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Stampede kills 18 in India at mourning of spiritual leader

At least 18 people have died and 50 have been injured in a stampede in Mumbai after thousands gathered to mourn the death of the 102-year-old leader of a Muslim sect, a city official and television reports said.

The stampede took place outside the home of Syedna Mohamed Burhanuddin, the spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, in a wealthy part of the city.

A large crowd of mourners was pressed against the gates of the house at the time, television channel CNN-IBN said, citing police.

Baby rescued 10 hours after Mumbai building collapse

A woman was among those pulled alive from the multi-storey building in Mumbai. Credit: RTV

A baby has been pulled alive from rubble 10 hours after the collapse of a building in India's financial capital Mumbai, the Associated Press reported.

A man is rescued from the debris of the building. Credit: RTV

The collapse killed at least three people and sent rescuers racing to reach dozens of people feared trapped in the rubble.

A young child was pulled out of the rubble and taken to hospital. Credit: RTV

Relatives of the missing wailed and clung to one another as heavy machinery lifted the largest slabs of concrete away.

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'Dozens trapped' after building collapses in Mumbai

More than 25 people are believed to be trapped after a five-storey building collapsed in Mumbai, India this morning.

Four ambulance and 12 fire engines were rushed to the area, and are currently involved in rescue operations, according to NDTV news agency.

Five-story building collapses in Mumbai trapping dozens. Credit: APTN

A rescue official at the scene said there were no confirmed deaths as yet and nine people had been pulled alive from the building.

Dozens trapped after Mumbai building collapse. Credit: APTN

Mumbai bans 'provocative' mannequins to curb sex crime

Scantily-clad mannequins could soon be banned from shop fronts in the Indian city of Mumbai in an attempt to combat sex crime in the city.

The mannequin dress code, which was passed by an overwhelming majority but still requires formal approval, will only apply to models outside the front of shops.

A mannequin in non-regulation attire in Mumbai, India Credit: APTN

Municipal council member Ritu Tawde, who proposed the ban, said that potential criminals can "get provoked by the mannequin" and that such displays "do not suit Indian culture".

Indians have been demanding stronger protections for women since the gang rape and killing of a student on a bus in the capital New Delhi last December.

At least 27 dead after 'illegal' building collapses in India

A building has collapsed as it was being built illegally in India, killing at least 27 people, police have said.

The collapse injured 54 others and rescuers are searching for more casualties in the debris, explained police inspector Digamber Jangale.

Rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a collapsed residential building in Thane. Credit: REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

The building in the Mumbai suburb of Thane did not have clearances from local authorities to be built, he said. The first four floors had offices, but most of those inside had left for the day at the time of the collapse.

Rescue workers use a cutting tool to search for survivors. Credit: REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

Workers were adding four more floors and had finished three before the building fell. Most of the dead were construction workers who were staying in the building, the police officer said. The condition of at least 10 of the injured was serious.

Police said it was not immediately clear what caused the structure to collapse.They have arrested the builder and his associate.

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India bus driver 'may have fallen asleep at the wheel'

Initial investigations have shown that the bus accident that has killed at least 37 in west India occurred because the bus driver may have lost control after falling asleep.

Nandkumar Thakur, additional superintendent of police, told indian newspaper Hindustan Times:

There were total 51 passengers travelling in the Mumbai-bound luxury bus. There is a possibility that the driver fell asleep. The process to identify the deceased passengers is on.

– Nandkumar Thakur

At least 37 bus passengers killed in India bridge plunge

At least 37 people have been killed and 15 people injured after a packed overnight bus fell off a bridge in western India, according to local police.

The bus was carrying passengers from Goa to Mumbai in the early hours of today when it crashed through a guard rail and off the bridge in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.

Indian students 'put off by new visa rules'

Business leaders have said the government could be doing more to encourage Indian trade with the UK.

Despite a lack of history, many European countries enjoy better trade with the fast-growing economy, and there are concerns that recent visa restrictions for students might be preventing better ties from being formed in the future.

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