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September 2, 2001 - September 2, 2001

State mobile users sore as Celforce system collapses Sunday, September 2, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: Telephone consumers across the state were at their wits end throughout Friday due to a breakdown in the services of Fascel Limited, the leading cellular service provider in Gujarat under the brand name Celforce. Angry consumers stormed the offices of Fascel at several places complaining about losses due to disruption in communication.

The company, which was executing a capacity expansion in its network since the early hours on Friday, developed a major technical snag in the servers controlling the computerised-guided network due to which mobile sets in the Ahmedabad region went completely silent.

Officials sources maintained that about 50,000 cell-phone users were affected, mainly in the central and north Gujarat regions. "We have decided to waive off rentals for the day," Fascel chief operating officer Sunil Sood said.

"We were taking the capacity upto 3.5 lakh connection for which patch-up work was being executed in the software. Experts were at work since early morning, but around 9.45 the system failed," said Sood.

The stalemate which was on between the service provider and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited pertaining to the additional requirement of land lines to smoothen connectivity between PSTN (land) lines and cell phones had ended last week. "We were issued 120 additional lines by the BSNL based on our requirements following which we were carrying out the capacity upgradation," he said.

Nokia, which is maintaining the network of the cellular service provider, was engaged in the upgradation job. But owing to the system collapse, the engineers were busy restoring the system.

The affected Ahmedabad region, comprising north and central Gujarat, has about 100 towers backing up the cellular network in the area. "Restoration work started in the afternoon and about 50 per cent of the affected sites were put back into use by 4 pm," said a senior team engineer attending to the problem.

The AT&T system, however, functioned normally. Commenting on the issue, the company's operating officer in Gujarat Himanshu Kapania said, "It's a technical problem which can occur in any electronic system."

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DAHOD :: Govt announces Rs 50,000 compensation Sunday, September 2, 2001

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VADODARA: State government has announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 for the kin of 21 persons who died in a bus mishap in Limkheda taluka of Dahod on Thursday. The mishap occurred when the bus ran off Ghodakhal bridge and fell into a ravine.

About 40 passengers, who were injured in the accident, will get a compensation of Rs 25,000 each.

The compensation announcement comes in the wake of an inquiry ordered by the Dahod district administration to probe the accident causes.

Some 70 passengers where on the bus.

Three bodies still remain to be identified. Sources said such was the impact of accident that about seven people where crushed to death together. Bodies of these seven victims were badly mangled and extricated with great difficulty.

While locals in Dahod blamed administration for not paying attention to the 'risky' road leading to the Ghodakhal Bridge, which was the cause of Gujarat's worst-ever road accident, anger was also vented against the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation for keeping in service its ageing fleet.

Angry locals alleged that in the past, too, the same bridge, and the steep road leading
to it, has been the cause of many accidents.

Though official sources said the accident was caused due to bursting of a rear-wheel tyre, which made the driver loose control, conjectures are being made about the overall condition of the bus.

On Friday, meanwhile, three injured passengers where shifted to SSG Hospital from Cottage Hospital in Dahod.

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Govt announces Rs 50,000 compensation for people died in Dahod bus accident Sunday, September 2, 2001

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VADODARA: State government has announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 for the kin of 21 persons who died in a bus mishap in Limkheda taluka of Dahod on Thursday. The mishap occurred when the bus ran off Ghodakhal bridge and fell into a ravine.

About 40 passengers, who were injured in the accident, will get a compensation of Rs 25,000 each.

The compensation announcement comes in the wake of an inquiry ordered by the Dahod district administration to probe the accident causes.

Some 70 passengers where on the bus.

Three bodies still remain to be identified. Sources said such was the impact of accident that about seven people where crushed to death together. Bodies of these seven victims were badly mangled and extricated with great difficulty.

While locals in Dahod blamed administration for not paying attention to the 'risky' road leading to the Ghodakhal Bridge, which was the cause of Gujarat's worst-ever road accident, anger was also vented against the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation for keeping in service its ageing fleet.

Angry locals alleged that in the past, too, the same bridge, and the steep road leading
to it, has been the cause of many accidents.

Though official sources said the accident was caused due to bursting of a rear-wheel tyre, which made the driver loose control, conjectures are being made about the overall condition of the bus.

On Friday, meanwhile, three injured passengers where shifted to SSG Hospital from Cottage Hospital in Dahod.
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PATADI (Surendranagar) :: HSBC donates Rs 57 lakh for education project Sunday, September 2, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited has donated Rs 57.5 lakh (US$ 125,000) for the establishment of an education training resource centre at Patadi in Surendranagar district to help resume educational services affected by the earthquake.

The Gijubhai Bal Academy HSBC Campus, Patadi, named after the noted Gujarati educational and child rights activist, is being established by Ganatar, a Gujarat-based non-governmental organisation (NGO). The project was developed and designed by Ganatar and Partners in Change, an NGO which promotes corporate social responsibility.

The foundation stone for the academy at Patadi was laid on Friday by Zarir J Cama, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC in India, in the presence of Sukhdev Bhai, founder of Ganatar and Professor P C Vaidya, former vice-chancellor of Gujarat University.

Cama said, "HSBC has long been a supporter of community initiatives in the fields of education and environment. I am proud that HSBC and its staff from around the world have contributed funds to this project and several other initiatives to rehabilitate children and people of Gujarat after the calamitous earthquake earlier this year."

Sukhdev Bhai said, "Through the establishment of the Gijubhai Bal Academy, Ganatar will move a step further in trying to achieve Gijubhai's dream of providing relevant education to all of Gujarat's children."

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Bldg plan for Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya gets nod Sunday, September 2, 2001

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VADODARA: The final syndicate meeting of the MS University vice-chancellor Dr. Anil Kane's current term was on here on Friday. Though at the time of going to Press the meeting was not over, sources said a final decision on the crucial payment seats issue was on agenda.

Sources said the syndicate members have decided to approve the new building plan of the Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, which would be donated by the Haribhakti family.

"The name of the family would not mentioned as part of the name of the institution but we have decided to go ahead and allow the name to be mentioned on a plaque indicating that the building is donated by the family," said sources.

According to sources the syndicate also gave the go ahead to allow recruitment of children of deceased MSU staff members. Those children whose parents were teachers might be given jobs, however they would be incorporated at Class four and three levels, said sources.

At the time of going to Press the syndicate had not arrived at any decision on the payment seats issue. Sources speculated that the reduction in the payment seat fees from Rs 6100 to 2500 was being opposed by some syndicate members, while many wanted the fees to be reduced further to a little over Rs 1300.

Sources said the syndicate members might arrive at a solution to the problem by agreeing on a consensus amount.

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