Daily Bulletin: Anupam Kher against showing Gandhis The Accidental Prime Minister, IAF, navy join rescue efforts in Meghalaya mine; day's top stories

IAF, Navy join efforts to rescue trapped Meghalaya miners

Indian Navy divers on Saturday joined the operation underway to rescue 15 miners trapped inside a flooded rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya since 13 December, officials said Friday. The Navy spokesman said in a tweet that a 15-member diving team from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh will reach the site in the remote Lumthari village in East Jaintia Hills district Saturday morning.

"The team is carrying specialised diving equipment including a re-compression chamber and remotely operated vehicles capable of searching underwater," he said.

The Navy carried out an initial assessment on Friday to determine an effective response.

 Daily Bulletin: Anupam Kher against showing Gandhis The Accidental Prime Minister, IAF, navy join rescue efforts in Meghalaya mine; days top stories

Rescue operations at the mine are currently underway. Image courtesy: Kyrmenlang Uriah

Pump manufacturing company Kirloskar Brothers Ltd and Coal India were jointly moving 18 high-powered pumps to drain water out of the 37-foot-deep mine. A team of surveyors from the two companies also conducted an on-the-spot assessment of the situation. They will submit a report to East Jaintia Hills district authorities on the technicalities about positioning pumps for effectively carrying the operation, officials at the site said.

The team would carry special diving equipment including a remote-operated vehicle capable of conducting an underwater search.

The Air Force has airlifted 10 pumps from Bhubaneswar. Its personnel have landed in Guwahati, 270 kilometres away from the coal mine, official sources said.

India vs Australia, 3rd Test at Melbourne, Day 4

Australia reached 44/2 at lunch on Day 4 at Melbourne, having lost both their openers early after being set a target of 399 by India. The visitors earlier declared at 106/8, with Pat Cummins registering his career-best haul of 6/27. The series is level at 1-1 right now, and the Indians will retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy should they win the Melbourne Test.

Follow live updates on the day's play here.

Anupam Kher against special screening of The Accidental Prime Minister

As controversy erupted over the upcoming film The Accidental Prime Minister, a film based on former prime minister Manmohan Singh, lead actor of the movie Anupam Kher on Friday said that after certification of a film by the censor board, nobody has the right to ask for showing the film before its release.

Earlier in the day, Satyajeet Tambe Patil, president of the Maharashtra State Youth Congress, sent a letter to the producer of the film demanding a special screening before it is released. He raised objections to "incorrect presentation of the facts" in the film, the trailer of which was released on Thursday.

However, Kher added: "If Manmohan Singh asks us, we will show him for sure."

Madhya Pradesh: Kamal Nath distributes portfolios; Bala Bachchan gets Home, Bhanot finance

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath distributed portfolios to his cabinet Friday evening, keeping Public Relations, Industrial Policy and Investment Promotion Department and Employment Department among others with himself, an official said. Nath also kept the Public Service Management department and the Technical Education with him, he said.

Tribal MLA Bala Bachchan, who was a minister in the previous Digvijay Singh-led Congress government, was given Home and Jail, while another senior MLA, Tulsi Silawat, got Health, the Public Relations department official said.

Govind Rajput was allocated Revenue and Transport department, while Tarun Bhanot was given the Finance department.

MLA Prabhuram Choudhary, who belongs to a Scheduled Caste community, was given School Education, he said.

Trump advisor heads to Turkey, Israel after Syria pullout

US national security advisor John Bolton said Friday he would visit Turkey and Israel to coordinate on Syria, after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw all US forces.

Bolton said he would head in January to both Turkey — which has enthusiastically backed Trump's sudden move — as well as Israel, a close US ally where the pullout has caused concern.

"We will discuss our continued work confronting security challenges facing allies and partners in the region, including the next phase of the fight against ISIS (also referred to as Islamic State), as the US begins to bring troops home from Syria," Bolton tweeted.

Trump last week unexpectedly said he was pulling all 2,000 troops from Syria, declaring that the United States had achieved its objective as the Islamic State extremist movement had been "knocked" out.

Bulandshahr violence: BJP MLA claims cop shot himself

BJP MLA Devendra Singh Lodhi on Friday stirred a controversy in Bulandshahr violence case stating that inspector Subodh Kumar shot himself in haste after he became hopeless.

Speaking to ANI, Devnedra Singh said: "While trying to save himself, the cop became hopeless and fired at himself in haste. He was not targeted by anyone; it was a mob that got aggressive as the police was not filing an FIR."

Notably, Subodh Singh died on 3 December after violence occurred in Bulandshahr over the finding of cow carcasses in Chingrawath village. The post-mortem revealed that Subodh had six marks of injuries inflicted by stones and also a bullet was stuck inside his skull.

On Thursday police arrested Prashant Natt, a man who allegedly shot inspector Singh. As per police, Natt has confessed to having shot at Singh.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 29, 2018 07:51:38 IST