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December 2, 2001 - December 2, 2001

Congress leader killed in road mishap Sunday, December 2, 2001

Source - Times News Network
AHMEDABAD: Senior Congress leader and former Lok Sabha member Haroobhai Mehta and his driver were killed on the spot and his brother injured when the car in which they were travelling collided with a truck at Madhiya-San road in Bhavnagar district late on Saturday night.

The mishap occurred when the car in which Mehta (70), with brother Mahendra and driver Moin Pathan, was proceeding to Bhavnagar, collided with a truck from behind when the truck driver suddenly applied breaks, police said here on Sunday.

Mahendra received injuries on his hand and was later moved to a hospital, they said.

A lawyer in Gujarat High Court, Mehta was later elected to the Lok Sabha from Ahmedabad on Congress ticket and was known for his social and NGO activitives in the state.
( PTI )

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Ministers violate code of conduct with elan Sunday, December 2, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: Home Minister Gordhan Zadaphia recently inaugurated two police stations in Rajkot while minister of state for rural development, Mohan Kundaria, has announced that villages that opt for the Samras scheme may be given Rs 50,000 from the legislators' and MPs' grants.

The ministers' actions came after the gram panchayat election notification was issued by the state election commission and amount to virtual breach of the model code of conduct.

Even more surprising is the fact that while the state information department staff are not allowed to issue the press notes officially, some of them attend the functions at the behest of ministers and issue 'unofficial' press notes - without the information department's masthead.


Incidentally Chief Minister Modi inaugurated a new bus stand at Jetpur minutes after the poll notification was issued in Gandhinagar. He was also scheduled to flag off a decorated bus on the Junagadh-Ahmedabad route, but better sense prevailed among officials and Modi walked away leaving the decorated bus at the stand.


When contacted, Congress Minority Cell president Ilyas Khan Pathan told 'The Times of India' that a letter was being sent to the state election commissioner pointing out the blatant breach of model code of conduct by BJP leaders including ministers.

Pathan also remarked that "looking into the way the chief minister is moving from one village to the other it is doubtful whether free and fair elections will be held in the state".

On the other hand, BJP spokesman Raju Dhruv, when approached claimed that "these programmes were chalked out far before the election notification was issued and hence there was nothing wrong in attending such public functions. "It does not amount to any kind of breach."

The district election office, when contacted, refused to divulge any information pleading "we have to seek permission from higher-ups". The officials even refused to clarify if such actions amounted to breach of conduct or not. A stoic silence followed before the phone was hung up.

As per the model code, which came into effect last Monday, the ministers and office-bearers will not make announcements about financial grants or promises about the same nor clear payments from discretionary funds. They will not lay foundation stones nor give promises for laying roads, water pipelines etc.

They have been restricted from visiting villages where elections are to be held in their official vehicles or staying there, from holding meetings with officials connected with the election work and taking government or panchayat employees along with them.

The government and the ruling party have been prohibited from making announcements on government plans or projects or about policy matters, which could influence voters.

The taluka and district panchayat office-bearers have been prohibited from using government vehicles during the enforcement of the model code.

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


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Ministers violate code of conduct with elan Sunday, December 2, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: Home Minister Gordhan Zadaphia recently inaugurated two police stations in Rajkot while minister of state for rural development, Mohan Kundaria, has announced that villages that opt for the Samras scheme may be given Rs 50,000 from the legislators' and MPs' grants.

The ministers' actions came after the gram panchayat election notification was issued by the state election commission and amount to virtual breach of the model code of conduct.

Even more surprising is the fact that while the state information department staff are not allowed to issue the press notes officially, some of them attend the functions at the behest of ministers and issue 'unofficial' press notes - without the information department's masthead.


Incidentally Chief Minister Modi inaugurated a new bus stand at Jetpur minutes after the poll notification was issued in Gandhinagar. He was also scheduled to flag off a decorated bus on the Junagadh-Ahmedabad route, but better sense prevailed among officials and Modi walked away leaving the decorated bus at the stand.


When contacted, Congress Minority Cell president Ilyas Khan Pathan told 'The Times of India' that a letter was being sent to the state election commissioner pointing out the blatant breach of model code of conduct by BJP leaders including ministers.

Pathan also remarked that "looking into the way the chief minister is moving from one village to the other it is doubtful whether free and fair elections will be held in the state".

On the other hand, BJP spokesman Raju Dhruv, when approached claimed that "these programmes were chalked out far before the election notification was issued and hence there was nothing wrong in attending such public functions. "It does not amount to any kind of breach."

The district election office, when contacted, refused to divulge any information pleading "we have to seek permission from higher-ups". The officials even refused to clarify if such actions amounted to breach of conduct or not. A stoic silence followed before the phone was hung up.

As per the model code, which came into effect last Monday, the ministers and office-bearers will not make announcements about financial grants or promises about the same nor clear payments from discretionary funds. They will not lay foundation stones nor give promises for laying roads, water pipelines etc.

They have been restricted from visiting villages where elections are to be held in their official vehicles or staying there, from holding meetings with officials connected with the election work and taking government or panchayat employees along with them.

The government and the ruling party have been prohibited from making announcements on government plans or projects or about policy matters, which could influence voters.

The taluka and district panchayat office-bearers have been prohibited from using government vehicles during the enforcement of the model code.

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


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Modi dedicates power plant to the state Sunday, December 2, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SURAT: Stressing for onward integration of several agencies, both in private and in public, for optimum utilisation of power generated at reduced cost of production, Chief Minister Narendra Modi termed the completion of 156 MW power plant of Gujarat State Energy Generation Limited (GSEG) at Hazira in a record time of 17 months an exemplary one, while dedicating the same to the people of the state on Saturday at Hazira.


Lauding the efforts of all concerned, for completion of this gas-based project at Mora Village in Hazira, Modi said people in general have lost faith that such projects could be completed within the given time frame. He added the power plant of the GSEG could be a trend-setter not just for the state, but for the entire country, as it also proved how a combination of efficiency factors could effectively be merged to translate concepts into reality.

The natural gas-based combined cycle project, which can also run on liquid fuel, has been developed at a cost Rs 576 crore with an installed capacity of 156.1 MW.

Earlier speaking on the occasion, Union minister of state for energy Jaywantiben Mehta stressed for a comprehensive approach to fulfil the power demand of the people of the state and said the GSEG's power plant at Hazira would be a step in this direction.

Union minister of textiles and city, Kashiram Rana lauded the efforts of the state government and said that the industries in this region would benefit a lot from the completion of this project.

Those who addressed the gathering included minister of energy Kaushik Patel, minister for energy Bavkubhai Undhad and managing director GSEG D J Pandian.

Official sources said while Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd (GSPC) holds 26 per cent equity in the company, GEB, GIPCL, GPCL and GIIC have confirmed equity participation, it takes total equity from state sector companies to more than 51 per cent, according to official sources. Further, central public sector undertakings like KRIBHCO and GAIL have also taken equity in the company of 25 and 12 per cent respectively, sources added.

The GSEG project comprises two gas turbines of 52 MW each, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine of 52 MW. Being a gas-based power plant, it is environment friendly and it has also signed a power purchase agreement with GEB for sale of power from the plant. M/s Steag Encoteg of Germany would be looking after the operation and maintenance of the plant, official sources informed.

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


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CM dedicates Hazira power plant to the state Sunday, December 2, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SURAT: Stressing for onward integration of several agencies, both in private and in public, for optimum utilisation of power generated at reduced cost of production, Chief Minister Narendra Modi termed the completion of 156 MW power plant of Gujarat State Energy Generation Limited (GSEG) at Hazira in a record time of 17 months an exemplary one, while dedicating the same to the people of the state on Saturday at Hazira.


Lauding the efforts of all concerned, for completion of this gas-based project at Mora Village in Hazira, Modi said people in general have lost faith that such projects could be completed within the given time frame. He added the power plant of the GSEG could be a trend-setter not just for the state, but for the entire country, as it also proved how a combination of efficiency factors could effectively be merged to translate concepts into reality.

The natural gas-based combined cycle project, which can also run on liquid fuel, has been developed at a cost Rs 576 crore with an installed capacity of 156.1 MW.

Earlier speaking on the occasion, Union minister of state for energy Jaywantiben Mehta stressed for a comprehensive approach to fulfil the power demand of the people of the state and said the GSEG's power plant at Hazira would be a step in this direction.

Union minister of textiles and city, Kashiram Rana lauded the efforts of the state government and said that the industries in this region would benefit a lot from the completion of this project.

Those who addressed the gathering included minister of energy Kaushik Patel, minister for energy Bavkubhai Undhad and managing director GSEG D J Pandian.

Official sources said while Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd (GSPC) holds 26 per cent equity in the company, GEB, GIPCL, GPCL and GIIC have confirmed equity participation, it takes total equity from state sector companies to more than 51 per cent, according to official sources. Further, central public sector undertakings like KRIBHCO and GAIL have also taken equity in the company of 25 and 12 per cent respectively, sources added.

The GSEG project comprises two gas turbines of 52 MW each, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine of 52 MW. Being a gas-based power plant, it is environment friendly and it has also signed a power purchase agreement with GEB for sale of power from the plant. M/s Steag Encoteg of Germany would be looking after the operation and maintenance of the plant, official sources informed.

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


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