The benchmark BSE Sensex plummeted by 562.88 points on Friday to hit nearly 14-month low of 25,201.90 amid heavy selling in global equities ahead of the US jobs report.

    Friday's closing was the lowest level since July 14, 2014 when the index had closed at 25,006.98.

    Experts say a strong non-farm payrolls data is expected to allow Federal Reserve to consider a September rate hike.

    "The global risk is getting highlighted with the focus mounting on the prospects of a US rate hike soon," said Vinod Nair,  head - fundamental research at Geojit BNP Paribas Financial.

    Fresh weakness in the rupee against dollar also weighed.

    On a weekly basis, the Sensex lost 1,190.48 points or 4.51% and Nifty fell 346.90 points or 4.33%. This is the fourth straight weekly plunge for both the indices.

    On the day, the NSE Nifty also cracked the 7,700-level.

    Gaurav Jain, director of Hem Securities, blamed continued selling pressure by the foreign investors, weakness in rupee and global jitters for the sell-off.

    The 30-share index stayed in the negative zone for most part of the day and touched a low of 25,119.06 before ending at 25,201.90, a steep fall of 562.88 points or 2.18%.

    The gauge had gained 311.22 points in Thursday's trade.

    The broader NSE Nifty also succumbed to all-round selling and slipped below the crucial 7,700-mark to settle the session 167.95 points or 2.15% down at 7,655.05.

    In broader markets, small-cap and mid-cap indices closed lower by 2.47% and 1.90%, respectively.

    Vedanta was the top Sensex loser, tumbling 4.84%, followed by GAIL 4.73%.

    Out of 30-share Sensex pack, 28 fell, while only Bharti Airtel and Coal India managed to buck the trend.

    Sectorally, BSE realty index suffered the most by plunging 3.32%, followed by infra 3.24%, power 3.03%, bankex 2.65%, healthcare 2.42% and IT 2.34%.

    Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei fell 2.15% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.45%, while Chinese financial markets remained closed on Friday.

    European markets were also in deep red on anticipations of a strong US jobs data.

CISF’s Metro helpline reports heavy spike in queries related to alcohol

  • Faizan Haider, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Mar 10, 2013 23:47 IST

Is it okay if I take along my pet in the Metro? Will you allow a sealed liquor bottle in my bag? Can I take the Metro after getting drunk?

These are some of the questions callers asked ever since the CISF helpline was launched last May.

Officials say that after alcohol was included in a list of items prohibited on the Metro at the beginning of this year, the number of calls has doubled and the majority of them are about carrying liquor bottles.

Around 350 calls a month were made to the helpline till December. The questions were largely related to stations and routes. But since January, the number of calls has spiked to about 700 a month, and most of them are about carrying liquor bottles or the presence of men in women’s coaches.

“A majority of the callers ask about carrying liquor or if it is okay to get into the Metro drunk,” a CISF officer, who wished not to be named, said. “We have begun issuing challans to drunk passengers,” the officer added.  Other sources said that around 30% of the calls were related to prohibited items.

“We would normally receive calls related to three issues: Unattended bags, the presence of men in women’s coaches and complaints of long queues at Metro stations. But we began receiving calls about prohibited items after a circular was issued by the Delhi Metro on January 4,” another CISF officer said.

Last month, 186 calls made to the helpline were about prohibited items, 168 about unattended bags and 72 were to complain about men travelling on women’s coaches.

“We appreciate that people remain aware and report unattended bags. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to convince a passenger that he cannot carry a liquor bottle, even if it is sealed,” the officer said.

Liquor was earlier allowed on the Delhi metro. But after the December 16 gang rape, Metro authorities banned inflammable liquids, all kind of sprits, alcohol and wet batteries.


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