Minor earthquake shakes Bikaner region of Rajasthan

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on  the Richter scale, shook the Bikaner region of Rajasthan this morning.
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 28.0°N and longitude 73.4°E, occurred at 1036 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.

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IAF's MiG-21 fighter jet crashes near Bikaner after bird-hit, pilot ejects safely

A MiG-21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Bikaner in Rajasthan this afternoon but the  pilot managed to eject safely, official sources said.
The aircraft had taken off this afternoon from Nal near Bikaner on a routine mission and crashed soon after getting airborne, they said.
The sources said initial information suggested the aircraft had suffered a bird hit. A Court of Inquiry has been set up to investigate the cause of the accident, they added.

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Vadra, mother reach Jaipur to appear before ED in Bikaner land deal case

Robert Vadra (Photo: Facebook)
Robert Vadra (Photo: Facebook)
Businessman Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, arrived here today along with his mother Maureen to appear before officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with their investigations into an alleged land scam in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
Vadra, 50, was grilled by ED officials in Delhi for long hours on three days last week in connection with a case of money laundering, in which he is alleged to own illegal properties in London bought with amounts received as kickbacks in defence and petroleum deals during the tenure of the previous Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.
Rajasthan High Court had asked Vadra and his mother to cooperate with the ED in the Bikaner case after they had approached it to ensure that no coercive action was taken against them by the agency.
In the money-laundering case, Vadra has been granted anticipatory bail until February 16 by a Delhi court.
The ED has registered a criminal case in connection with the Bikaner land deals in 2015 on the basis of FIRs and chargesheets filed by the Rajasthan Police. The tehsildar of the area had filed a complaint about alleged forgery in the allotment of land in the area.
Sources said Vadra will be questioned about the role of one of his firms which had reportedly purchased land in the area.
Vadra flew to Jaipur with his mother even as his wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, made her debut today in full-time active politics with a massive roadshow in Lucknow, along with Rahul Gandhi and senior party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Ms. Vadra and Mr. Scindia have been appointed as the General Secretaries of the party in charge of Uttar Pradesh East and Uttar Pradesh West, respectively.
"My Best wishes to you P, on your new journey of working in Uttar Pradesh and serving the people of India," Vadra said in a message on his Facebook page.
"You have been my best friend, a perfect wife and the best mother to our Children. 
"There is a very Vindictive and vicious political atmosphere... But I know, it’s her duty to serve the people and Now we hand her to the people of India. Please keep her safe," he added.

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Uma Bharti launches second project of Swajal Yojana in Rajasthan

Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti today launched the Swajal pilot project in village Bhikampura, Karauli, Rajasthan.
Besides ensuring the availability of clean drinking water to every household round the year, the project would also generate employment, an official press release said.
She inaugurated the pilot Swajal Project at Bhikampura with a budget of more than Rs 54.17 lakh. Swajal is a community-owned drinking water programme for sustained drinking water supply.
Under the scheme, 90% of the project cost will be taken care by the Government and the remaining 10% will be contributed by the community. The operations and management of the project will be taken care by the local villagers.
As per the plan, four reservoirs will be constructed in the village and common tap connections will be given to almost 300 households. Bhikhampura village faces scarcity of drinking water and villagers have to walk to at least three Km to collect it.
During the lean season, water is supplied by tankers. The new project will ease the lives of the people and ensure that potable water is available for every individual round the year.
The Minister also reviewed the progress of the various schemes in the district. Karauli is one of the 115 aspirational districts with the aim of ensuring overall development by proper implementation and convergence of central and state government in the district.
She reviewed the progress in 6 key sectors including health, nutrition, education, skill development, agriculture, financial inclusion and basic infrastructure and suggested the officials take necessary action to expedite for early implementation of the programme.  
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India-Russia joint exercise Indra 2015 begins in Rajasthan

The seventh India-Russia joint training exercise Indra 2015  commenced at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Rajasthan yesterday with an impressive opening ceremony that saw the unfurling of the national flags of both countries amidst playing of their national anthems. 
Earlier on November 7, the Russian contingent from an independent motorised brigade, comprising 250 military personnel along with supporting staff, landed at Bikaner directly from Russia. 
 The 14-day training schedule is focused on training on ‘Counter Terrorism Operations in the backdrop of Desert terrain under a United Nations Mandate’, an official press release said.
Maj Gen PC Thimmaya, General Officer Commanding, Red Eagle Division welcomed the Russian contingent and urged both contingents to strive to understand each others’ battle drills and procedures, so as to achieve optimum cohesion and enhanced inter operability between the two forces.  He stressed upon the importance of free exchange in ideas, discussion of concepts and assimilation of best practices between the troops of the two nations. Enhancing mutual confidence and inter-operability between the two armies would be a priority, he stated.
The conduct of the joint military exercise is seen as an important step to reinforce actions related to the establishment and fostering of peace, prosperity and stability in the world by the two nations.  
The welcome speeches and ceremonies were followed by showcasing of cultural programmes by both sides. They would undergo an intense phase of training in the coming days. The exercise is scheduled to end on November 20.

We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.

CCI okays 4-laning of Sikar-Bikaner section of NH 11 in Rajasthan


The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) yesterday approved a proposal for four-laning and operation of Sikar-Bikaner section of National Highway (NH) 11 from km 340.188 to km 557.775 via Sikar bypass in Rajasthan.

The meeting also approved the operation of Bikaner bypass from km.553.869 of NH 11 to km 267.325 of NH-89 in Rajasthan with two lane with paved shoulders.
Both projects will be implemented through public private partnership on design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis. The total cost of the project will be Rs.632.54 crore out of which Rs.5 crore will be towards cost of land acquisition, rehabilitation, resettlement and pre- construction, an official press release said. The total length of the project will be 237.578 km. 
The project will reduce the travel time and cost of travel through upgraded facility for the traffic plying on NH 11 between Sikar and Bikaner. Besides enhancing the safety of the road users, it will also increase the employment potential to the local labourers for the project activities and development of tourism activities.
The project covers the districts of Sikar, Churu and Bikaner in Rajasthan. The main towns on the project route are Sikar and Bikaner. 

6 killed, 25 injured in bus trailer collision in Rajasthan

At least six people were killed and 25 others injured in collision between a bus and trailer on the Bikaner-Jaisalmer highway, about 20 km from here, this morning.
Police sources said the bus was proceeding to Jaisalmer when it rammed into the trailer near Gangashahr at 1030 hrs.
Five people died on the spot, while one succumbed to his injuries later.
The injured were admitted at the Prince Bijoy Memorial (PBM) Hospital here where the condition of three to four was stated to be serious, the sources added.

3 injured as train hits JCB machine in Rajasthan


Three people, including a railway employee, were injured when the Kathgodam/Ranikhet bound Bikaner-Kathgodam Express train hit a JCB machine crossing the tracks between Napasar and Sita near here yesterday afternoon.

According to Railway and police sources, the JCB engaged in work for construction of a flyover was crossing the tracks, ignoring the fast approaching train.

One injured person was admitted to hospital in Ratangarh while two were brought to the PBM Hospital here, sources said.

The train, however, proceeded on its run to the destination, they added.



Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


IAF's Mig-21 crashes in Bikaner; pilot dead


An Indian Air Force(IAF) MiG-21 fighter aircraft crashed near Naal Airport here today, killing the pilot.

Police and defence sources, quoting initial reports, said the combat plane took off from the airstrip for a routine sortie and crashed soon afterwards near the airport.

IAF and District Administration authorities soon rushed to the spot, the sources said.


Infiltrator shot dead on India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan

Border Security Force (BSF) personnel shot dead an intruder who tried to sneak into India from Pakistan in the Raisinghnagar sector on the India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan last night.

According to BSF sources, a man tried to scale the border fence near 4-FD border post in the region last night. The security personnel deployed there cautioned him to stop but opened fire when he ignored them and advanced further. Some Pakistan currency was also seized from him.

Later, BSF authorities held a flag meeting with the Pakistan Rangers to hand over the body but the Pakistan officials refused to accept it.


5 killed in bus-van collision in Bikaner

Five people, including three women, were killed and 12 injured in a collision between a pick-up van and a private bus near Sridungargarh on the Jaipur-Bikaner Highway in Bikaner district today.

The ill-fated van was heading to Bikaner when it rammed into the bus coming from the opposite direction around 1130 hrs police said.

The injured were admitted to PBM Hospital in Bikaner where the condition of four people was stated to be serious, police added.


Mount Abu records -1 degrees; Churu coldest in Rajasthan plains

The mercury again dropped to one degree below the freezing point at Mount Abu even as desert town of Churu at 2.4 degrees Celsius remained the coldest place in the plains in Rajasthan for the second successive day today.

According to Meteorology Office sources here, in Ganganagar and Bikaner, the mercury settled at 3 and 5.3 degrees this morning.

Udaipur-Dabok recorded 3.9 degrees, Jodhpur 5.6 degrees, Jaisalmer 6.4 degrees and the Pink city 7vdegrees, the sources said.

Cold conditions in parts of the state are likely to continue unabated for a day or two, they said.


Rajasthan: Bikaner at -2 colder than Mount Abu

The desert town of Bikaner at minus 2.0 degrees Celsius turned out to be the coldest place with south-westerly winds in lower level restricting the impact of the cold wave in northern Rajasthan and some smaller pockets.

The northern town, where the mercury stayed at zero degrees last morning, recorded a further fall of two degrees today to turn colder than Mount Abu which recorded minus 1.0 degrees, Meteorology office sources said.

The weather conditions in the Pilani town of Jhunjhunu district also remained grim with the mercury touching the mark of 0.4 degrees, almost the same level of 0.5 degrees that it was at yesterday.

Jaisalmer also remained affected with icy winds as the famous tourist resort shivered at 1.2 degrees.

Elsewhere in the state, Churu recorded a minimum temperature of 2.5 degrees, followed by Ganganagar 3.7 degrees, Udaipur-Dabok 4.7 and Jaipur recorded five degrees.

Several stations including Ajmer, Jaipur, Udaipur, Churu and Kota recorded rise in night temperatures under the impact of the south-westerly winds, sources said, adding the change in wind pattern might ease further the cold wave conditions in a day or two.


Rajasthan reels under cold wave, Bikaner records 0 deg

The cold wave continued to sweep Rajasthan today as the desert town of Bikaner recorded a minimum temperature of zero degree Celsius, followed by Pilani(0.5) and Jaisalmer(1.1).

In Mount Abu, though the minimum temperature recorded a marginal rise of one degree, the mercury settled at 2 degrees below the freezing point, weather office sources said.

In Jaipur, the mercury rose from 1.4 to 4 degrees but foggy conditions affected road and air traffic. Dense fog till late this morning brought visibility level to 50 metres, causing delay in morning flights at the Sanganer airport here. No flights could take off till around 0900 hrs and and half a dozen of them were delayed, airport sources said.

Besides Jaipur, foggy weather also prevailed in Bikaner, Ganganagar, Jaisalmer and Churu, affecting vehicular movement.

The cold wave conditions were likely to continue unabated for a day or two, the weather office said.


Rajasthan reels under cold wave, Mt Abu freezes at -4

Villagers warm themselves near a small bonfire in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, on Monday. UNI PHOTO
Villagers warm themselves near a small bonfire in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, on Monday. UNI PHOTO

Rajasthan is reeling under severe cold wave conditions with Mount Abu at -4.0 degrees Celsius minimum temperature and the desert town of Bikaner at 1.2 degrees being the worst affected.

Icy winds sweeping the state for the several days continued unabated and most towns including the state capital of Jaipur recorded temperatures in the range of 1 to 3 degrees Celsius this morning, the Meteorology office said.

The mercury in Pilani town in Jhunjhunu district touched 1.5 degrees today whereas it stayed at 2.2 degrees and 2.4 degrees in nearby Churu and Ganganagar towns respectively. Sikar, another major city in this region, shivered at 2.5 degrees.

In Jaipur, the minimum temperature was recorded at 2.6 degrees. Likewise, Phalodi (3 degrees), Udaipur-Dabok(3.7 degrees) and Dholpur (4.5 degrees) were also in the grip of cold wave conditions.


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