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Three persons injured in separate accidents in Karkala

Karkala: Three persons sustained injuries in three separate road accidents that took place here and were admitted to various hospitals.

A TVS motor cycle plying from Udupi to Karkala rammed into a Swift car on Udupi-Karkala road. The motor cycle rider Vikas sustained injuries in the accident. Vikas was admitted to Manipalhospital.

A car collided with a Kinetic Honda injuring a lady named Sulochana, a resident of Jodurasthe and a teacher by profession. She was also admitted to the hospital.

Retired forest department officer John D'Souza from Miyyar sustained injuries when two bikes collide head on near Anantashayana circle in the city.

It is said that three students of Buvanendra college were riding on a bike to Karkala. They collided with the bike on which John D'Souza was riding and fled from the spot without stopping the bike.

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Dubai Police officer crushed to death in Hessa Street road accident

A Dubai Police officer has died after being hit by a vehicle as he helped a motorist.

Sergeant Saleh Musaad was crushed against his Toyota patrol car by a pick-up truck after stepping out to assist the woman, whose car had broken down.

The accident took place at 11am on Saturday on Hessa Street, which runs inland through Tecom and Al Barsha.

General Khamis Mattar Al Muzaina, head of Dubai Police, said the officer, who was in his fifties, was standing beside his vehicle with the door open, radioing the police command centre for a breakdown vehicle, when he was struck.

He said: “We are saddened to lose an officer on duty but this is God’s will.

“We are waiting for further investigation to determine reason behind the accident.”

Twitter user Talal Al Malki tweeted a picture of the accident, above, asking him followers to pray for the dead officer.

The police officer’s death is the second in recent weeks.

Last month Dubai Police Sergeant Haian Adil Ali, 24, originally from Sudan, was killed on Emirates Road after a truck ploughed into his stationary vehicle. The truck driver was also seriously injured
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eCall system comes to the rescue of motorists in UAE

‘eCall’ system will enable vehicles to call emergency services for help if involved in accidents. 

Dubai - In its efforts to achieve the 2021 goal of zero road fatalities, the General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector (TRA) has decided to implement ‘eCall’ system, which will enable vehicles to call emergency services for help if involved in accidents.

The mobile networks who were entrusted with the task of conducting an assessment test confirmed that they are eCall ready to serve the residents and nation. This positions the UAE as the first in the region to implement the innovative technology for road safety and reducing the number of deaths in traffic accidents.

Majid Sultan Al Mesmar, TRA Acting Director-General, said: “This is a major milestone for the UAE. It has proven that the infrastructure of the licensed mobile networks is able to accommodate innovative services such as the automatic eCall system. This connects vehicles with the competent authorities in the event of any road accidents. The eCall system is here to save lives, as it reduces the time to alert rescue services due to its location accuracy.”

eCall provides a mechanism for automatically connecting the car to the authorities handling emergency situations. It is an electronic safety system enabling a car to automatically call emergency services in case of an accident. Once the eCall device in the car senses a severe impact during an accident, it automatically initiates an emergency call to the nearest emergency centre and transmits the exact geographic location of the accident scene. Whether the call is made manually or automatically, there will always be a voice connection between the vehicle and the emergency call centre in addition to the automatic data link. In this way any car occupant capable of answering questions can provide the call centre with additional details of the accident just like a standard emergency call.

In order to ensure network readiness, TÜV Rheinland Middle East, an international service provider in independent testing and inspection, examined the mobile networks and confirmed that they are eCall ready.

The TRA has allowed TÜV Rheinland Middle East in cooperation with NavCert, a global eCall laboratory, to conduct an assessment testing the mobile networks operated by etisalat and du. The report results have confirmed that both networks are eCall ready.

The eCall readiness of du and etisalat was evaluated during January-February 2015 with respect to conformity and performance. The assessment was done with reference to international standards without disturbing the existing infrastructure. NavCert used state of the art simulators, used in more than 40 organisations and 25 countries to perform thousands of test calls during the survey. The survey covered more than 5,000km of the UAE’s roads, including all seven emirates, the Western Region and major highways. The measured values of du and etisalat were compared to those of other mobile networks to allow a fair assessment of the performance and functionality of the UAE’s mobile networks, which proved sufficient performance of eCall functionality.

“The nation’s mobile phone networks are based on the latest global technologies and technical standards. They are continuously and periodically updated, to remain compatible with the latest technological developments,” said Saif bin Ghalaita, TRA director of technology development department, project manager.

Additional information sent by the system to the emergency centre may include, accurate and comprehensive details of the incident site, as well as to determine the type of vehicle and whether it was carrying hazardous materials. The eCall system can also be integrated with other entities responsible for roads and traffic safety systems, so as to obtain more accurate results and updates, with regards to the ongoing road incidents.

For the successful implementation of eCall in the UAE, cooperation between the Ministry of Interior, vehicle manufacturers and the TRA is essential, making the integration of the system mandatory in all vehicles.

Etisalat and du will also play an integral role in analysing the project and auctioning plans through the next phase of implementing the initiative.
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Two separate accidents in one day: Many injured

Kundapur: Many people injured in two separate accidents occurred in Kumbhasi here on Sunday January 18.

In one accident a private bus which was stopped for picking passengers moved without any signal and rammed into a car on the national highway. As a  result of the accident traffic was snarled in Kumbhasi-Koravady and Kumbhasi-Gopady highway.

A car collided with a bus near Anegudde temple tower on NH66.

The car was driven by Uttam native of Bengaluru stopped on the highway after visiting Anegudde temple. As  a result a bus plying from Udupi to Kundapur rammed into the car. The occupants of the car and the bus sustained minor injuries. But the car was badly damaged in the incident.

Locals gathered at the spot and blamed unsystematic road work for these accidents. They also blamed traffic police for not taking any action to put an end to these kinds of incidents.


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Court rejects plea to re-examine transport officer

During a hearing of the 2002 hit-and-run case against actor Salman Khan on Thursday, the Sessions court rejected the prosecution's plea to re-examine a transport expert. The court said it found no need for re-examination.

Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat had filed an application for re-examination of a transport officer who had inspected Salman Khan's vehicle after the accident. Mr. Gharat had claimed that certain replies given by the officer were vague in nature, and they required clarification.

He cited the Supreme Court's guidelines for re-examination, saying thay if a witness gives illogical or unfair answers, they should be given an opportunity to clarify on such things. But Salman Khan opposed the plea.

His lawyer Shrikant Shivade said the officer wasn't qualified to inspect the vehicle as he had not received adequate training.

"The accident report form doesnt show qualifications of this witness. He had given evidence in the previous court. He had stated then that one day's training was given on Indica car and that no training was imparted for imported cars. So the prosecution knew about this and deliberately chose not to ask him about his qualifications," Mr. Shivade said.

The court thereafter reserved its judgment till 3 pm, and then rejected the prosecution's plea.

The court will now hear the matter on January 19, when a doctor from J J Hospital who took Mr. Khan's blood samples, will depose before the court. A police constable who took Salman Khan from Bandra police station to J J Hospital, will also give his statement on that day.
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Bicycle rider brutally injured in a series of accidents

Kundapur: In a series of accidents a private bus plying from Belthangady to Kundapur rammed into a car moving to Kundapur and knocked down a bicycle rider waiting to cross the road. The bicycle rider was seriously injured in the incident and was admitted to the hospital.  The injured person has been identified as Ashok (42) resident of Kannukere in Tekkatte. He was working in a marble showroom in Beejady.

Eyewitnesses said, as the two private express buses were trying to overtake eachother, one of the bus collided with the Eon car driven by Kundapur purasabha SDA, Satya. The driver lost control over the bus and after jumping over the divider knocked down the bicycle rider who was waiting to cross the road on another side. The bicycle rider sustained injuries on his head and was taken to the hospital. The occupants of the car miraculously escaped from the accident unharmed. The driver of the bus has been named as Ravi.

It’s a divider problem: The road work in Kumbhasi is almost completed in one side. The vehicle goers always get confused about the divider in this region as another side of the road is half complete. Locals blame these dividers for the increase in accidents in this spot. They also insisted police and the related officers to open one way road for vehicles as soon as possible.
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