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17 killed in Indian Army depot inferno in Maharashtra

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NAGPUR — At least 17 security personnel, including two young Army officers, were killed in a major fire that broke out at the central ammunition depot in Pulgoan early Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred in the small hours of morning today as a fire broke out in the depot storing ammunition.

17 jawans and two officers are injured in which some are critical, according to the local media reports.

The main site of the inferno, which is a shed which caught on fire, has been extinguished and attempts are being made to stabilise the situation.

The figure of casualties, including fatalities is expected to increase even as nightlong fire-fighting efforts continued.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known but fire-fighting operations by the defence fire brigade are underway in full swing at what is Asia’s second biggest central ammunition depot.

Eyewitnesses said that there were multiple explosions after a blaze due to unknown reasons at the defence depot around 1.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Pulgaon is situated around 40 km from Wardha, the district headquarters, which is 80 kms from Nagpur.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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