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Court stops KMC from razing building in Garden area

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday issued a stay order on a petition filed by residents of Garden East against razing of a building in the area, ARY News reported. The anti-encroachment team of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) was set to demolish a building in the Garden East area. However, residents of the building approached the SHC seeking to stop KMC machinery from their ‘illegal action.’ According to the petition, the authorities concerned had issued map of two floors of the…

VIDEO: 26-storey building collapses in Brazil after huge fire

SAO PAULO: A 26-storey building has collapsed after a huge fire tore through it in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Authorities have warned that the number of casualties could be high. Witnesses also said that they could hear people screaming for help as the fire took hold and neighbouring buildings set on fire. Footage shows the building crumbling to the ground after it exploded in a huge ball of fire and smoke. It has also been reported that the building was largely occupied by homeless people after the fire broke out on the…

VIDEO: Man in China narrowly escapes death in burning building

SHANGHAI: A harrowing video has come to the light, showing the man hanging from the window of his apartment in a high-rise in China’s Chongqing city. According to a report, the man tries to kick and break open a window of an apartment below to little avail, and, in fact, endangering him further. As people on the street look on in horror, rescuers arrive at the scene well into a minute into the video, helping him to climb inside. The video was posted on December 14 and people on social media remembered to thank the…

Israel approves building plans for 31 settler homes in West Bank’s Hebron

JERUSALEM: Israel on Monday approved building plans for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the West Bank, a spokeswoman said, a first such move in the Israeli-occupied area for some 15 years. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has felt increased pressure for settlement expansion from the rightist flank of his coalition, though construction is not imminent as a bureaucratic process must still run its course. Read More: Israel settler law angers world powers, but US silent His government has made numerous announcements of…

Saudi Arabia to resume building mammoth Makkah hotel: sources

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia is set to restart work on one of the world's largest hotel projects, the $3.5 billion Abraj Kudai in Makkah, where a financial squeeze halted construction in 2015. When completed, the Abraj Kudai is meant to have about 10,000 rooms, 70 restaurants, several helipads and a section reserved for the Saudi royal family. Renewed plans for the government-funded project signal Riyadh is again willing to spend on strategic economic development projects such as tourism and are a boost for Saudi Binladin…

Pakistan expresses serious concern over India’s building of secret nuclear city

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed serious concern over building of a secret nuclear city and development of inter-continental ballistic missiles by India. Speaking at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Indian measures would disturb strategic balance in the region. He said Indian defence build up would also endanger peace in the region and beyond. He urged the international community to take notice and check rapid Indian expansion in conventional and…

Many firefighters dead, trapped in Tehran high-rise collapse

TEHRAN: Many firefighters were killed and others missing under the rubble after the Iranian capital's oldest high-rise building collapsed Thursday following a blaze, officials said. Rescue workers, soldiers and sniffer dogs were desperately hunting for survivors in the debris of the 15-storey Plasco building, which contained a shopping centre and hundreds of clothing suppliers. There was no official confirmed death toll several hours after the collapse. The capital's mayor, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, rowed back on an…

Woman thrown out of building dies in Karachi

KARACHI: A husband reportedly threw his wife out of a building in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) area of Karachi on Tuesday and fled from the scene, ARY News reported. SSP South said the culprit was a watchman who threw his wife out from fifth floor of a building in Khyaban-e-Shehbaz Phase-V area of DHA. The victim was shifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition where she succumbed to her injuries and died during medical treatment. The police officer said since husband of the lady is fugitive, so apparently he…

Dubai says starts building world’s tallest tower

DUBAI: Dubai said on Monday it had started building what would be the world's tallest tower, another record for the city that is already home to the highest skyscraper - the Burj Khalifa. The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour - a joint venture between Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding, the investment vehicle of the emirate's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum - will be completed in 2020, Dubai's government said. Its statement did not say how high the tower would be nor how much it might cost. Guinness World Records…