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September 2, 2001 - September 2, 2001

Eco-friendly school Sunday, September 2, 2001

HMEDABAD: As part of the world environment awareness campaign, an 'Eco Club' aiming to create a green environment in the society was initiated by D P High School at Nava Wadaj recently. The 'Eco Club' -- in which about 2,000 saplings were distributed to students and as many were planted in the school campus -- is supported by state forest department and environmental organisation 'Arambh'.

A cultural function was organised at the school to mark the occasion in which students, through dramas and songs, spread the message of a pollution-free environment. As many as 70 colourful posters conveying the message of significance of growing trees and avoiding exploitation of nature were prepared and displayed by students. The district forest officer and range forest officer attended the function.

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BJP fields Upendra Trivedi from Sabarkantha Sunday, September 2, 2001

AHMEDABAD: The BJP on Friday sprang a surprise naming Upendra Trivedi, the present deputy speaker in the Gujarat Assembly, as its candidate for the Sabarkantha Lok Sabha by election.

Trivedi, a well-known Gujarati film actor who represents the Bhiloda assembly seat in Sabarkantha district, will file his nomination papers on Saturday at Himmatnagar.

The Congress will finalise by Saturday names of its candidates for by-elections to the Sabarkantha Lok Sabha constituency and Sabarmati assembly seat to be held in Gujarat on September 20, GPCC president Amarsinh Chaudhary said on Friday. "We have recommended a few names to the Congress high command. I had even discussed them (the names) with the senior party leaders in Delhi. The names of the candidates, therefore, should be announced by the Congress high command tomorrow," he said.

Asked who were the probable candidates, he said, "For Sabarmati seat, we have recommended the name of Narhari Amin, former deputy chief minister who had once won from there."

Chaudhary said three names _ Tushar Chaudhary (son of Amarsinh Chaudhary), Haribhai Chaudhary and Madusudhan Mistry, a close confidant of Shankarsinh Vaghela _ have been sent for the Sabarkantha seat.

Sabarkantha Lok Sabha constituency was represented by Congress party's Nishaben Chaudhary who died earlier this year.

The Sabarmati assembly seat was won by BJP's Yatin Oza, defeating Narhari Amin of Congress in 1998 elections. However, following differences with state party leadership, Oza quit as legislator and also from the primary membership of the BJP.

Meanwhile, chairman of Gujarat Dairy Development Corporation (GDDC) and the BJP candidate for the assembly by-election to Sabarmati seat, Babubhai Jamnadas Patel, filed his nomination papers on Friday.

The last date for filing of nominations is September 3.

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'Good monsoon' re-kindles hopes for market revival Sunday, September 2, 2001

BY NARANDAS THACKER, TIMES NEWS NETWORK RAJKOT: The very survival of a million people in Saurashtra is at stake.The future of the stock brokers, sub-brokers and many people depending on the stock market -- official and unofficial -- has become uncertain for quite sometime.And, many more, perhaps an equal number of share-holders, are struggling to manage, as their earnings, in the form of dividends, have dwindled. This category includes retirees, widows, fixed-income group, even farmers. But, the 'excellent monsoon' in this region during the past two months has brought a new hope to them, after experiencing dark clouds in the recent past. There is a guarded optimism, though.Though slump or crash are the words heard pretty often, not only at the national level, but international level too, the impact is rather heavy in Saurashtra as a large number of people had set their eyes on get-rich-quick formula and had gone whole-hog for the prize-possession in the form of shares of old and new economy segments.These neo-investors included farmers from the countryside, house-wives, cooks and maid servants, carpenters and blacksmiths, car drivers and auto-rickshaw men, over and above a large number of teachers of schools and colleges and government employees of state and Centre.'Lav,Lav' (bid for buying) and 'Lidha-Didha' (bought and sold) were the oft-heard watch-words in the unofficial stock-trading rings in Saurashtra if one passed through the stock-trading rings in Rajkot, in the yester years, till the wee hours, on any given day -- holiday or no holiday!Such was the climax of craze.In the wake of this new found, non-traditional business, more than a million came in the net of investment in equity and an equal number of people-giving service to this new class. They included brokers, sub-brokers and others dependant on them. The banks were doing roaring business and the postal department was hard-pressed with bulging volume of share certificates.And, another significant development was emergence of many a depository, since dematerialisation or 'demat' of shares has been made compulsory by almost all companies.Stock Holding Corporation of India, the leading depository participant of the country, made a dent and was the first to take its roots in Saurashtra, and extended its reach, all over Saurashtra, with a network of seven branches. Other depositories followed.Managing director and CEO of SHICL V B Gaud, who was in Rajkot, said with nearly seven lakh depository accounts, SHICL is setting up new alliances that will enable investors in Gujarat to avail of its financial product offerings. It has tied up with Veraval People's Co-operative Bank and Amreli Nagrik Sahkari Bank. The gamut of SHICL's depository participant services will be available right-away for investors in Veraval and Amreli.Plans are also afoot to bring other financial products to the investor's door-step in these cities. SHICL boasts of a rich product mix which includes the country's first on-line trading platform-stockdirect, instant liquidity through sale of shares, called Sell-n-Cash, assured security transactions through panelled brokers.Gaud was optimistic about the revival of the capital market in six months in view of excellent monsoon. At the same time, there was proliferation of depository participants. Ultimately, those with good track record of service would survive, he said, and added more than 75 per cent may fold up.

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Impounded lions, tiger to be handed over to Tirupati zoo Sunday, September 2, 2001

SURAT: Fourteen lions and one tiger which were impounded on Thursday by the forest department officials from the Rambo Circus, presently in the city, will be sent to Tirupati zoo in a couple of days. The local forest authorities received permission from the Central Zoo Authority in this regard on Friday.

Adequate arrangements are being made for their transportation from Surat to Tirupati, according to deputy conservator of forests, Vyara, B K Sinha who effected the seizure from the circus, following instructions from Union minister for social welfare and justice Maneka Gandhi sometime back.

Sources in the forest department said keeping these animals were proving logistically a tough task, though all necessary measures have been taken up to make these animals set for a long journey from here to Tirupati. Besides, upkeep of these animals was also costing the forest department much, sources informed. Trucks with special carriers have been requisitioned for transportation of these animals from Surat to Tirupati, Sinha told TNN.

A memorandum was submitted by the circus organisers to higher authorities of the forest department forwarding their ownership over the lions and tigers kept in the circus.

When asked, Sinha informed that the license to keep these animals was cancelled by the chief conservator of forests, Nagpur on August 23. As per the Central government's notification in October, 1998, exhibition or any performance of lions, tigers, panthers, monkeys and bears has been banned. However, the licenses issued prior to that to some of the circus authorities in the country to keep these animals under their possessions proved a hurdle for the government authorities to effect a complete ban, sources forwarded.

The circus had 14 lions and two tigers for exhibition and performances, but one of the tigers died sometime back, forest officials said. The attention of the Union minister was drawn by several associations of animal lovers of Surat, Vadodara and by members of the Gujarat Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, that the circus had animals in its captivity for display in its shows.

Subsequently, the minister asked the district administration to look into the matter and verify the documents of claim to possess these animals by the circus.

The circus organisers had forwarded ownership certificates issued by the chief conservator of forests (CCF), Nasik. But, on Monday the state forest department received an intimation that the ownership certificate was being cancelled with immediate effect. Following this, the local forest officials impounded the animals from the circus.

In the memorandum submitted to the local administration, the circus authorities have alleged that the confiscation of the animals was illegal and if the animals are not handed over back to them, they would move the court, sources in the forest department said.

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Govt orders recruitment of teachers; strike continues Sunday, September 2, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Bowing to pressure of striking teachers, the state government on Friday issued a GR ordering 100 per cent recruitment of teachers. Teachers, supported by principals and administrative employees, however, said the same was not enough and announced to continue with the all-state school bandh until the government fulfils their other demands too.

Here, almost all of the 5,500 secondary and higher secondary schools remained closed for the third consecutive day in support of the state-wide bandh call given by the Gujarat Rajya Shaikshanik Sankalan Samiti.

It needs mention that GR ordering 100 per cent recruitment of teachers was one of the most prominent demands of the striking school staff.

However, now that the government has conceded the much-pressed demand, the samiti has insisted that the government fulfil their other demands too.

"The government will have to announce vehicle allowance for teachers from April 1, 1998, promise unconditional protection to all teachers recruited before June 30, 1998, cancel recovery from principals, announce amendments to certain rules and regulations as well as the total package for the teachers and principals as announced by the Centre. Till the government meets all these demands, we will not budge and will continue to strike", Shah insisted.

Shah also disowned reports of striking teachers attacking coaching classes demanding their support to the strike. "This is an attempt by vested parties to defame the teachers and weaken our cause", Shah said. It needs mention that at least four coaching classes had reported ransacking by striking teachers on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the samiti announced that the teachers will stage a protest demonstration outside the district education office on Saturday. On Sunday, the striking employees have organised a religious ceremony. The next day, the teachers could be seen forming a human chain on the Nehru Bridge.

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