News Flash – 7 February 2018

National News



5 men who had fled with ATM cash held



BENGALURU: Five men, including two employees of a cash logistics firm, who had fled with Rs 1.12 crore to be loaded into ATM machines in the city last week, have been arrested by Jnanabhatathi police. Cops have recovered Rs 1.03 crore, two four-wheelers, one motorbike and an air gun from Narayanaswamy V, 46, of Uttarahalli, Narasimharaju R A, 27, Rizwan Basha, 31, and Jagadish M, 33, all from Kamakshipalya, and Ravi E from Ballari. On January 29, manager of CMS Securities Raghunath had filed a complaint, stating that driver Narayanaswamy and cash custodian Narasimharaju had driven away with the cash. On January 29, Narayanaswamy and Narasimharaju had sent gunman Nataraj, 60, assigned to their vehicle, to fetch bananas for them at Jnanajyothi Circle near Jnanabharathi and sped away. “As planned, other three accused were waiting for them near Machohalli in Ramanagara district. Parking the vehicle at an isolated place, they shifted cash into another car and sped away.


From Ramanagara, the five drove to Mangaluru via Madikeri and stayed at a hotel for two days. Then they drove to Goa, stayed there for three days before heading to Ballari, the hometown of Ravi,” police said. During travelling, they spent around Rs 9 lakh. “Their maximum spending was at Goa where they visited massage parlors and dance bars,” police said. The accused told police they had huge loans and decided to steal the cash to repay them. “Narayanaswamy said he has loan of Rs 20 lakh, Narasimharaju Rs 15 lakh and Rizwan Rs 30 lakh,” cops said. Rizwan and Jagadish ran the business of pasting stickers on vehicles while Ravi was jobless.



Man offers to check notes, flicks Rs 20,000 from woman in bank



MUMBAI: A Bhayander woman was robbed of cash at a bank by a man who offered to help her count the notes and check for fake ones on February 1. The Bassein Catholic Co-operative Bank’s Bhayander (W) branch CCTV captured images of three men loitering in the bank and carrying out the theft at 12.30pm. After withdrawing Rs50,000 in Rs2,000 notes, Dina Solanki occupied a chair to count the money. A man, seen talking on the cellphone, occupies a seat next to her. Solanki told police the man told her to count the cash and check for fake notes as many Rs2,000 notes were in circulation. Before Solanki could say anything, he took the notes from her and began counting them and checking for fake notes. CCTV footage shows two men standing in front of Solanki so that the theft is not visible to other customers in the bank. The man then handed over the cash to Solanki and left. The two other men also leave the bank.


Solanki filed a police complaint after reaching home, when she realised that she was short of Rs20,000. Ten notes of Rs2,000 denominations were missing. Police obtained CCTV footage and zeroed in on the men. Photographs of the men and images have been circulated on social media to identify them. Police said bulk text messages have also been sent out to help identify the men. Police suspect them to be from outside Mira-Bhayander area. Solanki said in her complaint that she did not realise when the man slipped away 10 notes. She told police that the two men had tried to distract her attention by asking questions, while their accomplice was counting the notes.



How QR code will make ride from IGI airport safer



NEW DELHI: From Wednesday, a person landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport(IGIA) will be able to get the details about his taxi or auto driver on his mobile phone. All he will have to do is scan the QR code hanging on the headrest of the driver’s seat with Delhi Police’s revamped Himmat app. The emergency mobile application, now called Himmat Plus, was launched on Tuesday by lieutenant governor Anil Baijal and police commissioner Amulya Patnaik. The app will also ensure that the rides are tracked by the police. Patnaik said a database of 3,000 auto, e-rickshaw and taxi drivers had been prepared and a unique QR code assigned to each of them. According to special commissioner Sanjay Baniwal, the database contains the photo of the driver along with his address and mobile phone number. “It will be visible after the user scans the code,” he said, adding that the vehicle’s registration details and those of the owner of the vehicle can also be accessed by the commuter.


The project was started on a pilot basis in June 2017 in select cabs operating around the airport, and was extended to autos and e-rickshaws. Now, the facility is operational at Vishwavidyalya, Nehru Place, Saket, Anand Vihar and Hauz Khas metro stations. DCP (IGI Airport) Sanjay Bhatia said that when the user presses the ‘report journey’ button, it sends the location with the driver’s unique ID to the Himmat dashboard working at Himmat stations at the police headquarters. Teams of police personnel will track the ride and send a message to the commuter every five minutes to ensure his safety. If driver is not registered, the user will receive a pop-up notification on the application, saying ‘Driver is not registered with Delhi Police’. In such a case, the passenger can call the control room or press the SOS button of the application, Bhatia said. The QR code can be used even without the mobile application or an internet connection. The commuter can send the unique ID number, which will be available along with the code, to 9223166166 through an SMS. Cops at Himmat stations will then stay in touch with him through text messages.



Traffic cops to accept vehicle papers on DigiLocker app now



BENGALURU: You needn’t worry about carrying hard copies of vehicle documents. Traffic police and other transport agencies of Karnataka will accept vehicle documents stored on your smartphone’s DigiLocker app. Transport commissioner B Dayananda on Tuesday said the state transport department has notified that documents – driving licence, registration certificate and emission certificate – stored on DigiLocker will be treated as original papers. Vehicle insurance certificate is likely to be included in the app. However, the notification doesn’t apply to cases where driving licence or registration certificate has to be seized by law-enforcement authorities as per Motor Vehicles Act and related rules. Additional commissioner of police (traffic) R Hithendra said, “We will follow the law.” Recently, the state’s e-governance department linked the state transport department with DigiLocker, which will allow vehicle owners to upload certificates to their accounts.


The app is linked to the citizen’s identity and has been validated with the help of Aadhaar and department database. DigiLocker is a digital repository of documents and certificates issued to a citizen, which is linked to Aadhaar number. The digital copies available on the app are considered original documents as per IT Act 2000. The transport department has launched a call centre to address all RTO related grievances. The centre will also handle grievances, suggestions coming from platforms like WhatsApp (9449863459), mail (, Twitter: @tdkarnataka and Facebook (transport department, Karnataka’s FB page). For queries contact: 080-25136500 between 9am and 6pm from Monday to Saturday.



Fire in Meenakshi Amman temple: Madras HC seeks report on safety provided to people TN temples

A fire broke out in Meenakshi Amman temple.



MADURAI: The Madurai bench of the Madras high on Tuesday suo motu impleaded the Archaeological Survey of India regional director, tourism and Hindu religious and charitable endowment secretary and director general of police of fire and rescue services in a case regarding a fire accident at Meenakshi Amman temple in Madurai on Friday last. The court directed them to file reports on the steps taken to ensure safety of people in temples in Tamil Nadu. The division bench of Justice M Sathyanarayanan and Justice R Tharani gave this direction on a petition filed by Abul Kalam Azad Sultan seeking to restore the damaged portion of the Sri Meenakshi Amman temple and to remove shops from the temple premises. The bench said it wanted to enlarge the scope of the writ case and issued the direction.



International News



Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes northeast Taiwan, hotel collapses



TAIPEI: A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck just to the northeast of the city of Hualien in Taiwan late on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, causing a hotel to collapse and forcing the closure of a nearby highway, the government said. The quake struck about 22 kms (14 miles) northeast of the city shortly before midnight, and the epicentre was very shallow at just 1km. An official from the Ministry of Interior’s fire station division told Reuters by phone that people were trapped in the buildings in Hualien. The government said a bridge in the city on Taiwan’s eastern coast could not be used, and the structure of an inn had tilted during the earthquake. A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck nearby on Sunday. “The president (Tsai Ingwen) has asked the cabinet and related ministries to immediately launch the ‘disaster mechanism’ and to work at the fastest rate on disaster relief work,” the president’s office said in a statement after the Tuesday earthquake.



SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket blasts off with sports car on top

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center.



CAPE CANAVERAL: The world’s most powerful rocket, SpaceX‘s Falcon Heavy, blasted off today on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla roadster to an orbit near Mars. Screams and cheers erupted at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines and rumbled into the blue sky over the same NASA launch pad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon four decades ago. “Wow, did you guys see that? That was awesome,” said SpaceX commentator Lauren Lyons as applause thundered through mission control. Loaded with Musk’s red Tesla and a mannequin in a spacesuit, the monster rocket’s test voyage has captured the world’s imagination. About two minutes into the flight, the two side boosters peeled away and made their way back toward Earth for an upright landing. Both rockets landed side by side in unison on launch pads. “And the Falcons have landed,” Lyons said. The third, center booster was to attempt a landing on an ocean platform.



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