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News Briefs - December 8

Published: 08th December 2015 03:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th December 2015 03:11 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI

Tremors Felt in India as Quake Rocks Tajikistan

A high-intensity earth quake measuring 7.0 on Richter Scale hit Tajikistan in Central Asia on Monday and tremors were felt in many parts of northern India, particularly the National Capital Region. According to officials, there were no reports of any loss to property and lives due to the tremors. Mild tremors were felt in Kashmir but there were no reports of any damage from anywhere in the Valley, police said. The tremors passed, by and large, unnoticed, as people went on with their normal business, an official said. The National Seismological Division of the Ministry of Earth Sciences said the earthquake hit Tajikistan at 1.20 pm (IST) and the depth of the earthquake was recorded at 25 km. 

NGT Raps Railways for Dirty Platforms, imposes Rs 5L Fine

The National Green Tribunal on Monday imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the Railways for failure to keep tracks and platforms in New Delhi clean. Besides the Railways, the green panel also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board and North Delhi Municipal Corporation. The fines are to be paid within one week. The compensation amount would be recovered by heads of departments of respective institutions after holding an enquiry, an NGT bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar ruled. “If railway tracks within few kms of national capital cannot be kept clean, then it is really a sad state of affairs,” the NGT bench said.



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