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Kamala Mills Fire: the lack of knowledge of evacuation programs put citizen in danger

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The incident clearly tells us that there is lack of awareness among people about how to react in such panic-stricken situation

Today, Mumbai woke up to a horrible news as the city that never sleeps was bracing itself to welcome the New year. The Horrid fire at Mojo Bistro bar at Mumbai’s Kamala mills gutted 14 young lives and injured 19 others.

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Kamala Mills has in the recent past become a go-to place for the millennials in the Mumbai. It also houses several media houses, restaurants and pubs. Located in South Mumbai, the place has become a hub for late night outings, parties and receives a considerably large footfall.

When the Mojo’s caught fire, nearly 150 people were inside partying. According to the Chief Fire officer, there was not enough equipment inside the room to take quick action. However, the owners disagree. In a statement, the owner said that they have all the necessary license and required documents.

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The BMC must answer why and how the license was issued when the pub did not arrange for enough equipment to deal with such inadvertent situations. According to a circular dated 7th February 2012, the buildings which fall in High Rise category should have minimum 15 meters wide entrance roads. The narrow passage of entry at the Mojo was clearly in violation of the guidelines.

But, the glaring detail we might be missing here is, how the most of the death happened. According to an eyewitness, “People ran towards the entrance as soon as they heard about the fire. Many people also ran towards the restrooms.” One of the firefighting officers said, “Most of the deaths happened due to suffocation. We found maximum dead bodies in the restroom.”

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The incident clearly tells us that there is lack of awareness among people about how to react in such panic-stricken situation. How many of us know what measures to take, how to conduct ourselves to escape the fire except for running? According to the circular, “Regular and periodic mock-up drills shall be undertaken by the Fire Department at least once in a year”. It further states, “Applicable guidelines of Fire Department National/State Disaster Management Authority shall be strictly followed by the developer and occupiers/Cooperative Societies.”

On the one hand, it is a case of sheer negligence; at the same time lack of understanding of the situation too played a role in the death of the people. While our civic bodies are to be blamed for the negligence; as a citizen, we must from now onwards take precautionary measures and create awareness.

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There should often be mock drills and people should be educated about how to evacuate safely and quickly in case of fire. In the above case, the people did not even know where the emergency door was. It is essential that in such situation presence of mind should be used instead of panicking and worsening the situation.

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Shakitikanta Das to be the new RBI governor

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New Delhi | Former Economic Affairs Secretary Shakikanta Das is likely to be the next Reserve Bank of India Governor after the resignation of Urjit Patel on December 10.

Shaktikanta Das, a retired 1980 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tamil Nadu cadre was the member of the Fifteenth Finance Commission of India, and India’s Sherpa to G20. Das also worked as Union Economic Affairs Secretary, Union Revenue Secretary, Union Fertilizers Secretary, special secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Finance and as a joint secretary in the Department of Expenditure of the Ministry of Finance in the Indian government.

Earlier Urjit Patel on December 10 resigned from the post of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor. Patel’s three year team was to end in September 2019. Patel is also the first RBI governor to resign since 1990.

Submitting his resignation, Urjit Patel cited personal reasons and stepped down with immediate effect. He said, “On account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down from my current position effective immediately. It has been my privilege and honour to serve in the Reserve Bank of India in various capacities over the years,” Urjit Patel said in a statement. “The support and hard work of RBI staff, officers and management has been the proximate driver of the Bank’s considerable accomplishments in recent years. I take this opportunity to express gratitude to my colleagues and Directors of the RBI Central Board, and wish them all the best for the future,” he added.

 

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Four policemen killed by terrorists in J-K’s Shopian; weapons snatched

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Srinagar | Four policemen were killed on Tuesday when Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked a guard post outside a minority pocket in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, officials said.

The attack took place this afternoon when four policemen were sitting in a pre-fabricated room outside the pocket that houses six Kashmiri Pandit families.

A senior police official said that six Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were led by former Special Police Officer Adil Bashir, who deserted in October and decamped eight weapons from a PDP legislator.

Quoting eyewitnesses, the police officer said that militants fired indiscriminately, killing three policemen on the spot and critically injuring one.

The injured policeman was rushed to an Army hospital, where he also succumbed to injuries, the official said.

The deceased have been identified as Anees Ahmad, Hamidullah, Mehraj ud Din and Abdul Majeed.

At the time of the incident, only one family was present at the minority pocket.

Immediately after the shootout, the terrorists fled with three Self Loading Rifles (SLRs) of the policemen, the official said, adding a cordon and search operation has been launched to nab the criminals.

The official said that an intercept had been received in which it was clear that Jaish-e-Mohammed, a banned terrorist organisation, was behind the barbaric act.

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PM Modi may visit Tripura in Feb to inaugurate projects: Officials

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Agartala | Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Tripura in February to inaugurate several development projects, including an upgraded cancer centre, a government official said. The regional centre, which offers treatment to more than 2,000 cancer patients annually, is set to have a new building and modern equipment, he said.

According to government reports, 3,786 patients succumbed to cancer between 2013 and 2016 in the state.

Sanjoy Mishra, the media adviser to chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, said a high-level meeting was convened Monday to review progress in the cancer hospital project. “The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Tripura in February to inaugurate several developmental projects. The newly built building at the cancer centre is one of them. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday reviewed the progress of the construction work at the centre,” Mishra said.

Chief Secretary LK Gupta, Public Works Department (PWD) secretary Manoj Kumar, and Health and Family Welfare secretary Samarjit Bhowmik were among those who attended Monday’s meeting, he said. “The CM would be visiting New Delhi tomorrow (Wednesday) and meet the prime minister to discuss various issues, including the inauguration of the cancer hospital building,” Mishra told reporters.

According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (2016-17), 40 percent of all cancer patients in the northeast suffer from head and neck malignancy, mainly caused by tobacco consumption.

Tripura tops in tobacco use in the region with 64.5 percent patients in the state admitting to nicotine consumption, the report added.

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