News Flash – 22 May 2019

National News



Cards Safe at Home, duo Loses Rs.1.5L to ATM Fraud



Mumbai: Two businessmen, including a builder from Santacruz, who have saving accounts in Dena Bank, lost altogether around Rs1.5 lakhs to debit card frauds. Both landed at the Santacruz police station at the same time to lodge complaints, saying money was withdrawn from their accounts through ATM, though their cards were in their possession. Police suspect both may have been targeted by one gang. In the first case, a developer from Vile Parle alleged that around 11.30 pm on May 14, he received a text alert about Rs 10,023 being withdrawn from his savings account at an ATM. Soon, he received four more alerts and a total sum of Rs 50,118 was siphoned off. He told police that though he immediately alerted the bank’s call centre about the fraud and asked them to block his card, Rs 30,000 more was withdrawn from his account the next morning. The other victim, a businessman residing in SV Road in Santacruz (W), received seven alerts around 3.30 am about Rs 70,118 being withdrawn from his account through ATM. “We have approached cyber police to find out how money was withdrawn when the debit cards were with the account holders,” said an officer.



5 held, 3 on run in Thane Temple Dacoity Case



Thane: Five dacoits were arrested for allegedly robbing the Vajreshwari temple earlier this month. They were identified as Vineet Chimda (19), Bharat Wagh (22), Jagdish Navtare (26), Pravin Navtare (22) from Shahpur, and Govind Gimbal (35) from Jawhar. Police said there are three more accomplices still on the run. On May 10, the dacoits climbed the hill behind the temple, tied the lone watchmen up, and fled with Rs 7.1 lakh from the handis. “The booty, an additional sum of Rs 2.4 lakh, and two motorcycles were recovered,” said a senior police officer of Thane Rural Police.



Talaguppa-Bengaluru Train Catches Fire



Shivamogga: Passengers spent anxious moments on Monday night as the engine of the Talaguppa-Bengaluru train caught fire. The train was halted at Bhadravati station for 90 minutes. Railway authorities in Shivamogga said the accident was reported around 11.30pm on Monday just as the train pulled into Bhadravati station. “An electric short circuit set off smoke and fire in the engine,” a railway officer said. “Immediately after the fire was noticed, the fire department personnel were alerted. They rushed to the station and doused the fire,” said Rajesh Kumar Naik, a passenger. “As the news of fire spread, there was panic and passengers got down from their compartments to find out what is happening,” he added. The train continued its onward journey around 1am after the engine was replaced. It reached Bengaluru at 7am on Tuesday.



Despair for many, joy for few as Heavy Rain Lashes twin cities


Hyderabad: Thunderstorms lashed the twin cities on Tuesday evening, with Hyderabad recording rainfall up to 17.88mm and wind speeds that crossed the 30 kmph mark. While the rain was source of relief from the scorching heat, many complained of power outages, waterlogging and broken trees in neighbourhoods across the city. The city also saw heavy traffic congestion in various parts as a result of the sudden rain. According to the Telangana State Development Planning Society figures, Bollarum received highest rainfall of 39.5mm followed by Monda Market with 21mm and Malkajgiri with 19.8mm of rainfall. Other areas such as Srinagar Colony, Ameerpet, Begumpet, Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Balanagar among others too received light rainfall of less than 1 mm. Meteorologists attributed the sudden rainfall to formation of cumulonimbus clouds resulting in thunderstorm activity. “When the temperature rises, warm, moist air rises from the land and cools eventually condensing into rain bearing clouds,” said IMD officials.



While the city recorded maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius during the day, the mercury levels dropped to 21-30 degree Celsius in many areas by the evening. Due to bad weather, departure of six domestic flights that were scheduled to depart around 8 pm was also delayed. Following the sudden downpour and gusty winds, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) alerted their disaster response force and advised residents to remain indoors. As many as six trees fell on the way from Alwal to Bolaram resulting in heavy traffic jam. An electricity pole collapsed at Maa Santoshi Colony in Turkapally, Bolarum. Many also aired their frustrations as cab-aggregators increased fares due to peak demand. Power cut and traffic snarls due to inundation were also reported from many areas. “Due to heavy gale & rain in twin cities. There is an interruption in power supply,” tweeted Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited.



Docs demand armed security personnel at NIMS after attack on medical officer

IMA representatives protest against the attack on medical staff on Tuesday.



Hyderabad: A day after a casualty medical officer at NIMS was attacked by a patient’s attendant, doctors demanded that a proposal for deployment of adequate security personnel, which is lying with the state health department, be followed up. “The director assured us that a tender will be issued for recruitment of additional security staff on May 24,” said Dr G Srinivas, convenor, Resident Doctors Association, NIMS. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) held a protest at the IMA office against the repeated attacks on the medical fraternity. They were joined by doctors from NIMS too. Although attacks on doctors and medical staff have been mostly associated with cities like Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi previously, over the last three to four years, more and more attacks are being reported in Hyderabad. The latest attack on Monday is the ninth such attack reported over the last three years in Hyderabad and shows a growing distrust between medical staff and public.



The distrust might also be fueling the need for armed guards and bouncers, say insiders. Resident doctors at NIMS have reiterated their demand for having ‘specially trained and armed’ guards at the hospital and even met the hospital authorities over the issue on Tuesday. Many hospitals now have bouncers in plain clothes positioned strategically to avoid any untoward incident and keep track of people who seem to be agitated, doctors said. “Hiring bouncers is more common in Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai. In Hyderabad, there are only a few hospitals engaging them,” said Dr Sanjeev Singh Yadav, secretary, IMA. Gandhi Hospital has special protection force to guard the emergency areas after repeated incidents last year.

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