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