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July 25, 2001 - July 25, 2001

JUNAGADH:::: Chaudhary felicitated at Junagadh Wednesday, July 25, 2001

JUNAGADH: Congress party workers and leaders like Narhari Amin, Manoharsinh Jadeja, and municipal president and ex-presidents, Aarti Joshi, Satish Captain and Girish Kotecha felicitated Amarsinh Chaudhary with garlands and praised his achievements.

Satish (former municipal president), spoke about Keshubhai that in his time, units like GROFED and Junagadh Dairy have been closed. His government is a 'silly' one, as it has abolished the octroi. He is cunning and has robbed farmers. About Maharashtra, Chaudhdary said the government had abolished the octroi but they had to reintroduce it soon.

Shaktisinh Gohel said that this is a good occasion. But the association of BJP with power (not shakti, but ruling) gave Gujarat drought, scarcity, cyclone and earthquake! He said CM Keshubhai and Vajubhai Vala have joined to loot Saurashtra. One who loots farmers cannot be a real farmer.Manoharsinh Jadeja said that Junagadh has historical importance and nobody can neglect this city. "We will see to it that Chaudhary makes Saurashtra prosperous in all aspects", he assured the audience.

Chaudhary said that the Congress has positive signs while BJP has been constantly losing the base. "BJP, after coming to power, could not do any work satisfactorily. Lakhs of hectares of surplus land is idle but they are not giving it to anybody. We don't know what are they going to do with this much land. All municipal members come to meet me to complaint about non-receipt of salaries for the past three months", he said.

"Only a potful of Narmada water had been presented to the public of Junagadh but after that the water never came", he added.

"In the Narmada waters welcome ceremony alone Rs. 2 crore had been spent. Keshubhai has done wrong propaganda and robbed the poor. The galvanised sheets given as free aid to Kutch were sold at Jetpur. The crop policy's 5 per cent and three and half per cent premium has been taken by the CM from the farmers", he said.

"In his constituency of Visavadar people do not trust Keshubhai. As I have donned the mantle of presidentship when BJP has made a mess, to wash all his sins we had gone to Lord Somnath, to pray and seek forgiveness for whatever wrong he has done to you. We shall correct them now", he added.

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

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GANDHIDHAM:::: Theft at Gandhidham Wednesday, July 25, 2001

GANDHIDHAM: Cash worth Rs. 17,500 was stolen from a locked shop at Adipur. Bidi cigarette vendor Bharat Chaturmal Nanakwani complained to the police that miscreants entered his shop by breaking the roof and took away the cash and coins worth Rs. 17,500 from the counter table.

Knee Belt Camp: A free knee belt camp was organised at Gandhidham by the Marvadi Yuva Manch in association with the PNR Society of Bhavnagar, NR Gupta Charitable Trust and Devsmruti Trust of Gandhidham. It had a good response and 120 patients attended it. Vijay Naik said those suffering from knee pain were given a 250-gm belt that absorbs the body weight thereby relieving the knee of the pain. The belt does not hinder the day-to-day activities and a patient can even climb stairs. All 120 patients were given such belts free of charge.

GSFC chairman K D Jeswani said amidst the hardships and shock given by Nature, activities of the voluntary charitable institutions are praise-worthy. Chief guest Anjar MLA Vasant Ahir said these institutions have done a marvellous job and they deserve appreciation. MP Lekhraj Bachani allocated a grant of Rs. 5 lakh to Devsmruti Trust. Dr Dinesh Harani of the trust thanked Mr Bachani for the help.

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

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Poet Akho's relevance recalled Wednesday, July 25, 2001

V J TRIVEDI, The Times of India news Service
HOW relevant poet Akho is even today, especially in the context of education, teachers and students was well pointed out by Dr Balwant Jani, VC, North Gujarat University in the 16th July issue of its news bulletin, Udichya.

Dr. Jani spoke briefly and pointedly about Akho's views on these issues. A bold and fearless philosopher poet, he says that money-making may be the pre occupation of the common man but it should never affect the gathering of knowledge and wisdom. And yet strange to say that our society is mad after it. The poet takes the society to task for its attitude.

Probably, it should be stated that though only some teachers are money-minded, it still affects and pollutes the educational scenario. Time we ignore such teachers. A teacher should be truly interested in knowledge and its transmission in an objective manner to the students who come to him. Let us resolve to eliminate all such influences and devote our selves to study sincerely, honestly and keeping our selves abreast in information and understanding of the subject we teach. These thoughts are a part of the Gurupurnima notes (July 5).

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

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State receives light to moderate rains Wednesday, July 25, 2001

A STAFF REPORTER, The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD: Even as majority parts of the state received around 55 per cent of the average rainfall so far, the district authorities in Navsari had to evacuate more than 340 people from low-lying areas of Bilimora town following rise in water level of Ambica and Kaveri in Navsari district. However, according to reports reaching the state revenue control room in Gandhinagar, those who were shifted to safety in Bilimora have now returned to their homes as water level has receded in the two rivers.

Interestingly, taking the district-wise average, Porbander has received the highest rainfall in this monsoon. The district has reported 97 per cent while Gandhinagar has recorded the lowest with a meagre 33 per cent rainfall in this monsoon.

State director (relief) B R Patel said the rainfall in the state in the first phase was satisfactory as compared to last year. As against 61 per cent last year, a majority of the districts this year have received more than 50 per cent of the rains so far.

According to him, some pockets of north and central Gujarat were in short of rains this time. Anand, Kaira, Dahod, Bharuch and parts of Sabarkantha have not yet received even 35 to 40 per cent of rains as compared to over 60 to 80 per cent in districts like Junagadh, Jamnagar, Porbander, Kutch and Surendranagar.

Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat districts have crossed an average of 60 per cent while Mehsana, Rajkot and Bhavnagar districts have received around 57 to 58 per cent of the rainfall so far.

As many as 160 talukas have received 300 mm of rainfall while 54 talukas have recorded rainfall ranging between 200 to 300 mm. While 12 talukas have received 200 mm.

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

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JAMNAGAR:::: Lok Darbar at Lalpur, Khambhalia held Wednesday, July 25, 2001

JAMNAGAR: The aim of having the Lok Darbar was to give transparent administration by speedy disposal of people's problems by officials to help applicants solve their problems with proper and mutual understanding so that people may not have to run around table to table for disposal of their problems and popularise the meaning of democracy. This was stated by ministers Mulubhai Bera and Chimanbhai Saparia at Lok Darbars arranged at Lalpur and Khambhalia on Friday last. About 120 applications problems were taken up and most of them settled on the spot.

Court notice: An applicant was not admitted in the first year English medium class at Gosarani commerce college despite obtaining 62 per cent marks. Norms for admission to college required 50 to 55 per cent marks. However the student Hemal M Vasant, who was in merit list prepared by the college and given entrance application form and other papers, was startled when due to some strange reason, he and other students were not given admission. The student approached Gujarat High Court which has served show-cause notice on the principal and an official of Saurashtra University and asked them to be present at the court on July 25.

Youth Cong chief: Jamnagar Youth Congress president post has created a controversy. Two men are claiming for the post. J. Dave was appointed city Youth Congress president last year. However, later the post was allotted to Ashish Kantaria by the GPCC Youth Congress wing even as Mr Dave staked his claim. During his visit GPCC chief Amarsinh Chaudhary clarified that Ashish Kantaria, who was recently appointed as Jamnagar city youth congress president, would continue.

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

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