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July 11, 2001 - July 11, 2001

MSU students leaders protest payment seat proposal Wednesday, July 11, 2001

The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: M S University student leaders burnt effigy of state minister of higher education Bharat Barot near DN Hall cricket ground on Monday. Student leaders called Barot a 'greedy' minister who was selling 'education' in the name of self-financed colleges.

Student leaders were protesting over MSU's proposal to convert some seats in commerce into payment seats and charge Rs 6000 as term fees from those who take admission on these seats.

"Barot knows that the days of his government are numbered. He knows that he wouldn't be a minister again and wants to cash in on the opportunity. This is why he has sanctioning a self-financed colleges", said angry student leaders.

They argued that education was state's primary responsibility and one can't expect all people to dole out huge sum of money as fees for getting admissions. "Everybody is not rich. Even today majority of the people in our state are either poor or hail from the middle class", said former MSU students union vice president Amar Dhomse. He suspected that there was a design in minting money in the name of payment seats.

"First they deliberately gave a very high HSC result. Then they trumpeted 'not having enough seats in colleges'. Later, very swiftly, they propagated this theory of solving the admission problem through self-financed colleges", Dhomse said.

He said student leaders would continue demonstrating their protests against the blatant commercialisation of higher education.

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'Change food habits to combat heart attack' Wednesday, July 11, 2001

The Times of India News Service
BHAVNAGAR: If you do not want to be one of the 1.5 crore people of the world or one of the 25 lakh Indians suffering from heart ailments, you need to change your food habits, do physical exercise and avoid mental stress and quit smoking. This is what interventional cardiologist Sameer Dani advised people here.

This regimen led to a remarkable decrease of 50 per cent in the number of American patients in the past 40 years. Diabetes, hypertension, uncontrolled intake of cholesterol, tobacco chewing or smoking caused heart ailments in our country. Furthermore, resistance to insulin, haemocysteine and weak genetic composition were additional factors for heart attacks in India.

Dani, who is head of the U N Mehta heart institute and cardiology centre at civil hospital Ahmedabad, advised people not to be scared of things like angiography, angioplasty and bypass surgery as they minimised the cardiac problems.

Bhavnagar medical association spokesmen said Dani had performed 20,000 angiographies, 3,500 angioplasties besides a few thousands valvoplasty and 250 preipheral angioplasties.

Baroda-based nephrologist Kamalesh Parikh said diabetes, hypertension, indiscriminate use of painkillers and certain hereditary diseases caused kidney complaints.

He told patients that if they recognised swelling of body parts, decrease in urine output and burning micturition and smoky red urine, they should immediately consult a nephrologist.

He said the new method of CAPD was convenient as patients can use it at home. A patient can live longer by using this method. Nevertheless, he said plentiful intake of drinking water could be an effective precaution to avoid kidney problems.

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Rains fail to revive hydro power stations Wednesday, July 11, 2001

The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: The state's first hydro station, the 300 MW plant at Ukai in South Gujarat, had to be closed following low level of water in the Ukai reservoir despite early rains this year, a Gujarat Electricity Board source told 'The Times of India'.

The 240 MW hydro power station at Kadana in Central Gujarat was shut down in October 1999 on account of low water level in the reservoir there. Thus both the hydro power stations of the state are now non-functional, depriving the state of 540 MW of power.

Reports of rain from several parts of the state have not helped in bringing the water level in these reservoirs up to the mark.

GEB officials feel that it is unusual that two hydro power stations had to be closed down due to insufficient water at a time when the state received monsoon rains ahead of schedule. Even pouring of the Narmada canal water into Mahi river did not help bring back the 240 MW hydro power station on stream at Kadana.

The water level at Ukai has not reached the maximum level of 345 feet. The operation of any of the four hydro units of Ukai depends on the release of water from Ukai reservoir, which was constructed primarily for irrigation purpose.

Sources indicate that since the season for summer crop is over, the irrigation department has stopped releasing water from Ukai reservoir since May 28. This has led to a situation where hydro station has not been getting any water, leading to its shut down. At present, water level at Ukai reservoir stood at 290 feet.

The irrigation department prefers to use the water judiciously for meeting any adverse condition arising out of another monsoon failure. The power to decide on release of water from the dam at Ukai rests on the state irrigation department authorities which releases water depending upon the requirements of the farmers.

The release of water from this dam allowed GEB to operate for some time only one of the four hydro units located there. The installed capacity of each of the four units is 75 MW.

Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel had allocated 50 million gallon of water per day (mgd) to the state's biggest coal-based thermal power station at Wanakbori to solve the problem of coal ash disposal following a request by GEB. That failed to raise the level of water at Kadana, which is located near Wanakbori.

Failed monsoons for two consecutive seasons had led to a decline in the water level in Mahi river affecting generation at the Kadana hydro power station, which has remained in shut down position for the past 22 months.

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Student leaders disrupt entrance examination Wednesday, July 11, 2001

The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: Student leaders disrupted the MSc (Botany) entrance examination in science faculty on Monday even as two of them were reportedly drunk.

Sources in botany department said that two persons who came along with science faculty students' association general secretary Niraj Ray to interrupt MSc botany entrance exam were smelling of alcohol. One to the two seemingly drunken persons appeared to be in his late 20s or early 30s and did not seem to be a student at all, eye witness in botany department said.

"These two had apparently consumed liquor. Even a couple of metres away one could feel the smell of liquor", the eye witness said.

Student leaders had barged into the department at around 9 am when about 54 students were readying to take the MSc Botany entrance test. Student leaders had objected against the department ruling that those students who had taken break for more than a year after their graduation would be considered ineligible for an admission in MSc. However the department had modified this ruling on Saturday and decided to allow all such students to sit in the entrance test and give them admission if they come in the merit.

But notwithstanding the rationale, a bunch of student leaders dared botany department head GP Senan to conduct the exam and face consequences. Interestingly, the entire agitation was apparently kicked of because a relative of a student leader was hoping to get into MSc after a gap of 12 years.

"I simply told them that we are going by the rules. They argued that we should give them the rules in writing. I told them this was a departmental norm and it was not mandatory on our part to give them anything in writing," Senan said. He added the student leaders did not listen to the argument and were bent upon vacating the class rooms. "They switched of lights and fans and asked students to leave," professor Senan said. However, the department managed to conduct the entrance exam and declared results.

But talks about two drunk people walking right into a lecture theatre of science faculty caused a stir on the faculty campus. While Ray and his bunch of followers hardly did anything to salvage their image senior student leaders on campus condemned the incident.

Said MSU students union general secretary Bharat Dangar: It's a matter of shame if a union office-bearer is encouraging drunkards. This type of cases shows the entire student leaders' community in a bad light. These so-called leaders don't realise that it's the image of student leaders that is at stake".

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

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Oral plan for schoolchildren Wednesday, July 11, 2001

The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: The Indian Dental Association's Vadodara branch will launch 'Smile through the millennium' -- a national oral health programme -- here on Monday, as part of a country-wide campaign to increase awareness about oral hygiene and dental care.

The programme will be inaugurated by Indian Dental Association president Dr US Krishna Nayak. Supported by Colgate-Palmolive (India) Ltd, the four-month programme, which will go up to the end of October, is aimed at increasing dental health awareness amongst the public at large and school children in particular.

Some of the highlights of the programme include a school dental health education campaign which will cover over 60,000 schoolchildren in the age group of six to 12 years. Trained dental professionals will conduct the programme using charts, audio-visual presentation, models, etc. In continuation with the dissemination of dental care information to children, teachers too shall be trained to impart oral health education in class room. The objective being to include dental health care in day-to-day teaching activities.

The project also involves spreading information and awareness about dental care among the public at large, for which several activities have been planned for the oral health week celebrations. Some of the activities include dental health exhibitions, film exhibitions, audio-visual presentations, lectures and demonstrations, etc. Besides, painting, elocution and essay competitions will be organised for children. A 'Beautiful Smile Contest' and collage competitions for college students have also been planned.

Earlier, the Vadodara branch of the Indian Dental Association, had organised various dental camps, school dental education projects, check-ups and anti-tobacco related exhibitions to promote dental health education and better oral health hygiene standards. A release from the IDA added that such programmes are being organised mainly in view of the need to spread information about oral diseases such as oral cancer, dental decay and gum disease which can be easily prevented.

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