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Storage of ammonium nitrate has been e-auctioned and is being shipped to Hyderabad. Stay tuned for latest news live updates

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Beirut explosion was caused by thousands of tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse | Photo: Reuters
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Prime Minister launched the financing facility worth Rs. 1 trillion under the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund via video conferencing today. He also release the sixth installment of funds worth Rs. 17,000 crore to 8.5 crore farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme.

Safety concerns over storage of ammonium nitrate arising in the backdrop of the explosion of the chemical in Beirut were addressed as the substance has been e-auctioned and is being shipped to Hyderabad, sources according to a PTI report said on Sunday.

At least seven people were killed in a fire at a hotel being used as Covid-19 facility in Vijaywada. 30 people have been rescued and search operation is underway. The reason for the fire is yet to be ascertained. 

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