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Bus plunges into Trishuli River : Death toll reaches 19, 16 rescued alive [Update]

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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.

Bus plunges into Trishuli River : 11 dead, 16 rescued alive, dozens missing [update]

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Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa narrowly escapes explosion at party rally

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HARARE — Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped injury in an explosion on Saturday which has rocked a stadium where Zimbabwe’s president was addressing a campaign rally, with state media calling it an assassination attempt but saying the president was not hurt.

President Mnangagwa was whisked to a state house in Bulawayo, where he had been speaking ahead of next month’s historic election, the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down.

The explosion occurred as the president, accompanied by other politicians, was walking off the stage at the White City stadium after addressing thousands of supporters in advance of next month’s vote.

Mnangagwa, the 75-year-old leader of ZANU-PF, was not hurt and taken to safety, officials said. However, witnesses said several people were injured, including the Vice-President.

Several others including number security personnel, the wife of fellow Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, the environment minister and the deputy speaker of parliament also suffered wounds.

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