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As many as 19 students of a local private school were injured on Friday morning when their school bus overturned. The condition of a girl,Bahvandeep Kaur...

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May 14, 2010 10:56:37 pm

School bus overturns,19 injured
KHANNA: As many as 19 students of a local private school were injured on Friday morning when their school bus overturned. The condition of a girl,Bahvandeep Kaur,is said to be critical and she has been referred to a Ludhiana hospital. The injured students are aged between five and seven years. According to eyewitnesses,the bus overturned while trying to overtake another vehicle near Payal around 7.30 am. The vehicle with about 32 children on board was speeding and somersaulted several times after the driver lost control,they said. Surinderpal Singh,the driver,fled from the spot and was booked for rash driving,said Assistant Sub-Inspector Arjun Singh. With parents complaining that the bus was carrying students more than its capacity,Khanna SDM Dr Neeru Katyal said instructions regarding safety of children would be issued to all schools and the responsibility for this accident would be fixed.

Poppy husk worth Rs 70 lakh seized
NAKODAR: Nearly 100 sacks of poppy husk worth Rs 70 lakh were seized by the Nakodar police at a check post on the Jalandhar-Nakodar road around 1.30 am on Wednesday. SSP (Rural) Ashish Chaudhary said a police party intercepted a truck and found the bags of poppy husk hidden beneath nearly 50 sacks of onions. He said truck driver Harjit Singh of Moga and conductor Raju of Uttar Pradesh were arrested. The police said the poppy husk was of good quality and brought from Rajasthan. The SSP said investigations were on to ascertain where the consignment was being taken.

GNDU closed today
AMRITSAR: Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) will remain closed on Friday (May 14) on account of the tercentenary celebrations of Sirhind Fateh Diwas. Registrar Dr Inderjit Singh said though no teaching,non-teaching departments and the administrative block of the university would function,all examinations would be conducted on schedule.

Amritsar under threat from anti-social elements: Bitta
AMRITSAR: Anti-Terrorist Front (ATF) head Manjinderjit Singh Bitta said on Thursday the recent recovery of explosives and the crude bomb blast that took place earlier injuring one indicated that there were attempts by terrorists and anti-social elements to disrupt peace in the tourist city. Addressing the media here,he said the country would have to gear up against terrorism that was taking a new shape. Referring to Ajmal Amir Kasab’s death sentence,he said there should not be any hurry in hanging Kasab because there were various others in jails,including Afzal Guru and Devinderpal Singh,whose death sentence had been unnecessarily delayed by the government.

Rs 465 cr for sewerage plants in eight towns
CHANDIGARH: As part of its river conservation project,the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has cleared eight more towns — Hoshiarpur,Phagwara South,Rajpura,Patran,Lehragagga,Dera Bassi,Khanuri and Jalandhar — for laying of sewerage lines and provision of sewerage treatment plants at a cost of Rs 465 crore. Of this,Rs 237.16 crore will be spent in Jalandhar alone. Special Secretary,Ministry of Environment,R H Khwaja conveyed the decision to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday. Khwaja urged the CM to direct the Punjab Pollution Control Board and the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board to prioritise the towns on the basis of their intensity of pollution.

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