News Flash – 09 July 2019

National News



In just 8 Days, Mumbai gets over 84% of average July Rain


(Clockwise from top) Sion-Panvel Highway on Monday; a portion of this Opera House building collapsed; a family on bike at Vashi; Turbhe police station; sea of umbrellas at Sion.



Mumbai: Evoking memories of last Monday’s downpour, several areas in the suburbs received heavy rainfall on Monday morning, with Santacruz recording 108.2 mm in three hours starting 8.30 am. By Monday night, Mumbai had recorded over 84% (708.7 mm) of the average July rainfall of 840mm. And receiving 1,315.7 mm since June, the city has recorded over 57% of the average monsoon rain (2,272.2 mm) and 52% of the annual rainfall of 2,515 mm. Similarly, Navi Mumbai received over 90mm in just five hours from 8.30am. The morning heavy rain hit flight operations at Mumbai airport as viability dipped after 9.15 am. While three arrivals and four departures were cancelled, three other flights were diverted and six flights had to go around and landed in second attempt. Though rain stopped soon after, there was an average 31-minute delay in flight departures till 7 pm, and traffic movement on arterial roads was Paralysed for a long time. The Met department has forecast intermittent rain with heavy to very heavy falls in the island city and suburbs on Tuesday. “Due to active monsoon conditions, entire Konkan coast is experiencing an intense spell of rainfall.



Monsoon remained widespread vigorous over the entire North Konkan belt, including Mumbai with heavy to very rainfall over most places,” said K S Hosalikar, IMD deputy director-general (western region). Following the forecast, police commissioner Sanjay Barve tweeted on Monday evening asking citizens to take precautions. “India Meteorological Department (IMD), has shared forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall (up to 200 mm) in the next 24 hours. We request Mumbaikars to take precautions & ensure safety. #Dial100 in case of any emergency. Take care Mumbai #MumbaiRains,” he tweeted. Private forecaster Skymet has said the rain is expected to see a lull later in the week. “For the next 2-3 days i.e. until July 10, moderate rains with few heavy spells would continue over Mumbai and suburbs. These heavy rains would stay for 2-3 hours and would not be a continuous affair throughout the day as seen in last few days. However, they would be able to trigger localized flooding and waterlogging in many areas,” said Jatin Singh, founder and managing director, Skymet. The IMD has also sounded a landslide alert in Ghat areas, including the Pune-Mumbai Expressway, Malshej, Khandala, Matheran and Tamhini.



Caught on Camera: How Robbers Lay Siege to Bank Branch


New Delhi: A day after two men were held for the attempted heist at Kotak Mahindra Bank in east Delhi’s Krishna Nagar, cops have accessed the CCTV footage of the incident. In the footage from the first camera, the robbers are seen engaging in a scuffle with the security guard, while bank officials duck behind the counter. While the cops are still on the lookout for the third robber, the guard has been shifted to a different branch in another city. The access to the bank has also been restricted after the incident which took place last Tuesday. The suspects were arrested on Sunday. In the CCTV footage, the two criminals, wearing helmets, are seen entering the bank and trying to grab the shotgun of the security guard. However, the guard manages to hold on to his weapon and a scuffle ensues between the two. In the meantime, another robber, wearing a red T-shirt, is seen pulling out his pistol as he tries to grab the guard’s neck and push him away. The robber also fires a round at the floor. The accused then walk towards the cash counter while his associate, seen wearing a brown and white shirt, pins the security guard to a wall holding the shotgun to his throat. In the footage from the second camera, the man wearing the red T-shirt is seen threatening the cashier who locks the door of his cubicle and hides under the table. The man is seen kicking the door a few times but to no avail. The robbers are then seen leaving the bank after firing a few more rounds. The security guard is also seen firing a shot from his shotgun but it misses the accused.



29 Dead as Bus falls through Gap between E-Way Flyovers


Agra: In the worst-ever accident on the Agra-Delhi Yamuna Expressway, 29 people were killed and 23 others injured when an Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus plunged 40 feet deep into a drain between two flyovers after hitting a railing on the 165km-long expressway in Agra early on Monday. The accident took place at 4.05am in Etmadpur, 4km from Agra city and about 200km from Delhi, when the two-tiered AC sleeper bus, referred to as UPSRTC’s Jan Rath Seva, broke through the safety railing while cruising at a high speed near Milestone 161 of the expressway and hurtled down into Jharna Nullah, which had about six to eight feet of water. Agra district magistrate N G Ravi Kumar said, “Prima facie, it appears that the driver fell asleep on the steering wheel and was over-speeding on the stretch, which subsequently caused the bus to jump off the flyover’s railing.” The bus driver, identified as Kripa Shankar Chaudhary, was also killed in the road accident. The bus with 52 passengers and two crew members was heading to Delhi’s Anand Vihar ISBT from Lucknow’s Alambagh depot.



Major (retired) Manish Singh, in-charge coordinator of Yamuna Expressway, said, “Since our team was at Milestone 165 where a truck driver was killed around 12:30am in a hit-and-run accident, we moved our entire machinery, including cranes, ambulances and rescue team to the accident site within minutes and the rescue operation was started,” Singh said. Dilip Shrivastav, a 35-year-old resident of Eldeco II in Lucknow who was heading to Delhi to attend an official meeting, said, “I don’t know how our bus plunged into the nullah, but all of us were trying to escape from the mangled vehicle. Many people were saved by the rescue team of Yamuna Expressway”. Two boys practicing high-speed running for recruitment to armed forces told reporters that they saw the bus fall and paced up to join the rescue. Expressing grief over the tragedy, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the passengers killed in the accident.



Two Men Robbed of ATM Cards & Phones



Chennai: Two men robbed a dancer and his friend, who were stranded at Pallikaranai, of their ATM cards and phones on the pretext of helping them on Sunday night. Police said Ignatius Immanuel and his friend Dinesh Kumar were returning home on their bike. When they reached the 200 Feet Road their vehicle ran out of fuel. A car stopped near them and a man who alighted offered to help them start the vehicle. But he took out a knife and threatened the duo before snatching their phones and ATM cards. Based on their complaint, police traced the car with the help of the registration number. The car was found abandoned on the same road. Policemen who opened the car found a transsexual inside it. The transsexual told the police that the two men had kidnapped her. Police, who are trying to collect CCTV footage from the nearby areas, have launched a hunt for the duo.



Stepping up security: Close to 3,000 Government Schools to get CCTV Cameras



Chennai: To enhance security in government schools, the state government will install CCTV cameras at 2,894 government high and higher secondary schools at a cost of Rs.21.71 crore, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said in the assembly on Monday. “The government will spend Rs.75,000 to install the cameras in each school. Schools which have exam centres and high student strength will be given preference,” he said. Now that the school syllabus has been revamped, the government will focus on training teachers and headmasters under the new syllabus. “To train teachers on using the new books and resources effectively, and to improve their performance in classrooms, the state government will impart skill training for teachers at a cost of Rs.61 crores,” he said.



The government has earmarked Rs.10 crores for replacing the free chappals given to students studying from Classes VI to X with shoes and socks. “More than 28 lakh students will benefit from the scheme, which will be implemented from academic year 2020-21,” Palaniswami said. He said Rs.163 crores will be spent to improve infrastructure and undertake repair work in government schools. “The government will build 124 additional classrooms, 83 laboratories, 85 libraries, 50 computer labs and 203 toilets this academic year. Besides, we will repair 1,849 girl’s toilets and build compound walls for 132 schools,” he said. The government will build 5,726 ramps and 1,649 special toilets to make the institutions disabled-friendly.

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