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October 30, 2001 - October 31, 2001

Anthrax scare in TDO's office Wednesday, October 31, 2001

VADODARA: The anthrax scare reached rural Vadodara on Monday when an envelope containing an unknown white powder was received by Pavi Jetpur taluka development officer (TDO).
According to district collector Bhagyesh Jha, white powder poured out after the TDO opened the envelope and there was panic in his office.
"The sample has been sent to SSG Hospital for tests. Though no one has taken ill, we are not taking any chances and will have the sample tested," said Jha.

Gas leak creates panic: Panic gripped a village near Savli following a gas leak from a chemical factory in the area. About six persons were reported to have complained of itching in their eyes.
District collector Bhagyesh Jha said olium gas leaked out of Swami Chemicals. Jha has despatched a team of doctors to ascertain whether the leak has had any effect on the people.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Petrol pump fire fuels queries regarding solvent scam Tuesday, October 30, 2001

By a Correspondent, AsianAge
Vadodara: Skeletons have stumbled out of cupboard after Friday’s fire at Swagat petrol pump.
Police sources said that the tanker, which was found at the pump, was reportedly emptying solvent into storage tank of the petrol pump.

The fire had broken out at Swagat Petrol pump at around 5 am on Friday in which one person was partially burnt. Petroleum products worth Rs12 lakhs were destroyed in the fire. Moreover, a nearby residential complex was also affected by the fire.

According to police, the fire broke out after the tanker, which was emptying its content into the underground tank at the petrol pump caught the spark from some unknown source. Police said that the three partners of the pump Harish Patel, Jaypal Mangrola and Amish Patel are absconding.

Though police is yet to get substantial evidence, the absence of key persons handling the pump has raised many questions about the whole issue. It should be recalled that Vadodara rural police had unearthed the petrol adulterating scam in 1999 and many persons were arrested under the Prevention of Black Marketing act including police officer Kabhai Chauhan. The recent revelation of petrol adulteration has refueled the issue.

Speaking to The Asian Age police commissioner J. Mahapatra said that the officials are investigating the matter and if they find substantial evidence, action will be initiated.
He said that they have already sent the necessary samples to the laboratory for analysis.

“If it is established that the tanker was emptying solvent into the underground tanker legal action will be taken,” he said. He further said that there are chances that the inquiry will be handed over to the district authorities and if the allegations are proved, the accused will be detained under PBM.

Sayajigunj police inspector P I Patel said, preliminary examinations suggest that the tanker was emptying solvent. “But to confirm it we have sent the samples to the forensic science laboratory” he added. The district supply officer has also started investigation.

Police sources also added that after the much-talked solvent issue, which took place in 1999, the group had become active again. An official requesting anonymity said that in past few months it was observed that the fuel tankers were emptying the content either late in the night or early in the morning and the Friday fire at Swagat has proved this.

He, however, adds that it would be interesting to see what kind of action is initiated against those who are involved. In the earlier scam, which ran into crores of rupees the culprits were identified but are still roaming scot-free.

News Source : The AsianAge [ The coolest newspaper for city ]

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‘Take action against all forms of terrorism' Tuesday, October 30, 2001

By a Correspondent, AsianAge
Ahmedabad, Oct. 27: Chief minister Narendra Modi called upon the Rajkot district administration to deal effectively and sternly with all the forms of terrorism. Spread of fake currency, transportation of drugs and activities of banned and suspicious anti-national institutions should be vehemently checked by the police, he added.

Chief minister Narendra Modi was in Rajkot on Saturday to review the working of the district administration. He asked the entire administration to gear up to solve the difficulties of the people.

The chief minister said that the district administration should form permanent system of coordination between the revenue, police, panchayats and local self-governments to effectively solve the problem of the state.

He advised the district administration to go out of their office and know the problem of the people and try to solve them by interaction with them. The chief minister also inquired about the water supply and the food and civil supply department of the city.

The chief minister said that he would visit the earthquake-affected areas of the district in a special visit. Mr Modi visited Rajkot for the first time after taking over as chief minister. The BJP workers received Mr Modi at the airport.

News Source : The AsianAge [ The coolest newspaper for city ]

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Gujarati Samaj to celebrate Sardar’s birth anniversary Tuesday, October 30, 2001

By Our Correspondent, AsianAge
Ahmedabad: The Vishwa Gujarati Samaj will celebrate the culmination of the 125 birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31 and November 1.

The samaj will also start Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vishwa Pratibha Award carrying Rs.2.5 lakh to be given every year to any individual or institutions that may have had a lifetime of remarkable contribution to any filed of activity tending to uphold the life, work, vision and values of Sardar Patel.

The recipient of this year award will be Mr Chuni Gohil for his contribution in promotion of the thinking of Sardar Patel. President of the Samaj Krishnakant Vakharia said that history will forever remember Sardar Patel for his remarkable contribution to fight for freedom, and after the independence, for his epic achievement of the integration of India and the way he stood out as the man of destiny in the colossal work of the reconstruction of the country.

The Gujarati Samaj will try to end the yearlong celebration in a grand manner, he added.
Speaking about the awards the general secretary of the Gujarati Samaj Satyam Patel told that it is for the first time that they will give awards to the outstanding persons or institutions who are doing good work for the promotion of the Indians.

Mr Shambhu Patel of Suruchi Trust donated Rs 20 lakh for the awards, he added. The two day celebrations will include Gujarat Utsav, a cultural programme at town hall on October 31, and seminar on the earthquake in Gujarat, rehabilitation and reconstruction at the law college auditorium on November.

.At the programme on evening of November 1, two books will be released and the award will be presented to Mr Chuni Gohil. Chief minister Narendra Modi, leaders of opposition Amarsinh Chaudhary and prominent Gujaraties from all walks of life will be present at the function.

News Source : The AsianAge [ The coolest newspaper for city ]

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Turning to unusual healing methods Tuesday, October 30, 2001

By A Special Correspondent, AsianAge
Ahmedabad: Seventy-two-year-old Shanta was in her first stage of cancer. Premchand Rathore was suffering from asthma. Chandmal Gurjar was suffering from oral cancer. Fate had something different in store for them if had they not undergone the experiment of having gaumutra (cow’s urine).

While many in the field of science fail to believe the benefits of consuming gaumutra, industrialist-turned-gaumutra practitioner Virendrakumar Jain claims that in the last three years he has treated more than 50,000 patients suffering from various ailments.

Mr Jain, who was in the city to propagate the gaumutra therapy, claimed while talking to The Asian Age that any disease that any MBBS doctor is aware of can be treated with this therapy.

Diabetes, asthma, blood pressure, hepatitis B, migraine and cancer are among the few ailments that can be cured by this therapy, he claims, adding the concept of using gaumutra is more than 1,000-year-old in India. Even Aids can be cured, he further claims.

Explaining the benefits of the therapy, Mr Jain says that the gaumutra makes up for various types of deficiencies in the human body. Each patient has to take 100 ml of cow’s urine everyday and the period for which it has to be taken varies depending upon the gravity of problem.

Apart from gaumutra, the patients also have to take bottle gourd juice, methi and other such things. They are also required to follow certain guidelines while eating food at home. Mr Jain says that he had known about the benefits of cow’s urine.

However, he started experimenting for others after his mother benefited by the experiment. She was suffering from cancer. He claims that now she is well. So far the Gaumutra Chikitsa Evam Anusundhan Kendra run by Mr Jain has opened 211 franchises in the country. He says that his aim is to open 10,000 such centres all over the country in another five years.

He has also set a target of training 19,000 people, who can run the kendras by prescribing the therapy. The kendra, with its headquarters in Indore, is to open two more branches in Gujarat on Sunday.

One branch will be opened in Dhansura, about 75-km away from Ahmedabad and another in Rojad in Sabarkantha district. Mr Jain says that he has designed a book on the therapy of gaumutra in such a manner that even a boy, who has passed class 12, can prescribe the quantity of cow’s urine and other homemade medicines.

The gaumutra is provided free of cost and the other homemade remedies are priced reasonably, he claimed.

News Source : The AsianAge [ The coolest newspaper for city ]

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