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September 3, 2001 - September 3, 2001

Asia Trust moves court over affiliation issue Monday, September 3, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: The issue of alleged malpractice while affiliating BBA and BCA courses was raked up again with the Asia Charitable Trust filing a petition in the Gujarat High Court for not getting the two courses.

The court has issued notices to the university's registrar, vice-chancellor and Vivekananda Education Foundation asking why Asia should not be given interim relief.

The trust officials had presented their case before the Need Committee on August 1. In a letter to the vice-chancellor, the trust said they had moved the court because they had come to know that the committee has already prepared its report and not granted the courses to the trust based on factually incorrect information.

In the letter, the trust officials alleged that the Need Committee has not put its stamp of approval because there is another college within one km of their proposed site opposite Drive-In cinema and at least eight similar institutions between three and five kilometres range. This information is incorrect according to Asia.

The letter also alleges that the contents of the Need Committee's report have been presented in such a manner that the trust never gets the two courses. Asia had applied for a BBA course in 1998 and a BCA course in 1999 and has been renewing the applications ever since.

Skirmishes with the university, however, is nothing new for the trust. They were allowed to start grant-in-aid college in 1999 despite the state government clearly stating that it would not give any further grants. This mess was cleared only a couple of months back when the trust was finally given self-financed status.

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Ganeshotsav passes off peacefully Monday, September 3, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: Ganeshotsav passed off more or less peacefully in the state except for three incidents of drowning reported from Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat districts.

According to the police, one person drowned during the immersion ceremony of Lord Ganesha in Surat, while the fire brigade fished out the body of a 28-year-old youth from the Kankaria Lake in Ahmedabad in the evening.

In Vadodara, a 30-year-old man identified as Himmat Khoda Harijan (30) drowned in the Vasna lake while immersing a Ganesh idol on Saturday. One person was feared drowned when a boat carrying the idol for immersion capsized in river Tapi near Nabdiowara at Nanpura on Saturday evening.

According to police, the boat carrying around 21 people with the idol tried to overtake another boat, and not being able to chart its course, lost its control and capsized in the river.

Meanwhile, three persons sustained injuries in Ahmedabad when two groups clashed while heading towards Kankaria Lake for the idol immersion. The injured were taken to Shardaben Hospital.

In the backdrop of communal tensions in the city, the last day of the Ganeshotsav was marked by heavy police bandobast on Saturday with as many as 19 SRP companies being deployed to maintain law and order during idol 'visarjan'. Five companies were specially engaged in the city for the immersion ceremony. The bandobast was planned at Kankaria Lake and the various ghats of Sabarmati where idols of Ganesha were to be immersed.

At Kankaria, three police 'sahayata kendras' (assistance booths) were set up for the immersion processions under the Zone 6 DCP BS Jebaliya. Commenting on the incident of clash, Jebaliya said members two groups belonging to Ganesh 'puja' committees of Gomtipur and Bhanderipol became aggressive on the issue of which one was to take the procession to the lake first.

Police personnel were deployed throughout the city for processions approaching the Sabarmati for immersions. Jebalia incharge of the Kankaria bandobast said this year, the immersions started early in the day and were expected to be over by midnight. Last year, the processions continued well into the night.

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Cellular users miffed over poor service Monday, September 3, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: The Mobile Users Association has threatened to demonstrate against CelForce and have warned that they would not pay the bills unless the cellphone company compensates users for the poor quality of cellular service during the last one month.

Following the systems crash of cell service providers in the Ahmedabad region of Friday, the Mobile Users Association in a fax communiqu‚ to CelForce have demanded that the company should allow a rebate of Rs 500 to all its customers for the poor quality of service it had been providing since the last one month.

Association vice-president Jagdish Chaudhary said consumers have been unable to get connected in time from land lines to the cellphones, due to which many people who are dependent on the service provided by Fascel have suffered losses.

"Yesterday's incident was an extreme case when all cellphones went dead, and business suffered as a result. Consumers pay bills and expect the service to be up to the mark," he said on Saturday.

Chadhary said for days together the company had been blaming on the department of telecommunication, but "we are least bothered because we pay money to CelForce."

The association has threatened that if the company does not meet with the demands of the consumers, users of CelForce would abstain from paying bills and resort to demonstration before the company office.
Related News - State mobile users sore as Celforce system collapses

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Two arrested for impersonation Monday, September 3, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: The Kalupur police arrested two persons for impersonating the real candidates at the written examination conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board for the post of 'Goods Guard' on Sunday.

The exams were held at the J C Shah Prakash High School on Relief Road where 231 out of the 253 candidates selected, appeared. The two arrested have been identified as Laxman Siyaram Yadav of Bhagalpur and Vinaykumar Devkumar Sinha, who had cheated their way through the preliminary examination held on June 17.

According to an official release, the answer sheets of three persons who appeared for the prelims, raised suspicion and the signatures on the sheets of these candidates were sent for verification to handwriting experts, as it did not match with those on the admit cards. Two of these dummy candidates came for the examination on Sunday and were arrested by the police after an FIR was registered at the Kalupur police station.

The candidates who came for the exam were not those who had applied, the police said and hence they were arrested on charges of cheating and impersonation.

The exam supervisors, G L Bhatt and V M Bhatt, who keep a copy of the photographs of the candidates, helped in the arrest, the RRB said.

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HC notices to Bahucharaji authorities Monday, September 3, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat High Court has issued notices to Mehsana district collector, district development officer and other officials following a public interest litigation contending encroachments on the main road in the pilgrim centre of Bahucharaji.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D M Dharmadhikari and Justice K R Vyas issued notices following the PIL moved by advocate P K Soni. He contended that despite the place being a pilgrim centre and orders issued by the panchayat, encroachments were on the rise in the village.

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