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July 11, 2001 - July 11, 2001

Rains continue in Saurashtra and other parts of the state Wednesday, July 11, 2001

The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD: Moderate to heavy rains continued to lash parts of Saurashtra further brightening the prospects of a good kharif crop.

According to reports reaching the state revenue control room in Gandhinagar on Sunday, Junagadh and Porbander districts had received good rains in the last 24 hours. Sutrapada and Mailya talukas of Junagadh district had recorded 86 mm and 80 mm of rainfall. In adjoining Talala taluka received more than 50 mm giving respite to lions at the Gir sanctuary in the vicinity.

The coastal town of Veraval also received around 45 mm of rain in past 24 hours, the report said. In Bhesan and Manavadar too, light to moderate rains continued. Amreli district towns of Kodinar and Vadia received 40 mm and 32 mm of rainfall respectively.

Bhavnagar district's Sihor town recorded more than 65 mm of rainfall, while Kutiyana in Porbander district received over 40 mm of rainfall.

Farmers in Gandhinagar district were jubilant after parts of the district for the first time since onset of monsoon received rains ranging between 25 to 40 mm. The highest rainfall was reported from Dehgam taluka which received 40 mm, while Mansa taluka and its surroundings areas received 10 to 15 mm of rainfall.

In north Gujarat's Sabarkantha district, moderate rains lashed Vijaynagar taluka bordering Rajasthan. The taluka received more than 10 mm of rainfall. In Vadodara district, Dabhoi town recorded 13 mm.

Meanwhile, the meteorological office has forecast heavy rains in many parts of the state over the next 24 hours, and isolated rains in Kutch and Diu and Daman region.

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


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JUNAGADH:::: Gajera humbled in marketing yard Wednesday, July 11, 2001

The Times of India News Service
JUNAGADH: For the first time in the Junagadh marketing yard, the sway of Bhikha Chana Gajera has ended as he lost the election for the chairmanship.

Since inception in 1979, Bhikhabhai Gajera had enjoyed the key post in the prestigious Sardar Patel marketing yard here.

But now the tide had turned against him and many directors were unhappy with him and so they voted for Nandlal Poshiya, who had become Gajera's competitor some time ago.

As both the candidates got eight votes each, there was a draw of lots and that gave a chance to Nandlal.

However, Junagadh Commercial Co-Operative Bank chairman Dolar Kotecha is being credited with Nandlal's victory.

Poshiya said that he had been fighting against Gajera for the past 20 years ! In fact in 1987, he had defeated him in taluka panchayat president's election. Later he replicated it in the election to the purchase -sales association.

The historic defeat of Bhikhabhai Gajera has enthused Dolar Kotecha, Traders' Union president B. Vachhani and Kishore Hadwani. They said: the old man had lost the grip on the people especially the trustworthy ones.

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


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Betting racket busted Wednesday, July 11, 2001

By A Staff Reporter, The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD: The Ahmedabad police on Saturday arrested nine people involved in betting on cricket.

With initial clues pointing at a much larger network involving "big fish", the city police were hopeful that events following Saturday's India-West Indies match might prove to be the turning point for checking gambling on cricket.

An investigation under the supervision of DCP G S Mallik led to a raid on a house in the Kubernagar area on Saturday. Among the recoveries made by the city police was Rs 80,625 in cash.

Tarun Barot, inspector incharge of the case told TOI: "Goods and cash worth Rs 7.25 lakh have been recovered from the possession of the nine persons arrested who were found taking bets in Saturday's match. Pieces of paper used for 'satta' (gambling), cellular phones, a TV set and telephones were among the recoveries made."

Sources in the police department said some more arrests in the case were expected soon.

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


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JAMNAGAR::::Dwarka gears up for Janmashtami celebrations Wednesday, July 11, 2001

The Times of India News Service
JAMNAGAR: The millennium Janmashtami celebration at Dwarka will be held with a variety programme. Dwarka Devasthan committee chairman and collector R K Pathak gave various suggestions for celebration of Lord Krishna's birthday.

Pathak, who called a committee meeting at Dwarka recently, urged the residents of the town to join in the festivities enthusiastically, decorate the town with flags and buntings and extend co-operation to visiting pilgrims who may turn out in lakhs. Necessary arrangements would be made for security and traffic control as also healthcare of the visitors.

Local voluntary and social organisations have shown willingness to fully co-operate for the Janmashtami celebration.

Port employees' meet: Port employees of Saurashtra including Bedi port of Jamnagar have threatened to launch an agitation against the proposed privatisation and contract system in port activities. A meeting of Gujarat Port and Dock Workers' Federation was held recently and various problems faced by port employees were discussed.

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Dwarka gears up for Janmashtami celebrations Wednesday, July 11, 2001

The Times of India News Service
JAMNAGAR: The millennium Janmashtami celebration at Dwarka will be held with a variety programme. Dwarka Devasthan committee chairman and collector R K Pathak gave various suggestions for celebration of Lord Krishna's birthday.

Pathak, who called a committee meeting at Dwarka recently, urged the residents of the town to join in the festivities enthusiastically, decorate the town with flags and buntings and extend co-operation to visiting pilgrims who may turn out in lakhs. Necessary arrangements would be made for security and traffic control as also healthcare of the visitors.

Local voluntary and social organisations have shown willingness to fully co-operate for the Janmashtami celebration.

Port employees' meet: Port employees of Saurashtra including Bedi port of Jamnagar have threatened to launch an agitation against the proposed privatisation and contract system in port activities. A meeting of Gujarat Port and Dock Workers' Federation was held recently and various problems faced by port employees were discussed.

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


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