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November 10, 2001 - November 10, 2001

Govt gears up to tackle water shortage Saturday, November 10, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
GANDHINAGAR: Water resources minister Narottam Patel on Thursday said the government had taken adequate measures to tackle water shortage in Saurashtra and North Gujarat regions which didn't receive the last spell of monsoon.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Patel said the government had sanctioned Rs 800 crore for laying drinking water pipelines in the worst-affected Rajkot and Jamnagar districts. They would be supplied 500 MLD water from the Narmada canal utilising the pumping station at Maliya branch of the Saurashtra canal.

According to the plan worked out by the department, water would be supplied to several villages and towns in Morbi, Maliya, Dhrol, and Jodia talukas of the region. Work on laying the pipeline is on. The Narmada waters will be released into the canal only in March. At present, drinking water is being made available from existing water supply schemes.

Patel, who reviewed the water supply position with officials, said Chief Minister Modi would perform the stone-laying ceremony of the main stretch of the pipeline at Morbi on November 10.

When asked about water crisis looming large over North Gujarat, Patel said work on water supply schemes sourced from Dharoi dam had been completed and the first phase of the scheme would be launched in the presence of Modi on November 20. Under this project more than 375 villages and 13 towns and cities of North Gujarat would be supplied water through this new network.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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'Vadodara is an oil racket hub' Saturday, November 10, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
PAKHAJAN (Bharuch district): Bharuch police on Friday said Vadodara might be the hub of an illegal oil racket operating in the area. The role of at least 15 persons has also been indicated in the matter.

Speaking to newspersons, in the presence of Union petroleum minister Ram Naik, officers of Bharuch police said three persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, while four others are being interrogated.

According to police, a conspiracy in the matter is very evident. "The brain behind this conspiracy was one Ghanshyam Pandya, a junior technician with ONGC. He died on the spot when the fire broke out," an official said.

DNA samples from Pandya's body and that of his relatives have been collected. This, the officers said, had been done as the relatives refused to acknowledge Pandya's death.

Equipment for the pilferage was manufactured in Jambusar. An ironsmith there had manufactured the spanner used to open the well valve. The police has identified him and has also recovered the Tata Sumo used during the pilferage operation.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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NID prof wins national award Saturday, November 10, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
AHMEDABAD: Principal designer at the National Institute of Design's (NID) industrial design faculty, S Balaram has been selected for the NCPEDP-SHELL Helen Keller Award 2001. He was selected by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled Persons (NCPEDP) as an 'individual outside the disability sector who has been active in promoting the cause of employment for persons with disabilities'.

NCPEDP is supported by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation with Sonia Gandhi as its chairperson. She will present the award to Balaram on December 2, marked as World Disability Day. The award comprises of a medal and a citation. Articles by the winner will also be published in a book to be released at the function.

Balaram is known for his strong views on using design for the common man. He also believes in using the innovative power of design to help disabled persons. He was instrumental in making the ground floor of the institute more friendly to such persons, like providing special ramps for wheel chairs, during a national seminar on design for disability in 1999.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]




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CM holds meet with state MPs Saturday, November 10, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that there was congenial atmosphere for the state to get necessary financial assistance from the Centre and there is no room for any laxity in the matter.

Discussing vital issues of the state pending with the Central government in a meeting with MPs representing the state here, Modi said that in the last one month he had discussed the problems of the state with the Union ministers and found that their approach was quite positive and added that as a result of this, certain problems were resolved promptly. He said if our efforts are in positive direction, then the Centre is always keen to solve the problems sympathetically.

Union minister of state for heavy industries Vallabh Kathiria, state industries minister Suresh Mehta, state finance minister Nitin Patel and others attended the meeting.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Changes in IA flight schedule Saturday, November 10, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Indian Airlines has announced certain changes in its schedule this month. The Delhi-Ahmedabad-Delhi (IC861/862) stands cancelled, while the Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Bangalore flight (IC609) has been combined with the Ahmedabad-Mumbai flight (IC-604) and will leave Ahmedabad at 8.50 pm on November 14.

IC 7267, operating on route Kolkata-Ahmedabad-Jaipur-Kolkata, stands withdrawn till November 30 beginning from November 11. Flight IC7269 Kolkata-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Kolkata also stands withdrawn till November 30 beginning from November 9. The timings of other flights remain unchanged.


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