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Call 112 for emergencies; TRAI recommends all purpose helpline number to government

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has proposed an all purpose emergency helpline for India. The number 112 will serve similar purposes like USA’s 911 or UK’s 999.

The proposal suggested emergency numbers like 100 (police), 101 (fire), 102 (ambulance) and 108 (disaster management) to be included under the new national emergency number 112, a news report said.

The number was chosen for some practical reasons. 112 is an inbuilt emergency number on GSM phones. Plus numbers like 100 wasn’t considered due to the stigma attached to it as a police emergency number, the Times of India reported.

But TRAI officials have said the implementation of the proposal will be a mammoth task. Inadequate infrastructure and police being a state list subject can be hurdles in achieving the goal.

‘There are many issues that fall under the ambit of the state governments and thus it will be better to implement this in a phased manner through coordinated action between various establishments.’ TRAI secretary Sudhir Gupta said.

TRAI has made its formal recommendations to the government which take a decision soon.

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Punjab CM Directs Crack Down on Liquor Smuggling

Chief Minister has also ordered immediate action against police officers who are supporting such illegal activities

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Chief Minister Amarinder Singh directed the police department to crack down on all kinds of liquor smuggling. Wikimedia Commons

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday directed the police department to crack down on all kinds of liquor smuggling, bootlegging and illicit distillation of liquor to protect the cash-strapped state from incurring revenue losses due to such activities. Indian Economy and other sectors are already facing huge losses due to the ongoing pandemic.

The Chief Minister has ordered immediate action against police officers in whose areas such activity is seen taking place, and strict proceedings against any government officer or official found negligent or supporting any illegal activity in any manner relating to distillation, smuggling and distribution of liquor.

On the directives of the Chief Minister, Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta has issued necessary directives to identify liquor smugglers, suppliers and bootleggers, district-wise and police station-wise, by May 23.

The officers have been asked to take all possible legal action against all such persons, including under the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management and Epidemics Act.

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The officers have been asked to take all possible legal action against all persons who’re indulged in such illegal activities. VOA

The DGP said the Chief Minister has made it clear that due to acute economic and financial stress all over the world and India, arising out of the curfew and lockdown to contain the spread of Covid, the state government needs to mobilize all possible revenue.

Thus it cannot afford any loss of revenue on account of smuggling of liquor from outside the state, or on account of illicit distillation of liquor or bootlegging, he said.

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In pursuance of the Chief Minister’s orders, the police officers have been asked to put the SHOs of all police stations, especially the bordering police stations on notice, and direct them to ensure that no smuggling of liquor into Punjab takes place.

The DGP warned that in case of failure to do so, the SHO concerned will be shifted out, and necessary departmental action taken against him as well as the defaulters.

Any government officer and official found supporting any illegal activity would be proceeded against very strongly, as directed by the Chief Minister, he added. (IANS)

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Lockdown: Bengluru Police to Return all Seized Vehicles

The decision has been approved by Chied Minister and Home Minister

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The City police will return all 6,852 vehicles . Pixabay

City police will start returning more than 6,852 vehicles seized during Covid lockdown from Friday onwards, a top police official said on Thursday.

“It has been decided to return the Corona seized vehicles from May 1 (Friday) onwards. Those seized first will be returned first,” tweeted Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao.

Rao said the move has been approved by Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

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“The documents will be verified and vehicles will be returned. This has approval of chief minister and home minister. We are doing the paperwork to ease the process,” said Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao. (Representational Image).Pixabay

“The documents will be verified and vehicles will be returned. This has approval of chief minister and home minister. We are doing the paperwork to ease the process,” he said.

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Almost a month ago on April 1, police had already seized 6,852 vehicles, comprising 6,321 two-wheelers, 227 three-wheelers and 304 four-wheelers.

Rao did not reveal how many more vehicles were seized in the last 30 days. (IANS)

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Police in Spain Distributes Masks to Commuters

Police in Spain Hand Out Millions of Masks to Commuters

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A member of Civil Protection gives out free protective face masks outside a food store during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Ronda, southern Spain. VOA

Police in Spain handed out millions of masks to commuters Monday as the country started to ease its tough coronavirus lockdown, allowing some businesses to reopen.

Construction and manufacturing businesses were allowed to reopen, while retail businesses remained closed and office workers were encouraged to keep doing their jobs from home.

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Commuters wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus at Atocha train station in Madrid, Spain. VOA

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Transportation officials said that they were limiting the number of riders on trains and buses and passengers were spaced one meter apart.

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Spain’s Health Ministry reports, as of Monday, the cumulative death toll from the coronavirus rose to 17,489, up 517 from 16,972 on Sunday. Total confirmed cases reached 169,496, up from 166,019 the previous day. (VOA)