Jogi granted bail

Raipur: A court here granted bail on Tuesday to former Chhattisgarh chief minister and senior Congress leader Ajit Jogi, who was arrested on Sunday in connection with the 2003 murder of Nationalist Congress Party treasurer Ramavatar Jaggi. The bail application of the senior Congress leader was rejected on Monday. Wheelchair-bound Jogi, arrested at Gandai in Rajnandgaon district while campaigning for a Lok Sabha by-election, was brought here on Monday morning and admitted to Escorts Heart Centre after he complained of chest pain and high blood pressure. — HNS

Bus blaze kills 28

BANGKOK: At least 28 people were killed and 14 injured on Tuesday when a Bangkok-bound bus caught fire and careened down a hillside in central Thailand. The bus from the northeastern province of Yasothorn caught fire on a major four-lane highway in the central province of Saraburi, about 105 km north of here. After the fire broke out, the bus veered off the road and crashed down a hillside, police said. — AFP

8 killed in J&K clashes

SRINAGAR: Six suspected militants and two Indian army soldiers, including a captain, were killed during two gunbattles in Kashmir. In the first firefight, four ultras and two soldiers were killed. “The fighting erupted late on Monday when counter-insurgency police and army troops raided a hideout in Kupwara district,” a police spokesman said. Troops shot dead two more militants in the southern district of Pulwama late on Monday, police said. The slain rebels belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba and Harkat-ul-Mujahedin. — AFP