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July 22, 2001 - July 22, 2001

Programme for engineering teachers Sunday, July 22, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
SURAT: Entrepreneurship development cell at the S V R College of Engineering and Technology is organising a one week faculty development programme for the faculties of engineering colleges of the state from Monday onwards.

According to a press release, the programme is intended to provide opportunities to teachers employed in engineering colleges in the state to facilitate and develop the knowledge and skills in the area of entrepreneurship, and the same can be imparted to the students by them as well.

Veterinary hospital set up: The Shree Surat Panjarapole organisation has built a veterinary hospital at a cost of over Rs 20 lakh here at Ghod Road.

According to a press release, the hospital will have a dog parlour, a dog hostel for residents to keep their dogs while they are away from the city and one family planning operation centre. Besides, there will be an animal ambulance and a mobile dispensary, the release added.

New dy conservator of forests at Dangs: Mahesh Singh, a 1990 batch IFS officer, took the charge as deputy conservator of forests, Dangs South. He succeeds Ram Kumar who has been transferred to Junagadh where he will take the charge of Gir forests (west) as deputy conservator of forest (DCF).

According to directorate of information at Surat, Singh had played a pivotal role in the 1995 and 2000 census of lions in the Gir forests. Kumar during his stint as DCF at Dangs had helped the local tribals to cultivate the 'safed musali', better known as the Indian version of Viagra.

Woman commits suicide: A 23-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling of her house at Kakarapar in Surat district on Friday evening.

Preliminary investigations revealed that she was mentally disturbed. However, reasons for this extreme step was not yet known, according to district rural police.

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


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Hosanna under pressure to revoke suspension order Sunday, July 22, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
AHMEDABAD: Tension continued to prevail at the Hosanna Missionary School at Khodiyarnagar as the school management admitted that it is being pressurised for revoking the suspension order of one its teachers Grace Celine Luther.

"We are under lot of pressure to revoke the suspension", confessed trustee of Hosanna School Rev Finny. Sources said that the pressure was being exerted by both the Bajrang Dal as well as the District Education Office to revoke the suspension order.

"Three DEO inspectors have visited the school so far to inquire into the issue and have asked us to revoke the suspension order of the teacher and buy peace," said a member of the school's administration on condition of anonymity.

Violence and arson had broken out at the school on Monday as a mob of at least 100 people resorted to stone-throwing and setting vehicles afire to protest against the suspension of the school teacher. Some parents had also complained to the Ahmedabad District District Education that the school did not allow the students to wear bindis or shalwars.

Reacting rather sharply on the incident, education minister Anandiben Patel had warned that the state government will not think twice before de-recognising the school if it indulged in putting any restriction on attire or any other ban on the students. "The state government will not tolerate any such bans on the students and will even consider de-recognising the school if found putting such religion-based restrictions on the students", Patel had said on Tuesday.

Here, while the school management officially declared to the DEO that there was no ban of any kind on students and the school was absolutely open to the students wearing bindis, anklets and tilaks, it had refused to relent to the pressure on revoking suspension order terming it as an administrative issue. "The teacher was suspended because of undisciplined behaviour prompted by her links with the Bajrang Dal and VHP", Rev Finny had told TOI.
Attendance at the school has gone down now due to the tension. "While there was no impact on primary school functioning, the high school attendance has gone down to 96 of the total 300 students", Rev Finny said.

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


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Offer for assistance in biotech research Sunday, July 22, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
AHMEDABAD: Vice Chancellor of Nottingham University of Britain Sir Colin Campbell has assured all assistance and co-operation in setting up a biotechnology park and application of biotechnology in the field of agriculture and education in Gujarat.

Nottingham University is a leading institution in the world in the field of education, training and practical use of biotechnology. Campbell offered the help of his university while speaking at the Interactive session on "Emerging Opportunities in Biotechnology" organised by the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Ahmedabad earlier this week.

He said that the scope for development of biotechnology and its application in various fields in Gujarat seem to be very bright. He said he had discussions in this connection with Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel and senior officers of the state government.

He said that the university has helped in establishing a foundation for biotechnology development in Malaysia and similarly, a national research centre was to be set up in India on the same line. Campbell emphasised the need to plan for education and training in the field of biotechnology before embarking on its practical application in various fields.

In his introductory remarks, the state industries commissioner K N Shelat referred to the new horizon of development in Gujarat for biotechnology and said that increased attention is being paid to the development of information technology and biotechnology. He said that special efforts are on for development of biotechnology in the field of education at the Vallabh Vidyanagar University and Gujarat Agricultural University.

Shelat said that a biotechnology park was being set up in Gujarat with the help and co-operation of the Puri foundation. He welcomed the offer of the Nottingham university to impart higher education and training in the application of bio-technology in agriculture and related areas to students of Gujarat.

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


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Anjar TP scheme evokes responses Sunday, July 22, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
GANDHIDHAM: After the Anjar Development Authority issued the TP lay-out plan to rehabilitate earthquake-hit, it received 950 applications registering objections and suggesting changes.

A couple of these suggestions were of common nature and useful, too. But others were personal objections. As the first step of rehabilitation, the authority had in the primary plan identified sites. In the second phase, objections and suggestions shall be forwarded to the town planner, Rajkot, chief town planner, Gandhinagar and urban development minister.

Though the personal objections do not carry weight, the same will be considered before finalising the plan. The soil testing, study of the geological condition were completed in March when additional secretary Sanjay Gupta was holding charge of the town. Based on this survey, in addition to the present location, three more sites have been selected for rehabilitation.

In soil testing, laboratory testing of the soil was not sufficient. The geography of the soil layers were examined. Out of four type of rocks, if volcanic rocks are found, the soil is said to be the most safe.

The authority is equipped with new furniture and computers. After finalisation of the plan by the chief town planner, the chairman ADA will take over the office and the office shall function fully. All officials have been advised to complete the work of housing subsidy and other relief by July 25.

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


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Anjar TP scheme evokes responses Sunday, July 22, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
GANDHIDHAM: After the Anjar Development Authority issued the TP lay-out plan to rehabilitate earthquake-hit, it received 950 applications registering objections and suggesting changes.

A couple of these suggestions were of common nature and useful, too. But others were personal objections. As the first step of rehabilitation, the authority had in the primary plan identified sites. In the second phase, objections and suggestions shall be forwarded to the town planner, Rajkot, chief town planner, Gandhinagar and urban development minister.

Though the personal objections do not carry weight, the same will be considered before finalising the plan. The soil testing, study of the geological condition were completed in March when additional secretary Sanjay Gupta was holding charge of the town. Based on this survey, in addition to the present location, three more sites have been selected for rehabilitation.

In soil testing, laboratory testing of the soil was not sufficient. The geography of the soil layers were examined. Out of four type of rocks, if volcanic rocks are found, the soil is said to be the most safe.

The authority is equipped with new furniture and computers. After finalisation of the plan by the chief town planner, the chairman ADA will take over the office and the office shall function fully. All officials have been advised to complete the work of housing subsidy and other relief by July 25.

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


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