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June 5, 2001 - June 5, 2001

PM announces Rs 70-cr package for 300 villages Tuesday, June 5, 2001

AsianAge
Bhuj, June 4: Before leaving for New Delhi at the end of a two-day visit, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Monday announced a Rs 70-crore package to help 300 villages of the district during the drought.

The Prime Minister addressing reporters in a press conference said, “The state government has informed me about the intensity of the drought in the entire state. I have decided to give Rs 70 crores from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to help one-third of the villages in Kutch district.”

In a bid to show concern for the state, Mr Vajpayee also announced that Rs 1,600 crores will be given for repairs of schools and to provide proper educational facilities in Kutch. He further said, “The Centre has already provided Rs 100 crores for the G.K. General Hospital. If required, more amount will be given.”

Pointing out that a large number of people whose livelihooddepended on livestock has suffered, Mr Vajpayee assured that the Centre will give all possible help to improve the dairy industry in Kutch. He informed that the state government has been asked to simplify the process of giving loans to the artisans. He also said that now the state government is trying to market abroad the products made by the artisans.

In reply to a question on the recent massacre in Nepal, the Prime Minister said that India is watching the development closely. “We hope the situation improves. I have already talked to the Prime Minister of Nepal and expressed solidarity,” he said.

On asked whether he sees a conspiracy in the entire episode, the Prime Minister said, “I cannot see anything of this sort from here.”

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


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PM announces Rs 70-cr package for 300 villages Tuesday, June 5, 2001

AsianAge
Bhuj, June 4: Before leaving for New Delhi at the end of a two-day visit, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Monday announced a Rs 70-crore package to help 300 villages of the district during the drought.

The Prime Minister addressing reporters in a press conference said, “The state government has informed me about the intensity of the drought in the entire state. I have decided to give Rs 70 crores from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to help one-third of the villages in Kutch district.”

In a bid to show concern for the state, Mr Vajpayee also announced that Rs 1,600 crores will be given for repairs of schools and to provide proper educational facilities in Kutch. He further said, “The Centre has already provided Rs 100 crores for the G.K. General Hospital. If required, more amount will be given.”

Pointing out that a large number of people whose livelihooddepended on livestock has suffered, Mr Vajpayee assured that the Centre will give all possible help to improve the dairy industry in Kutch. He informed that the state government has been asked to simplify the process of giving loans to the artisans. He also said that now the state government is trying to market abroad the products made by the artisans.

In reply to a question on the recent massacre in Nepal, the Prime Minister said that India is watching the development closely. “We hope the situation improves. I have already talked to the Prime Minister of Nepal and expressed solidarity,” he said.

On asked whether he sees a conspiracy in the entire episode, the Prime Minister said, “I cannot see anything of this sort from here.”

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


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Learning to survive against all odds Tuesday, June 5, 2001

By Nandini Oza, AsianAge

Ludiya, June 4: Prime minister’s visit to the quake-hit areas has instilled confidence among the survivors. Hard work by Veera Achar, and her family members has paid off dividends. On Monday when Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee visited her house, she was thrilled.

A group of non-government organisations led by Manav Sadhana from Ahmedabad came to their rescue and paid each of the families labour charges of Rs 3,000 for rebuilding their own houses. Veera commenting on her newly made house said, “The house that we have build is strong and is quake proof.”

Mr Ishwar Patel, one of the organisers of the Ludiya Rehabilitation Project told The Asian Age that they have selected Ludiya and other nearby villages for several reasons. One of the important reasons is that it is a border village and in the summer season people tend to migrate towards Bhuj because they do not get enough fodder for their livestock.

In all, Harijan Sevak Sangh, students of Centre for Environment Planning and Technology and others are to construct 432 houses in 10 localities of three villages, the organisers said.
Monday’s function was to mark “grihapravesh” by Mr. Vajpayee and inaugurate “Gandhi nu ghar” village at Ludiya. Constructed at a cost of Rs 18,000 and Rs 65,000 the structures will house 2,300 people, including 1,800 Muslims, 400 harijans and 100 kolis.

Later at a press conference, the Prime Minister was all praise for the unity shown by people belonging to different caste and religion. In a bid to prevent migration, the organisations have developed two check dams at a cost of Rs. 15 lakh each.

The water will be stored on an area spread across one mile and four ponds will be filled up. Schools are being set up to improve the level of education, particularly among girls. The organisations have also conducted health check-up camps.

Mr Patel informed that as several people were found to be suffering from tuberculosis, their volunteers have been ensuring that they take medicines regularly. However, amid all these it was the Prime Minister, who stole the limelight.

After he was through with all the ceremony, he waved to the crowd. There were many that wanted to make representations. Prime minister’s special protection guards had a tough time managing the crowd.

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


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BCCI selects city lad for cricket camp Tuesday, June 5, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 4: Gujarat’s under-16 captain and also a player of under-19 team of India, Parthiv Patel has been selected by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to attend the Rodney Marsh coaching camp in Australia.

“Parthiv has also lead the country’s under 17 team and won the 10 nation Asia Cup organised by Asian Cricket Council,” stated a press release.

Parthiv has undergone training at the coaching camp of National Cricket Academy run by the BCCI. He was one of the 25 young players selected from all over India to attend the national cricket academy camp at Bangalore.

He was also one of the three players selected from the camp to receive the ‘Border-Gavaskar’ scholarship to attend the commonwealth bank cricket academy from June 3 to July 15 at Adelaide run by Rodney Marsh and Wayne Philips.

The vice-president of BCCI and the president of the Gujarat Cricket Association, Mr Narhari Amin congratulated Parthiv for his achievements and said, “We are confident that Parthiv will soon make it to the Indian cricket team and do Gujarat proud.”

The vice-president of the Gujarat cricket association, Sudhir Nanavati and K.R. Desai also congratulated Parthiv on his achievement.

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


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Tariff office sans fire safety system Tuesday, June 5, 2001

By Jaimini Devta, AsianAge

Ahmedabad, June 4: The process of installing the fire safety system has not been initiated in the regional office of the Tariff Advisory Committee, which controls major tariff like fire, motor, marine and engineering.

Situated in a nine-storied B.D. Patel House near Sardar Patel stadium, the 12-year-old building has no fire safety system since its inception and has not even obtained the mandatory building use permission.

It may be noted that the high court notification to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority to install fire safety systems in all the high-rise buildings under their jurisdiction was given in June 2000.

It has been 11 months since AMC and Auda officials have been stalling installation of systems as per the court orders by promising that it would be done in stages.

When contacted by The Asian Age, municipal commissioner K. Kailashanathan refused to comment on how long it will take the AMC to ensure fire safety system in all the buildings. All he said was, “I don’t want to make any statement. It is a sub-judice matter and I will answer that in the court.”

In absence of the manager in-charge, M.M. Bhuskute of the tariff advisory committee, assistant manager P.K. Roy Chaudhry told The Asian Age, “It is not our responsibility to install the fire safety system.” He however admitted that the B.D. Estate Trust had not even begun the procedure. “It is essential to have the fire systems but we cannot help it.

The power to install fire system lies with the AMC,” he added. It should be noted that in spite of the order from high court to the 418 high-rise buildings in the city, only 32 buildings have installed complete fire safety system while in another ten buildings the procedure is on.

Urban development minister Parmanad Khattar told The Asian Age, “I promise that all the buildings will have fire safety systems in six months time. We will punish the owners who fail to do so.”

It should be noted that a total of 15 government buildings in the city still do not have fire safety systems. A statutory body under the Union ministry of finance, the tariff advisory committee controls major tariffs, provides guidance to all the industries of the state about the safety devices and its importance.

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


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