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August 20, 2001 - August 21, 2001

University toys with disaster mgmt course Tuesday, August 21, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Introduction of a disaster management course and immediate repairs of the quake-damaged educational buildings were deliberated upon in a meeting of the Joint Board of vice-chancellors held at Gandhinagar on Sunday.

The meeting was attended by vice-chancellors of different universities, minister of state for higher and technical education Bharat Barot and university chancellor Governor Sundar Singh Bhandari.

UGC has granted an amount of Rs 50.6 crore to the state for repairs of the buildings of the universities and educational institutes which were damaged in the January 26 earthquake. The meeting discussed to complete the repair works at the earliest.

The meeting also discussed to arrange state-level talent search tests for university teachers, and refresher and orientation courses for principals and teachers as per the norms laid down by the University Grants Commission.

In addition to the disaster management course, the bigwigs also discussed introduction of bio-technology course and providing medals, certificates and other motivations to prompt college and university students to participate in the National Cadet Corpse.

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


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BHAVNAGAR :: Diphtheria scare in Bhavnagar Monday, August 20, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
BHAVNAGAR: Resurgence of diphtheria took toll of three children in the past 10 days. Ajay Gopal (3) of Sakdasar, Mehul Mahasukh (6) of Manar and Krishna Boghabhai of Khadasalia village died in hospital, even as many others are under treatment. Unfortunately, the victims had not taken DPT vaccine.

Recurrence of the disease has put the government and the district panchayat health machinery on its toes. DHO P.N. Baxi said in the past four days, in the affected villages of Manar, Sakdasar and Khadasalia 1550 children were inoculated.

Though the health department technical staff is on an indefinite strike from Thursday, the services of other staff had been enlisted for the task.

Maternity and child health joint director Harshita Sata, who had rushed from Gandhinagar to visit the villages, said that parents of infants in rural areas were scared of administering the DPT vaccine at the age of 6, 10 and 14 weeks because of post-vaccination temperature. Once this age limit is crossed, the child becomes susceptible to the dreadful diphtheria.

Medical superintendent P.K. Jha said that in the current year 46 cases were reported from villages and city slums but as the infected children were brought to medical college hospital at an advanced stage, they could not be saved.

As people in the area hardly know that sporadic diphtheria spread through coughing droplets of an infected child. An awareness in this regard could check the disease effectively.

Medical college paediatrics department head D.R. Zhala, painfully added that it was tragic to see a child dying, when immunising vaccine was easily available.

Identifying one more reason for the poor vaccine in rural areas, Zhala said that primary health centre doctors were hesitant to recommend DPT vaccine because of the follow-up temperature which in turn may disturb their harmony with the community not knowing real medical reason of temperature.

All medical experts insist that village population should be educated about symptoms and prevention of the diphtheria. They must be convinced to understand that one or two days post-vaccination temperature was preferable to losing a child in future.

But then, the state government has to seriously look at the fact showing 100 vacancies of midwives at the primary health centres in Bhavnagar district. District panchayat sources said that no new appointments in the cadre had been made since 1992.

Likewise, six of the eight positions in the sanitation department are vacant and once two officials retire by this month-end, there will not be a single permanent and qualified officer in the department.
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

HAVNAGAR: Resurgence of diphtheria took toll of three children in the past 10 days. Ajay Gopal (3) of Sakdasar, Mehul Mahasukh (6) of Manar and Krishna Boghabhai of Khadasalia village died in hospital, even as many others are under treatment. Unfortunately, the victims had not taken DPT vaccine.

Recurrence of the disease has put the government and the district panchayat health machinery on its toes. DHO P.N. Baxi said in the past four days, in the affected villages of Manar, Sakdasar and Khadasalia 1550 children were inoculated.

Though the health department technical staff is on an indefinite strike from Thursday, the services of other staff had been enlisted for the task.

Maternity and child health joint director Harshita Sata, who had rushed from Gandhinagar to visit the villages, said that parents of infants in rural areas were scared of administering the DPT vaccine at the age of 6, 10 and 14 weeks because of post-vaccination temperature. Once this age limit is crossed, the child becomes susceptible to the dreadful diphtheria.

Medical superintendent P.K. Jha said that in the current year 46 cases were reported from villages and city slums but as the infected children were brought to medical college hospital at an advanced stage, they could not be saved.

As people in the area hardly know that sporadic diphtheria spread through coughing droplets of an infected child. An awareness in this regard could check the disease effectively.

Medical college paediatrics department head D.R. Zhala, painfully added that it was tragic to see a child dying, when immunising vaccine was easily available.

Identifying one more reason for the poor vaccine in rural areas, Zhala said that primary health centre doctors were hesitant to recommend DPT vaccine because of the follow-up temperature which in turn may disturb their harmony with the community not knowing real medical reason of temperature.

All medical experts insist that village population should be educated about symptoms and prevention of the diphtheria. They must be convinced to understand that one or two days post-vaccination temperature was preferable to losing a child in future.

But then, the state government has to seriously look at the fact showing 100 vacancies of midwives at the primary health centres in Bhavnagar district. District panchayat sources said that no new appointments in the cadre had been made since 1992.

Likewise, six of the eight positions in the sanitation department are vacant and once two officials retire by this month-end, there will not be a single permanent and qualified officer in the department.

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


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GIPCL looking for alternative gas sources Monday, August 20, 2001

BY SHAILESH PANDYA, TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: Gujarat Industries Power Company Ltd (GIPCL) has engaged the services of Gujarat State Fuel Management Company for getting additional gas. The exercise is to look for alternative sources as GIPCL finds it difficult to get its allocated quantity of gas from GAIL due to decline in production of gas in gas fields located in the region.

Engaging the services of this company will help GIPCL get increased gas supply from other sources. GIPCL managing director G.L. Bhagat, however, has pleaded with GAIL to increase the gas supply for its gas-based power plants located on the outskirts of the city. GIPCL is promoted by state and Central government undertakings.

Low supply of gas from GAIL for its two power plants and forced outages of its Surat-based Surat Lignite Power Plant has had an impact on its profitability.

The company achieved a sales turnover of Rs 170.44 crore and recorded a net profit of Rs 5.83 crore for the first quarter of the current financial year ending on June 30, Bhagat said.

The net profit could have been much more if GAIL had continued supply of allocated quantity of gas to its gas-based power plants in the city, he said. For the financial year 2000-2001, GIPCL achieved a turnover of Rs 703.34 crore with a net profit of Rs 15.62 crore.

GIPCL has lodged an insurance claim for the loss of profit due to breakdown of generator transformer and generator rotor at its plant at Surat, said Bhagat. The claim amount of approximately Rs 28 crore is expected to be received during this financial year, which will improve the bottomline of the company, he informed.

According to Bhagat, the teething problems faced during the first year of operation at the plant at Surat have been resolved, which will ensure trouble free generation of power there.

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


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High Court issues notices to VMC, govt Monday, August 20, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: The Gujarat High Court has issued notices to the state the state government and the Vadodara Municipal Corporation on filling the Masiyu pond, at Manjalpur, in the city. The notices were issued on a petition filed by the Beautiful Baroda Council (BBC).

BBC filed the special civil application in the High Court after repeated letters seeking VMC's intervention in the filling process did not lead to any action. The petition claimed that the pond is being filled by a private organisation for commercial purpose.

According to the petition it is the duty of the state government and VMC to ensure that to take necessary steps to protect water bodies. This, it said, was also directed by the High Court in a recent judgment on three petitions pertaining to lakes in Ahmedabad.

According to the petition, the authorities concerned were directed by the High Court not to pollute, allow pollution, filling up of lakes or water bodies. The petition has also expressed concern over the similar fate of other lakes and water bodies in the city.

Advocate for the petitioner, R.N. Singh, contended that the state government had been constructing lakes or ponds in Saurashtra to tackle the water crisis. Whereas, in Vadodara, the respondents have been accused being negligent regarding existing lakes.

The petition has sought directions for immediate intervention by respondents in protecting the Masiyu pond. Chief justice D.M. Dharmadhikari has issued notices to the state government and VMC. Further hearing has been fixed for August 27.

BBC president RO Shah said the High Court had delivered a judgment regarding water bodies earlier this year. "The judgment clearly puts the onus of maintaining water bodies on the state government and local self-government bodies. However, directions given in the judgment are not followed in the case of several ponds in the city. Garbage and sewage is being dumped into them and they are being polluted," Shah said.

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


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MMCB issue taken up at BJP Lok Darbar Monday, August 20, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: A delegation of depositors of Madhavpura Mercantile Co-operative Bank made a strong representation for revival of the bank before minister of state for home Haren Pandya at a Lok Darbar held by the BJP for Navrangpura ward of Ellisbridge constituency - represented by Pandya in the state Assembly.

The depositors pleaded to Pandya that he should take up the matter with chief minister Keshubhai Patel and see that the much-awaited notification regarding revival of the bank as per the package with RBI is issued at the earliest. Pandya assured them that he would do the needful.

Some delegations also pressed for compensation which they had not received even after having registered their cases with disaster management authority for financial help. Some other residents made complaints to the minister about civic apathy in Navrangpura, to which Pandya assured them of redressal of their grievances.

A group of people from Naranpura pressed for release of an anti-social person detained by the police under PASA, to which minister flatly refused saying that it was not possible as the arrest was made only after several complaints were made against him by the residents of the area.

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


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