13 feared dead in coal mine in Meghalaya; activists say corruption to blame for illegal mining activity despite NGT ban
At 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
Attack on Agnes Kharshiing: Meghalaya HC tells state to bear cost of RTI activist's medical treatment
The Meghalaya High Court said in its order that NEIGRHMS as well as the state should ensure that all medical facilities are made available to both Kharshiing and her colleague.
Meghalaya activist Agnes Kharshiing critically injured after attack on her; involvement of coal mafia suspected
Kharshiing is a prominent activist in Meghalaya known for mainly leading the fight to safeguard environment and human rights.
BJP on Saturday termed as "explosive" former Coal Secretary PC Parakh's 2005 letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh alleging coal mafia in the ministry and asked the latter to reveal the names of MPs who reportedly pressurised government.
Coal workers pay a cut to crime bosses to join their unions, which control access to jobs, according to law-enforcement and industry officials. Unions demand a "goon tax" from buyers, a fixed fee per tonne, before loading their coal.