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August 4, 2001 - August 6, 2001

JUNAGADH:::: Gangster involved in temple theft held Monday, August 6, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
JUNAGADH: The Vaghri gang that murdered temple priest and looted temples in this district has been arrested by the police. The information received by the police stated that 'the gang involved in looting temples and killing priests, is present in Sorath'.

Spl IGP Singh formed a special team to track them. Mangrol DySP Raghuveersingh Chudasama, Bhavnagar local crime branch's Balwantsingh Chavada fanned out into the area and arrested Vaghri Ramshi Bhoora of Kodinar and some others. They are being questioned. It could unravel the mystery of murder of many priests and temple loots, the police said.
Theft case: Jewellery and cash worth Rs 4.27 lakh stolen from Kishan Ramjee's house at Vakharia Bazar in Veraval has been recovered by the Veraval police. Kishan's wife spotted the stolen necklace worn by Kharva woman Jayaben residing at Bhidia area.
She snatched her golden necklace and reported to the police.

The police reached Kharva Narsinh Vadhavee, a labourer at the fish market and from his house seized the stolen property. From this stolen cash, he had purchased a new motor cycle.
Complaint against rayon factory: Two workers suffered burns due to leakage in the boiler tubes at the Indian Rayon Factory at Veraval last week.

Boiler inspector R N Charel visited Indian Rayon Ltd., and after checking, concluded that the mishap was caused due to the carelessness of Indian Rayon general manager V B Radhakrishnan and staff, including boiler operators.

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


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Trains to Gujarat diverted, re-routed Monday, August 6, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: A number of state-bound trains from the South have either been cancelled or diverted following derailment of 602 Mangalore-Chennai Express between Arpangadi and Kadalundi in Southern Railway section.

The weekly 6335/6336 Nagarcoil Express will not ply between Nagarcoil and Mangalore. The train will run between Mangalore and Gandhidham on August 10, 17, 24 and 31, and September 7, 14 and 21. This will run between Gandhidham and Mangalore on August 5, 12, 19 and 26, and September 2, 9 and 16.

Train number 6337/6338, the bi-weekly Ernakulam-Okha Express, will run on a diverted route and its last service date will be September 14 ex-Ernakulam (6338) and September 17 ex-Okha (6337).

The 6333/6334 weekly Hapa-Trivandrum Express will run on diverted routes in both directions. The last service date for 6334 ex-Trivandrum will be September 17, while 6333 ex-Hapa will be September 13.

Train number 2431/2432 Rajdhani Express running between Nizamuddin and Trivandrum will be diverted. The 2431 Rajdhani Express will leave Trivandrum at 7.15 pm and will arrive at Nizamuddin at 4.30 pm. In return direction, 2432 Rajdhani Express will leave Nizamuddin at 11 am and reach Trivandrum at 8.45 am.

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Infant dies at Bapunagar Sunday, August 5, 2001

Ahmedabad
Rakhial police has registered a case of accidental death after a three year old-boy died when he fell down from the staircase of his house in Noornagar, Bapunagar. The victim, Sahishavaana Samiuddin Maniyar was admitted to the L G hospital immediately where he died.

According to complaint filed, the four accused, namely, Suresh Agrawal, Jagdish Vyas, Mahesh Trivedi and Ajay Darbar had set up an illegal communication set-up at Parshanath Complex in Borsad some time before August 2000.

The unit had a highly sophisticated network of communications and sold out services to people to make national and international calls. This set up was discovered during a raid conducted on Thursday night.

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Slight tremor felt in Kutch Sunday, August 5, 2001

By Hashim Khan, GujaratPlus.com News Service
An earthquake of slight intensity was felt in the Kutch region of Gujarat on Saturday.

The tremor measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, occurred at 1655 hours with epicentre at 23.5 north latitude and 70.2 east longitude, a MET office release said here.

The area had been rocked by a devastating quake in January this year which left thousands dead and hundreds injured.

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Remark on Sonia Gandhi's visit expenses infuriates Cong Saturday, August 4, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
GANDHINAGAR: The Congress led by leader of the Opposition Amarsinh Chaudhary on Thursday staged a walkout from the Assembly to protest against co-operation minister Ramanlal Vora's remark that the state government had borne the expenses of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's tour of the quake-affected Kutch.

The minister made the remark when Congress member Raghavjibhai Patel insisted that the state ministers should return the Rs 3.76 lakh they had claimed as travelling allowance and daily allowance during their official visit to various places in Kutch district since January 26.

It was the first Congress walkout during the current budget session of the Assembly.

Infuriated by the remark, the Congress members pointed out that Sonia was Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and her visit to Kutch was in that capacity. They insisted that Vora's comment was in bad taste and he should withdraw it failing which the Speaker should expunge it from the record.

Vora said the ministers had toured Kutch to supervise relief and rehabilitation operations. It was a humanitarian gesture which was also part of their discharge of duties and hence the demand by a former minister, well versed with administrative matters including reimbursement of TA and DA bills to ministers, was reprehensible.

But Raghavjibhai persisted with his argument in a harsh manner and some other Congress members joined him. At this stage Vora, who is in-charge of the GAD portfolio, hit back asking "What do the Congress members have to say about the huge expenditure the state government incurred on the visit of their leader Sonia Gandhi?" This silenced the Opposition for a while.

Speaker Dhirubhai Shah's plea to the Congress members to maintain their cool did not yield any result and they continued to raise slogans and thump the benches. They demanded that the ministers return the TA and DA amounts and that Vora withdraw his comment against Sonia.

Shah pulled up members from both the sides and asked them not to make political remarks during the Question Hour as it deprived other members' right to raise questions regarding problems in their constituencies.

The Opposition did not budge and continued to raise slogans. Finally, when the minister refused to oblige them, they walked out in a huff. They were back within minutes and participated in the proceedings.

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


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