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October 15, 2001 - October 15, 2001

Palanpur :: Dantiwada hosts veterinarians' symposium Monday, October 15, 2001

PALANPUR: "We have left only four per cent of land for grazing animals as against 40 per cent in pre-independent India," said veterinary scientist and deputy director general of animal sciences, Indian Council of Agricultural Research Kiran Singh.

So the animal world, including wildlife, was in danger, he warned. Talking of the plight of animal world, he said the avarice of man has snatched away every thing, even the animals' right to survive. On the other hand we complain cattle come on the road and cause traffic problem.

The three-day 18th national symposium jointly organised by the Indian Association of Veterinary Pathology and Gujarat Agricultural University (GAU) ended here on Saturday with a resolution to prepare for 'current trend and challenges to the livestock and poultry diseases including wildlife crisis in 21st century'.

Nearly 150 veterinarians drawn from different states pledged to dedicate research for the betterment of animals. Of 200 papers discussed in the symposium 10 were entirely on wild animals.

Jayarama Shrinivas Gowada and Vijay Sarthi, both from Bangalore, bagged Dr C M Singh Award and were felicitated by vice-chancellor M H Mehta for the best publication of research papers in the IAVP journal for 2000.

Earlier GAU vice-chancellor M H Mehta underlined the importance of animals in our life. Recalling the ancient practices, he said the very name of Gujarat has been derived from the word Gujar which means cattle keepers- nomads who moved along with their animals from place to place. It is necessary for a healthy society to have healthy livestock.

He emphasised on a disease-free status for the livestock and expressed concern over the increasing nuisance of stray blue bucks and pigs that caused havoc by damaging crops.

He hoped the large gathering would come out with a pragmatic solution related to diagnosis and control of diseases by harnessing technology to combat the diseases.

In his inaugural address, Union minister of state for agriculture Shripad Naik said, "Sustainable economy could be achieved by quality consciousness among farmers".

He suggested that research-based findings should percolate among the farmers. He claimed over 70 per cent of livestock wealth was owned by 67 per cent of marginal farmers, landless labour and nomads and three fourths of the milk products was contributed by weaker section.

Agriculture minister Purushottam Rupala stressed the need for better dealing with wildlife. Gujarat was the only place which still has its pride possession of lions in Gir.

He expressed pleasure that the symposium would review problems faced by the wildlife and zoo in its perspective. He promised all help for the research centres in Gujarat.

Campus director Girish Patel gave an account of Sardar Krushinagar Dantiwada, the main campus of GAU.

Symposium chairman M C Desai, general secretary P L Kaul, Lila Kaul and students of the college of veterinary and animal husbandry took enormous pains to make the Indian panorama of veterinary pathologists a success.

Besides president of Indian Association of Veterinary Pathology, Dr J L Vagad, secretary general R N S Gowda many veterinarians took part in the symptom.

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

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Seminar on gender and law Monday, October 15, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat State Judicial Academy of the Gujarat High Court will organise a three-day judicial colloquium on 'Gender and Law' in collaboration with the National Judicial Academy and the British Council on October 20.

A statement issued by the academy here on Sunday said Chief Justice D M Dharmadhikari, who is also patron-in-chief of the academy, will inaugurate the function.

Academy president Justice B C Patel will preside over the function. Representatives of the British Council, social service organisations and judges of the High Court will also attend the function.

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

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Rich legacy of Guj needs conservation Monday, October 15, 2001

AHMEDABAD: The literary and cultural activities of medieval Gujarat have made a deep impact on the art, culture and civilisation of today, said Aqu-i-Muzaffari, cultural counsel of Iran Cultural House here on Sunday.

Speaking at the inauguration of the seminar 'Cultural and literary activities in medieval Gujarat', organised by the Hazrat Pir Mohamed Shah Library & Research Centre, he said the conservation of this rich legacy available today is a joint responsibility of all.

Director of the research centre, Mohaiuddin Bombaywala said distinguished scholars and eminent personalities from New Delhi, Nagpur, Aligarh, Lucknow, Vadodara, Azamgarh and Mumbai will present research papers on the theme at the seminar.

The seminar, which is held every alternate year, discusses and attempts newer ways and means to conserve the rich heritage of Gujarat.

Impressed by the richness of the collections of rare and original handwritten medieval age books and transcripts archived in the trusts' library, donated a set o f books written in Persian language.

'Akadas', a news seminar hall was also thrown open on the occasion in the Dargah campus. Chairman of the Pir Mohamed Shah Dargah Sharif Trust welcomed the delegates while Ziyauddin Desai delivered the keynote address.

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

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IMFL seized from outside prohibition office Monday, October 15, 2001

AHMEDABAD: An ex-armyman-turned-bootlegger, who was absconding since long, was arrested by the Meghaninagar police from just outside the DGP compound where the prohibition commissioner's office is located.

Some 107 bottles of IMFL were recovered from his car on Sunday morning.

The accused, Jagnayaksingh alias 'Fauji' Baijnathsingh Rajput, and his accomplice Hasmukh Kalubhai Patel were caught in a Maruti car which was also seized by police inspector Kiritsinh G Erda and his men.

Earlier, when police inspector Dilawarsinh Bahadursinh Jhala from the prohibition department and his team had carried out raids at the Rameshwar Kumbhaji ni Chaali, Jagnayaksingh and his three accomplices had attacked the inspector with swords and pipes and caused him serious injuries.

Three accused were imprisoned under PASA after this, but Jagnayaksingh went underground. He was in the Indian Army between 1975 and 1995, and has been jailed under PASA since for violating the Prohibition Act. His accomplice, Hasmukh Patel, too had been jailed under PASA in 1998.

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

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Justice still cries out for space in cramped Bahumali Monday, October 15, 2001

SURAT: Even almost eight months after the devastating earthquake on January 26, which damaged the Surat District Court building at Athwalines, no concrete decision has been taken either to get it repaired or to have a new court building.

The state government and the District Bar Association have not been able to come to a mutually agreeable solution on the issue.

As a result, the court is being held in cramped spaces of the Bahumali building at Nanpura, also housing the district administration and the police commissionerate.

Over 5,000 visitors, about 1,500 advocates and hundreds of other staff virtually spend the day jostling and elbowing each other.

Litigants sometimes fail to locate their lawyers and for first-timers locating even the designated courtrooms are a punishment by itself.

Shifting of the district and the sessions court became a necessity after the seven-floor building at Athwalines was damaged in the earthquake.

An assessment was made by the PWD on instructions from the High Court, following a demand by the district judge and the District Bar Association.

The authorities had recommended the use of the Athwalines building after repairs, but the District Bar Association representatives demanded a new court building.

Accordingly, the state government constituted a committee comprising of the district collector for a suitable solution to the problem. However, things remain as they were.

Members of the District Bar Association met on Friday to chalk-out a strategy for a speedy solution.

Accordingly, a meeting was held between members of the District Lawyers' Association, Building Advisory Committee members and others to discuss issues regarding the use and repair of the district court.

Sources said members present felt that the Athwalines building has never been a very strong one, even before the earthquake. Lakhs of rupees have already been spent on the building.

The Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court had also declared the building unfit for use by the court, a senior advocate said.

Keeping in mind the development of the city and its future needs, it was decided that an application for the requisition of five hectares of land would be given to the Gujarat government and the High Court.

This was also approved by the then law minister Hemant Chaptawala. Accordingly, a plot of land was selected near the Ghod Dod road and the district collector was informed by the Bar Association members. But, a final decision seems still far away.

However, a new development recently took place as the district judge reportedly suggested to shift back to the damaged building at Athwalines after repairs, according to Anil Dixit, president of the District Bar Association.

He pointed that repair work would cost crores of rupees and would consume lots of time as well. Even after that there would not be any guarantee that there would be no problems in future, Dixit opined.

A majority of the members of the association feel that it is not safe to go back to the Athwalines building and hence, further decision in this regard should be taken only after due deliberations with the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court, Dixit stated.

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

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