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Himanchal Building collapse Seven persons, including six Army men, died.

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Seven persons, including six Armymen, died and several sustained injuries after a building collapsed amid heavy rain in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. At least six persons were still feared trapped, officials said on July 15.

The rescued, who sustained several injuries, have been admitted to a hospital nearby, as teams of the NDRF, and personnel from the army, state home guard and fire department are engaged in the rescue operations.

The building located on the Nahan-Kumarhatti road housed a restaurant on the top floor. It caved in due to torrential rains in the area.

Solan Deputy Commissioner K.C. Chaman said that so far seven persons had died in the incident. “Six of them are Armymen while one is a civilian. At least six more people are feared trapped and rescue operation is under way,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur visited the spot to take stock of the rescue efforts. He ordered a FIR against the restaurant owner and said that an inquiry will be carried out to ascertain the reasons behind the incident. “Rescue operations started on time, then we called NDRF too,” he said. He further added, “The reason for the collapse will be clear after the report comes out. There was surely some problem with the structure of the building.”

 

 

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‘India the rape capital of world’, says Rahul Gandhi

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Wayanad, (Kerala): Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that the prevailing situation in the country, according to international media, is such that India has become the rape capital of the world.

Addressing a public meeting on the third and last day of his constituency tour, Rahul said the numerous reports of attacks on women and children are a cause for serious concern.

“Many questions are being asked abroad on why women and children are not safe in India. In Uttar Pradesh even when a legislator is involved in a rape case, the Prime Minister has not yet spoken a word about it. Today the situation is such that India has become the rape capital of the world,” said Gandhi.

He also pointed out that the country is ruled by someone who believes in violence and in dividing the country. “There is a complete failure of leadership in the country,” he said.

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