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Hurricane Matthew batters Florida, more than 300 dead in Haiti
Hurricane Matthew battered the Florida coastline on Friday morning with heavy rains and gusty winds, leaving more than 300,000 homes and businesses without power. The storm, the most powerful to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade, has left more than 300 dead in Haiti.
 
Matthew, which has been downgraded to a Category 3 storm, threatened to unleash winds of 120 mph and punishing storm surges in Florida, as the eye of the storm grazed close to the coast.
 
The hurricane weakened slightly overnight but officials warned that it remained "extremely dangerous." 
 
Wind gusts as high as 107 mph have been clocked at Cape Canaveral, Florida, prompting a National Weather Service "extreme wind warning".
 
The western edge of the storm eyewall was about 170 miles south-southeast of Jacksonville, according to the National Weather Service.
 
It is expected to continue moving northwest Friday and, by Friday night, turn north. It is moving parallel to the coast. National Weather Service has forecast life-threatening storm surge along the coast and 8 to 12 inches of rain.
 
The storm battered Haiti, the Dominican Republic and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, officials said, with a combined death toll at 478, according to mirror.co.uk.
 
Haiti was hit hardest with key infrastructure badly damaged and hundreds of thousands displaced. 
 
Mourad Wahba, the UN secretary-general's deputy special representative for Haiti, described Matthew as the "largest humanitarian event" since the 2010 earthquake.
 
The storm, which has already forced some two million people across the Southeast to evacuate and left a path of destruction in its wake, was described as a "monster" by Florida Governor Rick Scott. "I'm going to pray for everybody's safety," Scott said.
 
Scott said Florida "must prepare for a direct hit," adding: "This storm can kill you."
 
President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency for Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, freeing up federal money and personnel to protect lives and property.
 
On Thursday, hundreds of thousands of anxious people boarded up their homes and businesses and grabbed a few belongings to flee inland as Matthew roared toward the Southeast seaboard.
 
Some two million persons have been advised to evacuate across coastal areas of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. North Carolina could also be affected as the storm moves north.
 
Airports in the four states were shut down. Airlines cancelled more than 3,000 flights Thursday and Friday, many of them in or out of Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
 
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Three chargesheeted in Kopardi rape-murder case in Maharashtra
The police on Friday filed a chargesheet in a district court here against three prime accused in the case of gang rape and murder of a school student in Kopardi village on July 13.
 
Accused Pappu alias Jitendra Shinde, Santosh G. Bhaval and Nitin G. Bhailume were arrested within hours of the crime, after which the victim was dubbed 'Nirbhaya of Maharashtra' given the sheer brutality involved.
 
The trio was charged under Sections 376 (A) and 302 of the Indian Penal Code, pertaining to rape and murder, besides other sections of relevent laws. That marked the end of the 86-day police investigations into the rape and murder of the 15-year-old girl.
 
Criminal lawyer Ujjwal Nikam has been appointed the Special Public Prosecutor in the case to be tried before a fast-track court.
 
The chargesheet running into around 350 pages named around 70 witnesses.
 
The crime sent shockwaves through social and political circles and led to a ruckus in the Maharashtra legislature for two days during its monsoon session in July.
 
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Passenger car sales up 15% in September
Sales of passenger cars rose 15.14 per cent in September to 195,259 units from 169,590 units in the corresponding month last year, industry data showed on Friday.
 
The utility vehicles' off-take zoomed in the month under review by 37.93 per cent to 66,851 units while van sales were up 15.62 per cent to 16,318 units.
 
According to THE Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the total passenger vehicle sales, which includes cars, utility vehicles and vans, accelerated by 19.92 per cent to 278,428 units last month.
 
However, the industry data revealed that sales of overall commercial vehicles declined by 1.95 per cent. The segment is a key indicator of economic activity.
 
The commercial vehicles segment's off-take for September 2016 was 61,621 units.
 
Three-wheelers sales logged a growth of 4.90 per cent to 51,950 units last month.
 
Overall, sales of two-wheelers, which include scooters, motorcycles and mopeds, grew exponentially. The segment's sales rose by 21.59 per cent to 1,868,993 units.
 
Product-wise, scooter sales in the month under review grew by 30.60 per cent to 603,818 units whereas the motorcycle sub-segment sales logged a growth of 16.33 per cent to 1,186,770 units.
 
Besides, mopeds' off-take zoomed by 43.71 per cent to 78,405 units.
 
Nevertheless, the overall exports across categories fell by 8.39 per cent to 313,996 units which were shipped out during last month.
 
Total automobile sales in September were higher by 20.16 per cent to 2,260,992 units.
 
According to Abdul Majeed, Partner-Price Waterhouse and an auto expert, growth in the automobile sector is expected to be robust this year across all the segments. 
 
"This is due to the combination of many positive factors such as growth in the economy, better cash flows in the hands of customers, increased public investment in infrastructure, exciting new launches, softening in the interest rate and better monsoon," Majeed said.
 
"The inflation is under control due to the steps taken to reduce supply side constraints. One segment where we have seen degrowth is the medium and heavy commercial vehicles, which will grow once private investments speed up in the economy." 
 
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