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July 5, 2001 - July 5, 2001

Anti-ragging campaign kicked off Thursday, July 5, 2001

By A Staff Reporter, The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: A poster-campaign was kicked off on Wednesday against the menace of ragging on the arts faculty campus after applicants to the fine arts entrance examination were ragged on Tuesday. Posters condemning ragging were splashed across the fine arts building.

Though senior fine arts students insisted that ragging was healthy and in keeping with the fine arts spirit, anti-ragging posters with strong messages were seen across the fine arts campus, an indicator that this view was not shared by all on campus.

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


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Protests over MCom admission continues Thursday, July 5, 2001

By A Staff Reporter, The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: Student leaders disrupted MCom admission form distribution process even as police squads combed the commerce faculty and donors plaza campus of M S University on Wednesday. Student leaders also had a tiff with police but tension was subdued.

Student leaders from both NSUI and ABVP are protesting against MSU's decision to strictly adhere to 50 per cent eligibility criteria for MCom admission.

On Wednesday student leaders like Amar Dhomse, Bharat Dangar, Rutwik Joshi, Jignesh Patel and their supporters prevented forms distribution. MSU vice-chancellor Anil Kane was quick to call police to deter student leaders from indulging in vandalism. As many as three inspectors and an assistant commissioner of police were camping in MSU to ensure that no violence takes place.

However, student leaders threatened that they would continue their protest and will stop form distribution on Thursday as well.

Dangar, meanwhile, met Kane and proposed that two plans to resolve the stand of. He suggested that the MSU should allow students with less than 50 per cent marks in BCom to appear in MCom (previous) exam as ex-students and if they clear this exam with 50 percent marks they should be inducted as regular students in MCom final.

He also demanded that MSU should admit an equal number of students that it admitted last year in MCom. This number comes to 2007. Kane has reportedly told student leaders that he would consider their proposal but has not made any commitment.

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


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Heavy rains in Kheda district Thursday, July 5, 2001

The Times of India News Service
NADIAD: Heavy rains have been reported in all talukas in Kheda district in the last 24 hours prior to 8 am on Wednesday.

Kathalal recorded a rainfall of 84 mm, Nadiad with 86 mm, Mehmedavad 71 mm, Thasra 63 mm, Balasinor 57 mm, Kapadwanj 51 mm, Mahudha 49 mm, Matar 46 mm while Virpur registered a rainfall of 43 mm.

The drought-affected talukas namely Kapadwanj, Virpur and Balasinor received heavy rains providing relief to district authority, as the relief works in these areas are likely to be stopped. Heavy rains were witnessed in Nadiad town from Tuesday afternoon till Wednesday morning recording a high 86 mm rainfall.

With pot holes increasing in size due to rains, vehicle owners had a tough time on the road, especially while passing through the Nanakumbhantha Road, Civil Hospital Road and Circular Road areas. All the four railway underbridges were flooded, causing problems to citizens residing in western parts of the town.

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


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Vadodara police putting e-plan in place Thursday, July 5, 2001

By Sajid Shaikh, The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: After getting into the plush new police bhavan and exposing its staff to a different culture of policing, city cops are now putting their e-plan in place.

Vadodara police have roped in a local IT firm and have commissioned it to develop a special software package. The firm has been given the task of designing Vadodara police's website. This website will have information related to city police, its 13 police stations, prevention of crime branch, detection of crime branch, special branch and other units.

An agreement has been reached between the city police and the IT firm to do the job free of cost. Besides commissioning website, webpages and developing various software the IT firm has also been requisitioned to provide all technical know how of intra and internet networking. However, all the 13 police stations of the city will be connected only after six months. But work on developing the software and its pilot run will begin from next week, city police commissioner J Mahapatra said.

"The software programme that is being developed for us will help us in recording and processing of crime related data. It will also provide us instant access to accurate figures and details of a particular crime committed in last thirty years", Mahapatra told The Times of India.

He said that simultaneously work would begin on designing a website dedicated to city police. "We have told them to make an informative and interactive website. This website will communicate citizens about our duties and can also provide them with information that they can use. Say like information related to passport, stay of foreigners, licence and other similar useful details", Mahapatra said.

Already police inspectors and sub inspectors are trained for a computer aided environment. Computers have also been procured and installed in all the 13 police stations.

Police officers too have liked the concept of having a dedicate website and a special software package to aid policing. Said deputy commissioner of police (north) V J Gautam: "This is a very good development. Getting a 10-year record and screening it to zero down on a group of suspects is a cumbersome process. But if this job is done in a second just by clicking on the mouse imagine how much time we will save". He added that cyber technology would help better policing and have many indirect benefits.

"Suppose there is an incident of chain snatching in Fatehpura. The incident has occurred at 8.30 pm on Wednesday. If you have a recorded data you just have to open the specific file that will list local criminals involved in chain snatching in last ten years and their modus operandi", Gautam added.

Detection and prevention of crime branches stand to benefit the most from the software. "Very often we have to refer to old files and records. If every thing is stored in a hard disc our jobs become easier. It can improve efficiency tremendously", said prevention of crime branch police sub inspector M A Chauhan.

Assistant commissioner of police B P Sarvaiya also appreciated the concept of having website procuring software packages. "All branches of city police stands to benefit from this. Its step towards sophistication of police", Sarvaiya said.

While the website and software package will come within a fortnight networking of police stations will take some time. Current indications show that networking is still at least six months away. Interestingly, networking will be achieved through Reliance telecom's optic fibre cables and not via BSNL.

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


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JUNAGADH:::: MLA demands medical college at Junagadh Thursday, July 5, 2001

The Times of India News Service
JUNAGADH: Independent legislator Mahendra Mashru has demanded a medical college at Junagadh. He would talk about the need to Dhirubhai Ambani of the Reliance Group, he stated. He was speaking at the openng fucntion of a computer centre. Fisheries minsiter Babubhai Bokhiriya , deputy collector VG Kalariya , DEO Jhanjhrukhiya were also present. The welcome speech was given by GPKathi.

Gokul Gram Yojana: Under the Gokul Gram Yojna, rural development works like community hall and cement road facilities have been given to nine villages of Talala taluka, TDO Patel has said.

Gambling den raided: The police raided gambling houses and arrested 32 people with instruments worth Rs. 90,000, and cash of Rs. 55,000. Cases had been filed against offenders, who included taluka panchayat members Purushottam Babu, Ala Mirak Juma Jamaal, Kala Jadav, Dahya Juma, Bhanu Meerag, Arjun Bhoora, Pacha Lakshman.

Liquor Haul: The Kodinar police intercepted a truck near Rajmoti Petroleum and seized 10,352 bottles of foreign liquor and confiscated the truck. On the instructions of DSP Shashikant Trivedi, the police had mounted vigil on the Veraval Road and stopped the truck. Driver Subhash Marathi was detained.

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


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