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October 5, 2001 - October 6, 2001

Three held for misbehaving with arts dean Saturday, October 6, 2001

VADODARA: Sayajigunj police have arrested three persons, including a former student leader and the general secretary of the faculty of arts, for misbehaving and threatening arts faculty dean PJ Patel.

Those arrested are: Narayan Rajput, Mohan Mali and arts FGS Nitin Patel.

Police said Rajput had entered arts faculty dean's office in a drunken state and misbehaved. The other two student leaders too are said to have not maintained proper decorum while representing a students issue.

Arts faculty dean PJ Patel, who is looked upon as a strict administrator, in keeping with his record, straight away went to meet police commissioner J Mahapatra and submitted his written complaint. The Sayjigunj office was then directed to round up Rajput, Nitin Patel and Mali.

"The arts faculty

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High cost of plastic surgery brings NRGs home Friday, October 5, 2001

AHMEDABAD: * Amish Patel from Ahmedabad sustained a bullet-injury to his right thigh while working part-time at a departmental store in New York. The medical insurance company covered the medical expense but refused to pay for cosmetic surgery needed to remove the scar. The deep scar made him conscious in his beachwear. He consulted a cosmetic plastic surgeon in Ahmedabad and planned a homecoming.

* Umang Shah, also from Ahmedabad, was terrified to see his hairline receding at 27. He rushed from the UK, where hair transplant costs $3 to $9 per hair root, to Ahmedabad where the same procedure costs Rs 15 per root.

* Mary Jones of Australia suffered from breast heaviness. Unable to afford AUS$ 3500 for tightening the skin of her breasts and AUS$ 4500 for breast reduction, she contacted a cosmetic plastic surgeon in Ahmedabad, who she found on the World Congress of Plastic Surgeons' website.

An increasing number of NRGs are preferring local cosmetic surgeons to their foreign counterparts as they get the same treatment at one-tenth the cost.

The latest cosmetic-plastic surgeries like liposuction, nose reconstruction, vein surgery, facial rejuvenation, hair restoration and aesthetic breast surgery are being done in Ahmedabad at competent rates.

"Non-resident Indians, especially Gujaratis, have started coinciding their vacations trips to Ahmedabad with their surgery plans," says Dr Sanjiv Vasa, a plastic surgeon and follicular hair transplant superspecialist, in Ahmedabad, who is the only Indian member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS). He is on his way to patenting his hair-restoration technique.

"I receive a number of patients from the US, Australia, Germany, Malaysia, Africa and other countries for hair transplant," he added. According to him, the available standardised medical services at low cost is quite an attractive factor not only for NRGs or NRIs, but for the foreigners.

"Instead of paying $3 to $9 per root to an assistant doctor or technician abroad, any patient would prefer to get the hair-transplant done in Ahmedabad within $1000, and here he would be treated by a specialist," said Parag Bhavsar (NRG), a hair-transplant patient.

Dr Nimesh Patel, a plastic surgeon says, "I have observed the trend of patients coming to Mumbai from the Middle East. Patients from Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh too choose cities like Ahmedabad where they receive advanced medical treatments at affordable costs."

Dr Shyamal Munshi said the trend of utilising 'the homecoming' for beatification is picking up among NRGs. He said for a traditional & ultrasonic liposuction the total cost of one area is $3,200, while it would cost maximum Rs 15, 000 in Ahmedabad.

Within $3,200, a patient taking liposuction in Ahmedabad can enjoy a comfortable surgery, and even a refreshing visit to hill-stations in India.

"I am exploring the possibility to tie up with a few travel agents who can plan entertaining trips for patients from abroad," Munshi added.

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

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Surat in brief on 5th Oct, 2001 Friday, October 5, 2001

Children's fair
SURAT: The Jawaharlal Nehru Children's Fair, 2001-02 will be held at different locations in cities and rural areas of Surat district. Accoring to a press note, the fair will be open for students of all primary, secondary and higher secondary schools as well as training colleges in Surat city and district. Schools interested in participating in the fair can send their applications to the District Education and Training Bhavan in the Chowk bazaar area of the city by October 31. Schools in the rural areas can contact their respective trustees in the taluka.

Crop protection
SURAT: The controller of composite farming, Surat, has instructed farmers to control millibugs and other pests affecting sugarcane crop without using chemical pesticides. Farmers should remove the covering of the cane starting from the bottom and moving up four to five knots present on the sugarcane, a press release said.

New civil court opened
SURAT: Justice B J Sethna opened a civil court on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti at the office of the mamlatdar of Valod. According to a press note, the court will look into rural cases as well as those cases that have been pending in other courts since long. Senior citizens will be given priority, the release said.

Ban on carrying weapons
SURAT: The city police commissioner in a public notice has declared a ban on carrying weapons or indulging in any activity that disturbs peace, and law and order. The order is applicable to the entire commissionerate and has been issued with a view of maintaining law and order, a release said.

Court orders doctor to pay damages
SURAT: The city consumer court has directed one Dr Naushad Motiwala to pay damages of Rs 50,500 together with interest at the rate of seven per cent and an additional sum of Rs 1,000 incurred towards court proceedings to one Paresh Pandurang for damage caused to his eyes during treatment. Advocate Shreyas Desai said Pandurang, who approached Motiwala for treatment for conjunctivitis on July 12, 1996, was treated carelessly leading to loss of his vision.

Maintain water level to 4.70 metres
Engineers of the Ukai dam and officials of the irrigation department have decided to maintain the water level of 4.70 metres in the Singanpore weir by releasing 300 cusecs of water daily from the Ukai dam. Sources said the decision was taken in a high level meeting to discuss about the decreasing levels of water in the Tapi leading to a rise in pollution levels of the river water.

Surat People Civil Liberties Forum set up
The Surat People Civil Liberties Forum was set up by academicians and activists last week at a meeting at the Centre for Social Studies. According to a press note, the forum has beend set up with a view to uphold the democratic and secular processes, to fight against social injustice and to protect human rights.

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

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Good news for disabled persons Friday, October 5, 2001

SURAT: The education department will implement regulations for protection of the rights of the disabled under regulations from theGovernment of India. According to a press note, all educational institutions in the state will reserve three per cent of total seats for those having disability of vision, speech and hearing impairment, impairment in movements as well as mental retardation.
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Women's empowerment programme on Oct 7 Friday, October 5, 2001

The Nav Sarjan Yuva Samiti, Surat will organise an educational programme on October 7 on the topic 'The Muslim Law in Modern India' and 'Empowerment of Women in Modern India'. According to a press note, speakers from Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad will take part in the programme.
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