You can’t understand art just by reading about it, insists ‘courageous’ sculptor

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Born in Lothal in 1933, sculptor Himmat Shah grew up in the surroundings by the remnants of the ancient port city of Indus Valley civilisation. Shah, 85, who has lived in Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Delhi before shifting to Jaipur since 2000, spoke to Prashant Rupera, while he was in the city to visit his friends after 15 years. You were part of the early batches of M S University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, tell us about the days you spent in Vadodara. I learnt the intricacies of art under teachers…

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Mayor slams VUDA for illegal connections

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Vadodara: In a first of its kind move, the elected wing of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has raised the issue of illegal drainage and water connections made into its lines with the Vadodara Urban Development Authority (VUDA). Mayor Bharat Dangar has shot a letter to VUDA stating that realty projects in its area were without infrastructure and eating into those of VMC. Dangar not only shot the letter to VUDA, but also sent it to the state urban development department. The mayor raised the issue regarding the projects on…

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Shocked by poor ranking in NIFR, MSU starts analysis, introspection

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Vadodara: A day after it failed to figure even in the list of top 200 universities in the country, M S University officials got busy studying the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) report which was released by the union ministry of human resource development on Tuesday. Shockwaves have run through the Gujarat’s only English medium university as it neither made it to the top 100 universities of the country nor found a mention in the rank bands of 101-150 and 151-200 which displays the list of participating institutes in the…

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Six more nabbed for helping Bodiyo escape

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Vadodara: Six members of notorious gangster Aslam Bodiyo were arrested by Navapura police for helping him to escape during a gambling raid in the wee hours of March 28 in Navapura. The accused arrested have been identified as Shabbir Sheikh, Kasam Miya Sheikh, Mohammed Hanif alias Bannu Miya Sheikh, Asgar Miya Sheikh, Ismail Sheikh and Akhtar Miya Sheikh, all residents of Mehboobpura locality in Navapura. They were arrested for pelting stones on police party when they had come to conduct the raid. Police said that Kasam Miya was one of…

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Panchmahal BJP MP’s son cremated in native village

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Vadodara: Pravinsinh Chauhan, Panchmahal strongman and son of BJP MP Prabhatsinh Chauhan, died at a hospital in the city late on Tuesday night. Pravinsinh was cremated at his native village Mehlolni Muvadi in Panchmahal district on Wednesday afternoon. Pravinsinh had suffered a brain haemorrhage after he fell while going to a hospital for a dialysis on Monday. He was suffering from kidney ailments since quite some time now and had been under treatment. He was rushed to Vadodara on Monday and had to be put on a ventilator as his…

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Saudagar gymkhana owner arrested

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Vadodara: Karelibaug police arrested Nasrullah Khan Pathan, owner of Saudagar Gymkhana in Nawabwada locality of Raopura, which is identified as gambling den because of regular raids by crime branch and local police. The accused Nasrullah Khan Pathan was booked for attempting to commit culpable homicide on Wednesday after irregularities were found in a probe conducted by Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC), Vadodara Gas Ltd (VGL) and Madhya Gujart Vij Company Ltd (MGVCL). Pathan was already in police custody after being arrested during a gambling raid on March 10. Police said that…

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Man tests positive for swine flu

Vadodara: A 42-year-old man suffering from swine flu was admitted to a private hospital in the city on Tuesday. This is the second case of the flu to be reported in the city this year. Sources in the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) health department said that the patient was from the Harni area of the city. They added that he was admitted to a hospital in Karelibaug that had sent samples to test the patient for swine flu. His condition is reported to be stable. Officials said that the only…

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Polluting Vishwamitri: Cops identify tanker owner, driver

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Vadodara: Police have identified the owner of the tanker and its driver in the racket of disposing industrial waste in Vishwamitri River. Police officials said that the tanker is owned by a person named Sisodiya and the driver’s name is Shiv Kumar. However, the cops have not been able to know much about the duo. Meanwhile on Wednesday, the police also raided house of Bhikha Bhaliya in Manjalpur, who has illegally occupied the banks, but failed to find Bhaliya, his son Deepak and nephew Mahesh over there. Although, the police…

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Huge rice stock damaged in fire at CWC warehouse

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Vadodara: Several bags of rice were gutted after a fire broke out at one of the sheds at Central Warehousing Corporation’s (CWC) warehouse at Navayard on Wednesday morning. The fire in A4 shed of the warehouse was brought under control within 30 minutes by the fire department, but it raised suspicion over how it was ignited. Fire department sources said that short circuit cannot be the reason behind the fire as all wires are concealed. “After the fire was brought under control, during our investigations the workers told us that…

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Circular banning media entry in police station withdrawn

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Surat: City police commissioner Satish Sharma has withdrawn his circular banning entry of media persons with cameramen in the police station and government offices. It was withdrawn after the local association of journalists dashed off a letter to chief minister Vijay Rupani and junior home minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja opposing the directive. In the circular issued on Tuesday, Sharma cited the incident of video shooting during arrest of diamond baron Vasant Gajera in Umra police station. It is stated that when the video was played on a news channel, it harmed…

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