News Flash – 7 December 2017

National News



Goods train derailment affects railway traffic in Thane

The eleventh wagon of the freight train heading towards Turbhe derailed after it was changing over to the cord line.



THANE: The derailment of a freight wagon near the Parsik tunnel in Thane on Wednesday led to cancellation of nearly 22 main line Central Railway services and disrupted schedules of several other trains during the evening peak hours. The affected line was restored almost four hours later. The eleventh wagon of the freight train heading towards Turbhe derailed after it was changing over to the cord line connecting the Up direction fast line to the Trans Harbour route near Parsik tunnel. The mishap occurred before the entire train could change tracks to the cord line and was stranded on the Up main line blocking traffic for three other trains behind it. The affected wagon was re-railed at 6.25pm. The traffic on Up fast line resumed shortly after conducting mandatory safety checks, informed the railways. Meanwhile, suburban services in the down direction from Mumbai towards Thane/Kalyan was running late by around 15-30 minutes, complained regular commuters. Railway officials said traffic resumed on the Up fast line towards Mumbai but with speed restrictions by 7.35pm. As many as 22 suburban services have been cancelled till now to ensure normalcy in operations. Few more cancellations may be done till late night, said officials.



Bengaluru traffic cops collect Rs 102 crore in fines


BENGALURU: Traffic cops in Bengaluru have collected Rs 102 crore in fines from errant motorists, the highest ever in the history of the department. It is also the first time that fines collected have touched the Rs 100 crore-mark. Although there are only 71.32 lakh vehicles registered in the city, over 92 lakh cases were registered. Of the traffic violations that attracted fines, wrong parking topped the list with 20.31 lakh cases, suggesting a massive space crunch for parking in the city. Helmetless riders — both rider and pillion — accounted for 34.99 lakh cases. Since all the penalty collected goes to the state treasury, only a fraction of it is spent on improving road safety.



130 schools, hospitals in Hyderabad, RR districts fire-traps



HYDERABAD: At least 130 establishments, including schools and hospitals, in Hyderabad and Rangareddy are facing the heat for not following fire safety norms. According to data provided by Telangana State Disaster Response and Fire Services department, 82 establishments, including hospitals, educational institutes and shopping complexes in Hyderabad alone, were in the dock and prosecution proceedings have been initiated against them for not following fire safety norms, while penalty was imposed on eight establishments. “As the fine imposed is up to Rs 20,000, there are hardly any repeat offenders,” regional fire officer (RFO) V Papaiah told TOI. In 2016, 8,660 fire accidents were reported across the state. Of them, 122 were serious fire accidents. In most cases, fire mishaps occurred due to electrical short circuit, he added. “To make people aware of fire safety, the department has been conducting mock drills every week. Every Friday mock drills are being conducted at schools, colleges and residential areas to spread awareness on how to control fire accidents,” Papaiah said.


Till date, the fire department has conducted 605 surprise inspections across the state and initiated prosecution proceedings against 689 establishments. Also, 321 cases were pending in court. Most establishments misuse the basement by putting up canteens and laundry rooms. Some even exploit the basement for commercial purposes. However, those spaces should be used only as a parking area and an escape route in case of fire, the officer said. “Adding an extra floor or limited number of fire extinguishers are the most common violations. Also, sprinklers get water through pumps and they are supposed to be on at all times. However, establishments tend to keep them switched off, without thinking about the consequences,” the RFO added.



Plea seeking CCTV cameras in educational institutions junked



Chennai: A PIL which wanted the Madras high court to direct the central and Tamil Nadu governments to install CCTV cameras in all public, private schools and other educational institutions in the state was dismissed on Wednesday. Rejecting the plea of M Kalaichelvi, the first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice R Hemalatha said: “Installation of CCTV cameras may be of some assistance. However, whether, installation of CCTV cameras alone can remove the menace of harassment of children is a matter of examination”. Referring to a letter written by principal secretary to department of school education, the court said the department stated that installation of CCTV cameras in all classrooms and in school premises would be prohibitively expensive. “Therefore, it is for the authorities of education directorate/department to take a call on the feasibility of installation of CCTV cameras taking into account all relevant factors including the extent of the need for installation of such cameras and whether it can eliminate abuse and harassment together,” the bench said. It, however, made it clear that the dismissal would not prevent the authorities from taking any decision for installation of CCTV cameras, if deemed expedient. The petitioner wanted the court to pass such order in view of reports of incidents of sexual harassment and other forms of harassment of school children.



International News



Indonesia cyclone death toll more than doubles to 41

Rescue team members carry an old woman on a stretcher during a flood after a cyclone hit the area at Tlingsing village in Klaten, Indonesia.



JAKARTA: A tropical cyclone that pounded Indonesia‘s main island of Java has killed 41 people, the country’s disaster agency said on Tuesday, more than double the initial toll, with tens of thousands displaced by severe flooding and landslides. Among the victims of Cyclone Cempaka were 25 people killed by a single landslide in east Java last week, the agency said. The initial cyclone death toll was 19. Some 28,000 people have been displaced by the storm, which hit Indonesia’s most populous island last week. “Almost five thousand homes have been damaged and more than three thousand others were inundated by flooding,” said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The destruction from the cyclone came as the rumbling Mount Agung volcano on the neighbouring resort island of Bali threatened to erupt, forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes. Cempaka has moved away from Indonesia, but Nugroho warned that more flooding and landslides still could happen. Indonesia is prone to natural disasters and is often hit by floods and landslides. A landslide on Bali in February killed 12 people, including three children. In September last year, almost 30 people died in devastating floods and landslides in Garut, West Java.



Britain foils plot to bomb Downing St, kill PM May

An armed police officer stands on duty outside 10 Downing Street in central London.



LONDON: A20-year-old man appeared in court on Wednesday charged with plotting to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May in a bomb and knife attack. Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman’s plan allegedly involved planting a bomb near the entrance of Downing Street and then continuing the attack with a knife and suicide vest in a bid to kill the UK leader in the ensuing chaos. State prosecutor Mark Carroll said Rahman planned to detonate an improvised explosive device at the Downing Street gates, then, in the ensuing chaos, try to enter the building “with a view to trying to kill the prime minister”. Rahman planned to use a suicide vest, pepper spray and a knife for the attack, Carroll told Westminster Magistrates Court in London. Rahman had carried out hostile reconnaissance of the area as part of his preparation, it is alleged. Rahman is charged with preparing terrorist acts and also with assisting another man, Mohammad Aqib Imran, to prepare separate terror acts. He appeared in court alongside Imran, 21, who is accused of trying to join the Islamic State (IS) terror group by trying to obtain a fake passport with a view to travelling to Libya. Rahman had two inert improvised explosive devices on his person when he was detained, prosecutors said, while Imran had a copy of a video that had been recorded by Rahman. They were arrested separately on November 28.


Rahman spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth. He said he was of no fixed abode and said his nationality was “Bangladeshi British. I’m Bangladeshi.” Imran said he was “Pakistani British.” They both appeared wearing grey tracksuits. Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot remanded Rahman and Imran in custody to appear for a hearing at England’s Old Bailey criminal court on December 20. The latest plot emerges as a new report released this week found that the UK’s security services could have prevented a suicide attack at the Manchester Arena in May. Bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people when he blew himself up outside American singer Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester. Meanwhile in an earlier separate case in the same courtroom, Husnain Rashid, 31, faced charges of helping would-be terrorists prepare attacks, including by sharing a photo of prince George and his school address on social media. Arbuthnot also remanded Rashid in custody to appear at the Old Bailey court. The court appearances came a day after home secretary Amber Rudd told parliament that 22 Islamist terror plots had been thwarted since the killing of a British soldier on a London street by two extremists in 2013.


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