News Flash – 7 October 2017

National News



Need to double airport strength in 5 years: CISF



NEW DELHI: Adding more peak hour flights at India’s biggest airports without augmenting the security manpower and infrastructure is proving to be a pain for both passengers — who have to wait in long queues — and for personnel — who are under ‘undue’ pressure to speed up frisking. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the agency in charge of airport security, has stated this categorically in a report to the government. It has projected that the paramilitary force will need to almost double its airport deployment in the next five years given the explosive growth of air travel in India. And failing to do so in time could lead to “chaos” and make our big airports “unmanageable”, its report submitted to the home and aviation ministries recently and accessed by TOI says. CISF currently has about 26,000 security personnel deployed at 59 of the 98 functional airports in India. The report titled “Future Projection September 2017” says CISF will need 19,072 additional manpower in next five years. The extra requirement will be for reasons like new terminals at existing airports; new airports getting operational under regional connectivity scheme and augmenting city side security at all airports. The cost of this force expansion will be finalised shortly. “India has witnessed a healthy passenger traffic growth of about 66.2% (10.5 crore) in the last five years. Passenger traffic is expected to touch the 40 crore mark in the next five years from the current 26.5 crore (counting both arriving and departing flyers). Hence planning for expansion of critical aviation infrastructure over the next 25-30 years is absolutely vital,” the CISF report says.



Lightning kills 3, injures 14 farmers in Palghar



Mumbai: At least three lightning deaths and over a dozen injuries were reported from Palghar district as rain lashed the tribal belt on Friday. In Ambede village of Palghar, Vasant Patil, 54, was struck by lightning at around 6.30pm when he was in his field. He died on the spot. Two other cases of death due to lightning were reported from Mahaskar Pada in Manor and Sheelshet in Vikramgad. The victims, Eknath Shelar and Sangeeta Sutar, were working in their farms. Around 14 people were admitted to rural hospitals with injuries caused by lightning. All of them were working in fields when lightning and thunderstorm hit the district. While 12 injured victims are being treated at Manor, two are at Kasa rural hospital.



Security for under-17 world cup chokes South Delhi


NEW DELHI: Following intelligence agencies’ alert to step up security for the U-17 FIFA World Cup, Delhi police virtually turned south Delhi into a fortress, leading to massive snarls on Friday evening. Almost all arterial roads were choked during peak hours after traffic cops stopped vehicle movements along Lodhi Road and Bhishmah Pitamah Marg for at least half an hour for the movement of VVIP convoys ahead of the inauguration ceremony that was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Vehicles were diverted through Ring Road and Aurobindo Marg, choking both arterial roads. Major snarls were reported from Mathura Road, Aurobindo Marg, Ring Road, Josip Broz Tito Marg and Purana Qila Road. Commuters complained about traffic cops even shutting down signal lights on the roads leading to the stadium, creating confusion. The police, however, said the lights were put on manual mode for some time and traffic personnel were deployed to clear backlogs on these roads. Delhi Police was told to heighten the security at all places associated with the U-17 World Cup due to fears of Rohingya backlash and attacks by international terror organisations to harm foreign teams, said sources. Hotel Lalit, Jawaharlal Nehru and rugby stadiums, and a school in Civil Lines where the players are practising were brought under enhanced cover.


The Special Cell of Delhi Police on Thursday met other security units to chalk out various security and contingency plans to ensure ground-to-air vigil. It was decided that the buses ferrying players would always move with pilot and escort vehicles. American security agencies are working in tandem with their Indian counterparts to ensure fool-proof security. The Special Cell has also deployed spotters and snipers at strategic locations, said a source. The police are not taking any risk as Delhi has already been on high alert in the wake of terrorist attacks across the world. After the shooting in Las Vegas, the US team players have been advised to be more careful. Besides Delhi Police personnel, paramilitary troops, intelligence officials and traffic cops have been deployed. Anti-terror Parakram commandos are also at work. The routes from the players’ hotels to the stadiums have been secured with around 5,000 policemen. The security apparatus will continue till the end of the month when the players leave. The police have advised spectators and commuters, including those employed in the office complexes of SCOPE Complex, CGO Complex and the adjoining areas, to use public transport on match days. Anybody entering the zone without a ticket won’t be allowed to enter the protected area around JLN Stadium.



Quick service: This bike ambulance helps save lives



Mysuru: The First Aid Responder service – which most Mysureans call the Bike Ambulance service – is gaining popularity in the city. Travel time is critical, and traffic jams and narrow lanes prevent four wheel ambulances from reaching their destinations in the fastest possible time. This gives the Bike Ambulances an edge. The Bike Ambulance service was launched in the city in 2015 as a supplementary service to the existing 108 ambulances. Since then it has been working in tandem with the 108 ambulance services. Speaking to The Times of India, Bike Ambulance service in-charge Umesh said the service is in huge demand as they can reach the spot very fast and provide high quality first aid including oxygen supplies to those who need it. How the Mysuru Bike Ambulance works. In Mysuru, the bike ambulance service works a 12 hour shift every day, between 9 am and 9 pm. People initially were under the impression that patients would be transported by bike ambulances, but the system currently does not support patient movement. What they do, however, is provide point of call medical services. The bike ambulance has just one seat for the rider. Another seat space is fixed with a first aid box. When people call 108, the bike ambulance is dispatched to the spot first. It is equipped with instruments and drugs that will be administered to the patients as per instructions issued by doctors on the phone, explained an executive.


First-Aid on Two Wheels:

No. of bike ambulance in the city: 1

Plying since: 2015

Working hours: 9am to 9pm

Average calls received daily: 4 to 5.



Dead fish in another lake, 13 pharma companies get notice

Six months ago, fish worth around `8 lakh were killed in Isnapur lake. The TSPCB Task Force Committee comprising experts, including professors from IIT, ordered five industries IN THE PAST to pay damage to the fisheries cooperative society.



HYDERABAD: Yet another lake has been affected due to polluting pharma industries in Sangareddy. Telangana Pollution Control Board (PCB) officials rushed to Gaddapotharam lake on Friday after receiving complaints on fish dying on a large scale. This comes on a day when the PCB served notices on 13 pharma companies in the surrounding areas. “Around 1,000 fish were found dead in the lake. We are suspecting pollution similar to the Kazipally lake. Samples have been collected and sent to the central lab for examination,” PCB Medak Sangareddy zone chief environmental engineer, B Raghu, told TOI. TSPCB officials contacted the fisheries department for damage assessment. Its report will be reviewed by a Task Force Committee. “PCB has formed teams for regular monitoring of industrial areas at regional office and zonal levels. They were also asked to monitor discharge of effluents during rains. The teams have collected samples, which are under analysis, and will also be reviewed by the Task Force Committee. We will find the reason for the fish deaths and stringent action will be taken against erring industries,” TSPCB member secretary, P Satyanarayana Reddy, said. Bulk Drug Manufacturers Association executive director Eswar Reddy said: “The association doesn’t support any type of polluting activity and we always tell our members to stick with the regulations. If fish have died, there could be an issue. It may be due to smaller or medium bulk drug companies or pesticide companies or dye manufactures. All of them are not our members, who number 220”.



Hotel throws safety net around players



KOLKATA: Cricketers visiting India in the past would often be stumped by Delhi Belly, a dreaded stomach bug that had almost the entire England team indisposed in the midst of a Test match in 1993. But youth football teams landing in Kolkata for the U-17 World Cup are up against a far more serious health threat — a dengue outbreak. Teams putting up at the New Town hotel have been advised to guard against mosquito bites, use repellent creams and wear long trousers during their leisure hours. The hotel, on its part, has initiated a series of measures to ward off the dreaded virus-carrying insects that have already caused more than 20 deaths in Kolkata this season. Novotel, where all six teams playing the group matches in Kolkata are being accommodated, has launched an intensive fumigation drive. Every nook and corner of the hotel is being sprayed. Air curtains, which blow hot air to keep out insects, have been put up at main entrances and the hotel premises have been cleared of shrubs and bushes to ensure that mosquitoes don’t get a chance to nest anywhere. The current dengue outbreak, however, has left hotel authorities and team officials worried. “We called up civic officials and requested them to clean the areas outside our hotel. Shrubs, bushes and overgrown trees that can serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes have been pruned. Civic authorities have been prompt,” an official of Novotel said. Chile, England, Mexico and Iraq have already reached the hotel and Japan and New Caledonia will join them next week.


Lemongrass has long been used as a natural insect repellent since it contains citronella oil that deters mosquitoes with its strong fragrance. Lemongrass plants have been planted along the hotel walkways and at locations close to seating areas. “Air curtains mounted above the doorways create an invisible barrier for mosquitoes and other insects,” said a hotel official. The team officials have also been advised to take necessary precautions against the disease and every athlete has been provided with mosquito repellents. The latter have also been asked to wear full-sleeve shirts and trousers when they are not training or are out in the open. The Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, too, has done its bit to ward off dengue scare. It has launched its own fumigation drive around the stadium, practice grounds and the galleries and has deployed 100 civic personnel to ensure there is no stagnant water in the stadium premises. “We have been doing fumigation inside the stadium premises twice a day and have deployed personnel to clean up the stadium regular to ensure there is no stagnant water,” Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation mayor Sabyasachi Dutt said. Stadium officials said more than 300 personnel have been deployed to ensure no plastic or paper cups or glasses and food packets remain strewn inside the stadium ramps and premises post-match that can again become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.



21 children rescued from illegal home in Tamil Nadu



CHENNAI: The district child protection unit in Kancheepuram rescued 21 children from an illegal home in Old Perungalathur on Friday. The children, including 12 girls, were found living in a cramped space without any documents on their backgrounds. The proprietor of the home, Anbu Karangal, lived with the children. All the children – aged between 6 and 15 years – were produced before the child welfare committee. “We directed a medical examination of the older girls as we suspect abuse,” said Zaheeruddin Mohamad, CWC member in Kancheepuram. While the girls were sent to a licensed children’s home in Kancheepuram, the boys were sent to the government reception home in AthurChengalpet.



International News



Man arrested in Sweden for carrying suspected explosives at airport



STOCKHOLM: A man in his 20s has been arrested at the airport in the Swedish city of Gothenburg for allegedly trying to travel with explosive material, the police said on Friday. The man was passing through security control on Thursday morning at Landvetter Airport when the screening showed “something explosive”, police spokesman Peter Adlersson told AFP. Adlersson, who did not disclose what the suspect was carrying, said he was “going to fly to another EU country”. Swedish daily Aftonbladet said the man was carrying acetone peroxide (TATP), a component of bombs used in several attacks across Europe, including Manchester, Brussels and Paris. Police are inspecting his belongings to determine if they could have posed a threat, Adlersson said. Authorities have not disclosed the suspect’s identity but the Swedish daily Goteborgs-Posten said he is a German citizen. He was arrested on suspicion of “attempted public destruction”, the public prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Friday.



6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Japan coast, no tsunami warning



TOKYO: A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Fukushima in Japan on Friday but there was no risk of a tsunami, officials said. The shallow quake hit at 04:59 pm (0759 GMT), 255 kilometres east of Ishinomaki, according to the United States Geological Survey. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake posed no tsunami risk. Later Friday another quake hit northeastern Japan, close to the disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, but there was again no fear of a tsunami, Japanese and US authorities said. The 5.4-magnitude quake struck at a depth of 47 kilometres in the Pacific Ocean, 28 kilometres east-northeast of Iwaki, USGS said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no abnormalities were detected at nuclear power facilities in the region, including the Fukushima Daiichinuclear plant, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March 2011 triggered a massive and deadly tsunami, which smashed into the Fukushima nuclear power station and sparked the world’s worst atomic accident since Chernobyl in 1986. Its operator is working to clean up and dismantle the reactors in a process that is expected to take at least four decades.

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