Gandhinagar : Gujarat government on Tuesday announced a new department to address issues of climate change and global warming, to be headed by chief minister Narendra Modi till a full time minister is appointed.

This Multi-District Assessment of Water Safety (M-DAWS) study conducted between March 2007 and December 2008 by WASMO has found chemical and bacterial contamination in drinking water samples in eight districts of Gujarat including Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Kutch, Mehsana, Dangs, Surat and Valsad.

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Imagine 24X7 drinking water supply in all households of urban Gujarat! The unthinkable in this semi-arid state will start at Morbi, a water-starved Saurashtra town, where 34,000 metered connections will start providing round-the-clock drinking water to the entire town in two years. Gandhinagar town, which already has good pipelines, may be even quicker. After the state government has made 24-hour electricity supply possible in Gujarat villages, it is now planning an encore in the water supply front also.

An Inconvenient Truth - former US Vice-President Al Gore's documentary on climate change that took him to the Nobel Prize last year, has impressed Chief Minister Narendra Modi so much that he made top state bureaucracy watch it at his official residence this Monday. The occasion was a dinner hosted by Modi during the two-day brainstorming session on effective implementation of the 2008-09 Annual Budget. Present during the screening were all secretaries, district collectors, municipal commissioners and district development officers.

Gandhinagar will be rocking, soon. Huge multiplexes, sprawling homes, synergized town planning schemes that will contain all the modern amenities you can dream of and other entertainment and shopping extravaganzas will invade the silence that envelops Gandhinagar after every sundown now.

Nearly 100 autorickshaw drivers were detained on Monday by Gandhinagar police at Koba circle, when they were heading towards the state Assembly to mark their protest against the recent price hike of CNG. Ashok Punjabi, convenor of Autorickshaw drivers committee said "Since last night 350-400 Autodrivers were detained by the police at Maninagar, Juhapura, Bapunagar and several other places in a wake of our proposed march at the state assembly. Even in reduced numbers, we were determined to storm the state assembly to get our voices heard.' The autorickshaw association, on Monday, reiterated their threat for an indefinite auto-strike from March 3. Earlier, in the afternoon, autorickshaw drivers assembled at Bishop petrol pump in Sabarmati to lead a march towards Gandhinagar. At Koba a huge team of cops detained them and herded them in a ground till the evening before they were allowed to go. "I had been given an appointment by the energy minister, Saurabh Patel for a meeting. However, before I could reach the minister's office he left for the budget session,' added Punjabi who had managed to evade the detentions and reached Gandhinagar. Earlier, the committee members approached CNG filling stations with their problems and demands. He added that a memorandum stating there problems and probable solutions had been handover to the Chief ministers office along with Shaktisinh Gohil, leader of opposition.

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