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Morning briefing: Kuwait fire triggers authorities' crackdown; all 4 gates of Jagannath temple re-opened, and more

Jun 13, 2024 09:22 AM IST

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The devastating blaze in Kuwait that killed 49 people, mostly Indian workers, is being described as the worst building fire in the country’s history and has triggered a crackdown on housing violations by the local government. At least 42 Indians were among those who died on Wednesday when the fire engulfed a seven-storey building at Mangaf in southern Kuwait that housed foreign workers. Kuwait’s health minister Ahmad Al-Awadhi said 56 injured people were taken to local hospitals.The incident was the worst building fire in Kuwait’s history and triggered calls for action against landlords and company owners who “violate the law to house large numbers of foreign laborers in extremely unsafe conditions to cut costs”, the Kuwait Times newspaper reported. Dig deeper

Smoke billows after a fire broke out in a building, in Mangaf, Kuwait, on Wednesday. (HT_PRINT)
Smoke billows after a fire broke out in a building, in Mangaf, Kuwait, on Wednesday. (HT_PRINT)

All the four gates of of Puri's Jagannath Temple have been opened for the devotees on Thursday, June 13. Chief minister Mohan Charan Manjhi, along with his ministers, Puri MP Sambit Patra, Balasore MP Pratap Chandra Sarangi and other leaders also arrived at the temple in the morning. Odisha's newly formed Bharatiya Janata Party government had announced to open all the gates of the revered shrine. Manjhi, in its first cabinet meeting on Wednesday, approved the proposal to reopen all the gates of the holy shrine for devotees, which had been closed since the Covid-19 pandemic. The cabinet also announced the setting up of a corpus fund worth 500 crore for the 12th-century shrine's upkeep and development. Dig deeper

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Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal are reportedly making it official later this month. Now, a Reddditor has leaked an audio invite featuring Sonakshi and Zaheer in which they confirm their marriage by saying that they are ready to arrive at ‘the moment’ which would turn them to be each other’s ‘definite and official husband and wife.’ Dig deeper

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