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July 23, 2001 - July 25, 2001

BUTA announces strike on July 25 Wednesday, July 25, 2001

A STAFF REPORTER, The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: Baroda University Teachers Association (BUTA) has announced a strike on July 25 to express their solidarity with the other striking employees protesting against government polices of privatisation and self-finance colleges.


Association general secretary said all members of BUTA have been asked to proceed on a one day leave on Wednesday as per the All-India Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisation (AIFUCTO) decision.


He said BUTA also disapproved the appointment of a non-teaching member as the joint convenor of the M S University annual report committee. He said BUTA had reservations about a non-teaching members being part of the annual committee report as a large part of the report contained academic achievements of the teachers.

He added that all BUTA members had been asked not to provide details of their academic achievements to the annual report committee, and in cases where they already had they were asked to withdraw the same.

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


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PANCHMAHALS:::: Bride price skyrockets in Panchmahals Monday, July 23, 2001

BY SAJID SHAIKH, THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
VADODARA: Prospective grooms in the eastern districts of the Panchmahals and Dahod are paying a higher price than ever before to find a life partner.

Though the custom of bride price is widely prevalent in most tribal communities in the state, sociologists are worried that what used to be a token offering of a few hundred rupees till a decade back, has now reached alarming proportions.

The latest going rate is said to be around Rs 60,000. This is not only turning women into commodities but also landing many tribals of these districts, who migrate in large numbers to cities in search of work ever year, in the clutches of unscrupulous moneylenders.

The situation is not that bad in Chota Udepur of Vadodara district, where one can still get a bride for Rs 2,000.

Unlike their urban counterparts, where the girl's family has to provide dowry, a tribal bridegroom has to pay a hefty price to the girl's family during marriage.

"What was once an innocuous social custom is fast turning into a social evil because of the higher price being demanded by the girls' parents", says a district official.

The official says while many areas of Gujarat practise female infanticide which is why the child sex ratio in the state has dropped to 878 (females per 1000 males), the fact that the girl child is preferred in the tribal areas is reflected in the balanced sex ratio in these areas. Devgarh Baria in the Panchmahals, for example, has a child sex ratio of 987.

"Among tribals there is no system of dowry. If any money or gifts change hands, it is from the groom to the bride. In most tribal communities the bride price is negligible but in the Panchmahals it has skyrocketed of late," observes noted tribal activist G N Devy.

He confirms that tribal families have become conscious of the money factor. "It will be wrong to say that they sell their daughters. But it is also true that they see them as capital..."

Says Panchmahals district collector Jayanthi Ravi, "Tribals in this region have started demanding more money from the bridegrooms. We come across such incidents during our visit to villages."

Jayanthi says the administration is trying to educate and create awareness among tribals through social welfare department.

Devy, on the other hand, feels the impoverished tribals have no option but to borrow money from money lenders to pay the high price.
"The going rate of interest in the Panchmahals is 120 per cent. So a loan of Rs 60,000 requires an interest of Rs 72,000 per year," he explains. This forces the debt-ridden tribals to migrate to city and toil as labourers. Migrant tribal labourers in Vadodara confirm this.

"I belong to Kothamba in the Panchmahals. When I married ten years back, the bride price was Rs 500 but now it is around Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000 which is low compared to some other areas in the district. Borrowing money is our only option," says Nanu Ravat, a daily wage labourer here.

"For some reason, the bride price is the highest in the Panchmahals than in other areas of Gujarat," says Nagin Rathwa, a diploma student of Tejgadh Tribal Academy.

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

PANCHMAHALS:::: Bride price skyrockets in Panchmahals Monday, July 23, 2001

BY SAJID SHAIKH, THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
VADODARA: Prospective grooms in the eastern districts of the Panchmahals and Dahod are paying a higher price than ever before to find a life partner.

Though the custom of bride price is widely prevalent in most tribal communities in the state, sociologists are worried that what used to be a token offering of a few hundred rupees till a decade back, has now reached alarming proportions.

The latest going rate is said to be around Rs 60,000. This is not only turning women into commodities but also landing many tribals of these districts, who migrate in large numbers to cities in search of work ever year, in the clutches of unscrupulous moneylenders.

The situation is not that bad in Chota Udepur of Vadodara district, where one can still get a bride for Rs 2,000.

Unlike their urban counterparts, where the girl's family has to provide dowry, a tribal bridegroom has to pay a hefty price to the girl's family during marriage.

"What was once an innocuous social custom is fast turning into a social evil because of the higher price being demanded by the girls' parents", says a district official.

The official says while many areas of Gujarat practise female infanticide which is why the child sex ratio in the state has dropped to 878 (females per 1000 males), the fact that the girl child is preferred in the tribal areas is reflected in the balanced sex ratio in these areas. Devgarh Baria in the Panchmahals, for example, has a child sex ratio of 987.

"Among tribals there is no system of dowry. If any money or gifts change hands, it is from the groom to the bride. In most tribal communities the bride price is negligible but in the Panchmahals it has skyrocketed of late," observes noted tribal activist G N Devy.

He confirms that tribal families have become conscious of the money factor. "It will be wrong to say that they sell their daughters. But it is also true that they see them as capital..."

Says Panchmahals district collector Jayanthi Ravi, "Tribals in this region have started demanding more money from the bridegrooms. We come across such incidents during our visit to villages."

Jayanthi says the administration is trying to educate and create awareness among tribals through social welfare department.

Devy, on the other hand, feels the impoverished tribals have no option but to borrow money from money lenders to pay the high price.
"The going rate of interest in the Panchmahals is 120 per cent. So a loan of Rs 60,000 requires an interest of Rs 72,000 per year," he explains. This forces the debt-ridden tribals to migrate to city and toil as labourers. Migrant tribal labourers in Vadodara confirm this.

"I belong to Kothamba in the Panchmahals. When I married ten years back, the bride price was Rs 500 but now it is around Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000 which is low compared to some other areas in the district. Borrowing money is our only option," says Nanu Ravat, a daily wage labourer here.

"For some reason, the bride price is the highest in the Panchmahals than in other areas of Gujarat," says Nagin Rathwa, a diploma student of Tejgadh Tribal Academy.

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


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Minister's son cleared of smuggling charges Monday, July 23, 2001

BY A STAFF REPORTER, THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
AHMEDABAD: The state home department has cleared Sunil Patel, son of forest minister Kanjibhai Patel, of any involvement in the smuggling of 'kher' wood.

Additional chief secretary (home) V V R Subba Rao, in an interim report submitted to the government, said there was no prima facie case against Sunil.

Earlier, Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel had ordered an inquiry by the additional chief secretary (home) into the allegations.

The interim report said an attempt had been made to involve Sunil by one of the accused, Nishar Iqbal, in his statement.

Handwriting experts who scrutinised Sunil's handwriting were of the opinion that the notings in the diary were those of someone else.

The report said mere mention of someone's name in a diary did not mean involvement.

Rao said a detailed inquiry had revealed that there was no involvement of Sunil in the smuggling case.

The state government, while accepting the interim report, asked Rao to continue his inquiry.

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


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New born undergoes rare surgery Monday, July 23, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
AHMEDABAD: A rare laprascopic surgery to correct diaphragmatic hernia was performed on a nine-day-old baby at the V S Hospital, mayor Himmatsinh Patel informed here on Saturday.

The baby, Gajendra Chauhan, suffered from a congenital diaphragmaitc hernia _ a rare and fatal developmental anomaly seen in newly-born babies. The defect is seen in about one in 5,000 births, and almost one-third of such infants are still-born.

"Any defect in the development of the diaphragm during foetal development prevents the intestines from remaining in the abdomen and it moves upto the chest. This abnormal shifting of the intestines compresses the developing lung and prevents it from expanding, which in many cases proves fatal," said paediatrician, Dr Aniruddh Shah, while throwing light on the anamoly.

Shah, who performed the surgery that lasted 45 minutes, said correction of this defect consists of placing the intestines, liver, stomach and other organs that have shifted to the chest, back into the abdomen and closing the defect in the diaphragm.

When asked about the risks involved, Shah said laprascope surgery is a very recent phenomena and using it in a nine-day-old baby requires unusual precision. If not done correctly, it may even hurt the child, he said.

At present, the child is recovering well.

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


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