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August 21, 2001 - August 21, 2001

Special training courses for masons Tuesday, August 21, 2001

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BHUJ: Masons in the state will be imparted specialised and job-oriented training for upgrading their skills for constructing safe and quake-resistant structures under the reconstruction and rehabilitation programme of the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA), said Kutch district collector HN Chhibber here on Monday.

He was speaking during the inauguration function of a three-day training course organised for masons. Under the programme, over two lakh houses will be reconstructed and about nine lakh houses will be repaired, he added.

The programme has been organised by the National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCCBM), an apex body of a consortium comprising cement companies like ACC, Gujarat Ambuja Cements, L&T, Grasim Industries, JK Cement, Saurashtra Cement and Sanghi Cement.

First in the series, the course is part of a comprehensive training package for 750 masons divided into 25 batches of 30 masons each. The training courses will be conducted at various places like Bhuj, Anjar, Bhachau, Gandhidham, Morvi, Wankaner and Rapar under the supervision of NCCBM and other experts with the help of modern audio-visual teaching aids.

The free-of-cost course is meant for masons who are already in the profession and willing to reconstruct structures in earthquake-affected areas of the state.

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


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Special training courses for masons Tuesday, August 21, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
BHUJ: Masons in the state will be imparted specialised and job-oriented training for upgrading their skills for constructing safe and quake-resistant structures under the reconstruction and rehabilitation programme of the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA), said Kutch district collector HN Chhibber here on Monday.

He was speaking during the inauguration function of a three-day training course organised for masons. Under the programme, over two lakh houses will be reconstructed and about nine lakh houses will be repaired, he added.

The programme has been organised by the National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCCBM), an apex body of a consortium comprising cement companies like ACC, Gujarat Ambuja Cements, L&T, Grasim Industries, JK Cement, Saurashtra Cement and Sanghi Cement.

First in the series, the course is part of a comprehensive training package for 750 masons divided into 25 batches of 30 masons each. The training courses will be conducted at various places like Bhuj, Anjar, Bhachau, Gandhidham, Morvi, Wankaner and Rapar under the supervision of NCCBM and other experts with the help of modern audio-visual teaching aids.

The free-of-cost course is meant for masons who are already in the profession and willing to reconstruct structures in earthquake-affected areas of the state.

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


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Governor wants industry to help in job generation Tuesday, August 21, 2001

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RAJKOT: Governor Sunder Singh Bhandari exhorted industrialists and entrepreneurs to generate fresh growth opportunities even as they adopt new technology.

They must also create employment.

Inaugurating the Greater Rajkot Chamber of Commerce and Industries here on Sunday, he said the 'one-world' concept had made it a challenge to stay in the market in the face of stiff competition. Moreover, an average consumer's budget had to be balanced. This has caused 'ineuaqilty' in the society; it was a matter of grave concern, he added saying the aim should be eradicate inequality.

He suggested the industrial sector to adopt the co-operative concept to generate jobs on large scale and to compete with big units.

Union minister of state for heavy industries and public enterprise Vallabh
Kathiria asserted that efforts were on to set up a R&D centre at Rajkot develop and modernise trade and industrial sectors.

Kathiria said the chamber could organise seminars and workshops to spread the message and acquaint all as sertions with the developments on all fronts.

Finance minister Vajubhai Vala said the government was committed to assist the industries as over 60 per cent revenue came from them. Trade and industry alike could get boost with the implementation of vat system by April 1, he added.

President of the new chamber Rajnibhai Bavishi said the motive to set up the new chamber was to help members in solving their problems speedily. It would focus on ending hardships through negotiations than to dispute and establish unity and brotherhood among the members attached wit the sector and the people of trading and industrial sectors.

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


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Mumbai keeps state fishing boats at anchor Tuesday, August 21, 2001

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SURAT: For the 10,000 fishermen families of South Gujarat who live off fishing in the seas off the Mumbai coast, the new fishing season, which was to have commenced on Tuesday, has run into rough weather.

They are still awaiting news from their state government over a deadlock following a decision by the Maharashtra government to bar around 750 fishing boats of Gujarat from entering the fishing jetty at Bhaucha Dhakka, in Mumbai.

According to Shree Gujarat Bahanbatu Sane Machhimar Sangh spokesman Subhashbhai
Tandel, fishermen of this region have no alternative but to keep their fingers crossed while preparing for the new fishing season.

Tandel told this correspondent that a team has made a representation to state fisheries minister Babubhai Bokhadia on the issue. In addition, Centre's intervention has also been sought, he said. But, with no decision coming forth yet, the fishing community has decided to finalise a future course of action later this week.

A general meeting has being planned for Wednesday at Pardi, near Valsad, Tandel said.

It needs mention here that all efforts by Gujarat's ministry to arrive at an understanding with its counterparts in Maharashtra had failed to end the deadlock. Subsequently, Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel is understood to have even written to his Maharashtra counterpart.

Despite all efforts to end the imbroglio, any delay in the matter could harm the economical interests of Gujarat's fishing community. A trip to sea takes around eight days; around Rs 75,000 can be earned per trip. Already the fishing ground in the Arabian Sea, around Madvan near Saurashtra, where fishing boats from Gujarat venture out for their catch, yields a scarce catch. Moreover, it takes around 35 hours to reach the fishing ground from the coastal areas near Valsad and surrounding areas. The fishing ground is 12 nautical miles deep into the sea. On an average, the diesel fuel cost per boat in a season is around Rs 1.5 lakh. Since there is no commercial harbour in South Gujarat, fishing boats have to depend on the ports in Mumbai, consuming more time in terms of commuting to-and-fro, Tandel said.

The only effective solution to the present crisis a commercial harbour at Umargaon. This will mean less time for boats to sail to the fishing ground, besides the riddance of inter-state hassles, Tandel said.

Meanwhile, office-bearers of the Sangh have decided to seek a Central intervention in the matter, a spokesman said. If nothing materialises soon, the fishermen would have no option but to chart their own course into the deep sea, he added.

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


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Mumbai keeps state fishing boats at anchor Tuesday, August 21, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SURAT: For the 10,000 fishermen families of South Gujarat who live off fishing in the seas off the Mumbai coast, the new fishing season, which was to have commenced on Tuesday, has run into rough weather.

They are still awaiting news from their state government over a deadlock following a decision by the Maharashtra government to bar around 750 fishing boats of Gujarat from entering the fishing jetty at Bhaucha Dhakka, in Mumbai.

According to Shree Gujarat Bahanbatu Sane Machhimar Sangh spokesman Subhashbhai
Tandel, fishermen of this region have no alternative but to keep their fingers crossed while preparing for the new fishing season.

Tandel told this correspondent that a team has made a representation to state fisheries minister Babubhai Bokhadia on the issue. In addition, Centre's intervention has also been sought, he said. But, with no decision coming forth yet, the fishing community has decided to finalise a future course of action later this week.

A general meeting has being planned for Wednesday at Pardi, near Valsad, Tandel said.

It needs mention here that all efforts by Gujarat's ministry to arrive at an understanding with its counterparts in Maharashtra had failed to end the deadlock. Subsequently, Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel is understood to have even written to his Maharashtra counterpart.

Despite all efforts to end the imbroglio, any delay in the matter could harm the economical interests of Gujarat's fishing community. A trip to sea takes around eight days; around Rs 75,000 can be earned per trip. Already the fishing ground in the Arabian Sea, around Madvan near Saurashtra, where fishing boats from Gujarat venture out for their catch, yields a scarce catch. Moreover, it takes around 35 hours to reach the fishing ground from the coastal areas near Valsad and surrounding areas. The fishing ground is 12 nautical miles deep into the sea. On an average, the diesel fuel cost per boat in a season is around Rs 1.5 lakh. Since there is no commercial harbour in South Gujarat, fishing boats have to depend on the ports in Mumbai, consuming more time in terms of commuting to-and-fro, Tandel said.

The only effective solution to the present crisis a commercial harbour at Umargaon. This will mean less time for boats to sail to the fishing ground, besides the riddance of inter-state hassles, Tandel said.

Meanwhile, office-bearers of the Sangh have decided to seek a Central intervention in the matter, a spokesman said. If nothing materialises soon, the fishermen would have no option but to chart their own course into the deep sea, he added.

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


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