3 killed and 16 injured after school building collapses

Three 10-year-old students were killed and 15 other students and a teacher were injured when the roof and walls of a classroom caved in on them at a zilla parishad (ZP) school at Nimbodi village, around 6km from Ahmednagar city, on Monday evening. Two of the injured children are critical.

The deceased have been identified as Shreyas Rahane, Sumeet Bhingardive and Vaishali Pote, all residents of Nimbodi.

It has been raining heavily in Ahmednagar and its adjoining areas for the last two days.The school building, which was constructed about 20 years ago, was damp due to the rains.

Following the incident, state education minister Vinod Tawde called for a structural audit of all school buildings in the state.

Sub-inspector Sanjay Kawade of the Bhingar police station told TOI that the single storey building collapsed around 5pm, just 10 minutes before the final school bell could ring. “The students and the teacher, Leena Patil, were trapped under the debris. Villagers, the police and Army personnel rushed to the spot to pull out the dead and injured. Earthmovers were pressed into service in the evening to clear the debris.Rescue operations were going on till late at night,” he added.

An official from the education department of the Ahmednagar ZP said on condition of anonymity said that the financial grant for the school building was announced in 1978 and the construction was completed in1998-99. “The building had brick walls and an RCC roof. No structural audit of the building has been conducted in the last 20 years,”.

TOI quoted Deputy director of education Dinkar Temkar saying “Education officers will send a complete report about the collapse to the CEO of the Ahmednagar ZP on Tuesday .”

Source: The Times of India



Taliban suicide bomber kills 4 in Kabul International airport

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Kabul: Three foreign advisors were killed along with an Afghan interpreter as a Taliban suicide bomber detonated himself outside the Kabul International airport. The nationalities of the three advisors though are not known yet, but Zabihullah Mujahid has claimed responsibility for the attack.

“In this successful attack up to 15 invader soldiers were killed or wounded and many vehicles were damaged,” he added. Kabul, a major operational base for the NATO- led forces that have been now fighting the insurgent groups for nearly some 12 years but such attacks still take place.

There have been disjointed incidents of militants firing missiles and other explosives in the airport even before but an attack of this magnitude for such a heavily guarded place is indeed to raise few eye-brows. The security in the high profile airport not only includes soldiers and police guarding on ground, but guard towers at checkpoints as well.

Read more at: http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-three-foreign-advisers-killed-near-kabul-airport-by-taliban-suicide-bomber-2004226

Cory Monteith: Gone too soon

Singer-Actor Cory Allan Michael Monteith. Born 11 May 1982; died 13 July 2013
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After Chris Kelly in May, yet another Hollywood star has gone too soon, apparently due to personal demons, though the cause of death has not quite been established yet. Cory Monteith, the good looking actor who shot to fame with his portrayal of an American teenager in the musical-comedy TV hit ‘Glee!’, was found dead in a hotel room on Saturday. He was 31. Police have ruled out foul play and news reports point to drug overdose being a possible reason for Monteith’s untimely death. The star was found dead in his 21st-floor room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver, B.C.

On screen, he played Finn Hudson, the charming show-tune crooning star quarterback, with a good head on his shoulders. Though still an entertainer with a good heart, the Canadian-born actor could not have been more different from his character on ‘Glee!’ In his work and personal life too, he struggled with overcoming obstacles. He wasn’t a high school football star. He was a high school dropout.

Owing to the divorce of his parents when he was just 7 years old, Monteith had a difficult childhood, which gave way to a troubled adolescence fraught with substance abuse and social strains at school. At the age of 13, he began consuming alcohol, marijuana and often played truant from school, before finally dropping out at 16. By this time, he became so dependent on the drugs and alcohol that he resorted to stealing money from friends and family, to fund his addiction. This marked a turning point in his life because upon being caught, he was given an ultimatum: to get clean or face the law. This intervention by family and friends compelled him to turn his life around and check himself into a drug rehabilitation centre at age 19.

His battle with addiction was so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be alive. March 31, 2013 saw Cory Monteith admit himself into a treatment facility for substance addiction for the second time in his life. His treatment was completed on April 26, 2013.

In addition to appearing in other popular series, like Supernatural (2005), Smallville (2005), Stargate SG-1 (2006) and Flash Gordon (2007), he featured in two horror films, Bloody Mary (2006) and Final Destination 3 (2006), and the comedy Deck the Halls (2006). There were regular TV roles as Charlie Tanner in the first two series of the sci-fi teen drama Kyle XY (2006-07) and Gunnar, drummer in a rock band, in the short-lived MTV series Kaya (2007).

He finally got noticed and shot to stardom with ‘Glee!’ which brought Monteith a 2010 Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (shared with the cast). The pilot of ‘Glee!’ was one of the greatest of television history, full of energy and promise. Monteith’s raw passionate voice was a good pairing with Lea Michelle’s character Rachel Berry (Finnchel, like they were tagged) – his off-screen girlfriend too.

Hours after his death was reported, social media was flooded with posts about how his stint with ‘Glee!’ may have had something to do with his death. Comments like “These poor Hollywood children, they want fame but don’t know how to handle it”, “Lea should be busy planning a wedding, not a funeral”, kept dominating the digital sphere for a while; with #RIPCoryMonteith, #PrayForLea, etc. trending on Twitter. However, it has been previously reported that the actor had been dealing with personal demons years before being cast on ‘Glee!’ Though Hollywood may have not helped, given Monteith’s rather subdued and mellow post-fame style, it really doesn’t seem like he deliberately headed towards a Lohan-style downward spiral.

To his fans and other Gleeks like yours truly, Cory Monteith isn’t dead. He just ‘took the midnight train goin’ anywhere’.

Stabbed girl in Mumbai dies

No city for women

21 year old student, Payal Balsara of Chetana College succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday. Friends and family showed up at the girl’s residence, Prabhat Colony to attend her funeral. She had been battling for her life since December 22nd after being stabbed by her classmate at her Bandra(East) college. Her attacker, Nikhil Bankar stabbed and killed himself soon after.

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