Western Region of India starts April with an odd challenge

Life term for killing cows (1st April)

THE GUJARAT government amended the state’s Animal Preservation Bill to entail a maximum punishment of life imprisonment and a minimum of 10 years for cow slaughter. The bill was passed in the assembly in the absence of the Opposition Congress and with the visitors’ gallery packed with saffron-clad Hindu priests.Speaking on the amendment, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that while he was “not against any food”, he wanted to make Gujarat “shakahari (vegetarian)”, “We do not want Jersey cows, but Gir and Kankreji cows instead.”

Goa Food and Culture Festival (6th-10th April)

Goa Food and Culture Festival
The yearly Goa Food and Culture Festival offer the best of the state’s unique cuisine and is a treat for the taste buds. For five days, the festival sees several stalls run by the best in the business offering their best dishes. Goa’s most prominent hotels and restaurants come out for the event, as do its best chefs and even its most enterprising housewives.

Maharashtra becomes first state to clear bill to prevent attacks on journalists and media houses (7th April)

In a first of its kind move in India, the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly cleared a much-anticipated bill seeking to protect journalists and media houses from attacks, with provisions for three years’ imprisonment and/or penalty. The bill was introduced in the Legislative Assembly by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis introduced the bill, titled “Maharashtra Mediapersons and Media Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act, 2017”, in the assembly on 7th April.

GST training drive to cover over 200 talukas (15th April)

GST training drive to cover over 200 talukas
With the Goods and Services Tax (GST) set to be implemented from July, the Gujarat government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure a smooth transition to the new tax regime. As part of a public outreach programme, Gujarat commercial tax (VAT) department in collaboration with services, customs and excise and industry associations, is planning to launch a GST training drive covering more than 200 talukas in Gujarat.

Second leg of Sangharsh Yatra (15th April)

Second leg of Sangharsh Yatra
On April 15, the Congress, NCP, and the Samajwadi Party will begin the second leg of Sangharsh Yatra in Vidarbha and North Maharashtra with a demand of farm loan waiver. In the first leg, the yatra started on March 29 in Chandrapur, covering 16 districts, including parts of Vidarbha, Marathwada, western Maharashtra and Konkan, and concluded on April 4 in Panvel.

PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate multiple projects in Gujarat (17th April)

PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate multiple projects in Gujarat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit Gujarat on April 17 to inaugurate several projects, including a hospital in Surat and Sumul Dairy’s cattle feed plant in Tapi district.The PM is also scheduled to inaugurate Phase-I of the SAUNI (Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation) project.

Goa University convocation (25th April)

Goa University convocation
The 29th Goa University (GU) annual convocation, to be presided over by President Pranab Mukherjee, will take place on April 25, GU has notified. Unlike the normal schedule, where the programme would be held in the mornings, the convocation ceremony, this year, will be held at 4.30pm at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee indoor stadium, Bambolim.

Public hearing for MPT expansion (26-28th April)

After protests at the last public hearing compelled authorities to cancel the three public meetings at Vasco, Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has now decided to reschedule the public meetings in April at Tilak Maidan, Vasco. Refusing to accept the demand to hold public deliberations for the three related projects on a single Sunday, authorities have spread the public hearings over three weekdays from April 26-28. Citizens will get a chance to voice their thoughts on capital dredging for capesize vessels on April 27 at 10.30am while the public hearing for the redevelopment of berth 8 and 9 by MPT will be held on April 28.