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.


4 killed in road accident in West Bengal

Four people were killed and ten injured in a road accident near Dhobaru village on the national highway (NH 7) in the Panagarh police station area near here in the early hours of today.

The injured were admitted to Panagarh Primary Health Centre from where they have been shifted to Durgapur sub-divisional hospital, police said. Their condition was stated to be critical, police said.

The bodies were sent for post-mortem examination. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained, the police added.


ONGC reports shale gas find near Durgapur in West Bengal

The public sector Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) today reported a shale gas find at Icchapur, near Durgapur, in West Bengal - the first time that gas has been discovered from shale outside the United States and Canada.

A press release from ONGC said gas flowed out from the Barren Measure shale at a depth of around 1700 m in its first R&D well, RNSG-1, on January 25.

"Though the well is still under assessment, the breakthrough is significant as India is the first Asian country where gas was discovered from shale outside U.S and Canada," it said.

The well RNSG-1 was drilled down to a depth of 2000 m. The Barren Measure Shale, which is the main target, was encountered from 985 to 1843 m. This well was spudded on September 26, 2010, the release said.

Shale gas is one of the predominant unconventional natural gas and a major source of onland gas, particularly in the US and Canada. In the US, shale gas production contributes to nearly 17% of the total gas production.

The release said this breakthrough had been made possible by systematic studies being made at KDMIPE, a premier R & D Institute of ONGC in many of the shale formations in the different sedimentary basins where ONGC has its presence for its conventional oil and gas activities.

According to it, as per the initial studies, many shale sequences in well explored basins are found to be promising like Damodar, Cambay, and Krishna Godavari and Cauvery basins. The potentiality of these basins was also vetted by international experts.

However, Damodar Basin, where ONGC already has its presence for coal bed methane (CBM), was prioritized for R & D exploration in shale gas in view of the shallow nature of the shale formations, and abundant water availability - a pre-requisite for doing massive hydro fracturing.

The R & D project which involved drilling of four R & D wells in Damodar Basin- two wells in Raniganj sub-basin in W.Bengal, and two wells in N.Karanpura sub-basin in Jharkhand, was operationalized through the help of Schlumberger, which was given an integrated contract for drilling, assessing and carrying out the relevant operations including hydro-fracturing in view of their expertise in US.

Relevant permissions were taken from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for carrying out such an operation. The estimated expenditure is about Rs 168 crore, and the total project is expected to be completed within 520 days.

The successful R&D pilot testing of first ever shale gas on surface will put India on the shale gas map of the world.

"It has opened up new hopes for meeting our energy needs and encouraged to venture into many shale sequences in well explored Cambay, Krishna Godavari, Cauvery and Assam-Arakan Basins for exploitation of shale gas in the Indian sub-continent," the release added.


Maoist "zonal commander" arrested in Burdwan district of West Bengal

A Maoist "zonal commander", who was active in Jharkhand, was arrested from Kaksa Police Station area in Burdwan district today.

Police said the rebel, identified as Akankshya, was a landmine expert and that she was wanted in connection with ten cases related to murder and subversive activities.

She been holed up in a rented house in the area for the past one month, police said, adding that she was being interrogated and investigations were on.


5 security guards hurt in bomb explosion at Durgapur, West Bengal

Five security guards were injured, two of them critically, in a bomb explosion at the Durgapur Projects Ltd sub-station premises in Bamunara village of Burdwan district in West Bengal last night.

Police today said unidentified assailants attacked the sub-station, which falls in the Kanska police station area, and exploded bombs, injuring the security guards.

Those who suffered serious injuries were undergoing treatment at Mission Hospital, police said, adding that a manhunt had been launched to arrest the culprits.


National Institute of Technology, Durgapur

Formerly Regional Engineering College, Durgapur, a fully-funded institution of the government of India, a deemed to be University which awards B.Tech, MCA, MBA, M.Tech and Ph.D. degrees

Formerly Regional Engineering College, Durgapur, a fully-funded institution of the government of India, a deemed to be University which awards B.Tech, MCA, MBA, M.Tech and Ph.D. degrees

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