News Flash – 7 November 2017

National News



Thieves try to take away ATM, fail



New Delhi: Weeks after an ATM was uprooted and taken away in southwest Delhi’s Chhawla village, a similar unsuccessful attempt was made in Bijwasan village in southwest Delhi on Sunday morning. The ATM in Bijwasan was moved from its place. The CCTV camera installed in the kiosk was blackened with spray paint. During investigation, police scrubbed CCTV cameras at a shop near the ATM kiosk and saw three men came in an SUV and stop near the ATM. Footage showed the men carrying sharp tools with which they attempted to uproot the ATM but failed. Police suspect the men seen in the footage are members of the same gang that carried out a heist of approximately Rs 31 lakh by fleeing away with the machine in Chhawla in October. The accused then had used sharp weapons and gas cutters to uproot the ATM’s cash box which is bolted to the ground. They fled after pulling the machine with the help of a vehicle. Cops are trying to figure out the registration number of the SUV. It is suspected that the gang had sent one member to conduct a recce of the area before attempting to strike there as the SUV had been noticed in the area before.



Dengue in Bengal: Four persons die in North 24 Parganas



KOLKATA: Four from North 24 Parganas died of dengue in city hospitals on Thursday. While Lutfan Bibi, a 35-year-old resident of Rajarhat succumbed to dengue at the Beliaghata ID Hospital on Thursday morning, Rabeya Bibi, 35, of Berachanpa in Deganga died at the Beliaghata ID Hospital. Namita Biswas, 47, another Deganga resident, died on Thursday at the School of Tropical Medicine. Amin Ali Mondol, 53, who had tested positive for dengue at Duttapukur died at the RG Kar Hospital on Wednesday night. Rabeya had been suffering from fever for over a week, according to her family. Initially, she was admitted to the local Biswanathpur primary hospital. Once she tested positive for dengue, Rabeya was shifted to the Barasat Hospital on Tuesday. But her condition kept deteriorating. Her platelet dropped sharply and Rabeya’s organs were affected. Late on Tuesday night, she was moved to the RG Kar Hospital. Rabeya passed away on Thursday morning. With the deaths, the spread of dengue continued unabated in North Parganas. The district has recorded 28 deaths since September. Namita Biswas had been suffering from fever since last Sunday. On Monday, she was shifted to the School of Tropical Medicine where she tested positive in an NSI 1 test. Her condition kept deteriorating sharply till her organs started failing. She passed away on Thursday.



5 steal Rs 60L jewellery in Walled City



New Delhi: Five thieves broke into a jewellery shop in north Delhi’s Chandni Chowk and fled with jewellery worth approximately Rs 60 lakh. DCP (north) Jatin Narwal said a case has been registered on the complaint of the shop owner and it is being investigated. Police officers said that the incident happened in a shop located in Kucha Natwa. The complainant, Puneet Gupta, told police that he runs a shop mainly dealing in bullion but also keeps some jewellery. Gupta came to his shop on Monday morning to find the two shutters open and all the sixteen locks broken. He informed police and later during investigation, it was revealed that the thieves fled with gold worth Rs 10 lakh and silver worth Rs 50 lakh. The whole act was recorded on a CCTV camera installed outside the shop. Footage recovered showed five men with their faces covered approaching the shop. The accused then took out tools and broke the shop’s shutters. They were then seen coming out of the shop with bags containing stolen items. Police officers said that the crime was committed in 15 minutes and even though some vehicles passed by the shop, nobody noticed the shutter being opened using a rod. Probe is on and the employees and other friends of the shop owner are being questioned for more clues. Police suspect that the thieves came in a vehicle in which they loaded the stolen jewellery and fled.



Coast Guard rescues seven stranded TN fishermen

Braving the extreme inhospitable sea, the Coast Guard ship Abhiraj undertook a thorough search in the area and located the fishing boat.



MADURAI: The Indian Coast Guard on Monday rescued seven fishermen who were stranded 32 nautical miles off the Kanyakumari coast after their boat developed a snag. The fishing craft – KT Preetha – that belonged to one Paes sailed from Tharuvaikulam in Tuticorin on October 31. The boat developed an engine failure and stranded mid sea on November 4. The crew could not communicate with the owner after they lost power supply because of the engine failure. The crew members were dehydrated due to the inclement weather prevailing in the seas. Assistant director fisheries intimated Indian Coast Guard Station in Tuticorin on November 5 about the fishermen. Coast Guard sources said the station coordinated the search plan by diverting Coast Guard Ship Abhiraj which was patrolling in the area. Braving the extreme inhospitable sea and weather conditions with winds gusting up to 50 knots and visibility reduced to 500 meters, the ship undertook a thorough search in the area and located the fishing boat on Sunday evening. After surveying the boat, the ship crew decided to tow the stranded boat. All the seven crew members were brought safely to Tuticorin fishing Harbour on Monday morning and were handed over to assistant director of fisheries for further formalities, said a Coast Guard statement.



International News



Saudi prince killed in helicopter crash near Yemen border: Report



RIYADH: A Saudi prince was killed when a helicopter with several officials on board crashed near the kingdom’s southern border with war-torn Yemen, state television said. The news channel Al-Ekhbariya announced the death of Prince Mansour bin Moqren, the deputy governor of Asir province and son of a former crown prince. It did not reveal the cause of the crash or the fate of the other officials aboard the aircraft. News of the crash comes as Saudi Arabia pursues a sweeping purge of the kingdom’s upper ranks, with dozens of princes, ministers and a billionaire tycoon arrested as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman cements his hold on power. Already viewed as the de facto ruler controlling all the major levers of government, from defence to the economy, Prince Mohammed is widely seen to be stamping out traces of internal dissent before a formal transfer of power from his 81-year-old father King Salman. The crash also comes after Saudi Arabia yesterday intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile near Riyadh’s international airport after it was fired from Yemen in an escalation of the kingdom’s war against Iran-backed Huthi rebels. The missile attack was the first aimed by the Shiite rebels at the heart of the Saudi capital, underscoring the growing threat posed by the raging conflict in Yemen. The attack highlighted how the war in Yemen is increasingly spilling across the border since a Saudi-led coalition began its military intervention there in 2015. Saudi Arabia led the intervention to prop up the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi after the Huthis forced him into exile. Hoping for a quick victory against what it saw as Iranian expansionism in its back yard, Riyadh has so far been unable to remove the Huthis from Yemeni capital Sanaa.

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