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September 4, 2001 - September 4, 2001

By-polls through EVMs, I-cards Tuesday, September 4, 2001

BY ANIL PATHAK, TIMES NEWS NETWORK
GANDHINAGAR: The Election Commission has made all arrangements for peaceful polling in by-elections to the Sabarkantha Lok Sabha and the Sabarmati Assembly slated for September 20.

Chief Electoral Officer Gurcharan Singh who reviewed the arrangements with officials of the concerned departments told TNN that voters will have to produce their identity cards for exercising franchise in the by-polls. This has been made mandatory by the commission.

Those who do not have the cards will be given certain identification by the returning officers. Electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used for polling purpose, and the required machines have already been sent to Himmatnagar.

The commission has appointed Sabarkantha district collector Mukesh Puri as the returning officer for the by-election for Sabarkantha Lok Sabha constituency, while B M Virani has taken over as RO for the Sabarmati constituency.

In Sabarkantha, 151 polling booths have been identified as sensitive. In all, 1406 polling booths will be set up in the constituency having as many as seven Assembly constituencies. Of these, two are in the tribal belt of neighbouring Banaskantha district. The Assembly constituencies included Vadgam (SC) Danta (both in Banskantha district), Khedbrahma, Idar, Bhiloda, Himmatnagar and Modasa.

The by-election has been necessitated following death of sitting MP Nishaben Chaudhary who died on January 30, 2001. The number of electorate is 11,57,475 of which 5,80,223 are males and 5,77,252 females.

Singh said more than 8,000 government employees, including police and para-military personnel, will be on election duty on the polling day. Some guidelines for election will be announced on September 6. In the last Lok Sabha election, Nishaben was elected by a margin of around 14,000 votes. Polling recorded was around 60.12 per cent.

For the Sabarmati Assembly constituency where by-election has been necessitated due to the resignation of sitting MLA Yatin Oza, more than 2,000 employees will be deployed for election duty. The commission has identified 96 polling booths as sensitive out of 322 in the constituency. Then BJP candidate Oza had won the last election by 21,017 votes, defeating his nearest rival Narhari Amin of the Congress.

News Source : Times News Network [ Lightning News ]


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Getting around menace of a bovine kind Tuesday, September 4, 2001

BY SACHIN SHARMA, TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: Driving on roads in the city has always been a difficult task. More so, if one is supposed to dodge stray cattle lazing around or moving at will on busy streets.

Worst of all you might be greeted with litter outside your house if you walk out early in the morning. Cattle seem to move freely in several areas of the city like Nagarwada, Karelibaug, Ajwa Road, Waghodia Road and Fatehgunj from after sundown till early in the morning.

Residents of the area complain that cattle owners residing around these localities leave the cattle free in the night. The cattle eat the leftovers or garbage and return to their owner's place in the morning.

At the same time, some cattle are abandoned by their owners after they are not in a position to yield milk. They end up on roads, obstructing traffic and becoming a public menace.

Tejas Patel, a resident of Raopura, said the complete stretch between Nagarwada and Kothi Cross-roads was often taken over by cattle. "It is like a traffic jam created cows on the road. The litter makes it dangerous to commute on this road as it becomes very slippery. There is always the danger of losing the balance on a two-wheeler," Patel said.

The impasse is the same in several other areas of the city. In Fatehgunj several bylanes are often taken over by cattle. Dr Osman Belim, a resident of the area, said, "The lanes in Kamatipura and behind Kalyan Restaurant are prone to this menace. Several cattle rearers reside in this area and leave the cattle in the open."

Some might be just pestered by the presence of cattle around them, others have seen the dangerous consequences of their presence on roads. Mohammed Javed, for instance, had a dent on his car after he ran into one. "The damage is extensive and will need body work. While travelling on the road one has to be very careful," he said.

While residents continue to face the cattle menace on the roads, it is the rearers who seem to call the shots. Officials in the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) said that efforts to relocate them outside the city had often proved futile.

The officials find themselves in a piquant situation while dealing with stray cattle. "We do not have enough security personnel to ensure that the cattle reaches the cattle pond. Often the cattle rearers use sounds to excite the animals which then run away," an official said.

The corporation had recently taken a decision to carry the cattle outside the city limits and keep them in 'panjrapols' there. The process has, however, been stopped recently after repeated representations by cattle rearers.

Before this, officials said, about over 300 cattle were impounded by the corporation. Of these, about 200 were sent to cattle ponds near Karjan and Jambughoda.

Animal activists in the city have added an interesting dimension to the issue. Mina Patel of the Pashu Seva Kendra said that the administration must target unruly rearers instead of animals. "The animals are often carried in a crowded vehicles. Medical tests for several fatal diseases are not carried out. There is the danger of viral epidemics if infected animals are kept with healthy ones," she said.

Patel said that the cattle rearers must be asked to prepare proper enclosures for animals instead of leaving them in the open. "We must recognise the fact that dairy farming is an important industry. However, there must be strict rules for the same," she pointed out.

News Source : Times News Network [ Lightning News ]


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BBA to strike work till Wednesday Tuesday, September 4, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: Advocates of the city have decided to refrain from work till Wednesday to press for their long-pending demands.

According to Baroda Bar Association (BBA) executive committee members, a decision in this regard was taken recently at a meeting. The members will also go to the High Court and secretariat in Gandhinagar on Tuesday to submit a memorandum over the issue.

BBA president Narendra Tiwari said that the advocates would hold a public meeting near Nyay Mandir to create awareness about demands. The demands include setting up Benches of the Debt Recovery Tribunal and the High Court in the city.

Tiwari said that several demands could be taken care of within a day. "However, it is appalling to note that the government is taking so much time," he said.

On Wednesday, advocates will take out a rally in the city along with teachers and health workers to press for their demands. Tiwari said that they would continue with the agitation till the issues were resolved.

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Three booked under PASA Tuesday, September 4, 2001

Vadodara: City police have arrested three people and booked under Prevention of Anti Social Acts (PASA) for bootlegging. The three arrested are Arif Sheikh, Kapila Rathod and Hemendra alias Diput Bhatiya. Sheikh and Bhatia have been sent to Porbander jail while Rathod is sent to Sabarmati jail in Ahmedabad.
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ATKT exam forms for commerce faculty Tuesday, September 4, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: MS University's faculty of commerce will issue application forms for ATKT exams in October.

The commerce faculty has notified last dates of receiving application forms for first, second and third year BCom.

For FYBCom, application forms will be issued between August 12 and 24, while deadline of submitting forms is between August 20 and 27.

SY and TY BCom students can collect forms between August 12 and 19. While SYBCom students can submit their forms between August 17 and 19. TYBCom students can submit forms between August 18 and 20.

The commerce faculty has also informed that student who will be appearing at the SYBCom exam and who have FYBCom ATKT exam will be required to fill in ATKT forms before they fill in their SYBCom forms. Similarly, students who will be appearing at the TYBCom exam and who have ATKT at SYBCom exam are required to fill in their ATKT forms before they fill in their TYBCom exam forms, press note issued by commerce faculty said.

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