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August 10, 2001 - August 10, 2001

Rajkot accountant a record blazing firefighter Friday, August 10, 2001

RAJKOT: Hashmukhrai P Parekh, a homeguard volunteer who was instrumental in starting the Rajkot blood bank way back in 1960 has found an entry in the annual Limca Book of Records for 2002 for his meritorious services in 'fire fighting' as home guards man.

Parekh, (64) has been associated with the home guards for a long time and has helped extinguish 575 fires in various parts of Saurashtra. An accountant by profession, he has donated blood for over 50 times in the past 40 years.

Be it his services in home guards or blood donation, they have been without any remuneration. And in recognition of the services, the Limca Book of Records through a communication has intimated to him that he has found a place in the book of records for having been instrumental in extinguishing 175 fires in the region.

Parekh besides winning many prizes is also recipient of the President's gold medal for his fire services. He got that in 1976.

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

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VAPI:::: Indian Made Foreign Liquor seized Friday, August 10, 2001

The Vapi prohibition squad has seized two truckloads of Indian Made Foreign Liquor worth Rs 29.31 lakh from Dharampur road in the last seven days.

The Vapi prohibition station headed by inspector RC Vaid intercepted a truck (WB 25 B 6875) containing 37,968 bottles of different brands of IMFL brewed in Daman and valued at Rs 18.98 lakh. The driver Balwinder Singh Bachchan Singh, who stays at Vadodara, and the conductor, Bhajan Singh Jagir Singh. Those absconding in this case are Imtiaz Kalumiyan of Bhimpor of Daman, Jaswant Bhandari of Pardi, Rakesh Nanubhai Patel and Ramesh Kishan Patel also from Daman.

On August 2, the squad seized another truck (HR Q A 4319) containing 16,692 bottles of branded beer and gin valued at Rs 15.33 lakh. The two trucks were also seized.
Woman missing: Twenty-five-year-old Arunaben Rajubhai Venkateshwar Rao of Goyal Complex in Vastrapur walked out of her home on July 13, and has still not returned. When she left home, Arunaben was dressed in a blue shalwar-kameez.

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JAMNAGAR:::: Bike thieves caught, liquor seized Friday, August 10, 2001

JAMNAGAR: The city police caught three boys studying in the Jamnagar engineering college on charges of vehicle-theft and for stealing a video compact disc.

According to sources, police inspector Prakash Mehra and sub-inspector DK Bhoi from Sabarmati police station were patrolling the Prabodh Raval bridge behind the RTO on Tuesday night when they spotted the three boys riding a Suzuki Samurai and a Kinetic Honda and detained them.

Two of these boys -- Jigar Jayendra Parikh (20), who stays in Nava Wadaj, and Jatin Jashwantrai Vaghela (21), who stays in Nirnaynagar -- are students of the Jamnagar engineering college and they were accompanied by Rakesh Satishbhai Someshwar (20) of Vasna.

When arrested, the three admitted to stealing the motorbike from Navrangpura, and the Kinetic Honda from Satellite, and then changing their licence plates.

The boys then confessed that when in Jamnagar they had registered themselves under
false names in a video parlour and had flicked a VCD from there which was seized by the police.

A case has been registered against them at Sabarmati police station.

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Ahmedabad in brief of 9th August 2001 Friday, August 10, 2001

Robbers kill old man
A case of murder was registered with the Mandal police station in Ahmedabad district when intruders, who tried to break into the house of Damodargiri Ranchhodgiri Goswami, escaped after murdering his father on Wednesday night.

A complaint filed by Damodargiri stated that the intruders broke into his house at Kaliana village in Mandal taluka with a motive to steal, but murdered his father Ranchhodgiri Manigiri Goswami by strangulating him.

Girl's body unclaimed
There have been no claimants yet to the body of a girl aged between 16 and 20 years who died in an accident near Juhapura on August 5, the Vejalpur police said. The short-haired girl, believed to be mentally unstable, was trying to cross the road early that morning when some vehicle knocked her down near Zarf Dairy on the Sarkhej highway. The matter was reported to the Vejalpur police station which later took custody of the body and sent it to V S Hospital. The girl had worn a yellow dress with metal bangles on her right hand.

Break-in at Navrangpura
Thieves broke into a house belonging to one Thakorebhai Ambalal Patel in the Navrangpura area on Tuesday night. The culprits decamped with cash, gold ornaments and silver utensils valued at Rs 5.11 lakh. A complaint lodged with the Navrangpura police said the intruders removed the grill of a window and entered the house.

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ISKCON all set for Janmashtami fete Friday, August 10, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Elaborate arrangements have been made by the city unit of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) at the Radha Govind Dham on Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway for Janmashtami celebrations.

Rituals for the celebration, to be held on August 12, will start from 4.30 am and continue upto midnight. At 7.30 am, amidst holy chants, a discourse from Bhagvad Gita has been scheduled soon after Shringar darshan and arti.

The evening rituals at the ISKCON will be attended by the Governor Sundersingh Bhandari, state minister for home Haren Pandya and mayor of Ahmedabad Himmatsinh Patel. Soon after the guests' departure, Mahavishnu Swami will speak on Krishna's birth and childhood days. Thereafter, midnight will be time for maha aarti and kirtan.

On August 13, ISKCON devotees will celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Prabhupada. The celebrations also include Vyas Puja marking the spread of Krishna consciousness through Sanatan dharma.

President of ISKCON, Vadodara, Swami Basu Ghoshdas who returned from an overseas visit _ on popularisation of Sanskrit in places like Ukraine, England and USA _ spoke about the Oxford Centre for Vaishnav-Hindu Studies.

He said: "Though it is more than apparent that the West is running after material pleasures and spending more and more on temporary gratification, the centre for Vaishnav studies at Oxford University, is a revelation. I know of three persons who are researching on Vaishnavism at a time when even back home we have very few who are interested enough to dwell into the religious and cultural history of India. ISKCON has many centres world over which put commoners on the right track, one that shows how to lead a simple and happy life."

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