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May 26, 2001 - May 26, 2001

Cyclone changes direction, heading towards SW Gujarat Saturday, May 26, 2001

Vikram Vakil in Surat
May 26, 3:00pm
The cyclone, which was hovering about 500 km south-west of Veraval in the Arabian Sea, has changed direction and is likely to cross the coastline between Veraval (Junagadh district) and Nalia (Kutch district) in south west Gujarat.

Dr R K Kankane, Director, Indian Meteorological Department, Ahmedabad, said, "The cyclone can cross the Gujarat coast between Veraval and Nalia any time between Saturday and Sunday evening."

Some of the places that are likely to be affected if the cyclone hits the coast are Porbandar, Okha, Dwarka, Jamnagar, Mandvi, Kutch, Junagadh and areas in their vicinity.

The circular speed is between 80-100 kms/hour but when the cyclone hits the coast, wind speeds can reach up to 180 kms/hr.

Asked about the possibility of the cyclone weakening, Kankane said, "Nothing can be said at this juncture though the cyclone continues to move at a slow speed."

It has a radius of 350 kilometers at this juncture, he informed.

The paramilitary forces, which were stationed in south Gujarat for relief operations, have been shifted to Kutch, Jamnagar, Porbander and Junagadh districts.

At present, places in south Gujarat, like Surat, Valsad, Hazira and Magdala port, are out of danger. However, the authorities are taking all precautions as the cyclone can change direction any time.

In Bhuj, nearly 150 buses have been kept on stand-by in case people have to be shifted immediately. Most of the people are still staying in tents as construction of pacca houses has still not begun after the devastating earthquake on January 26 this year.

"The state government has cancelled the leave of all officials and they have been told to be on high alert," Revenue Minister Vajubhai Vala announced.

The official figures state that nearly 10,000 people have been evacuated but, according to unofficial estimates, nearly 100,000 people have left the coastal and low lying areas.

News Source : Rediff.com [ India's No 1 Website ]


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Vegetables turn the heat on during summer Saturday, May 26, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 25: Thanks to sweltering heat and the marriage season, cooking mouth watering delicacies like baingan ka bharta and matar paneer has become an expensive affair for housewives.

The summer months are a time when the housewives have to compromise with their cooking since these expensive vegetables are harsh on the household budget. Khamasa, a semi wholesale market in the Dhalgarvaad area sells peas for an astronomical price of Rs 25 per kg.

Says Dilip, a vegetable vendor, “This rise in price is mainly due the onset of summer. During summer peas are transported from Mumbai while vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower come from Shimla.” This slack on part of the local farmer is mainly due to the water scarcity prevalent in this region.

The transportation and the packaging costs add to the cost burden that has ultimately to be borne by the consumer. The transportation costs range from anything between Rs 5,000 to Rs 12,000. Another vegetable vendor also mentioned that they earn a margin of only one or two rupees on every kilo and hence do not encourage bargaining. It is only the bulk buyer who gets the benefit of discount.

An employee at the Agriculture Product Market Committee said, “Tomatoes that come from Jaipur have to be packed in cartons before transportation, which cost about Rs 20. This further contributes to the price rise of tomatoes.”

Another reason for the rise in prices is the onset of the marriage season. During this time the demand for vegetables in the market goes up while the supply is less.Leave the wholesale market and reach retailers in the Navrangpura area, and these prices almost double.

Lemons are probably the most atrociously priced. While Khamasa sells lemons for Rs 16 a kg, a vegetable vendor near Law garden Vadodara, May 25: Three Vadodara boys left and came back to their homes after the higher secondary board results were declared on Thursday. The students had left home because of poor performance in the examination.

According to the police Prashant Rameshchadra Chawda, a student of Bright school residing at Shital society did not come back home till evening. His father informed the Karelibaug police about his missing son. However, Prashant returned late on Thursday night.

Similarly, Rikil Mahandrabhai Patel who had gone to collect his result from S S Patel high school did not turn up at home at Krishnashanti society till late evening. His father also lodged a complaint at the JP Road police station.

Similarly another complaint was lodged by by Vijaykumar Sindhe of Vihar society in the Akota area regarding his absconding son Prithvish after the HSC results were declared. Police said that Prithvish did not come home, as he could not score well in the exams. However, both Rikil and Prithvish came back home on Thursday according to JP Road police.

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


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Medicines worth Rs 4.5 lakh seized Saturday, May 26, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 25: City Crime branch officals apprehended five people and seized Rs 4.55 lakh worth of stolen medicines along with a truck. The crime branch officials were acting on a tip off that some miscreants where trying to sell the stolen medicines to a chemist.

The incident occurred on Thursday in the wee hours when inspector Aryan Desai and a team from the crime branch waited for the accused to come at the appointed place at LBS Stadium, Bapunagar.

The accused, in the truck tried to make a run for it when the police tried to catch them but where caught. The recovered goods included 1017 injections and is valued at Rs 4.55 lakhs.
The accused had stolen the medicines worth Rs 10 lakhs from a godown at Sarkhej on March 9.

The names of those apprehended are Pratap Thakur and Suresh Thakur both from Bapunagar, Raju Patel from Sabramati, Kamlesh Sharma from Naroda and Biswas Sharma from Maninagar.

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


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Stress on proper town planning Saturday, May 26, 2001

Gandhinagar, May 25: The meeting of Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority chaired by chief minister Keshubhai Patel was focused strictly to adhere to proper town planning standards while implementing the rehabilitation programme in four major cities of Kutch that were devastated in the earthquake.

Regarding temporary accommodation in the municipal areas of Bhuj, Bhachau, Rapar and Anjar, those houses which have been destroyed or are to be razed to the ground and fall under category four will be entitled for assistance of Rs 12,000 for temporary accommodation.

It was decided that such temporary accommodation would be erected on specific government land or private land. But, temporary construction will not be permitted on any other government or private land.

Those who construct temporary accommodation on a private land will have to make their own arrangements for infrastructural facilities. The local administration was entrusted to ensure that no temporary accommodations are constructed on the road lines under the specified draft development plan.

It was also decided that unauthorised encroachments should not be permitted on the government and public land in Bhuj city. For this, the administration should set up temporary flying encroachment removal squad and flying squads assisted by adequate number of police force to remove any such encroachment, for proper implementation of standard town planning.

In-charge minister of Kutch Sureshchandra Mehta attended the meeting and finance minister Vaju Vala, water resource minister Nitin Patel and chief secretary L.N.S. Mukundan were also present.

It was directed to the relief commissioner to take decision relating to the properties and their titles in joints names, assistance of tenants, building of trusts and repair assistance to houses illegally occupied for a long period.

The meeting also approved the provision of Rs 42 lakh for contingency plan on health issues for the four cities. Chief minister Keshubhai Patel stressed the need for ensuring the supply of construction materials and water since the construction of one room livable accommodation in the rural sector should be completed as per schedule on June 30.

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


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NAVSARI:::: 3 die in road mishap Saturday, May 26, 2001

Navasar, May 26: Three people were killed and eight injured when a Tata Sumo collided with a truck near Navsari on national highway no 8. The incident occurred at 3.30 am near Athal village of Navsari district when the Tata Sumo was travelling towards Mumbai.

The names of those killed in the accident were Geeta C Shah, 44, Padmakant R Shah, 53, and Kamal N Shah,75. The eight injured include three women. Satyam Chandravan Shah (19), a resident of Kartik Park Society, Ghatlodia, lodged a complaint at Gandevi police station.

Shah was also injured in the collision. The truck driver and the cleaner are absconding. Meanwhile the injured were shifted to the nearby hospital.

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


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