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Jharkhand mine collapse: Seven workers dead, several feared trapped in Lalmatia colliery

Seven workers have died and several more are feared trapped in a coal mine that collapsed late evening on Thursday in the Lal Matia colliery of Godda district in Jharkhand, reports said.

While initial reports put the number of trapped at around 10, a CISF official told ANI that around 40-50 workers are suspected to be trapped inside the debris along with 40 vehicles of a private company operating at the site.

IANS said that a heap of mud caved-in at the entry point of the colliery. Rescue operation could not begin due to night fog, the police said.

The incident, a government of India release said, took place at 7.30 pm on Thursday and that a control room has been set up at project office of Rajmahal Open Cast Expansion Project.

However, the exact number of people and vehicle trapped inside is not known. “This could only become clear after the rescue operation starts,” said Harilal Chauhan, Godda Superintendent of Police, earlier.

The locals said that there was a crack in the heap of mud which collapsed and blocked the entry point of the mine.

Mining operations were taking place about 200 feet beneath the ground. Though the cause of the accident is not known, the Ministry of Coal said that “prima facie…it could have been caused by a failure of the bench edge along the hidden fault line/slip”.

Police said that rescue operation is underway and that an NDRF team from Patna is already on its way to the site of the accident. It is expected to reach by noon, IANS said.

Meanwhile, according to The Indian Express, Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das directed the DGP and chief secretary to initiate relief and rescue operations at the earliest. “As of now, there are different versions of how many machines, vehicles and people are trapped. Relief and rescue operations are being initiated,” a police official told the newspaper.

Prime Minister Naredra Modi reportedly spoke with Das who announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs to the dead and Rs 25,000 to those injured in the accident. Das also tweeted saying:

Meanwhile, Ministry of Coal said that an Inquiry has been ordered in the incident by the director general of mines safety and CIL has constituted a high-level committee of experts to investigate into the causes of the accident. THE ECL also announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakhs each to the family of the deceased.

Some of the injured are being treated in a nearby hospital, ANI tweeted.

Mine roof collapses in Dhanbad

In another incident, four workers suffered injuries, two of them seriously, when the roof of a mine partially collapsed at Putki Balihari area in Dhanbad district on Friday, PTI reported. The mine falls under Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited.

A senior district official said the four contractual workers were taking cable to a shaft of the hydro mines in lift when a part of the roof suddenly caved in trapping them.

The four were rescued and taken to a hospital where the condition of two of them was stated to be serious, the official said.

While the cause of the collapse in the Dhanbad mine is being looked into, more details are awaited of the mine collapse in Godda district.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 30, 2016 13:28 IST

Air safety incidents at Goa and Delhi airport; 2 pilots suspended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a day of miraculous escape for air passengers as two major accidents were averted on Tuesday. The first incident pertained to a Goa-Mumbai Jet flight which skidded off at the Goa airport on early morning resulting in 12 people getting injured. The flying licence of the two pilots was suspended and a probe by Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) of the Civil Aviation Ministry was launched soon after the incident. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said a thorough time-bound investigation and corrective action shall be ensured.The second incident happened at national capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport when an IndiGo and a SpiceJet aircraft came dangerously close to each other on the runway, allegedly because of bad weather and due to ‘miscommunication’ with the Air Traffic Control (ATC). Both incidents raised questions on India’s air safety record which is obviously a cause of worry as the country is one of the fastest growing aviation market.A three-member team of AAIB rushed to Goa for inspection of the spot of accident, sources in the Ministry said. “Prima facie the runway accident appears to be the pilot’s fault. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has withdrawn the flying privileges of the two pilots, including the Commander, pending the initial outcome of the probe,” a source at DGCA said. Officials in AAIB were of the same opinion. They said that in all ‘probability’ the accident took place because of the pilot’s fault, adding that the preliminary findings on the accident are likely to be submitted in a week’s time.The Jet Airways flight 9W 2374 with 161 people onboard veered off the runway at Dabolim airport in Goa while aligning for take-off. The incident took place at 5 am when the Boeing 737 aircraft turned a full 360 degrees and its nose touched the soft land while taxiing for take off early on Tuesday in Goa airport. The Jet Airways flight had arrived from Dubai and was heading to Mumbai. There was panic among the passengers and a few passengers suffered injuries even during the evacuation process. Some passengers had to be rushed to the local hospital and five of the 12 injured passengers were hospitalised till late evening.Sources in Indian Navy, which manages the Dabolim airport, said its prompt response in rescuing passengers prevented a ‘catastrophe’. The airport, which is located in the Navy facility INS Hansa in Vasco town, was closed down for a while, impacting movements of other flights and causing some flight diversions.The incident at Delhi’s IGI airport took place in the afternoon when an IndiGo flight had just arrived from Lucknow with 160 passengers and the Spicejet flight with 187 on board was about to take off for Hyderabad . The two aircraft came face-to-face and almost collided with each other, sources said. Officials from ATC, on condition of anonymity, blamed poor visibility for the situation. They said haze was particularly intense on Tuesday. 72 flights were delayed that day because of fog. However, officials from Delhi International Airport Limited — which manages the Delhi airport — rejected ATC’s charge and said the problem occurred because of miscommunication from ATC. IndiGo as well as SpiceJet confirmed that both planes saw each other coming from opposite directions but both airlines denied that there was any risk to the passengers.

AAIB, DGCA to probe Mumbai-bound Jet airways flight skid off

Tue, 27 Dec 2016-10:52am , Panaji , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will investigate the Jet airways accident, wherein a Mumbai-bound flight skidded off on Tuesday at Dabolim airport in Goa.As many as 15 persons suffered minor injuries after the flight 9W 2374, whilst taking off from the ‘HANSA runway 26’ aborted takeoff and spun around 360 degrees.”We regret to inform flight 9W 2374 from GOI – BOM, with 154 guests and 7 crew, veered off the runway while aligning for takeoff. All guests and crew have been safely evacuated. Few guests have sustained injuries during the evacuation process,” said a Jet Airways statement.
ALSO READ Jet Airways Goa-Mumbai flight with 161 on-board veers off runway, 15 passengers injuredThe airline stated that medical assistance is being coordinated to those injured. An Indian Navy spokesperson tweeted that the runway has been opened for operation.

Mumbai: AAIB to probe Aarey colony helicopter crash that killed one

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apex aircraft investigation body, Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) will probe the helicopter crash in Goregaon suburb of Mumbai on Sunday in which one person was killed and three others were injured. Aviation regulator DGCA has already started collecting evidence from the crash site which would help the AAIB in its probe, a senior official said. “The DGCA officials are already on the crash site to collect evidence for probe. Since, ab initio its an accident, Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) will be conducting a probe into it. We are sending a team of investigators to Mumbai tomorrow to start the probe,” a senior AAIB official said.The official said that the AAIB is expected to complete its preliminary investigation in one weeks time. One person was killed and three others were injured when a helicopter crashed in the Goregaon suburb of the western metropolis. The helicopter crashed in an open ground in Aarey colony, a green belt in suburban Goregaon, and caught fire, according to the city fire department officials.Local residents alerted police and Fire Brigade after they spotted smoke billowing from the crash site. Four persons, all occupants of the chopper, suffered burns and were rushed to a hospital where one of them succumbed to injuries, said DCP (Zone 12) Kirankumar Chavan.
ALSO READ Mumbai: One dead, 3 injured in chopper crash in Aarey ColonyElaborating on the condition of the passengers, ​Dr Rajendra Karwa, medical superintendent of Seven Hills Hospital said, “There were four passengers. The pilot was brought in dead. Mr and Mrs Modi were passengers in the joyride. Mr Modi is serious while his wife has suffered 30% burns but she is conscious and alert. The 4th person was the technician. He too is conscious and alert but has suffered multiple fractures.”

Aircraft investigation body AAIB to probe Mumbai helicopter crash in Goregaon

New Delhi: Apex aircraft investigation body, Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) will probe the helicopter crash in Goregaon suburb of Mumbai on Sunday in which one person was killed and three others were injured.

Aviation regulator DGCA has already started collecting evidence from the crash site which would help the AAIB in its probe, a senior official said.

“The DGCA officials are already on the crash site to collect evidence for probe. Since, ab initio its an accident, Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) will be conducting a probe into it. We are sending a team of investigators to Mumbai tomorrow to start the probe,” a senior AAIB official told PTI.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The official said that the AAIB is expected complete its preliminary investigation in one weeks time.

One person was killed and three others were injured when a helicopter crashed in the Goregaon suburb of the western metropolis.

The helicopter crashed in an open ground in Aarey colony, a green belt in suburban Goregaon, and caught fire, according to the city fire department officials.

Local residents alerted police and Fire Brigade after they spotted smoke billowing from the crash site.

Four persons, all occupants of the chopper, suffered burns and were rushed to a hospital where one of them succumbed to injuries, said DCP (Zone 12) Kirankumar Chavan.

First Published On : Dec 11, 2016 17:44 IST

West Bengal: Railways order inquiry into Capital Express mishap that killed two

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the derailment of the engine and two coaches of the Rajendra Nagar-Guwahati Capital Express, which left two persons dead.Though prima facie the cause of the accident was overshooting of signal by the driver of the train, a thorough inquiry will be conducted and action will be taken against the guilty, said a senior Railway Ministry official. The railway minister has ordered the inquiry.The engine and two coaches of the Capital Express derailed near Samuktala Road in Alipurduar of West Bengal at around 9.15 PM last night.While two persons died in the accident, six passengers received minor injuries, according to Railways.About 150 of the stranded passengers were taken back to Alipurduar Junction by Kamakhya Alipurduar Inter City Express. The unaffected portion of the train was detached.The train will resume journey once the relief operation is completed, he said.The Accident Relief Train reached the site of the accident at 10 PM with railway doctors and relief materials and started rescue operations.Railways have operationalised helpline numbers at the site (9002052957, 8585082833 and 03564-259935) to facilitate relatives of passengers.

West Bengal: Two dead & 6 injured in Capital Express train derailment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The engine and two coaches of Rajendra Nagar-Guwahati Capital Express derailed at Samuktala Road near Assam-West Bengal border on Tuesday night. The Capital Express train derailment left two passengers dead and six injured, according to a statement issued by the Northeast Frontier Railway. The accident that took place around 9.15 p.m. Of the two dead, one is male and the other female. Both are yet to be identified. The other six injured continue to be in a critical situation.The Accident Relief Train was at the site of the accident with railway doctors and relief materials when reports last came in. Divisional Railway Manager of Alipurduar Division Sanjeev Kishor is supervising rescue and relief operations. According to the statement issued by the Northeast Frontier Railway, the cause of derailment was overshooting of red signal by the driver of the train. However, a thorough probe will reveal the actual cause of the derailment.Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered a probe into the accident. The 150 stranded passengers of the train were taken back to Alipurduar on the Khamakya-Alipurduar Junction Intercity Express.Helpline numbers at Samuktala accident site are 9002052957, 8585082833 and 03564-259935.With inputs from ANI.

Patna-Indore Express tragedy: Suresh Prabhu needs to reform, resignation no solution

The tragic Patna-Indore Express accident near Kanpur, killing over 140 people and injuring another 200, has been blamed on a “rail fracture” – a structural malfunctioning of the track due to repeated expansion and contraction because of change in season.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu didn’t mention ‘rail fracture’ in his statement following the accident, but by the time he spoke in Parliament on Monday, the term had already been picked up and repeated several times and was almost taken as the officially stated reason behind the accident.

Though nature does play a hand in weakening the structural integrity of railway tracks, it cannot rupture a gap in the track of the magnitude that caused the accident on Sunday. If that were the case then we would have heard of a multitude of rail accidents all over the world in every winter and summer season change, and high speed bullet trains would not run in China, Japan and other developed countries.

The apparent cause of the accident, as of now, is a routine mechanical fault; the gravity of which was compounded by the lackadaisical “chalta hai” approach of railway officers and staff. The accident was not caused due to human failure, nor was it a result of sabotage, at least there is no such indication so far.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu's resignation after the Patna-Indore Express tragedy is not a worthwhile solution. PTIRailway Minister Suresh Prabhu's resignation after the Patna-Indore Express tragedy is not a worthwhile solution. PTI

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s resignation after the Patna-Indore Express tragedy is not a worthwhile solution. PTI

That firmly rests the blame solely on the mechanical or maintenance division of the Indian Railways. The railways’ brass and lesser mortals thus can’t shift the blame on the paucity of funds and policy issues on safety, even though augmentation and policy implementation of safety remains a major concern. But blaming the accident on a broader safety issue defeats the purpose with respect to the present tragedy.

“There shall be a separate comprehensive investigation aided by latest technical and forensic analysis by an appropriate agency to look into all possible angles. Strictest possible action would be taken against the guilty,” Prabhu said.

One would have to see what kind of action the railway minister is willing to take in the days to come. Will the heads of those who matter roll or will class II and III employees bear the brunt? Demands are being made for Prabhu’s resignation on moral grounds; as had happened in 1999, when the then Railway Minister Nitish Kumar had resigned after the Gaisal train tragedy that killed 290 people and when Lal Bahadur Shastri had resigned in 1956, following the Ariyalur train accident that had killed 142 persons.

As history would suggest, both Kumar and Shastri – who had resigned taking moral responsibility over a train accident – only rose higher in the ranks. Shastri went to become the home and external affairs minister and then eventually the prime minister, whereas Kumar became the rail minister again, and then held other Union ministries as well before becoming the Bihar chief minister.

The rail minister’s resignation after such tragedy, thus, is not a worthwhile solution. In fact, apart from proving a rhetorical point, a minister’s resignation means nothing, unless one wants to secure Prabhu’s future for greater glory. The railway board chairman, its members, general managers, divisional railway managers, the chief engineers and so on, are never made to stand in the firing line.

For them, the business continues as usual. It is high time that they, and not the ordinary mortals in the ministry, must be held accountable for their shortcomings and should lose their high paying job and its perks in the event of a mishap.

Prabhu may have run a successful ‘PR campaign’ through his twitter feed – by providing milk to babies and other such comforts to some passengers – but the present tragedy is a far serious and more pertinent issue. The stories emerging from the accident spot near Kanpur, describing tales of the victims’ suffering, are both touching and highly disturbing. It’s time that the railway minister stands up and takes responsibility, even if it does not translate into his resignation but sets into motion a plan to fix the safety problems for now and forever – be it human, mechanical or technical.

Then there is the other aspect of the mismanagement problems in the railways: Blaming everything on fund and logistical shortages. Now that reports have emerged suggesting how the demonetisation move will help fill the government’s coffers in the long run, this time worn excuse should finally be put to rest. Prabhu and his men have to perform with substance, and not get carried away through sponsored or social media accolades.

Just see what the Railway Ministry had say to the Parliament two days before the horrific accident. An official statement issued by PIB on the basis of a written reply given by Minister of State in Railway Rajen Gohain to the Rajya Sabha on 18 November said: “Track renewal is an ongoing process which is undertaken as and when a stretch of track becomes due for renewal on age-cum-condition basis. Track renewal works are planned in advance every year and their execution is prioritised according to the condition of track and overall availability of funds ensuring all the time that the track is in a sound condition for the safe running of trains,”

“In case, if any stretch of track is not renewed in time due to various reasons including scarcity of funds, material etc, suitable speed restrictions are imposed to ensure the safe running of trains. As on 31 March, 2016, track renewal covering 5,900 km have been sanctioned, out of which 2,668 km is targeted for the year 2016-17. As per norms, track renewal works are to be completed within two to three years of sanction. This, however, also depends on budget availability,” the statement said.

In response to another query on safety, the minister goes on to say that: “The Ministry of Railways has requested the Ministry of Finance to sanction a non-lapsable Rastriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK) totalling Rs 1,19,183 crore, out of which Rs 1,11,683 crore is to be funded by the Ministry of Finance for safety improvement of the Indian Railways. The safety related works identified are related to track works, bridge rehabilitation, safety works at level crossing, replacement and improvement of signalling system, improvement and upgradation of rolling stock, replacement of electrical assets and human resource development with approximate fund requirement.”

The rider about “budget/fund availability” is cleverly placed in every sentence of the statement. Now that the Finance and Rail Budget is to be unified, and presented by the finance minister, hopefully no such excuses can be expected again.

Prabhu was handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from outside of the existing talent pool in the ruling BJP to head the railways, with the aim to modernise it. Railways has always held a prime slot in Modi’s plan of modernising and developing India. But the Patna-Indore Express train tragedy is a grim reminder that words are no horses and mere dreams are no reality.

First Published On : Nov 21, 2016 18:53 IST

Patna-Indore Express tragedy reveals Suresh Prabhu has been all talk no action

On 27 November, 1956, an Indian Railways train met with an accident at Arilayur in Tamil Nadu, killing 144 passengers. Exactly 60 years after that incident, Indians woke up to the news of the Indore-Patna train disaster killing 142 passengers.

This is where the tragic coincidences end.

Back then, when 142 passengers died, Railways minister Lal Bahadur Shastri decided to perform penance and resign. “I am responsible,” Shastri said and quit in Parliament. Accepting the resignation, prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru told the House: “All of us are very unhappy over the tragedy but I am sure — in fact I know it — that probably the unhappiest among all of us is the Railway Minister.” And now we have Suresh Prabhu, a railways minister who offers nothing except self-congratulatory propaganda on Twitter.

“Enhanced amount of ex-gratia compensation to the victims of this unfortunate accident: Rs 3.5 lakh in case of death,” Prabhu informs the applauding nation.

Hope the relief would be in new currency notes, sent to banks that have ATMs that work.

Then he fires a Twitter warning: Guilty won’t be spared. Ah, that’s another way of passing the buck.

Who is guilty, Mr Prabhu?

File image of Suresh Prabhu. AFPFile image of Suresh Prabhu. AFP

File image of Suresh Prabhu. AFP

Since your government came to power, fares and fees have gone up dramatically. Your ministry now charges exorbitant amounts for cancellations, doesn’t give a full berth to kids if full fare is not paid and has increased fares and freight rates under various pretexts. On top of that, we have the harebrained scheme of dynamic pricing that sometimes lead to the hilarious situation of train fares being more expensive than air travel?

According to a white paper put out by Prabhu last year, Indian Railway’s network has 1,14,907 kilometres of total track length. Of this, 4500 kilometres of track should be renewed annually. However, due to financial constraints, the progress in track renewals is constantly coming down over the last six years. As on 1 July, 2014, 5300 kilometres track length is due for renewal. The target for the current year is only 2100 kilometres. Arrears of track renewal are accumulating which will result in disproportionately high maintenance effort. This will also result in reduced reliability of assets.

Please tweet, Mr Prabhu, how much of the earnings were spent on passenger safety? On replacing old tracks, installing automatic train protection system to minimise manual errors?

Please tweet, what is the status of your Rs 1,20,000 crore safety fund called the Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh?

Please tweet, whether this fund was cleared by the ministry of finance or it remained just what your government is famous for — a mere jumla?

Please tweet, how have your new ideas like dynamic pricing helped the railways? Last heard, the national carrier was suffering a loss of Rs 30,000 crore because of your ministry’s decision to hike prices and fares without providing additional safety and services.

Please tweet, what is the status of the recommendations of the Anil Kakodkar panel on Railways? What happened to its suggestion that there be an independent safety regulator? Last heard, your junior minister was telling the Parliament that the regulator was under consideration. How many more deaths and accidents will help you make up your mind?

The truth is, the entire railways is guilty of murder of passengers who boarded the ill-fated train. It is the result of lack of urgency for making train travel safe, carrying on with the historical legacies of previous governments that used it just for addressing its political constituency.

Two years ago, when Prabhu had presented his first budget, Firstpost had hailed his decision to eschew populism and work on making Railways a top-class service provider. But, since then, most of his early promise has been belied and reforms halted. Falling revenues, inadequate safety measures reveal that he has been all talk and very little action.

Prabhu is right when he says the guilty should be punished.

Ever heard of moral responsibility? Ever heard of a gentleman called Lal Bahadur Shastri, Mr Minister?

First Published On : Nov 21, 2016 15:13 IST

Indore-Patna Express derailment: Shiv’s journey to join ‘griha pravesh’ turned out as his last

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Kumar Yadav’s journey to participate in the ‘griha pravesh’ (house warming) ceremony of his newly-constructed house at Pasar Village in Begusarai turned out to be the last journey of his life, as the Indore-Patna Express in which he was travelling from Indore to Patna, met with an accident near Pukhrayan in the Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh early Sunday morning, killing more than hundred passengers.His family members in Bihar, who were praying for his well-being since they came to know about the accident through television, were informed by one of the Shiv’s friends about his demise.Shiv’s younger brother, Vikas Kumar Yadav, who was anxiously waiting at the Patna Junction to know the fate of his brother, told reporters: “In the morning, when one of the friends of my brother, who had knowledge about his journey to Patna by that train, came to know about the accident, made a call on his number. The call was responded was some local resident, who told him that my brother was dead.””The local resident said the phone was ringing in my brother’s pocket that is why he picked the call,” Vikas added.Vikas further said, “My brother had got his home constructed recently, and was on his way to home to attend the griha pravesh ceremony.”Shiv, who was working at a ‘supari’ (beetle nut) factory in Indore for the past 15 years, is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.More than hundred passengers were killed and scores of others injured when 14 coaches of the train derailed at around 3 am near Pukhrayan, about 100 km from Kanpur.Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered an inquiry into the accident. He said, the Commissioner, Railway Safety, will inquire into reasons behind the derailment.The railways have announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 3.5 lakh each to next of kin to those killed, Rs. 50,000 for seriously injured and Rs. 25,000 for minor injury.President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed heartfelt condolences to families of deceased in the accident. They also prayed for speedy recovery of the injured.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured.

Close shave for Jet Airways’ passengers on board London-Mumbai flight; probe ordered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 246 people on board a Jet Airways flight from London’s Heathrow airport to Mumbai had a miraculous escape when the Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft failed to reach the required climb after the take-off, prompting the government to order a probe into the incident.According to sources, the pilot’s failure to use the ‘full runway’ for take-off allegedly led to a ‘dangerous’ situation and resulted in the incident which occurred on August 30. The commander of the aircraft has been taken off duty, they said.Jet Airways, however, sought to downplay the ‘serious’ incident saying, “We are investigating the event that has been brought to our attention as part of our active safety management system.”There were 231 passengers and 15 crew members, including two pilots, on board the aircraft when the incident occurred.”The incident did not have in any damage to the aircraft or property, nor injuries to crew members or guests on board,” Jet Airways said in statement to PTI.Taking note of the ‘serious’ incident, the Civil Aviation Ministry has ordered a detailed probe into it.The two-member committee, constituted to look into the incident and headed by Jitendra Singh, has started its probe.The other member of the committee is Rajan Bhatnagar and both of them are assistant directors in the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB).”Jet Airways aircraft VT-JEK was involved in a serious incident at Heathrow airport, London on August 30, 2016,” the ministry said in a notification ordering the AAIB probe.

Passenger train collides with a goods train at Cuttack killing 1, 22 injured

Bhubaneswar: At least one person was killed and 22 others injured, two of them critically, in a collision between Bhubaneswar – Bhadrak passenger train and a goods train near Kathojodi station at Cuttack this evening, East Coast Railway officials said.

A passenger and a goods train collide at Cuttack. PTI

A passenger and a goods train collide at Cuttack. PTI

The passenger train (number 78408) hit the goods train (BCN-DANKUNI) running on the same track, leading to derailment of two coaches, Chief Public Relations Officer of East Coast Railway (ECoR), JP Mishra said.

“One body has been retrieved from the mangled coaches of the passenger train as rescue operation was taken up on a war footing,” said Cuttack District Collector NC Mishra who visited the accident site. As many as 17 persons injured in the accident have so far being brought to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and the condition of two is stated to be very critical, said hospital emergency officer BN Maharana.

Police and ECoR authorities undertook rescue operation and the injured were shifted to hospitals. Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) personnel have also joined them. The number of injured is likely to go up as some passengers were stated to be trapped in the mangled coaches and efforts are on to pull them out, officials said.

Train services between Bhubaneswar and Cuttack have been severely affected, railway officials said. Senior railway officials including DRM-Khurda Road and Chief Safety Officer of ECoR rushed to the spot. District officials as well as Commissioner of Police and other police officers have also joined the rescue operation.

The passenger train was unusually overcrowded due to a strike by bus operators in the state, district officials said. An ECoR report said some trains including Puri-Durg Express, Chennai-Howrah mail, Puri-Talcher Express and Puri-Sealdah Duronto Express will now be diverted via Naraj instead of Cuttack.

A relief train from Khurda Road have been rushed to the spot. Besides, a railway medical van and 10 ambulances were pressed into service, ECoR officials said. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has expressed concern over the accident and directed state government officials to ensure free treatment to the injured. Meanwhile, the railways have opened help line – 0674-2490670, 0674-2301525, 9437579238 – for information about the accident victims.

Seven workers injured in explosion at Chhattisgarh steel plant

Raipur: At least seven workers suffered burn injuries, two of them grievously, following an explosion at a steel plant here, police said on Saturday.

The explosion took place last night at Bajrang Ispat located in Tilda Police Station area here when the victims were working close to a blast furnace, Raipur Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla told PTI.

Representational image. ReutersRepresentational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

As per preliminary information, when the night shift workers were busy with their task, suddenly a chamber of furnace exploded following which hot liquid fell on them causing burn injuries, he said.

Soon after getting information of the incident, Raipur Collector OP Choudhary and the SP rushed to the spot along with security personnel.

“Seven workers were injured in the incident and were immediately shifted to a private hospital here,” he said.

“Two of them were said to be in a serious condition as they have sustained over 80 percent burns,” Shukla added.

Police team and experts have been sent to the spot to ascertain the exact cause of the explosion, he said.

A case has been registered in this connection, the SP said adding that further probe was on.

Air India flight hits aerobridge, passengers escape unhurt

Mumbai: Around 330 passengers and crew members of an Air India (AI) flight from Riyadh to Mumbai escaped unhurt on Friday after the plane hit the aerobridge upon landing.

Some ground operators were injured in the mishap that caused partial damage on the aircraft’s left engine, an official said.

The mishap at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport triggered a blame game between AI and airport authorities.

File photo. PTI.File photo. PTI.

File photo of an Air India flight. PTI.

While no passengers or crew were injured due to the accident, some ground operators were injured, a Mumbai airport spokesperson said, adding the incident, involving a Boeing 777-300 ER plane, happened at around 3.20 pm.

Confirming the accident with flight AI 922, an airline official said the left engine sustained a minor bump and will be sent for inspection. The aircraft, which had around 330 passengers and crew members on-board, has been towed away to the hangar.

The national carrier blamed the airport personnel for the accident.

“AI 922 Riyadh-Mumbai flight hit the aerobridge (used by passengers to board a plane) while parking at the arrival bay. The accident happened because the guidance system of MIAL (Mumbai International Airport) displayed wrong information.

“Due to this wrong information, which is not compatible with this model of aircraft, the left engine of aircraft got into contact with the parked aerobridge,” an Air India official said.

But the airport spokesperson vehemently denied their role in the incident. “The accident has nothing to do with the guidance system of MIAL. The aircraft was being marshalled/guided by Air India staff during which it collided with the aerobridge. The aircraft suffered some minor damage.”

The MIAL said the accident did not lead to any disruption of operations at the airport, one of the busiest in the country.

Kolkata flyover collapse: Two KMDA officials arrested in connection with tragedy

Kolkata: Two KMDA officials were on Tuesday arrested by Kolkata police in connection with the partial collapse of an under-construction flyover which left 26 persons dead and at least 89 injured.

An aerial view of the site where an under-construction flyover collapsed in Kolkata. PTI

An aerial view of the site where an under-construction flyover collapsed in Kolkata. PTI

With Tuesday’s arrests, the total number of persons arrested in the case reached 12, a senior officer of Kolkata Police said.

Priyatosh Bhattacharyya, Chief Engineer AD Sector, KMDA and Santanu Mandal, Executive Engineer, AD Sector, KMDA were arrested on Tuesday evening, he said.

“Our investigations showed that these two persons have certain roles in connection with the March 31 mishap at Posta in Burrabazar area. There are a few more people who are also involved. They are likely to be arrested,” another officer of the Force told PTI.

Kolkata Police had arrested IVRCL Director Operations Gopal Krishnamurthy, Deputy General Manager of Project Monitoring Cell SK Ratnam, Assistant General Manager Mallikaarjun Rao, IVRCL Assistant Vice-president of Project Monitoring Cell (PMC) and administration of the Eastern Region Ranajit Bhattacharjee in connection with the 31 March collapse.

Also arrested were IVRCL Assistant Manager Debjyoti Majumdar, civil execution of IVRCL Niloy Roy, Structure Manager Pradip Kumar Saha, Project Manager Tanmoy Sil and senior engineers Shyamal Manna and Bidyut Manna.

Incidentally, earlier on Tuesday, Kolkata Police submitted the first charge sheet in connection with the mishap at a city court.

However, murder charge against the ten officers of the construction firm IVRCL were dropped from the first charge sheet.

Instead, the ten were charged under IPC sections 304 (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (Attempt to commit culpable homicide), 427 (Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) in the over 2000-page charge sheet.

Two killed after inhaling toxic gas on INS Vikramaditya in Karnataka

New Delhi: Two persons—an Indian Navy sailor and a civilian—died and two others were hospitalised when toxic gas leaked during maintenance work on the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier at Karwar in Karnataka, a defence spokesperson said here late on Friday.

Two others who inhaled the gas are stable, officials said.

File photo of INS Vikramaditya. PTIFile photo of INS Vikramaditya. PTI

File photo of INS Vikramaditya. PTI

The Indian Navy has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

According to the navy, the incident took place at about 5 p.m. on Friday while the ship was undergoing maintenance repairs at Karwar.

Maintenance work was being undertaken in the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) Compartment. Due to inhaling toxic gas, four persons, including two sailors and two civilian workers, were evacuated to the Naval Hospital at Karwar.

Two of them— Shipwright Artificer Class 4, Rakesh Kumar and Mohandas Kolambkar, an employee of Royal Marine—succumbed to gas inhalation.

“The next of kin of the deceased have been informed. The condition of the other two personnel is stable,” a navy officer said.

One labourer dies at Aiims campus after falling off under-construction building

New Delhi: A 26-year-old labourer died while two others suffered severe injuries after they fell from the fourth floor of an under- construction building on the Aiims campus on Wednesday evening.

The deceased has been identified as Diwakar. The injured persons, Lokesh (24) and Sushil (23), have been admitted to the Aiims Trauma Centre, police said.

Aiims campus. File photo. AFPAiims campus. File photo. AFP

Aiims campus. File photo. AFP

According to police, the incident took place at around 5 p.m. at the under-construction mother-and-child ward of the premier medical institute in Delhi.

The three labourers were working on the ceiling of the fourth floor when a beam slipped and fell on the plank on which they were standing, sending them crashing 60 feet down, they said.

The trio was rushed to the Aiims Trauma Centre where Diwakar was declared brought dead.

The incident took place close to where two labourers died and three others were severely injured last month in a cave-in at an under-construction site near the Aiims mortuary.

Several persons have been questioned in connection with the incident today and it has prima facie emerged that the builder, a prominent name, had adequate knowledge of the risk to which the workers were exposed, the official said, adding that senior police officials have visited the site of the mishap and inquiries are on into the matter.

Kerala temple fire tragedy: Firework contractor dies, toll at 111

The toll in the fire tragedy in Puttingal Devi Temple at Kollam rose to 111 with two more persons, including one of the fireworks contractors who carried out the display, succumbing to their injuries at the Medical College Hospital on Tuesday.The deceased fireworks contractor was identified as Surendran (67), from nearby Kazhakutttom. He had suffered 60% burns in the accident, police said.The other deceased was Sathyan (55) also from Kazhakuttom, who had suffered 90 per cent burns, police said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The accident at the century-old Puttingal Devi Temple complex occurred during competitive display of fireworks early Sunday morning after a spark from a firecracker fell on the storehouse containing crackers, triggering explosion.

Live: Over 100 dead, 350 injured after explosion during fireworks display at Puttingal temple in Kollam, Kerala

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Over 80 people were killed and several others injured when an explosion took place at the Puttingal Devi temple during a festival at Paravoor in Kollam at around 3 am on Sunday, police said.

As the temple festival was on, fireworks display had commenced at the temple precincts since midnight and hundreds of people had gathered to watch the show.

Many people were killed after an explosion took place at the Puttingal temple in Kollam, Kerala. AP

Many people were killed after an explosion took place at the Puttingal temple in Kollam, Kerala. AP

As the fireworks and pyrotechnics display was coming to a close at 3 am, an explosion is suspected to have occurred at the storeroom ‘Kambapuram’ filled with crackers and pyrotechnics materials, police said.

Men, women and police officials are among the dead, they said.

Fifty of the injured have been rushed to Trivandrum Medical College in the state capital and five persons died after being brought there.

Nearly 200 people got injured in the mishap and have been admitted to various hospitals in the district and nearby Thiruvananthapuram, police said.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy termed as “unprecedented” and “alarming” the situation at the Puttingal Devi temple.

Chandy, who cancelled all his scheduled poll programmes, is on his way to the accident site.

“Rescue operation at the mishap spot is over…The next main focus of the government is to provide best treatment to the injured,” he told PTI.

Asked about the death toll, the Chief Minister said the number would go up as reports are pouring in from different hospitals, where the injured have been admitted.

“This is an unprecedented and alarming situation,” Chandy said.

The government would extend treatment facilities to the injured persons in the hospitals preferred by their relatives, he said.

The State Chief Secretary has been asked to write a letter to the Election Commission for necessary sanction to exclude the treatment facilities to the injured from the ambit of the Election Code of Conduct, he said.

State Health Minister VS Sivakumar said directives have been issued to hospital authorities to make necessary arrangements for the injured.

State Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said Director General of Police (DGP) Senkumar is monitoring the rescue operations.

“A comprehensive probe will be conducted into the incident. Adequate compensation would be given to the victims of the accident after consulting with the Election Commission,” Chennithala said.

Local media reports quoting Kollam district authorities say the temple authorities ignored warnings issued against holding a huge firework in the area vulnerable to such accident.

District Collector Shinamol, who visited the spot, said evacuation and rescue operations were going on full-swing. People trapped in the concrete structure, which was completely destroyed in the mishap, were taken out, police said.

Eye witnesses told television channels that the accident took place at 3.30 am.

The sound of the explosion in the store-room was heard in around two-km radius of the temple, they said.

(With inputs from PTI)

Live: Havoc in Kolkata as collapse of under-construction flyover kills 14 people, injures 78

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An under-construction flyover collapsed near Ganesh Talkies in Girish Park, north Kolkata on Thursday. Ten people have been killed and several people are feared to be trapped under the debris after the Vivekananda Setu flyover collapsed, according to CNN-IBN.

Traffic has come to a standstill and rescue operations are on. Many passenger vehicles, trucks and rickshaws were seen under the debris but it was not immediately known as to how many people were trapped.

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“The bridge collapsed. I think atleast 150 people are under the debris,” ANI quoted an eye-witness as saying.

Firefighters and residents were trying with their bare hands to rescue those trapped under the wreckage of the metal-and-cement structure.

Television footage from the scene showed a bloody hand reaching out from under what appeared to be a massive girder. People were trying to hand bottles of water to survivors pinned underneath.

“The condition is pathetic. At this moment no one has any clue how many people are trapped,” said Raichand Mohta, a police officer at the scene.

There was little sign of a coordinated rescue operation, with access for heavy lifting equipment restricted by the proximity of buildings on either side of the flyover and heavy traffic.

Some people who were rescued with injuries were admitted to hospital.

Disaster Management Groups and officials of Kolkata Police and Fire and Emergency Services are at the spot, according to DNA. Gas cutters are also being used to save trapped people.

Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force comprising about 80 personnel have rushed to the flyover collapse spot.

NDRF Director General OP Singh said in Delhi that the teams are being sent from their local base at Rajarhat, near the Kolkata airport.

The accident spot is about 13 kms from the NDRF base.

“The teams are well equipped to immediately conduct rescue operations. They will do that exactly as soon as they reach,” Singh said.

According to reports, the flyover was being constructed by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. According to Times Now, the project was supposed to be finished in 2010 but was delayed.

The flyover has been under construction since 2009 and the project had missed several deadlines, reported India Today.

According to this 2014 report in The Telegraph, a company called IVRCL was awarded the contract for the flyover on 24 February, 2009 with an 18-month deadline and a budget of Rs 164 crore.

But even in 2014, IVRCL, which had been contracted by the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) to build the flyover, had told the state government that “it was in a difficult position to complete the project that is already running 42 months behind schedule with only 69 per cent of the work done so far.”

A similar incident had taken place in May 2013, when a huge portion of a flyover on the eastern side of Kolkata had collapsed, leaving three persons injured, police had said.

Girish Park metro station is a major transport hub in Kolkata, because of which the area is generally crowded. The area also houses many residential and commercial buildings.

(With agency inputs)

Bengaluru: Biocon scientist killed in road accident, two others injured

A 25-year-old scientist working with Biocon died and two of her colleagues were injured when the bus they were travelling in collided with a truck on NICE Road. The accident took place on Wednesday evening around 6 pm. The Hindu reported that the victim, the injured and the 12 other passengers all worked with Biocon.The 12 other passengers did not suffer any injuries. The two injured, Anup and Prajwal, were taken to a nearby hospital.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The daily reports that the accident occurred when the driver of the bus tried to overtake the truck on NICE Road.The victim, identified as Revathi Raghunath, was sitting in the front of the bus. She sustained severe head injuries and died on the spot. She reportedly specialised in virology and had joined the company just three months ago, according to the police. Raghunath lived in Hosakerehalli and was the only daughter to her parents, The Hindu report said.A company spokesperson was quoted as saying, “We have lost an employee in a road accident today evening. At the moment, our team is with the family and providing all support in this difficult time. May God rest her soul in peace.”The daily adds that the driver of the bus fled even before passers-by gathered at the accident spot. Now, the Electronics City Police have registered a case of rash and negligent driving and death due to negligence against the driver. They are on the look-out for him. According to the report, the bus belonged to a private operator and had been contracted to transport employees of Biocon.

Live: Under-construction bridge collapses in Kolkata, 10 people killed

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An under-construction bridge collapsed in Girish Park in north Kolkata on Thursday. Ten people have been killed and several people are feared to be trapped under the debris, according to CNN-IBN.

Traffic has come to a standstill and rescue operations are on.

“The bridge collapsed. I think atleast 150 people are under the debris,” ANI quoted an eye-witness as saying.

Telangana: 7 of marriage party killed, 15 injured as lorry overturns

Seven members of a wedding party, including four women, were on Wednesday killed and 15 others injured when the mini-lorry carrying them overturned in neighbouring Ranga Reddy district of Telangana, police said.”The accident occurred at around 11 AM on the outskirts of Naskal village when the lorry driver lost control while overtaking. The lorry turned turtle, resulting in on the spot death of three persons, while four others died either on way to hospital or during treatment,” Ranga Reddy District Superintendent of Police Rema Rajeswari R said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 15 others, who suffered injuries in the mishap, were rushed to different hospitals, she told PTI over phone.Nearly 38 people, all bride’s relatives, were travelling in the lorry at the time of accident, the SP said.”Over-speeding seems to be the reason for the accident,” she said based on preliminary investigation.A case was booked with Pargi police, who were further investigating the matter.

Andhra Pradesh: Four MBBS students killed, 31 injured after drunk driver crashes bus

Eleven people, including four medical students, were killed and at least 40 injured in two separate accidents in Andhra Pradesh, police said today.Four MBBS students of Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad were killed in an accident on NH65 at Surayapalem on the outskirts of Vijayawada as the private Volvo bus they were travelling in rammed into a tree.As many as 31 other students were injured in the mishap last night. Driver of the bus, who the injured students alleged was in an inebriated state, was also killed in the incident.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The students were returning to Hyderabad in the specially-hired bus from Amalapuram in East Godavari district when the accidents took place around midnight.In all, there were 48 medical students in the bus, who were returning after taking part in a sports meet in Amalapuram.The deceased students have been identified as M Pranay and Rajaram (fourth year) and Giri Laxman and M Vinay Teja (house surgeons).”We suspected that the driver was drunk and we called the bus operator to change the driver. The operator assured us that the driver would be changed at Vijayawada but that did not happen. The drunk driver was driving the vehicle at a high speed when it rammed into a roadside tree,” some of the injured students, who were being treated in a private hospital in Vijayawada, said.Telangana State Health Minister P Laxma Reddy rushed to Vijayawada to visit the injured students.He said the Telangana government would bear the medical expenses of the injured students.”We will take necessary action against those responsible for the accident after an inquiry,” the minister said at the hospital.Chief Ministers of AP and Telangana, N Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao, expressed grief over the accident.Naidu directed the officials to immediately submit a report on the causes for the accident. He also directed state Transport Minister Sidda Raghava Rao to study the reasons for the series of road accidents and take urgent steps for their prevention.In another accident, six persons from Bengaluru were killed in a road mishap at Chadragiri Fort near Tirupati when the tempo they were travelling in collided with a lorry last night. Another 10 persons were injured in the incident.The victims were returning to Bengaluru after offering prayers to Lord Venkateswara when the accident occurred in the wee hours today. Driver of the Tempo was also killed in the mishap, according to police.The deceased were residents of Yelahanka and Dinaharahalli areas in Bengaluru, they said.AP Health Minister K Srinivasa Rao and Transport Minister S Raghva Rao expressed sorrow over the two accidents and said better medicare would be provided to the injured.

Yamuna Expressway Accident: Victim’s son says police objected to mentioning Smriti Irani’s car

Abhishek Nagar, the victim’s son has said that the police objected when they mentioned in the FIR that the accident was caused by a car in in Smriti Irani’s convoy. He added that they were not shown the car which caused the accident and the only the number of the car was given by the police. He added that they’ve written letters to PM Modi, President Mukherjee and CM Akhilesh Yadav, the UP governor and the District Magistrate . <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The children of a doctor killed in the accident on Saturday night had contradicted Irani’s claim that she had tried to help the injured and ensure they reached hospital.The Congress has hit out at Irani over the icnident. Congress leader P.L Punia said Irani, being a responsible citizen and a minister in the NDA Government, should have helped the girl. ‘I don’t want to go into the details as to how did the accident took place, but she must have offered help. This is very irresponsible on her part,’ he added. Echoing similar sentiments, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said it is a very strange situation that has been created.‘Nobody does accidents willingly. But when you are a person, who represents the government, you should have stopped and helped the victim,’ Dikshit said.‘Smriti Irani is being attacked for a long period now because of her behavior. She does not think herself to be a common man. The kind of behavior she has with the vice-chancellors, the way she gave speech in the Parliament, she is behaving more like a queen and less like an elected person,’ he added.The daughter of the victim, who died after Irani’s cavalcade hit their vehicle, yesterday said that she pleaded before her with folded hands but the Union HRD Minister didn’t provide them any help. However, eyewitness Manoj Chopra contradicted the statement made by the victim’s daughter and said Irani came out of the car immediately and made calls for help.Irani’s convoy was caught in a car pile-up following an accident on the Yamuna Expressway on Saturday. However, Irani, who was on her way to Delhi, escaped unhurt.In a series of tweets following the accident, the HRD Minister had earlier informed of her well-being and thanked the people for their concern. “Tried to help the injured who were lying on the road for quiet sometime and ensured they reach a hospital. Pray for their safety,” she said. Irani said that she also ensured the people injured in the accident were taken to a hospital and thanked others for helping out.An FIR has also been registered in connection with this accident.

Crashed BSF aircraft was over 21 years old: Government

The Border Security Force aircraft that crashed in the national capital last year was over 21 years old and a probe in underway into the accident that left 10 personnel dead.”Super King B-200 (with) registration no VT-BSA that crashed on December 22, 2015 was 21 years and 7 months old. The accident is under investigation by Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Minister said “any aircraft can continue to fly as long as it is airworthy and certified to be so.” “At present, BSF air wing has two AVRO aircraft which are more than 20 years of age,” he said. He added that aircraft procurement is done from time to time on need assessment and availability of resources.

Smriti Irani highway accident: What really happened at the Yamuna Expressway?

On the rainy night of 5 March, the huge expanse of the Yamuna Expressway witnessed a disturbingly familiar scene. One car rammed into a motorbike, killing the driver, injuring two children with him causing a pile up. The expressway, one of the biggest in the country, has seen multiple pile ups, far worse than the one on Saturday night. What catapulted this to national news was that some of the cars involved belong to union HRD Minister Smriti Irani and her cavalcade. The family of the deceased has alleged that a car in her cavalcade caused the accident and she ignored all cries for help.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ICC World Twenty20 2016: Hong Kong vs Zimbabwe, Group B 1st T20 Match Live Cricket Scores & Ball by Ball commentaryAt 9 in the night, the 6 lanes of the Yamuna expressway, that connects Agra and Noida, seem to stretch endlessly into the dark, lit only by the reflectors demarcating lanes. It was then that Dr. Ramesh Nagar and his motorbike, carrying daughter Sandali and nephew Pankaj, was hit by a car that the police identify as a Honda City with licence plate DL3CBA5315.Dr. Nagar was a general physician practising in his local clinic in Agra. The three were headed to a wedding when they were hit at milestone number 103, that falls between the road from Vrindavan and the Mathura toll plaza. Irani and her convoy were on their way back from Vrindavan to Delhi.Nagar leaves behind two children, Sandali and his son Abhishek.Two days later, the road is completely empty of any trace or debris from the accident, save a long black tyre mark next to the milestone. Local shop owners say that initially the police from the picket at the Vrindavan exit left for the accident, but turned back as it was out of their jurisdiction.The police at Manth thana was the first on the scene. Policemen at the thana’s Mathura poll plaza outpost, some 5 kms from the spot say they reached by 9:20pm. They say after the Honda city hit the motorbike, came two other cars with Delhi licence plates then an ambulance with a Uttar Pradesh licence plate. After these cars scattered about the road did Irani’s cavalcade enter the scene. “We cleared the pile up and got the deceased and the injured to the Mathura district hospital as fast as we could,” said one cop. Once cleared, the minister and her cars left the scene. The banged up cars are in police possession and they say they haven’t yet found the Honda City driver.Irani first spoke about the accident when she tweeted on 5 March that she was safe, she tried to help the injured and now prayed for them. The family, on Monday filed an FIR against her. Sandali told dna that she begged Irani, who stepped out of her car, for help but got no answer. “If she had helped, my father would have been alive”. She insists that the car that hit them was with Irani.The HRD ministry has said that Irani called SSP Mathura Rakesh Yadav to get help on the scene. Yadav too issued a statement saying Irani’s convoy reached “7-8 minutes” after the accident.Nagar’s relative Survesh Kumar, who admitted the children to SN Medical College in Agra, says that when he reached the district hospital at 1:30 in the night, rushing down from Gurgaon, Sandali and Pankaj hadn’t even had their wounds cleaned. There was no first aid. Only after creating some noise did they get an ambulance to Agra.Though the two are out of hospital, Sandali is nursing a head injury, multiple cuts and scrapes on feet, knees and hands, while Pankaj has a fracture in his leg, his hand and a badly hurt face, says Kumar.

Highway accident: Congress accuses Smriti Irani of ‘looking away from dying man and driving off’

Amid the ongoing controversy over the family members of a doctor killed in a road accident allegedly involving Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani accusing her of looking away from the dying man and driving off, the Congress Party on Tuesday said that it was a very irresponsible gesture on her part. Congress leader P.L Punia said Irani, being a responsible citizen and a minister in the NDA Government, should have helped the girl.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’I don’t want to go into the details as to how did the accident took place, but she must have offered help. This is very irresponsible on her part,’ he added. Echoing similar sentiments, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said it is a very strange situation that has been created. ‘Nobody does accidents willingly. But when you are a person, who represents the government, you should have stopped and helped the victim,’ Dikshit said.’Smriti Irani is being attacked for a long period now because of her behaviour. She does not think herself to be a common man. The kind of behavior she has with the vice-chancellors, the way she gave speech in the Parliament, she is behaving more like a queen and less like an elected person,’ he added.The daughter of the victim, who died after Irani’s cavalcade hit their vehicle, yesterday said that she pleaded before her with folded hands but the Union HRD Minister didn’t provide them any help.However, eyewitness Manoj Chopra contradicted the statement made by the victim’s daughter and said Irani came out of the car immediately and made calls for help. Irani’s convoy was caught in a car pile-up following an accident on the Yamuna Expressway on Saturday. However, Irani, who was on her way to Delhi, escaped unhurt. In a series of tweets following the accident, the HRD Minister had earlier informed of her well-being and thanked the people for their concern. “Tried to help the injured who were lying on the road for quiet sometime and ensured they reach a hospital. Pray for their safety,” she said. Irani said that she also ensured the people injured in the accident were taken to a hospital and thanked others for helping out. An FIR has also been registered in connection with this accident.

Yamuna Expressway accident: Victim’s daughter says Smriti Irani drove away from her dying father, HRD ministry says no

The HRD ministry on Monday rubbished media reports on the involvement of a vehicle from union minister Smriti Irani’s cavalcade in an accident on the Yamuna Expressway, stating that ‘the vehicle had nothing to do with the cavalcade’ but family members of a doctor killed in that road accident have accused the Human Resource Development Minister of looking away from the dying man and driving off.

HRD Minister Smriti Irani. PTIHRD Minister Smriti Irani. PTI

HRD Minister Smriti Irani. PTI

Speaking to The Hindu, the victim’s daughter Sandli said her father lay bleeding on the road as Smriti Irani drove away. Sandli told The Hindu that she begged the minister to help but she “refused”.

She went on to say that even as she was begging for help, another car belonging to the Minister’s convoy again hit her father who was trying to rise on his feet, reports Shiv Sunny in The Hindu.

But the HRD ministry and Mathura police version is very different.

The Indian Express reports that Mathura police has registered a case which says that a Honda City hit the bike and the car bears a Delhi registration number.

The Mathura police insists that the car involved in the accident was not part of the convoy but Sandli maintains that she saw a BJP flag on the car that hit them, reports Times of India.

“In sections of the media, a news story is being run regarding the accident on the Yamuna Expressway late March 5 night, which mentioned that a vehicle (Honda City) with registration number DL-3C-BA-5315 allegedly hit a biker. It is clarified that this vehicle has nothing to do with minister’s cavalcade,” read an HRD ministry clarification.

“…union Human Resource Minister Smriti Zubin Irani had directed the SSP of Mathura to arrange an ambulance immediately so that the injured could be given medical treatment at the earliest,” the statement added.

The FIR stated, “Smriti Irani’s convoy was passing (by) in which one car hit the motorbike… the driver left his vehicle and is absconding”.

Irani escaped with minor injuries after a vehicle, allegedly part of her cavalcade, hit a motorcycle, killing Dr Ramesh Nagar and injuring his daughter Sandali and nephew Pankaj on Saturday night.

After the incident, in a series of tweets, Irani said: “For all enquiring re my accident – I’m fine. Thank you for the concern and wishes.”

“There was a pile up of vehicles due to an accident on the Expressway. Unfortunately the police vehicle before mine & my car also crashed.”

“Tried to help the injured who were lying on the road for quite sometime and ensured they reach a hospital. Pray for their safety,” she said in another tweet.

“Good Samaritan Manoj Chopra and his wife also helped injured citizens. God bless them for their empathy and kindness,” she added.

With IANS

Smriti Irani suffers minor injury in car accident on Yamuna Expressway

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani reportedly suffered minor injuries on Saturday after her car was in an accident on the Yamuna Expressway on the way to Delhi.According to media reports, Irani, along with other BJP leaders, was returning from a meeting of the BJP’s youth wing in Vrindavan. Reports suggest that Irani injured her knee in the accident which was described as a pile-up involving several cars.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prima facie reports suggest that the accident took place when a motorcyclist collided with a Honda City which was in front of Irani’s escort vehicle. It’s believed that the motorcyclist died in the accident while three security personnel reportedly sustained injuries. Irani reportedly helped some of the injured before leaving for Delhi.

Four killed, 10 injured in road accidents in Rajasthan

Four persons were killed and ten others injured in two road accidents in Rajasthan, police said. Two persons were killed and five students injured when a car and a school bus collided in Jhunjhunu.Deepak Dudi (28) and Ajit Mann (34), both travelling in the car, were killed in the mishap which occurred in Surajgarh area.Four of the injured children were discharged after being administered first aid at a local hospital, while one was admitted to a district hospital, police said. A case has been registered against the bus driver, who is absconding, they said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another accident, two persons were killed and five injured when a SUV they were travelling in turned turtle in Malakhera area in Alwar.The duo and others were going to a nearby place for outing when the mishap occurred. The victims have been identified as — Rahul Mev (19) and Junaid Mev (20). The injured have been admitted to a district hospital, police said.

four killed, 10 injured in road accident in Jaipur

Jaipur: Four persons were killed and ten others injured in two road accidents in Rajasthan, police said. Two persons were killed and five students injured when a car and a school bus collided in Jhunjhunu. Deepak Dudi (28) and Ajit Mann (34), both travelling in the car, were killed in the mishap which occurred in Surajgarh area.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Four of the injured children were discharged after being administered first aid at a local hospital, while one was admitted to a district hospital, police said. A case has been registered against the bus driver, who is absconding, they said. In another accident, two persons were killed and five injured when a SUV they were travelling in turned turtle in Malakhera area in Alwar. The duo and others were going to a nearby place for outing when the mishap occurred.

The victims have been identified as — Rahul Mev (19) and Junaid Mev (20). The injured have been admitted to a district hospital, police said.

PTI

Deeply pained by incident: Sushma Swaraj condemns Bengaluru mob attack

Speaking about the mob violence in Bengaluru, Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj expressed her condolences. She said: “We are deeply pained over the shameful incident with a Tanzanian girl in Bengaluru. I spoke to the Chief Minister Karnataka. He informed me that a criminal case has been registered and four accused have been arrested.” A Tanzanian woman student was allegedly beaten up and stripped by a mob in a case of “mistaken identity” after a woman was mowed down by a car. The 21-year-old Tanzanian doing her BBM course was dragged out of the car in which she was seated along with her three friends after it was stopped by the mob shortly after they reached the accident spot on Sunday night, according to All African Students Union in Bengaluru.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She was stripped by a section of the mob and pushed out of a slow-moving bus that was passing by as she tried to board it to escape from them, the Union’s Legal Adviser Bosco Kaweesi told reporters here. Three others were also beaten up.He said she had no connection with the accident which happened much before and alleged that the police “was not so helpful” when they were approached. Police Commissioner N S Megharikh said that after the accident, which claimed the life of a 35-year old woman, the driver of the car was assaulted and he was taken to hospital.The Tanzanian woman and her friends had reached the spot later, he said, adding, the mob mistook them for having been responsible for the mishap. “It was mistaken identity,” the city police chief said. The driver of the car which mowed down the woman is in police custody.Megharikh said the woman’s statement had been recorded by the Deputy Commissioner of Police. “We have taken up the case for assault on the woman,” he said. A section relating to molestation had also been invoked, he added. He said a mob of 200 to 300 people were present after the accident but the police had brought the situation under control after the mishap. Megharikh said the police were trying to identify the people involved and they would be arrested.With agency inputs

Six-year-old boy found dead in school water tank in Delhi, probe ordered

Divyansh Kakrora’s body was later found floating inside the pit, used as a water storage tank, under the ampitheatre in the school’s playground, police said.

The post Six-year-old boy found dead in school water tank in Delhi, probe ordered appeared first on Firstpost.

Panels to probe BSF plane and Katra chopper crash formed

The two committees, formed to investigate the crash of a BSF plane and helicopter in Katra, have been given six months to submit their reports.A four-member Committee of Inquiry will investigate and determine the causes and contributory factors leading to the crash of a Border Security Force (BSF) Super King Air B200 aircraft after taking off from Palam airport here last month, official sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All 10 people on board the plane, which was to go to Ranchi, were killed in the accident that took place shortly after it take-off on December 22, 2015.The Committee will be headed by by R S Passi, Deputy Director of Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) and will have Captain Anant Sethi, Chief Pilot of Madhya Pradesh government, K Ramachandra, Air Safety of AAIB and Raje Bhatnagar of AAIB as its members.Three-member Committee, headed by Yash Pall, former Deputy General Manager (Maintenance) of Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited, will investigate the chopper crash in Jammu and Kashmir’s Katra in November last year.Seven people, including a woman pilot and a newly-wed couple, were killed when a chopper ferrying them to base camp of over 700-year-old Vaishnodevi shrine on November 23.The Ecureuil AS350 B3 helicopter was being operated by Himalayan Heli Services Pvt Ltd to ferry pilgrims between Katra’s base camp and ‘Sanjhi Chhat’ helipad at the shrine.Both the Committees will make recommendations to avoid recurrence of such accidents in future, the sources said.The Committees can also take the assistance of other experts or agencies whenever required. They will complete its inquiry and submit its report to the central government preferably within six months, they said. The panels, formed late last month, will submit their report in June, the sources said.

Punjab: Three students killed, 36 others injured after school bus falls into drain

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