News Flash – 19 October 2018

National News

 

 

Truck rams Rajdhani Express in MP, two bogies derail

The truck smashed through the closed gates at a level crossing. The driver was killed on the spot.

 

 

Indore: Passengers on a Rajdhani Express had a narrow escape when a truck smashed through the closed gates at a level crossing and rammed the train around 6.30am on Thursday. Two coaches of the Rajdhani were pushed off the tracks. Windows cracked but none of the passengers was injured. The truck driver was killed on the spot. The Trivandrum Central-Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani was at level crossing 61, between Thandla and Meghnagar railway stations, when the truck came barreling in. It crashed into B7 and B8 coaches of the train. The driver’s cabin was destroyed and the two coaches derailed. A spokesman with Ratlam division of Western Railways said 23 passengers were in B7 and 25 in B8. They escaped unhurt. “All the passengers were accommodated in the remaining coaches and the train continued its journey around 11.30am,” he said. Train movement on the Delhi-Mumbai route was suspended for four hours. The Vadodara-Kota passenger and Ratlam-Dahod Memu were cancelled and seven other trains were terminated or diverted. It took three hours for railways to clear the line. “The truck driver, Salim, was taken to hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. He was from Vadodara,” said a railways official.

 

 

Man chases down Snatchers, 1 held

 

 

New Delhi: A 33-year-old man chased down three men on his motorcycle on Mehrauli Badarpur Road in Saket and hit their bike to retrieve his robbed mobile phone. One of the men was nabbed while the other two managed to escape. Senior police officers said that the incident happened on Monday night at 9.15pm when the complainant, Raj Kumar Prasad, was returning to his house in Faridabad when he stopped at Saket to answer a phone call. Prasad told cops that he was on the phone when three men came and started thrashing him on the road. They forcibly took his phone and drove away on their motorcycle towards Khanpur village. The complainant immediately got up and chased the criminals on his motorcycle. He found them waiting at a traffic signal and banged his bike into their two-wheeler, making them lose their balance and fall on the road in front of the SDM office in Saket. Two of them, however managed to escape by throwing stones at the public and left their motorcycle. The third one, later identified as Ankit Meena, was apprehended by the crowd and thrashed before being handed over to the police. During the search, cops found the stolen mobile phone that was returned to Prasad. Meena has been booked. He was questioned about the identity of his two associates and a manhunt has been launched to nab them. Cops are also checking footage from the area to ascertain the exact sequence of events for more information.

 

 

15% people below 40 in state face Diabetes risk

 

Ahmedabad: That Gujaratis have a sweet tooth is a known fact. But sedentary lifestyle and food with high cholesterol creates a deadly combination for a large population — especially youth below 40 years — when it comes to diabetes. Dr V Mohan, an eminent clinical diabetologist and one of the principal authors of the Indian Council of Medical Research-funded India Diabetes (ICMR-INDIAB) Study, was in Ahmedabad to hold a consultative meet with local doctors and experts. He said that Gujarat has overall diabetes prevalence of 7.1% in adult population — roughly coming to 22 lakhs according to the study. “Gujarat is among the top five states having diabetics and pre-diabetics in the study of 21states so far. In urban areas, the problem is more acute. We believe that in a city like Ahmedabad about 20% of the population facing diabetes related issues,” he said. According to the study, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Chandigarh and Punjab are the other four states/ union territories in the top five.

 

Dr Banshi Saboo, a city-based diabetologist who led the Gujarat part of the study, said that what sets the state apart from others is a high prevalence of diabetes among a younger population. “About 15% of people in the age group of 20-40 years have diabetes-related issues. Out of total patients we covered, 62% had bad cholesterol (LDL) and 76% had lipids not in control. We are getting diabetes-related complications about two decades earlier than in average western country population,” he said. Dr Mohan said that some of the issues that came to the fore in the study included increase in sedentary lifestyle and lack of insulin availability in about 28% of medical stores. “While it is considered to be an urban phenomenon, the overall prevalence in rural areas is growing. There even 1% increase can have huge repercussions. There needs to be greater stress on periodic health check-ups along with focus on healthy lifestyle,” he said.

 

 

Soon, Traffic sentinel to get own app

 

 

Panaji: The traffic sentinel scheme, which enables citizens to report traffic violations via WhatsApp to authorities in Goa, is in the final stages of getting its own automated mechanism. Director general of police Muktesh Chander said, “The automation of the traffic sentinel scheme will be announced shortly”. A registered user accumulates points for every violation that he or she reports on this number and for every 100 points gathered, the user can get a reward of Rs 1,000. After the scheme gets its own app, the entire process will be carried out using the new platform and even payment to citizens who report the violation will be carried out electronically. Various brands of e-wallets and a credit and debit card system will be linked with the app.

 

 

Lathi-wielding guards to control waste dumping in Zika-Hit areas

 

Jaipur: Lathi-wielding guards have been deployed to thwart garbage dumping in Shastri Nagar area, which is the worst Zika-affected part of the city. The Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has posted guards in the Zika-affected Shastri Nagar. From 6 in the morning to midnight, they remain alert and do not allow anyone to throw garbage on roads and streets. “I have been doing my duty here at Housing Board of Shastri Nagar for protecting the area from those who are habitual of throwing garbage on streets,” said Suresh Mangal, a JMC guard deployed at Housing Board near Bhatta Basti police station area. With so many Zika cases reported from Shastri Nagar area, the state government is taking measures to keep the area clean. Since it is a densely populated area, the heaps of garbage can be seen easily. However, in the past five days, the JMC has stepped up efforts to keep the area clean. “When someone comes to throw garbage in polythene, dustbins or any other containers, we politely ask them not to throw it here. If they do not understand the message, we take help of the residents of the area to persuade them. The residents of the area are also helping us,” said Mangal. Besides, another such guard Himmat Singh said, “We remain here till 3pm and from 3pm till midnight, another guard comes here to join the duty”. The guards are deployed in where people dump trash, forming heaps of garbage. State government has directed JMC officials to take all measures to keep the Zika-affected area clean and also to conduct fogging to kill mosquitoes preventing the spread of the disease.

 

 

International News

 

 

Taliban wipes out Kandahar leadership, US gen survives

 

 

Kabul: Three top officials in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province were killed when their own guards opened fire on them at a security conference on Thursday. A Taliban spokesman said the target was Washington’s top general in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller, who escaped without injury, according to Nato. Kandahar’s deputy provincial governor Agha Lala Dastageri said powerful provincial police chief Abdul Raziq was among the dead, along with Kandahar governor Zalmay Wesa, who died of his wounds at a nearby hospital. Dastageri said provincial intelligence chief Abdul Mohmin also died inside the governor’s sprawling residence where the attack occurred. Three Americans — a service member and two civilian workers — were wounded in the shooting, said US colonel Knut Peters, a spokesman for Nato troops in Afghanistan. Their conditions were not immediately known. “General Miller is unhurt.” Miller is the commander of US and Nato troops in Afghanistan.

 

It was members of Wesa’s elite guard unit who turned their guns on their colleagues during a high-level security meeting ahead of Saturday’s elections. Peters said initial reports indicate one of the original attackers is dead. He had no further information. In a telephone interview, the spokesman for the Taliban in Afghanistan’s southern region, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, said the Taliban carried out the attack. He said General Miller was the target. Raziq was a particularly powerful figure in southern Kandahar and a close US ally despite widespread allegations of corruption. He ruled in Kandahar, the former Taliban heartland, with an iron fist and had survived several attempts to kill him, including one last year that resulted in the death of five diplomats from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

 

 

Now, ‘smart stickers’ to alert wearers about health risks

 

 

US: Scientists have created wearable electronic devices that can be easily attached to the skin to monitor physical activity and alert a wearer about possible health risks in real time. The “smart stickers” are made of cellulose, which is both biocompatible and breathable, according to the study published in the journal Advanced Materials and Interfaces. “For the first time, we have created wearable electronic devices that someone can easily attach to their skin and are made out of paper to lower the cost of personalised medicine,” said Ramses Martinez, an assistant professor at Purdue University in the US. Health professionals could use the stickers as implantable sensors to monitor the sleep of patients because they conform to internal organs without causing adverse reactions, researchers said. Athletes could also it to monitor their health while exercising and swimming.


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