47 Dead As Two Buses Collide In Zimbabwe: Police


Reports said the morgue at the local public hospital in Rusape had run out of space after the accident

Harare, Zimbabwe: 

Forty-seven people were killed in Zimbabwe Wednesday when two buses collided on a road between the capital Harare and the eastern town of Rusape, police told AFP.

“We confirm 47 people have died in a road traffic accident at the 166-kilometre peg along the Harare-Mutare highway,” police spokesman Paul Nyathi said.

On Twitter, the state-run Herald newspaper said pictures from the scene were too graphic to post.

The paper said the morgue at the local public hospital in Rusape had run out of space and sought help from a private funeral parlour to take in some of the corpses. 

Traffic accidents are common in Zimbabwe, where roads are riddled with potholes due to years of underfunding and neglect, but the highway where the accident occurred had been recently resurfaced. 

In June last year, 43 people were killed in a bus crash in the north of the country, along the highway leading to neighbouring Zambia.

Deputy Transport Minister Fortune Chasi said the government will take steps to curb the road carnage.

“Totally needless loss of lives. This event should be the last before stern measures are taken,” he tweeted, promising to rein in public service vehicles and their owners.

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BJP And Trinamool Supporters Clash In Many Areas. Buses Vandalised, Trains Stopped


West Bengal: 

The BJP has called a 12-hour bandh today in West Bengal, protesting the death of two youth at North Dinajpur’s Islampur. Sporadic incidents of violence have been reported across the state. The police are out in full force in capital Kolkata and other sensitive districts.

Protesters have attacked private buses in Howrah’s Tikiapara area and clashes between the Trinamool and BJP supporters have been reported in Barasat. In Cooch Behar and Midnapore, state government buses have been vandalised. Protesters blocked train tracks on the Howrah-Bardhaman main line.

Protesters have also obstructed trains in Sealdah-Barasat-Bongaon, Sealdah-Diamond Harbour and Kawta-Bandel sections. Drivers of the state government buses were seen wearing helmets. 

The Trinamool government has warned that stern action will be taken against those trying to enforce the 12-hour bandh today. Party general secretary and state education minister Partha Chatterjee accused the BJP of trying to foment trouble in the state and said all steps will be taken to ensure normal life is not affected.  The minister has asked schools and colleges to remain open. Some private schools however, have declared a holiday, fearing violence.
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The BJP has claimed that the shutdown would be a total as “the entire state is fed up with the misrule of TMC”.  “People will participate in this strike peacefully. But if the TMC and its goons try to foil the strike, there will be repercussions,” said the state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh. 

“The state government is trying to hush up the incident in Islampur. But we won’t stop until and unless justice is delivered,” said Mr Ghosh.

A war of words broke out on the eve of the bandh between the two parties. While the Trinamool minister alleged, “the BJP is trying to instill fear among the people and the kind of language they are using is completely unacceptable,” the BJP accused the state police officers of working with the Mamata Banerjee government. “The TMC government will not be there after 2021 but they (officers) have long services. We (BJP) will not spare them… We will remember their names. We have sharp memories,” said the state BJP chief in North Dinajpur on Sunday.

The opposition Congress and Left parties have protested the Islampur incident but have not supported the BJP’s bandh call. Both parties accused both Trinamool and the BJP of trying to communalise the incident.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is currently on an European tour, has ordered extra police force to be deployed to stop BJP activists from disrupting normal life. “Extra precautionary measures have been taken to counter the bandh. All sanctioned holidays have been cancelled as all senior police officers will be on the city roads,” said a top officer.

Rajesh Sarkar, a former student, died after being hit in the back by a bullet during the clashes between protesters and the police in Islampur last Friday. Another student, Tapas Barman, also died of gunshot wounds at the North Bengal Medical College, where he was taken for treatment. The clashes in Islampur erupted over protests over the appointment of Urdu teachers in a local government school.





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4,500 Buses To Remain Off Roads Today As Employees Strike


Employees’ Unions have called for a one-day strike, but it can be extended (File)

Jaipur: 

Over 4, 500 buses remained off the roads in Rajasthan on Monday as state transport corporation employees went on a strike over various demands, including implementation of the seventh pay panel’s recommendations.

Employees’ Unions have called for a one-day strike, but it can be extended, Rajasthan Roadways Workers’ Union, general secretary, Kishan Singh Rathore, told PTI.

“There are 4,716 buses with the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC). This includes nearly 1,000 buses that are on contract, and most of them are not operating. This one-day call may be extended,” he said.

Mr Rathore said the unions held a meeting with Transport Minister Yunus Khan Sunday, but it failed and the strike began at midnight.

“Our main demands are that our salary should be as per the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, there must be new recruitment in the corporation and new buses be purchased,” he said.

Commuters across Rajasthan faced hardship due to the strike.

Mr Rathore claimed that about 10 lakh people use RSRTC buses everyday.





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Ashok Leyland Bags An Order For 200 Buses From Bangladesh


Ashok Leyland has announced the winning of another order from Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) for the supply of 200 Ashok Leyland buses.




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The buses will be manufactured in India and exported to Bangladesh as completely built-up (CBU)

Ashok Leyland today announced bagging a new order to supply 200 buses to the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC). The home-grown commercial and heavy vehicle manufacturer has received an order for Single Decker AC buses which includes Intercity AC buses as well as City AC buses. The buses will be manufactured in India and exported to Bangladesh as completely built-up (CBU) units and BRTC will be procuring these new single decker AC buses against a tender under Indian Line of Credit.

Announcing the order win, Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, said, “We continue to serve the Bangladesh market and this repeat order, after the double-decker bus order, is a testament of the trust they have in our brand. Bangladesh continues to be one of our most important export markets. And it will continue to play a key role in our strategy of increasing our export share in total revenue.”

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7 Dead, 30 Injured As Buses Collide Head-On Near Tamil Nadu’s Salem


30 people injured in the accident are being treated at a government hospital in Salem (Representational)

Coimbatore: 

Seven people, including two women, were killed and 30 others injured when two buses collided head-on on in Tamil Nadu today, police said.

The incident happened at around 2 am on the outskirts of Salem, around 150 kms from Coimbatore, when a speeding bus heading towards Krishnagiri brushed against a mini-van parked on the national highway before colliding head-on with another bus coming from the opposite direction, they said.

The bus overturned after the collision, resulting in the death of seven people, the police added.

The Tamil Nadu police carried out rescue operations through the night. This morning, Salem District Collector Rohini also visited the site of the accident.

Thirty other passengers who were injured in the accident have been admitted to a government hospital in Salem, the police added.

More details awaited.

 





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Eicher Trucks And Buses Bags Order For 350 Heavy Duty Trucks From Bangladesh


The Eicher 20.16 has been designed to deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency, superior uptime with modern ergonomics.

Eicher Trucks & Buses, part of VE Commercial Vehicles, has bagged an order for 350 heavy duty trucks from Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC). BRTC has bought 350 units of Eicher 20.16, which is a 16 tonnes GVW haulage truck. According to the company, the Eicher 20.16 has been designed to deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency, superior uptime with modern ergonomics. Moreover, the company says that this development will further drive VECV’s vision of modernizing the commercial vehicle industry in Bangladesh. The delivery of the order is expected to take place within 8 months.

Also Read: Eicher Introduces New 7-Speed Gearbox Medium Duty Trucks

SS Gill, Senior Vice President and Head, International Business, VECV said, “The commercial vehicle industry in Bangladesh has been growing rapidly in the past few years. This market is a key export region for us and there is a growing demand for fuel efficient, reliable trucks to fulfil customer requirements.”

Also Read: Eicher Trucks And Buses Receives ICAT Certification For BS-VI Compliant CNG Engine

He added, “Eicher Trucks & Buses has led the introduction of modern technology in Bangladesh with best-in-class fuel efficiency, superior reliability and a host of features to enhance the comfort and safety of drivers and profitability for transporters. This order further strengthens our position in Bangladesh, where we have been growing by over 37 per cent CAGR for the last 5 years.”

Also Read: Eicher Pro 6049 And Pro 6041 Tractor Trailors Launched In India

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VECV also announced that the company will look to strengthen the aftersales networks and parts distribution in Bangladesh. Currently, the company has 29 touchpoints where trucks and buses can be serviced and over 220 retail points where parts are available across Bangladesh.

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Raksha bandhan Gift of UP Roadways special buses from 24th to 29th August


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Vietnam’s Vinfast In Deal With Siemens For Technology To Make Electric Buses


VinFast said the deals will enable it to launch the first electric bus by the end of 2019.

VinFast Trading and Production LLC has signed two contracts with Siemens Vietnam, a unit of Siemens AG, for the supply of technology and components to manufacture electric buses in the Southeast Asian country. VinFast, a unit of Vietnam’s biggest private conglomerate, Vingroup JSC, said on Monday the deals will enable it to launch the first electric bus by the end of 2019.

Also Read: Vietnamese Carmaker VinFast To Unveil SUV And Sedan At The 2018 Paris Motor Show

“Electric buses are an essential element of sustainable urban public transportation systems,” Siemens Vietnam President and CEO Pham Thai Lai said in the statement.

VinFast will also produce electric motorcycles, electric cars and gasoline cars from its $1.5-billion factory being built in Haiphong City, it said.

Also Read: Pininfarina Develops Two Cars For Vietnamese Carmaker VinFast

In June, General Motors Co agreed to transfer its Vietnamese operation to VinFast, which will also exclusively distribute GM’s Chevrolet cars in Vietnam.

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Mob Sets Three Buses On Fire After Truck Crushes Man To Death


The locals had set three buses on fire which were passing through the area police said.

Muzaffarpur: 

A speeding truck crushed a man to death in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Friday following which a mob set fire to three buses, police said.

The incident occurred on Muzaffarpur-Sitamarhi road near Jhapahan chowk under the jurisdiction of Ahiyapur police station of the district, Ahiyapur police station Inspector Manoj Kumar told reporters.

The deceased has been identified as Anil Singh (35), a resident of Rampurhari village of the district, Inspector Kumar said.

Protesting against the death of Mr Singh in the mishap angry local people set three buses on fire which were passing through the area besides damaging the windscreens and window panes of around a dozen other vehicles, he said.

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Maratha movement: Rail Roko in Pune, buses burnt in Sangli and Solapur


खास बातें

  1. तीन विधायकों ने मराठा आरक्षण के पक्ष में इस्तीफे की पेशकश की
  2. मुख्यमंत्री देवेंन्द्र फड़णवीस ने अपने निवास पर मंत्रियों की बैठक बुलाई
  3. एमएनएस प्रमुख ने मराठा आरक्षण पर फड़णवीस के ढुलमुल रैवये की निंदा की

मुंबई: महाराष्ट्र में मराठा आरक्षण की मांग को लेकर बुधवार को हुई हिंसा के बाद गुरुवार को मुंबई और उसके आसपास के इलाकों में भले ही शांति है लेकिन कुछ जिलों में आज भी आंदोलन जारी है. पुणे में आंदोलनकारियों ने रेल रोकी, तो सांगली और सोलापुर में बसों में आग लगा दी. औरंगाबाद में भी शांतिपूर्वक आंदोलन जारी है.

राज्य के अलग-अलग पार्टियों के तीन विधायक अब तक मराठा आरक्षण के पक्ष में इस्तीफे की पेशकश कर चुके हैं. इस बीच खबर है कि मुख्यमंत्री देवेंन्द्र फड़णवीस ने रात में अपने निवास पर मंत्रियों की बैठक बुलाई है. शिवसेना के बाद एमएनएस प्रमुख ने मराठा आरक्षण पर मुख्यमंत्री देवेंद्र फड़णवीस के ढुलमुल रैवये की निंदा की है.

यह भी पढ़ें : आरक्षण की मांग कर रहे मराठा मोर्चा ने मुंबई बंद वापस लिया, हिंसा में तीन पुलिसकर्मी घायल


आरक्षण देने की मांक को लेकर मराठा समुदाय के बंद के दौरान बुधवार को हिंसा हुई थी. प्रदर्शनकारियों ने नवी मुंबई तथा सतारा जिले में पुलिसकर्मियों पर पत्थर फेंके जिससे तीन जवान घायल हो गए. बाद में नौकरियों और शिक्षा में आरक्षण के समर्थन में आंदोलन का नेतृत्व कर रहे ‘मराठा क्रांति मोर्चा’ ने मुंबई बंद वापस ले लिया. मुंबई में बुधवार को सुबह शुरू हुआ बंद विभिन्न भागों में हिंसा होने के बाद अपराह्न तीन बजे से पहले वापस ले लिया गया.

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VIDEO : हिंसक हुए आंदोलनकारी

मोर्चे के नेता वीरेंद्र पवार ने संवाददाताओं से कहा, ‘‘हम केवल यह साबित करना चाहते थे कि हम एक साथ हैं और हमने इसे साबित भी कर दिया. हम प्रदर्शनों को हिंसक बनते हुए नहीं देखना चाहते और इसलिए, हम आज के लिए मुंबई में अपना बंद वापस ले रहे हैं.’’ इस मोर्चे के एक अन्य नेता ने कहा कि नौ अगस्त को एक बार फिर बंद का आह्वान किया जा सकता है लेकिन इस संबंध में अंतिम फैसला सभी मराठा संगठनों के वरिष्ठ सदस्यों से सलाह मशविरा करने के बाद किया जाएगा.



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