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News18 Daybreak| All 14 labourers trapped for 7 days inside Meghalaya mine feared dead and Other Stories You Need to Watch Out For

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Updated:December 20, 2018, 8:33 AM IST
News18 Daybreak| All 14 labourers trapped for 7 days inside Meghalaya mine feared dead and Other Stories You Need to Watch Out For
The 15 miners have been trapped inside the mine since December 13.

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All 14 labourers trapped for 7 days inside Meghalaya mine feared dead

All the 14 miners trapped in a coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia hills are feared to be dead. The rescue workers have not managed to establish any contact with the miners since the night of December 12. Though a team of over 100 people are engaged in the rescue process, including seventy National Disaster Relief Forces and twenty two from their state counterpart, no headway has been made yet. There are eight divers on stand-by but they can only go in when the water levels are around 30-40 feet, currently the water level is over 70 feet in these 250 feet deep coal mines. The mine collapsed after water from the adjacent Lytein riven came gushing in. The Meghalaya government had

contacted the Union Home Ministry for help in the rescue operation. As per details available, the mine, which is 400 feet deep mine was banned by the National Green Tribunal as it was dug out using the ‘rat hole’ technique, which primarily consists of digging a narrow tunnel to reach the coal seams. The bottom tunnel is just big enough for a worker to enter.

Bihar Mahagathbandhan meeting with Rahul Gandhi

The Grand Alliance of the opposition parties got another boost as Rashtriya Lok Samta Party chief Upendra Khushwaha announced that he is more than willing to join the coalition. Kushwaha had quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance after he failed to get a respectable number of seats to contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha Polls. A meeting is likely to take place between the Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders like RJD leader Tejaswai Yadav, Jitan Ram Manjhi in Bihar. The nature of the alliance will be discussed in the meeting. Upendra Khushwaha is from the politically powerful Koeri caste, which constitutes 7 percent of votes in Bihar and have a significant presence in 20-25 assembly seats.

Accused in 1984 anti-Sikh riots to be produced before Delhi Court today

Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s case will be heard today in Delhi's Patiala House Court. This will be the second case against Kumar that was filed by the CBI on charges of murder and rioting in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.Earlier this week, Kumar was found guilty of murder and inciting violence between groups, and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The case that will be heard today specifically pertains to Kumar’s role in the in the killing of Surjit Singh in Delhi’s Sultanpuri.

File photo of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar. (Getty Images)

Court to decide the fate of BJP’s Rath yatra in Bengal today

The single bench of the Calcutta High Court will deliver the order on whether permission will be granted for BJP’s Rath Yatra. The Bhartiya Janata Party had submitted a writ petition after it was denied permission by Mamta Banerjee for their ‘Save Democracy Yatra’. On Tuesday the court had asked BJP to submit a list of ‘self-restrictions’ measures for the yatra and three tentative dates for the yatra. The Mamata Banerjee-led government had had previously cited law and order disruptions as the reasons for the inhibitions with the yatra . The Bengal CM also highlighted that the yatra are not just political in nature but had religious overtone.

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Rajasthan joins the list of state to offer a waiver on farmer’s loan

After Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Assam, the Rajasthan Government under newly elected Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has now decided to waive off farm loans. The Congress-led government announced that loans of upto Rs.2 lakh will be waived and this would involve the state bearing the expenditure of Rs. 18,000 Crore. Previously, Rahul Gandhi had said that he would not allow PM Modi to either “sleep or rest” till he waived off loans.

File photo of former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. (Image: PTI)

Pakistan Cricket Board to now pay towards BCCI’s legal cost according to recent ICC order

The International Cricket Council on Wednesday ordered Pakistan to pay the Board of Control for Cricket in India 60 per cent of the legal cost that the Indian cricketing board had to bear in matters of a legal tussle between the cricketing bodies. Last month, PCB had filed a compensation claim against the BCCI on grounds that the Indian body had flouted a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed for a bilateral series between the two nations.

How 52 tribals and Dalits were sexually harassed, held captive for 3 years in Karnataka

For close to three years, 52 Dalit and tribal persons, including 16 women and 4 children, were “enslaved” in a heavily guarded, small shed and forced to work as labourers for 19 hours a day without wages across Karnataka, said the police, adding that protests led to beatings with a horse whips and the women being sexually harassed. The police conducted raids on Sunday at the small shed at the Hassan area of Karnataka, where the victims – where some had been living for three years – had lived alongside each other in inhuman conditions. The police received information of the ongoing bonded labour ring after a man escaped scaling a 12-feet wall and reached for help. Here is an exclusive report.

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In November Pakistan government passed, what has been described as a groundbreaking resolution permitting the Kartapur corridor. The decision not only worked as an ice breaker between India and Pakistan but was significant to many devout Sikh followers. News18 Digital explains why.

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