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Rescuers recovered six bodies late Monday from landslides in Indian Kashmir and were searching for those still buried as hundreds fled their homes after flooding triggered by heavy rain. Police and witnesses said landslides had buried 16 people in several houses in Chadoora, the worst hit area of the Himalayan region where hundreds were killed in devastating floods last September. A police officer at the site, who asked not to be named, told AFP the remaining ten bodies were expected to be found "soon" in overnight rescue efforts. Village resident Mohammed Sultan described how the ground above the houses in Chadoora, 15 kilometres (10 miles) west of the main city of Srinagar, collapsed without warning.
Former US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke returned to public debate over economic policy Monday with the launch of his own blog, a year after leaving the Fed. "Now that I’m a civilian again, I can once more comment on economic and financial issues without my words being put under the microscope by Fed watchers," Bernanke said on the blog, hosted by his new home the Brookings Institution, the Washington think tank. Bernanke, who led the Fed through the worst economic crisis in the country since the 1930s, launched in to a discussion that dogged him in his last years, the impact of ultra-low interest rates on the income of retirees on interest on their savings. "When I was chairman, more than one legislator accused me and my colleagues on the Fed’s policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee of 'throwing seniors under the bus'" by keeping rates low, he said.