Faulty older models of Apple”s flagship laptop revive fears of battery fire

With several international airlines banning some older models of Apple”s flagship laptop MacBook Pro in both check-in or hand luggage, including in India, fears of battery fire have returned to haunt users of the device.

In June, Apple announced a voluntary recall of its faulty 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there”s a chance that the devices sold between September 2015 and February 2017 could overheat and potentially cause fires.

The iPhone-maker reportedly said it had received 26 reports of the laptop”s battery overheating, with as many as five consumers reporting minor burns and one suffering from smoke inhalation.

Nearly 432,000 potentially affected MacBook Pro units were sold in the US and 26,000 in Canada.

Apple issued a similar replacement programme last year for the latest 13-inch Pros over issues related to battery expansion.

In 2016, battery fires in Samsung”s flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 7 caused the firm operating losses of some 6.1 trillion won ($5 billion).

Galaxy Note 7 “launched in August 2016 amid much fanfare” was poised to be in direct competition with the Apple flagship iPhone 7 and Google flagship Pixel.

However, batteries started exploding and devices caught fire while charging, forcing the South Korean giant to recall 2.5 million units worldwide in September.

The company encouraged Note 7 owners to swap their devices with new ones, but the replacement Note 7 devices too caught fire, leading to production being stalled in October. The Galaxy Note 7 device finally landed up in the junkyard.

Samsung Electronics acknowledged that faulty battery caused its flagship Galaxy Note 7 to catch fire, after discontinuing the fire-prone device.

A mix of thin separators between the positive and negative layers, abnormal squeeze in battery corners, abnormal bump in battery surface and absent insulating tape caused the Note 7s to explode and set on fire.

MacBook Pro owners can use their laptop”s serial number to check on Apple”s website if the product is affected by the recall.

The recall does not affect other units or Mac notebooks, says Apple.

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has also banned the affected laptops on all flights.



Six people died while 11 were injured in South Delhi fire

Six people died while 11 were injured in a massive blaze that broke out at a residential building in the national capital early on Tuesday.

According to the Delhi Fire Service, the blaze started at 2.21 a.m. in a four-storey building in Zakir Nagar area near the Jamia Millia Islamia University. Most of the injured were those who tried to jump off to safety.

“Initially five fire tenders were rushed to the spot, later more were sent to douse the flames,” Delhi Fire Services Director Atul Garg said.

The fire was finally brought under control at 5.30 a.m.

Around seven cars and eight motorcycles were also gutted in the fire.



Pune girls fire air guns, brandish swords in VHP procession

 Police in Pune have booked some activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) for taking out a procession in which girls were seen firing air guns and brandishing swords, an official said on Monday.

The procession was taken out from Ankush Chowk to Thackeray Maidan in Nigdi area on the outskirts of the city from 5 p.m. till 10 p.m. on Sunday.

A police official, Vikas N. Dudhe, has lodged a complaint against VHP activists including local unit President Sharad Inamdar, district chief Dhanaji Shinde, Nitin Vatkar and another 200 odd unidentified persons.

According to the FIR, Dudhe said that in the procession, at least four girls were illegally carrying air guns and another five had swords.

Dudhe said that in order to maintain law and order, the Pimpri-Chinchwada Police had banned all types of dangerous weapons from May 21-June 3 and the VHP procession had flouted the police orders.

No arrests have been made in the case so far.

This incident coincides with a row erupting in a private school in Thane, run by a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator, in which students were allegedly imparted training in weapons handling.

While the police have claimed that the weapons were models, activists have contended that attempts were being made to dilute the case as it involved an influential ruling party legislator from Mira Road town, Narendra Mehta.

Between May 25 and June 1, the Bajrang Dal had organised a weapons training camp in the Seven Square Academy, a CBSE-affiliated school, and the matter came to light after a student Prashant Gupta posted some pictures of the camp activity.

In a memorandum submitted to the Assistant Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni last week, the Democratic Youth Federation of India demanded a thorough probe into the incident, seizure of the arms and their forensic analysis and the booking of Mehta and others.




New Delhi, New MPs set Internet on fire with cool pics, posts

In the week between the counting day and swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, social media posts and pictures of some of the newly elected members of the Lok Sabha have caused quite a stir.

On the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi staked his claim to form the government, 28-year-old BJP MP from Bengaluru South, Tejashvi Surya, posted his smiling selfie with Amethi MP Smriti Irani from the Central Hall of Parliament.

And was he excited to have got the selfie clicked with the person who has defeated Modi’s biggest rival, Congress President Rahul Gandhi. His tweet on Saturday said it all.

“Oh man!! I had waited for this selfie with my favourite @smritiirani ji from such a long time. So many countless hours I have spent hearing her speeches & interviews! Her victory in Amethi only reinforces our faith in democracy. Smriti Ji you are a rockstar!,” Surya screamed in the tweet.

And let us just not talk about actors-turned-politicians Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan’s photos on Twitter that have already been much commented on.

To mark their first visit to Parliament, the two young MPs posted a picture wearing Western attire and one of them even sported a tattoo. They almost broke the Internet with the picture which showed them in a happy and spirited mood.

BJP MP from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir, however, grabbed the headlines with a sharp comment in which he called the assault on a Muslim man in Gurugram deplorable.

Not impressed by all the negative comments his tweet garnered, Gambhir later posted a picture that indicated that he had already swung into action.

“Meeting with DCP East district, discussed law & order situation in my constituency. Women’s security, open slaughtering and sensitive areas,” read the caption of the picture that Gambhir tweeted.

On his first visit to Parliament, BJP leader and Bhojpuri star Ravi Kishan, who won the Lok Sabha elections from the Gorakhpur seat in Uttar Pradesh, posted a selfie with actor-turned politician Sunny Deol, who won from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab.

A much liked photo on the Facebook page of young Congress leader Hibi Eden shows the Lok Sabha MP from Ernakulam in Kerala smiling while sitting on a Royal Enfield motorcycle.

And if you thought it is only the newly elected lawmakers of the country choosing to share their lighter moments with the countrymen before the start of the grueling sessions of the Parliament, nothing could be further from the truth.

Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal Pradesh Kiren Rijiju shared his pictures with his children and wife.

“Meeting my family members after a long and vigorous election campaign,” the outgoing Union Minister of State for Home Affairs wrote in the caption.



Four people killed, after a Pune saree shop caught major fire

At least four people were killed on Thursday in a major fire that engulfed a well-known saree shop here, police said.

According to an official of Pune Police (Rural), the fire was reported at around 5 a.m., when the workers were asleep in a room above the shop located in the Devachi Urli area on the outskirts of the city.

The blaze quickly spread from the shop to the room above and the workers were suffocated to death.

The police said they are trying to verify whether there were more workers sleeping there amid fears the toll could go up.

At least five fire tenders were deployed to battle the blaze, the cause of which remains unknown



Construction workers questioned over Notre Dame fire

Prosecutors investigating the causes of the inferno that ripped through the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris have questioned construction workers and security staff, as more details have emerged about the effort to contain the blaze, the media reported.

Ten people were interviewed by criminal investigators on Wednesday, the Paris Prosecutor’s Office said, adding that interviews would continue on Thursday, CNN reported.

“Tomorrow new witnesses will be heard as well as people already interviewed for further information,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Following the disaster on Monday evening that destroyed the Cathedral’s spectacular Gothic spire and its wooden roof structure which dated back to the 13th century, the office had said 30 employees at the Paris landmark had been questioned.

It also said that in addition to interviews, forensics teams and the central laboratory for the police department had been able to access some areas of the site and begin inspections. Officials are continuing to pursue the theory that the cause of the fire was accidental but have not ruled out other scenarios at this stage.

“While the prosecutor’s office does not rule out any hypothesis, we remind that at this stage, nothing in the investigations highlights a criminal origin. Accidental causes remain our privileged lead,” the office added.

The Paris fire service, meanwhile, said the nine-hour battle to save the building was one of the most complex it had ever undertaken. At one point, it was feared that the entire structure might be lost.

“If the flames had actually got to the timber frames of the belfries then we would have lost the cathedral completely because it would have led to a chain reaction of collapse,” said Gabriel Plus, a spokesman for the fire service.

Philippe Demay, deputy chief of the Paris Fire Brigade, told the media on Wednesday that the operation to put out the flames was “complex”, and the “most complicated” he had ever encountered, CNN reported.

On Wednesday evening, cathedrals across France rang their bells in honour of Notre Dame, marking two days since the fire.

Bells tolled at 6.50 p.m. across the country acknowledging what the French Bishops Conference described as “a shock that affects far beyond just the Catholics of our country”.

As the scale of the damage became clear, investigators said they were determined to get to the bottom of how the blaze started.

“Investigations continue to search for the truth and identify the origins and causes of the fire,” the prosecutor’s office added.



IPL; Shikhar Dhawan wants Indian batsmen to fire for Delhi

India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who has joined the rest of the Delhi Capitals squad after the ODI series against Australia, on Monday said he was looking to help younger players get used to the pressure of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium has been my home ground since my early days, and I will be doing my best to perform for the team as I know the conditions and pitches well,” he said.

“Apart from that, I will also be looking to help our younger players get used to the pressure of playing in such a big tournament, and hopefully I can spur them on to perform on the field to the best of their abilities.”

The left-handed opening batsman also took part in an internal friendly match organised by the Delhi Capitals on Sunday to prepare themselves for the upcoming season of IPL.

The stylish left-hander seemed delighted upon his return to the capital city and said he was looking forward for a stellar season with the Capitals.

“It is like a second home-coming for me, and I am very excited to be a part of the Delhi Capitals for the IPL season. It is a very happy feeling for me to have come back to my home city of Delhi after spending 10 seasons away in the IPL,” said Dhawan.

Dhawan also spoke on the importance of having a right balance in the team and feels that the Delhi Capitals have managed to build a great team this year.

“In IPL, the team which wins the trophy is always the one which has the best balance in the squad. Our team this year is also very balanced as we have good all-rounders, spinners and batsmen. The most important thing for us will be that our Indian batsmen play well and our top 4-5 batsmen are Indian, so I am expecting a great season ahead,” said the 33-year-old.

For Sunday’s internal friendly T20 match, the squad was divided into two teams – Team 1, led by Rishabh Pant, who joined the squad over the weekend, and Team 2 – led by Shreyas Iyer.

Team 1, batting first, put on a massive 194-5, during which captain Pant smashed 52 off 31 balls. Team 2 fell short of the target by 23 runs in the end, finishing at 172/7. But Shikhar Dhawan’s 53 off 41 balls, and captain Iyer’s quickfire 40 off 28 balls was good news for the Delhi Capitals franchise ahead of the season.

Jalaj Saxena, playing for Team 1, was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-36 from his 4 overs.




Indian, Pakistani armies trade fire on LoC in Poonch

Indian and Pakistani armies traded heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, police said.

The firing exchanges started in Chakan Da Bagh area.

“Mortar shelling and small arms firing continued between the two sides,” a police officer said.

As two shells fired from Pakistan landed near the Chakan Da Bagh trade facilitation centre, its staff and others present there hurriedly took shelter in underground bunkers.

“No damage or casualty was caused due to the Pakistani shelling,” the officer said.

The Pakistani ceasefire violation occurred on a day the cross-LoC trade between the Indian and Pakistan administered parts of Jammu and Kashmir took place between Chakan Da Bagh and Rawalakot.



Delhi government gets more time to reply on fire safety

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted more time to the government in the national capital to respond on a plea seeking immediate action against illegal hotels and guest houses running here that are violating fire safety norms.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon was hearing a plea by North, South and East Municipal Corporations, seeking more time to file their response.

However, petitioner and advocate Arpit Bhargava opposed their plea and said that they have taken enough time and should have filed the reply till Wednesday.

The advocate, in his plea, sought framing of policy and guidelines in a time-bound manner and its implementation to ensure periodic checks/inspections of all community halls, hotels and guest houses within their jurisdictions.

The court has listed the matter for further hearing on July 18.

Bhargava has sought fixation of accountability in relation to compliance with provisions of law, specially fire safety and structural safety norms.

He has also sought strict action against Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh and compensation for family members of the 17 people who died in the fire there on February 12.

“…concerted effort must be made by all the respondents in taking action against all such guest houses and hotels spread across Delhi by immediately shutting down their operations and seal those who are found violating any provision of law specially fire safety and structural safety norms,” the plea said.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation seeking action against illegal community halls that are running without safety norms.



fire broke out on the fifth floor at CGO complex in Delhi 

A fire broke out on the fifth floor of the Pandit Deendayal Antyodaya Bhawan at the CGO complex here on Wednesday, police said.

The blaze was first noticed at around 8.30 a.m., a fire official added, saying the probable cause could be a short circuit. Several fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

Many central government offices, including a branch of the Indian Air Force, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, and Ministry of Forest operate out of that building. Earlier it was called Paryavaran Bhawan.



300 cars gutted in Aero show fire in Bengaluru on Saturday

A fire in the parking lot in front of the Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, where the Aero India show is underway, gutted around 300 cars on Saturday, police said. No casualties were reported.

The fire is likely to have been caused due to dry grass catching fire aided by high velocity winds, Director General of Police in Karnataka M.N. Reddi told IANS.

The fire, which began at around 12 noon, quickly burnt down the vehicles parked by visitors and public attending the show at the Indian Air Force base.

It gave out thick black smoke. Attempts were made to control the blaze by creating a gap by removing adjacent cars.




Mamata Banerjee condoles Bangladesh fire tragedy

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed condolences for the victims of a massive fire that killed at least 70 people in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

Another 56 people were injured in the Wednesday night fire that engulfed several multi-storey buildings in Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka.

“Saddened to hear about the tragic loss of lives… My heartfelt condolences to the grieving families,” Banerjee tweeted. “We wish the injured a speedy recovery.”




Seventy people and 56 are injured dead in massive Dhaka fire

Seventy people have lost their lives and 56 are injured in a massive fire in Bangladesh that has engulfed several multi-storey buildings in the Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka.

According to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) registrar nine of the injured with significant burn injuries were currently admitted to the hospital. The death toll was expected to rise.

The fire had begun at a chemical storehouse on the ground floor of the building. The narrow roads of the old town and the concentration of chemical and plastic factories and storages turned into firefighters’ nightmare late on Wednesday as they tried to limit casualties after the fire began at 10.35 p.m.

The fire-fighters managed to douse the flame by 3 a.m. nearly five hours after it broke out and engulfed the Haji Wahed Mansion at Nanda Kumar Lane in Chawkbazar’s Churihatta, Dhaka Tribune said.

The devastation was so huge that the mansion housing a warehouse of plastic products appeared to be tilted around 1.45 a.m., the media report said.

Earlier, a Fire Service Control Room official Mahfuz Riben confirmed the death of 69 people to the newspaper. “We have so far recovered all 69 bodies,” Riben had said, an hour before one more body was recovered.

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police said the blaze spread rapidly due to multiple chemical godowns situated in the area. Fire Service Deputy Director Dilip Kumar Ghosh confirmed that the fire was finally doused completely around 3 a.m.

The death toll in the devastating inferno will rise, warned fire officials, who have been working throughout the night to douse the devastating blaze that first broke out in a three-storey building situated at the intersection of roads leading to Rahmatganj, Churihatta and Chawkbazar areas.

Numerous people, including women and children, were also injured and admitted to nearby hospitals, including Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital (Mitford Hospital).

“Our priority right now is to douse the fire completely and tend to the wounded,” Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon said.

Khokon and MP Haji M. Salim who had rushed to the spot, however, did not respond to questions about the warehouses in the buildings in Old Dhaka where chemicals are kept in unsafe conditions.

Wednesday night’s fire reminded many Old Dhaka residents of the Nimtoli fire tragedy that took place barely one kilometre from the spot on June 3, 2010 and killed at least 124 people.

In the last nine years though there has been little progress made in addressing the issues that led to the Nimtoli fire, or many smaller subsequent fires that took place, the media report added.



Probing if hotel fire was a deliberate act; Crime Branch

Probing the dreadful fire in a Delhi hotel in which 17 people were killed on Tuesday, the Crime Branch has shifted its focus to investigating the possibility of a deliberate attempt at aggravating the fire inside the premises to settle an insurance claim by the owner, sources said.

“The owner had a huge debt of Rs 56 crore which they were unable to repay. Their hotel had not been doing well since last year and he had tried to sell it. The e-auction bid of Rs 27 crore did not materialize. The next auction bid was due on March 31,” General Secretary of Delhi Hotels Mahasangh, Arun Kumar told IANS. 

On the second day of its probe, the Crime Branch team visited the hotel along with forensic experts and two hotel general managers Rajinder Singh and Manager Vikas Kumar who were earlier arrested and are currently in two-day police custody.

“The team recreated the scene and corroborated the sequence and evidences, matching with the timings of the fire incident. They also quizzed Rajinder Singh and Vikas Kumar about theirs activities,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajiv Ranjan.

“The team also made an over 30-minute film with a high definition camera at all the inner part of the entire 435-yard area of the hotel from basement to top floor cafeteria and kitchen. We are in the process of checking whether the Arpit Hotel owners — Rakesh Goel and Shardendu Goel– applied for insurance of the property,” Ranjan said.

“The FSL experts also collected samples of burnt objects and also collected other technical evidences to check the gravity and frequency of flames that spread very rapidly through corridors from the first floor to envelop second, third and fourth floors, including the rooftop cafeteria,” an FSL officer told IANS.

“We also took samples of ash from room number-109 located on the first floor from where the fire broke out. We collected the samples to establish whether it was a planned and a criminal conspiracy or it was an accident due to a short-circuit. The collected samples evaluation report will clear the exact picture,” the officer said.

“The report will likely be available within 20 days, depending on the nature of investigation,” he added.

“A preliminary investigation revealed that on the night of the fire, there were 12 hotel employees on duty. But instead of helping the guests, nine of the staff escaped after the hotel was engulfed in the fire,” he said.

“It was found that some victims did dial the reception number to inform the manager about the fire, but there was no one to answer the calls. Manager Vikas Kumar came to know about the fire a little later, and he and other staff members immediately called the owner, Shardendu Goel, but he did not answer their calls. They informed the fire department at 4.35 a.m. — over half-an-hour after the fire had already spread,” the officer said.

“Instead of helping the guests, nine of the hotel staff, including Vikas Kumar, escaped, leaving 60 guests in the lurch. Most victims who were sleeping died due to suffocation,” he said.



FDA Inspector among 17 dead in Arpit Palace hotel fire

An Inspector with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from Pune was one of the 17 persons who died in a fire tragedy at Arpit Palace hotel in the heart of the national capital on early Tuesday.

“Rahul Kumar, who was in Delhi, had talked to his wife over phone informing her that he would return on Tuesday, but he did not know he would also die along with two of his friends — Dr Shankar Narayan and Dr Santosh Wale — who were putting up in Room No. 401 of the hotel,” his relative Srinivasan told IANS.

Dr Shankar Narayan from Tamil Nadu and Dr Santosh Wale had come to Delhi to attend a medical seminar in Connaught Place. They had booked a room in the ill-fated hotel.

“On Monday night, they called their old friend Rahul Kumar for a meeting in the hotel. Rahul told his wife that he wanted to leave but he would stay with Santosh Wale and Shankar Narayan due to their insistence,” Srinivasan said.

“In the fire tragedy, they all were suffocated to death after being trapped in their room and could not get out,” he added.



Lack of safety measures led to Arpit hotel fire; Crime Branch

No panic alarm, inflammable temporary structures and an unauthorized kitchen in the basement — these were the many irregularities found by the Crime Branch at Arpit Palace Hotel, a day after a massive fire swept through it in the early hours, killing 17 people and injuring eight in the national capital.

“During investigation it was found that the fire broke out from room No. 109 located at the first floor of the hotel. The room was found totally gutted and the hall’s inner wirings were burnt down,” said a Crime Branch officer.

“The fire spread through corridors from the first floor to envelop second, third and fourth floors, including the rooftop cafeteria. The fire did not spread to the ground and basement. At first glance the cause of fire is short-circuit which might have triggered sparking and fire, rapidly covering the entire hall portion,” the officer said.

“A Crime Branch team headed by Deputy Commissioner of Polce Rajesh Deo will take over the charge from Thursday. A Crime Branch team visited the hotel and collected some evidence on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajiv Ranjan.

The FIR accessed by IANS said: “The hotel, owned by Shardendu Goel, used inflammable material such as rubber, ply-board and plastic for decoration on corridors, gallery and lobby. There were no signages for an emergency exit.”

“Most victims died after inhaling smoke. The victims staying on the first to fourth floors could not find their way out as a thick black smoke engulfed the entire area when they woke up after hearing cries of fire. There was no ventilation,” the crime branch officer said.

As per the Arpit Hotel record, there were 46 rooms of which 35 were occupied by 60 guests on Monday night. There were 12 hotel employees including the manager, Vikas, on night duty. Instead of helping guests, nine of the staff escaped after the hotel was engulfed in the fire.

“There was no fire alarm installed at the hotel. The hotel gallery and the corridor were smeared with soot,” the officer added.

“A fire fighter identified as Subhash Arya was also injured during the rescue operation,” The FIR said.

The Crime Branch team has seized hotel documents and the record book of reception to study the sequence of the tragedy. The hotel manager, Vikas, and general Manager, Rajinder – arrested on Wednesday — are being interrogated,” the officer said.

“A manhunt is on to nab Shardendu Goel,” he said.



Bengal factory outlet fire; Five workers were still missing

Five workers were untraceable even after 24 hours of the massive fire at a factory outlet in West Bengal’s Sodepur town in North 24 Parganas district, officials said on Tuesday.

The government has assured stringent action against the owner for flouting rules.

“The fire is now under control and a team is being formed to trace the five missing workers. Once the team is inside, they will try to locate the missing people,” West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra said at the spot.

He said with the help of 25 fire tenders, the remaining pocket fire and smoke is being gradually arrested.

Mitra assured they are ready with all required equipment for the rescue. Also, the “government will provide full assistance to the injured and support to the family members of the deceased”.

The factory outlet of the chair-making unit had explosive materials inside, and still lacked proper fire security measures, the workers and relatives alleged.

“This time, we will strictly look into the matter to see why there was no provision of fire exit and other required measures. The step will be taken by filing an FIR against the responsible people,” Mitra added.

Bengal factory outlet fire: Five workers still missing



Delhi government orders probe into hotel fire tragedy

Minister for Home and Urban Development for the national capital Satyendar Jain on Tuesday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the tragic blaze in a central Delhi hotel which devoured 17 lives, including that of a child.

The Minister, who was speaking to the media outside the hotel, said the building norms were violated by the hotel owner who had raised the hotel building to six floors against four floors allowed in the area. 

“Fire in Karol Bagh hotel. 17 casualties, two injured. Magistrate enquiry ordered. Visible violations of building bye laws, building constructed six stories including one temporary floor instead of permissible four floors. Ordered fire inspection of buildings in the area,” Jain tweeted.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also visited the spot where he remarked on the flouting of the building norms and said that an inquiry will be launched to find out whether the owner had a valid licence to run the hotel and the bar which it housed inside.

Due to the tragic incident, the Aam Aadmi Party cancelled a programme celebrating four years of its government in the state where popular singer Vishal Dadlani was to perform.

“Due to the tragic fire incident in Karol Bagh where several people have lost their lives, today’s Vishal Dadlani’s programme scheduled for this evening in Delhi stands cancelled. Our heartfelt condolences for the grieving families,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted.

Arpit Palace Hotel, where a fire broke out in the wee hours of the morning, comprises a basement, a ground floor and four other floors. At least 35 rooms were booked by members of one family, who were in the city for a special function.

Fire was reported on third and fourth floors but the blaze spiralled down as well. Only the basement and ground floors were not affected.

Three people jumped off from the blazing structure even as 25 fire tenders rushed to the spot after receiving a call at 4.30 a.m.





 Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoles Delhi hotel fire victims

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the deaths of 17 people who died after a fire broke out in a hotel here.

“Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi. I convey my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. May the injured recover soon,” the Prime Minster said in a tweet.

Seventeen people, including a child, were killed and three were injured in the major fire that engulfed the six-storey Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh earlier on Tuesday.

Fire officials have rescued 35 people so far.



Indian and Pakistani troops trade fire on Line of Control (LoC)

Indian and Pakistani armies on Monday traded fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

Defence Ministry sources said the firing exchanges started around 10.30 a.m. after the Pakistanis resorted to unprovoked firing targeting Indian positions.

“Our troops retaliated strongly and effectively after the Pakistan Army used small arms and automatics to target Indian positions in Kerni and some other sectors,” an official said.

“Intermittent firing exchanges were going on between the two sides,” the official said.



Guard opens fire after ‘suspicious movement’ near Uri army camp

A guard at an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri border town opened fire after noticing suspicious movement nearby, police said. Army and police personnel are checking out two men.

“During night hours Sentry of Army Artillery unit at Rajarwani Uri detected some suspicious movement around the camp and opened fire. The area has been cordoned off and is being searched jointly by the police and Army,” a police spokesman said.

“Two people have been spotted in nearby Nallah who were being checked out,” he added.

There was no confirmation of reports that said that the camp was under attack by militants.