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July 25, 2001 - July 26, 2001

Attempt to loot bank foiled in Surat dist Thursday, July 26, 2001

The Times of India News Service
SURAT: An attempt to loot a bank at Kadodara crossing on Tuesday by three unidentified persons was aborted by passers-by and others residing in the premise where the bank is located.


District superintendent of police K L N Rao told The Times of India that three persons carrying Chinese toy-pistols entered the bank situated on the first floor of a building near the Kadodara crossing in Palsana taluka, and asked the Syndicate Bank branch manager, Vipura to open a bank account in the name of a local firm.


When asked to wait for the concerned bank staff to do the needful, the trio went along with the branch manager into his chamber and tried to snatch a bag containing keys of cash vaults from his chamber.


Seeing this, assistant manager Kishan Kumar who had by then followed them inside the manager's chamber, rushed out and started shouting that some persons had come to loot the bank. The trio then hit Kumar on his head and ran away. Hearing the alarm, the owner of the premise, residing on the ground floor rushed upstairs along with some members of the public, Rao informed.


In the melee, the culprits ran outside and fled. On being informed, the local police reached there and recovered the toy-pistols which they had left there in hurry, the DSP said.


Kumar was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, police said.


Following the incident, the police sealed the area. Till Wednesday, the police could not trace the culprits. Sketches of the absconders were being prepared to be sent to all police stations, Rao said.
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News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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Assembly session costs Rs 1.78 lakhs per day Wednesday, July 25, 2001

By Our Correspondent, AsianAge
Gandhinagar, July 23: The daily expenditure of the legislative assembly session comes to around Rs 1.78 lakhs. However this expenditure is minimal compared to the welfare work done in the legislative assembly and also compared to the expenditure of legislative assemblies of other states.

The legislative assembly incurs mainly two types of expenditures, namely planned and non-planned. The planned expenses include the maintenance of assembly campus, electricity, air-condition, salaries of the workers, security guards and the salaries paid to the employees employed on daily wages. The non-planned expenditure is incurred mainly when the session is in progress.

It include the travel expenditure, daily allowance, petrol bills of the MLA’s, the electricity bills of the central air conditioning in the house and the additional electricity expenditure.

The total daily expenditure of the legislative assembly when the house is in session is around Rs 1.78 lakhs that includes about Rs 1.20 lakhs of planned expenditure and about Rs 58,000 of non-planned expenditure. Every MLA receives Rs 10,000, Minister receives Rs 11,000 and the leader of opposition receives Rs 11,500 monthly as salary. Travelling expenses paid to the MLA’s includes four rupees per kilometer for car and The daily allowance comes to Rs 150.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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‘Sunil Patel issue just tip of iceberg’ Wednesday, July 25, 2001

By Our Correspondent, Asianage
Gandhinagar, July 23: Even as the state government has taken up an ambitious tree plantation programme, illegal felling and smuggling of woods is proving to be a major hurdle for the government.

Sources in the forest department informed that Rs 16 crores worth of wood illegally cut from the state forests was seized between 1993-94 to 1996-97 during the Congress rule. According to sources, such thefts are going on unabated till date, the inter-state kher wood smuggling and alleged involvement of Sunil Patel, son of forest minister Kanji Patel is just the tip of the iceberg.

On one hand the state forest department gives green signal to ambitious tree plantation programme in areas bordering the Narmada canal to add more green cover to the state while on the other hand forest officials facilitate massive, unauthorised wood cutting business running into crores of rupees. Sources say that the demand for wood far outweighs supply leading to perpetual shortage in the state. Sources said that 1.50 lakh trees had been cut during the Congress rule.

Forest officials said requirement of fuel wood in the state is 111 tonnes every year against the availability which is mere 57 per cent of the demand. Requirement of wood for furniture is 14.50 lakh cubic meter against the availability of 1.40 lakh cubic meter. This compels the state to import wood from abroad and also purchase it from other states.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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Earthquake to cast shadow on budget Wednesday, July 25, 2001

By Our Correspondent, AsianAge
Gandhinagar, July 23: The state Cabinet on Monday discussed financial cuts in budgetary allocations to various state departments, an action that is likely to have far reaching implications on the overall development of the state.

According to sources, the Cabinet meeting presided over by chief minister Keshubhai Patel decided on financial cuts between 10 per cent to a maximum of 20 per cent while finalising the budgetary allocations for each department.

The size of the previous budget of Rs 7,200 crores is likely to be curtailed heavily this time.
A senior Cabinet minister told The Asian Age that this is a clear indication that the state government is finding it difficult to manage its financial sources and that the earthquake and the scarcity in the state has taken its toll. He said the state government is clearly feeling the heat of financial jugglery.

“The impact will be felt when the MLAs demand that the development work in their constituencies be compensated later. Although the immediate impact will be felt to a lesser extent it is difficult to predict what impact it will have later on the development process,” the senior minister said.

Speaking to reporters here, minister of state for urban development Parmanand Khattar said he is expecting a budgetary cut of 20 per cent but said this will not affect the development process and he will also try the option of taking Hudco loans to ensure that departmental schemes continue unhindered.

However, another senior minister was more forthright. “Instead of finding out new means for mobilising resources, the government is planning to cut budgetary allocation, which will surely hamper the development process. “This will have a direct impact on the development of the state,” he emphasised.

Meanwhile, an executive council meeting of the BJP, which started on Monday evening and continued till late night discussed the issues of Assembly by-election and Panchayat elections in the state. It was reliably learnt that party and government representatives were unable reach a consensus on which election to hold first.

The government was pressing to hold Panchayat election first while the party office-bearers insisted on Assembly by-election for Sabarmati (Ahmedabad) and Sabarkantha Assembly constituencies. The panchayat elections have been postponed on three occasions earlier, while the two Assembly seats have been lying vacant for over six months.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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Earthquake to cast shadow on budget Wednesday, July 25, 2001

By Our Correspondent, AsianAge
Gandhinagar, July 23: The state Cabinet on Monday discussed financial cuts in budgetary allocations to various state departments, an action that is likely to have far reaching implications on the overall development of the state.

According to sources, the Cabinet meeting presided over by chief minister Keshubhai Patel decided on financial cuts between 10 per cent to a maximum of 20 per cent while finalising the budgetary allocations for each department.

The size of the previous budget of Rs 7,200 crores is likely to be curtailed heavily this time.
A senior Cabinet minister told The Asian Age that this is a clear indication that the state government is finding it difficult to manage its financial sources and that the earthquake and the scarcity in the state has taken its toll. He said the state government is clearly feeling the heat of financial jugglery.

“The impact will be felt when the MLAs demand that the development work in their constituencies be compensated later. Although the immediate impact will be felt to a lesser extent it is difficult to predict what impact it will have later on the development process,” the senior minister said.

Speaking to reporters here, minister of state for urban development Parmanand Khattar said he is expecting a budgetary cut of 20 per cent but said this will not affect the development process and he will also try the option of taking Hudco loans to ensure that departmental schemes continue unhindered.

However, another senior minister was more forthright. “Instead of finding out new means for mobilising resources, the government is planning to cut budgetary allocation, which will surely hamper the development process. “This will have a direct impact on the development of the state,” he emphasised.

Meanwhile, an executive council meeting of the BJP, which started on Monday evening and continued till late night discussed the issues of Assembly by-election and Panchayat elections in the state. It was reliably learnt that party and government representatives were unable reach a consensus on which election to hold first.

The government was pressing to hold Panchayat election first while the party office-bearers insisted on Assembly by-election for Sabarmati (Ahmedabad) and Sabarkantha Assembly constituencies. The panchayat elections have been postponed on three occasions earlier, while the two Assembly seats have been lying vacant for over six months.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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