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November 26, 2001 - November 26, 2001

Cops pump iron, smash out in TT game Monday, November 26, 2001

VADODARA: The city police have adopted another corporate mantra. After putting women constables in control room and training them in hospitality, police here are focusing on their recreation facilities.

The objective, as in all recent moves taken by commissioner J Mahapatra, is to put a human resources strategy in place to extract better productivity from the staff.

On the fourth floor of the plush Police Bhavan building at Kothi, khaki uniform donning young policemen could be now seen pumping iron in a hi-tech gymnasium built at an estimated cost of Rs 7 lakh. Three floors below, on the floor where Mahapatra sits, a table tennis room has come up. Cops, mostly senior officers, could be seen smashing, chopping and dropping the TT ball on the turquoise blue TT table.

Furthermore, athletes, body builders and other sportsmen among the police force are encouraged to hone their skills and win championships. The results are encouraging.
Constable Abdulrashid Abduljaleel Pathan was the second runners up at the recently-conducted Mr Baroda competition. He was appointed as the coach and is now training young policemen in the art of body building at the Police Bhavan gymnasium at Kothi and another body building workshop at the Pratapnagar headquarters.

"This has been a great motivation for us. We continue our professional sport and this has knocked off boredom, made us more active and overall increased our productivity," Pathan says. Mahesh Soma, another constable-cum-body building coach talks of the same enthusiasm that has translated into loving his job more. Constable and Judo player Mitesh Thakkar shares his colleagues' views.

Sprinter (100, 200 and 400 metres) and constable at police control room Nipa Damor, exuberates confidence when she talks of her job. "I am an athlete. Here I have got an opportunity to continue my sport and that has definitely made me more involved in my policing job," Damor says. She has won a handful of trophies for Vadodara police in running and long jump. Hemlata Vasava, another 1,500-metre runner, has achieved a similar feat. "Earlier, we did not understand what they meant by corporate culture, but now I think we have got a taste of it," she says.

Senior officers like Mahapatra and additional commissioner of police Fazal Guard have become inspiration for many in the police force. While Mahapatra is an avid sports lover, Guard is a former athlete and sportsperson.

"We used a part of the police welfare fund to set up some facilities here. This was to encourage sports among policemen and also to provide them a facility that will help them remain fit and fine," Mahapatra said while talking of the gymnasium at the Police Bhavan.

Assistant commissioner of police Noel Parmar, a former bodybuilder sportsman, takes keen interest in the gymnasium activities. "Many policeman come to the gym. I like to see them slogging out. A policeman needs to have a strong body, belly tucked in and chest out," he said. He said even the commissioner himself drops in at the gym once in a while. "Table tennis draws most of the senior officers. It is a good stress-buster," Parmar says.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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JAMNAGAR :: Fake documents and passports scam unearthed Monday, November 26, 2001

JAMNAGAR: A scam involving bogus documents for grabbing properties as also fake passports has been unearthed in the town of Khambhalia.

According to sources, it was learnt that a youth, Sudhir Popat, was arrested by the police on a complaint lodged by his maternal uncle for forging documents of his building, which is worth lakhs. Sudhir Popat and his associate Manu Dattani were arrested on Saturday and presented before court. They were eventually given bail.

Later, DSP Satish Sharma visited Khambhalia to further investigate the passport scam. According to the police, Sudhir Popat was also found involved in a fake-passport racket, where about three passports of British origin were 'sold' even after their time-limit had lapsed. The police, during their investigation, have also come across the name of one Kishore Manek.

It has come into light that in Khambhalia, various properties that remain closed for a long time unattended, fall prey to opportunists who grab such properties with the help of false documents.

It is also learnt that Sudhir Popat is involved in smuggling activities and he is under police watch, he play key role for adjustment of money of smugglers by managing to purchase properties under bogus names. Khambhalia is also the native of wealthy bhatia community who have settled at Bombay since long and hardly visiting their town remain unattended which may be in eye of such wasted interest mongers and revealed scandle is indicate red signal to those bhatia community residing in Bombay to be alerted.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Seminar on cleaner production to be held Monday, November 26, 2001

AHMEDABAD: The Asian Development Bank in co-operation with the Ministry of Environment and Forests is sponsoring a three-day workshop on Financing of Cleaner Production Technology in Ahmedabad from November 27.

According to an official release, the main objective of these interactive workshops, seminars and sessions planned for Ahmedabad and Mumbai is to finalise an action plan for clean production at the state-level. From this forum, the Chemonics team plans to generate feedback on a proposed state-level action plan for cleaner production, as well as an understanding of the issues facing the industry in implementing cleaner production. The action plan for Gujarat will provide a concrete framework for financing cleaner production in the state.

The main technical administrators and consultants to this event are Chemonics International Inc, Washington DC, in association with Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), Delhi.

This event, conducted by Chemonics International (USA) will include two major venues: A workshop at Ahmedabad and a CEO-forum to be conducted in Mumbai on December 1. This Asian Development Bank-sponsored event is being implemented on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Vadodara police solve theft case Monday, November 26, 2001

VADODARA: Acting on a tip-off, the crime branch (detection) of city police solved a break-in case that took place in Ahmedabad and arrested one person in this connection. Goods worth Rs 26,000 was also recovered from him.

The crime branch sleuths were tipped off that the stolen goods were stored at a shop owned by one Rashid Shaikh alias 'Rambo', police sources said. Trousers of 'Antic' and 'Woodland' brands worth Rs 26,000 were recovered from the shop.

Investigations revealed that the goods were stolen from a godown in Murlidhar Complex of Ahmedabad on November 12. Goods worth Rs 4.6 lakh were stolen in the incident.

Rashid's interrogation revealed the name of one Rafiq Shaikh alias 'Gai's' involvement in the case. Further investigations are on.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Ex-employee charges Zydus with issuing forged cheque Monday, November 26, 2001

AHMEDABAD: A complaint was lodged against the Zydus Cadila Group in which the complainant charged the company with issuing a forged cheque for Rs 3,29,508. However, the company sources said Srivastava had a record of forging documents for which his services were terminated recently.

Complainant Manoj P Srivastava, a former employee of the company alleged that the cheque of Bank of Baroda, issued by the company vice-president finance M K Patel, in his favour was dishonoured. According to him the account against which the cheque was issued was non-existent.

The Satellite police to whom the complaint was lodged said the company office was closed on Saturday. So nothing could be done.

Srivastava alleged that the cheque was issued to him in August and when it was dishonoured he lodged the complaint.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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