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August 31, 2001 - August 31, 2001

Panel urged to reconsidor HP rates for farmers Friday, August 31, 2001

Source: The Times of India News Group
GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat government has requested the state electricity regulatory commission (GERC) to reconsider power tariff prescribed for agriculture purpose on the basis of horse power (HP) and give relief in it, the state Assembly was informed on Thursday.

The government expects that the commission will take some favourable decision on its request made in the interest of the people, state electricity minister, Kaushik Patel, told the House.

The government is also considering to again extend the period for postponement of tariff based on horse power, which had been earlier postponed till October 31, Patel said in a statement in the House and added, the decision to extend period of the levy of the HP rates for some more time had been taken in consultation with GERC.

The government has decided to make representation to the commission after reprasentations made by various farmers' organisations regarding income from the farm produce and the losses to the farmers due to liberalisation policy of the Central government, Patel added.



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Twenty feared killed as bus falls into river in Dahod Friday, August 31, 2001

At least 20 people were feared killed when a bus fell into river Khodakar at Dahod in central Gujarat on Thursday.
The ill-fated bus fell off a bridge in Dahod rural police station limits, state Home Secretary K Nityanand said in Gandhinagar.

He said no further details were available so far, but according to preliminary reports, over 30 passengers were injured in the mishap.

Police sources in Dahod said there were around 50 passengers in the bus.

The injured were admitted to Dahod civil hospital, he added.
Source - Rediff.com

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Ahmedabad tense but calm after clashes Friday, August 31, 2001

BY NDTV Correspondent, NDTV.COM
Thursday, August 30, 2001: The streets of Ahmedabad are now quiet but tense. Last night a person was killed in police firing. The incident occurred in the old part of the city when members of two communities clashed with each other. Police had to resort to firing and stone pelting to disperse the crowd.

Curfew had been imposed in the area but has been lifted now. There have been sporadic outbreaks of communal violence for the past few days, last week there was tension in the Dariapur area of the city when a bandh was called by a minority community organization.
Source - NDTV.COM

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DAHOD :: Twenty feared killed as bus falls into river in Dahod Friday, August 31, 2001

At least 20 people were feared killed when a bus fell into river Khodakar at Dahod in central Gujarat on Thursday.
The ill-fated bus fell off a bridge in Dahod rural police station limits, state Home Secretary K Nityanand said in Gandhinagar.

He said no further details were available so far, but according to preliminary reports, over 30 passengers were injured in the mishap.

Police sources in Dahod said there were around 50 passengers in the bus.

The injured were admitted to Dahod civil hospital, he added.
Source - Rediff.com

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Manubhai Pancholi dead Friday, August 31, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: One of Gujarat's best-known authors and eminent educationist, Manubhai Pancholi, died in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. He was 87.

Better known to his readers as Darshak, he had written a wide range of novels, and was also awarded the Gaurav Puraskar of the Gujarat Sahitya Akademi.

Pancholi was known as an eminent Gandhian thinker who had managed to balance Gandhian thought along with contemporary values. His residential school, Lokbharti, at Sanosara is based on these values. Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel has mourned Pancholi's death and said this void will not be filled for a long time.

News Source : The Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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