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9 Indian migrant workers among 11 killed in Maldives apartment fire

According to Sun, there were 38 migrants living in the cramped M. Nirufehi single-window, wooden-floored, three-storey, crowded apartments building in Maafannu district of Capital Male. There is a gas cylinder next to each bed, says the Defence Force.

MALE, Nov 10: Eleven people, including nine Indians were killed in a fire in Male on Thursday morning. The fire occurred at a residential complex lodging foreign workers in the Capital of Maldives in the wee hours. The toll may go up as it is not known how many people were there in the building. According to Sun, there were 38 migrants living in the cramped M. Nirufehi single-window, wooden-floored apartments building in Maafannu district. Police said 14 people were rescued from the building.

Ten bodies were recovered but they were all burnt beyond recognition (The official versions do not tally). One man is in critical condition in the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH).

The building was a wooden-flloored three-storey structure. The neighbouring houses also suffered significant damages. There was another fire incident at the garage below recently.

There are conflicting versions on the fire. The fire reportedly followed an explosion. The building in the densely populated tourist destination in the archipelago may have caught fire from the ground floor garage auto service shop. It is also said the poor workers use small cooking gas cylinders which may have exploded. There is a gas cylinder next to each bed, says Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF). The upper floors from where the bodies have been recovered were completely gutted, according to Mihaaru News.

Avas news reported: The fire broke out at a garage in M. Nirufehige early Thursday, and police received reports of the incident at 12:17 am. MNDF was alerted at around 12:30 am and Fire and Rescue were on the scene by 12:33 am. Ninety percent of the fire was contained by 4:00 am, and completely quelled by 4:34 am.

The fire service said that it took about four hours to put out the fire. A security official said the dead included nine Indians and a Bangladesh national.

Maldives president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said that an investigation into the incident is currently underway. “The dangerous fire incident in the city yesterday is a very sad incident. Many people have lost their lives and a large number have been injured. The incident is currently being investigated. Condolences to the families of the deceased,” he tweeted.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic fire incident in Malé which has caused loss of lives, including reportedly of Indian nationals. We are in close contact with the Maldivian authorities," a tweet by the High Commission of India.

High Commission helpline numbers: +9607361452 ; +9607790701

Male has a population of 250,000 in the archipelago of about six lakh people. Most of them are from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They live in overcrowded conditions.

Earlier, on August 28, 2020 night, a fire broke out in a building in Capital Male city's Henveiru Ward, where several high profile offices are located. Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF)'s Fire and Rescue Service put out the fire. No one was injured.

There was another major fire incident on April 18, 2016 at the two-storey Coastline store located on the densely populated Capital’s main thoroughfare Majeedhee Magu.

About Maldives

The Maldives, in the Indian Ocean, that spans the equator, is comprised of 1,192 islands in a length of 871 km. In an area of 90,000 sq km, only 298 sq km is dry land. It is located southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 750 km from mainland. The isles are sitting on coral reefs. The best time to visit Maldives is November to April, that is, avoiding the monsoon. A conservative Islamic country, pork products and alcohol are banned. Alcoholic drinks are available in resorts. it is a honeymoon destination. There are 150 luxury resort islands. Tourists need to be careful about Lionfish in the islands. Its spines are highly venomous. The islands are known for water sports and pristine beaches. Fisheries and tourism constitute the major sources of income in Maldives. Prevalence of infectious and vector-borne diseases are high.


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The killing of a teacher in France by an Islamic radical last Friday is linked to the Israel-Hamas war in West Asia, say authorities.

Shocking news from the UK: Leading grocers have started bribing policemen with free food and drinks to persuade them to take action against shoplifters.

Shoplifting has risen by about 27 per cent in 10 major cities across the UK this year. The cost of retail crime last year was $2.15 billion. Besides, “We are seeing organised gangs threatening staff with weapons and emptying stores," Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said. Data shows that the police failed to respond to 73 per cent of serious retail crimes that included assault and abuse of workers, apart from shoplifting.

Isar Mohammad allegedly picked up a banana offered to Ganesh idol on Chaturthi at a makeshift temple in Delhi and consumed it.

Harris said hip-hop is “the ultimate American art form” that “shapes every aspect of American popular culture.” “Hip-hop culture is American culture,” she said in a talk at her official residence at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

The social media had mixed reaction. There was much appreciation that she dances better than any VP in American history. But some called her "moves" as “cringe” while others did not like her pink pants - "pink pants don’t look good.” In fact, her ensembles have always been incongruous.

"Let’s see how the (Governor's) Vice-Chancellors are given salary." Mamata's extreme statements will put the Marxist Government in Kerala, which is also facing similar issues, to shame. Has she begun the countdown for a war on the streets?

It's true Mamata has come to see a conspiracy to demolish the established systems across the country, but lacks the ability to foresee what exactly is being pushed.

Brandishing a sword, Mahant Paramhans told reporters on Tuesday he himself will behead MK Stalin's son for his remarks against Sanatan Dharma in case nobody came forward to accept his offer he made in his video. Udhayanidhi reacted to the saint's Monday video, "I will speak more. I am the grandson of the artist who put his head on the rail track for Tamil Nadu."

Somanath elaborated, "I am an explorer. I explore the Moon. I explore the inner space. So it's a part of the journey of my life to explore both science and spirituality. So I visit many temples and I read many scriptures. So try to find the meaning of our existence and our journey in this cosmos. So it's a part of the culture that we are all built to explore, find out the inner self as well as outer self. So for the outer, I do science, for the inner I come to temples." (See videos)

Rao the mathematical legend had fathered the path-breaking Rao-Blackwell theorem, one of the most important theorems in mathematical statistics, at the age of 25. That brought him global fame. He is also famous for his Cramér-Rao Bound inequality theorem relating to quality of estimators in statistics which has had a profound bearing on applications of modern economics and several other diverse fields. Simply put, with the pioneering statistician computation became a tool to analyse even socio-economic challenges of modern times.

The ISRO said on Thursday evening that after rolling out from Vikram lander to the Moon's surface in the previous night, Pragyan's rover mobility operation commenced during the day on Thursday. The exploration has started.

Chairman Somanath said everything is working very well.

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Chandrayaan-3 had successfully landed on the Moon's south pole on Wednesday at 6:03 pm as per schedule, making India the first country ever to touch down on the polar surface.

The alleged incident has received such a flash publicity that a standardised city's hugely middle class population will have second thoughts about eating outside for some time. Now everything on the table looks suspicious!

“All subjects directly connected to the people should be shifted to the State List. Particularly the subject of education. Only if this is done can cruel exams like NEET be abolished,” Stalin said. Education was moved from the State List to the Concurrent List with the 42nd Constitution Amendment made by the Central Government in 1976.

Decentralisation has been at the core of Tamil politics since the times of CN Annadurai. Stalin indicated there will be political changes in the offing.

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A University of Florida Professor, Harrison Hove who was on the flight, posted on social media that the incident was "terrifying." He said, "I've flown a lot. This was scary ... The photos cannot capture the burning smell, loud bang or ear pops ... Something failed midflight and depressurized the cabin."

As recently as Tuesday Craig Robertson had posted on Facebook: "Perhaps Utah will become famous this week as the place a sniper took out Biden the Marxist." Biden was scheduled to make his first visit to Utah as President Wednesday afternoon.

  • Let's Go! The legal immigrants should be allowed the flexibility to change jobs and travel without obstacles. Doing away with the country cap on Green Cards only can do this easily.
  • Bureaucratic delays in the US legal immigration system are also a drag on the country's economy while leaving so many families in limbo, the Congressmen argued.
  • In fact, the country cap was introduced to ensure diversity of immigrants as well as to prevent monopoly by any one country like China leading to distortions in the American culture and politics in course of time.
  • In any which case, it is high time the US straightened its convoluted immigration laws for their own convenience and to allow the immigrants their basic rights!

Maruti is recalling 87,599 S-Presso and Eeco vehicles to inspect and possibly replace parts in the steering system. All reputed companies around the world do recall their products when a defect comes to light.

Meanwhile, a question arises why just in about a year so many accidents have taken place involving Mercedes sent to India while the car has won safety awards abroad? In most cases, the vehicle collided with divider, while manoeuvring a turn. Was there a split second delay in the steering system coming to a grip when at high speed? Did anybody in India bother to study a pattern in several of these accidents that took place one after other?

Former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry died when his Mercedes-Benz-SUV hit a divider in Gujarat. Cricketer Rishabh Pant's Mercedes-Benz-SUV rammed a divider in Uttarakhand and smashed. It went up in flames but he escaped with injuries. Brother of PM Narendra Modi, Prahlad Modi's Mercedes-Benz-SUV met with a similar accident in Mysuru. And many more.

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  • Even when VFR is followed, most crashes occur due to CFIT (Controlled Flight into Terrain) - that is, everything else is OK but the aircraft collides with hills or trees hidden by the clouds. This also occurs mostly in the monsoon.
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The new offer will enable H-1B speciality occupation visa holders in the US to apply for a Canadian work permit, while also offering study and work permit opportunities for their family members accompanying them.

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