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March 22, 2001 - March 22, 2001

PIL filed against school authorities Thursday, March 22, 2001

Students Help, Awareness, Rights Protection Programme (SHARP), formed by parents of Bhavan's school students, has filed a PIL in the Gujarat High Court against Bhavan's school principal HL Chopra and director V Seshan.

A PIL has also been filed against some officials of the CBSE including its chairman (headquarters) Ashok Ganguly, CBSE's regional officer SK Chopra, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Trust executive secretary S Ramakrishna, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Trust deputy executive secretary HM Dastoor, Union HRD Ministry and Commission for Preservation of Human Rights.

"We have filed PIL against them as they have failed to look into the restoration and preservation of human rights of the students," said SHARP president DR Yogesh Patel.

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Gambling den raided in Rajkot Thursday, March 22, 2001

Acting on a tip-off, city police commissioner Sudhir Sinha and his deputy Narsimha Komar on Tuesday raided a gambling den operating from the house of a 'nagarsevak' at Ankur Society in the city. Eight people were arrested and items worth Rs 2.14 lakh seized from the gambling den.

Those arrested are Navin Rajvir, Uka Jadavji Kadiya, Chandrakant Harumal Sindhi, Narendra Shamji Patel, Manish Ishwer Lohana, Kailash Magan Suthar, Raghu Hama Bharvad and Kalu Samat Bharvad.

During the raid, the police also recovered a telephone, mobile phones, an aluminium box in which Rs 32,970 were kept, two cars and a motorcycle.

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Rajkotians caught in conflicting figures of water supply Thursday, March 22, 2001

RAJKOT: The people of Rajkot are once again caught in the crossfire of conflicting reports regarding the quantum of water to be made available to them from the Mahi scheme.

A statement from the mayor's office said, "The water resources minister has agreed to allocate 45 lakh gallons of water from the Aji-3 project and 17 lakh gallons from the Narmada waters that have reached Gondal. The Narmada waters would be made available from March 31." Any shortfall in the supply from Aji-3 would be met by way of additional supply from the Narmada waters, the statement added.

On the other hand, water resources minister Narottam Patel has said that Rajkot would be getting 40 lakh gallons of Narmada waters.

But, the municipal corporation sources said that the minister had given nothing in writing as far as the quantum of water to be supplied from the Aji-3 project was concerned. The minister was also silent on the date by which the Aji-3 water would flow into Rajkot.

According to Mayor Ashok Dangar, the water resources minister has said categorically that Rajkot would get additional quota of water from Aji-3. This is over and above the water it is drawing from the Aji-3 dam.

Dangar also said that he had impressed upon the minister that the city was solely dependent on the Wankaner bore scheme and in case of any emergency it would be ideal to get water from other sources.

The minister assured the mayor on the issue of costing of the water brought from the Narmada, saying that the issue would be resolved after talking it up with the civic officials of Rajkot and Bhavnagar. However, care would be taken the rate of water was nominal.

Meanwhile, sources in the corporation told TOINS that even when the city got additional water from either the Narmada or Aji-3 projects, the existing water cut would remain in force.

Going by the figures dished out by the mayor's office and the assurance given by the water resources minister, there is no doubt that from April 1 the amount of water available for Rajkot would definitely increase. The sources said that 17 lakh gallons of water would be supplied from the Narmada project, 100 lakh gallons from the Wankaner bore project, 30 lakh gallons from the Aji-3 dam and 20 lakh gallons from the Demi-1 dam.

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Experts collect samples of material used in Race Course Park complex Thursday, March 22, 2001

RAJKOT: Experts from the Gujarat Engineering Research Institute took samples of the building materials used in the Race Course Park and Om apartments on Wednesday.

Incidentally, Race Course Park apartment was constructed by Atul Sheth, business partner of state finance minister Vajubhai Vala.

Armed with state-of-the-art ultrasonic concrete-testing machines, the experts surveyed the extent of damage to both the apartments. They found that the material used in the construction of Om Apartment was substandard.

However, they said that the report of the Race Course Park complex would be given after 15 days. This has raised several doubts in the minds of residents of the controversial flats. The residents fear that the report may be tampered as the business partner of Vala is involved in the project.

The residents of both the Race Course Park and Om apartments had lodged police complaints against the builders.

The police had issued summons to Atul Sheth of Sheth Builders to remain present when the team, comprising assistant research officer J C Rana and junior scientific officers D V Rana and P K Parekh, visited the blocks. Sheth remained present with his structural engineer and his own testing machine.

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Milkman murdered over land dispute Thursday, March 22, 2001

NADIAD: The murder of a 35-year-old milkman by five unidentified persons in Salun village located on Nadiad-Dakor highway on Monday has sent shock waves and created panic in the area.

Milkman Kantibhai Punambhai Bhoi, a resident of Bhagtani Nuwadi on the outskirts of Salun village nearly 5 km from here, was allegedly attacked by five unidentified persons with sharp weapons and sticks while he was returning after supplying his milk in Salun village on Monday evening. When Bhoi's wife Kokila came to know about the incident, she rushed to the spot and admitted her husband to a local Civil Hospital where the doctors on duty declared him dead.

According to the police, a complaint was lodged by the wife of the victim in this regard. The police have registered the complaint under Section 302 of IPC against five persons including three step brothers of the victim.

According to the police, land dispute is believed to be the reason behind the murder, as the step mother of the victim had some problems over the distribution of land. The total 9-bigha land was divided among the brothers four years ago, in which Bhoi was allotted 4.5 bighas of land. The rest 4.5 bighas were allotted among five step brothers of the victim.

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