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Person dies in India building collapse

A seven-storey building has collpased in a suburb of India's Mumbai city, reportedly killing one person and possibly trapping several more.

An amateur cameraman captured the moment the building collapsed, as several onlookers - including children - desperately ran away from the collapsing rubble.

Dozens of firefighters and rescue workers burrowed through piles of rubble and concrete slabs to reach people who may have been trapped.

The building was declared uninhabitable by the local authority, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, in 2007.

PM urged to help British ex-soldiers jailed in India

Families of six British soldiers who were jailed in India while working for an American private maritime company will deliver a 100,000-strong petition to Downing Street to urge the Government to intervene.

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According to relatives, an Indian adviser said if the British government were to provide assurances, the men would most likely be released. Credit: PA

Billy Irving, from Scotland; Nick Dunn, from Northumberland; Ray Tindall from Chester; Paul Towers, from Yorkshire; John Armstrong from Cumbria; and Nicholas Simpson, from North Yorkshire, were arrested on October 12 and have been in prison in India since October 24.

Supporters of the men are urging the Prime Minister to step in and get their loved ones released.

According to the men, Indian authorities claim the vessel entered Indian waters illegally with weapons on board, despite their employers AdvanFort's insistence the ship had the correct papers.

They were granted bail in December but after objections from Indian officials, are yet to be released.


Leopard on the loose sparks panic in Indian city

A wild leopard has sparked panic in the Indian city of Meerut after injuring six people, according to a local news agency.

The leopard was discovered inside an empty ward of an army hospital on Sunday.

A senior city magistrate said wildlife officers fired a tranquilliser dart into animal, but it still managed to escape, forcing authorities to close nearby schools and markets in the city until the animal is captured.

The Press Trust of India news agency said police, soldiers and wildlife officials made attempts to hunt the leopard down but their efforts were being hampered by large crowds keen to catch a glimpse.

Cameron 'hopes Amritsar investigation reassures Sikhs'

David Cameron has said that he hopes the report in to the Golden Temple raid in 1984 would 'reassure Sikhs'.

In a video message the Prime Minister said: "I hope the manner in which we've investigated these dreadful events will find some reassurance to the Sikh community here in Britain and elsewhere."

Watch - Sikh leader: 'British government needs to apologise'

Sikh leader: 'British government needs to apologise'

A Sikh religious leader has demanded an apology from the British government for their role in the Golden Temple raid in 1984.Manjit Singh says that Britain is proud of its human rights record but that the incident was a "murder of human rights."

The President of the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee said that, "British government needs to apologise to the community."


Labour: 'Serious questions' will still be asked on Amritsar

Labour's Douglas Alexander has responded to the government investigation into the 1984 massacre at the Golden Tempe in Amritsar, stating "serious questions will continue to be asked."

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Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander Credit: PA Wire/PA Archive

The shadow foreign secretary Alexander said Labour welcomes what light the Cabinet Secretary's report sheds on the allegations of British involvement in 'Operation Blue Star', but certain elements remain still remain unclear.

"It remains unclear, for example, why the Government has today chosen to publish Mrs Gandhi's letter to Mrs Thatcher, but not Mrs Thatcher's letter to Mrs Gandhi," he said.

"The pain and suffering still felt by many about the tragic events of 1984 places a particular duty on the Government to provide what answers it can to address very genuine concerns," he added.

UK advised on military action in Amritsar as 'last resort'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that a single British military adviser travelled to India to advise the Indian intelligence service ahead of the Golden Temple raid in 1984 that resulted in hundreds of Sikh fatalities.

The adviser suggested a military operation should only be put into place as a last resort, "when all attempts of negotiation had failed, it recommending including in any operation an element of surprise and the use of helicopter," he said.

Foreign Secretary William Hague address MPs in the House of Commons
Foreign Secretary William Hague address MPs in the House of Commons. Credit: PA Wire

"This military advice was not repeated. The cabinet secretary found no evidence that any other form of UK assistance, such as equipment or training, was given to the Indian authorities," he said.

"The nature of the UK's assistance was purely advisory," he added.

The investigation was ordered after documents released under the 30-year rule suggested that an SAS officer advised the Indians about how to deal with the Sikh dissidents occupying the site.

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