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Apple says illegal student labour discovered at iPhone X plant

BEIJING: Smartphone maker Apple and its biggest manufacturing partner on Wednesday said that a small number of students were discovered working overtime in its Chinese factory, violating local labour laws. The students worked voluntarily in the factory for more than 11 hours a day as part of a school internship program at a plant run by Hon Hai Precision, also known as Foxconn, the manufacturer confirmed. "We discovered instances of student interns working overtime at a supplier facility in China. We've confirmed the…

Indonesia fireworks factory blaze kills 46, injures dozens

JAKARTA: At least 46 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a blaze that tore through a fireworks factory outside Jakarta, police said Thursday, triggering explosions and sending plumes of black smoke into the air. Many of the charred corpses of victims were found clustered at the back of the factory in an industrial complex in Tangerang, police said, indicating there may have been a panicked rush to flee the flames. "We are still evacuating victims... there are 46 body bags. The evacuation is ongoing,"…

US factory orders post biggest drop in nearly three years

WASHINGTON: New orders for U.S.-made goods recorded their biggest drop in nearly three years in July, but orders for capital goods were stronger than previously reported, pointing to robust business spending at the start of the third quarter. Factory goods orders tumbled 3.3 percent amid a slump in demand for transportation equipment, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday. That was the biggest drop since August 2014. June’s data was revised to show orders rising 3.2 percent instead of the previously reported 3.0…

Five injured as factory catches fire in Karachi’s SITE area

KARACHI: Five people including three firefighters suffered injuries as a factory caught fire in SITE area of Karachi, ARY News reported. The shoe factory located near the Habib Bank roundabout caught fire on Thursday evening. As a result, five people including three firemen received burns and were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. A section of the factory collapsed after the fire. Despite the intermittent rainfall in the city, firefighters were unable to difuse the fire. Two fire tenders from Pakistan Navy were…

Indian factory shut for dumping dye after dogs turn blue

MUMBAI: A factory accused of dumping dye into an Indian river where several dogs turned blue has been shut down, an official said on Tuesday, after alarming pictures emerged of the brightly-coloured canines. An animal activist spotted the blue dogs wandering the streets of Mumbai near an industrial zone where factories had been accused of pouring untreated chemicals directly into the Kasadi river. Arati Chauhan said dogs and birds had been left a bright blue after swimming in the contaminated river. "We managed…

Thirteen dead in Indian garment factory fire

NEW DELHI: A fire at a suspected illegal garment factory near the Indian capital killed 13 people and injured several others early Friday morning, officials said. The workers were sleeping in the cramped leather factory, which was in a residential building on the edge of New Delhi, when the blaze broke out, likely caused by a short circuit. "The fire broke out at a factory in a residential area of Sahibabad around 4:30 am in the morning. 13 people, who were sleeping there have died and another two or three people are…

Two workers killed after factory explosion in Karachi

KARACHI: Two labourers were killed and another two injured after the boiler of a private factory exploded in New Karachi, ARY News reported. The incident took place near Shafiq Mor. Fire brigades reached the site and quickly put out the fire. Police officials said the two labourers identified as Salman and Rafiq died in the incident, while Rashid and Manzoor were severely injured and have been shifted to Burns unit at Civil Hospital for medical treatment. Police said that investigations are underway while employees and…

ATC orders immediate arrest of Baldia factory suspects

KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) on Saturday has ordered the immediate arrest of the suspects of the Baldia Town factory arson case, ARY News reported. The court expressed displeasure over the delay in the arrests of the main suspects who have been previously declared absconders and demanded that they be arrested even if they are on their deathbed and presented in the next hearing. The court was informed that efforts were made for their arrest with the assistance of intelligence agencies but no records were found.…