News Flash – 13 September 2019

National News



Five Men hold Bizman & Family at Gunpoint, Rob them of Rs.40 Lakhs



New Delhi: Robbers posing as civil services aspirants looking for a rented house entered the house of a businessman in Mukherjee Nagar, held his family member’s hostage, and took away Rs 40 lakh in cash and valuables. They tied up the businessman’s wife and son and locked them in a room. They threatened him with weapons and forced him to open the drawers and almirahs where he kept the valuables. Before leaving, they locked the door from the outside and fled. The men were captured by a CCTV camera, but their faces were found to be covered with handkerchiefs. The incident took place on Wednesday in Parmanand Colony when the businessman, Rakesh Mittal, was about to leave for work at his factory in Samaypur Badli. Mittal owns a plastic sheet manufacturing unit. He told the cops that around 9.15am, a man knocked at the door of his apartment. When his 20-year-old son opened the door, he asked about Mittal’s whereabouts and claimed that he wanted to inquire about taking the apartment on rent. Hearing him, Mittal stepped out, following which five men forced their way into the house.



They pointed pistols at the family and asked them to gather in a room. They tied up Mittal’s wife, son and the household help and asked Mittal to hand over the keys to their locker. They stuffed jewellery and cash from these lockers into a bag. During this, two of them kept a watch on the family while a third person pointed a pistol at Mittal. After taking the money, the men tied Mittal up and left after locking the door from outside. Another household help later reached the house and found the door locked from the outside. When she opened it, she found Mittal tied up and alerted the others. After his hands were untied, Mittal informed the police about the incident around 2pm. He told the cops that the men seemed to be around 20-30 years of age. Mittal owns another house in the locality and rents out the apartment above his existing home for students. He also has 3-4 household helps who work at the factory. A case has been registered and a probe is on to identify the accused. The role of someone known to Mittal has not been ruled out. Cops are looking for former employees and household helps who might be aware of Mittal’s businesses.



Dengue Cases in Karnataka Cross 10k; up 138% since 2018


Bengaluru: Karnataka has reported 10,524 cases of dengue so far in 2019 a 138% jump over 2018 when 4,427 cases were reported in the entire year. The government data released on September 9 shows six deaths due to the mosquito-borne disease, up from four last year. Alarmingly, 61% of the dengue cases 6,515 were from Bengaluru city under the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). In the first week of September alone, 322 cases of dengue have been diagnosed in the BBMP area. After Bengaluru, Dakshina Kannada, at 948 cases, has the highest incidence in the state so far. The viral infection spread by the bite of the infected Aedes aegypti mosquito has registered an increase across southern India in 2019: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Kerala were among the five worst-hit states in India as of June. The current situation has rung alarm bells in Delhi a team from the National Vector-Borne Disease Control programme, under the ministry of health and family welfare, visited Bengaluru a fortnight ago to take stock of the situation. However, the state health department and BBMP claim dengue is seeing a declining trend. “In Karnataka, the highest number of cases have been from Bengaluru. The BBMP has identified 50 wards in which 50 volunteers are conducting house-to-house survey for larvae detection, source reduction and to create awareness,” Dr BG Prakash Kumar, joint director of the National Vector-Borne Disease control programme, said.



Dr BK Vijendra, child health officer, BBMP, added: “The trend has changed in the past 15 days with cases coming down. The week-wise analysis shows a decline. However, the east and south zones of BBMP are the problem area where we have intensified mosquito breeding prevention measures”. “The virulence has come down but we are seeing cases even now,” says Dr Ambanna Gowda, internal medicine specialist at Fortis Hospital. Besides, there is an increase in cases of viral fever with red rashes, joint pain and low platelet count and the patients are scared it could be dengue. Though most of those cases are not dengue, there is panic among people”. In the past week, five dengue patients have been admitted to Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road. The dengue toll in the state is set to increase. The dengue death audit committee of the state government is set to examine the cause of every case of suspected dengue death by auditing the person’s house and hospital where the death occurred before declaring the death due to dengue, as per guidelines. The health department is looking into eight suspected dengue deaths and the audit committee is yet to meet. “The meeting is likely to take place on September 17,” said Dr Prakash. So far, the committee has met in July and August”. Karnataka has reported twice the number of measles cases in 2019 compared to the previous year; officials attribute this to efficient case finding. In 2019, the number of cases in the state was 101, nearly double the 52 reported in 2018. This was revealed at a workshop for health department officials. Jawaid Akhtar, principal secretary, health and family welfare department, said the goal to eliminate measles by 2020 is tough to achieve.



Dengue Claims Two more, Government Cagey on Death Toll



Hyderabad: The dengue virus that has been sweeping across Telangana for the past few months has claimed two more lives in the city on Thursday. The death toll has gone up to 56 this year so far as authorities grapple to find ways to combat the deadly fever. According to the government, all these deaths have been put under a list of ‘suspected dengue deaths’ and is being re-verified by an audit team. But the health department has admitted that there was a spurt in the spread of the virus since June 1, with 10,876 dengue cases reported from across the state. Among the patients who succumbed to the virus on Thursday is a 30-year-old woman, Anusha Kohmineni, from Kapra. She died at city based Yashoda Hospital. “She was brought in a collapsed condition to us, and she succumbed on Thursday morning,” an official said. The second patient, a 62-year-old man from Sainikpuri, also died of the virus at city-based Srikara Hospital, health authorities said.



Health department sources said an 11-year-old boy died at Gandhi hospital of suspected dengue, but authorities said they would have to verify the death. In yet another death related to the seasonal diseases, a two-and-half-year-old baby succumbed to ‘viral fever with thrombocytopenia’ at Ankura Hospital, confirmed the health facility authorities. His condition was characterized by a drop in platelet count, much like that in dengue. “The child was suffering from fever since three days and had low platelet count which resulted in the patient going into shock,” said an official. With a large number of influenza and viral fever cases being reported across the state and doctors pointing out that younger patients are especially vulnerable, and finding it difficult to recover, youngsters and the elderly need to be monitored closely, said out experts. There should not be any delay in seeking medical attention in case of any fever, advise doctors.

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