Partial building collapse kills 6 in India’s capital

A file photo shows an under-construction building is shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India, November 1, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 03 January 2019

Partial building collapse kills 6 in India’s capital

  • Police officer Monika Bhardwaj says eight people have been rescued from the debris
  • Building collapses are common in India as builders try to cut corners by using substandard materials

NEW DELHI: Police say at least six people have been killed after a cooking gas cylinder blast triggered a partial collapse of a building in the Indian capital.
Police officer Monika Bhardwaj says eight people have been rescued from the debris of the first floor and ground floor of the building.
Rescuers with sledgehammers and chainsaws worked to clear the rubble Thursday night in their search for people likely trapped there.
Building collapses are common in India as builders try to cut corners by using substandard materials and as multi-storied structures are built with inadequate supervision.
The massive demand for housing around India’s cities and pervasive corruption often result in builders adding unauthorized floors or putting up illegal buildings.
A collapse in 2013 killed at least 72 people in Mumbai.


Arrest warrants issued for founders of Panama Papers firm: report

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Arrest warrants issued for founders of Panama Papers firm: report

  • The Panama Papers, a massive data leak in April 2016, exposed widespread tax avoidance and evasion
BERLIN: Germany has issued international arrest warrants for the two founders of the firm at the center of the tax haven scandal exposed by the Panama Papers data leak, German media reported.
Mossack Fonseca founders Juergen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca, suspected of tax evasion and associating with criminals, will be arrested if they enter the European Union, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported late Monday.
The two men hold Panamanian passports and are currently in the Caribbean archipelago which does not have any extradition treaties, the newspaper said.
However, investigators hope that Mossack, who has family in Germany, may surrender to officials in order to negotiate a reduced sentence and avoid US charges.
The Panama Papers, a massive data leak in April 2016, exposed widespread tax avoidance and evasion using complex structures of offshore shell companies and caused an international outcry.
At least 150 investigations have been opened in 79 countries to examine potential tax evasion or money laundering, according to the American Center for Public Integrity.
In 2018, Mossack Fonseca said it would close due to “irreparable damage” to its reputation. Panama’s government meanwhile continues to petition the international community to remove it from several tax haven blacklists.