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June 5, 2001 - June 6, 2001

Chaudhary demands more central funds Wednesday, June 6, 2001

The Times of India
BARODA: Former Gujarat chief minister Amarsinh Chaudhary has pleaded for more funds from the centre for relief and rehabilitation operations in quake-hit areas of the state.

The Congress leader alleged that prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had given a package of Rs 1,000 crore to cyclone-hit Andhra Pradesh as the ruling TDP there was a key ally of the NDA.

Due to three natural calamities of cyclone, drought and earthquake, Gujarat suffered a huge loss of Rs 37,000 crore in last three years against which the centre's allocation to the state was only Rs 950 crore, he told PTI.

Chaudhary, who met Vajpayee during the latter's visit to the state on Sunday, had pleaded with the prime minister to declare earthquake as a national calamity. (PTI)

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


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GU colleges close admissions Tuesday, June 5, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 4: Admissions to most of the colleges affiliated to the Gujarat University, offering courses in commerce, arts, bachelor in business administration closed down on Monday, even as scores of students were left with little or no options at all to find an institute to pursue the degree courses.

While admissions to several colleges - Gujarat Law Society, L.J. Commerce College, L.J. BBA college, L.C. Mehta Arts College, H.L. Commerce College, among others - got over during Sunday, those left out finished the admissions during the second day. Catering to the voluminous rush of thousands, the colleges promptly admitted the students on first-cum-first basis.

The C.U. Shah Commerce College gave admission to 560 students, H.A. College of Commerce admitted 480, H.L. Institute of Commerce admitted 440 are some of them whose seats got exhausted by Monday. City-based colleges had initiated the admission process even on a holiday to attend to the admission rush following a whopping 89.15 success rate of the Gujarat Secondary Education Board held HSCE (general) examination.

Although there are speculations that in wake of high demand of colleges, the Gujarat University might permit some colleges to open self-financed courses from 2001-02, it is significant to note that officials of the Gujarat University have not held concrete meetings yet to attend to the problem. Discontent among cross-sections of academicians could be sensed even on the second day as admissions closed down.

"The system is faulty,” fumed principal of H.L. College of Commerce G.A. Pathak as a briefed The Asian Age about the admissions in his college.

“We have accommodated more than 1,000 students during the two days, while over 3,500 stood for hours to get admission. How are we supposed to admit candidates who deserve to be selected, when the admissions are no more centralised? We had to keep an army of teachers, alumni members, and police to keep off the crowd which could have gone berserk any moment due to the admission tension,” he said.

Similarly, principal of other colleges too vehemently opposed the present admission criteria. “It is nearly impossible to accommodate the crowd of students, a reason why I believe the Gujarat University might see to opening some self-financed colleges in the recent academic session,” he said, adding , “in absence of a merit list prepared by the GSEB, which should have ideally been given to all colleges, the admission procedure became a nightmare for the everyone involved in the process.”

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


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Kutch no longer a silence of the lambs Tuesday, June 5, 2001

By Nandini Oza, AsianAge

Bhuj, June 4: The murmurs have started and although not too strong, few people have already started appealing for a separate status for Kutch. While a seemingly tired Prime Minister was on his two-day visit, Bhuj-based Senior Citizen’s Society has demanded a status of Union Territory for Kutch.

In a fax sent to the Prime Minister, members of the Society, Group 2001 of Anjar and Rehabilitation Committee have said that series of acts of injustice to Kutch for the last some years by the Gujarat government has created despondency among people.

The members added that the people from Kutch are not happy due to issues regarding grossly inequitable and callous distribution of Narmada waters to famine prone areas of Kutch. Mr Vajpayee seemed none too pleased with the way the Keshubhai government has carried out rehabilitation.

“The state and the Centre has prepared the action plan for rehabilitation and I hope that it will be executed,” he said.

Meanwhile, another demand on similar grounds has come up from a group supported by Maharaol of Kutch. Pratapsinh Rathod, a laywer, commenting on the issue told The Asian Age that a separate status has become the dire need of the hour for Kutch. Citing examples, he further said that even the Kutch administrative bandwagon does not include people from Kutch.

Talking about the feeling of injustice among certain sections of the society in Kutch, Mr Vajpayee said that the state is dedicated to help the victims and he was sure that people would overcome this feeling. He also expressed solidarity with the quake-hit victims of Morbi, Jamnagar, Surendranagar and Ahmedabad.

Mr Vajpayee also criticised the oppposition and said that rehabilitation projects can be completed faster if everyone works together. The villagers of Chaperdi have decided to rename the rehabilitated village as Atalnagar since Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has laid down its foundation stone. Having a population of about 2,000 Chaperdi is situated about 20 km from Bhuj.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vajpayee said that about 27 nations have come to India’s aid in dealing with the crisis and absolute care will be taken to ensure that industrial and social rehabilitation also takes place.

Chief minister Keshubhai Patel said that the quake-hit farmers will be provided inputs like fertilisers, electrical motors, pumps and tractors.

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


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Kutch no longer a silence of the lambs Tuesday, June 5, 2001

By Nandini Oza, AsianAge

Bhuj, June 4: The murmurs have started and although not too strong, few people have already started appealing for a separate status for Kutch. While a seemingly tired Prime Minister was on his two-day visit, Bhuj-based Senior Citizen’s Society has demanded a status of Union Territory for Kutch.

In a fax sent to the Prime Minister, members of the Society, Group 2001 of Anjar and Rehabilitation Committee have said that series of acts of injustice to Kutch for the last some years by the Gujarat government has created despondency among people.

The members added that the people from Kutch are not happy due to issues regarding grossly inequitable and callous distribution of Narmada waters to famine prone areas of Kutch. Mr Vajpayee seemed none too pleased with the way the Keshubhai government has carried out rehabilitation.

“The state and the Centre has prepared the action plan for rehabilitation and I hope that it will be executed,” he said.

Meanwhile, another demand on similar grounds has come up from a group supported by Maharaol of Kutch. Pratapsinh Rathod, a laywer, commenting on the issue told The Asian Age that a separate status has become the dire need of the hour for Kutch. Citing examples, he further said that even the Kutch administrative bandwagon does not include people from Kutch.

Talking about the feeling of injustice among certain sections of the society in Kutch, Mr Vajpayee said that the state is dedicated to help the victims and he was sure that people would overcome this feeling. He also expressed solidarity with the quake-hit victims of Morbi, Jamnagar, Surendranagar and Ahmedabad.

Mr Vajpayee also criticised the oppposition and said that rehabilitation projects can be completed faster if everyone works together. The villagers of Chaperdi have decided to rename the rehabilitated village as Atalnagar since Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has laid down its foundation stone. Having a population of about 2,000 Chaperdi is situated about 20 km from Bhuj.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vajpayee said that about 27 nations have come to India’s aid in dealing with the crisis and absolute care will be taken to ensure that industrial and social rehabilitation also takes place.

Chief minister Keshubhai Patel said that the quake-hit farmers will be provided inputs like fertilisers, electrical motors, pumps and tractors.

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


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Police fires three rounds at Civil Hospital Tuesday, June 5, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 4: Police officials were forced to fire three rounds in the air to disperse a mob which had beaten up a home guard at the Civil Hospital on Sunday night at around 10.30 pm.

According to Shahibaug second police inspector D.R. Raol, the home guard, who was on duty near the vehicle stand at the back entrance of the Civil Hospital, saw a man trying to open various scooters with one key. Assuming that the man was trying to steal a vehicle, the guard confronted him.

A crowd gathered and about 20-25 people ganged up against the home guard man and started beating him up. Sensing that he was outnumbered, the home guard ran towards the nearby police guard room, which is where the police houses the prisoners brought for treatment to the Civil Hospital.

Normally, the guard room has around six constables on guard but only one on sentry duty. The constable on sentry duty tried to save the home guard constable but this enraged the mob, which had followed the home guard constable to the guard room. The mob attacked the police on sentry duty and started beating him up.

To get things under control, the police fired three rounds in the air. Meanwhile, Shahibaug police has registered a complaint against the mob under Section 307, 147, 148, 332, 397 of the IPC and Section 135 of the Bombay Police Act for rioting and attempt to murder.

The home guard constable was not severely injured and he received outdoor treatment at the Civil Hospital while one of the police constables on guard duty was admitted to the hospital.
n Eighteen year old BismillahKhan was electrocuted to death. He was in a queue to buy cinema tickets at Hanjar cinema hall when he was electrocuted.

shock from a pole near by. Sherkotda police station has registered a case of accidental death and will be investigating the case further.

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


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