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June 1, 2001 - June 1, 2001

Unions detest Gujarat University failure to admit all Friday, June 1, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 31
Several students union on Thursday raised their voices against the Gujarat University for failing to accommodate the overwhelming rush of students to the F.Y.BSc courses. The university had closed the admission to the F.Y.Bsc courses on Tuesday even as more than 1,000 students were left behind.

The un-preparedness on part of the GU to accommodate the increasing number of Gujarat Secondary Education Board held HSCE (science) passouts created a hue and cry as soon as the record 70.62 per cent results were declared on May 24.

All the seven science colleges affiliated to the university have closed admissions to GSEB students, while keeping aside some seats for the CBSE passouts. Those left out are students who secured between 45-55 per cent in HSCE (science) in April-May 2001.

Members of National Students Union of India, who had accompanied these students to the university building, during the day to bring the matter to the notice of the vice chancellor and the pro-vice chancellor were annoyed when the officials did not turn up on time.

Representatives of the Ahmedabad unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad met the officials later during the day and asked them to take up the issue seriously. “We have asked them to look into the matter by June 3, failing which we will resort to protest, which would not be in the interest of the university.

But, the matter is not thought about at all and that is blocking admissions of about 1,200 students,” informed city secretary of ABVP Kunal Shah. Even members of Board for Students’ Welfare brought the matter to the notice of the officials concerned.

“Why did the university not prepare itself to face the rush of more than 8,000 students from the city who passed out HSCE (Science) in the recent academic session? It is absolutely an irresponsible act on its part and it must do something at the earliest to accommodate the students,” said a press release issued by the board on Thursday.

The Gujarat University is likely to face an additional burden after the GSEB held HSCE (general) results are declared on Friday. A whopping 92 per cent result is expected this year, which is expected to put the university in crisis.

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


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Pak goes on ‘fishing expedition’ Friday, June 1, 2001

Wanakbara (Diu), May 31
Shanti Ramji is excited. After all her husband is to return from Pakistan after nearly one and a half years. But for some strange reason Shanti is careful not to let the excitement show on her face ...Same is the condition of her five-year-old daughter Sajni and several other women.

Shanti’s life like other women has come to a halt ever since Ramji was caught by the Pakistan Navy. It is only the hope of rejoining with their better halves and the responsibility of children that has inspired them to live. Ukarda Bava, leader of Fishing Boat Association, says that these women will only react when their husbands return.

Ram Laxman Vaja, Shyamji Karsan and Dhiru Nathu are among the 157 fishermen to be released by Pakistan. They were to come around May 25 but their arrival was postponed due to the cyclone threat. Of the 157 fishermen, majority are from Wanakbara and the rest from nearby areas, Mangrol and South Gujarat.

Whether they had actually crossed the Pakistani territory while fishing will be known only after their arrival, says Mr. Bava. The fishermen community owes much to Mangrol Nagar panchayat president Velji Masani, who has been instrumental in securing their release.

Having kept up correspondence regularly with the Indian authorities, he is now in Pakistan and is likely to return along with the fishermen. Shanti for one was lucky. She got a job to cook at a fishermen’s mess and a salary of Rs. 1,700 which took care of her six-member family. But since the fishermen do not venture into the sea due to the monsoon, the mess has closed down and so she is again jobless. Luckily for her, Ramji is to arrive soon.

Unfortunately, this is not the case with several women for whom the desire to have a glimpse of their husbands is proving to be an unending wait. “No. My husband’s name is not in the list of people to be released,” sobs Rami Ramji Saranya. Ramji was caught in March and Rami has no idea when he will return.

When he was around in Wanakbara, she had never felt the need to work at other people’s place. However, destiny has forced her to work as casual labourer and wash people’s utensils. The effort get her around Rs. 40 per day. “But this does not bring in satisfaction because I cannot feed properly my five children,” she told The Asian Age. “The very fact that I am jobless in monsoon has put me in a quandary,” she says.

The eight-year-old son of Jivi Ukarda Baria is quering on his father’s return. When his mother told him that Ukarda has been arrested by Pakistan, all the child said was that “it will be nice if someone goes to get him back”.

“It isn’t easy for us to drag our lives. How long we will be able to depend on others,” questions Jivi. After he comes, he will have to venture in the sea again because “we do not know any other work,” Jivi mentions, with fear in her eyes.

While these women work, Dhani Premji sits helplessly at home. “I cannot go out because of my daughter, who is insane,” Dhani says. Neighbours and well wishers have filled Dhani’s life all along. “But how long will that continue.

After all they too have their own lives,” she says. “In the fishermen community where children are not educated, life goes topsy-turvy when such incidents occur,” Mr. Bava says, reiterating the affected persons have not received help from any quarters.

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


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Mankad is new finance secretary Friday, June 1, 2001

Gandhinagar
The state government on Thursday appointed Sudhir Mankad, who was handling expenditure and economic affairs in the finance department, as the finance secretary in place of G. Subba Rao who took over as the chief secretary here on Thursday.

Meanwhile, senior IAS official P.K. Ghosh, who was on deputation at New Delhi, has returned to state although he has bot been given charge of any department so far.

Meanwhile, in an unfortunate incident, commissioner of backward class welfare N.A. Vora died on Thursday. Mr Vora was not keeping well for some time and was due to retire on June 30.

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



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Beggar does a Pushpak act Friday, June 1, 2001

Ahmedabad
It was a case straight out of the Kamalahasan silent film Pushpaka Vimanam (Pushpak in Hindi).
Over Rs 51,000 was found from the person of an unidentified beggar, who was found dead near the B J Institute on Tuesday evening.

The man, who was around 60, was presumed to be a beggar because of his unkept clothes. PSI Paggi, who is investigating the case, revealed that when asked, people who lived near the B J Institute, said that the man was found begging on the roads for the last 10 to 15 days.

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


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4 servants held in loot cases Friday, June 1, 2001

Ahmedabad
As many as four domestic servants were arrested by Satellite police for their alleged involvement in house looting cases in the area.

All the arrested are between 18 to 22 years and are from the Dungarpur district of Rajasthan. The names of those arrested are Kallu alias Kamlesh bhurrabhai, Mogji Kamalsingh, Galji Pujabhai Patel and Amraji Jallaji.

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


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