A massive fire ripped through a three-story commercial building near Mundka metro station in west Delhi Friday evening, leaving at least 27 dead and many injured, police said. Around 60-70 people have been rescued from the building, the police said, adding some people are still trapped inside. According to fire department officials, information about the blaze was received around 4.40 pm, following which 24 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

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Non-life insurers’ gross premium income rises 24% to Rs 21,327 cr in AprilBiden spoke with Swedish PM, Finnish president amid NATO push27 dead, several injured in fire at a building in Mundka52 new coronavirus cases reported in TelanganaItaly fully back Finland, Sweden joining NATORussian inflation jumps to 17.83% in April appoints Ranjan, Pattanaik as executive directors UK imposes sanctions on Putin’s ex-wife, mistress2 killed, 22 injured after bus with pilgrims on board catches fire in J&K’s KatraUkraine begins first war crimes trial of Russian soldierUAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan deadTwitter plunges after Musk puts the deal on holdSkymet expects normal or above-normal monsoonBooster dose gap reduced to 90 days for people traveling overseas.

Visuals | NDRF team reaches the spot near Mundka metro station where a massive fire broke out in a building this evening

Delhi | NDRF team reaches the spot near Mundka metro station where a massive fire broke out in a building this eve… https://t.co/TkD3WtPnOj

— ANI (@ANI) 1652466505000

Mundka fire

PM Modi announces Rs 2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives in the fire in Delhi. Injured to be given Rs 50,000: PMO

Mundka fire update

It’s a very sad incident. A massive fire broke out in a building near the Mundka metro station. 27 bodies have been recovered so far: Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain

PM Modi condoles the fire incident at a building near Mundka Metro Station in Delhi

Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire in Delhi. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.… https://t.co/SpH7Qb6vyN

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1652462968000

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweets about Mundka fire

Shocked and hurt to learn abt this tragic incident. I am constantly in touch wid officers. Our brave firefighters are t… https://t.co/DM3k48AILj

— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 1652461439000

Mundka fire update

The firefighting operation has been concluded. Rescue operation continues; it will take time given the vastness of the area, says Sunil Choudhary, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Delhi Fire Service.

Delhi Covid Update

Delhi records 899 fresh Covid cases, four more deaths; positivity rate at 3.34 pc: Authorities.

Mundka fire update

Fifty were rescued, and 26 dead in the fire. Rescue operation continues: DCP Sameer Sharma, Outer District

52 new coronavirus cases reported in Telangana

Telangana on Friday saw a slight rise in new COVID-19 cases, with 52 new infections being recorded, taking the statewide tally to 7,92,526. Hyderabad reported the highest number of patients, with 34. A health department bulletin said 36 people recuperated from the infection, and the cumulative number of recoveries to date was 7,87,997. The recovery rate stood at 99.43 percent. No new fatality occurred due to the infectious disease, and the death toll was 4,111.

Thomas Cup Update

Indian men’s badminton team creates history by reaching Thomas Cup final for the first time with a 3-2 win over Denmark, reports PTI.

Death toll increases

20 bodies were recovered in the fire at a 3-story commercial building, which broke out this evening near Delhi’s Mundka metro station, confirms Delhi Fire Director Atul Garg

President Ram Nath Kovind condoles the fire incident at a building near Mundka Metro Station in Delhi.

Distressed by the tragic fire accident at a building near Mundka Metro Station in Delhi. My condolences to the bere… https://t.co/xCADXb23m5

— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) 1652461038000

Mundka fire death toll

14 deaths confirmed in a fire that broke out in Delhi’s Mundka, says DCP (Outer) Sameer Sharma

Update | Mundka metro station fire

Some people jumped off the building; they were shifted to the hospital: Sunil Choudhary, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Delhi Fire ServiceA total of 16 bodies were recovered from the 3-story commercial building which had caught fire this evening near Delhi’s Mundka metro station.

Update | Mundka metro station fire

A total of 16 bodies were recovered from the 3-story commercial building which had caught fire this evening near Delhi’s Mundka metro station. The third floor is yet to be searched: Atul Garg, Delhi Fire Director.

Italy fully backs Finland, and Sweden joining NATO.

Italy will fully support NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Friday. “We as Italy will be very happy to welcome these two countries in this great alliance that defends its member countries and… which has guaranteed peace for decades,” Di Maio told reporters in Berlin. Finland said it would seek to join the US-led military alliance on Thursday without delay, and Sweden is expected to follow its neighbor’s lead as early as Monday.

Russian inflation jumped to 17.83% in April, the highest since early 2002, reports Reuters

Consumer inflation in Russia accelerated in April to 17.83% in year-on-year terms, its highest level since January 2002, data showed on Friday, as it got a boost from the volatile rouble and unprecedented western sanctions that disrupted logistics chains. But monthly inflation slowed to 1.56% in April from 7.61% in March when it staged the biggest month-on-month increase since January 1999, data from the federal statistics service Rosstat showed. Inflation in Russia has accelerated sharply after Russia began what it calls “a special military op February 24” in Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Pentagon chief urges ‘immediate’ Ukraine ceasefire in call with Russian counterpart.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urged Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday to move immediately to implement a ceasefire in Ukraine, in their first conversation since before the war began, the Pentagon said. “Secretary Austin urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication,” the Pentagon said. The Pentagon gave no other details on the content of the conversationFebruthey’re8first since February 18, six days before Russian forces invaded Ukraine.

Biden spoke with the Swedish PM and Finnish president amid the NATO push.

US President Joe Biden spoke with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Friday for over half an hour, the White House said, as the two countries signal their intent to join NATO. Niinisto noted on Twitter that he had explained “Finland’s next steps” towards becoming part of the transatlantic defense group and that his country “deeply appreciates all the necessary support from the US.”

Fire near Mundka metro station, Delhi

One woman died in the fire. Rescue operation continues with about 15 fire tenders at the spot, as per DCP Sameer Sharma, Outer district.

Non-life insurers’ gross premium income rose 24% to Rs 21,327 cr in April.

The gross premium income of non-life insurance companies grew nearly 24 percent to Rs 21,326.58 crore in April, data from IRDAI showed on Friday. The non-life insurance companies had a gross premium business worth Rs 17,251.10 crore in April 2021. Of the 31 non-life insurance companies, 24 general insurers registered a growth of 23.57 percent in their gross direct premium written in April at Rs 19,705.86 crore, according to data from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI). These general insurers registered a premium income worth Rs 15,946.91 crore in April 2021.

RBI restricts withdrawals from Shankarrao Pujari Nutan Nagari Sahakari Bank, Kolhapur

The RBI on Friday imposed several restrictions on Shankarrao Pujari Nutan Nagari Sahakari Bank Limited, Ichalkaranji, Kolhapur, including on withdrawals, given the lender’s worsening financial position. The RBI, in a statement, said the restrictions would remain in force for six months from thMay 13e of business on May 13, 2022, and are subject to review. Under the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) insurance scheme, deposits of up to Rs 5 lakh are insured. However, 99.84 percent of the depositors are fully covered by the DICGC insurance scheme.

Katra bus incident

An ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lacks each would be given to the next of kin who lost their lives in the Katra bus incident. Rs 1 lakh would be given to those seriously injured, says Jammu & Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha

UK and Norway leaders back freedom of choice for Nordic partners on security, reports Reuters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met his Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Store on Friday. Both leaders agreed that Nordic countries must be free to make their own choices on security arrangements. “Both leaders underscored their full support for any sovereign choice made by Nordic partners to enhance their security,” a statement issued by Johnson’s office said. “The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Stoere agreed that neither NATO nor the Nordic region posed a threat and that the longstanding policy of ‘High North, low tension’ had created decades of stability and prosperity for the area.”

Prime Minister Modi launches Madhya Pradesh government’s new start-up policy and portal.

In 2014, there were only 300-400 startups, but today, after eight years, we’ve 70,000 recognized startups, and we’re 3rd largest ecosystem. These startups are not limited to only metro cities. Around 50 startups come under tier 2-3 cities: PM Modi at Madhya Pradesh Start-up Conclave.

Russia-Ukraine conflict

German Chancellor Scholz told Putin Russia bears ‘responsibility’ for disruptions to the global food supply, reports AFP.

Rahul Bhat’s death case

Jammu & Kashmir government constitutes an SIT investigating the murder of Chadoora Tehsil Office employee Rahul Bhat. He was shot dead by terrorists yesterday.

RBI appoints Ranjan and Pattanaik as executive directors

The Reserve Bank on Friday said Sitikantha Pattanaik and Rajiv Ranjan had been selected as executive direMay 1 with effect from May 1. Ranjan will also serve as an ex-officio member of the rate-setting panel Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).

Indian Embassy in Ukraine to resume May 17ion in Kyiv from May 17

The Indian Embassy in Ukraine, which was temporarily operating out of Warsaw (Poland), would be resuming its operation inMay 17with effect from May 17. The Embassy was temporarily March 13d to Warsaw on March 13.

Update | Katra fire incident

J&K: Out of the injured, two more succumbed to their injuries, taking the death toll to 4 persons. A local bus from Katra to Jammu caught fire near Kharmal, about 1.5 km from Katra.

Syrian rebels kill ten pro-regime fighters in country’s north, deadliest such attack in years reports AFP

PM Modi expresses condolences on the demise of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

I am deeply saddened to know about the passing away of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed. He was a great statesman and vi… https://t.co/B9wViFb6jq

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1652444595000

UK imposes sanctions on Putin’s ex-wife, the mistress

In a fresh round of sanctions against Russia, the United Kingdom has targeted Alina Kabaeva, a former gymnast and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s alleged mistress, and Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, Putin’s ex-wife, whom he divorced in 2014. On Friday, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced fresh sanctions on Putin’s ‘wallet’ of family and friends, whom he rewards with state positions and wealth in return for their undying loyalty.

Maruti Suzuki finalizes the site for a new manufacturing facility in Haryana.

On Friday, the country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), said it would invest Rs 11,000 crore in the first phase of its new manufacturing facility in Haryana. The company on Friday completed the process of allotment of an 800-acre site at IMT Kharkhoda in Sonipat district with HSIIDC (Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited), the auto major said in a regulatory filing. The new plant’s first phase, with a manufacturing capacity of 2.5 lakh units per annum, is expected to be commissioned by 2025, subject to administrative approvals.

Twitter deal: Elon Musk says he is still committed to the acquisition

Still committed to the acquisition

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 1652442606000

Two killed, 22 injured after bus with pilgrims on board catches fire in J&K’s Katra

Two persons died & 22 others were injured after a local bus from Katra to Jammu caught fire near Kharmal about 1.5… https://t.co/QNLuB5SEDC

— ANI (@ANI) 1652442562000

AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan arrest case

Delhi | Saket court granted bail to AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan. Delhi Police arrested him on Madanpur Khadar day, where SDMC conducted an anti-encroachment drive.

Hockey Update

Captain Rupinder Pal Singh has been ruled out of the AMay 23p, starting from May 23 in Jakarta, Indonesia, due to a wrist injury. Birendra Lakra will replace Singh as Captain.

Ukraine begins the first war crimes trial of a Russian soldier.

A Ukrainian court held a preliminary hearing on Friday in the first war crimes trial February 24g trial February Feb. 24 invasion after charging a captured Russian soldier with the murder of a 62-year-old civilian. The case is of huge symbolic importance for Ukraine. The Kyiv government has accused Russia of atrocities and brutality against civilians during the invasion and said it had identified more than 10,000 possible war crimes. Russia has denied targeting civilians or involvement in war crimes and accused Kyiv of staging them to smear its forces. The Kremlin told reporters on Friday that it had no information about a war crimes trial.

Tech Mahindra reappoints C. P. Gurnani as MD, CEO, reports Reuters.

Mohali blast

The key conspirator is Lakhbir Singh Landa. He’s a resident of Tarn Taran. He is a gangster and shifted to Canada in 2017. He is a close associate of Harinder Singh Rinda, near Wadhawa Singh and part ISI, and he operates from Pakistan, says Punjab DGP on Mohali blaster can see that it was done together by BKI (Babbar Khalsa International) and a gangster with the backing of Pakistan ISI. One of their main associates of Landa is Nishan Singh. He, too, is a resident of Tarn Taran, and he was rounded up and arrested by Faridkot Police a few days back, adds Punjab DGP

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has died, state news agency WAM reported on Friday.

Twitter plunges after Musk puts the deal on hold.

Shares of Twitter Inc dropped 22% to $35.20 premarket, while shares of Tesla Inc went up 4.4% after Musk put the TWTR deal on hold. At current premarket levels, TWTR is trading at a ~35% discount to Musk’s $54.20 per share offer price. They are also selling below where the stock was before Musk revealed an over 9% stake in early April.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has called a May 14 at CM House on 1414 atay over the ‘bulldozer action’ in different areas of the national capital. All MLAs of the party will be present at the meeting.

Twitter deal on hold: Musk.

Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent… https://t.co/Cx5mfKtKVi

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 1652435078000

Skymet expects normal or above-normal monsoon

“This would make it 4th consecutive year of normal or above-normal monsoon,” said the weather forecasting group.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla holds a meeting to review the security preparedness for the Amarnath Yatra as the annual pilgrimage, June 30t to start on June 30th after a gap of two years.

According to Skymet, monsoon may hit India six days in advance

Monsoon may 26to hit Keralmay May 26: Skymet

Skymet has predicted that this year, the onset of southwest monsoon over KerMay 26 likely to be on 26 May 2022, with a model error of +/- 3 days.

Modi govt wants people to live in a constant state of fear: Sonia Gandhi.

“By now, it has become abundantly & painfully clear what PM Modi and his colleagues mean by their slogan ‘Maximum governance, minimum government’. It means keeping the country in a permanent state of polarisation, compelling people to live in a constant state of fear and insecurity, viciously targeting victimizing and often brutalizing minorities who’re an integral part of our society and equal citizen of our republic,” said Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi at the party’s ‘Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir’.

Swiggy buys Dineout

Previously owned by Times Internet, Dineout will continue to operate as an independent app post the acquisition, Swiggy said on Friday. Founders Ankit Mehrotra, Nikhil Bakshi, Sahil Jain, and Vivek Kapoor will join Swiggy once the purchase is completed.

The booster dose gap was reduced to 90 days for people traveling overseas

Precaution doses of Covid vaccine for those traveling overseas can now be administered at less than nine months to an m… https://t.co/aT0HKTp6cj

— ANI (@ANI) 1652432682000

4.2 magnitude earthquake hits Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang

Earthquake of Magnitude:4.2, Occurred on 13-05-2022, 12:39:30 IST, Lat: 25.77 & Long: 97.00, Depth: 120 Km ,Locatio… https://t.co/Yk3lm23uGS

— National Center for Seismology (@NCS_Earthquake) 1652427203000

Israel resumes raids in the West Bank area where the journalist was killed

Israeli forces resumed raids in the occupied West Bank area of Jenin on Friday, where a prominent Palestinian journalist was shot dead this week, wounding at least four people, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The Israeli military said its forces were conducting counter-terrorism activities on the outskirts of Jenin, where Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed on Wednesday. On Friday, her funeral procession in the Old City of Jerusalem is expected to draw thousands. The death of Abu Akleh, who had covered Palestinian affairs and the Middle East for over two decades at the Qatar-based news channel, seemed likely to add fuel to a surging conflict.

Samsung in talks to hike chipmaking prices by up to 20%

Samsung Electronics is in words to hike chipmaking prices by up to 20%, Bloomberg TV reported on Friday. Samsung did not have an immediate comment.

Three Jammu and Kashmir government employees were terminated over terror links.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration have sacked three government employees for their alleged active support of terrorism. Altaf Hussain Pandit, a Chemistry professor at Kashmir University, Mohd Maqbool Hajam, a teacher in the School Education department, and Ghulam Rasool, a Jammu & Kashmir Police constable terminated from govt service over terror links, said J-K Administration sources.  According to the sources, Pandit was actively associated with Jamaat-e-Islam (JeI) and crossed to Pakistan for terror training. He remained an active terrorist of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) for three years before his arrest by the security forces in 1993. The recent crackdown on a terror group and anti-national network that took place on Thursday was a part of the government’s effort to detect and mitigate terror elements within the system who sneak-in into the system during the previous regimes.

Shanghai to try to ease 7-week virus lockdown in a few days.

An official said that Shanghai would try again to reopen in a few days after it has eliminated COVID-19 transmission among the general population as the outbreak in China’s largest city subsidies. The strict lockdown of the town — now in its seventh week, but lifted and reinforced at times to the frustration of residents — is part of the ruling Communist Party’s “zero-COVID” policy that has exacted a mounting economic toll and that even the World Health Organization says may be unsustainable.

I don’t know how many Kashmiri Pandits have returned to Kashmir in the last seven yrs. Home Minister needs to think seriously about this. Let’s not keep pointing fingers at Pakistan, but see what we can do for Kashmiri pandits

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut

Germany promises G7 show of unity against Russia

Foreign ministers from the G7 group of rich nations aim to give what Germany called a “powerful sign of unity” as they meet on Friday to discuss the war in Ukraine, fears that the conflict could spill over into Moldova, and food security concerns. The annual meeting, until Saturday brings top diplomats from Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United States, and the European Union to a 400-year-old castle estate in the Baltic Sea resort of Weissenhaus.


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