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INDIA

Tainted liquor kills 33

More than 30 people have died after drinking tainted liquor in Mumbai, police said yesterday. Praveen Satpal, a local police constable, said 18 people died on Thursday night, hours after they drank the cheap liquor in a Mumbai slum. Dozens of others fell ill and the death toll had climbed to 33 by yesterday, he said. More than two dozen others were being treated in hospitals in the Malad suburb of Mumbai. Police have detained one man and were questioning him about illegally brewing and selling the toxic drink to poor workers in the slum. Deaths from drinking illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor.

INDIA

Hotel fire kills at least 10

A massive fire raced through a hotel in Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh state, killing at least 10 people and injuring several others, police said yesterday. The fire broke out early yesterday in a restaurant and spread to the hotel next door, Superintendent Balikaran Singh Yadav said. Most of the hotel guests were asleep when the fire started at 3am. Yadav said the cause of the fire was a short circuit. “The fire spread through the hotel before people could raise an alarm,” Yadav said. “Most guests were asleep and they could not escape.”

VIETNAM

Visas waived for EU nations

The government is waiving the need for tourist visas for five more European nations in a bid to boost its ailing tourism industry. Under a decision by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung that was posted on the government’s Web site late on Wednesday, visitors from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain will not need a visa to visit the nation starting next month if they only stay up to 15 days. The decision was welcomed by tour operators. Last year, nearly 8 million foreigners visited. The nation gives reciprocal visa exemptions to nine countries in ASEAN and unilaterally waives visas for visitors from the four Nordic countries, Russia, Belarus, Japan and South Korea.

CHINA

Visa procedures unveiled

Britain and Belgium yesterday announced new streamlined visa procedures for Chinese aiming to visit both Britain and the wider Schengen area. The two EU nations said the pilot scheme would allow Chinese tourists and businesspeople to apply for visas for Britain and Belgium — which is a member of the Schengen area — through a single visit to application centers in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. The new scheme is to launch on July 1. Under the Schengen system, visitors who obtain a Belgian visa can also visit any of the other 25 nations in the area. “This scheme will create a one-stop shop for Chinese visitors to the UK and Europe, whether they are coming here for business or leisure,” British Home Secretary Theresa May said in a statement.

AUSTRIA

Worker uncovers grenades

A construction worker knew he had struck metal with the shovel of his excavator, but it took police to determine what he had unearthed — nearly 400 live World War II grenades. The discovery in the Tyrolean city of Innsbruck on Thursday led to the evacuation of apartments closest to the find, while bomb disposal experts defused some of the ordnance and blew up the rest. No one was injured. Police believe the grenades were part of an underground ammunition depot.

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