Monday, March 12, 2001,
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40 charred to death in bus mishap
Malappuram (Kerala), March 11
At least 40 persons were burnt to death when a bus caught fire after colliding with a car at Pookiparambu in Tirurangadi near here, the police said. Only four persons escaped from the fully loaded private bus, which was proceeding to Thalassery form Guruvayur. The mishap occurred when the diesel tank of the bus burst into flames after it collided with the car and the bus overturned, giving no chance to the passengers to jump off. When the first police party reached the site, nearly 90 per cent of the bus had been burnt, with people charred beyond recognition, the police said. PTI

8 die in caste clash
Biharsharif (Bihar), March 11
At least eight persons were killed and six others were missing in a caste clash at Singhthu village in central Biharís Nalanda district last night. PTI

Talwandi unhurt
Ludhiana, March 11
SGPC chief Jagdev Singh Talwandi had a narrow escape this evening when his car was hit by another car while returning from Jagraon side. A report had been lodged with the Dakha police station in this regard. FOC

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