Over 320 booked for drunken driving

NEW DELHI: Over 320 people were challaned by the Delhi traffic police for drunken driving during Holi that by and large went off peacefully on Sunday.

More than 2,000 traffic police personnel and officers were deployed across the city to check violation of traffic rules and regulation. As many as 65 people were prosecuted for driving in an inebriated state in the New Delhi range and 125 were challaned for the same offence in the Southern Range. In Northern Range, at least 130 people were booked on charges of drunken driving.

According to the police, 292 vehicles were impounded from different parts of the Capital for various violations and 72 were challaned for rash and negligent driving. While 13 people were prosecuted for over-speeding in Southern Range, about five were challaned in New Delhi and 15 in Northern Range. Among those challaned were also some minors who were found driving without licence.

Total lunar eclipse wows star-gazers

NEW DELHI: The entire Moon turned coppery-red as the earth's shadow eclipsed it completely in the early hours of Sunday.

Amateur star-gazers and astronomers gathered in large numbers at several places in the country to watch the first total lunar eclipse in three years. The earth's shadow began creeping on the lunar disc at 1:48 a.m. covering it entirely between 4:14 a.m. and 5:28 a.m. and sky watchers could observe the coppery glow of the moon. In Delhi, a number of amateur astronomers and sky watchers had gathered at the Nehru Planetarium and India Gate lawns, where NGO Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators had put up telescopes for enthusiasts to watch the celestial spectacle.

``The uniqueness about this eclipse was that it was partly visible on every continent,'' amateur astronomer and science communicator Vikrant Narang said.

One killed and two injured in accident

NEW DELHI: A 21-year-old man was killed and two of his friends were injured when a tempo hit them at Lodhi Colony here on Sunday.

According to the police, Amit and his friends Satbir Singh (23) and Sumit (23) were sitting near a Delhi Milk Scheme booth when a Santro rammed into a tempo. Owing to the impact of the collision, the tempo driver lost control over the vehicle and hit the three young men.

They were rushed to a hospital where Amit was declared dead on arrival, while the other two were admitted

One killed in road rage

NEW DELHI: A 30-year-old man was killed and another was injured when an unknown vehicle hit their motorcycle on a flyover at Sarita Vihar here on Sunday.

The deceased has been identified as Parvesh, a resident of Laxmi Garden Colony in Sarita Vihar. The injured, Ram Sharan, has been admitted to a hospital and a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving registered at the Sarita Vihar police station.