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At Least 22 Killed after a Building Collapses onto Guests in New Delhi at an Indian Wedding

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This frame grab from video provided by KK Productions shows debris at the site of an accident in Bharatpur District, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 11, 2017. A building wall collapsed onto guests at a wedding in western India, killing at least two dozen people and injuring others, a government official said Thursday. (KK Productions via AP) VOA
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New Delhi, May 11, 2017: A building wall collapsed onto guests at a wedding in western India, killing at least 22 people, police said Thursday.

The hundreds of guests were having dinner or assembling on the outdoor lawns when a strong dust storm blew into the area Wednesday night, forcing people on the lawns to go indoors. Then the 80-feet-long (32-meters-long) wall collapsed onto people inside the wedding hall, Bharatpur District Magistrate N.K. Gupta told reporters.

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Another 28 people were injured and have been hospitalized, police officer Anil Tank told Press Trust of India.

The district is in Rajasthan state nearly 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of New Delhi.

A power outage hampered rescue work. It wasn’t clear if the dust storm was a factor in the collapse.

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Building collapses are common in India, where high demand for housing and lax regulations have encouraged some builders to cut corners, use substandard materials or add unauthorized extra floors.

In 2013, a building being constructed illegally in Mumbai caved in, killing 74 people in the country’s worst building collapse in decades. (VOA)

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Date For Sonam Kapoor- Anand Ahuja’s Wedding Announced

Actress Sonam Kapoor to wed Anand Ahuja on May 8

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Sharing a moment from their wedding day, Sonam, who now goes by 'SonamKAhuja' on Instagram, wrote:
Sonam Kapoor (Wikimedia Commons)

A statement on behalf of the Kapoor and Ahuja families was issued on Tuesday.

“The Kapoor and Ahuja families take great joy and pride in announcing the marriage of Sonam and Anand. The wedding will take place on May 8 in Mumbai,” read the statement.

The families have said it is an “intimate affair” and have requested the media “to respect the family’s need for privacy”.

“Thank you for all your blessings and love, as we celebrate this special moment in our lives,” the statement read.

Sonam and Anand have been dating for some years, but it is only since a few months that they have been open about their moments and travel diaries together on social media.

The lighting and decorations outside the Kapoor residence here added fuel to the speculation about the wedding.

Anil Kapoor along with daughter Sonam Kapoor
Anil Kapoor along with daughter Sonam Kapoor (Wikimedia Commons)

Veteran actor Anil Kapoor, Sonam’s father, reportedly commented at an event last week: “Media has always been with me and my family when we began our careers. We will share everything at the right time. You all will know very soon. We won’t hide these details. You will know why there is lighting outside the house.”

Sonam, after debuting in Bollywood with “Saawariya” in 2008, has featured in movies like “Delhi-6”, “Aisha”, “Raanjhanaa”, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, “Khoobsurat”, “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”, “Neerja” and “Pad Man”. Her performance in “Neerja” won her a Special Mention at the National Film Awards.

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Now just days before her next film “Veere Di Wedding” releases on June 1, she is busy preparing for her own wedding.

A week after her D-day, Sonam will be seen at the 71st Cannes Film Festival red carpet to fulfil her commitment as a L’oreal Paris brand ambassador on May 14 and May 15.  (BollywoodCountry)

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