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July 7, 2001 - July 8, 2001

Govt apathy, not quake kills this youth from Wadhwan Sunday, July 8, 2001

The Times of India News Service
RAJKOT: While the killer quake on January 26 spared a 30-year-old youth, death caught him through delay in getting government aid. The untimely death of Dalwadi Balwant Bhagwanbhai hailing from Wadhwan on Wednesday was due to the state government's fault and this has caused resentment amongst the people here.

Though district authorities sanctioned him Rs 20,000 as aid, the money never reached him. To provide shelter to his family he borrowed money on heavy interest and was caught in a debt-trap as the promised government money never came and the stress ultimately overtook him and he suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed.According to sources at Wadhwan, the authorities did the survey of the house and even sanctioned money. He also received a letter that the first instalment of Rs. 8,000 was released. Then he was made to run from pillar to post for getting the money.

At last, officials told him that his file pertaining 'was lost' and could not be traced. Each trip to the mamlatdar's office cost him Rs. 60 towards travelling and other expenses.

Meanwhile, money lenders began to ask for the return of the money, which was not forthcoming. And even after his death when the relatives went to the mamlatdar, they were told the same story of 'lost file'.

The authorities at Wadhwan were not available for comment.

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JAMANAGAR:::: Widespread rainfall in Jamnagar Sunday, July 8, 2001

The Times of India News Service
JAMNAGAR: The second spell of rain was recorded in all ten talukas of the district and the water problem has eased.

Jamnagar city recorded six inches of rain. All talukas had average of three and half inches. Three talukas --- Jodia, Dhroll and Kalavad --- which had got less rain in the first spell, had good rains in the second spell. Relief works in these talukas will now be stopped as sowing operation has begun there. Dwarka, the pilgrim town, received three and half inches within eight hours on Wednesday. It and has eased the drinking water problem in the coastal pilgrim centre as well.

College seats: Former law minister and leader of the Congress M K Bloach has drawn the attention of state education commissioner to the plight of over 130 students who are yet to get admission in colleges. Though they passed the HSC they are on the verge of losing an academic year, he stated.

Local DAV Arts and Science College has accommodated 400 students in the first year in three divisions. Yet over 130 students are without admission and they fear that there are precious year may be lost if they are not admitted, he added.

He had sought his intervention and requested the commissioner to instruct colleges to admit such students.

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


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JAMNAGAR:::: Widespread rainfall in Jamnagar Saturday, July 7, 2001

The Times of India News Service
JAMNAGAR: The second spell of rain was recorded in all ten talukas of the district and the water problem has eased.

Jamnagar city recorded six inches of rain. All talukas had average of three and half inches. Three talukas --- Jodia, Dhroll and Kalavad --- which had got less rain in the first spell, had good rains in the second spell. Relief works in these talukas will now be stopped as sowing operation has begun there. Dwarka, the pilgrim town, received three and half inches within eight hours on Wednesday. It and has eased the drinking water problem in the coastal pilgrim centre as well.

College seats: Former law minister and leader of the Congress M K Bloach has drawn the attention of state education commissioner to the plight of over 130 students who are yet to get admission in colleges. Though they passed the HSC they are on the verge of losing an academic year, he stated.

Local DAV Arts and Science College has accommodated 400 students in the first year in three divisions. Yet over 130 students are without admission and they fear that there are precious year may be lost if they are not admitted, he added.

He had sought his intervention and requested the commissioner to instruct colleges to admit such students.

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


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Guru Purnima at Nadiadm Saturday, July 7, 2001

The Times of India News Service
NADIAD : Hundreds of devotees thronged the Santram temple here from early this morning to celebrate Guru Purnima. They performed guru puja to the chief mahant Narayandasji Maharaj, who despite his weak health since 199, throughout the day stayed on to receive them and bless them. He has been undergoing dialysis thrice a week.

Similar celebrations were held at Bochasan Akshar Purushotam Swami Narayan temple where Pramukh Swami Maharaj blessed hundreds of devotees.

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MSU might moderate penalty for copying Saturday, July 7, 2001

The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: MS University's 'Unfair Means Committee' is contemplating toning down the degree of penalty against students caught copying in university exams.

Sources said the Unfair Means Committee, in its upcoming meeting, will decide on the mode of punishment on the basis of nature of copying. Earlier, students caught copying were barred from appearing in examinations up to two, three or five years.

"There can't be one punishment for all types of copying. The degree of punishment will now vary according to the nature of copying," said a syndicate member wishing anonymity.

He said there was a time when MSU punished students caught copying by not allowing them to appear in exams for 10 consecutive trials. "This means that the student couldn't take his exams for five years. And student might have been caught just for writing a formula on his sleeve," the source said.

To eliminate such arbitrary method of punishment, the MSU's Unfair Means Committee has now decided to study the punitive action taken by other universities in copying cases.

Sources said the Committee is, at present, studying the method adopted by Saurashtra University, and is most likely to adopt it. However, the final decision will be taken in the committee's upcoming meeting.

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