News Flash – 18 November 2019

National News



Security Guard Dies in Dire at Narela Shoe Unit



New Delhi: A security guard was charred to death in a major fire inside a shoe factory in outer Delhi’s Narela on Sunday morning. As many as 24 fire tenders were rushed to the location to douse the fire. The factory did not have a ‘no objection certificate’ from the fire department. The fire department received a call from G block in Narela Industrial area about a fire at 12.45am on Sunday. The fire was brought under control in a couple of hours. Locals had told the fire department that two people may be stuck inside. Around 3am, a charred body of a man was recovered from the factory. The body was beyond recognition. “The building had a basement, ground and two other floors which were engulfed in the fire by the time the information was received. So far the cause of fire cannot be ascertained,” said a senior fire official. Police said that the factory was locked from inside. The owner Praveen Kumar told the police that since it was Saturday, it was a holiday and no workers were present in the factory. Only the security guard identified as Mangal Mandal (32) was supposed to be inside. The body is suspected to be of Mandal, from Bihar. “It seems Mandal rushed to the roof of the building to escape but the door was closed. His body was found next to the door. A case has been registered,” said a police officer.



200 Home Guards & Marshals will Monitor Bus Lane on ORR


Bengaluru: Traffic police have sought BBMP’s help in deploying 200 marshals/Home Guards to keep a watchful eye on the bus-priority lane on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) stretch between Silk Board Junction and KR Puram. The move is prompted by traffic police’s manpower shortage. “Police have asked for 200-odd Home Guards or marshals to man these lanes for enforcement. We are figuring out the logistics and formulating the proposal. We also need to decide things like their salaries and who will bear the cost,” said a BBMP official, who’s monitoring the project. Additional commissioner of police (traffic) BR Ravikanthe Gowda admitted manpower crunch has made them turn to BBMP. “The bus lane is operational and we need people to penalise motorists not following lane discipline and entering the stretch. The Palike has agreed to provide the required number of marshals/Home Guards but we’re yet to take a call on whether they should be deployed at every 100 metres or longer distances,” Gowda added.



However, a few traffic cops have been stationed along the stretch to create awareness among motorists. “It will take time to cultivate lane discipline. The project would be extended to other roads too,” Gowda said. Asked why infrastructure was not provided despite having sufficient time, a BBMP engineer said lane marking in yellow is almost complete and work on the stretch from HSR Layout to Silk Board Junction is pending as the civic agency took up asphalting work only last week. “The city has been receiving rain over the past fortnight, which is why it wasn’t feasible to lay tar. The HSR Layout-Silk Board Junction stretch had a lot of wear and tear and required urgent asphalting. In a day or two, lane marking on the stretch will be completed,” said an engineer. He added: “The bus lane stretch from Old Madras Road and Indiranagar 100 Feet Road Junction till Agara Junction has been demarcated with two lines of yellow thermoplastic paint on both sides. The idea of bollards has been dropped due to complaints from police and the public regarding accidents”.



International News



Life Goes on as Usual in Italy


Venice (Italy): Venice was hit on Sunday by a record third exceptional tide in the same week while other parts of Italy struggled with a series of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche. Stores and museums in Venice were mostly closed around St Mark’s Square, but tourists donned high rubber boots or even hip waders to witness and photograph the spectacle.

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