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Explosion in New York’s Manhattan leaves 29 wounded

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New York, Sep 18, 2016: At least 29 people were wounded in an explosion in New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan on Saturday night, the incident the mayor said was not linked to terrorism but appeared to have been an “intentional act”.

The explosion on West 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in the neighbourhood of Chelsea was reported at around 9 p.m., media reported.

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Addressing a press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that “There is no evidence at this point of a terror connection to this incident.”

“The initial indication is this was an intentional act,” he added.

Investigators found a “possible secondary device” a few blocks away at 27th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, the New York Police Department (NYPD) tweeted late Saturday night.

Sources told NBC New York that investigators at the second location were examining what appeared to be a pressure cooker left out on the sidewalk on 27th Street.

It has not been confirmed that the object is an explosive device. The bomb squad was investigating.

The NYPD said the blast in Chelsea appeared to come from inside a large trash bin, and photos on social media appeared to show a bit mangled in the explosion, but Commissioner James O’Neill said the explosion was believed to have occurred on the street.

The exact nature and cause of the blast has not been determined, O’Neill said, adding the explosion was captured on video.

“We do have video, and we see the explosion. No arrests were made,” he added.

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India asks Saudi Arabia to take corrective steps on bank note

The world map on the new 20 Riyal banknote, released to mark Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 grouping, does not feature Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as part of India.

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New Delhi, Oct 30: India has asked Saudi Arabia to take corrective steps on the misrepresentation of its territorial boundaries on a new bank note.

The world map on the new 20 Riyal banknote, released to mark Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 grouping, does not feature Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as part of India.

MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India has asked Saudi Arabia to take “urgent corrective steps” in the matter, and emphasized that the entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are integral parts of the country.

“We have seen the banknote referred by you which gives an incorrect depiction of India’s external territorial boundaries. The note was issued by Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority on October 24 to mark the occasion of Saudi presidency of the G20,” the MEA spokesperson said.

“We have conveyed our serious concern to Saudi Arabia, both through their Ambassador in New Delhi as well as in Riyadh, for this gross misrepresentation of India’s external territorial boundaries on an official and legal banknote of Saudi Arabia and asked Saudi Arabia to take urgent corrective steps in this regard,” Srivastava said.

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Croatia announces new measures amid rise in Covid cases

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Zagreb, Oct 28 Amid surge in Covid-19 cases, Croatia’s National Civil Protection Headquarters has announced new measures.

The measures include mandatory physical distancing, a ban on all public events with more than 50 people, the new limit of the number of people attending weddings and funerals and the provision that public events and gatherings can last up to 10 p.m. while weddings until midnight, Xinhua news agency reported.

Sports competitions can be held without spectators, according to the measures, which banned the sales of alcoholic beverages from midnight to 6 a.m.

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Rawalpindi cops banned from posting on TikTok

Police officers in Rawalpindi have been banned from posting on the short video-making app, TikTok, after a video went viral, the media reported on Tuesday

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Police officers in Rawalpindi have been banned from posting on the short video-making app, TikTok, after a video went viral, the media reported on Tuesday.

The police department of the Pakistan twin city has warned that if a video of any officer goes viral on social media, irrespective of whether it is TikTok, Facebook or YouTube, strict departmental action will be taken, The Express Tribune reported.

The new rules were communicated on Monday in a letter issued by Rawalpindi CPO Ahsan Younas to divisional SPs, circle officers and station house officers.

The letter stated that posting videos on social media and going viral presents a negative image of the department.

After the video went viral, at least one officer has been suspended.

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