Gujarat Current Affairs

Former Dy Speaker of Gujarat Assembly Nirmala Gajwani passes away

Former Deputy Speaker of Gujarat Assembly and Social Activist Nirmala Gajwani passed away in Rajkot, Gujarat. She was 87.

Mrs. Gajwani was the first lady Deputy Speaker of Gujarat legislative Assembly and was reputed social worker and one of the leading lights of the Sindhi community in the state.

About Nirmala Gajwani

  • She was born in Rohri Sindh (now in Pakistan) on December 28, 1928.
  • She was first woman MLA from Kutch district in Gujarat Assembly and also served as deputy speaker of the house.
  • She was Chairperson of Sindhu Resettlement Corporation (SRC) which is responsible for all the land development in the Gandhidham-Adipur metropolitan area.
  • She also had worked in education field and was responsible for starting many educational institutions in the state.


India’s Grid-linked solar generation capacity crosses 5,000 MW mark

Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has announced that India’s grid-connected solar power generation capacity has crossed the 5,000 Mega Watt (MW) mark.

Presently, Government has set an ambitious plan to achieve 175 Giga Watt (GW) of power generation capacity from renewable sources by 2022. It includes 100 GW from solar and 60 GW from wind.

Under the National Solar Mission (NSM), Union Government increased the solar power generation capacity addition target by five times from 20,000 MW to 100 GW by 2022.

Top grid-connected states

  • Rajasthan (1,264.35 MW).
  • Gujarat (1,024.15 MW).
  • Madhya Pradesh (678.58 MW).
  • Maharashtra (378.7 MW).
  • Andhra Pradesh (357.34 MW).
  • Telangana (342.39 MW).
  • Punjab (200.32 MW).
  • Uttar Pradesh (140 MW).

Major states lagging behind

  • West Bengal (7.21 MW).
  • Uttarakhand (5 MW).
  • Haryana (12.8 MW).


Noted Gujarati writer Labshankar Thakar passes away

Noted Gujarati writer and poet Labhshankar Thakar passed away after prolonged illness in Ahmedabad. He was 80.

He was modernist author of Gujarati literature with influence of existentialism challenging traditional literature styles.

About Labshankar Thakar

  • Thakar was born on 14 January 1935 in Sedla village near Surendranagar in Gujarat. He was popularly known by his penname Punarvasu and Vaidya Punarvasu.
  • Apart from being Gujarati poet, playwright and story writer he was also an Ayurvedic Practitioner.
  • Poetry Collection: Some of his poems are Vahi Jati Pachhal Ramya Ghosha (1965), Manasni Vaat (1968), Mara Namne Darwaje (1972), Boom Kagalma Kora (1974), Pravahan (1986), Kalagranthi (1987).
  • Plays: Asatyakumar Ekagrani Dharpakad, Make Believe (1967), Mari Jawani Maza (1973), Bathtub ma Machhali (1982) etc.
  • Other Work: His novels are Akasmat (1968) and Kon? (1968). His works of criticism is Malela Jeevni Samiksha and Inner Life (1969).
  • Ek Minute (1986) and Kshana Tatkshana (1989) are his collected works of journalism. Maari Ba (1989) is a biographical work about his mother.
  • He also wrote several books on Ayurveda and also had published several magazines including Kriti and Unmoolan.
  • Awards and Honours: Sahitya Akadami Award (1991) for his poetry- Tolan Aawaz Ghunghat, Sahitya Gaurav Puraskar (2002) of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad, Kumar Chandrak (1962), Narmad Chandrak and Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak (1981).