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Space agency ISRO this morning successfully sent up a rocket carrying India's 100th satellite along with 30 others, four months after failed launch. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV lifted off at 9.29 am from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and a key component that had failed in August worked this time, causing scientists to gasp in relief at having crossed a major hurdle. The lift-off was postponed by a minute because of fear of collision with space debris. The last launch of IRNSS-1H - India's first privately built satellite -- on August 31 last year had failed because of a freak accident. This is the 42nd flight of the PSLV.
The 30 other satellites include two other satellites from India and 28 satellites from six countries -- Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Three owners of 1Above pub, who had been missing for nearly two weeks since 14 people were killed in a fire in Mumbai's Kamala Mills compound, were arrested by the Mumbai Police late on Wednesday night.
The pub is run by three partners - Kripesh Sanghavi, Jigar Sanghavi and Abhijeet Mankar. The Sanghavis were arrested late on Wednesday and Abhijeet Mankar, who was on the run, was arrested this morning. A case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder has been registered against them.
A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and causing officials to warn people around the region to be alert to the threat of possible tsunami surges.
There were no early reports of serious damage on land. Officials in Honduras said shaking was felt across much of the Central American nation and there were some reports of cracks in homes in Colon and Atlantida provinces along the northern coast and Olancho in eastern Honduras.
Increasing number of layoffs by information technology (IT) firms along with the recent proposal by the US government to end extension of H-1B visa for people waiting for green card is giving jitters to techies back home.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US- based companies to employ foreign workers, typically for three to six years, in various sectors that require theoretical or technical expertise.
Five people, including a woman, were died in a fire that broke out at a bar in Bengaluru late last night. The bar was almost completely charred before the fire was brought under control in the early hours of Monday. Those killed were employees at the Kailash Bar and Restaurant bar and were sleeping inside.
The blaze started around 2.30 am at the bar in Kalasipalyam, a busy and congested area in the heart of Bengaluru. The bar is on the ground floor of the Kumbaara Sangha (Potters' Association) building.
With the travel plans of thousands of commuters falling apart on the second day of a statewide transport strike, the Madras high court on Friday stepped in, rapping the trade unions and directing employees to return to work immediately.
The trade unions, however, stood their ground, turning defensive while the government jumped got into firefighting mode, roping in temporary drivers and conductors to tide over the crisis. The government just about managed to operate bus services with a skeletal fleet that AIADMK-affiliated unions were left to run.
Tamil Nadu Transport Workers Go On Indefinite Bus Strike, Common People Most Affected newsreporter.in
Thousands of government buses in Tamil Nadu are likely to be off the roads from tonight as 12 transport unions have announced an indefinite strike over the pay anomaly as compared to other states. The decision to go on strike comes after the unions said that talks with the state transport minister did not result in any breakthrough today.
Commuters across the state were taken off guard as both local and long distance government buses were off the roads since early this evening even while talks were still going on.
At least four people,including two children have died and five seriously injured in a fire that broke out at a building in Mumbai's Marol late last night.
The fire broke out on the third floor of Maimoon building in Marol area at around 1.30 am. Of the nine people rescued, four have died and five others were taken to a nearby hospital, the firefighting official said.
"Mumbai Fire Brigade got call at 2.10 am about fire at the fourth floor of Ground plus Mamoon Manzil building at Marol in Andheri East. Our fire brigade personnel along with the fire fighting system and ambulance reached at the spot at 2.34 am and swung into action to douse the fire," said an official from Disaster Management Unit of Mumbai civic body, BMC.
"Firemen covered the fire from all side at 4.20 AM. A total of nine people were injured of which four were declared brought dead by the nearby hospital," the official said. The fire was completely doused by 5 am, he said.
The incident comes barely a week after 14 people were killed in the fire at a trendy rooftop pub in Mumbai's Kamala Mills complex in Lower Parel. 11 of the dead were women, mostly in their twenties and early thirties. Most of the bodies were reportedly found piled up near a women's washroom.
The police said the deaths were because of suffocation. Many could not find emergency exits. Firemen found that there were no extinguishers and there were illegal structures that exacerbated the fire.
Police investigating the Kamala Mills fire said, the pubs in the complex didn't follow safety regulations making it impossible for people to make a safe exit. Following Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' order, unauthorised structures at more than 300 sites in the city were razed.
Five people, including staff of pubs in the complex have been arrested in connection with the fire tragedy.
Four people, including two children died and five were seriously injured after an upper floor of a residential building in suburban Marol caught fire here today, an official said.
A day after angry Dalits hit streets protested in different parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai over the violence in Pune on Monday, Dalit groups have called for a state-wide shutdown today. Thousands of Dalits disrupted rail and road traffic, and damaged more than a hundred buses in Mumbai as they protested against the death of a 28-year-old man in Pune clashes and demanded action against those involved. More than a 100 people were detained as protesters went on a rampage and riot police had to be called in. The police said they have made elaborate arrangements in view of the call. Amid bandh call, there was an attempt to block trains in Thane this morning as prohibitory orders banning large gatherings are imposed in several areas, police said.
Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, has called for a shutdown of Maharashtra and said 250 such groups are supporting the bandh call. He blamed some local right-wing leaders for Monday's violence.
No Cricket Between India and Pakistan Unless Pakistan Stops Cross Border Terrorism and Firing newsreporter.in
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has hinted that any bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan is unlikely unless Pakistan stops cross-border terrorism and firing.
Ms. Swaraj said this to Parliament’s consultative committee on external affairs during a meeting, which was also attended by Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar and Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar.