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September 13, 2001 - September 14, 2001

GEB asked to prevent cascade tripping Friday, September 14, 2001

Source:TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: The low frequency operation of the power system in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh falling under western region grid is causing concern to the Powergrid Corporation of India.

In a fax message to the states, it has sought immediate remedial measures to prevent cascade tripping. The message received at the GEB headquarters here has stated that the demand from the region has increased considerably with the break in monsoon.

Availability of power, however, has not matched the increase in demand. This has resulted in continuous low frequency operations affecting the grid.

According to the message, the frequency is unlikely to improve in the near future as the demand-supply gap is expected to widen.

To prevent the grid from collapsing, the corporation has suggested several measures. These include hourly load-shedding to take care of long-term capacity shortage. It has asked GEB to maximise generation from all sources including IPPs and CPPs.

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



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Conman promising to send goldsmiths to Dubai arrested. Friday, September 14, 2001

Source:TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: One person was arrested by the Khadia police for conspiring with an accomplice to extort money from 35 goldsmiths from Manekchowk on the pretext of sending them to the west Asia.

The accused, Manoj alias Sanjay alias Mansukh alias Mitesh Kantilal Parekh, is a resident of Mumbai and belongs to Gondal.

Parekh came in contact with a goldsmith, Raju Mandal from West Bengal, with whom a plot was hatched to lure goldsmiths to Dubai and in the process extort money from them. The duo was able to collect Rs 1.15 lakh from the victims before they were caught.

Mandal told goldsmiths that a businessman called Shantilal Parekh owned a factory called 'Jaljira Gold' in Dubai and he needed some goldsmiths. He added that his brother Manoj Parekh was to 'Garden Hotel' shortly, and whoever wished to go to Sharjah would have to contact him on August 30 in room no 14.

Gullible goldsmiths obliged and met the impostor, Manoj Parekh, at the hotel. Parekh demanded Rs 3,000 from those who had passports and Rs 4,500 from those who didn't.

Twenty-eight of them paid Rs 3,000 and submitted their passports too, while seven paid Rs 4,500 each. They were then told that on September 12 that they would have to bring Rs 22,000 for the ticket.

Parekh then told them that the tickets would be given to them on October 4, and they would have to return them within an hour after checking it. By then he had collected Rs 1.15 lakh.

On September 10, Mandal faxed copies of the visas of the 35 goldsmiths from Mumbai to one 'Ajmeri Xerox' in KT Plaza. One of the goldsmiths suddenly had a doubt and faxed the visa copy to his cousin in Sharjah to confirm its validity and was told that it was fake.

As planned, the goldsmiths waited for Parekh and confronted him at the Garden Hotel. They then informed the Khadia police. The police arrested Parekh, and on interrogation found that they had planned to collect Rs 7.87 from the goldsmiths on Wednesday and scoot.

The police seized 28 tickets to Sharjah, a mobile phone and business cards from hotels in Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surat, Nadiad and Mumbai. Inspector B D Sioni is investigating the case and is yet to lay his hands on Mandal.

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



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Security brushed up in the capital. Thursday, September 13, 2001

GANDHINAGAR: A high alert has been sounded and security beefed up in Gujarat in the wake of Tuesday terror in America. Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel reviewed the law and order situation with minister of state for home Haren Pandya on Wednesday.

Security has been tightened at all sensitive spots like airports, power stations and government buildings.
Additional chief secretary (home) VVR Subbarao held a meeting with police officers and reviewed the situation. Prominent among those attended the meeting were director general of police K Chakravarty, additional DG (law and order), Maniram, Ahmedabad police commissioner P C Pande, home secretary K Nityanandam.
An official spokesman said Gujarat being a border state agencies like CID, Central IB, BSF, Navy, Air Force, Army and other security forces have been asked to establish coordination to tackle any eventuality. He counselled people to keep their cool as the state government has been taking all corrective measures.

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



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5,000 teachers march to Surat collectorate Thursday, September 13, 2001

SURAT: Over five thousand school teachers took out a rally from Makaipul to the district collectorate at Nanpura on Tuesday afternoon to protest the government notification invoking Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) on the striking teachers in the state.

According to police officials, no untoward incident took place and the rally went off peacefully. The police had made heavy security arrangement to prevent any unlawful activities by the rallyists. Sources in the teachers' association told TNN they would stick to only peaceful means unless the situation demanded otherwise.
Collector Sangeeta Singh said of the 262 grant-in-aid schools on strike in the district, 81 were reported to have resumed teaching activities on Tuesday. The focus now was to persuade the teachers to refrain from the strike as that would affect studies, particularly in classes X and XII, she said.
However, as part of alternative arrangements the district administration has prepared a list of B Ed students of the district, unemployed youth with teaching qualification registered with the local employment exchange and all retired teachers.
Singh informed that power has been delegated to additional, deputy and deputy development officers to appoint teachers for those schools where the teachers were on strike. They would be appointed as visiting teachers and would be paid Rs 200 for taking four sessions a day. Citing these arrangements as stop-gap measures, Singh told TNN that a fresh appeal was being made to striking teachers to call off the strike in the interest of the students.
Actions were also being initiated against striking teachers who were not permanent through various administrative measures, she said. The alternative arrangement for teaching were being taken in schools where the managements had offered their co-operation to the authorities, Singh informed.

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



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Kutch farmers end GEB siege after 18hrs Thursday, September 13, 2001

BHUJ: Drastic cut in power supply by the Gujarat Electricity Board to rural areas evoked an angry reaction from Kutch's farmers, who laid siege to a GEB office in Bhuj.

The siege, however, ended after 18 hours on Tuesday morning.
The protest was organised by the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh. The Sangh brought together nearly 5,000 farmers who, on Monday morning, gheraoed GEB officials.
The protest was a result of the cut in electricity supply to the agriculture sector effected by the GEB, which is facing a problem meeting demand following failure of the expected last round of rainfall in the state.
Farmers, who kicked off a dharna on Monday morning, left for their homes only around 5 am on Tuesday, following assurance from the GEB headquarters in Vadodara.
Nearly 180 GEB officials were forced to stay inside the office because of the siege. The agitation also paralysed traffic on a busy road. Over 5000 farmers kicked off the dharna on the most busy road of Bhuj -- the one linking the Army cantonment to Jubilee Ground and the Hospital Road.
Superintendent of Police, Kutch, Vivek Shrivastava and other officials rushed to the spot. Stringent security measures were taken. Leaders and GEB officials had several rounds of negotiation but no compromise could be arrived at by midnight.
SV Machhar, the superintendent engineer of Kutch Circle of GEB, said following shortage of power to the tune of 1700 MW in Gujarat, power supply had to be curtailed.
GEB chairman Nalin Bhatt said GEB would give nine hours of three-phase power supply to farmers.
At present, farmers get 7 to 8 hours of three-phase power supply; this had irked the farmers.
Energy minister Kaushik Patel said it was not possible to concede their demand of 14 hours of three-phase supply as the state was experiencing huge shortage of power on account of failure of the last round of monsoon. Owing to this, demand for power had gone up by around 1748 MW since August 26.
Farmers had alleged that GEB was responsible for the present situation in Kutch and Banaskantha. Patel said efforts were being made to increase hours of power supply to farmers to nine hours, depending on the availability of power .
Another reason that irked farmers was adoption of "made off" system by GEB in the two districts. These farmers felt that the power shortage in the two districts was primarily due to this system. This system was installed to ward off power thefts in the districts.
During the eight-hour single-phase power supply in the area, farmers used converters to run motors in their fields, which increased load on the power line. In order to prevent this kind of power theft, power supply was "made off".
In a bid to divert more power to the agriculture sector, and with rural areas remaining without the eight-hour power supply every day, the GEB had asked high-tension and low-tension non-continuous industries in the state to observe one day additional weekly holiday beginning last Friday.
Power thus saved is diverted to meet the ever-increasing demand for power by the agriculture sector.

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



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