News Flash – 30 October 2019

National News



Terrorists line up Migrant Labourers in Kulgam, Kill 5, Leave One for Dead

AMID SHUTDOWN: The European Union delegation enjoys a ride on Dal Lake in Srinagar on Tuesday.



Srinagar: Five labourers from West Bengal were killed and one injured by unidentified terrorists in the Kathrasoo village area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday evening. The terrorists abducted six labourers, lined them up and opened fire, killing five. One labourer, Zahoor-ud-din, also from Bengal, was critically injured and left for dead. He was shifted to a Srinagar hospital, police sources said, Hospital sources identified the slain men as Sheikh Mursaleen, Qamar-ud-din, Mohammad Rafiq, Nizamuddin and Rafique-ul Sheikh. Terrorists had killed a trucker from Katra, Narayan Dutt, in Anantnag on Monday evening. Four truckers, one apple trader and one labourer, all non-locals, have been killed since October 14. On October 24, Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists had gunned down two truck drivers and critically injured a helper at Chittargam Kalan village, in Shopian district. One of the dead drivers had been identified as Mohammed Illiyas of Alwar, Rajasthan. On October 14, truck driver Sharif Khan of Rajasthan had been gunned down in south Kashmir. Two days later, on October 16, a brick-kiln worker, S S Sagar of Chhattisgarh, and an apple trader, Charanjit Singh from Punjab, had been shot dead in the same area.



Cyclone Kyarr Behind Cloudy Skies in Capital


New Delhi: Although Delhi’s overall Air Quality Index (AQI) according to CPCB’s daily bulletin was recorded at 400 (very poor) just one point below the ‘severe’ mark. By evening however, Delhi’s AQI had touched the ‘severe’ category with a reading of 414 recorded at 7pm. Met officials say a number of factors are combining to trap pollutants close to the land surface. Calm winds and cloudy skies owing to Cyclone Kyarr in the Arabian Sea are likely to continue for the next two days. Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist at IMD, said a significant change is only expected around November 2 or 3, when wind speeds pick up. “Delhi is witnessing low wind speeds and this will continue until October 31, when a slight improvement is expected. The wind direction which is north-westerly at present, bringing pollution from stubble burning to Delhi, could also switch to the south around that time. A significant change is only expected from November 2 or 3,” said Srivastava. He added that while cloudy conditions are prevailing across Delhi NCR since Monday, they are due to the influence of Cyclone Kyarr, but will not bring any rain to the capital.



On Tuesday, the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said the contribution of stubble burning to Delhi’s overall PM2.5 concentrations was at a season’s high of 25% and likely to touch 29% by Wednesday. “As evident from SAFAR-multi-satellite fire product that effective stubble fire counts of Haryana and Punjab have increased from 1,654 to 2,577 during the past 24 hours after showing a noticeable dip on October 27,” said the body. Delhi’s worst AQI this season has been recorded in the last three days, beginning with 337 (very poor) on Diwali day. The reading was 368 the day after Diwali and CPCB’s official daily bulletin reading for Tuesday was recorded at 400 (very poor). All readings were the 24-hour averages taken at 4pm. Data according to the CPCB central control room showed Delhi-NCR’s average PM2.5 levels at 263 micrograms per cubic metre at 8pm. At the same time, the PM10 levels were recorded at 419. Delhi’s maximum temperature was recorded at 28.8 degrees Celsius. The minimum was meanwhile recorded at 18.4 degrees Celsius.



Docs: Diabetics with Dengue have Higher Risk of Complications



Chennai: Diabetes is making dengue more deadly, increasing the patient’s risk of complications including shock syndrome, admissions to intensive care unit and longer stays at hospitals, doctors said. With a fever epidemic having gripped the city, doctors have observed an increase in dengue cases and deaths in the last two months. As per state directorate of public health statistics, at least five dengue deaths and more than 4,000 confirmed cases of dengue have been recorded so far. Though most patients coming in early with a fever are discharged in two or three days, some require plasma, or admission to the intensive care unit following serious complications. About 20% of patients admitted with dengue had diabetes, doctors said. While some who are able to manage their sugar levels leave hospital early, almost all patients with uncontrolled sugar levels have serious complications, they added. “They complain of abdominal pain. Tests show internal bleeding and circulatory collapse, which we call shock,” said infectious disease expert Dr P Kuganandam, who was former city health officer.



Dengue haemorrhagic fever or shock syndrome starts abruptly with high continuous fever and headache. “Patients develop respiratory symptoms along with sore throat, cough, nausea and vomiting. By the time they reach hospital, most of them have a low pulse, blueness around the mouth and low blood pressure. We see blood in the spit and stool and even [bleeding] from the nose,” he said. The directorate of public health has put out advisories saying diabetes, hypertension, pregnancy, extremes of age (very young and elderly) and obesity can increase the risk of morbidity in all viral fever cases. “It is more dangerous when people with such co-morbidities ignore symptoms,” said director of public health Dr K Kolandaiswamy. There are no studies in the city as to why this happens, but public health experts and diabetologist point to research studies done abroad that show increased morbidity and mortality for people with diabetes. “People with diabetes already have thin blood vessels and chance of developing haemorrhage is higher. In dengue, when platelets go down, risk of morbidity goes up further,” said Dr. Mohan.

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