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November 27, 2001 - November 27, 2001

Call centre industry to employ 2 million people Tuesday, November 27, 2001

AHMEDABAD: The call centre industry is one of the most promising segments of the IT industry and is likely to employ 2 million people in India in the next few years, said G Hariharan, president of Call Centre Association of India. He was speaking at the National Seminar on Opportunities in IT enabled services (ITES) _ Call Centre (An opportunity for Gujarat) held here.

The one-day seminar was organised by Gujarat Electronics and Software Industries Association (GESIA) in association with Gujarat Informatics Ltd. and GNFC IT division, at AMA. "The seminar would surely help us bring vitality into the market potential of call centres in the state says Rajan Vasa, President GESIA.

Neeta Shah of Gujarat Informatics Ltd. made the delegates aware of the incentives and encouragement offered by the Gujarat State for IT enabled services. J S Kochar, Head, IT Division of GNFC informing the delegates of the excellent call centre infrastructure facilities that the GNFC InfoTower situated in Ahmedabad has established, explained why

It has been able to host successfully two major call centres of the state.
Sharing a case study of the recent WTC attacks and the resultant operations at their call centre, Kaushal Mehta of Motif India Infotech informed the delegates that "while the WTC events unfolded in New York, Motif agents were working 16 hours a day _ in back-to-back shifts, supporting the customers with the booking and cancellations for an on-line travel company based in US".

The speakers, drawn from different organisations related to the call centre industry, covered various aspects of this fast growing industry. The seminar had speakers from Reliance Infocom, Tata Telecom, Zenta Techno, Arthur Anderson and Karrox Technologies covering various aspects like bandwidth management technologies, capital needs and investment requisites.

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

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Several addl collectors transfered Tuesday, November 27, 2001

GANDHINAGAR: The state government, on Monday, transferred over a dozen officials of additional collector rank. Additional collector, Santalpur, V M Thakkar, was posted as secretary, Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board, Gandhinagar .

Ex-additional collector of Morbi N U Dhashondi, presently waiting for posting, were placed at the disposal of the panchayats, rural housing and rural development department for appointment as director, State Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Junagadh, relieving A V Kalaria of the additional charge of that post.

Additional district development officer of Bhachau K B Bhatt is transferred and Additional Collector (Co-ordination), revenue department, Gandhinagar relieving Mrs J P Devangan of the additional charge of that post.

Ms U D Patel, additional district development officer, Patdi is transferred as additional collector (Co-ordination), Ahmedabad relieving Manorama V Bhagar of the additional charge.

Additional collector J B Vora, Malia-Miyana is transferred as Additional Collector (Co-ordination), Surat.

The services of ex-Additional DDO, Morbi, M J Thakkar , presently waiting for posting are placed at the disposal of the Labour and Employment Department for appointment on the ex-cadre post of the Welfare Commissioner, Gujarat Labour Welfare Board, Ahmedabad.

N R Pandya, additional collector of Sami to Narmada, Water Resources and Water Supply Department as additional collector, Irrigation (North and Central Gujarat), Gandhinagar. He goes in place of additional collector (irrigation) B N Damor who has been posted as additional collector (co-ordination), Panchamahals (Godhra).

The additional collector of Mundra G M Damor is transferred as additional collector (co-ordination), Sabarkantha (Himmatnagar) relieving R K Parmar of the additional charge of that post.

Additional DDO, A K Ansari, Jodia, who is holding the additional charge of the post of additional collector, Jamnagar, is now additional collector (co-ordination), Jamnagar to be in the full-fledged charge of that post.

Additional DDO, Mundra, J C Chudasama is transferred as additional collector (co-ordination), Valsad relieving D H Rahevar of the additional charge of that post.

Additional collector of Wankaner A N Shaikh is transferred and his services are placed at the disposal of the Industries and Mines Department for appointment on the ex-cadre post of general manager (personnel), Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation, Ahmedabad.

Additional DDO ,Daskroi, Ahmedabad, Ms Manorama V. Bhagat is transferred and her services are placed at the disposal of the social justice and empowerment department for appointment on the ex-cadre post of managing director, Gujarat Women Economic Development Corporation, Gandhinagar.

P K Raval will be Additional Collector (Co-ordination), Rajkot, relieving K M Bhimajiyani of the additional charge of that post.

The services of J M Luni, is additional collector (co-ordination), Banaskantha (Palanpur) relieving M B Patel of the additional charge of that post.

Deputy Collector (N.A.), Ahmedabad, R G Trivedi, is transferred to Kheda as Additional Collector (Coordination) relieving U N Vyas of the additional charge of that post.

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

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Trust gets latest MRI tech to city Tuesday, November 27, 2001

VADODARA: The city will soon be able to benefit from the latest Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology in a number of very complex medical applications. The latest model of MRI has been brought here by city-based Paramount Charity Trust which will provide the facility at subsidised rates.

The trust, which had also brought the first CT Scan facility to Vadodara, will ask doctors to prescribe the amount of subsidy depending on the financial condition of the patient. The new machine to be installed is a 'superconductor' (1.0 tesla) machine.

"This machine will be the first in the state. Patients will have to pay according to the doctors' recommendations," said Samirt Tuli of the trust.

"There is always a heavy rush for CT scans and spiral CT scans. This new model will not only make available this facility to the city, it will also help diagnosis in the growing number of patients here. The rush can be gauged by the fact that our centre alone gets about 450 patients every month," Tuli said.

The trust upgraded the CT scan to a spiral CT scanner in 1999, and has now invested Rs 3.5 crore to establish the Super Con (1.0 tesla) MRI scanner.

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

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Just 62 cops on street when Rajkot sleeps! Tuesday, November 27, 2001

RAJKOT: In a revelation that speaks volumes of how 'safe' the city is, it has come to light that just 62 policemen are deployed on night patrolling, who are expected to look after the life and property of a population of around 12 lakh.

And if anyone of them goes on leave, the number goes down further. On the other hand, the city is believed to harbour some 800 known criminals!

Though night patrolling has been intensified of late, with officers in short supply, it is often left to a police head constable or even a constable to lead the patrol teams as the city goes into slumber.

Giving details about the strength of his force, city police commissioner Sudhir Sinha said on Monday that considering the population figure of the year 1992, there should have been 2,800 police personnel, including senior officers.

At present there are, besides a police commissioner, two assistant police commissioners, a deputy police commissioner, 12 inspectors, 92 sub-inspectors, 439 assistant sub-inspectors and head constables and 989 constables. This comes to just 1,536, a shortfall of 1,244 police personnel. There are almost 50 vacant posts of sub-inspectors and head constables.

Sinha said if one were to take the rise in population and the expanding city areas with the addition of three new wards in the city, there should have been a proportionate increase in the force beyond the 1992-level.

Besides, there is an urgent need to modernise the force which often lags behind due to obsolete weapons in its armoury while the criminals are equipped with modern arms and adopt innovative modus operandi.

The police commissioner said that there had been a sea change in the crime scenario with white collar crimes, organised crime and terrorist activities showing an increase. All these called for increasing the strength of the force and modernising it so as to make it fighting fit, he added.

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

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Saurashtra turns apple of Modi's eye Tuesday, November 27, 2001

RAJKOT: Chief Minister Modi, it seems, has developed a special liking for Saurashtra. Within a month after taking charge, he has made three visits to the region.

The first visit was to Rajkot city, on October 27. Modi followed it up with a trip to Morbi on November 10. On Monday, Modi was again in the region, this time at Junagadh. In between, the chief minister accompanied Prime Minister Vajpayee on his visit to Somnath on October 31.

No chief minister in the recent past, including Modi's predecessor Keshubhai Patel, who hailed from Rajkot, has frequented Saurashtra as Modi has been doing.

What does it imply? Is he searching for a 'safe' seat in Saurashtra, the BJP's electoral bastion, to contest an Assembly by-election that would facilitate his membership of the House?

Suddenly, Saurashtra has found the pride of place in Modi's scheme of things. He plans to induct Amreli MP Dileep Sanghani as the Gujarat BJP president. Modi has made it a point to insist, during each visit, that rehabilitation work in the quake-affected areas must be completed by December 31.

A senior RSS leader, wishing to remain anonymous, told 'The Times of India' that Modi, during his interaction with the public, has sought to gauge their response to his pet 'Samras' scheme.

Obviously, with elections to 10,334 gram panchayats less than a month away, Modi wants a direct feedback from the voters before making his next move to keep them in good humour.

Sources close to the Modi said he is very worried about the BJP losing its hold over the grassroots-level workers, and his frequent visits to Saurashtra is an attempt at bringing back them back into the mainstream and making them aware of the need for rejuvenating the party organisation.

During his first visit to Rajkot, Modi had urged BJP workers to bury their differences and work for the party. He had warned them of the adverse consequences that would follow if this did not happen.

Observers say that by focussing his attention on Saurashtra, Modi is desperately trying to ensure that the BJP does not meet its political Waterloo in the region under his leadership.

Significantly, he has been waxing eloquent on his "sacrifices" and "achievements" rather than drawing attention to the party's image which has taken a beating in recent times. His speech at Morbi on November 10 was punctuated with loads of self praise.

However, most of the people who had gathered at Modi's functions or public rallies were 'managed' by BJP leaders hailing from the region to showcase their organising skills.

As a 'paan' shop owner near the venue of Modi's felicitation function at Morbi had remarked, "Sanje badhu veran thai jashe (it would be all barren by evening), implying that after the chief minister leaves, nobody would bother to cast a second glance at the problems of the common man in the area.

A well-known trader in Rajkot echoed the view when he said, "All this is a gimmick. Why does he not announce any steps to ensure that the people's problems are mitigated? He is just buying time."

Sadly, though he has addressed functions aplenty during the last month, at none of these did the chief minister make any announcements that would perk up the spirits of the people of Saurashtra who have been waging relentless battles against drought, not to forget the killer quake.

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

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