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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Essar Starts Production After 6 Yrs

<p>After a delay of close to 6 years, Essar Oil's Jamnagar refinery
has finally begun production.&nbsp; The plant started trial production
with a capacity of 7.5 million tonnes per annum of crude and the
company expects to attain production at full capacity in the next two
quarters, a company statement said.&nbsp; "We are delighted at the
successful commissioning of the refinery at a time when India is
strengthening its presence in global markets and integrating with the
global economy," chairman of Essar Group Shashi Ruia said. </p>
<p>The company, which faced a massive cost overrun due to the delay in
commissioning _ said its project cost of Rs 10,826 crore is extremely
competitive and lower than estimated costs for a green field refinery.
</p> <p>Essar Oil had came out with one of India's biggest initial
public offer of shares in the early nineties and most of its investors
saw their capital eroding. Financial institutions, which had lent
funds to the company, had to take
a huge cut in interest to salvage the project. Both Reliance and
Essar started work at jamnagar at the same time but Reliance started
production on the scheduled date while Essar blamed a cyclone for the
delay in the commissioning of the project. </p> <div>Essar Oil's
refinery is supported by dedicated infrastructure that includes
utilities, terminals, crude intake and product evacuation facilities.
The company plans to sell its products through its 900 retail outlets
and expects to grow its 1,500 outlets by the end of March 2007.
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Brip

Jamnagar PSI Arrested for 10K Bribe


A Police sub inspector with Jamnagar police has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau for allegedly demanding bribe, The arrest was made following a complaint filed by a transport company owner.
 
Jamnagar ACB arrested Gulabnagar chowky PSI Nilesh Parmar for demanding bribe of Rs 10,000 from a transport company per month to get clearance from Gulabnagar highway toward the Rajkot-Ahmedabad highway.
 
Kirit Bhadra, a transport company owner, had registered a complaint with ACB that Parmar had been demanding Rs 15,000 per month to allow the trucks to cross Gulabnagar highway
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Brip

21 Pakistani Fisherman arrested in Jamnagar

21 Pakistani fishermen strayed into Indian waters, and arrested at jamnagar, Jamnagar Coast guard officials confirmed that the fishermen were arrested on Sunday and their three boats impounded after they strayed into Indian territorial waters near Jakhau port in the Kutch district of Gujarat

The Pakistani nationals were transferred to Okha port in Jamnagar district on Monday for questioning, they added.

The Gujarat Fishermen's Association vice president, Jeevanlal Jungi, said that this latest arrest had taken to 113 the total number of Pakistani fishermen in Indian custody, while 35 boats had so far been impounded. online

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Brip

Divya Bhaskar enetering in Jamnagar

Fear bells for Nobat,
 
Bhaskar group now has plans of launching Jamnagar edition by 1 December. Divya Bhaskar will be Jamnager's first big Gujurati Newspaper.
 
With the Jamnagar edition, the Bhaskar group will further consolidate its position in Saurastra-Kutch area by being the only newspaper with editions from Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnargar.
 
In Ahmedabad, Baroda and Surat- it has already established itself as a leader.
 
Bhaskar group expects that Jamnagar, which is seen as one of the fastest growing areas in Gujarat, will soon emerge as one of the key industrial areas in India.
 
The group's entry in Jamnagar as the first leading Gujarati Newspaper is a move made looking at areas for future potential, a company statement says.

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Brip

Japanese ship detained at Jamnagar

Customs and Excise department personnel at Jamnagar have detained a Japanese ship, which was brought for ship-breaking, after its owners' 'failed' to provide necessary documents, sources at Customs department said on Saturday.

The ship has been detained after the Surat-based Steem Company, which had purchased it for breaking, failed to provide custom clearance certificate, sources said.


sources said that the ship was not allowed entry there duo to lack of documents

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Brip

Onether Mig Crash Near Jamnagar

On Tuesday, November 21  A MiG-29 fighter of the crashed near the airbase in Jamnagar .
 
The pilot, Flight Lt Krishna Kant, ejected to safety.  "Barring some minor injuries, the pilot is safe and he is being taken to the IAF hospital for treatment," an official source said.

The crash occurred at around 7.45 pm (IST) in the vicinity of Sarmat village soon after the jet had taken off for a routine night sortie.

This was the third MiG-29 that crashed this year. The IAF has lost a total of five jets since January.  This was also the third crash this year at Jamnagar involving Russian-made fighter jets. On June 8, a twin-seat trainer version of the MiG-29 with two pilots had crashed on the uninhabited Pirotan island while on a routine sortie. Both pilots had ejected to safety.

On January 17, a MiG-21 crashed during target firing practice at Jamnagar. The pilot ejected to safety.

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Brip

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Hotelier Held for Rape

Hotelier Held for Rape,
 
Kishor Talatia (Owner of local Suryakant Hotel), was arrested on Wednesday on the charge of abducting and raping a minor girl, The 15-year-old victim, a resident of Gulbahar village in Dahod district, had lodged a complaint on Monday with police against Talatia.

According to complainant, the accused enticed her by offering her bus fare to Dahod against a day's work at his hotel. Later, he took her on his motorcycle to the bushes near Ghanteshwar restaurant on Jamnagar highway and raped her.

The girl had come to the city with her husband Gordhan and mother-in-law to work at a construction site on Gondal Road. On November 7, she ran away after getting beaten up by her husband.
 
She didn't have enough money to buy a bus ticket to return to her parents' home in Dahod. It was then that she had come across Talatia. The police have framed charges against him under section 36/76, 363 and 343 of IPC as well as Atrocity Act.

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Brip

Monday, November 13, 2006

Jamnagar - Reliance SEZ cleared by Supreme Court

Special leave petition of Shah Kantilal Depar and others challenging the land acquisition procedure by the district collector for Reliance Industries' Jamnagar SEZ is dismissed  by the Supreme Court.  With this order, the apex court disposed off the petition filed by farmers challenging the High Court order. The High Court had dismissed their plea against the decision allotting the land to the company in five villages of Jamnagar district.

The farmers had alleged that of the 10,000 acres of land acquired by the state government for Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure's proposed SEZ, 9,000 acres was farm land.  The Supreme court bench headed by K G Balakrishnan dismissed the SPL subject to the rights of compensation payable to the farmers under provisions like Section 23, 24 of the Land Acquisition Act, The land is to be utilised by the company for developing an SEZ, which would also house its parent firm Reliance Industries' proposed 27 million tonne mega refinery.

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Brip

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Information delayed is right denied

Information delayed is right denied

SCIC  Slaps Rs 23,000 fine on Dy Collector of Jamnagar Stamp Duty Valuation Office for 10-yr late reply
 
State Chief Information Commissioner (SCIC), R N Das, slapped a hefty fine of Rs 23,000 on the Deputy Collector of Jamnagar Stamp Duty Valuation Office on Thursday. This is the highest penalty so far.

The verdict was delivered on the petition of one Pruthaben Badiyani, who had applied under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, seeking to know the progress made on her application for payment of stamp duty on a property she bought in 1996. She had been applying since 1996 to know how much stamp duty she needed to pay. In 2004, the State Government came out with an amnesty scheme, and Badiyani applied again demanding a certified copy of the order that asked her to pay the stamp duty.


This time she was asked to deposit Rs 7,925, which she did on March 10, 2005. Following this, she asked for the return of the registered documents of her property, and despite repeated reminders failed to get them.

Failing to get redressal, Badiyani applied under the RTI Act on October 17, 2005. Reply came on January 18, 2006. Despite receiving the information sought, Badiyani preferred to continue with her appeal on delay and the matter came up for hearing before SCIC. Last hearing was held on November 4.

In his written reply, the deputy collector admitted that owing to his preoccupation with Jamnagar Municipal Corporation elections, his lower staff might have committed some mistakes leading to the delay.

In his verdict, Das found the explanation given by the deputy collector as unreasonable and untenable on the grounds that though the complaint under RTI Act was made only in October 2005, the grievance in fact goes back to 1996, making it a fit case for imposition of penalty.

With the delay being of 92 days from the time of submission of application to actual receiving of information by the complainant, the SCIC slapped a fine of Rs 23,000 at the rate of Rs 250 per day, to be credited by the respondent within 30 days of the order.



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Brip

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Reliance to restart Jamnagar unit by Nov-end

P Raghavendran, head of the firm's refining business, on Wednesday said that the fire-damaged hydrotreater unit at its refinery to be restarted by the end of November,  this unit has been shut since October 25 after a fire at Reliance's  6.6M barrels a day refinery at Jamnagar in Gujarat.

Hydrotreaters is used remove sulphur and nitrogen compounds from oil products, and play a crucial role in upgrading refinery feedstock used to produce gasoline and olefins.

Reliance shares were up 0.15 percent at 1,228 rupees in flat Mumbai market. Raghavendran said there would be no product shortages as repairs were carried out.

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Brip