Bus on fire in Rampura Phul near Bathinda on Saturday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Bus on fire in Rampura Phul near Bathinda on Saturday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

HT Punjab news digest: Bus on fire, chitta’s high rates, defunct airports, and board exam results

Here’s a wrap-up of the day’s top news and features from Hindustan Times from the northern region and the diaspora for May 13.
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2017 09:33 PM IST

Bus catches fire near Bathinda, three charred to death
Three persons were charred to death while 20 others suffered injuries when an air-conditioned bus of a private firm caught fire at Rampura Phul, around 35km from district headquarters Bathinda, on Saturday evening. Click for full report and video

Heroin rates double in Punjab: Crunch for better or for worse?
Addicts in Amritsar — where the rates are usually the lowest due to proximity to smuggling routes from the border — are getting the dose for up to Rs 3,600 a gram, which is double the earlier rate. Read full report here

Flights of fancy: 3 domestic airports in Punjab remain grounded

Opened with much fanfare, domestic airports in Bathinda, Ludhiana and Pathankot have failed to live up to their early promise. They have remained non-functional for long periods with no domestic flights or have been underused. The Punjab and Haryana high court has given the Centre last chance to file response on a PIL seeking start of flights from these facilities. HT reporters visited the airports for a first-hand look.

PSEB Class 12 results 2017: Topper aims to be a pioneering teacher, to create ‘future leaders’
Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) 2017 Class 12 state topper, Amisha Arora, a commerce student who scored 98.44%, has dreams of becoming a “pioneering teacher who will create future leaders in government and private organisations.” Read full report here

Rohtak horror: 10-year-old girl raped by stepfather, found pregnant
The incident came to light when the victim’s mother, a migrant labourer from Bihar, took her to the doctor for a checkup and found her to be pregnant. Read full report here

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