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October 23, 2001 - October 23, 2001

Rs 4.25-lakh grant to prepare new voters list Tuesday, October 23, 2001

RAJKOT: The Rajkot district administration received a Rs 4.25-lakh grant from the state government towards the preparation of a new voters list, expected to begin from November 5.

Sources in the district collector's office told TNN on Saturday that the process of appointment of officers and staff, and the procurement of forms is complete. The money was distributed to 18 mamlatdars and district officials, they said. Prant officials of Rajkot, Morbi and Gondal were allocated Rs 20,000 each, while mamlatdars of Rajkot, Gondal, Jetpur, Dhoraji, Upleta, Morbi, Tankara and Jasdan talukas were allocated Rs 20,000 each. The additional mamlatdar of Rajkot city was given Rs 40,000.

The mamlatdars of Kotdasanghani, Lodhika, Jamkandorna and Padhadhari were given Rs 5,000 each, while for Maliya Miyana a sum of Rs 10,000 was allocated to each. While the total allocation till date amounts to Rs 2,95,000, the balance would be utilised as and when required, and the money has been put at the discretion of the deputy district election officer, the sources added.

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

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Vishal procured foreign arms Tuesday, October 23, 2001

RAJKOT: Vishal Madam, the kingpin in the infamous kidnap case of two youths from Rajkot, confessed before police on Friday that he had procured seven foreign-made firearms and was also involved in arms dealing.

The city police has been quizzing Vishal, who was arrested from near Vadodara, then brought to Jamnagar and subsequently to Rajkot, confessed that he had bought the arms at the behest of Raju Anadkat, the Dubai-based brain behind the kidnap and the subsequent ransom demand from the jeweller father of the victims.

Vishal also said he supplied the arms to many persons. He said the arms were purchased from Rajak Ishak Chavda, a shipping contractor from Jamnagar; Kamlesh Vaid, a history-sheeter from Junagadh; Rafiq Noormohammed Belai, another shipping contractor from Jamnagar; Dawood Bhadela Vagher of Jamnagar and Abas Ahmedabadi of Salaya.

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

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Navratri time, glamour time Tuesday, October 23, 2001

“Fashion is such an intolerable form of ugliness that it has to be altered every six months.” But not quite during Navratri. At one end you see styles which were popular in the 1970s whereas at the other you might find the latest adaptation from a Falguni Pathak video.The look this year is nothing spectacular but we have glimpses of creative tastes in outfits and accessories everywhere. It is not surprising that men discuss among themselves all the time the very gripping question: ‘Why do all girls look so pretty in Navratri?’.

The most popular fad this year during Navratri is the sleeveless back less choli which, if you can carry it off well, can look quite stunning. There are hordes of young girls sporting these. However fashionable, these cholis pale in comparision with those that have cap sleeves.

The Rabari look is ever popular with artistic bindis, kajal, thick anklets, oxidised jewellery, white chudis on the arm and bright attire. In terms of jewellery, more women are seen to wear the tika, bindi and nose ring. Even the north Indian style of draping the duppatta over both shoulders is predominant. So that the belly ring or the navel tattoo is displayed.

A spectacular change in the look is brought about by painting tattoos. Whether these are painted sideways on the forehead, on the back, at the bottom of spine, or on the navel, tattoos look startlingly beautiful. Colours which are generally used are silver, copper, and black.

Says Archana Verma, a student and a Navratri lover, “I tried out a simple butterfly tattoo on the back, with a green backless choli. The result was fascinating as everyone noticed it.” You can either paint these tattoos or they are available in plenty at most outlets. Flowers, freehand motifs and the sun are designs seen very frequently. Also, this year the use of coloured shimmer with the tattoos is a pleasant change from the usual gold and silver shimmer.

This is probably the first time that there is a fear of men outshining women. “Boys are doing great. For the first time I have seen boys dressing up so elaborately. This is a good sign and from next year onwards there will be as many exhibitions for men pre Navratri,” says Rakesh Jain of Madhulika. And vibrant cotton kurtas in shades of green, blue and orange seem to be the trend this year. Even the Kathiawadi dress is a rage this year.

There is little experimentation in terms of hairstyle. Vineeta Chopra a choreographer says, “Every year people are trying to create. There is an attempt to give a young and vibrant feel in dress, in make-up, in choreography and in the atmosphere. Even in these few days we have seen these creative attempts. Maybe this year the ambience is a little dull due to the global tension.” However all is not gloomy as the wild youngsters of Vadodara knows how to celebrate in style despite all odds.

That is precisely why you see so much of sparkle and shine on the Garba grounds. And it is not just the lights of Navratri, it is the glamour of this festival that adds colour to life.

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

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Centre assures Rs 1,000 cr for Gujarat Tuesday, October 23, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Chief Minister Narendra Modi received an assurance from Union urban development minister Anantkumar of a Rs 1,000-crore assistance for various city-related projects in the state, an official release said on Sunday.

Modi who is presently in New Delhi, held a meeting with Anantkumar on urban development on Sunday. He also presented a proposal for a metro train between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar to ease the rising traffic problem.

The UUD ministry also accepted a scheme on 'Nirmal Gujarat' announced by Modi under which 10,000 toilet units would be set up in the state. The state would also receive Rs 730 crore for the Jamnagar drainage scheme, water supply schemes for Rajkot and Jamnagar, Tankara-Jamnagar, Kutch and Bhachau-Anjar-Kukma. The HUDCO board is expected to provide financial approval for these schemes.

The Centre also accepted a proposal to set up a habitat centre in Ahmedabad at a cost of Rs 100 crore, the release said. It was decided to prepare a comprehensive scheme for the creation of 'slumless' urban centres to the Union government for its acceptance and implementation.

The CM is being accompanied by principal secretary P K Mishra.

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

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BSNL in process of bettering services Tuesday, October 23, 2001

VADODARA: BSNL Gujarat circle is preparing to give private telecom operators in the state a run for their money. "We will put up 350 towers for cellular phone services across the state. Our infrastructure and pricing per telephone call would be our USP against the competition, who we are in no doubts will take a beating," Gujarat circle chief general manager P K Chanda told media persons at a conference here on Sunday. Chanda was here to inaugurate the 8,000 lines new technology exchange at Makarpura.

He said once cellular services will be introduced, the price per call would be around Rs 1.40 per minute. All-India roaming facility will also come at cheaper rates than the ones currently existing in the market, Chanda said.

Speaking about the much-awaited Wireless in Local Loop (WiLL) technology, Chanda said WiLL equipment will reach Vadodara by November. He said initially about 15,000 subscribers will be in a position to avail WiLL in Vadodara and Bhavnagar. He also said soon about 108 exchanges in the state will have ISDN facilities. Currently, about 84 exchanges in Gujarat boast of ISDN.

Chanda also announced the launch of service number 1500. He said customers can now book telephones, get internet connections or ask for any product that is being offered by BSNL simply by dialling 1500. He said this service number was yet another move by BSNL to bring in a gamut of services at the customer's doorstep.

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

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