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16 dead, scores injured after train derails in Pakistan’s south-west

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QUETTA — At least 16 people have been killed and more than 100 injured after a train derailed in Pakistan’s south-west, administration and railway officials say.

The accident occurred near Quetta city in Baluchistan province after the train’s failed as it sped down the side of a mountain, officials said.

“Four carriages of a Rawalpindi-bound train which left Quetta railway station were derailed near Abegum area of Bolan district, some 75 kilometres from Quetta city,” said Baluchistan home secretary, Akbar Hussain Durrani.

“The incident happened because the brakes of the train failed.”

The military said in a statement that 47 injured passengers were airlifted to hospital in two helicopters, with a spokesman saying earlier that at least 26 of those had been seriously injured.

According to Mr Durrani, five were in critical condition.

Other wounded passengers were transferred by ambulance, the statement said.

Faiz Bugti, a senior railways department official, and head of local community police Tariq Zehri also confirmed the accident and casualties.

The army has joined a rescue and relief operation and will use heavy machinery to free victims, while a quick response force from the paramilitary Frontier Corps has also been deployed, authorities said.

TV footage showed rescuers trying to pull the injured from the derailed cars.

Mr Durrani meanwhile praised residents of a nearby village who helped with the rescue efforts.

Railway officials said the train was carrying around 300 passengers.

Among the dead so far confirmed are 12 passengers, the train driver and his assistant, and two members of the railway police, Mr Durrani said.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan, which inherited thousands of miles of track and trains from former colonial power, Britain.

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Tenure of NA members determined though lucky draw

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KATHMANDU — Tenure of members of the National Assembly has been determined through a lucky draw method on Monday.

As per the lucky draw conducted at the Federal Parliament in New Baneshwor today, the term of opposition party Nepali Congress lawmaker Surendra Pandey has fixed for two years, while the term of Nepal Communist Party lawmaker Dinanath Sharma has been fixed for four years.

Similarly, Nainkala Ojha, Shashikala Dahal, Udaya Sharma Poudel, Shanti Kumari Adhikari, Komal Oli and Taradevi Bhatta would serve as NA members for four years.

Likewise, the tenure of members — Bina Pokharel, Pramila Kumari, Dil Kumari Rawal, Deepa Gurung, Anita Devkota, Nanda Chhapai and Indu Kadariya — was determined for six years.

The term of Sarita Prasain, Mukta Kumari Yadav, Dhan Kumari Khatiwada, Binda Devi Ale, Mina Budha, Yutal Tamang and Kamala Kumari Oli has been determined for two years.

Of the 59 NA members, 56 were elected from seven provinces—eight from each province, with three others being nominated by the President on the recommendation by the government.

All the clusters have been divided into three categories of two years, four years and six years and the lawmakers should pick one of the three categories.

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