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Revoke ban on retrofitting CNG kits by Delhi govt

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Transport Minister Satyendar Jain Tuesday announced that the government is set to revoke its ban on registration of retrofitted CNG cars.

In a relief to lakhs of motorists seeking to convert their petrol-run cars to CNG mode, Delhi transport minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday said that government will revoke its ban on the retrofitting of CNG kits in “in-use” cars in next one or two days.

“We have registered complaint of spurious CNG kits being retrofitted in cars, with the Delhi Police which is now investigating the matter. In one or two days, we will revoke the ban on retrofitting of CNG kits in cars,” the transport minister said.

While issuing its ban order on June 20 this month, the department had directed its motor licensing officers (MLOs) not to register vehicles that have been retrofitted with CNG kits till further orders.

“In this connection, all MLOs are hereby directed not to endorse CNG fuel in vehicle registration certificates till further orders,” the department had said in its order.

The minister dismissed talk about such “spurious” CNG kits being introduced in the market during the Delhi government’s flagship odd-even scheme, from which CNG cars are exempt..

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13 miners trapped in Meghalaya coal pit, rescue underway

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Shillong, Dec 14: Around thirteen miners, who were trapped inside a coal pit filled with gallons of water in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, were yet to be reached or rescued, district police chief said on Friday. Officials had already said their chances of survival were bleak.

“We are yet to recover the dead bodies from the pit,” Sylvester Nongtnger, the district police chief of East Jaintia Hills told IANS

“The rescue operation is still on in full swing. the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been pressed into service to carry out the rescue operation,” he added.

The accident inside the coal pit on Thursday was of significance, especially because the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had ordered an interim ban on “rat-hole” coal mining in the state from April 17, 2014.

As per verbal information received late on Thursday, 13 miners including three locals of Lumthari area were trapped inside the pit, Nongtnger had said.

“It appeared the miners resumed mining coal three to four days ago. Our first step is to rescue those people trapped inside the pit. We are pumping the water out of the pit with the help of generators but the water level has not receded,” the police official said.

Nongtnger had made it clear that the chances of survival of the miners were very bleak.

“Efforts are on to identify the coal mine owner. We have already registered a case against the owner,” he told soon after the accident.

Coal mine accidents are common in the mountainous state because of unscientific mining commonly known “rat hole mining”.

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Jammu and Kashmir: 7 killed in Reasi accident

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Jammu, Dec 14: At least seven people, including two minors, lost their lives and three injured in a road accident in Reasi district of  Jammu and Kashmir.

An overloaded private car headed to Sujandhar village went out of the driver’s control and plunged into a gorge at Damasgali late on Thursday.

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Cold wave continues in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar, Dec 14: Night temperatures dropped further on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir intensifying the cold wave sweeping the state.

The minimum temperatures were likely to drop further during the next one week as the weather was likely to remain dry, Sonam Lotus, director of the Met Department said.

Although minimum temperatures remained well below the freezing point throughout the valley and Ladakh region, it was Gulmarg, which was the coldest at minus 10.6 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam recorded minus 9.7, Leh minus 5.9 and Kargil minus 9.9.

In the Jammu region, Jammu city recorded 7.4, Katra 5.4, Batote minus 1.2 while Bannihal and Bhaderwah recorded minus 1.6 degrees Celsius.

Earlier on Thursday, light rain and snow occurred in Jammu and Kashmir and at minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg was the coldest in the Kashmir Valley, while Srinagar recorded 0.1 and Pahalgam minus 1.5 as the minimum temperatures.

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