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November 9, 2001 - November 9, 2001

Mayor demand resignation from health officer Friday, November 9, 2001

RAJKOT: In an incident which has stunned the officers of RMC, Mayor Ashok Dangar on Wednesday asked health officer Dr B J Hirpara to resign on the issue of removal of garbage from city streets. The move has raised a hue and cry amongst officials against the behaviour of the move of the mayor, who had called a meeting of officers to review the door-to-door garbage collection.

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

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Additional holiday at MSU on Nov 15, 17 Friday, November 9, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
VADODARA: All faculties, institutions and offices of the Mahraja Sayajirao University of Baroda will be closed on November 15 and 17. The university has declared them additional university holidays on account of Diwali.
Help for Parsi students.

The Shri Sai Smaran Trust is giving monetary aid to Parsi students for college studies or computer education. Those interested could contact the trust at 11-12 Anand Mahal, opposite Rosary school, Pratapgunj and submit forms before January 20, 2002. The office is open from 8.30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

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

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CAS norms violation case Friday, November 9, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
VADODARA: It's a blot that refuses to go. Stains of the career advancement scheme (CAS) norms violation case are once again being put under the microscope. This time, if the campus buzz is to be believed, the lens is under the eye of a historian, sent by the UGC, to trace the origin of the stains.

Renowned academician and historian professor Satyaprakash Gupta's visit to M S University has the campus agog. While officially it is being made known that professor Gupta, head of history department (centre of advanced study) Aligarh Muslim University is in MSU in connection with State Level Eligibility Test, varsity grapevine suggests otherwise.

Sources who are in the thick of action say that Professor Gupta has been dispatched by the UGC and is scouting the campus to hunt down those who had allegedly "dirtied their hands in the granting promotions to 19 MSU teachers in gross violation of career advancement scheme norms".

"This seems to be the only plausible theory to justify professor Gupta's visit. He is perhaps on a fact-finding mission. He is gathering information and trying to get to the root of the CAS violation controversy," said a senior academician on campus.

Officials and academicians in MSU confirm that Professor Gupta has been talking to a cross-section of people on MSU campus and has very tactfully thrown questions to them concerning the CAS violation case. Professor Gupta's informal yet private meetings with his acquaintances, friends and administrative officials on the campus suggest of an inquiry, he said.

"The CAS violation case has become a big issue in Delhi. It has been taken up in Parliament. The UGC did not get a proper reply from MSU when it raised the question of 'doubtful promotions under CAS'. Now it might have decided to do some tough talking," said a senior syndicate member.

"So far MSU has not done anything about the CAS norms violation allegation. It has only dealt with the M R Vyas case that too with great reluctance and because of constant public pressure. However, the university cannot afford ignoring such a serious allegation. An allegation that has tattered MSU's credibility," he said.

It can be recalled that MSU had been embarrassed by its own syndicate members who alleged that 19 teachers were promoted despite the fact that they lacked the merit and eligibility necessary for a promotion under CAS. It was alleged that all 19 promotions, including the infamous M R Vyas episode, were effected due to direct or indirect political influence and pressure. The CAS promotion controversy worsened further as its spin-offs started surfacing. In the months that passed by, the top administration machinery, got entangled into a series of controversies that still refuse to die down.

No comments: MSU
MSU officials have neither confirmed nor denied the theory that Professor Gupta's visit is in connection with the CAS norms violation case. When asked, pro vice-chancellor V D Pathak said it would be inappropriate for him to commit or comment anything on Professor Gupta's visit. "We will not be able to comment anything on this at this juncture," Professor Pathak said.

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

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Co-operatives in market to buy groundnut Friday, November 9, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
RAJKOT: The all-powerful co-operative bodies in Saurashtra have also shown keen interest in purchase of groundnut from the region. GUJCOMASOL and NAFED have already agreed to make purchases from Saurashtra farmers.

Sources in the groundnut industry told TNN on Tuesday that plans are afoot to start purchases from 20 centres in the region. Almost 20 per cent of the groundnut crop is yet to enter the market and hence the co-operatives view it as the best time to have their presence felt in the market.

It was pointed out that GUJCOMASOL would make purchases from the Rajkot marketing yard from farmers at the support prices decided by the government. The Rajkot Lodhika Sahakari Sangh has started purchase from direct auction of groundnut in the yard so that the farmers could get remunerative prices for their produce.

President of the Sangh Nitinbhai Dadhecha said they have a storing capacity of 20,000 tonnes but at present they have plans to purchase only 10,000 to 12,000 tonnes through their reserve funds. Even the processing will be done at their own facilities to prevent adulteration.

Dadecha said National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) has agreed to purchase 3,000 tonnes of oil from the Sangh. As a goodwill gesture to the farmers and to allow them to retain their crop with themselves, the Sangh has also agreed to lend them money against their stock and then sell them their produce at a later date, Dadecha said. It would help the farmers start preparations for the next season without borrowing from money-lenders. The move also ensures that the Sangh would get the groundnut stock as and when required.

On the first day itself, the Sangh purchased 1,500 bags of groundnut from the open auction. The market yard officials have suggested to the state government that the ban on stockpiling be revoked in view fo the bumper harvest of groundnut this year.

It is expected that the total production of groundnut would be to the tune of 25 lakh tonnes - a record after two successive years of drought. Twenty truck loads of groundnut is being send to Andhra Pradesh daily.

With the increase in quantity of the crop, it is likely that the oil millers have their hands full up to June
next year. There are as many as 350 oil mills in Saurashtra region alone. Besides, 20 per cent of the crop is yet to enter the market.

A small oil mill would use up to 300 bags of groundnut to extract oil, while large mills would use up to 1,500 bags. At present, almost 2.5 lakh bags of groundnut is being crushed to extract oil. Almost 5 lakh tonnes of oil has been extracted so far.

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

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Vadodara to be taken up in global environmental project Friday, November 9, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
VADODARA: Vadodara will soon join a set of 400 cities in the world being developed as 'Cities for Protection of Environment (CPE)'. The VMC, International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI) and the Regional Urban Development Office of USAID will sign a memorandum of understanding on the issue.

The ICLEI has been working at the international level for environment and urban management. The 400 cities ICLEI is working on in India include Calcutta, Ludhiana, Jabalpur, Hyderabad, Sangli and Vadodara. ICLEI is involved in active co-ordination of the programme at the international level, while USAID has taken the onus of sponsoring the project in India.

According to sources in the corporation, the objective of the programme is to explore and find innovative and cost-effective solutions to environment and urban management problems. Also, the programmes would aim at mitigating the emission of green house gases (GHG).

The draft of the memorandum to be signed was cleared by the VMC standing committee last week. The municipal commissioner and representatives of the other agencies involved in the project will be signatories.

The programme to be conducted till September 2003 will formulate an environment and GHG-reduction plan for the city. Various steps to be taken under the programme include increasing energy economy in VMC buildings, streetlights and at water treatment and pumping plants. It will also work in the direction of energy efficiency in domestic buildings.

During these two years, it will try to address traffic and transportation problems in the city. Improving the waste-management system will be another significant aspect covered under the programme. The programme will use specially-designed software for monitoring GHGs.

According to VMC city engineer B S Trapasia, the city was selected for the purpose after the mayor showed keen interest in the project at a meeting held in Ahmedabad. "Those conducting the project were looking for a city which was progressive and an administration which was interested in such projects," Trapasia said.

A team of experts from ICLEI and USAID had recently apprised senior VMC officials about the programme. The nitty-gritties of the MoU were worked out and brought to the standing committee for its approval.

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

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