Thursday, February 1, 2001, Chandigarh, India
  Updated at 3 am (IST)

Relief distribution main problem
Some areas still cut off
AHMEDABAD, Jan 31 — With time running out for finding survivors trapped in an endless mountain of debris all over Gujarat following the mind-blowing earthquake on January 26, the state has decided to get the relief and rehabilitation measures started on a war footing.

“Can’t be declared national calamity”
NEW DELHI, Jan 31 — The Centre today clarified that the devastating earthquake in Gujarat cannot be declared a ‘'national calamity’ as there was no such provision.


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Death snatched 200 kids
RADHAMPUR (KUTCH DISTRICT), Jan 31 — Bewildered and impoverished, the earthquake affected people from the adjoining areas are streaming into this town with a population of about one lakh for succour.

Thronging to Bhuj for food
BHUJ, Jan 31 — Amid the stench of decaying corpses, ravaged buildings and mass exodus of people to safer places, survivors of what remains of this commercial city nurture hopes that they will survive the crisis.
People raise their hands for food from a relief truck on the outskirts of Bhuj on Wednesday.
People raise their hands for food from a relief truck on the outskirts of Bhuj on Wednesday. — Reuters photo

Quake loot: one beaten to death
BARODA, Jan 31 — An unidentified person, who allegedly tried to loot jewellery shops at Soni Market in the quake-hit Bhuj city, was beaten to death yesterday by local people, an eyewitness said.



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30 teams formed to give relief
NEW DELHI, Jan 31 — The Gujarat Government has formed 30 self-contained teams headed by civil services officers to extend adequate rescue and relief operations in far-flung areas of the quake-affected Gujarat, even as it has begun a door-to-door survey to assess the exact damage to property and lives.

Relief operations continue 
NEW DELHI, Jan 31 — Five days after the killer earthquake ravaged Gujarat, the herculean rescue and relief operations continued involving 22,000 defence personnel and 5,000 paramilitary troops, even as hope of retrieving people who are trapped under the debris was fading fast.

Minister quits over views on quake
BANGALORE, Jan 31 — Karnataka Minister T John resigned today in the wake of a controversy over his remarks linking the Gujarat earthquake to attacks on Christians in that state, embarrassing the S M Krishna-led congress government.

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To our readers 

Gujarat disaster: An appeal


Sir, it seems that after your statement we will have to start relief operations in the rest of India!
by Sandeep Joshi

Plenty of aid here, none there
BHUJ, Jan 31 — Sitting amidst the ruins, residents of this town are yet to come to grips with the tragedy. They know and, in some cases, can see their near and dear ones still lying buried beneath the debris, but are unable to extricate them, for there is no way they can do so with bare hands.

Sharks stalk sea of relief
HISAR, Jan 31 — With sharks stalking the high seas of relief mobilisation for quake victims, the task of the genuine fund-raisers has suffered a severe setback in Haryana.

Tribune Founder’s Day celebrations cancelled
CHANDIGARH, Jan 31—The Tribune Trust has decided to cancel its annual Founder’s Day celebrations slated for February 2.
This was announced here today by Mrs Serla Garewal, President of The Tribune Trust.

Girls defy tradition, donate blood
SRIGANGANAGAR, Jan 31 — Even as various voluntary organisations and philanthropists publicise their act of generosity towards the sufferers of quake-hit Gujarat by having their pictures splashed on the front pages of newspapers, a group of girls from a neighbouring village have set an example for others to emulate.


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