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June 5, 2001 - June 5, 2001

No need to panic, says VC 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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No need to panic, says Vice Chancellor Tuesday, June 5, 2001

By Shramana Ganguly, AsianAge

Ahmedabad, June 4: In wake of the record HSCE (science) and (general) stream GSEB results, the Gujarat University is in a soup. Unprepared to meet the overwhelming number of pass outs, the university is facing admission crisis.

The GU vice-chancellor Dr Naresh Ved, however, seemed poised as he spoke to The Asian Age for the first time ever since the crisis developed.

“There is nothing to worry, things are under control,” Dr Ved claimed as he briefed about the admission to science, commerce, arts and bachelor in business administration courses. “The demand is great, a reason why we have increased the number of seats in a division of 140 students,” he informed.

Commerce colleges, with 140 divisions are accommodating 10 additional students in each division to accommodate the rush, he said. “But, we have not gone public with the news of the admissions since it might create administrative problems in colleges depending on grant-in-aid policy of the government.

Over 14,000 students have been accommodated in various commerce, arts and BBA colleges, and 63 colleges (general) are still carrying out the admission procedures. The gaga is just for the 14 top notch colleges where the crowd flocks to get admission, or else the situation is just fine,” he claimed.

Over 45,000 students have been admitted to science courses, while more than 14,000 have been admitted to general streams, he informed.Dr Ved declined that non-centralised admissions have resulted in the present crisis.

“If admissions are centralised, the university will have to rank the colleges in order of their merit, which would not be in good taste.

Secondly, because of cumbersome nature of their procedures, the criteria delays admission by as many as 25 days, which is also unfavourable when there are thousands waiting to get admission, something which resulted in violence in about six colleges in the city.” Some colleges have also opened the management quota for meritorious students.

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


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Notices to two AMC canteens Tuesday, June 5, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad: The two canteens in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation were served notices by the health department. Following a complaint received, the health committee chairman, Narendra Bhrambhatt visited the canteens and found that unhygienic conditions prevailed.

Following this, the notices were served. Meanwhile, Sukhsagar hotel, which was sealed earlier on grounds that it had obtained the health renewals by forging the signature of the health officer has restarted after the health committee took legal opinion.

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



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New judges for high court Tuesday, June 5, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad:
Justice B J Sethna and justice N G Nandi took the oath on Monday morning as new judges in Gujarat high court under chief justice D M Dharmadhikari.

Mr Sethna was transferred from Rajasthan high court to Gujarat high court and Mr Nandi is transferred from Delhi high court. Both of them had earlier served in Gujarat. High court judges and office bearers of advocate association were present during the swearing in function.

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


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PM, Gujarat embarrassed by protests by quake victims Tuesday, June 5, 2001

By Pradeep Mallik, Indo-Asian News Service

Bhuj, June 4: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the Gujarat government have been embarrassed by the noisy protests that dogged him during his visit to the earthquake-hit state Sunday.

Survivors of the January 26 tragedy, angry over the government's failure to provide them new homes or repair their old ones, took to the streets to vent their disgust when the prime minister came to oversee the relief work here.

The Gujarat government, controlled by Vajpayee's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was taken aback by the scale of the protests although they knew some demonstrations would take place.

Four demonstrations were organized in Bhuj, the principal town in Kutch region, and in the rebuilt village of New Dudhai, which Vajpayee inaugurated Sunday.

Later, a defensive Vajpayee said: "Demonstrations are a legitimate means of protest. Without protests, deficiencies in the system cannot be removed. But the protestors should also look into the good work the government has done."

He said the entire world was watching Gujarat and any false propaganda sent out a wrong message.

"Assistance poured in from across the country and the globe when the quake hit Gujarat. Any wrong statement will send out a wrong message to the outside world. The critics should take into consideration national pride too."

Describing New Dudhai as a shining example of the good work done by Rashtriya Swabhiman, a New Delhi-based non-governmental organization (NGO) and the state government, he said: "If a New Dudhai could be built, why can't a new Kutch be rebuilt, why can't a new Gujarat be rebuilt?"

He added: "What is needed is cooperation, people to work hand in hand."

The NGO is headed by former Delhi chief minister and BJP leader Sahib Singh Verma. The NGO has built some 500 houses and will build 300 more in the village. The total cost of the project is about Rs. 150 million.

Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani said: "When a calamity of this proportion strikes, leaving about 25,000 people dead, it has to be fought on a war footing and everyone has to fight together."

Meanwhile, the Senior Citizen's Society of Kutch, the Rehabilitation Committee of Bhuj and the Group-2001 of Anjar have presented a 10-point memorandum to Vajpayee, demanding allotment of land for earthquake victims according to their previous landholdings, an increase in the compensation package from Rs. 150,000 to Rs. 200,000 and a tax holiday for industries to help the units to regroup themselves and spend funds received for quake relief in the affected areas.

Vajpayee on Sunday announced a five-year excise duty holiday on goods produced in the district. It was matched by a similar holiday on sales tax that was announced by Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel.

This is Vajapee's second visit to Kutch. He visited it three days after the earthquake.

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


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