News Flash – 7 July 2018

National News



How social media bragging can get you burgled

FB-BRAGGING CAN COST YOU: According to a UK security firm, 78% of burglars use Facebook and Twitter to target potential properties.



Mumbai: Social media has become part of modern life, opening us up to possibilities of discovering new things, sharing ideas and interacting with others. But, while the benefits of social media are well documented, have you ever considered that oversharing on it could be putting you at risk of being burgled?. According to new research, bragging about expensive belongings or holidays online could greatly increase your risk of being robbed. So much so that one in 12 Brits have reported a burglary after posting on social media, with more than half of these admitting they had location tagging turned on. The study, carried out by home interiors firm Hillarys, questioned over 2,000 Brits aged 18 and over, all of whom had at least one active social media channel and either owned or rented a property. When asked if they share expensive gifts or purchases on social media, 51% admitted they do, and, while 21% said it was simply a post to share their news, the remaining 79% stated they typically shared an image or a video too.


Furthermore, when asked if they had location tagging on their posts, 52% admitted they did — a figure which sharply rose to 79% when they were on holiday. Researchers next asked participants if they had ever had their property burgled or any of their belongings stolen after sharing a bragging post, with one in 12 (8%) stating that they had. “Social media is a great tool for people to connect and share the things that they’re interested in, however, it’s important to be aware of oversharing sensitive information such as your location for security reasons,” says Tara Hall, spokesperson for Hillarys. These figures come after alarm and security firm ADT revealed that 78% of burglars use Facebook and Twitter to target potential properties. Meanwhile, experts have previously warned that so called “Insta-bragging” — posting boastful images of your holiday on Instagram — could invalidate your contents insurance policy. Most insurers include a “reasonable care” clause, which could in future extend to being responsible with what you decide to post on social media.



Flyover shut for 4hrs as truck overturns

Traffic police shut the south-bound lane on the Lalbaug flyover after the mishap on Friday morning



Mumbai: Lalbaug flyover was shut for four hours for south-bound traffic after a truck overturned on Friday morning. The driver and cleaner miraculously escaped with minor injuries. The incident took place around 9am and police shut the flyover for south-bound traffic till a towing vehicle removed the overturned truck from the middle of the road. Motorists were upset as the flyover was shut during peak hours. Kalachowkie police deployed its staff to control traffic movement till the flyover was opened around 1pm. “A truck carrying bottles of mineral water overturned on the Lalbaug flyover around 9am. Traffic police personnel immediately arrived at the spot and issued diversions. Vehicles were directed below the bridge as efforts were made to tow away the truck,” said a police official, requesting anonymity. Till noon, the authorities had not managed to move the vehicle. “There were traffic snarls from central to south Mumbai after the Lalbaug flyover was shut for four hours,” said a motorist.



Coach of Madurai-bound train derails near Khandala, no one hurt



Pune: Panic prevailed onboard the LTT-Madurai Express early on Friday, when a railway coach derailed near Khandala. No one was injured in the incident. “One general second class-cum guard’s brake van of 11043 LTT- Madurai Express derailed at Khandala at 2.44am. There was no injury to any passenger and no casualty. The train arrived Pune at 7.33am,” an official told TOI. According to Central Railway, at least four trains from Pune had to be cancelled, while one was diverted as the derailment caused a delay of two hours. A Central Railway officer said, “It will be difficult to guess the cause of the derailment. We will have to initiate an investigation”.



Untreatable infections caused 2 of 3 newborn deaths in big city hospital


New Delhi: In a grim reminder of the threat posed by antibiotic resistance, data released by one of Delhi’s biggest children’s hospitals, Chacha Nehru Baal Chikitsalaya (CNBC), reveals that two out of every three newborn deaths there were caused by infections, most of which did not respond to high-end drugs. “Even ‘rescue’ antibiotics showed no response in patients, leading to treatment failure,” Dr Mamta Jajoo, professor of pediatrics at the hospital, told TOI. “Rescue” antibiotics are an old class of drugs, banned decades ago for their high toxicity, usually used as the last line of treatment. She said the emergence of drug-resistant pathogens and indiscriminate use of antibiotics at smaller hospitals were causing high mortalities due to infection. The patient data used was from July 2011 to February 2015. “If steps aren’t taken to check antibiotic misuse, neonatal deaths may go up further. This is because newborns have lower immunity compared with older children or adults and are more prone to catching infections,” Dr Jajoo said. Dr Jajoo and 19 other top doctors of the country took up a research project in 2010 in which all neonates admitted to AIIMS, Safdarjung, Lok Nayak and CNBC hospitals from 2011 to 2015 were followed until discharge or death. The data for AIIMS, Safdarjung and Lok Nayak, which cater mostly to inborn babies, was published in The Lancet in 2016. It showed nearly 25% neonates died due to infection. CNBC was the only hospital included in the research which dealt with out-born babies and the data, published recently in the medical journal PLOS One, shows that 63% of deaths among the neonates admitted to the hospital was due to infection.


Dr Jajoo said most of the newborns undergoing treatment at the hospital were referred from private hospitals or nursing homes in serious condition. “Some of the hospitals had administered multiple antibiotics to treat infection in very short duration without culture reports. This leads to resistance. We also suspect poor infection control measures among the newborns referred to us,” the doctor said, adding that if steps aren’t taken to check indiscriminate use of antibiotics, India may lose the advances made in curbing neonatal mortality. “Children born at home, who were brought to our hospital with serious infection, also exhibited drug resistance, though to a lesser extent compared to those referred from hospitals,” Dr Jajoo said. The researchers said this reflected presence of drug resistant bacteria at the community level too. Carbapenems are a class of highly effective antibiotic agents commonly used for the treatment of severe or high risk bacterial infections. It is usually reserved for known or suspected multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacterial infections. But doctors at CNBC found most bacteria causing infection in the newborns were resistant to that too. In such circumstances, doctors said, they are forced to use colistin, an old drug known for its toxicity. “Even colistin is proving ineffective in some cases,” said a doctor. Misuse of high-end antibiotics for common health conditions is common in India. When this happens, the bacteria start to build a barrier along their cell walls or enzymes to fight them.


Some bacterium, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae, can develop the right barrier or enzyme to become “superbugs”. Experts say superbugs are not uncommon and that panresistance is an emerging phenomenon that can have catastrophic consequences. According to Dr Purva Mathur, professor of microbiology at AIIMS trauma centre who was also part of the research team, antibiotic resistance is seen in nearly 40% of patients in ICU settings in India. “There are four common ways in which superbugs can attack — ventilator associated pneumonia, surgical site infection, central line associated blood stream infection and catheter associated urinary tract infection. If hospitals can ensure that proper care is taken to avoid such infections, many lives can be saved,” she said. Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, senior consultant, internal medicine at Apollo hospital said terminally ill patients, cancer patients and those undergoing organ transplant remain the most vulnerable to attacks from superbug in the hospital setting. “In the past decade, no new antibiotic has been developed globally. It is highly unlikely to be developed in the near future. Prevention is the only way to fight this threat,” he said. According to the World Health Organisation, antibiotic resistance is an increasingly serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society. “Without effective antibiotics, the success of major surgery and cancer chemotherapy would be compromised. The cost of health care for patients with resistant infections is higher than care for patients with non-resistant infections due to longer duration of illness, additional tests and use of more expensive drugs,” it states.



Bizman’s house attacked, valuables worth Rs.15L looted

The family lived on the ground floor. The robbers entered from the first-floor balcony



New Delhi: Robbers struck at an elderly businessman’s house in Preet Vihar on early Friday morning and took away cash and jewellery to the tune of nearly Rs 15 lakh that were to be used for a wedding. Four men entered the house of Manmohan Bansal (60), who owns a lock-making business at Chawri Bazaar, around 3.30am. The family lived on the ground floor of the three-storey house, but the robbers entered through the first-floor balcony. “I woke up hearing a sound and found four men standing in my room. One of them claimed to be a policeman and shut my mouth. When I resisted, they shoved a piece of cloth into my mouth with a rod-like object,” Bansal said.


His wife Prema (55) also woke up, but was held at gunpoint. The couple was asked to accompany the robbers to another room where Bansal’s mother was sleeping. All three were locked in that room. Their household help Ajay was sleeping in the hall. He was beaten up and tied with a rope when he resisted. The robbers then took the keys to an almirah and decamped with all the cash and jewellery. Later, the security guard was also found tied to a tree outside. DPC (east) Pankaj Singh said they suspect the role of someone known to the family. Some labourers from a shop owned by the family, who live on the first floor are under lens, though the family said they had gone on leave recently. Police say the men entered through the rear of the house that opens towards a railway line by cutting through a wired boundary. The CCTV cameras in the house were non-functional, and Bansal’s son and daughter had gone to Kedarnath.



International News



Diver dies, window for cave rescue narrows



Mae Sai (Thailand): Thai authorities overseeing the rescue operation for 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave in the country’s north said they have a “limited amount of time” to get them out, as they raced on Friday against worsening weather and lowered oxygen levels in the underground complex. The massive operation inside and around Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province suffered its first fatality on Friday when a former Thai navy SEAL passed out underwater on an overnight mission and was unable to be revived. “We can no longer wait for all conditions (to be ready) because circumstances are pressuring us,” Thai SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew told reporters. “We originally thought the boys can stay safe inside the cave for quite some time but circumstances have changed”. The oxygen levels were getting lower because of all the workers inside, Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said.



1,200 Kailash pilgrims evacuated in Nepal



Kathmandu: Over 1,200 Indian pilgrims were moved to safety from Nepal’s mountainous Simikot region on Friday, the Indian embassy here said, as efforts continued to evacuate those stranded in Hilsa while returning from the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage in Tibet amidst inclement weather. Those rescued have been moved to Nepalgunj and Surkhet, the two towns close to the Indian border and having better health care and infrastructure facilities. “With concerted efforts, a total of 1,225 stranded pilgrims were airlifted from Simikot to Nepalgunj and Surkhet. For pilgrims airlifted to Surkhet, the embassy also put in bus service to ferry pilgrims to Nepalgunj,” the Indian mission said. “The embassy also worked with tour operators to airlift around 675 stranded pilgrims at Hilsa to Simikot for onward evacuation to Nepalgunj and Surkhet”.


During the evacuation process, 74 commercial flights were operated and the embassy pressed in private MI-16 choppers along with Nepal Army opters that made more than 142 sorties in the difficult terrain of Hilsa-Simikot-Nepalgunj, according to the statement. Earlier on Friday, an Indian embassy official at Simikot said the number of stranded pilgrims in Hilsa, near the Tibet border, was “almost nil” now. The official said several of the pilgrims who were moved to Surkhet and Nepalgunj have already begun their onward journey to India. The pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar in the Tibetan region of China is considered holy by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Every year, hundreds of Indians undertake the ‘yatra’, which involves trekking in inhospitable conditions.

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