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August 30, 2001 - August 30, 2001

BSNL to launch mobile service in state Thursday, August 30, 2001

BY NARAYAN B BHATT, TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will invest Rs 900 crore and add 9 lakh new lines in Gujarat during 2001-02. PK Chanda the chief general manager of Gujarat Telecom Circle, said that BSNL's cellular operations in Gujarat will be launched in December across 74 cities in Gujarat.

With two private players already well established and Bharti Enterprises also launching its cellular operations in December, BSNL's mobile operations will face stiff competition when they are launched in December. "BSNL will offer better availability by covering 77 cities/towns and all important highways in Gujarat. The charges will be significantly lower than what is offered now. The cellular charges in Gujarat are amongst the highest in India currently and the two existing mobile operators are reaping a rich harvest," said Chanda.

Tele-density in Gujarat is expected to touch 7 per 100 by 2002 end, way ahead of the 2005 target set by the Indian government. The current tele-density in Gujarat at 5 per 100 people is among the highest in India as against the national average of 3 per 100 persons. PK Chanda said that these tele-density figures cover only the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) connections and do not include those of other operators.

A few days back BSNL has reached an out-of-court settlement with Fascel and Birla AT&T whereby BSNL will offer additional lines to these two companies. Chanda said that BSNL is installing 1.4 lakh lines for trunk automation exchanges in this fiscal so that it will have sufficient capacity to meet the requirements of all cellular operators in future.

"Wireless in Local Loop (WiLL) services offered by BSNL consists of 5000 users currently. BSNL's India head-office is going to buy 5 lakh WiLL lines this fiscal which will then be distributed to the different state circles. The Gujarat circle has set a target of 57,000 WiLL base in urban areas and 15,000 WiLL lines in rural areas. We expect WiLL demand to grow as it is ideal for high usage in a particular city," said Chanda.

In the telecom industry studies indicate that around 80 per cent of total revenues come from 20 per cent of the customers, who are mostly corporates. The public sector monolith, BSNL, has taken a leaf out of the private sector marketing strategy to offer better services to its corporate users. Chanda said BSNL has appointed "account managers" to offer personalised services to major corporate users.

Re 1 phone: BSNL's Gujarat circle is the first in India to offer a second phone connection under a Re 1 scheme. A BSNL customer can get a second phone by paying Re 1 instead of the usual Rs 1000 registration. The annual deposit of Rs 3000 has also been completely waived for the second connection. This scheme has received good response across Gujarat, and, in Ahmedabad, BSNL is getting around 150 new applications every day for the second connection, said Chanda.

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


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BOI opens housing finance branch in city Thursday, August 30, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: Bank of India (BOI) has opened its first housing finance branch of Gujarat at Alkapuri here. BOI general manager P Sanyal inaugurated the branch. According to an official release, housing finance is looked upon as a thrust area and there was an increasing demand for housing loans from the city.

CT-scan centre at Karamsad hospital: A CT-scan centre was opened at Shree Krishna Hospital at Karamsad. The centre was inaugurated by managing director of Elecon Engineering Company Prayasvin Patel.

The managing director said the "Madhuben Bhanubhai Patel CT-scan centre" would be an important part of the trauma centre which the hospital is setting up. "These new amenities will help facilitate quick diagnosis, especially in accident cases, and thereby help save lives of those who are in critical condition", Patel said.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Amrita Patel, the chairperson of Charutar Arogya Mandal, lauded the role of the community in ensuring that the hospital is not only offered the latest facilities to its largely rural and poor patients but also constantly supported the hospital in its endeavours to provide free and concessional treatment as far as possible.

Mandal's vice-president Chimanbhai Patel and chairman Charutar Vidya Mandal C L Patel were also present on the occasion.

School competitions: Shri Jalaram Vidyalaya English Medium is celebrating 'activity week'. Various competitions like patriotic songs, folk dance, debate, fancy dress and teachers' speech competitions are being organised. The competitions also include participation from other schools in city. Prize distribution ceremony will be held on Friday.

BAS president elected: M S University professor N Subramanyam has been elected as the president of Baroda Andhra Samiti (BAS) for 2001-03 at its annual general meeting held recently. Other office-bearers elected include vice-president V Gopala Rao (ONGC). BAS also elected secretary, joint secretary and treasurer.

Teachers' training programme: Sanskar Vidya Vihar has organised a programme for in-service training of primary teachers. The school has organised the programme through District Institute of Education and Training (DIET). The three-day programme commenced this week.

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


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Christians allegedly attacked in Dahod Thursday, August 30, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Barely has the communal tension in Ahmedabad subsided when the All India Christian Council alleged an attack on Christians in Dahod on August 25.

An official release from national executive member of the council Samson Christian has said women officials and children from the I P Mission orphanage at Jobat village in Madhya Pradesh were on their way for a picnic in Dahod, when they were attacked, both by the Bajrang Dal and the VHP as well as by the local police.

According to the release, the children were on the way to Kali dam in Dahod when they stopped in the town to buy snacks and give a breather to the children who were nauseating after a long journey.

Even as the children were washing their faces at a hand pump when Bajrang Dal and VHP activists, led by Kishan Singh, surrounded them, took the keys away to the jeeps in which they were travelling and beat the women with sticks. When the women complained to a senior police official passing by, the keys to the jeeps were given back.

The orphanage officials then went to the local police station, where, Samsom alleges that, instead of registering a complaint against Kishan Singh and his men, police inspector Baxilal Soni and the constables again beat up the women. The women were asked to leave Dahod immediately and not come back.

As the Dahod police have not registered a complaint, a FIR has been filed at the Jobat police station where the orphanage is based. The Madhya Pradesh police have sent a copy of the FIR to Dahod DSP KNL Rao as the crime took place in Gujarat.

Samson fears that the Gujarat police will not take any action against those who planned the attack and sent copies of the letter to the National Human Rights Commission, the prime minister's office and to home minister L K Advani.

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


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Christians allegedly attacked in Dahod Thursday, August 30, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Barely has the communal tension in Ahmedabad subsided when the All India Christian Council alleged an attack on Christians in Dahod on August 25.

An official release from national executive member of the council Samson Christian has said women officials and children from the I P Mission orphanage at Jobat village in Madhya Pradesh were on their way for a picnic in Dahod, when they were attacked, both by the Bajrang Dal and the VHP as well as by the local police.

According to the release, the children were on the way to Kali dam in Dahod when they stopped in the town to buy snacks and give a breather to the children who were nauseating after a long journey.

Even as the children were washing their faces at a hand pump when Bajrang Dal and VHP activists, led by Kishan Singh, surrounded them, took the keys away to the jeeps in which they were travelling and beat the women with sticks. When the women complained to a senior police official passing by, the keys to the jeeps were given back.

The orphanage officials then went to the local police station, where, Samsom alleges that, instead of registering a complaint against Kishan Singh and his men, police inspector Baxilal Soni and the constables again beat up the women. The women were asked to leave Dahod immediately and not come back.

As the Dahod police have not registered a complaint, a FIR has been filed at the Jobat police station where the orphanage is based. The Madhya Pradesh police have sent a copy of the FIR to Dahod DSP KNL Rao as the crime took place in Gujarat.

Samson fears that the Gujarat police will not take any action against those who planned the attack and sent copies of the letter to the National Human Rights Commission, the prime minister's office and to home minister L K Advani.

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


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Vadodara to host national rly meet Thursday, August 30, 2001

BY SACHIN SHARMA, TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: Vadodara is all set to witness a major chapter unfold in the history of Indian Railways. It will play host to top railway officials and Union ministers soon who would debate on the Rakesh Mohan Committee report that has suggested radical changes to the basic structure of the Indian Railways.

The meeting, to be attended by over 80 top officials of Indian Railways, has become a prestigious event for the Vadodara Division. Officials here said that the Railway Staff College will be the venue for brainstorming amongst the railway top brass and other key persons involved in the restructuring process.

The meeting, to be attended by Union railway minister Nitish Kumar, minuster of state for railway Digvijay Singh, all members of the Railway Board, all general managers, division railway managers, representatives of unions and consultancy firms, will be held on September 15 and 26.

Sources said the meeting at Vadodara would be the culmination of the efforts made by the committee so far. "Each and every point suggested by the report will be debated upon and a final shape will be given to it during the meet," informs a senior railway official. Rakesh Mohan will himself remain present with his staff that helped in preparation of the report.

According to officials, Railway Staff College was chosen as a venue for the meeting because it has a university-like atmosphere conducive to the brainstorming necessary for the meeting. The staff college can take care of accommodation, food, conference facilities and all other necessary infrastructure for holding such a high profile and sensitive event.

"Vadodara is well connected, but at the same time away from places like Delhi and Mumbai which have a lot of hustle and bustle. All facilities are available here, at the same time the usual disturbance and possible interference at bigger centers is not there. Above all, the entire ambience is very railway-type," said a senior official.

Unlike the previous meeting held in New Delhi, officials of ranks lower than that of general managers will join the meeting as delegates. This, officials said, was being done to reach a broader base of the railway system. "The idea is to meet all cross sections of the Railways before finalising the report," said an official.

Officials here are eagerly looking forward to the discussions. "Going by the experiences of officers, Rakesh Mohan is a very flexible leader willing to take a lot of suggestions. The meeting should be an interesting event," another official said.

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


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