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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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Media survey on women in India based on perception, flawed methodology: Hansraj Ahir

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New Delhi | The recent international survey, which described India as the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the alleged high risk of sexual violence, was based on “perception” and “flawed methodology”, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Union minister of state for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said the report was not based on any scientific survey but a poll of a statistically insignificant sample of persons and presents a distorted picture of the comparative state of women safety in different countries.

“The said polling survey has been rejected by the National Commission for Women as it is based on perception and flawed methodology. However, steps have been taken for increasing safety of women,” he said replying to a written question.

The survey by a British media organisation of about 550 experts on issues faced by women claimed last month that India was the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour.

War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third, respectively, followed by Somalia and Saudi Arabia.

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MiG 21 fighter jet crashes in Himachal’s Kangra; no news on pilot

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A MiG 21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, the police said.

The accident took place after 1 pm. A video shows the wreckage of the jet which took off from Punjab’s Pathankot, a frontline Indian Air Force base. Visuals from the site of the accident showed a part of the aircraft engulfed in flames, lying in what appears to be a field.

Superintendent of police of Kangra, Santosh Patial said the pilot was missing. The rescue team is on the way, reported a news agency.

In another aviation accident this year, a small aircraft crashed in a crowded Mumbai neighbourhood on June 28, killing five people, including four crew members and a pedestrian.

The Indian Air Force has been the world’s largest operator of the jet, the first variants of which entered service with the air force in the sixties. This is the second Indian Air Force fighter jet crash in two months.

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Functioning of the state government is ‘completely paralysed’ despite SC verdict: Delhi government

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New Delhi | The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the functioning of the state government is “completely paralysed” and it can’t order transfer or posting of officers despite the recent Constitution bench verdict on the administration of Delhi.

The bench of Justices AK Sikri and Navin Sinha said it knows everything and the matter will be taken on July 26 since it is not a regular bench.

Senior advocate P Chidambaram who was representing the Delhi government said, “Functioning of the government is completely paralysed. We cannot post officers, we cannot transfer officers despite the recent constitution bench verdict which has explained every aspect. These issues needs to be adjudicated at the earliest.”

Senior advocate Indira Jaising, who also appeared for the Delhi government, said officers are not willing to file an affidavit on this matter and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had therefore filed the affidavit. “I just wanted to clarify the situation.”

Earlier a five-judge Constitution bench including Chief Justice Dipak Misra recently stated broad parameters for the governance of the Delhi which had a constant power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government since the election of Aam Aadmi Party in 2014.

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