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August 15, 2001 - August 15, 2001

Two suicide cases in city Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Ahmedabad: Hitesh Mackwana, 22, a resident of Isanpur, committed suicide by immolating himself on Monday, without stating reasons for committing the suicide. A case of accidental death has been registered at the Vatva police station.

In another incident, Sunita Tiwari, 19, committed suicide because her husband refused to let her visit her parents on occasion of Janmashtami. She hung herself from the roof of her house. A case of accidental death has been registered at Meghaninagar police station.
Source - The AsianAge

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Circulars by Rajkot police chief quashed Wednesday, August 15, 2001

By Our Correspondent, Asianage
Ahmedabad, Aug. 14: The Gujarat high court has quashed the two circulars issued by the police commissioner of Rajkot on Tuesday, observing that the circular violates the constitutional rights of a citizen.

Division bench comprising chief Justice D.M. Dharmadhikari and K.R. Vyas upheld the applications of Pravinkumar Vyas against the circulars saying that, in bailable offences, none of the arrested should be presented in court till 16 hours after his arrest.

In the petition Mr Vyas also mentioned that there are incidents of accused being physically harassed when in detention at various police stations in Rajkot, which was owing to the circular that was brought out by the city police commissioner.

The circulars refrained police personnel from releasing any body arrested on bail and not to produce the accused in front of a magistrate before 16 hours from the time of arrest.

The two circulars of the police commissioner dated February 20, 1999 and May 25, 2001 directed the subordinate police officer to make necessary investigations regarding a case and segregate the offence as a bailable or not. The officials were also directed to interrogate them, take finger prints, identification marks and photographs.

One of the circulars also directs that, if in a case of bailable offence the arrested is released within 16 hours of his arrest, the concerned police officer shall submit a report with his cogent reasons to the assistant commissioner of police and dispatch a copy to the control room.

The high court also observed that it is open to investigating agencies to take minimum possible time to interrogate the accused and take necessary details.
Source - The AsianAge

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Say cheese: Pizza to have the ‘taste of India’ Wednesday, August 15, 2001

By a Correspondent, AsianAge
Ahmedabad, Aug. 11: Keeping pace with the new age corporate world of backward integration and diversification, Amul has also started selling pizza to market its cheese and now talks about frozen foods.

Talking to the managing director of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, Mr B.M. Vyas, he said that there are 22 Amul pizza outlets operating in the city till date. The pizza outlet at Royal Sweet Mart, off CG Road near Girish Cold Drink, was Amul’s first outlet in city and it sold about 1,800 pizzas on the first day itself.

This was the first time that so many pizzas were sold in a day and that the trend continued for three consecutive days. “People came since there was very good publicity already in the papers and they were curious to know what Amul, a brand with some holding, had to offer,” said Ashish Halvawala owner of the store.

On asking Mr Vyas why Amul chose this particular joint to launch its product, he said, “There was no particular reason but we found that this was our major ice cream outlet in city and since it already had other food items, their clientele was wider.”

Rasiklal Halvawala, father of Ashish, says, “We already had the Amul ice cream franchisee for years in our shop. When they came to us with the pizza offer we agreed.” He adds that on normal days now they manage to sell about 50 to 60 Amul Pizzas and on Sundays about 250 to 300 pieces are sold even though it is the Shravan, month of fasting, for the people.

Whereas other pizza outlets in the city like Pizza Hut sells 250 to 300 pizzas a day and on weekends it goes up to 450 to 500 pizzas, US Pizza manages to sell 325 to 350 pizzas per day, Freeze Land near GLS 100 to 110 on weekdays and 170 to 200 on weekends, Upper Crust Vastrapur branch sells 40 to 50 pizzas on a daily basis.

Ashish says, “We were the only shop in the city to open the outlet. Since it was the launch day, in fact for first three days, we sold 1,800 pizzas. I think that it was the Amul banner that brought us so many customers.” “There were Chartered Accountants, high court Judges and even the owner of Vadilal Ice creams Devanshu Abdalwala came to out shop that day,” Ashish says.

Mr Vyas, explaining about their pre launch market survey, said, “We found in our survey that among all the cheese items in the city like burger, hot dog and others, pizza had a greater demand. Two important things that came to our notice was that burgers were too big and messy to eat so people did not prefer that.

Pizza was closer to the Indian palette since it has a base, some gravy and topping. It can be altered to Indian tastes too. Also other companies marketing pizzas are very expensive therefore we priced it at Rs 20. In the post launch survey we realised that our quality had attracted the people at the price we were offering it at.”

Rituparana Bose, a FYBA student who is busy picking up khakhras from Royal Sweet Mart, also called Induben Khakhrawal says, “I love this concept of pizza for Rs 20. It is Amul, has to be good. I tried it today, the taste is very nice and I can afford pizzas more often now.”

Mr B.M. Vyas says, “We have planned to change over to frozen pizzas. Right now it is running on an experimental basis and by September 1 it will formally be launched in the market.” Explaining on why they are planning to shift to frozen pizzas he says, “We were always planned to finally change over to frozen pizzas as all the Amul pizza outlets will become only baking stations where they heat the pizzas and serve it to the customers.”

The pizza that Amul is marketing right now consists of a crisp base, neapolitan sauce, capsicum, onion, tomato and mozzarella cheese. This ready made pizza is about 5 1/2 inch in size whereas the frozen ones will be about 7 to 8 inches. On Mr Vyas about the future plans of Amul he says, “We are planning to launch frozen parathas and paneer pakodas later. Right now I want to concentrate on the pizzas.”

I shall make business out of this first before venturing into anything new.” The frozen pizzas are manufactured at the Mother Dairy in Gandhinagar and from there they will be marketed all over India.
Source - The AsianAge

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Court disposes petition for Sabarmati by-polls Wednesday, August 15, 2001

By a Correspondent, AsianAge
Ahmedabad, Aug. 14: The high court disposed the petition to direct the election commission and the state government for holding the by-election of Sabarmati constituency after the Election Commission submitted that it would complete the election process for the constituency by October 15, 2001.

The division bench comprising chief Justice D.M. Dharmadhikari and K.R. Vyas reserved the right of the petitioner to take up the matter with once again with the high court if elections in the constituency is not held within the specified time.

Advocate for the EC, Premal Nanavati, submitted that the process of holding elections in the Sabarmati is underway and it would be completed before October 15. The petitioner, Yogesh Patel had mentioned that though the elected representative of the constituency had resigned before six months the election commission and the state government did not bothered to hold the election till date.
Source - The AsianAge

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Quake-fear clouds I-D celebrations Wednesday, August 15, 2001

By Shramana Ganguly, AsianAge
Ahmedabad, Aug. 14: Memories of the R-Day killer quake still cloud schools in the city and have over-shadowed the otherwise vibrant Independence Day celebrations. Several schools in the city have decided not to celebrate the I-Day this year to mourn the deaths of earthquake victim, including several students. Some schools have called off the I-Day celebrations, while some observed it on Tuesday.

While schools like Shri Swaminarayan Vidyamandir High School and Higher Secondary School at Ghodasar, where 32 school students lost their lives on the fateful day, Prakash Higher Secondary School at Ghee Kanta, reeling under the tragic stampede incident, MK Higher Secondary School, NR High School have declared I-Day as holiday, some like Saint Kabir High School at Navrangpura celebrated the I-Day a day earlier on Tuesday.

“Earthquake struck when we were hoisting the national Flag, who knows calamity might strike again when we hoist the flag on Wednesday. If we had decided to celebrate the Independence Day, we would have received poor response,” reasons principal of one of the English medium schools at Navrangpura, echoing the sentiments of all those school authorities who have decided to keep away from celebrations.

School management of the Shri Swaminarayan Vidyamandir High School and Higher Secondary School at Ghodasar, declined the idea of celebration, considering the magnitude of loss at their school.

“The idea of celebrating the Independence Day does not arise at all since it is just six months to the tragedy and we are mourning the loss of the students,” said Prakash Patre, managing trustee of the school. Similarly, trustee of Prakash High School Sudhir Shah confessed, “It is not advisable for us to celebrate the day since it is hardly a month to the stampede tragedy.”

Aroma High School’s principal Bhaskar Patel informed, “Considering the fact that natural calamity might strike on Wednesday, we would celebrate with limited students in the school premises. Since everyone is haunted by R-Day quake memories, celebrations will not be in good taste.”

Students of the school even informed of their parents’ inhibitions to send them to the school had there been a flag-hoisting ceremony. “My father has warned me to not go to the school, nor stroll in its premises on the Independence Day,” said Deep Suthar, student of class four. “While we love our nation, we cannot overcome our fear,” confessed Sunita Nair, a class 12 student of NR High School.

Similarly, Nimisha Agrawal (name changed), student of class 12 at the MK Higher Secondary School, Law Garden, confessed to her fear of going to the school on Wednesday in wake of the R-Day incident. Her mother seconded her and remarked, “I am reluctant since I fear another earthquake, and I do not want to take a chance with my daughter’s life.”
Source - AsianAge Online

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