From Russia fire to ball tampering saga: Live Updates of top stories of the day

LIVE Updates: From the news of fire incident in Russia to the latest development in ball tampering saga, we get you the latest news updates as they unfold. Keep track of the news LIVE here.

From Russia fire to ball tempering controversy: Live Updates of top stories of the day Smoke rises above a multi-story shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. (Photo: AP)

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.

READ | At least 53 dead, over 100 rescued as shopping centre goes up in flames in Russia

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.

READ | Bhagalpur clash: Why should I surrender, says Ashwini Kumar Choubey’s son

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.

READ | Steve Smith not to return to Australia amid reports

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