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June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001

Solanki supporters to meet on July 1 Monday, June 25, 2001

Gandhinagar, June 24: Senior Congress leaders, supporting former Union foreign minister Madhavsinh Solanki, has called for a sammelan on July 1 at 1 pm at the Town Hall here.

The rally has been organised with the intention to bring forth the failure of the BJP both at the state and the Centre and the problems faced by the farmers, labourers, middle class and the general public due to poor administration at both levels.

The rally will also decide on how to build a base of committed workers in the state. An effort will be made to create a mandate among the people in view of the feeling amongst the people that the Congress should return to power.

The sammelan is likely to be attended by Bhairavdan Gadhvi, Navin Shastri, Khodidan Jhula, Madhavsinh Solanki, Giga Gohil, Chitu Gamit, Surendra Rajput, Jitu Shah, Rizvan Usmani, Pethalji Chavda, Kasambapu and leading workers and leaders from each district. Invitations have been sent out to all GPCC office bearers, MPs, MLAs, and leaders of the panchayat and municipal corporations.

At a similar meeting last year, planning for conducting such meetings in every district had been done, but the AICC elections, elections of the state delegates and the appointment of the GPCC president had taken a lot of time. This had made it difficult to organise the planned meetings. The campaign will also discuss strategies to achieve AICC president’s campaign to consolidate the base of the party.

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

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Baroda cable war hots up Monday, June 25, 2001

Vadodara, June 25: The Makarpura police has filed a case against Chhatrasinh Mahida, chairman of the irrigation committee of the Vadodara district panchayat, and three others on the charges of injuring his two brothers. The injured have been admitted, in a critical condition, in the SSG Hospital.

Complainants James and Austin Bangera, residents of Vijaynagar Tarsali, said that Mr Mahida, Jaswant alias Lalo, Arvindbhai and another person attacked him and his brother with swords and sharp weapons near a pond. A cable war is reported to be the reason behind the attack. They said Mr Mahida and his colleagues asked them to withdraw the cases filed earlier.

“When we denied to withdraw the cases they beat us,” the Austins told the police. Mr Mahida, who is also a director of Baroda Dairy, and his accomplices are at large. Sources said the fight could be to gain supremacy of cable network in the area. Incidentally, Mr Mahida’s brother-in-law was done to death by an executive engineer of the Vadodara district panchayat about a month ago.

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

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Vandalism over Gadar screening Monday, June 25, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 25: After Bhopal, it’s Ahmedabad’s turn to face fiery passions over the screening of Hindi film Gadar. Miscreants set on fire the screen at Sangam theatre on Sunday, where the film is currently running, and ransacked the auditorium.

Four scooters also were set on fire in the parking plot even as vandalism continued in the auditorium. However, no one was injured in the incident. The incident occurred at 10 pm, during the last show of the day and as panic spread, cinema-goers rushed out of the hall.

Police rushed to the spot and situation is reported to be under control. No arrests were made till reports last came in at 11.45 pm.

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

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Centre yet to issue excise waiver Monday, June 25, 2001

The Times of India News Service
GANDHINAGAR, June 23: Though the excise waiver announced by Prime Minister AB Vajpayee on June 4 has generated considerable national interest to set up units in quake-affected Kutch district, the Government of India has so far failed to issue a notification to make the announcement effective.

The Gujarat government, which is planning to give sales tax incentives for Kutch, is unable to make an announcement on this as its notification for sales tax concession would depend entirely on the Central excise notification.

"It might take at least a week for the Centre to issue its notification on excise, right now being drafted, while the state would take yet another week to issue its notification on sales tax giving capital-based incentives", a senior government official said. State industries secretary L. Mansingh was in Delhi on Friday, along with finance secretary Sudhir Mankad, to finalise the finer details of the two notifications. The sales tax concession would be the same as was given during 1995-2000, before an inter-state agreement was arrived at to fix a floor-rate for sales tax all of India.

Sources in the industries commissionerate said over the last week alone they have received more than two dozen major proposals for investment in Kutch. "So far, most of the proposals are by small and medium sized industries", said a top bureaucrat, adding, however, "The proposal from big companies are usually through consultants that do not reveal their names."

Among the two dozen proposals that have been received over the last week to the commissionerate include a US tyre company based in Michigan; Bluestar; Jindal Pipes; Arvind, Harias and IPF Vikram India, all in ready-made garments; Shivam Chemicals, Jodhpur, which is in mineral-based industries; Vintage Packaging from New Delhi, MSS Exports and Genus Overseas Electronics; Ganesh Polylam Centre from Vishakhaptnam; Babulal Jadavji Jewellers in Mumbai who want to shift their ornaments business to Kutch; Vishwas Aqua Minerals.

Industries department sources said, within Gujarat, too, there is considerable flutter among the small scale sector units that wish to shift their operations to Kutch. Inquiries have come from the units that have proposed to set up operations in the Ankleshwar GIDC estate to shift instead to Kutch. "There would be at least a 15 to 20 per cent advantage if the companies go to Kutch", a senior bureaucrat revealed.

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

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HC restrains GU vice-chancellor Monday, June 25, 2001

The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD, June 23: Justice P K Sarkar of the Gujarat High Court has restrained Gujarat University vice-chancellor from exercising executive council powers and stayed the granting of affiliation to new colleges.

A writ petition was moved by University Executive Council member Narhari Amin challenging the delegation of powers by members of the executive council in favour of the vice-chancellor, and the latter acting solely as the executive council and taking decisions on behalf of the council.

During the last meeting of the council, held on June 18, 2001, a resolution was passed to decide the need of new colleges to be given to different institutions in commerce, BBA and BCA. It also decided to grant colleges as per applications received from different institutions by the vice chancellor. For such purpose, the powers vested in the members of the council were given to the (officiating) vice-chancellor Chaitanya Khambholaja.

The petitioner objected that the powers which are vested under Section 33 of the Act to grant affiliation are with the members of the council, and such powers cannot be delegated since there is no provision in the Act for such delegation. And therefore, each application for granting new affiliation should be decided in the council meeting itself.

It was also argued that the powers and duties of the vice-chancellor stated in Section 11 of the Act did not include powers to grant affiliation.

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

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