News Flash – 05 July 2019

National News



Woman Cop withdraws Rs.2.5 Lakhs Cash using Burglar’s ATM Card’s



Chennai: A woman police inspector is in trouble after she withdrew Rs.2.5 lakhs cash using two ATM cards she seized from a burglar. Kayalvizhi, a 2004 batch woman police inspector, was awaiting a posting with the city police and committed the crime when she worked as an inspector at the Chennai Central Railway Police Station. She is yet to be arrested Police said the burglar, Sahul Hameed, 48, was held based on a tip by a policeman patrolling in an express train in May. Sahul travelled in first and second class air conditioner compartments of express trains and stole valuables from fellow passengers. Police recovered the stolen valuables from Sahul during his arrest. A railway police officer privy to the case details said, “Kayalvizhi surrendered 13 of the seized ATM cards but kept two cards that belonged to Sahul with her”. The issue came to light after the burglar’s sister informed the investigating officers that she received messages on her brother’s mobile that Rs.2.5 lakhs had been withdrawn from various ATMs in the city. Preliminary inquiries conducted by Edward, Egmore GRP deputy superintendent of police, confirmed that the inspector had withdrawn money at various ATMs in the city. Police have collected the CCTV camera footage from an ATM in West Mambalam, where she withdrew money last month.



Rail Safety body to inspect E-W work before final Nod


Kolkata: The Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) is set to inspect the 5km Sector V-Salt Lake Stadium stretch of East-West Metro from July 18 amid speculations that it may not allow trains to stop at the two stations that are yet to get fire-safety nod from the state government. The CMRS’s public safety audit will give green signal to the much-awaited truncated commercial operations of East-West Metro. It will conduct a series of tests, starting with the three-day inspection from July 18, before compiling its safety audit. A meeting was convened at Metro Bhavan on Thursday where engineers of Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC), implementing agency of the 16km East-West Metro corridor, expressed their anxiety regarding the standoff with the state government over fire clearances for two of the six stations that fall on the Sector V-Stadium stretch. KMRC has the fire services department’s nod for four stations — Sector V, Karunamoyee, Central Park and City Centre. Approvals for Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake Stadium stations were refused on June 14 on grounds that they lacked the third exit. These staircases were reportedly shown in the original plan. KMRC has been preparing for a July commissioning, but the refusal by the state came as a bolt. “While conducting its ‘safety audit’, CMRS will ask for fire-safety nod for all six stations. KMRC hopes the clearances will come within the next fortnight,” a railways official said. “If the fire department gives its nod for the two stations, CMRS shouldn’t have issues. Else, it may give partial clearance, allowing trains to stop only at the other four stations,” he added. In that case, the already truncated run will be cut short further and the services will run from Sector V to City Centre, which is barely 3.5km.



The two exits couldn’t be built because of encroachment at Duttabad slums. People from the slums had blocked 365m of East-West Metro’s viaduct construction on EM Bypass for five years and CM Mamata Banerjee and Union minister Babul Supriyo had to intervene to end the impasse. The slums run along the east of EM Bypass, where the two evacuation ways for Bengal Chemical and Salt Lake Stadium stations were supposed to come up. Weary of facing resistance for slum-dwellers again, the staircases were done away with and the plan was revised. During an inspection last Saturday, fire department officials found a Trinamool party office and other shacks on the spot. KMRC has told the fire department that it would set up exits as and when land would be available. During a meeting last Saturday, the agency pleaded with fire minister Sujit Bose that without the clearances, CMRS, which is an independent body under ministry of civil aviation, can’t give the green signal. The minister told TOI: “We can’t give clearances just like that. What if something untoward happens in future?”. During this week, as per the fire minister’s instructions, KMRC has again submitted documents to urban development department claiming “possession” of the land. On getting it, a formal request will be made to the state for help in removing the settlers. “Unless the land is freed, staircases can’t be constructed. That could take a year or more. KMRC will present its case before CMRS and seek clearance for the first phase of East-West Metro,” the railways official said.



International News



Tourists Jump into Sea as Volcano Erupts in Italy


Italy: A volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupted dramatically on Wednesday, killing a hiker and sending tourists fleeing into the sea. The volcano is known to be active but on Wednesday there were two particularly powerful explosions. The news agency ANSA says that some 30 tourists jumped into the sea out of fear. ‘It was like being in hell because of the rain of fire coming from the sky,’ an eye-witness said. A previous massive eruption in December 2002 prompted a tidal wave after magma from a particularly violent eruption cascaded into the sea. Six people were injured.

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