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Twin fires kill at least 22 in India NEW DELHI: At least 22 people have been killed in two separate fires in India, most of them patients who were trapped in the intensive care unit of a major hospital, officials said Tuesday.More than 40 critically ill patients were in the ICU of a private hospital in the eastern state of Odisha when fire broke out on Monday night, apparently after an electric short circuit.Authorities said 19 people had died in the blaze, mostly from smoke inhalation.More than 100 patients were rescued by firefighters who smashed windows to get them out of the burning building."Some patients were evacuated by breaking a window on the first floor and then they were lowered to the ground floor. And some of them were evacuated through the adjoining operation theatre which was empty at that time," said Odisha's health secretary Arti Ahuja."There are about 106 people who are (now) in different private and ...

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Bangladesh, China firms ink multi-billion  deals as Xi ends tour DHAKA: Bangladeshi and Chinese firms have signed $13.6 billion in trade and investment deals on the sidelines of President Xi Jinping's brief tour to the South Asian nation, a trade group official said Saturday.The deals are in addition to $20 billion in loan agreements that the two governments signed on Friday, in a mark of Beijing's growing ties with Dhaka, which is a very close ally of regional power India."These trade and investment deals are ...

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12 killed in stampede at religious gathering in India LUCKNOW: A stampede at a religious gathering in northern India killed 12 people Saturday as thousands of devotees of a controversial guru tried to cross a bridge at once, police said. The followers of Jai Gurudev, a leader of a local religious sect, had gathered in Varanasi, a Hindu holy town in Uttar Pradesh state, when the deadly stampede broke out."We can confirm that 12 people have been killed and five others are seriously injured. ...

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India's finance minister warns against rising protectionism MUMBAI: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley warned Thursday that growing opposition to globalisation and free trade in Western countries would hurt the world economy, echoing concerns by the IMF and others.Jaitley told a gathering of officials from the BRICS group of emerging nations ahead of a summit this weekend that he was concerned about protectionist movements in parts of the developed world. "(The) world is indeed moving towards protectionism and the worries are real," Jaitley ...

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Ailing Thai king's health 'not stable': palace BANGKOK: Doctors treating Thailand's hospital-bound King Bhumibol Adulyadej placed the ailing monarch on a ventilator this week, the palace said Sunday, adding that the 88-year-old's health was "not stable".Bhumibol is the world's longest-reigning monarch and beloved by many in Thailand.But he has not been seen in public for nearly a year as he battles a series of ailments in a Bangkok hospital.Historically the palace has tightly controlled news about his health and it is difficult ...

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UN top court throws out Marshall's nuclear case against India THE HAGUE: The UN's highest court Wednesday threw out a bid by the tiny Marshall Islands to sue India for failing to halt the nuclear arms race, saying it lacked jurisdiction."The court upholds the objection to jurisdiction raised by India... and finds that it cannot proceed to the merits of the case," judge Ronny Abraham told the International Court of Justice in The Hague.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Iran to prosecute 400 officials over high salaries TEHRAN: Iran's auditors said Sunday that around 400 public sector officials face prosecution over their exorbitant salaries -- a scandal used by hardliners to tarnish the government ahead of next year's election.A report by the Audit Court found that executives at state-owned banks had earned as much as 622 million rials ($20,000) per month -- compared to average public sector salaries of $400.Ali Larijani, the parliament speaker, said the salaries were "a stain" on Iran's ...