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June 24, 2001 - June 24, 2001

V-C extends leave by 15 days Sunday, June 24, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 23: The vice-chancellor of Gujarat University, Naresh Ved will extend his leave for 15 more days. Talking to The Asian Age, Mr Ved said, “My wife is not well and will have to undergo a surgery. She will have to be hospitalised and I need to be by her side.”

Negating the chances of allegations that he went on leave when the university needed him the most, he said, “The university has a pro-vice-chancellor who can take care of things. I went on leave after one month of his joining. I took leave after the examinations were over and the exam schedule was in place. Moreover, 25,000 of the 32,000 admissions were given when I went on leave.”

The new administrator of Madhavpura Mercantile Cooperative Bank, Mr H G Chhovala, is all set for revival of the bank. The new administrator, who took over from Mr S Ramchandran, was optimistic about the revival of the bank. Mr Chhovala is a retired additional registrar of state co-operative department.

Former registrar Mr Ramchandran had submitted his resignation due to a protest by Gujarat Urban Cooperative Banks Federation for his inexperience in cooperative sector and lack o Gujarati language.

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


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Bogus ration cards collected in Vadodara Sunday, June 24, 2001

AsianAge
Vadodara, June 23: As many as 4,685 bogus ration cards have been surrendered by the fair price shop owners, followed by strict action initiated by the district supply office. According to sources at the district supply office, the move was initiated a month back when the officer D.D. Kapadia had floated a plan in which fair price shop owners were allowed to surrender the bogus ration cards provided no action was to be taken.

Though the scheme was over on May 31, shopkeepers kept on surrendering bogus ration cards to the supply office. An official told The Asian Age that up to May 31 about 1,000 bogus ration cards were surrendered. However, one official said that the issue has turned serious as authorities have failed to see through the loopholes.

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


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Order to collect water samples Sunday, June 24, 2001

AsianAge
Vadodara, June 23: With a view to check turbidity level in water supplied by the VMC, the court commissioner appointed by Judicial Magistrate (Fifth Division) on Saturday has ordered to take steps to acquire four samples of water from different parts of the city and get them tested.

This has been done as a result of a complaint filed by Mr Chetan Gore of Atrocities and People’s Injustice Prevention Forum.

Mr Gore commenting on the situation said, “The samples could not be sent for testing on Saturday as it was a holiday. The samples shall be sent for testing to a government recognised laboratory on Monday.”

He further said that the samples have been taken from Madhu Row House Society in Wadi, Musalman Mohalla in Navapura, Mahalaxmi Society on the Ajwa Road and from Jambubet.

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


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Cable fault: BSNL officials find themselves in troubled waters Sunday, June 24, 2001

By Hitarth Pandya, AsianAge
Vadodara, June 22: Bharat Sanchar Nigam limited has once again found itself in troubled waters. This time senior officials are known to have awarded the cable-laying contract to certain contractors who had quoted lowest rates.

Though the matter was brought to the notice of top-level officials at Ahmedabad and New Delhi, officials at Vadodara again included the same contractors for the cable-laying projects in Vadodara district.

Highly placed sources at VTD office said that though the incident was mentioned in Delhi the same contractors were given the contract for laying cables in the city. Evidence available with The Asian Age proves that the rates quoted by M/S MV Omni Entrerprises were much higher than the other parties but the still the firm could manage to get the contract.

The matter was then brought to the notice of the top-level officials by the Telephone Advisory Committee member Kanu Trivedi. Mr Trivedi told The Asian Age that in 1999-2000 cable laying and horizontal drilling took place and the scam was unearthed at that time.

He said, “In the first place the contract was awarded to Omni Enterprise without issuing the tender notice. The rates quoted for OFC cable laying were Rs 57 on soft soil and Rs 84 on hard soil and the rates for horizontal drilling were between Rs 2200 and Rs 2900.”

According to Mr Trivedi the discrepancy was inquired by vigilance branch and instructions were given to the authorities concerned to recover the surplus amount paid to the contractor, which comes around Rs 20 lakh.

He said, “Though the contractor was found involved in discrepancies VTD general manager Rakesh Babu awarded him the contract for another year which clearly proves his involvement in the scam.”

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


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VMC digs channel to divert Pratapura water Sunday, June 24, 2001

AsianAge
Vadodara, June 22: Five days after a major breach occurred at Pratapura reservoir, the VMC has succeeded in digging a channel that will divert the water to the feeder connecting Ajwa reservoir when it rains.

Following the breach, three nearby villages were flooded and 513 people had to be shifted to safer places. Municipal commissioner Vilasini Ramachandran said that the channel has a capacity to withstand substantial rainfall.

The half-km long channel can take water to Ajwa as well as river Vishwamitri. In consultation with the experts, the VMC has also started constructing an alternative barrier.

The barrier that is being constructed near the breach will enable to VMC to continue work despite some water flowing towards it. Meanwhile, the experts of the dam safety panel from New Delhi are expected by Wednesday.

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


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