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Fire breaks out at Kolkata shopping mall

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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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Indian economy to contract by 10.3% in 2020; may show 8.8% growth in 2021: IMF

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New Delhi, 13 Oct. : The Indian economy, severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic, is projected to contract by a massive 10.3 percent this year, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

However, India is likely to bounce back with an impressive 8.8 percent growth rate in 2021, thus regaining the position of the fastest growing emerging economy, surpassing China’s projected growth rate of 8.2 percent, the IMF said in its latest ‘World Economic Outlook’ report.

Released ahead of the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, the report said global growth would contract by 4.4 percent this year and bounce back to 5.2 percent in 2021.

America’s economy is projected to contract by 5.8 percent in 2020 and grow by 3.9 percent the next year, the IMF said.

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Johnson & Johnson Pauses COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Participant Became Unwell

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New Delhi, 13 Oct.: US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced that it has temporarily paused its Covid-19 vaccine trial after a participant became unwell.

“We have temporarily paused further dosing in all our Covid-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials, including the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE trial, due to an unexplained illness in a study participant,” company as saying in a statement on Monday.

The patient’s condition was being reviewed and evaluated by the ENSEMBLE independent Data Safety Monitoring Board as well as internal clinical and safety physicians, it added.

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Govt LTC scheme: Employees may have to spend over Rs 1 lakh for reimbursment

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New Delhi, 12 Oct : The government’s measures to boost consumption demand by providing more money into the hands of individuals would require a central government employee to spend in excess of Rs 1 lakh to claim leave travel concession reimbursement of just over Rs 30,000.

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