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Blaze in Delhi slum kills child

New Delhi (PTI): A four-and-half year-old girl was burnt to death and seven persons injured, as a major fire swept through a slum cluster in east Delhi on Friday, reducing 500 slums to ashes, police and the fire department said.

The blaze, which erupted from a jhuggi at around 1.30 pm, spread fast in the Yamuna pushta, one of the largest slum clusters of the country.

At least 35 fire tenders were pressed into service and scores of firemen fought for one-and-half hours to bring the blaze under control, the fire department said.

The girl, whose identity could not be known, was burnt, deputy commissioner of police (east) Arvind Deep, who was supervising rescue operations, said. Seven others were hospitalised after sustaining burn injuries and suffering from suffocation, he added.

The cause of the fire was not known. Several fire incidents have been reported during this summer with a major blaze in an east Delhi temple which killed five children during Janamashtami celebrations last month.

Meet to curb ragging

Ghaziabad (PTI): Police on Friday called a meeting of all school and college principals to devise a mechanism to stop ragging.

During this meeting, the principals were told that the responsibility of preventing any ragging on the premises of their educational campuses lay with them and police could help them when needed.

They were also warned that if any incident of ragging came to notice, police would take action, Ghaziabad superintendent of police Umesh Kumar Srivastava said.

The meeting was called in the wake of the death of a boy recently following ragging at a college campus.

Molest charge on principal

Dehra Dun (PTI): The school principal of Saraswati Shishu Mandir was arrested on charges of molestation, police said on Friday. Rakesh Semwal, 40, was arrested on Thursday, for allegedly molesting students in Ranipur, senior superintendent of police, Hardwar, Ashok Kumar said.

An FIR was lodged by parents of two girls alleging that Semwal had molested them.

Child labour notice

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Centre and the Delhi government on a petition seeking implementation of acts to curb child labour. The bench also issued notices to Municipal Corporation of Delhi and New Delhi Municipal Corporation, alleging that due to failure of respondents to implement laws to protect fundamental rights of children, the destitutes were increasing.

Punished for strike

Lucknow (PTI): The Uttar Pradesh government has terminated services of 415 junior engineers and 45 assistant engineers, in various departments on daily wages, for participating in strikes. A decision has been taken to suspend all employees participating in strikes, state housing secretary, Jai Shankar Misra said. A decision to suspend those against whom vigilance inquiry or inquiry in serious cases is on has also been taken.

Official nabbed

Jhabua (PTI):Police arrested a sub-divisional magistrate while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a tribal. He had demanded the money for releasing cheques for compensation, which were to be awarded to the latter.

Monsoon woes

Jaipur (PTI): South-west monsoon was the worst for Rajasthan in the last 17 years. The state recorded a minimum of 208.16 mm rainfall, against the average of 465 mm, a hydrology report said.

Auto-lifters in net

Ghaziabad (PTI): Police have busted a inter-state gang of auto-lifters with international connections, by arresting five people. Police also recovered some vehicles from them. Indian Navy's oldest kilo class submarine, Sindhuratna, will sail back for home on Friday after deep refit at a Russian shipyard on the White Sea. This is the second submarine to be upgraded at the Zvyozdochka Submarine Repairs Shipyard in Severodvinsk.

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