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China bus falls off expressway after tire bursts, 26 dead

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BEIJING — At least 26 people were killed when a bus veered out of an expressway and fell into a ditch due to flat tyre in north China’s Tianjin City, local officials said.

The accident occurred Saturday when the bus ferrying 30 passengers broke the broke the guardrail at the Baodi section of the Tianjin-Jixian expressway and fell into a ditch, a statement from the city’s emergency response office said.

The driver lost control of the vehicle because of the punctured tire, it said.

The government in the port city of Tianjin said that the bus with sleeping berths and carrying 30 people plunged off the road Friday night.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the four others on board were found alive by early Saturday and sent to a hospital.

Xinhua said the long-distance bus broke through the guardrail on the Tianjin-Jixian expressway at the Baodi section, which is about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Beijing.

The bus was en route to Shenyang, capital city of northeast China’s Liaoning Province, from Xingtai City of north China’s Hebei Province.

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First Roland Macaulay Cup to start on November 21

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BIRATNAGAR— The First Roland Macaulay Cup is being held in the capital on November 21-24.

To be organized by the Cricket Association of the Blind, Nepal, cricket clubs–Myagdi, Jhapa, Bardiya and Tribhuvan Army–will participate in the First Roland Macaulay Cup twenty20 cricket tournament, said Pawan Ghimire, the Central President of the Association at a press conference here.

The estimated budget is approximately Rs 750,000. The opening match will be held between Jhapa and Bardiya, said the organizer.

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