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June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001

BHAVNAGAR:::: Rathyatra passes off peacefully in Bhavnagar Monday, June 25, 2001

The Times of India News Service
BHAVNAGAR, June 23: The rathyatra marked with all the religious fervour passed off peacefully under heavy police bandobast here on Saturday. About 120 Army commandos equipped with 30 hidden micro-cameras were pressed into service in the most sensitive areas of the city.

Thousands of devotees, about 70 decorated vehicles, four elephants and bhajan mandalies participated all along the 18-km long route.

A contingent of 1,500 policemen drawn from Bhavnagar, Amreli and Porbandar districts, 1,000 home guards and more than 100 police vehicles escorted the rathyatra under the direct supervision of Junagadh range special IGP H P Singh and Bhavnagar DSP Jayesh Bhatt.

IGP Singh said that the entire city was divided into seven zones and each one of them was overseen by a Dy SP backed by a sizeable police contingent including Rapid Action Force and SRP teams.

Police contingent, equipped with rifles, LMGs, binoculars, wireless sets and walkie-talkies, were deployed on 10 high towers and a few hundred dhaba points in areas like Chavdigate, Karachalia Para, Sandhiavad and other sensitive areas. Fifteen videographers recorded the movement of the rathyatra.

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Irregular fault from R-Day quake caused aftershocks Monday, June 25, 2001

The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: Aftershocks rocking Kutch even four and a half months after the January 26 earthquake may be the result of an irregular fault formed by the quake, with energy continuing to emanate from within the earth causing blind thrusts, feel geologists.

According to professor of geology at MS University and an expert in geo-tectonic activity in Kutch region RV Karanth, earthquakes are caused when stress building up on rocks goes beyond the elastic limit resulting in rupture in the rock followed by creation of fault through which energy is released.

"When this fault is regular, energy is released all of a sudden. But, when this fault plain is irregular, energy is released in phases, little by little, as it moves towards a state of equilibrium. This phasewise release of energy accounts for aftershocks which can carry on for months," says Karanth.

Karanth, however, feels that these aftershocks are always minor and should not be a cause for worry. "Though such aftershocks may carry on for some more months, the magnitude will not be very high," he says.

Karanth says that Dr Rastogi of the Roorkee University has said in his paper released on May 24 this year that the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) has recorded as many as 100 aftershocks of magnitude of four or more and 10 of magnitude 5 on the Richter scale till April.

"Rastogi's paper also mentions that aftershocks of various magnitudes continued to rock Kutch till 17 months after the 1819 Allah Bund earthquake," Karanth said.

Karanth feels that such aftershocks will continue till an equilibrium is reached.

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Irregular fault from R-Day quake caused aftershocks Monday, June 25, 2001

The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: Aftershocks rocking Kutch even four and a half months after the January 26 earthquake may be the result of an irregular fault formed by the quake, with energy continuing to emanate from within the earth causing blind thrusts, feel geologists.

According to professor of geology at MS University and an expert in geo-tectonic activity in Kutch region RV Karanth, earthquakes are caused when stress building up on rocks goes beyond the elastic limit resulting in rupture in the rock followed by creation of fault through which energy is released.

"When this fault is regular, energy is released all of a sudden. But, when this fault plain is irregular, energy is released in phases, little by little, as it moves towards a state of equilibrium. This phasewise release of energy accounts for aftershocks which can carry on for months," says Karanth.

Karanth, however, feels that these aftershocks are always minor and should not be a cause for worry. "Though such aftershocks may carry on for some more months, the magnitude will not be very high," he says.

Karanth says that Dr Rastogi of the Roorkee University has said in his paper released on May 24 this year that the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) has recorded as many as 100 aftershocks of magnitude of four or more and 10 of magnitude 5 on the Richter scale till April.

"Rastogi's paper also mentions that aftershocks of various magnitudes continued to rock Kutch till 17 months after the 1819 Allah Bund earthquake," Karanth said.

Karanth feels that such aftershocks will continue till an equilibrium is reached.

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


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Octroi panel opposes exemption to RIL Monday, June 25, 2001

The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD, June 23: The Octroi Committee of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) called for the cancellation of the octroi duty exemption granted to Reliance Industries Limited for bringing telecommunications equipment into the city.

Challenging a decision taken by the state government on octroi duty exemption to RIL in September last year, the octroi committee passed a proposal on Friday. The proposal terms the exemption move as illegal because it was taken at a time when all corporation areas were under the election code of conduct in view of the state's civic body elections.

This is the second such proposal passed by the octroi committee. The first one was on May 4. Octroi committee chairman Kishansinh Tomar said the corporation would gain Rs 50 lakh every month if this octroi duty exemption on telecom equipment of Reliance was revoked.

Tomar said "policy decisions taken when the AMC was under administrator's rule makes the state government's decision null and void and open to being challenged in the court." The proposal has been forwarded to the Standing Committee of the AMC. The issue is likely to be taken up in the next weekly meeting of the standing committee.

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


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AMC serves show-cause notices to absent officials Monday, June 25, 2001

The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD, June 23: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has served show cause notices to 14 Town Development Office (TDO) employees who have not reported to duty for more than a month now.

The TDO staffers playing truant have been asked to explain why they have been absent from duty without prior intimation. The notice says that when employees of the corporation have been putting extra hours for emergency duty following the January 26 earthquake, some have chosen to stay away from work.

"BU applications have to be expedited, post-quake relief and demolition work have to be carried out and fresh building plans (especially for those sites where the structures have collapsed) have to be passed. At this crucial juncture, absence of 14 TDO men has severely hit our services," said a senior official of AMC.

The show-cause notice adds: "Why should action (to the extent of termination of services) not be initiated against you." The show-caused employees have been asked to reply by June 28 failing which they stand to lose their job. A large number of those show-caused are of the rank of deputy TDO, assistant TDO and assistant estate officers. "Eight belong to the officers' cadre while six are inspectors in the department," said commissioner K Kailashnathan.

While sources reasoned that certain TDO staffers are being hounded by the district police in connection with building collapse cases ever since the quake and that these officials have chosen to go underground.

The disciplinary action comes at a time when appointment letters to 48 new sub-inspectors of TDO are being forwarded by the AMC. Sources point out, now that the corporation has enough staff to augment services of TDO and estate, the much-awaited disciplinary action is so much easier.

"Examination for TDO sub-inspectors were conducted with strict vigilance and in an irregularity-free environment. Even the interview section preceding the appointments have been done away with. The 48 candidates have been chosen strictly according to merit. This has been done to send the right signal to masses. Getting a job at AMC does not mean greasing palms or a back door entry. This is a plum post and all care is being taken to weed out corruption," said Kailashnathan.

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


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