Gujarat Current Affairs

Gujarat Government to provide 10 % reservation to economically backward of higher castes

Gujarat Government has decided to provide 10 percent reservation for economically backward classes (EBCs) in general category.

In this regard, state government is going to promulgate ordinance and will be applicable in government jobs as well as admission to the educational institutions from next academic year.

This 10 percent reservation for EBCs in general category will be available to all non-reserved class, whose total family income is less than 6 lakh annually. The new reservation will not affect the present reservation available to Scheduled Castes (SC)/ Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC).

This decision will breaches Supreme Court’s reservation limit of 50 percent as the State Government is already providing 50 percent reservation to SC, ST and OBC.

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Geeta Johri appointed as first woman DGP of Gujarat

Gujarat government has appointed senior IPS officer Geeta Johri as the Director General of Police (DGP) of the state.  With this she became the first female DGP of Gujarat.

Her appointment comes after she was elevated to the post after the state DGP PC Thakur was transferred to centre as the Director General (DG) of Civil Defence and Home Guards on deputation.

About Geeta Johri

  • She is IPS officer of the 1982 batch of Gujarat Cadre. She holds the distinction of being Gujarat’s first women IPS officer.
  • She had started her policing career in 1982 in Ahmedabad and later was posted to Gandhinagar and Vadodara.
  • She catapulted in to fame after taking on mafia don Abdul Latif by raiding his den in Popatiawad at Dariapur and arrested his gunman Sharif Khan in September 1992.
  • Earlier in April 2015, she was promoted from the rank of Additional DGP (ADGP) to Director General of Police after the CBI court had dropped charges against her in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
  • She also continued serving as Managing Director of the Gujarat State Police Housing Corporation till April 2016.
  • She was also one of the members of the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) which had probed the ten most heinous cases of 2002 riots. It was headed by former CBI Chief RK Raghavan.

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Kakrapar nuclear plant shut down after coolant system develops leak

Recently, power generation unit 1 at Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS) in Gujarat was shut down for indefinitely period after leakage of heavy water.

The reactor was shut down as per design provisions after a small leak in the Primary Heat Transport (PHT) System of the plant was detected.

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), operator of KAPS has confirmed that there was no harmful, radioactive leakage and the backup safety mechanisms for emergency situation are working as intended.

Kakrapar nuclear plant

  • The nuclear plant is located near Vyara in south Gujarat. It consists of two units of pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWR) of 220 MW each. NPCIL is operator the plant.
  • The first reactor was commissioned in September 1992 and it started commercial power production in May 1993.
  • The second reactor was commissioned in January 1995 and began commercial production in September 1995. Since July 2015, the second unit has been shut for maintenance.

Heavy water (deuterium oxide D2O): It is used for cooling the nuclear reactor core i.e. as coolant and neutron moderator. PHWR is commonly using unenriched natural uranium as its fuel.

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