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Islamabad, 01 Nov 2016 : At least 10 people were killed and over 50 injured on Tuesday in a series of explosions during the cleaning of an unused oil tanker at the Balochistan port in Pakistan, the media reported.

The incident occurred at the Gaddani ship-breaking yard in the country’s biggest province.

“Over 200 workers are trapped inside the yard engulfed by flames,” the Deputy General Secretary National Trade Union Federation, Nasir Mansoor, told Express News.

At least eight explosions took place in the oil tanker due to gas welding work, Dawn News reported.

Several labourers were on the ship at the time of the blasts. Rescue work was on.

The Gaddani ship-breaking yard is the world’s third largest. The yard consists of 132 ship-breaking plots located across a 10 km long beachfront at Gaddani.

More than 15,000 workers are directly employed at the yard while another two million earn their livelihood indirectly from the work.

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Pakistani man arrested for attacking Sikh shrine in England

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New Delhi/London, 25 May : A Pakistani man, who was trying to mobilise Sikhs against India over Kashmir in England, attacked the Guru Arjan Dev shrine in Derby on Monday morning. He was later identified and arrested.

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Italy registers 63,927 COVID-19 cases, toll touches 6,077

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Rome, March 24 : A total of 63,927 coronavirus cases have been assessed in Italy since the pandemic broke out in its northern regions on February 21, the Civil Protection Department managing the COVID-19 emergency has said, adding that 601 fatalities were also registered on Monday, with the death toll reaching 6,077.

The number of total infections grew by 4,789, or 8 per cent from 59,138 cases recorded on Sunday. The daily fatality figure dropped from Sunday’s 651 and Saturday’s 793, the department said, Xinhua reported.

Although still upward, the figures showed the daily rise in both the number of people testing positive and the number of deaths has been less marked for the second day in a row, Civil Protection Chief Angelo Borrelli told a press conference late Monday afternoon.

Health authorities, however, warned that it was still too early to confirm a decreasing trend in the ongoing pandemic.

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Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed sent to jail for five years

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New Delhi/Islamabad, 12 Feb : Just ahead of the FATF review, founder and patron of the banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed, was convicted in terror funding cases and sent to jail for five-and-a-half years by a Pakistani court on Wednesday.

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