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August 23, 2001 - August 23, 2001

Glider on world trip arrives in Ahmedabad Thursday, August 23, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Braving weather, overcoming bureaucratic hurdles across the Asian continent, Gerad Moss arrived in Ahmedabad on Tuesday afternoon.

Moss, who is flying across the globe to aid a joint environmental research for Brazilian and British Universities, landed in his Ximango motor glider. Apart from it being a research mission, the trip assumes significance as it's the first round-the-world trip in a motor glider.

Moss is collecting data pertaining to ozone contents in the atmosphere at specific locations along his flight route. Also Moss is using filter to analyse air at specific places. The filters would later be analysed using spectrophotometry for detecting the level of persistent organic pollutants and dioxins which are hazardous to human health.

Talking to reporters here, Moss said the data would be used by the students of various universities for data interpretation in their thesis. Also based on the results, the universities would decide on future research projects.

The Brazilian-built craft also has built-in cameras which are linked to laboratories at the Sao Paulo State University and at Cambridge University through the Inmer-Sat. The cameras telecast live images of shots taken by Moss from the craft.

Moss took off from Rio de Janeiro on June 21. In his 60 days journey, apart from turbulent weather, he has also faced detention at countries when he had to force land to save his life due to rough weather.

The Swiss-born Brazilian will take off for Muscat on Wednesday to complete the remaining part of the project named "Wings of the Wind" which covers trip across 40 countries and over 85 destinations.

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


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Glider on world trip arrives in Ahmedabad Thursday, August 23, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Braving weather, overcoming bureaucratic hurdles across the Asian continent, Gerad Moss arrived in Ahmedabad on Tuesday afternoon.

Moss, who is flying across the globe to aid a joint environmental research for Brazilian and British Universities, landed in his Ximango motor glider. Apart from it being a research mission, the trip assumes significance as it's the first round-the-world trip in a motor glider.

Moss is collecting data pertaining to ozone contents in the atmosphere at specific locations along his flight route. Also Moss is using filter to analyse air at specific places. The filters would later be analysed using spectrophotometry for detecting the level of persistent organic pollutants and dioxins which are hazardous to human health.

Talking to reporters here, Moss said the data would be used by the students of various universities for data interpretation in their thesis. Also based on the results, the universities would decide on future research projects.

The Brazilian-built craft also has built-in cameras which are linked to laboratories at the Sao Paulo State University and at Cambridge University through the Inmer-Sat. The cameras telecast live images of shots taken by Moss from the craft.

Moss took off from Rio de Janeiro on June 21. In his 60 days journey, apart from turbulent weather, he has also faced detention at countries when he had to force land to save his life due to rough weather.

The Swiss-born Brazilian will take off for Muscat on Wednesday to complete the remaining part of the project named "Wings of the Wind" which covers trip across 40 countries and over 85 destinations.

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


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Kutchis to stage dharna over education issues Thursday, August 23, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Yet another tremor from Kutch will strike the state government on Thursday when members of the Kutch Vali Mandal sit in dharna in front of the state Assembly. They want to draw the government's attention to some of their long-pending demands, including the setting up of a separate university for the Kutch region.

This is the second such education-related protest in a month. Students from various colleges had created a human chain on August 2 in Ahmedabad demanding admission to Kutch students to professional courses as their results had been unduly delayed by the Gujarat University.

Led by president of the Vali Mandal V J Jadeja, Kutch residents fear that educational activity in the region may come to a standstill if some of their long-pending demands are not addressed. The three most prominent institutions in Bhuj, including Lalan College, the Bhuj Polytechnic, and the Bhuj Engineering College have not yet been repaired after they were damaged in the January 26 earthquake, which the mandal members feel clearly shows government apathy.

Among their other demands is appointing a full-time prncipal at Lalan College immediately so that the University Grants Commission funds meant for repairs can be utilised effectively. They have also demanded postgraduate centres at Bhuj, postgraduate degree courses in a number of ·ubjects, a separate marine engineering college and additional seats for the BEd college at Mundra whose seats were recently reduced by the Gujarat University.

A separate university for the earthquake-ravaged region, on the other hand, is not a new demand. A former state education secretary, C R Biswas, has even been designated as officer on special duty (Kutch University), who has spent the last four years drafting an Act for the new university.

The original announcement was made by Shankersinh Vaghela in October 1997 when he was the chief minister. The state government has not introduced the Bill in the state Assembly as another high-powered committee has been working towards a common universities Act which would bring all the universities in the state under one umbrella.

The Bhuj Engineering College has its set of problems despite receiving Rs 4 crore from the UGC. The World Bank, which has also promised financial help, has asked the authorities to prepare an international bid for both the repairs as well as upgrading the academic curriculum. This has created a technical tangle as the public works department can make a bid for repairs but the government has no one to do the same for the academic part, delaying the entire project.

Speaking about the other problems faced by the students, Jadeja said, "Masters students of the arts, commerce and education faculties have to travel 450 km to Ahmedabad and stay in the city for 10 days each time if there is an exam. This is extremely difficult for students who come from humble backgrounds, sometimes even from remote villages."

On August 2, some 200 students from colleges in Ahmedabad created a human chain at Nehru Bridge to show their solidarity with students from Kutch and highlight their plight. They had demanded to make special provisions for admission to students from the earthquake-hit region in postgraduate courses, restart Lalan College, and give fee exemptions on the lines of tax holiday given to industry.

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


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Kutchis to stage dharna over education issues Thursday, August 23, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Yet another tremor from Kutch will strike the state government on Thursday when members of the Kutch Vali Mandal sit in dharna in front of the state Assembly. They want to draw the government's attention to some of their long-pending demands, including the setting up of a separate university for the Kutch region.

This is the second such education-related protest in a month. Students from various colleges had created a human chain on August 2 in Ahmedabad demanding admission to Kutch students to professional courses as their results had been unduly delayed by the Gujarat University.

Led by president of the Vali Mandal V J Jadeja, Kutch residents fear that educational activity in the region may come to a standstill if some of their long-pending demands are not addressed. The three most prominent institutions in Bhuj, including Lalan College, the Bhuj Polytechnic, and the Bhuj Engineering College have not yet been repaired after they were damaged in the January 26 earthquake, which the mandal members feel clearly shows government apathy.

Among their other demands is appointing a full-time prncipal at Lalan College immediately so that the University Grants Commission funds meant for repairs can be utilised effectively. They have also demanded postgraduate centres at Bhuj, postgraduate degree courses in a number of ·ubjects, a separate marine engineering college and additional seats for the BEd college at Mundra whose seats were recently reduced by the Gujarat University.

A separate university for the earthquake-ravaged region, on the other hand, is not a new demand. A former state education secretary, C R Biswas, has even been designated as officer on special duty (Kutch University), who has spent the last four years drafting an Act for the new university.

The original announcement was made by Shankersinh Vaghela in October 1997 when he was the chief minister. The state government has not introduced the Bill in the state Assembly as another high-powered committee has been working towards a common universities Act which would bring all the universities in the state under one umbrella.

The Bhuj Engineering College has its set of problems despite receiving Rs 4 crore from the UGC. The World Bank, which has also promised financial help, has asked the authorities to prepare an international bid for both the repairs as well as upgrading the academic curriculum. This has created a technical tangle as the public works department can make a bid for repairs but the government has no one to do the same for the academic part, delaying the entire project.

Speaking about the other problems faced by the students, Jadeja said, "Masters students of the arts, commerce and education faculties have to travel 450 km to Ahmedabad and stay in the city for 10 days each time if there is an exam. This is extremely difficult for students who come from humble backgrounds, sometimes even from remote villages."

On August 2, some 200 students from colleges in Ahmedabad created a human chain at Nehru Bridge to show their solidarity with students from Kutch and highlight their plight. They had demanded to make special provisions for admission to students from the earthquake-hit region in postgraduate courses, restart Lalan College, and give fee exemptions on the lines of tax holiday given to industry.

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


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JAMNAGAR :: Polish envoy's wife hands over cheque to Jamnagar mayor Thursday, August 23, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
JAMNAGAR: Keritaas Polaska --- an institution of Poland --- has donated Rs 2.50 crore for overhead tanks here.

The foundation was laid by Polish ambassador's wife Alikja Abbar Atrozivii on Saturday. She recalled the shelter given by the then ruler of Nawanagar Digvijaysinhji to Poland orphans during the Second World War for four years. Now those people are settled in London, Canada, Poland and have established Jamnagar Club in Warsaw.

When they heard of the earthquake in Jamnagar, the club members collected donation for the affected people. Later they started Keritaas Polaska organisation and collected $ 5 lakh and have allotted Rs.2.5 lakh for water supply project.
Alikja handed over a cheque for Rs. 16 lakh as the first instalment to the mayor and clarified that this may not be considered as donation but heartiest feelings of the Polish people to repay the debt of moral binding for Jamnagar people who had extended co-operation and gave shelter to Poland children.

Alikja was felicitated by the municipal corporation for the thoughtful gesture. Panic fades: The gas odour panic that prevailed in Jamnagar for past few days is diminishing. Meanwhile, experts from the National Environment Engineering Research Institute and IPCL as well as local Mutual Aid Committee have continued investigating its source.

According to the control room at the collectorate there were only four registered complaints about the odour. District authorities have installed 11 gas detectors at various places. So far 370 complaints were lodged from the city and surrounding villages but from Sunday evening the gas odour complaints have lessened limited.

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


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