News Flash – 5 February 2020

National News



Inmate at Mandoli Jail Plans Rs.50 Lakhs Robbery, Five Caught



New Delhi: Despite being lodged in Mandoli Jail, a 30-year-old man managed to plan a robbery of Rs 50 lakh. The incident occurred on January 20. Asif arranged for the logistics and the weapons to help his accomplices rob the employees of a construction firm in Keshavpuram. Police have recovered Rs 28.74 lakh, three pistols and the motorcycle on which they carried out the robbery. “Other accused have been identified as Zahid (36), Asif Ali (24), Chand Mohammad (26), Radha Ballabh Sharma (36) and Dilip (27). With their arrest, six cases of robberies, which occurred in Keshavpuram, Bara Hindu Rao, Roop Nagar, New Friends Colony, Pandav Nagar and Jamia Nagar, have been cracked,” said Vijayanta Arya, DCP (Northwest). The prime accused, Asif, hails from Etah in Uttar Pradesh. He is lodged in Mandoli Jail and has over 30 cases of robbery, snatching and arms act registered against him. “He was in constant touch with his associates through a mobile phone and planned the entire robbery,” said a source.



Jail authorities, however, said that the police were yet to inform them in this regard. On January 20, two employees of a construction firm were robbed of Rs 50 lakh by four people. Raj Hans and Bhupendra were on the way to their office in Rohini when they were stopped by the accused men and robbed. One of the accused had brandished a gun to scare the employees, who were carrying the bag given by their employer. Based on clues from CCTV footage, police teams had conducted several raids and arrested Dilip. During interrogation, he revealed the names of his associates as Zahid, Asif Ali and Chand Mohammad. The trio told the police that they were members of Asif ’s gang. “Further interrogation revealed that the accused persons were actively involved in committing robberies and snatchings in Delhi and NCR area. Chand Mohammad had on one occasion also fired at police officials,” added Arya.



Kochi Woman’s 4 Co-Flyers Test Negative for Coronavirus


Kolkata: Swab samples of the Kochi woman’s four co-flyers from West Bengal tested negative for novel coronavirus. While three were admitted to the isolation ward at the Infectious Diseases & Beliaghata General Hospital (IB&BG) the state’s nodal hospital for coronavirus another person from north Bengal was under home isolation. The three have been discharged from the hospital on Tuesday evening. “Till date we have given eight samples, out of which six, including the latest four, have tested negative. The results of two other samples are awaited,” said Ajay Chakraborty, director health services. Four more suspects turned up at ID&BG hospital on Tuesday, including one from Bhubaneswar. While three of them have been admitted to the hospital, the fourth person from Midnapore went back home. Swab samples of two undergoing treatment at the hospital have already been sent to NICED in Kolkata. “Three patients, the Kochi woman’s co-flyers, have been discharged on Tuesday. Currently, three other patients have been kept under observation,” said Ashish Manna, medical superintendent and vice principal, ID&GB Hospital. The three, who have been released from the hospital on Tuesday, had flown to the city on January 23 from Kunming with the Kochi woman, a medical student, the first to have tested positive for the virus in India.



While swab samples of the three were tested in NICED, the sample of the suspect from north Bengal was sent to NIV Pune. Doctors, however, advised them home isolation for a few more days. A suspect from Odisha, who is currently in the isolation ward of the hospital, also travelled in the same flight. Another suspect from Hooghly, who came to the hospital on his own on Monday night, had returned from China a few weeks ago. A sailor, who reached the city in a vessel from Kochi on Tuesday, was brought to the ID Hospital after he was detected with fever with breathing distress. According to sources in the health department, a research scholar from Midnapore, who works in China, had returned to the city a few weeks ago. He turned up at ID Hospital voluntarily, where the emergency doctors found no immediate symptoms. But when the man insisted that his samples be tested, he was told that he had to be in the isolation ward to undergo the procedure. But he refused and returned to his home town. “We already have 25 isolation beds in two separate wards. We can increase beds, if the health department asks us to do so,” said Anima Haldar, principal ID&BG Hospital.



1 in 10 Indians will Develop Cancer & 1 in 15 will Die of Cancer: WHO


New Delhi: One in 10 Indians will develop cancer during their life-time and one in 15 Indians will die of cancer, says the World Cancer Report released by World Health Organisation (WHO) which has pointed out “socio-economic inequalities” as a major cause for the rapidly increasing burden of the disease in the country. Lower socio-economic status is associated with oral and cervical cancer while urbanization, improvement in education and increasing disposable income with higher overall socio-economic status are associated with an increasing risk of breast and colorectal cancer cases besides such lifestyle-related types. India had an estimated 1.16 million new cancer cases and around 7.84 lakh cancer deaths in 2018. The six most common cancer types are breast, oral, cervical, lung, stomach, and colorectal cancer. Together, these accounted for almost half (49%) of all new cancer cases. The report shows over 90% of patients with oral cancer have lower socio-economic status in India because non-awareness about harms of tobacco use is common among these people. Similarly, cervical cancer disproportionately affects women with lower socio-economic status, who have limited access to public health services for prevention and early detection. India accounts for about one fifth of the global burden of cervical cancer, despite decreasing incidence in several regions of the country.



On the contrary, incidence of colorectal and breast cancer is increasing in the most developed states in India and in urban population. Experts say improvement in socio-economic status and urbanisation have led to sedentary lifestyle, more stress, less of breast-feeding, poor eating habits and higher prevalence of overweight and obesity – all of which are risk factors for breast cancer, colorectal cancer, uterine cancer and ovarian cancer. The report also shows households with high socioeconomic status spend less on cereals, millets and vegetables and more on beverages, processed foods, dairy products, meat, eggs and fish. IT suggests “highly focused and tailored public health interventions” to target different socio-economic groups to reduce disparities in cancer prevention. The UN agency warned that if current trends continue, the world will see a 60% increase in cancer cases over the next two decades with the biggest increase (an estimated 81%) in new cases in low and middle-income countries, where survival rates are currently the lowest. WHO pointed specifically at low socio-economic status, consumption of tobacco products and poor child and maternal health along with limited health resources for combating infectious diseases as reasons for the rapidly increasing cancer burden. It also stressed on the need for health services to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.



International News



Hong Kong Records First Virus Death as Toll Hits 427

A volunteer in protective suit controls a drone to spray disinfectants at Zhengwan village in Hebei province.



Hong Kong/Beijing: Hong Kong reported its first coronavirus death on Tuesday, the second outside mainland China from a fast-spreading outbreak that has killed 427 people and threatened the global economy. China’s markets steadied after Shanghai’s main market lost nearly $400 billion in stock values the previous day, and global markets also recovered from a sell-off last week. But bad news kept coming. The Chinese-ruled gambling hub of Macau asked casino operators to close for two weeks to help curb the virus. And in the latest major corporate hit, Hyundai Motor was to gradually suspend production at South Korean factories because of supply chain disruptions. Hong Kong’s first fatality was a 39-year-old man with an underlying illness who had visited China’s Wuhan city, the epicenter of the outbreak, hospital staff said. Chinese authorities, meanwhile, reported a record daily jump in deaths of 64 to 425. The only other death outside mainland China was a man who died in the Philippines last week after visiting Wuhan.



Total infections in mainland China rose to 20,438, and there have been nearly 200 cases elsewhere across 24 countries and China’s special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau. Thailand’s tally of infections jumped to 25, the highest outside China, while Singapore’s rose to 24, four of those from local contagion as opposed to visitors from China. Belgium reported its first case of the new virus. The health ministry said on Tuesday the person was in good health and does not show any symptoms of the disease. The individual was among nine Belgians repatriated from Wuhan, China, over the weekend. Australia sent hundreds of evacuees from Wuhan to an island in the Indian Ocean, while Japan began screening some 3,700 passengers and crew aboard a cruise liner held in quarantine at the port of Yokohama, after a Hong Kong passenger who sailed on the vessel last month tested positive.

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