of Gujarat on Wednesday clarified that the state has not been hiding any COVID-19 deaths. In an address, Patel said that anyone who has died after being tested positive for COVID-19 is considered a COVID-19 death irrespective of co-morbidities. “There is no hiding of...