Live: Two dead, five hurt in Mumbai building collapse

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 03, 2012 13:53 hrs

7.30 pm:

Two dead, five hurt in Mumbai building collapse

Two people, including a woman, were killed and five others injured when part of a building collapsed here in central Mumbai Monday, officials said.

"The victims have been been identified as Amrita Shukla, 29, and Manoj Shukla, 44. Five others sustained injuries and have been admitted to K.E.M. Hospital," an official from the civic disaster control room told IANS.

According to eyewitnesses, the second floor of Victoria House on Elphinstone Road in central Mumbai collapsed in the afternoon.

Many people had evacuated around 11 a.m. when a huge crack in the building was noticed.

Some people were feared to be trapped under the debris even as rescue operations were on. It is yet to be ascertained how many people were inside the building.

7.00 pm:

British police detained over 2,000 ten-year-old pupils last year

More than 2,000 primary school children were arrested by British police last year -- an average of six a day, figures obtained under the Freedom of Information act have shockingly revealed.

There were 2,117 ten and 11-year-olds held in 2011. They were among a total of 209,450 under-18s detained by police that year - around a fifth of which were girls, The Sun reported.

The figures could be known from Freedom of Information requests to 43 police forces by the charity Howard League for Penal Reform.

The under-18s total, however, has declined by a third over the 2008 arrest figure of 315,923. Ten forces saw arrests halved in the past three years. Only North Yorkshire reported an increase.

It is thought that most arrests were for public order offences. The Howard League has campaigned to reduce arrest numbers, fearing it could lead to a criminal record for "being naughty".

6.00 pm:

Stop touching your face to avoid flu

Something as innocuous as touching your face could infect you with flu, especially after your hands brush with contaminated surfaces, according to a study.

"There are many opportunities in between hand-washing episodes for people to re-contaminate their hands. If a deadly respiratory virus is around, this is something to really take into account," said Wladimir Alonso, from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, who led the study, according to Daily Mail.

Alonso and colleagues picked 249 people to observe in public places on the Washington D.C. subway and in Florianopolis, Brazil, the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases reports.

They found that people touched common objects an average of 3.3 times per hour and their faces 3.6 times per hour. "We are therefore likely to get germs on our hands far more quickly than they are washed off," Alonso said.

Alonso said that during flu outbreaks, people should be reminded to try and avoid touching their faces as well as washing their hands regularly.

But he added that while it was good to boost awareness, there was no need to be in a constant state of alert because the immune system offers good protection against disease. The advice is a timely reminder as cases of both flu and the norovirus (vomiting bug) peak over the winter months.

4.10 pm:

The MNS Corporator work who had assaulted an elderly man over a water supply dispute  has been arrested and released on bail. Earlier Raj Thackeray had expressed his displeasure over the incident.

3.40 pm:

One woman was killed when a part of a building collapsed in Mumbai today. The second floor of the building, Victoria House situated in the Kamala Mills compound, was completely damaged.

Eight other have been injuried. Reports indicate that people might still be trapped under the debris.

Rescue operations are on.

3. 00 pm:

AAP approaches EC for registration

A week after its launch, Arvind Kejriwal led-Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today approached Election Commission for registration.

AAP National Secretary Pankaj Gupta submitted the papers regarding registration to the Commission, which will inform the party whether the documents were in order.

"Our meeting was brief. We've submitted our documents. The registration process will take around two-three months time," Gupta told reporters here.

He expressed confidence that the party will get an election symbol before the Assembly polls in Delhi next year.

After his split with Anna Hazare over the question of the anti-corruption movement taking a political plunge, Kejriwal had on November 26 formally launched AAP.

2.30 pm:

SC raps Sahara group for not refunding investors' money

The Supreme Court today rapped Sahara group for not refunding Rs 27,000 crore to investors, who had put their money into its two companies.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir asked Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Ltd (SIRECL) and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation Ltd (SHICL) to tell tomorrow whether they would be able to refund the entire amount to their investors within a week.

Justice Kabir, who is known for his cool demeanour, had some hard words for the companies for not implementing the apex court's order and said the firms' plea does not merit any hearing.

"Your intention is very shaky. Your every step is shaky, we can't interpret our order according to your need," the bench said.

Senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, appearing for one of the companies, tried to justify its failure to refund the entire amount, but the bench strongly rebutted him saying,"You are justifying your conduct, which is not justifiable".

The bench, however, granted a day's time to the two firms to inform it if they would be able to refund the money or not.

Market regulator SEBI also opposed Sahara's petition and submitted that it has already filed a contempt petition against them and said that a strong action should be taken against them.

The bench, however, said it is more concerned about the common man, who has invested his money in the companies.

"If you want me to send them to jail, we would send them, but we are more concerned about the investment made by the common man," the bench observed.

During the argument, Justice Kabir lost his cool when senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for another Sahara firm, stood up to argue the case.

"This is not the way. Even when your side is losing, you do not have the right to jump in," Justice Kabir said asking Rohatgi to sit down.

1:40 pm: Is this for real?

With rising popularity for moustaches globally, it now emerges that India has become the second largest market for fake moustaches and related items. At least for India, a global e-commerce platform for small businesses.

"Moustaches have always been in fashion in India and it holds great significance in the Indian psyche as it indicates prestige, masculinity and virility," Khalid Isar, Country General Manager of the website, said.

"But site analytics show, a 58 per cent surge year-on-year as on October 2012, which seems to suggest that Indians too are now buying into this trend," Isar said.

China got the maximum queries for moustache-related products on followed by India, South Korea, Turkey and Pakistan.

1:20 pm: Indians, hear, hear.

So, what are the Chinese really afraid of?

An online poll reveals that while men fear having no money, women there worry about getting old.

The Baidu Zhidao website has published a list of the "Things that the Chinese people are most afraid of", sparking a heated debate, reported People's Daily.

Nearly 2.9 million Chinese men said the fear of having no money weighed the most on their minds, while over 2.7 million women were worried about becoming old.

Not quite different from what Indians would possibly fear... What say?

12.40 pm:

Modi has promised 50 lakh houses over the next 5 years in Gujarat. He said that the manifesto is designed to help everyone regardless of their class or community.

12.35 pm:

Modi has said that the manifesto reflects his commitment to Gujarat. He added that he created a new middle class from those who were poor.

12.32 pm:

More key points from the manifesto:

  • 28 lakh housing units to be constructed in rural areas
  • Eligibility age for government services up from 25 to 28 years and 30 years depending on the caste.
  • Gujarat Skill Development board to be set up
  • 30 lakh women to be given employment and assistance
  • Every individual will be eligible for group insurance. 
  • Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara to get multi-speciality hospitals

12.25 pm:

Some more promises made in the manifesto:

  • Agro processing units, cold storages in all districts
  • All Saurashtra dams to have Narmada water in the next three years.
  • Affordable housing for the poor.
  • Pure drinking water for everyone.

12.17 pm:

The focus has been on power and agriculture.

The BJP has said that 16 lakh hectares of land will be irrigated over the next 5 years. All farm electricity connections to be cleared immediately.

Farmers to be given loans at lower rates promises the manifesto.

12.05 pm:

The BJP has released its manifesto for the Gujarat polls in Ahmadabad. The Congress which was supposed to release its manifesto today has rescheduled it for tomorrow.

11.23 am:

A Singapore court has stayed Maldives' cancellation of GMR's airport contract. The firm can now continue with operations at the Male airport. Last week, Maldives had cancelled the airport development deal with GMR, a subsidiary of Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure Ltd.

11.00 am:

China to strengthen ties with neighbours: Daily

China will make efforts to strengthen relations with its neighbours and other developing countries, said a state-run Chinese daily Monday.

An article "China proposes new diplomatic views" in the People's Daily said diplomatic ideas proposed during the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress are the country's successful experiences over the past 30 years.

They are the "guideline of foreign affairs in the new period and a full embodiment of the integration of China's diplomatic experiences and innovation" whose highlight is "keeping pace with the times and blazing new trails, showing brand-new diplomatic views".

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10.20 am:

PSY admits getting sick of 'Gangnam Style'

Psy, who became a household name after 'Gangnam Style' became a massive hit, has admitted that he sometimes gets sick of his song but will continue to perform the number that made him world-famous.

Speaking at a news conference in Singapore ahead of a free performance for fans, the 34-year-old was modest about his fame and said that he was just another person doing his job.

"Sometimes, honestly, yes I get tired or I get sick of it because I got so many requests to teach them, you know, like average let me say 50 requests per city, per country," Channel24 quoted Psy as saying.

"I already taught the dance to so many people, so many times but still the dance makes me here, to make a press conference in Singapore, so of course sometimes I'm tired about it, but I got to do it, it's my job," he said.

He later performed the dance in front of cheering fans outside a Singapore landmark, the high-rise Marina Bay Sands casino complex and said that despite the many times he has performed the number "I really like the dance still."

9.40 am:

Egypt's highest court joins judicial strike

Egypt's highest court joined a judicial rebellion against President Mohammed Morsi on Sunday by declaring an open-ended strike on the day it was supposed to rule on the legitimacy of two key assemblies controlled by allies of the Islamist leader.

The strike by the Supreme Constitutional Court and opposition plans to march on the presidential palace on Tuesday take the country's latest political crisis to a level not seen in the nearly two years of turmoil since Hosni Mubarak's ouster in a popular uprising.

Judges from the country's highest appeals court and its sister lower court were already on an indefinite strike, joining colleagues from other tribunals who suspended work last week to protest what they saw as Morsi's assault on the judiciary.

The last time Egypt had an all-out strike by the judiciary was in 1919, when judges joined an uprising against British colonial rule.

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9.00 am:

Norway Court to give verdict on Indian couple today

A court in Norway will give its verdict today on the case of the Indian couple arrested in Norway for alleged abuse of their seven-year-old son.

Chandrashekar Vallabhaneni and his wife Anupama were arrested on November 28 on charges of "gross repeated maltreatment" of their child by "threats, violence or other wrong".

The prosecution has proposed a jail term of 15 and 18 months for the mother and father respectively.

8.30 am:

MNS leader seen slapping senior citizen

A Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader has been caught on camera assaulting a 65-year-old man, in an incident expected to stoke outrage against the the right-wing outfit.

In footage broadcast by national news channels, MNS corporator Nitin Nikam was seen brutally slapping Kalyan DV Patil who works as a private contractor with the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC).

According to reports, Nikam had summoned Patil following complaints about delays in water pipeline repair work that had caused water shortage in the Ganeshwadi locality.

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8.05 am:

The Election Commission has questioned the timing of the cash transfer scheme by the government. The government in turn has defended this move saying that the initial announcement was made during the budget session.

7:30 am:

Today is International Disability Day. A day when the disabled are not celebrated or pitied, but rather a day when their successes and struggle for a dignified and full life is acknowledged and highlighted.

We can begin this day on a high note -  

The Indian visually-impaired cricket team beat the Aussies in the T20 World Cup for the Blind.

In a dramatic opening match of the T20 World Cup for blind on Sunday, India beat Australia by 215 runs in the 20-over format at the Central College grounds in the city centre here.

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