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Minor earthquake shakes Chamoli district of Uttarakhand

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, shook Chamoli district of Uttarakhand early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 30.1°N and longitude 78.8°E, occurred at 0518 hours at a focal depth of 26 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Tehri Garhwal area of Uttarakhand

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Tehri Garhwal area of Uttarakhand in the early hours of today.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 30.4°N and longitude 78.3°E, occurred at 0203 hours today at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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17 dead, 22 injured as bus falls into gorge in Almora district of Uttarakhand

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At least 17 people died and 22 others suffered injuries when the Delhi-bound bus they were travelling in veered off the road and fell into a gorge in Almora district of Uttarakhand today, official sources said.
 
The victims included the driver of the Uttarakhand State Roadways bus, while the conductor was among those injured, District Magistrate Vinod Kumar Suman told NetIndian over the telephone.
 
He said the mishap occurred at Thyadi, about 65 km from Almora, around noon when the bus was on its way from Pithoragarh to Delhi.
 
In all, the bus was carrying 39 people. Police, district administration and other emergency personnel rushed to the spot and helped remove the injured to a hosptial at Dhauladevi, he said.
 
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat expressed grief over the loss of lives and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 1 lakh to the next-of-kin of those killed, Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured and Rs 20,000 for those who suffered minor injuries.
 
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One dead, three injured in mishap at AC workshop at ONGC institute in Dehradun

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A contractual worker died and three others suffered injuries in an explosion in an air-conditioner compressor unit while they were carrying out a routine maintenance job in an air-conditioning workshop at the Institute of Drilling Technology in Dehradun yesterday.
 
A press relase from the public sector Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) said the mishap occured around 11.30 am yesterday. The workers belonged to A2Z, a facility management company.
 
The four mechanics were rushed to the ONGC hospital there, where one of them, Mahipal Singh Khatri, 44, was declared dead on arrival.
 
Another mechanic, who sufferd about 30 percent burns, is still under observation in Max Hospital in Dehradun. "His condition is stated to be critical but stable," the release said. The remaining two mechanics were discharged after first aid, it said.
 
ONGC has constituted a three member committee under GGM-Head HSE (Health, Safety, Environment) to ascertain the cause of the accident and to suggest improvement and remedial measures to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future. 
 
ONGC has announced an ex gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the bereaved family.
 
"ONGC deeply mourns the loss of precious life in this accident. The company also ensured all medical support to the injured," the release added.
 
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BHEL commissions 4th 82.5 MW at Uttarakhand hydel project

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had successfully commissioned the fourth unit of 82.5 MW unit at the 330 MW Shrinagar Hydro Electric Project (HEP) in Uttarakhand.
 
All the four units of the project were commissined in quick succession within a span of just 60 days, a press release from the company said.
 
The greenfield hydro electric project, consisting of four units of 82.5 MW each, has been set up by Alaknanda Hydro Power Corporation Limited (GVK Group). The project is located near Shrinagar town in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand on the Alakananda, a major tributary of the Ganga, a perennial river in Uttarakhand. 
 
The project is designed to utilise the waters of River Alaknanda by way of a diversion dam, it said.
 
Power generation from Shrinagar HEP will result in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and will help in achieving a low carbon development path for the state as well as the nation, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Chamoli area of Uttarakhand

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Chamoli area of Uttarakhand this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 30.4°N and longitude 79.2°E, occurred at 1723 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Mukherjee to address special session of Uttarakhand Assembly on May 18

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President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a two-day visit to Dehradun in Uttarakhand on May 18-19, an official press release said here today.
 
During the visit, he will address a special session of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly on May 18, the release added.
 
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Rahul Gandhi treks to Kedarnath, praises reconstruction efforts

 
Rahul Gandhi treks to Kedarnath, remembers victims of 2013 floods
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today offered prayers at the Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand, one of the Char Dhams or four holiest pilgrimage centres, after an 18-km trek and later praised the reconstruction and restoration efforts made in the area by the state government after the devastating flash floods of June 2013.
 
"I have come here to pay respects to those who died in the flash floods," Mr Gandhi, 44, told journalists later.
 
"I had come here in 2013 and seen for myself the havoc caused by the flash floods. I thought that if I fly to Kedarnath by helicopter, it would not be right. I wanted to go to the temple the way they had gone," he said, explaining his decision to undertake the trek.
 
He said he also wanted to convey to the rest of the country that the reconstruction work was completed satisfactorily and that it was safe for pilgrims and tourists to visit destinations in Uttarakhand again.
 
He said the tragedy had affected the number of tourists and pilgrims visiting the state, and led to great difficulties for porters, guides and thousands of other people whose livelihood depended on the tourism industry.
 
"These workers and labourers are facing difficulties, and I thought that if I come here, they will regain confidence," he said.
 
To a question, Mr Gandhi said he never asks for anything for himself when he visited temples. "So I did not ask for anything for myself today also. But when I went inside, I felt great inner strength," he said.
 
Mr Gandhi said the officials of the state government, the Army, the police and various other organisations had done commendable work right from the day of the tragedy and had now completed the reconstruction and restoration works in the state after the floods.
 
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Pointing to the helipad constructed at Kedarnath, he said it would be a good idea if such helipads were constructed at various places in all states so that rescue and relief operations and evacuation of people, in case of emergencies, could be carried out without delay.
 
Mr Gandhi, accompanied by senior Congress leader Ambika Soni, reached the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun yesterday and later flew to Gaurikund on the way to Kedarnath. From there, he began the  trek to Kedarnath and spent the night at Lincholi, before resuming the journey to the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva this morning.
 
He was accompanied on the visit to the temple by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat and other Congress leaders.
 
The Uttarakhand government is hoping that Mr Gandhi's visit would send a message across the country that the state is a safe destination for pilgrims and tourists.
 
Thousands of people had died in the 2013 flash floods, which dealt a severe blow to the tourism industry, one of the mainstays of the state's economy.
 
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Rahul Gandhi leaves for trek to Kedarnath shrine, will check facilities for pilgrims

 
Rahul Gandhi sets out on trek to Kedarnath
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi reached here today on a two-day trip to Uttarakhand, during which he will undertake an 18-km trek to Kedarnath and see for himself the facilities set up for pilgrims after the shrine and surrounding areas were devastated by flash floods in June 2013.
 
The portals of the shrine, one of the Char Dhams -- the four holiest pilgrimage centres -- are slated to be opened tomorrow after remaining closed for the winter.
 
Mr Gandhi, accompanied by senior Congress leader Ambika Soni, reached the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun and later flew to Gaurikund on the way to Kedarnath.
 
From there, he will begin the trek to Kedarnath and spend the night at Lincholi, before resuming the journey to the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on Friday morning, sources said.
 
The trek and the visit to the shrine are expected to give Mr Gandhi an overview of the restoration work carried out by the Congress government in Uttarakhand, led by Chief Minister Harish Rawat.
 
The Uttarakhand government is hoping that Mr Gandhi's visit would send a message across the country that the state is a safe destination for pilgrims and tourists.
 
Thousands of people had died in the 2013 flash floods, which dealt a severe blow to the tourism industry, one of the mainstays f the state's economy.
 
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8 die as jeep falls into gorge near Devprayag in Uttarakhand

 
8 die as jeep falls into gorge in Tehri district of Uttarakhand
Eight persons died and about six others suffered injuries when a jeep carrying them veered off the road and fell into a deep gorge near Devprayag in Tehri district of Uttarakhand yesterday evening.
 
Seven of the victims died on the spot, district officials said.
 
Police and residents of nearby areas rushed to the scene and helped remove the injured from the vehicle and take them to a nearby hospital, where one of them was declared brought dead.
 
The crowded vehicle, carrying about 15 people in all, was on its way from Rishikesh to Srinagar when the mishap occurred near Pantgaon, the sources added.
 
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Moderate earthquake rocks Chamoli region of Uttarakhand

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, rocked the Chamoli region of Uttarakhand in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 30.2°N and longitude 79.4°E, occurred at 0253 hours today at a focaldepth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
Media reports from the area said many people ran out of their homes as a precautionary measure when they felt the tremors but there were no reports of any loss of life or property.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Uttarakhand-Nepal border region

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A minor earthquake, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shok the border region between Nepal and the Indian state of Uttarakhand today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 30.0°N and longitude 81.6°E, occurred at 1018 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Central Zonal Council to meet in Lucknow tomorrow

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The 20th meeting of the Central Zonal Council, comprising the States of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand, will be held in  Lucknow tomorrow. 
 
The last meeting of the Zonal Council was held in New Delhi in 2010, an official press release said.
 
As a precursor to tomorrow’s meeting, the Standing Committee of the Central Zonal Council was held in New Delhi on October 31, 2014 to finalize the agenda items proposed to be placed before the Council.
 
The issues flagged by the Standing Committee, consisting of the Chief Secretaries of the States, relate to increasing density and upgradation of existing roads, child welfare programmes, control of left-wing extremism, improvement of airport Infrastructure in the States, release of CAMPA funds and modernization of police forces. 
 
Apart from these, the Chief Ministers are expected to raise other issues related to Centre-State and Inter-State relations.
 
There are five Zonal Councils -- Eastern, Western, Northern, Southern and Central -- which are advisory bodies and discuss any matter in which some or all of the States represented in a Council have a common interest. These Councils advise the Central and State Governments on any matter of common interest in the field of economic and social planning, linguistic minorities, inter-state transport, matters connected with or arising out of the reorganization of states and matters concerning border disputes. 
 
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Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi shifted to Mizoram, K K Paul takes his place

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Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi was today transferred and appointed as the Governor of Mizoram for the remainder of his term.
 
A press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan said President Pranab Mukherjee had also transferred and appointed Mr Krishna Kant Paul, Governor of Meghalaya, as the Governor of Uttarakhand for the remainder of his term.
 
Mr Paul will continue to hold the additional charge of the office of the Governor of Manipur, in addition to his own duties, till further orders, it said.
 
Mr Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal, will discharge the functions of the Governor of Meghalaya, in addition to his own duties, till further orders, the release added.
 
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Justice Vijay Kumar Bist to perform duties of CJ of Uttarakhand High Court

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The President has appointed Mr Justice Vijai Kumar Bist, senior-most Judge of the Uttarakhand High Court, to perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of that High Court with effect from November 28.
 
An official press release said the arrangement would continue till Mr Justice Kuttiyil Mathew Joseph, Chief Justice, on leave, resumes the charge of the Chief Justice of that High Court. 
 
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Mukherjee says civil service must help preserve India's democratic values

President Pranab Mukherjee addressing the valedictory function of the 89th Foundation Course for All India Services, at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, at Mussoorie, in Uttrakhand on December 12, 2014.
President Pranab Mukherjee addressing the valedictory function of the 89th Foundation Course for All India Services, at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, at Mussoorie, in Uttrakhand on December 12, 2014.
President Pranab Mukherjee today said that good governance was the exercise of power, within the framework of the Constitution, for efficient and effective management of the country's economic and social resources for the well-being of the people, through the institutions of state.
 
Speaking at the valedictory function of the 89th Foundation Course for Civil Services at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) at Mussoorie in Uttarakhand, he said the provisions of the Constitution had taken care of the evolving needs of the growing democracy. 
 
"Adhering to our Constitutional charter, India’s governance framework has been geared towards upholding our democratic structure. The role of the civil service has to be perceived in the context of preserving these values," he said.
 
Mr Mukherjee said "good governance", as a concept, had been in vogue since ancient times.
 
"Kautilya had mentioned about the inseparable link between the happiness of a king and that of his subjects. Good governance stands for a framework that has the singular agenda of well-being of the people," he said.
 
The President said public administration played a pivotal role in the polity. He advised the young officers that they should always be responsive to the needs of the public. They should adopt a rational approach while performing their duties, he said.
 
He congratulated the young officer-trainees and said that they had entered the All India Services and Central Civil Services after clearing the Civil Services Examination, which is one of the toughest examinations in the country. 
 
He stated that these young officers of the nation are going to work in various sectors of administration, furthering the cause of the nation in different spheres. He asked officers to remember that in whatever branch they are engaged in they should never lose sight of the pan-India perception which is welfare of the people and progress of the nation.
 
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Mukherjee to visit LBSNAA at Mussoorie on Friday

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President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a visit to Mussoorie in Uttarakhand tomorrow, an official press release said here today.
 
During the visit, Mr Mukherjee will be the chief guest at the valedictory function of the 89th Foundation Course for All India Services at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), it added.
 
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CCEA approves four-laning of Nagina-Kashipur section of NH-74 in Uttarakhand, UP

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its approval yesterday for the four-laning of the Nagina-Kashipur section of National Highway (NH) -74 in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. 
 
The work will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-IV. The approval is in Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) (Toll) mode on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BOT/DBFOT) basis, an official press release said.
 
The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 1471.40 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 99 kms, it added.
 
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EC to hold elections to RS on Nov 20 for 10 seats from UP, one from Uttarakhand

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The Election Commission today said it would hold biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha on November 20 to fill 11 vacancies -- 10 from Uttar Pradesh and one from Uttarakhand -- that will arise due to the retirement of sitting members.
 
An official press release said the notification for the elections would be issued on November 3 and the last date for making nominations is November 10.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up at 5 pm on November 20 after polling ends an hour earlier, it said.
 
Members from Uttar Pradesh whose terms of office will expire on November 25 are Akhilesh Das Gupta, Amar Singh, Avatar Singh Karimpuri, Kusum Rai, Brijlal Khabari, Brijesh Pathak, Rajaram, Ram Gopal Yadav, Veer Singh and Mohammed Adeeb.
 
The member from Uttarakhand whose term of office will expire on the same day is Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
 
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Air India to start flights to Pantnagar from Oct 14

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National carrier Air India today said it would start a direct flight from Delhi to Pantnagar in Uttarakhand from October 14.
 
A press release from the airline said this was part of its initiatives to expand air connectivity to smaller cities and towns.
 
It said the airline had, in the recent past, launched flights to six regional stations -- to Bhuj from Mumbai and to Lilabari, Tezpur, Silchar, Guwahati and Shillong from Kolkata.  The airline also operates flights from Port Blair to Car Nicobar under charter agreement with the Andaman Nicobar Island Administration.  
 
Air India’s regional fleet of 8 ATR and CRJ aircraft covers 28 stations in India, the release said. 
 
The four times a week flight will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with an ATR aircraft. Flight 9I 815 from Delhi (DEL) will depart at 1430 hrs and reach Pantnagar (PGH) at 1530 hrs. The return flight 9I 816 will leave Pantnagar at 1550 hrs, to arrive in Delhi at 1650 hrs. 
 
"The flight will provide quick and convenient connection to government officials, business travellers, students and tourists, among others," it said.
 
Pantnagar is well known for the G.B.Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India’s first agriculture university.  It is also close to the integrated industrial town Rudrapur, which has large industrial houses based there and to the High Court of Uttarakhand.  Pantnagar is a gateway point to the famous Jim Corbett Wildlife National Park, and picturesque tourist destinations like Nainitial, Ranikhet and Bheemtal, the release added.
 
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India, Nepal to hold military training exercise, Surya Kiran-VII, from August 18-31

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The Indo-Nepal Combined Training Exercise, Surya Kiran-VII, will be held from August 18 to 31 in the mountain terrain of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand in the Northern Himalayas as part of the ongoing military cooperation between the two countries.
 
The training will be carried out at an altitude of 5000-6000 feet under the aegis of the Garud Division.
 
The two countries had commenced the combined training at platoon level in 2011 on the basis of an agreement during the 7th Indo-Nepal Bilateral Consultative Group on Security.Later, it was enhanced to company level in 2012 and currently stands upgraded to battalion level.
 
This will be the second battalion level combined exercise and approximately 300 personnel including officers and junior commissioned officers (JCOs) from both the armies will participate in the two week-long exercise. 
 
An official press release said the aim of the exercise will be to hone sub-unit level tactics and develop interoperability between Indian Army and Nepalese Army in jungle warfare and counter terrorism operations in mountainous terrain, as also to provide working knowledge of disaster management to include pandemic/ epidemic diseases control and aviation aspects. 
 
Senior officials of Indian Army and Nepalese Army are expected to attend the two week long exercise and they will also interact with the members of the contingents. 
 
This combined training, mutual interaction and sharing of experience amongst both the countries would not only further the strategic cooperation between both the armies but also aid in strengthening cultural and historical ties, the release added.
 
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Heavy rains claim 12 lives in Pauri district of Uttarakhand

 
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At least 12 people were killed in heavy rains that lashed several villages in the Pauri district of Uttarakhand in the early hours of today.
 
Pauri District Magistrate Chandrashekhar Bhatt told NetIndian over the telephone that several people had suffered injuries in the incidents.
 
He said the "cloudburst"  had affected villages in the Yamkeshwar, Pauri and Lansdowne tehsils. 
 
Official sources said the rains had caused landslides at some places, blocking a few roads.
 
Mr Bhatt said teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), police and other emergency personnel had rushed to the affected areas and were helping the stranded people.
 
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Three dead, three missing after cloudburst in Uttarakhand

 
Cloudburst kills 4 in Uttarakhand
At least three people died and three others were reported missing in a cloudburst in the Ghansyali block of Tehri district in Uttarakhand in the early hours of today, official sources said.
 
Tehri District Magistrate Yugal Kishore Pant told NetIndian over the telephone from the scene of the tragedy that rescue and relief teams had found three bodies, while efforts were on to locate three others reported missing.
 
He said about three to four houses were damaged in the incident, which occurred around 3 am today, while another seven to eight houses were partially damaged.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Pithoragarh region of Uttarakhand

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, jolted the Pithoragarh region of Uttarakhand tonight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 30.2°N and longitude 80.3°E, occurred at 2018 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, shook the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand this evening.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 30.2°N and longitude 80.2°E, occurred at 1705 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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