News Flash – 3 April 2018

National News



CBSE paper leak: ’15 CCTVs didn’t record anything’


NEW DELHI: A day after arresting two teachers of a Bawana school and a tutor of a coaching centre in the same area for allegedly leaking the CBSE Class XII Economics exam questions, Delhi Police quizzed the principal of the school on Monday after it came to light that the leaked question paper had reached the exam centre (the Bawana school) two hours before the March 26 test – a gross violation of protocol. The principal claimed that the video recording device connecting all 15 CCTV cameras in the school wasn’t working. CBSE official K S Rana, suspended on Sunday for laxity in supervision at the centre, would be quizzed on Tuesday. The accused might have been involved in leaking CBSE question papers earlier too, police sources said. They aren’t discounting the role of a syndicate involving some Board officials. The possibility of other question papers having been leaked this year has also not been ruled out. The Delhi crime branch is also focusing on the module that leaked the Class X Mathematics questions. The paper was circulated in four WhatsApp groups each comprising more than 60 members each. Cops contacted a complainant who had sent the copies of the leaked papers to the CBSE chairperson, but he could not provide details about the source of the leak. A tutor and some schools in west Delhi are under the scanner.


According to protocol, question papers are stored at government banks a day before the exam and taken to the centres by CBSE officials called ‘custodians’. The papers are kept in custody of the principal of a school (exam centre) and the seal is broken only after students are seated at the hall. However, it was found that the arrested teachers of Mother Khazani Convent School, Bawana had met three students on the school premises an hour before the Economics exam. The 55-year-old principal told the cops during interrogation that though there are 15 CCTV cameras installed in the school, the video recording device connecting these cameras is non-functional. During interrogation, the two school teachers, Rohit and Rishabh, told the cops that apart from forwarding the paper to their friend Tauqeer, they had asked the students to reach the school two hours before the exam and take the papers from them on WhatsApp. They had also helped the students solve some of the questions that would get them the pass marks. After this, they had helped the students board a bus and reach their exam centres at another nearby school. The principal was asked as to how the students were allowed to enter the school premises when the invigilators were present. The cops are also trying to find out how the paper had reached the school two hours before the exam while by protocol it should reach with an hour in hand. The logs of the government bank where the papers of class XII and class X were stored is being checked to find out the timing of the releases. The suspended CBSE official K S Rana would be asked to explain the deviation, cops said.



Delhi will have one emergency number for police, fire and ambulance



NEW DELHI: Delhi will be the first city to completely roll out the single unified emergency number 112 by this year end. This single number will help people reach out to the police, fire and ambulance service immediately as the calls will be transferred to the concerned agency swiftly. “By December, we will pool in resources together. Even today after receiving emergency call on 100, we inform the fire and ambulance services. But this is done through hotline. Once we have the integrated service, the process will be seamless. There will be swift dispatch through GPS and people who have smart phones can track the movement of the assigned vehicle,” said DCP (PCR) Devender Arya at a conference on emergency care at AIIMS on Monday. At present, only seven telephone lines are dedicated to 112 service as a pilot in the national capital. Though the government in May 2016 had announced that the common emergency number will be operational throughout the country from January 1, 2017, it has not yet taken off in any part of the country. “What we require is better training of our staff, who often come as immediate aid in medical emergency cases,” he added. Dr Sanjeev Bhoi, professor of emergency medicine of AIIMS told TOI, they will work together with Delhi Police to train their staff. “The PCR system of Delhi has been one of the best examples of transporting injured to hospitals. PCRs bring almost one-third of such persons to hospitals for care,” he added.



Fire breaks out at Kolkata glue manufacturing unit, 3 injured

The fire broke out on Metcalfe Street



KOLKATA: Three people were critically injured when a blaze fueled by inflammable adhesives swept through a glue manufacturing unit-cum-godown located opposite Welland Gouldsmith School on BB Ganguly Street on Monday morning. A fourth person who was stuck on the first floor escaped unhurt when locals rescued him with the help of a ladder. The fire, which is believed to have originated from the ground floor of 70 Metcalfe Street, travelled to the first floor with such speed that people working there did not get enough time to escape. The asbestos roof was completely gutted and the iron grills in the verandah were twisted within a few minutes of the incident. Rameswar Mahabir, 48, Alok Kumar, 17, and Gyanendra Lekka, 48, all of whom worked in the manufacturing unit were rushed to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital with 80, 50 and 47% burns respectively. Five fire tenders took almost two hours to douse the flames. Since the school is located across the road from the gutted unit, it was not affected. But since BB Ganguly Street is a crucial connector between Sealdah and the central business district in Dalhousie, the traffic was disrupted for almost 45 minutes. “The place was stacked with adhesive, turpentine oil and thinner all of which are highly inflammable. We did not find any fire-fighting mechanism inside the unit.


We do not know the exact cause of fire but it seems a short-circuit could have triggered the blaze. A forensic test will reveal the actual cause of fire,” said Kamal Kumar Nandi, the divisional fire officer supervising the rescue operation. The fire broke out a little after 9am and the fire department received the alert at 9.20am. The affected unit is located on BB Ganguly Street opposite Welland Gouldsmith School and a few hundred meters from the police headquarters in Lalbazar. Nandi also said that the fire was so intense that it had rendered the structure of the building weak. “The fire did not burn for long but it was so intense that it damaged the physical structure. The asbestos roof is completely burnt and even iron grills have melted. The intensity was high due to the presence of highly inflammable things inside,” said Nandi. “The three of them work in the unit and stay there at night. In the morning they normally start their work at around 9am which is when the fire broke out. According to eye-witnesses account, all of them were busy working inside when the fire broke out. The fire spread so rapidly that they could not escape,” said an officer of Bowbazar police station.



Burglars loot three temple idols, gold buried underneath

Police suspect the burglars to have known that the jewellery was buried under the idols.



CHENNAI: A gang of burglars made away with three idols and gold jewellery buried underneath them at a small temple in Thiruvottiyur late on Friday. They also made away with three stone idols in the process, the police said on Sunday. “The idols, of three goddesses, 3ft to 5ft in height, and the gold, estimated to be less than a sovereign (8g), went missing from the Angalamman temple Easini Moorthy Street on Friday,” an investigating officer said. “Arthi Sekar, the main temple administrator, discovered the theft and made a complaint”. The temple administrators placed the gold, given to the temple as offerings by devotees, beneath the idols to concealing it. Police suspect the burglars had planned the theft for some time. “We suspect that at least one of the culprits knew the administrators because few others were aware that there was gold underneath the idols,” the officer said. “We are also probing some reported enmity among the locals over control of the temple,” he said.



International News



Kuwait bus crash kills 15 Indians, Egyptians and Pakistanis



KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s state-owned oil company says a bus collision has killed 15 of its workers. The Kuwait Oil Company said in a statement that the victims of Sunday’s head-on bus collision include seven Indians, five Egyptians and three Pakistanis. At least two Indian workers and a Kuwaiti were injured in the accident. The company says the buses were transporting employees of contracting firms that work for the Kuwait Oil Company, and that the crash took place after the end of the workers’ shift. The crash occurred near Burgan oil field, in the southeastern desert. The company says ambulances and helicopters were dispatched to the site of the crash to assist in rescue operations.



Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes Bolivia



LA PAZ: A powerful magnitude 6.8 magnitude has struck deep beneath Bolivia, although authorities have not reported injuries or damage. The US Geological Survey says the quake struck Monday at 10:40 a.m. local time (9:40 a.m. EDT; 1340 GMT) and it was centered 205 miles (127 kilometers) southeast of Tarija, Bolivia. The epicenter was 346 miles (557 kilometers) below the surface.

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