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15 students killed in Gujarat coaching centre fire; many jump off building to escape
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15 students killed in Gujarat coaching centre fire; many jump off building to escape

24 May 2019 | 7:30 PM

SURAT: At least 15 students of a coaching class died — many falling to their deaths — and several others were injured, after a major fire broke out in a four-storey commercial complex here on Friday afternoon.

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Surat, May 24

At least 15 students of a coaching class died — many falling to their deaths — and several others were injured, after a major fire broke out in a four-storey commercial complex here on Friday afternoon.

TV channels showed horrific scenes at the Takshashila Complex in Sarthana area where the building is located, as students tried to save themselves by jumping out of windows.

“Fifteen students have died either due to suffocation or jumping from the building when fire engulfed the commercial complex,” Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said.

“We have ordered a detailed inquiry and anyone found responsible for the incident won’t be spared,” Patel said.

“Around 10 students on the fourth and third floor jumped off to the ground to save themselves from fire and smoke. Many have been sent to hospital. The operation to douse the fire is on,” said a city fire official.

A video clip aired by news channels showed students jumping off from third and fourth floor windows amid plumes of thick smoke rising from the building.

Nineteen fire tenders and two hydraulic platforms have been pressed into service for dousing and rescue operations, Sarthana area of Surat, said an official of Surat fire control room.

Local people helped with the rescue operation to save stranded students and other occupants of the building housing coaching classes and other establishments.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ordered the principal secretary of the Urban Development department to rush to the spot.

He also declared financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each for the family members of those who died in the incident.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was extremely anguished by the fire tragedy in his home state.

“My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. Have asked the Gujarat Government and local authorities to provide all possible assistance to those affected,” Modi tweeted. — PTI 

Day after BJP’s massive victory, all eyes now on govt formation

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24 May 2019 | 6:01 PM

NEW DELHI: As the BJP swept to power with a spectacular performance for a second term, all eyes are now on government formation, amid speculation that several new faces, including party president Amit Shah, may be brought into the new Cabinet.

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24 May 2019 | 5:38 PM

WASHINGTON: Congratulating PM Narendra Modi on his re-election, the US said that the just-concluded elections in India is an inspiration for people around the world.

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24 May 2019 | 2:34 PM

ISLAMABAD: PM Narendra Modi’s re-election for a second five-year term drew a mixed response from the media in Pakistan with some calling it an emphatic mandate.

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24 May 2019 | 12:58 PM

NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi is expected to offer his resignation at a meeting of the party’s working committee called in the capital on Saturday to deliberate on the shock defeat of the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

NIA files chargesheet against alleged Khalistani militants in Mumbai special court

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24 May 2019 | 6:30 PM

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed chargesheet in a Mumbai special court against three people arrested in connection with trying to revive the Khalistani militancy.

‘Many Indian students unfairly deported over UK English test scam’

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24 May 2019 | 12:41 PM

LONDON: The UK's spending watchdog issued a damning rebuke of the British government's handling of a visa row involving compulsory English tests taken by overseas students, including Indians.

DRDO test-fires guided bomb from Sukhoi combat jet

DRDO test-fires guided bomb from Sukhoi combat jet

24 May 2019 | 7:31 PM

NEW DELHI: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday successfully test-fired an indigenously-developed 500 kg class guided bomb from a Sukhoi combat jet at Pokhran in Rajasthan.

Four new Supreme Court judges administered oath of office

Four new Supreme Court judges administered oath of office

24 May 2019 | 12:03 PM

NEW DELHI: Four new judges of the Supreme Court were on Friday administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. The number of judges in the Supreme Court stands at 31.

Juvenile held for killing TikTok celebrity Mohit Mor in Delhi

Juvenile held for killing TikTok celebrity Mohit Mor in Delhi

24 May 2019 | 12:56 PM

NEW DELHI: A juvenile was apprehended in connection with the killing of a 27-year-old gym trainer in Dwarka's Najafgarh earlier this week, police said on Friday.

Making ‘chai’, ‘pakodas’ is Kangana Ranaut’s way of celebrating Modi’s win

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24 May 2019 | 11:05 AM

CHANDIGARH: Pictures of Kangana Ranaut making ‘pakodas’ and ‘chai’ for her family is breaking the Internet.

Ahead of World Cup, watch skipper Virat Kohli dance to Punjabi tunes

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24 May 2019 | 3:48 PM

CHANDIGARH: Indian skipper Virat Kohli has landed in England for the upcoming World Cup, but before he sets the field on fire, he plans to set the dance floor on fire.

Anurag Kashyap asks PM Modi’s help as daughter receives rape threat

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24 May 2019 | 5:36 PM

CHANDIGARH: After the BJP won the general election on Thursday, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter and also revealed a big concern.


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24 May 2019 | 7:02 AM

CHANDIGARH:The city also got swept away by the nationwide Modi wave as BJP candidate Kirron Kher won the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat for the second time running by defeating her nearest rival Pawan Kumar Bansal of the Congress.

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24 May 2019 | 12:58 PM

CHANDIGARH:Withstanding the BJP wave across the country, the Congress in Punjab bagged eight of the 13 Lok Sabha seats.

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24 May 2019 | 1:20 PM

CHANDIGARH: Rainfall in parts of Punjab and Haryana on Friday brought relief from the scorching heat prevailing over the region in the past few days.

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24 May 2019 | 12:48 PM

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24 May 2019 | 12:26 PM

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24 May 2019 | 5:08 PM

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24 May 2019 | 5:36 PM

ISLAMABAD: A powerful explosion ripped through a mosque ahead of Friday prayers in Pakistan, killing at least two persons and injuring 25 others in the restive Balochistan province, police said.

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