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July 27, 2001 - July 27, 2001

ISD Scam : : Sharma continues to 'elude' police Friday, July 27, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
VADODARA: Did kingpin of multi-crore scam R T Sharma managed to duck the police early this month? The answer could be yes. Sharma, who is absconding since the scam was busted two months ago, was reported to be in Alirajpur on July 10.
Telecom sources said that Sharma was scheduled to meet an employee of the Vadodra Telecom District at Alirajpur on the said date. A tip off of Sharma's meeting at Alirajpur was given to sleuths investigating the ISD scam. However, by the time cops could reach the spot of meeting, Sharma had fled. Grapevine has it that information about cops raiding his meeting spot in Alirajpur was leaked to Sharma.

For city police nabbing the most wanted criminal, Mukesh Harjani, allegedly involved in two murder cases, and R T Sharma and his two accomplices Shailesh Chandpure and Kiran Rana is turning out to be a long chase without any destination.

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


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Martyr's family amply compensated Friday, July 27, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
AHMEDABAD: Section Commander Mukesh Rathore always aimed high in life. On May 4, 1999, he was last seen and heard when he went aiming at intruders capturing several points high above the hills at Kargil.
He never returned back home. And on May 24, his family in Ahmedabad received the news of his martyrdom. He was the only martyr at Kargil from Ahmedabad, and will be remembered on Thursday when the nation observes Kargil Day.

But the sacrifice made by the soldier did not go in vain. Not only did the country win back what it lost, the family of Rathore, which hails from Junagadh district, has also found its footing once again.

The family was given a sum of Rs 5 lakh and the state government gave the family land on a 30-year lease on prime location. Bharat Petroleum granted the family a petrol pump.

The petrol pump was inaugurated on June 14 by Rajeshwariben (Mukesh's widow) and Mrugesh his one-and-a-half-year-old son, said eldest brother Paresh Rathore. Paresh was earlier working with an furniture designer at Maninagar, but he is now managing the petrol pump, Kargil Petroleum, adjacent to the Gujarat High Court on the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway. The youngest of the four brothers, Dinesh, now assists in running the petrol pump.

"It's like a rich fortune that our brother left for us," said Paresh, another brother of the martyr. While the state provided the land, the BP provided the infrastructure of the petrol station at a cost of Rs 65 lakh, said the territory manager of BP, P G Shah.

The family which was earlier staying at Maninagar last year bought a house at Lad Society, Vastrapur. "We bought the house as there was a condition that the Rs 5 lakh would only be given to us if we used the money in purchase of property," said the Shailesh Rathore, the second of the five brothers. "Besides, since the petrol station was allotted on the highway this place is closer and we can manage it better," he added.

Mukesh is not anymore but the family still continues to be the same old joint family. "Rajeshwari stays with her parents at Amreli district most of the time and visits us occasionally," said Mukesh's mother. "Mrugesh's absence and the garland on Mukesh statue, however, makes all the difference," said the 70-year-old father of the soldier in a low voice.

The section commander of the Mahar Regiment joined the Army in 1990 just after his higher secondary, and he was the only person in the family who had ever joined the Army. "I saw him for the last time when he had come on a month's vacation in February," recalled his mother taking a break from her busy domestic schedule. "He was called back urgently within 15 days... and he left for Drass," she said.

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


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Three held for black marketing Friday, July 27, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
MEHSANA: The police have arrested three persons here for selling stocks of rice, wheat and sugar in the black market. The sources said they nabbed Kamleshkumar Shankerlal, Rameshkumar Govindlal and Thakore Bhavanji Shankerji from Kheralu here. All of them have been sent to various jails in the state.
The sources said district magistrate A S Patel issued warrants for the arrest of these three persons under section 3(2-A) under the PBM Act of 1980, at the instance of the DSP A K Sharma.

Ahmedabad's most wanted nabbed : The police here in Mehsana have nabbed the city's most wanted criminal Haiderkhan Lalkhan Pathan while he was on his way to some unknown place on the NH 8 in his car. Following receipt of a message, Mehsana DSP instructed the taluka police to seal the highway and nab Pathan. The police intercepted the Pathan's car near the bus stop of Moti Dam on the highway, arrested him and seized his car.

With a 30-year-old record of crimes, Haidder Khjan was also involved in the post-Babri demolition riots in Ahmedabad when he was a member of Latif gang.

Highway robbers nabbed : The district police nabbed four highway robbers when they were waiting near Torrent in Rajpur on the highway to loot travellers. Those arrested were Nagorar Hayat Dafer of Chandesari in Siddhpur, Dafer Mohmed Nagodar, Ramtala alias Kalu Latif Seemar of Mehsana and Dafer Alu Umar of Mehsana.

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


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Ahmedabad residents protest slow rehabilitation Friday, July 27, 2001

NDTV.COM
Friday, July 27, 2001 (Ahmedabad): It's been six months since the devastating earthquake hit Gujarat, but rehabilitation for the victims has been very slow. The residents of Ahmedabad held a protest rally on Thursday, angry at the government's red tapism, which they say has been stalling rehabilitation work.

The residents protested, saying none of the 85 buildings that gave way are being repaired. One of the reasons is government rules. Kirtee Shah, chairman, Home Losers' Association, said, ''The government has announced that cement will be available for Rs 101 per bag. Market price is about Rs 150. We run an institution which is 30-years-old and has maximum experience in rehabilitation. It took us two-and-a-half months to get the first bag of cement."

There are other problems as well. Reconstruction can only begin once all flat owners in a collapsed building agree, which is often difficult to achieve. Also, government compensation is being paid in installments. So far only Rs 70,000 has been given, the rest will be paid when construction is complete.

Most middle income people say they don't have the money to build new homes and pay for rented accommodation.

Pratik Parikh, a resident of Nayan Apartments, said, "NIRMA had given us temporary accommodation for six months. Now that the time has ended, they have asked us to make our own arrangements. We really don't know where to go. Our new building plans have not been approved. The construction will take two years. Where will we stay then?"

These people will now submit a memorandum to the state and central government asking for procedures to be streamlined so they can get on with rebuilding their homes and lives.
Source - NDTV.COM

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Gujarat proposes to limit family size Friday, July 27, 2001

By Rathin Das in Ahmedabad, BBC News
The government in Gujarat in western India is to introduce a new set of laws aimed at encouraging couples in the state to have a maximum of two children.

The budget session of the state's legislative assembly has begun with the government taking the first steps to introduce the new law.

A ministerial committee was set up last month to examine ways of making the proposition attractive to families.

Gujarat will be the first state in India to implement a two child norm if this proposal becomes a law. The state's population has already crossed 50 million.



Children are seen as a guarantee of future economic security


The bill is expected to be introduced in the state assembly in about 10 days time - after the discussion and voting on the budget proposals.

State officials say the new law is necessary because of the high rate of population growth during the last decade, in which Gujarat's population grew by 22%.

Incentives

The proposed laws comprises a package of incentives to the people to follow the two-child norm.

These include special facilities for families with only two or fewer children, while the couples with more children are likely to lose benefits including subsidised rations, free education or health care for the third child.

Even maternity leave and medical benefits may be denied for the delivery of the third child.

But social workers say such legislation is unlikely to prove effective as poor families see more children as future economic security for themselves.

Several voluntary agencies and women's groups have said that population growth cannot be controlled by enforcing a law.

They have suggested social development and improved health conditions including increasing awareness on family planning methods as better alternatives to curb population growth.

The northern Indian state of Rajasthan is considering a similar proposal but only for government employees.
Source - BBC News

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