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BJP bags Bapunagar seat No kidding, Gujarat biz Bypoll Result honchos prefer uniforms Surprises Congress,

Experts yet to review report on asbestosis

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Ahmedabad: The Bhartiya Janata Party candidate Mukesh Parmar won the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s Bapunagar seat. The seat was lying vacant following the resignation of BJP corporator Kalpesh Chavda from the party. Chavda had got a job as an engine driver in the Indian Railways, after which he quit both his responsibilities as a corporator and also as a BJP party member. The by-poll was held on Sunday. Parmar won the seat by a margin of 1,919 votes. The Congress nominee for the Bapunagar by-poll was Jayanti Chavda. Sources said that the result came as a surprise for the Congress which had pined hopes of making a dent in this BJP bastion in the city. Even the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had decided to withdraw the candidate in support of the Congress. A senior Congress leader said that the party was confident that the results would be in their favour as the party was getting good support in the areas dominated by the Patel community. The party leaders had been warmly received in meetings held in several areas dominated by the community people who had traditionally voted for the BJP. Congress workers were able to make inroads in areas like Hardasnagar, Nav-

BJP workers celebrate the victory outside party office at Khanpur on Tuesday

rang Flats and Ramkrishnagar. As per the statement of a Congress leader, the BJP scored over them in terms of last minute booth management. Due to lack of adequate workers in the area, Congress could not get voters out of their homes for voting and the turnout of just 44 per cent was not adequate for the party to make a dent in

the BJP stronghold, though even in that situation, they took heart in the fact that the victory margin was narrow. BJP city president Rakesh Shah said that the Bapunagar voters and especially the Patels may attend meetings held by other parties, but when it comes to voting, they are always with the BJP.

Ruling party wins 23 out of 33 seats TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Ahmedabad: Bhartiya Janta Party on Tuesday had something to rejoice for after humiliation of Mansa bypoll recently. Of the 32 local bodies seats for which elections were held on Sunday, BJP won 22 seats — a gain of 10 seats. The Congress could manage to win only nine seats. On one seat BJP candidate was declared winner unopposed. One seat in Porbander Nagarpalika, the constituency of Gujarat Pradesh Congress President Arjun Modhwadia, was bagged by an Independent candidate Malde Balu Odedara. Similarly, on one seat in Nadiad Nagarpalika, BJP candidate was declared elected unopposed. Of the eight nagarpalika seats, the BJP won five, while two seats were won by Congress and one was by Independent candidate. Of the three district


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panchayat seats for which byelection were held, BJP won two, while one was bagged by the Congress. State Election Commission said that of the 20 taluka panchayat seats, BJP won 14 while the Congress candidates won the remaining six seats. The BJP claimed they had won seats in the areas where the Congress leaders were representing the constituency. In Bhavnagar, according to BJP leaders, the Congress candidate even lost his deposit in Talaja municipality seat poll. In addition, BJP came to

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power in Palanpur taluka panchayat. The elections to six seats of the taluka panchayat were held after six Congress members had resigned. BJP has captured Pethapur municipality in Gandhinagar district by winning one seat. Pethapur was the area of Shankersinh Vaghela, chairman of the party’s state election campaign committee. The BJP also wons on two municipality seats, two district panchayat seats and one taluka panchayat seat in Kheda and Anand districts.

For the Congress, the only consolation was that it snatched two seats from the BJP in Kheralu area. The Congress also won Sarasiya district panchayat seat in Amreli. The seat was earlier with BJP. In Ahmedabad taluka also the Congress won Detroj seat. The opposition leaders alleged that BJP misused the administration to win byelections. BJP spokesperson said that the people of Gujarat have once again supported the party’s politics of development led by chief minister Narendra Modi, and have slapped the negative politics of Congress. The ruling party said that Shankarsinh Vaghela, Shaktisinh Gohil and Arjun Modhwadia always work with anti-Gujarat and anti-development mentality and hence the Congress lost even in the areas that were considered its strongholds.

Ahmedabad: If you thought uniforms were confined to schools, think again. Companies in Gujarat have started to introduce uniforms for their employees. Ahmedabad-based Torrent Pharma is planning to introduce uniforms for its whitecollared employees at the corporate office. Sources in the company said that the Torrent uniforms will depend upon each person’s designation and are likely to be blue and grey coloured with company logo. Similarly, Cadila Pharmaceuticals plans to revive its plans of wearing a uniform at least once a week. “In 2009, we used to wear a blue t-shirt to work every Saturday and on the last working day of the week. The uniforms were provided by the company. The initiative was popular and is likely to be revived this year,” said a company spokesperson. The concept of uniforms for corporate office employees is common in Mumbai and Delhi which is fast catching up in Gujarat too. Besides promoting company image, the

uniforms become part of a group identity. Mahendra Patel, chairman of Mamata Group wears a uniform to work. All the group companies under Mamata Group have a different uniform for its employees. “I wear a uniform depending

upon which company I am planning to visit. Having a uniform makes me feel that I am a part of my team. While the workers at the factory wear a single colour, mostly dark blue uniform, the managerial staff wears two colours in lighter shades of beige,” said Patel. Companies like Adani, Nirma, Elecon Engineering,

Blank RTI forms too come for a price Yagnesh Mehta | TNN


Surat: If the daily haggling to get work done at Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has left you frustrated, here is another shocker. An application under Right to Information (RTI) by a citizen Kanubhai Shah has revealed that SMC charges much more than any other civic body for even blank forms, that too more than its actual printLONG FIGHT: Kanu Shah ing cost. Sample this: An unemployed person wanting to Rs 200. An application to set apply for job in up an indoor staSMC needs to buy a dium costs Rs USE RTI blank form for Rs 1,000. To compare 25. If he is not sethe cost of blank lected and wants to forms of SMC reapply, he will with other munichave to shell out Rs ipal corporations, 25 again. SurprisShah again used ingly, blank forms RTI. From AhmeJAAGO in English cost Rs dabad, Vadodara, GUJARAT 50, much more than Rajkot, Bhavnathose in native lan- A TIMES OF INDIA gar, Jamnagar ENDEAVOUR guage. and Junagadh SMC sells 102 municipal corpotypes of forms at costs rations, Shah found that ranging between Rs 5 and the charges are between Rs

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Ahmedabad: A team of crime branch officials arrested three men with nine laptops and other electronic goods worth Rs 3.3 lakh from Naroda on Monday. Police have started search for other members of the group. According to police investigators, a team was on patrol near Naroda when they got to know that two men in an autorickshaw were trying to sell laptops. Suspicious, the officials reached on the spot near Ashok Mill and nabbed Harshad Makwana, 27, and Kailash Makwana, 28, both residents of Kubernagar. The duo was found carrying six laptops and a digi-

tal camera along with two cellphones, all worth Rs 2.50 lakh. “During their questioning, we got to know that the duo had hidden more laptops at his friend Narayan Sharma’s residence in Naroda. We raided his residence and found three laptops of Compaq and Dell companies worth Rs 80,000. In total, we seized goods worth Rs 3.3 lakh and rounded up the three. We also got names of three persons including a woman involved in the activities. Search for them is on,” said a crime branch official. Cases registered in Naranpura, Ramol and Bopal were solved. TNN

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Ahmedabad:The Self Employed Women’s Association (Sewa) celebrated 40 years, since its founding and the flavour of the celebrations was ‘Bapuji’. Setting the mood, the event opened with the launch of Reema Nanavaty’s book ‘Bapu Amare saathe’ (Bapu is with us). “It is fashionable to quote Gandhiji nowadays. But what does ‘Bapu’ mean for the women in Sewa? The book is a compilation of the experiences of the various members of Sewa, who by incorporating Gandhian values — both knowingly and unknowingly, have brought about changes in their lives,” said Nanavaty who has interviewed over 3,000 women for the book. The venue, Seth Mangaldas Town Hall, was overflowing with the women members of Sewa who had come to witness the celebrations. Addressing them, founder of Sewa, Ela Bhatt said, “When we struggled for political liberation during our freedom movement, Gandhiji had also spoken about economic freedom through swadeshi. Se-

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2 and Rs 5 for different forms. “Majority of the forms are of one page, whose actual cost is less than Re 1. Then why SMC is charging extra money for blank forms. I tried inquiring from the authorities, but failed to get answer even under RTI,” Shah said. Moreover, unlike other municipal corporations, SMC does not accept handwritten applications, thereby forcing everyone to purchase the forms.

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When contacted, SMC’s deputy municipal commissioner (special) Pradipsinh Jhala said, “I have no idea about the charges fixation of blank forms.” Deputy commissioner (finance) S N Mehta said, “It (charges) were decided by the particular department considering the requirements. It was also approved by the elected body.” Mehta, however, could not explain the reason behind the higher prices for blank forms.

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GROWING STRONG 1972 | Sewa union registered, born out of the Textile Labour Association founded by Anasooyaben Sarabhai and Mahatma Gandhi

2001 | Earthquake relief work to rehabilitate 60,000 women, Street Net International Network formed for street vendors

1974 | Sewa Bank founded

2002 | Shantipath centres established for peace building after communal riots

1986-87 | Sewa organisations in Baroda and Banaskantha started 1988 | Sewa Academy begins 1992 | Gujarat State Women’s Sewa Co-operative Federation is born 1992 | Sewa starts work in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh Ela Bhatt and mayor Asit Vora with SEWA workers

wa is a similar freedom movement. Through its various economic endeavors for women, it has given them independence and liberation.” Bhatt also spoke about Sewa’s four-decade-long journey — that has “brought voice and recognition to the informal sector women workers of Sewa as well as the nation”. Having built a membership of 1.35 million women members, Sewa has now grown nationally into the

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Ahmedabad: While mine workers from Rajasthan continue their sit-in protest in front of the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH), the institute blames the delay on a pending review by a committee appointed by Department of Health Research (DHR). The workers, who have been demanding NIOH report on asbestosis status, completed the 12th day of protest on Tuesday. NIOH conducted a health camp at Udaipur in Rajasthan in June 2011 following instructions from the secretary of DHR. Altogether 87 people turned up at the camp where their health status was taken. Director of NIOH, P K Nag, said that the institute has completed the test but awaits a review. “The report has to be reviewed by a high-level committee comprising around eight experts from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). This review by the committee appointed by the DHR is still pending. We will be able to hand out the report only after the completion of this review,” said Nag. He said that a list of names and pictures of the workers has been sent to the district magistrate of Udaipur for confirmation of the details of residences and their places of work. TNN

Kalol-based Ratnamani Metals, among others have uniforms for employees at their plants. Rahul Bahety, owner, Gujarat Police & Military Stores, which supplies uniforms to corporate houses, said, “The trend of introducing uniforms is catching up in Gujarat with even small-sized companies adopting uniforms. Corporates ask for plain and simple uniforms, which carry the company logo. For white-coloured employees, the colours are light, usually shades of light blue and beige. These uniforms are also premium and cost between Rs 1000-1500 while that of the factory workers is below Rs 500.” Adani Power and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) have uniforms for its employees at Mundra. “Apart from maintaining uniformity in dress code, it becomes easy for security guards to identify employees easily. We also provide shoes which are specially made to work in factories,” according to a source in Adani group.

only all-women national union. She also added that now Sewa affiliates with nine other states and seven neighboring countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. City mayor Asit Vora, who also present at the event commended women’s inherent organizational abilities which begin right from the domestic environment. Vora also announced Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s

2004 | A network of homebased workers Home Net India founded, Sewa reaches WB 2006 | Sewa affiliated with International Trade Union Federation

1996 | Sewa’s New Delhi chapter starts

2008 | Sewa works with Gujarat govt on social security act for informal sector, recognized as a national union by Central Trade Union

2000 | Drought relief work carried out

2011 | Wins Nivano Peace Award

1995 | Sewa starts working for women in Bihar and Kerela

(AMC) implementation of the street vendor policy. For last two years, AMC had been surveying various areas of the city studying hawking patterns and their time. “The policy will benefit various women members of Se-

wa and otherwise. Also the riverfront which is now under development will be open for the street vendors under this policy. The relocation of the flea market along the riverfront will benefit from this policy,” said Vora.

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