DHADING — The death toll in Dhading bus accident has reached 19, among them 7 are women, 4 children and 8 are men. 16 others sustained injuries after the bus they were travelling on skidded off the road and plunged into Trishuli River in Gajuri Rural Municipality-5 of Dhading district this morning.
The identities of those killed are yet to be ascertained, according to SP Dhruba Raj Raut at Dhading District Police Office.
The ill-fated bus, Na 4 Kha 1467, was heading towards Kathmandu from Rajbiraj when the accident took place at around 5 am today.
The incident occurred due to over-speed, police quoted injured persons as saying.
The overloaded bus was driven by driver Santosh Chaudhary at high speed after having dinner at Chandranigahapur, Rautahat, on Friday night, according to passengers.
It has been learnt that Chaudhary had also consumed alcohol while he was having dinner last night.
As many as 16 others have been rescued alive. According to area police office Gajuri, 13 among those injured are undergoing treatment at Gajuri Hospital while two others have been referred to Trauma Center in Kathmandu.
Security personnel from Nepal Police, Nepal Army and Armed Police Force with the help of locals, jointly rescued the injured passengers who were fallen into the river in the accident along the Prithvi Highway.
An injured passenger told police that the bus was carrying only 17 passengers from Rajbiraj but it added 35 passengers at Hetauda on the way.
PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted
KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.
Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.
The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.
The newly ministers are as follows :
Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation
CPN Maoist Centre
Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet, had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.Follow @gorkhapost