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August 8, 2001 - August 8, 2001

Gang of frauds nabbed Wednesday, August 8, 2001

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SURAT: With the arrest of 13 persons on Monday near Kadodara at Palsana, the district police claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of cheaters and seized Rs 1,85,000 along with two four-wheelers and five mobile phones. DSP K L N Rao said that acting on a tip-off about suspicious movement of two vehicles in Kadodara area on Sunday night, the police laid a trap and nabbed the culprits from a hotel while they were transacting a shady deal and cheat customers. Kingpin Mohammad Sumer Sheikh and 12 of his associates were caught as they were trying to dupe two persons, Manish Patel and Chhotu Sarvaya. The frauds had promised Patel and Sarvaya that they would be paid Rs 4 lakh for the Rs 1.85 lakh they had given Sheikh.


Preliminary investigations revealed that the gang operated from Mumbai and had looted several people in Jamnagar, Rajkot, Banskantha and other parts of the state in the last eight years. Further investigations were going on, Rao said.

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


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DCB jeep accident, 3 injured Wednesday, August 8, 2001

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VADODARA: A vehicle of the detection of crime branch (DCB) was involved in an accident on National Highway 8 on Tuesday, in which three of its occupants -- DCB police inspector PP Kanani, constable Chandrakant Patil and constable Iqbal -- sustained injuries.

While Chandrakant has been admitted to Bhailal Amin Hospital in a critical condition, Kanani and Iqbal are reported to be out of danger.


The team were on their way from Nadiad, where they had been for routine investigations, when their vehicle collided with a tanker.

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


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Retrenched AMC workers demand reinduction Wednesday, August 8, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: Retrenched daily wage earners of the engineering department of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation staged a dharna inside the office of Deputy Municipal Commissioner (administration), Vinay Vyasa. The agitationists were demanding that they be reinducted into service.


Last month nearly 140 temporary employees of AMC had been shown the door by their employer. Termination of their jobs was carried out after some "senior" temporary employees working since the 1980s had approached the court on irregularities in job confirmation at AMC.


Sources disclosed: "As per existing rules in AMC, a temporary employee having completed 900 days of job or five years (whichever is earlier) will be given a permanent job at the corporation. This was supposed to take place according to seniority or more number of days worked. In 1982, a list of probables were drawn up by AMC and three others thereafter, but some oversight or deliberate move had seen junior temporary employees getting job confirmation before the deserving ones."


While the present administrators of AMC look to solve this matter legally and in accordance with the rules, slogan shouting and calling names continues at the AMC premises. Agitated workers blocked Vyasa's office for over an hour on Monday, refusing to budge till the officer gave some written assurance on their reinduction into service.


"The matter will be resolved by next week. Seniority list of temporary employees is being prepared at present and is expected to be completed by next Monday. Thereafter strict adherence to the seniority list will be our sole lookout. Wrong moves may have been made in the past and we may be suffering for our predecessors' oversights but now the only way to put an end to this problem is by sticking to the rule book," said an AMC official.

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


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Gujarat University's executive council meet expected to be stormy Wednesday, August 8, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: Gujarat University can expect the Executive Council meeting on Tuesday to be a stormy affair with affiliation to 18 colleges out of the 30 applications coming up for discussion.


Sources in the university said the need committee has not given an approval to a number of established institutions, and the officials may have to face the ire of the likes of former deputy chief minister Narhari Amin and advocate Sudhir Nanavati. It has refused approval saying there is no need for a college in the geographical locations they have been applied for.


Among the prominent institutions not given approval are St Xavier's College which applied for a BCA course, Asia Education Trust and Lokhandwala Education Trust.


Various institutions have applied to the university for starting courses like MBA, MCA, BBA, BCA, self-financed commerce colleges and bachelor in physiotherapy. If the Executive Council gives its stamp of approval, these applications will be referred to the Academic Council which in turn will refer it back to the Executive Council for the final clearance.


Vice-chancellor Naresh Ved on the other hand has said that he wants to make this entire controversy a one-time affair. "This is an ideal situation for us to work out the exact modalities for starting new colleges and affiliating them," he said. "Once we go through this tardy process, the future officials of the university will not have to face such problems." Ved has also decided to strictly enforce the Gujarat University Act, whether it pleased the fighting factions in the Executive Council or not.

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


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JUNAGADH:::: Woman drowns in sea at Somnath Wednesday, August 8, 2001

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JUNAGADH: Khevna Dashrath Desai (21), daughter of daughter of a retired ST worker from Junagadh drowned in the Arabian Sea, near the Somnath Temple on Sunday while she was frolicking in the waves. The family was on annual pilgrimage to the Somnath temple.


After 'darshan' all of them had gone into the sea near the Vagheshwaree temple.
A huge wave engulfed them. While her parents and niece had a miraculous escape, Khevna was dragged into the sea. Everybody could see that but could do nothing.

Observers said if only they had heeded the notice prominently displayed there, the tragedy could have been averted.


The local people have suggested that the government should post some swimmers and divers at the spot to prevent such incidents.

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


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