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JAMANAGAR :: Panic grips Jamnagar as mysterious gas envelops city Monday, August 27, 2001


Source - NDTV.COM

August 26, 2001 - August 27, 2001

MSU German dept to organise seminars with foreign embassies Monday, August 27, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: The M S University's department of German has planned two seminars in collaboration with the Austrian and Swiss embassies, according to M K Natarajan, the head of the department of German.

Natarajan informed that one seminar would be held in November (in Delhi) and the other one in February (in Goa). He said, "The seminar in Delhi is being organised by us in collaboration with the Austrian embassy and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the one in Goa is in collaboration with the Swiss embassy".

This is the first time in the history of M S University that one of its departments is planning seminars and programmes in alliance with foreign embassies, he added.

Natarajan said the department completes 40 years this academic year and therefore many interactive programmes would be conducted throughout the year.

According to Natarajan, this year the German Academic Exchange Services would send a lecturer from Germany for a period of three to six months to acquaint students here with the language and culture of Germany.

"Our department is perhaps the only one of its kind in India which includes in its introduction courses studies of the two countries Austria and Switzerland which also have German as one their national languages. At the MA level too, these courses are included", he said.

According to him, plans are also afoot to have interactive exchange programmes for students and teachers in the future with help from the two embassies.

The year-long celebrations would be inaugurated on September 10 when the department organises the Kennfest _ a cultural programme that is organised every year to welcome the freshers.

In addition, he said, "We also want to join hands with other linguistic departments of the MSU for various interactive projects. Also on the anvil is an All India German Teachers meet to be organised here by the Goethe Society of India, Vadodara chapter, he said.

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


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JAMANAGAR :: Panic grips Jamnagar as mysterious gas envelops city Monday, August 27, 2001


NDTV Correspondent

Monday, August 27, 2001 (Jamnagar):

The memory of the Bhopal gas tragedy has created fear among the residents of Jamnagar in Gujarat, who have been complaining of a mysterious gas leak over the last few days.

According to reports, a foul smelling gas has emanated from various parts of the city for over a week. Ten days ago, the Gujarat government had sent a two-member team of environmentalists to investigate the source of the gas and ascertain its nature.

Reliance Petrochemicals, Gujarat Fertilizers and the GAIL pipeline are all located close to Jamnagar. So far, the authorities have been unable to pinpoint the source of the gas.

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NDTV Correspondent

Monday, August 27, 2001 (Jamnagar):

The memory of the Bhopal gas tragedy has created fear among the residents of Jamnagar in Gujarat, who have been complaining of a mysterious gas leak over the last few days.

According to reports, a foul smelling gas has emanated from various parts of the city for over a week. Ten days ago, the Gujarat government had sent a two-member team of environmentalists to investigate the source of the gas and ascertain its nature.

Reliance Petrochemicals, Gujarat Fertilizers and the GAIL pipeline are all located close to Jamnagar. So far, the authorities have been unable to pinpoint the source of the gas.

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Curfew continues in riot hit Ahmedabad Sunday, August 26, 2001

Source - Press Trust of India
Ahmedabad, August 26: Indefinite curfew, which was clamped in Dariapur area following pitched battle between police and mob, continued for the second day on Sunday even as situation remained peaceful in the city, police said.

No untoward incident have been reported from the riot hit areas since Saturday night, police said. Police had burst teargas shells to disperse a mob indulging in heavy stone pelting, damaging private property and causing injury to seven people.

But as the rampage continued, police fired six rounds, in which one person was killed. Later, an indefinite curfew was clamped as a precautionary measure. Situation in neighbouring Kalupur and Shahpur localities also remained peaceful, police added.

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Gas leak in Jamnagar, source unknown Sunday, August 26, 2001

By Harsha Kumari, NDTV.COM
Jamnagar, August 26: Over the past few days, people in Jamnagar in Gujarat have been complaining of what appears to be a gas leak in the town. Cases of burning eyes and vomitting have also been reported. However, authorities still have not been able to figure out where the leak came from.

Gas detectors to measure the quality of the air now dot the landscape in Jamnagar, where over the past week a foul smelling gas has been affecting residents.

"For the past eight days, at about 8 pm (IST), we get a smell of some gas. Our eyes burn and there is vomitting and some children even get stomach ache and boils. We can't sleep at night," maintained Jamnagar resident Fatima Behn.

Reliance Petrochemicals, Gujarat Fertilizers and the GAIL pipeline are all located close to Jamnagar. However, government authorities have not been able to pinpoint exactly where the leak is from. Concerned citizens have now asked the National Human Rights Commission to look into the matter. "The villages coming in between Motikhavdee and Jamnagar and beyond Jamnagar are also affected, especially those in the direction of the industries," said Rhishikesh Dave, an activist.

Government officials say complaints of the gas leakage have fallen over the past week and are now waiting for a report by the Pollution Control Board, which will identify the gas responsible for the panic.
Source - NDTV.COM

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