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Huge fire breaks out in Mumbai

Huge fire breaks out in Mumbai

A massive fire broke out at Cinevista studio in in Mumbai’s Kanjurmarg area at around 8 pm on Saturday. The fire was confined to the ground floor and all those present, including actors and crew members shooting for two television serials at the studio, were immediately evacuated. No injuries or casualties have been reported. The […]

Six killed in explosion at cracker factory in India

Six killed in explosion at cracker factory in India

Tragedy struck a village in Balasore district on the eve of Diwali as at least six persons, including a child were killed and six others seriously injured in an explosion at an unlicensed cracker manufacturing unit on Wednesday. Police suspect that the casualty may go up. “We so far recovered bodies of five persons from […]

India to operate airport in Sri Lanka

India to operate airport in Sri Lanka

India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate an airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its Belt and Road initiative, a Sri Lankan minister said. Sri Lanka’s civil aviation minister, Nimal Siripala, said the country had been looking for alternative investors in the […]

Indian naval officer sacked for undergoing sex change

Indian naval officer sacked for undergoing sex change

After being relieved from service for undergoing a sex change surgery, an Indian Navy sailor on Tuesday said she would approach the Supreme Court against the decision and added that she has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. Manish Kumar Giri, who has since changed her name to Sabi, vowed […]

Pakistan building ‘Berlin Wall’ along Afghanistan border

Pakistan building ‘Berlin Wall’ along Afghanistan border

Thousands of Pashtun tribal people who for decades ignored the invisible line that bisects their dusty villages and demarcates the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier are bracing for a Berlin Wall-style divide of their neighbourhoods. Pakistan, worried by Islamist attacks, is building a fence to prevent militants criss-crossing the porous 2,500 km (1,500 mile) frontier along the disputed […]

India’s top court bans firecracker sales before Diwali

India’s top court bans firecracker sales before Diwali

India’s top court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in New Delhi on Monday, ahead of the Diwali festival that leaves the city shrouded in toxic smog. The decision comes a little over a week before Diwali – the Hindu festival of lights – when Delhi fills with acrid smoke from celebratory […]

Massive 6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia

Massive 6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 has struck Indonesia. The powerful quake was reported off the coast of Java just before 10am this morning AEST. There are currently no tsunami warnings in effect for the quake. It comes a day after a devastating quake killed at least 225 people in Mexico City. Another powerful […]

British tourist killed by a crocodile in Sri Lanka

British tourist killed by a crocodile in Sri Lanka

A British holidaymaker, who is presumed dead after being snatched by a crocodile in Sri Lanka, was a Financial Times journalist. Paul McClean, who worked as a reporter on the newspaper’s fastFT desk in London, is missing after the huge reptile grabbed him and dragged him underwater at a lagoon called Crocodile Rock. The 25-year-old […]

Bangladesh garment factory blast kills 10

Bangladesh garment factory blast kills 10

At least ten people were killed and up to 50 injured after a boiler exploded at a garment factory in Bangladesh on Monday, authorities said. Dozens of labourers were on site at the facility in an industrial district outside the capital, Dhaka, when a blast tore through the six-storey building, causing its walls and a […]