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Five dead, more than 20 injured after explosion in illegal firecracker factory in India

Five dead, more than 20 injured after explosion in illegal firecracker factory in India

At least five persons including three minors died while more than 20 others were injured when an illegal firecracker factory containing huge amount of gunpowder caught fire resulting in a high intensity explosion which brought down an entire residential building at Khasganj under Sohsarai police station in Biharsharif town of Nalanda district on late Thursday […]

Myanmar president Htin Kyaw resigns

Myanmar president Htin Kyaw resigns

The president of Myanmar Htin Kyaw has resigned, his office has announced. No reason was given, but there have been growing concerns in recent months about the 71-year-old’s health after he appeared frail at official functions. Htin Kyaw was sworn in as president in 2016 after landmark elections which ended decades of military leadership. But […]

INDIA: 2 girls kidnapped, raped by 9 men for more than 14 days

INDIA: 2 girls kidnapped, raped by 9 men for more than 14 days

Two teenage girls from Chhattisgarh’s Koriya district (India) were allegedly confined and raped by nine men for over a fortnight, police said today. The girls, aged 17 and 15 years, were rescued by the police yesterday. Police Nivedita Sharma said, “On March 4, the main accused Abhijeet Pal alias Pinku (20) took one of victims, […]

Sri Lanka lifts state of emergency

Sri Lanka lifts state of emergency

Sri Lanka has lifted a state of emergency imposed on 6 March in response to an outbreak of violence against Muslim communities. Two people were killed, nearly 450 Muslim-owned homes and shops damaged and 60 vehicles burnt in attacks in the central district of Kandy. Curfews and social media bans were brought in to try […]

Sri Lanka blocks Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram to stop anti-Muslim violence

Sri Lanka blocks Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram to stop anti-Muslim violence

Sri Lanka shut down social messaging networks including Facebook on Wednesday to control violence targeted at the country’s minority Muslims, officials said, even after the imposition of emergency in the Buddhist-majority island. Tension has been growing between the two communities in Sri Lanka over the past year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of […]

Oil tanker with 22 Indian crewmen missing off Benin

Oil tanker with 22 Indian crewmen missing off Benin

An oil tanker with a crew of 22 Indian nationals is missing in the Gulf of Guinea off Benin in West Africa. There has been no contact with the Panama-registered Marine Express since Thursday. The incident occurred less than a month after another vessel was taken by pirates in the same area. The International Maritime […]

Floor collapses inside Indonesia stock exchange tower, more than 80 injured

Floor collapses inside Indonesia stock exchange tower, more than 80 injured

More than 80 people were injured after a floor at Indonesia’s stock exchange collapsed into the building’s lobby on Monday, police said. “We are still investigating the cause, but for now our priorities are the casualties,” Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono told Metro TV. The police spokesman did not say how many were injured but […]

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 […]