News Flash – 17 March 2018

National News



Robbers shoot at man for resisting, flee with Rs 12 lakhs



NEW DELHI: A 50-year-old cash collecting agent was shot at when he tried to resist two robbers in southwest Delhi’s Bindapur on Friday morning. Although the incident took place in full public view, the accused managed to flee with Jitender’s bag containing Rs 12 lakh. The police reached the spot after a local informed them about a man lying in a pool of blood, and took Jitender to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where he is still being treated. According to the police, Jitender, a resident of Rajendra Place, had left home an hour ago and was going to his office after collecting cash from two ATMs along with a colleague. They had collected cash from two ATMs — Rs 3 lakh from an ATM in Najafgarh and Rs 9 lakh from another in Dwarka. Jitender was carrying the bag on his back and was walking back to the office in Bindapur when two men approached him and tried to pull the bag. As Jitender tightly held on to the bag, the men first pushed him away. As he kept resisting while his colleague just stood there, the pillion rider pulled out a pistol and shot at the victim’s left leg. After Jitender dropped unconscious, the robbers fled with the bag. The entire incident was captured in a CCTV camera installed at a nearby shop. Cops said that based on Jitender’s account, a team was sent to the spot and scanned the CCTV footage from the locality and its adjoining areas. A case has been registered at Bindapur police station.



Rain lashes Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka

Sudden showers in city lead to low visibility of roads at M G road, Bengaluru on Friday.



BENGALURU: Evening showers continued to drench Bengaluru for the second consecutive day on Friday. While some welcomed rains as a much-needed relief from the soaring mercury levels, for others it posed as a hurdle for getting back home. Flooded roads, uprooted trees and water logging of low lying areas were common complaints. BBMP Control Room was flooded with calls even as M Shivaraj, leader of the house in BBMP Council, took guard of the operations there. “By 8.30pm, we had received two trees uprooting cases from JJ Nagar and two cases in Gandhinagar. Water logging was reported from areas like Kodchikkanahalli, Hosakerehalli, KR Circle, South End circle, UB City area, Gayathrinagar and Hegganahalli areas,” said an operator at the control room. Weathermen have predicted rains for Saturday as well. “Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers is likely in some areas on Saturday. Maximum and minimum temperatures very likely to be around 32 and 21 degrees Celsius respectively”.



Cloud cover sets off change-of-season disease alarm



KOLKATA: The city remained cloudy on Friday after an early morning drizzle in parts of Kolkata, which brought the mercury three notches below normal. A thundershower, however, eluded the city yet again with wind and light rain striking the neighbouring districts of East Midnapore and South 24 Parganas. Kolkata recorded a maximum temperature of 30.1°C on Friday, a drop of more than 4°C from Thursday’s 34.8°C. The city received 0.2 mm rain till 5.30pm on Friday. Since Kolkata had recorded 37.5°C on Wednesday — the season’s highest so far — the drop has been more than 7°C over the last 48 hours. It could continue to remain cloudy with possibility of moderate rain or thundershower in Kolkata on Saturday. The maximum temperature, too, could remain a moderate 33°C to 36°C till March 22, predicted the RMC. An anti-cyclonic circulation over Bay of Bengal injected moisture leading to the cloud formation, said the Regional Meteorological Centre. It triggered thundershowers in parts of south Bengal. “Since the moisture is still there, cloud formation could continue. South Bengal, including Kolkata, could receive light rain over the next few days,” said an RMC official The sudden temperature fluctuation, however, could lead to change-of-season diseases, warned doctors.


“Viruses like Rota and adeno, which trigger gastro-enteritis, turn active when the mercury fluctuates like this. The influenza virus, too, thrives in these conditions and strikes more frequently. Children and the elderly are more vulnerable since they have lower immunity. Typically, these infections spread from schools, colleges, offices and public transport. So, it is important to use handkerchiefs and be careful about hand hygiene,” said microbiologist Irfaan Akhtar. Those prone to allergic attacks were more vulnerable, said a senior consultant. “Due to the increased viral load, upper respiratory tract infections are common. Those prone to allergies are more likely to be struck by a virus,” he said. He added that rushing in and out of air-conditioning was another triggering factor. Cool drinks should be avoided during periods of temperature fluctuation, advised Debashish Saha, consultant at AMRI Hospital. “It leads to a temperature difference between the body and the environment, making you vulnerable to viral attacks. Children and those suffering from diseases like diabetes or kidney, liver, cardiac ailments should also be careful,” said Saha.



International News



All aboard killed in US helicopter crash in Iraq: Military



WASHINGTON: All personnel aboard a US military helicopter carrying American service members were killed in a crash in western Iraq, the US Central Command said on Friday. The Thursday crash does not appear to be a result of enemy activity and is under investigation, the command said in a statement. It did not provide the number of people killed or any other details. A US military official told Reuters on Thursday the US HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter was carrying seven people.



UK court convicts Iraqi teenager for London train bombing


LONDON: An Iraqi teenager, who had come to Britain as an asylum seeker, was found guilty on Friday of attempted murder after detonating a homemade bomb on a packed rush-hour London commuter train, injuring 30 people. Ahmed Hassan, 18, was found guilty of trying to murder the passengers on board an underground train heading to central London on Sept. 15 last year, prosecutors said. The bomb went off at Parsons Green station and flames engulfed the carriage, but it did not fully explode, limiting the scale of injuries in what authorities said was Britain’s fifth major attack of 2017. “It was only a matter of luck that the device did not work as he intended or it could easily have led to the loss of innocent lives,” said Sue Hemming from Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service. The teenager had left his home in Sunbury-on-Thames in west London and set the timer for the device in toilets at Wimbledon station where he boarded a District Line underground train.


He got off at the stop before Parsons Green leaving behind his bomb loaded into a bucket and packed with more than two kilograms of metal shrapnel including screws, bolts, nails, knives and screw drivers. There were 93 passengers in the carriage when it detonated. They reported hearing a loud bang and seeing a fireball roll down the carriage with one woman suffering burns to her hands, legs, and face causing her to lose the hair on her eyebrows and eyelashes, while others were hurt in a stampede to flee the scene. Hassan was arrested in the southern port of Dover the following day. The jury at London’s Old Bailey court convicted him of attempted murder and he will be sentenced at a later date.



Syria army calls on residents of Ghouta to flee via ‘corridors’



DAMASCUS: The Syrian army on Friday urged civilians in Eastern Ghouta to flee remaining rebel-held parts of the enclave through routes it had opened as part of its military advance. “The command calls on our people in Eastern Ghouta to leave the yoke of the terrorist groups through the safe corridors,” it said in a statement.

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