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April 12, 2001 - April 12, 2001

Kandla port plans to augment facilities Thursday, April 12, 2001

RAJKOT: The Kandla port management will invest Rs 1300 crore under Vision 2010 programme to augment facilities and set up new infrastructure.

In a statement, the port trust said on Wednesday that four berths would be added. Installation of high capacity cranes, developing a full-fledged container terminal and converting the Samakhiali-Palanpur railway line into broad gauge are its highlights.

Dredging would be undertaken to handle vessels with 12 metre draft by 2003, 13 metre draft by 2005 and 14 metre draft by 2010 to enable handling of panamax and post panamax bulk and container vessels.

The liquid cargo at Vadinar registered a five per cent growth. The figure of 18.95 million tonnes during 2000-1 was achieved against 18.02 million tonnes in 1999-2000. An increase of 13 per cent was recorded in handling the 91,000 TEUs.

The quake and the commissioning of the Petronet pipeline from Reliance refinery to the petroleum terminals at Kandla in June had an adverse impact on KPT. The port lost nine million tones of POL due to the petronet pipeline. The transhipment at Vadinar was 3.85 million tonnes as against 6.60 million tonnes during 1999-2000.

The port handled 46.3 million tonnes of cargo during the last financial year and the output was 13 per cent of the total cargo handled by country's major ports.

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BORDI (Bhavnagar):::: Children of Bordi threaten fast Thursday, April 12, 2001

BHAVNAGAR: Children of a local village have decided to go on fast if authorities fail to restart relief works and provide jobs to their parents reeling under the impact of severe drought since the last three years.

Fifty-one children of Bordi village under Sehore taluka in Bhavnagar district on Tuesday sent a memorandum to revenue minister Vajubhai Vala threatening to go on fast if district authorities failed to resume the relief works discontinued recently.

The continuing severe drought has made life difficult for a large number of people in this district.

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Advocates want lawyer-judge 'nexus' probed Thursday, April 12, 2001

VADODARA: Senior advocates of Vadodara are demanding a probe into a "possible nexus" between advocates and judges following death of Vadodara civil judge senior division C H Patel in a road accident. Patel was travelling with advocate Nalin Patel when the mishap occurred.

In a memorandum submitted to Vadodara district judge C D Patel here on Wednesday, as many as 58 senior advocates objected to the fact that the judge was travelling along with an advocate though they are expected to maintain professional distance. They have asked for the setting up of a special fact-finding committee.

"In this case the judge was travelling in the advocate's car. We want a fact-finding committee to look into this matter," said former Baroda Bar Association, president Vinod Patel.

The judge was killed in the road accident last Friday near Palej Karjan. The accident occurred when a luxury bus hit the car he was travelling in from the rear. Advocate Nalin Patel, who was also travelling with him, escaped with injuries.

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World Bank Vice-President expresses grief over Gujarat quake Thursday, April 12, 2001

Ahmedabad, Apr 11: Mieko Nishimizu, World Bank Vice-President for South Asia region, has expressed profound grief over the devastation caused by the January 26 earthquake in western state of Gujarat.
Nishimizu, who was in Anand Wednesday to deliver the convocation address at the Institute of Rural Management, said in a statement, "I come from Japan - a country that is exposed to violent earthquakes - and have experienced similar loss in my life. I know that no words of condolence can give comfort to the affected people. Even so, I offer my sympathy to the people of Gujarat."

"I also know that even time cannot heal scars of such losses from a sudden and unexpected natural calamity, against which one is left feeling totally powerless. So, no words of praise can be enough for the tremendous resilience and courage that the people of Gujarat have displayed ever since the earthquake," she added.

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World Bank Vice-President expresses grief over Gujarat quake Thursday, April 12, 2001

Ahmedabad, Apr 11: Mieko Nishimizu, World Bank Vice-President for South Asia region, has expressed profound grief over the devastation caused by the January 26 earthquake in western state of Gujarat.
Nishimizu, who was in Anand Wednesday to deliver the convocation address at the Institute of Rural Management, said in a statement, "I come from Japan - a country that is exposed to violent earthquakes - and have experienced similar loss in my life. I know that no words of condolence can give comfort to the affected people. Even so, I offer my sympathy to the people of Gujarat."

"I also know that even time cannot heal scars of such losses from a sudden and unexpected natural calamity, against which one is left feeling totally powerless. So, no words of praise can be enough for the tremendous resilience and courage that the people of Gujarat have displayed ever since the earthquake," she added.

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