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April 10, 2001 - April 10, 2001

DAMAN :::: Rail reservation made easy for residents Tuesday, April 10, 2001

The Omnibus Industrial Development Corporation (OIDC), one of the fully owned subsidiaries of the administration of the Union territories of Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli will shortly provide railway reservation facilities to the people of the coastal territory of Daman.

This announcement was made by administrator of the territories O P Kelkar while addressing a news conference at the secretariat in Daman recently. Kelkar said the long-standing demand of the people would soon be fulfilled, who hitherto have been travelling to Vapi, for their railway reservations. The centre would soon be operational, he said.

He complimented OIDC for using their profits for public utility services.

Highlighting the performance of the corporation, OIDC managing director S L Bansal said they had earned a profit of Rs 2 crore in the last financial year through sale of copper, zinc and polymer raw materials. In addition to progress made in the industrial sector, OIDC had taken up work on construction of houses in Diu, in view of lack of planned housing. It was soon come out with a low-cost housing scheme for industrial workers in Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Bansal said.

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Rajkot in brief on 9th April. Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Mumbai-Rajkot Jet flight timings revised
Timings of Mumbai-Rajkot flight of Jet Airways have been rescheduled from April 9 to 16 (excluding April 15). The flight would leave Mumbai at 5.50 am reaching here at 6.45 am. The return flight would leave Rajkot at 9.10 am reaching Mumbai at 10.10 am., said a statement issued by the airways on Monday.

Telecom data sought

The general manager of Rajkot telecom, in a statement issued on Monday, said that all private exchange franchises had been asked to furnish information to the telecom department. The complaint booking numbers of private exchanges should also be intimated.

13 held for gambling

The special crime branch of Amreli police has arrested 13 staffers of the Amreli ST workshop on the charge of gambling. A raiding police party found a well-organised gambling den functioning in the workshop. The police recovered Rs 37,588 from them.

ST bus stoned

An irate mob stoned a ST bus at Paliyad in protest against delay in starting relief works on Sunday. The agitation led by Lokjagruti Samiti president Mulshankar Raghurambhai Chauhan stoned the Bhavnagar-Than bus. The damage to the bus has been estimated at Rs 50,000. The driver has lodged a complaint with the police.

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Quake-hit villagers get 300 fibre houses Tuesday, April 10, 2001

RAJKOT: The Chinmaya Mission has donated 300 fibre houses, constructed at a cost of Rs 50 lakh, to the quake-affected people of Bhavpur village in Maliya taluka of Rajkot district.

Besides, a fibre Ram mandir has also been donated. The Mission has adopted the village and will provide all facilities to the people who are without a roof after their houses collapsed in the quake. It has also decided to set up a school and a health centre.

Says in-charge of the mission for rehabilitation Premanand Saraswati Didi, "A saint has done what he is supposed to do during a natural calamity."

The Mission has plans to construct 540 more houses, classrooms and a dispensary for which it has collected Rs 1 crore.

As many as 18 people had lost their lives in the tiny village which suffered 100 per cent destruction.

Former Rajkot MP Shivlal Vekaria, while giving details of the aid provided by the Mission, said besides the house the people were also being given an iron bed, a cupboard, all essential kitchen appliances and a month's ration.

He said a committee of the affected people would guide the mission in providing aid. He said the all-weather fibre houses could be set up and dismantled easily.

The Mission also plans to plant saplings of 1000 coconut palms and 4000 neem trees so that the village could have a green surrounding.

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Quake-hit villagers get 300 fibre houses Tuesday, April 10, 2001

RAJKOT: The Chinmaya Mission has donated 300 fibre houses, constructed at a cost of Rs 50 lakh, to the quake-affected people of Bhavpur village in Maliya taluka of Rajkot district.

Besides, a fibre Ram mandir has also been donated. The Mission has adopted the village and will provide all facilities to the people who are without a roof after their houses collapsed in the quake. It has also decided to set up a school and a health centre.

Says in-charge of the mission for rehabilitation Premanand Saraswati Didi, "A saint has done what he is supposed to do during a natural calamity."

The Mission has plans to construct 540 more houses, classrooms and a dispensary for which it has collected Rs 1 crore.

As many as 18 people had lost their lives in the tiny village which suffered 100 per cent destruction.

Former Rajkot MP Shivlal Vekaria, while giving details of the aid provided by the Mission, said besides the house the people were also being given an iron bed, a cupboard, all essential kitchen appliances and a month's ration.

He said a committee of the affected people would guide the mission in providing aid. He said the all-weather fibre houses could be set up and dismantled easily.

The Mission also plans to plant saplings of 1000 coconut palms and 4000 neem trees so that the village could have a green surrounding.

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90% of dams in Kutch unsafe: Expert Tuesday, April 10, 2001

RAJKOT: Superintending engineer of the irrigation department B R Makwana has said that almost 90 per cent of the 184 irrigation dams in the quake-ravaged Kutch district were unsafe and could pose grave danger in the event of being filled to the brim after the monsoon.

While speaking to 'The Times of India' here on Monday, Makwana said the damage caused to the dams by the quake would confound the problems of the farmers who would be deprived of irrigation water.

Makwana said these dams would have to be kept empty until extensive repairs are undertaken. The extent of the damage was being assessed. A preliminary survey of Daun, Kaswati, Vagdnasuvai and Fatehgarh dams had shown that water could not be stored in them.

According to Makwana, 153 of the 162 minor irrigation dams in Kutch were damaged by the quake. In the Rapar, Bhachau areas as many as nine out of the ten dams were damaged.

The irrigation department has started repairing minor damages to the dams. So far two divisions have been pressed into service.

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