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September 8, 2001 - September 8, 2001

Bhuj telephone users' plight Saturday, September 8, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Telephone users were informed by the telecommunication department that those who had lost their phones in the earthquqke should inform the department on phone no 50000 and give their numbers so that their phone could be considered as being in safe custody. Till subscribers demand their phone again, the telephone users would not be charged any rent for the period when the phone was not in operation.

However, now the department is demanding rent even for the period when the phones were not in operation.

The subscribers have decided to draw the attention of the Union communication minister and officials on the decision to charge rent for the period when the phones were not functional.

News Source : Times News Network [ Lightning News ]


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U S aid for Kutch Saturday, September 8, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
BHUJ: America has sanctioned relief of over $ 1.30 crore and would release further aid of $ 80 lakh for relief and restoration works in the earthquake-hit Kutch, said US ambassador Robert Blackwill while performing bhoomipujan at a housing complex at Paiya village of Bhuj taluka on Wednesday.

An amount of over $ 20,000 has been specially sanctioned for the restoration of Kutch Museum. He claimed that American President George Bush has taken personal interest in helping Kutch.

Blackwill inaugurated project for making cement block. Paiya village was badly damaged on R-day.

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U S aid for Kutch Saturday, September 8, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
BHUJ: America has sanctioned relief of over $ 1.30 crore and would release further aid of $ 80 lakh for relief and restoration works in the earthquake-hit Kutch, said US ambassador Robert Blackwill while performing bhoomipujan at a housing complex at Paiya village of Bhuj taluka on Wednesday.

An amount of over $ 20,000 has been specially sanctioned for the restoration of Kutch Museum. He claimed that American President George Bush has taken personal interest in helping Kutch.

Blackwill inaugurated project for making cement block. Paiya village was badly damaged on R-day.

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U S aid for Kutch Saturday, September 8, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
BHUJ: America has sanctioned relief of over $ 1.30 crore and would release further aid of $ 80 lakh for relief and restoration works in the earthquake-hit Kutch, said US ambassador Robert Blackwill while performing bhoomipujan at a housing complex at Paiya village of Bhuj taluka on Wednesday.

An amount of over $ 20,000 has been specially sanctioned for the restoration of Kutch Museum. He claimed that American President George Bush has taken personal interest in helping Kutch.

Blackwill inaugurated project for making cement block. Paiya village was badly damaged on R-day.

News Source : Times News Network [ Lightning News ]


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British Gas to provide internet, TV channel by 2002 Saturday, September 8, 2001

BY ROBIN DAVID, TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Piped gas will not be the only commodity from British Gas reaching homes in Surat in the next one year. Having already obtained Foreign Investment Promotion Board approval for an initial investment of $ 9 million (approximately Rs 60 crore) for a broadband project in the south Gujarat city, British Gas will start providing both internet and a dedicated TV channel by 2002.

Sources in the company said they have already reached the kitchen in about one lakh Surat homes through their piped gas. It was now only a question of extending this connectivity to the drawing room and start providing internet and television. As a result, capital investment will be much less than any other company which would have to start from a scratch and also build trust among the customer.

Of the $ 9 million, $ 7 million (approximately Rs 45 crore) will go into BG Broadband India Pvt. Ltd (BGBB) and $ 2 million to BG Broadband Networks India Pvt Ltd.

The company had conducted a survey last year which concluded that British Gas enjoys a high degree of credibility with its gas customers. It was ideal situation, they felt, to get into information technology in Surat as it is still in the nascent stage here. The city has a flourishing diamond-polishing industry and has big players in the textile industry. And, there is no shortage of people ready to spend for such services.

Surat also has the reputation of having a high degree of conspicuous consumption. Internet subscribers rarely ever purchase 30-hour accounts if the 100-hour account is available, whether or not they need it. It is perhaps one of the few cities in Gujarat which is not price-sensitive.

The company is in the process of building a state-of-the-art hybrid fibre coaxial network, which will be used primarily by BGBB to provide high speed broadband internet access to residential customers and become fully operational in 2002.

Although the company refuses to give details of the project, they are planning an exclusive TV channel with a special blend of local and international programmes for its subscribers.

While continuing to focus on building integrated gas infrastructure in India, BG is exploring opportunities in India which have tangible synergy with existing assets that BG controls such as customer base, call centre systems, billing and payment collections, rights of way management, network infrastructure build and management.

BGBB was formed in early 2001. A sister company, BG Broadband Networks India Pvt Ltd, was also formed at the same time, which holds an IP1 Category licence. Both entities are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the UK-based BG Group Plc.

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