The blast took place last night at the West Fertilizer plant in the town of West, outside Waco, with more than 130 people evacuated from a nearby nursing home, and at least 100 patients admitted to hospitals following the incident
A massive blast ripped through a fertilizer plant in Texas, killing many people and injuring hundreds of others as many buildings were destroyed after the factory exploded in a massive fireball.
The blast took place last night at the West Fertilizer plant in the town of West, outside Waco, with more than 130 people evacuated from a nearby nursing home, and at least 100 patients admitted to hospitals following the incident.”It's like a nuclear bomb went off,” West mayor Tommy Muska said.
Some local media reports put the death toll to about 70.
West emergency services director Dr George Smith said earlier that as many as 60 or 70 people died in the blast, but Department of Public Safety spokesman DL Wilson said during a news conference that the number of dead is unknown.”We do have confirmed fatalities,” Wilson was quoted by a local TV station as saying.
Authorities are going door to door in the area checking on residents. The explosion, started as a structure fire and later was followed by explosion,
The blast knocked out power to a large area surrounding the plant.
Muska told reporters that his city of about 2,800 residents needs your prayers. “We've got a lot of people who are hurt, and there's a lot of people, I'm sure, who aren't gonna be here tomorrow,” Muska said. “We're gonna search for everybody. We're gonna make sure everybody's accounted for. That’s the most important thing right now.”
A member of the city council, Al Vanek, said there is a four-block area around the explosion “that is totally decimated.”
Wilson said the damage was comparable to the destruction caused by the 1995 bomb blast that destroyed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
Muska said that about six fire-fighters were unaccounted for and that 131 people were safely evacuated from a local nursing home, according to Waco Tribune.
On Monday, during the popular Boston Marathon, bomb blasts ripped through a cheering crowd, killed three people and injuring more than 180.
Perhaps, for the first time in recent period so many big political leaders have been issued statutory notices for illegal acts done by them. As per the statutory notice if they do not dismantle their illegal constructions, they all will face prosecution
The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued statutory notices to several big names in Maharashtra politics, like deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, Punjab governor Shivraj Patil Chakurkar, ministers Anil Deshmukh and Patangrao Kadam, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde and state Congress chief Manikrao Thakare for removing illegal constructions in their commercial premises.
The BMC has issued the notices following complaints and a legal notice by social activist Amit Maru. All these big politicians have made changes to their allotted residential and commercial space at Sukhda Shubhada Co-operative Housing Society at the upmarket Worli area in Mumbai.
The notice issued by the BMC says...
“You are therefore hereby called upon:
To remove unauthorized addition & alteration ….. & discontinue the said unauthorized user from shop to office carried out beyond part occupation Certificate/ plan sanctioned u/No EE/5561/GS/A dt.16.10.2004
Within one month from the date of receipt of this notice by you:.
Please note that on failure to comply with the aforesaid requisition, you will be liable for prosecution under the said Act and the aforesaid requisitions you will be carried out at your risk and cost.”
According to Yogesh Pratap Singh, former IPS officer and now a well-known advocate and activist, this society was been built on the land earlier owned by Mumbai police. “Incidentally, this land was taken away from the home department and given to the political leaders of our nation for constructing posh flats and commercial premises,” he said.
The other big names who have been issued such a notice, include Ranjit Deshmukh, former minister, Anna Dange, vice-president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Pratapsinh Mohite Patil, Salil Deshmukh (son of Anil Deshmukh) and Ashok Patil.
“Since such large numbers of senior politicians have indulged in such illegal acts, therefore the conditions of allotment stand vitiated. Hence it would be desirable that the allotment of this land be cancelled and the land be reverted to the police department, which is desperately in need of setting up anti-terror and anti-crime units in the centre of the city and Worli is the ideal location for that. These units are required to tackle 26/11 type terror attacks on an efficient basis,” Mr Singh said.
Earlier, bureaucrat-turned-activist Abha Singh and Mr Maru, have alleged that Mr Munde, who is also deputy leader of BJP in Lok Sabha, was refusing to close his office at the society despite orders from the BMC.
According to advocate Singh, the BJP leader has merged shops originally allotted as convenience shops and connected it to the basement in Shubhda Co-operative Housing Society.
She said, the BMC sent a notice to Mr Munde, however, the BJP leader and others are not complying with the orders. “It is believed that for the reason of refusal to remove office and other illegal acts, the municipal corporation is now considering strict action of filing an FIR in the matter and to start demolition proceedings. We will also be shortly moving the Environment Department for action under the Environment Protection Act, 1986,” Adv Singh had said. (read more Gopinath Munde defies BMC order to close his Worli office )
While part of the seasonal improvement in the March trade deficit will reverse in April, the recent fall in oil and gold prices can lead to a saving of 1% of GDP on the current account deficit on an annualised basis, if the current price fall sustains
India’s trade deficit narrowed sharply to a two-year low of $10.3 billion in March from $14.9 billion in February, which was better than expected (Nomura expectation: $11.9 billion). While the improvement is partly seasonal as exports tend to rise at the end of the financial year (the average improvement in the trade deficit between February and March is $2.8 billion over the last three years), it also reflects a combination of higher exports and weak imports. These observations were made by Nomura in its First Insights report.
Exports rose 7% y-o-y in March from 4.2% in February. On a three-month seasonally adjusted annualised basis, Nomura estimates that exports grew at 19% from 7.4%, suggesting improving sequential external demand momentum. Import growth contracted by 2.9% y-o-y after rising 2.6% in February due to lower gold imports, weaker oil imports and the continued contraction in non-oil imports; the latter reflecting weak domestic demand.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, Nomura estimates that the trade deficit narrowed to $15.7 billion in March from $16.7 billion in February, indicating that both seasonal and non-seasonal factors are at play. While part of the seasonal improvement in the March trade deficit will reverse in April, the recent fall in oil and gold prices can lead to a saving of 1% of GDP on the current account deficit on an annualised basis, if the current price fall sustains. Hence, the recent combination of improving external demand, low oil/gold prices and weak domestic demand, will improve the outlook for India’s strained current account deficit.
On the basis of today’s trade data, the Q1 CY2013 (Jan-Mar) current account deficit is likely to be 4%-4.5% of GDP versus 6.7% in Q4 of CY2012, according to Nomura.