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September 7, 2001 - September 8, 2001

PALANPUR :: Palanpur to host physicians conference on Sept 16 Saturday, September 8, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
PALANPUR: Over 400 physicians are expected to attend the mid annual conference of Association of Physicians of Gujarat (APG) scheduled at Kanubhai Hall here on September 16.

This will be the first time a galaxy of eminent physicians will assemble to exchange their views at a district place of Banaskantha, according APG's local unit and secretary Gupta.

Dr.S.M.Badukwala (diabetologist), Dr Yash Lokhandwala (cardiologist) both from Mumbai, Dr.Dharmesh Patel, Dr.Sudhir Shah (neurologist) Dr.Urmish Chudagar, (haematologist), Dr Atul Patel (Aids Specialist), Dr.Manish Bhatnagar (gastoenterologist) and Dr.Girish Kazi(cardiologist) will take part.

Dr Umakant Pandya, president of the conference, said specialists of different branches will explain the causes, methods of diagnosis, and the remedial measures with the help slides and will tackle the medicinal problems through direct replies to the queries raised by the participants and audience.

News Source : Times News Network [ Lightning News ]


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GEB starts buying power from Goa, Chattisgarh and IPPs Friday, September 7, 2001

BY SHAILESH PANDYA, TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: The Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) has sent an SOS to other states for supply of additional power to it in order to tide over the severe power crisis in the state. Rural areas in Gujarat have been without power for about 8 hours every day for the past couple of days.

Chhatisgarh and Goa, both members of the Western Region Electricity Board (WREB), have responded to Gujarat by giving assistance of 200 MW of power, which GEB started receiving from Thursday, the sources said.

The Independent Power Producers (IPP) in the state have been supplying more than 1000 MW of power to GEB for tiding over the situation. GEB has restarted buying of power from G Tech an IPP which has been using naphtha as fuel for generation of power. GEB has been buying about 600 MW of power from it.

For nearly two months, GEB had stopped buying power from G Tech due to high power tariff charge by it on account of use naphtha as fuel for power generation.

The power system in the state has been operating at critical 48.5 khz, which is much below the standard level of frequency needed for smooth operation of the system. The standard level of frequency is 50 khz.

This situation on power front is created on account of failure of the final round of rain that has resulted in increase in the demand of power which is going up by about 50 to 100 MW every day. The total demand shot up to 6200 MW as on Thursday.

GEB sources said the closure of units in the coal and gas-based power stations falling under central and state sector has created huge demand and supply gaps. These units are located in Jhanor, Kawas, Dhuvaran, Kakrapar, Ukai and Wanakbori.

GEB sources said it had sent an SOS to all the regional electricity boards in the country for giving power to it for tiding over the situation .

The eastern and northern regions electricity boards expressed their inability in giving power to Gujarat as they were also in need for power. Two neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh also expressed their inability in supplying additional assistance of power to Gujarat.

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Varsha Patel elected Nadiad civic president Friday, September 7, 2001

BY BHAGWATIPRASAD BAROT, TIMES NEWS NETWORK
NADIAD: Following the resignation of Durga Jeswani as president of Nadiad municipality, Varsha Rakesh Patel was unanimously elected president for the rest of the term till July 16, 2002. This is the first time in the 30-year history of the civic body that a president has been elected unanimously. Or else, candidates have spent lakhs to garner votes in the crucial election which could see them preside over the civic coffers.

Indeed, for quite some time it was known that days were numbered for Durga Jeswani, wife of GSFC chairman Dr K D Jeswani, as she was isolated by all the members, including her own party councillors as 'she had failed on all fronts in ensuring a smooth municipal administration, thereby creating dissatisfaction among people.

The election of Varshaben Rakesh Patel was unanimously thanks to joint efforts of councillors of both the groups and the most senior member Chitaranjan Brahmbhatt. Leaders of opposition and leading Congress workers Mahesh Patel, Raju Shah and Devendra Patel did their bit to make it a smooth transition and achieve unanimity.

Nadiad BJP MLA Pankaj Desai supported the move of both the groups who wanted to be united in the town's interest. The election meeting was chaired by deputy collector Kamal Shah. Others present were incharge chief officer Himanshu Patel and mamlatdar Bharat Joshi.

Except Durgaben Jeswani and Manubhai Patel who had gone abroad 40 members in the 42-member board were present.

According to senior civic official Derakhi this was the first time in the 30-year history of Nadiad municipality that the president was elected unanimously. Kheda MP and former PWD minister Dinsha Patel of the INC expressed happiness over the unanimous election and said that 'without considering party politics as well as personal ego the councillors should try to solve basic problems of the town like road, drainage, and drinking water.

Senior executive of kidney hospital N Bhaskaran said in an informal chat that with Varshaben Patel as president "we have lots of hope that the living conditions in Nadiad, especially the condition of roads would improve. Earlier people were expressing grievances regarding bad roads but today no one is saying that as there are no roads at all. In today's scenario an important functionary getting elected unanimously is a very welcome sign."

Nadiad Chamber of Commerce and Industries secretary Bipin Shah told this correspondent that it was a good move shown by all councillors who elected the president Varsha Patel unanimously without considering party politics. He added that trade community welcomed such unity for the town's development. Now there should be no hitch in providing basic facilities to traders as well as to other citizens.

A housewife Jacinta Fernandes opined, "I have the following things to mention. Varshaben should consider 'water' as the topmost priority item. Then come street lights. Women had no problem in moving around Nadiad even at night to attend social and cultural programmes. But now to go out of home even at 7 in the evening is a problem. Street lights are not functioning on any important road."

Varshaben Patel told this correspondent that she would make her efforts for the town's all-round development with the co-operation of all councillors, forgetting differences of the past.

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JUNAGADH :: House burgled at city Friday, September 7, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
JUNAGADH: Bharat Karia, a trader's house near Bahauddin College at Dana Pith society's 'Shubh' bungalow, was burgled on Tuesday by some unidentified people.

Cash and the golden ornaments worth Rs. 77,000 were stolen, the 'B' division police said. Two years ago, Bharat Karia's shop was broken, and goods worth Rs 2 lakh stolen from his shop. Even that case has remained unsolved, till today!

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Man Killed over right of way Friday, September 7, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: A man was killed by his neighbours following a fight over using the approach road at Bhudaji Khetar na Chhapra in Maninagar on Tuesday night.

The victim, Jorabhai Chunara, and his neighbour, Vinubhai Chunara, fought over using the approach road on Tuesday, when Vinubhai attacked Jorabhai.

The same night around midnight, Vinubhai and Amrutbhai came to Jorabhai's house and began to abuse him and his wife, Mangaben. The man warned Vinubhai against using abusive language and was beaten by an iron pipe on the head.

His wife tried to intervene and got hurt in the process. Several others from the neighbourhood intervened and began to beat up Jorabhai, killing him in the process. Mangaben then lodged a complaint at Maninagar police station.

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