Gandhinagar, Nov 21 (IANS) Gujarat on Saturday reported 1,515 Covid-19 cases, the highest in a day so far, out of the 70,388 samples tested to take the state's coronavirus tally to 1,95,917, while nine deaths in the last 24 hours mounted the state's Covid death toll to 3,846.
Ahmedabad reported the maximum number of cases on Saturday at 373, followed by Surat (262), Vadodara (164), Rajkot (137), Gandhinagar (89), Banaskantha (55), Mahesana (53), Patan (51), Jamnagar (41), Kutch (30), Amreli (24), Panchmahals (23), Junagadh and Kheda (20 each), Bhavnagar and Mahisagar (19 each), Sabarkantha (17), Surendranagar (15), Dahod and Morbi (14 each), Aravalli and Narmada (12 each), Gir-Somnath (10), Anand (8), Tapi, Bharuch and Chotta Udepur (6 each), Botad and Devbhumi Dwarka (4 each), Navsari and Valsad (3 each), and Porbandar (1).
The state has reported 22,973 cases in November so far at an average of almost 1,094 cases per day.
Gujarat presently has 13,285 active cases, of which the condition of 13,190 is stable, while 95 patients are on ventilator support.
Of the nine persons who succumbed to the virus on Saturday, five were from Ahmedabad, two from Surat and one each from Rajkot and Gir-Somnath. Gujarat's mortality rate presently stands at 1.96 per cent.
Till now, the health authorities have conducted 71,71,445 tests in Gujarat, of which 69,75,528 have returned negative.
On a positive note, 1,271 patients were discharged on Saturday, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,78,786.
Bengaluru, Nov 25 (IANS) South Western Railway's (SWR) Divisional Railway Manager, Ashok Kumar Verma, on Tuesday flagged off the first export-bound New Modified Goods (NMG) rake from the Hosur railway station to neighbouring Bangladesh.
This is the first NMG rake dispatched by the South Western Railway to Bangladesh.
Speaking to reporters, Verma said the rake consisting of 25 wagons loaded with 100 light commercial vehicles (LCVs) is called "Dost" and has been manufactured by Ashok Leyland. It left for Benapole railway station in Bangladesh.
He said that transportation of automobiles by train is safer and faster compared to transportation by road. "Nont only it is safe and cheaper, but it is also easy to monitor the movement of the consignment in trains with real-time check in practice," he said.
The SWR in a statement claimed that earlier, the Bengaluru division had dispatched two export-bound NMG rakes to Nautanwa (Nepal) from the Penukonda railway station. "Overall, the division has loaded 128 NMG rakes during the current financial year," the statement added.
Verma said the Bengaluru division, which was mainly transporting raw materials and essential commodities, took to loading of automobiles for the first time when it transported 175 tractors from the Doddaballapur railway station to Phuleria in Rajasthan on April 29 this year.
Upbeat about change in the recent policies such as two points unloading of NMG rakes and exemption of terminal charges for automobiles, Verma said that these policy changes have certainly boosted the loading of automobiles by India in Railways.
"In 2020-21, five NMG rakes have been loaded from Hosur. Apart from the rake that left for Bangladesh today, 5,528 two-wheelers have been sent in four rakes to Mandideep in Madhya Pradesh," the Verma said.
The SWR statement added that during the current year, 65 rakes of automobiles manufactured by TAFE, mainly tractors, have been transported by train from the Doddaballapur railway station near Bengaluru.
Till date, a total of 5,600 cars have been transported to Farukh Nagar in Haryana and Nautanwa in Uttar Pradesh from Penukonda in 55 rakes.