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October 1, 2001 - October 1, 2001

Junagadh :: Reduction in offences in Girnar forest Monday, October 1, 2001

JUNAGADH: The number of offences over the years in the Mt Girnar forest area has reduced drastically, thanks to the modern communication equipments used by forest officials. The communication network has improved with the use of wireless sets, walkie-talkies and other the modern equipments, leading to being able to keep a check on the rising offences in the forest area.

Ten checkposts have been working continuously in the 75 km range of the circular route, which has led to reduce the offences significantly.

The forest fires have also reduced drastically with only five instances of fire accidents this year as compared to 17 times last year. Similarly, wood cutting incidents have also reduced. During 1996-97, a total 490 different offences were registered while in 1997-98 it was 424. While it was 554 in 1998-99, 416 offences were registered last year. In the current year, only 298 wood cutting offences have been registered.

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

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BJP high command summons ministers Monday, October 1, 2001

AHMEDABAD: A group of BJP functionaries and ministers would leave for New Delhi - on being summoned by central leadership - to discuss various organisational issues including change in state leadership, according to senior BJP leader Surendra Patel.

In an informal talk with reporters on Sunday, Patel said that the office-bearers including state BJP president Rajendrasinh Rana and Suresh Gandhi, and ministers including finance minister Vajubhai Vala, industries minister Suresh Mehta, minister of state for home Haren Pandya and information technology minister Bimal Shah would reach the Capital by Monday morning.

Among others who have been called includes former state health minister Ashok Bhatt, Suresh Gandhi and Amit Shah. However, Patel parried queries on the discussions Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel had with Prime Minister Vajpayee and BJP national president Jana Krishnamurthy in New Delhi.

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

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Bitter NSUI stalls MSUSU meet Monday, October 1, 2001

VADODARA: Unable to get over and still bitter over the defeat in the M S University Students' Union (MSUSU) elections, faculty representatives having allegiance to NSUI created a ruckus during the union's meeting on Saturday that was to discuss the agenda of conducting youth festival on the campus.

A group of faculty representatives stalled the smooth running of the MSUSU meeting and indulged in personal attack on some of the other office-bearers of the union.

The group vented their ire against MSUSU general secretary Mehul Lakhani, vice-president Bharat Dangar and did not even spare the union president, Sanjeev Vaid, who eventually walked out of the meeting.

The melee that continued for most part of the meeting on Saturday left a desk glass in the office and name plate of the general secretary broken.

Votes were later cast to decide what the meeting agenda should be. Out of the 20 members, 12 voted for youth festival agenda while eight voted against it.

"It's sad that internal fights and politics is taking precedence over real student leadership. I hope that in future both the warring groups of student leaders work in harmony and give priority to real issues instead of indulging in petty issues," Vaid told TNN.

He regretted that a decision on an event as significant as youth festival had to be done through voting. "This should have been their natural choice. After all it is after 12 years, MSUSU will be conducting youth festival," Vaid said.

Despite Saturday's stormy meeting at which he was at the receiving end, Vaid felt that faculty representatives and other union members will strike a harmonious chord. "It's just a matter of time before they all speak of harmony and co-ordination. They are young and at times act rashly. My advise to both the groups would be 'keep larger interest of the students' community in mind and work together as a team'," Vaid said.

Lakhani too said that differences should be put aside and the MSUSU should work in unison. "There were stormy scenes in Saturday's meeting unfortunately, but I sincerely hope that such episodes are not repeated. After all it is the MSUSU's image that stands sullied in such small disputes," Lakhani said.

But despite the ruckus, the MSUSU was able to declare its youth festival programme that will commence from December. A detailed schedule of events will be released by the union in the coming days.

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

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GAU undertakes research for SSP Monday, October 1, 2001

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Agricultural University (GAU) has prepared a project for undertaking research to develop water management technologies including drip and sprinkler along with the drainage research for Narmada waters.

In a meeting of the board of management held on Saturday at its model farm here, a project worth Rs 3.50 crore - with the full financial support of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd - was approved to initiate the research work to avoid water salinisation and waterlogging so that water in fields can be managed properly.

The vice-chancellor of GAU, Dr M H Mehta, said, "Sardar Sarovar Project is the lifeline of Gujarat." The university will also work on alternate viable crops and cropping system for the Sardar Sarovar command area. The GAU started research activities at Tancha in Bharuch district, Dabhoi in Vadodara district, Thasara in Kheda district and Dhandhuka in Ahmedabad district apart from a project developed and passed on to the farmers for its adoption, he said.

The vice-chancellor said this is the first phase of this programme and in the second phase about six more such centres for different agroclimatic conditions in central Gujarat, north Gujarat, Kutch, Saurashtra would be taken up. Technologies for the right crops, optimum water use, agro inputs and integrated farming will be demonstrated in these areas so that thousands of farmers in each area can train and adopt it for maximum benefit and sustainable agriculture.

Mehta said aspects of drainage management is another area on high priority list. "Right use of water in agriculture will be the most crucial factor for our future life line," he added.

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

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Kant felicitates 16 senior citizens Monday, October 1, 2001

VADODARA: Sixteen senior citizens from the state who made their contribution to various fields were felicitated by vice-president Krishan Kant here on Sunday.

Lok Sevak Mandal's state unit here held the felicitation programme on the eve of the World Senior Citizens' Day.

The vice-president also inaugurated Sardar Sabha Gruh, an assembly hall, at Lal Bahadur Shastri School on the occasion. Noted architect from the city Suryakant Patel has designed the hall.

Speaking at the felicitation ceremony, which coincided with the 125th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Kant lauded the work of Patel. He said only a revolutionary like him could have conducted agitation like those of Kheda and Bardoli.

Commenting on the contributions made by the senior citizens who were felicitated on the occasion, Kant said they had laid the foundation of a great nation. "When a war is waged, the name of people leading it are always remembered. However, one cannot ignore the role of thousands and lakhs of soldiers who gave sacrifices for the same," he said.

Kant said the senior citizens would remain a guiding force for the nation. "The new generation will always be thankful for this," he said.

Those felicitated on the occasion include prominent personalities who are well into their 90s. The names include freedom fighters Kikubbhai Nayak, who runs the Gandhi Ghar in Kachholi; Keshavrao Bankar, who was a known peacemaker in communal riots, former chief minister Babubhai Jashubhai Patel, former Congress party president Azeem Taiyabji, industrialist Hiralal Bhagwati, Gandhian social worker Muljibhai Sutaria, historian K K Shastri and others.

Prominent persons to be felicitated from Vadodara include veteran cricketer Vijay Hazare, singer Nurjahan Begum, Maharani Shanta Devi and industrialist Gordhanbhai Patel.

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

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