Rediscover Gujarat. Rediscover the Gujarati in you !!


Channels : Free Home Pages | Chat | Discussion Board | Graffiti | Music | Reminder Services | Calendar | Horoscope | Dating | Weather | Matrimonial | Jobs

Info

City Guides | City News | Education | Festivals | Food | Greetings | Earthquake fact file | Home

November 27, 2001 - November 27, 2001

Vallabhvidyanagar :: SPU convocation Tuesday, November 27, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VALLABHVIDYANAGAR: The 44th convocation ceremony of Sardar Patel University (SPU) will be organised on December 15, the death anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, at the university campus from 3 pm onwards.

State governor and chancellor of the university, Sundar Singh Bhandari will preside over the convocation, while noted scientist A P J Abdul Kalam will be the chief guest and deliver convocation address on the occasion.

Chhotubhai Lallubhai Patel (C L Patel), chairman of Chadutar Vidyamandal, would be awarded the honorary degree of DLitt (Doctor of Letters) for his contribution to Vidyanagar's educational and social fields.

Nearly 6,411 students of the university would receive their degrees on the occasion and 88 students would be awarded gold medals for excelling in the examinations.

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


Voice your opinion on this story Generate printer friendly page Send this page to your friend

Controversy in sugar co-op takes violent turn Tuesday, November 27, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: Controversy over the change of chairman of Sardar Sugar Factory at Ladod village near here took a violent turn after an unruly mob pelted stones on a police jeep on Monday morning.

The incident took place after a group of farmers of the area objected to a move by the co-operative department to replace the chairman of the factory. The department had removed the board of directors led by Sanat Mehta. Instead, former district BJP president Govind Rathwa was appointed on the post.

Expecting trouble at the factory, the police had made elaborate security arrangements. Rathwa and other directors had to be escorted out of the premises after they joined office.

The mob later went out of control and pelted stones on a police jeep (GED 9933). The police refrained from taking extreme steps and had a tough time controlling the mob.

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


Voice your opinion on this story Generate printer friendly page Send this page to your friend

Patel's remand in ISD case extended Tuesday, November 27, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: The city court on Monday remanded Shailesh Patel, Arpan Jaiswal and Sunil Nigam _ accused in the international telephone call racket _ for two days further in police custody. Earlier Patel, Jaiswal and Nigam had been remanded to five days in police custody for their involvement in the racket that caused VSNL a loss of Rs 40 crore.

Shailesh Patel, with help of his US-based partners had set up a sophisticated communications system to facilitate incoming telephone calls from the US to India in a manner that obliterated the role of VSNL satellite. The system was put at Patel's Nandini Communications office at Avishkar Complex on Old Padra Road.

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


Voice your opinion on this story Generate printer friendly page Send this page to your friend

State invites WHO; to set office in Gujarat Tuesday, November 27, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: It was poor disease surveillance by the state health department that left 66 people dead and hundreds suffering in the recent malaria outbreak in five districts, including the most susceptible Surendranagar. But things might just change and how.

In a coup of sorts, the state health ministry has persuaded the World Health Organisation (WHO) to open its first-ever state office in Gujarat (WHO has so far set up only temporary offices in Orissa and Kutch).

State health minister Ashok Bhatt offered the organisation office space in Gandhinagar on day one and handed them the allotment letter for setting up the same at the Civil Hospital in Sola the very next day, indicating just how keen the government is in institutionalising WHO in the state! The office is reported to start operations by next week.

So just how is WHO's presence going to benefit the slacking health sector in Gujarat? Strengthening of disease surveillance system, key to averting any health disaster -- be it malaria, cholera, hepatitis or any other disease outbreak -- will be the first good thing to happen for the epidemic-struck people of the state.

"Plans are afoot to strengthen the existing disease surveillance system in the quake-affected districts of Ahmedabad, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Banaskantha, Patan, Mehsana and Jamnagar by complementing it with technical aids like Geographic Information System mapping and liasoning with private medical practitioners to become part of the day-to-day observation. Water quality monitoring will also be started phase-wise in all these districts for better detection and control of epidemic oubreaks," said local co-ordinator of WHO in Gujarat, Prashant Waingaukar.

Co-ordinated disease surveillance by WHO in post-quake Kutch was widely appreciated as it was instrumental in detecting the outbreak of hepatitis E and A in Rapar two months after the quake, which helped in initiating immediate control measures to prevent the same from taking epidemic proportions. One case of cholera was also detected at a private hospital in Gandhidham.

Interestingly here, while WHO officials are primarily stressing upon their role in improving surveillance and training medical and para-medical staff for better disaster preparedness, the state government's hopes are much higher.

"Our efforts would obviously be to derive maximum benefit for the state by pursuing WHO to help not only disaster health management but other programmes like mother and child health, IEC training and other logistic support," Bhatt told TNN on Monday, who is apparently quite pleased with the development.

What's more, the state is also eyeing more funding from international agencies that the government would have better access to because of its close association with WHO. "During the quake, WHO was instrumental in bringing financial aid from the UK-based Department for International Development (DIFD) and the US government Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to Gujarat. One obviously hopes for sustained co-operation in the future," hinted a senior health official.

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


Voice your opinion on this story Generate printer friendly page Send this page to your friend

BJP turns the heat on mayor Tuesday, November 27, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Shouts of pani aapo... pani aapo.... resounded in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Monday as over 200 people from Maheshwarinagar and Arbudanagar raised slogans against the Congress and demanded the mayor's resignation.

Water scarcity, coupled with mayor Himmatsinh Patel's assertion (that he would resign if he could not address within 24 hours citizens' complaints about water, gutter and drainage) had sparked this impromptu politicised water-rally to AMC.

Dashing earthen pots to the ground and beating their chest to grieve for not getting water for many days the rallyists led by BJP corporators Amit Shah and Mayur Dave stormed into the standing committee chairman Badruddin Sheikh's chamber.

While the womenfolk shouted for water the BJP leaders backed other rallyists in demanding the mayor's resignation. "In the last general board meeting the mayor had asserted that he would resign if the citizens' woes were not mitigated. So these people are right in demanding Patel's resignation," said a member of the saffron brigade.

A senior BJP leader had asserted that such protests could become routine to turn tables on the mayor who 'had made the statement for publicity'.

The mayor on the other hand told TNN: The agitationists are not getting water as their houses do not have building use permission. I have spoken to the municipal commissioner and we are looking into the modalities on resolving the issue."

Justifying mayor's statement, standing committee member Jayantilal Parmar said, "The mayor made the statement to ensure that the administrative wing is put under pressure to settle people's civic grievances promptly."

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


Voice your opinion on this story Generate printer friendly page Send this page to your friend

Gujarat | Pharmacy SEO | Copyright 2000-2006
 A eZee Web Solutions Presentation !

E-mail - webmaster@cybervapi.com
GSM - 9825130401