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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake originating in Nepal triggered tremors across northern India, including Delhi-NCR, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh at 2:51 pm on Tuesday. The quake's shallow depth, approximately 5 km, resulted in strong tremors being felt in the affected areas. JL Gautam, head of the National Center for Seismology (NCS), explained that while shallow earthquakes with high magnitudes cause intense tremors over a smaller area, the opposite occurs when the depth is greater but the magnitude is lower.
The Himalayan region, known for its tectonic activity, has seen several significant earthquakes in the past. Although the region is currently in a seismic quiescence phase, stress has accumulated, making it challenging to predict when and where the next major earthquake will occur. This event serves as a reminder of the region's geological volatility and the importance of earthquake preparedness.
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Opposition parties criticized the government as Delhi Police's special cell conducted raids on NewsClick and its journalists, invoking the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Information and broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur defended the raids, citing an investigation by The New York Times that claimed NewsClick had an “anti-India agenda.” The Press Club of India expressed deep concern about the raids on journalists and demanded government transparency. RJD MP Manoj Jha and Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera criticized the timing of the raids in light of the caste census in Bihar. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and others raised concerns about media freedom.
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That’s all we have at this hour in our Evening briefing. Catch you tomorrow.