AMRITSAR: Gunmen hijacked a bus in the North Indian state of Punjab and shot dead at least four passengers before a passing police patrol stopped the massacre, police said. Police in Amritsar said all 20 passengers could have been shot dead if the patrol had not heard the gunfire and approached the bus. The four for five gunmen escaped, they said.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s party) received a setback in elections to the Upper House of Parliament, losing eight seats to the Opposition. The losses reduced the ruling Congress (I) Party to 139 members in the 245member house.

COLOMBO: At least six people were killed when Tamil separatist guerrillas set off a bomb in a bus in Central Sri Lanka on Tuesday, police said.

They said 10 people were injured in the blast at Ratmalgahawewa in North Central province, about 30 km from the sacred Buddhist city Anuradhapura.

KATHMANDU: At least 18 people were killed on Sunday When a bus crashed off a mountain road in Nepal and plunged into a river. Police said about 60 people were aboard the bus when it crashed into the Trisuli River about 70 km west of the capital Kathmandu.

DHAKA: Bangladesh President Husain Mohammad Ershad dissolved his 30member Cabinet and officials said he was expected to appoint a smaller l government team later on Sunday.

Ershad had planned to streamline the government following Parliamentary elections early this month won by his ruling Jatiya party with 251 of 300 Assembly seats.

Article extracted from this publication >> April 1, 1988