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August 14, 2001 - August 15, 2001

BSNL Scheme :: Second phone link at Rs 1 Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Times News Network
AHMEDABAD: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is offering second telephone connection to its customers at Rs 1.

This was announced by Gujarat telecom chief general manager PK Chanda who said neither will the customers have to pay any annual rental deposits, nor will a registration fee be charged.

Chanda said the facility is specially being extended to customers who are inconvenienced due to usage of internet through the only available connection, which cripples the normal use of the telephone line.

Also, customers who are having a heavy load on their single connections can avail of this facility and get an extra connection without additional monetary burden, added Chanda.

The department, which is aiming for about 6.5 lakh connections by the end of this year, has also extended the rebate facilities on new connections. The earlier rebate of Rs 500 for those having own instrument and an internal wiring has been extended to Rs 750, Chanda said.

The chief general manager also informed that the usage of VC cards in the state has also being extended. Earlier, there were just four Intelligent Network Service supporting the VCC network. This has now been extended to 17 secondary switching areas (SSAs) in the state.

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A unique academia programme Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Times News Network
AHMEDABAD: Mudra Institute of Communication Ahmedabad (MICA), the Ahmedabad based premier Marketing Communication institute will host MICA Lecture Series (MLLES), a unique industry academia interaction programme, beginning from August 18. Leading experts and industry professionals from media and advertising will participate in MLS which will be held at the institute campus.

MICA has been creating forums thorough which the students and faculty could interact with the industry professionals and learn about the current practices and the future potential of the various aspects of the marketing communication industry.

As a part of MLS, Pradeep Guha president of Bennett and Coleman group and Ranjan Kapoor the CMD of Ogilvy & Mathor (O&M) will address the students on August 18 and 23 respectively.

Prdeep Guha will be speak on `Building Media as Brands', and Ranjan Kapur will be deliver a lecture on `Indian Marketing Communication Industry'.

Rekha Nigam, Vice-President Programming and Content Development of Sony Entertainment Television, Sunil Gupta, (vice president ) HTA Piyush Pandey, Creative Director, O&M, Amit Khanna, (Chairman) Reliance Infotainment are also expected to take part in the series later.

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Handicrafts mela a crowd-puller Wednesday, August 15, 2001

RAJKOT: As Saurashtrians celebrate the end of a long dry spell it's only natural for the resilient Kutchis and people of the rest of the state to partake in their joy. Of the three major fairs in the city, the one organised by the Gujarat government's industrial extension cottage programme (INDEXT-C) gives rural artisans a platform to showcase their talent and make their creations easily accessible to the masses.

For Hirabasar Marwara of Bhirandiyara village in Banni and eight other artisans from quake-hit Kutch, the ongoing fair has come as an opportunity to piece their shattered lives together. "This year we have decided to provide stalls free of cost to Kutch artisans," says H M Pandya, senior officer (programme) of INDEXT-C.

Marwara admits he has had to suffer losses in terms of skilled workmen and infrastructure, but encouragement from the government and masses has given him the strength to start from a scratch. "The leather fancy work, embroidered footwear, mirror work, yokes, mukhwas, wall pieces and bedcovers for sale here range between Rs 25 and Rs 1,100," he says.

Apart from the exhibits from Kutch, visitors can choose from terracotta artefacts from Kheda, handloom bedsheets from Nadiad and embroidered ones from Banaskantha, bamboo and wood work from Rajkot, including the rare 'meenakari' furniture, patchwork and patola saris, tie and dye fabrics, brass decorative pieces, white metal and stone jewellery, puppets, papier mache articles, acrylic wooden cut-outs, scroll slippers, besides bags, hammocks and jewellery made of jute.

Till two years ago the handicrafts fair was part of the Janmashtami mela at Shastri Maidan, but differences with the Lokmela Samiti, which organises the main fair, over the location of the stalls led the organisers to request the Rajkot Municipal Corporation to allot an alternative site.

The quiet and comparatively clean ambience of the Race Course venue seems to have done the organisers a lot of good. "Earlier, we were allotted 50 stalls and charged Rs 60,000 for the same. Here, we have put up 80 stalls this year and have paid the corporation only Rs 19,000," says Pandya.

On an average 10,000 people visit this fair daily. "This is a better response than what we used to get at Shastri Maidan," he says, adding "Only people interested in handlooms and handicrafts venture here".

Since the middleman is eliminated, the prices of most of the artefacts is reasonable. So, if you're in the mood for shopping, more importantly, far from the madding crowd, then the ongoing handicrafts mela (open till August 15) is the place to be, if you can make it to Rajkot.

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The height of trickery! Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Times News Network
VADODARA: Finding a job, especially as a government employee, seems to have become a difficult task and people seem to utilise all means at their disposal to get one. A candidate seeking the job of a driver in the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) came up with an interesting trick to increase his height.

According to GSRTC norms, a candidate must have a height of at least 5 feet four inches to be selected as a driver. Falling 'short' in this criterion, a candidate decided to use a wig made on a coconut kernel to increase his height.

The incident came to light recently when GSRTC's Vadodara division was conducting the selections for the selection of drivers. The candidates are supposed to go through an interview and a fitness test for the purpose.

The said candidate, one Lakshman Parmar from Thasra village in Anand, had placed a wig made on a kernel on his head to deceive the GSRTC officials. The officials, however, became suspicious and on discreet inquiries got a wind of the trick.

Sources said when the candidate came for getting his height measured, an officer simply ran a hand through his hair to find the trick. The candidate has been barred from selection henceforth.

Higher officials at the GSRTC headquarters in Ahmedabad have been informed about the incident. Vigilance officials are looking into the matter and further action is likely against the candidate.

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5 youth die of asphyxiation Tuesday, August 14, 2001

The Times of India News Service
BARODA: Five youths died of asphyxiation at Sindhrot village in the district, police said on Tuesday.

The incident occurred on Monday when the youths went inside a 70-feet deep well to repair a tubewell motor and died after inhaling methane gas, they said.

Forensic experts have collected gas samples and investigations are on, police added.
Source - The Times of India

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