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December 4, 2001 - December 4, 2001

Number of food-related diseases rising, say doctors Tuesday, December 4, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: It is that time of the year when food-related ailments are on the rise in the city. And, this despite weather getting cold, which is otherwise not very conducive for the spread of such diseases. Unhygienic condition of storing food and adulteration of food items is said to be the reason for the current state of affairs. Earlier, Diwali had kept the Vadodara Municipal Corporation officials on their toes. Now, it is time for them to keep vigil on eating joints doing business at night as people eat out in the later part of the day due to the holy month of Ramzan. According to VMC officials, checking stocks of food is a common practice in this period. Food items which are most susceptible to adulteration range from milk products to gram flour. Officials point out that the menace is not limited to products sold loose, but also plagues packed items. In an intensive drive before and during Diwali, corporation officials had registered several such cases. In one such incident, a leading sweet and 'farsan' dealer in Raopura area of the city, Shri Nasta House, was found selling a sweet item cooked in 'adulterated' ghee. An analysis of the sample of the sweet showed that it did not have ghee at all. Alarmed by the incident, the corporation launched a major investigation to find the root of the racket involving the supply of 'duplicate' ghee. After identifying the supplier of the stock, three packed tins were opened at the shop and samples were tested. It was found that while two tins had adulterated ghee, one did not have ghee at all. The material was something else. These and similar incidents have alarmed the population of the city which often eats out or purchases pre-cooked food items. "There is a strong suspicion in my mind when I purchase sweets from a shop which is not very well known or from where I have not bought things in the past. There is always the risk that the colours or other material used there might be adulterated," said Meenu Jain, a housewife. For similar reasons, a large section of people have started switching over to packed items like flours and spices. "Packed and branded items assure quality to a large extent. This is often not the case when one purchases grocery loose," said Vikas Sahai, a resident of Raopura area. While eating out on roadside 'larris' at night may be popular in the month of Ramzan, many deliberately keep away fearing unhygienic conditions. "The food may be good in taste, but is often not sold in clean environment. I usually stay away from eating at such places," said Shabbir Shaikh, a resident of Vasna. Doctors point out that consumption of adulterated food can lead to diseases like jaundice, cholera, typhoid and diarrhoea. "Unhygienic cold foods are the biggest culprits. The situation these days is serious and many cases of such diseases are coming in," said leading physician Dr Sanjay Pandit. According to Dr Pandit, consumption of food sold in unhygienic conditions might show immediate effects on a person's health. "However, adulteration of food items shows its symptoms after long. It has a accumulated effect if consumed over prolonged periods. The symptoms and ailments differ based on the adulterant used," Pandit said. In the line of fire Deputy municipal commissioner and local health authority Jayantkumar Sevak "Adulteration of food items does take place. We are making serious attempts to curb the menace. Every week, the authorities detect a couple of such cases. The corporation has its own lab which checks the samples. Large-scale disposal of contaminated and unhygienic food is done before festivals. Besides, food sold in the open we regularly check samples of packed food items and take action whenever adulteration is detected. The municipal court has registered cases and people have been convicted. A person can be imprisoned if found involved in such practices. Complaints can be made to the VMC complaint cell. Telephone number: 434216.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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HUDCO sanctions Rs 721 cr loan for quake hit region Tuesday, December 4, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: HUDCO has sanctioned 5 major water supply and drainage schemes with a project cost of Rs 953.61 crore and a HUDCO loan assistance of Rs 721.50 crore in the state of Gujarat for the earthquake-affected regions. This was disclosed by V Suresh, Chairman and Managing Director, HUDCO, in New Delhi. Giving details of the schemes, Suresh indicated that these include major bulk water transmission pipeline projects in Kutch, Rajkot and Jamnagar districts besides the underground drainage scheme in Jamnagar. Suresh stressed that these schemes would significantly improve the quality of life of the people living in the regions affected recently by the recent earthquake. Gujarat has also faced drought situations time and again. Insufficient and irregular rainfall during the monsoon of 1999 had caused a severe drought situation in summer of 2000. All the reservoirs in Saurashtra and Kutch region had gone dry. Considering the emergent need of supply of water to Kutch, Rajkot and Jamnagar districts, the option of drawing water from the Maliya canal can be considered, 500 MLD water can be drawn from Maliya Canal offtake. About 400 MLD can be transmitted through a trunk transmission pipeline to Morvi. About 381.89 MLD will be taken to Tanakara, Wankaner and 220 MLD to Jamnagar. From Maliya 100 MLD can be taken to Kutch. The bulk water transmission scheme for Rajkot and Jamnagar districts has been sanctioned by HUDCO with a project cost or Rs. 429.41 crore and a loan assistance of Rs. 343 crore to be implemented by the Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board (GWSSB). The scheme provides to cover 5 talukas in the Rajkot and Jamnagar districts through a network of 113 km of transmission lines that would benefit 11 towns and 438 villages with increased availability of drinking water. \ Bulk water transmission pipeline project for Tankara-Jamnagar section in Saurashtra region has been sanctioned with a project cost of Rs 135.50 crore and loan assistance of Rs 95 crore. This scheme would benefit 203 villages and Jamnagar town. This project would be implemented by Gujarat Water Infrastructure Company Ltd. (GWICL). The Maliya, Bhachau bulk water transmission pipeline project in Kutch to be implemented by GWSSB has also been sanctioned by HUDCO with a project cost of Rs 169.11 crore and a loan assistance of Rs 135 crore. The project envisages laying of 63.2 km of pipelines. The project area of Kutch district covered under this package. This area includes 9 talukas covering 10 towns and 949 villages. Another scheme for bulk water transmission pipeline has been sanctioned for Bhachau-Anjar Kukma section in Kutch district with a project cost of Rs 177.22 crore and HUDCO's loan assistance of Rs 124 crore. This project would be implemented by Gujarat Infrastructure Company Ltd. (GWICL). The scheme would benefit 948 villages and 10 towns in the district. Suresh also gave details of the underground drainage scheme sanctioned by HUDCO to the Jamnagar Municipal Corporation with a project of Rs 42.37 crore and HUDCO loan assistance of Rs 24.5 crore. The project aims to provide drainage system and disposal facility in Jamnagar city through underground drainage scheme with appropriate treatment facilities. The scheme has been formulated in the wake of severe environment problems due to open surface drains covering the entire city especially during the monsoons. A total of 30,000 house connections are proposed to provided under the scheme.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Jamnagar :: Naval chief visits INS Valsura Tuesday, December 4, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sushil Kumar visited INS Valsura on the outskirts of Jamnagar city on Sunday. In his address after taking the salute, the Navy chief called upon the cadets at INS Valsura to keep pace with the changing technology in the field of electrical and electronic engineering. Admiral Kumar also the Navy Moda village, which was adopted and rebuilt by the Navy after the earthquake. He also visited Pipavav port and reviewed its potential to be an alternative base during times of hostility. Earlier, an open half marathon race was organised at Jamnagar as part of the Navy Day celebrations. As many as 527 participants took part in the 21-km race. INS Valsura will celebrate Navy Day on December 4.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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It's business unusual as wedding season kicks off in Rajkot Tuesday, December 4, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: Nanu Maharaj began his work at 6 am on Sunday. By the time the 74-year-old called it a day, it was well past the sunset time! No, Nanu Maharaj is not one of those stressed out executives sacrificing their exclusive Sunday breaks to set things right in times of recession. On the contrary he is a 'holy' man, a priest to be precise, who was called upon to conduct as many as four wedding ceremonies between 6 am and 5.30 pm on the day considered most auspicious by pundits. If Nanu Maharaj was stretched to the limit on Sunday, there was a good reason _ Rajkot city witnessed as many as 135 marriages on that day. Almost all the 12 party plots and numerous marriage halls were booked. Besides marriages, there were numerous celebrations of 'sagai' (engagement), house-warming and other occasions. And all these venues have been booked till the end of the month, when the marriage season comes to an end. The period up to December 14 is considered auspicious with December 12, again said to be very auspicious, likely to see a repeat of Sunday. When contacted, Nanu Maharaj said he was happy that he had earned almost Rs 5,000 within a day, "though it was a tiring affair". Private bus operators, taxi owners, music bands, flower vendors, decorators, videographers and caterers did brisk business. It was after a gap of almost two years _ when repeated drought and, later, the quake spoilt the party _ that the people of the city were celebrating the marriages of their wards with gusto. According to A H Ajagia, divisional controller of Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation here, 12 ST buses had been booked by various marriage parties for Sunday. More bookings have been made for the remaining season. He said seven new buses had been earmarked for "marriage service". Owners of most of the travel agencies said there was heavy demand for their luxury buses, some which had gone as far as Pune and Nashik while many buses came from Rajasthan carrying the 'baratis'. However, as expected, it was the water suppliers who made the most of the occasion. Water tankers and 'chakdo' rickshaws made many an extra trip to cater to the demand. And their business instincts had ensured that the service would be at a higher price. A 100-litre water tanker was charging Rs 500 while a 'chakdo' rickshaw was asking for Rs 80 instead of the usual rate of Rs 60. During the last two days, water suppliers did additional business to the tune of Rs 10,000. Caterers, this time around, had to dish out a varied fare, so as to satisfy the demand, which was also a reflection of the changing tastes of the citizens. Raju Talatia of Talatia caterers said their rates ranged from Rs 60 to Rs 200 per person. A standard menu would include two sweet dishes, 'farsan' and two vegetables. He said the latest craze was for Chinese and Mexican food, besides the traditional kathiawari and Punjabi dishes. According to Raju, some of the delicacies he had introduced this year included vegetable 'hangama', Mexican 'tava', French toast and soya chop. Raju has his hands full for the entire marriage season and was forced to turn down some requests for catering. Giving an insight into the menu, Raju said a typical meal begins with vegetable Manchurian soup with 'kofta' or tomato soup. A variety of salads are on offer and the sweets include 'thabri' with chocolate chips and chocolate sauce and 'gajar halwa' with 'rabri'. Butter 'naan' and masala 'paratha' are inevitable items in the 'tandoor' section while the 'farsan' comprises biscuit roll with sizvan sauce, 'katori chaat' and hakka noodles. The vegetable varieties on offer are 'resham paneer', cauliflower tamarind and green 'undhiyu' while the rice varieties include vegetable kofta with 'dabka kadhi'. The people also have a choice of having jeera rice with dal fry. Jagdishbhai Patel of Shiv Shakti Sweets said he was offering 22 varieties of 'hot' sweet dishes including 'halwas' and 32 of the 'cold' variety. The prices ranged from Rs 110 per kg to Rs 270. 'Sitafal basundi' is the most sought after and the latest entrants include 'American dream' and 'pineapple chilly'. Florists P P Phulwala recorded business worth Rs 50,000 in a day when he sold around 120 kg of flowers on Sunday. The rose garland was priced between Rs 700 to Rs 1,200. The flower market near Delux Cinema received around 5000 kg of flowers to satisfy the heavy demand. Floral decoration costs ranged between Rs 1,200 to Rs 8,000 or even more this year, according to the owner of a decoration firm. In keeping with the trend, videographers jacked up their rates from the usual Rs 1,800 to Rs 2,500. In some cases, where the bookings were made at the last moment, exorbitant rates of up to Rs 4000 were demanded and still the deals went through, a videographer told 'The Times of India' on condition of anonymity.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Rajkot in brief on Dec 03 2001 Tuesday, December 4, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Pulse polio drive
RAJKOT:The two-day pulse polio drive evoked widespread response in Saurashtra and Kutch regions. According to health department officials here, in Kutch over 2.16 lakh children were given polio drops, while in Keshid and Amreli 4,850 and 3,192 children were administered polio drops, respectively.

Illegal slaughter house
RAJKOT: Two persons running an illegal slaughter house in Dhoraji were arrested by police during a raid, while one managed to escape. The arrested duo were identified as Hasam Babu Panja and Juma Hasansha. The police found a slaughtered buffalo and managed to rescue another.

Agmark products
RAJKOT: An exhibition of Agmark products will be organised at the Race Course ground from December 14 to 18. Governor Sundar Singh Bhandari will inaugurate the exhibition, said a press note.

Ayurvedic products
RAJKOT: The need to have a fast-track marketing network for ayurvedic products was stressed by the vice-chancellor of Ayurved University at a day-long seminar held here. The seminar was organised by the chemistry department of Saurashtra University and Environmental Research Foundation of India.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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