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November 5, 2001 - November 5, 2001

20 dogs poisoned to death in Fatehgunj Monday, November 5, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
VADODARA: Alleged killing of 20 dogs in the city has raked up a major controversy with animal rights activists alleging that residents of a locality had poisoned them.

The incident came to light when carcasses of 18 dogs were found in the Sadar Bazar area of Fatehgunj on Saturday night. Residents of the area reported the incident to Gujarat Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA).

GSPCA functionary Rajesh Bhavsar said residents of the locality had lined up the carcasses of the dogs when they visited the area. "In all 18 dogs were found dead. Two others died on Sunday," Bhavsar said.

Preliminary observations in the autopsy on the carcasses have confirmed that the dogs died due to poisoning. However, samples have been sent to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory for further investigations. A police complaint has been filed with the Sayajigunj police station under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Eight residents of Sadar Bazar, including a VMC security guard have been named as accused.

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


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Conservation work on MSU dome to begin in Dec Monday, November 5, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
VADODARA: Vadodara's pride, the second largest dome of the country - the MSU faculty of arts dome - will undergo major repairs and conservation work from mid-December.

The entire project is estimated to cost Rs 2.6 crore. The university has allocated a sum of Rs 75 lakh in the first phase.

Eminent architect, Rabindra Vasavda who has worked as conservation architect in several heritage structures across the country, will be in-charge architect for the project which has a series of conservation plans for the entire building.

The MSU faculty of arts dean, Prof P J Patel, has co-ordinated the effort to initiate conservation work on the historic building which dates back to 1880. "But in the first phase, we have been allocated a fund of Rs 75 lakh out of which Rs 25 lakh were received as a part of the Golden Jubilee Grant. Following the earthquake, the UGC has sanctioned Rs 175 lakh for MSU buildings which were damaged in the earthquake. Out of this grant, Rs 50 lakh would be provided for the faculty arts dome," he said.

According to him, more funds would be needed for the ambitious project. "We have also approached the UNESCO team which visited us last week as a part of their research project on Parsi heritage. It was a Parsi family of Baroda which had helped in the construction of this dome," said Prof Patel.

The final decision on the exact date when the work would begin is expected to be decided on Monday when the university syndicate will meet.

The first phase of the conservation work will cover the repair and structural consolidation of the central hall and the main dome. "This would include the re-painting of the intricate designs inside and outside the dome. The design on the outside of the dome has weathered away and is no more visible due to years of accumulated algae and fungi. But when we had initiated a clean-up operation with the help of students and professors of MSU in September, we observed the intricate designs on the dome. These will once again be brought to the fore," MSU deputy executive engineer R R Thakur said.

As per the instructions of the our architect Rabindra Vasavda, we have already started cleaning up and removing unwanted structures from the building. Recently we removed an iron water tank which was 120 years old. Similarly, many unused toilets, concrete water tanks and partitions which were subsequent add-ons have also been removed, Thakur said.

According to Patel, the project would also involve repairing of the flooring and stone grills with intricate designs. In many places, old tiles have broken. These would be repaired and new ones with similar materials, designs and colours would be prepared.

A large part of the work would include wood-work repairs. There are many wood-work structures in the main hall, and the flooring too is of wood. Similarly, the wooden staircase which has broken in some places will also be repaired.

The project will begin with the main dome structure. Repairs would require construction of scaffolding inside and outside the dome. A structural engineering committee comprising of I I Pandya, S C Patodi, M S Bhavsar, P V Darji and A S Chirmade will monitor and co-ordinate the work with Vasavda said Thakur.

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


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Govt, trade bodies to hold 'Resurgent Gujarat' Monday, November 5, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
In a bid to get the economy rolling, the Gujarat government, along with trade bodies, will organise 'Resurgent Gujarat', a mega partnership meet. The event, to be organised along with the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry in co-operation with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the ministry of external affairs, will be held from February 8, 2002.

The meet is aimed at presenting the enormous investment opportunities in Gujarat and inviting foreign companies to strengthen the industrial base of the state by providing the required inputs in the form of strategic alliances or joint ventures.

Addressing mediapersons on the event in Ahmedabad on Saturday, FICCI secretary general Amit Mitra said all support would be extended towards the event to ensure that the services and products of Gujarat penetrate the global market. He said the apex chamber would try to identify, through its links with the Joint Business Councils of 30 countries, sector specific investments for Gujarat.

Minister of state for industries Suresh Mehta said with the changing scenario across the world, the economy has emerged as the sector of maximum priority. He said it is important to identify the sectors with maximum economic potentials and work accordingly to survive stiff global competition. He said the initial phase of investments in liberalisation is over and now the focus has been shifted to low pricing and quality products.

State commissioner of Industries Hasmukh Adhia, citing the objectives of 'Resurgent Gujarat', said these include identifying the core sector for investment, facilitating inward and outward technology transfer from the state and providing necessary platforms to state-based companies and foreign firms to enter into ventures.

Mitra, emphasising the role of FICCI, said using all its links with the foreign business chambers, FICCI would promote Gujarat in all possible sectors. "We would approach countries based on their investment interest and try get them to invest in their sectors of their choice" Mitra said. Also, Special Economic Zones are being promoted to foreign investors and a key sector for FDI, he added.

An attempt would also be made to create bases for future investments in the fields of bio-technology, agro-processing, speciality chemicals and information technology. "We would also explore the possibility of roping in investments in the field of research and development," Mitra said.

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


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Industry appreciate GEB's initiative Monday, November 5, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
VADODARA: Industry sections have welcomed the lifting of the additional weekly holiday on non-continuous low tension industries from November 2, saying they can now operate their units on all working days. The additional weekly holiday was imposed on September 9.

Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) sources said it can now divert more power to rural areas to meet their requirements.

A forum comprising of industries, chambers of commerce and various associations had organised a meeting here last month demanding the lifting of the additional weekly holiday on industries, saying it was a very harsh step and against the tariff order of the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC). GERC had asked GEB to maintain uninterrupted and quality power supply to the industries.

The forum had expressed fear that if their demands are not met, it might lead to social unrest as many units would be forced to close down.

GEB has asked these industries to observe a power cut everyday between 6 pm and 9 pm to help it divert 90 mw of power to rural areas, sources said.

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


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JUNAGADH::Police arrest four criminals, seize weapons Monday, November 5, 2001

UNAGADH: Police have arrested four alleged criminals and seized weapons including a country-made revolver from the Maruti van they were travelling by, near Dhoraji on Junagadh road.

Police said they stopped the van on suspicion and arrested Rajesh Parbat Rabari, Bijal Puna Rabari, Ranmal alias Jetha Maher and Ashwin Valku Kathi, but another criminal, Bhaya Ranmal Rabari, managed to escape.

The accused were involved in a number of criminal cases in Junagadh district, police said. A Dhoraji court remanded the arrested until November 5.

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