News Flash – 16 August 2019

National News



Security Guard Electrocuted



New Delhi: A 55-year-old security guard was electrocuted at an under-construction building in Dwarka on Wednesday evening. Police said they were informed about the incident at 9.15am when the victim, Uchit Singh, was taken to a private hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. Singh lived in Uttam Nagar’s Madhu Vihar. Some workers told the police that Singh was allegedly trying to connect a table fan to a live wire when he got electrocuted. A case under Section 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery) and 304A (causing death due to negligence) has been registered.



Nellore Cops Bust Cell Robbery Gang, Arrest Four more Smugglers


Vijayawada: Nellore police nabbed an inter-state gang of dacoits from Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal on Wednesday who were involved in the robbery of a cell phone consignment earlier this year at Sri City SEZ. The accused were identified as Shaik Hamidujuman (35), an international smuggler from Malda, West Bengal, while three others — Ankith Srivathsav (29), Pawan Chowdary (40), Pradeep Madhavan (34) are from Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The incident took place on February 12, this year, when the gang attacked a truck driver and robbed a truck transporting a large consignment of Xiaomi cell phones worth Rs.4.8 crore. The empty truck was recovered the next day, on February 13, at Gowravaram village. Addressing a press conference, district SP Aiswarya Rastogi stated that they have arrested three important smugglers from Madhya Pradesh and one international smuggler from West Bengal.



Earlier, on May 3, police had arrested two members from the Khanjarabhats dacoity gang from Madhya Pradesh who were responsible for the robbery. “Around 10 teams worked on the case and tracked the lorries from Nellore to Indore via Hyderabad. Thousands of hours of CCTV footage were scanned during the process by multiple teams,” Rastogi said. During the case, the teams carried out investigation in seven states – AP, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. After the arrest of the gang members of Khanjarabhats Sukesh Hadas and Santosh, both from Dewas district cops learnt from them about the details of the smugglers in Madhya Pradesh who they had handed over the consignment. The smugglers had revealed that they had sold the consignment to Shaik Hamidujuman, who sold the phones in Bangladesh.



International News



Russia’s ‘Sully’ saves 233 with miracle landing

The emergency landing by Ural Airlines A321 in Moscow (above) drew comparisons to the 2009 ‘Miracle on the Hudson’, when a captain ditched his plane in New York’s Hudson River after a bird strike disabled his engines.



Moscow: The captain of a Russian passenger jet was hailed as a hero on Thursday for landing his plane in a cornfield after it collided with a flock of gulls seconds after take-off, causing both engines to malfunction. While dozens of people sought medical assistance, only one was hospitalised. The event drew comparisons to the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson”, when a captain ditched his plane in New York’s Hudson River after a bird strike disabled his engines. The incident was immortalized in the Hollywood movie “Sully”, based on the autobiography of Captain Chesley Sullenberger and starring Tom Hanks. The Ural Airlines A321 carrying 226 passengers and a crew of seven hit the birds as it was taking off Thursday from Moscow’s Zhukovsky airport en route for Simferopol, in Crimea. Russia’s Rosaviatsiya state aviation agency chief Alexander Neradko told reporters that the crew “made the only right decision” to land the fully loaded plane immediately after both of the plane’s engines malfunctioned. “The crew has shown courage and professionalism and deserve the highest state awards”.



The plane was fully loaded with 16 tonnes of kerosene, he added. “Just imagine what the consequences would be if the crew didn’t make the correct decision”. The airline said the captain, 41-year old Damir Yusupov, is a highly experienced pilot who has logged over 3,000 flight hours. Yusupov, a son of a helicopter pilot, worked as a lawyer before he changed course and joined a flight school when he was 32. A father of four, he has flown with the Ural Airlines since his graduation in 2013 and became the captain last year. Russian television stations carried footage of passengers standing in the cornfield next to the plane, hugging the pilot and thanking him for saving their lives. “It was quite a feat to keep the plane from stalling and quickly find a place to land,” Viktor Zabolotsky, a former test pilot, said in televised remarks. The crew received swift accolades. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, hailed the pilots as “heroes” and said they will receive state awards.

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