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Meghalaya Mines: Government continues negligence and apathy

IT’S been more than a month. More than a month since 15 men have been trapped in a coal mine in Meghalaya. It was on December 13, 2018 that these men got trapped in a coal mine in Ksan area of Lumthari Village in East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya. The mine got flooded with water…
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The Right to Truth and the struggle against State impunity

SOMETIMES, indeed, you could put your finger on a definite lie. It was not true, for example, as was claimed in the Party history books, that the Party had invented aeroplanes. He remembered aeroplanes since his earliest childhood. But you could prove nothing. There was never any evidence.”  ~ 1984, George Orwell On November 12,…
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Meghalaya miners tragedy shows how the mighty Indian State is trapped in a rat-hole

IT is almost a month since tragedy struck the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya when 15 miners got trapped in a rat-hole mine that got flooded from a nearby river. The rescue workers — from the state and the national disaster management authorities from the Navy, Army and even the Air Force as well as experts…
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Killings at the border: Lives along Line of Control still in great peril despite surgical strikes

There was a report of one Indian Army and one BSF jawan being killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan about a week back. Cross-border firing is a regular phenomenon, especially along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. There were several such violations in the month of November and another jawan was killed on…
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Kathua rape and murder case: Ostracised Bakerwal victim’s family stares at bleak future

Things were not the same anymore. With much trepidation, Muhammad Yousaf Pujwala, 45, stepped inside the forest village Rasana in Kathua district — which has been winter home to past several generations of his ancestors — early this month. Amid threats — which followed ugly communal politics over his eight-year-old daughter’s brutal gangrape and murder…
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