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November 17, 2001 - November 19, 2001

Barot celebrates Diwali with a difference Monday, November 19, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: It was a Diwali celebration with difference for the minister of state for food and civil supplies Bharat Barot, who spent the festival in the earthquake-hit villages of Kutch.

During Diwali, the minister preferred to hold gramsabhas or public meetings in the villages to convey greetings to the locals, and congratulated them for facing the disaster bravely. His programmes were held mainly at severely-affected villages of Sukhpar, Chapredi (Atalnagar), Dhaneti and Kanderai.

He held meetings in the village centre near temples and obtained feedback from the people about the problems pertaining to his own department, agriculture, Gujarat Electricity Board and other departments.

After noting down the problems and accepting representations on these issues, he directed the concerned officials to dispose the complaints on the spot. Barot met the locals and individually conveyed his good wishes.

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


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Barot celebrates Diwali with a difference Monday, November 19, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: It was a Diwali celebration with difference for the minister of state for food and civil supplies Bharat Barot, who spent the festival in the earthquake-hit villages of Kutch.

During Diwali, the minister preferred to hold gramsabhas or public meetings in the villages to convey greetings to the locals, and congratulated them for facing the disaster bravely. His programmes were held mainly at severely-affected villages of Sukhpar, Chapredi (Atalnagar), Dhaneti and Kanderai.

He held meetings in the village centre near temples and obtained feedback from the people about the problems pertaining to his own department, agriculture, Gujarat Electricity Board and other departments.

After noting down the problems and accepting representations on these issues, he directed the concerned officials to dispose the complaints on the spot. Barot met the locals and individually conveyed his good wishes.

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


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Jamnagar :: Indian Navy rebuilds Gujarat village, brings castes closer Saturday, November 17, 2001

By Rathin Das, for Hindustan Times
(Navy Moda (Jamnagar)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
At ease with defending the coastline, the Indian Navy personnel had a tryst with caste lines that divide the society in this village they reconstructed recently.
This village, which was devastated in the January 26 earthquake, was reconstructed by the Navy in a 111 days — complete with quake resistant houses, an eco-friendly atmosphere and conservation of scarce resources.

To express their gratitude, residents of the devastated Moda village named their new village "Navy Moda". In Gujarati, 'navi Moda' also means 'new Moda'.

The village was rebuilt with the contribution of one day's salary, around Rs 60 lakh, from the Indian Navy staff. INS Valsura in Jamnagar was chosen as the nodal agency for implementing the project— 'Nai Roshni'.

When the Navy personnel came to the village with relief material, they stumbled upon the caste divide and age-old social customs that inhibit any developmental process. Undaunted, they took up the challenge of unifying the different groups.

Initially, they found that villagers were sitting separately, on caste lines, while receiving relief material. The Navy men sought to break the ice slowly by setting examples among themselves.

"We told the villagers that we all belong to different regions, caste, religion and linguistic groups of the country. But we work together, dine together" a Naval officer narrated.

Six months hence, the caste divide has narrowed down as Rajputs and Harijans sit together to chat. Social interaction among different castes has also started.

News Source : Hindustan Times


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Indian Navy rebuilds Gujarat village, brings castes closer Saturday, November 17, 2001

By Rathin Das, for Hindustan Times
(Navy Moda (Jamnagar)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
At ease with defending the coastline, the Indian Navy personnel had a tryst with caste lines that divide the society in this village they reconstructed recently.
This village, which was devastated in the January 26 earthquake, was reconstructed by the Navy in a 111 days — complete with quake resistant houses, an eco-friendly atmosphere and conservation of scarce resources.

To express their gratitude, residents of the devastated Moda village named their new village "Navy Moda". In Gujarati, 'navi Moda' also means 'new Moda'.

The village was rebuilt with the contribution of one day's salary, around Rs 60 lakh, from the Indian Navy staff. INS Valsura in Jamnagar was chosen as the nodal agency for implementing the project— 'Nai Roshni'.

When the Navy personnel came to the village with relief material, they stumbled upon the caste divide and age-old social customs that inhibit any developmental process. Undaunted, they took up the challenge of unifying the different groups.

Initially, they found that villagers were sitting separately, on caste lines, while receiving relief material. The Navy men sought to break the ice slowly by setting examples among themselves.

"We told the villagers that we all belong to different regions, caste, religion and linguistic groups of the country. But we work together, dine together" a Naval officer narrated.

Six months hence, the caste divide has narrowed down as Rajputs and Harijans sit together to chat. Social interaction among different castes has also started.

News Source : Hindustan Times


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Gujarat villages still experiencing 100 tremors a day Saturday, November 17, 2001

By Pradeep Mallik, Indo-Asian News Service
Ahmedabad(IANS): Even ten months after a devastating earthquake killed thousands in the western Indian state of Gujarat, people in its villages are reliving the moving experience, literally so.

Several villages in Junagadh district are experiencing about 100 tremors a day, forcing hundreds of scared people in at least one village to flee their homes. Scores more have moved out of their houses and were staying in tents under the open sky.

On January 26, Gujarat experienced one of India's worst earthquakes in which 25,000 people were killed and thousands rendered homeless. The state was still trying to come to terms with that calamity.

People of Haripur village, the epicentre of the current tremors, say they can't take a chance and are either going away to live their relatives elsewhere or staying in tents.

Though the tremors are mild and no loss of life has been reported, meteorological officials have reached Haripur, some 450 km southwest of Gujarat's capital city Gandhinagar, to study the phenomenon. Haripur is said to have experienced even up to 145 shocks a day.

The most powerful of these shocks measured 3.2 on the Richter scale. "The tremors are numerous but mild in nature, most of them measuring around 2.5. We have surveyed 30 places so far and there has been no casualty. There has been damage to some constructions though," senior seismologist Ajay Kumar told IANS on telephone from Sasan, about 22 km from Haripur where meteorological officials were camping.

According to Haripur village head Ramnikbhai Narayanbhai, a large number of people of the village have moved out and gone to live with their relatives elsewhere. The village has a population of about 2000 people.

"We hear these loud sounds when the earth rumbles, as if there have been explosions. And with the number of shocks being more than 75 on any given day, the people are really scared," said Ramnikbhai.

According to Ramnikbhai, the tremors were first experienced in Haripur alone. "Slowly, the nearby villages of Sangdra, Chikhali and a few others also started feeling the rumblings underground. Tuesday we experienced 94 shocks and Wednesday people from Sasan too reported experiencing them," he said.

Together these villages have a population of about 12,000.

The meteorological surveys indicate that the rumblings are taking place at focal depth of about two km. "The area has some soft stones below which is limestone. The explosion-like sound is caused due to release of gas following build-up of heat inside the earth," Kumar said.

Similar shocks were experienced in Bhavnagar and Khandva in Madhya Pradesh in 1999, he pointed out.

Nine small teams of doctors have already been stationed at the primary health centres at Haripur and its neighbouring villages.

At least four medical teams have been kept ready at medical colleges in the neighbouring districts of Jamnagar, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Ahmedabad, according to Health Minister Ashok Bhatt.

News Source : Indo-Asian News Service


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