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September 23, 2001 - September 24, 2001

Thief shot dead, accidently Monday, September 24, 2001

SURAT: One Manish Motiram Vasava died of bullet injury when a forest guard's rifle went off following a clash between forest officials and timber thieves trying to take away teak wood on Friday at Gaban Naka in Tokrawa village in Uchhal taluka, under Vyara forest range.

The incident occurred when the team, comprising four foresters and three beat guards, intercepted a gang of over 30 men trying to flee with bundles of teak wood loaded in bullock carts. Being in large number, they threatened foresters and arguments followed, according to a senior forest official.

In the melee, attempts to push aside the forest personnel led to the accidental firing from a .12 bore rifle of a beat guard Jitendra Singh Barvi, injuring Vasava. The victim soon succumbed to injuries, the police said.

Conservator of forests Anil Johri said around 30 men loaded teak wood in the protected forest area into carts. At Gaban Naka, forest officials caught them red-handed but the offenders tried to overpower them. Barvi was taken into police custody.

Johri said that in the past four months 158 teakwood trees were illegally felled in the reserved forest area of Vyara taluka and 299 teakwood logs worth Rs 2.5 lakh were seized by the forest officials, he added. He attributed the Friday incident to the forest department's intense vigil.

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



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CM blames it on quake, recession Sunday, September 23, 2001

AHMEDABAD: A despondent BJP looked desperately for reasons for the electorate's rejection in the two by-elections even as Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel took the lead in this direction by saying "We have lost, perhaps because of sharp reaction of the people towards the government's handling of the post-earthquake conditions, two consecutive droughts and the general recession.

The chief minister said in a statement that an in-depth analysis would be done to determine the causes of the debacle. Patel, who returned from Mumbai early on Saturday, held a series of meetings with senior party leaders and the in-charge of the by-elections of Sabarkantha and Sabarmati constituencies.

He said though the BJP government had made all out efforts for the development of the state, but these things have not reached the masses. He denied that this was an anti-establishment verdict as the party has gained in at least four Assembly segments out of total eight in Sabarkantha and Sabarmati.

At the same time, the party had failed to fulfil the aspirations of people, and now, he said, they will have to concentrate in a more serious manner to the task undertaken since the past three years. The party will definitely take corrective measures after analysing the results, he said.

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


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Cong calls it beginning of end for BJP Sunday, September 23, 2001

AHMEDABAD: "It is the beginning of the end of the BJP rule in the state." This is how a triumphant GPCC president Amarsinh Chaudhary described the thumping victory of Congress in Sabarmati and Sabarkantha on Saturday.

Congress workers engaged in major festivities to celebrate the twin victory. In Sabarmati, the mood was upbeat even before the counting begun as Congress workers smeared each other with 'gulal' and danced to band-tune anticipating a landslide victory for Narhari Amin.

The official declaration of the Congress winning the "difficult" seat unleashed a fresh round of festivities as thousands of workers waved victory flags following the jeep of the winning candidate. To continue with the celebrations, the Ahmedabad City Congress Committee organised a massive rally in the Sabarmati constituency to thank voters.

Later in the evening, both victorious candidates _ Narhari Amin and Madhusudan Mistry, who rushed from Sabarkantha to participate in the celebrations _ flanked Chaudhary as he addressed a press conference called to honour the victorious candidates.

Here, Chaudhary took special pride in stressing the fact that the Congress had defeated the BJP in Sabarmati, considered the bastion of that party. "This is the same constituency where L K Advani had got a lead of 47,000 votes in the last election. This defeat should come as a red-signal to the BJP whose end in the state is imminent," Chaudhary said.

Chaudhary demanded that the Keshubhai Patel government and even home minister L K Advani should resign in the wake of the stunning defeat. "They should resign in respect of the public mandate," he said. Former chief minister and Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela also demanded the resignation of the Keshubhai Patel and L K Advani.

Meanwhile, local Congress leaders poured in to wish the two candidates, and expressed confidence that the victories indicated that the public would vote the Congress back to power with a majority. "These two victories are just the beginning of the Congress coming back to power in the Assembly elections to be held a year-and-a-half later," observed Mayor Himmatsinh Patel. Ahmedabad City Youth Congress president Raju Brahmabhatt too hailed the Congress victory and termed it a direct rejection of the BJP as a party by the people.
HMEDABAD: "It is the beginning of the end of the BJP rule in the state." This is how a triumphant GPCC president Amarsinh Chaudhary described the thumping victory of Congress in Sabarmati and Sabarkantha on Saturday.

Congress workers engaged in major festivities to celebrate the twin victory. In Sabarmati, the mood was upbeat even before the counting begun as Congress workers smeared each other with 'gulal' and danced to band-tune anticipating a landslide victory for Narhari Amin.

The official declaration of the Congress winning the "difficult" seat unleashed a fresh round of festivities as thousands of workers waved victory flags following the jeep of the winning candidate. To continue with the celebrations, the Ahmedabad City Congress Committee organised a massive rally in the Sabarmati constituency to thank voters.

Later in the evening, both victorious candidates _ Narhari Amin and Madhusudan Mistry, who rushed from Sabarkantha to participate in the celebrations _ flanked Chaudhary as he addressed a press conference called to honour the victorious candidates.

Here, Chaudhary took special pride in stressing the fact that the Congress had defeated the BJP in Sabarmati, considered the bastion of that party. "This is the same constituency where L K Advani had got a lead of 47,000 votes in the last election. This defeat should come as a red-signal to the BJP whose end in the state is imminent," Chaudhary said.

Chaudhary demanded that the Keshubhai Patel government and even home minister L K Advani should resign in the wake of the stunning defeat. "They should resign in respect of the public mandate," he said. Former chief minister and Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela also demanded the resignation of the Keshubhai Patel and L K Advani.

Meanwhile, local Congress leaders poured in to wish the two candidates, and expressed confidence that the victories indicated that the public would vote the Congress back to power with a majority. "These two victories are just the beginning of the Congress coming back to power in the Assembly elections to be held a year-and-a-half later," observed Mayor Himmatsinh Patel. Ahmedabad City Youth Congress president Raju Brahmabhatt too hailed the Congress victory and termed it a direct rejection of the BJP as a party by the people.

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


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Cong calls it beginning of end for BJP Sunday, September 23, 2001

AHMEDABAD: "It is the beginning of the end of the BJP rule in the state." This is how a triumphant GPCC president Amarsinh Chaudhary described the thumping victory of Congress in Sabarmati and Sabarkantha on Saturday.

Congress workers engaged in major festivities to celebrate the twin victory. In Sabarmati, the mood was upbeat even before the counting begun as Congress workers smeared each other with 'gulal' and danced to band-tune anticipating a landslide victory for Narhari Amin.

The official declaration of the Congress winning the "difficult" seat unleashed a fresh round of festivities as thousands of workers waved victory flags following the jeep of the winning candidate. To continue with the celebrations, the Ahmedabad City Congress Committee organised a massive rally in the Sabarmati constituency to thank voters.

Later in the evening, both victorious candidates _ Narhari Amin and Madhusudan Mistry, who rushed from Sabarkantha to participate in the celebrations _ flanked Chaudhary as he addressed a press conference called to honour the victorious candidates.

Here, Chaudhary took special pride in stressing the fact that the Congress had defeated the BJP in Sabarmati, considered the bastion of that party. "This is the same constituency where L K Advani had got a lead of 47,000 votes in the last election. This defeat should come as a red-signal to the BJP whose end in the state is imminent," Chaudhary said.

Chaudhary demanded that the Keshubhai Patel government and even home minister L K Advani should resign in the wake of the stunning defeat. "They should resign in respect of the public mandate," he said. Former chief minister and Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela also demanded the resignation of the Keshubhai Patel and L K Advani.

Meanwhile, local Congress leaders poured in to wish the two candidates, and expressed confidence that the victories indicated that the public would vote the Congress back to power with a majority. "These two victories are just the beginning of the Congress coming back to power in the Assembly elections to be held a year-and-a-half later," observed Mayor Himmatsinh Patel. Ahmedabad City Youth Congress president Raju Brahmabhatt too hailed the Congress victory and termed it a direct rejection of the BJP as a party by the people.
HMEDABAD: "It is the beginning of the end of the BJP rule in the state." This is how a triumphant GPCC president Amarsinh Chaudhary described the thumping victory of Congress in Sabarmati and Sabarkantha on Saturday.

Congress workers engaged in major festivities to celebrate the twin victory. In Sabarmati, the mood was upbeat even before the counting begun as Congress workers smeared each other with 'gulal' and danced to band-tune anticipating a landslide victory for Narhari Amin.

The official declaration of the Congress winning the "difficult" seat unleashed a fresh round of festivities as thousands of workers waved victory flags following the jeep of the winning candidate. To continue with the celebrations, the Ahmedabad City Congress Committee organised a massive rally in the Sabarmati constituency to thank voters.

Later in the evening, both victorious candidates _ Narhari Amin and Madhusudan Mistry, who rushed from Sabarkantha to participate in the celebrations _ flanked Chaudhary as he addressed a press conference called to honour the victorious candidates.

Here, Chaudhary took special pride in stressing the fact that the Congress had defeated the BJP in Sabarmati, considered the bastion of that party. "This is the same constituency where L K Advani had got a lead of 47,000 votes in the last election. This defeat should come as a red-signal to the BJP whose end in the state is imminent," Chaudhary said.

Chaudhary demanded that the Keshubhai Patel government and even home minister L K Advani should resign in the wake of the stunning defeat. "They should resign in respect of the public mandate," he said. Former chief minister and Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela also demanded the resignation of the Keshubhai Patel and L K Advani.

Meanwhile, local Congress leaders poured in to wish the two candidates, and expressed confidence that the victories indicated that the public would vote the Congress back to power with a majority. "These two victories are just the beginning of the Congress coming back to power in the Assembly elections to be held a year-and-a-half later," observed Mayor Himmatsinh Patel. Ahmedabad City Youth Congress president Raju Brahmabhatt too hailed the Congress victory and termed it a direct rejection of the BJP as a party by the people.

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


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MMCB depositors get back Rs 15 cr Sunday, September 23, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Over the past five days since September 18 when the bank re-opened, Madhavpura Mercantile Co-operative Bank (MMCB) has disbursed Rs 15.37 crore to 31,525 small depositors.

On the first day, Rs 1.06 crore were disbursed to 5,525 depositors upto a maximum amount of Rs 5,000 per account. On September 19, Rs 3.75 crore were returned to 9,332 depositors and on September 20, Rs 1.78 crore were given to 5,350 depositors upto a limit of Rs 10,000 per account. On September 21, Rs 5.78 crore were returned to 7,318 depositors and on September 22, Rs 3 crore were given to 4,000 depositors upto a maximum of Rs 15,000 per account.

Bank officials said they wanted to inform the public at large not to panic and flood the bank as payments of upto Rs 1 lakh were insured by the Depositors Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC). They wanted to re-assure the public that their deposits would be repaid, and that they should remain calm when they came to any of the banks branches.

According to bank officials, the largest number of depositors _ 1.25 lakh _ fall in the Rs 15,000 amount segment. MMCB officials said the schedule for the next re-payment bracket for upto Rs 20,000 per account will be taken on September 25 after viewing the crowds on coming Monday and Tuesday.

The bank will steadily increase the re-payment amount till the figure of Rs 1 lakh per account is reached. This might take upto a month. Re-payment of amounts of over Rs 1 lakh will be decided by the new board of directors, which has still to be put in place.

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


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