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Meghalaya pulled up over illegal mining

Meghalaya to give the money to Central Pollution Control Board for failing to curb illegal mining in the state.
Last year in December, 15 miners were trapped in a mine after the illegal coal mine they were digging got flooded in the coal-rich East Jaintia Hills, an area where illegal mining was rife despite a National Green Tribunal ban on such activities.(AFP)
Last year in December, 15 miners were trapped in a mine after the illegal coal mine they were digging got flooded in the coal-rich East Jaintia Hills, an area where illegal mining was rife despite a National Green Tribunal ban on such activities.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 03, 2019 11:58 PM IST
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Meghalaya mine: Rescue suspended due to rains, flood

On December 13, as many as 15 workers got trapped in the “rat-hole” mine at Khloo Ryngksan village in East Jaintia Hills district after water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into it.
In this file photo taken on December 29, 2018, Indian National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel gather around a crane as Indian Navy divers are lifted with a pulley during rescue operations to help 15 miners trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district.(AFP/ File photo)
In this file photo taken on December 29, 2018, Indian National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel gather around a crane as Indian Navy divers are lifted with a pulley during rescue operations to help 15 miners trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district.(AFP/ File photo)
Published on Jun 08, 2019 12:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong | ByDavid Laitphlang

Second body retrieved from Meghalaya coal mine; 5 spotted so far

The body has been dispatched to Civil Hospital Khliehriat for a post mortem examination and other formalities, Kumar said. He added this was the fifth body to be spotted.
Rescue workers from NDRF and Indian Navy retrieved a second body on Wednesday from the main shaft of the flooded coal mine at Khloo Ryngksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, officials said.(REUTERS)
Rescue workers from NDRF and Indian Navy retrieved a second body on Wednesday from the main shaft of the flooded coal mine at Khloo Ryngksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, officials said.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 27, 2019 04:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong | ByDavid Laitphlang

Meghalaya mining disaster: One more body spotted by navy vehicle

A day after decomposed body parts of an unknown person were detected by Indian Navy divers using an underwater remotely operated vehicle, another body was detected today by the UROV at the flooded coal mine in Meghalaya.
16 miners have been trapped in the illegally operated coal mine since tragedy struck on December 13, last year.(Reuters File Photo)
16 miners have been trapped in the illegally operated coal mine since tragedy struck on December 13, last year.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Feb 26, 2019 12:30 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong | ByDavid Laitphlang

Meghalaya mining tragedy: Decomposed body parts detected by Navy ROV

According to R Susngi, the spokesperson of the East Jaintia Hills district administration, “decomposed body parts” were detected on Sunday by the Indian Navy crew.
In all 1,40,76,000 litres of water were pumped out by teams from Coal India, Kirloskar and KSB on Sunday, the spokesperson informed while adding that the NDRF were rendering all assistance to the rescue teams on site.(AFP)
In all 1,40,76,000 litres of water were pumped out by teams from Coal India, Kirloskar and KSB on Sunday, the spokesperson informed while adding that the NDRF were rendering all assistance to the rescue teams on site.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 25, 2019 07:58 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong | ByDavid Laitphlang

Supreme Court seeks details from Meghalaya on illegal mines operating there

Meghalaya has nearly 640 million tonnes of coal reserves. Large-scale illegal and indiscriminate mining of the coal by private landowners and the local community started nearly three decades ago.
Meghalaya has nearly 640 million tonnes of coal reserves.(AFP)
Meghalaya has nearly 640 million tonnes of coal reserves.(AFP)
Published on Feb 08, 2019 11:14 PM IST
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Body recovered from Meghalaya mine identified by wife

It has been identified as that of Amir Hussain (30) from Assam’s Chirang district by his wife, Obhijaan Khatun.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Indian Naval personnel carry a body of a trapped miner during a joint operation in Ksan area of East Jaintia Hills.(PTI)
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Indian Naval personnel carry a body of a trapped miner during a joint operation in Ksan area of East Jaintia Hills.(PTI)
Published on Jan 25, 2019 08:12 PM IST
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Will try to pull out Meghalaya miner’s body today: State official

The corpse of one of the missing miners was spotted by the navy’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in one of the shafts on January 16.
Officials in Meghalaya will make a fresh attempt on Tuesday to pull out the decomposing body of one of the miners trapped in an illegal coal mine in the state’s East Jaintia Hills district since December last year after the Indian Navy suspended its operations to retrieve it.(REUTERS)
Officials in Meghalaya will make a fresh attempt on Tuesday to pull out the decomposing body of one of the miners trapped in an illegal coal mine in the state’s East Jaintia Hills district since December last year after the Indian Navy suspended its operations to retrieve it.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 22, 2019 10:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong/Guwahati | ByDavid Laitphlang and Sadiq Naqvi

Meghalaya miners: Want a decent burial, say families as bodies pulled out of mine ‘fall apart’

The body has been detected 32 days after the miners got trapped inside the mine on December 13 as water gushed in.
East Jaintia Hills: Naval divers look at the captured pictures of one of the 15 miners trapped in illegal rat mines since Dec. 13, in Ksan area of East Jaintia Hills, in Thursday.(PTI)
East Jaintia Hills: Naval divers look at the captured pictures of one of the 15 miners trapped in illegal rat mines since Dec. 13, in Ksan area of East Jaintia Hills, in Thursday.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 18, 2019 10:00 AM IST
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Body spotted in Meghalaya mine, retrieval unclear

The Navy’s underwater remotely operated vehicle on Wednesday spotted a body during the search for 15 workers trapped in an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya since December 13. However, there is no clarity as to how long it will take to retrieve the body, which could be in a decomposed state.
A joint rescue operation involving nearly 200 personnel from the NDRF, Indian Navy as well state agencies, has been on at a “rat-hole” mine at Khloo Ryngksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district for the past one month.(Reuters)
A joint rescue operation involving nearly 200 personnel from the NDRF, Indian Navy as well state agencies, has been on at a “rat-hole” mine at Khloo Ryngksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district for the past one month.(Reuters)
Published on Jan 17, 2019 10:46 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | BySadiq Naqvi

Body spotted in Meghalaya rat hole mine, but it can’t be pulled out yet

A joint rescue operation involving local workers, NDRF and Indian Navy among others, with some equipment flown in from outside the state, has been on at the illegal rat-hole mine at Khloo Ryngksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, which was flooded on December 13 trapping the miners.
Navy’s underwater remote operated vehicle has spotted a body in a(Spokespersonnavy)
Navy’s underwater remote operated vehicle has spotted a body in a(Spokespersonnavy)
Updated on Jan 17, 2019 07:45 PM IST
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‘Keep trying, miracles do happen,’ says Supreme Court on Meghalaya mine rescue op

The judges also asked what the government was doing about persons operating illegal mines and the officials who allowed them to go on.
The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and the Meghalaya government to take help of experts and continue efforts to rescue the 15 miners trapped in a coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills since December 13 last year.(AFP)
The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and the Meghalaya government to take help of experts and continue efforts to rescue the 15 miners trapped in a coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills since December 13 last year.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 11, 2019 01:11 PM IST
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2 killed in another Meghalaya mine collapse; fate of 15 trapped miners uncertain

Police have uncovered another four cases of illegal mining in the coal-rich East Jaintia Hills district, an area where a National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on such activities has been in place for more than four years.
Two miners were found dead on Sunday in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, who police suspect were killed by falling boulders that hit them while they were trying to extract coal, even as the fate of 15 people trapped in a flooded mine since December 13 is unknown.(AFP)
Two miners were found dead on Sunday in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, who police suspect were killed by falling boulders that hit them while they were trying to extract coal, even as the fate of 15 people trapped in a flooded mine since December 13 is unknown.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 07, 2019 08:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong | ByDavid Laitphlang

Meghalaya rat-hole mining tragedy: Politicians have a lot to answer for

There were enough warnings against this primitive form of extraction but private profiteering took precedence over ecology, public health and human cost.
This undated file handout photo from the National Disaster Response Force released to AFP on December 17, 2018, shows emergency workers gathering around a crane after 15 miners were trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district(AFP)
This undated file handout photo from the National Disaster Response Force released to AFP on December 17, 2018, shows emergency workers gathering around a crane after 15 miners were trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district(AFP)
Updated on Nov 03, 2019 11:33 PM IST
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NGT imposes 100 crore fine on Meghalaya govt for failing to curb illegal mining

At least 15 miners are trapped in the 370 foot-deep illegal coal mine in Lumthari village of East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya since December 13 and all efforts to pump the water out of flooded mine have been in vain.
In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018 Indian Navy divers are lowered into a mine with a pulley during rescue operations to help 15 miners trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district.(AFP File Photo)
In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018 Indian Navy divers are lowered into a mine with a pulley during rescue operations to help 15 miners trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jan 04, 2019 11:25 PM IST
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Workers must not suffer, says Supreme Court on trapped Meghalaya miners

The miners have been missing since December 13 after the illegal coal mine in Ksan village of the coal-rich East Jaintia Hills, an area where illegal mining is rife, they were digging was flooded when water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into it.
Indian Navy personnel come out of a coal mine during a rescue operation in Ksan, Meghalaya, December 31, 2018 (File Photo)(REUTERS)
Indian Navy personnel come out of a coal mine during a rescue operation in Ksan, Meghalaya, December 31, 2018 (File Photo)(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 04, 2019 01:52 PM IST
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‘Just want the bodies’: 21 days on, families of trapped Meghalaya miners lose hope

The families of the trapped miners inside a flooded coal pit for 21 days now in Meghalaya on Wednesday said they are giving up on them being alive even as rescuers struggle to dewater the pit.
Odisha Fire and Disaster team pumping the water from nearby old shaft located 500 meters from the main site of a coal mine that collapsed in Ksan, in Meghalaya.(PTI file photo)
Odisha Fire and Disaster team pumping the water from nearby old shaft located 500 meters from the main site of a coal mine that collapsed in Ksan, in Meghalaya.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Jan 02, 2019 10:04 PM IST
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No trace of Meghalaya miners, rescue team begins pumping out water

Susngi said the Odisha firefighters will continue dewatering the coal mine on Wednesday to determine the water level at the main shaft.
Indian Navy personnel come out of the coal mine in Ksan, Meghalaya, where at least 15 miners are stuck in a deep mine.(REUTERS)
Indian Navy personnel come out of the coal mine in Ksan, Meghalaya, where at least 15 miners are stuck in a deep mine.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 02, 2019 05:41 PM IST
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Shillong | ByIndo Asian News Service

Divers to resume search for trapped Meghalaya miners tomorrow

The Navy had said on Monday that the search for the Meghalaya miners will be feasible only after the level of the water in the illegal structure comes down.
Operations underway to rescue the trapped miners in East Jaintia Hills on January 1.(Twitter/ANI Photo)
Operations underway to rescue the trapped miners in East Jaintia Hills on January 1.(Twitter/ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 01, 2019 08:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong | BySadiq Naqvi

Meghalaya miners rescue LIVE updates: Search will be feasible when level of water comes down, says Navy

Divers from the Indian Navy entered the main pit of the flooded Ksan mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills Sunday, where 15 miners have been trapped since December 13.Santosh Kumar Singh of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) told HT at the site that if divers manage to get to the bottom of the pit and find the number of lateral rat-holes there, it will be a major breakthrough.Here are the live updates:

Indian Navy divers have entered the rat-hole coal mine.(District administration)
Indian Navy divers have entered the rat-hole coal mine.(District administration)
Updated on Dec 31, 2018 08:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySadiq Naqvi

Odisha, navy teams reach Meghalaya mine, to begin rescue operations tomorrow

The initial rescue operation to help the miners had to be stopped as the pumps were not adequate to flush out large volumes of water. The state government then sough Centre’s help and high-powered pumps and a team was dispatched from Odisha.
An Indian Navy team has reached the mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills where 15 people have been trapped since December 13 but will begin their operations on Sunday morning.(HT Photo)
An Indian Navy team has reached the mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills where 15 people have been trapped since December 13 but will begin their operations on Sunday morning.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2018 06:10 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong | ByDavid Laitphlang, Utpal Parashar & Sadiq Naqvi

Meghalaya miners rescue operation LIVE updates: Indian Navy likely to start operation tomorrow

An assessment team from Kirloskar Pumps (KBL) in Kolkata arrived at the remote site of the accident in Meghalaya on Thursday evening at the behest of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, whose party is in the opposition in the state.15 miners are trapped in the flooded rat-hole Ksan coal mines in East Jaintia Hills district since December 13.The Meghalaya government has said it will not call off the rescue operation to evacuate the 15 miners trapped inside a coal pit for the last 15 days in the remote Ksan mining area in East Jaintia Hills district.Read: Too little, too late? Hopes faint as rescue teams rush to MeghalayaA team of Odisha fire services department had left yesterday (Friday) to step up rescue efforts, however, they are yet to reach the spot. :

Updated on Dec 29, 2018 05:48 PM IST
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Too little, too late? Hopes faint as rescue teams rush to Meghalaya

Now 14 days after the accident, scathing criticism has done what the miners’ plight failed to do : stir the state government to ask for help from the Center. The air force, the navy, the NDMA and a plethora of sophisticated equipment are now on their way to the remote site of the accident. But it is a classic case of too little, too late.
An Odisha team left on Friday morning in a special aircraft of the Indian Air Force with 20 high-power pumps to assist in rescue operation in Meghalaya for 15 miners trapped for past 16 days.(Photo courtesy Fire Department , Odisha)
An Odisha team left on Friday morning in a special aircraft of the Indian Air Force with 20 high-power pumps to assist in rescue operation in Meghalaya for 15 miners trapped for past 16 days.(Photo courtesy Fire Department , Odisha)
Updated on Dec 29, 2018 08:41 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong/Guwahati/New Delhi | ByDavid Laitphlang, Utpal Parashar, Sadiq Naqvi and Padma Rao Sundarji

Congress MP’s gaffe in Lok Sabha: Cites miners trapped in ‘Mizoram’ instead of Meghalaya

The miners are said to be trapped in an illegal coal mine at Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district for the past two weeks.
Congress’ Shillong MP Vincent H Pala made a faux pas in the Lok Sabha Thursday when he cited Mizoram instead of Meghalaya.(ANI/Twitter)
Congress’ Shillong MP Vincent H Pala made a faux pas in the Lok Sabha Thursday when he cited Mizoram instead of Meghalaya.(ANI/Twitter)
Updated on Dec 28, 2018 02:34 PM IST
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Rescue operation in Meghalaya LIVE: ‘Water level same as yesterday,’ says NDRF official

An assessment team from Kirloskar Pumps (KBL) in Kolkata arrived at the remote site of the accident on Thursday evening at the behest of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, whose party is in the opposition in Meghalaya.15 miners are trapped in the flooded rat-hole Ksan coal mines in East Jaintia Hills district since December 13.The Meghalaya government has said it will not call off the rescue operation to evacuate the 15 miners trapped inside a coal pit for the last 15 days in the remote Ksan mining area in East Jaintia Hills district. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said Coal India Limited and Kirloskar Brothers’ Limited have offered their support to draw out the water from the 370-ft coal pit so that the rescuers can locate the trapped miners. Here are the live updates:

15 miners are trapped in the flooded rat-hole Ksan coal mines in East Jaintia Hills district since December 13.(AFP)
15 miners are trapped in the flooded rat-hole Ksan coal mines in East Jaintia Hills district since December 13.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 28, 2018 07:38 PM IST
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20 powerful pumps to reach trapped miners soon, Naval divers on way too

A request for 10 pumps of 100 HP, survey teams to detect seepage and other assistance from state-owned Coal India was made by the district administration in a letter to the state government on December 20, but the corporation received the communication only on December 26.
An Odisha team left on Friday morning in a special aircraft of the Indian Air Force with 20 high-power pumps to assist in rescue operation in Meghalaya for 15 miners trapped for past 15 days.(Photo courtesy Fire Department , Odisha)
An Odisha team left on Friday morning in a special aircraft of the Indian Air Force with 20 high-power pumps to assist in rescue operation in Meghalaya for 15 miners trapped for past 15 days.(Photo courtesy Fire Department , Odisha)
Updated on Dec 28, 2018 11:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati/Bhubaneswar | ByUtpal Parashar and Debabrata Mohanty

Ruling NPP leader accused of attack on Meghalaya women activists surrenders

Civil Society Women’s Organisation president Agnes Kharshiing and her colleague Amita Sangma were brutally attacked on November 8 at Tuber Shohshrieh village in East Jaintia Hills when they were taking photographs of alleged illegal mining and transportation of coal.
The prime accused in the attack on two Meghalaya activists checking illegal coal mining in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district has surrendered to police (Representative Photo)(HT)
The prime accused in the attack on two Meghalaya activists checking illegal coal mining in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district has surrendered to police (Representative Photo)(HT)
Updated on Dec 27, 2018 08:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Shillong | ByDavid Laitphlang

‘15 trapped miners gasp for air...’: Rahul Gandhi takes a shot at PM Modi

The miners were trapped after water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into the horizontal manholes, often termed as ‘rat-holes’, at Ksan area in Lumthari village.
In Meghalaya, operation to rescue 15 trapped miners is hampered by lack of equipment.(Twitter/Scroll.in)
In Meghalaya, operation to rescue 15 trapped miners is hampered by lack of equipment.(Twitter/Scroll.in)
Updated on Dec 26, 2018 02:45 PM IST
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‘Time running out,’ CM Conrad Sangma seeks high-power submersible pumps to rescue trapped Meghalaya miners

The miners were trapped after water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into the illegal rat-hole mine at Ksan area in Lumthari village.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma Saturday said time was running out for the miners trapped inside a 370-foot illegal coal mine since December 13 and in its last ditch effort to save them, the state government has sought high-power submersible pumps from the Coal India Ltd.(AP)
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma Saturday said time was running out for the miners trapped inside a 370-foot illegal coal mine since December 13 and in its last ditch effort to save them, the state government has sought high-power submersible pumps from the Coal India Ltd.(AP)
Updated on Dec 22, 2018 12:56 PM IST
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Shillong | ByPress Trust of India

17 still trapped in Meghalaya coal mine, says survivor

Sayeb Ali, the 21-year-old survivor, had joined the ill-fated Meghalaya mine only 12 days before the tragedy. “I was working at another mine in the area earlier,” said the 21-year-old, who started working in coal mines as a child and has been engaged in this work for the last eight years.
There are 17 people trapped inside the coal mine, claims a survivor of the December 13 accident in the East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.(AP File Photo)
There are 17 people trapped inside the coal mine, claims a survivor of the December 13 accident in the East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Dec 18, 2018 12:07 AM IST
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