Three killed in Bangkok in suspected love-triangle murder-suicide

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A man allegedly shot dead a couple before turning the gun on himself in Bangkok early on Monday in what police suspect to be a love-triangle double murder and suicide.


The Phetkasem police station was told of the shootings at 3.30am.

Police, rescuers from the Potektueng Foundation and a doctor from Siriraj Hospital found the bodies on the ground floor of a five-storey shophouse that sells car care products on Soi Bang Kae-Klong Nong Yai in the city’s Bang Kae district.

The couple were identified as Somporn Choedkwanjai, 31, and her husband, Sorasak Sukhanthapong, 41. The alleged gunman was identified Chayut Boonwongthanachai, 45.

When police arrived, they found Chayut’s body on top of Sorsak’s. Somporn’s body was found by the iron gate to the house.

Chayut was shot once through his right temple, while Somporn and Sorasak were shot through the left temple.

Witnesses said Chayut had gone to talk to Somport at the restaurant where she worked at 1.30am. They had a quarrel and both went to the shop house.

The couple’s friends they heard a commotion and went to the house, where they saw Chayut hold Somporn by her neck and pull out his pistol. When Sorasak rushed in to try to help his wife, Chayut shot Somporn and then Sorsak before shooting himself, they said.

Police have still to establish the background to the incident.


Source :  The Nation Multimedia

Several countries divert, cancel flights to Iraq’s Najaf in wake of protests

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Najaf ( Three countries, including two Arab ones, have diverted or canceled its flights heading to the Najaf International Airport due to the security situations there, in the wake of protests staged against corruption, unemployment and poor services.

Each of Iran, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have announced canceling or diverting flights heading Najaf on Sunday.

Statements by FlyDubai, Royal Jordanian Airlines and Iran Air said the flights heading Najaf were canceled or diverted for ones heading to the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Four flights were operated weekly to Najaf airport by the Jordanian Airlines.

On Saturday, Kuwaiti airlines announced canceling flights heading to Najaf until further notice citing security reasons.

Hundreds of Iraqis stormed on Friday Najaf airport and halted the aviation to and from the airport within ongoing escalation for few days, before the airport authorities declare normal work there.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi ordered security forces to be on high alert and imposed curfew in several southern provinces.

Several civilians as well as security personnel were wounded in clashes with armed people, who attacked the protesters in Maysan province.

Two protesters were reportedly killed in Najaf on Saturday as members of the Shiite militia of Asaeb Ahl al-Haq were shot at the demonstrations.

Issues with internet services were reported across the protests-hit regions.


Source :  Iraqi News

Indian family to receive correct body after mix-up in UAE

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Filed on July 16, 2018 | Last updated on July 16, 2018 at 06.04 am

The body of Nidhin Othayoth Kottaron was released around 6:00pm on Sunday.

The mortal remains of an Indian expat that got stranded in an Abu Dhabi mortuary due to a mix-up with another body have finally been released, the Indian embassy has confirmed.

“The body of Nidhin Othayoth Kottaron was released around 6pm on Sunday,” Raja Murugan, counsellor (consular) at the embassy, told Khaleej Times.

Officials from the company where the deceased worked said the body was to be flown on Air India flight leaving from Abu Dhabi at 12.15am on Monday.

Keralite expat Nidhin, 29, was wrongly identified at a mortuary in Abu Dhabi, resulting in the repatriation of the human remains of Kamatchi Krishnan, 39, from Tamil Nadu, according to Sunil Kumar, Nidhin’s employer and relative. He said that the company PRO wrongly identified Krishnan as Nidhin and the error occurred because his face was swollen.

Nidhin was found hanging in his company’s accommodation in Ruwais on July 5. And Krishnan, who was working as an electrician, reportedly died of a cardiac arrest on July 7.

Krishnan’s body that was kept in a government hospital mortuary in Wayanad has already been collected by his relatives who came from Tamil Nadu, said the embassy official.

“It was a great team work in the right community spirit. Everyone – from the company staff to social workers, hospital staff and airport officials – extended their full cooperation to support the families in their worst time of grief. The embassy only played a small role in coordinating the efforts,” said Murugan.

However, social workers and company officials showered praises on the embassy’s efforts.

“We have to put on record that the Indian embassy officials worked tirelessly around the clock to get all the paperwork done,” said Kumar. “We have also understood the value of social workers like Nasser Kanhangad, without whose selfless efforts and experience it would not have been possible to repatriate the body.”

He said Air India officials were kind enough to waive off all the charges involved in the repatriation.

Relatives of both the deceased said they were relieved the formalities were over.

“The body will reach Kerala by 5.15am on Monday. The family members are desperate to receive the body, but they are relieved the painful wait is finally over,” said Sudhakaran, a close relative of Nidhin.


Source :  The Khaleej Times

Part of popular Brisbane bikeway closed for 12 months

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By Ruth McCosker

Part of one of Brisbane’s most popular bikeways will be closed for 12 months from Monday.

The Bicentennial Bikeway will be closed from the Goodwill Bridge to behind 1 William Street as part of an upgrade linked to the Queen’s Wharf development.

The design plans for the new section of the bikeway previously sparked concerns from the Brisbane City Council and cycling groups but the state government has announced a feasibility study to work out the design.

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane said that when the upgrade was done the 500-metre section of bikeway would be transformed to include a three-metre-wide separated bikeway with an improved line of sight, the removal of dangerous pinch points and an adjoining two-metre-wide pedestrian path.

“In addition to this, a dedicated mangrove walk will be constructed on the river as a scenic walk for pedestrians,” Queen’s Wharf Brisbane’s bikeway fact sheet said.

Users of the Bicentennial Bikeway will be diverted along Gardens Point Road to connect between the Goodwill Bridge and Bicentennial Bikeway near Margaret Street.

The speed limit on the shared zone has been reduced to 20km/h.

The QUT CityCat terminal will operate as usual.

Star Entertainment Group managing director Queensland Geoff Hogg said safety during construction was the priority.

“The alternative route has been developed based on independent traffic studies, traffic engineering

reports, and consultation with bicycle groups, which have also contributed to the many safety
improvements that we will be making along Gardens Point Road,” he said.

Bicycle Queensland chief executive Anne Savage said the group worked closely with Destination Brisbane Consortium and other cycling groups to seek feedback and incorporate suggestions into the final diversion design.

“The diversion along Gardens Point Road is a safe, seamless solution for cyclists and pedestrians, which has been achieved through strong community consultation and engagement,” she said.

It was expected the diversions would be in place until mid-2019.


Source :  The Brisbane Times

Saudi Arabia launches ‘Makkah Road’ initiative for Malaysia pilgrims

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DUBAI — Saudi Arabia has officially launched the Makkah Road Initiative by commissioning the first two flights of pilgrims from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The initiative began with ending the entry visas into Saudi Arabia from a pilgrim’s own country, at the airport where the originating flight takes off from, in collaboration with various related Saudi government agencies to facilitate pilgrimage arrangements and requirements.

This comes as the Saudi Ministry of Health announced that they have begum checking of pilgrims’ health requirements electronically without the need to see the papers of vaccines at the airport in Kuala Lumpur on the first trip of the pilgrims of Malaysia, which arrived on Saturday at the Prince Muhammad Bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Madinah.

The pilgrims who arrive under the Makkah Road initiative have their fingerprints taken and passports stamped at the pilgrims’ country of departure and their entry into Saudi Arabia would be facilitated like a domestic flight while their baggage would be sent to their places of residence through the Ministry of Haj.

All pilgrims from Malaysia and a section of pilgrims from Indonesia will have their immigration pre-clearance facility from their embarkation points for this year’s Haj. The Proof of Concept (POC) System for pre-clearance at the point of departure to Saudi Arabia was implemented in coordination with the Saudi, Malaysian and Indonesian authorities. The uniform electronic path service has been dubbed as Makkah Road initiative.

Saudi, Malaysian and Indonesian officials, prepared in past weeks to launch the first pilgrim flights from the Kuala Lumpur and Soekarno-Hatta international airports.

Saudi Arabia has started implementing the Makkah Road service to finalize the pilgrims’ entrance procedures to Saudi Arabia from inside their home countries through unified electronic paths in the airports covered.

Makkah Road is one of the initiatives being implemented in coordination with the countries who have requested to participate and benefit from it. The initiative is part of the National Transition Programs (2020) to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. — Al Arabiya English

Source :  Saudi Gazette

Elderly account for 70% of victims of floods in west Japan

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People aged 60 or over accounted for about 70 percent of the victims of torrential rains that triggered massive flooding and landslides in western Japan, Kyodo News tallies showed Sunday.

Of 171 identified fatalities from Japan’s worst weather disaster in decades, those aged 60 or older totaled 118 as of Sunday evening since the downpours began on July 5, while six victims were under 10 years of age.

The 118 people include 11 in their 90s, 33 in their 80s, 43 in their 70s and 31 in their 60s. Some of these people were living alone and found it difficult to evacuate on their own to their flooded homes’ roofs to avoid drowning. Others may have not been able to obtain emergency information swiftly through mobile devices.

The death toll from the floods and landslides caused by the torrential rains has risen to 217, according to the National Police Agency. Kyodo News tallies show over 20 people are still missing.

About 5,200 people continue taking shelter in evacuation centers in 16 prefectures as of noon Sunday, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

In Okayama Prefecture, one of the prefectures hit hard by the disaster, 48 of the 56 victims were 60 years old or above. In the flood-hit Mabi district in Kurashiki of the prefecture, 90 percent of more than 40 people killed were in their 60s or above and most likely drowned.

A 67-year-old housewife in the district said the evacuation order announced through outside loudspeakers was difficult to hear.

“Elderly residents who did not have smartphones might have had difficulty understanding the situation and not been able to escape in time,” she said.

Since over 4,000 structures in the Mabi district were flooded, the city government plans to provide temporary housing by using privately owned rental housing units.

The Tokyo metropolitan government said it will offer a total of 220 homes in the capital for people in need of houses after the heavy rains.

As rescuers, recovery crews and relief volunteers continued to face sweltering heat with the temperature topping 30 C across a wide area of Japan on Sunday, an increasing number of residents and volunteers developed health problems.

Some felt pain in their throat, as mud covering roads and houses has turned into dust in the extreme heat and was spreading in the air.

The Kurashiki city government called on people to wear masks and eye protection as well as to frequently gargle.

At least 145 people were taken to hospitals for heatstroke or exhaustion in the hardest-hit prefectures of Okayama, Hiroshima and Ehime on Sunday.

Source :  Japan Today

Using mobile phones causes more than half of fatal accidents in Qatar

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 15 Jul 2018 – 17:22

Using mobile phones causes more than half of fatal accidents in Qatar

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Doha: Use of mobile phones during driving causes more than half of the fatal accidents in Qatar, General Directorate of Traffic said today.

The directorate said statistics indicated that engaging in mobile phone caused 44.1 percent of the minor injuries, 52.2 percent of the serious injuries and 51.6 percent of the deaths, of the total traffic accidents recorded recently.

Under the ongoing “Accident-free summer” traffic awareness campaign, launched by the Ministry of Interior last week, the General Directorate of Traffic continues its initiative with a new theme this week under the slogan “a phone call could cost you your life”.

Head of traffic at South Security Department, Maj Muhammad bin Jassim Al-Thani, said the use of mobile phone comes second among the most common violations that cause traffic accidents, after over speeding, which ranks first.

He said that using mobile phone or other devices would affect concentration and will distract the mind, which will reflect on the performance of the driver of the vehicle and could cause deviation from the track or delay his reaction. It could also reduce the speed of the vehicle to less than normal and also the possibility of crossing traffic signals.

He added that this slogan comes in accordance with the provisions of Article (55) of the Traffic Law No. (19) / 2007, which obligates the driver of the motor vehicle not to use the mobile phone or any other device in any way that requires the use of hands for carrying or operation while driving. The law has stipulated a fine of QR 500 on the phone user while driving, using his hand, as well as on those who are engaged in watching any visible material from a television or other devices, with the objective of preserving lives and property.

In 2016 the number of violations of the use of the phone during driving was 10,654 violations, 12,651 violations in 2010 and 27,735 violations in 2015. However it has significantly decreased with 4,078 violations in the first half of this year.

The directorate called on motorists to focus on the road while driving, and not to be preoccupied with telephone or other device, as it increases the rate of traffic accidents significantly and increases the rates of deaths and injuries.


Source :  The Peninsula Qatar