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Powerful blast rocks China’s eastern Zhejiang province, leaving several injured

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NINGBO — A powerful blast on Sunday morning in China’s eastern Zhejiang province brought down buildings and injured many people, state media reported, while police said the cause had still to be determined.

At least two people were killed in the blast and more than 30 people were rushed to the local hospital. Rescue efforts were continuing.

The explosion occurred at around 9am at a factory in Jiangbei district in Ningbo, a coastal city about 100 kilometers south of Shanghai, according to state news agency Xinhua, citing local authorities, witnesses and the Ningbo city’s fire department.

Television images showed men wearing helmets carrying injured people away from the area.

According to state broadcaster CCTV, eyewitnesses said there were “a large number of injured people”. CCTV said it was not a gas explosion, without elaborating further. CCTV images showed a few flattened cars and a low-rise building with a collapsed wall.

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In a separate report, China Central Television (CCTV) said the force of the explosion shattered windows and punched holes in the walls of buildings sited as far as a kilometre away.

Television images showed cars twisted and mangled by the blast, plume of grey smoke rising in the sky and a low-rise building with a collapsed wall.

According to Zhejiang Daily, several buildings collapsed in a nearby residential area that had already been cleared of people. Police told Reuters the area had been marked for demolition.

Rescue work and investigation into the cause were underway, police said in a statement issued on its verified Weibo account.


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Action should be taken against the corrupt : Prachand





LAHAN — CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that he is committed for not letting commission mongers and corrupt walk freely, stating development of the country is in a mess due to them.

“Development cannot be imagined without good governance. Action should be taken against the corrupt to maintain good governance. The government will take stern step for the same,” Dahal said while laying the foundation stone for upgrading task of East-West Postal Highway at Bariyarpatti of Siraha on Tuesday.

Saying political revolution has now completed, he expressed the view that Nepal would be made a prosperous country of the world within five to ten years with a new revolution of development.

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Likewise, Dahal also said that the left alliance had assured people of good governance, stability, development and prosperity through its common manifesto and claimed that the incumbent government, which has garnered around two thirds majority, would fulfill people’s wish and aspiration.

Saying the plan of upgrading of postal highway, which is considered as a lifeline of Madhes, was forwarded during his term as the Prime Minister, he said upgrading of the postal highway would not be obstructed in any pretext.

Similarly, Minister for Physical Planning and Transport, Raghubir Mahaseth, said that all political parties should stand together for the development and prosperity of the country.

He also said that the government would take action against those contractors who failed to complete the construction task on deadline.

Likewise, Chief Minister of province no 2, Lalbabu Raut, expressed determination that the provincial government would present itself strongly to control corruption.

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