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Political parties now think strike and hartals are injurious to their interests
As part of tactics, definitely shorn of sincerity, the CPM has now come out with the observation that strike and hartal should be announced very cautiously.

There may be good many reasons for ordering strikes and hartals/bandhs, but these forms of agitation do not attract enthusiasm from the ordinary people. That is, those people who are not pol
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Gas tanker lorry blast at Chala, Kannur: Two killed, about 50 injured, many critical
Kannur: In a pre-Onam devastation, a tanker lorry carrying gas overturned and caught fire at Chala here and in the explosion it caused vast damages.

One woman was killed and about 50 people were injured, of whom many are critical, and houses spread over a two-km-area have been damaged.

Later, Adbul Azeez of Chala also succumbed to his injuries.

The gas tanker lorry was coming to Kozhikode from Mangalore.

The accident occurred by midnight on Tuesday.

The lorry hit the divider at Chala on the Koothuparamba-Kannur road and overturned causing gas leak and immediate fire and explosion.

At least 20 houses, 10 shops and numerous vehicles were destroyed in the devastating fire caused by the explosion.
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