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Officials: Dozens feared trapped in Mumbai building collapse


MUMBAI: A five-storey residential building collapsed in Mumbai at daybreak on Friday in the latest accident in India's financial capital, with dozens feared trapped inside.

Crowds formed around the rubble of the completely flattened block, owned by the city's civic administrative body the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, in the east of the city.

"My son is inside. I'm waiting for them to get him out," distraught 62-year-old retiree Mithi Solakani told AFP at the scene.

Local people estimated between 40-60 people lived in the destroyed building, but BMC official Manisha Mahiskar and police said they believed some 20-24 were still trapped in the debris.

Seven people had been pulled out alive, Mahiskar said.

Five other apartment blocks have collapsed in or close to Mumbai in recent months, including one in April that killed 74 people.

They have highlighted poor quality construction and violations of the building code, caused by massive demand for housing and endemic corruption.-AFP

World’s most expensive necklace to go on display


THE world's most expensive necklace – worth a whopping US$55mil (RM177mil) and em­­bedded with 1,044 carats of diamonds – will be making its first Asian stop in Singapore.

Aptly named the L'Incomparable and created by international jeweller Mouawad, the necklace earned a Guinness World Record in January for being "the most valuable". It will be displayed from Oct 11 to 15 at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza as part of a global tour targeted at potential buyers.

Studded with 91 diamonds, the necklace's crown jewel is a deep brownish yellow centrepiece that is said to be "the world's largest internally flawless diamond" weighing 407.48 carats and is set in 18K rose gold.

The display is part of the upcoming 11th Singapore JewelFest from Oct 11 to Oct 20, which will showcase a combined US$250mil (RM805mil) in jewellery – double that of last year's edition.

L'Incomparable was brought in to celebrate Mouawad's opening of its second boutique in Singa­pore later this year, and in recognition of the city-state's reputation as a top shopping destination, said JewelFest festival director Angela Loh-Bem. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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