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May 16, 2001 - May 16, 2001

Irked by slow rehabilitation, Kutch may observe bandh from May 20 Wednesday, May 16, 2001

By Shramana Ganguly

Ahmedabad, May 15: Enraged by the slow pace of rehabilitation of the masses plagued by the January 26 earthquake and the apathy of the bureaucrats, the survivors of Anjar had kicked off an historic campaign on May 3 by addressing blood letters to the President of India.

Eventually, the entire Kutch district is determined to observe a bandh from May 20 until the administrators concerned are sensitive enough to look into rehabilitation with a humane approach. The bandh will be significant in light of the visit of the Prime Minister to Dudai village near Anjar on June 3.

Dismayed with the performance of the state government towards the rehabilitation of the earthquake survivors, Group 2001, a group of volunteers from Anjar had kicked off the blood-letter-campaign. 70-year-old Kantibhai was first amongst thousands of volunteers to donate his blood for the campaign, which finished on May 13.

“As many as 1,500 people from Kutch district wrote the blood-letters to the President of the country and represented the plight of thousand others who are suffering after the earthquake,” informed the Group 2001 leader Dr Shyam Sunder.

In a telephonic interview from Anjar on Tuesday evening, Dr Sunder informed, “All the blood-letters have been carried to Delhi by two Group 2001 members namely Prakash Mansavala and Kalpesh Suratia. They are seeking an appointment with the president, and when they get one, three of us from Anjar will join them to present our demands before him.”

While the volunteers had decided to address as many as 2,001 letters to the president, they were stopped by the former Maharaja of Kutch Ragmalji Jadeja III. “He visited the blood camp when we had finished writing about 1,500 letters, and insisted that we stop the campaign.

‘I believe 1,500 letters in blood are sufficient to move the President,’ he said, and so the campaign concluded,” Dr Sunder informed. Significantly, the former ruler of the district is supporting the campaign full-fledged, and is even ready to support the bandh, he observes.

The agitated survivors of the district are awaiting the visit of George Fernandes and Jaya Jaitley to the district on Wednesday. “Let’s us whether they have answers to our suffering,” remarks Dr Sunder. “And if the president fails to respond to the emergency call of the quake survivors till May 20, the entire Kutch district will observe bandh until government takes up the issue seriously.”

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


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Irked by slow rehabilitation, Kutch may observe bandh from May 20 Wednesday, May 16, 2001

By Shramana Ganguly

Ahmedabad, May 15: Enraged by the slow pace of rehabilitation of the masses plagued by the January 26 earthquake and the apathy of the bureaucrats, the survivors of Anjar had kicked off an historic campaign on May 3 by addressing blood letters to the President of India.

Eventually, the entire Kutch district is determined to observe a bandh from May 20 until the administrators concerned are sensitive enough to look into rehabilitation with a humane approach. The bandh will be significant in light of the visit of the Prime Minister to Dudai village near Anjar on June 3.

Dismayed with the performance of the state government towards the rehabilitation of the earthquake survivors, Group 2001, a group of volunteers from Anjar had kicked off the blood-letter-campaign. 70-year-old Kantibhai was first amongst thousands of volunteers to donate his blood for the campaign, which finished on May 13.

“As many as 1,500 people from Kutch district wrote the blood-letters to the President of the country and represented the plight of thousand others who are suffering after the earthquake,” informed the Group 2001 leader Dr Shyam Sunder.

In a telephonic interview from Anjar on Tuesday evening, Dr Sunder informed, “All the blood-letters have been carried to Delhi by two Group 2001 members namely Prakash Mansavala and Kalpesh Suratia. They are seeking an appointment with the president, and when they get one, three of us from Anjar will join them to present our demands before him.”

While the volunteers had decided to address as many as 2,001 letters to the president, they were stopped by the former Maharaja of Kutch Ragmalji Jadeja III. “He visited the blood camp when we had finished writing about 1,500 letters, and insisted that we stop the campaign.

‘I believe 1,500 letters in blood are sufficient to move the President,’ he said, and so the campaign concluded,” Dr Sunder informed. Significantly, the former ruler of the district is supporting the campaign full-fledged, and is even ready to support the bandh, he observes.

The agitated survivors of the district are awaiting the visit of George Fernandes and Jaya Jaitley to the district on Wednesday. “Let’s us whether they have answers to our suffering,” remarks Dr Sunder. “And if the president fails to respond to the emergency call of the quake survivors till May 20, the entire Kutch district will observe bandh until government takes up the issue seriously.”

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


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MAN SMELLS EXTRA-MARITAL AFFAIR, KILLS WIFE IN RAGE Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 15: A man killed his wife with a kitchen knife in a fit or rage after suspecting her of having an extra marital relationship. He then surrendered himself to the Bapunagar police station. The incident happened at 2.00 am on Tuesday when Sudarshan M. Padamshali , 35, was sleeping with his wife Kalawati, 29, and three kids in the house at Bapunagar.

During his confession the convict revealed that his parents were sleeping in the balcony outside on Tuesdday and his mother Jamana R Padamshali knocked the door at 2 .00 am. Kalawati opened the door and right at that moment there was a noise on the roof of the room.

“It felt like the noise of someone going out of the house and in the hurry threw the roof,” said Padamshali, who is also the complainant in the case. He said, that he suspected that his wife was having an illicit affair with somebody and that man had run away via the roof.

So he got into a rage and asked his wife who she was having an affair with. When she did not reveal the name, he got the kitchen knife and stabbed her repeatedly on her chest and stomach killing her on the spot. His mother Jamana tried to stop him but her pushed her away and she fell down and injured her right leg.

Bapunagar police has filed a case of murder under section 302 of the IPC. Incidentally, Padamshali is a auto rickshaw driver and has three children. The first child a boy of 10 years is from his first marriage and the other two children one boy of 7 years and one girl of 5 years were from his marriage to Kalawati. In his complaint, he has alleged that his wife was of loose character.

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



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POLICE ARRESTS 4 FOR SELLING FAKE HOSIERY ITEMS IN CITY Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 15: The city crime branch arrested four persons late Monday evening for selling duplicate hosiery items under the brand name of ‘Roopa Hosiery’, and have seized goods worth Rs 1.5 lakhs.

The accused are Indrakumar Ahuja, owner of Maruti Enterprise at Mirghavad, Revdi bazaar, Sunilkumar Makhija of Sunilkumar Motiram & company at Revdi bazaar, Manojkumar alias Ayodhyasingh Chauhan of Shriram Apparels, Odhav and Gyanchand Seshani of Dimple hosiery.

The arrests followed a complaint lodged by Gujarat and Maharashtra agents of the “Roopa” brand Mohammed Asif Bhujanwala and Sashikant Kanoria respectively, and branch managers Mahendra Gupta and Darshan Nanavati, at the city crime branch.

The police have arrested all of them under sections 482, 483, 485 of the Indian Copyright Act and Trademark Act 78 and 79. The accuseds were produced in the metropolitan magistrate court on Tuesday where police has sought one-day remand.

According to the details given by crime branch police inspector Mr J L Jadeja, “The duplication was done at such a high rate that it affected the sales of the company drastically.” He further added that a pack of dozen duplicate pieces was sold at the cost of a single original piece, hence many shopkeepers opted for it.

In a short span of few months the duplicate goods have been made available at all the leading stores. “Those arrested are people belonging to the higher class of the society and have accepted that they sold duplicate material in order to earn more profit.”

PI Jadeja has said that the duplicate items look so exactly like the original ones that it is difficult for the citizens to make out which is the original one. Moreover, duplication has a good presence in the market in Gujarat.

In last three years many raids have been conducted where duplication of reputed brands have been seized. In May 1999, one person was arrested with duplicate Reliance textile worth Rs eight lakhs.

The accused was producing the textile under the brand name of Vimal and sold it in the local market. Another case was registered in September 2000 for selling duplicate Castrol oil.

According to the details, the accused, Amit Shah, a resident of Isanpur used to manufacture duplicate castrol at his residence and pack it in original cans. One more case was registered last month with the crime branch where duplication was done in M-seal under the brand name of Pidilite industries. Three persons were arrested for duplication.

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


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TRADE BODIES LAUD ABOLITION OF OCTROI, SUGGEST ALTERNATIVES Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 15: The Confederation of Indian Industry has welcomed the state government for abolishing the octroi in the state and substitute it with a cess on petrol and diesel. Mr Nishad Parikh, the chairman dealing in the economic affairs of CII, said, “The abolition of octroi is one issue where there has been a consensus and unanimity among trade and industry across Gujarat.”

He also mentioned that there had been unsuccessful attempts in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and even Maharashtra in abolishing octroi as there was no alternative to replace it. The octroi had been one of the most reformed process and a mechanism of revenue collection by the government. It proved to be simple and was not counterproductive.

At the same time it had the consensus of all. Trade and Industry associations like GCCI and Federation of Gujarat Industries had suggested a few alternatives those included turnover tax, entry tax and surcharge on sales tax. But they proved to be inconsistent with the process of reform adopted by both Central and state government.

Mr Parikh said, “Whatever may be the alternative it should be consistent with policies to move towards VAT.” According to a press note released by the CII on Tuesday, the implementation of the abolition was delayed because the government had to look into a lot of proposals of alternatives along with many industry associations till the right alternative was found.

The present levy on cess on petrol and diesel has the best linkage to consumption and the capacity to pay. Speaking on the matter Mr Parikh said that state government, while announcing the abolition on May 1, had communicated two very important things.

They include, state government’s commitment to tax reform and sustaining revenues and spreading it uniformly across all the sections and linking it to consumption and the capacity to pay.

This move to abolish octroi is expected to improve the the competitiveness of local industries as well as support free and unrestricted movement of goods in the state leaving six cities Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Vadodra, Surat and Jamnagar within corporation boundaries.

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


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