TAMIL NADU — At least five of the 40 college students who were trapped in a massive forest fire that broke out in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Sunday have died.
The students were trapped in a forest fire in the hills above Kurangani, a tourist spot in the Western Ghats of Theni district on Sunday evening, local media reported. The five trekkers died of burn injuries, officials said.
Thirty of them have been rescued and taken to hospital. Search and rescue operations for the other missing trekkers continued overnight. The Indian Air Force, which has been pressed into service for rescue operations, is sending a helicopter to the affected area.
A fire broke broke out in Kurangini hills in Tamil Nadu’s Theni district when a group, which had 25 women and 3 children, went on a trek organised by the Chennai Trekking Club.
According to preliminary reports, the students were climbing down the hills from Munnar in Kerala to Theni on their own.Follow @gorkhapost
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang re-appointed to 5-year term
BEIJING — The China’s legislature has re-appointed Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday to a second five-year term in the ongoing session of the 13th National People’s Congress.
National People’s Congress delegates voted 2,964 to 2 to approve Li’s appointment. This comes a day after party leader Xi Jinping was reappointed China’s president with no limits on how many terms he can serve.
According to media sources, the legislature also approved the appointment of a director for a new anti-corruption agency.
Likewise, Further Wang Qishan was appointed as the Vice President of China. Yang Xiaodu was appointed the Director of National Supervisory commission which acts as an anti-graft committee.
Political analysts see the creation of the anti-graft agency as part of efforts to enforce party control over an increasingly complex society and government.Follow @gorkhapost