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April 22, 2001 - April 25, 2001

Indian American groups raise funds for quake victims Wednesday, April 25, 2001

By Abraham Thariath, India Abroad News Service

New York, Apr 24 - Four groups in New Jersey jointly organized a cultural program to raise funds in aid of the survivors of the earthquake in Gujarat.

The program, attended by about 800 people, raised about $5,500, Dr. Vijaya Desai, president of the Garden State India Association, told IANS.

The organizations were New Jersey chapters of the India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF) and Hindu Students Council (HSC), Garden State India Association and Indo-American Senior Citizens Association of Hudson County.

Among those who attended were Jersey City mayoral candidates Lou Munzo, Tom DeGise, Kevin Sluka, Glen Cunningham and Gerry McCann, Desai said. Other attendees included Linda Mayo, deputy mayor of Jersey City, and Maureen Corcoran, who is running for the city council there.

Held at Dickinson High School in Jersey City, the program comprised classical and folk dances and music and skits, presented by the students of Kalanjali dance school, members of HSC and others.

The masters of ceremonies were Sudha Shekhar, director of Kalanjali school, and Neeti Desai, one of her students. Desai coordinated the event along with Vinod Kothari, president of the senior citizens group, and Samir Raval of HSC.

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Complaint filed against Madhavpura Bank officials Tuesday, April 24, 2001

AHMEDABAD: A criminal complaint has been filed with the city police here against three top officials of Madhavpura Mercantile Cooperative Bank involved in the pay order scam.

MMCB's administrator S Ramachandran lodged the complaint for cheating, forgery and breach of trust against the bank's chairman Ramesh Parikh, chief executive officer Devendra Pandya and its Mumbai branch manager Jagdish Pandya, police said.

The Madhavpura police station has registered a case against them under Section 420 (cheating), 409 (forgery), 406 (breach of trust), 408 (forged documentation), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and also under provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, police said.

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16 senior police officials transfered Tuesday, April 24, 2001

GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government announced transfers of 16 senior police officials of the rank of superintendent of police.

U J Bhargav, deputy commissioner of police, east Surat city has been appointed as superintendent of police, Godhra, an official release said here.

Godhra DSP D J Patel has been shifted to Ahmedabad as DCP, zone-6 while patan DSP Sanjay Srivastava has been transferred to as superintendent of intelligence bureau, Gandhinagar, it said adding Srivastava's place would be taken by B S Teklitha who is presently DCP of zone-6 in Ahmedabad.

DSP Anand, Vikas Sahay has been posted in the same rank in Ahmedabad (Rural) and replaces J S Malek who becomes DCP (Crime) in Ahmedabad city.

Manoj Agrawal, DCP zone-two, Ahmedabad city, has been appointed as the DSP of Kheda in place of B D Vaghela who will be now DSP at Anand, it added.

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Seven gang members from up arrested in Gujarat Tuesday, April 24, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Seven members of a notorious gang, wanted in connection with several murders and other criminal cases in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, were arrested by police here yesterday while they were planning to commit a bank robbery in Rajkot.

Two pistols, three country-made revolvers, knives and two cars were seized from the gang members from their hide-out in Amaraiwadi area of the city, joint commissioner of police M K Tandon told PTI.

Tandon said the gang was planning to commit a bank robbery in Rajkot and were getting some fake number plates made for their cars when it was busted by the police.

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Work on state-wide network of gas lines begins Sunday, April 22, 2001

SURAT: With focus on gas as a primary commercial energy source to augment future energy supplies in the state, infrastructural facilities like LNG import terminals and state-wide network of high-pressure gas transmission pipelines are being laid in phases to facilitate transportation of gas from point of supply to points of demand.

Under the first phase, scheduled to be completed by mid-2004, around 600 km of pipeline would be covering Vapi in south to Vadnagar in north. In the second phase, the entire Saurashtra region would be covered with over 500 km of pipeline. Around 15 km of pipeline from Hazira to Mora has already commenced commercial operations since November 2000, with revenue generation of Rs 3 crore in the last financial year.

To review the progress of various interconnected projects at Hazira, state minister of energy and petrochemicals Kaushik Patel visited several sites on Friday. Patel stressed that gas-based projects would be beneficial for industries in the Hazira complex. The Essar Steel Ltd at Hazira gets its gas transported from these pipelines.

For execution of state-wide gas grid, Gujarat State Petronet Ltd (GSPL) has undertaken several studies and has concluded in its report that around 2500 km of pipeline network at an estimated cost of Rs 25,000 million would be required to cover the length and width of the state.

Patel said that the company had started acquisition of all 18 sections under phase one at Amboli Dahej, Bhadbhut, Pagathuan and Mora Utran. The company has signed gas transmission agreement with Gujarat State Energy Generation and Essar Steels Ltd at Hazira, Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd at Dahej and Gujarat Powerjen Energy Corporation Ltd at Pagathuan, according to energy and petrochemicals principal secretary Vijay Ranchan.

The total gas to be transported is about 1.8 to 2.0 MMSCMD for the companies under agreement for a period of 5 to 15 years. The sections under execution are being engineered and supervised by M/s Tractable for developing the gas grid in association with M/s Price Water House and M/s Coppers.

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