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October 15, 2001 - October 15, 2001

Forged DCP's letter talks of 'anti-Gujarati sentiment' Monday, October 15, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: A mysterious letter addressed to Chief Minister Narendra Modi which alleges an "anti-Gujarati sentiment" in the police force -- bearing the signature of Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone 6) B S Jebalia -- has been doing the rounds since Thursday.

Jebalia pleaded complete ignorance about the eyebrow-raising letter, and has already shot off a letter to Modi stating that there has been some foul play. Jebalia, who claimed to have received calls from mediapersons in Rajkot seeking clarification about the letter, denied having written such a letter, an official release on Friday said.

The type-written letter on the letterhead of the office of the Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad, alleges of "injustice meted out to Gujarati IPS officers by non-Gujarati officers in their cadre, which had scuttled their career opportunities".

The missive, a copy of which was dropped at The Times of India, bears the signature of the said officer in blue ink, and has a three-page attachment attacking two particular officers in the home department and alleging them of favouring officers from their region.

It talks about how "inquiries have been initiated against certain Gujarati officers, while the same against certain non-Gujarati officers have been expunged".

When contacted, Jebalia expressed surprise at the letter and denied all the allegations it contained.

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


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Industries in Saurashtra affected by Afghan war Monday, October 15, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: Industries in Saurashtra region have been badly affected by the US-Taliban war in Afghanistan. In case the war prolongs further, the industries would be badly affected coupled with the recession.

Export of goods like diesel engines, engineering goods, cement, clocks and ceramic items to the central Asian countries have been affected by the war.

Sources in the trade said that out of the total export of nearly Rs 650 crore, nearly 75 per cent are being exported to Islamic countries.

The war has also upset the import of raw material and export of finished goods, which has resulted in the traders paying hefty sum as demurrage.

The international insurance agencies have also hiked the insurance cover with tags like 'war risk'. The premium has also been increased by almost 10 per cent and this has made goods from Saurashtra region more expensive.

Some of the moderate engineering unit owners told TNN that at present there was no problem or shortage of imported raw material, but if the conflict prolongs further for even 10 days, they would also start feeling the pinch, as imported raw material flow has reduced substantially.

However, the main concern was that of export of finished products that were lying in their godowns.

The traders were also complaining that some payment from the US in dollars has also stopped, which has worsened the financial position of some of the units.

Due to uncertainty, the manufacturing units have almost stopped entertaining export orders or undertaking their orders, as there was no guarantee when the goods would be shipped or payment received.

The traders, who were also in a tight financial position, were keeping a close watch on the situation and reviewing their export orders.

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


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HC notice to Rajkot civil surgeon Monday, October 15, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: The Gujarat High Court has issued a notice to Rajkot civil surgeon, in connection with the Govind Desai attack case, asking an explanation as to why the accused in the case have been admitted to the Civil Hospital here and from which ailment they are suffering from.

Gondal legislator Jairajsinh Jadeja, Hardevsinh Jadeja, Jayanti Dhol, Milan Shukla, Raju Mevada and Bhupat Dabhia, all accused in the Govind Desai assault case in Gondal, were admitted to the Civil Hospital here citing health problems soon after their arrest last week.

The High Court wanted to know the kind of ailment these accused are suffering from and since when they have been admitted to the hospital.

The High Court has also sought a detailed report from the civil surgeon on the ailment and the doctors' reports. The next date of hearing has been fixed for October 17.

The Gondal legislator and his aides were arrested by the police for their role in the murderous attack on noted social worker and former president of Gondal nagarpalika Govind Desai.

These accused managed to get themselves admitted to the hospital within hours of their arrest and have since been in the hospital enjoying the hospitality.

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


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NGO to rebuild quake-hit municipal school Monday, October 15, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Gujarati Shala No. 1 in Keshavnagar is just one among the over 100 municipal schools to be severely damaged in the January 26 earthquake, and yet is unique.

Unique because its reconstruction is not proving to be a draw on the already strained purse-strings of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.

The local chapter of Round Table India, Ahmedabad Round Table Number 40, has taken it upon itself to rebuild the quake-damaged building with self-generated fund of Rs 45 lakh.

Round Table is an apolitical organisation offering those willing, aged between 18 to 40 years, an opportunity to serve their communities by stimulating interest in public welfare.

The NGO under its ongoing 'Freedom Through Education' project has built more than 300 schools, touching lives of over three lakh students.

Round Table expects to enhance its number of all-India "young" beneficiaries to 10 lakh, through expenditure on this front to the tune of Rs 35 crore, within 2005.

The NGO also proposes to rebuild quake-affected schools in Bhuj, and Vadodara and Surendranagar districts. The chairman of ART, Anand Jagtiani, said a total number of 25 schools built in Gujarat at a cost of Rs 2 crore will benefit 4,300 students.

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


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NGO to rebuild quake-hit municipal school Monday, October 15, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Gujarati Shala No. 1 in Keshavnagar is just one among the over 100 municipal schools to be severely damaged in the January 26 earthquake, and yet is unique.

Unique because its reconstruction is not proving to be a draw on the already strained purse-strings of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.

The local chapter of Round Table India, Ahmedabad Round Table Number 40, has taken it upon itself to rebuild the quake-damaged building with self-generated fund of Rs 45 lakh.

Round Table is an apolitical organisation offering those willing, aged between 18 to 40 years, an opportunity to serve their communities by stimulating interest in public welfare.

The NGO under its ongoing 'Freedom Through Education' project has built more than 300 schools, touching lives of over three lakh students.

Round Table expects to enhance its number of all-India "young" beneficiaries to 10 lakh, through expenditure on this front to the tune of Rs 35 crore, within 2005.

The NGO also proposes to rebuild quake-affected schools in Bhuj, and Vadodara and Surendranagar districts. The chairman of ART, Anand Jagtiani, said a total number of 25 schools built in Gujarat at a cost of Rs 2 crore will benefit 4,300 students.

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


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