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Srinagar, Oct 29 An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale jolted the Kashmir Valley on Saturday night, officials said on Sunday. There was, however, no loss of life or damage to property.

“An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale occurred at 11.15 p.m. yesterday,” an official at the Met Office said.

“The epicentre of the earthquake was in Hindukush region of Afghanistan at a depth of 100 km,” he said.

“The coordinates of this earthquake are latitude 36.2 degrees north and longitude 70.5 degrees east,” added the official.

Kashmir Valley is vulnerable to earthquakes as it is situated in a highly sensitive seismological region.

Temblors have wrought havoc in the valley in the past.(IANS)

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Thane (Maharashtra) to be assessed for implementing district cooling system

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Chennai, November 2, 2017: Thane in Maharashtra will be the first Indian city to be assessed for potential for implementation of district cooling system, said the Indian subsidiary of Danish company Danfoss A/S.

In a statement issued here, Danfoss Industries said: “As part of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, six cities in India including Thane, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Rajkot, Coimbatore and Bhopal have been chosen to explore District Energy systems.”

 “Thane – also part of the Central Government’s Smart Cities Mission – will be the first city to be assessed for its potential for implementation of the district energy system,” it said.

Simply put, district cooling is a system where water is chilled at a central place and is sent to various buildings via pipelines to cool indoor air using the air conditioning system there.

According to Danfoss, district cooling systems are energy efficient and would reduce total power consumption for cooling buildings.

The water is not for human consumption.

“With the Central Government’s vision to build 100 smart cities and the UN’s District Energy in Cities initiative, we are certain that the six pilot projects of District Cooling which are being launched today, will serve as an inspiration for the rest of the country,” Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss Industries was quoted as saying in the statement.

“Danfoss has implemented both, district cooling and district heating technologies around the globe and we are now looking to showcase this expertise in India as well,” he added.(IANS)

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Punjab court summons AAP leader in drugs case

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Punjab’s Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira was on Wednesday summoned by a court in Fazilka town in connection with a drugs case, leading to a war of words between his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the ruling Congress.

Khaira’s name had come up in a heroin smuggling case after the arrest of some drugs smugglers by police in Fazilka in 2015. Admitting an application under Section 319 of the Criminal Procedure Code providing for adding additional accused, the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge in Fazilka on Wednesday ordered issuance of summons to Khaira in the case.

Slamming the Congress government for unleashing political vendetta against him, Khaira said that his summoning by the Fazilka court was “wrongful and erroneous” and “done at the b