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October 5, 2001 - October 5, 2001

RIL opens safety centre at Hazira Friday, October 5, 2001

SURAT: Executive director of Reliance Industries Ltd (Hazira) H S Kohli inaugurated the company's safety centre on the occassion of Gandhi Jayanti. According to a press note, the centre aims at educating workers about work-related accidents and hazards as well as helping in reducing accidents to zero level.
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Likely to mark out CMO for 'special attention' Friday, October 5, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Given his administrative inexperience, chief minister-designate Narendra Modi may be at a disadvantage as far as the bureaucracy is concerned, but the ministry and the BJP's organisational set-up can expect a sweeping overhaul right from the word go. Also on the chopping block is the top-heavy chief minister's office comprising two advisers and a host of bureaucrats.

A greenhorn in governance, Modi seems to have no favourites in the bureaucracy, investigations carried out by 'The Times of India' show. During Keshubhai Patel's first tenure as chief minister, when Modi was perceived to be the power behind the throne, he preferred to operate through ministers rather than bureaucrats.

Says a just-retired official of additional chief secretary rank, "I don't remember any official taking orders from Modi directly. These used to be routed through the ministers."

The former official opines that a person who has had no experience in dealing with the bureaucracy is likely to begin tentatively. "But given Modi's reputation, he will be able to settle down quickly and start calling the shots sooner than expected."

Officials say it will be wrong to presume that Modi's inexperience as an administrator will be a handicap because he has the reputation of a go-getter. He established himself very quickly in the BJP headquarters in New Delhi after being banished from Gujarat and also in unchartered territories like Haryana and Himachal Pradesh where he was given organisational charge.

"Administration is all about getting work done from people and Modi has a proven record in this regard," remarks a source.

Inquiries with friends and allies of Modi in the party and the government didn't reveal any bureaucrats who already have a good rapport with Modi. This means he will be making a new begining, trying to identify trusted bureaucrats who can deliver in 15 months while making up for the lost time.

"Modi will not have any problems forming his kitchen cabinet of ministers, it will be the team of bureaucrats and advisers he will build around him that will actually execute his plans," observes a senior bureaucrat.

Speculations is rife that many ministers of the outgoing ministry will be axed on account of non-performance and corruption. Insiders say "this needs to be done also to convey to the people that this is a completely new-look government which means business".

The rumour mill already has it that Modi is contemplating giving the home portfolio to Jaspal Singh and finance to Jaynarayan Vyas, both known critics of Keshubhai Patel, as these departments will be crucial for a complete image overhaul.

One of the first casualties in the bureaucracy is, of course, going to be the CMO. Besides having S K Shelat and N V Vasani as advisers, the CMO also has Vijay Rupani as chairman of the programme implementation committee, apart from several other bureaucrats and staffers.

Remarks a senior minister, "It is the CMO which lulled Keshubhai into complacency by projecting before him that everything was going on fine. What the CMO needs is dynamic and upfront officials who can get things done and also tell the CM where he is going wrong."

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

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Sampat Shah dead Friday, October 5, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Chairman and founder-member of Rajasthan Hospitals Sampat Shah died on Sunday. Sampat had undergone a successful bypass surgery, but later developed a rare immunological blood transfusion disease to which he succumbed. Shah was actively associated with various social, education and commercial organisations.

Sheikh re-elected: The chairman of Standing Committee of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Badruddin Sheikh, was re-elected to the post for a second successive term on Wednesday. During the committee's meeting, Sheikh's name was proposed by Congress leader Jayantibhai Parmar and seconded by BJP leader of opposition Dharmendra Shah.

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

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Deputy mayor election in VMC postponed Friday, October 5, 2001

VADODARA: Election to the post of the deputy mayor of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC), scheduled for Friday, are likely to be postponed owing to the death Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia.

VMC functionaries said the general board meeting to be held for the purpose on Friday might be adjourned after offering condolences to Scindia. While the next date is being worked out, sources said the polls were likely to be held on October 17.

The decision to postpone the polls was taken after a meeting of representatives of all political parties with the mayor. The standing committee polls, scheduled on the same day, would remain undisturbed.

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

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Rajkot to get additional 10-minute water supply Friday, October 5, 2001

RAJKOT: Residents of Rajkot will get an additional 10-minute water supply, to the present 30 minutes, on every alternate days.

Sources in the Rajkot Municipal Corporation told TNN that the new timetable and implementation date have yet to be worked out.

The decision comes in the wake of dengue fever cases being reported from areas near Aji river.

Sources said the health department has advised people to dispose of water stock more han 6-8 hours old, and replenish it with fresh water. It was to this end that the corporation had decided on the additional water supply.

Meanwhile, another case of dengue fever has been reported. With this the total number of reported dengue cases has risen to three.

The disease, which till Tuesday was confined to only the north of Aji river, has now started spreading to other parts as well. The latest victim: Dhawal Bhanubhai Sarvaiya of Millpara area. His blood samples have been sent for analysis.

To check the spread of the disease, health officials have decided to put as many as 1,000 houses in the area under surveillance. In addition, cleaning and fumigation will be carried out in the area.

Besides dengue, as many as 1,000 cases of viral fever have been reported at various corporation health centres. If cases at private clinics were to be added up, the figure would be much higher, claim officials.

As part of its multi-pronged approach to control the spread of diseases, the RMC has kicked off a public awareness campaign.

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

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