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November 30, 2001 - November 30, 2001

Now, Jaspal trains gun on Modi Friday, November 30, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
GANDHINAGAR: Former minister Jaspal Singh once again set the BJP aflutter at the party legislators meeting on Tuesday when he virtually gave a lesson in leadership to Chief Minister Narendra Modi. He said the mood in the BJP was despondent, and it did not seem Modi's advent had made any difference to the party workers' morale in the run-up to the elections.

Jaspal's outburst began from the word go as the meeting took off in the Vidhan Sabha hall. He told some non-MLAs present at the venue to leave the room. While four of them _ believed to be BJP and RSS workers _ left, one man stayed back. All this happened prior to Modi's arrival. Once the chief minister came, Jaspal again raised the issue, and Modi asked the lone non-MLA to leave the spot.

MLAs had an inkling of Jaspal's mood even before the meeting began, for on seeing their long faces Singh remarked that he felt he had come for a 'besna' and not for the meeting of a party which had to grapple with elections. The first to speak was parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Mehta who felt such meetings could be held more often.

Modi was addressing MLAs for the first time after assuming office. He said he was new to the job and was still learning. He did not spare his close colleagues, saying "a lot of people come and tell me about things happening in the state, but I am not sure if they are giving me the correct feedback".

As the audience was told to proceed for dinner, Jaspal rose up and grabbed the mike before anybody could stop him. As every one listened quietly, Jaspal lamented that many MLAs who perceived the BJP was heading for a huge defeat in the Assembly elections were afraid to admit the truth.

"While every MLA aspires to become a minister, obviously not everyone can be accommodated in the Cabinet. However, there are certain persons with a criminal record in this ministry. People, however, would not understand your compulsions."

Upset over his own exclusion from the Cabinet, he said the chief minister should have chosen deserving people. He cited Henry Ford's biography to explain how an illiterate man could make such a huge fortune. He quoted Ford as saying: "I may not be educated, but I knew where to get qualified people from to run the organisation." Jaspal said a similar effort was expected from the new chief minister who says he had no administrative experience.

There was cheer in the Keshubhai camp when Jaspal said the change in guard had made no difference to the BJP workers' morale. "Today we have a situation where party workers say they are not consulted by the organisation, the organisational leaders say the MLAs are not doing what is expected of them, the MLAs say the ministers do not listen to them," he went on.

Jaspal recalled he had been accused of leaking out things to the Press after Cabinet meetings. Though he was not in the Cabinet, things were still leaking out, he said, and wished that the CM would reprimand his ministers. He was using this forum to express his views freely because he felt others were afraid to speak up because of fear of reprisal. Such meetings should be held every month till elections, he added.

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


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AMC plans to shift Pirana sewage plant Friday, November 30, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: The National River Conservation Project-funded sewage treatment plant (STP) of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation may be shifted from Pirana.

Citing growing protests against it, the standing committee on Thursday proposed that the site of the Rs 27 crore-project be shifted by three to four km, away from human settlement.

While commissioner P Panneervel has promised to look into the proposal each km of relocation will cost the AMC Rs 3 crore extra.

"Since the STP will also handle sewage generated in AUDA areas the extra cost can be jointly borne by the two organisations. As the project is fully funded by the Centre, the proposal for calling of tenders had to be passed on Thursday. But efforts will be made to see to it that the masses are not inconvenienced. Though the new STP will use UASB technology and will not have any foul smell, the Congress would like to respect the people's wishes," said chairman of the committee Badruddin Sheikh.

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


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More trouble on BJ campus Friday, November 30, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: The police cracked down on rioting students at B J Medical College on Tuesday night and registered a case of attempt to murder against seven of them.

The action was initiated after four students were severely beaten up and had to be hospitalised. One of them, Ashish Gamit, received serious head injuries and was brought to Civil Hospital profusely bleeding. All of them belong to the B block of the college hostel.

Acting police commissioner M K Tandon told 'The Times of India' on Wednesday that the strong action was initiated to bring the violence under control.

The seven students who have been booked under Section 307 of the IPC are, Ashutosh Jumar, Ranjan Chawala, Piyush Jain, Amardeep Bhatia, Tejas Hathani, Bhowmik Shah, Siraj Munshi and Siddharth Shah.

The new measures, however, failed to prevent more violence on Wednesday afternoon when about 10 students attacked their college mates belonging to the rival group, resulting in yet another head injury to one of the students.

The latest attack was allegedly in retaliation to Tuesday night's assault and took place in the presence of police personnel who were escorting the boys from the police station to the hospital for a preliminary check-up.

For the first time, college dean K V Bhatt broke his silence and said he is worried about the escalating violence, especially since the four students were beaten up outside the college campus. "If the violence continues like this, we don't want to have hostels at all. I would not have been sitting in this office had something untoward happened to the students."

Bhatt has written to the state health secretary seeking permission to shut down the four hostels which have turned battlegrounds. The college authorities have been threatening to shut down the hostel ever since the students went on strike on November 6.

They claim that Tuesday night's violence took place after some B block students went to the mess in D block for dinner. They were allegedly surrounded and thrashed. D block students, however, claim that the violence was initiated by the opposite group.

Students in the A block revealed that the college authorities had not taken half the measures they had promised, to try and curb the violence. "Where are the Gujarat Industrial Security Force personnel they had said they would employ? We have seen none of them." The college authorities had sought approval from the state government for at least 20 security personnel when the violence began. The A block students also alleged that their block had been sealed off by the police not allowing the inmates to go out. Those who were left outside the block were beaing beaten both by students of the B block and the police, they alleged.

Some of the students have even summoned their parents to the campus to pressure the authorities whom, they claim, are not listening to them.

If the parents do join the students, the situation will go back to square one when, at the beginning on the month, they had joined their wards in a hunger strike. A truce was arrived at, following the intervention of health minister Ashok Bhatt, just a day before the Diwali break. After the holidays, there were some sporadic incidents where the college authorities had locked the hostel rooms late in the night if the students were not in by then.

Meanwhile, the brighter students of the college are starting to complain about negligible academic activity in the last 30-odd days. As one of them put it, "I have put all my 25 years in reaching here. I can't forget the effort of all these years just because some of my college mates don't like each other. But there is nothing I can do. I feel completely helpless."

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


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Need for more Indo-French ties: Ambassador Friday, November 30, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Ambassador of France in India Bernard De Montferrand on Thursday stressed on a greater Indo-French role to check global terrorism especially after September 11 attacks on WTC towers.

"There is an increased level of political dialogue between the two countries after the attacks to check this global menace," Montferrand said while interacting with newsmen during his visit here to inaugurate the third phase of heritage conservation in the Walled City area.

Emphasising upon a need to develop closer links between India and France to combat terrorism the world over, Montferrand added that France itself experienced three waves of terrorist attacks in a span of 15 years by the Algerian-based terrorist outfits.

"Of course military action is one of them, but to choke the financial outflow to these terrorist organisations is very important," the ambassador observed adding that such actions would squeeze life out of terrorism.

Charting out areas for co-operation between the two countries, the French ambassador said that information in the areas of police, judiciary, intelligence and financial services can be shared to pre-empt any terrorist moves in the respective countries.

Deliberating further on global terrorism, he said that India and France share a common vision of the world tomorrow and thus, require to address major issues facing the world today.

Montferrand also called on Chief Minister Narendra Modi and showed keen interest in developing trade and business with Gujarat.

In this context, Modi invited the French ambassador to participate in the "Resurgent Gujarat-Business Partnership Meet-2002", to be held in February in Ahmedabad. The chief minister also invited French companies to participate in the same. Accepting the invitation, Monteferrand proposed the participation of France in the areas of infrastructure development, water management, tourism, agriculture, industries, food processing and technology upgradation.

S K Shelat, the advisor to the chief minister, explained the details about the incentive policy of foreign direct investment in the state, which had retained "number one" position in the country in industrial investment.

The chief minister expressed the state government's eagerness to preserve ancient art and monuments in the arid Kutch region and sought co-operation of France in the same.

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


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Need for more Indo-French ties: Ambassador Friday, November 30, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Ambassador of France in India Bernard De Montferrand on Thursday stressed on a greater Indo-French role to check global terrorism especially after September 11 attacks on WTC towers.

"There is an increased level of political dialogue between the two countries after the attacks to check this global menace," Montferrand said while interacting with newsmen during his visit here to inaugurate the third phase of heritage conservation in the Walled City area.

Emphasising upon a need to develop closer links between India and France to combat terrorism the world over, Montferrand added that France itself experienced three waves of terrorist attacks in a span of 15 years by the Algerian-based terrorist outfits.

"Of course military action is one of them, but to choke the financial outflow to these terrorist organisations is very important," the ambassador observed adding that such actions would squeeze life out of terrorism.

Charting out areas for co-operation between the two countries, the French ambassador said that information in the areas of police, judiciary, intelligence and financial services can be shared to pre-empt any terrorist moves in the respective countries.

Deliberating further on global terrorism, he said that India and France share a common vision of the world tomorrow and thus, require to address major issues facing the world today.

Montferrand also called on Chief Minister Narendra Modi and showed keen interest in developing trade and business with Gujarat.

In this context, Modi invited the French ambassador to participate in the "Resurgent Gujarat-Business Partnership Meet-2002", to be held in February in Ahmedabad. The chief minister also invited French companies to participate in the same. Accepting the invitation, Monteferrand proposed the participation of France in the areas of infrastructure development, water management, tourism, agriculture, industries, food processing and technology upgradation.

S K Shelat, the advisor to the chief minister, explained the details about the incentive policy of foreign direct investment in the state, which had retained "number one" position in the country in industrial investment.

The chief minister expressed the state government's eagerness to preserve ancient art and monuments in the arid Kutch region and sought co-operation of France in the same.

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


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