Fire at residential building kills 5 in northern India

In December, a late-night fire in a restaurant at a Mumbai complex killed 15 people. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 23 July 2018

Fire at residential building kills 5 in northern India

  • Many residents of Indian cities use liquefied petroleum gas sold in large cylinders for cooking
  • Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety norms are often flouted by builders and residents

NEW DELHI: Police say a fire at a residential building has killed five people in northern India.
Police Official Dinesh Kumar says the fire broke out from an apartment building early Monday in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.
He says the fire has been extinguished.
Authorities ordered an investigation. Kumar says an explosion from cooking gas cylinder appears to be reason for the fire.
Many residents of Indian cities use liquefied petroleum gas sold in large cylinders for cooking.
Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety norms are often flouted by builders and residents. In December, a late-night fire in a restaurant at a Mumbai complex killed 15 people.


Germany extends distancing rules to end of June

Updated 21 min 47 sec ago

Germany extends distancing rules to end of June

  • Up to 10 people will be allowed to gather in public places but Germans should be in contact with as few people as possible
  • Merkel’s government had been embroiled in disagreements with the least-affected states, some of which wanted to open up entirely

BERLIN: Germany has extended social distancing rules aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus epidemic to June 29, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government said on Tuesday.
Up to 10 people will be allowed to gather in public places but Germans should be in contact with as few people as possible, according to the rules agreed between the federal government and 16 states.
Merkel’s government had been embroiled in disagreements with the least-affected states, some of which wanted to ditch the measures and open up entirely.
Germany’s virus caseload now tops 179,000 with just over 8,300 deaths — much lower than European counterparts such as Britain, France, Spain and Italy.
“This success is mainly based on the fact that the rules on distance and hygiene have been implemented and respected,” the government and the regions said.
However, officials warned that further restrictions could be imposed if local outbreaks made them necessary.