News Flash – 16 June 2018

National News



Gang flees with ATM in outer Delhi



NEW DELHI: A gang of robbers managed to pull out an ATM machine and fled with it on Wednesday morning in outer Delhi’s Surakhpur village. DCP (Dwarka) Shibesh Singh said the bank had not deployed any security guard at the kiosk and a case has been registered. The owner of the property, Om Prakash, who has his residence behind the kiosk, told police that he woke up at 5.30am and found the shutter of the kiosk half open and the gates damaged. He went in and found that the machine was missing and informed the police. The CCTV camera inside the kiosk was also damaged. A preliminary probe found that the gang took barely 15 minutes to escape with it. Instead of cutting the cash box using a gas cutter, the accused found the machine was simply screwed to the ground. They unbolted it, tied it to their pickup truck and fled with it. The bank officials told police that the machine was recently calibrated with cash and had approximately Rs 10 lakh. Police said the modus operandi matches with the incidents that occurred recently in Mundka and Bahadurgarh. “In those cases as well, the robbers targeted machines at desolated spots without security guards,” an officer said. Police are scanning the CCTV footage of the shops near the kiosk to ascertain the identity of the vehicle used in the crime and the identity of the criminals. Details are also being sought from the bank officials about the incident and police are probing the possibility of an insider role in the crime as well.



Western Railway goes in for hi-tech system to prevent signal failure during heavy rain in Mumbai



MUMBAI: Almost 70% of Western Railway’s suburban network has been covered with advanced digital technology to prevent signal failure following heavy rain. WR’s chief PRO Ravinder Bhakar said they had provided digital axle counters in dual detection mode across 1,165 of 1,610 track circuits. The recent rain in Mumbai had led to water-logging and had affected around 50 track circuits, but none had failed, ensuring smooth services. He said that if the counters had not been installed, it would have badly affected services due to track failure. A signal turns yellow or green only when the track ahead is “not occupied” by another train in that section. This is detected by track circuits, which function on the basis of detection of current flow in rail and relay. This information is transmitted to the central control tower, from where signals are cleared. Track circuits are affected due to rain. During the monsoon, there can be a problem with conductivity, leading to signal system failures. Other reasons for malfunction are power supply failure and a broken rail or wire. In such cases, the signal turns red even though the track ahead is clear.



HC: Litigation notice served if sent on WhatsApp and blue ticks can be seen



MUMBAI: The Bombay high court has held that the service of notice about a litigation through WhatsApp messaging service is valid. Justice Gautam Patel observed that a credit card defaulter who was evading the bank had not only received the notice in a PDF file but also opened and read its contents. The court was hearing an application filed by SBI Cards and Payment Services to execute an arbitration award against a Nalasopara resident, Rohidas Jadhav, relating to payment of credit card dues of Rs 1.17 lakh. “(Jadhav) was served by an authorized officer by sending a PDF and message to his mobile number as a WhatsApp message.” Justice Patel said. “For the purposes of service of notice I will accept this. I do so because the icon indicators clearly show that not only was the message and its attachment delivered to the number but that both were opened”. Advocate Murlidhar Kale, counsel for the company, said that they had been unable to serve the notice on Jadhav as he had changed his residence. His phone number was available with them, which the court took on record. The bank representative sent Jadhav a message informing him about the next date of hearing along with a lawyer’s notice in a PDF file. The “blue ticks” on the message revealed that Jadhav had received the message and read it. Jadhav had run up credit card dues of Rs 85,000 in 2010. In 2011, following arbitration proceedings, he was ordered to pay back the amount along with 8% interest. When he failed to make the payment, the bank filed an execution application in 2015 to enforce the award. The amount at the time stood at Rs 1.17 lakh. Over the past two years, the bank had been trying to serve the notice about the litigation on Jadhav but without success as he kept shifting his rental accommodation.


Rules state that a notice is served in person or through registered post. Following the enactment of the Information Technology Act, which recognises electronic communication as evidence, courts have allowed parties in a litigation to serve notice through email in addition to traditional methods. Earlier this year, a Delhi metropolitan magistrate had allowed a woman to serve summons in a domestic violence case on her estranged husband in Australia via WhatsApp. The court had said that the “double tick” on WhatsApp showed that the summons had been delivered. Last year, in a copyright infringement case, the high court bench of Justice Patel had taken on record a notice sent to a Kannada film producer through WhatsApp and email. “It cannot be that our rules and procedure are either so ancient or so rigid (or both) that without some antiquated formal service mode through a bailiff or even by beat of drum or pattaki, a party cannot be said to have been ‘properly’ served. The purpose of service is to put the other party to notice and to give him a copy of the papers. The mode is surely irrelevant. We have not formally approved of email and other modes as acceptable simply because there is inherent limitation to proving service. Where an alternative mode is used, however, and service is shown to be effected, and is acknowledged, then surely it cannot be suggested that the defendants had ‘no notice’,” Justice Patel had observed.



South corporation to install over 4,000 CCTV’s at its schools in 4 months



NEW DELHI: In a bid to ensure safety of schoolchildren, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has approved installation of CCTV cameras at its municipal schools. There are 581 schools under the south corporation, which caters to around 2 lakh students. Senior officials said that the cameras will be installed at the school premises within four months and they will be monitored by the school faculties and senior officials through mobile app. Standing committee chairman Shikha Rai said that SDMC will install 4,348 CCTV cameras in all of its schools. “The tender has been finalised and work has been awarded to a private agency. The CCTV cameras will be installed at a cost of Rs 5.5 crore and it will help in ensuring safety of schoolchildren through a reliable surveillance system,” she added.


Rai said, “The move will help in assuring the parents that SDMC schools are safe for their children. The attendance of the students will also improve substantially as they will not hesitate in attending schools”. The cameras will be installed in 406 school buildings. The education department had earlier installed CCTV cameras in 62 buildings. The principals of the schools have been authorised to monitor the recordings and take appropriate urgent action in case of any lapse. “They will be responsible for any glitch in the system and subsequent loss. The agency has been asked to get itself well versed with the conditions of the schools and physical feasibilities for installation of CCTV cameras,” added Rai.



7 new cardiac emergency stations at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad



HYDERABAD: In a move aimed at providing immediate assistance to passengers suffering a sudden cardiac arrest, authorities have set up seven Cardiac Emergency Resuscitation Stations (ERS) at the city’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA). These facilities have been readied under the GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), signature programme – #PassengerIsPrime. “These stations have been set up at strategic locations across the Passenger Terminal Building — two at the domestic Security Hold Area (SHA), one each at the international SHA, check-in area, domestic arrivals, international arrivals and the airport village,” a release issued by GHIAL stated. Each of these Cardiac ERS’ at the airport, officials said, has an automated external defibrillator (AED), an emergency bag with intubation; suction and other essential equipment, an oxygen cylinder, well-equipped first aid kit and a stretcher.


An AED is a portable device that checks the heart’s rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm. “During cardiac emergency, a trained staff can access the ERS box and provide treatment to the patient. Regular trainings are being imparted to the airport community members to operate the Cardiac ERS. As of now over 100 volunteers from across the stakeholders in the airport have been trained to operate AED and providing CPR in case of any emergency,” the release added. Recently, authorities had also introduced a crash cart loaded with life-saving equipment near the domestic arrivals’ baggage conveyor belt to address any medical exigency. The airport also has a 24-hour medical centre with 17-bed emergency treatment centre that’s operated by Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited.



Army, Assam Rifles join flood relief ops in North Eastern Region



Kolkata: Units of Assam Rifles (AR) and the Army have carried out large-scale rescue and relief operations in flood-hit parts of Manipur and Tripura. While 430 people were evacuated from Irong, Maibam, Uchiwa, Arapati, Kiyamgei, Achanbigai and Mongjam villages in Thoubal, Imphal East and Imphal West districts of Manipur, 950 residents of Kailashahar, Indiranagar, Fatikroy, Santail and Kumarghat in Tripura were rescued. Operations are continuing, said an officer in the Eastern Command headquarters at Fort William in Kolkata. “As of now, more than 2,000 people are being sheltered at relief camps at Kailashahar, Tripura. A total of six columns are operating in the state after responding to a request from civil administration,” the officer said.



T.Nagar, home to tinderboxes, to get Fire Safety Plan


CHENNAI: Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) is planning a comprehensive fire safety management plan for T Nagar. CMDA has issued a tender notice calling for a consultant to prepare a detailed project report. As per the tender notice, the aim of the DPR is to evolve a comprehensive fire safety management plan involving inter-departmental coordination and community participation. It talks of a community-oriented fire safety plan involving building owners, occupants and local NGOs in partnership with government departments. The consultant must suggest a ‘fire safety module’, which can be replicated with slight modifications. The consultant should explore cost-benefit analysis and sources of funding such as fire tax, cess and capitation fees module. Among the broad guidelines are an intelligent fire detection and response system, heat and smoke detectors and a 24 x 7 control system connected to the department of fire and rescue service’s control room.


The development comes nine months after the CMDA appointed a consultant to prepare a similar project report for commercial and continuous building areas in the city and the suburbs. “The fire safety management plan for T Nagar is meant to understand the type of violations and different standards for different category of buildings,” said a CMDA official. Residents of the neighbourhood, however, aren’t amused as the planning body has not acted against buildings that have flouted safety norms. More than a decade ago, a Madras high court-appointed monitoring committee had found 64 commercial establishments in T Nagar functioning in violation of development norms including fire safety. “Since 2007, when the monitoring committee found fire safety violations, the number of such buildings have doubled. Some of them have also encroached upon roads and pavements,” said T Nagar Residents’ Welfare Association Member B Kannan.



Ahmedabad turns to ‘Gardabad’, two more windy days in store



AHMEDABAD: When Mughal emperor Jahangir first visited Ahmedabad in 1617, he called it ‘Gardabad’ — the city of dust. The semi-arid region in which the city is located time and again lives up to the moniker, as it did on Friday after a spell of dust storms. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials, the weather condition will prevail for the next two days. IMD officials said that over the next five days, there might be sporadic rains in regions of South Gujarat and Saurashtra. They said central and northern parts of the state will remain dry. The dust storms are causing a series of health problems. Those with dust allergy are staying indoors. Commuters have been advised to tie a handkerchief on their face to prevent fine dust particles from entering the respiratory system. Dr Akhil Mukim, a Bodakdev physician, said that he is attending to about seven to eight cases daily related to running nose, laboured breathing, and burning eyes. “Those conditions can be attributed to the rise in suspended particulate matter in the city air. Stay hydrated and cover your face while going out,” he said. Experts also point to the perils of the depleted green cover. In his book ‘Environmental Education,’ Prof P R Trivedi says that trees such as banyan, sacred fig (peepul), and teak are effective in obliterating dust particles from the air and keeping the environment clean.



International News



Tropical storm Carlotta forms off coast of Acapulco



MEXICO CITY : Tropical storm Carlotta headed toward landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast east of Acapulco on Friday, bringing with it heavy rains and wind. Carlotta, the third named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, was forecast to hit land Saturday, according to the US National Hurricane Center. It said that Carlotta had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph), and its center was located about 70 miles (110 kilometers) southeast of Acapulco. The storm was moving toward the northeast at 3 mph (6 kph). The hurricane center says the storm threatens torrential rains for the coastline of the southern states of Guerrero and Oaxaca, with up to 10 inches possible in some areas. Also Friday, the Mexican Interior Department reported that there were no deaths in the resort cities of Los Cabos from Tropical Storm Bud, which left the Baja California Peninsula and re-emerged over the Gulf of California. The U.S. National Hurricane Center downgraded Bud to a tropical depression in the morning when its sustained winds dropped to 35 mph (55 kph). It was moving north at 10 mph (17 kph) toward the Mexican mainland and the state of Sonora. Mexico’s National Water Commission said that Bud had made landfall over Baja California Sur on Thursday night. The remnants of Bud were about 150 miles (245 kilometers) south-southeast of Guaymas, Mexico.


It was expected to bring heavy rain to northwest Mexico and the southwest United States. Baja California Sur Gov. Carlos Mendoza Davis said that preliminary reports indicated Bud did not cause any significant damage. The airport in La Paz was closed temporarily Friday morning because of limited visibility, but it reopened later in the morning. Bud lashed palms trees and its waves pounded the sand on the Baja Peninsula, where memories were still fresh of the extensive damage done in 2014 by a direct hit from Category 3 Hurricane Odile. Overall, however, there was a sense of relief that Bud had been sapped of most of its punch. It was previously a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (210 kph). But it still threw heavy rainfall over a large swath of Mexico. Earlier in the week, intense rain overwhelmed a reservoir in the central city of Guanajuato, sending a river of water through downtown streets that flooded homes and vehicles. The hurricane center said Bud could cause dangerous surf and bring an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain to Sonora state and northwest Mexico, threatening floods and landslides.



Awami League leader shot dead after prayers in Bangladesh



DHAKA: A senior leader of Bangldesh’s ruling Awami League was shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside a mosque in Dhaka‘s Badda area when he was returning home after Friday prayers. Farhad Ali, general secretary of the ruling Awami League’s Badda Union wing, died on the spot as bullets pierced his chest and head. Two men opened fire on Farhad from their motorbike outside Baitus Salam Jame Mosque in Badda area, known for gangland violence and turf wars, a police officer told media persons. “Farhad was shot dead on the spot when he was leaving the mosque after Jumma (Friday) prayers,” police said.

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