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  • لندن، چھ منزلہ رہائشی عمارت میں لگی آگ پر قابو پالیا گیا

    ندن میں واقع چھ منزلہ عمارت میں تین گھنٹے بعد لگی آگ پر قابو پالیا گیا ہے۔ واقعہ میں کسی قسم کا کوئی جانی نقصان نہیں ہوا۔ 

    غیر ملکی خبر رساں ایجنسی کی جانب سے جاری رپورٹ کے مطابق لندن میں چھ منزلہ عمارت میں اچانک آگ بھڑک اٹھی تھی، جس نے دیکھتے ہی دیکھتے پوری عمارت کو اپنی لپیٹ میں لے لیا

     

     

    رپورٹ کے مطابق سو سے زائد فائر فائٹرز جب کہ پندرہ فائر انجن نے موقع پر پہنچ کر آگ پر قابو پایا۔ پولیس اور ایمرجنسی سروسز بھی موقع پر پہنچ گئیں۔ تین گھنٹے بعد آگ پر قابو پالیا گیا، جب کہ کسی قسم کا کوئی جانی نقصان نہیں ہوا۔ آگ لگنے کی وجہ تاحال سامنے نہیں آئی

     

     

    آگ سے 20 فلیٹس متاثر ہوئے، جب کہ 10 فلیٹوں کو جزوی نقصان پہنچا۔ آگ لگنے کے باعث دھویں سے خاتون اور ایک شخص متاثر ہوا، جنہیں اسپتال منتقل کر دیا گیا۔ کسی بھی حادثے سے بچنے کیلئے عمارت کے اطراف کے گھروں کو خالی کرالیا گیا۔

     

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  • Toss delayed as rain, dark clouds loom over Pakistan vs Sri Lanka World Cup match

    BRISTOL: The toss for the World Cup group stage match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Friday was delayed due to rain as heavy clouds shrouded the sky over the Bristol County Ground.

    The covers had been brought out to protect the pitch as heavy rain was pouring over Bristol.

    Play was likely to be affected with overs expected to be reduced for each innings.

    But overcast conditions also threw in the chance of the game being washed out, in which scenario each side would get one point each.

    A weather report by BBC weather updates suggested that heavy showers were expected to be seen in the first five hours of the game.

    "We will lose one point as we could’ve won this," said former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Yousuf.

    Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, however, thought Pakistan would benefit if overs were reduced.

    "Pakistan is great at Twenty20 cricket. The match should happen, whether its 20 or 22 overs. Its good for Pakistan either way," he said.

    "We are very good at T20. (If playing time is reduced) We should follow those T20 strategies," former Pakistan cricketer Sikander Bakht told Geo News.

    Pakistan were looking to maintain its unbeaten streak against Sri Lanka in the group stage match. Pakistan has beaten Sri Lanka in all their previous seven World Cup encounters.

    The last time the teams met was in 2011 with Pakistan winning by 11 runs.

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  • Series of explosions in Sri Lanka churches and hotels kills dozens

    Over 100 people were killed Sunday in a string of blasts at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka as worshippers attended Easter services, a police official told AFP.

    The fatalities include at least 45 people killed in Colombo, where three hotels and a church were hit, and another 25 dead in the town of Batticoloa, 250 km (155 miles) east of the capital, where a church was attacked.

    The first explosions were reported at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s in the town of Negombo just outside the capital.

    A police official said at least 67 people were killed in the St. Sebastian’s blast.

    At least 160 people injured in the St. Anthony’s blast had been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital by mid-morning, an official told AFP.

    “A bomb attack to our church, please come and help if your family members are there,” read a post in English on the Facebook page of the St. Sebastian’s Church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo.

    Another explosion was reported at a church in the town of Batticaloa, in the east of the country.

    Shortly after those blasts were reported, police confirmed three hotels in the capital had also been hit, the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury.

    At least one of the victims was killed in the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, near the prime minister’s official residence, where the blast ripped through a restaurant, a hotel official told AFP.

    An official at the Batticaloa hospital told AFP more than 300 people had been admitted with injuries following the blast there.

    Graphic photos circulating on social media showed the roof of one church had been almost blown off in the blast.

    The floor was littered with a mixture of roof tiles, splintered wood and blood.

    Several people could be seen covered in blood, with some trying to help those with more serious injuries.

    The images could not immediately be verified.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but police said they appeared coordinated, the New York Times reported.

    Only around six percent of mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka is Catholic, but the religion is seen as a unifying force because it includes people from both the Tamil and majority Sinhalese ethnic groups.

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