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Heavy downpour

Mangaluru, May 30 : Life in the city slowly returned to normal today, a day after the heavy downpour that claimed five lives in coastal Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts and left several areas marooned.

The city witnessed cloudy skies and scattered rains insome parts today.

People living in low lying areas were busy working to repair the damage caused to their dwellings in a single day.

They were engaged in clearing water that entered their houses, especially at Jeppinamogeru, Alake, Bejai and Pandeshwar inand around the city.

Schools and colleges had been closed for the day as per an order from the Dakshina Kannada district deputy commissioner.

Rainfall statistics released by DK district administration showed that Mangaluru taluk was the worst hit region, recording 288.5 mm rain in 24 hours since 8.30 am yesterday.

Panambur weather observatory recorded 333.8 mm during the hours, which was the highest in the region.

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Putturtaluk where rains occurred only in the afternoon, recorded 109 mm, while Bantwal taluk got 122.6 mm rainfall.

Sullia and Belthangady received lesser rainfall of 71 mm and 65 mm respectively.

The average total rainfall in DK district stood at 131.4 mm in 24 hours.

The ferocity of yesterdays rains could be measured from the statistics that the district’s average normal rainfall in May is 170 mm, while it received 400 mm this year during the month.

In May last year, the districtreceived a cumulative rainfall of 126 mm.

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), very heavy rain, which was witnessed in DK and Udupi yesterday, will continue in the twin districts and south interior Karnataka at least till June 1.

As per the warning, north interior parts of the state would witness thundershowers with gusty winds in the period.

The IMD has not yet officially declared the onset of southwest monsoon in Karnataka and a formal declaration is expected in a day or two.

The DK district administration had made elaborate arragements to face any eventuality with the expected onset ofmonsoon on June 1, deputy commissioner Sasikanth Senthil toldreporters here.

The inadequacy of the existing drainage networks capacity to handle huge flooding and the high tide in the Arabian Sea resulted in waterlogging in many parts of the city before noon yesterday, he said.

City police commissioner Vipul Kumar said two more platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police besides the existing two were being called in.

Police personnel had beenasked to join the rescue work keeping minimum strength at all police stations, he said.

Five persons, including Kannada film actor-director Santhosh Shetty Kateel, had lost their lives in rain-related incidents in DK and Udupi districts since yesterday.


11-kg tumour extracted from Mumbai woman’s abdomen





Mumbai, Sep 20 : Doctors in Mumbai have extracted a gigantic 11-kg tumour from the abdomen of a 55-year-old woman after a marathon nine-hour surgery.

A team of medicos headed by oncologist Dr Tanveer A. Majeed, urologist Dr Santosh Palkar and Dr Shilpa Deshmukh performed the complicated surgery at the Zen Multispeciality Hospital in Chembur.

The patient Sujata Sinha (name changed) is a housewife who noticed her abdomen growing daily accompanied by breathing difficulties.

At the height of lockdown in June, she consulted a local doctor who confirmed the presence of a tumour with ultrasound and CT scan.

However, owing to the lockdown she did not take any further steps or medicines, even as the tumour continued to grow rapidly, making her look obese.

Finally, she was referred to the ZMH and Dr Majeed checked her condition on September 8 to find she was weighing around 80 kgs, and suffered from diabetes and hypertension.

Further tests revealed the huge abdominal tumour encroaching the right half of the abdomen, pushing the right kidney to the left side, duodenum, liver, small intestine and colon to the left side, besides her major blood vessels supplying to the heart.

After further clinical diagnosis, the patient was advised surgery by Dr Majeed as it indicated a rare cancer of connective tissues that resemble fat cells under a microscope.

“After opening the abdomen, we found a huge tumour which had displaced all the other body organs to the left side. It weighed 11 kgs and had dimensions of 55 cm x 40 cm x 35 cm, and the patient lost around one litre of blood during the nine-hour operation,” said Dr Majeed.

The patient is recuperating well at the hospital now, has started an oral liquid diet, can breathe normally, and will be required for a follow-up after three months.

“We delayed treatment due to the pandemic lockdown. But I am fortunate to be operated at ZMH where the doctors saved my life. I feel much lighter now, can eat and breathe properly and resume normal life,” said the patient gratefully.

Prior to this, a team of doctors at the Global Hospital, Parel, had extracted a massive 12-kg tumour from a woman’s abdomen in December 2014.

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Uttar Pradesh man nabbed for importing drugs from United States

He used to order the drugs from the US through Instagram or Wickr and the payments were made through bitcoins.





Lucknow, Sep 20: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested a person from here and seized 2.7 kg of bud (curated marijuana) concealed in an air compressor machine at Delhi.

The consignor is based in the US and a few earlier seizures made by NCB had the same origin which alerted the NCB team.

The payment for the consignment was made through bitcoins and came into contact through Instagram ID of the consignor.

According to the NCB press statement, the parcel was sent to India from the US on August 31.

A detailed investigation into the case with the help of digital analysis led NCB team to the consignee C. Gidwani, a Lucknow resident, who accepted his involvement in the case on September 18.

The necessary digital evidence was also seized. He admitted that he used to import such parcels on a regular basis for last one and a half years for himself and further distribution to his friends.

He used to order the drugs from the US through Instagram or Wickr and the payments were made through bitcoins.

The accused also revealed that he used to get ‘charas’ and ‘marijuana’ from Delhi and Bangalore-based suppliers. Further investigations into the backward and forward linkages were underway.

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High on adrenaline: Bikers caught performing daring stunts on Delhi roads

Stunt bikers usually set off on roads with the high end bikes either late at night or early in the morning when the roads have less traffic.




New Delhi, Sep 20 : A group of bikers was seen performing daring stunts on the Delhi roads. The video shot by a passerby showed half a dozen bikes and scooties with young men in their early twenties doing dangerous stunts on the roads risking their lives together with the lives of others. The video is said to be recorded on Sunday morning near Vikas Marg in East Delhi.

The video, which went viral, was brought immediately into the notice of the Delhi Traffic Police.

“Area Traffic Police have already been informed in this regard,” said a senior police officer.

In a 20-second video, the bikers were seen standing on the bikes, some seen pulling the front wheel off in the air and some were seen doing tripling on the bikes flouting traffic regulations.

Though most of the bikers were seen without helmets, interestingly many were seen wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus.

Stunt bikers usually set off on roads with the high end bikes either late at night or early in the morning when the roads have less traffic.

Delhi police have been vigilant against stunt biking and on various occasions have apprehended many stunt bikers on roads. Many advisories have also been issued in this regard to the general public.

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