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November 19, 2001 - November 19, 2001

State to remove encroachments at pilgrimage centres Monday, November 19, 2001

GANDHINAGAR: The state government has decided to remove encroachments from pilgrimage centres as it has been causing great inconvenience to pilgrims visiting these places.

Minister of state for development of religious places Harjivan Patel said that illegal structures around temples of six holy places - like Dwarka, Somnath, Girnar, Palitana, Ambaji and Dakor - would be cleared by the district authorities in consultation with the religious places development board shortly. He said the illegal shops, kiosks and other temporary structures near the temples would either be removed or demolished.

He said the government was also contemplating on a proposal to ban the sale of gutka, paan and cigarettes around 5 km radius of the sacred places.

Patel said that besides these six pilgrimage centres, the board was also looking after at least 400 religious places in the state. For better maintenance of these centres, the board has decided to constitute a committee of local residents entrusting them with the responsibility of maintaining these temples.

Leading citizens, and local representatives of municipalities and other local autonomous bodies would be taken into confidence before constituting the committees. These committees would be formed at the earliest, Patel said.

The board authorities have received complaints regarding irregularities in temples, mainly by in-charge priests (pujaris) in some temples. The board would look into these complaints and take punitive action against those found guilty, he said.

Meanwhile, Patel - who also holds Gau-seva portfolio - said the government has also decided to review the existing infrastructure facilities at Panjrapoles to take better care of milch animals kept there.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Four burns victims of Naroda factory dead Monday, November 19, 2001

AHMEDABAD: It turned out to be a bad New Year for the circus, the firecracker market, and the families of the four labourers from Phoenix Petrochem - who succumbed to burn injuries suffered on Diwali day.

Fire brigade sources said that there were at least 60 fire calls over the last two days, but the two reported on Thursday - where the circus and the firecracker market were set ablaze reportedly by burning rocket firecrackers - were the major ones.

Meanwhile, workers of Phoenix Petrochem - Sanjaykumar Rambalak Kurvaha (22), Jogeshwar Bholasingh (26), Natwasinh Kalusinh Raolji (45) - died at the Civil Hospital here on Friday while the fourth, S Govind Hanumanta Dasri, died on Sunday. Cases of accidental death were registered at the Naroda police station in this regard.

These four had suffered over 60 per cent burns on Wednesday when a short circuit at the solvent mixing plant in this dye-manufacturing unit led to a fire. Apart from others who sustained minor injuries, at least two people sustained serious bone injuries as they tried to jump over the wall when the fire broke out.

"We are examining the licences and other papers of the factory to find out if there were any lapses," said inspector V S Gohil.

But, the fire in the cracker market at Dilli Darwaja, which was declared a 'brigade call', has the police foxed, as there were no casualties except for a woman who suffered minor burns and some vehicles which caught fire. "Indications are that the fire may not have been just accidental," says a source at the city police.

At least 32 shops were destroyed besides six two-wheelers and a rickshaw. Investigating officer PSI S S Sonawane told TNN that the fire sparked off on account of a rocket that landed on a shop, but there were no indications of a sabotage. "We have made all the inquires and there is no evidence to suggest anything but an accident," he said.

But the entire area had to be cordoned off for the whole of Thursday night as bombs blasted away and rockets flew all over the place. Senior police officers rushed to the site as did Mayor Himmatsingh Patel and energy minister Kaushik Patel, since the area fell in his constituency.

Meanwhile, the Amar Circus was the fastest to recover and began showing shows from Friday with barely any signs of the disaster.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Amul bags yet another award for quality Monday, November 19, 2001

VADODARA: After making waves with its low-priced pizzas, Amul has now bagged the prestigious by winning the 'Best of All' Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award, which is considered equivalent of the Malcolm Balbridge National Quality Award of the US and the European Quality award.

The award recognises achievements of an organisation in terms of excellence in business results, business processes, customer satisfaction as well as societal and environmental impact.

The award was received by Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) managing director BM Vyas at New Delhi recently. GCMMF, the apex marketing body of brands like Amul, Sagar and Dhara, is a co-operative federation of more than two million milk producers of Gujarat and it is today the nation's largest food company with an annual turnover exceeding Rs 2300 crore.

According to Amul officials, looking the emerging trends of liberalisation and the impact that WTO will have, the GCMMF pro-actively embarked upon Total Quality Management (TQM) as a change management initiative to strengthen all its functional processes to effectively combat emerging competition. It undertook a number of TQM initiatives like Kaizen, house-keeping, small group activities, Hoshin Kanri (policy development) across the organisation. Amul also extended its TQM invites to its business partners, be it the farmer-producer in the village or a wholesale distributor in a metro town.

Officials feel that TQM initiatives taken six years ago have made the organisation efficient be it in launch of brands or implementing ERPs or expanding its distribution network.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Vadodara ASI to celebrate World Heritage Week Monday, November 19, 2001

VADODARA: The Vadodara circle of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will celebrate the "World Heritage Week" at the Qutubuddin Mahmad Khan's tomb, also called as the Hazira, from Monday onwards.

According to a press release here, a photograph exhibition - highlighting the monumental heritage of Gujarat as well as Daman and Diu - will be held as part of the celebrations. Major conservation works of centrally protected monuments of the region will be displayed in the exhibition. Also, quake-affected monuments, their restoration and conservation works will be displayed. The exhibition will be held at ONGC officers' club on Makarpura Road.

Other highlights of the event will be to create awareness about cultural heritage by National Service Scheme and NCC cadets. Local school and college students will also participate in these awareness programmes.

Competitions like essay writing and drawing of monuments for different age groups have also been organised as part of the celebrations.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Jamnagar :: Three killed in bus-rickshaw collision Monday, November 19, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Three persons died on the spot and at least 21 were injured as a shuttle rickshaw (chakda) in which they were travelling collided with a mini-bus on the Jamnagar highway on Sunday evening.

The victims belonged to Khadba village and were going from Shishdhar to Paneli. The rickshaw (GJ-10 3601) ran into the mini-bus killing Devayat Ahir, Mepabhai Ahir and Devanand alias Munnabhai on the spot. An offence has been registered with the Jamjodhpur police.

Trucker looted: A trucker was assaulted and looted of Rs 24,000 as four persons armed with sticks attacked him on Saturday night near Bareja. According to the Ahmedabad district police, Bhutto Sheru Siddiqui, who was driving the truck, halted near Pragati hotel on the Kheda highway to relieve himself, when two persons held him and two others attacked the cleaner sitting inside the truck's cabin. The driver and the cleaner were beaten up, gagged and their money snatched by the desperadoes.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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