Car mishap on Dammam-Khobar Highway: Thousands mourn tragic death of 3 NRI best friends

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September 26, 2020

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Jeddah, Sept 26: Indians across Saudi Arabia, especially those hailing from southern state of Kerala, mourned the tragic death of three youth who lost their lives in a car crash.

Muhammad Shafeeq, Ansif, and Sanad, all aged 22, were involved in a car accident while they were returning after attending the National Day celebrations held in Al-Khobar on September 24. 

Their car lost control and turned upside down and hit some other cars near Dhahran while taking to a parallel road from the Dammam- Khobar Highway. All of them died on the spot and their car was completely mangled.

A large number of people, including relatives and friends, attended the funeral prayer and burial held on September 25.

The young men, who were born and brought up in Dammam, united in both life and death. Their parents had come from Kerala to Saudi Arabia more than two decades ago. They were childhood friends ever since their schooling at International Indian School, Dammam, from kindergarten onwards. They were laid to rest in graves close to each other in Dammam cemetery.

Social workers, led by Nas Vakkam, Jaafar Kondotty, and Shaji Wayanad, swung into action to complete all the procedures to facilitate their burial soon after the accident. A large number of people gathered at the premises of Dammam Medical Complex morgue where the bodies were kept and later at Dammam cemetery to pay last respects at around 2 p.m. on Friday.

It was heart-rending scenes when their family members and close friends bid adieu to the young men who were the most loved trio among the expatriate community. After education, Shafeeq who hailed from the Malappuram district was working along with his father Saidalavi Haji in a commercial establishment.

Ansif, from the Wayanad district, was pursuing his graduation in Bahrain while Sanad from Kozhikode was planning to continue higher studies after the lifting of the travel restrictions imposed following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

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October 21,2020

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Srinagar, Oct 21: Six thousand policemen have been killed while fighting insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989 which includes 40 this year.

“40 policemen have been killed this year in the line of duty in Jammu and Kashmir,” J&K police chief Dilbagh Singh said while speaking at the police commemoration day at Zewan on the outskirts of Srinagar city.

He said so far 6,000 policemen have been killed while performing their duties in J&K in the past three decades. “J&K police are committed to bring peace in the Union Territory. We offer supreme sacrifices to prevent anti-peace elements from fomenting trouble,” Singh said.

Policemen, most of them locals, have become the vulnerable targets as violence escalates in the region. On October 19, militants shot dead inspector Mohammad Ashraf in Kenalwan area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district while he was returning home after offering prayers.

Although not on the same scale as in the 1990s or early 2000s, militancy-related incidents have been increasing after 2015.

The police chief said that it was because of the professionalism and commitment of the force that Prime Minister Narendera Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and other ministers now praise the role of J&K police on every occasion.

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October 12,2020

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Mangaluru, Oct 12: In a major boost to tourism in Udupi, Padubidri beach in the district has been awarded the coveted 'blue flag' tag by the Denmark-based Foundation for Environment Education (FEE).

Padubidri is one of the eight beaches selected from India for the blue flag recognition.

The FEE had so far selected 4,664 beaches from 50 countries for the eco-label.

Kasarkod beach near Honnavar in Uttara Kannada district is the other beach in Karnataka that was awarded blue flag tag along with Padubidri.

The blue flag eco-label is awarded based on standards relating to bathing water quality, safety, services, accessibility and environment.

A national panel had chosen eight of the 13 beaches being developed for blue flag certification in the country to apply for the label.

India secured the recognition for all the eight beaches in the very first attempt, mission leader of blue flag beaches of India Sanjai Jalla said in a statement.

With the new label, Padubidri beach has now earned a spot in the global map of tourist attractions.

The state Tourism department had developed various facilities at the beach, executing infrastructure projects worth Rs 10.68 crore in the last two years, district tourism assistant director Chandrashekhar Naik said.

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Monday, 12 Oct 2020

It's impossible for mangalore and its surroundings being tourist friendly. May attract some local tourist for quick beer on the beach and bottles rattling along. Attitude of the people is polished up by thoughts of religion, supremacy and very limited prospecting abilities. I believe we should learn and relearn from kerala where what ever happens tourist are loved and taken care of. Any ways wish good luck to mangalore and let the unity prevail.

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October 10,2020

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Mumbai, Oct 10: Despite summons, Republic TV's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) did not appear before the Mumbai police on Saturday to record his statement in connection with the TRP manipulation racket, saying the channel has approached the Supreme Court in the case, a senior official said.

Shiva Subramaniyam Sundaram, the channel's CFO, against whom summons had been issued on Friday, also requested the police not to record his statement saying the top court's hearing is scheduled within a week, the official said.

However, Sam Balsara, chairman and managing director of Madison World and Madison Communications appeared before the crime branch on Saturday to record his statement, he added.

The Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the Mumbai crime branch had issued summons against Sundaram and he had been asked to join the investigation at 11 am on Saturday.

"However, he did not appear before the probe team. He informed the police that the channel has approached the Supreme Court and that there will be a hearing on the matter within a week. Citing this, he requested the police not to record his statement," the official said.

The summons to Sundaram said there are reasonable grounds to believe that he is "acquainted with certain facts and circumstances of the matter and the same are required to be ascertained".

The CIU of the crime branch is investigating the fake Television Rating Points (TRP) racket case.

Besides him, the police had also summoned accountants of Marathi channels 'Fakt Marathi' and 'Box Cinema' and those of a couple of advertising agencies, he said.

On Thursday, the police had arrested four persons including owners of Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema in the case.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had claimed that three channels including Republic TV manipulated the TRP.

The racket came to light when the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) an organization which measures TRP, filed a complaint in this regard through Hansa Research Group Pvt Ltd, the police said.

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