Mishap kills 12


An overcrowded jeep fell nearly 100 meters into a gorge near Rudraprayag, in the hills of northern India on Friday, killing all 12 passengers, police said. The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a sharp bend, said Pushkar Sailal, a police superintendent. — AP

Assailants kill seven


Unknown assailants killed a popular local singer and six other people in northern Afghanistan, a provincial governor said on Friday. The bodies of Qorban Nazar and six of his friends were found by a shepherd in the Chemtal district on Thursday, a day after Nazar had performed at a wedding in the area, Gov Guma Khan Hamdard said. — AP

Quake jolts Taiwan


An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale rocked Taiwan on Friday, the Seismology Center said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. —AFP

5 killed in Thai south


Five people, including two policemen, were killed in a bombing and separate shooting attacks on Friday in the violence-plagued south of Thailand, police said. A mobile phone-triggered devise apparently targeted a unit of four police officers who were doing a security inspection, police said. —AP

Poll process in Bihar


The process of the Bihar elections began on Friday with Governor Buta Singh issuing a notification for holding polls in 61 of the 243 constituencies, the first segment of the four-phased exercise beginning October 18. — HNS

Ban on book lifted


A court in eastern India has lifted a ban on a book by an exiled Bangladeshi writer two years after the state government banned it for allegedly offending Muslims, The Statesman reported on Friday. West Bengal state banned the book, Dwikhandito, or “Split Into Two,” by Taslima Nasrin, in 2003, saying its harsh take on how women are treated under Islam offended Muslims. — AP