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Twins drowned in UAE pool as their bicycles fell on them

The bicycles trapped the boys under water till they breathed their last. Hassan Al Awadhi, the uncle of the Emirati twins who drowned on Friday at Khuzam area in Ras Al Khaimah, said the duo was safely riding their bikes late on Thursday when they found the door of their neighbour’s villa open.  “My 2.5-year-old…

Twins drowned in UAE pool as their bicycles fell on them

The bicycles trapped the boys under water till they breathed their last.

Hassan Al Awadhi, the uncle of the Emirati twins who drowned on Friday at Khuzam area in Ras Al Khaimah, said the duo was safely riding their bikes late on Thursday when they found the door of their neighbour’s villa open. 

“My 2.5-year-old nephews rode in and fell into the swimming pool of neighbour’s villa past 10pm as it was dark.”

2.5-year-old twins drown in neighbour’s pool in UAE

What made the situation worse was that the two bikes fell onto the two little boys, he added.

“They tried to get out of the shallow pool, but the bikes trapped them down into the water and they breathed their last.”

Mansoor Al Awadhi, the distraught father of the twins, identified as Abdullah and Zayed, said he “cannot force their neighbour to keep the door of his villa close but he should have sealed his swimming pool or kept it safe”.

The father does not plan to file a lawsuit against the neighbour. 

“All kids are observed and attended to either by family members or domestic helpers, but my boys suddenly went missing, and the housemaid could not locate them.”

When their mother came back home after buying some stuff, she also could not find them, the father explained.

“All family members and neighbours started searching for the missing boys at 10pm, when they were finally found drowned in neighbour’s swimming pool at about 11.30pm.”

Nobody had expected the children to enter the neighbour’s villa, which was three houses away.

“We only knew about the sorrowful drowning of my kids when the Ras Al Khaimah Police told us they found them dead in the neighbour’s pool.”

Brigadier Mohammed Saeed Al Humaidi, director general of the central operations room, RAK police, said they were alerted about the two missing kids at 10.10pm on Friday.

However, 83 minutes later, at 11.33pm, the Central Operations room of the RAK Police received another report on the drowning of the two missing baby boys, according to Major Tariq Al Sharhan, Chief of the Ambulance and Rescue Section, RAK police.

“The rescue team fished the two boys out from the swimming pool and tried all ways to resuscitate them, but unfortunately they were declared dead on the spot.”

The duo was shifted to the morgue of the nearest hospital. The drowning file was referred to the bodies concerned for completing legal procedures. 

Brig Humaidi urged all families to always keep an eye on their children, particularly the young ones. “They should never ever be kept alone or unattended. All corridours, doors, or paths, leading to the swimming pool should be strictly closed down,” he added.

“So, none can have access to the pool which should also be tightly sealed.” 

The two boys have been handed over to their family for burial procedures.

The funeral prayers were performed for the twins at Sheikh Zayed mosque in Ras Al Khaimah following the Friday prayer, while the duo was later buried at the Hudaiba Cemetery.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com

Ahmed Shaaban

Originally from Egypt, I have been in Dubai since December 2005. Before coming here, I worked as an English language instructor, chief En/Ar translator, proofreader, reporter in Egypt and Qatar. I have also worked as a reporter, correspondent and simultaneous translator with two satellite channels in Dubai. I have a masters degree in media, Cairo University, 2014, a bachelor degree in English language and translation, Ain Shams University, Cairo, 1996, and three post-graduate diplomas in English language and Instruction. With over 19 years of experience in translation, interpretation, EFL instruction, and reporting. I am interested in technology, aviation, politics, as well as community, parliament and defence issues. I enjoy reading, writing, exercising, and surfing the web.

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Heatwave kills 45 in India in 24 hours, over 100 hospitalised

The government has issued a heat alert in the wake of the rising death toll. Severe heatwave left at least 45 people dead and more than 100 hospitalised in the past 24 hours in Bihar, officials said on Sunday. Deaths due to the heatwave were reported from Aurangabad, Gaya and Nawada districts. Gaya and Patna…

Heatwave kills 45 in India in 24 hours, over 100 hospitalised

The government has issued a heat alert in the wake of the rising death toll.

Severe heatwave left at least 45 people dead and more than 100 hospitalised in the past 24 hours in Bihar, officials said on Sunday. Deaths due to the heatwave were reported from Aurangabad, Gaya and Nawada districts.

Gaya and Patna recorded temperature above 45 degree Celsius on Saturday.
Aurangabad civil surgeon Dr Surendra Prasad Singh confirmed 27 deaths due to the heatwave till late Saturday night. “Dozens are being treated for it in different hospitals,” he said.
Gaya District Magistrate Abhishek Singh confirmed 14 deaths, while another district official confirmed five deaths in Nawada. In both the districts, more than 60 people are being treated for heatwave.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed grief over the deaths and announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the victims.
The government has also issued a heat alert in the wake of the rising death toll and advised people to take care while going outside during day time.

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Suman Rao from Rajasthan wins Miss India 2019

Shivani Jadhav clinched Femina Miss Grand India title and Shreya Shanker won Miss India United Continents title. Suman Rao from Rajasthan has won the Femina Miss India World 2019 beauty pageant during a star-studded ceremony at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium in Mumbai. Shivani Jadhav from Chhattisgarh clinched Femina Miss Grand India 2019 title and…

Suman Rao from Rajasthan wins Miss India 2019

Shivani Jadhav clinched Femina Miss Grand India title and Shreya Shanker won Miss India United Continents title.

Suman Rao from Rajasthan has won the Femina Miss India World 2019 beauty pageant during a star-studded ceremony at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium in Mumbai.

Shivani Jadhav from Chhattisgarh clinched Femina Miss Grand India 2019 title and Shreya Shanker from Bihar won Miss India United Continents 2019 title during the grand finale of the beauty pageant on Saturday.
20-year-old Suman, a college student, will represent India at Miss World 2019 in Thailand.
“When you get yourself determined towards a particular goal in life, every single nerve and fibre of your body starts working into that direction for a victorious journey,” she said in an interview.
The prestigious event was adjudged by Bollywood choreographer Remo D’Souza alongside actress Huma Qureshi, Chitrangada Singh, fashion designer Falguni Shane Peacocka and Indian footballer Sunil Chhetri among others.
During the event, film stars like Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal and Mouni Roy enthralled the audience with their dance performances.
The event was hosted by the Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Manish Paul.

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Hong Kong leader suspends extradition bill

Lam said she would “adopt a sincere and humble attitude in accepting criticism” over the government’s handling of the issue. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Saturday (June 15) that she has suspended indefinitely a proposed extradition bill that sparked the city’s biggest public protests in years. Lam told reporters she took the…

Hong Kong leader suspends extradition bill

Lam said she would “adopt a sincere and humble attitude in accepting criticism” over the government’s handling of the issue.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Saturday (June 15) that she has suspended indefinitely a proposed extradition bill that sparked the city’s biggest public protests in years.

Lam told reporters she took the move in response to widespread public unhappiness over the measure, which would enable authorities to send some suspects to stand trial in courts in mainland China.

Many in the former British colony worry it will further erode cherished legal protections and freedoms. Lam said the government would study the matter further, for the “greatest interest of Hong Kong.”

“After repeated internal deliberations over the last two days, I now announce that the government has decided to suspend the legislative amendment exercise,” Lam said.

“I want to stress that the government is adopting an open mind,” she said. “We have no intention to set a deadline for this work.”

Lam said she would “adopt a sincere and humble attitude in accepting criticism” over the government’s handling of the issue.

Lam made the announcement as another mass protest was expected on Sunday, after clashes that turned violent on Wednesday, leaving about 80 people injured including 22 police officers.

The standoff between police and protesters in the former British colony is Hong Kong’s most severe political crisis since the Communist Party-ruled mainland took control in 1997 with a promise not to interfere with the city’s civil liberties and courts.

Lam, chosen by Beijing to be the highest-level local official, is caught between her Communist Party bosses and a public anxious to protect the liberties they enjoy as a former British colony.

She had previously refused to withdraw the bill, and many protesters are demanding she quit.

Protests died down late in the week, but around midnight Friday there were still dozens of youths singing and standing vigil near the city’s government headquarters, where demonstrators had tussled with police who deployed tear gas, pepper spray, hoses and steel batons as thousands pushed through barricades.

Police said 11 were arrested. Lam declared that Wednesday’s violence was “rioting,” potentially raising severe legal penalties for those arrested for taking part. In past cases of unrest, authorities have waited months or years before rounding up protest leaders. In April, nine leaders of a 2014 pro-democracy protest movement known as the “Umbrella Revolution” were convicted on public nuisance and other charges.

Prior to Saturday’s announcement by Lam, some members of the Executive Council, Hong Kong’s cabinet, said she should perhaps rethink plans to rush the bills’ passage. A group of former senior government officials issued a public letter urging her not to force a confrontation by pushing ahead with the unpopular bills.

Many in Hong Kong fear the measures would undermine the former British colony’s legal autonomy.

More than 1,000 people joined a peaceful “mother’s protest” Friday evening in a downtown garden.

Adding to tensions, the extradition bill has drawn criticism from US and British lawmakers and human rights groups, prompting Beijing to lash back with warnings against “interference” in its internal affairs.

Anson Chan, a former chief secretary for Hong Kong, said on Friday (June 14) that Lam still could keep her post if she backs down.

“What the people are attempting to tell is that we are very worried about the consequences of passing the extradition bill, because no one will feel safe, even in their own beds, after passage of this bill,” Chan said in an interview.

“It places everybody’s individual freedom and safety at risk,” said Chan, who as chief secretary was the top local civil servant under former British Gov. Chris Patton.

 

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