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May 20, 2001 - May 20, 2001

Phase two of paying aid to quake-hit begins in city Sunday, May 20, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 19: The second phase of financial package of payments to the quake affected has been started by the district collector’s office in the city on Saturday.

According to state government press release, Rs 93 crores were paid for 10,843 cases as death doles. Out of this, 12.359 cases were in Kutch and Rs 106.55 crores were paid out in the entire state. Cash doles of Rs 66 crores were paid to 9.02 lakhs families in the state from which Rs 33 crores were paid to 3.75 lakhs families.

The state government has decided to give Rs 1.2 lakhs to Rs 4 lakhs as interest aid to the traders and small businesses. This package aims at re-establishing the economic strength of the quake affected areas. In the state, about 2.54 lakh kaccha houses were destroyed from which about 1.66 lakh were in Kutch.

In all, 11,06,033 houses were damaged in the state from which 3,83,337 were in Kutch. The state government has released Rs 382.55 crores for aid as house relief. In addition to this, nine agencies are working in the areas in and around Bhuj, Bhachau, Rapar and Anjar to clear the debris. Till date, about 1,89,129 metric tonnes of debris has been removed.

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


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Probe on into ISD scam, one loses job Sunday, May 20, 2001

Vadodara, May 19: Ever since the multi-crore racket was busted on Sunday, the BSNL has suspended one of its employee involved in the scam.

General manager of Vadodara Telecom District Rakesh Babu has said that the method adopted for putting through the ISD calls in no way affects the metering of other customers having STD and ISD facilities. Meanwhile, the DCB continued to grill class I and II officers of the BSNLto gather more facts.

During the internal investigation it was found that four telephone numbers of the Makarpura exchange were used to make international calls. A Vadodara telecome official said the meters were adjusted to non-metering system due to which calls made abroad were not registered at all.

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


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Gold biscuits’ case: Police may file case against SBI officials Sunday, May 20, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 19: City police is likely to register an offence against State Bank of India, overseas branch officials Mohit Srivastav and Shekhar D’costa who were named in the dying declaration of Devang Shah.

They are also likely to register offense against K.L. Choksi Company directors Naresh Choksi, Prashant Choksi and Jignesh Choksi who were also named in the declaration of Mr Shah in front of the executive magistrate.

All these persons are likely to be booked under section 306 of the IPC which deals with provocating someone to take extreme action, including committing suicide. After the 1,000 gold biscuit went missing from the vaults of BVC Travel Agency and 39 tonnes of silver which was also not accounted for, Devang Shah who was the branch manager of the agency tried to commit suicide on May 6 by consuming poison and by cutting his wrists.

He later died of swelling of the liver and pancreas which supposedly resulted in a cardiac arrest, according to the doctor treating him. But his post mortem report has yet to arrive.
The two SBI officials are incharge of the gold desk of the overseas branch and the directors of K.L. Choksi are allegedly involved because the deceased had already delivered the gold and the silver to Guru Exports a sister concern of K.L. Choksi company on March 2.

But the gold did not belong to SBI but Standard Chartered Bank still Devang Shah alleged that SBI officials forced him to deliver the gold to Guru Exports. Devang Shah also had the delivery challans to prove that he had delivered the gold and the silver to Guru Exports.

According to sources police has also obtained the strong room records, which also prove that the consignment was delivered.

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


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Mayor, officials return from ‘study tour’ Sunday, May 20, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 19: The mayor along with a team of city elders came back from Honolulu on Saturday after attending the Mayor’s Asia-Pacific Environmental Summit.

On their way back, the team visited Los Angles, Washington, New York and London and studied various developmental projects there. The agreement of feasibility study for the Rs 50 lakh grant for proper disposal of 8.5 crore gallons of dirty water will be signed in the city on May 29.

About 400 delegates from 28 countries including delegates from 20 states of India attended the summit. Issues like giving basic infrastructural facilities to the poor and the weaker section of the society, water and drainage system and solid waste management were also discussed.

The problem of pollution and the involvement of municipalities and municipal corporations in this was also discussed. The role of citizens in the overall development and proper working of the city and its administration were also discussed. The need for awareness among the citizens on all the civic issues was emphasised.

The need for a cost-benefit analysis and the financial constraints and other challenges faced by the developing countries were also discussed. The need for proper use of electricity and other resources and proper management of the available resources was highlighted. It was felt the cultural identity of the city should not be lost on its way to development.

It was noted that about 75 per cent of the poor in the world live in Asian countries and about 5 crore citizens live below the poverty line. It was decided that lack of infrastructural facilities including water, health and sanitation meant that the citizens did not lead an optimum civic life.

This leads to lack of progress, both economic and social and the city chokes under its own problems. Therefore there is a need to take up the challenge of clean and pollution free city.
The need to set up entertainment centres in the city was also felt.

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


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MSU panel ‘removes’ teacher Sunday, May 20, 2001

Vadodara, May 19: After remaining in the news for more than six months controversial teacher M. R. Vyas of the Commerce Faculty, MS University has been removed from the service. The decision was taken at a meeting of a six-member committee headed by Narendra Parmar late Friday night.

Mr Vyas had used fraudulent means and fake papers to get promotion as a professor under the Career Promotion Scheme. The order of removal has been already implemented and Mr Vyas will have to return to the University an estimated Rs. 2.5 lakh that he earned from the day be became professor. However, he will be given retirement benefits.

Dr Parmar told The Asian Age that his misconduct was serious and of criminal nature. "In the show-cause notice, we had proposed to dismiss him," he said. But, in finality, he was removed on humanitarian grounds .

The decision taken by the Committee did not require Syndicate's approval because earlier report of the Syndicate had recommended action and the committee headed by Mr Parmar was looking into the implementation.

The committee will meet on May 24 to find out the root cause of the incident in which the former teacher used fake papers to get promotion. The committee is also likely to decide on the role of U. R. Dangarwala, also a teacher of the Commerce faculty, who allegedly helped Mr Vyas to get necessary letters for the research papers.

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


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