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November 9, 2001 - November 10, 2001

CM to lay stone for Maliya canal today Saturday, November 10, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
RAJKOT: Chief Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Maliya canal of the Narmada project on Saturday near Navlakhi bypass. Water would flowing into the canal in a year.

Giving this information to TNN, joint director (publicity and public relations) of the Gujarat Water Supply and Sewage Board Kishore Anjaria said with the canal becoming operative people of Rajkot and Jamnagar would be benefited.

Besides this project for Morbi-Maliya rural group water supply, Jodiya project and Kandla-Gandhidham would also be benefited.

Anjaria said that the 1,68,000 population of Morbi needs 2,36,50,000 litres of drinking water. The Board has made plans for supplying 5.53 crore litres of water. Water would be taken from the Machhu-2 dam but once the canal becomes operative the water would be lifted from the Narmada canal. Morbi is getting just 50 per cent of the required quantum of water.

The Asian Development Bank has sanctioned loan for the Morbi-Maliya rural group water supply project covering 121 villages. Both these talukas are getting 80 lakh litres of water but with the execution of the Narmada they will get two crore litres of water. Anjaria said once the canal was completed Saurashtra and Kutch could have surplus water.

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



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CM to lay stone for Maliya canal today Saturday, November 10, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
RAJKOT: Chief Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Maliya canal of the Narmada project on Saturday near Navlakhi bypass. Water would flowing into the canal in a year.

Giving this information to TNN, joint director (publicity and public relations) of the Gujarat Water Supply and Sewage Board Kishore Anjaria said with the canal becoming operative people of Rajkot and Jamnagar would be benefited.

Besides this project for Morbi-Maliya rural group water supply, Jodiya project and Kandla-Gandhidham would also be benefited.

Anjaria said that the 1,68,000 population of Morbi needs 2,36,50,000 litres of drinking water. The Board has made plans for supplying 5.53 crore litres of water. Water would be taken from the Machhu-2 dam but once the canal becomes operative the water would be lifted from the Narmada canal. Morbi is getting just 50 per cent of the required quantum of water.

The Asian Development Bank has sanctioned loan for the Morbi-Maliya rural group water supply project covering 121 villages. Both these talukas are getting 80 lakh litres of water but with the execution of the Narmada they will get two crore litres of water. Anjaria said once the canal was completed Saurashtra and Kutch could have surplus water.

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



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One "royal-handmaid" turns into people's movement Saturday, November 10, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
RAJKOT: Music for class? Or for mass? This was the argument in vogue till yesterday. But, today, the refrain is .... Music for music-lovers. And, music lovers in Saurashtra are legion, aplenty.

This fine art was, once upon a time, considered the hand-maid of the royal palaces, sustaining on the support of those rulers. No more so. It has become a people's movement, so to say.

The people of Saurashtra have taken upon themselves to adopt this fine art and are coming out, in large numbers, to nurture music _ classical, folk, devotional, light and others.

As a matter of fact, music scene is undergoing transformation, and is getting into its new avtar becoming a real, people's movement.

This has become possible due to the sustained efforts of the music artistes, the people interested in its development. Many organisations devoted to the furtheance of this rich treasure, have come up in Rajkot and other towns like Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh and Porbandar.

People outside know pretty well that Saurshtra had rich treasure of folk music and devotional music. Yet very few know that this region has very good artistes in classical music as well. Of late, those interested in clasical music have come to-gether to give a fillip to this rich tradition.

Coupled with this, Gujarat State Sangeet-Natak Akademi also contributed its mite to create good environment for the development of fine arts like music and dance. It is headed by Vinoobhai Vyas, who is himself a reputed music artiste. The akademi has been organing music festivals in different towns of Saurashtra. It also provides platform to the budding artistes and projects veterans, too.

On the non-official front, a spate of organisations are making laudable endeavours. Sangeet Saurabh, an organisation of music lovers, has been instrumental in promotion fine arts like music, mainly classical. Brain child of the late Gulabbhai Parekh, it was after his death nurtured by his younger brother the late Nanubhai Parekh. Now, another younger brother Dinesh Parekh is nurturing it.

Sangeet Saurabh organises recitals once in two months and they are popular. Thus many national artistes have come to Rajkot in the past few years.

The classical music scene is fast changing in Saurashtra. Several institutions are inthe field, of late, to promote and popularise classical music. Soor Milan has been in the forefront for past few years. It invites veterans as well as upcoming, promising artists.

Without any constiitution or office-bearers, it is a body of like-minded people, who offer voluntary help. Harikant Sevak, a senior classical music artiste, J J Shingala and a few others are going all-out to make their organisation a real, people's organisation. Soor Milan has a regular music session every Sunday evening. Attended by the cross section of people, Soor Milan programmes are wide and varied _ classical, folk, devotional, ghazals.

Recently, three senior classical music artistes_Jitubhai Oza, Bakulbhai Oza and Sarla Thacker _ regaled listeners to a rich fare. All the three had got their Visharad some four decades ago. Even after such a long time, they could do justice and the audience was all praise for them. Sarla Thacker is well-versed in light, folk and devotional music and gives programmes on All India Radio and Doordarshan.

All the three had the privilege of getting guidance from legendary figures like Babubhai Andharia, Gulam Kadir Khan and Amubhai Doshi.
Another music institution 'Sangeet Sankalp' has been set up to promote music in all forms. Music lovers were delighted to have another rare, musical treat, sometime back. Rudra Veena player Ustad Samshuddin Faradi Desai performed at the Hemu Gadhvi auditorium. Rudra Veena is believed to be the instrument of Lord Siva. His son Nasir Khan Faradi accompanied him on the sitar. Ustad Shasmusddin Faradi Desai's role in preserving our cultural heritage is significant as he is one of the very few musicians who play the Rudra Veena. The Bhavnagar-born Ustaad said though Rajkot is fast becoming modern, it still retains its love for this art of yester-years. This was obvious from the huge audience at the maestro's recital..

The fun-loving people of Rajkot have a refined taste in music. Even in this age of pop and rap, they appreciate classical music, which is icon of Indian culture, said the Ustad. He believes that the journey of music in India will come to full circle. Classical music will again reign supreme.

Ustad Faradi, though optimistic about Indian classical art, is worried about the fate of the Rudra Vena, which is also known as Been. There are only five artistes who play Rudra Veena, but only two are famous: Ustaad Faradi and Ustaad Asaad Ali. Son Nasir Khan says. It is very simple instrument to play, but, it is bound by so many rules that this instrument has failed to gain popularity.

According to mythology, unlike other classical instruments, the Rudra Veena cannot be played for commercial gains.

In the erstwhile Saurashtra state, from 1948 to 1956, Saurashtra Sangeet-Natak Akademi had played a significant role to promote classical music as well as oher fine arts.

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


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Court tells CBI to probe railway-tout nexus Friday, November 9, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
Convicting a railway tout for the first time, a metropolitan court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe the alleged nexus between the Railway authorities and the touts who 'sell' reserved railway tickets.

Chief metropolitan magistrate Smita V Shah issued the directions while convicting a tout Rakesh Patel arrested red-handed from the railway reservation counter at Ahmedabad Junction in June 1998. The Court directed the CBI to speed up the probe and submit the report within a month.

Convicting a tout for the first time, for selling reserved tickets, the court sentenced him to three years RI and observed, "Such practices which have now became a regular feature cannot happen without the support of the railway authorities."

Patel was arrested by the CBI during a surprise check at the reservation counter on June 25, 1998 while he was trying to arrange a reserved ticket for a Mumbai-bound passenger at Rs 118 higher than the fare. The CBI had deployed a decoy to trap him.

He was charged with criminal conspiracy and was accused of indulging in procurement of reserved railway ticket in an unauthorised manner and indulging in its black marketing.

Observing that the practice was a major menace for all travellers, 'as no reservations were available at the time of requirement of the travellers', the court said, the practice was a rampant exercise especially on the Western Railway.

While four similar cases were going on at the magisterial court in connection with the issue this was the first conviction in which the maximum punishment was awarded to the accused. The case had been of great interest to a lot of offenders indulging in similar practices who had been fequenting the courts during the trial.

There had been many complaints at the offices of the senior officers of the railway department but they authorities repeatedly cried that the tout lobby was powerful and difficult to handle and they were unable to act in this regard.

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



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Tube-well irregularities may be referred to CVC Friday, November 9, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
VADODARA: The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) will seek the help of chief vigilance commissioner N Vittal to look into the role of IAS and GAS officials in the alleged irregularities in drilling of 56 tube-wells leading to loss of Rs 2.25 crore.

A report on the alleged irregularity had blamed several officials for the excess expenditure and possible damage due to the drilling of tube-wells early this year. Of course, the drilling was taken up to tackle expected water crisis.

While discussion on the report was kept in abeyance, the standing committee in a resolution stated many officials were responsible to varying degrees for the episode. However, the report did not point out what action could be taken against the officials.

The municipal commissioner has been asked to issue charge -sheets to 'guilty' officials. Also, he has been asked to come up with a proposal mentioning what action should be taken against whom.

With regard to IAS and GAS officials, the resolution recalls a mention of their responsibility in the report. The municipal commissioner has been requested to seek CVC N Vittal's advice.

Though the resolution sought action against those involved in it, the opposition made a furore at the general board on Thursday and Congress councillor Chirag Jhaveri demanded of the authorities to find out who decided to have the tube-wells. "There was no need for these as the city was getting sufficient water. We had enough water resources, if tapped properly. Why were the wells drilled then", he asked.

Congress councillor Chandrakant Shrivastava wanted criminal proceedings initiated against the city engineer. "Several works, that were not needed have been taken up by the corporation leading to loss", he said.

BJP councillor N V Patel said the ruling party was clear of its stand. "If there was any intention for a cover-up, this inquiry would not have been conducted," he said.

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



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