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December 4, 2001 - December 4, 2001

HC Bar members mourn Haroobhai's death Tuesday, December 4, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Mourning the death of senior advocate Haroobhai Mehta in a car accident, members of the Gujarat High Court Advocates' Association convened a special general meeting on Monday, and requested for a full court reference at 11 am.AHMEDABAD: Mourning the death of senior advocate Haroobhai Mehta in a car accident, members of the Gujarat High Court Advocates' Association convened a special general meeting on Monday, and requested for a full court reference at 11 am. The Bar members, however, did not participate in the reference held at 4 pm instead of at 11 am, and passed a resolution stating, " ... but the honourable Chief Justice and his companion Justices of the Gujarat High Court declined to accede to it. Instead at 11 am today, they decided to hold a full court reference at 4 pm today. The association therefore regrets its ability to participate in the said reference." "The Bar is the best judge to decide who from amongst its members be given full court reference, at what time, on which day. The Bar requests the learned advocate general, additional advocate general and government pleader and all law officers of state and Union, to kindly accede to the content of this resolution," it added. Dubbed as "an uncompromising fighter all his life for the cause of the downtrodden" and "a champion of the underdogs", Mehta's demise was described as a great loss to the legal fraternity. Senior advocate and human rights activist Girish Patel, who attended a meeting with Mehta opposing POTO, a few hours before Haroobhai's death paid glowing tributes to him. "His is a great loss to all those who fought for the poor, the minorities and the disadvantaged groups. A relentless fighter, he is remembered for his commitment to the cause." Born in Dhrapad village near Bhavnagar, Haroobhai practised at the courts in Rajkot and was associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist). After being detained under MISA, he fought his own case in the Gujarat High Court and impressed by him, the then Chief Justice advised him to practice at the HC, which brought him to Ahmedabad. Later, he joined the Congress and became a member of the Rajya Sabha. Former Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court Justice A P Ravani, recollecting his association with the deceased said, "His is a great loss for progressive lawyers. He was like an ombudsman for judges and his mere presence had an impact, as he would never allow adjournments of cases." Associates recollect his volatile nature and total commitment to the cause of trade unions, as labourers and trade unionists could access him any time and he would take up cases at a fee lesser than what his juniors charge.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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BJP zeroing in on Kutiana as Modi's by-election seat Tuesday, December 4, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
GANDHINAGAR: Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the state BJP are fast zeroing in on Kutiana of Porbandar district as the seat to fight his crucial bypoll to be confirmed as CM. Though the bypoll can take place by April, Modi may go in for it before February 15 when the next Assembly session is likely to begin. Minister of state for revenue Haren Pandya told newsperons here on Monday that "Kutiania is highest on the list of constituencies" being considered by the state BJP as a possibility from where the CM might contest the pypoll. Those close to Modi added that Kutiana may see "very little opposition from within the BJP, especially those belonging to the ex-CM Keshubhai Patel camp." Significantly, Modi plans to go to two places in Porbandar district on December 6 to dedicate houses built for the quake-affected. Insiders say he may sense the party's mood when in Porbandar. Kutiana is a non-Patel, backward class constituency in Saurashtra. It is also crucial for Modi to project himself as contesting from places other than the area to which he belongs _ north Gujarat. Pandya, emerging as one of the strongest allies of Modi, said several other places were being considered as possible options, but a strong view was emerging that Modi should contest from Kutiana. "A final decision is awaited," he added, however. Pandya did not elaborate the reasons, but ministers close to Modi told TNN that the party had carried out a survey of eight constituencies, and found that "Kutiana was the safest". The last on the list of the survey is Dhandhuka in Ahmedabad district, from where BJP media chairman Bharat Pandya is an MLA. Others considered included Morbi, Patan and two Ahmedabad city constituencies. Babubhai Bokhiria _ who belongs to a backward class like Modi, and is from Porbandar _ was one of the most important promotees among ministers when Modi formed his Cabinet in October. When contacted, Bokhiria said the CM would "surely win the poll hands down from Kutiana if he fights from there," but refused to confirm whether Modi was going to Porbandar to sense the mood. Bokhiria denied that criminal elements in Kutiana, especially those belonging to the notorious Santokhba Jadeja gang, might create trouble there. "The gangsters are lying low. Bhura Munjha, a Santokhba relative, got a mere 4,000 votes when he contested from Porbandar. His wife was defeated by 20,000 votes in Kutiana by the BJP's Karsanbhai Odedhra," he said.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Sud, Koshy in race for post of ACS home Tuesday, December 4, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board managing director Sunil Sud's name runs high among the nearly half a dozen top IAS officers floating around in the corridors of power as possible replacement for additional chief secretary, home, V V R Subba Rao. Subba Rao retires at the end of December. Belonging to the 1968 batch, Sud's choice runs high on the list of officers being considered as a replacement that is awaited by the state's top police brass. Other names being considered are C K Koshy again of 1968 batch, P K Ghosh of 1967 batch, and Ashok Narayan of 1966 batch. Though Koshy is also considered a front-runner, Sud's chances are considered better given the fact that he is known to take tough decisions. Sud is not of BJP ilk, though he cannot even be said to be close to the Congress. This may not be of the liking of home minister Gordhan Zadaphia, a known hardliner. It has been a tradition to post a very senior IAS officer, among those who stand near to the chief secretary in seniority, to the post. "He has to be equivalent to the director-general of police in the IPS cadre, so that he can command the police officers with a sense of equality. Modi is likely to respect the tradition," said a senior official. As for Koshy, bureaucrats say, he may not be so keen to take up the post. Already, Koshy is learnt to have started liking working with new revenue minister Haren Pandya. "They have developed excellent rapport," said an official who knows both well. "He may not want to be disturbed," he added. There are two other senior persons, Vijay Ranchan and A K Bharadwaj, but since they have never been close to the current establishment, they may not be considered. Apart from the home department post, the chief minister is looking for a replacement for Ashok Bhatia, the additional chief secretary from general administration department, who looks after all important personnel issues. Bhatia is to retire with Subba Rao this month-end. "Modi may want a man who is quite close to his thinking. Ashok Narayan may move to that post," said a senior official. Several other posts are falling vacant alongside. While panchayats secretary N V Modi retired last month, other posts that would fall vacant by the turn of the year are _ rural development secretary (currently under N C Dave), commissioner, training (held by J S Jasol), and managing director of Gujarat Small Industries Corporation (held by K K Asrani). Dave and Asrani will retire this month, while Jasol retires next month.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Amul to maintain 25 parks in exchange for kiosks Tuesday, December 4, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Imagine going for a morning walk in the wee hours to a park, making a brief stop-over and coming back home with a belly-full of tasty flavoured milk and hot pizza topped with cheese, or that mouth-watering flavour of ice-cream. For all those who were less than happy about shelling out extra if you failed to buy milk before 7 am, Amul brings good news. Within the next year, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketting Federation (GCMMF) Limited, desires to take Ahmedabad by storm through its numerous Amul Shoppes that brings the choicest of milk products including piping hot pizzas virtually at your doorstep. On Monday, the federation inaugurated an Amul Shoppe inside AUDA garden premises at Vishramnagar, a short distance from Memnagar. This was only the second in a chain of milk booths. Not leaving any stone unturned for a successful launch of the milk booths, GCMMF got experts of the National Institute of Design (NID), to specially-design these eye-catching shoppes. The Amul project has another unique side to it too _ the shoppes will work to improve Ahmedabad's ecology and health. Milk booths will come up in almost all the 25 gardens set up by the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority. GCMMF officials said the next shoppe would come up near NID campus and the federation was ready to do an encore in other urban conglomerates of Gujarat. They would start with Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara. "While Amul milk booths will supply quality milk products at fixed rates to consumers, maintenance of the 25 gardens would be our responsibility too. Within a span of five years we will have developed these green patches into gardens that Ahmedabad will be proud of," managing director of GCMMF, B M Vyas told TNN. And AUDA is more than happy to hand over the maintenance to the federation. Chief executive authority of AUDA, Bharat Rawal, said at the inaugural function: "The development authority has just got 150 employees who are stretched thin in trying to maintain these 25 gardens. While 15 more parks are to be set up in areas under AUDA control, we are happy that Amul will develop these gardens and supply quality food products to Ahmedabad." The assistant general manager (marketting) GCMMF, Kishore Jhala told TNN: "Apart from being a successful marketting venture (with the first Amul Shoppe grossing over Rs 20,000 per day) this project has multi-pronged benefits. While improving the ecology of the city _ that would definitely see Ahmedabad breath a lot easier, this project makes our wide range of products available at your door step." GCMMF sources also said that the move was to stop duplicate brands from cashing in on the Amul name. The Amul Shoppe also effectively does away with the arbitrary price hike that the milk parlours in the city practise if you buy milk anytime after 7 am. "Our customers can be assured of high quality and a just price tag at all these outlets. That apart, milk booths will also ensure that Amdavadis stay healthy," said Vyas, adding: "We have noticed that Ahmedabad reports a large number of jaundice, cholera, typhoid and stomach ailments every year. This can be attributed to low-quality food stuff and milk products marketted in the city by local producers. Amul products seek to maintain a high standard. We want to aid Amdavadis on the healthy way to life at no extra cost."

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Mystery over death of 9 cows at Odhav Tuesday, December 4, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Mystery shrouds the death of nine cows in the Arbujanagar area of Odhav. On Monday morning the bovines dropped dead, spreading panic and rumours of some mysterious disease. According to BJP leader of opposition in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Dharmendra Shah, "at around 9.30 a.m. nine cows collapsed while grazing and died. Looking at the symptoms, however, we suspect food poisoning." Frantic calls were made to the AMC health department by the local BJP corporator Jagdish Patel. Help came first from the state government department and later from the AMC. Patel said, "repeated calls to the AMC went in vain as in the crucial stage no one bothered to take note. We had to tackle the situation by ourselves till the state animal husbandry department reached the spot." B V Rathod, who did the post mortem, says: It is difficult to ascertain as to how the cows died. Whether or not there was food poisoning was not evident in the autopsy." While arrival of Rathod and other doctors from the animal husbandry department prevented more cattle from meeting the same fate, the medical team put five cows on the sick-list after initial examination. Samples from the carcasses have been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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