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Three minor girls among family of 5 found dead in Dahod apartment
Dahod, Gujarat, India: Five members of a family, including three minor daughters, allegedly died by suicide by consuming poison in their rented apartment in Dahod town on Friday, police said. Dahod town police, which is investigating the case, is yet to ascertain the exact cause but primary probe suggests financial troubles.
On Friday, police discovered the bodies of Saifi Dudhiyawala, a trader of disposable plastic wares, and his family in their rental apartment in Sujai Baug on Dahod-Godhra road of Dahod town after the neighbours alerted the police that the family had not been answering calls and doorbells.
A team of Dahod town police reached the spot and found the bodies of Dhudhiyawala and his wife, said to be in their late 40s, as well as three daughters — twins aged 16 and a seven-year-old — on the floor.
“The bodies of the three daughters and wife were found on a mattress in the room while the man’s body was found in the doorway of the kitchen. Forensic teams have taken samples of a bottle of liquid near the kitchen sink, which appears to be the toxic chemical used by the family,” an officer of the Dahod police said.
They said the forensic teams found traces of the chemical on the kitchen platform, next to a rack of washed utensils as well as tea cups on the edge of the sink. Police officials suspect that the couple poisoned the daughters before consuming the chemical.
The family had moved in to the apartment a few years ago from a village in the neighbouring Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh.
Relatives of the family said that Dhudhiyawala had suffered heavy financial losses in the past few months since the lockdown and had been seeking help from a few relatives to pay off his debts. They also said that Dhudhiyawala’s brother, Ali, also died by suicide a couple of years ago due to loans.
A family member said, “His brother committed suicide about two years ago after harassment from the loan recovery agents of a private lender, who refused to close his loan despite Ali having paid a major chunk of the amount with hefty interest. We are not sure if Ali’s lenders were now troubling Saifi or if he had also fallen into the trap of some lender.”
Dahod Superintendent of Police Hitesh Joysar told this newspaper, “We have learnt that primarily the family was in financial trouble. The man had a business of plastic disposables. We will speak to the family members to understand other possible reasons after the rituals.” Joysar confirmed that the family had died due to poisoning. “The bodies will be handed over to the relatives after autopsy. We are awaiting the postmortem reports to take the probe forward,” the SP added.
Covid patient raped by ambulance driver on way to hospital
Trivandrum, Kerala, India: A 19-year-old woman who tested positive for Covid-19 was raped allegedly by an ambulance driver while being taken to hospital late Saturday night in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district.
Police arrested the driver, Noufal, and said he has a case of attempted murder pending against him since 2019. Police also said he had not obtained the mandatory clearance certificate before joining as a driver with the state health department’s ambulance service, which is operated by GVK EMRI Emergency Management Services. Pathanamthitta.
Superintendent of Police K G Simon said the driver picked up the victim and another woman, a 40-year-old Covid patient, from Adoor. While the 19-year-old was to be admitted to a Covid First Time Treatment Centre at Pandalam, the other woman was to be taken to a Covid centre in Aranmula. Though Pandalam is en route to Aranmula from Adoor, the driver went directly to Aranmula, dropped the 40-year-old there, and then set off to Pandalam with the 19-year-old. On his way, the driver allegedly drove the ambulance to a deserted place and raped her, before taking her to the Covid centre.
Police said that before dropping her off, the driver apologised to her and told her not to speak about the incident. Police said the woman recorded the conversation and informed the hospital staff, leading to the driver’s arrest.
The SP said the condition of the woman is stable.
Health department officials said if there is more than one patient from a particular locality, they usually arrange for them to be picked up together and shifted to hospital.
“The driver’s chamber is partitioned and no other staff or nurse accompanies the driver while ferrying patients to hospital. This is to limit the exposure of health workers to infected persons. In rare cases, if the patient is serious, we send a nurse. In this case, both patients were stable,’’ said the official.
As the incident triggered outrage from political parties and civil society, Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja said, “It is a shocking incident. The GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute, which operates the ambulance service, was asked to take action.’’
The Kerala Human Rights Commission and Kerala Women’s Commission have sought an action-taken report from the police. Women’s panel chairperson and CPI(M) leader M C Josephine said people with criminal record should not have been put on Covid duty. The incident, she said, shows that women patients require special protection while being taken to hospital.
The Opposition said the government should reveal why a person with criminal background was put on Covid duty.
In a statement, GVK EMRI said the driver has been removed from service and a police complaint filed against him. “The GPS of the ambulance has been handed over to police… So far, 108 ambulance services have completed 1.50 lakh trips as part of Covid operations. The accused driver, Noufal, had not obtained a police clearance certificate while joining duty. He had submitted a written undertaking that he would soon obtain a clearance certificate, based on which he was hired… All drivers have now been asked to submit clearance certificates against the backdrop of this incident,’’ it said.
A man has blown up part of his house in France while trying to swat a fly
France: The man, who is in his 80s, was about to tuck into his dinner when he became irritated by a fly buzzing around him.
He picked up an electric fly swatter and started targeting it - but a gas canister was leaking in his Dordogne home.
A reaction between the device and the gas caused an explosion, destroying the kitchen and partly damaging the roof of the home in Parcoul-Chenaud village.
According to local media, the unnamed man had a lucky escape, sustaining just a burn to the hand.
However, the fate of the fly is not known, news outlet Sud-Ouest notes.
The man has since checked into a local campsite while his family repair the house.
Qatar Airways resumes four weekly flights to Lagos from 10-Sep-20
Doha, Qatar: Qatar Airways continues to lead the industry in providing global connectivity by resuming flights to just over half the destinations it operated pre-COVID-19. Since the onset of the pandemic, Qatar Airways network has never fallen below 30 destinations with continuous services to five continents. By mid-September, the national carrier of the State of Qatar will operate over 650 weekly flights to more than 85 destinations, providing more flexible travel options to more global destinations than any other airline.
Qatar Airways announced the resumption of four weekly flights to Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) Lagos, Nigeria from September 10, 2020. The four times weekly service to Africa’s largest city will be operated by Qatar Airways’ state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.
With the addition of Lagos, Qatar Airways’ network in Africa will expand to ten destinations with 44 weekly flights to the continent including Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Mogadishu, Nairobi, Tunis and Zanzibar.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to resume flights to Lagos and further expand our network in Africa. We know the Nigerian diaspora is spread across the globe and we are thankful to the Nigerian Government for their support in helping us to reunite family and friends with their loved ones. With our mixed fleet of fuel-efficient aircraft, we are able to resume Lagos services with the right sized aircraft that will enable us to respond quickly to passenger demand and increase frequencies, offering our passengers more flexibility to travel when they want.
“With 44 weekly flights to 10 destinations across Africa and plans for further resumptions in line with the easing of entry restrictions, we are committed to supporting the recovery of international tourism across the continent while also maintaining vital supply chains to support African businesses.”
According to the latest IATA data, Qatar Airways has become the largest international carrier since April offering more global connectivity than any other airline to help take people home. This enabled the airline to accumulate unmatched experience in carrying passengers safely and reliably and uniquely positioned the airline to effectively rebuild its network.
Qatar Airways’ onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew include the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and a complimentary protective kit and disposable face shields for passengers.
To ensure travellers can make plans with peace of mind, the airline has extended its booking policies to offer even more choice to its passengers. The airline will allow unlimited date changes, and passengers can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 5,000 miles of the original destination.
The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply. All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance.