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10 killed in accident

LUCKNOW: A bus packed with schoolchildren and teachers swerved off a steep mountain road and plunged into a gorge in northern India, killing at least 10 people, including six children, police said Sunday. The bus was returning from a science exhibition when the accident took place on Saturday night near Bageshwar, a small town in Uttaranchal state, said police official RS Meena. At least 20 students and teachers were injured in the crash. — AP

Quake jolts B’desh

DHAKA: A mild earthquake jolted Bangladesh’s southeastern port city of Chittagong on Sunday, but no damage or casualties were reported, the weather office said. The 4.1-magnitude quake hit around 1 am on Sunday and lasted for about 21 seconds, the Meteorological Office said in the capital, Dhaka. — AP

Cop killed in firing

SRINAGAR: Separatist guerrillas struck yet again in the heart of Jammu and Kashmir summer capital Srinagar on Sunday killing one policeman and critically injuring another. Police said guerrillas fired at a point blank range at two policemen in Lal Chowk, the city centre where hundreds of shoppers were busy making their Eid festival purchases. “We shifted the two injured policemen to the SMHS hospital,” said Anand Jain, the area superintendent of police. — HNS

Boy dies of bird flu

JAKARTA: An Indonesian boy has died of suspected bird flu at the main treatment hospital for the disease here, a spokesman said on Sunday. Tests are still being carried out to confirm the disease in the 11-year-old from a southern Jakarta suburb, he said. “He died last night, but there are yet no results on tests on samples taken from him,” said Ilham Patu of the Sulianti Saroso hospital. The boy, known only by his initial ‘A’, was admitted on Saturday but had been treated at another hospital. — AFP