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May 27, 2001 - May 28, 2001

6 theatres get their licenses suspended Monday, May 28, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 27
The licenses of six theatres in the city have been suspended on Saturday for showing pornographic films. According to the details, the police commissioner had information of as many as 12 theatres showing pornographic films following which a raid was conducted by five different teams.

During the raid it was found that six theatres were screening pornographic films. The prints were seized and cases have been registered at various police stations. The license department has given notice to the owners of all the six theatres.

The raids were conducted by police inspector H L Jani of license branch. The theatres are Madhuram at Ghekata, Vasant at Idgah, Gauri ,Geeta and Mangalam in Odhav and Aradhana in Kankaria. The Custom Preventive Section has issued showcause notices to 11 hospitals of Gujarat recently.

Highly placed sources in the custom department said that five hospitals from Ahmedabad and six other hospitals from Karamsad, Nadiad, Mehsana and Vadodara were raided by the custom officials.

According to custom notifications, hospitals can import 100 per cent duty free medical equipment if they give free services to the poor. However, custom officials had information that many well known hospitals import equipment and then use it commercially.

Following the information, a raid was conducted at a hospital in the Shahibaug area. The officials found many imported equipment and seized them. Later, a series of raids were conducted all over Gujarat.

The custom officials have seized incriminating documents and have registered cases against the hospitals. Over the past ten months, duty evasion by misusing custom notification to the tune of Rs 30 lakhs has been registered.

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

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8-yr-old injured as building comes tumbling down Monday, May 28, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 27: A portion of an old building opposite Maninagar railway station collapsed on Sunday evening injuring an eight-year-old girl. According to the station fire officer of Maninagar railway station, Mr B.H. Patel, “The building was 50-years-old and could not withstand the wind. Hence it collapsed.”

However, no one was living in the Amin Complex during the incident and so no serious casualties occured, said Mr Patel. The rest of the building was later demolished by the Estate-TDO department of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. The injured girl was later admitted to L G hospital.

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

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VERAVAL:::: Evacuees lose patience, want to return Sunday, May 27, 2001

Veraval/Chorwad, May 26: First it was likely to hit Veraval and nearby areas on May 25. Now latest news reports mention that it could hit the coastal town by Sunday night. That the administration is fully prepared to deal with any eventuality is only one side of the story.

The other side is that with the uncertainty of the cyclone several people who were evacuated are loosing patience and want to return to their homes. The Macchiawad settlement is yards away from the seashore in Chorwad.

On Friday night after great difficulty, the police succeeded in evacuating 273 persons to nearby Parishram colony but by Saturday morning several of them returned home. The scene is no different in Sutrapada and Una according to officials at the Mamlatdar’s office.

Confirming this, deputy collector Bhavin Pandya said that out of the few thousand people, who were shifted, several have returned back to their respective areas. Marima and her daughter Rabia were among those who were evacuated on Saturday night.

“We have returned because we wanted to eat home food,” they said, adding that they will go to the camps after evening. It is but natural for the fishermen to go back to their houses to protect their belonging and boats.

Each boat costs at least Rs. 50,000, a policeman said. Banbai Usma has cooked food for the entire community in their settlement site in Chorwad. But what is plaguing her mind is her house which she deserted owing to the emergency.

Police sub-inspector A.M. Desai said that if there was little certainty about the cyclone’s movement then it would not have been difficult for the department to persuade residents of low-lying areas and those staying near the coast.

“We have been trying to persuade them since May 23,” he said. Sources in the administration say that at the moment pressure is not been exerted. The people will be evacuated forcibly when the need arises, they said.

Officials in the administration are equally worried and according to the deputy collector the uncertainty is affecting the enthusiasm of the staff that has been working round-the-clock for the last four days.

It will be difficult to take work from the staff if they lose patience due to this uncertainty,” Mr. Pandya said. According to sources, more than 500 people in Veraval, including staff of the public works department, medical team and others, have been working round the clock.

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

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24-hr control room to meet crisis Sunday, May 27, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 26
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation started a 24-hour control room at AMC central office and Tagore Hall on Saturday to meet the cyclone crisis. Talking to the media, municipal commissioner K. Kailashnathan said that this control room will function till Monday.

All the employees of the engineering, health and fire department have been asked to work during the weekend. The equipment at the control room includes 16 fire tenders with pumps, which will be used for de-watering in the west and south zones.

According to Mr Kailashnathan, AMC has identified the water logging sites and have accordingly made the arrangements. The commissioner also said that if water logging takes place in the Akhbarnagar underpass, it will be closed till water is removed.

Four submersible pumps will be placed here for dewatering in the monsoon. The AMC has also hired a crane of 50-tonne capacity from ONGC for three days. The control room at Tagore Hall will have four Hitachi Pokland to remove debris, two wheel dozers and three JCB machines.

All the municipal hospitals are also prepared with full staff and extra beds to meet the crisis. Arrangements have also been made in the Kamla Nehru Zoo in Kankaria to in the wake of cyclone. According to Zoo superintendent R.K. Sahoo, since the animals are most sensitive to natural calamities it is essential to make proper security arrangements from them.

“We have our tranquiliser gun ready to stop the animal from running errant.” Arrangements have also been made to meet the situation if any enclosures of the endangered species collapse and animals are caught in the cage, Mr Sahu added. “Emergency kits with required medicines are ready. Moreover three doctors will remain present 24 hours in the zoo,” he said.

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

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Former home guard held for theft Sunday, May 27, 2001

Ahmedabad. May 26: After surveillance for around seven days, Khadia police on Friday morning caught a person involved in stealing cycles from the Manek Chowk area. Thirty-three year old Mukesh alias Bhottu G Datania, a resident of Kidi Pada Ni Pole, Shahpur, on interrogation confessed of having stolen 20 cycles in all.

He was a former home guard and since the last ten months he has not been getting work. Since he did not have money to buy brown sugar, he started stealing cycles from the neighboring areas.

He told the police that he wore the home guard uniform while stealing cycles from various places. Khadia police has recovered all the stolen cycles. Ahmedabad: A 21-year-old married man committed suicide by jumping into the Kankaria lake on Thursday.

After initial investigations, the man was identified as Naresh Lodha. Naresh was married according to the customs of his community but his wife did not live with him. She was going to be sent to his house after Diwali festival but Naresh wanted her to live with him immediately.

Since this request was not fulfilled, he committed suicide. His body was taken to L G Hospital where the doctor declared him dead.

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

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