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20.8.14

DANGEROUS BUSES * Tibet / China - India

* Tibet - Puts 20-person limit on tour buses


(Photo: Himalayan road view)
Beijing,China -AP -20 Aug 2014: -- Chinese authorities are limiting the number of passengers aboard tour buses on mountain roads of Tibet, following two fatal accidents involving such buses, two travel agencies and a man at the official Tibet Regional Tourism Bureau said Wednesday... Chinese bureaucrats confirmed the new rule that puts a 20-person limit on any tour vehicle, including a driver, a guide and a police officer, in Tibet... Tourism has been booming in the Himalayan region, also home to some treacherous roads that wind and dip amid steep mountains... A tour bus carrying about 50 people plunged into a ravine Aug. 9, after crashing with a pickup and a sports utility vehicle in southern Tibet. Forty-four people died... On Monday, a 45-person tour bus fell into a river in southeastern Tibet, killing three and leaving 13 others missing... 


* India - 2,500 private Delhi buses lose permits 

New Delhi,India -TNN, by Rumu Banerjee -Aug 20, 2014: -- Almost two years after the Nirbhaya incident, the transport department has cancelled the permits of 2,500 contract carriages or chartered buses... The move comes after the ministry of home affairs asked the Delhi government to verify the owners and permit holders of all public service vehicles in the city after the gang rape on December 16, 2012. According to the records of the state transport authority, there are 8,000 chartered buses operating in Delhi...
(Photo: Protesters at India Gate) 
(From Wikipedia) The 2012 Delhi gang rape case involved a rape and fatal assault that occurred on 16 December 2012 in Munirka, a neighbourhood in South Delhi, when a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern was beaten and gang raped in a private bus in which she was travelling with a male friend. There were six others in the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped the woman and beat her friend. The woman died from her injuries thirteen days later while undergoing emergency treatment in Singapore...

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