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July 18, 2001 - July 18, 2001

'Student leaders, political bosses told to behave' Wednesday, July 18, 2001

The Times of India News Service
GANDHINAGAR: The state government said on Monday that it has communicated to student organisations in universities across the state and their political patrons that it will not hesitate to use force to quell violence .

Referring to the attacks on vice chancellors, deans and college principals, the minister of state for home Haren Pandya told reporters that it was only after the state government communicated to the senior leaders affiliated to "a certain political party" that the violence has stopped since last few days. "They were told in plain words that the police would be compelled to use the force if the members of the students' wing continued to indulge in violence on the campus and in the vicinity of colleges."

However, the minister did not agree to the statement made earlier by minister of state for higher education Bharat Barot that some "bootleggers" were involved in the attacks on the campus and at some colleges in Ahmedabad.

Pandya made it clear that the police have found out that majority of the students leaders who were involved in the incidents have no connection with the college students and were out only to malign the BJP government.

The minister said that the police did not interfere till the demonstrations were peaceful but had to enter the scene as some college principals were thrashed up by some miscreants. He asserted that the government would not tolerate violence any more, disclosing that adequate police force have been deployed in the campus to prevent recurrence of ugly incidents.

Earlier, while talking to reporters, education and information minister Bharat Barot had alleged that the violence was perpetrated by some bootleggers and the students should not be blamed. The law will take its own course, he added.

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


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Adm to involve communities to combat natural disasters Wednesday, July 18, 2001

By A Staff Reporter, The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: Disaster management activity will now be a community affair. Following the global trend of involving the community in managing disaster situations, the district administration has now decided that disaster management will be carried out with the help of the people.

"This marks a major shift in the field of disaster management. While most countries moved towards a new system where people are involved in the entire process, we have been depending solely on the administration," says Vadodara district collector Bhagyesh Jha.

Jha recently attended a national-level workshop on disaster management in New Delhi, organised by the Bangkok-based Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre and the Indian Institute of Public Administration.

The workshop, attended by 30 participants from 12 states between July 9 and 13, was conducted following two major disasters that shook the country recently - the Orissa cyclone and the Gujarat earthquake. Jha, apart from implementing the new system in the district, will also submit a report to the state government.

The collector has already held a meeting to chalk out a strategy to implement the new school of thought in disaster management.

The plan will include reaching at the grassroots level in the district to achieve two goals - spread the message that community involvement is the most important factor in disaster management and teach the people to anticipate and counter disasters.

The collectorate plans to rope in NGOs who work in the district to help out in the project. These NGOs will help gather information about areas that are vulnerable.

"Through these NGOs, we would be able to know which villages are vulnerable to industrial pollution, floods or other natural disasters. We can then chalk out strategies for each village which the communities can then put to practice," says Jha.

The collectorate also plans a three-tier approach. While disaster management programmes are being conducted in city schools to create awareness among students, the administration also plans to address community leaders directly apart from working with the help of NGOs.

"The entire idea is to involve the communities as much as possible. If disaster management is taught in schools, it will have a cascading effect. We will also try to contact the members of various communities directly," adds Jha.

"We will first find out the vulnerability factor and then go for a risk analysis. We will then go to the people telling them how to go about tackling a disaster situation and how their involvement is necessary," he says.

The administration is also bracing up to remove the inertia in the approach to disaster management. The administration is preparing to bring people out of their lacuna in preparing for a disaster.

"This will ensure that every person will be aware of possible disasters in their areas and will be ready to do his bit to mitigate it," says Jha.

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


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Gujarat University certificates now by registered post Wednesday, July 18, 2001

By Education Correspondent, The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat University authorities are planning to send degree certificates to students through registered post instead of the normal post.

The GU posts almost 30,000 degree certificates to students based in colleges all across the state every year. The decision is likely to add an additional burden of Rs 4.5 lakh on GU annually.

The decision comes following a representation from the GU Student's Welfare Association that many a times the degree certificates sent through simple post never reach the students as they either go missing or remain undelivered. "If delivered, most of the time the degree certificate that is to be cherished for life comes in a painfully tattered state", said a welfare board member.

GU charges Rs 100 for delivering each degree certificate. Here, if the certificate gets lost or does not reach the student for some reason, the students have to shell out Rs 500 for a duplicate certificate.

"This was basically done to ensure that students remain a little careful about maintaining the degree certificates awarded to them as they were found to be losing the same with great frequency, putting unnecessary burden on the GU authorities," said Controller of Examinations Satish Bhatt.

"But given the rising number of complaints, we have decided to register post the degree certificates so that the students receive it in hand," informed V-C Naresh Ved.

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


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Three tremors felt in Kutch, surrounding areas Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Source : Yahoo.co.in
Ahmedabad, July 15 (PTI) Three tremors with mild intensity were experienced in Bhuj and its surrounding areas in Kutch district of Gujarat early today.

According to official reports, the tremors measuring 3.2, 4.1 and 3.3 respectively on the richter scale were felt in Bhuj and surrounding areas between 2.05 am 5.41 am.

However, there was no report of any casualty or damage to property, official sources told PTI Here.

Aftershocks continued to be felt in the region after the devastating January 26 earthquake in the state, sources added.

Source : Yahoo! India News

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Three tremors felt in Kutch, surrounding areas Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Source : Yahoo.co.in
Ahmedabad, July 15 (PTI) Three tremors with mild intensity were experienced in Bhuj and its surrounding areas in Kutch district of Gujarat early today.

According to official reports, the tremors measuring 3.2, 4.1 and 3.3 respectively on the richter scale were felt in Bhuj and surrounding areas between 2.05 am 5.41 am.

However, there was no report of any casualty or damage to property, official sources told PTI Here.

Aftershocks continued to be felt in the region after the devastating January 26 earthquake in the state, sources added.

Source : Yahoo! India News

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