News Flash – 2 January 2020

National News



Gold Ornaments Worth Rs.3L go Missing from Star Hotel



Bengaluru: A Delhi-based man has lodged a complaint with Bengaluru police stating that gold ornaments worth Rs 3 lakh have gone missing from his room in a star hotel on Kumara Krupa Road. The incident is said to have occurred on December 28 when Kushagra Sharma checked into the hotel along with his wife. “My wife had placed a 50gm gold chain with two lockets and a rudraksha chain with three lockets on the bedside. While heading to dinner around 9.30pm, I noticed she wasn’t wearing the chains. She went near the bed to collect them and was shocked to see them missing. We immediately informed the hotel management and with their help, carefully searched the room again, but in vain. We suspect housekeeping staff may have stolen them,” read the complaint. Police said they have questioned the housekeeping staff. “We were busy with New Year security duties. We will question more staff this week,” said police.



Nine (9) more Children Die in Kota Hospital, Death Toll 100 in December

EQUIPMENT CHECK: The Rajasthan government on Tuesday ordered hospitals attached to medical colleges to check the functional status of all medical equipment and send reports.



Kota/Jaipur: At least nine more infants have died at Kota’s J K Lon Hospital in the last two days, taking the toll to 100 in December 2019. The number of infant deaths in the same hospital in December 2018 was 77, the hospital authorities confirmed on Wednesday. “At least nine newborns and infants have died in J K Lon Hospital on December 30 and 31. The number of kids’ deaths in December has reached 100,” the hospital superintendent, Dr Suresh Dulara, said on Wednesday. He added, “On December 30, four kids died and on December 31 five kids died. All of them died mainly due to low birth weight and birth weight hypothesis”. The Rajasthan government on Tuesday ordered hospitals attached to medical colleges to check the functional status of all medical equipment and send reports. Last week, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and health minister Raghu Sharma had claimed that that most of the children who died were referred to the hospital in critical condition from nearby districts, including regions of neighbouring Madhya Pradesh. The hospital superintendent claimed on Wednesday that the number of infant deaths at the hospital in 2019 was lower than 2018 and the lowest in last six years. “At least 1,005 kids died in 2018 in the hospital, while 963 died in 2019,” said Dulara.



Fires at Behala, Regent Park



Kolkata: Two fire incidents were reported on Tuesday night. Both the fires were reportedly brought under control before they caused any damage. Around 11pm, a light goods vehicle caught fire near the police quarters in Regent Park. The incident sparked panic among locals. Two fire tenders doused the flames. Another fire occurred in a bush beside Roy Bahadur Road after midnight. Two fire tenders rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control. Fire officials said no casualties were reported.



City May Get Short, Heavy Spells of Rain

AFTER-EFFECT: A brief spell of rain flooded the Nungambakkam vehicular subway on Wednesday.



Chennai: In one of the more intense spells of rain in the past few weeks, the city received 1.78cm and the suburbs got 2.83cm of rain on Wednesday. Weathermen have forecast similar spells in the coming days. The Met department said the sky is likely to be generally cloudy. ‘Light to moderate rain is likely to occur in some areas,” it said. Most parts of the city and its suburbs got a quick and heavy spell of rain early on Wednesday morning. A Met department official said the monsoon has extended and weather conditions continue to be conducive for rain. Private weather blogger Pradeep John, in a social media post, said: “Chennai January normal rains is 26mm and we have got that rain on the first day itself. The last time Chennai got new year rain is on 2012, but the quantum was not so high.” He added: “On and off rains (and) small spells will be there till January 9 after which rains will reduce”. The rain and cloudy sky brought down the maximum temperature to 28.3 degrees Celsius in Nungambakkam and 27.6 degrees Celsius in Meenambakkam. Usually the city experiences around 30 degrees Celsius during the day this time of the year. Met department has forecast that the day temperature will remain around 29 degrees Celsius on Thursday. On Wednesday, OMR received 4cm, Kolapakkam and Chennai airport got 3cm, and Tambaram, Chengalpet and Sriperumbudur got 1cm rain.



Emergency Services were in Full Swing on December 31 Night



Chennai: When most people of the city were busy ushering in the New Year early on Tuesday evening till dawn, emergency technicians, ambulance drivers and critical care experts remained on their toes. The phones in the 108 control room started buzzing a little before midnight. However, deaths from accidents were fewer as compared to last year, health department officials said. Most senior officials and health minister C Vijayabaskar were at the control room in the directorate of medical services. “The number of calls we received and the number of injuries were less compared to last year,” Vijayabaskar said. “If people were injured or needed emergency care, ambulances were dispatched at great speed. We wanted to ensure golden hour treatment to bring down morbidity and mortality,” he said. The GVK EMRI officials said that between midnight and 11am, the call centre received 1,446 calls compared to around 1,480 calls during the same time a year ago. “Though there were 490 road accident cases compared to 445 last years across the state, the number of cases in Chennai dropped to 65 from 83,” said EMRI state head M Selvakumar.



In government hospitals, the emergency rooms had doctors, nurses and emergency equipment ready. At Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, patients were put on color-coded beds such as red (life threatening injuries), orange (injuries) or green (doesn’t need emergency care). Colour coded beds helped staff assess patient requirements. While most ‘green’ patients were discharged after minor treatment, ‘orange’ patients were sent for Speciality care. “Red was reserved for patients who were critical. But no one needed it last night,” said hospital dean Dr R Jayanthi. As per hospital records, there were 29 emergency cases, of which 22 of them had to be admitted. “None of them had grievous injuries,” she said. Officials at Kilpauk Medical College and Royapettah Medical Colleges said they while they received people with fractures, there were no patients with life-threatening injuries. “In fact, no cases from Kilpauk or Royapettah were referred to the Rajiv Gandhi Hospital for emergency neuro surgery,” said KMC Dean Vasanthamani P.

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