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December 5, 2001 - December 5, 2001

'Uniform condition of supply for electricity boards' Wednesday, December 5, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Minister for energy Kaushik Patel stated that the 'condition of supply', which was different for Gujarat Electricity Board, Ahmedabad Electricity Company and Surat Electricity Company, would be made uniform to do away with any inconvenience caused to consumers due to it.

Patel was speaking at the roadshow of 'Mission 2012 - Power for All' organised by the National Thermal Power Corporation of India (NTPC) and Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI). "We are already in the process of forming a committee for evolving a uniform condition of supply for all the electricity companies in the state. The committee will be formed in a week and it will be asked to submit a report within a month," Patel said.

Patel emphasised that there was an urgent need to prevent theft of electricity so as to reduce revenue loss to the state electricity board. He also added that it was necessary to look at an alternative fuel for the power plants.

He said that around 85 per cent of the power plant in the state were thermal compared to 100 per cent hydro power in Kerala, and it was necessary to build more gas-based plants, as coal had very high transportation cost with low calorific value and Naphtha price was very volatile. He said the state had already taken the first step in this direction by passing the Gas Act, which is legally disputed by the centre.

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


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New power plant at Hazira hardly a relief for state electricity board Wednesday, December 5, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES INTERNET NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: With a power shortfall of 15 per cent during the non-peak period and 20 per cent during the peak period, the state-run Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) will get just a small relief with the commissioning of the Gujarat State Energy Corporation's (GSEC) 156-MW power plant at Hazira on Saturday. The Hazira project will only fractionally bridge the widening gap between the power requirement (over 8,000 MW) and production (6,200 MW). However, the state electricity board would get power at a competitive rate, as it is a gas-based project. The GEB will get power at a cost of Rs 3.24 per unit. This is lower than the cost of power of other Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in the state, as its fuel cost is barely Rs 1.63 per unit. According to GEB chairman Nalin Bhatt, the Board was acquiring power from other IPPs at over Rs 4 per unit. Bhatt said that the power cost of IPPs in the state was higher due to the high fuel cost. Most of the IPPs were naphtha-based or coal-based, which cost more than fuels like natural gas, lignite and LNG. Since the state faces a natural gas shortage, many of the power plants use naphtha and coal, which has a huge transportation cost and pilferage risk. However, gas availability has improved from April onwards. According to the Centre Monitoring Indian Economy's (CMIE) monthly review, as against a decline of 9.2 per cent in April, 2000 in the natural gas production in the state, there was a rise of 13 per cent in its production this April. According to sources, the production had gradually improved thereafter. GEB has also tied up with the Chattisgarh government for purchase of 250 MW power at a cost of Rs 2.50 per unit (which will be the cheapest ever). But, it has not yet been decided when the power would be supplied to the Board. The GEB is also expecting low-cost power from 250 MW lignite-based Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation's (GMDC)'s power project in Kutch, which is expected to be commissioned by 2004. However, analysts are quite sceptical about its long-term viability. They ask whether the state has enough lignite reserve to last them in the long-run or not. "Today, lignite is not easily available to the industry, so one wonders whether it would be easily available for its power project or not," said an infrastructure consultant.

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


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44 nominations filed for registered graduate senate polls Wednesday, December 5, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: As many as 44 candidatures were filed for the M S University senate polls in the prestigious registered graduate category. These include 13 candidates for the lone seat in the Faculty of Arts. The large number of candidates has surprised several frontrunners for the seat. It is believed that most of these are dummy candidates who will withdraw their candidature in favour of others at the last moment. The frontrunners for the polls are Raisinh Dahima, Dinesh Yadav, Liyakatali Saiyed and Pravinchandra Jani. Three candidates were, meanwhile, elected uncontested in the category. These include Rajeshwari Trivedi from the Faculty of Home Science, Pantul Kothari from the Faculty of Management Studies and Gautam Upadhyay from the Faculty of Journalism and Communication. As many as 41 candidates are in fray for the other 10 seats to which elections will be held. In almost all the categories old timer are being challenged by young faces.

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


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Course for small business consultants opened at EDI Wednesday, December 5, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: A three-month national programme titled 'Certificate Course to Develop Rural and Small Business Consultants' was inaugurated at Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI) on Monday. The programme, which will continue till February 22, 2002, is sponsored by Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI). The chief guest for the inaugural function was Harsh Kaul, General Manager, SIDBI. Through this progrmme, EDI aims at developing a cadre of development consultants and equipping them with skills that are critical for the functioning of NGOs and the execution of income generation, and economic development programmes. These trained consultants would provide necessary professional advice and support in various ways to ensure an upsurge in the economic development. The trained consultants would give a boost to the development of rural and small industries and clusters, streamline the operations of NGOs, assist donor agencies with regards to assessing capabilities of NGOs, appraising their proposals, carrying out project monitoring and evaluation, and also help individual entrepreneur in small business counselling. This programme has 25 participants who were selected (out of 60) by conducting behavioural tests. These participants represent 12 states of the country, namely Manipur, Uttranchal, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Bihar, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Chattisgarh, Assam and Rajasthan.

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


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Dafer gangman nabbed, confesses to murder Wednesday, December 5, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: After investigations into repeated incidents of murder and dacoity of highway-truck drivers, the Ahmedabad district rural police arrested Dafer Lari Kalu of the infamous 'Dafer' gang, known for their modus operandi of luring truckers by having one of them dress up as girl. The police acted on a tip-off and nabbed Kalu from Sabar hotel at Sarkhej. In his interrogations, he confessed that the murder and theft of a trucker at Makarba in October and later at Chharodi, was committed by the same gang. Sub-inspector from the local crime branch, Dharmendrasinh Chauhan told TNN that the gang had struck at Sarkhej, Sanathal and Chharodi villages in Ahmedabad district and were active in Surendranagar. They would have a member dress up as a girl and flash a light before the truck. When the truck would halt, the gangsters would drag the truck driver and the cleaner into the bushes, gag and kill them and steal their valuables and belongings. Kalu also confessed to being involved in many such crimes of loot and murder along with other notorious Dafers. The police learnt that members of one such gang had escaped from police custody and were now on the run. A state-wide combing had begun to track down these offenders. Rioting: The police lobbed 12 teargas shells in the Gheekanta area when two groups resorted to stone-throwing after an argument between two boys. Gaurav Vaghela (18) lodged a complaint at the Karanj police station stating that when he was riding his bike at Panchsheri, he was intercepted by Ganesh alias Guglo, who rebuked and abused him for speeding. Later this turned into a fight between Ganesh and Gaurav's uncle Mukeshbhai. After a round of fisticuffs, the two faced each other with their supporting groups and resorted to stone-throwing and the police lobbed teargas shells to disperse the mob.

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


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