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NATION BRIEFS

Cyclone warning

New Delhi, Oct. 7: A cyclone in the west-central Bay of Bengal is expected to strike the Orissa coast tonight, the national weather agency said, advising fishermen along the eastern coast not to venture into the sea.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said squally winds with speeds touching 55kmph should be expected along and off the coasts of northern Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Bengal over the next 48 hours. The IMD said the depression over the Bay of Bengal was centred about 700-km southwest of Digha in Bengal and 220-km southwest of Gopalpur in Orissa. Weather forecasts indicate the system will intensify further and cross the Orissa coast between Gopalpur and Paradip tonight. The sea condition is expected to be very rough along and off these coasts in the hours before and after the cyclone crosses the coast.

Bomb deaths

Howrah: Three persons died and six were injured after gunpowder and bombshells allegedly stacked inside a locked-up house in Howrah exploded after catching fire early on Friday. Abdul Rahman Khan, 75, died after a wall of his house in Bakra caved in on him under the impact of the explosion in the house adjoining his. Two other neighbours, tailors Rafikul Rahman, 34, and Sheikh Tuku, 25, died in the same way. At least seven houses in the neighbourhood were damaged.

Suicide bid

Jammu (PTI): A policeman attempted suicide allegedly after a spat with his wife in Jammu’s Akhnoor on Wednesday, police said. Constable Parshotam Kumar poured kerosene oil and set himself ablaze. Neighbours rushed him to a hospital with 25 percent burn injuries.

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