At least 53 people were killed by a fire in a shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said on Monday. The fire, one of the deadliest in Russia since the breakup of the Soviet Union, swept through the upper floors of the mall where a cinema complex and children’s play area were located. Over 80 people are reported to be injured. The authorities have pressed disaster management teams and firefighters to control the inferno, whose cause is yet to be ascertained.
A development in the Bhagalpur clashes aftermath. Union Minister of State (MoS) Ashwini Kumar Choubey’s son Arijit Shashwat, against whom an arrest warrant has been issued for allegedly inciting communal violence, has said that he will not surrender and will move an anticipatory bail plea.
In cricket, reports of under-fire Steve Smith returning to Australia from Cape Town at the conclusion of the third Test against South Africa have been quashed by Cricket Australia. In the aftermath of the ball tampering controversy where Smith was handed a one-match ban, reports in the Australian media said he would get back home to face the music.