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Trishuli Bus plunge : Death toll reaches 31, govt forms probe committee

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DHADING — Death toll in Dhading bus accident has reached 31, according to SP Dhrubaraj Raut, Chief at the District Police Office, Dhading while authorities said the toll could rise further.

The incident took place when the ill-fated bus, Na 6 Kha 1467, belonging to Santosh Travels, heading towards Kathmandu from Rajbiraj plunged into the Trishuli River at Ghatbesi in Dhading district at around 5 am on Saturday.

Police have recovered 20 bodies from the river, out of which 12 bodies have been identified while identities of remaining bodies are yet to be ascertained.

They are identified as Sishi Kumari Jha,  Chandrarekha, Chandrawati Jha, Manjit Kumar Jha, Raj Kumar Yadav, Naresh Mukhiya,Parwati Chaudhary, Aditya Yadav, Ramananda Yadav,Ranjit Kumar Jha, Sushant Chaudhary and Indian national Mamata Devi Thakur.

Police along with the locals have begun the rescue operation but as the bus is still inside the river, they see a very slim chance that the trapped passengers could be rescued alive.

Among the severely injured, two have been admitted to the Trauma Centre while others are undergoing treatment at a Gajuri-based hospital.

Meanwhile, the government has formed a three-member committee under the coordination of Home Ministry’s joint secretary Man Bahadur BK to carry out investigations into the accident in which a bus plunged into the Trishuli River in Dhading this morning.

The other two members on the committee are the senior superintendents of Nepal Police and Armed Police Force, according to Home Ministry’s spokesperson Narayan Prasad Sharma Duwadi.

The Ministry has wished for the eternal peace to the departed souls and speedy recovery to those injured in the accident.

Passengers and all the authorities concerned have been urged to take awareness from their respective behalf and pay proper attention to the traffic management.

The Ministry stated that the local administration has been instructed to make all necessary measures to make search and rescue efforts effective and arrangements for ensuring appropriate medical treatment of the injured.

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Advance booking open for Dashin

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Kathmandu—Finally, Federation of Nepalese National transportation Entrepreneurs Association agrees to open pre-booking for Dashin after the government decided to increase public transport fares by 10 percent.

The federation was demanding to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.

On Saturday after the agreement between the government and federation, the transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking.  Most of the counters set up banners announcing pre-booking for Dashin and many people were in que to book the ticket in advance.

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