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August 2, 2001 - August 2, 2001

Centre issues excise duty benefit notification for Kutch Thursday, August 2, 2001

The Times of India News Service
GANDHINAGAR: The centre has issued a notification, providing excise duty benefits to new industries in the quake-ravaged Kutch district of Gujarat for a period of five years, state industries minister, Suresh Mehta, on Tuesday announced in the state assembly.

Making a statement in the house, Mehta said the relief comes in wake of announcement by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to this effect during his June 3 visit to the quake-affected areas of the district.

Accordingly, Mehta said the new industries would get excise duty relief and except certain items all other items would be given excise duty relief benefit till July 31, 2003.

The minister said benefits to be given after the production, for a period of five years, had been divided into two parts, with units having a capital investment upto Rs 20 crore and units having capital investment over Rs 20 crore.

Referring to benefits of sales tax announced by chief minister Keshubhai Patel during his visit on June 3, Mehta said the state government would shortly make announcement on this issue.

Mehta pointed out that production of new units would be verified by the chief commissioner of central excise, Baroda, and industry secretary.
( PTI )

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


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Aid for quake victims Thursday, August 2, 2001

The Times of India News Service
GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government has paid ex-gratia for the 17,143 deaths in the devastating January 26 earthquake in the state, revenue minister Vajubhai Vala said.

As many as 12,494 applications for death relief were received by the government from 16 districts of the state, the revenue minister said in reply to a written query by Khalubhai Virani (BJP) in the state assembly here on Monday.

Of the 15,553 deaths in districts of Kutch and Bhuj alone, the government had paid the assistance in case of 10,961 claims, he said and added that in Ahmedabad, out of 755 deaths as many as 726 claims for ex-gratia payment have been settled.

In Rajkot 412 persons have been paid ex-gratia as against 429 deaths in the quake, he said.
( PTI )

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Aid for quake victims Thursday, August 2, 2001

The Times of India News Service
GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government has paid ex-gratia for the 17,143 deaths in the devastating January 26 earthquake in the state, revenue minister Vajubhai Vala said.

As many as 12,494 applications for death relief were received by the government from 16 districts of the state, the revenue minister said in reply to a written query by Khalubhai Virani (BJP) in the state assembly here on Monday.

Of the 15,553 deaths in districts of Kutch and Bhuj alone, the government had paid the assistance in case of 10,961 claims, he said and added that in Ahmedabad, out of 755 deaths as many as 726 claims for ex-gratia payment have been settled.

In Rajkot 412 persons have been paid ex-gratia as against 429 deaths in the quake, he said.
( PTI )

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


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Police burst tear gas shells in Ahmedabad Thursday, August 2, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Police had to burst tear gas shells to disperse a rioting mob at Shahpur Darwaja locality in the sensitive Shahpur walled city area here late Monday night.

Police on Tuesday said the trouble broke out after an egg-seller's cart was damaged following an altercation between two groups of youths.

Police lobbed nine teargas shells to contain the stone- pelting group.

Heavy police force was deployed in Shahpur Darwaja and Chakla localities where the situation was reported to be tense but under control, police said.

An offence of rioting has been registered, police said adding that no one was arrested so far.
( PTI )

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


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'Co-operatives should be managed by efficient people' Thursday, August 2, 2001

A STAFF REPORTER, The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD: State irrigation minister Nitin Patel on Sunday exhorted members of the co-operatives in Mehsana to be cautious while electing office-bearers of the co-operative institutions in view of deposit scams like the one detected in Madhavpura Mercantile Co-operative Bank which has shaken the confidence of people in the co-operative movement.

While addressing a seminar organised by the Mehsana district co-operative union at Mehsana, Patel observed that those with a bad track record should not be elected to manage co-operatives, particularly in the banking sector.

The state government, he said, was trying its best to sustain the growth of co-operative movement that was vibrant in Gujarat. He said concerted efforts are being made by the state government to revive the bank caught in a scam of Rs 1,030 crore.

The office-bearers of the co-operatives should be more vigilant while giving credit, as any wrong decision may lead to serious problems for the depositors whose money then would be at stake as has happened in MMCB and some other co-operative banks in Ahmedabad, he said.

Speaking on the occasion state co-operative bank chairman Jayrambhai Patel said that Gujarat has earned a distinct name in the co-operative movement and therefore it was our responsibility to see that the movement's image is not tarnished. Those managing the co-operative banks should be more careful while utilising the deposits in the banks, he added.

The state co-operative union chairman Ghanshyam Amin said the managements of the co-operative banks should accord priority to the loans demanded by farmers. He was all praise for the dairies run by farmers' co-operatives and those managing sugar mills handled by the co-operative societies.

Gujarat State Co-operative Marketing Society Ltd (GUJCOMASOL) chairman and vice-chairman of IFFCO Natverlal Patel was of the opinion that the government should announce a new Act on co-operatives at the earliest.

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


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