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Two killed, 11 injured in Mumbai slum fire; 2000 shanties destroyed

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Mumbai: A massive fire in Mumbai’s Damu Nagar slums of Kandivali area on Monday killed two people and injured 11 others.

Multiple gas cylinder explosions triggered the fire that gutted down at least 2000 shanties, locals said.

16 fire brigade engines rushed to the spot to contain the situation.

Fire department officials seized 25-30 cooking gas cylinders that had exploded and handed them over to the Samta Nagar police for further investigations.

Gusty winds fuelled the fire and resulted in its rapid spread. According to reports, more than 50 per cent of the shanties had an average of two gas cylinders.

The incident once again highlighted the unsafe living conditions present in the slums. The haphazard arrangement of shanties with very little space between adjacent huts, loose electrical connections, no proper structures, illegal storage of gas cylinders without any safety precautions, etc. made the slum areas more susceptible to accidents and human loss.

(Photo: indiasamvad.co.in)

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Amazon Web Services Cancels Flagship Summit in India Due To Coronavirus Concerns

Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi and Realme on Tuesday announced to cancel their product launch events in India this month owing to the growing COVID-19 fears

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"Due to the continued concerns about COVID-19, Amazon Web Services has cancelled the AWS Mumbai Summit scheduled for April 7-9 in Mumbai," an AWS spokesperson said in a statement. Wikimedia Commons

Retail giant Amazon’s Cloud arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Wednesday announced it has cancelled its flagship Summit in India owing to the growing new coronavirus concerns. AWS was scheduled to organise the summit in Mumbai from April 7-9.

“Due to the continued concerns about COVID-19, Amazon Web Services has cancelled the AWS Mumbai Summit scheduled for April 7-9 in Mumbai,” an AWS spokesperson said in a statement.

“We’ve reached this decision after much consideration, as the health and safety of our employees, customers, and partners are our top priority,” the spokesperson added.

Most of the companies are avoiding large gatherings as new coronavirus can spread faster in such settings.

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Retail giant Amazon’s Cloud arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Wednesday announced it has cancelled its flagship Summit in India owing to the growing new coronavirus concerns. AWS was scheduled to organise the summit in Mumbai from April 7-9. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi and Realme on Tuesday announced to cancel their product launch events in India this month owing to the growing COVID-19 fears.

While Xiaomi was set to launch a new Redmi Note series on March 12, Realme was set to showcase Realme 6 and 6 Pro series on March 5.

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Both the events are now ‘digital-only’ ones and people can watch the live stream on social media channels and on their websites. (IANS)