Four terrorists killed after they attacked CRPF camp in J&K’s Bandipora district
NEW DELHI: Four terrorists were killed on Monday morning in retaliatory fire by security forces as they attempted to attack a CRPF camp at Sumbal in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir. The heavily armed militants tried to enter the camp of 45 Battalion CRPF at Sumbal in Bandipora at around 3.45am by opening fire at the sentry post. The gun battle between the security forces and terrorists went on till 6.15am. According to police official the firing was retaliated by the guards even as police reinforcement was rushed to the scene of gun battle. “Four militants were killed in the retaliatory firing and the suicide attack was foiled,” the official said. Their bodies were recovered along with four AK rifles, one UGL, UBGL grenades and hand grenades. He said four AK rifles, one UBGL (Under barrel Grenade Launcher) and some ammunition were recovered from the slain militants.
AOL recycling plant helps reduce plastic burden
Bengaluru: At 8 on a Sunday morning, 10 people on board three tractors set out on a mission to five villages around The Art of Living International Centre, South Bengaluru. Their goal: collect and separate recyclable waste and transport it to AOL’s Pyrolysis Plant. The plant, with a capacity to reduce 200kg of plastic into fuel, gas and carbon, is an enormous step toward waste management. Twenty per cent of the fuel generated is used to run the plant itself, and the rest for power boilers in the ashram kitchen, which feed approximately 8 million people every year. The black carbon produced is used to asphalt roads. The plant is an efficient system that produces zero waste.
The team of waste warriors is led by Satya Kumar. They work tirelessly from 8am to 6pm in the ashram as well -sometimes even till later on busy days -collecting waste from the 220 bins scattered within the ashram. The plant, inaugurated in May 2015, has decomposed thousands of tonnes of plastic. “We hope to tie up with a company that will coordinate with BBMP and bring plastic waste that’s generated in the city. The capacity of the machine is huge. We’re hoping this partnership will benefit the larger community,” says Satya.
More security aids for safer Delhi Metro
NEW DELHI: Several security features have been added at the stations on Delhi Metro‘s Heritage Line following studies of the same at stations under phases I and II. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has deployed 261 personnel at these four stations with special attention on security vulnerabilities. A six-foot glass wall has been installed at each station demarcating the checked and unchecked areas after studies showed several theft cases near security X-ray machines as well as people passing items through the security barriers. In addition, CCTV cameras have been placed at strategic points to ensure no one can sneak through undetected.
“The stations have been planned better in terms of their design. There is also more space between frisking points and smart card counters, and CCTV positioning has been done to ensure that no area is left undetected,” said deputy commandant Manjit Singh, CISF spokesperson. The Heritage Line stations will also have night-vision cameras. To handle a heavy tourist footfall, CISF personnel deployed on this line have been given special training in soft and communication skills. They have been taught how to speak with an accent and trained to understand British and American accents. They will also advise the tourists on how to take extra care of their baggage in crowded areas. “These personnel will be able to guide the tourists to their destination,” said Singh. Almost 6,000 CISF personnel have been deployed at stations, depots and other critical points at Delhi Metro. Under phase III, 3,500 personnel will be added, an official said.
LED lights on ORR with hope to bring down accidents
Hyderabad: Waking up finally to a series of fatal accidents on the Outer Ring Road (ORR), with many of them blamed on poor lighting facilities, the government installed LED street lights on the key carriageway from Gachibowli to Shamshabad. With over 140 fatalities and 300 accidents recorded in a span of three years on the ORR, officials said with brighter lights, they hope to reduce the rate of accidents drastically. So far, 23 deaths have been reported on the ORR this year. The LED streetlights were inaugurated on Sunday by Hyderabad Mayor B Rammohan at the Nanakramguda toll plaza. “The 24.38 km stretch will have 929 poles with 1,858 bulbs of 210 watts, the space difference between each pole is approximately 28 meters and the distance may differ with some poles,” said a top official from the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) department. “These lights will reduce the power consumption by 50 per cent according to the officials,” he said.
Authorities are expecting to save Rs 26 lakh per month by installing these new lights, instead of the regular ones. “If we had opted for the regular sodium vapour lights, we had to use 450 watts bulb. Now these new lights being LED, we used 210 watts bulbs, and the best thing is about these bulbs is they have the same luminous,” said a HMDA official, who looks after the ORR. These lights can be monitored and controlled by the authorities using internet from any location as the LED system is equipped with web-based management, programming and reporting system, it’s also equipped with GSM-based automation system. The street light automation system has a dimmer option up to 50 per cent which can further curb the power consumption. This dimmer option will be used when there is less flow of traffic. “Power saving consumption will be 3, 13,199 units and the monthly power consumption bill of the stretch connecting Gachibowli to Shamshabad will be around Rs 21.20 lakh. These very bright lights can be dimmed a bit and we can bring down the bill to Rs 18.40 lakh,” said HMDA in a statement.
Traffic jam helps man catch robber fleeing on mobike
CHENNAI: A traffic jam in the city helped a hospital employee nab a robber who snatched his chain when the man tried to flee on a motorbike with two accomplices on Friday night. Police said Imran Khan, 28, chased the trio from Velachery and nabbed one of them when they were stuck in the traffic at Halda Junction in Guindy. Guindy police inspector A Kannan registered a case and arrested the robber, identified as S Vasu, 27. Imran Khan recovered his stolen mobile from Vasu with the help of passersby, who thrashed the suspect before handing over to police.
Police said they are taking steps to narrow down on his accomplices by tracking their mobile phone location. They said Vasu is a repeat offender and the Saidapet police station has opened a history sheet of record on him following his involvement in frequent offences. Police suspect that his accomplices also were involved in series of robbery cases reported in Saidapet, Guindy and nearby areas. Imran Khan told police, he was returning home after work on Friday night when the incident took place. Khan said he noticed the trio on a bike following him closely from Velachery. Suddenly, one of the pillion riders snatched Khan’s mobile while he was riding. Khan immediately chased them.
India now in same risk bracket as Brazil
AHMEDABAD: Just two days before the World Health Organization first informed of three Zika cases in the city on May 26, it had put the entire country in risk category 2, the same category as that of Brazil, which has experienced a major outbreak. Prior to the Ahmedabad Zika case announcements, since November 18, 2016, the country was kept in risk category 4, or considered low risk. The cases were detected between November 2016 and early February this year, but were reported to the WHO on May 15.
WHO’s risk category 2 clearly states that the area has “ongoing transmission” and that the area “may also experience an outbreak of Zika.” With these warnings clearly mentioned, no awareness activity in local Gujarati language seems to be taking place at the municipal corporation level in lower middle or economically weaker clusters which are most vulnerable. Except for a few information posters at for international visitors at the airport, Zika posters in Gujarati language including hoardings are absent from public places. Even as this information vacuum exists, the state government has allowed a large ‘Yoga Anushthan’ on June 21 at AEC-GMDC grounds where 5 lakh to 7 lakh participants will be visiting Ahmedabad, just during the onset of monsoons sparking further fears of a possible outbreak. When the Yoga event was announced on May 11, the state government did not even inform event organizers that three Zika cases had been detected. “Principally, Zika risk is determined according to altitude (height above sea level). Mosquitoes that spread Zika usually do not live at high altitudes, which is above 6,500 feet or 2,000 meters,” said a senior health official of Civil Hospital. “After learning of the Ahmedabad cases, WHO has categorized India among 20 countries including Brazil, Bangladesh, Indonesia, which are in category 2 risk,” said the official.
Terror hits UK for second time in 2 weeks, this time with van and knives
LONDON: Seven people were killed and at least 48 people, including two police officers, injured after terrorists mowed down pedestrians on a bridge in central London, and then stabbed revellers at a bustling nightspot in the British capital on Saturday night. The three terror suspects, wearing fake suicide vests, were shot dead by armed police in Borough Market at 10:16pm within eight minutes of the first 999 (emergency) call. The police were on the scene within two minutes of the attack, sources said. A spokesman for Metropolitan Police said 12 people were arrested in Barking, East London, on Sunday, in connection with the attacks. According to neighbours, the police raided the home of one of the attackers. An off-duty police officer, who tackled one of the knifeman, was stabbed. A British transport police officer was also injured. Police said both remain in hospital with serious injuries. The attack comes less than two weeks after the Manchester suicide bombing on May 22, in which 22 people were killed and more than 100 injured. It is the third terror attack in the UK since March. The UK’s terror threat level remains at severe. British Prime Minister Theresa May, who chaired an emergency Cobra (Cabinet Office Briefing Room) meeting with senior government and security officials, said, “Violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process… It’s time to say ‘enough is enough’… We cannot and must not pretend things can continue as they were”.
Earlier, shortly after 10pm UK time, armed police, ambulance crews, advanced paramedics and specialist response teams rushed to the scene following reports of a van colliding with pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbings in nearby Borough Market. Metropolitan Police later declared both incidents as terrorist strikes and London Ambulance Service declared a major incident. Eyewitnesses reported that a white rental van sped down the pavement on London Bridge, which crosses the River Thames in London, deliberately swerving, hitting and mowing down pedestrians before crashing at the southern end. Then, three men jumped out of the van armed with knives and ran down the road to nearby Borough Market where they started stabbing members of the public indiscriminately in pubs and restaurants. One eyewitness interviewed on BBC said he saw men run up to members of the public in Borough Market and say, “This is for Allah” and then stab them. He said people threw stools, chairs, glasses and bottles at the attackers. Borough Market is London’s oldest food market which at night time becomes a bustling spot packed with pubs, bars and restaurants.
Many members of the public were kept locked inside bars and restaurants as the scene unfolded. London Ambulance Service said it had transported at least 48 people to five hospitals and a number of walking wounded were treated on the scene. The British PM said police and intelligence agencies had disrupted five credible plots since the Westminster attacks in March. May said the recent attacks were not connected by common networks in terms of their planning and execution. But they are “bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism which preaches hatred, sows division and promotes sectarianism”. May said that terrorism breeds terrorism and the perpetrators are inspired not only on the basis of plots after years of planning and training, or lone attackers radicalized online but also by copying one another and that they often using the crudest means of attack. She said most political parties had suspended campaigning until Monday as a mark of respect and that the general election would still go ahead on Thursday, June 8.
Supermarket blast in Iran injures 37, gas leak possible cause: Reports
LONDON: An explosion in a supermarket in the southern city of Shiraz injured 37 people and may have been caused by a gas leak, Iranian state media reported on Saturday. The blast occurred at 12.45 a.m. (2115 GMT) in the city’s Hypermarket centre, the reports said. The head of fire department in Shiraz, Mohammad Farokhzadeh, told state television that a gas leak or an explosion of flammable items stored in the supermarket could be the cause. He said an investigation was underway. None of those injured was in critical condition, the head of the medical emergency centre of Fars Province was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA. The explosion was loud enough to be heard in most neighborhoods of Shiraz, the official news agency IRNA reported, adding that walls of the supermarket had collapsed. Videos published on social media showed fire had reached the second storey of the building which is partly residential. Windows were shattered in shops and buildings on the street.