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October 27, 2001 - October 27, 2001

CVC orders probe into Surat land scam Saturday, October 27, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SURAT: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has ordered an enquiry into the alleged Rs 15-crore embezzlement case by members of the Surat Parsi Panchayat Trust and other irregularities. The CVC order was based on a complaint lodged by a member of the trust and some concerned members of the 4,500-odd Parsi community in the city.
The CVC had directed the Gujarat government on August 24 to initiate investigations into the alleged fraud that resulted in the sale of about 150 acres of land near Doongarwadi in Saharadarwaja area of the city. Subsequently, the charity commissioner was instructed to look into the matter and conduct an enquiry into one of the major land scams in the city, involving fraudulent means to dispose off the land by a handful of trust members for personal gains. The assistant charity commissioner has so far issued five notices to the trustees to show cause as to why appropriate action should not be initiated against them, said Noshir Dordi, an activist among the local Parsis.

Trustee Dhanjishaw Dumasia in his complaint to Central Vigilance Commissioner N Vittal had stated that land worth over Rs 15 crore in Doongarwadi was sold to textile mills without taking any proper resolution to this effect by a majority of trustees and other members of the Parsi community. Even the approval, which is mandatory, was not sought by them, he said.

Once spread over 150 acres, Doongarwadi which was gifted to the local Parsis by Mughal emperors in the early 19th century for constructing a tower of silence and a fire temple, has now been reduced to just 70 acres. As a result, commercial activities, stud farming, poultry farming and two textile mills have sprung up in the area which was supposed to be left untouched to keep sanctity of the tower of silence, one of the oldest and biggest in the world.

Apart from this, Dumasia pointed out that in the last two decades various plots of land and property belonging to the trust were sold without prior approval from the members and the revenue earned from the transactions was never deposited with the trust's fund and property wing, of which he was once a member.

Other frauds include siphoning off of money in the name of imparting computer education to Parsi students and other projects related to movable and immovable trust property, Dumasia alleged.

Sources said members of the trust were summoned to clarify their stand before the charity commissioner early this week. However, several activists forwarded apprehensions that the trustees might try to mislead the concerned investigating authorities, Dordi added.

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


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Kisan Sangh goes against govt's support for cotton seed Saturday, October 27, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
GANDHINAGAR/AHMEDABAD: The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), the powerful farmers wing of the Sangh Parivar, has advised a word of caution to the state government on the Bt.gene cotton seed controversy following the Centre's directive to burn the crop in Gujarat even as the BJP's political leadership here is convinced that the genetically engineered seed was good for the farmers.

The BKS is in no mood to digest the state government's argument that the genetically-engineered seed is harmless, or that India's pesticides lobby is behind the whole campaign against the new seed to safeguard its interests. The BKS leadership considers the seed an attempt by foreign multinational companies to impose on Indian farming techniques "that would make us subservient to the West."


Talking with TNN here on Friday, the BKS's three top leaders -- all-India secretary Jivanbhai Patel, state treasurer Bababhai Patel, and north Gujarat secretary Mangalbhai Patel -- said the seed was an attack on 'swadeshi' and was part of the World Trade Organisation's strategy to make the country's farmers dependent on foreign seeds. "We have yet to know the results of the genetically-engineered cotton seed sown by farmers, but the fact of the matter is that there is a clear attempt to impose on us what are called terminator seeds," Mangalbhai explained.

Insisted Jivanbhai, "We are not against foreign technology or seeds. But if the west is seeking to impose on us what are actually impotent seeds, making the farmers approach MNCs only to buy them before every season, then we are certainly against it. Its environmental impact needs to be examined thoroughly. If the Centre wants the crop to be burnt, then one has to see the reasons behind this."

He said if the crop is burnt, the farmers must be paid full compensation by the company that provided them with the seeds. A BKS delegation will be meeting Chief Minister Modi on Sunday to give a memorandum on WTO which would also mention the cotton-seed controversy.

Suggesting one need not forget the Andhra Pradesh experience, Mangalbhai said, "Failure to get the proper price for a new variety cotton crop made several cotton farmers to commit suicide in that state. One hopes, that situation does not arise here."

State agriculture minister Purshottam Rupala and Union textile minister Kashiram Rana, the BJP strongman from Surat, have already reacted sharply against the Centre's directive to burn the cotton crop sown from the genetically-engineered seed, the farmers' production costs are down as they did not have to use pesticides.

Former state 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 was of the opinion that "There was nothing wrong in going ahead with cultivation of genetic cotton which has been accepted by several European countries and even in countries like China."
The state government, he said, should encourage the growing of such cotton on an experimental basis and later on the agriculture department and federation of cotton growers should study the results and work out a plan for cultivation of genetic cotton.
A leading farmer and chairman of Gujarat State Co-operative Bank, Jayrambhai Patel, has also endorsed the new technique saying the government should come forward in supplying certified seeds of genetic cotton and avoid destruction of genetic cotton grown in thousands of acres in the state.
Patel said 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 the cultivation of cotton. Cotton growers should also be educated on the advantages and disadvantages of the new variety of cotton.

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


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Kisan Sangh goes against govt's support for cotton seed Saturday, October 27, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
GANDHINAGAR/AHMEDABAD: The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), the powerful farmers wing of the Sangh Parivar, has advised a word of caution to the state government on the Bt.gene cotton seed controversy following the Centre's directive to burn the crop in Gujarat even as the BJP's political leadership here is convinced that the genetically engineered seed was good for the farmers.

The BKS is in no mood to digest the state government's argument that the genetically-engineered seed is harmless, or that India's pesticides lobby is behind the whole campaign against the new seed to safeguard its interests. The BKS leadership considers the seed an attempt by foreign multinational companies to impose on Indian farming techniques "that would make us subservient to the West."


Talking with TNN here on Friday, the BKS's three top leaders -- all-India secretary Jivanbhai Patel, state treasurer Bababhai Patel, and north Gujarat secretary Mangalbhai Patel -- said the seed was an attack on 'swadeshi' and was part of the World Trade Organisation's strategy to make the country's farmers dependent on foreign seeds. "We have yet to know the results of the genetically-engineered cotton seed sown by farmers, but the fact of the matter is that there is a clear attempt to impose on us what are called terminator seeds," Mangalbhai explained.

Insisted Jivanbhai, "We are not against foreign technology or seeds. But if the west is seeking to impose on us what are actually impotent seeds, making the farmers approach MNCs only to buy them before every season, then we are certainly against it. Its environmental impact needs to be examined thoroughly. If the Centre wants the crop to be burnt, then one has to see the reasons behind this."

He said if the crop is burnt, the farmers must be paid full compensation by the company that provided them with the seeds. A BKS delegation will be meeting Chief Minister Modi on Sunday to give a memorandum on WTO which would also mention the cotton-seed controversy.

Suggesting one need not forget the Andhra Pradesh experience, Mangalbhai said, "Failure to get the proper price for a new variety cotton crop made several cotton farmers to commit suicide in that state. One hopes, that situation does not arise here."

State agriculture minister Purshottam Rupala and Union textile minister Kashiram Rana, the BJP strongman from Surat, have already reacted sharply against the Centre's directive to burn the cotton crop sown from the genetically-engineered seed, the farmers' production costs are down as they did not have to use pesticides.

Former state 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 was of the opinion that "There was nothing wrong in going ahead with cultivation of genetic cotton which has been accepted by several European countries and even in countries like China."
The state government, he said, should encourage the growing of such cotton on an experimental basis and later on the agriculture department and federation of cotton growers should study the results and work out a plan for cultivation of genetic cotton.
A leading farmer and chairman of Gujarat State Co-operative Bank, Jayrambhai Patel, has also endorsed the new technique saying the government should come forward in supplying certified seeds of genetic cotton and avoid destruction of genetic cotton grown in thousands of acres in the state.
Patel said 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 the cultivation of cotton. Cotton growers should also be educated on the advantages and disadvantages of the new variety of cotton.

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


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ISD Scam :: Court rejects bail plea of ISD scam accused Saturday, October 27, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: The additional sessions court here rejected the bail application of multicrore ISD scam accused R T Sharma, Kiran Rana and Shailesh Chandpure.

The court of Additional Sessions Judge A N Vakil rejected the application on the grounds that granting bail to the accused, against whom a series of clinching evidence of fleecing a government department through fraud has been found, will set a bad example in society.

Government pleader Raghuveer Pandya, while making his case against the bail application, argued that the tainted trio of BSNL had tampered with the telephone exchange equipment to achieve zero metering, facilitated illegal ISD calls and got money through 'hawala' from their international agents.

Besides, Pandya argued, Sharma had also deposited lakhs of rupees earned through the ISD scam with a credit society for personal gains. The account of other factual data of how the tainted trio had earned a bad name for a prestigious government agency like BSNL was also submitted in the court.

Pandya also made it a point to remind the court that the accused had been absconding for five months after the scam was exposed. After a detailed hearing the court rejected the bail application of Sharma, Rana and Chandpure. The accused in the ISD scam had made some Rs 22 crore, while BSNL lost nearly Rs 100 crore of revenue.

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


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MICA to tie up with US universities Saturday, October 27, 2001

BY PRIYA ADHYARU-MAJITHIA, TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA), will soon expand its existing facilities and offer a number of new courses to meet the demand of a growing entertainment and media industry.

"In keeping with the demand from the vibrant Indian communication industry, MICA seeks to redefine its curriculum and upgrade the student and faculty calibre through international interactions," said the institute's director Atul Tandan.

To introduce students to innovative ideas and new communication technology, MICA has offered to tie up with reputed universities in the US, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

"Recognising the importance of understanding the intricacies of the developing Indian market today, the universities abroad are keen to join their reputed Indian counterparts. Tie-up with an Indian institute can provide the foreign universities an avenue through which giving a direct educational experience of the developing Asian market operations becomes possible," added Tandan.

University of Illinois in Chicago, University of Florida, University of Michigan, University of Georgia, Northwestern University, University of California are among those who have expressed their willingness for tie-ups with MICA, and offered to start short programmes for Indian students here soon, Tandan said.
The objective behind the tie-ups is to mutually enhance the academic skills of the Indian and international students through interactive programmes. Commenting on the necessity for affiliation, Tandan said it is vital to recognise the importance of mutual institutional collaborations that help to promote the exchange of academic and research information. "Through these tie-ups MICA students will be able to receive services from international faculty," Tandan said.
With this, MICA also plans to launch a new range of certificate programmes in new fields like visual communication and design, broadcasting and digital journalism, corporate reputation management -- that are taught in universities abroad as corporate social responsibility.
"We have developed some modules of these new courses and in accordance with the feedback received from the industry, experts and professionals we would finalise the structure of the course content. This year we have launched brand management, direct marketing and corporate communication as two-year specialisation programs, and I am keen to begin the next academic year with the international tie-up programmes and the new certificate courses."
MICA plans to utilise advanced digital communication technology for the teaching programmes and is to soon commence distant learning and correspondence courses for students within India and abroad. "We would like to renovate the teaching methods and utilise the emerging new communication technologies for correspondence courses," said Tandan.

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


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