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At least 35 people killed in bus fire in China

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At least 35 people have been killed in a fire on a bus in China’s Hunan province. The vehicle carrying 56 people crashed into a barrier along a highway in Yizhang County and burst into flames, Xinhua reported, adding that an oil leak may have caused the fire, according to local authorities. Twenty-one people have been rushed to hospital.

The bus driver has been arrested. The cause of the accident is unclear. Poorly maintained vehicles and exhausted drivers are often blamed for road accidents in China.

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Jorge Lorenzo wins pole position for 2018 Aragon MotoGp

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Jorge Lorenzo

Teruel (Spain), Sep 22 : Spanish motorcyclist Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) won the pole position for the 2018 Aragon MotoGp, his fourth this season, being the fastest in Saturday’s second qualifying round held at MotorLand Aragon circuit.

Lorenzo finished the second qualifying round clocking one minute and 46.881 seconds, 0.014s ahead of his Italian teammate Andrea Dovizioso in second, reports Efe news.

The overall leader, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) of Spain, earned the third spot with 0.079s off the pace, sealing the first row spots.

Cal Crutchlow (Honda RC 213 V) of the United Kingdom will begin Sunday’s race from the second row, having finished the session in fourth spot, followed by Italy’s Andrea Iannone (Suzuki Ecstar) in fifth and the Spaniard Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) in sixth.

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Shoes that every girl must have

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Essential Shoes for Every Girl

New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) When it comes to shoes, there are endless designs, styles, and possibilities. But these five types of shoes should be owned by every fashionable girl, say experts.

Alisha Malik, Vice President Marketing and creative face of Mochi Shoes and Accessories, and Nehpreet Kaur, Design and Creative Head, Femina Flaunt, have shared a list of must-have shoes:

* Nude pumps are the ultimate go-to shoes. Up your game with pumps, the ultimate choice when you can’t think of what will go with your outfit. Formal meetings or parties, you can never go wrong with heels. Not only do they add a touch of class to your outfit but they also take away the monotony of monochrome in your look.

* Nothing feels as comfortable as a pair of sneakers. Most of the time, it will match with anything you wear. For those days when you just want to relax, ensure that you have a pair of sneakers in your shoe collection.

* Loafers have taken street style by storm and are frequently spotted on models and actresses while they’re out and about. This menswear-inspired shoe has replaced the ballet flat as the quintessential run-around shoe. They are fuss-free and extremely comfortable for the feet.

* Boots are essential to any woman’s wardrobe. There is no debate about them, they complement every outfit. You can choose a pair of boots with a slight heel to dress up a look, or go with flat boots for a more comfortable, yet cute look.

* There are wedges for almost any occasion, from bridal to party to casual. They are the most versatile pair of heels for long duration events.

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Protests over Putin’s plans to hike retirement age

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Russia protest over pension age

Moscow, Sep 22 (IANS) Members and supporters of Russia’s Communist Party took to the streets of the capital on Saturday to protest unpopular pension reforms planned by President Vladimir Putin.

Putin took measures to soften his proposed hike in retirement age in August by limiting the increase for women to 60 — up from 55 — instead of the initial suggestion of 63, Efe news reported.

But the change of plan has so far failed to quell protests against it. He stood by plans to raise men’s retirement age from 60 to 65.

Protesters held signs emblazoned with slogans such as “Putin Lies”. Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov also spoke at the rally.

The changes have been given a preliminary green-light by the State Duma, Russia’s lower parliament, but have provoked widespread outrage. An opinion poll showed that about 90 per cent of Russians were against increasing the retirement age.

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