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December 4, 2001 - December 5, 2001

Vadodara police chief shifted Wednesday, December 5, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: In a much-awaited move, the state government promoted three IPS officers and transferred eight to fill vacancies in the top posts in the police department on Monday. The border district of Banaskantha got a new superintendent of police with additional superintendent of police (Kutch) Himanshu Bhatt being posted here in place of R B Brahmbhatt who was transferred a month ago. Deputy commissioner of police of Rajkot city, Narsimha N Komar, was posted as superintendent of police, Valsad, in place of Hasmukh Patel who left for Kosovo on deputation in the UN peace-keeping mission. At Porbandar, whose SP Neerja Gotru Rao also left for the same assignment, the new SP is S Pandian Rajkumar who was DCP (zone 2) in Ahmedabad. Vadodara Police Commissioner J Mahapatra was promoted and posted as Additional DG (Police reforms) in Gandhinagar in place of Hiralal who retired on Friday. Mahapatra will hand over charge to the special Inspector General of Police of Vadodara Range, Deepak Swaroop, who will remain in charge till a permanent posting of a new CP is done. Special IG (Armed units) D D Tuteja was promoted as Additional DG and posted as director security and chief vigilance officer, GEB in Vadodara. Special IG (Surat range) N K Bhandari was promoted and posted as Additional DG, State crime records bureau-cum police computer centre in place of H C Solanki who was posted as director of prosecution. Deputy Commissioner of Police (south), Vadodara city R V Jotangia was posted as superintendent of police, Narmada district. Despite these transfers, two very important posts remain vacant _ that of Special IG (Border range) and DCP (crime) Ahmedabad after G S Malik also left for the year-long Kosovo mission.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Drunken man kills self, 2 of family Wednesday, December 5, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: In a bizarre incident on Sunday, a drunken man set himself, his wife and two daughters on fire killing all, except his two year old daughter, who is battling for life at the LG hospital. Khemji Viraji Thakore who worked at a petroleum factory in the Ajay estate at Rakhial, used to have frequent fights with his wife Manjula over his drinking habit. According to his wife's dying testimony, Khemji who lived in a room on the terrace of the petroleum factory, returned home stone drunk around 2 a.m. on Sunday and woke up Manjula demanding to know why she rebuked him over his habit. This led to a fight and he poured kerosene over her, his daughters Poonam (5) and Bodi (2) and then on himself and lighted a match stick. All of them were taken to the LG hospital where Manjula succumbed to severe burns in the afternoon, followed by Poonam. Khemji died on Monday morning. An offence was lodged at the Rakhial police station after a complaint was lodged by Manjula who told the police that she used to nag him about his drinking. Three killed in mishap: Three persons were killed and four injured in Gandhinagar when the rickshaw they were travelling in, was hit by a trailer on Monday near the Gh-7 circle. The driver of the trailer (GJ-1 VV 9761) Fazlu Rehman Mehmoodbhai Shaikh from Rajasthan was booked for culpable homicide at the Sector 21 police station. The dead are: Bhartiben Ashokbhai Vaghela, Jankunwarba Jagdishsinh Dabhi from Pethapur and a man aged around 40 years.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Hearing of anticipatory bail pleas postponed (B J Medical college) Wednesday, December 5, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: The hearing of the anticipatory bail pleas moved by four students of the B J Medical college booked under attempt to murder has been postponed till Tuesday. Additional sessions judge J D Vyas, directed the neurosurgeon of the Civil hospital to file a detailed medical report of the two injured students who were beaten up by the accused. He observed that the students who were beaten up, were still admitted in the hospital and the available report pertaining to their health was an interim one. Police cracked down on rioting students at the B J Medical College, Ahmedabad, on November 27 night and registered a case of attempt to murder against eight students. They took action after four students were severely beaten up and hospitalised. One of them, Ashish Gamit, has received serious head injuries and was brought to the Civil hospital bleeding profusely.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Modser residents all set to shift to newly-constructed village Tuesday, December 4, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
BHUJ: Thanks to efforts of villagers and the Kissan Sewa Fund, Modser village in Anjar taluka of Kutch district would soon become the first village in the state to be entirely relocated after the killer January 26 earthquake. Villagers here are all set to shift to the newly-constructed Modser village, situated off the Anjar-Bhuj state highway. Indian Farmers Fertilizers Co-operative Ltd (IFFCO) completed the work of constructing 173 houses within a record period of six months. These earthquake-proof houses were designed by Chennai-based Structure Research Centre and the Gujarat Disaster Management Cell. The Kissan Sewa Fund was set up on a permanent basis with an initial contribution of Rs 10 crore and Rs 5 crore from IFFCO and KRIBHCO, respectively. "Now all officers and employees have resolved to contribute Rs 10 every month from their salaries towards the fund," said S K Mishra, IFFCO's senior general manager (Kandla). He said the funds will be used to meet any eventuality in the future. Mishra said plans are afoot to repair and construct check dams at the earthquake-ravaged villages of Pantiya, Modser, Zaru, Veera, Jogninar, Mathak, Vadaliya and Hirapar in Anjar taluka. In addition, 24 panchayat 'ghars', 18 veterinary clinics and school buildings will also be constructed, while 66 godowns belonging to the co-operative sector in Kutch and Saurashtra will be repaired. Mishra added that though IFFCO, Kandla, incurred a financial loss of Rs 43 crore and spent Rs 31 lakh towards relief operations after the earthquake, the company's production level has increased and expects to meet all targets. Bhuj Mercantile Bank, First Remit in money transfer pact BHUJ: Bhuj Mercantile Co-operative Bank (BMCB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dublin-based First Remit, to introduce a hi-tech fund transfer service from 54 centres across the globe. "Non-resident Kutchis can now transfer money within minutes via this internet-backed First Remit service," said Mahendra H Morabia, the bank's chairman. Morabia said the bank has introduced a BMCB Rojgar Yojna scheme for those who pay daily interest to money-lenders. Those identified under the scheme will be given soft loans and covered under an accident policy, he said. The bank also has plans to open three more branches in Mundra, Ahmedabad and Surendranagar, Morabia added. Tremors felt in Kutch BHUJ: Tremors measuring 4.3 on the Richter Scale were felt in the earthquake-ravaged district of Kutch at around 3.33 am on Sunday. Bhuj, Anjar, Gandhidham and Bhachau, which experienced the tremors, witnessed chaotic scenes with people living in multi-storeyed buildings rushing out to the open.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Modser residents all set to shift to newly-constructed village Tuesday, December 4, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
BHUJ: Thanks to efforts of villagers and the Kissan Sewa Fund, Modser village in Anjar taluka of Kutch district would soon become the first village in the state to be entirely relocated after the killer January 26 earthquake. Villagers here are all set to shift to the newly-constructed Modser village, situated off the Anjar-Bhuj state highway. Indian Farmers Fertilizers Co-operative Ltd (IFFCO) completed the work of constructing 173 houses within a record period of six months. These earthquake-proof houses were designed by Chennai-based Structure Research Centre and the Gujarat Disaster Management Cell. The Kissan Sewa Fund was set up on a permanent basis with an initial contribution of Rs 10 crore and Rs 5 crore from IFFCO and KRIBHCO, respectively. "Now all officers and employees have resolved to contribute Rs 10 every month from their salaries towards the fund," said S K Mishra, IFFCO's senior general manager (Kandla). He said the funds will be used to meet any eventuality in the future. Mishra said plans are afoot to repair and construct check dams at the earthquake-ravaged villages of Pantiya, Modser, Zaru, Veera, Jogninar, Mathak, Vadaliya and Hirapar in Anjar taluka. In addition, 24 panchayat 'ghars', 18 veterinary clinics and school buildings will also be constructed, while 66 godowns belonging to the co-operative sector in Kutch and Saurashtra will be repaired. Mishra added that though IFFCO, Kandla, incurred a financial loss of Rs 43 crore and spent Rs 31 lakh towards relief operations after the earthquake, the company's production level has increased and expects to meet all targets. Bhuj Mercantile Bank, First Remit in money transfer pact BHUJ: Bhuj Mercantile Co-operative Bank (BMCB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dublin-based First Remit, to introduce a hi-tech fund transfer service from 54 centres across the globe. "Non-resident Kutchis can now transfer money within minutes via this internet-backed First Remit service," said Mahendra H Morabia, the bank's chairman. Morabia said the bank has introduced a BMCB Rojgar Yojna scheme for those who pay daily interest to money-lenders. Those identified under the scheme will be given soft loans and covered under an accident policy, he said. The bank also has plans to open three more branches in Mundra, Ahmedabad and Surendranagar, Morabia added. Tremors felt in Kutch BHUJ: Tremors measuring 4.3 on the Richter Scale were felt in the earthquake-ravaged district of Kutch at around 3.33 am on Sunday. Bhuj, Anjar, Gandhidham and Bhachau, which experienced the tremors, witnessed chaotic scenes with people living in multi-storeyed buildings rushing out to the open.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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