Five killed in mishap

BHUBANESWAR: At least five people were killed and 15 injured when a vehicle carrying a wedding party overturned in Orissa on Saturday, police said. The mini bus, with over two dozen people, was going from Gourpali village to neighbouring Batikata village in Bargarh district. — HNS

Crickets make 100 ill

BANGKOK: Over 100 people in northeastern Thailand have been hospitalised over the past week with food poisoning after eating crickets, a doctor said on Saturday. Some 103 villagers in the Ban Phai district of Khon Kaen province were admitted to hospital for diarrhea, dehydration and low blood pressure. — AFP

14 miners trapped

BEIJING: Fourteen miners were trapped in an underground coal mine in northern China’s Shanxi province in an accident likely to have been related to a gas leak, state media said on Saturday. The incident occurred on Friday at Hougou Colliery, located in Linfen. — AFP

Rebels surrender

YANGON: More than 300 members of a former ethnic rebel army in Myanmar’s Shan state have surrendered their weapons, 10 years after signing a ceasefire with the military rulers, state media said on Saturday. Some 325 members of the 19th brigade of the Shan State National Army on Friday handed in their weapons. — AFP

Homages to Rajiv

NEW DELHI: Amid hymns and prayers, a battery of political leaders led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi paid tributes to former PM Rajiv Gandhi on Friday at Gandhi’s Vir Bhoomi memorial on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of his assassination. — HNS

Gunmen kill Pak cop

KARACHI: Motorcycle-borne gunmen on Saturday shot and killed a police officer who recently helped capture some Islamic militants in this southern city of Pakistan, police said. Nobody claimed responsibility for the killing of Akhtar Ali.— AFP