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October 3, 2001 - October 3, 2001

Narendra Modi nominated as Gujarat CM Wednesday, October 3, 2001

By NDTV Correspondent, NDTV.COM
Wednesday, October 3, 2001 (Ahmedabad): Narendra Modi will be the new Chief Minister of Gujarat. Earlier today Mr Keshubhai Patel announced Mr. Modi as his successor. Mr Modi will now be formally nominated at a meeting of the state legislative party tomorrow.

Mr Patel, who submitted his resignation yesterday met 28 MLAs at his residence in Gandhinagar late last night and said that he would not go against the party. Mr Patel is also expected to give in his resignation to the governor later today.

The Central party leadership are in Ahmedabad to try and smoothen the path for Mr Narendra Modi's becoming the next Chief Minister of Gujarat. There has been some dissention among a section of MLAs in Gujarat who are unwilling to accept his leadership.
Source - NDTV.COM
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Blood donation camp held Wednesday, October 3, 2001

SURAT: Hazira-based Larsen and Toubro organised a blood donation camp on the occasion of World Heart Day on Sunday. According to a press release, the camp, which was held at the Mahavir Cardiac Hospital, was inaugurated by Dr Ram Narayan, Medical Director and Inderjeet Chatterjee, in-charge marketing Central and South Gujarat, L&T Cement. The camp was attended by fifty self-motivated donors.
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Three arrested in theft case Wednesday, October 3, 2001

The Vadodara police have arrested three men in connection with a theft which took place in Surat on August 31. According to the police, the three broke into the house of one Rajan Bajaj, a resident of Bhatar road, and decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 1.87 lakh. Police suspect the three to be part of a larger gang involved in cases of robbery.

In a separate incident, one Bhuralal Chaudhary was nabbed in Rajasthan while attempting to break into a house. Chaudhary was wanted by the Surat police for theft and subsequent murder of Manojsingh Rathod, a worker in a sari factory located in Udhna on August 19, 2001. A team of the Surat city police have left for Rajasthan to take custody of the accused.

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MSU's faculty of performing arts to stage unique garba Wednesday, October 3, 2001

VADODARA: It's time for nine nights of fun as Navratri nears and enthusiastic dancers and big-time organisers gear up for the festival.

While MSU's faculty of fine arts has received country-wide acclaim for its 'arty' garbas during Navratri, this time the faculty of performing arts, too, wants to celebrate it in a big way, though just for two nights.

"Though we do not intend to celebrate on all the nine nights, we want to bring a new kind of Navratri on two nights," says faculty dean MC Shah. "About two years ago, professor Parul Shah, the then dean, had introduced Navratri in a big way. She had brought in former students, and had opened the doors to all citizens.

"We want to try that this year; invite our former students to perform and open our doors o Vadodara's citizens," he says.

Though MSU's faculty of performing arts is not known to host Navratri, it's acclaimed as unique faculty that has given the city a host of eminent garba singers and musicians who ave made it big not just in India but in other countries as well.

Among the well-known names are those of Vatsala Patil, Ravin Naik and Kirti Sahay amongst many others.

"We want to invite our alumni to perform here. A special feature of our Navratri will be a dance circle for elderly women. In most Navratri functions the youngsters grab centre stage, leaving the elderly women high and dry. So, this time around, there will be a circle created specially for them. This was a special feature during Parul Shah's tenure. We plan to follow suit," he says.

According to him, Navratri is a busy period for the faculty. Students get a chance to perform in public. "As all programmes start late, our academic activity remains unaffected. Students are able to make the most of the nine nights," he says.

Vikram Sharma, a tabla student at the faculty, says Navratri time is boom time. "The students earn large amounts during the nine nights. Since demand for skilled musicians and vocalists is high this time of the year, most students sign contracts with professional groups for the nine nights," he says.

According to faculty students, the last weeks of September are spent in looking for alliances with groups and getting the best deal.

There are innumerable 'sheri garbas' in the city. Besides, one also gets to perform in towns like Anand.

"The money that we earn during Navratri can be as high as Rs 14,000," says another student, wishing anonymity.

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

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Vice-president visits Dwarka, Somnath Wednesday, October 3, 2001

RAJKOT: Vice-President Krishan Kant, accompanied by his wife, offered prayers at Dwarka temple on Monday morning.

He later visited the Somnath Mahadev temple, at Somnath.

Kant evinced interest in the renovation work being carried out at Jagat temple, in warka, by the Archaeological Survey of India. The vice-president also called on the Dwarka Shankracharya.

Dedicating a rest house at Dwarka, Kant said development of 'yatradhams' all over the state would greatly benefit pilgrims and tourists. This, in turn, would boost tourism in the region.

The rest house has been constructed at a cost of Rs 1.11 crore.

Pavitra Yatradham Development Board chairman Pravin Kotak said an elaborate Rs 10.50-crore plan had been drawn up to develop Dwarka. Work would be taken up in a phased manner, he said. The vice-president appreciated the state government's development plans for Dwarka.

The vice-president later flew to Somnath, where he offered special prayers at Somnath ahadev temple. He also inaugurated a painting exhibition on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and omnath temple.

Elaborate security arrangements were made at both the places for the vice-presidential visit.

State Assembly Speaker Dhirubhai Shah accompanied the vice-president during his visit.

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

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