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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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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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