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August 25, 2001 - August 25, 2001

Nadiad facing multiple civic problems Saturday, August 25, 2001

BY BHAGWATIPRASAD BAROT, TIMES NEWS NETWORK
NADIAD: The functioning of Nadiad municipality has virtually come to a standstill since August when the local office of the Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) disconnected power supply to the civic body's headquarters for non-payment of electricity bill totalling Rs 7.79 crore. With interest the amount has reached to a whopping Rs 8.84 crore.

Nearly 250 employees of the municipality have been virtually rendered jobless as lack of light, fans and air-conditioners needed for some departments are not there. Neither the computers in the town development office nor the telephone exchange in the municipality are functioning because of the power supply disconnection. Only two telephone connections, one that of the president and the other that of the chief officer's office, are functioning.

Even the chief officer is not a regular appointee. He is deputy collector (land records) of Kheda, Himanshu Patel, who is in-charge chief officer and does not attend the office regularly because of his pre-occupation with his work as deputy collector at Kheda.

One of the leading members of the municipality and Congress leader, Raju Shah, along with several other members of the civic body on Thursday called on the local GEB executive engineer and requested him to restore power supply pending payment of bill, as the acting president of the municipality, Punam Tahiliani, do not have any financial powers till her election as president was notified by the district collector. However, the GEB official refused to restore power on the ground that the civic body had not bothered to pay the huge energy bill.

As if this was not enough, some of the important infrastructure of the civic body like fire brigade vehicles, ambulance vans and municipal transport buses are also not in order. Of the two fire tenders, only one is functioning and the other one is lying in a private garage for non-payment of repair bills. The three ambulance vans and a hearse are also not functioning, as there is no fund to repair these vehicles. Even majority of the nine buses are not in order, as a result the civic body has curtailed its bus services and is plying them only on some selected routes.

The condition of the roads in the towns too have deteriorated and some of the busy traffic roads like Ahmdebadi darwaza, Chaklasi Bhagol and some other parts have big potholes. Even the road passing through the residence of Durga Jeswani, who recently resigned as president, badly needs repairs. Even the drainage line passing from near her residence is overflowing, giving enough proof of the deteriorating civic conditions.

Some senior citizens feel that the state urban development department or the district collector should intervene and if the elected representatives cannot improve the civic conditions, process for the supersession of the civic body should be initiated to save the people of Nadiad town.

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


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Mother kills self, son Saturday, August 25, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: In a ghastly incident at Angadh village, in Vadodara, a mother set her three-and-half-year-old son and herself on fire, apparently fed up with continual harassment by her in-laws.

The deceased have been identified as Sumitra Gohil and her son Dilip Gohil.

Sumitra's father, Ganshyam Parmar, in his police complaint has named Ratan Gohil, Manek Gohil, Manjula Gohil, Sangeeta Gohil and Ajit Gohil. Parmar said his daughter was driven to suicide by her in-laws. He said Sumitra did not have any problems with her husband, but her in-laws, staying next door, were constantly harassing her.

Police have registered an offence under section 498 of the Indian Penal Code.

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


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SABARKANTHA :: Madanlal Khurana to visit Sabarkantha constituency Saturday, August 25, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: BJP national vice-president Madanlal Khurana, who is also the in-charge of organisational affairs of Gujarat, is on a two-day visit to the state beginning on Saturday. During his trip, he will pay a visit to the Sabarkantha Lok Sabha constituency going to by-polls on September 20.

It is learnt that he will address party workers both in Sabarkantha and Sabarmati Assembly constituencies. The Central leadership of the party has asked Khurana to meet important leaders, MPs and MLAs as a follow-up to the nation-wide 'contact the people' programme of the party. Khurana will go to Himmatnagar on Saturday and address the workers meeting in Sabarmati the next day.

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


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JUNAGADH :: No new licenses to fishermen, slaughter houses Saturday, August 25, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
JUNAGADH: New licenses will not be issued to fishermen and slaughter houses this year. Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel informed here while releasing a holy book on Mahavir on his 2,600th birth anniversary _ Nichhyavalia. Planning commission MLA Mahendra Mashru, Suryakant Acharya, Jain saints and followers were also present on the occasion.

SHIV Sena office opened: Gujarat Pradesh Shiv Sena president Deepak Kharchikar inaugurated a Shiv Sena office at Kalwa Chowk here on August 20. According to Kharchikar, the office-bearers' list include Omkarsinh Thakur as the president of Junagadh district, Rajesh Vank and Vijay Bhise as the vice-president, Yogesh Bhuva as the city president and Jimmy Advani as the vice-president of Saurashtra.

Editor bags award: Kartik Upadhyaya, the editor of "Saurashtra Bhoomi", _ a daily here _ has bagged the Gujarat Sahitya Sangam half centenary special award (also known as Shamaldas Gandhi Vande Mataram award) for his contribution in the print medium journalism. The award was given to him by editor Dinesh Raja.

CM meets bereaved families: Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel on Tuesday here met the family members of Janasangh and BJP workers who were killed recently. District collector Sunayna Tomar and member of planning commission Suryakant Acharya also accompanied the chief minister.
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated: Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated with all the pomp and religious fervour in Junagadh.

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


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HC orders I-T rebate on backwages Saturday, August 25, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: The Gujarat High Court has ordered that the amount received by a trainee employee of a leading company as backwages, after he was reinstated following a court order, should be given income-tax rebate.

The Gujarat State Fertilisers and Chemicals (GSFC) employed the petitioner, Tulsi Pipaliya, as a trainee technician in its fibre unit at Kosamba in 1988. However, his services were terminated in 1989. On this, the employee moved the labour court at Surat, which ordered his reinstatement.

GSFC moved the High Court against the decision, but the application was dismissed. Another appeal against the decision was filed by GSFC in the High Court. During the course of the hearing the employee and GSFC reached a settlement and Pipaliya was paid a sum of Rs 5.51 lakh.

The employee moved the court again demanding that he should be granted income-tax rebate on the amount as it is his earning of 12 years. Justice JM Panchal and Justice HH Mehta observed in the judgment that if the company proceeds to deduct income-tax, Pipaliya would be entitled to the relief under section 89 of the Income Tax Act. The court held that in such cases the income is assessed at a rate higher than it would otherwise have been done.

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


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