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June 26, 2001 - June 27, 2001

Trader held for selling adulterated edible oils Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 26: The Sardarnagar police caught Suresh S. Modi for making and selling adulterated edible oil for past two years from his shop Shreeji Traders and Modi Electronics, which are housed opposite Noblenagar Mahadev Chowki. This was discovered by the police when they raided the place on June 25.

Police confiscated stickers of well-known oil companies, 24 oil tins (16 kgs capacity), soyabean oil, equipment used for packing oil tins, tin covers, two scooters and Rs 16,000 cash. Totally the confiscated items are worth Rs 52,176.

Sardarnagar police has booked Mr Modi under section 3 and section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act. Police has also intimated the Civil Supplies Department and the Municipal Health Department about the seizures.

Modi bought groundnut oil from the market and then removed about 5 to 7 kilos from it and replaced it with either palmolien oil or soyabean oil and stuck the stickers of well known oil companies and sold then at various places at Kubernagar, Naroda and Nana Chiloda.

He then sold them to small traders and has been doing this business for past two years. Police inspector M.P. Patel is investigating the case.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]

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New V-C for more vocational courses Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 26: The Gujarat Vidyapeeth might undergo a revolution with the appointment of Navinchandra Barot as its new vice-chancellor. “I would promote vocational courses in the university so that increasing number of people can seek employment,” he said adding that he might give a go-ahead to vocational courses for women at a centre in Shahibaug soon.

Barot feels that the western-system of education is a must for the success of any candidate. “As per one’s qualification, a candidate should be guided to take up courses in academics or vocational skills. That would increase the efficiency of a candidate,” he says.

Barot even disclosed his ambition to ascertain that the Gujarat Vidypeeth be granted the status of a university in near future. Presently, the Vidyapeeth enjoys the status of a deemed university.

Although a Gandhian himself, Barot strongly feels that Gandhian principles are seldom put to use these days. “We have to consider this fact holistically and cannot blindly follow the principles. I believe that any education that does not enable the youth to seek employment is useless.

I could say this because during my involvement with the Majoor Mahajan Sangh, I have come across thousands of people who are going without employment despite their degree and postgraduate degree certificates.”

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]

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BJP exercise to rejuvenate party Tuesday, June 26, 2001

The Times of India News Service
RAJKOT, June 26: Perturbed by the steady decline in its popularity, the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has begun a massive contact programme with its workers at the grassroots to involve them in taking up popular cause.

As part of this strategy, district-level leaders activate taluka-level leaders and they in turn increase their interaction with leaders at the village level. Later district leaders provide feedback to the state leadership.

Even the party state unit president Rajendrasinh Rana MP has been meeting leaders at the district level. In the brain-storming session, the party leaders discuss the party's shortcomings, particularly implementation of its programmes.

While Rana refused to divulge details of his meetings with the party leaders, in an informal chat with the TOINS he did admit that the party had begun a stock-taking exercise from the party workers and asked them to be in touch with the electorate right at the village level.

The party's virtual defeat in the last district and taluka panchayat elections has forced the leadership to remain in live touch with the electorate.

It was with this intention that the state party leadership rushed to Rajkot, former health minister Ashok Bhatt, BJP MLA and chairman of the Ahmedabad district c-operative bank on the Madhavpura revival plan. Rajkot has a large number of depositors in the Madhavpura Mercantile Co-operative bank (MMCB).

The two BJP leaders not only claimed credit for the revival plan of the bank but also assured the depositors' fraternity here that the state government would deal harshly with those involved in the scam.

The official machinery here has been highlighting in the media even routine filling up of check dams ---a massive exercise undertaken by the Keshubhai government ---which has improved the water table in many parts of Saurashtra.

Even BJP workers have been told to highlight this achievement.

According to party sources, the party workers have been asked to take stock of developmental plans, failure of the machinery if any and suggest remedies.

Similarly the functioning of the party organisation at district and taluka level would be scrutinised. Besides, office-bearers role would be monitored.

A separate section involved in assessing the popularity graph of the chief minister would also suggest ways to boost his image as well as that of the BJP government.

The party workers in Saurashtra feel with a promising monsoon this year after a three-year drought, the party expects the popularity graph of the state government and the party to go up. With an aggressive mass contact programme to be followed the party hopes to recover the ground lost by it in the last district and taluka panchayat elections.

The gram panchayat elections which had been postponed in the name of drought would have to take place now that the monsoon is likely to be near normal. Whenever they are held after the monsoon, the elections would provide an opportunity to the BJP to judge its popularity, the sources pointed out.

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

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Doctors' unholy links with private labs come to light Tuesday, June 26, 2001

The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD, June 25: Even as a government-appointed committee is enquiring into the Eurokinase heart injection racket busted recently, more skeletons have started tumbling out of Gandhinagar Civil Hospital's closet.

In their pursuit to earn hefty commissions from chemists, it seems doctors at the hospital were prescribing several exorbitantly-priced drugs and even sub-standard ones.

"Ofloxin drug manufactured by a standard company is available for Rs 4-6, but the doctors have been found prescribing the same drug combination costing between Rs 20-30," reveals a member of the advisory committee of the hospital board.

Less than a month ago, four doctors were exposed for their involvement in indiscriminately prescribing Eurokinase heart injections costing a whopping Rs 12,000 to earn fat commissions worth Rs 5,000-6,000 per injection. Similar formulations are available in the market within Rs 2,000-3,000 and the same have been now procured by the hospital at an affordable Rs 850!

The expose has resulted in an avalanche of complaints against the irregularities in the hospital. Very often, patients are referred to private pathology laboratories for tests despite the hospital boasting of a 24-hour diagnostic laboratory.

"Poor patients are deliberately referred to private labs where they are forced to shell out anything between Rs 250-400. We have received a number of complaints from patients who have alleged that hefty commissions are being paid to doctors for referring patients to a particular private laboratory," informs advisory committee member Rajendra Parikh.

The committee members have also taken exception to doctors making it a standard procedure of referring patients to Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, citing shortage staff shortage or claiming the case is very complicated.

Remarks Parikh, "It is shameful that 35 years after Gandhinagar came into existence, the patients are still sent to Ahmedabad hospitals. Why is it that the doctors at Gandhinagar Civil Hospital cannot provide adequate medical services to patients?

The hospital is reportedly yet to fill vacancies of a dietician, linen keeper and even a barber. Curiously, the number of beds at the hospital has remained stagnant at 210 despite a steady increase in the population of the state Capital.

The hospital, in the absence of trained hands, has not been able to make use of sophisticated equipment provided under the controversial ORET project. These are gathering dust.

It is also alleged that the paramedical staff, in connivance with the doctors, are providing vaccination to people at their doorstep to earn a quick buck.

"It is surprising how the authorities are putting up with gross mismanagement of the hospital by the doctors," fumes an advisory board member who points out that the irregularities have been brought to the notice of those concerned umpteen number of times, but no action has been initiated to set things right.

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

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Fishermen's meet at Veraval tomorrow Tuesday, June 26, 2001

The Times of India News Service
JUNAGADH, June 26: The All-Gujarat Fishermen's Association is having an important meeting on Tuesday at Kamnath Temple, Kharwa Wad, Veraval.

On the agenda are the price hike of diesel and kerosene, and a plea for enhancing their distribution quota and the issue of hijacking of the Indian boats and fishermen by Pakistanis.

The association will also decide whether to join or not the dharna organised by the National Fish Workers' Forum Institute in Delhi on July 14.

Hanging Bridge: Nani Monpari village in Visavadar taluka has a typical traffic problem. The new Rs 65 lakh bridge! Nobody can use it except the birds, for at both the ends it is still hanging!

Prabhat Pheri: For the past 26 years, 'Prabhat Pheri' has been a regular feature of Mangrol town. On July 1, this mission will enter its 27th year. Religious and the patriotic people assemble before the dawn, and move around the town singing devotional and patriotic songs. The group is active in many socio-cultural programmes and helps people in times of distress and calamity.

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

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