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July 26, 2001 - July 26, 2001

Artistes pour out quake pathos Thursday, July 26, 2001

By TOINS & AGENCIES
BHUJ: The black Friday on R-Day is six months behind us, but the 'Gadgadati' as named by the people of Kutch is still felt in the mind of people amidst talks of pain and misery.


Now is the time to organise entertainment programme for earthquake -hit people in Bhuj, Anjar, Ropar and Bhachau to ease the stress and tension of a tormenting event. The first such programme was organised at the tin tent city on Bhuj-Mundra road here, where over 600 families are living. Titled Rhythm of Rann all its artistes were from remote villages of Kutch and they all have been affected by EQ.


Artistes from Hajipur, Ludiya, Banni, Bhachau, Gandhidham and Bhuj, Anjar and Mandvi performed on a specially erected Satsang Sabha Gruha at the tin tent city. Abu Mir, Musa Gulam Jat, Alana Sumra, Samat Pathan, Amrutlal Barot, Surat Motinath, Ramju Langa, performed folk instruments like Jodiya Pawa, Morchung, Rawan Hattha, Dhol, Matka and Ghamela.


They all shared the agony of the quake. Umesh Jodiya, for instance, lost his house at Soniwad, one of the worst-hit localities of Bhuj. He played 'Morchung' and swallowed in all his pain. People who gathered to look Kutchi programme at the Tin Tent city were seen laughing. Children had a smile on their faces. This programme was organised by the Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan temple.

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


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Artistes pour out quake pathos Thursday, July 26, 2001

By TOINS & AGENCIES
BHUJ: The black Friday on R-Day is six months behind us, but the 'Gadgadati' as named by the people of Kutch is still felt in the mind of people amidst talks of pain and misery.


Now is the time to organise entertainment programme for earthquake -hit people in Bhuj, Anjar, Ropar and Bhachau to ease the stress and tension of a tormenting event. The first such programme was organised at the tin tent city on Bhuj-Mundra road here, where over 600 families are living. Titled Rhythm of Rann all its artistes were from remote villages of Kutch and they all have been affected by EQ.


Artistes from Hajipur, Ludiya, Banni, Bhachau, Gandhidham and Bhuj, Anjar and Mandvi performed on a specially erected Satsang Sabha Gruha at the tin tent city. Abu Mir, Musa Gulam Jat, Alana Sumra, Samat Pathan, Amrutlal Barot, Surat Motinath, Ramju Langa, performed folk instruments like Jodiya Pawa, Morchung, Rawan Hattha, Dhol, Matka and Ghamela.


They all shared the agony of the quake. Umesh Jodiya, for instance, lost his house at Soniwad, one of the worst-hit localities of Bhuj. He played 'Morchung' and swallowed in all his pain. People who gathered to look Kutchi programme at the Tin Tent city were seen laughing. Children had a smile on their faces. This programme was organised by the Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan temple.

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


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Task forces for environment protection soon Thursday, July 26, 2001

By TOINS & AGENCIES
SURAT: Three task forces would be set up to impart cohesiveness among various agencies responsible for pollution-free environment in the city, official sources said here on Wednesday.


The task forces would comprise Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), Surat Urban Development Authority (SUDA), Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), city traffic police and the district administration. A decision to this effect was taken in a joint meeting held on Tuesday with SMC commissioner Guruprasad Mahapatra as convenor.


Talking to The Times of India, Mahapatra said the need is to have a co-ordination among various agencies so that there could be long- term planning to keep the city free from air, water, noise and industrial pollution. As per the direction from the High Court, civic chiefs are to head these committees in all the cities having municipal corporations to ensure cohesive shape to all the efforts being taken up by the agencies for keeping the environment pollution free, he added.


Based on the reports of these task forces, the municipal commissioner would provide the status of the pollution and the measures to contain them to the state government every three months, he said.


Giving details of the task forces, outlined that one task force would be responsible for putting checks on the vehicular emissions in the city. Deputy commissioner of police (traffic), district supply officer and the SMC executive engineer (traffic) will be part of this task force.


In the second task force, the core group will consist of district development officer, SUDA representative and SMC town planning advisor, Mahapatra said. The main objectives of this task force would be to look into the environmental problems in the semi-urban areas bordering the city and also clusters at the banks of the Tapi as disposal of wastes into river has been a major cause of environmental concern, he said. "We need to have long-term planning keeping in view the need of a pollution-free environment on the outskirts of the city where the civic facilities like drainage are not available", Mahapatara said.


The third task group will have representatives of the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, regional office of GPCB and the SMC. The main task would be to devise suitable measures for disposal of solid wastes in the city, for which collaboration of the S V R Engineering College would be sought for technical support, he said.

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


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Govt revives autonomy plan for select colleges Thursday, July 26, 2001

By ( TOINS & AGENCIES )
GANDHINAGAR: The state government has revived an old project for autonomy to government engineering colleges in an effort to free them from administrative tangles. A fresh proposal is being drafted to give four colleges and three polytechnics more academic, administrative and financial freedom.


So far, L D College of Engineering at Ahmedabad and Bhuj engineering college have been identified as possible institutions which can be given autonomy. The proposal is expected to be ready in the next 10 days.


Sources in the education department said they were going on the lines of the Gujarat Cancer Research Institute, where a trust would be formed with a governing body which would sign an MoU with the state government. A budget would be allotted to them within which they will have to manage their affairs, including appointing staff and changing the syllabus according to the needs of the industry.


The need for autonomy can be gauged from the fact that government colleges do not have the funds to expand their infrastructure despite getting new courses and more students.

PI> The ones at Gandhinagar, Modasa and Bhavnagar are the worst affected with the earthquake and the drought the year before have tied the finance department's hands and cut funds for education by 20 per cent. As a result, the technical education department now has only Rs 38 crore for the 30 institutions under it.


The situation is precarious for the Gandhinagar college which is having a new complex built on 2.46 lakh square feet of land. With the auxiliary facilities, like a water tank and a electric sub station ready, they need about Rs 6 crore to construct four buildings for the primary disciplines of mechanical and electrical engineering, but the government has sanctioned only Rs 2.14 crore.


However, the High Court only recently awarded them a disputed piece of land for which they have to pay Rs 50 lakh to the special land acquisition officer leaving them with a paltry sum. If they are awarded another piece of land in an order expected on July 30, the college will have no funds left with which to construct the new campus and work will come to a standstill.


Already the project has been delayed since it was first taken up seven years back and the college had to function out of the Bahumali building of the Gandhinagar collectorate and the polytechnic. They have also been given sixty more seats in computers and information technology forcing them to take more rooms at the vacant first floor Gandhinagar polytechnic.


Ironically, the Gujarat University received Rs 14 crore from the UGC for maintenance after the earthquake, but has not been able spend a penny due to internal wrangling!


One of the strongest advocates for autonomy is president of the Society for Promotion of Technical Education and Research Rasu Vakil. "I believe that an institution like the L D College of Engineering can become a world-class one in 10 years if given autonomy today," he says. "With 12 disciplines, 2,500 students and a large body of alumni, all they need is freedom from bureaucratic hurdles." Vakil was part of the apex committee on education in 1997 and had suggested autonomy even then arguing that it also made financial sense.


The only real hurdle that autonomy faces is political will. If the proposal does not stay on paper alone, this may just give the boost that technical education needs in the state.

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


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Right wing activists held for stabbing youth Thursday, July 26, 2001

By TOINS & AGENCIES
VADODARA:The city police here arrested five persons in the stabbing case that was reported at Gandhi Nagargruh on Sunday. All those who were held are activists of the VHP and Bajrang Dal.


One Shaheed Imtiaz was stabbed near Gandhi Nagargruh during an anti-Pakistan march by a right wing outfit in the city on Sunday. A group of 15 to 20 persons had assaulted Imtiaz and one of them had stabbed him in the stomach. He was later rushed to a nearby hospital. The Raopura police had registered a complaint under sections 143, 147, 148, 149, 188, 323, 326 of the Indian Penal Code.


The police have now beefed up security in the old city area. City police commissioner J Mahapatra said that adequate measures have been taken to foil any attempts of anti social elements to spread communal tension in the city.
Also Read: One stabbed during anti-Pak demonstration

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


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