News Flash – 22 June 2018

National News



Cycle Ambulance pilot project in Mumbai on the cards



MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government plans to start bicycle ambulances on a pilot basis which will have paramedics carrying medicine kits for senior citizens, a senior official said. The pilot project will be launched soon in Mumbai and will be modelled on the one currently operational in the United Kingdom, the health department official added. “Paramedics on bicycles will focus on senior citizens and will carry kits with essential medicines for them. They will also interact with senior citizens who live alone,” the official told PTI. He said that there were 20 motorcycle ambulances operating in Mumbai at present and five such ambulances each would be delivered to Palghar and Melghat soon. He said that these two-wheeler ambulances had got over 1,500 calls from different parts of the city since it was launched in August last year. They can be availed by dialing the state’s “108” ambulance helpline and are operating in Bhandup, Kurar, Malad, Charkop, Nagpada, Goregaon film city, Mankhurd, Dharavi police station, Khar police station, Thakur village in Kandivali and Kalina university campus in Santacruz, he added.



Kolkata: Fire breaks out at Alipore court premises

Panic broke out at the Alipore court premises on Thursday evening when a fire erupted at a West Bengal government run milk, eggs, meat and livestock sellers outlet around 5pm.



KOLKATA: Panic broke out at the Alipore court premises on Thursday evening when a fire erupted at a West Bengal government run milk, eggs, meat and livestock sellers outlet around 5pm. Flames were seen leaping out of the Sundarini outlet – a unit of Sunderbans Cooperative Milk and Livestock Producers Union Ltd as the employees rushed out of the store. Four fire tenders were pressed into service that brought the fire under control in one and half hours. No one was hurt but the lawyers, employees at the government offices and local people visiting the court panicked seeing the fire. The area was however cordoned off by the police as firemen doused the fire. The outlet situated inside the Alipore court premises was set up in 2016 in collaboration with WBLDC Ltd. The outlet stocked SUNDARINI Cow Ghee, Eggs, Wild Honey and different meat and meat based products by Haringhata Meat. Apart from the Alipore court, the premises house the office of the south 24 parganas District Magistrate, office of the motor vehicles department, an art gallery, two government offices and chambers of hundreds of lawyers.



Mumbai: Thieves break into college principal’s office, steal Rs 10 lakh



MUMBAI: Unidentified thieves took away Rs 10 lakh from a cupboard in the principal’s office at Guru Nanak College in Sion-Koliwada. The loss of cash came to light on Thursday morning when college opened. A case of theft has been registered at Antop Hill police station. Senior inspector Sudarshan Paithankar said that the thieves had gained entry into the principal’s office by breaking open the lock. “They then broke the lock of the cupboard where the cash had been kept,” said Paithankar. Another officer said that a jimmy was possibly used to break open the locks. Cameras installed on the college premises had not been functional over the last two days.



International News



249 detained in China for software fraud



BEIJING: Nearly 250 suspects have been detained for allegedly swindling about $6.2 million in a software fraud and more than 1,000 computers as well as cell phones confiscated in a joint operation in China’s Shenzhen city, police said. According to the police, the gang targeted stock market investors with so-called inside information through the software they had developed. The defrauders then used leveraging, modifying backstage data and high commissions to defraud clients, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted police officials as saying. In a joint operation carried out on June 13, the police stopped more than 300 people, of whom 249 will face criminal charges. 42.6 million yuan ($6.5 million) was frozen and more than 1,000 computers and cell phones confiscated in the action, the report said.



Libya’s coast guard rescues 80 African migrants

Migrants leave a boat at the coast of Tajoura, east of Tripoli.



CAIRO: Libya’s coast guard says it has rescued some 80 African migrants, including four women and two children, and recovered one body in the Mediterranean Sea east of the capital, Tripoli. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said late Wednesday that the migrants were found on a damaged rubber boat and had remained at sea for around four hours before the coast guard arrived. He said the migrants were given humanitarian and medical aid, and were handed over to anti-migration authorities. Libya has emerged as a major transit point to Europe for those fleeing poverty and civil war elsewhere in Africa. Traffickers have exploited Libya’s chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and later killed a longtime dictator. Libyan authorities have stepped up efforts to stem the flow of migrants, with European assistance.



Afghan official says Taliban kill 8 police

Taliban fighters ride in their vehicle in Surkh road district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul.



KABUL: The Taliban killed eight police in two separate attacks in Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said. Arif Noori, a spokesman for the governor of the southern Ghazni province, says six police were killed and four were wounded in an attack on security posts early Thursday. He says at least seven insurgents were killed in the hours-long gun battle. In the northern Baghlan province, the Taliban killed two police and wounded another three, according to police spokesman Zabiullah Shuja. No one immediately claimed either attack. The Taliban have seized several districts across the country in recent years, and carry out near-daily attacks, mainly targeting security forces. They resumed their attacks after a three-day cease-fire last weekend coinciding with the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.

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