06TT01A.qxd 9/5/2012 11:32 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Vol. 132 No. 247 City Edition* Bathinda Chandigarh New Delhi Jalandhar Thursday, September 6, 2012 54 perish in TN cracker factory fire RAGING INFERNO SIVAKASI (TN) SEPTEMBER 5 In one of the worst fire tragedies in Tamil Nadu, 54 persons were charred to death and 50 others injured today when a devastating blaze swept through a cracker factory complex at Mudhalipatti. The factory and 48 sheds in the complex exploded in flames as the fire broke out when workers were mixing chemicals to make fancy fire crackers, trapping many in the inferno, police and fire brigade officials said. Explosions could be heard across more than two square km in the sleepy village as thick plumes of smoke engulfed the area with bodies burnt beyond recognition and scores of injured lay all round presenting a sight of a battle zone. Almost all those killed were workers, with some persons who rushed inside the Omshakthi factory complex to try and rescue those trapped inside also falling victim to the blaze, the police said. All victims suffered more INSIDE NATION US visa procedures The US on Wednesday announced the introduction of new visa processing system throughout India to further standardise procedures and simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling. P2 HARYANA Toll barriers removed Gurgaon-Delhi commuters were greeted by a pleasant surprise on Wednesday - no boom barriers, no traffic congestion and no toll-tax. P7 HIMACHAL PRADESH Tale of Tali village Tali, a village in Kangra district, has become inhabitable. All 80 persons from 14 families in the village are living in tents in the forest near Khudian, braving heavy rain and lack of basic amenities. P10 WORLD Michellespeak Democrats on Tuesday kicked off their party's national convention with a passionate appeal from First Lady Michelle Obama to Americans to give her husband another four years in the White House. P13 BACK PAGE NCTC on back burner With P Chidambaram having been replaced by Sushil Kumar Shinde as the Union Home Minister, the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) is suddenly off the table. ❚ The factory and its 48 sheds at Mudhalipatti village near Sivakasi exploded in flames when workers were mixing chemicals to make fancy fire crackers ❚ A factory official said 300 workers were inside the unit at the time of the incident ❚ Official said the factory owner had stored the entire stock of chemicals in one area, something that is not advisable ❚ Cracker units at Sivakasi, accounting for 90% of firecracker production in the country, function at ‘breakneck speed’ ahead of Diwali <
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