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September 27, 2001 - September 27, 2001

College student kills fellow in Amedabad Thursday, September 27, 2001

AHMEDABAD: In yet another incident revealing the violent tendencies among today's youth, 18-year-old Deepak Govindbhai Vidyadhar killed another student Bharatkumar Amrutlal Patel (21) in broad daylight outside Patang Hotel near Nehru Bridge on Wednesday morning.

Deepak is a first-year student of S V College of Commerce, Pattharkuva, while Bharat studied at Gujarat College. The two are learnt to have fought over a girl which led to a confrontation, and Deepak stabbed Bharat in the chest. The Navrangpura police have arrested Deepak and booked him for murder.

The accused lives in Anand Vihar Society at Dani Limda and claimed that his father was a bill distributor in the Ahmedabad Electricity Company. The police is investigating if there were others involved in the crime. The girl is believed to be a student of H K College of Commerce, police sources said. However, the identity of the girl and the college she studied in are yet to be confirmed.

Several students are believed to have been witness to the heinous crime and rushed Bharat to V S Hospital where he was declared dead. "He had come to my place yesterday to beat me up, so I killed him," Deepak told TNN. His story was that the two had "fought about standing at the bus-stop". The motive and the immediate provocation for murder are yet to be investigated.

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

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Surplus water released to save kharif crop Thursday, September 27, 2001

GANDHINAGAR: A big group of farmers from Botad made a strong representation before irrigation minister Nitin Patel demanding that the water should be released from Sukhbhadar dam to save the crop withering due to failure of last spell of monsoon in the state.

The minister assured them that the government would sympathetically consider their plea as in majority of irrigation schemes the water was being stored to cater to drinking water requirement in summer as there was no possibility of rain in next few days.

Later speaking to reporters the minister said the department had already started releasing surplus water from irrigation dams for the farm sector all over the state. In central Gujarat's Kheda and Anand districts, paddy crop had been saved due to timely release of water from Kadana dam and the Narmada canal. Paddy crop had failed last year due to non-availability of water at the Kadana project, but this time paddy grown in over 80,000 hector in the region was saved. This was possible as adequate water was stored in the dam.

Similarly, efforts were being made to release Narmada waters in Sabarmati so that paddy could be saved in the command area of Fatehwadi scheme in Ahmedabad district. At least 300 cusces of water would be drawn from Narmada canal which would be diverted to Ahmedabad, and also in the Saurashtra branch of the main canal of Narmada to solve drinking water shortage in Jamnagar and Rajkot districts.

Senior irrigation department officials have been asked to prepare a schedule for supply of surplus water from irrigation dams for agriculturists as standing kharif crops would wither away if water was not supplied at this crucial stage.

In south Gujarat region, surplus water from Ukai dam was continuously being supplied to the farm sector as there was enough water and no possibility of shortage of drinking water. In Rajkot and Bhavnagar districts, standing crop of cotton and groundnut have been saved from withering through release of water from Aji and Shetrunji dams in the region.

Referring to north Gujarat, Patel said water was being released from Dharoi dam as there was a good amount in the reservoir which was earlier supplying water to Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. In view of the failure of monsoon for two consecutive years, the state government assisted Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to lay a 31-km Raska weir pipeline for supply of drinking water from Mahi, and later Narmada. Ahmedabad thus was not dependent on Dharoi.

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

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Health camp planned for doctors Thursday, September 27, 2001

SURAT: It will be a health camp with a difference. All the city-based doctors will soon have chance to undergo elaborate medical examination during the unique health camp to be held here shortly.

It was reported that recently a city-based doctor, who had to attend to his ailing patient, had to climb up the staircase till the third floor as the lift was out of order. But as soon as he reached there he felt some easiness and had to be rushed to a nearby nursing home for immediate medical attention. Investigations recommended for a bypass heart surgery without any delay.

More cases like the one mentioned above have prompted the city-based general practitioners' association to organise regular health camps for the doctors so that they could be provided with adequate medical treatment if necessary.

According to association president Dr Shailesh Gandhi, the doctors of the city went through a similar medical camp about five years ago. But since then there have been no efforts for a collective diagnosis of health disorders among the medical practitioners.

Based on the observations, it was felt that doctors in the city are overstressed, Gandhi remarked. However, there have been little efforts on the part of the doctors to get themselves examined and at times, only when the problems become acute, are they compelled to go for detailed examination and medication.

Keeping this in mind, all 350 members of the association will be participating in the health camp which will include a panel of four cardiologist, a nephrologist, a diabetes expert, a pathologist and a radiologist.

The panel will screen all the reports based on the preliminary investigations. If any abnormality is found, the 'patient' concerned will be referred to specialists for further medical examination, including stress tests, the president elaborated. In the health camp, all the doctors will be examined free of cost and the investigations will include routine blood tests, lipid profile, urine and ECG tests, he added.

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

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Aati oil pilferage bid accused booked under PBM Act Thursday, September 27, 2001

VADODARA: Accused in the crude oil pilferage attempt case at Aati village, in Padra, have been arrested under Prevention of Black Marketing Act on Monday. Those arrested are: Amarsinh Rathod, Muneshkumar alias Fauji Gujjar, Kernelsingh Dhillon and Chhotu alias Kuldeepsingh Jat.

Arrest warrants have also been issued for Rafiq Hasan Raj of Bharuch, Harshad Patel of Petlad and Dashrath Desani of Junagad. Vadodara district supply office here has apprised Bharuch, Anand and Junagadh police respectively of the development.

It has also been established that Dashrath Desani had contacted Amarsinh Rathod and the other three accused to buy crude oil for his ceramic industries. Desani's involvement has also figured in earlier cases of illegally stocking diesel in 1999 and 2000.

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

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Essar Shipping Ltd holds AGM Thursday, September 27, 2001

SURAT: The Essar Shipping Ltd held its 25th annual general meeting on Monday. An official release said the company has been able to reduce its operating costs and debt, thereby improving its debt:equity ratio.

The company has decided to reorganise the business to improve the operational efficiency of the company. The management hopes to achieve a high growth rate this year, according to the release.

One killed in attack
SURAT: One person was killed and another sustained serious injuries when a group of six men armed with lethal weapons attacked them in the old Kosamba area on Sunday night.

The deceased has been identified as Ibrahim Fakir. The injured Imran Shah was rushed to a hospital, according to police.

The Kosamba police have registered a case and are investigating further.

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

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