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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Man died while watching World Cup

A forty-five-year-old man died in Jamnagar while watching the cricket World Cup match between India and Bangladesh.

The family is not sure if the man died due to the shock triggered by India's poor display in its opening match.

Vinod Koetcha, a fruit vendor, was listening to radio commentary to in the evening and closed his shop after dark to watch the remaining action on television with his family members, soon he suddenly stopped responding and when he was called, he was motionless.

Vinod's wife, four children and brother rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.



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Brip

Last flight of Mig 23 - Warlords

Four of the remaining five Mig-23 MF fighters will take to the skies one last time on the coming Tuesday at frontline Air Force Station, Jamnagar.

IAF 224 Squadron will give up its 24-year-old fighter plane Mig-23 MF, which has covered 32,581 flying hours.

Mig-23 MF or Raksha, will fly for the last time on March 31 and that will bring end to the operations of 224 Squadrons known as Warlords.

Warlords will then end their operations temporarily and begin when re-equipped with new aircrafts and assigned a new operational role.
 
This Squadron was raised on July 4, 1983 at AFS Adampur in Punjab.

The Warlords moved from Adampur to Halwara in Punjab in 1996 and then to Jamnagar in September 1997.

Mig-23 MF is one of the first IAF fighters to be equipped with R-23 R and R-23 T, Beyond Visual Range (BVR), Air-to-Air missiles that carry 96 rockets and 1.5 tonnes of bombs of 100, 250 or 500 kg calibers and can attain a speed of approximately 2500 Kmph.


Mig-23 MF is a swing-wing interceptor capable of delivering an array of missiles bombs and guided weapons, It also trains IAF pilots in air-to-air fighting skills.

Warlords have participated in several operations including 'Operation Meghdoot' ( defence of Siachin glacier in 1985-86). They were also adjudged the "Best Overall Fighter Squadron".

 

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Brip

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Barda and Bootleggers

Barda Wildlife Sanctuary in Jamnagar is known for its most diverse floral compositions, and is home for many leopards, nilgais, endangered spotted eagles and wild boar, but now is turning into a hub of bootleggers. This hilly terrain spread over Porbandar and Jamnagar.

Local 'maldharis' who train camels to carry the illegal consignments produced and supplied 7,000 barrels of liquor to various districts of Saurashtra.

Every year, thousands of barrels of liquor are seized. Familiar with the hilly terrain, locals use it to carry out the illegal trade with ease.

On February 26, the Ranavav police arrested two men, Pola Mori and Lakha Lakhman, for transporting liquor on camel. The interrogation of Mori and Lakhman revealed that they train camels to find ways through terrain. These camels are loaded with barrels; they find their way down the hill by themselves.

Interestingly, these camels are so well trained that they are can change the path on hearing sound of vehicles or on seeing khaki colour.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

2 Ships burnt in Jamnagar

Salaya port in Jamnagar district is in news, Two vessels docked were gutted late on Monday.

The fire, which spread from a diesel tank of one of the vessels was stopped on Tuesday by about 100 fire-fighters.

Salaya port is located at 80 km from Jamnagar, the two ships were 350 tonnes Safina Al Salimi and 1,000 tonnes Ali Baug
both were owned by Salim Karim Sanghar of Salaya town.

First to reach were Eight fire-fighters, including three of Jamnagar Municipal Corporation (JMC), two from Essar, one each from Reliance, Khambhalia nagarpalika and IOC.



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Brip

CISF For Jamnagar Airport

More terrorist threats are faced for civil airports, hence the government has decided to extend CISF security cover to eight more airports in the country.

The include Srinagar, Leh, Gorakhpur, Bhavnagar, Dehra Dun, Jamnagar, Porbandhar and Shillong.

Though, Srinagar airport will still be under the control of a Joint Command of various central security forces said DG of CISF.

CISF personnel guard 54 airports including the newly-privatised ones at Delhi and Mumbai and the Greenfield airports in Hyderabad and Bangalore.



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Brip

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Union budget - Nothing for Saurashtra

Hopes of Saurashtra businesses and industries died as Union budget was anounced, be it owner of small scale industries, ceramic factories, quartz units or metal industry.

There is Little relaxation in central excise duty for diesel engines and foundry units have dampened hopes for their revival (good for Rajkot), while the ceramic industry's dream to compete with China, with a cut in excise duty and VAT, has crashed.

PC's budget has badly hit brass parts industry in Jamnagar and diesel and foundry units in Rajkot, these both industry are dying.

Brass parts industry in jamnagar wanted relaxation in central excise duty upto Rs 8 crore from Rs 1 crore and relaxation in service tax upto Rs 10 lakh from current Rs 4 lakh.

According to Ramji Patel, president, Jamnagar Factory Association, the budget has disappointed the industry.Others like diesel manufacturing and foundry units in Rajkot also expected a Rs 3 crore relaxation in central excise, though FM has increased the slab for central excise duty upto Rs 1.5 crore.

Same goes with the diesel engine industry in Rajkot.

 
In Morbi ceramic industry, 12.5 per cent VAT has also been hindrance in competing with China. These industry demanded the VAT slab to be reduced by 4%. It was a mixed bag for the Morbi quartz industry.

 

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Brip