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September 16, 2001 - September 16, 2001

SC gives new twist to safari Sunday, September 16, 2001

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SURAT: The safari that commenced on last Saturday from the city to Tirupathy Zoological Park for 14 lions and one tiger took a different turn, as their earlier custodians - the Rambo Circus - presently in the city got a stay from the Supreme Court this week on the transfer of these animals from here to the rescue centre at Tirupathy.

The animals, already having traversed around 200 km out of the 1,485 km, were handed over to the Rambo Circus by the forest officials. But they could not be transported back to their caravan at Surat, as a lioness gave birth to three cubs near Dhulia.

However, these young ones being delicate are unfit for commuting any distance by any means.

It may be noted here that after much deliberations stretched over a week since the instruction on August 29 from the Union ministry of social welfare and justice that the ownership of the Rambo Circus over the animals had been cancelled as per the Government of India notification way back in October, 1998.

Hence, they should be handed over to the forest officials for their transfer to a rescue centre.

Chief conservator of forests, Maharashtra had cancelled the ownership, which it had sanctioned before 1998, of the Rambo Circus over these animals on August 28 and subsequently, the Central Zoo Authority directed the Gujarat forest department for seizure of the lions and tigers from the possession of the Rambo Circus.

Initially the circus organisers were against handing over the lions and tiger to the forest officials, and had even filed a petition with the city court for a stay. But, later they agreed to co-operate with the forest officials and also agreed to give the cages along with the handlers for the safe and comfortable journey of the animals to Tirupathy.

But, the circus organisers had also moved the apex court and only after the journey commenced on last Saturday, they could obtain a stay on the transfer of these animals from here to Tirupathy.

According to Rambo Circus manager Pushkaran, they had no option than to co-operate with the forest officials in view of the welfare of the animals.

Hence, as requested, they also agreed to let go the animals in their cages along with the handlers so that they should not feel uncomfortable in the presence of strangers during journey.

Conservator of forests, Surat, Anil Johri told this correspondent that they were not aware of the stay order of the Supreme Court at the time of commencement of journey and they were even assisted by the circus organisers. An elaborate arrangement with a veterinary doctor and forest officials was made to give the animals company on their around 1,500 km journey by road.

But, once they got the official communication, they handed over these animals back to the Rambo Circus. In fact, there was some confusion when the communication was conveyed to both the parties and as such, the animals were left stranded on the highway at Dhulia.

When the locals came to know about this unique safari, they thronged in large numbers and this posed security problems for the caged lions and tiger, a senior forest official informed.

In view of the welfare of the animals, they were shifted to a forest nursery near Dhulia and since then they have been kept there in confinement, circus authorities told TNN. Once the newly born cubs are ready for journey, they will be brought to the circus, they added.

The cubs generally take seven days to open their eyes and only then it would be safe for any movement, Pushkaran said.

Johri said they are awaiting the decision of the apex court regarding vacation of the stay order, as the next hearing in the matter is on September 17. Till then nothing could be said, as the matter is now with the Government of India, Johri added.

All the lions and tiger, kept at a forest nursery in Dhulia, are being cared by the circus people, assisted by the local forest officials, Pushkaran told TNN.

But, as of now, the fate of these homeless lions and tiger hangs in balance till a final decision is given by the Supreme Court in this regard.

News Source : Times News Network [India's best Newspaper]


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SGCCI appeals to GERC for hearings in Surat Sunday, September 16, 2001

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SURAT: The Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) appealed to the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) to hold its hearings in the city, instead at its office at Ahmedabad in view of the large number of representations from the industries of the city.

Since the matter pertains to electricity rates applicable to the industries and the general consumers of the Surat Electricity Company (SEC), the hearings should be held in Surat as it would help the concerned parties to represent their cases, according to SGCCI president Prafulbhai Shah.

Taking note of the advertisement published in a local daily that GERC would conduct the hearings on the matter on September 17 and 18 at the commission's office in Ahmedabad, Shah said the GERC was free to decide the venue of the hearings but in view of the matter being very significant for the industries here, it should be held in the city.

The issue being sensitive as many including local corporators, trade union leaders, consumer forum representatives and members of the general public would like to voice their opinions in this regard, he added. Hence, if the hearing is conducted in the city, it would mean an opportunity for everyone to present one's case before the commission.

Many representatives from the city could not attend the meeting on Thursday convened by the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Ahmedabad in regard to certain decisions about the matter, Shah informed.

Several city-based industrialists advocated for the venue of the hearings by the commission in Surat alone as the matter involved the city-based SEC, Shah stated.

If GERC conducts the hearings in the city, the SGCCI would be willing to give its hall with seating capacity for over 200 people along with other logistics, Shah said.

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Violence in arts faculty polls Sunday, September 16, 2001

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VADODARA: Bitter rivalry over polling in MS University campus led to violence late on Friday night at the Pujya Thakkar Bapa Hostel in Nizampura. A candidate defeated in the contest for the post of faculty general secretary (FGS) in the faculty of arts association polls vandalised the hostel and beat up two inmates there.

Police said the incident took place at around 11 p.m. when Dinesh Parmar, who performed miserably in the association polls, allegedly barged in the hostel along with two of his supporters.

Parmar said the hostelites did not vote for him and played a role in his defeat and threatened the inmates of the hostel.

Kiran Vasava and his friend Ranjit were badly beaten up in the incident. They were taken to SSG Hospital for treatment. Vasava was beaten with a stick near his ear, while Ranjit received a blow on his temple.

The accused also overturned vehicles parked in the compound and pelted stones on hostel windows.

Fatehgunj police have registered an offence in the incident. The accused, however, are still at large. Fatehgunj police inspector B B Rabari said about 20 students residing at the hostel voted for a candidate other than Parmar. This, he said, led to the incident.

Meanwhile, Nitin Patel got elected as the FGS of the faculty. According to results declared late on Friday night, Patel defeated his nearest rival by a convincing margin of 573 votes. Patel got 867 votes against 294 by his nearest rival Ashok Mishra.

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Curfew imposed on Vijapur town Sunday, September 16, 2001

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AHMEDABAD/MEHSANA: Curfew was imposed on Vijapur town in Mehsana district on Saturday following clashes between members of two communities and incidents of arson.

The police said three shops, a pipe factory and a tobacco godown were set afire by a rampaging mob at around 11.45 am. Miscreants broke into the office of an advocate and took away some goods. The curfew was imposed around 12.30 pm. Several persons have been taken into custody.

The trouble was sparked off at Vijapur, a town with 60,000 population, over by an incident of eve-teasing on Friday. The boy and the girl belonged to different communities. Town BJP chief Raju Sindhi, who intervened, was beaten up by some youths and had to be hospitalised. This enraged the Bajrang Dal which organised a 'bandh' on Saturday.

A public meeting was addressed by several BJP and VHP leaders where provocative speeches were made, according to the police. Three mahants also addressed the gathering. It was the crowd returning from the meeting which turned violent and indulged in acts of arson.

Home secretary S Nityanandam said, "The situation did not warrant a curfew but we imposed it as a precautionary measure." Three SRP companies have been rushed to the town and Inspector General of Police Amitabh Pathak is camping at Vijapur.

Meanwhile, miscreants threw stones at a place of worship in Tharad town in the sensitive border district of Banaskantha on Friday. Police sources said it was the fall-out of an incident on Wednesday when the eyes of an idol were found gouged.

Assuming that the act must have been committed by members of a particular community, the rival group on Friday called for a bandh and took out a procession in the town. The mob reportedly threw stones at the shrine, sparking tension.

The situation was under control on Saturday and no further incidents were reported, said Nityanandam.

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Curfew imposed on Vijapur town in Mehsana Sunday, September 16, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD/MEHSANA: Curfew was imposed on Vijapur town in Mehsana district on Saturday following clashes between members of two communities and incidents of arson.

The police said three shops, a pipe factory and a tobacco godown were set afire by a rampaging mob at around 11.45 am. Miscreants broke into the office of an advocate and took away some goods. The curfew was imposed around 12.30 pm. Several persons have been taken into custody.

The trouble was sparked off at Vijapur, a town with 60,000 population, over by an incident of eve-teasing on Friday. The boy and the girl belonged to different communities. Town BJP chief Raju Sindhi, who intervened, was beaten up by some youths and had to be hospitalised. This enraged the Bajrang Dal which organised a 'bandh' on Saturday.

A public meeting was addressed by several BJP and VHP leaders where provocative speeches were made, according to the police. Three mahants also addressed the gathering. It was the crowd returning from the meeting which turned violent and indulged in acts of arson.

Home secretary S Nityanandam said, "The situation did not warrant a curfew but we imposed it as a precautionary measure." Three SRP companies have been rushed to the town and Inspector General of Police Amitabh Pathak is camping at Vijapur.

Meanwhile, miscreants threw stones at a place of worship in Tharad town in the sensitive border district of Banaskantha on Friday. Police sources said it was the fall-out of an incident on Wednesday when the eyes of an idol were found gouged.

Assuming that the act must have been committed by members of a particular community, the rival group on Friday called for a bandh and took out a procession in the town. The mob reportedly threw stones at the shrine, sparking tension.

The situation was under control on Saturday and no further incidents were reported, said Nityanandam.

News Source : Times News Network [India's best Newspaper]


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