News Flash – 2 February 2018

National News



Massive fire breaks out at Delhi factory



DELHI: A massive fire broke out at a shoe factory near Delhi’s Peeragarhi area early on Friday. The Delhi Fire Services rushed 20 fire tenders to the spot to contain the blaze. According to reports, a fireman has suffered burn injuries in the incident. Officials said that the blaze started at about 2.30am but fortunately no one was in the factory premises at the time. The blaze englufed three floors of the factory. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained.



Cash thieves still at large with Rs 90 lakh



BENGALURU: Two employees of a cash logistics firm CMS, who fled with Rs 90 lakh cash on Tuesday, are still at large. Driver Narayana Swamy, 45 and cash loader Narasimha Raju, 28, had sped away with the van after asking the gunman to buy bananas in southwest Bengaluru. They had to refill cash for ATMs in the area. The vehicle was later found abandoned on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Jnanabharathi police, who registered a case of servant theft, said they’re unable to trace the suspects and have no clue of their whereabouts. The accused are neither using mobile phones nor contacting their families. Syndicate Bank clarified that it has not engaged CMS to either collect cash from its branches or refill money in its ATMs. The TOI report, ‘ATM cash van driver and colleague escape with Rs 90 lakh’ (January 31) had said the van had collected money from Syndicate Bank branches, among others.



Fire scare at CNMC Hospital in Kolkata



Kolkata: Fire broke out in the Raja Ram Mohan Roy building at Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital (CNMCH) on Thursday evening creating panic among the patients getting treatment in the building. Though the fire was controlled within minutes, the fire scare raised question about patient safety in hospitals. The fire started from the toilet adjacent to the male medicine ward on the second floor of the seven-storey building around 5 pm. The ward had around 50 patients. As smoke bellowed out it patients who were in a position to walk on their own rushed down. The ones who could not move on their own came out to safety with the help of relatives and hospital staffs. “I heard people screaming that fire had broken out. I was scared. The nurse on duty asked me not to panic and helped me escape to safety by escorting me out of the building,” said Biswajit Naskar, a thalassemia patient. Even before the fire tenders arrived security guards like Biswajit Baidya jumped to douse the fire with the help of other hospital staff while PWD had snapped the power connection in the second floor. They ensured that the fire did not spread. “My wife is admitted in the female medicine ward on the fourth floor and we were scared if the fire leapt to the upper floors.


Even as the doctors and sisters assured that the fire was insignificant and there was no reason to worry we brought her out of the building,” said Nazrul Sipai. Two fire tenders had arrived in the meantime and the fire as doused in about half an hour. This is the second incident of fire at CNMCH in the recent past. On July 29 last year a fire broke out in the maternity ward of the hospital causing panic. “A team effort and firefighting infrastructure installed in the hospital ensured that the fire was contained within minutes. Apart from the panic the fire did not cause any major damage or casualty,” said Dr Pitbaran Chakraborty, medical superintendent and vice principal at CNMCH. The fifth floor of the building has cardiac patients. Luckily the prompt reaction by hospital staff ensured that no smoke reached the floor. Patients from the ward were shifted to the floors above and also on the ground floor for some time. Fire fighters suspect a cigarette butt thrown upon a heap of garbage beside the toilet causing the fire.



International News



950 miners trapped in South Africa after power outage



JOHANNESBURG: About 950 gold miners were stuck underground in South Africa on Thursday after a power cut, the mine’s owner said, though the workers were not reported to be in immediate danger. The Sibanye-Stillwater mining company said a massive power outage had prevented lifts from bringing the night shift to the surface at the Beatrix gold mine, near the central city of Welkom. “We sent rescue teams down, accounted for all the people and obviously are trying to get them out of there as soon as possible,” James Wellsted, spokesman for Sibanye-Stillwater, told ENCA television. “All employees appear to be fine. We are supplying food and water,” Wellsted added in a telephone message to AFP. About 65 people were rescued during the day, with 950 remaining trapped underground by early evening, the company said. Wellsted said that engineers were struggling to get emergency generators to operate and re-start the lifts. “We are busy working on that issue at the moment,” he added. The Beatrix mine is in Free State province, 290 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg.



12 killed in Chinese military plane crash: Report



BEIJING: At least 12 crew members of a Chinese military aircraft were killed when it crashed during a training exercise early this week, a media report said today. The People’s Liberation Army (PLAAir Force has confirmed that an aircraft crashed in the southwestern province during a training exercise on Monday. At least a dozen crew members were killed in the fatal crash, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported on Thursday quoting Chinese Air Force. The crashed aircraft was a new type of refueling plane modified from the air force’s Y-8 transport aircraft, it said.



Fire kills 11, injures 3 at home for elderly poor in Japan

Firefighters work at the scene of a fire in Sapporo, northern Japan.



TOKYO: A fire engulfed a home for elderly welfare recipients in northern Japan, killing 11 people, Japanese police said Thursday. The fire broke out before midnight Wednesday in Sapporo, the main city on the northern main island of Hokkaido. Sapporo police said five residents were rescued. Three of them were being treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, they said. Police so far identified the 11 victims only as eight men and three women. All 16 residents at the facility have been accounted for, said a police press official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not permitted to speak on the record. Footage on public broadcaster NHK showed flames and smoke pouring out of the three-story building as firefighters battled the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The building was a former three-story inn that had been rented by the operator for use as a group home for the poor, and was about 50 years old, Kyodo News reported. The building lacked sprinklers, which were not compulsory for the type of facility, Kyodo said.

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