Mathura scientist wins award for research on fungus fertilizer. Yesterday, Nidhi Verma was presented with the Young Scientist Award in JNU for her research into the use of a special fungus as organic manure. On the occasion of the 86th Annual Conference of Society of Biological Chemists, India, organized by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Umesh Vashrayai presented the award to Nidhi. The fungus, piriformespora indica, has been found to have properties that support the growth of crops, which could lead to a drastic reduction in the use of chemical fertilizers. Read more (Hindi)
More theft occurs on foggy days. Railway police in charge, Gaurav Saxena, said that police patrol of platforms is being increased during the morning and evening hours because, during winter, there is a greater risk that thieves will snatch bags then use the fog as a cover to escape. The officer said that extra personnel are being placed at the entry and exit points of the station. Mathura station is a hot spot for theft due to the crowds and high percentage of tourists on the platforms. Read more (Hindi)
Three day old corpse found near police station. Tuesday, Vrindavan: The corpse of an unidentified youth was found by children playing near a pond next to a police station. The corpse has been described as belonging to a 22 year old youth. A photograph shows the youth wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Police said that they suspect that alcohol was involved, as the footwear of the youth was found near the pond. Scratches were visible on his face, indicating that the youth may have been involved in a scuffle before drowning. The corpse has been sent for autopsy. Read more (Hindi)
Spate of Dowry related killings. The evil of dowry does not stop after marriage. In one of several cases reported by Amar Ujala, the in-laws of a 19 year old bride increased their demands for dowry a year after marriage. It is alleged that, when they did not receive more dowry, they killed the bride. In another incident, on Tuesday morning, a woman who had been married for 7 months was found dead. In-laws said that she hanged herself, however, the woman’s family alleges that she was strangled and later placed in a noose.