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June 26, 2001 - June 26, 2001

PANCHMAHALS::::GGIS commissioned in tribal Panchmahals Tuesday, June 26, 2001

By A Staff Reporter, The Times of India News Service
JAMBUGHODA (Panchmahals district): This tribal-dominated taluka, known for its forests and wildlife, on Monday became a part of the global village with the Gujarat Geographic Information System (GGIS) including details about the taluka in its multi-purpose common digital database.

Panchmahals also became the first tribal district in the state to be a part of the IT revolution.

GGIS, the nodal agency for Gujarat under the National Natural Resources Information System, has been working on three districts -- Panchmahals, Gandhinagar and Bhavnagar. The district will be connected to the Gujarat State Wide Area Network (GSWAN) when the system is inaugurated on August 15.

"Data on the taluka's natural resources, infrastructure like road and rail links, basic amenities, demography and socio-economic aspects will be included in the database which will be provided on Windows, Desktop and also on CDs for administrators, planners, scientists and social workers," senior scientist with Remote Sensing and Communication Centre Sashikant Sharma.

Sharma informs that work will soon begin on the rest of the districts of the state, with these three districts being the model.

The district also completed computerisation of land records with the help of the National Informatic Centre. Jambughoda taluka was selected as a pilot project to test the success of the task.

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


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Nadiad police avert ST driver's self-immolation Tuesday, June 26, 2001

The Times of India News Service
NADIAD, June 25: Sensation prevailed here at the S.T. bus station when a former driver doused himself with kerosene near the rail track on Monday. The timely intervention police who overpowered him prevented his bid at self-immolation.

According to Nadiad town PI R B Patel, former S.T. driver Sanat Patel ( (45) who had resigned as S.T. bus driver in 1999 wrote to the police and other officials that he would commit self-immolation at the new S.T. bus station on June 26 if his reinstatement demand was not accepted.

The police could not trace him at his house at Vanthvadi village in Mehmdavad taluka. PSI Shivbhadrasinh Rana accompanied by four men swung into action and mounted vigil at the new and old S.T. bus station areas.

When Sanatbhai doused himself with kerosene and was running from the railtrack just behind the new S.T. bus station, he was overpowered by the PSI and policemen. Sanatbhai had used four litres of kerosene to douse himself. The police also found match-box in his possession.

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


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World Bank aid to Vadodara dist for malaria control programme Tuesday, June 26, 2001

By A Staff Reporter, The Times of India News Service
VADODARA, June 25: The World Bank has given a grant of Rs 12 lakh to Vadodara district for its malaria control programme.

The district development officer has instructed all officers of the district to speed up the work of controlling malaria in the four talukas of the district where prevalence of the disease is the highest. The prevalence is higher in adivasi areas of the district and as a result, 204 villages in these areas have been identified in this regard.

Meanwhile, the district Malaria Control Society has already started surveillance in the four talukas and the 204 villages of the district. The surveillance work is scheduled to be completed by June end.

The DDO has also asked the district malaria officer to make arrangement for equipment and medicines so that the surveillance, treatment and prevention of malaria can be taken up on a war footing note.

According to the DDO, a house-to-house survey has also been started in 183 villages where blood tests are being administered to identify the disease. Medicines for patients and insecticides to kill malaria-causing mosquitoes too are being distributed, the DDO added.

At the same time, a "Jan Jagruti Abhiyan" to create public awareness on ways to prevent spread of malaria and to take proper treatment for the disease is also on. Cultural social media like Dayros, puppet shows are also being used for the same. Advertisements with public awareness messages too are being put up on state transport buses.

Meanwhile, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation has set aside Rs 2.4 lakh for malaria control programmes in the city which will include all the 10 wards.

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


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KARAMSAD:::: Karamsad doctors continue mission of mercy in Kutch Tuesday, June 26, 2001

By A Staff Reporter, The Times of India News Service
VADODARA, June 25: When Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee visited Bhuj earlier this month, he was not the only one following up on commitments and assessing if rehabilitation work has been satisfactory.

Doctors from the Shree Krishna Hospital run by the Charutar Arogya Mandal at Karamsad have been doing a massive follow-up, going back to Bhachau to look after 250 patients who were brought to Karamsad soon after the earthquake.

"All these 250 patients had gone back but we felt that we needed to go back and check how they were doing", said orthopaedic chief Yoginder Singh Pundir.

Doctors began visiting Kutch to follow up on treatment when they realised that the distance between villages in Kutch and Karamsad was a hindrance to the poor to take the journey.

"We found surgeries were done and implants placed in cases where there was no need to do so. In some the fact that the spine was being operated upon and hence any failure could have a debilitating effect on the patient did not deter those who performed the surgery. When such surgeries are done so casually, it is no wonder that we now notice post-operative infections", says Pundir.

He claims there was no complication or infection in any of the 200 surgeries performed at the Shree Krishna Hospital.

The team from Karamsad, comprising Pundir, senior resident doctor Ketan Shah, senior resident of the medical department Prafful Kamani and two staff nurses, carried out follow-up treatment on 275 patients at Bhuj, Bhachau and Adipur.

"Most of the patients we treated and who came for the follow-up camp, including amputation cases, showed excellent results. Many residents even spread the word that those having done good karam would have a chance to go to Karamsad for treatment," said Pundir.

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


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Monsoon-related toll in state rises to 41 Tuesday, June 26, 2001

By A Staff Reporter, The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD, June 25: With two more deaths reported from Junagadh, the monsoon related deaths in the state since June 1 has risen to 41, according to an official report reaching the revenue control room in Gandhinagar on Sunday.

Two girls, Sheetal Govind Baria (10) and Bharati Naresh Rathod (8) were seriously injured when a tree fell on a group of students in the compound of a government primary school at Junagadh on Saturday. More than 13 students sustained serious injuries in the mishap in the school compound. Classes at the school were being conducted out in the open as the building was in a dilapidated condition, and repeated pleas by the school management to the district authorities for repairs had fallen on deaf ears.

Bharati, who had received serious head injuries, was declared dead on reaching the hospital, while Sheetal succumbed to her injuries during treatment. Junagadh and its surroundings were lashed by heavy rains last week on the onset of monsoon.

A government spokesman said so far three persons had lost their lives in Junagadh, the two girls and a farmer who was swept away in a flooded rivulet.

According to the data received by the control room since June 1, the highest number of deaths, seven, were reported from Jamnagar and Surat each. The deaths were caused in cases of electrocution, lightening and wall and house collapse.

Amreli reported five deaths, followed by four each at Panchmahals and Vadodara districts. In Bulsar district, three deaths have been reported followed by two in adjoining Navsari district. One death has been reported from Gandhinagar, Dahod, Kaira, Mehsana, Sabarkantha Porbander.

Meanwhile, sowing operations were on in full swing all over the state as almost all the parts of Gujarat had received the required rains. Out of 227 talukas, as many as 137 have received more than 125 mm rainfall in the first phase of monsoon. However, the second phase of monsoon is eagerly awaited.

The state has recorded more than 28 per cent of the season's rainfall in the first phase of monsoon.

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


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