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Navy to join rescue operations to save trapped miners in Meghalaya

The diving team from Visakhapatnam will assist in the rescue operations for the miners trapped inside the 370-feet coal pit in Ksan village of Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district.

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Shillong, Dec 28 (IANS) A 15-member diving team of the Indian Navy will join the rescue operations on Saturday to evacuate 15 miners, who are trapped inside an illegal coal mine for 16 days now in Meghalaya.

Defence spokesperson, Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh, said that the diving team from Visakhapatnam will assist in the rescue operations for the miners trapped inside the 370-feet coal pit in Ksan village of Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district.

He said the team will be carrying special diving equipment, including a re-compression chamber and remotely operated vehicles capable of searching underwater.

“An initial assessment to determine an effective response was undertaken by the Indian Navy on Friday,” Singh said.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has used sonar system and underwater camera to detect the trapped miners. However, the system failed to locate any of those trapped in the main well due to poor visibility.

Incidentally, the National Green Trubunal (NGT) had ordered an interim ban on “rat-hole” coal mining in the state from April 17, 2014.

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Mayawati neither man nor woman: BJP MLA Sadhana Singh

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Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Mughalsarai Sadhana Singh sparked outrage after she used offensive language against former Chief Minister Mayawati.

During a public meeting, Singh said that Mayawati is neither a man nor a woman and added that in spite of being humiliated by the Samajwadi Party in the infamous 1995 Lucknow guest house incident she joined hands with the same party.

Singh said that Mayawati is a blot in the name of women and added that it was a BJP leader who saved her.

Reacting to Sadhana Singh’s comment BSP leader Satish Mishra said after the announcement of SP-BSP coalition the BJP leaders have lost their mental balance and they should be admitted to mental hospitals in Agra and Bareilly.

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FTII student missing since suspension orders

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Pune, Jan 19 : A student of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has been missing since January 13 after he was suspended by the college authorities.

The college authorities have lodged a missing complaint on January 17 with the local police.

The missing student was identified as Manoj Kumar. The FTII director B Kainthola on Kumar’s missing mentioned that the college has reported him missing and they are hopeful that he will return to the Campus soon.

Reportedly, the FIR stated that Manoj Kumar Verma was disturbed after being suspended and left without informing anybody.

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‘Felt like chopping off his hand’: Misa Bharti on Ram Kripal Yadav joining BJP

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Patna, Jan 19: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Misa Bharti has said that she wanted to chop off Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav’s hand when he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

While addressing RJD workers at Vikram near Patna on January 16, she said when she “heard that Yadav is joining the BJP, then I felt like chopping off his hand…I was so angry inside”, reports in the local media said on Saturday.

Yadav, once considered close to Lalu Prasad and his family, joined the BJP in 2014. He contested and won the Lok Sabha poll from Patliputra constituency of Bihar defeating RJD candidate Bharti.

Bharti, elder daughter of Lalu Prasad, said that she had great respect for Yadav but that respect was over after he joined the saffron party and stood with Sushil Kumar Modi, a BJP leader and the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

Doctor-turned-politician Bharti is likely to contest the general elections from the same seat again.

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