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May 22, 2001 - May 22, 2001

Withdrawal of import ban hailed Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 21: The Union commerce ministry declared the withdrawal of its May 2 notification banning the import of 300 different items from Gujarat ports. According to a government press release issued on Monday, the decision was welcomed by the state following an effective representation by the chief minister, Mr Keshubhai Patel.

The director of the foreign goods of the Union Commerce ministry, Mr L.N.Lakhanpal, announced the withdrawal of both notifications earlier issued on May 2 and May 8. Mr Patel said that the withdrawal of the notification by the government would see the state ports flooding with import cargo traffic of 300 items.

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


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Three women die of burns Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 21: Bismillah Banu I Mansuri,30, a resident of Dalgadhwar, Dariapur, was severely burnt when she was lighting a stove in her house on Saturday night. She was admitted to V S Hospital for treatment where she died on Sunday afternoon. In a similar case, Keshrani C Thakur, 22, a resident of Bhurabhai Rabari Ni Chali, Odhav, was burnt severely when her stove burst into flames while she was cooking on Thursday night. She was taken to the Shardaben Hospital where she died on Saturday at 10.30 pm.

Another woman, Shobha V B Malli, 25, a resident of Middle Class Society, Shahwadi, was burnt severely when she was cooking at her residence on Saturday afternoon at 4.00 pm. She was admitted to L G Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries on Sunday morning.

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


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Delegation to seek MMCB’s revival Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Ahmedabad May 21: A four member delegation from Gujarat comprising finance minister Vaju Vala, minister of cooperatives Raman Vora, registrar of state cooperatives R M Joshi and chairman of Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank Amit Shah would visit New Delhi on Tuesday for the revival of beleaguered Madhavpura Mercantile Cooperative Bank. The delegation would meet Union home minister L K Advani and finance minister Mr Yashwant Sinha for procuring credit guarantee for MMCB.

Another woman, Shobha V B Malli, 25, a resident of Middle Class Society, Shahwadi, was burnt severely when she was cooking at her residence on Saturday afternoon at 4.00 pm. She was admitted to L G Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries on Sunday morning.

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


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Agitation for Narmada hump put off Tuesday, May 22, 2001

AHMEDABAD, May 21: The Narmada Jalraksakh Sangh, an organisation to protect Narmada water tonight called-off its dharna tomorrow, demanding construction of hump on the dam, near Gujarat chief minister Keshubhai Patel's official residence in Gandhinagar.

The decision to call-off the agitation was taken after Patel assured Sangh office bearers in a meeting to construct a hump over the dam, official sources said.

He told Sangh members that the issue has been resolved legally and the construction work would soon be taken up on warfooting.

Meanwhile, Gujarat government was awaiting Centre's permission for the construction of a three-metre hump over the 90-metre dam, sources added. (PTI)

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


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Suspended SBI official remanded Tuesday, May 22, 2001

AHMEDABAD, May 21: Mohit Srivastava, suspended manager of State Bank of India's (overseas branch), has been remanded to two days police custody by a metropolitan court for abetting a person to commit suicide.

Police on Monday said the wife of the deceased Devang Shah, allegedly involved in disappearance of bullion worth Rs 43.68 crore from the safe vault of a private firm here, where he worked as a manager, has said in a complaint that Srivastava and another SBI official were responsible for the death of her husband who died after consuming poison on May 17.

Shah made an attempt to commit suicide by consuming a poisonous substance on May 8, after being interrogated by the police in connection with the disappearance of one thousand gold biscuits and 39 tonnes of silver, police said.

He died while undergoing treatment in a hospital here on May 17.

After his arrest on Saturday night, Srivastava, who was suspended for his dubious role in the classic co-operative bank pay-order scam (not related to the Madhavpura mercantile cooperative bank), was produced before the metropolitan magistrate yesterday who remanded him to police custody for two days under section 306 (abettting suicide) of IPC. (PTI)

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


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