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July 12, 2001 - July 12, 2001

Pujit Rupani Trust to help 10 children get higher education Thursday, July 12, 2001

The Times of India News Service
RAJKOT: The Pujit Rupani Memorial Trust had embarked upon a project to give an opportunity to municipal school students to pursue higher education by offering them financial and other aid.

It has selected 150 students who stood first and second in standard seven. Of them 10 extremely bright ones will be chosen and their admission arranged in top schools.

The trust would provide them all educational facilities till they achieve their goal in life, said Vijay Rupani, who is also chairman of the programme implementation committee of the state government. The trust is run is in his son's memory.

According to Rupani, the trust offered bicycle, uniform, books and school bags to these students. Besides, they are given special coaching in mathematics, science, English and computers at the trust office at 1, Mayurnagar.

Students who got such coaching secured above 85 per cent.

Ten such students were felicitated here recently. Some key donors were also felicitated.

Power theft cases: The Rajkot circle of the Gujarat Electricity Board had undertaken the checking of 96,000 connections (13,467 industrial and remaining domestic) during 2000-1 and detected irregularities in 12,957 cases. It collected Rs 14.5 crore as fine from them. Giving a break-up, an official said 10,480 were direct power theft cases, 16,000 cases were of faulty meter and 877cases of other irregularities. The circle has 6,84,800 connections -- of them 4,88,800 domestic.

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48 dams in Saurashtra getting fresh rainwater Thursday, July 12, 2001

The Times of India News Service
RAJKOT: Due to recent rains in the region 48 dams in Saurashtra which were virtual playing fields have received fresh waters while 12 dams have already overflown.

Figures released by the irrigation department said on Wednesday that overflowing dams included Sani, Ghee, Vartu-1, Fulzar-2, Shedabhartari, Hiran-2, Dhrafal, Foddernes, Kabarka, Dhjolidhaja and Saburi. As many as 18 dams in Junagadh have also recorded rise in the water level.

Meanwhile, Bhadar dam the main source of water for Rajkot city, received 11 ft of fresh water and the inflow still continued. So the dependence on the Wankaner bore had come down considerably.

Civic body sources said the people would be supplied a combination of Narmada and Bhadar water from Thursday. The civic body was lifting 50 lakh gallons from each source. Thus the city was being supplied 100 lakh gallons from them. The total requirement was 150 lakh gallons and the remaining 50 lakh gallons was coming from the Wankaner bore project.

So far the total storage in the Bhadar dam was 630 million cubic ft. However, the Aji-1 dam had a large quantity of silt and the capacity had dwindled. The capacity of the Nyari dam was higher but the inflow was not enough, water works officials said.

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48 dams in Saurashtra getting fresh rainwater Thursday, July 12, 2001

The Times of India News Service
RAJKOT: Due to recent rains in the region 48 dams in Saurashtra which were virtual playing fields have received fresh waters while 12 dams have already overflown.

Figures released by the irrigation department said on Wednesday that overflowing dams included Sani, Ghee, Vartu-1, Fulzar-2, Shedabhartari, Hiran-2, Dhrafal, Foddernes, Kabarka, Dhjolidhaja and Saburi. As many as 18 dams in Junagadh have also recorded rise in the water level.

Meanwhile, Bhadar dam the main source of water for Rajkot city, received 11 ft of fresh water and the inflow still continued. So the dependence on the Wankaner bore had come down considerably.

Civic body sources said the people would be supplied a combination of Narmada and Bhadar water from Thursday. The civic body was lifting 50 lakh gallons from each source. Thus the city was being supplied 100 lakh gallons from them. The total requirement was 150 lakh gallons and the remaining 50 lakh gallons was coming from the Wankaner bore project.

So far the total storage in the Bhadar dam was 630 million cubic ft. However, the Aji-1 dam had a large quantity of silt and the capacity had dwindled. The capacity of the Nyari dam was higher but the inflow was not enough, water works officials said.

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Laughing club founder invited Thursday, July 12, 2001

The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: The Vadodara district police have invited Dr Madan Kataria, the founder of laughing clubs in India and the world, for a special session on relaxation for their staff. A special programme has been organised on July 14 at Mahatma Gandhi Nagar Gruh.

Kataria will deliver a lecture on laughter and its beneficial effects on health, said district superintendent of police Keshav Kumar.

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District police gear up for safe highway driving Thursday, July 12, 2001

The Times of India News Service
SURAT: To create better sense of traffic among drivers plying on the highways, soon the district police will conduct camps for drivers driving on the stretch of NH 8 passing through the district. Besides, attempts would be to create awareness among them to have regular check-ups for proper eyesight for driving.

The accidents on the highway falling under the district on an average claim 35 lives in a month. Last week district panchayat president Amritbhai Patel met with an accident when a truck rammed into his car near Vyara, killing him and his driver on the spot. Keeping in view the high traffic volume and the need for an appropriate regulation, the district police officials have been toying with ideas to bring in effective measures for a smooth and safe passage of vehicles on the highway in the district.

According to district superintendent of police K L N Rao, along with strict measures aiming to instill a sense of discipline among the highway users, several motivational exercises would be taken up to help prevent fatal accidents.

Often reckless driving, overtaking and high speed are some of the reasons which sometimes result into fatal road accidents, Rao said. Heavy traffic movement on Mumbai-Ahmedabad stretch passing through the district makes it difficult to keep any check on the reckless drivers and also on those driving under inebriated conditions. It is just not possible to check each and every vehicle on the highway, Rao said. However, at every 'nakas' and crossings, the police keep an eye on those drivers not conforming to traffic rules and regulations, he said.

During monsoons, highways are very vulnerable to road accidents and usually, the casualties go up compared to the number of fatal accidents in other months. However, because of better policing on the highway in the district, the total number of fatal accidents last month were only 19, Rao informed.

Considering the fact that some of the truck drivers are often drunk while driving, the district police officials would be soon equipped with breath-analysers to carry out test on the drivers to find out the extent of drunkenness, Rao said. Presently, the district police were not having a single breath-analyser, he added.

Series of awareness camps for highway users will be worked out in the near future, so that highways could be made safe from traffic point of view, Rao added.

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