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August 23, 2001 - August 23, 2001

Excellence awards given to Sumul Thursday, August 23, 2001

BHARUCH: Surat District Co-operative Milk Producers Union Limited (SUMUL) team and Indian Rayon workers' team bagged first and second prize respectively in the state level Grasim Birla Cellulosic award of excellence awarded by Grasim Birla Cellulosic Company. Seventeen teams from all over the state took part in the competition.

Minister of state for labour Bhupendra Lakhawala handed over the awards and cash prizes to the winners at a function here on Tuesday. He said India had not gained much through liberalisation but agreed that enhancing multiplicity skills of staff would help industry during crisis.

Keshubhai Thakkar, trade union leader and national vice-president of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, said the country was on a wrong track as far as globalisation was concerned. Wealth was now concentrated and controlled by some. India had signed the WTO treaty without discussing it in parliament. The government should have gone into the ramifications of the WTO impact before rushing to sign the documents.

Management expert R C Dutta in his keynote address resented the government attitude to human resources. He disapproved of the voluntary retirement schemes and retrenchment. He regretted the trade unions had failed to show the zeal to help their colleagues in matters of their rights.

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

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Advocates in city, dist to go on strike Thursday, August 23, 2001

VADODARA: Advocates of the Vadodara city and district will go on a two-day strike from Thursday onwards to press for their demands that include setting up of a High Court and Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) Benches here.

According to a Baroda Bar Association (BBA) release, as many as 60 per cent cases in DRT were from Vadodara city and district. Also, 40 per cent cases in the High Court were from the same region.

BBA president Narendra Tiwari said that it was argued that Vadodara was close to Ahmedabad and hence it should not be given the Benches. However, he added, distance should not be the only criteria to set up a Bench. "The demand is justified as the number of cases in both the bodies from Vadodara is substantial," he said.

The association has also raised the issue of a new court building in the city. The communiqu‚ said that several other districts had new court premises, but the authorities had failed to acquire land for the same in Vadodara.

The association has also alleged that a judge each in the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum and the civil court were insulting advocates and petitioners. BBA has demanded action against them. Other demands include appointment of judges on vacant posts and allowing a judge to hear criminal cases. A judge was disallowed from doing so earlier, the release stated.

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

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Killer was promised Rs 25,000 for killing Nair, say police Thursday, August 23, 2001

VADODARA: In what appears to be the 'first contract killing' it has now been unravelled that Rizwan Sheikh alias Munna was 'hired' to kill Ramchandran Nair.

Munna has confessed to his crime and revealed to police that one Jayant Nair had given him the 'supari' (contract) to kill Ramchandran.
Police believe that an illicit love affair was the root cause of the killing. Police arrested Jayant on Tuesday.

Nair was found murdered on August 15. His body was disposed of near Karodia Road. His body bore signs of multiple stab wounds. Nair's scooter was thrown into a pond near the place where he was killed while his bloodstained clothes were dumped in a gutter, police said.

Munna has confirmed to police that Jayant had offered him Rs 25000 for eliminating Ramchandran. Munna was paid an advance of Rs 12,000 while the rest of the amount was to be paid after the murder.

On night of August 14, Munna informed Ramchandran that his wife was seen with some unknown man near Karodia Road. Ramchandran immediately set out for the place as informed by Munna and took him along. While they two were on Ramchandran's scooter, Munna hit him on the head and later stabbed him with a knife. After initial struggle Ramchandran succumbed to his wounds. Munna dumped the scooter into a pond, threw the bloodstained clothes into a gutter and made his way under the cover of darkness.

On August 15, Ramchandran's body was found. Jawaharnagar Police registered a case under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. Assistant Commissioner of Police Upadhyay was asked to supervise investigations. Within three days of the killing, the Jawaharnagar police stumbled upon a crucial lead to Ramchandran's murder that led to the arrest of Munna. Jayant's name was disclosed and he, too, was arrested.

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

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BHAVNAGAR :: Seven fatal drowning cases in Bhavnagar Thursday, August 23, 2001

BHAVNAGAR: Seven people, including four women, drowned in the past three days in check dams or rivulets near here. Zarina Joraval Bloch (32) and her daughter Anisha (10) drowned in a check dam at Budhana village, 29 km from here, where they had gone for washing clothes on Tuesday.

A day earlier Afsana Kalubhai Ghanchi (17) and Rubina Yunusbhai Ghanchi (11) drowned in Maleshri river, 13 km from here, whereas Afsana's mother Aasuben (42) and Rubina's sister Nafisa (12) were rescued by village youth. Likewise, Harji Mathur Koli (17) drowned in Ruva talao on the city outskirts.

Mukesh Hasmukh Pandya (20) drowned in the sea near Kuda coast, 24 km from here on Bhadarva amas. On the same day Vijay Kalubhai Bavaji (18), who was bathing in a lake near Shiv temple at Virpur village also drowned.

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

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CM hails Saurashtra for building check dams Thursday, August 23, 2001

BHAVNAGAR: Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel on Sunday said that Gujarat by constructing about 14,000 check dams had impressed national and international agencies.

"I have invited Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to visit a few of such water pilgrimage spots created by villagers in Saurashtra", he added.

He said this at jalkranti awards and jalabhishek function organised by the Saurashtra Jaladhara Trust at Vikaliya village, 85 km from here.

He announced that if villagers had determination, the state government would provide adequate funds for water conservation scheme.

Referring to Saturday's meeting on Narmada project held in New Delhi, Patel added that perennial water crisis in Gujarat could be solved only by the Sardar Sarovar Project. The government had obtained everything needed for it and the details would be announced in the assembly.

Irrigation minister Nitin Patel said Saurashtra farmers had played a vital role in constructing thousands of check dams, which are overflowing after bountiful rains.

Not naming the Congress, he said despite such a remarkable success, some politicians criticised the government's efforts at water conservation and providing drinking water to Saurashtra.

The function assumed an encouraging dimension, when Ramayana kathakar Morari Bapu took a dip in a check dam. He corroborated the fact that the government had meaningfully used money for water conservation.

Morari Bapu appealed the mammoth gathering to conserve water as it removes the fatigue, cleans the body, quenches thirst, produces crops and provides sacredness to mankind.

Saurashtra Jaladhara Trust president Mathurbhai Savani said that Saurashtra still needed Rs. 600 crore towards 60 per cent contribution by the state government for covering every village in the region. About Rs. 400 crore will be contributed by the people.

Minister for state for agriculture Becharbhai Bhadani, MP Ratilal Verma, Gadhada legislator Atmaram Parmar, former minister Dalsukhbhai Godhani attended the function.

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

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