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August 7, 2001 - August 7, 2001

Medical camp in Rajkot district Tuesday, August 7, 2001

RAJKOT: Over 300 people were examined and given treatment for different ailments at a medical camp organised at Juni Sankli village, in Jetpur taluka of Rajkot district on Thursday.

At the camp organised jointly by the Jetpur Blood Bank, Indian Dental Association and Information Centre Virpur, at least 151 persons were vaccinated against jaundice, 132 examined for skin diseases and 250 students were given a dental kit. At the blood donation camp held there 8400 cc of blood was collected.

BJP MLA from Jetpur, Jashumatiben Korat complimented the organisers for providing treatment to the people.
Cattle treatment camp: Two hundred and seventy-five cattle were treated at a cattle treatment camp at Virpur (Jalaram) on Thursday. The camp was organised by the Lions Club of Jetpur, animal husbandry department of the district panchayat, Swaminaryan Gurukool, Rajkot, and Shri Ghanshyam Gopalak trust, Mumbai.

Janmashtami procession: The Rajkot unit of Shiv Sena will take out a procession on Janmashtmi to celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. The procession will depict different facets of the life of Lord Krishna. The procession will have 10 floats and pass through different parts of the city.

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

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Proposed NH project envisages levying of toll Tuesday, August 7, 2001

GANDHINAGAR: According to a Union government decision, toll will be charged on the entire length and breadth of the national highways to be built in Gujarat under three different projects floated by Prime Minister Vajpayee for connecting the entire nation with quality roads.

Union minister of state for surface transport and national highways B C Khanduri told newspersons here in Gandhinagar on Friday that out of a total of 13,252 km roads to be upgraded or built all over India as part of the projects, 1,157 km would be in the state alone, and all of it would operate on the new toll principle for maintaining them permanently.

Coming here after inaugurating the commencement of the Gujarat part of the project at Shamlaji and Himmatnagar, Khanduri said, "All the roads being built in Gujarat are four-lane. According to the policy that we have fixed, toll would be charged for the roads that would be converted into four lanes." He added, "It would be toll in perpetuity. There is going to be no escape in future from this, not only in Gujarat but anywhere in India." The total cost of the projects for Gujarat would come to Rs 6,000 crore, he said, adding, that "they will all be complete in seven years."

At the cost of Rs 3 to 4 crore per km, apart from the land to be acquired, the phase inaugurated at Shamlaji and Himmatnagar on Friday would cost Rs 360 crore and would be completed in two years, Khanduri said. "Gujarat is fortunate enough to be part of all the three projects." The first one is the Golden Quadrilateral project, to be completed in 2003, connecting the four main cities of India _ Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai and Mumbai. Gujarat is obviously an important component in this project. With 5,952 km, it would cost Rs 27,000 crore.

The second is the road connecting east and west, on one hand, and north and south on the other, at the cost of Rs 27,000 crore. The east-west road project would start from Porbandar and end in Silchar. And the third is the one connecting 12 different ports with national highways. In the last one, Gujarat's share is the poorest. "Kandla is the only port taken into consideration in this," said Khanduri. Kandla is a Centrally-governed port. When asked whether there was any plan to take up Saurashtra, which remains backward, though it has a huge coastline with its ports potential failing to develop because of poor infrastructure, Khanduri said, "I will have to look into the matter."

Giving details of the three projects, Khanduri said only a very small portion of the three projects would be built on the new principle of build-operate-transfer. Of the total amount to be spent, Rs 20,000 crore would come from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, as much from the petrol and diesel cess put up by the government of India, Rs 10,000 from bonds, and a mere Rs 4,000 crore from the private parties on a build-operate-transfer basis. Gujarat claims to be a pioneer in the build-operate-transfer law, yet Khanduri was not clear how much of it would be in Gujarat.

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

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Brothers call on woman prisoners Tuesday, August 7, 2001

AHMEDABAD: It was not just another day at the Sabarmati Central Jail on Saturday where visitors came to meet their imprisoned relatives. At 8 am, more than 3,500 women anxiously waited at the fountain just outside the main entrance of the Jail. As the loudspeaker announced the name "Laxmanbhai Parmar", among the many who ran was a woman with a lot of expectation in her eyes. She was Laxman's sister who had come to tie 'rakhi' on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

While almost all of 2,346 prisoners, undergoing punishments for various offences at Sabarmati Jail, met their sisters who came to tie rakhi, some women prisoners (out of the total of 45) were also lucky to have their brothers visiting them for the occasion.

The jail authorities had made adequate arrangements for the occasion allowing the sisters to meet their brothers on the auspicious day. The yard, just beyond the second barrier, was the venue for the occasion. On the left side gathered the undertrials, while on the right were the pucca quaidis.

The event which continued till 2:30 pm in the evening was marked by various anxious moments, with some prisoners eagerly having their eyes fixed on to the gate. On the other side, the sisters gave a patient hearing to the loudspeaker announcing names of the prisoners by turn.

As a set of names were announced, a batch of women ran in a jubilant mood, trying to make way through the small entrance on the main iron-gate of the prison.

"This is a event which every prisoner looks forward to every year when they meet their sisters," said jailor A B Makwana.

Laxman Parmar, who is serving term for committing a murder, was extraordinarily happy. "It just reminds me that I am not all that discarded by the society," he said with a sparkle in his eyes. Although his family has severed ties with him, his sister has continued with the ritual which she began 40 years ago. She has never missed tying the thread for all these years.

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

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GPCB voices against pollution in Aji river Tuesday, August 7, 2001

RAJKOT: The chairman of the Gujarat Pollution Control Board, K V Bhanujan, has voiced the board's concern about the pollution caused in river Aji by the disposal of sewage into the river by the Rajkot Municipal corporation (RMC).

The board chairman had received a number of complaints from the Aji Nadi Pradushan Nivaran Samiti in this regard stating the nuisance created by dumping of city sewage into the river. This dumping, the board chairman said, breeds mosquitoes in the area and poses health hazards to the nearby locality.

The chairman said it is also observed during the inspection by the board that the city sewage is not carried to the sewage treatment plant. This results in pollution of surface water and underground strata. He said the issue was brought to the notice of the RMC but no concrete steps have yet been taken to control this.

The chairman asked the RMC to take effective action to prevent this menace without delay.

He also asked the RMC to divert the entire city sewage to the sewage treatment plant and operate it to its full efficiency.

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Sanskrit day observed at Sanskrit mahavidyalaya Tuesday, August 7, 2001

VADODARA: Baroda Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya (BSM) presented 16 city-based research exponents and scholars of various Vedic sciences and Sanskrit with lifetime achievement awards here on Sunday as a part of the commemoration of the Sanskrit Divas.

Governor Sundar Singh Bhandari was the chief guest on the occasion. A special 'bhoomi puja' was also performed on the occasion for the new Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya building.

MSU vice-chancellor Anil Kane said Ishwarbhai Haribhakti has promised a sum of Rs 15 lakh for the construction of the new building while another philanthropist, Arun Kumar Shah, has promised to finance the furniture for the new building. He said the furniture would be as per the designs prescribed in the Vedas.

Bhandari said though people have stopped using Sanskrit as a language for communication it lives on in the form of our ancient texts. He said a language cannot die on its own and that people can enliven it through use.

The governor also inaugurated 'Surbharati', a collection of research work of the BSM.

Amongst the awards given away nine were given the title of "Shastra Pandit". The senior most research scholar was 95-year-old Narhari Shastri Thatte.

Vaman Narayan Joglekar, who received the lifetime achievement award, is an expert on Rigved. Nilkanth Chintamani Vaishampayan has conducted research on Kirshna Yajurveda and Laxmikant Ghule is an exponent of the Atharvaveda.

Vadodara district collector Bhagyesh Jha (an exponent of the Sanskrit language) and the governor were also given the "Shastra Pandit" award. A Sanskrit street play "Jagaruko Bhava" was also presented on the occasion.

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