News Flash – 26 September 2019

National News



VK Security Guards Chase Away 3 Robbers

One of the accused fired at two guards. While one ducked for cover, the other fell on the road



New Delhi: A month after a spate of burglaries in Vasant Kunj, guards at B 5 and 6 block chased away a group of robbers who had sneaked into one of the gated colonies in the early hours on Monday. The robbers allegedly opened fire at one of the security guards, but narrowly missed him. Cops took suo motu cognizance and registered a case for endangering the life of a person on Tuesday. Around 3am on Monday, three men gained entry in the B 5 and 6 block in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj. While two of the robbers were masked and armed with a pistol and a knife, the other was carrying a rucksack. The three men cut the wire over the wall of the colony and entered the first lane.



The barking of dogs alerted the security guards, who started walking towards them. The three were hiding behind tanks and on seeing the guards, they started running. Two guards chased them for a few minutes, after which one of the masked men fired at the guards. While one ducked for cover, the other guard fell down. There was one guard left at the main gate as the other two were chasing them. The robbers brandished the pistol at him and the guard at the gate tried throwing stones at them. The accused then sat in a taxi, which was waiting outside the gate, and fled. “In the last two months, the modus operandi of the robberies in some blocks has been the same,” said an RWA member. “A case has been registered,” said Devender Arya, DCP (southwest).



Sea Levels Rising Faster, Mumbai & Surat at High Flood Risk: IPCC


New Delhi: Four Indian coastal cities Mumbai, Kolkata, Surat and Chennai will be severely threatened due to sea level rise while several others in the north India will be exposed to acute water crisis due to melting of Himalayan glaciers by the end of the century, a UN body on climate change hinted on Wednesday. Sea levels, rising faster than ever before, are on course to rise one metre higher due to melting of ice in the business-as-usual scenario by 2100, severely affecting over 1.4 billion people globally, a special report on “oceans and cryosphere” released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned on Wednesday. Four Indian cities are among 45 such coastal port cities globally where even an increase of sea level by 50cm will lead to flooding. In fact, the extreme sea level events that used to take place once a century in the past will occur every year by mid-century in many regions, increasing risks for many low-lying coastal cities and small islands.



Move Over 100, Just Dial 112 if you Need Help

TECH UPGRADE: The main call centre to handle distress calls at the operations and communications complex in Shalimar Bagh will be monitored by a DCP.



New Delhi: Dial 112 from now on for emergency response in the capital. This helpline number will be applicable for all kinds of emergency services provided by police (erstwhile number 100), fire brigade (101), ambulance (102) and disaster management authorities. The police control room in the city handling calls to ‘100’ has been re-equipped to respond to calls on ‘112’ an all-encompassing 911-like helpline operational in the United States. The new number, which will reduce the response time by half on an average, will gradually be made functional across the country. The ‘112’ helpline has been under works since 2015 under PM Modi’s Digital India initiative. In Delhi, the main call centre to handle distress calls has been set up at the Operations and Communications complex in Shalimar Bagh and will be monitored by DCP (operations and communication). In case of an emergency, a person can dial 112 from his or her phone or press the power button thrice quickly on a smart phone to activate a panic call to the emergency response centre. It offers the caller an option to speak to an emergency response team by pressing the digit ‘8’ on the keypad. Following this, the location of the person is beamed through a GPS locator system to the control room and is displayed on a large screen that also shows the location of the nearest PCR units.



The location of the caller is then shared with the response unit which are equipped with phablets or smart phones. It is mapped on a navigator that guides the unit to the location in less than five minutes. Earlier, calls made to 100 or 101 were recorded at the police control room before being transferred through wireless system to a police post or police vehicle concerned. Senior police officers say that now, once the distress caller informs the control room, the message will be encrypted into a text immediately even while the caller is online and sent as messages to the mobile phones of the nearest PCR unit, the area SHO and the beat officer. The location of all the police officers will then be displayed on a screen at central police control room. The CPCR can even direct more than one emergency units to a location if the feedback from the earlier units are found to be unsatisfactory. The handlers at the CPCR will also direct the response units to the new location of the caller in case, he or she moves away from the old one. Special CP (operations) Muktesh Chander said that the response time for police under this system will reduce by almost 50% due to this. The response time for other departments, like fire and disaster management team, too, will be halved since the message will be relayed simultaneously with the click of a button. While the call is being attended by the emergency vehicles, the CPCR will monitor the location of every unit.



Two Dead as Incessant Rain Sinks City


Hyderabad: The torrential rains in Hyderabad that continued through Wednesday claimed the lives of a 23-year-old fitness trainer from Madhapur and 43-year-old priest from Pochampally. Fitness trainer Adam Mark Jordan was electrocuted while returning to his hostel from the gym at 11.30pm on September 24. “The incessant rains led to water logging around his hostel,” said the sub-inspector at Madhapur police station. “When he reached the hostel gate on his cycle, Jordan put his foot down and touched an iron rod and got electrocuted. We suspect that an electric wire had snapped when the builder of an under construction structure in the vicinity had recently trimmed the tree branches.” Jordan’s body was sent to the Osmania General Hospital for post-mortem. In another incident, 43-year-old priest, B Premkumar Shastry, died after slipping into a nala in Chaitanyapuri. He had gone there for work along with his friend Ramakrishna Sharma. They had parked the vehicle at Peddamberpet. “Around 11.40pm, while going back to Peddamberpet from Chaitanyapuri, the two accidentally slipped into a nala. While Ramakrishna managed to escape unscathed, Shastry could not,” said Ashok Reddy, inspector at LB Nagar police station.



Police suspect that the two were in an inebriated state. The body was recovered around 3am, 100 metres away the accident site. Many areas in the eastern and western corridors of the city witnessed waterlogging, inundation and power-outages within a span of eight hours on Tuesday night. As an overcast covered a large part of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits, mayhem unfolded with rainwater entering many houses in areas such as Tirmulgherry, Uppal, Malkajgiri. In 24 hours till 6am on Wednesday, the GHMC received total 93 complaints related to civic issues ranging from water stagnation, uprooted trees, etc. “We rescued nearly three people who were stuck in the rain. One man was rescued from a manhole in Nagole. There were 82 complaints on water logging and eight related to uprooted trees and fallen branches,” said an official. Residents of Malani Enclave in Tirmulgherry had to come together to clear out the water which inundated the entire lane. Similar conditions were observed at East Anandbagh in Malkajgiri where six lanes were waterlogged.

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