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Kolkata, 04 Dec 2016 : A fire broke out at the plush South City Mall here early on Sunday. There was, however, no report of casualty, a fire department official said.

The fire started around 9 a.m. from the false ceiling of the food court on the mall building’s third floor, he said.

“There was thick smoke coming out from the food court. The fire has been controlled completely. Overall, 21 fire tenders were deployed and no casualty was reported,” the official said.

The fire was under control by 11.30 a.m. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he added.

“The shops were yet to open when the fire broke out. Only the morning film shows were on. Everybody has been evacuated,” said West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services Minister Sovan Chatterjee.

Panic struck moviegoers and workers at the mall.

“We were working downstairs. Suddenly we heard a fire alarm but were not sure what happened. Then we were told to evacuate the mall,” a worker inside the mall said.

Around the time when smoke was seen at the popular mall, none of the shops had opened and the only place where people were seen was near the movie theatre with the morning shows running.

“We saw a family of four entering the theatre for a show. All those at the movie halls were immediately evacuated after the alarm,” another worker said.

“We were watching a movie and suddenly the screen turned black. We got very scared as we were asked to evacuate the place from the back door,” a woman, who went to watch ‘Kahaani 2’, said.

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Amit Shah to meet injured Delhi Police cops

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New Delhi, 28 Jan : Two days after the violent clashes with the agitating farmers during the ‘Kisan Gantantra Parade’ in which several police personnel were injured, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit two hospitals in the national capital here to meet them.

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Put farm laws on hold or we will do it, Chief Justice Bobde tells government

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New Delhi, 11 Jan : A Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice S. A. Bobde on Monday toughened its stand on the farm laws and said the court has made up its mind to stay the implementation of the three farm laws, which have led to the protest by thousands of farmers at various Delhi borders.

“What is going on? States are rebelling against your laws”, a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde told the Centre. “We are extremely disappointed with the negotiation process,” he said.

“If the Centre does not want to stay the implementation of farm laws, we will put a stay on it,” the CJI added.

“We don’t want to make any stray observations on your negotiations but we are extremely disappointed with the process,” said the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

The apex court, which was hearing a clutch of pleas challenging the new farm laws as well as the ones raising issues related to the ongoing agitation at Delhi borders, said it is not talking about the repeal of these farm laws at the moment.

“This is a very delicate situation,” the bench said, adding, “There is not a single petition before us which says that these farm laws are beneficial.”

“We will stay implementation of laws,” the CJI said. “You can carry on the protest. But the question is whether the protest should be held at the same site,” he added.

“Some people have committed suicide, old people and women are a part of the agitation. What is happening?” he said.

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Farmer agitation enters 47th day, all eyes on SC hearing pleas on protests

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New Delhi, 11 Jan : The farmer agitation on the borders of the national capital entered the 47th day on Monday as the farmers have taken to the streets protesting against the three central farm laws. But now all eyes are glued on the Supreme Court which would conduct a hearing on various pleas related to the farmers’ agitation and the new farm laws on Monday.

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