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21 people injured in a gas explosion in a shopping mall, Florida.

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MIAMI – A suspected gas explosion has ripped through a shopping center in Plantation, Florida. The blast caused extensive damage and injured 21 people, two seriously. The blast tore through the shops near LA Fitness on S. University Drive in Plantation, about six miles west of Fort Lauderdale, shortly before 11:30 a.m., Gordon said.

The explosion appears to have caused severe damage to much of the shopping center, with large sections of its roof and walls completely destroyed. The collapsed building appeared to be a section of the mall housing a computer coding school, a dentist’s office, and several eateries. Some of these businesses had been closed for the holiday weekend, minimizing casualties.

“We thought it was thunder at first, and then we felt the building shake and things started falling. I looked outside and it was almost like the world was ending,” said Alex Carver, a worker at a deli across the street from the explosion. “It was nuts, man. It was crazy.”

Fire department Battalion Chief Joel Gordon said there were ruptured gas lines when firefighters arrived, but he couldn’t say for certain that it was a gas explosion.

“At this point, nobody was killed. Thank goodness for that. As bad as it is, it could have been a lot worse,” Gordon said

 

 

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Nifty, Bank Nifty gain for 5th straight week

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The NSE Nifty along with the broader market gained for the fifth week in a row and even the Bank Nifty recorded gains for the fifth straight week — surpassing the 30,000-level.

Siddhartha Khemka, Head – Retail Research, Motilal Oswal Financial Services, said the RBI upgraded its GDP target to -7.5 per cent (-9.5 per cent earlier) for the current financial year and kept interest rates steady given the high inflation. The overall accommodative stance of the RBI to support economic growth boosted sentiments. Nifty Auto and Metal also posted best week since June 7.

The Indian equity market touched another new high, led by gains in banking stocks after RBI`s policy outcome. Nifty rallied 125 points (+1.0 per cent) to close at 13,259 while Sensex surged 447 points higher (+1.0 per cent) at 45,080.

The broader market also ended in green with both Nifty Midcap 100 and Nifty Smallcap 100 up +0.4 per cent each. All the sectors closed in green except energy which ended with marginal loss of -0.1 per cent. Banks were the biggest gainers, up 2.1 per cent, following positive commentaries from the RBI. It was followed by FMCG, financials, metals, pharma, realty and infra which were up in the range 1-1.4 per cent.

“On the domestic side, Nifty along with the broader market gained for the fifth week in a row. Even Bank Nifty recorded gains for the fifth straight week – surpassing the 30,000-level, after the RBI upgraded its GDP target to -7.5 per cent (-9.5 per cent earlier) for the current financial year and kept interest rates steady given the high inflation,” Khemka said.

Deepak Jasani, Head – Retail Research, HDFC Securities, said that Indian benchmark equity indices rallied and closed at another record high after the RBI kept rates on hold and did not announce steps to withdraw liquidity in the system. It raised the growth forecasts as well as inflation forecasts. At close, the Nifty was up 124.60 points or 0.95 per cent at 13,258.50. The Nifty rose for the fifth consecutive week, rising 2.23 per cent for the week.

Volumes on the NSE were higher than recent average. Among sectors, banks, metals, infra, realty, pharma and FMCG indices rose the most, while energy index ended in the negative.

“Nifty closed the week up for the fifth consecutive week. While the trigger of RBI policy is out of the way, markets globally now look forward to rising chances of an early US economic stimulus package. Post a good weekly close, we may see some more upside in the early part of next week,” Jasani said.

Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services, said that during the week, the markets have been testing new highs each day supported by better-than-expected GDP data, advancements in vaccine and RBI`s decision to keep its rates unchanged and maintain an accommodative stance. The banking and finance sector remained the focal point during the week due to major events like moratorium hearing, MPC meet and RBI`s curb on HDFC Bank.

The market has also witnessed a shift in investor preference to broader markets led by rally in mid and smallcap stocks.

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