Veteran freedom fighter Ghelubhai Naik passes away

Veteran Gandhian and freedom fighter Ghelubhai Naik passed away in Dangs district of Gujarat. He was 90.

He was well-known for his social work and tribal development in Dangs district of Gujarat.

About Ghelubhai Naik

  • Being Gandhian and freedom fighter, he was close to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
  • Following Gandhian principles, he started his social work in Dangs as the Sarvodaya worker in 1948.
  • He along with Chunilal Vaidya had set up Swaraj ashram in Dangs district for spreading the education among the tribal.
  • He also played important role in changing names of thousands of tribal people, who earlier beared names like Ravio, Thagio, Nariyo etc, in order to bring them in mainstream society.
  • His lifelong social work played key role in promoting education, de-addiction and spreading awareness about health and upliftment of Dangi tribe.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 7th vibrant Gujarat summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 7th Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar.

Key facts

  • Inaugural ceremony was attended by United Nations General Secretary and US State Secretary John Kerry.
  • Apart from them, several ministers from Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada and over 50 CEOs of top Indian as well as international companies attended it.
  • Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Ben Patel earlier had welcomed all head of states dignitaries, diplomats and deligates to the summit.
  • This edition will be 3 day event, starting from 11 January and conclude on 13 January 2015.
  • For the first time, eight countries Canada, Japan, China, Australia, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa and U.S. have become partner for the summit with State.
  • This event is expected to bring in record investments to Gujarat. State government expects to sign over 20,000 Expression of Interest during the summit.

About Vibrant Gujarat Summit

  • This mega business event is brainchild of PM Narendra Modi and had started it when he was Chief Minister of State.
  • It is biennial event and started in 2003.
  • The summit is advertised as a platform to understand and explore business opportunities in the State of Gujarat.
  • It aims to provide single window platform to bring together business leaders, investors, corporations, thought leaders, policy and opinion makers.
  • In previous six Vibrant Gujarat Summits, state government had signed MoUs worth Rs. 48 lakh crore.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Dandi Kutir museum in Gujarat

Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Dandi Kutir museum in Gujarat’s capital of Gandhinagar. It is a state-of-the-art three-storey museum, based upon the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi.

It was inaugurated on the occasion of the 13th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) and 7th edition of Vibrant Gujarat.

Key facts about Dandi Kutir museum

  • It is the biggest permanent museum in the world based on life of one person- Mahatma Gandhi.
  • It traces the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi through various faces as barrister, his struggles in South Africa, return to India and successfully leading the freedom struggle.
  • Each and every aspect of Gandhi’s life is portrayed in the form of sculptures in the ‘salt-mound’ at Mahatma Mandir.
  • Dandi Kutir is located inside a 41-metre high salt-mound. This salt-mound depicts Gandhiji’s famous Dandi march of 1930 against the salt tax provisions imposed by the British regime.
  • Through number of exhibits that are displayed in museum, key concepts of Gandhian thoughts like Satyagraha, non-violence, self-reliance, Gram Swaraj are elaborately explained.
  • This museum also showcases 3D short film and also an audio-visual presentation of milestone incidents of the Indian Independence Movement.