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Secunderabad Fire: Death Toll Rises To 8 After Massive Blaze Breaks Out

Secunderabad Fire: Death Toll Rises To 8 After Massive Blaze Breaks Out

Late Monday, a massive fire engulfed an electric bike showroom and spread to a lodge above it in the Secunderabad area. As per police officials, at least 8 people have died in the incident. All the victims were staying at the lodge located above the showroom, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP North Zone) Deepti Chandana. “When police reached here, the showroom and the lodge were engulfed in thick smoke. First responders and firefighters were able to rescue a few persons using ladders. Some rescuers went up the stairs and brought down at least six persons who were unconscious. They had collapsed near the staircase due to some inhalation. The causes of the fire are yet to be ascertained. All the electric bikes in the showroom were gutted,” said Deepti Chandana. Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav and Home Minister Md Mahmood Ali visited the site yesterday and have said that an inquiry has been initiated to find out the cause behind the fire. As per fire DG SK Jain, four of the deceased have been identified, including two from Chennai, one from Delhi and another from Vijayawada. A case has been registered against the owner of the building and the showroom owner at Gopalapuram Police Station under IPC Sections 304 and 324. “The lodge had 25 customers on four floors at the time of the fire accident, and they had only one exit. They were trapped inside. We have registered an FIR against Rajender Singh Bagga and his two sons. The investigation is on,” said the SHO. Initial inquiries found that the fire started from the celler where 40 electric bikes were parked. It is being speculated that the bikes were kept on charging mode in the evening, possibly leading to the fire. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed condolences to the families of the victims. Taking to Twitter, PMO India tweeted: “Saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire in Secunderabad, Telangana. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be paid to the next of kin of each deceased. Rs. 50,000 would be paid to the injured: PM @narendramodi,” 

Gujarat: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Dines With Auto Driver; Pictures Go Viral

On Monday evening, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal were stopped by the Gujarat Police while the leader was on his way to have dinner with an auto driver who declared himself a fan of the AAP supremo. Arvind Kejriwal is in Gujarat to campaign for the upcoming Assembly Election in December, who had accepted the auto driver’s invitation to have dinner at his home. The Delhi CM shared pictures of him enjoying dinner at the auto driver’s home, which are now going viral online. During his visit, the AAP leader was stopped by the Gujarat Police. AAP’s Goa CM candidate Amit Palekar shared a video online in which Kejriwal can be heard saying: “Mai public representative hu, public me jaunga… Aap keh rahe ho public me nai jaa sakte…ye Gujarat ke security par dhabba hai ki ek mukhya mantri ko aap auto me nahi le jaa sakte (I’m a public representative, and you’re saying I can’t travel in public… this is a taint on Gujarat’s level of security),”

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 4,369 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.71%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 4,369 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 46,347. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with recording 5,178 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,39,30,417. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 1.25% and 1.73%. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 88.99 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 215.47 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

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