Ferry carrying schoolchildren sinks in India, killing 2

The Press Trust of India news agency quotes police as saying another 32 children have been rescued after Saturday’s incident. (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 13 January 2018
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Ferry carrying schoolchildren sinks in India, killing 2

NEW DELHI: Indian police say a ferry boat carrying schoolchildren sank in the Arabian Sea off the country’s western coast, killing two students and leaving six missing.
The Press Trust of India news agency quotes police as saying another 32 children have been rescued after Saturday’s incident in Maharashtra state.
India’s coast guard officials say they are carrying out search operations in the sea using a plane, helicopters and some ships.
Such accidents are common in India, where many ferry boats are poorly built and often overcrowded, and there is little regard for safety regulations such as providing lifejackets.
Boats are often the main mode of transport in remote areas.


Strawberry sabotage akin to ‘terrorism’: Australia PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, September 10, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 19 min 27 sec ago
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Strawberry sabotage akin to ‘terrorism’: Australia PM

  • The scare has prompted a slew of supermarket recalls, and some stores in New Zealand have temporarily banned the sale of Australian strawberries

SYDNEY: The tainting of supermarket strawberries with sewing needles is comparable to “terrorism,” Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday, as he demanded tougher sentencing in response to a nationwide scare.
Urging Australians to make a strawberry pavlova this weekend to help struggling farmers, Scott Morrison demanded a change in the law to put the perpetrators behind bars for 15 years.
“We’re not mucking about” said Morrison, after at least 20 pieces of fruit were found to be contaminated with needles or pins. “This is not on, this is just not on in this country,” he said.
Calling the perpetrator a “coward and a grub,” Morrison called on parliament to quickly raise the maximum sentence for such deliberate food contamination from ten to 15 years behind bars.
That, he said, would put the crime on par with “things like possessing child pornography and financing terrorism. That’s how seriously I take this.”
The scare has prompted a slew of supermarket recalls, and some stores in New Zealand have temporarily banned the sale of Australian strawberries.
Farmers have been forced to pulp fruit and layoff pickers because of slower sales and lower wholesale prices.
“Just go back to buying strawberries like you used to, and take the precautions that you should,” Morrison told Australians in a televised address.
“Make a pav this weekend and put strawberries on it,” he suggested.
Authorities have suggested strawberries be cut up before they are eaten.
Australian police on Tuesday said they still did not know the motive behind the attacks and were still looking for suspects.
They have asked the public for help with their investigation and are expected later Wednesday to increase a reward for information that helps resolve the case.