News Flash – 14 June 2019

National News



Vayu Cyclone Leaves Saurashtra Gasping


Porbandar: The uncertainty of an approaching cyclone and a large-scale evacuation has Paralysed life in coastal Saurashtra. Strong winds accompanied by intermittent showers are adding to people’s anxiety, many of whom are at storm shelters away from their homes. Along the 140-km coastal stretch between Porbandar and Somnath, all one saw was closed shops, locked houses and deserted lanes. Dozens of hotels and restaurants that are usually full of tourists were all closed. Even round-the-clock tyre repair shops were closed. Village lanes were empty with no children and the stray paan shops still operating were the only sign of commerce on Thursday. While Cyclone Vayu did not slam into Saurashtra on Thursday as was feared, it has remained uncomfortably close to the coast. This proximity caused a sense of uncertainty that appeared to unsettle the nerves of people. Fifty-five-year-old Raman Adedara’s patience seemed to be wearing thin. A resident of the coastal town of Mangrol, Adesara said, “It has been more than two days that we have hearing about the cyclone about to hit the coast. Life in town has come to a standstill. I am just waiting for this to end”.



Ramesh Karsan, 70, from Mangrol, said that with no mode of transport available, he was unable to attend the cremation of a relative in Ahmedabad. “Cyclones are not uncommon in this region. They rarely cause extensive damage. I fail to understand why the government is imposing a virtual lockdown of the entire coast,” he said. Sixty-five-year-old Sanjay Vala, whose house in Madhavpur in Porbandar district is next to the beach, said that he decided to stay back while other family members went to safer places. “The cyclone was supposed to strike today (Thursday) but all we have seen is some strong winds and rain. This uncertainty has been causing a lot of problems to everyone,” he said. However, a sense of fear is still visible along the coastal stretch. Every house in Indiranagar Society in Porbandar, located close to the shore, was locked. “The cyclone was earlier supposed to strike near Veraval. As it is now closer to Porbandar, everyone has left,” a resident of the colony said.



Five held for Robbery bids at Knifepoint



Chennai: Police on Wednesday arrested five men in two cases of attempts to rob people at knifepoint in the city. In the first case, Ezhumalai, 25, and his friend Pazhani, 27, were walking on Hiruveedhi Amman Koil Street towards Koyambedu bus terminus around 9pm when two men on a bike intercepted them and demanded money at knifepoint. When Ezhumalai and Pazhani resisted, the robbers attacked them and threatened passersby who tried to intervene before speeding away. Based on a complaint lodged by Ezhumalai and Pazhani, police registered a case and arrested Vignesh, 23, and Deena, 19, from Maduravoyal. They were remanded in judicial custody. In the second case, truck driver Subashkaran, 29, from Thiruvarur, was sleeping inside his vehicle at Periya Mulaigal on the 400 Feet Outer Ring Road at Minjur around 11pm when three men on a motorbike dragged him out and took away Rs.50,00. Based on his complaint, the Minjur police registered a case and arrested Aakash, 24, Jegadeesh, 23, and a juvenile from Ponneri. Subash was admitted to the Ponneri Government hospital with injuries.



International News



81-year-old Robbed Bank just to go back to Prison



USA: An 81-year-old man who has spent most of his adult life behind bars for stealing from banks said he robbed a credit union in Tucson months after his release from prison because his monthly $800 social security payment wasn’t enough to live on, according to court records. Robert Francis Krebs also told FBI agents that he didn’t wear a disguise to the January 2018 robbery because he “kind of wanted to get caught” and return to prison.

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