Wednesday, 11 April 2012

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Major Earthquakes of 2012

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 06:30 AM PDT

 Magnitude 8.2 off west coast of Sumatra, April 11
 Magnitude 8.6 off west coast of Sumatra, April 11
 Magnitude 7.1 Maule, Chile, March 25
 Magnitude 6.6 New Guinea, Papua New Guinea, March 21
 Magnitude 7.4 Oaxaca, Mexico, March 20
 Magnitude 6.9 off Honshu, Japan, March 14
 Magnitude 6.7 Vanuatu, March 9
 Magnitude 4.0 San Francisco Bay area, California, March 5
 Magnitude 6.6 Off Loyalty islands, March 3
 Magnitude 6.7 Siberia, Russia, Feb 26
 Magnitude 6.0 Off Oregon, Feb 15
 Magnitude 6.4 Solomon islands, Feb 14
 Magnitude 5.6 California, Feb 13
 Magnitude 6.7 Negros-Cebu region, Philippines, Feb 6
 Magnitude 7.1 Vanuatu, Feb 2
 Magnitude 6.3 near coast of Peru, Jan 30
 Magnitude 6.6 Shetland islands, Jan 15
 Magnitude 7.2 Off Sumatra, Jan 10
 Magnitude 6.6 Santa Cruz islands, Jan 9
 Magnitude 6.8 Izu islands, Japan region, Jan 1

Details of Earthquake on Coromandel Coast and Tsunami Alert

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 02:50 AM PDT

Update: At 3:30 PM: An earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale was recorded in the Arabia Sea, the Met office said. The shock registered at 18.6 degree latitude and 71.3 degree longitude in the Arabian Sea,” Met department director Rajeev Nair said. The epicentre was 155 km from Mumbai, he said.


An earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale was felt off the west coast of northern Sumatra in Indonesia Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said.

A tsunami alert has been sounded in 28 places across the world, including India, after a massive earthquake rocked Indonesia Wednesday.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued the tsunami watch for 28 countries, including Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, Maldives, Britain, Malaysia, Mauritius, Syechelles, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Madagascar, Iran, UAE, Yemen, Bangladsh, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa and Singapore.

Many states along India’s east coast felt tremors as a high intensity earthquake rocked Sumatra Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

While the IMD put its intensity at 8.5 on the Richter, the US Geological Survey classified it an 8.9 temblor.

The earthquake had its epicenter off the west coast of northern Sumatra and occurred at 2.08 p.m., the IMD said.

No loss of life or property has been reported so far in India.

The IMD also said that shocks were felt along the eastern part of Indian and a tsunami alert had been issued along the eastern coast by the Indian National Tsunami Early Warning System (Incois).

Chandigarh will host Davis Cup in September

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 02:11 AM PDT

Chandigarh will host the Davis Cup Tie 2012 between India and New Zealand in September  this year. This is second time, India would be hosting Davis Cup Tie.  India had last hosted a Davis Cup tie in 1994.

A tie is used in the Davis Cup to mean an elimination (or knockout) round. In the annual World Group competition, 16 nations compete in 8 first-round ties (“rounds”); the 8 winners compete in 4 quarter-final-round ties; the 4 winners compete in 2 semifinal-round ties; and the 2 winners compete in the final round tie.

The India-New Zealand Davis Cup tie will be played in Chandigarh in September, a senior tennis official said here Tuesday. The tie will be played at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) courts in  Sector 10 here.

CLTA chairman Rajan Kashyap, quoting the All-India Tennis Association (AITA) secretary general Anil Khanna, announced that the Davis Cup tie would be played here. It was played between India and Australia.

The announcement was made  on Tuesday when leading tennis player Leander Paes played an exhibition match at the CLTA court.
“The popularity of tennis is increasing in the country. We need to have more professional tennis academies,” Paes told reporters.

He said that he was preparing for the London Olympics as “winning an Olympic medal in doubles was one thing close to the heart”.

Indian Government to setup 14 Innovation Universities

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 11:59 PM PDT

Indian Government would setup  Fourteen innovation universities with an aim of boosting the much needed research .  This was revealed by Union Minister of State for Planning, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Ashwani Kumar in Chandigarh.

Addressing media here with Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kumar said that he has asked the Haryana government to send a proposal to set up one such university in Haryana as it is already developing an Education City in Sonipat district.

Expenditure on teaching and research by the Innovation Universities, would be kept out of the scrutiny of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).  At present, a few elite institutes like Bhaba Atomic Research Centre, Atomic Energy Commission and Indian Space Research Organisation are exempted from CAG scrutiny.

Different faculties in such universities will enjoy the freedom to decide the intake and course structure. The faculty board shall have the freedom to prescribe fee structure for the under-graduate programmes while the university will decide fee for PG courses.

The university shall offer scholarship to 20 per cent of students at under-graduate and post-graduate levels. At the doctorate level, all the students should be awarded fellowships, the concept note said.

The institutions will enjoy autonomy in matters of academics, faculty personnel, finances and administration.

Universities will have the freedom to define their own appointment criteria. This includes, appointment by invitation to academics of eminence.

Kumar was on a visit to Chandigarh Tuesday and he reviewed the programmes of Haryana and plan priorities of the state. The visit precedes the meeting of the Haryana government with the Planning Commission April 25 for the state’s annual plan discussion.
Kumar said that the education hub being set up by Haryana at Kundli, 50 km from New Delhi, would not only benefit Haryana but the whole of North India. He assured of central help for the education hub.

High Court bans any news related to Army Movements

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 09:55 PM PDT

indian armyA bench of Allahabad High Court led by Justice Uma Nath Singh and Justice V.K. Dixit on Tuesday ordered the media to stop publishing or broadcasting any news reports regarding the movement of two army units towards Delhi in January, as previously reported in a section of the media.
The Court also directed the union home and information and broadcasting ministries to ensure the implementation of the order. Similar directions were issued to the Uttar Pradesh government.

The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) suit filed by social activist Nutan Thakur. After hearing the petitioner and Assistant Solicitor General of India I.H. Farooqui, the court observed that a sensitive issue like troop movements should not be allowed to become a matter of public discussion at the cost of the country’s security.

The judges agreed with the petitioner that media reporting on this subject, if permitted to continue, may seriously jeopardise the security of the country.

The court issued the order imposing curbs on the reporting of the episode and said its
copies be sent to officials concerned. The petitioner had sought directions to the Prime Minister’s Office to form a judicial commission to probe the veracity of the reports published in the media regarding
movement of two army units towards Delhi in January.

“I am very disturbed, like any true Indian about these reports and want to get to the
bottom of the story,” Thakur told IANS.

Thakur said that in case it was found that the news reports of army movement, projected as a “coup attempt”, was found to be false, strict legal action should be taken against the publications.

On April 4, the Indian Express carried a report stating that two units of the Indian Army, based in Hisar and Agra, moved towards the national capital January 16 without notifying the government.While the army had described it as a routine exercise, the government dismissed it as baseless.

Mohun Bagan’s 1911 Victory to feature in Bengal’s Textbooks

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 08:43 PM PDT

Mohun Bagan’s 1911 IFA Shield triumph will feature in Bengal’s Textbooks for higher secondary students.The syllabus review committee appointed by the Mamata Banerjee government has recommended the inclusion of the feat in the curriculum.

Mohun Bagan was the first Indian team to defeat a European team, when they defeated the East Yorkshire Regiment, 2-1 to lift the 1911 IFA Shield. Shibdas Bhaduri-led Mohun Bagan to a thrilling victory on July 29, 1911, over East Yorkshire regiment which electrified the entire country, then fighting to gain independence from British rule.

The players of Mohun Bagan played bare-footed against the foreigners, who had proper equipment. It became a turning point in Indian football.

It was the first time an Indian club succeeded in lifting the IFA Shield by beating the British at their own game. The epic feat has earlier featured in movies, plays and songs.

Avik Majumdar, head of the syllabus review committee, said it was a historic event which deserved due recognition. “Students should learn this part of our history”.

Mohun Bagan General Secretary Anjan Mitra said the 1911 triumph earlier was a part of the school curriculum in the 1960s. “We read about the exploits of the immortal XI and fell in love with football and Mohun Bagan. But later it was dropped from the syllabus. It is great that the present government has decided to make it a part of the curriculum again.”

Indian Railways to get more cooperation from German Railways

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 07:45 PM PDT

Indian RailwaysIndian Railways is planning to setup better cooperation with its German Counterpart for Wagon/Locomotive designs and Imports and implementing High-Speed Trains. It will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding with German Railways.

“India and Germany have a strong cooperation in the field of railway transport,” said Union Railways Minister Mukul Roy after meeting a high-level delegation led by German Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development Peter Ramsauer.

The two railways had an MoU for cooperation from 2006 to 2009 under which German companies have been involved in the supply of LHB coaches and signalling equipment for the Indian Railways.

Indian Railways state-owned railway company and World’s largest Public Sector Organization.
It has 114,500 kilometers of tracks over connecting 7,500 stations. Almost 50 percent of the total tracks are electrified. It carries over 30 million passengers and 2.8 million tons of freight daily, employing over 1.4 million employees. It owns over 240,000 (freight) wagons, 60,000 coaches and 9,000 locomotives (Engines).

Indian Railways comprises of 17 Zones. Each zonal railway is made up of a certain number of divisions, each having a divisional headquarters. There are a total of sixty-eight divisions.

Additionally, Indian Railways also operates in neighboring countries like Pakistan, Nepal and Pakistan via special trains. It also plans to setup Rail connectivity to China via Myanmar, Vietman, Bhutan and Thailand.

The Indian railways is also pursuing to build the highest railway track in the world overtaking current record of Beijing-Lhasa Railway line.

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