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Trying to avoid hitting a cow, ambulance meets with accident

Trying to avoid hitting a cow, ambulance meets with accident Sumesh Rajan July 23 2022   An attempt by the ambulance driver to avoid hitting a cow lying in the middle of the road led to an accident at Shiroor toll plaza in Karnataka state of India on July 20, killing four people. CCTVs at the toll plaza captured the entire unfortunate event. The visuals show two toll gate attendants rushing to the emergency lane -- one to clear the barriers placed on the middle of the road, while another tries to shoo the cow. However, the ambulance speeds in and as the driver tries to avoid hitting the cow, it skids off the wet road before ramming into the toll booth. Three people are thrown out of the vehicle due to the impact of the crash, while the cow miraculously escapes and walks away safely from the accident scene. The ambulance driver, Roshan Rodrigues, who sustained injuries, told media persons: “There were emergency gates for vehicles (such as ambulances) and as I came across, the staff were
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Vacation turns tragic

Vacation turns tragic Sagaya Fernando July 17 2022 In an unfortunate incident, three members of an Indian expatriate family living in Dubai got swept away off the coast of Salah al-Mughsail in Oman while on vacation on July 10. The three members of the Sangli family were among five feared drowned at Al Mughsail beach in the Al Mughsail area of Dhofar Governorate in Oman while three others were rescued by locals there, according to Oman media reports. Shashikant Mhamane (42), his wife Sarika and their children Shruti (9) and Shreyas (6), lived in Dubai where Shashikant worked as a sales manager in a firm. They were in neighbouring Oman on Sunday for a day-long trip during the Eid holidays. A video doing the rounds on social media shows three young people posing on the rocky shores of Al Mughsail beach for photographs despite the stormy waves. Soon, as the waves land they lose their balance and fall on to the rocks. While one woman was seen being pulled away by a man, others were being w

Biker has lucky escape

  Biker has lucky escape Sumesh Rajan Mumbi: July 7, 2022   A bike rider had a miraculous escape recently when he lost control over his 2-wheeler that rammed into the retention fence of a transformer at Vellayamkudi village in Idukki district of Kerala, India. The speeding bike skid off the road and the force of the impact was such that the rider was flung off onto the road, while the bike somersaulted into the 1.5 meter high enclosure. Other riders and local residents rushed to his aid, but the unhurt rider managed to flee from the spot with his friends on another bike. Later, the Kerala Electricity Board officials rushed to the spot to disconnect the line to avert any untoward incident. The power supply was temporarily disconnected by the electricity officials and the bike was removed with a JCB. CCTV visuals of the accident show the biker losing control over the vehicle after he was travelling at a high speed. The bike steers off the road, and then rams into the tran

Hungry tusker raids kitchen

Sumesh Rajan In a humourous yet frightening incident, a wild elephant broke into the kitchen wall of a house in Masinagudi near Ooty in Tamil Nadu, India, to satisfy it's hunger.  Earlier, the lone wild elephant was seen roaming around in the area. The tusker which conducted the kitchen raid had reportedly damaged crops, banana, coconut and mango trees. In the wee hours of June 26, at around 2.45 am, the elephant entered the group house area and went behind the kitchen of a house in search of food. CCTV installed in the kitchen captured the elephant knocking down the brick wall with its tusks and inserting its trunk through the broken wall into the kitchen in search of food items. The tusker sniffs around the kitchen stand for food and grabs some to eat.  Though it caused damage to the house, it also proved that a brick wall cannot keep a hungry elephant away from satisfying it's hunger.

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Motorists’ narrow escape from charging elephant

Motorists’ narrow escape from charging elephant Sumesh Rajan 25 November 2021 With widespread human expansion into the far reaches of jungles in the name of development, and wildlife facing shrinking habitats, man-animal conflicts are on the rise.  This endangers both the wildlife and human beings alike. Roads passing through forest areas are prone to such encounters.   In one such instance, a motorist driving on a road on the forest stretch near Athirappilly in Kerala state of India, in the night had a scare when a tusker came charging at his vehicle. The video taken by the person accompanying the vehicle driver presents a scary picture. As the vehicle passes through the unlit road, vehicles coming from the opposite side speed off in a hurry sending alarm bells in the car’s occupants, one of whom shouts at the driver to back down as a tusker comes charging at them.   The driver slows down, and immediately reverses the vehicle even as the elephant comes charging. Luckily, though it was

Forest officials rescue woman and her infant from raging waterfall

  Forest officials rescue woman and her infant from raging waterfall Sumesh Rajan Mumbai: 28 October 20211   In a heroic rescue operation, without giving a thought to their own safety or life, forest department staff in the state of Tamil Nadu rescued a woman and her infant from a waterfall whose water level suddenly increased due to inclement weather.   The incident took place at Aanaivari Muttal waterfalls, a popular tourist spot in Atur Taluka of Salem district in Tamil Nadu on October 25.   The whole nail-biting rescue operation was captured on video by a bystander.   The video shows a woman clutching her baby, balancing on a rocky mountain ledge on one side and the raging and surging waterfall on the other side, making it impossible for her to climb up.   The nearby forest department staff who had been alerted to her plight rushed to her aid, and descended the hill to rescue the precariously clutching mother and infant duo. While a couple of officials grab hold of the baby and tak