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November 3, 2001 - November 3, 2001

Embarrasement prohibits folks from surat gardens Saturday, November 3, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
SURAT: Come evening and the air becomes thick in the city's numerous gardens, riversides and stretches of the Piplod-Dumas road with the sights of fully-engrossed young love-birds, caring a damn for law-abiding citizens.

They not only pose as a traffic hazard, by attracting the attention of passers-by, but also mirror the reflections which are often obscene, giving a bad impression to children and senior citizens as well.

No wonder, for Parul Pathak and her husband, residents of Rander, it was a shock of life when they took their five-year-old son to a nearby garden one evening. What was intended to be a fun and games-filled evening for them, turned out to be a visit which made them sceptical of going to any garden henceforth.

As Pathak says, the garden they went to was crowded with young couples in intimate positions, adding that it was difficult to answer the curious queries of the young kid.

Most families keep away from these gardens as the love-birds are totally indifferent to visitors and are a cause of embarrassment for everyone.

According to police sources, even law-enforcing officials keep away from these places. Surprisingly, nobody has so far filed a complaint on these activities, though they are heard grumbling on the scenario, a senior police official said.

Many more rue the fact that Surat being an economically well-placed city lacks places of community leisure and amusement like theme gardens or parks and museums.

Hemlata Karnik, a resident of Palanpur Patia, feels today's youth are more than eager to indulge in such activities rather than taking part in outdoor games and sports. What is more disturbing is their total lack of remorse even if seen by many people, she said.

Very often groups of women can be seen having a kitty-party on the Sardar bridge connecting Athwa Gate area with Adajan. Jyoti Patel, a housewife, says though their group enjoys outdoor parties, they rule out gardens because of the presence of these 'shameless young couples' as their children also accompany them.

Both Patel and Pathak strongly feel it is high time for authorities to sit up and take notice.

It is also a common sight in the evenings of families crowding the bridge spanning the Tapi. Add to it the various vendors selling snacks and balloons with total disregard for vehicular traffic. But the traffic police do not seem to take any action against them. A traffic police official doing his rounds there said they do not initiate any action as it is the only place for an embarrassment-free outing.

A garden in Adajan, situated off the Hazira road, is perhaps a shade different from others. A fairly large number of families are seen enjoying their evenings here as it happens to be well-lit. But just a few metres ahead, where the road slopes down to the river bank, young couples are seen engaged in intimate positions making it unviable for families to take a quite walk in the evenings.

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


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Nadian Update 03rd Nov Saturday, November 3, 2001

Jeep driver dies in mishap near Dabhan
Jeep driver identified as Tukaram Ramesh of Vadodara and a cow were killed on the spot and two occupants of the jeep injured near Dabhan village, five km from here on NH 8 on Wednesday following collision between the jeep and a tempo. The injured were taken to hospital.

Man killed by brother
NADIAD: Within past eight days, three gruesome murders, all by brother in each case, were reported in Kheda district _the latest one from Gothaj village in Mehmdavad taluka. Swift action by Kheda town senior PSI S G Rana solved the mystery in 12 hours. On October 28,
Melabhai Vaghari of Gothaj village lodged a police complaint that he was beaten up by his two elder brothers Karabhai and Rameshbhai over the issue of preserving hens and cocks. On October 29, police found his body near Gothaj. Meanwhile, the victim's wife Kailasben complained against her brother-in-law Melabhai for killing her husband. Post-mortem report showed the cause of death due to broken spinal cord. The police probed further and then arrested Melabhai Dahyabhai Vaghari who confessed he killed his brother Karabhai by giving a fatal blow with short thick stick.

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High Court say no to ICICI plea Saturday, November 3, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday refused to direct the state government to issue a fresh notification declaring Gujarat Telephone Cables Limited as a relief undertaking under provisions of the Bombay Relief Undertaking (Special Provisions Act 1958).

A division bench comprising Chief Justice D M Dharmadhikari and Justice Ravi R Tripathi, while refusing the prayer of the petitioner ICICI Ltd, observed that there are no instructions to the advocate general from the government to further extend the resolution which had expired on October 21. So the court did not find any ground to grant relief at this juncture.

The court, however, left it open for the petitioner to challenge any fresh notification by the government with retrospective or prospective effect.

The petition pleaded the Bench to restrain the state government from extending the notification dated October 6, 2000, which had expired on October 21, this year and from issuing a fresh notification declaring GTCL as a relief undertaking under provisions of this Act.

Appearing on behalf of the petitioner, S B Vakil submitted that the first notification was issued on October 22, 1999 for 12 months, which was further extended last year and expired this year.

It was contended that as the petitioners provided funds to GTCL for their project and working capital, they are facing problems in recovering their funds as the company is a relief undertaking. Moreover there was an increased chance of the petitioners losing their money if the company suffered further losses.

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Bomb hoax at sessions court create panic Saturday, November 3, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
AHMEDABAD: Proceedings at the city civil and sessions court, Bhadra, were stalled on Friday afternoon after an unidentified caller said a bomb was planted at court number one. However, the call turned out to be a hoax after a thorough search found nothing.

This is the third instance in six months where proceedings at the lower court of the city were disrupted by a bomb hoax. The authorities are yet to set up a caller identification system to ensure the smooth and uninterrupted functioning of the court.

The unidentified caller had made the call at around 2 pm to principal judge C S Oza's office, but due to his unavailability the caller was asked to get in touch with acting principal judge A J Bhatt.

But being unable to get through, the caller finally called up the registrar's office and said a bomb was planted at court number one. Following the call, all the court rooms were vacated. Officials of the crime branch, FSL and the bomb disposal squad were summoned to search the premises, but nothing dangerous was found.

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


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VMC consultants indicted for Rs 2.25-crore loss Saturday, November 3, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
VADODARA: Haphazard drilling of tube wells on the bank of Mahi river to take care of unprecedented water crisis in the city has led to financial loss amounting to Rs 2.25 crore to the VMC. A vigilance department report of VMC has held the consultants and senior officials of the corporation responsible for the losses.

According to sources in VMC, 56 tube wells were drilled last year as a contingency plan to take care of the severe water shortage in the city. However, almost all wells failed in verticality. Gas entered some wells while the water in some others was not potable.

The report states that costly vertical turbine pumps were costlier than submersible pumps and their maintenance cost was high. Primary estimates suggest that these and other decisions taken in a hurry led to financial losses of 1.56 crore to the corporation. In addition to this, maintenance and other expenses in the future would lead to damages amounting to Rs 69 lakh.

Technical investigations in the matter by Dalal Consultant and Engineers Limited have pointed out several technical flaws in the wells. A large share of the responsibility for the damage has been put on the consultants for the project, Multimentech International Private Limited. The contractors have also been held responsible. Partial responsibility for the blunder has also been put on the city engineer, additional city engineer and other senior officials. Consultant geologist for the project, P P Patel, has been held responsible for misidentifying the location for 18 wells.

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


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