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April 10, 2001 - April 10, 2001

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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JAMNAGAR ::::Material banks set up in Jamnagar Tuesday, April 10, 2001

JAMNAGAR: Material banks have been set up in Jamnagar district for restoration of collapsed houses in the quake-affected areas.

District collector RK Pathak said that 66 such banks have been set up to cover 623 villages. The indent for procuring building materials like cement, steel and wood has been placed and distribution will start from April 15.

Pathak said such facility will be restricted to the quake-affected areas. Beneficiaries shall have to obtain permits and identity cards from mamlatdars.

On permits, banks will give materials as per prescribed quantity and at subsidised rates.

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Bandh in Jetpur over setting up of slaughter house Tuesday, April 10, 2001

RAJKOT: Complete bandh was observed in Jetpur on Monday on the issue of Nagarpalika giving permission to set up a slaughter house. The bandh call was given by the Bajrang Dal and workers of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

Areas like MG Road, Chokshi Bazar, Ladi Road and Fulwadi Road wore a deserted look as none of the shops opened as a mark of support.

No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the town. The rallyists were demanding cancellation of the licence given to the slaughter house.

People had gathered to oppose setting up of the slaughter house for which 13 shops were given permission under the Shops Act to construct slaughter house in Navagarh area. Some of the Nagarpalika members, who played a key role in clearing the slaughter house, had gone under ground fearing public outcry after Sunday night's meeting.

Meanwhile, two Nagarpalika members of the BJP, Prabhaben Tatamiya and Pramodbhai Trada, have resigned from the Nagarpalika to disassociate themselves from the issue.

As many as 36 members of the Nagarpalika had agreed to the setting up of the slaughter house during the general board meeting held on March 13.

Later, the controversial resolution was passed. At present, a Nagrik Samiti is the ruling party in Jetpur Nagarpalika.

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Material banks set up in Jamnagar Tuesday, April 10, 2001

JAMNAGAR: Material banks have been set up in Jamnagar district for restoration of collapsed houses in the quake-affected areas.

District collector RK Pathak said that 66 such banks have been set up to cover 623 villages. The indent for procuring building materials like cement, steel and wood has been placed and distribution will start from April 15.

Pathak said such facility will be restricted to the quake-affected areas. Beneficiaries shall have to obtain permits and identity cards from mamlatdars.

On permits, banks will give materials as per prescribed quantity and at subsidised rates.

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MSU students distributed papers as per old syllabus Tuesday, April 10, 2001

VADODARA: In a major goof up, some students of third year political science were given question paper from the old syllabus instead of the new one in TY BA exams that began on Monday.

Political science students were appearing for their final year paper of Political Theory.

About three students of TYBA political science current batch came to know that the paper was meant for old students only after completion of exams on Monday.

"Some students started crying. They felt that their career was in jeopardy. They were very nervous," said one of the students in the commerce main building.

Sources said about 12 students of TY political science were appearing for their exams. Only one of the students was a repeater, who had failed in last year's final exam, and was to be given a question paper drawn from the old syllabus. Instead of this, the exam supervisor committed a distribution error and circulated old syllabus question paper to current batch students. Surprisingly, the distribution error occurred despite the fact that the two sets of question paper come in different bundles. Sources said the supervisor should have asked for old syllabus students while distributing the question paper. However, this did not happen.

"There was a distribution error. Three students called me and informed about the incidence. I have assured that they need not worry. We would ask examiners to be lenient to the students who were accidentally given the old question papers," said chairman of TYBA examination H C Shukul.

He said the action he proposed was within his power as chairman. "The students should not worry. This error would be rectified. They need not feel left behind in competition," Shukul said.

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