Robbers Target Tirupur SBI Branch
Coimbatore: Police have formed a special team to nab the miscreants, who attempted to rob a nationalized bank at Kallipalayam near Pallam in Tirupur. After four days of Puja holidays, employees of the State Bank of India had reopened the branch on Wednesday to find about the incident. The robber had removed the iron grill on a window and had attempted to break open an ATM, police sources said. Police officers from the Kamanaickenpalayam station reached the spot along with forensic experts, who searched the building for fingerprints. An officer said that the robber managed to enter the bank and attempted to rob from the ATM and also entered the locker room. “Video footage gathered from the surveillance system showed a man, who had covered his face with a mask, breaking into the bank,” the officer said. Police registered an attempt to robbery case after getting complaint from the branch manager. They have also intensified night patrolling in the locality.
Train Catches Fire After Bag is Flung on Overhead Cables
A pantograph atop the fifth coach of a CSMT-Panvel train in flames at Vashi station on Wednesday morning. No one was hurt in the incident.
Mumbai: Harbour line services were disrupted for nearly 15 minutes during morning peak hours on Wednesday after a pantograph atop one of the coaches of a CSMT-Panvel train caught fire at Vashi station. Central Railway (CR) officials said the minor fire triggered when an unidentified person hurled a bag at the pantograph when the train was entering the station around 9.30am. A pantograph draws electricity from the overhead electric wire to power the train. No one was injured as the passengers inside the fifth coach, where the fire occurred, rushed out as soon as they heard a blast-like sound. The platform was cleared of commuters and the station officials doused the blaze using extinguishers. This is the 20th incident of disruption on the CR network due to a ‘foreign object’ since January. CR tweeted on its official handle @Central_Railway, “Pantograph of PL-49 CSMT-Panvel local flashed due to discarded bag thrown by unknown person on pantograph of PL-49 local at Vashi station.
Train detained for 12 minutes from 09.28 hrs. at Vashi station. Rake withdrawn and sent to Car shed for safety reasons”. Officials said that they were able to ascertain the cause of the fire after they found charred metal handles of a bag on the roof of the coach. “The bag, which was either plastic or cloth got burnt, only the handles remained,” said an CR official. “Passengers often throw nirmalya (floral offerings) into the creek between Vashi and Mankhurd. We suspect that a passenger tried to dump a bag of nirmalya into the creek, but it landed on the roof of the coach and caught fire when it came in contact with the pantograph”. CR chief PRO Shivaji Sutar said, “The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is examining CCTV footage along the stretch to find the location where the bag fell on the pantograph. We have registered a case against unidentified persons”.
Malaria Deaths Halve in 5 Years
New Delhi: India has presented the “biggest success story” amongst malaria endemic countries in the world as malaria cases and deaths have declined by almost 50% in five years between 2013 and 2017, an official statement said on Wednesday after the Cabinet was apprised of the progress under the health ministry’s flagship National Health Mission. While malaria cases dropped by 49.09%, deaths from the disease declined 50.52% in 2017 compared to 2013. The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) and under-5 mortality rate (U5MR) also declined since 2005 and at the current pace, India should be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals targets much before 2030, the statement said. The under-5 mortality rate (deaths per 1,000 live births) declined from 69 per 1,000 live births in 2008 to 37 per 1,000 live births in 2017. During the same period, infant mortality rate (number of deaths per 1,000 live births of children under one year of age) at national level declined from 53 to 33. The maternal mortality ratio dropped from 254 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2004 to 130 per 100,000 live births in 2016. Under the SDG, the world has committed to trying to bring MMR to 70 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030 and the under-five mortality rate to 25 deaths per 1,000 live births.