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May 18, 2001 - May 19, 2001

Too sunny to handle: Soaring mercury adds to citizens’ woes Saturday, May 19, 2001

By Shramana Ganguly

Ahmedabad, May 17: Come summer, and the sun begins to take toll on Amdavadis, their skin to be precise. As the temperatures soared to 44 degrees in the season, several people across the city are complaining of skin-related disorders, all caused due to exposure to sun.

Dermatologists across the city report of numerous cases of skin disorders – tanning, itching, and boils, among others – in people during summer. “While exposure to the sun harms people across all age groups, people with highly photosensitive skin and children are the ones who are most susceptible to skin damage during summers,” observes Dr Ranjan Rawal of B.J. Medical College’s Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Leprology. About 20 per cent of the patients who report to the skin department of the Civil Hospital daily are those suffering from sun-induced disorders.

“It is more because of the indifferent attitude of people towards their skin which aggravates the problem,” observes dermatologist Dr Brijesh Madhok. He further adds, “The strong rays of the sun are undoubtedly damaging to human skin, while its ultra-violet radiation is all the more harmful to us.” Cases of dryness of the skin, spotting or pigmentation, etching, increase of non-painful acne on the face, are common ailments people have been complaining after exposure to sun.

“But, burning sensation on the skin is one of the first symptoms of sun-induced skin disorders and should be attended to at the earliest, lest it manifests into other skin disorders,” said dermatologist Dr Mona Shah, adding, “the initial reddening of the skin might further lead to pigmentation, from initial brown color to black and might stay until one takes medication.”

Dr Rawal informs that skin allergies and peculiar polymorphic light eruptions are reported widely amongst patients. “In a city like Ahmedabad, patients particularly complain of freckles, skin pigmentation, sun tanning, appearance of reddish elevated patches on the exposed parts and lip pigmentation,” she says. The exposed part even gets thickened in patients in due course if not attended to, she said.

Importantly, dust aggravates the problem in the city. As observes Dr Shah, “Instead of washing their face repeatedly after being outdoors, people have the tendency to wipe of the sweat with their handkerchief or dupatta. The dust settled on the face thus goes into the skin. “The dust might cause acne on the face, and most likely to suffer are people who are prone to pimples,” says she. Doctors even inform that premature aging – premature graying, wrinkling – is common amongst those who do not take sufficient protection.

According to dermatologists, while girls move around with their dupattas to cover their face and gloves to cover their hands, it does not suffice. “One must use a sun screen lotion with Sun Protective Factor more than 15,” specifies Dr Madhok. While cases of women reporting such cases to practitioners are remarkable, men shy away from it.

“Women are more cautious about changes in the body, texture and prefer to take precautions rather than overlook it,” reasons one of the doctors, adding, “men are still indifferent to a great extent in such cases.”

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


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Relief plan for commercial, service sector units affected by earthquake Friday, May 18, 2001

Gandhinagar, May 17: The Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority on Thursday announced the earthquake assistance package for commerce and service sector on Thursday. About 7,500 commercial employment and service sector units whose businesses have been affected due to the earthquake are expected to benefit from the package.

The package includes rehabilitation of service and commercial employment through national and cooperative banks or financial institutions approved either by the state government or the Centre by way of cash assistance.

The units under zone four and five regions will get a cash assistance who have invested upto Rs two lakhs will get a cash assistance within a limit of Rs 1.20 lakhs. After approval of the investment, the monies will be dispensed to the relevant banks or financial institutions and commercial centres who commence business on their own will be given cash assistance directly. Those commercial units, which are outside zone, four and five will get a cash assistance within a limit of Rs 1 lakh.

Moreover, the state government will also provide 100 per cent interest on loans for a period of two years taken from all nationalised , scheduled, cooperative, urban cooperative or financial institutions for all units except medical services within a limit of Rs 1 lakh annually or Rs 2 lakhs for two years. The state government will pay these monies.

In case of medical services, including dispensaries, hospitals, nursing homes and pathological laboratories the interest assistance will be 100 per cent within a limit of Rs 2 lakh annually or Rs four lakhs for two years which is payable to the financial institution by the state government.

The package was approved at a meeting chaired by chief minister Keshubhai Pateland attended by industries minister Suresh Mehta, finance minister Vaju Vala, coordinator of the people’s campaign for earthquake rehabilitation Nitin Patel, chief secretary L.N.S. Mukundan and senior officials of the industries, finance and revenue departments and officials of the disaster management authority Dr P.K. Mishra, M. Sahu and P. Paneervel.

Clothes, provisions, cutlery, electrical goods, spare parts and any type of vehicle repairing, paan-bidi shops, laundry, hair cutting saloon, hardware, colour, jewellers, tailors, STD booths, and other trade and commerce and trades and service professionals such as advocates, chartered accounts, computer classes, typing classes have been included in the package.

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


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Relief plan for commercial, service sector units affected by earthquake Friday, May 18, 2001

Gandhinagar, May 17: The Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority on Thursday announced the earthquake assistance package for commerce and service sector on Thursday. About 7,500 commercial employment and service sector units whose businesses have been affected due to the earthquake are expected to benefit from the package.

The package includes rehabilitation of service and commercial employment through national and cooperative banks or financial institutions approved either by the state government or the Centre by way of cash assistance.

The units under zone four and five regions will get a cash assistance who have invested upto Rs two lakhs will get a cash assistance within a limit of Rs 1.20 lakhs. After approval of the investment, the monies will be dispensed to the relevant banks or financial institutions and commercial centres who commence business on their own will be given cash assistance directly. Those commercial units, which are outside zone, four and five will get a cash assistance within a limit of Rs 1 lakh.

Moreover, the state government will also provide 100 per cent interest on loans for a period of two years taken from all nationalised , scheduled, cooperative, urban cooperative or financial institutions for all units except medical services within a limit of Rs 1 lakh annually or Rs 2 lakhs for two years. The state government will pay these monies.

In case of medical services, including dispensaries, hospitals, nursing homes and pathological laboratories the interest assistance will be 100 per cent within a limit of Rs 2 lakh annually or Rs four lakhs for two years which is payable to the financial institution by the state government.

The package was approved at a meeting chaired by chief minister Keshubhai Pateland attended by industries minister Suresh Mehta, finance minister Vaju Vala, coordinator of the people’s campaign for earthquake rehabilitation Nitin Patel, chief secretary L.N.S. Mukundan and senior officials of the industries, finance and revenue departments and officials of the disaster management authority Dr P.K. Mishra, M. Sahu and P. Paneervel.

Clothes, provisions, cutlery, electrical goods, spare parts and any type of vehicle repairing, paan-bidi shops, laundry, hair cutting saloon, hardware, colour, jewellers, tailors, STD booths, and other trade and commerce and trades and service professionals such as advocates, chartered accounts, computer classes, typing classes have been included in the package.

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


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C.U. SHAH CLERK SIPHONS OFF STAFF SALARIES Friday, May 18, 2001

Ahmedabad: A complaint has been filed at Navrangpura police station that the clerk of C U Shah College, Mr Somabhai I Patel, a resident of Som Apartments, Shahibaug, is involved in a fraud.

According to the complaint Patel had deposited a cheque of Rs 2.39 lakh, which were the income tax deposits of the employees, in his account. This money was deducted from the salaries of the employees between May 7 and May 11 and was to be deposited with the income tax department. One Jyotindra D Acharya filed the complaint on May 16.

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


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THEFT OF GRAINS, EDIBLE OIL TINS Friday, May 18, 2001

Vadodara: Edible oil tins and food grains worth nearly Rs 2 lakhs to Rs 3 lakhs were destroyed when two shops in Gandhi Road main bazaar of Bajwa, near here, were gutted on Thursday afternoon. According to station officer (Wadi Wadi Fire Brigade) H. J. Taparia, the fire fighting operation lasted for two hours.

The operation had to be carried out with extra caution as more than 450 tins full of oil were kept in the shops. The services of the fire tenders from GSFC and Gujarat Refinery were also sought.

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


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