Firstpost Editor's Picks: Sabarimala row, Opposition's 2019 prospects, 'volcano-tsunami' in Indonesia; today's must-read articles

Sabarimala row: Women activists make failed bid to enter shrine; Kerala govt, court-appointed panel pass buck

A "human wall" erected by devotees and right-wing Hindu activists, including Sangh Parivar workers, at Sabarimala has once again foiled the government’s effort to facilitate the entry of women in the temple. This is the third attempt since the apex court struck down the ban on women between the ages of 10 and 50 years from entering the temple.

Hold your bets on BJP rout in 2019; lack of Opposition leader comparable to Modi will work in party's favour

Here are three quick takeaways from the Assembly election results: The Congress has not won in all five states. The Congress has not swept the polls in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, as was expected. To rephrase a popular blues song, the Congress may have got back its mojo, but it ain't working yet.

Indonesia's 'volcanic tsunami': Toll rises to 222, 843 people injured, 28 still missing, says disaster agency spokesman

The toll from a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 222, with more than 800 people injured, officials said Sunday.

"222 people are dead, 843 people are injured and 28 people are missing," Indonesia's national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

A tsunami following a volcanic eruption slammed without warning into popular beaches around Indonesia's Sunda Strait on Saturday night, cutting a swathe of destruction and triggering mass panic as it swept inland.

Illegal coal mining in Meghalaya's killer 'rat holes' continues amid state govt indifference to rampant violations

Coal miners in Meghalaya go down what's literally a rat hole. It was in one such flooded rat hole that around 15 miners have been trapped since 13 December. With the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) unable to pump out the water from the flooded mine even 10 days after the disaster, the miners, in all probability, literally drowned like rats in the illegal mine in the hills of East Jaintia district.

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Updated Date: Dec 23, 2018 23:34:08 IST