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July 29, 2001 - July 29, 2001

Charas seized from train passenger Sunday, July 29, 2001

A STAFF REPORTER, THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
VADODARA: Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Ahmedabad raided coach S1 of Saurashtra Express at Vadodara station on Thursday and seized charas worth Rs 10 lakh.

Nasirhussain Gadhiyal (33) has been identified as the drug carrier and arrested under various sections of Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS). Nasir had packed the charas in ten packets weighing 1 kg each and kept it in his suitcase.


DySP Jam Shah had got a tip-off that a young man from Mumbai travelling in S1 coach of Saurashtra Express would reach Vadodara on Thursday and make delivery of Charas. ATS acted on the information and took Nasir to Ahmedabad and remanded him to police custody for seven days. Nasir stays in the Opera House area in Mumbai.

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


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School bus stolen Sunday, July 29, 2001

A STAFF REPORTER, THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
VADODARA: It was a case that shocked the city police. They had seldom known such a theft. It was like stealing an elephant from a zoo.

When Hasmukh Kachhia walked into the Raopura police station to lodge a complaint, the police station officer (PSO) did not notice him. Once the complaint was registered, he had to raise his eyebrows and could not help blurting out a 'What'.


Kachhia complained that luxury bus GJ6V-9828 had been stolen from Maharani Shantadevi Girls High School near Sursagar. The bus ferried school students. For the past three years Kacchia was parking it near the school every night.


On Thursday night he did likewise. And he was stunned the next morning when the jumbo size bus was not there. He asked the bus conductor, school authorities and then went to the police.


The police were surprised, for it was the second such case in the city.
Police commissioner J Mahapatra informed DCP R V Jotangiya to supervise the investigation. And the latter had to stay put at the Raopura police station for most part of Friday.


"The motive might be to steal some material in the bus or sell some spare parts and abandon it. It is very unusual that someone would steal a bus and sell it", Jotangiya said.


Friday evening a driver had reportedly seen the bus going towards highway from Fatehgunj circle. This clue might help locate the bus.

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


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Only 80 fishermen avail wireless facility Sunday, July 29, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
GANDHINAGAR: State fisheries minister Babubhai Bokhiria on Friday informed the Assembly that the government had yet not developed any fool-proof warning system to warn fishermen to return to coast during natural calamities like cyclone.

Replying to a question from Pravinbhai Makadia of the BJP in Question Hour, the minister said the government had, after the cyclone of 1999, taken a series of measures, including installation of satellite-linked wireless network for fishing boats and setting up of warning system from All India Radio's Urdu service from New Delhi and Gujarati service of AIR from Rajkot station.


However, he regretted that only 80 fishermen had availed the wireless facility for which the government provides fishermen 50 per cent subsidy. He said the purchase of speed boats for further strengthening the warning system for fishermen going to high seas was not pragmatic as the state had a long sea coast of 1500 km, and the proposal suggested by Chunibhai Gohil (BJP) was not feasible.


Despite this Gohil insisted that the government should go ahead with the warning system through speed boats, and said if several under developed countries could afford it why could Gujarat, which earns huge profits from fishing, also not do it? He said boats with high speed can cover more area in the sea and warn fishermen to return to safety in the event of a cyclone.


Bokhiria also told Ramanlal Patker of the BJP that the state government was taking the help of Coast Guard to rescue fishermen in cases of a mishap. Opposition Congress party member Subhash Shelat alleged that the state government had failed to provide safety to 1,00,000 fishermen vulnerable to natural disasters and mishaps on high seas.


Vajpayee Rozgar Yojna: Opposition members came down heavily on the state government for its failure to prevail upon nationalised banks to clear loans sanctioned for beneficiaries of Vajpayee Rozgar Yojna under which unemployed youths are given loans to start small business through this Central government-sponsored project.

Even senior BJP members such as Ashok Bhatt criticised the inordinate delay on part of the banks in disbursement of loans. He demanded that the state government should direct chairmen of various nationalised banks to visit the state and supervise themselves the lapses and irregularities committed by bank staff.


Minister for cottage industries Ranjitsinh Chavda told Sidharth Patel of the Congress that the state government had set up a special monitoring cell headed by a senior IAS officer to monitor the applications of loans sent to the banks. In case of delay, the cell takes up the matter with senior officials and cleared the loan proposals and expedite reimbursement of the amount.

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


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Yuva BJP men slap doctor; retaliation move planned Sunday, July 29, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
RAJKOT: Slapping of government servants and especially doctors at the Civil Hospital here by BJP leaders have become common in Rajkot. The chief of the G T Sheth Eye Hospital (additional director of medicine), Dr Agardasbhai Patel, was on Friday manhandled and beaten by Yuva BJP leaders.

The Yuva BJP men attacked the doctor when they had gone to meet Patel regarding issues at the Civil Hospital.

During the last one and half year, as many as seven to eight such instances of doctors being slapped have taken place.

In response to this, the doctors fraternity _ who met at the office of the medical college dean, Dr H H Agravat, _ decided to set up a retaliation committee to avert such instances in future. As many as 70 doctors participated in the meeting.

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


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Yuva BJP men slap doctor; retaliation move planned Sunday, July 29, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
RAJKOT: Slapping of government servants and especially doctors at the Civil Hospital here by BJP leaders have become common in Rajkot. The chief of the G T Sheth Eye Hospital (additional director of medicine), Dr Agardasbhai Patel, was on Friday manhandled and beaten by Yuva BJP leaders.

The Yuva BJP men attacked the doctor when they had gone to meet Patel regarding issues at the Civil Hospital.


During the last one and half year, as many as seven to eight such instances of doctors being slapped have taken place.


In response to this, the doctors fraternity _ who met at the office of the medical college dean, Dr H H Agravat, _ decided to set up a retaliation committee to avert such instances in future. As many as 70 doctors participated in the meeting.

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


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