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Scientists re-confirm possibility of large earthquakes in the Himalayas

Sunderarajan Padmanabhan

New Delhi: A new study has reconfirmed possibility that large earthquakes are imminent in the Himalayas. While high levels of strain are getting constantly accumulated along the Main Himalayan Thrust region, only a fraction of it is getting released through small earthquakes of magnitudes less than 5 on the Richter scale.

The study is based on data collected from 70 continuous and three episodic GPS stations in different parts of country over a period of two decades from 1996 to 2015. Out of the 73 GPS stations, 43 were located all along the seismically active northern (Himalayas) and eastern (Indo-Burmese and Andaman Arc) boundaries of the Indian tectonic plate.

The study published recently in journal Scientific Reports, researchers said, “inverse modelling of India-fixed GPS rates of Himalayan sites (3 to 20 mm per year) from Ladakh Himalaya in the west to Arunachal in the east give the varying slip of 16-20 mm per year along MHT at a depth of 15 to 20 km with a width of about 70-100 km from the Frontal Himalayan Thrust (FHT) i.e. foot hills of Himalayas.”

“This indicates high strain accumulation along the MHT, a fraction of it being released by earthquakes of magnitude of less than 5.0. Thus, the elastic strain accumulated over a long period of time would be released by a slip along the locked MHT causing large Himalayan earthquakes in future,” researchers said.

The study is also significant as it has come up with a new angular velocity for the Indian plate. It has found that the plate had three per cent higher angular velocity than all previous estimates. This indicates more rapid variations in the rate and direction of the movement along the boundaries of the plate. The finding would be of great use to researchers globally as it is expected to help determine the crustal motion within the Indian plate and its boundaries more accurately up to millimeter precision.

Senior Principal Scientist at CSIR-Fourth Paradigm Institute and team leader, Sridevi Jade.

Speaking to India Science Wire, Senior Principal Scientist at CSIR’s Bengaluru-based Fourth Paradigm Institute (CSIR-4PI) and the leader of the team, Dr. Sridevi Jade, said the study is data intensive and unique as for the first time angular velocity of Indian tectonic plate is estimated using as many as 30 continuous GPS sites within the plate which include for the first time sites from both the western and eastern regions.

The study has ruled out any segmentation of the Indian plate. “No doubt, there have been earthquakes within the Indian plate, notable being the 2001 Bhuj and 1993 Latur earthquakes. But, they were due to localized regional deformations along active faults in these regions. Strain rates estimated for the different parts of the plate interior clearly indicate that there is low or no deformation at all in the plate interior and the plate motion is best described with a single angular velocity”, Dr. Jade said.

The team has suggested a detailed investigation of the area around Thiruvananthapuram and Pune after they found that these two isolated GPS stations are moving at a rate of 3 mm per year. Calling for the setting up of dense networks of GPS stations in the two regions, the researchers noted that the movement may be due to some localised active deformation.

“There is a need to delineate the regional deformations in the two regions”, said Dr. Jade.

Thiruvananthapuram and neighbourhood comes within what is called Achankovil Shear Zone, which covers a 130 km long swathe of land cutting across Kerala and Tamil Nadu, while Pune falls in the Panvel Flexure zone on the western continental margin of the Indian plate.

The research team included T.S. Shrungeshwara of CSIR-4PI; Dr. Kireet Kumar of G.B.Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, Almora; Dr. Pallabee Chaudhury and Dr.Rakesh K. Dumka of Institute of Seismological Research, Gandhinagar; and Dr.Harish Bhu of M.L.Sukhadia University, Udaipur. The study was funded by CSIR under its Advanced Research in Engineering & Earth Sciences (ARiEES) project and the Ministry of Earth Sciences. (India Science News)

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DRI busts drug syndicate, seizes 23.5 tonnes of Mandrax tablets worth over ₹ 30,000 million

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mandraxNew Delhi: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has busted a huge drug syndicate by seizing ₹ 30,000 million worth of Mandrax Tablets (Methaqualone) weighing about 23.5 metric tonnes.

These tablets are declared as banned psychotropic substance under Schedule I of NDPS Rules, 1985. This is one of the biggest seizures of narcotic drugs by the DRI, which is the apex intelligence organization of Indian Customs. It is the prime responsibility of DRI to enforce the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962. The charter of duties of the DRI includes collection, collation, analysis and dissemination of intelligence relating to smuggling.

It is learnt that DRI had received information that huge quantities of Mandrax tablets have been kept hidden at a place at Udaipur in Rajasthan by a Mumbai-based operative Subhash Dudhani, who has produced Bollywood films and owns several properties in Mumbai. The DRI officials brought this premises under their scanner and on 28 October 28 DRI raided the premises of Marudhar Drinks at Bhamasha Industial Area of Kaladwas in Udaipur.

According to CBEC Chairman Najib Shah, about 20 million Mandrax tablets have been seized in the raid at Udaipur and this is the biggest ever seizure by DRI. The mastermind has been arrested and efforts are on to nab more persons linked with this drug syndicate.

CBI arrests a Chartered Accountant and Businessman in the Syndicate bank scam case

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Syndicate Bank scamNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation today arrested a Chartered Accountant of Udaipur and a real estate developer of Jaipur in the on-going investigation of a case relating to an alleged loss of Rs. 1000 Crore to Syndicate Bank.

The arrested accused were produced today in the designated court at Jaipur (Rajasthan) and remanded to seven days police custody. During searches conducted in the course of further investigation, Rs. 66 lakh cash; certain electronic hard drives and incriminating documents were recovered from the premises of Chartered Accountant’s employees as the same was allegedly kept by him (Chartered Accountant).

CBI had registered a case on a complaint from Syndicate Bank under sections 120-B read with 409, 420, 467, 468, 471 of IPC and Sec. 13(2) read with 13(1)(c) and (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against a former General Manager, FGM Office, Syndicate Bank, New Delhi; then DGM, Regional Office, Syndicate Bank Jaipur; then Chief Manager, MI Road Branch, Syndicate Bank, Jaipur; then AGM, Malviya Nagar Branch, Syndicate Bank, Jaipur; then AGM, Syndicate Bank, Udaipur; a Chartered Accountant & two private persons from Udaipur; a private person of Jaipur; certain private companies and other unknown public servants & private persons for causing an alleged loss of Rs.1000 crore (approx) to Syndicate Bank.

It was alleged that the accused persons in connivance with the Bank officials committed a fraud of Rs.1000 crore by resorting to discounting of fake cheques & bills against fake letters of credit (LCs) and arranging over-draft limit against non-existent LIC Policies. The said fraud was allegedly committed at branches of Syndicate Bank at Malviya Nagar & MI road branches in Jaipur and Udaipur branch (Rajasthan). It was further alleged that since 2011, the bank officials of said branches at Jaipur & Udaipur colluded with private persons / customers and resorted to discounting of fake cheques, fake Inland Bills and arranging over-draft limit against non-existent LIC polices. The amount involved in individual transactions ranged from Rs. 40 lakhs to Rs. 5 crore but majority of them were in the range of Rs.2.5–4.0 crore. To avoid detection, many of these transactions were nullified from the proceeds of new fraudulent transactions. Searches were also conducted on 08.03.2016 at 10 locations including Jaipur, Udaipur and New Delhi which led to recovery of incriminating documents.