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October 20, 2001 - October 20, 2001

Baroda registers first credit card fraud Saturday, October 20, 2001

VADODARA: The police have arrested Praharsh Brahmbhatt (21) for unauthorised use of Standard Chartered Bank credit card. He had cashed on the credit card, drawing cash from the bank against the limit and purchasing goods worth Rs 59,000 from retail shops. The police said this was the first case of credit card fraud here.

His two accomplices, Akshay Patel and Imran, are absconding. Praharsh has a diploma in mechanical engineering and had worked as a credit card agent for Standard Chartered Bank.

"He was entrusted the job of enlisting customers and cancelling credit cards. Though he had ceased to be an agent a couple of months ago, he contacted some customers and got their credit cards on the plea of cancelling them. Then he got to know the codes and forged signatures to make purchases on credit", the police said.

The police seized two credit cards from Praharsh, one of which belongs to V B Singh and the other to S N Desai, on whose card Akshay is learnt to have drawn Rs 3,000.

On Wednesday, Standard Chartered Bank at Alkapuri suspected Praharsh when he tried to withdraw cash on V B Singh's card. The bank learnt that the card had expired and alerted Sayajigunj police. Within hours Brahmbhatt confessed to his crime.

bppolice: Sayajigunj police PI M M Patel interrogating one of the accused in the credit card fraud case.

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

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It's 'e' for empowerment here Saturday, October 20, 2001

It's the 'e-setu', the e-path that would form the mother of all bridges _ connecting every administrative department in the city through computers, taking the government closer to the people. Termed the 'Nagar Setu' project, the second phase of the Gujarat State Wide Area Network (GSWAN), the collectorate, the police commissioner's office, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation and 17 other offices listed in the Citizen's Charter will be wired.

'Nagar Setu', which is a part of the GSWAN's horizontal connectivity, will bridge the gap between the government and the public, bringing in speed, transparency and accountability. The government will then embark on an ambitious project of vertical connectivity to wire all the talukas of the district by May 1, 2002.

For the citizens, its opening up avenues _ on-line application, on-line checks on movement of files and not having to trudge miles from far flung places to get a ration card. Vadodara seems to be entering the ICE age. It's now time to hope and dream that citizens get a better deal.

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

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Recession takes a back seat Saturday, October 20, 2001

When it's Navratri in Gujarat, it's mostly about money, honey. For once, the grand garbas, the huge crowds they attract and the dazzle all around and the big banners across the stadia do raise a serious question: Are we really facing a recession ?

Name any big FMCG company and its banner would probably be featuring in at least one of the garba grounds. And, as the world rues the death of dotcom, one could still take heart as one dotcom company is sponsoring an important garba here.

Talk of slowdown in the tourism industry and you find hotels falling over their backs to sponsor garbas or at least advertise in a big way. Clouds of recession do not seem to be hovering over Vadodara this Navratri. Is there a recession at all? Or is it that time of the year when everybody wishes to relegate their worries to a corner and immerse in merry making? Well, we live only once, and it seems it's the spirit that matters.

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

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NGO contributes in fight against HIV Saturday, October 20, 2001

VADODARA: While it is important to recognise the need to disseminate awareness and dispel myths about male semen loss and masturbation, the international symposium held at Melbourne early this month has also added that masturbation should not be seen as an alternative to safer and healthier relationships.

Vadodara-based NGO the Deepak Charitable Trust has worked in 27 villages around the city on the issue of male semen loss concerns and its role in HIV which was highlighted at a special symposium organised at the Sixth International Conference on AIDS in Melbourne last month.

Aruna Lakhani of DCT says the international symposium was on 'Males Semen Loss Concerns in the HIV Perspective' and was supported by the UNAIDS and the Ebert programme on reproductive health population council, NY.

Following the representation made by participants in the international symposium, experts have now agreed that dissemination of correct information on semen loss concerns, masturbation and nocturnal emissions is essential in all HIV-related communication, but it should not be seen as an alternative to safer and healthier relationships.

The experts have agreed that "addressing semen loss concerns and anxieties about masturbation is essential, but should be postponed as an additional safe behaviour for HIV prevention. Encouragement should be given to safer sexual practices with the partner".

The trust has worked in several villages around Vadodara where HIV and other STD concerns were studied. The trust recognised the crucial role that men play in the HIV-prevention strategies. The focus of most HIV prevention programmes until recently was on women, and men's attitude and behaviour were overlooked.

"The male concern over semen loss through masturbation and myths surrounding it lead men to look toward unsafe sexual encounters. However, DCT doctors and volunteers organised group talks with men and created awareness to dispel myths about masturbation and nocturnal emissions. This helped in curbing such unwanted encounters," she said.

The Deepak trust highlighted its research projects in the international symposium which were followed by discussions and interactions between the participants and speakers.

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

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St Xaviers, Asia get the nod for BCA courses from 2002 Saturday, October 20, 2001

AHMEDABAD: After much red tape and needless legal tangles St Xavier's College and Asia Trust were got the Gujarat University executive council's approval on Thursday. Local inquiry committees will now be sent to ensure that the two campuses have the requisite infrastructure to start the courses in 2002.

"We could have started the courses this year as well, but approval for next year is fine," St Xavier's College principal Francis Parmar told TNN. "We are already running a reputed diploma course with students who would have been more than happy to shift over to BCA, not giving us any problem in filling seats. All the same, it is better we start next year."

St Xavier's College is one of the few institutions in the state assessed by the University Grants Commission's National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Bangalore.

M P Chandran of Asia on the other hand said all bright students were already taken. So it made no sense to start college this year. "However, if the approval had come a little earlier, it could have benefited us," he added. "There were too many unnecessary delays in granting us approval."

The executive council members on Thursday also decided not to allow new BCA colleges to fill up vacant seats on their own. Members like Jagdish Bhavsar suggested that allowing management to fill up seats would set a wrong precedent. If the seats had to be filled, then the university should activate its list and complete the admissions.

Of the 960 seats in eight new BCA colleges, only 265 have been filled, prompting managements to ask the university to give them a free hand in filling the seats. The executive council, however, may not allow such freedom considering the diverse opinion among its members.

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

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