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June 12, 2001 - June 13, 2001

734 students admitted in second phase Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 12: Admission to first year degree commerce of the Gujarat University went off peacefully on Tuesday during the second phase of admissions. About 734 students sought admission to the Gujarat College on Tuesday, thus totaling the number of students admitted to GC since Monday to 1,998.

It should be recalled that in the wake of strong criticism by students and academicians, the Gujarat University had kicked off the second phase of admission at the Gujarat College on Monday. The second phase of admission has focussed specifically on those candidates who were deprived of admissions to a degree college during the first phase.

Wednesday is the last day for those students seeking admission to degree course in commerce at the Gujarat College. “The university should have thought beforehand about the second phase of admission ever since the admission crisis was looming large over the horizon,” said syndicate member Sudhir Nanavati on Tuesday.

“When the District Education Office of Ahmedabad can pre-plan the HSCE admissions and chalk out plans for the left out students, why could the Gujarat University not think of it? The entire system went chaotic just because of lack of proper planning by the university.”

Some senior academicians even allege that the colleges affiliated to the university have misguided the Gujarat University throughout the admission procedure. “While the colleges send data about the status of admissions, often the data is wrong,” observed one of them.

“Cases of some students being let in through back doors is very common, although the colleges do not disclose it to the Gujarat University for their vested interests,” said a senior Gujarat University official.

Meanwhile, a press release issued by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad to the university has asked to take note of meritorious students. “Those students should be awarded admission to good colleges as per their merit,” it said.

It is important to note that the university is likely to face similar crisis in near future. The university is yet to declare the admission criteria for its bachelor in computer applications, medical and engineering courses.

The overcrowding of students in first year degree courses of science and commerce could be attributed to the delay. “More than 11,000 students will shift to these specialised courses once the Gujarat University declares the admission criteria,” observed an academician.

“But that issue is most unlikely to be taken up at this stage, not until August, which would therefore overburden F.Y.B.Com and F.Y.B.Sc colleges,” he said.

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

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Fire safety issue: Auda told not to take strict action Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Ahmedabad June 12: The state high court has directed the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority not to take strict actions regarding the implementation of fire safety norms in high rise building of the city considering the situation created after the earthquake.

Chief justice D.M. Dharadhikari and justice A.R. Vyas in a case of Gulab tower on Tuesday directed Auda not to cut electricity or drainage connections of the high rise building as people are still afraid to live in them and many buildings are also damaged.

Auda had given a notice to the resident of Gulab tower to install fire safety equipment in their high-rise building in ten days or the authority would cut its light and drainage connection. The residents of the Gulab tower filed a petition against the notice considering the situation of their building after the earthquake.

The petition mentioned that after the earthquake all the occupants of floor number six and above left the building and those who are living are ready to install fire safety norms.

But, as the number of flat owners at present living in the building is small and the builders have so far not contributed any thing for the fire-safety equipment, it would take time for them to install this equipment.

In the petition they also requested the court to fix the responsibility of the builder of the Gulab tower. The high court considering the human angle ordered Auda to go slow on the fire safety cases.

However, it directed the flat owners of the Gulab tower that it was compulsory to install the fire safety norms. The court also told the builders of Gulab tower to remain present in the court in June 25.

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

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Work begins on World Bank-aided infrastructure projects Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Ashraf Sayed, Indo-Asian News Service
Gandhinagar: Gujarat has now embarked on improving infrastructure facilities in earthquake- affected areas by undertaking World Bank assisted roadwork on six highways, covering a distance of 185 km.

Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel told IANS his government had started work on the first phase of strengthening of five highways at a cost of Rs.18.22 billion. The World Bank assistance amounts to Rs.860 million.

Patel said the 45-km-long Mehsana-Radhanpur highway, costing Rs.220.5 million, the 51-km-long Bhuj-Bhachau road to be modernized at a cost of Rs.228.6 million and the 25-km-long Bhachau-Anjar highway costing Rs.50.1 million had also been approved by his government.

Some more road projects in the earthquake-ravaged areas like the 25-km-long Maliya- Aman road, costing Rs.120.6 million and the 24-km-long Maliya-Halvad highway would be modernized at a cost of Rs.150 million.

He said the 48-km-long Sarkhej-Viramgam road, costing Rs.62.9 million, the 65-km- long Mehsana-Palanpur highway, costing Rs.705 million, the 60-km-long Rajkot- Jamnagar highway, costing Rs.765 million and the 39-km-long Halol-Godhra highway, costing Rs.479.2 million would be made four-lane roads for smooth traffic. Most of the road improvement work, he said, would be completed by the end of this month.

The chief minister claimed the state government had not only "successfully" combated one after other natural calamities like the cyclone and droughts but had also carried on with development projects. He said the World Bank assistance for road development had been utilized in a planned manner.

News Source : Indiaabroad News Service [ Website for the NRI ]

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Govt should levy education tax on MNCs: Satyarthi Tuesday, June 12, 2001

The Times of India
AHMEDABAD: The government should levy 'education tax' on multinational companies and big industrial houses, according to Kailash Satyarthi, leader of 'shiksha yatra', a 12,000 km march for education to children.

'The fund collected thus could be used to make education accessible to everybody', Satyarthi told reporters after the yatra reached here on Sunday.

He said the march was being taken out to awaken the government about its responsibility towards making education accessible to children.

Satyarthi demanded that at least eight per cent of the GDP should be spent on education.

Country's population has increased three folds during the last 50 years and the number of children out of school has increased by six folds, he said adding half of these children were victims of child labour.

Film personalities Mahesh Bhatt and Gulshan Grover, who were also present on the occasion, termed as 'crime', denying children their right to education.

The 'shiksha yatra', which began on January 21 from Karnataka, would traverse about 12,000 kms of the length and breadth of the country before its culmination in New Delhi. (PTI)

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

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'EverythingAboutWater', appointed as Water Advisor Tuesday, June 12, 2001 News Service
Gujarat Positra Port Infrastructure Limited, a joint venture with the Government of Gujarat, has appointed EverythingAboutWater as Water Advisor for the Integrated Special Economic Zone (iSEZ) at Positra, Gujarat which they are setting up. All issues related to water sourcing & management would be looked after by EA Water Pvt. Ltd. Positra has been conceived as a business hub for the future. Built by Sea King Infrastructure Ltd. and promoted by Nikhil Gandhi, Positra iSEZ located in an area of 20,000 hectares will be India's global gateway for trade, commerce, industry, service & tourism.

Positra is located at a place where natural water availability is scarce. Therefore, the seawater needs to be treated for drinking as well as industrial application, which is an expensive process. EA Water will play a crucial role in advising a combination of technologies so as to have the lowest possible cost for water. In addition to sea water desalinations, waste water recycle, exploration of aquifers and use of various river basins surface water, rain water harvesting, conservation, recharging of ground water etc. are in the ambit of the project said Mr. Sunil Ghorawat, CEO, EA Water.

"EA Water through its industrial leadership would add value to all the phases related to water for the Integrated Special Economic Zone (iSEZ)", according to Mr. Nikhil Gandhi. EA Water would complement in the planning, execution and monitoring of water management systems resulting in better project execution / management, cost savings and increased efficiency and in getting the best International contractors to do the project on BOO basis.

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For more details contact:

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