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August 11, 2001 - August 11, 2001

Vigil intensified along border in Kutch Saturday, August 11, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
GANDHIDHAM: With the increasing militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, the security is being tightened along the border, particularly in view of the Independence Day next week. Following reports of the presence of militants across the border of Rann of Kutch, security agencies have become more alert.

For some years, the exercise of concentrating attention on the borders around the Republic Day and Independence day has been going on. But this year against the backdrop of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and plan of militants to disturb Delhi, the Army and security agencies are on high alert and are keeping a strict vigil along the border.

Security agencies have received reports about the presence of militant groups across the border. The reports say 20 militants belonging to Hizbul Muzahhidin are under the direct control of ISI and may cross the border any time.

Incidents of intrusion for the past some time has been taken seriously by the military and paramilitary forces.

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


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Vigil intensified along border in Kutch Saturday, August 11, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
GANDHIDHAM: With the increasing militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, the security is being tightened along the border, particularly in view of the Independence Day next week. Following reports of the presence of militants across the border of Rann of Kutch, security agencies have become more alert.

For some years, the exercise of concentrating attention on the borders around the Republic Day and Independence day has been going on. But this year against the backdrop of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and plan of militants to disturb Delhi, the Army and security agencies are on high alert and are keeping a strict vigil along the border.

Security agencies have received reports about the presence of militant groups across the border. The reports say 20 militants belonging to Hizbul Muzahhidin are under the direct control of ISI and may cross the border any time.

Incidents of intrusion for the past some time has been taken seriously by the military and paramilitary forces.

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


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Restaurants lay out special fare for Shravan festival Saturday, August 11, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: The month of Shravan never seemed so hot before. This year, many leading city hotels and restaurants have lined up exclusive vegetarian fare suitable for fasting during Shravan.

Along with the general atmosphere of piety that has surrounded city areas with temples covered with colourful electric 'torans' and loudspeakers blaring religious songs on all Shravan Mondays, city restaurants too have donned a religious garb.

In the past, the month of Shravan was characterised by a lean period for city restaurants with most citizens preferring to abstain from non-vegetarian food and to observe fasts.

Hotel Holiday Inn has organised a special 'Shravanotsav' at their Early Bird Cafi. "The fare," says assistant food and beverages manager Sandeep Johri "would be entirely vegetarian and it would be prepared in separate utensils and special tandoor has been set aside to maintain the purity of the foodstuff."

Desserts too would be prepared without the use of eggs and other dishes would be prepared without the use of onions and garlic. "We have got a good response to our Shravanotsav festival. The menu comprises of 'sabudana vada', 'aloo tiki', 'rajagra thepla', fruit 'chaat' and several other lipsmacking delicacies.

Hotel Surya has gone a step further and planned an elaborate programme for Janmashtami on August 12. The plans include calling special chefs from Mathura with a consignment of the Mathura 'rabdi' with them. "They would also prepare the same Mathura style rabdi here along with Khasta kachoris," informed manager Hasmukh Shah.

According to him. the hotel also plans to make the festival a fun occasion especially for children and a special 'Nand Utsav' would be organised.

"We have planned prizes to be distributed to children. These include giving away special dresses (as worn by Lord Krishna) and other incentives to those who come to our restaurants," he says.

He said that they want to make the Nand Utsav a festival similar to Christmas where children receive gifts from Santa Clause.

Many other restaurants too are highlighting their vegetarian menu in keeping with the festive fervour. "We have not planned any special fare for Shravan, but we do serve all the items that are being publicised by the other restaurants," said a manager of a city restaurant.

According to him, the sudden hotting up of the month and the food festival for Shravan is a marketing gimmick to attract clients who generally prefer to eat at home to maintain the purity of the food that they eat.

Many city based farsan shop owners and fruits sellers too are doing brisk business as sales of special 'Shravan food stuffs' is high. "Vadodara has a large percentage of vegetarian population which turns to fasting for the entire month. Therefore sale of farsan pick up. To avoid the lean period during this month many restaurants therefore plan such food festival," said another restaurant owner on condition of anonymity.

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


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One injured in house collapse Saturday, August 11, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: One person was injured when a three-storeyed building in the Baranpura area of the walled city area collapsed on Friday afternoon.

According to officials in the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) fire brigade, the three-storeyed house near the Jeevan Bharati School was old and not fit for staying. Jayprakash Shah (35) was standing near the house when the incident took place.

Shah was rushed to the Sir Sayajirao General Hospital here for treatment. Doctors attending on Shah said that he suffered minor injuries on head and chest. His condition is reported to be out of danger.

Fire officials said that rubble on the spot was being removed. They added that the house was an old one and nobody was present in it when the incident took place, Shah was a innocent victim of the collapse.

Baranpura, located in the old city area, is an locality where houses of the Gaekwadi era still exist. Most of the houses have a wooden framework and many of them are dangerous to live in.

About an year back, an old woman had died when a house had collapsed in the area due to heavy rainfall. Rains, officials said, weaken the structure in such houses leading to their collapse. Limestone or other material is used instead of cement.

Despite the weak structure, people continue to live in several such houses. Officials said that attempts to get some such houses vacated have proved futile.

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


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BHAVNAGAR :::: Two die in road mishap Saturday, August 11, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
BHAVNAGAR: Two persons died and several others were seriously injured in two separate road accidents on Bhavnagar-Mahuva Road.

The first accident took place near Trapaj village, 46 km from here. A private mini luxury bus carrying 31 passengers overturned when its driver lost control while overtaking a truck. One person died on the spot while 12 people suffered serious injuries in the accident. The deceased has been identified as 38-year-old Kalu Nagaji Makvana. The injured were later admitted to the government hospital here.

In another such incident, an over crowded tempo collided with a ST bus _ heading towards Junagadh _ killing one person and injuring 25 others. The deceased has been identified as Bavchand Kalu Rajput (60). He succumbed to the injuries at the Talaja Hospital. The injured have been admitted to the hospital.

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


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