Sunday, December 3, 2000, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3 am (IST)

40 die, 135 hurt in rail mishap near Rajpura

Fractured track blamed for tragedy

JEEWANPURA (Fatehgarh Sahib), Dec 2 — In the second major train tragedy in Punjab following the Khanna mishap two years back, 40 persons were killed and 135 injured, 20 of them seriously, when the 3005 (Up) Howrah Amritsar Express collided with coaches of a goods train which had fallen in its track after being derailed near this village situated between Fatehgarh Sahib and Rajpura this morning.


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Mangled coaches of the Howrah-Amritsar Express

Mangled coaches of the Howrah-Amritsar Express lie on a derailed goods train after a major mishap near Fatehgarh Sahib. — Tribune photograph by Pradeep Tewari 

MapSabotage not ruled out: Mamata
MIDNAPORE (WB), Dec 2 — Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today did not rule out sabotage in the train accident at Sarai Banjara in Punjab involving Howrah-Amritsar Mail and a derailed goods train and said she would press for a CBI inquiry.

Trains cancelled, diverted
AMBALA, Dec 2 — The train accident near Rajpura in Patiala between Sadhugarh and Sarai Banjara has thrown rail traffic out of gear in Ambala Division with several trains being cancelled or diverted.



Villagers rise to the occasion
Officialdom prepares for VIPs
JEEWANPUR (Fatehgarh Sahib), Dec 2 — The indomitable spirit of the Punjabis came to the fore in this small village here today with men and women surmounting immense odds to rescue those trapped in the mangled coaches of Howrah Express which had rammed into capsized coaches of a goods train lying on its track this morning.

The crucial two minutes
SARAI BANJARA (Punjab), Dec 2 — There was a short span of just two minutes between derailment of the goods train and collision of the Howrah-Amritsar Mail with it, senior railway officials said today.

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Militants kill four children
JAMMU, Dec 2 — Militants killed four children and critically injured two others at Surjian village in Mahore belt of Udhampur district last night. 

Pak to show restraint along LoC; it's a ploy, say experts
NEW DELHI, Dec 2 — In a tame response to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s offer of unilateral cessation of combat operations against the militants in Jammu and Kashmir during the fasting month of Ramzan, Pakistan sought to appease the western powers by disclosing today that it will observe “maximum restraint” along the Line of Control (LOC).

EC revises symbols order
NEW DELHI, Dec 2 — The Election Commission today “simplified, straightened and liberalised” the criteria for recognition of political parties by amending the symbols order. Chief Election Commissioner M.S. Gill said the criteria had been simplified as the Election Commission did not want to punish parties but promote democracy in a sensible democratic way.

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