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Two buildings topple in India killing 'at least 19'

Rescuers using gas cutters and shovels were searching in construction rubble for more than a dozen workers feared trapped in the second of two building collapses in India that together have killed at least 19 people, according to the Associated Press.

Rescue workers conduct a search operation for survivors at the site of a collapsed 11-storey building Credit: Reuters

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Rescuers scour debris after India buildings collapse

Rescuers were searching in rubble after two buildings collapsed in India killing at least 16 people. Two of the workers died on the spot and another three succumbed to injuries later in a hospital, said police officer George Fernandes.

Fifteen injured workers are being treated in hospital, while six others were allowed to go home after medical attention last night, Mr Fernandes said.

Nearly 300 policemen and fire service workers worked overnight, scouring the debris for survivors. They used gas cutters, iron rods and shovels to reach those trapped in the rubble.

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'16 dead' as two buildings collapse in India

Rescuers were searching in rubble for more than a dozen workers feared trapped in the second of two building collapses in India that together have killed at least 16 people.

Rescue workers conduct a search operation for survivors at the site of a collapsed 11-storey building in India Credit: Reuters

According the Associated Press, the 12-storey structure the workers were building, collapsed late yesterday while heavy rains were pounding the outskirts of Chennai, the capital of southern Tamil Nadu state.

Police said 26 construction workers had been pulled out so far and the search was continuing for more than a dozen others.

Extraordinary sword fight breaks out at holy Sikh shrine

Sikhs wielding ceremonial swords and spears clashed at the holy Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple, in the northern Indian city of Amritsar today.

Fights broke out after groups disagreed over who should speak first at a prayer ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of a controversial military raid that cleared separatist militants holed up in the temple.

Several people were injured in the scuffles.

Indian state minister: Rape is 'sometimes right'

An Indian state minister has said that rape is a "social crime" and "sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong".

Protests have continued against the recent rape and hanging of two girls in India. Credit: REUTERS/Pawan Kumar

"Until there's a complaint, nothing can happen," Babulal Gaur also told reporters.

The comments come after two cousins, aged 12 and 14, were raped and hanged in northern India last week.

Police forces and the government have faced criticism for failing to visit the scene and for accusing the media of hyping the story, as well as not doing enough to help rape victims in the country.

Narendra Modi, who was sworn in as prime minister last week after a landslide election victory, has so far remained silent over the issue.

More: Suspects 'confess' to gang-rape and hanging India teenage girls

Suspects 'confess' to gang-rape and hanging of girls

Three detained suspects have confessed to the gang-rape and slaying of two teenage cousins who were found hanging from a tree in northern India last week, according to local police.

The killing of the 14 and 15-year-old girls in Uttar Pradesh state caused outrage across India, with angry demonstrators taking to the streets.

Locals stand at the site where the two teenage girls were found hanged.
Locals stand at the site where the two teenage girls were found hanged. Credit: REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Officer Atul Saxena said today that police were preparing identity sketches of two missing suspects based on descriptions provided by the arrested men.

Authorities also arrested two police officers for failing to investigate when the father of one of the teenagers reported them missing.

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Protesters demand action over India gang rape

Angry protesters took to the streets of Alahabad in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, where two teenage girls were found hanged after being gang-raped.

Protesters in Alahabad Credit: AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh

Authorities in Uttar Pradesh, which has a long-standing reputation for lawlessness, are facing growing criticism.

Protesters burn an effigy of Akhilesh Yadav, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Credit: AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh

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Senior official visits site where hanged girls were found

Vice president of India's Congress Party Rahul Gandhi visited the site where the teenager's were found hanged.
Vice president of India's Congress Party Rahul Gandhi visited the site where the teenager's were found hanged. Credit: RTV

A senior Indian official has called for federal police to investigate the gang-rape and hanging of two teenage girls.

Vice president of India's Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi, visited the site where the teenager's were found hanged.

Vice president of India's Congress Party Rahul Gandhi addresses the media.
The senior Indian official said, 'The honour of women is invaluable.' Credit: RTV

Gandhi said: "The honour of women is invaluable - there is a need for justice.

"In the end the people who were involved in this should know that in India this will not be tolerated."

Senior politician to meet family of gang-raped girls

Rahul Gandhi, Congress party vice president Credit: Reuters

Vice president of India's Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi, will visit Badaun in Uttar Pradesh to meet the family members of two teenage girls who were gang-raped and hanged.

The incident has evoked an outrage and two constables were arrested on Friday evening. The Uttar Pradesh government has promised to set up a fast track court to punish the culprits.

Fifth man arrested in connection to gang-raped girls

Local police have told ITV News that a fifth man has been arrested over the gang-rape of two young girls in northern India.

Sohal Lal said his daughter and niece - aged 12 and 14 - were abducted at night by a gang armed with guns who threatened a cousin as he tried to intervene and save them.

Read: Police 'could have saved' gang-raped and hanged girls

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