Articles by Syeda Ambia Zahan
Jan 19, 2019
'Retrieve bone if you can't pull out body': Family of Meghalaya miners trapped in illegal rat-hole mine appeal to rescuersThe body which was detected 160 feet under water have not been recovered yet because of its fragile state. According to NDRF officials, the body will start disintegrating if it is pulled too hard.
Jan 15, 2019
Meghalaya govt-coal mafia nexus aids illegal mining, decimates state's ecology, says activists' report submitted to Supreme CourtIllegal coal mining in Meghalaya has dispossessed 76 percent of the local tribal population of their land, resulting in large-scale migration of the tribal poor to the urban centres of Shillong and Tura, the report says, adding that this was the major reason for inequality of wealth in the state.
Jan 14, 2019
Hiren Gohain charged with sedition: By fighting for secular basis of citizenship and dignity of Assam, we're fighting India, says literary criticAssam Police has filed a case against three intellectuals of the state on charges of sedition after they raised the issue of separate statehood.
Jan 11, 2019
Meghalaya coal mine tragedy: Lack of employment, higher wages force Assam youths into unlawful mining jobsA prime witness in the case, Sayeb, who managed to haul himself up with the help of an iron chain hanging inside, thanks God for choosing to save him from the 320-feet water-filled rathole mine.
Dec 28, 2018
NDRF rubbishes 'foul odour' theory in Meghalaya, says it's from stagnant water not decomposed bodiesThe NDRF team, which has been engaged in rescue operation at an illegal coal mine in Ksan area of East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya for over two weeks now, have denied media reports which claimed that NDRF had "indicated" that the 15 trapped miners may be already dead
Dec 17, 2018
Meghalaya coal mine mishap: No headway in rescue of 17 trapped miners; families lose hope of seeing them aliveOn Thursday morning, the 320-feet-deep and 20-feet-wide mine in Meghalaya got filled with water, rendering 17 men digging coal inside unable to come out.
Dec 16, 2018
Miner who survived Meghalaya coal mine mishap reveals chilling details, says 17, not 13, trapped in flooded quarrySayeb Ali, a 25-year-old coal miner from Assam's Chirang district, shared how he and four others who were on the ground at the Meghalaya mine had tried to save their fellow workers stuck inside the 380-foot rat-hole mine but failed.
Dec 14, 2018
13 feared dead in coal mine in Meghalaya; activists say corruption to blame for illegal mining activity despite NGT banAt least 13 people are feared dead in Lumthari village in East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya due to an overflow of water from a nearby river into an illegal coal mining area on Thursday
Nov 27, 2018
Mizoram Vidhan Sabha election: BJP and MNF keep distance ahead of polls, but bank on each other to oust CongressThe BJP’s ploy to bring the MNF, Mizo Zirlai Pawl and other ethnic groups under one umbrella might finally pay dividend
Nov 21, 2018
Assam experts fret over River Basin Management Bill, fear Centre might usurp state's right over waterEnvironmentalists are also raising concern over the fact that the bill does not address the downstream impact of the rivers.