The preparations for the annual Diwali-Dushhera Mela by Udaipur Municipal Corporation are all done. The fair is scheduled to begin from 25th October and will continue till 3rd November, 2013.
As per Ms.Rajni Dangi (Mayor, Udaipur) the inauguration ceremony is planned to begin at 6:30 pm by Mewar Maha Mandaleshwar, Raasbihari Sharan Jifollowing which the fair shall showcase performances by the local artists. Ms.Hemlata Sharma (Fair Co-ordinator, UMC) further added that the series of these cultural events will conclude on 31st October. However, the fair will continue till 3rd November 2013.
Dushhera Diwali Fair 2013 Schedule:
The schedule for the 10 day fair is as follows :
25th October 2013 – Performances by Local Artists
26th October 2013 – Performances by Local Artists
27th October 2013 – Kavi Sammelan featuring Shyaam Parashar, Hari Om Panwar, Jagdish Solanki, Kesar Dave Prajapat, Jhonny Vairagi and Prakash Nagori.
28th October 2013 – Singer Night featuring Mauli Dave and Group.
29th October 2013 – Rajasthani Night
30th October 2013 – Punjabi Night featuring Channi Mastana and Nidhi Kohli.
31st October 2013 – Bollywood Night featuring Shakti Mohan and Dance Group from Delhi.
Udaipur’s history teacher Taj Mohammed Rangrez is the new ‘Crorepati’ in town!
Sony Entertainment Television’s Kaun Banega Maha Crorepati, one of India’s most popular TV quiz game show hosted by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan has got its first ‘Crorepati’ of the season and that too from our very own city – ‘The City Of Lakes – Udaipur’. Yes!! You have read it right. Udaipur’s history teacher Mr. Taj Mohammed Rangrez is the new ‘Crorepati’ in town.
Taj Mohammed was titled as KBC – 2013’s first ‘Crorepati’ after he successfully answered the twelfth question worth 1 Crore. Taj was also complimented by Mr.Amitabh Bachchan on how well he played and on becoming the first Crorepati of this season.
After the win Taj quoted “I can’t believe that I am a Crorepati! I was confident of the game and did not want to exhaust my lifelines at the start of the game”. Taj Mohammed who teaches history at School in Fatehnagar, Udaipur also made it clear that he plans to use this money to treat his 7 year old partially blind daughter. He also wishes to to buy a house and use a share of this prize money to educate three under privileged girls and help two orphan girls get married.
The episode featuring this first Crorepati winner of KBC 2013 will be aired on September 15.
Devotees across Udaipur combined together on 9th August, 2013 to cherish and celebrate the janmotsav of Sagas Ji Bavji, a local deity. As per every year, this year too this auspicious event was attended by hundreds of Bavji’s devotees. The decorated Picholi temple witnessed queues of bavji hukum’s devotees all ready to cater their gratitude and convey the birthday wishes to the lord. The day began with the morning rituals and Bavji Hukum’s abhishek followed by a Mahabhog offered to him. Also artists invited from Ahemdabad carried our Ratri Jagran in name of the deity.
#2 Link Gates of Swaroop Sagar Opened :
The link gates connecting the swaroop sagar and Fatehsagar lakes have finally been opened. Udaipur witnessed 2.48 inch rainfall due to continuous rains in the last 24 hours. As a result, the link gates of Swaroop Sagar has been opened to facilitate the excessive flow to enter lake Fatehsagar, with this the water level in the lake has started rising. Swaroop Sagar’s water flow is about 4.5 Feet. As per the forecasting experts, Udaipur is assumed to witness heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours.
#3 Mr. Ashutosh Pednekar appointed as Udaipur’s New Collector :
Mr. Ashutosh Pednekar is our city’s new Collector. Mr. Pednekar, an IAS 2002 batch officer has previously served as the District Collector at Alwar, Boondi and Ganganagar. While addressing the media, Mr. Pednekar briefed up about his action list for the coming time, where he talked about focusing on the implementation of the flagship schemes of the CM, developing framework to cope with the increasing traffic problems. He also plans on development of tribal areas by developing the small scale and cottage industries.
#4 City’s Heritage Walk Inaugurated :
To promote tourism and avail nominal priced guided tour to the tourists, Udaipur’s first heritage walk was organized on 5th August, 2013. The Heritage Walk’s inauguration was done by Mr. G.S. Sandhu (Rajasthan State Government, Principal Secretary) along with Ms. Rajni Dangi (UMC, Mayor). The tour shall include a heritage walk in areas like Jagdish Chowk, City Palace Road, Baghore Ki Haveli, Bhattiyani Chauhatta, Gangaur Ghat etc where the tourists shall be briefed about these heritage points and will be provided with a guide book, a note pad and a jute bag. The charges for this tour are set as Rs.200 (all inclusive). This tour will be organized from 8 am-10 am and 5 pm-7 pm daily.
#1 Swami Vivekananda’s Statue Inauguration Ceremony at MLSU :
Mohan Lal Sukhadia Universtiy’s campus witnessed the inauguration ceremony of a statue of Swami Vivekananda on 30th July, 2013. The statue was inaugurated by Mr. Nitin Gadkari (Former President, BJP) the guest list also included various other local dignities namely : Shri Gulab Chand Kataria (MLA), Ms. Rajni Dangi (Mayor), Dr. I V Trivedi (V-C, MLSU) and Mr. Pankaj Borana (President, MLSU). It is noticeable that this statue was sponsored by Udaipur Municipal Corporation.
#2 State’s First ‘Tourist Police Station’ Now In Udaipur :
Rajasthan’s first Tourist Police Station was set up in Udaipur on 30th July, 2013. The station was inaugurated by IG, Police Mr. T.C. Damor. This station was set up as per the last budget focusing on installation of tourists oriented police stations in the tourist cities such as Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur. This station is situated near Bagore Ki Haveli. Tourists, in case of any emergency, need or incident can file in their reports in this facility. This facility has a staff strength of 15 police men. These police officials shall also keep an keen eye on the illegal activities and illegal guides in the region.
#3 Auctions for Hariyali Amavasya Shop Allocation
The shop auction process for Hariyali Amavasya by Udaipur Municipal Corporation witnessed an overwhelming response. Almost 265 shops were auctioned in just 2 days. The shop set up area excludes the Fatehsagar Paal zone, however the Bambaiya Bazar area will act as the alternative, where about 500 shops will be set up. This auction will continue till 5 August, 2013.
#4 Illegal Liquor Worth Rs.30 Lacs Seized By Police
The Goverdhan Vilas Police seized illegal liquor worth Rs. 30 Lac on Balicha Bypass on 28th July, 2013. The CI and ASI were able to seize a truck filled with about 978 cartons of illegally shipped liquor, the truck driver on interrogation by the Goverdhan Vilas Police stated that the truck was illegally transporting Beer and English Liquor from Chandigarh to Ahemdabad. It is noticeable that the truck driver initially made a false statement about the contents of the truck. However, he later confessed of his actions and also told the Police about the other truck which fled the scene on witnessing the police.
IIM-U celebrated its second birthday on 27th July, 2013. With this the institute has successfully stepped into its third year, the celebration was witnessed among the presence of Prof. Janat Shah (Director) , faculty members, students and the administrative staff. It is noticeable that IIM-U’s second edition of the Leadership Summit is scheduled to be organized on August 3rd at Darbar Hall, City palace.
Janardan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University held its fourth convocation ceremony on 24th July, 2013 at its administrative office, Pratap Nagar. The event witnessed the convocation of its 55 students; the ceremony also marked the successful completion of the three year course by 12 foreign students. Prof. Bhawani Shankar Garg (Chancellor, HNGU) and Dr. Hemixaben Rao (VC, HNGU) distributed the awards. Prof. S.S. Sarangdevot (Vice-Chancellor, JRNRVU) conveyed his greetings to the students.
#3 Mock Drill: Rehearsing How To Cope with A Hijacking Situation
A hijacked plane was forced to land at the Dabok airport on 25th July due to lack of fuel. The four terrorists that hijacked the plane also killed two passengers…!! The anti-hijack committee, Dabok Police, A.SP, SDM, CISF and other administrative officials responded to this situation. Well nothing to worry about! It was just a mock drill that focused on rehearsal of mitigation and tactics for such Hijacking contidions.
#4 Oath To Protect The Environment
Celebration mall celebrated its second anniversary in an unique and environmentally friendly way. The mall ‘s management in association with the Rotary Club led their environmental protection movement by distributing about 1000 plants to the people. The mall also encouraged the use of environmental friendly bags. As per the mall authorities, the customers can enjoy special offers till 31st July.
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur has been voted as the Best Resort in Asia once again by Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards, 2013. This makes The Oberoi Udaivilas enter into the third consecutive year of ranking as Best Resort in Asia. The ranking is the result of a Readers’ Poll conducted by the magazine.
About Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards :
Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards are amongst one of the most prestigious awards in the international travel industry. The rating and evaluation of various hotels across the world is done by the readers on the following characteristics –
Rooms and Facilities
Food and Value.
“It is indeed a moment of pride for us that The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur has been voted the Best Resort in Asia for the third consecutive year. This is a significant landmark for Indian tourism that will make India a preferred destination amongst international travellers” said Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi (Executive Chairman, The Oberoi Group)
Who else made it to the List ?
Apart from The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur. The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur and The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra also have been ranked amongst the Top 10 Resorts by Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards, 2013. Whereas, The Oberoi, Gurgaon and The Oberoi, Mumbai managed to secure their positions in the Top City Hotels in Asia.
You can even check out the detailed awards list for The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur : HERE
Udaipur witnessed a subsequently good amount of rainfall in its catchment area over the last few days, as a result the water levels of the lakes have started rising. In order to get ready for the forthcoming ‘Good Monsoon’, the irrigation department opened all the four gates of Swaroop Sagar by 4 inches for a short period of time. The opening of gates was a measure for clearing out the dirty water. The water level at Lake Pichola and Lake Udai Sagar continues to rise, due to the good inlet flow from their feeders.
#2 Female Surgeon Arrested for Taking Rs.4000 bribe :
The Anti Corruption Bureau arrested Dr. Anjali Seth (Surgeon and Asst. Prof, RNT Medical College) for demanding a Rs. 4000 bribe for conducting an operation. Dr. Seth served at MB Hospital on a contract basis and was also due to join the hospital on permanent basis. Dr. Anjali operated a person in May,2013. The patient’s relative when told Dr. Anjali regarding the patient’s present problems and asked her to look over the case for some better treatment, Dr. Seth demanded Rs 4000. Later the ACB after receiving this complaint raided the doctor’s residence and arrested her.
#3 Web Radio To be Launched By MLSU :
In order to make the students practically sound, Mohan Lal Sukhadia University’s Journalism dept. shall launch the University’s Web Radio from the forthcoming session. The radio shall have a limited duration telecast, however the telecast can be later accessed through the record section. The radio shall enlighten its listeners with interviews of professors, university related information, GK etc. Prof. I.V Trivedi expressed his happiness and pride on this initiative by the University, and promised the help and support to the Journalism Department. It is noticeable that MLSU will be the first University in Rajasthan to facilitate the students with a Web Radio.
#4 St. Paul’s Celebrated its 60th Anniversary :
St Paul’s Sr. Sec. School celebrated its 60th anniversary on 16th July,2013. The celebration included cultural program, cake cutting ceremony and honoring the students with outstanding performances. The program witnessed Bishop Devprasad Ganava (President, CDISU) as the chief guest. Apart from the cultural performances, the day also witnessed the selection and announcement of the chosen Head Boys, Captains, Vice-Captains and the Heads of cultural, sports, language, health and discipline committees.