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August 16, 2001 - August 19, 2001

Surat in brief on 18 August 2001 Sunday, August 19, 2001

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L&T quality improvement workshop concludes
SURAT: Hazira-based Larsen and Toubro conducted a four-day quality improvement workshop in association with the Indian affiliate of the US-based Juran International Inc. in the city. The workshop concluded on Thursday. According to company officials, the thrust areas during the workshop were to assess the cost of poor quality management and to diagnose the shortcomings for remedial measures.

City doctor to attend Thailand meet
SURAT: The medical superintendent of New Civil hospital, Dr Shailendra Bajpayee, has been invited as a guest speaker at the bi-annual Asia-Pacific Society of Hypertension in Thailand. The four-day conference will start on Monday.

Atomic Energy School students honoured
SURAT: Three students of the Atomic Energy School at Kakarapar bagged the second position in the All-India Inter AECS Science Exhibition held at Rawatbhata on August 13 and 14. According to the school principal, Shivdarshan Pal, the team _ comprising Kumari Yasmine, Kaveri and Namita _ was honoured for a project on 'organismal cloning'.

Detained under PASA
SURAT: One Kishore Singh Harichand Shah was detained by the city police under PASA on Wednesday. According to police, Shah was sent to Jamnagar district jail on Thursday.

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12 Surat children injured in freak mishap Sunday, August 19, 2001

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SURAT: In a bizarre incident, 12 students of a school at Katargram were injured on Friday afternoon after a woman from the neighbourhood threw a bottle of acid inside the classroom.

According to police, the incident took place inside the classroom on the first floor of S V Vidyalaya at Siganpore near Katargram. Nearly 12 students of Class II sustained burn injuries, four of them in the eyes, after coming in contact with the acid meant for cleaning toilet.

Following the incident, panic gripped the school and all the injured were rushed to Asaktashram Hospital where eight of the children were discharged after preliminary treatment. Four of them, Vaibhi, Hetal, Bansari and Alpesh, are still undergoing treatment for minor eye injuries and are under observation, hospital sources said.

Police are still clueless as regarding the motive behind the incident, though sources pointed out that the accused was a woman and perhaps mentally imbalanced too.

As the news spread, scores of parents and others rushed to the school and police had to make necessary bandobast to prevent any untoward incident. The school authorities could not be contacted despite several attempts. A case has been registered and is being investigated.

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JUNAGADH :: Supersession of Junagadh municipal body recommended Sunday, August 19, 2001

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JUNAGADH: In view of poor administration, Junagadh district collector Sunayna Tomar has recommended the directorate of municipality "to supersede the current Junagadh municipal body" for the "betterment of citizens here and the government itself".

According to Tomar, the municipal body has failed to provide "primary facilities" to the people out here. The current municipal body has failed in every aspect _ whether it is providing drinking water or maintaining street lights, regarding payments, workers' salaries, etc. _ according to the collector. As a result of this maladministration, the collector has recommended the directorate of municipality to supersede the current body of the municipality.

In the recommendation letter, Tomar has brought to the notice of the directorate of municipality the various malfunctionings of the ruling party. This includes corruption in the purchases, construction works, in the approvals of construction works, to stop/prevent illegal construction works, promoting a worker without undergoing any procedure (without any recommendation and approval by any authoritative person), their promotions, recruitments, road maintenance, irregularities and negligence in cleaning the roads and in its repair works, and other irregularities in the overall functioning of the municipality.

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BHARUCH :: D,tente prevails in Bharuch Sunday, August 19, 2001

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VADODARA: Police, public representatives and Bharuch district administration's intervention is likely to resolve the long-standing conflict between two warring sections of fishermen that reached a violent culmination on Tuesday.

As peace prevailed amid a tensed atmosphere throughout Wednesday and Thursday -- two days after two persons were shot dead when a fisheries financier opened fire -- conflicting groups of fishermen are likely to make a compromise.

"Attempts are being made to make the two groups talk to each other and resolve the issue peacefully. That Tuesday's killing is not a communal issue can be made out from the fact that the two warring communities belong to the same religion. In fact, those who tried to pacify the mob at Memon's house followed the same faith as the ones shouting slogans outside his house," Vadodara range special IGP Deepak Swaroop said.

He said the police and the district administration in Bharuch were trying their best to ensure that peace prevails, especially in the run-up to Ganesh Chaturthi.

"While attempts to convince the two groups to resolve the issue peacefully is going on simultaneously, we are also ensuring that anti-social elements do not foment communal trouble on the occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi," Swaroop said.

It was learnt that Bharuch MLAs and MP were also trying to counsel the two groups of fishermen, whose economic interests clash over district administration's notice to ban the use of putting nets in Narmada.

On Tuesday, one Abdulgaffar Abubakr Memon had fired from his licensed weapon at Badbhoot village. Two persons, including a woman and a man, were killed in the firing while five persons, including Memon and his three sons, were arrested by Bharuch taluka police.

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I-Day Special :: 1 lakh new jobs for unemployed Thursday, August 16, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: Gujarat chief minister Keshubhai Patel on Wednesday said the state government proposed to generate one lakh new jobs in the current year for the unemployed in agricultural and educational sectors.

Speaking after unfurling the national flag here on the occasion of 55th Independence day, Patel said under the scheme the beneficiaries would be paid Rs 1,000 per month for putting in work for two hours daily.

Cautioning people about the threat to the integrity of the country, the chief minister said divisive forces were bent upon creating mayhem and therefore the enemies operating from within should identified and their designs defeated.

Patel asked the farmers to change the existing crop patterns by adopting new farm technology for increased agricultural output.

The citizen's charter, a scheme which confers the right to the people to demand any information from the authorities about government programmes, is being implemented from Wednesday, the chief minister said also adding that the lok praharis, appointed for four districts recently, wou be beginning their work from Wednesday.

The day was also celebrated in other parts of the state with unfurling of the tricolour at district headquarters and schools.
Source - The Times of India

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