A fire that broke out in Central market, Lajpat Nagar was successfully controlled by the fire department around 1.45 AM today.
A thick smog rose up from Vishal Rajasthan Emporium’s first and second floors, as the NewsGram team reached the area.
According to the authorities present at the site, the fire was accidental and caused by a short circuit somewhere on the top floor. Most bystanders felt that the short circuit was caused by the ongoing rain, which has been insistent for the past few days.
According to the Lajpat Nagar police station, visible flames were reported from the area at 11.47 PM. The fire was subdued within an hour.
Sparks also caused a minor fire to break out in front of KFC, which was also doused by the firemen.
No body was reported injured in both the incidents.
Australia is mulling a strict law that gives enforcement agencies power to track messages on platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram that offer end-to-end encryption and also to force users to open their smartphones when demanded, a media report said.
The controversial encryption bill comes at a time amid allegations of encrypted platforms facilitating spread of rumours, hate speech and even criminal activities like child trafficking and drugs businesses.
In countries like India messages circulated in WhatsApp have been linked to several lynching cases, forcing the government to ask platform to take suitable preventive action.
But the new Australia bill also raises privacy concerns as under the proposed legislation, the Australian government agencies could compel companies to build spyware.
The proposed laws could force companies to remove electronic protections, assist government agencies in accessing material from a suspect’s device, and in getting technical information such as design specifications to help in an investigation, News.com.au reported on Wednesday.
Critics have slammed the bill for being broad in scope, vague and potentially damaging to the security of the global digital economy, the report said, adding that a Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has been scrutinising the bill.
The laws will help security agencies nab terrorists, child sex offenders and other serious criminals, Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter was quoted as saying.