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New Delhi, Sep 1: The Delhi government decided to have new 2,000 standard floor, non-AC buses, said by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot. In the past four years, capital was not added any bus in the public transport system.

Gahlot said, Of the 2,000 buses, 1,000 will be with the state-run Delhi Transport Corp (DTC) and 1,000 will be cluster buses.

“Purchase of new buses sends a message that the perception that DTC is a dying organisation is wrong,” he added.

Still, the cluster buses need 10 months and DTC buses 12 months time to come on the roads. The Minister added the government was also planning to introduce mini buses.

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13 miners trapped in Meghalaya coal pit, rescue underway

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Shillong, Dec 14: Around thirteen miners, who were trapped inside a coal pit filled with gallons of water in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, were yet to be reached or rescued, district police chief said on Friday. Officials had already said their chances of survival were bleak.

“We are yet to recover the dead bodies from the pit,” Sylvester Nongtnger, the district police chief of East Jaintia Hills told IANS

“The rescue operation is still on in full swing. the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been pressed into service to carry out the rescue operation,” he added.

The accident inside the coal pit on Thursday was of significance, especially because the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had ordered an interim ban on “rat-hole” coal mining in the state from April 17, 2014.

As per verbal information received late on Thursday, 13 miners including three locals of Lumthari area were trapped inside the pit, Nongtnger had said.

“It appeared the miners resumed mining coal three to four days ago. Our first step is to rescue those people trapped inside the pit. We are pumping the water out of the pit with the help of generators but the water level has not receded,” the police official said.

Nongtnger had made it clear that the chances of survival of the miners were very bleak.

“Efforts are on to identify the coal mine owner. We have already registered a case against the owner,” he told soon after the accident.

Coal mine accidents are common in the mountainous state because of unscientific mining commonly known “rat hole mining”.

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Jammu and Kashmir: 7 killed in Reasi accident

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Jammu, Dec 14: At least seven people, including two minors, lost their lives and three injured in a road accident in Reasi district of  Jammu and Kashmir.

An overloaded private car headed to Sujandhar village went out of the driver’s control and plunged into a gorge at Damasgali late on Thursday.

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Cold wave continues in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar, Dec 14: Night temperatures dropped further on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir intensifying the cold wave sweeping the state.

The minimum temperatures were likely to drop further during the next one week as the weather was likely to remain dry, Sonam Lotus, director of the Met Department said.

Although minimum temperatures remained well below the freezing point throughout the valley and Ladakh region, it was Gulmarg, which was the coldest at minus 10.6 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam recorded minus 9.7, Leh minus 5.9 and Kargil minus 9.9.

In the Jammu region, Jammu city recorded 7.4, Katra 5.4, Batote minus 1.2 while Bannihal and Bhaderwah recorded minus 1.6 degrees Celsius.

Earlier on Thursday, light rain and snow occurred in Jammu and Kashmir and at minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg was the coldest in the Kashmir Valley, while Srinagar recorded 0.1 and Pahalgam minus 1.5 as the minimum temperatures.

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