News Flash – 17 December 2019

National News



One Shot, Another Hurt in Mobile Shop Robbery in Virar



Mumbai: A man was killed and another injured while resisting two men who robbed Rs 2.5 lakh from their cellphone shop in Virar on Sunday night. One of the suspects was nabbed by locals. Vishal Gupta, 20, who worked at his brother-in-law Vijay Gupta’s Riddi Siddhi mobile and stationery shop in Kumbharpada, Virar (east), died on the spot after being shot twice. Around 9.45 pm on Sunday, two masked men arrived on a motorbike, entered the shop, and threatened Vijay and Vishal. Both resisted, and one robber opened fire. Vishal was hit on his chest and abdomen. Two shots were also fired at Vijay, 32, who is being treated in a Mira Road hospital. The robbers took around Rs 2.5 lakh cash from the counter and were trying to flee, when locals and other shopkeepers, alerted by the gunshots, intercepted them. One accused was caught and handed over to the police. The other fled on the bike. The police recovered the revolver and three bullets. Complainant Ajay Gupta, 22, Vijay’s brother, told the police that around Rs 2.5 lakh cash was taken away. The brothers dealt in money transfer in addition to selling mobiles and stationery. CCTV images from the locality will be examined for further leads. Though it seems like robbery, the police are ascertaining other motives. Cases have been registered under IPC sections 302 (murder), 397 (robbery), 459 (grievous hurt while house trespass), 460 (house breaking by night), 34 (common intention) and sections 3, 27 of the Arms Act.



Lung Infections, Pneumonia Claim 21 Lives Every Day: Data


Bengaluru: Compilation of data from various states shows that on an average 10 people die of acute respiratory infection each day in the country, while another 11 die due to pneumonia a pointer to the increasing air pollution and growing health concerns surrounding ARI. As per the National Health Profile-2019 which has statistics for up to December 2018 nearly 4.1 crore people in the country were diagnosed with ARI in 2018, a marginal decrease from the 4.2 crore people in the previous year. However, the number of people dying increased from about nine every day in 2017 to 10 each day in 2018. State-wise analysis shows that five states account for 50% of all ARI cases reported in the country, while an equal number of states have reported 75% of all deaths (see graphic). Delhi, for example, figures among the worst states when it comes to the number of deaths, but is not among the states with high incidence of infections. The figures for pneumonia are more alarming with the number of cases increasing to 9.2 lakh in 2018 from 7.6 lakh in 2017. The number of deaths also saw a jump from 4,105 to 4,213, an average of 11 deaths per day. Figures from the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI) show that of all the major communicable diseases recorded during the two-year period, ARI accounts for 69.5%. In terms of mortality it is 27%, claiming the most number of lives among all communicable diseases.



Pneumonia accounts for 1.5% of all cases, but 31% of all such deaths. While smoking, genetic diseases and poor air quality are all key factors, experts and pulmonologists say nonsmoking-related infections are also high in the country. They point out that from industrial pollution to vehicular exhaust and from occupational asthma to poor air quality in general, people are being diagnosed with infections caused by a variety of such factors. Pulmonologist Dr Hirennappa Udnur said: “People who are dying of pneumonia are mostly those above 65 years of age or less than 1 year. There are several causes of pneumonia and most of them are curable. Among other infections, there are a lot of non-smokers too who are contracting infections. This is because of poor air quality, even as the reasons for what made their air bad can vary”. Pointing out that early detection of infections and diseases is the key to curing most of these infections, he said that in some severe cases of pneumonia — where there are multiple organ disorders — the need for early screening is important in order to prevent the progression of infection. Once it reaches the late stages, most people are unable to afford the financial burden of treatment.



Firemen Rescue 3-Year-Old & Cousin from Stuck Lift

The firemen widened the doors and brought out Mohammed Kashanullah and his cousin Shafiullah to safety in Nampally on Monday.



Hyderabad: Fire department officials rescued a three-year-old boy and his 21-year-old cousin stuck in an apartment elevator in Nampally on Sunday night. At 11.47 pm, the fire control room received a phone call from the residents of Alyssa Mahek Apartments at Chapel Road in Nampally. “The caller said that two persons, including the boy, were stuck inside the elevator. Our team from the assembly fire station immediately responded and reached the location by 11.55 pm,” assembly station fire officer K Chandrasekhar said. According to fire services officials, though there was no electricity failure, the lift stopped in the cellar due to a mechanical issue. “Our team manually operated the elevator clutch and levelled the car with -1 floor. After levelling the elevator car with the floor using a crowbar, we widened the doors and brought out Mohammed Kashanullah and his cousin Shafiullah to safety,” Chandrasekhar said. Shafiullah is a degree student. Mohammed Shafi, grandfather, praised the quick response of the fire officials. “The fire staff reached the apartment quickly and brought out the boys safely. We are thankful to them,” he said.



4th Sec V Fire in a Year Guts 2 Floors of Office Complex

Smoke billows out of the building at DN Block in Sector V on Monday.



Kolkata: A fire broke out at a Sector V office complex in Salt Lake, which houses at least two BPO offices, a laboratory and a reputable homoeopathy medicine manufacturing company’s office, on Monday morning. This was the fourth major building fire in Sector V this year. Top two floors of the fives Torey building at DN 30 caught fire that was suspected to have resulted from short circuit in one of the server rooms. Ten fire tenders rushed to the spot and the fire officials took around five hours to douse the flames with the help of a hydraulic ladder. However, no one was injured, according to the officials. “The office complex was shut on Sunday. No employees were around at the time of the fire. Had it broken out later during office hours, there could have been major casualties. We suspect a short circuit in one of the server rooms might have caused the fire,” said the official.



On January 17, a fire had broken out at SLS Tower. Two weeks later, there was another inferno at Sector V’s oldest SDF Building. In April this year, Globsyn Crystals building in Sector V’s EP Block had caught fire. On Monday, the fire started around 5.30am from the third floor of the building and it leapt to the fourth floor. Cops said both the floors housed two BPO offices, a software development company and a graphic designing firm. The other floors were occupied by a major homeopathy medicine manufacturing firm. However, the fire did not spread to the lower floors of the building. “I reached the place around 8am. By that time, the flames were not visible from a distance, but the entire area was filled with smoke. Four fire tenders had arrived by then and later, more tenders rushed the spot. The firemen soon doused the flames from outside by using a hydraulic ladder,” said Arun Das who works in a neighbouring building.

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