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June 2, 2001 - June 2, 2001

SOMNATH:::: Security beefed up around Somnath temple Saturday, June 2, 2001

The Times of India
GANDHINAGAR: Security has been strengthened around the historic Somnath temple in Junagadh district to stave off any threat to the ancient monument.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of officers presided over by minister of state for home and yatradham Haren Pandya here Thursday in view of the temple's archaeological and historical significance and also for its spiritual value, official sources said.

The security arrangement is a long-term strategy to ward any threat to the historic structure that was destroyed several times by invaders but rebuilt on as many occasions, the sources added.

Accordingly, close circuit TV sets and monitoring arrangement would be made in the temple, SRP jawans would be deployed and the entrance would be fitted with metal detector.

Besides the Somnath temple, security would be provided at several other temples and religious places in the state, an official statement said. (PTI)

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

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Leaving keys behind key factor causing vehicle thefts Saturday, June 2, 2001

By Sonal Kellogg, AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 1: In a startling discovery, it has been found that vehicle theft is on the rise since careless owners leave their keys behind. According to commissioner of police P C Pande, such thefts would reduce considerably if people just lock their vehicles.

Statistically, more vehicles are stolen from the western part of the city, specially four wheelers. The city has as many as 8 lakh odd vehicles plying on its roads and around 1500 vehicles are stolen every year out of which the summer months are the peak time for vehicle thieves.

In 1998, the total number of vehicles stolen were 1571, in 1999 it went down to 1425 but in 2000 total vehicles stolen again rose to 1540. This year already 500 vehicles have been stolen. But month wise, it must be noted that in January 105 vehicles were stolen, in February 106 vehicles were stolen but the figures rose sharply to 145 in March and 144 in April.

It goes without saying that the most thefts are of two wheelers with over 1,200 stolen every year. There are various gangs who operate in the city and are involved in vehicle theft. Most send the vehicles to small villages in various neighbouring states where chances of detection are minimal.

But Mr Pande pointed out that even if the number plates are changed and the vehicle is used in the city, the chances of it being detected as a stolen vehicle are one in a million. He said that the only way that a vehicle could be detected would be if it was caught during routine checking on the cross roads and various traffic junctions.

Deputy commissioner of police Manoj Agrawal said that they had conducted an experiment at the Karanj police station where they took all unlocked vehicles parked nearby Karanj police station and took them to the police station compound till the owners came to claim it.

Mr Agrawal said that this had reduced the number of thefts of vehicles in that area. He added that if owners could use their own personal locks to secure their vehicles, then these thefts would reduce considerably. But he agreed that the police also needs to be vigilant about the offence.

It must be noted that just kids looking for a joy ride and later abandoned when petrol runs out steal many vehicles, said Navarangpura police inspector O S Majumdar. “Some times drug addicts and those looking for quick money, steal the vehicle and leave it after taking the spare wheel, which they later sell for Rs 100-200,” he said.

Recently, the Shahibaug police had caught a gang of four from good families, who had stolen 7 vehicles and where just doing it for extra pocket money.

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

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Rickshaw strike: AMTS introduces 8 new buses Saturday, June 2, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 1: The Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service began plying eight new buses to ease the inconvenience caused to the commuters by shuttle drivers’ strike. These buses were put to service on Sahibaug, Akhbarnagar and other busy routes where raids were conducted on the shuttle rickshaws.

The AMTS, which earned Rs 6 lakhs through drive, has planned to lease another hundred buses to tackle the commuters rush.
Mr Z.A. Sacha, AMTS general manager told The Asian Age that the talks are on with state transport department to hire more buses as the checking will continue for the whole month.

Mr Sacha further told that AMTS had divided the city into 16 zones to carry out the drive and they identified the 200,300,90/6,400,500 and 150 as the busiest routes. He said that leased bus would be put to service on these busy routes. Mr Sacha said, “Till date traffic police has booked more than 1200 rickshaws under this drive.”

Giving figures area wise he said there were 600 bookings in Memko, 300 in Sahibaug and 300 in Akbarnagar. Supporting the drive he said that they are getting support from all sections including auto unions.

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

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9 out of 10 clear HSCE general Saturday, June 2, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 1: A whopping 89.39 per cent candidates successfully cleared the Higher Secondary Certificate Examination (general) held by the Gujarat Secondary Education Board in April-May 2001. Amdavadi candidates overshadowed toppers from other centres – as many as 15 Amdavadi HSCE (general) students – ranked in the state merit list, which was declared by the GSEB on Friday. Even state topper Chirangi Shah who secured 92.17 per cent, is from Ahmedabad.

It is important to note that the result has broken the record in 14 years, and it is only since the last three academic sessions that the success rate of the candidates have gone up to 80 and more. Among 2,68,966 candidates who appeared in the HSCE (general) in April-May 2001, 2,40,432 passed the examination.

The success rate of commerce and arts students combined is as high as 89.15 per cent. About 2,30,578 students passed the subjects successfully. Sola Road topped the list with maximum number of success rate of 97.61 per cent, while Una examination centre had the poorest performance with 72.55 per cent success, informed GSEB chairman P.V. Trivedi.

Education minister Anandiben Patel who was in the city to announce the results, formally declared the HSCE (general) results through the Internet site at 11 am. About 18,66,100 students expecting their results accessed the site, during the first 10 minutes after declaration of the results.

“A whopping 1,09,193 girl candidates passed the HSCE examinations (commerce, arts, vocational course and basic education) in 2000-01, as against 1,31,238 boys who appeared in the exams,” she informed. “Girls have been doing exceptionally well in the academics,” said the minister adding, “the state topper is a girl too.” She expressed deep satisfaction over the overwhelming success of girls in academics over the last few years, and added, “It is a matter of pride since I am a woman too.”

The success rates of centres across Ahmedabad was remarkable - 88.87 per cent students passed from Asarva, 86.61 from Ashram Road, 86.77 per cent from Ahmedabad (east), 91.20 from Ellisbridge, 81.50 per cent from Ahmedabad (Kot Area), 90.03 from Naroda, 88.49 from Delhi Chalka, 81.41 per cent from Vasna, 89.47 from Maninagar, 87.69 from Naranpura, 86.77 per cent from Bapu Nagar, 91.67 per cent from Ghatlodia, 81.34 from Raipur and 87.12 from Sabarmati, respectively.

GSEB revealed that as many as 166 cases of copying were found during the exams, but failed to provide the details of the investigation initiated by the board to check the malpractice in future. Meanwhile, the class X board examination results would be declared after June 8.

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

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Poor result could be reason behind father, son’s suicide Saturday, June 2, 2001

Ahmedabad. June 1: A father and son committed suicide by drinking some poisonous substance mixed with Thums Up on Friday evening. Their bodies where found near the Blind Peoples’ Association under a tree on the 132 feet ring road. A scooter and a big bottle of Thums Up was found near the bodies.

Passers by found their address in their pockets and informed their neighbours living in Amar Apartments, Navrangpura who rushed to the spot along with police. Mr Mayank Shah, neighbour of the deceased identified them as Rajubhai M Shah, 48 and Suketu R Shah, 18, both residents of 18/204 Amar Apartments, Naranpura. Satellite police. Shah was a self employed jeweller who operated from home.

Mr Mayank Shah talking to The Asian Age said that the boy was in HSCE (general), the result of which was declared on Friday. All of them were expecting the duo to return home after the results. But they received a call stating that they were dead. “The boy Suketu had earlier failed in standard twelve and might have failed this time also,” he said.

Mr Shah further said Raju Shah’s wife died a few years ago. Now the college going daughter of Shah is the only surviving member of the family. The Police has registered a case of accidental death and sent the bodies for post mortem.

Ahmedabad: The Sola high court police arrested four women chain snatchers and recovered nine gold chains worth Rs 42,000. The arrested are Parvatiben Jyotiram Verma, 35, Shobha Ashok Maratha, 35, Mala alias Shobha Bansi Vaman, and Narmada Kantiram Dharma, 30. All the arrested women are from Badisevala village of Jalgaon district in Maharashtra. These women were arrested at the Chanakyapuri vegetable market on May 31.

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

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