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October 20, 2001 - October 20, 2001

6 hurt in KPT fire Saturday, October 20, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT/BHUJ: Six workers were injured, two of them seriously, when a fire broke out at oil jetty Number 1 at Kandla port on Friday morning.

The fire was brought under control within 10 minutes, port officials said, claiming that there was no damage to the jetty.

A spokesman for Kandla Port Trust said the six injured had been identified as Anarul Islam (35), Babrul Islam (35), Aliul Islam (35), Asram Ali (38), Prakash Kumar (18) and Togal Ali (28).

They had been employed by the contractors engaged by the port for carrying out repair and maintenance of the jetty, Detibh Engineering.

The injured were initially rushed to the Kandla Port Hospital. After being administered first aid, which they were shifted to Rambaugh hospital at Gandhidham and subsequently shifted to Civil Hospital, Bhuj.

A ship which had brought in edible oil was berthed at jetty Number 1 when the fire broke out. The contract labourers were working beneath the oil jetty at that time. It is believed that a spark from a welding machine caused the fire. The ship was empty when the fire broke out.

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


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6 hurt in KPT fire Saturday, October 20, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT/BHUJ: Six workers were injured, two of them seriously, when a fire broke out at oil jetty Number 1 at Kandla port on Friday morning.

The fire was brought under control within 10 minutes, port officials said, claiming that there was no damage to the jetty.

A spokesman for Kandla Port Trust said the six injured had been identified as Anarul Islam (35), Babrul Islam (35), Aliul Islam (35), Asram Ali (38), Prakash Kumar (18) and Togal Ali (28).

They had been employed by the contractors engaged by the port for carrying out repair and maintenance of the jetty, Detibh Engineering.

The injured were initially rushed to the Kandla Port Hospital. After being administered first aid, which they were shifted to Rambaugh hospital at Gandhidham and subsequently shifted to Civil Hospital, Bhuj.

A ship which had brought in edible oil was berthed at jetty Number 1 when the fire broke out. The contract labourers were working beneath the oil jetty at that time. It is believed that a spark from a welding machine caused the fire. The ship was empty when the fire broke out.

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


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Sump turns death trap Saturday, October 20, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: In a heart-rending incident, one-year old Agastya Amarbhai Bhatt died after falling into the 10 foot-deep underground sump in the premises of the City Gold cine-multiplex on Ashram road on Friday evening.

A crowd gathered around the multiplex around 6.40 pm as the bonny baby suddenly slipped into the sump brimming with water and located at the foot of Cinemasala, the restaurant in the complex.

Eyewitnesses said that the baby was playing on the parapet wall of the fountain adjacent to the stairway, when he suddenly slipped into the sump. His mother and 'ayah' tried to rescue the boy, but in vain.

The fire brigade rushed to the spot and fished out the body of the child in about 15 minutes. The Navrangpura police also rushed to the spot. The father of the boy rushed him to VS hospital where he was declared "brought dead" , hospital sources said.

No one was willing to confirm whether the lid of the sump was open or closed as the public began to vent their ire on the theatre authorities.

City Gold manager Neeraj Ahuja told 'The Times of India' that the lid was closed at the time of the incident. Security guards posted outside Cinemasala kept mum on the episode. There was also an attempt by the multiplex executives to suggest that the tank fell within the jurisdiction of the restaurant.

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


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CII show on rural enterprise Saturday, October 20, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Gujarat, along with the state department of rural development will organise a three-day Rural Enterprise Summit - Conference and Exhibition - at Sanskar Kendra from November 1.

The summit will be attended by a delegation, headed by chief ministers of neighbouring states - Vilasrao Deshmukh and Digvijay Singh, according to a CII press release.

The Ministry of Rural Development, Maharashtra will be partnering the effort by show-casing various technologies, products and innovations by artisans across Maharashtra and also companies from central/public and private sectors.

According the CII Gujarat officials, the multi-fold mission of the summit was to bring together key players involved in development of rural sector in India and co-ordinate the available blueprints, expertise, finance and planning for smooth development of Indian rural sector, especially in Gujarat.

At a curtain-raiser programme organised by the CII, it said that basic objective of organising the summit to bring about development, improve standard of living and self sufficiency in rural sector of Gujarat through planned and co-ordinated efforts.

The summit was expected to be attract 700 delegates comprising rural entrepreneurs, self help groups, NGOs, official from banks and micro finance institutions and organisations, including CSIR, IRMA, ICICI and Abhiyan.

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


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Rana urges Modi to speed up Surat projects Saturday, October 20, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Union textiles minister Kashiram Rana has urged Chief Minister Narendra Modi to expedite pending problems of Surat, including construction of new air port complex and setting up of garment park in the city.

Rana called on Modi in Gandhinagar and submitted a detailed note on various proposals. Some of them have been cleared by the state government, while many others were still lying undecided. He also discussed organisational issues with the chief minister.

The textiles minister drew Modi's attention towards the inordinate delay in the execution of the airport project under which only the fencing task has started. The state officials have not yet taken any decision on upgradation of operational facilities at the existing air strip. Once such vital facilities were installed, private airlines could launch flight operations from Surat to Mumbai and other places in Saurashtra.

Despite several reminders from the Union textile ministry, the state industries commissionorate has not prepared the feasibility report on the proposed garment parks for Surat and Ahmedabad. At least 70,000 unemployed persons could be employed in these two parks for which several private textile groups had shown willingness to put up units in the proposed parks. The minister also pleaded to the chief minister to convene a separate meeting of concerned officials and institutions to discuss the developmental projects of Surat and other cities of south Gujarat.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Laghu Udyog Bharati led by Vallabhbhai Savalia and Nikhil Patel met the chief minister and requested him to solve the problem of unemployment in the state. For this, the state government, the delegation members said, should accord high priority to small-scale units which could provide employment to large number of educated unemployed youths.

They also met energy minister Kaushik Patel and urged that power staggering for industries should be only for one day, as new norms for two-day staggering would adversely affect industries. The minister assured them that he would visit Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot to know for himself the problems faced by the industries.

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


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