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18 fireworks unit sheds destroyed


Madurai: In all, 200 workers had a narrow escape when a major explosion occurred at a fireworks manufacturing unit near Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district on Thursday. Though no casualty or injury was

Sivakasi factory owner caught


P. Murugesan, owner of Om Sakthi Fireworks in Sivakasi which had gone up in flames killing 38 workers four days ago, was smoked out of his hideout by a special police team on Sunday.

He was nabbed ne

Poor health facilities for fire cracker workers

The only government hospital at Sivakasi, the fireworks hub of the country, is ill-equipped.
For 750 cracker units employing lakhs of workers in the region, the hospital has a small burns ward with a

Silence grips once-busy site of Sivakasi

The spot of the devastating explosion that claimed 38 lives resembled a war zone.

With damaged rooftops, burnt-out walls, scattered footwear, mangled utensils and dismembered bodies, some of them fou

Toll in fire tragedy touches 39, five arrested

Five persons were arrested on Thursday in connection with the devastating fire at a cracker manufacturing unit at Mudhalipatti, even as the toll mounted to 39 with three more persons succumbing to bur

Sivakasi fire: 7 arrested, teams formed to trace unit owner

Seven persons were arrested on Thursday in connection with the massive fire at a cracker manufacturing unit near here that claimed 39 lives even as police are on the lookout for the owner of the facto

Magisterial probe ordered into Sivakasi fire

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday ordered a magisterial probe into the devastating fire at a cracker manufacturing unit in Sivakasi, which claimed 39 lives and injured several others.

Many killed in fireworks factory blast in TN: Reports

An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern India killed at least 10 people on Wednesday in the manufacturing hub of Sivakasi, reports said.

CM condoles deaths in cracker unit fire; announces cash relief


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Wednesday condoled the deaths of persons in a fire mishap at Sivakasi and announced a cash relief of Rs two lakh each to next of kin of those killed.


Scolded by father, girl sets herself on fire

A 13-year-old girl set herself on fire reportedly after her father scolded her for poor marks in an exam conducted by her school, police said on Friday.

The girl, studying in the eight standred in

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