Thirteen workers, including six women were killed and 64 others injured in explosions of nitrogen gas cylinders at a chemical factory in North Maharashtra’s Dhule district on Saturday morning, police said.Preliminary probe revealed that a chemical leak caused a fire which led to serial explosions at the factory of Rumit Chemsynth Private Limited located at Waghadi village in Shirpur tehsil, around 9.45 am, a senior police officer told PTI.The fire was doused by evening and search was on for more bodies, if any, in the debris, the officer said.“At least 100 workers were present in the factory at the time of the incident,” the officer said adding that the presence of several nitrogen gas cylinders and barrels of chemicals in one place increased the severity of the tragedy.Teams of fire brigade, police and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) conducted the rescue operations.The deafening sound of explosions caused panic in the vicinity, prompting people to rush out of houses. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief over the incident and announced ₹5 lakh compensation to the kin of the deceased.
Records from 1996 World CupGary Kirsten’s 188* against the UAE is the highest score in a World Cup match. He scored that during the 1996 World CupSri Lanka hold the record for the highest total in the World Cup – 398/5 against Kenya in 1996.Anil Kumble was the highest wicket-taker in the 1996 tournament with 15 scalps.Mark Waugh was the first batsman to score consecutive tons during a World Cup. He did that against Kenya and India 1996.The first semi-final between Sri Lanka and India saw the Lankans winning the match by Default – a first. Chasing 252 for victory, India were 120 for 8 at the Eden Gardens when the spectators went violent and started throwing fruits and bottles on the field. The match was stopped and Sri Lanka adjudged the winners.
Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam count will stay stuck at 11 for now, sidetracked by another knee problem.The third-ranked Spaniard withdrew from the US Open on Wednesday. Tendinitis has kept him out of action since his stunning loss at Wimbledon in late June.The injury already forced him out of the London Olympics, where he was supposed to defend his title and carry Spain’s flag in the opening ceremony.”I am very sad to announce that I am not ready to play the US Open in NY. Thanks to my fans for their support and specially, the new yorkers,” Nadal wrote on his Twitter account.Nadal is still only 26, but the withdrawals raise questions about the future of a player who has had recurring knee problems in the past.His 11 Grand Slam titles include a record seven on the red clay of the French Open, yet his hard-charging, hard-hitting style of play takes a toll on his body, particularly his knees.Roger Federer, in contrast, has played in every Grand Slam tournament since the start of 2000, a streak of 51 in a row.In 2009, Nadal missed Wimbledon because of aching knees shortly after falling in the round of 16 at the French Open — the only time in eight appearances he hasn’t won at Roland Garros. He was just the second men’s champion in 35 years to decline to defend his title at the All England Club.But Nadal eventually came back stronger than ever from that layoff.After failing to reach the final at the 2009 U.S. Open and 2010 Australian Open, he won the French to start a run of three straight major titles, capped by completing the career Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows.Nadal’s absence immediately leaves a trio of heavy favorites at the last Grand Slam event of the year: defending champion Novak Djokovic; five-time U.S. Open winner and currently top-ranked Federer; and 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Andy Murray, who won the gold medal in singles at the London Games by beating Federer in the final.Nadal lost in the U.S. Open final to Djokovic last year, part of a stretch of three straight defeats to the Serb in championship matches at major tournaments.But he seemed to be closing the gap, and at Roland Garros in June, he beat Djokovic in the final for his record seventh title there.Then came the stunning loss at Wimbledon, and Nadal hasn’t played since.On June 28, 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol upset him in the second round at the All England Club.Shortly after that defeat, Nadal canceled a scheduled charity match against Djokovic in Spain, citing tendon problems in his left knee.The two-week U.S. Open starts Aug. 27.”Rafa has informed us that he will not be ready to compete at the U.S. Open this year and has withdrawn from the tournament,” tournament director David Brewer said in a statement on Wednesday.”We hope to see him back on the court soon and look forward to his return to New York next year.”advertisement