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October 28, 2001 - October 28, 2001

Chudasma endorses genetic cotton seed for its yield Sunday, October 28, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: Former agriculture minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma has favoured cultivation of genetically engineered cotton as its quality and yield were far better than traditional cotton produced in Saurashtra and central and south Gujarat districts.

While talking to TNN, Chudasma opined that "There was nothing wrong in going ahead with cultivation of genetic cotton which has been accepted by several European countries and even China."

The state government, he said, should encourage the cultivation of such cotton on experimental basis and later the agriculture department and federation of cotton growers could study the results of a new experience and work out a plan for cultivation of genetic cotton.

During his tenure as agriculture minister Chudasma had evinced keen interest in introducing high breed cotton seeds which have shown results and the production had increased considerably.

A leading farmer and chairman of Gujarat State Co-operative bank Jayrambhai Patel has also endorsed the new technique saying that the government should come forward in supplying certified seeds of genetic cotton to avoid the current controversy on destruction of genetic cotton grown in thousands of acres in the state.

Patel said that the government should direct the Gujarat Agricultural University to undertake a pilot project with the help of experts from various agricultural research institutes and later on evolve a policy on cultivation of cotton.

Instead of going haphazard growing of genetic cotton the cotton growers should be educated about advantages and disadvantages of the new variety of cotton the yield of which was more than other varieties of the commodity.

The Gujarat Cotton Growers Federation (GUJCOT) should also prepare its own report on feasibility of genetic cotton in the state and organise workshops and seminars to ascertain federation members' views on the new variety as cotton growers were scared of spurious seeds being marketed in the state.

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


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Cable channels go off air at many areas Sunday, October 28, 2001

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VADODARA: Many residents of Vadodara are finding it difficult to combat the post-Navratri hangover thanks to the "technical error" that led many popular channels like Star Sports and Zee network going off air.

Those who were keenly awaiting the South Africa-India match on Friday (public holiday) too were disappointed. Residents in many city areas also complained that in addition to the match, they were also unable to view any of the Zee channels due to what their cable operators termed was a "technical" error.

Residents in areas like Alkapuri, Makarpura, Gotri, Akota and Sama found it difficult to combat the "Navratri hangover" after the end of the nine nights of revelry.

Those who wanted to stay at home and nurse their aches and pains from dancing were disappointed to find that many of their favourite channels were not on air. "I was looking forward to watch the South Africa-India match, but the channel was not on air in my area. The local cable operator was unable to get the connection due to what he terms is 'a minor cable fault'. But it ruined my holiday," said Amit Patel, a resident of Alkapuri.

Similar complaints came from many other cricket buffs in Sama and Makarpura areas too where cable operators were unable to give their customers the Star Sports channel. Despite strict norms issued by the district entertainment department asking cable operators to ensure quality transmission of channels, most citizens had to contend with similar irregular broadcast. "Sometimes, channels just go off air, and at other times some important channels are not available. This despite us paying regular charges to the cable operator," said one resident of Akota.

According Manisha P, a housewife, there should be strict monitoring and action against such erratic cable suppliers. "We are unable to do much if the operator says the connection is off due to technical errors as there are no other cable operators we can opt for in our area. This makes it difficult for us, and we have to continue paying regular fees and yet suffer due to such repeated 'technical faults'," she said.

Sources reveal that such cable failure is mainly caused due to non-payment of requisite fee by the cable operators to the main supplier. "Many cable operators under-report the actual number of cable connections which they give out. They default on paying the main channel suppliers, and this leads to disconnection of cable lines," said one cable operator. The district entertainment mamlatdar was not available for comment.

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


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Modi to visit Surat today Sunday, October 28, 2001

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SURAT: Though apparent enthusiasm could be seen among scores of BJP workers across the city on the eve of Chief Minister Narendra Modi's visit here on Sunday, but party ranks are keeping their fingers crossed on what seems to be an assessment visit to curb the local unit's organisational downslide.

City MP and Union textiles minister Kashiram Rana said Modi's visit could give a fillip to the beleaguered party's image, presently ridden by factionalism. He felt it would bridge the widening gap between the organisation and party workers at all levels.

Former city mayor Fakir Chauhan, however, said it is too early to say if Modi's visit can strengthen the party. But his interaction with party workers would definitely boost their morale, he added.

City BJP president Kishore Wanakawala, however, is confident that Modi's visit would definitely bring a new wave of enthusiasm among party workers.

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


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Modi to visit Surat today Sunday, October 28, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SURAT: Though apparent enthusiasm could be seen among scores of BJP workers across the city on the eve of Chief Minister Narendra Modi's visit here on Sunday, but party ranks are keeping their fingers crossed on what seems to be an assessment visit to curb the local unit's organisational downslide.

City MP and Union textiles minister Kashiram Rana said Modi's visit could give a fillip to the beleaguered party's image, presently ridden by factionalism. He felt it would bridge the widening gap between the organisation and party workers at all levels.

Former city mayor Fakir Chauhan, however, said it is too early to say if Modi's visit can strengthen the party. But his interaction with party workers would definitely boost their morale, he added.

City BJP president Kishore Wanakawala, however, is confident that Modi's visit would definitely bring a new wave of enthusiasm among party workers.

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


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Rajkot cheers Modi with grand welcome Sunday, October 28, 2001

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RAJKOT: It was chaos at the Rajkot airport during Narendra Modi's first visit to the city as chief minister on Saturday. The cops had a tough job in tackling the party members who were out to show their solidarity with the new chief minister.

As the state government helicopter landed at 1:10 p.m. a select group of BJP men rushed to the chopper to greet Modi but once he came to the VIP enclosure it was bedlam. Leaders and volunteers, men and women, young and old, those aspiring for some post and not so aspiring volunteers jostled around.

The most notable absentee, though, was former revenue and finance minister Vajubhai Vala whom Modi had dropped.

Contrary to notions during the swearing-in, Modi got a red carpet welcome. He had said that such welcome should be banned and the amount meant for such extravaganza could be diverted to the quake rehabilitation work. All that talk seemed shallow when it came to welcoming the chief minister.

A rangoli from colour paper (estimated cost Rs 30,000) greeted Modi at the airport and BJP volunteers besides social and voluntary organisations braved the afternoon heat to welcome him. However, the number of people at the airport was much below the expected target set by the local BJP. In fact, only 1,500 people were there to cheer him at the airport.

That the BJP is a divided house in the city was evident during the arrival function itself. The two groups jostled each other to get as nearer to the chief minister as possible. Even the policemen were targeted and mobbed.

The chief minister remained elusive to reporters at the airport, and to any query, he replied with a 'namaste'. When reporters asked him if he could spare a few moments, he said, "The entire period is for you alone".

A convoy of 50 motorcyclists in rows of two escorted him up to the Race Course Road. Incidentally, as the motorcade neared the railway crossing, it was closed prompting a bystander to comment, "The crossing near Keshubhai Patel's house is closed for Narendrabhai."

Modi had a tight schedule during his day-long visit as addressed officials of the district and region at the collectorate, inaugurated a consumer fair at the Race Course grounds, attended a function of the Rajkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Rajkot Engineering Association to felicitate him. Then there was a garba programme organised by Sargam Club. Of course, he addressed BJP volunteers at night.

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


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