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Indian Railway officials say at least 12 people have died after two passenger trains collided in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The collision took place near Gorakhpur station, about 270km from the state capital, Lucknow. The Express, travelling from Varanasi to Gorakhpur, overshot the signal and rammed into the Express from behind. At least 45 people were injured in the accident, officials confirmed. India's railway network operates 9,000 passenger trains and carries some 18 million passengers every day.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his country's military jets were set to join the United States in its war against Islamic State militants through support flights over Iraq. The PM said Australian air strikes await final clearances from the Iraqi government and a further decision by their own. Australia joined the US in an international effort to transport weapons to Kurdish forces fighting IS extremists in northern Iraq.

The city council’s Central Treatment Plan was launched in 2012 to better manage and control wastewater disposal in Yangon’s industrial zones. 

The two year project ended this year October, and allowed the city council to check over 4000 industries within 2 years.

City officials say before 2012, YCDC could only check wastewater treatment process to only 80 out of 5,000 factories in Yangon annually. 

Lantern business is in demand again as the Thadingyut festival, the light festival, is just around the corner.
The Light Festival is celebrated around Myanmar to mark the Buddha’s comeback to the mortal world. At this time of the year, Buddhists offer lights from their homes to streets for three days before, during, and after the full moon day.
This is also the time when lanterns and candles are sold in almost every shop. The price of Chinese lanterns ranges from 1 – 10 US dollars. Locally made lanterns come at cheaper price.

The parliament sessions of Union, Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws were convened on Wednesday.

At the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Union Parliament, the parliament recorded three bills.

The Bill Joint Committee read out  the Electricity Bill and plans for Rakhine State development was also reported.

At the 13th day session of Pyithu Hluttaw people's parliament,  MPs raised questions ranging from water to transportation facilities.  

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