News Flash – 17 January 2018

National News



2 men open ATM, take away Rs 40 lakh



NEW DELHI: Two men managed to open an ATM in northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar on Sunday and make away with almost Rs 40 lakh in cash. The theft was discovered only a day later when people complained that the machine was not giving out cash. Police said they were contacted by a bank official about the theft. A team was formed to look into the matter. CCTV footage from the booth was scanned, Ajit Kumar Singla, DCP (northeast), said. Police said camera grabs showed two men entering the ATM booth wearing masks and carrying bags. One of them walked out and kept watch. The man inside the booth pulled out a key from his pocket and struggled to open the machine. After several attempts, he managed to open it and hurriedly stuffed the cash in a bag. He then called out to his partner, who helped him collect the remaining money. They carefully closed the machine — the reason why, police said, the theft was discovered only a day later. The men looked towards the camera before leaving. Police said the guard stationed at the booth claimed that had stepped out to relieve himself for a few minutes. They are probing the possibility of his involvement in the theft. A senior officer said they were also investigating whether a bank official could have revealed the machine password to the criminals.



Fire in factory in west Delhi



NEW DELHI: A fire broke out tonight at a factory in west Delhi‘s Udyog Nagar area, following which 25 fire tenders were pressed into service, officials said. “We received a call at 07:27 pm after which firefighting teams were rushed,” a Delhi Fire Department official said. “Twenty-five fire tenders have been sent, so the blaze is presumably big. The cause of the fire is not immediately known,” he said.



Cops get safety lights on uniform


KOLKATA: Remember Amitabh Bachchan jiving to ‘Saara Zamana’ in 1981 blockbuster ‘Yaarana’? The light-studded costume of Big B had become an instant hit and remained an eternal favourite of Bolly buffs for all these years. And now, Kolkata Police personnel have brought the sweet memories back by introducing ‘body lights’ for those manning the traffic on Kolkata roads. Introduced in the ‘season of fog’, Lalbazar sources said it’s a move to ensure safety of cops, especially in stretches that are dimly lit, accident-prone or remain shrouded in heavy fog. Recently, 1,000 red-and-blue LED shoulder lights were distributed among sergeants. Another 3,000 will be ordered soon. “This time, we will distribute them even among constables. Their safety and security is important to us,” said DC (Traffic) Sumit Kumar.


The LED lights will function as a warning equipment. When the traffic personnel work in late evenings and night, the lights will help commuters spot them from even 500 meters away. “This will allow motorists check their speed and know that they are being watched. It has three advantages – one, the device will act as a protective device. Two, it will help cops during checks and last, it will act as a deterrent against speeding and signal violation as motorists will know that they are under watch,” said a Lalbazar officer. Several late evening accidents involving police personnel — a sergeant recently lost his legs in a minibus accident near Mayo Road — led cops to think of ways to ensure their safety. The jury on the new device is still out. While a section of sergeants told TOI they felt “safer,” others were not yet sure of its efficacy. “In winters, our white uniform is not visible as we wear blue jackets. There have been countless occasions when drivers have allowed us the first right of road after spotting us from a distance,” a sergeant from Jorabagan traffic guard recalled.



Traffic cops back with road marking to reduce accidents

BE WARNED: So far, 23 spots have been identified for marking.



CHENNAI: Chennai City Traffic Police have come up with new markings on roads to denote accident-prone spots across the city. They have also started putting up pictorial warnings at places where fatal accidents have taken place, so that motorists can be cautious on these stretches. These accident spots will have a circle with an illustration and the number 304 (A) (section of IPC that deals with death due to negligence) in yellow colour. The markings will be visible at night too, even if the area is poorly lit. Accidents may have occurred for a variety of reasons, such as a structural deficiencies of the road or poor lighting or lack of visibility of road signs. By notifying such spots, police have found the number of accidents has come down. In a study, police found that many road users involved in accidents had failed to notice warning boards kept on the roadsides, as rarely they turned their heads while driving. The study also looked at reasons for accidents, like an abrupt median or lack of a median, and overtaking.


R Sudhakarm joint commissioner, traffic (south), said motorists were also consulted as part of the study. “Many said the markings on the road made them alert and cautious. We also found that speeding drivers slowed down when they reached these spots,” he said. Mohan Ram, a gym trainer at RK Salai said the move helps spread awareness. “The marking on Anna Salai made me think of reasons behind accidents. This has made me slow down and not try to overtake other vehicles,” he said. So far, police have identified 23 accident spots for marking. Among them are Langs Garden Road in Kilpauk, Santhome and Periyar Statue on Anna Salai. Teams are now marking spots on East Coast Road(ECR) and Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR)— two stretches where over speeding is common.



International News



8 bodies found as ‘North Korean boat’ washes up in Japan


TOKYO: Eight bodies have been recovered from a wrecked boat that washed ashore in central Japan, authorities said on Tuesday, suspecting the vessel is the latest in a series of North Korean “ghost ships”. Coastguard rescuers found the corpses of seven men inside the wreckage of the boat that washed up in Kanazawa, central Japan, last week, senior police official Hiroshi Abe said. The badly decomposed remains of another man were discovered around 15 metres (50 feet) from the boat, added Abe. “It is difficult to identify the bodies as they had begun to decompose,” he said, noting that rough seas had prevented officials from investigating the boat thoroughly. “We spotted a tobacco box which carries some Korean letters, but we can’t confirm the boat came from North Korea,” he said. However, coastguard officials believe it is the latest North Korean fishing vessel to wash up on the coast, following a record number of such cases last year. Television footage showed the wreckage of the flat-bottomed vessel capsized on the beach. According to TV Asahi, a badge depicting former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was found in the wreckage. The number of North Korean fishing vessels washing up on Japan’s coast hit a record 104 cases last year, following 66 in 2016, according to the Japanese coastguard.


In some cases, crew members were found dead at sea, a phenomenon local media refer to as “ghost ships”. Experts say some North Korean fishermen are travelling further out to sea in order to satisfy government mandates for bigger catches. But their old and poorly equipped vessels are prone to mechanical and other problems, including running out of fuel, and there are few ways for them to call for rescue. A severe shortage of food and foreign currency – as international sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile ambitions bite – are contributing to a wave of poorly- equipped North Korean fishing boats washing up in Japanese waters, pundits say. Japan and North Korea have a tense relationship, with Pyongyang routinely issuing verbal threats as well as firing missiles near or above Japan. But the Japanese coastguard occasionally rescues North Korean fishermen in maritime accidents in regional waters.



6 Pakistan security personnel killed in attacks in Balochistan


KARACHI: At least six security personnel have been killed in terror attacks in Pakistan‘s troubled Balochistan province. A police constable was gunned down in Quetta on Tuesday following an attack yesterday in Turbat when militants shot dead five Frontier Corps (FC) personnel. The policeman identified as Naseer Ahmed was on his way to work when two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle fired at him and fled. A convoy of paramilitary FC, yesterday evening, came under attack in the mountainous region of Shapok in Kech district, 50 kilometres from Turbat town. Five FC personnel were killed while six others were injured, officials said. Since the beginning of the year, militants and separatists have stepped up their attacks on security personnel and installations in Balochistan. The attacks started on January 1 when militants carried out twin assaults on a security check post in Chaman injuring three security personnel. The next day, six FC officials were injured in a bomb blast near the suburbs of Quetta. Last week, five policemen were killed when a suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into a police truck in Quetta while two civilians also died in the attack.

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