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May 7, 2001 - May 7, 2001

Court rules in favour of MSU Monday, May 7, 2001

VADODARA: A civil court has ruled in favour of MS University in the controversy about following procedures in nominating Madan Gupta to the three-member search committee to select the next vice-chancellor.

The court ruled on Saturday that the MSU had followed the procedure and there was no breach or violation of any MSU statutes.

Saturday's ruling has infused a fresh lease of life among a section of MSU syndicate members who were put in the dock for nominating Gupta who is learnt to be a pro RSS person. MSU senate member had challenged the decision on the grounds that MSU syndicate had committed procedural lapse in the nomination.

A lot of hue and cry was raised after the nomination in the recent senate meeting over the issue. Tiwari had alleged that Gupta's nomination was an attempt to install a pro-BJP or RSS man as the next MSU vice-chancellor.

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MSU professor honoured for work in geology Monday, May 7, 2001

VADODARA: Former head of MS University geology department S S Merh has been awarded the most coveted award in geology -- 'D N Wadia Medal' for 2001 -- by the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi.

This prestigious award is from the highest academic body of the country and is given once in three years to an earth scientist who has made significant contribution over a lifetime to the field of earth science.

The medal was instituted by the academy 15 years back in memory of Dr DN Wadia, the first National Professor and doyen of Indian geology. Professor Merh is the fifth earth scientist in the country to be honoured with this award for outstanding contributions to Precambrian geology of Himalaya and Gujarat, and Quaternary geology of Gujarat.

Professor Merh was the founder-head of the Geology department at MS University and under his guidance the department of geology rapidly grew into a reputed postgraduate teaching and research department in basic and applied geology. Merh worked for nearly 25 years in Himalaya. He is the only Indian Himalayan geologist who surveyed the Nepal Himalaya. His work has been highly appreciated and acclaimed world over.

Mehr's work in the field of Quaternary geology of Gujarat brought laurels to the department so much so that the department developed into a reputed centre for Quaternary research. Merh is also introduced the interdisciplinary Quaternary research in India and which ultimately turned the MSU geology department in an internationally known and nationally recognised centre for Quaternary research.

Professor Merh has received various other recognition such as fellow of the three highest science academies of the country, chairman of the governing body of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, president of the Earth System Sciences section of Indian Science Congress, Indian Geological Congress and Gujarat Science congress.

Merh has published a large number of research papers besides writing two books on the geology of Gujarat and editing several reputed books.

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Lack of operational discipline worries WREB Monday, May 7, 2001

VADODARA: The Western Region Electricity Board (WREB) is concerned over numerous cases of violation of operational discipline in terms of overdrawal and underdrawal by some of its constituents.

The WREB monitors the situation on power front in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa and Union Territory of Diu, Daman and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

WREB sources revealed that 400-KV lines and even 132-KV state sector lines feeding vital load of collieries were opened on the pretext of system security during the low frequency regime at about 48 khz, while the standard level of frequency to be maintained by each of the constituents is 50 khz.

The regional grid had been operating at low frequency for years together and no system disturbance was attributed to low frequency operation of the grid. The tendency of overdrawal by any of the board constituent during low frequency regime is not appreciated, the sources added.

It was feared that the opening of lines by any member might lead to major disturbances in the grid. This issue was also discussed in the meeting of WREB held recently.

Observance of national electricity grid code has been enabling operation of smooth power system in the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Maharashtra and Goa.

After the northern region plunged into darkness following power failure in the grid system in the north on January 1 this year, the then WREB chairman Nalin Bhatt had asked the state electricity boards (SEBs) of Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat to observe the operation of power system to the permissive level and see to it that the frequency does not drop to non-permissive level of 48 khz or below.

It is perhaps for the first time that the members of WREB realised the need of maintaining frequency at permissive level as power failure in the northern grid had come into sharp criticism from the power experts and the Union power ministry.

According to the Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) member administration JN Singh has taken lead in the country in adhering to national electricity grid code for monitoring the situation on the power system.

Bhatt said it was found that during peak seasons, like December to February and from April to June, the regional system load rose and the available generation sometimes proved inadequate to meet the system load. In such cases, the system falls to subnormal levels. Under these conditions, a sudden loss of generation due to tripping of a major generating unit or units of 200 MW or more capacity in the system, suddenly drops the frequency to no-permissive level of 48 khz or below.

At such times, the other healthy generators may also trip and stop functioning because of such low frequency, said Bhatt. In order to prevent the collapse of system frequency, need for installing of under frequency relays at various substations was realised, he added.

Bhatt, who is also the GEB chairman, said the board had installed such under-frequency relays at various substations. Hence, the Gujarat system had successfully prevented cascade-tripping or total blackouts.

GEB had also taken up the issue of overdrawal of power from the central power projects by the Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB) with WREB some time ago.

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BHAVNAGAR::: Music lovers will miss this songster Monday, May 7, 2001

BHAVNAGAR: Not only music lovers of Bhavnagar, but the entire Gujarat suffered a great loss in the sad demise of Pinakin Mehta (63). He was a truly devoted artist never craving for money or publicity. His family has been known for the last three generations for its devotion to music. Pinakin had composed and sung more than 300 songs, gazals and bhajans. The most popular amongst them are Tame Nodhara Na Aadhar (You are the only support of the helpless), Sagarni Pal Pare Bethi Hun Ekali (I sit lonely at the seashore).

His aesthetic voice was recognised in his early days by eminent musician Jagdip Virani and later on by Purushottam Upadhyaya and Rasabihari Desai. A song Olya Mandvani Jui, composed by Upadhyay and recorded in Pinakin's voice is often broadcast by Mumbai station of the AIR.

Because of his melodious voice, music lovers here called him the city's Manna De. By presenting Manna De's songs, Kajarari Akhiyan and Nathlilse Tuta Moti Re..., Pinakin moved people's hearts. He also worked with famous Hindi film musicians Salil Chaudhari and Jaidev.

Pinakin was awarded Gaurav Purashkar by the state government for his noteworthy contribution in the field of Sugam Sangeet. Though being a manager at a private company, he spent most of his life in enriching music and encouraging youngsters in the city.

Contributed by B D Barot (Nadiad), Pramod Panwar (Palanpur), A J Joshi (Bhavnagar).

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BHAVNAGAR:::: Irregularity in stock Monday, May 7, 2001

BHAVNAGAR: A serious irregularity in maintenance of the huge stock of alum being used by the BMC water works department was exposed on Friday. Physical verification of the stock kept at two filtration plants showed an excess of 20 thousands kg of alum at the main filter plant, while at Chitra filter plant the stock was 4,000 kg less than that mentioned in the register. According to BMC sources, huge amount of alum was purchased for filtration of Narmada waters having high degree of turbidity. Moreover, liquid alum is used and maintenance of its records is a tricky problem because of its immediate use after arrival of the stocks at the filtration plants. Municipal commissioner P D Vaghela, who has been investing the details of the irregularity, said that due action will be taken against defaulters.
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