On inauguration day of Narendra Modi Stadium, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, "Coupled with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave and Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, a sports complex will also be built in Naranpura.
These three will be equipped to host any international sports event.
This is a proud moment for Ahmedabad." He further said, "As Chief Minister, he (PM Modi) used to say Gujaratis must also progress in two fields-sports and armed forces.
He took charge of GCA on my request and promoted sports here.
His vision was that world's largest cricket stadium to be built here.
This 1,32,000-seater stadium will be known as Narendra Modi Stadium."
The demand of oxygen has been doubled in several parts of Gujarat amid surge in COVID-19 cases. Oxygen plants are working overtime to fulfill the demands of the hospitals. Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Ahmedabad among other smaller districts have emerged as highest consumers of medical oxygen. The demand of medical oxygen has increased as critical cases pile up in private and government hospitals. According to owner of Mukesh Patel, the demand of medical oxygen has risen from 20-30 per cent. Gujarat has reported 8,152 new COVID-19 cases and 81 deaths in last 24 hours.
Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, queue of ambulances seen waiting outside Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad on April 14 to admit patients. "10 days earlier, about 2800-2900 cases reported daily. But these days we are getting 4500-4600 daily cases. Emergency flow increased to 50%. Almost more cases are corona related. There are 625 ambulances working for 108 services. Also, we had added 60 more ambulances. Hospital wait time has exceeded as it's not the duty of 108 to assign the hospitals to corona patients. One has to call Municipal Corporation," said Hospital's Head of Emergency Satish Patel.
In a joint venture of Municipal Corporation and Neuberg Supratech, drive-through RT-PCR testing has been launched at GMDC Ground in Ahmedabad on April 14 to ramp up COVID testing amid rising cases. Those who came for the test, have to scan QR code. After registration, their vehicles are allowed inside for testing. Director of Neuberg Supratech Laboratory, Dr Sandip Shah said, "It's a joint venture and first time initiative in the country. We are assumed to take around 5000-6000 samples through drive through testing and disposing off a car within 3 minutes. We will provide reports within 36 hours. It will help to contain COVID by limiting the rush."
A big controversy has broken out over renaming the Sardar Patel stadium in Motera as Narendra Modi stadium. Congress has attacked the Prime Minister and accused him of undermining the contributions of the Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Rahul Gandhi reiterated his ‘hum do, humarey do’ jibe at the Prime Minister over the issue. Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has now said that even Atal Chowk was named while Atal Bhari Vajpayee was still PM and soon he lost the post. Baghel said that renaming of the stadium to Narendra Modi stadium is a sign that the Prime Minister will lose his seat soon. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Those above the age of 60 and those above 45 with comorbidities as they will get Covid vaccine in the second of the coronavirus vaccination drive will begin March 1. Aiming at inoculating people of West Bengal for COVID-19 free of cost before the upcoming assembly election, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to help the state in procuring vaccines. The surprise renaming of the revamped Motera cricket stadium in Gujarat after Prime Minister Narendra Modi today caused a flood of reactions on social media. Cricketer Manoj Tiwari and three Bengali film stars joined the Trinamool Congress in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on Wednesday that the Centre has lifted embargo on grant of government businesses to private banks.
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Amid a controversy over a cricket stadium in Gujarat being renamed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government on Wednesday said the name change involves only the Motera stadium and the entire sports complex continues to be named after Sardar Patel. Asked about the allegations, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, however, told reporters that only the Motera stadium has been renamed and the complex continues to be named after Vallabhbhai Patel. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was present alongside Javadekar at the media briefing after a cabinet meeting, also took a swipe at the Congress leaders, asking whether party chief Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi have so far praised the world's tallest statue of Sardar Patel erected at Kevadiya in Gujarat. Watch the full video for more details.
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Situation in the country is getting worse day by day amid COVID second wave. Maharashtra reported 67,013 new COVID-19 cases, 62,298 recoveries and 568 deaths in the last 24 hours. While Kerala registered 26,995 new COVID-19 cases, 28 deaths on April 22. States like Karnataka reported 25,795 cases, Tamil Nadu reported 12,652, and Gujarat reports 13,105 fresh COVID cases in last 24 hours.
Gujarat on April 21 registered 12,553 new COVID infections which took the state's total caseload to 4,40,731. State government has accelerated the pace of COVID-19 testing and vaccination. 125 fatalities were reported due to the deadly virus on April 21, taking the death toll of the state to 5, 740. Currently Gujarat has 84,126 active cases. Former Secretary of Ahmedabad Hospitaland Nursing Hospital, Dr. Viren Shah said that the current situation can be controlled if the government imposes lockdown. "It is the need of the hour,"he added.
Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani on April 21 took his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Gandhinagar. CM Rupani was seen following all the COVID protocols at the centre. Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, as many as 11,403 new COVID-19 cases and 117 deaths were reported in Gujarat, along with 4,179 recoveries, the state health department informed on Tuesday evening.
The BCCI said on Monday that the remaining three T20 Internationals between India and England will be played without spectators at the Narendra Modi stadium in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases. The BCCI's announcement came after Gujarat Cricket Association vice-president Dhanraj Nathwani said the decision was taken due a spike in Covid-19 cases. "T20s on March 16, 18 and 20 will be played without audience at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Refund will be given to the spectators who have purchased tickets," Nathwani said in a statement. Nathwani said the GCA will form policy for refund of money to the spectators who have already purchased tickets for these three T20Is. Watch the full video for more.
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