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March 12, 2001 - March 12, 2001

Siberian cranes' hunters arrested Monday, March 12, 2001

JUNAGADH: A gang of hunters of Indian and Siberian cranes was recently nabbed by the Porbander police on the outskirts of Oldarji village on Thursday. A country rifle was also seized from their possession.

The gang used to hunt the cranes near the coastal area of Harshad and Miyani during night with the help of the fishing net. Recently, it had started using the rifle. Another method used by the gang was to spread the poisonous groundnuts, to be eaten by the cranes.

The forest authorities have already registered an offence and have demanded for the remand of Vaghri Raghu Natha, Santok Raghu, Jayanti Tapu and Pravin Tapu.

Shivlinga damaged: The Shivlinga and the statue of Nandi at Nana Hadmatiya of Visavadar taluka in Junagadh district were damaged by some people on the night of March 7.

Priest of Nana Hadmatiya, Rameshgiri Manigiri, who resides at Moti Pindakhai, said that when he went to perform puja, he was shocked to find the Shivlinga and Nandi detached from their original places and placed at different places. He also informed the local people about it.

A complaint was made at the Visavadar police station and the police registered an offence. PSI Gajipara was made incharge of the case.

Vehicle lifter held: A vehicle lifter, Jayantilal Vallabh Detroja, was arrested from Meshwan near Keshod, about 40 km from Junagadh. PI Subhash Raval arrested the thief who was produced before the court. On police demand, his remand was sanctioned for two days.

With the arrest of Raval, the police are optimistic about solving many cases of vehicle lifting. PI BT Waja has been made the incharge of the investigation.

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Two person, with links with ISI, arrested. Monday, March 12, 2001

AHMEDABAD: The crime branch officials on Saturday arrested two more persons having links with Pakistani ISI agency from a hotel on Narol highway. The officials also seized a Pakistan-made pistol, worth around Rs 1.5 lakh, and six live cartridges from them.

The arrested have been identified as Shabbir Jhario Abbas Mian Sipahi, a resident of Patan, and Mahendra H Patel of Mehsana. The two were arrested from Moni Hotel on Narol highway based on an information given by four other ISI agents arrested earlier this year.

According to the police, Sipahi has been into criminal activities since 1986 and was arrested in a loot incident at Nadiad. He was sentenced to 14 years rigorous imprisonment but escaped while on parole. In 1995, the crime branch had laid a trap to nab him but that effort also went in vain.

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Consumer forum penalises builder Monday, March 12, 2001

VADODARA: In a landmark judgment, the Vadodara District Grievances and Redressal Forum has penalised Mukesh Shah and other associate builders of the Padmavati Housing Corporation for selling the same tenement at Yogi Nagar Society Gotri Road to more than one resident and refusing to return Rs 1.12 lakh paid as instalments.

Consumer forum president A S Syed and jury member Ashok Mehta have instructed the builder to repay the entire sum paid to him at 15 per cent interest from the date of receipt of the amount and Rs 1,000 additionally as cost of legal proceedings.

The penal action follows a legal suit filed by Amita Patel in the consumer forum after the builder Mukesh Shah stopped construction midway and refused to pay back the instalment amount of Rs 1.12 lakh that she had made. Furthermore, the builder sold the tenement to another person.

Harinagar Consumer Grievances Forum lawyer Rekha Desai said the first instalment of Rs 1.12 lakh was paid in 1992. Later, the builder had a dispute with government authorities and stalled construction at the site in 1995. Later, he sold the tenement to some another client.

"When my client approached him for returning the Rs. 1.12 lakh that she had paid him he refused and therefore she filed the case in the consumer forum in 1998," said Desai.

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G5 flat owners to receiving remaining reward soon Monday, March 12, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Owners of flats that collapsed in January 26 earthquake and have been placed under the G5 category will receive the remaining two instalments of compensation at the building site soon. Those who own flats placed under G 2, G 3 and G 4 categories will also get their cash relief from March 15.

Announcements to this effect was made by Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel on Sunday after he reviewed the rehabilitation work for earthquake victims in Ahmedabad city.

At a high-level meeting attended by minister of state for home Haren Pandya, minister in-charge of Ahmedabad city Bharat Barot, municipal commissioner K Kailashnathan and district collector K Srinivas, the CM finalised 75 per cent payment under rehabilitation package number four for the owners of completely collapsed houses or flats.

During the meeting, Kailashnathan informed Patel on a survey being carried out to ascertain damages to 1,800 health and slum quarters. Patel directed the commissioner to complete surveying all the 7,500 health and slum quarters within a week. He said assistance to the residents of slum and health quarters will be disbursed based on gradation and certification done by the surveyors.

Repair work for the health quarters will be undertaken at the cost of Rs 5.8 crore, aided by centrally-sponsored Thakkarbapa Scheme for which necessary tenders have been floated. The CM further stressed that he was ready to allocate more funds for repair of slum quarters "since the affected people belonged to socially weaker sections".

On the other hand, the 21-member central team which conducted an in-depth assessment of devastation caused by earthquake said it would urge the Centre for enhanced assistance on a long-term basis. Joint secretary of agriculture ministry and member of the National Disaster Management group, Anil Sinha, lauded the Gujarat government for taking apt relief measures and suggested that an earthquake museum be set up to create awareness among people on the calamity and for training people on rescue operations.

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Federation of Surat Textile Traders Association also joins the protest against the ad valerom duty. Monday, March 12, 2001

The Federation of Surat Textile Traders Association has also joined the protest against the ad valerom duty. The federation president Tarachand Kasat said while the wholesalers have kept their shops open, the ITPHs have stopped procuring goods from the grey market and it has also not despatched finished products to the market.

In a separate development, Ahmedabad Textile Processors Association on Sunday launched a web site to focus the attention of the government towards their problems. The web site - - features a comprehensive coverage, facts and figures of this movement and acts as an All-India Textile Co-ordination medium.

The spokesman for the association said a delegation of leading processors would meet Union textile minister Kashiram Rana to discuss the burning issues of the processors.

Rana has already assured them that finance minister Yashwant Sinha was aware of the problem, and, most probably, the government would sympathetically consider the processors' plea.

Related News : Textile associations register protest with Keshubhai

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