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March 31, 2001 - March 31, 2001

JAMNAGAR :: Compensation, cash doles paid to victims Saturday, March 31, 2001

JAMNAGAR: District collector R K Pathak on Thursday claimed to have effectively implemented relief measures in the quake-affected areas of the district. Giving details, the collector said there were 119 deaths in the district and Rs 1.02 crore was paid in compensation. Nearly 907 of 2,796 people who sustained injuries in the quake have been distributed Rs 27. 84 lakh. Two hundred and seven people were treated at Jamnagar hospitals.

Cash doles totalling Rs 5.74 crore have been distributed to three lakh people from 76,000 families. Compensation totalling Rs 1.80 crore has been distributed to people whose houses were damaged in the quake.

Compensation of Rs 3.44 lakh was given to owners of huts. Nearly 17,000 puce houses were destroyed while about 10 lakh houses were partially damaged. Rupees 20 core was distributed as compensation. Death of 157 cattle heads was recorded and Rs 1.62 lakh distributed as compensation.

The worst-affected Jodiya taluka has been declared quake affected by the government. District authorities distributed over 58,000 galvanised iron sheets and 13,000 cement bags to those rendered homeless in the taluka.

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Vadodara in brief on 30th March Saturday, March 31, 2001

Mehta nominated to MCI

M S University senate elected Dr Jayshree Mehta as nominee to Medical Council of India on Friday. Mehta polled 39 votes while her nearest competitor Dr Prakash Shah managed to get 35 votes. The third candidate in fray, Dr R N Daveshwar got 5 votes. Dr Mehta is a syndicate member of MSU and belongs to the surgery department of Baroda Medical College.

Exhibition on Java

Netvision Ellorapark Centre is organising an exhibition on Java on Saturday. The exhibition includes live presentation on career opportunities for Java students in India and abroad. A demonstration on Sun certification has also been arranged. The exhibition coincides with launch of Java Forum that will focus on free placement assistance for Java students from the said centre. Bank of India chief regional manager M K Pareek would inaugurate the exhibition.

Felicitation function

Sangeet Sadhna Kendra will felicitate its students and award them certificates on March 31. Acharya Jeetendra Joshi will award the certificate to passing out students.

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Kadi police arrest fake immigration agent Saturday, March 31, 2001

MEHSANA: The Kadi police arrested a fake immigration agent from Vadodara for cheating a Kadi-based youth of Rs 2 lakh by making false promises to facilitate his passage to the US. The agent is allegedly involved in the racket of extorting huge amount from people who are bitten by the dollar bug.

The immigration agent has been identified as Kiran Navinchandra Shah, a resident of A-256, Badrikedar Flats at Karelibaag in Vadodara.

According to the police, Dinesbhai Kantilal Patel of Vijaynagar Society in Kadi wanted to go to the US and one day he accidentally met Shah who promised to send him to the US provided he arranges Rs 18 lakh.

Patel agreed and paid Rs 2 lakh to Shah in advance to arrange for his passport and other documents. After a few days Shah came to Kadi and told Patel to go to Delhi with him from where he would be sent to the US.

Giving heed to the agent, Patel left for Delhi with him. However, after a three-day long wait in Delhi, the agent told Patel that it would not be possible this time but promised to send him soon.

Patel returned back to Kadi and waited for Shah's message. However, when he did not hear anything from the agent, Patel felt that he was cheated and filed a complaint against Shah with the Kadi police.

The police registered the complaint under Sections 406, 420, 409 and 114 of IPC and PSI S B Trivedi was handed over the case for investigation.

A few days ago, Trivedi raided Shah's house in Vadodara early in the morning while he was asleep and caught him.

During interrogation, Shah admitted that he in connivance with his accomplices had collected money from a large number of people of Mehsana district, promising to send them to the US through illegal immigration channel.

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MSU pro V-C in the dock Saturday, March 31, 2001

VADODARA: M S University pro vice-chancellor V D Pathak has been seemingly put in the dock in the 'change of subject' notice and its subsequent cancellation for MCom students.

As events unfolded in MSU's annual senate meeting on Friday, Pathak, though his name was taken only once in the entire controversy, was ostensibly at the receiving end.

Commerce faculty dean S K Singh, the man who till the senate meeting was in the eye of the 'change of subject' storm, cleared his name by stating in the senate hall that 'I was not consulted by the department concerned. Nor I have given any instruction of change of subject and that on the contrary I am against giving such changes days before annual exams'.

Simply put, Singh made it clear that his name was unnecessarily dragged into the controversy. He implied that it was head of the department of commerce including business administration A R Hingorani who had issued the change of subject notice. MSU students union vice-president Parth Joshi stated on record that the 'notice in question' was issued by Hingorani on behest of the pro vice-chancellor's office. "It happened in front of me. I was present in the office", Joshi said.

While heated discussion regarding the said controversy was going on, a few syndicate members sought vice-chancellor Anil Kane's statement and demanded that if the dean was 'not' consulted, it should be 'exposed' that who in the administration issued the notice.

Incidentally, the change of subject notice and its subsequent cancellation has proved precarious for 60 students of MCom (previous). These students were informed a month after the change was granted that the change of subject notice has been invalidated.

MSU students' union vice-president Parth Joshi and general secretary Bharat Dangar took up the issue in the senate and demanded that the senate proceeding should not begin without settling the students issue. Joshi and Dangar's demand was not only justified by a majority of senators but also appreciated, especially because of their democratic method of taking up the issue.

Kane, who was thrown a volley of questions, rather allegations, against his administrative team committed to the senate that he would institute a one-man committee in the MCom change of subject controversy.

"I promise to look into the case. I will see to it that the students do not suffer and those who have been responsible for putting students career into trouble will be exposed," Kane assured the senate. However, Kane did not make it clear that the one-man committee would be headed by him or a person deputed by him.

Earlier in the day senator Narendra Tiwari lambasted varsity administration for its sluggish approach in punishing tainted teachers like M R Vyas, accused of plagiarism and forging documents for promotion under University Grants Commission's Career Advancement Scheme. Tiwari said that there were many teachers like Vyas in different faculties of MSU. He named a couple of teachers who had indulged in plagiarism. He cited cases in home science and performing arts faculties and said that he had documents to prove his allegation. "Red tape dominates selection of teachers and non teaching staff", Tiwari said on the floor of the senate.

Kadi police arrest fake immigration agent Saturday, March 31, 2001

MEHSANA: The Kadi police arrested a fake immigration agent from Vadodara for cheating a Kadi-based youth of Rs 2 lakh by making false promises to facilitate his passage to the US. The agent is allegedly involved in the racket of extorting huge amount from people who are bitten by the dollar bug.

The immigration agent has been identified as Kiran Navinchandra Shah, a resident of A-256, Badrikedar Flats at Karelibaag in Vadodara.

According to the police, Dinesbhai Kantilal Patel of Vijaynagar Society in Kadi wanted to go to the US and one day he accidentally met Shah who promised to send him to the US provided he arranges Rs 18 lakh.

Patel agreed and paid Rs 2 lakh to Shah in advance to arrange for his passport and other documents. After a few days Shah came to Kadi and told Patel to go to Delhi with him from where he would be sent to the US.

Giving heed to the agent, Patel left for Delhi with him. However, after a three-day long wait in Delhi, the agent told Patel that it would not be possible this time but promised to send him soon.

Patel returned back to Kadi and waited for Shah's message. However, when he did not hear anything from the agent, Patel felt that he was cheated and filed a complaint against Shah with the Kadi police.

The police registered the complaint under Sections 406, 420, 409 and 114 of IPC and PSI S B Trivedi was handed over the case for investigation.

A few days ago, Trivedi raided Shah's house in Vadodara early in the morning while he was asleep and caught him.

During interrogation, Shah admitted that he in connivance with his accomplices had collected money from a large number of people of Mehsana district, promising to send them to the US through illegal immigration channel.

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