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November 25, 2001 - November 25, 2001

Minor tremor felt in Bhuj Sunday, November 25, 2001

NEW DELHI: An earthquake of slight intensity was felt in the Bhuj region of Gujarat early Saturday morning, the meteorological department said here.

The quake, measuring 4.2 on the Ritcher scale, had its epicentre at latitude 23.6 degree North and longitude 70.3 degree East and was recorded at 0813 hours, it said.

Kutch district authorities said no loss of any kind was has so far been reported from anywhere.

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Minor tremor felt in Bhuj Sunday, November 25, 2001

NEW DELHI: An earthquake of slight intensity was felt in the Bhuj region of Gujarat early Saturday morning, the meteorological department said here.

The quake, measuring 4.2 on the Ritcher scale, had its epicentre at latitude 23.6 degree North and longitude 70.3 degree East and was recorded at 0813 hours, it said.

Kutch district authorities said no loss of any kind was has so far been reported from anywhere.

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Prostitution racket busted in govt quarters Sunday, November 25, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: It was the last place, the police would have thought, where a prostitution racket would flourish. Even after a tip-off was received, their doubts remained.

But on Friday, when they raided a house in government staff quarters near Kidwainagar on Ring Road, the men in uniform succeeded in busting a prostitution racket and arrested eight persons including three women.

City police commissioner Sudhir Sinha had been tipped off about the flesh trade being conducted by a tailor couple from a house in block No 59 of the society.

According to the police, those arrested included a 60-year-old retired Morbi college employee, Kaushik Vrajlal Mehta. Others held were, Pranjivan Sanghani (40) and Tribhovan Valji Adroja (36) hailing from Morbi, Prashant Gohil (24) from Thangadh and Ramji Sakaria (35) of Rajkot.

The women arrested were Usha Bhikhu Chitroda (20), a resident of Lalpari, Shital Bhatti (20) from Rajkot and Meena Raja (32). While Usha and Meena were working as sales girls, Shital was employed at a private hospital.

According to the police, the business was being run from the house of Nimu Harish Chavda and her husband Harish. The police said that the couple had resorted to it after they failed to make both ends meet with their meagre earnings from repairing torn clothes and other minor tailoring assignments.

While some of the residents of the colony were taken aback when the police raided their colony, others had doubts about the goings on in the colony, but dared not to ask.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Ambani scholarships to be given away Sunday, November 25, 2001

Source - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: The Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation will felicitate top-notchers of Gujarat and neighbouring Union Territories of Daman, Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli at separate functions to be held in the state, starting on Saturday.

The function on Saturday will be held at Rajkot where as many as 54 students of all the districts of Saurashtra region and Diu will be felicitated. This will be followed by a function on November 27 at Ahmedabad Management Association auditorium in Ahmedabad where 56 top-notchers of Ahmedabad city district and north Gujarat districts will be felicitated. State finance minister Nitinbhai Patel will be the chief guest while Arvind Kuchadkar of the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, DA-IICT Gandhinagar, will deliver a theme talk on 'Challenges of 21st Century'.

The third such function will be held at Surat on November 29 at Surat where 54 toppers of all south Gujarat districts and Union Territories of Daman and Dadra and Nagar Haveli will be honoured. The concluding function in Gujarat will be organised at Vadodara on November 30 where 36 toppers of all the districts in central Gujarat will be felicitated.

The foundation was established in 1995 for promoting various social and charitable activities, including education, health, scientific research, rural development, conservation of natural resources and welfare of the society at large. Since the inception of the schemes, 2085 students have been presented with these rewards and scholarships.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Fate of ropeway project hangs in balance Sunday, November 25, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: Problems continue to plague the proposed ropeway project at Girnar, the first of its kind in the Saurashtra region.

The much-delayed project is likely to remain on the drawing board for some more time, with the Jain Samaj reiterating its objections to it and planning to raise the issue before Chief Minister Modi when he visits Junagadh on Monday.

Former chief minister Keshubhai Patel had assured the people of Junagadh that the project would be completed at the earliest and would give a boost to tourism in the region. But it has failed to take off with many an organisation raising the banner of revolt.

First the environment lobby raked up the issue claiming that the ecology of the area around the Girnar hills would be affected if the project is shown the green signal.

The Jain Samaj followed suit arguing that if the ropeway is commissioned, the sanctity of the religious places in the Girnar hills would be lost as it would attract a lot of trouble-makers and also pollute the atmosphere.

The Vardhmannagar Shewatambar Murtipujan Jain Sangh has decided to fight it out. A statement issued by the Sangh, a copy of which has been sent to the chief minister, states that the Sangh was totally opposed to the project which should not be given official sanction.

On the other hand, director of Gujarat Tourism Raju Dhruv told 'The Times of India' on Friday that the ropeway project would definitely boost tourism in the sector. "There will be a 10-15 per cent jump in tourist arrivals because it is a novel project and people will definitely look forward to the experience of a ride on the ropeway."

Dhruv pointed out that Saurashtra has almost everything that the tourism sector would want. It has good beaches, the Gir sanctuary, famous temples and beach resorts. The ropeway project would have been a feather on its cap.

Dhruv said nature has given Girnar abundance of scenic beauty and there is no harm in exploiting it to the hilt. He, however, said that care should be taken so as not to hurt the religious sentiments of Jains and Hindus.

Leaders of these religions and officials of the forest department and the tourism department should sit down and find a viable solution so as evolve a compromise, whereby the project can be implemented without affecting religions sentiments.

He said a meeting would be called in Junagadh shortly to sort out the issue amicably.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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