News Flash – 30 November 2017

National News



On cam: 24-year-old man gets stuck in platform gap, dragged by train, RPF saved him



Mumbai: It was a miraculous escape for 24-year-old Mohammad Mustafa Shaikh who got stuck between a moving train and a platform while trying to cross the tracks in Mumbai. Two RPF constables rushed to Shaikh’s aid. They pushed him down onto the tracks, through the gap and with the help of other passengers, went under the stationary train and pulled him out from the other end. Shaikh fractured both his arms in the incident.






Mumbai: Security at the Mumbai International Airport was increased after a note about an “ISIS attack” on its cargo facility was found. The airport officials said a private security guard found the note in a toilet in the cargo section – around 4 km from the terminal – at 6 pm and it read “attack the cargo on 26.01.18 or anytime – ISIS”. Bomb disposal teams of the airport guarding force CISF and police are scanning the spot and contents of the note, the airport sources said.



26-year-old journalist charred as Narela office collapses after fire

Preliminary probe revealed that Khatri was working on night shift and was the only one present in the office at that time.



NEW DELHI: A 26-year-old man, working as a videographer with a local media group, died after his office collapsed following a fire early on Wednesday. Police said that the victim has been identified as Manoj Khatri, a resident of Shivaji Nagarin Narela. A case has been registered into the incident. Fire department officials received a call from an eyewitness Keshav at 2.05am and four fire tenders were sent to the spot. The fire was brought under control by 3.45am, but by then the building had developed cracks and it collapsed. Preliminary probe revealed that Khatri was working on night shift and was the only one present in the office at that time. Police said that Khatri got trapped while escaping from the building as a large part of the wall fell on him following an explosion. He died of asphyxiation and burn injuries. Nearby residential buildings were also temporarily evacuated. Police said the fire may have started due a short circuit.



Go manual in case of cyber-attacks on airports: Experts


KOLKATA: Around 200 Indians from both state-owned AAI and private operators GMR and GVK have been accreditated by the agency. A team of airport safety and security experts from Canada, Australia,, Croatia, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Morocco and Kenya is currently in Kolkata to look at the city airport’s preparedness and standard operating procedures (SOPs) it has in place to tackle exigencies. On Wednesday, Kolkata airport turned into a laboratory of sorts for the teams to conduct experiments with various scenarios and look at the airport’s response to them. “We selected Kolkata airport for the first such programme because we feel the airport has an expertise in emergency response. The SOPs followed here are robust and have the potential to become the best practices to be followed at other airports to deal with cyber security threats,” said Coutu. The airport director, Atul Dikshit, is one of the first graduates in the IAP-ICAO programme. Around 200 Indians from both state-owned AAI and private operators GMR and GVK have been accreditated by the agency.


Coutu though believes the global airport professionals present will have much to learn from Kolkata airport as its manual backup is what is required the world over to insulate the airport’s critical functions from cyber terror. “Airport professionals who have come to Kolkata are specialists in emergency response, hijack, crash and other exigencies. Their job is to anticipate situation and be prepared to tackle them. Now cyber-attack has emerged as another form of terrorism that can cripple flight planning and ATC. The SOPs that Kolkata airport follows will be extremely handy as most other airports are completely dependent on automation and long forgotten manual procedures,” he said. Dikshit said it was a privilege to share the practices at Kolkata airport with professionals from across the globe. “We’ll be only too happy to contribute to safety at other airports,” he said.



Weathermen forecast new system; Chennai likely to get moderate to heavy rainfall


CHENNAI: Private weather forecasters have predicted that a fresh low pressure area would form over the southeast Bay of Bengal by December 4 and approach the north Tamil Nadu coast where it will bring moderate to heavy rainfall. The India Meteorological Department is monitoring the system in the bay which is still at its genesis stage. Officials said it would take a few more days before a forecast could be issued. Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather said a low pressure area is likely to occur over the Bay of Bengal. “This system may approach the south Andhra Pradesh- north Tamil Nadu coast and bring rainfall to Chennai,” Palawat said. There might be rain for two days, he added.



Thief torches bank, flees with gun



Ahmedabad: Days after a fire had broken out in Naroda branch of Dena Bank, bank officials discovered that the bank had actually been torched by a thief, who fled with the gun of the security staff. Naroda police has registered a complaint and are hunting for the thief, but they have few clues as the CCTV digital video recorder of the bank was also damaged in the fire. In his complaint, Kirit Solanki, the bank’s manager, has mentioned that between November 24 and 27 a thief entered the bank through its bathroom ventilator. “The complaint says that the thief also tried to break open the safe and stole a double-barrel 12 bore gun of security personnel Premnath Dani from the battery room of the bank,” said a police official. Police sources said along with the digital video recorder, a few loan documents were also reduced to ashes. “We are hunting for the accused based on CCTV footage from adjoining buildings,” said a police source.



International News



Gunmen attack Shia imambargah in Pakistan, kill 2 people

Police and rangers stand outside the Shiite mosque in Islamabad



ISLAMABAD: Unidentified, motorcycle-borne gunmen on Wednesday opened fire outside a Shia imambargah here, killing at least two people and injuring three others, in a rare attack in Pakistan‘s capital. The two gunmen fled after carrying out the attack in the I-8 locality of the city, police said. One person died on the spot while one of the injured succumbed to his wounds, taking the death toll to two, Geo TV reported. Emergency services shifted the injured to PIMS hospital and police have started an investigation into the incident, it said. Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri, leader of Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen, expressed sorrow over the incident, saying the Islamabad administration has failed to prevent the crime in the capital. He said they have foiled such conspiracies in the past and will continue to do so. A spokesman for Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqh- Jafaria (TNFJ) also denounced the incident, saying there is no sectarian divide in the country. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but banned extremist group Lashker-e-Jhangvi has claimed such attacks on minority Shias and their mosques in the past.

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