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November 15, 2001 - November 15, 2001

GAIC nets Rs 65 cr profit Thursday, November 15, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: When the rest of the public sector undertakings are reeling under losses, the Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation (GAIC) has registered an operating profit of Rs 65.10 crore and revenues of Rs 108.20 crore in the current financial year.

GAIC chairman and MLA from Vadodara Yogesh Patel told a press conference on Tuesday that some effective steps like focusing on internal discipline and implementing voluntary retirement scheme and debt recovery systems helped the corporation achieve this turnaround.

The corporation had been making loss till date and since 1994-95, it had been continuously posting losses up to Rs 1.5 crore, he said.

Patel said the corporation had been chosen as the nodal agency for the state government's subsidy scheme.

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


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Ceremony to mark inauguration of Jain temple 9 Thursday, November 15, 2001

BY SHYAM PAREKH, TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJNAGARI(AHMEDABAD): Twenty-seven days between January 31 and February 25, 2002 will see waters of 108 mightiest rivers from across the six continents, literally flowing, in Ahmedabad!

The occasion is inauguration ceremony of a grand, four-storied Jain temple made of marble with carving comparable to those of Rankapur, Mt Abu and Jaisalmer.

Many other gala festivities will mark the inauguration of the temple dedicated to the 77th direct disciple of Lord Mahavir, Acharyadev Shrimadvijay Ramchandrasurishwarji Maharaja, whose funeral took place at this site on August 10, 1991.

It was not just the Jains that revered one of this greatest Jain saints. Acharyadev also commanded respect of people of other faiths and of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and even Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

He is also credited with stopping animal sacrifices in temples of Ahmedabad and for propagating the message of Jainism that ahimsa is beyond non-violence and about not-harming.

The historic occasion which will see lakhs of participants from all over the world, will be different in many ways. There will be no video cameras, closed-circuit TVs and mikes which are now-a-days inseparable from celebrations!

Also conspicuous by their absence will be the glaring electric illumination. Thousands of traditional diyas will instead, add glitter to the evenings. The two-kilometre long procession which will move for days in the city, will have no vehicles, using petrol or diesel. Animals will replace them.

"We are planning all the events in such a way so as to ensure that principles of Jainism are not violated," says Bharat Kasturchand of the Pratishtha Mahotsav organising committee.

Pure saffron, plucked from the fields of Kashmir, with proper religious rites will be used. It will be the same case with milk and water, which among all other things to be used for pujan, will be collected and brought in conformance with Jainism.

"This will be one of the most important temples, albeit with a difference. Out of four, three floors are dedicated to various gurus, unlike other Jain temples which are dedicated Jain tirthankars," says Mumbai-based committee member Jignesh Shah.

The programme will have a unique ceremony, shrutpuja anushthan, which is being dubbed as 'first time in thousand years'.

One of the highlight of the festivities will be water drawn from mighty and legendary rivers like the Nile (Egypt), Mississipi (USA), Amazon (South America), Yuang-tse (China), Volga (Russia), Seine(France), Darling(Australia) and others, apart from Indian rivers.

The water will be used in the pujan to be performed during installation of the idols. There will be three tall spires in the temple, with 11 sanctum sanctora and 11 gates, for 11 idols of Jain gurus.

Followers of Acharyadev abide strictly by the Jain principles and ideals and avoid use of audio-video tape recordings, mike and other electrical and electronic gadgetry during their discourses.

Feast is a must on religious occasions. But here it will be with a difference. "There will be no buffet, people will be made to seat and served food properly. We may set a world record as over one lakh people will be served food at one time", says Bharatbhai.

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


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Shopping frenzy in Rajkot Thursday, November 15, 2001

BY NARANDAS THACKER, TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: Shopping frenzy? Yes, very much so. Belying all earlier expectations Diwali after all may not be that lacklustre judging from the mood of the people in Rajkot, from the traffic jams on the main thoroughfares in the evenings which continue till late in the night.

According to traders, the festival spending spree may touch a staggering Rs 200 crore this year, if the retail prices of various products are taken into consideration.

Perhaps, leading the shoppers' list are readymade garments, which alone account for Rs 60 crore or about 30 per cent of the total purchases made by Rajkotians. Second comes paints, which account for about Rs 25 crore, or about 12 per cent. People usually give a face-lift to their homes during Diwali.

In the third category comes firecrackers, which accounts for business of about Rs 10 crore. Earlier, it was thought the demand for crackers would not be considerable. But, during the last few days it has picked up, traders say.

The list is endless ... ranging from dry fruits, greetings cards, decorative items and so on. People from different walks of life virtually made a beeline at Soni Bazar to make symbolic purchases of gold and silver on 'Dhan Teras' day this Monday. Of course, for the upper crust it was not symbolic but real purchase.

Jewellers and goldsmiths were surprised with the swing in the mood of the people during the final leg of Diwali shopping. They had a tough time meeting the demand for gold and silver products!

The local bullion market was passing through a recessionary phase during the last two months. The shopping spree during the last three or four days has provided the much-needed boost to goldsmiths and jewellers. Soni Bazar was a scene of chaotic traffic on Monday.

Cracker shops have mushroomed in each and every corner of the city, with many setting up temporary tents or 'mandaps'. Quite a few of them are selling their wares without procuring a licence.

The scenes at cracker shops are indeed interesting and lively. Words like please pack 'Crorepati', pack 'Saas-bahu', please get me 'Derani-jethani', what price is 'Tehelka-dotcom'? Get me two atom bombs and four rockets or do you have Bin Laden? reverberate at these shops.

Other popular cracker varieties are 'Kuch kuch hota hai', 'Balle balle', VIP, World war, 'Mast-mast' and Naughty girls.

These crackers cost anywhere between Rs 3 and Rs 1,000. And normal cracker purchases range from Rs 100 to Rs 1,000, which can go up to Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 depending upon the customer. To push up sales, most cracker sellers offer their wares below the MRP.

Among readymade garments, there is craze for cotton outfits, as against synthetic. The going price for a woman's dress ranges anywhere between Rs 100 and Rs 3,000.

It was learnt from official entries that traders dealing in readymade garments imported stocks valued at Rs 33 crore during the last two months, while unofficial imports are valued at around Rs 30 crore.

Tailors are doing brisk business, many of whom work till late in the nights to meet the Diwali deadline.

The demand in the electronics and dry fruit markets was not as expected, despite a spate of advertisements offering wide-ranging temptations and incentives like free gifts, zero per cent loans and what not.

The common refrain among traders is that though business is not good as compared to an average Diwali, but it is quite good as compared to the last two years of drought.

The city police commissioner had issued a notification banning the movement of vehicles on certain narrow routes in the city during Diwali festival.

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


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Gir becoming unsafe for lions Thursday, November 15, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: Gir lions might be the pride of Gujarat and so plan to shift them to Madhya Pradesh were thwarted. However, data proved that lions were more prone to death and disease in Gir. In the past one year -- from March 2000 to 2001, as many as 14 lions died, confessed deputy conservator of forest B P Pati. Gir sanctuary has 327 lions, according to the latest count in May.

The forest department, however, attributed most of the deaths to old age. The department is not ready to admit that some lions were killed by rabaris who lived in the forest in 'ness' to avenge the mauling of cattle by the lions.

Forest officials say some cubs are killed by leopards, too. Some lions are reportedly infected and succumb to such infections.

A hospital existed in the Gir jungle and at the Sakarbaugh zoo of Junagadh, 50 km away. In the past three months, 12 lions were treated at the hospital and released into the forest.

Gir lions faced shortage of prey and so they move into Amreli and towns like Kodinar, or even up to the sea near Diu.

The maldharis in Gir have put up barbed fences. Yet some lions take away a calf or even a buffalo as a kill. The lions also faced drinking water shortage though some water points have been set up in the jungle. However, jungle staff told TNN that sometimes these points are not filled up forcing the king of the jungle to venture into other territories.

Fight between lion groups also leads to death of a lion. Lions do demarcate their territory and move within it but shortage of food and water force them to cross the boundaries.

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


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Gir becoming unsafe for lions Thursday, November 15, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: Gir lions might be the pride of Gujarat and so plan to shift them to Madhya Pradesh were thwarted. However, data proved that lions were more prone to death and disease in Gir. In the past one year -- from March 2000 to 2001, as many as 14 lions died, confessed deputy conservator of forest B P Pati. Gir sanctuary has 327 lions, according to the latest count in May.

The forest department, however, attributed most of the deaths to old age. The department is not ready to admit that some lions were killed by rabaris who lived in the forest in 'ness' to avenge the mauling of cattle by the lions.

Forest officials say some cubs are killed by leopards, too. Some lions are reportedly infected and succumb to such infections.

A hospital existed in the Gir jungle and at the Sakarbaugh zoo of Junagadh, 50 km away. In the past three months, 12 lions were treated at the hospital and released into the forest.

Gir lions faced shortage of prey and so they move into Amreli and towns like Kodinar, or even up to the sea near Diu.

The maldharis in Gir have put up barbed fences. Yet some lions take away a calf or even a buffalo as a kill. The lions also faced drinking water shortage though some water points have been set up in the jungle. However, jungle staff told TNN that sometimes these points are not filled up forcing the king of the jungle to venture into other territories.

Fight between lion groups also leads to death of a lion. Lions do demarcate their territory and move within it but shortage of food and water force them to cross the boundaries.

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


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