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May 22, 2001 - May 23, 2001

Administrator of Madhavpura bank resigns Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Ahmedabad May 22: The administrator of Madhavpura Mercantile Cooperative Bank, Mr S Ramchandran has reportedly his resignation to executive director of RBI Mumbai, Mr P B Mathur, regional director V S Das and the Central registrar K S Bhoriya.

According to sources, the resignation is yet to be accepted. Apparently, Mr Ramchandran has resigned quoting lack of exposure to co-operative sector and lack of command over Gujarati language as reasons for the decision.

Meanwhile, a delegation led by finance minister Mr Vaju Vala and state minister for cooperatives Mr Raman Vora, met Union finance minister Mr Yashwant Sinha and home minister Mr L K Advani, on Tuesday. Mr Vora said that they have presented the report of the revival committee to the two ministers.

The report on one hand has stressed on the proper implementation of credit guarantee assurance from the central government on money invested by the different states cooperative banks, on the other it has stressed on the issue relating to deposit insurance from the banking insurance company.

Mr Vora said in press release that they explained to both the union ministers that if the central government gives credit guarantee of Rs 800 crore then only the cooperative banks of Gujarat are ready to invest the same amount for MMCB revival.

Mr Vora said the ministers listened to them patiently and said they would study the report and call a meeting of Union government, state and RBI to take a final decision.

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


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State effort on education in quake-hit areas Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Gandhinagar, May 22: The state government is making earnest efforts to resume academic sessions for 2001-02 in the earthquake-affected areas without further delay. The mammoth task of rebuilding the collapsed educational institutions was kicked off as soon as the education department sensed the need.

The Unicef and several non-government organisations are working hand in hand with the Gujarat government to complete the huge task. The education department has already sent about 6,930 educational kits for the students of these areas, while 7,830 tents have been dispatched to compensate for the collapsed school buildings of 17 districts of the state.

According to a press release, “The index of primary education in the state has shown an upward trend and the percentage of dropouts has declined since recent times.” The release further stated that the state education minister Anandi Patel will ensure that educational activities in the earthquake-affected districts are not hampered in the post-earthquake period.

The earthquake damaged as many as 38,000 rooms of 2,000 primary schools. While 30,000 of these rooms have been repaired so far, the remaining rooms are being reconstructed. “A team of 20 senior level officials of the education department will monitor the entire task in the quake-affected districts,” informed joint director of state primary education Dr Hingu.

“Various non-government organisations will assist the state government in revival of the quake-affected educational system by looking into the reconstruction of 4,000 of these classrooms,” the release specified.

UNICEF has extended help by facilitating schools with 7,830 tents, each with an accommodation for 42 students, and other accessories necessary for the schools, 2,000 sanitary blocks. The organisation has supplied about 6,000 educational kits and other special kits for teachers.

UNICEF’s Gujarat branch project officer Dr P.S. Umashri said the organisation is open to further help Presently, the organisation’s assistance to education department in terms of educational kits and tents totals a whoping Rs 25 crores. All the help will be routed through the resource centres of the concerned districts.

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


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Approval given on 3-mt hump on Sardar Sarovar Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Gandhinagar, May 22: Narmada Control Authority approved the building of three meter `hump’ on the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Tuesday. Chairman of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Bhupandrasinh Chudasma informed that they started the work of building the ‘hump’ from Tuesday itself.

Considering the arrival of monsoon the work on building the ‘hump’ would be completed in the next 21 days, he added. Narmada Control Authority, in its interim judgement, said that the ‘hump’ would be built on block numbers 31 to 45 on the dam and the water should be stored till 90 meter or less than it in the dam.

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


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Crime branch arrests 4 over Rs 2.65 crore fraudBy Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Vadodara, May 21: The Vadodara police has run into an unprecedented streak of good luck in the past few days. On one hand, the police officials have busted a multi-crore ISD racket, on the other the prevention of crime branch on Monday arrested four people, including three from Ahmedabad, involved in a statewide treasury office scam.

Top sources from the police said that 45-year-old Maniruddin Y. Sheikh, the mastermind behind the scam, and his three accomplices, had duped the treasury offices to the tune of Rs 2.65 crore.

While Sheikh was arrested from Vadodara, his associates, including Raman Parmar, Dinesh Vartia and Hargovind R. Shrimali, all residents of Ahmedabad were arrested by a team of police officers that reached Ahmedabad on Sunday night .

PI Kiritsinh Jhala of the prevention of crime branch told The Asian Age that Sheikh, a resident of Bahar colony on the Ajwa Road in Vadodara, presented himself as J. M. Shah, divisional supply officer (medical store) and managed to cheat the treasury officers.

District treasury officer M. M. Maskati had lodged a complaint with the detection of crime branch on April 9 stating that three people had duped the office to the tune of Rs 1.86 crore between August 1999 and March 30, 2001.
Sources from treasury department said that Sheikh not only used fake documents but also had submitted these documents to substantiate the nod from Gandhinagar.

Home minister Haren Pandya commenting on the issue said that the imposters were well aware of all daily procedures carried at the Treasury house. He further said that the investigations have revealed that that a similar modus operandi was followed by the imposters leading to scams in Vadodara in 1988 accounting to Rs 21 lakhs, in Surat in 1995 accounting to Rs 58 lakhs and Rs 186 lakhs in Vadodara in 1999-00.

Mr Jhala and PSI M. A. Chauhan on the instructions of police commissioner J. Mahapatra and additional police commissioner Geetha Jhori, arrested the accused following a detailed investigation. Mr Jhala said that after getting a tip off from the Health Department sources that the accused could be involved with the department, the police contacted various health offices.

As per the description given by the treasury department officials, Sheikh was arrested. Other sources from the health department have confirmed that Sheikh was a former health department employee and was suspended earlier for remaining continuously absent.

Mr Jhala further said that earlier this gang had duped the Bhadra Treasury office to the tune of Rs. 23 lakh in 1988.
However, nobody had filed a complaint then.

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


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Police control room receives obscene calls, man identified Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 21: It must be the most unlikely place to receive crank calls but the police control room number 100 has been regularly receiving obscene calls from men because the police control telephone system is normally handled by women constables.

After receiving frequent obscene calls from a crank caller despite several warnings, the city police initiated investigation against the man.

The police control room has a caller identity machine installed from which all calls can be traced. The number of this caller was traced to a PCO booth in Amraiwadi area by the telephone number and the investigation was handed over to Amraiwadi police station.

The investigation revealed that the obscene calls were being made by one Mr Anand alias Jhalu B Khatike, a resident of Mukeshnagar Shastri colony, Odhav. An offence was lodged against him and further proceedures initiated to arrest him. But the culprit is still absconding.

Meanwhile, deputy commissioner of police, control, P B Upadhyay said that this was not the first time that such crank calls were received by the police control room. “But after the renovation of the control room when the caller ID machines were installed, calls to the police control room could be traced and the offender caught.”

A sub inpsector on duty said that such calls were being made by desperate men who wanted to talk obscene things with women and since the control room was manned by women constables, “some people didn’t even leave hese phone numbers alone.” He said that this was a frequent nuisance but those who indulge in it are usually caught and an offense registered against them. Meanwhile, the police control room reiterated that control number 100 was used for emergencies to help the public and should not be misused by crank callers.

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


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