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  1. No matter what kind of misfortune hits you, if you have the heart of a champion, you will not back down from a challenge and eventually succeed. Meet Indian Para Athlete of Madras Engineering Group & Centre, Subedar Anandan Gunasekaran, who's personified this statement. On June 4, 2008, Gunasekaran came across a mine blast at the Line of Control in Kupwara district, Jammu & Kashmir. The impact was so adverse that the doctors had to amputate his left leg below the knee at the ACL. Not one to dwell in self-pity, the Subedar took inspiration from South Africa's athlete Oscar Pistorius and decided to make a career in para-athletics and began his training four years later in 2012. © Twitter Within three years of vigorous training, Gunasekaran was ready to perform at a high level and with the help and sponsorship of the Indian Army and the Paralympic Committee of India, was able to compete in Sri Lanka Army Para Games which was held in Colombo in September 2015. The then 28-year-old did not disappoint as he won a gold and a silver in the 200m and 100m events, respectively. © Twitter However, Gunasekaran finally made it to the national headlines when he broke the Asian record in the T-44 category and became the first Indian to win a medal at the World Para Military Games that same year. The blade-runner has however outdone himself yet again after winning three gold medals at the seventh World Military Games 2019 in Wuhan, China. The Kumbakonam-born para-athlete achieved this feat competing in the 100m, 200m and 400m events. We are #Proud of you Subedar Anandan Gunasekaran of #IndianArmy won three Gold medals in 7th Military World Games 2019 being conducted at Wuhan, China in 100 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter events. Overcoming challenges and achieving glory.#Sports pic.twitter.com/I7h4qSPNGQ — ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) October 29, 2019 Having won the gold medal in the 200m event at the Handisport Open Paris 2019, which is the biggest international athletics parasport competition held in the country, Gunasekaran also qualified for the Paralympics 2020 and is set to represent India in Tokyo come August. View the full article
  2. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/86b1c168618d87108e35abd3b7c8f877.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ny8yLzIwMTggMTA6MTA6MjMgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT11Y0lDcWRaWlRLTEdPWWNaWk5wTTl3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE=...
  3. Rescue members shift an injured miner to hospital. ? Geo NewsQUETTA: Sixteen miners were killed and nine others were wounded Saturday when a coal mine collapsed due to a gas explosion near Quetta, officials said.The accident occurred in Marwaarh,...
  4. Rescue members shift an injured miner to hospital. ? Geo NewsQUETTA: At least six miners died Saturday after being trapped in a mine in Marwar area located on the outskirts of Quetta, officials confirmed.Over 30 labourers had been working inside...
  5. An earthquake that hit a South African gold mine claimed a total of seven lives, its owner said Saturday, after rescue operations were completed at the site outside Johannesburg. Photo: fileJOHANNESBURG: An earthquake that hit a South African gold...
  6. Domeli Police Station. Photo: Geo NewsJHELUM: At least four labourers, including two brothers, were killed while two others injured when explosions triggered a collapse in a coal mine in Tilla Jogian area within the jurisdiction of Domeli Police...
  7. JAKARTA/TIMIKA: Indonesia on Friday began evacuating villages that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists after a string of shootings near the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua. Two police have been killed and at least 12 people have been wounded by gunfire in the area since mid-August. Police have blamed an ?armed criminal group?, but others have said the gunmen were linked to separatist rebels. Indonesian police officer killed in shooting near Freeport mine TIMIKA: An Indonesian police officer was killed and a second wounded after being shot in an area near Freeport-McMoRan Inc?s giant Grasberg copper mine in the eastern province of Papua, a police... According to police reports, the armed group occupied the villages of Banti and Kimbely near the mining town of Tembagapura, and had prevented an estimated 1,300 residents from leaving the area, leading to food shortages. Police and military leaders said they have urged the gunmen to surrender, but have also warned that tough measures could follow if their ?persuasive? approach fails. Residents were being evacuated to a sports hall in Tembagapura, according to a source at Freeport. Vehicles used for transporting workers to the Grasberg copper mine are seen at the Gorong-Gorong terminal. REUTERS Mimika Deputy Regent Yohanes Bassang asked families in Timika to accommodate relatives being evacuated from the villages ?to avoid further problems?. Bassang said many of the villagers were from the east Indonesian island of Sulawesi and had come to the area to pan for gold. The separatist West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), a group linked to the Free Papua Movement, has claimed responsibility for the shootings and declared war against the military, police and Freeport, but denied it was holding villagers hostage. According to several residents interviewed by Reuters, military and police officers were preventing them from getting food from Tembagapura, where food aid was delivered in a cargo container on Saturday. ?The atmosphere has really heated up,? one resident said, referring to the shootings and concerns over food supplies and safety.
  8. Indonesian security forces carry the body of a police officer who was shot and killed near Freeport-McMoRan Inc's giant Grasberg copper mine, during his funeral in Timika, Papua province Indonesia November 15, 2017. Photo: REUTERS JAKARTA: An Indonesian police officer was killed and a second wounded on Wednesday, after both were shot in the back in an area near Freeport-McMoRan Inc?s giant Grasberg copper mine in the eastern province of Papua, police said. The officers were patrolling an area close to where a Freeport vehicle was targeted in a shooting on Tuesday, Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said in a statement. A helicopter flew the men to a hospital in the nearby lowland city of Timika. The main access road to Grasberg remained closed, Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said, referring to a 79-mile (127-km) stretch from Timika to the mining town of Tembagapura that runs near a river rich with gold tailings from the mine upstream. A string of at least 15 separate shooting incidents in the area since mid-August that wounded at least 12 people and killed two police officers has been blamed by police on an ?armed criminal group?, but linked to separatist rebels by others. In a statement, the separatist West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), a group linked to the Free Papua Movement, claimed responsibility for Wednesday?s incident. The group has said it is at war with police, military and Freeport. EMERGENCY MEASURES For decades, there have been sporadic attacks along the road where the shootings took place, but authorities? efforts to catch the perpetrators have been hampered by thick surrounding jungle. ?The Indonesian Military (TNI) and police have urged the Armed Separatist Movement in Papua to surrender, but until now no one has turned themselves in,? Indonesian military chief Gatot Nurmantyo said in a statement. ?Armed separatists cannot be left alone,? he said, adding that reining in such activities was the domain of the military, which was preparing ?emergency measures? in case persuasive approaches by the police and military failed. Papua has had a long-running, and sometimes violent, separatist movement since the province was incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticised 1969 UN-backed referendum. Foreign journalists have in the past required special permission to report in Papua, and once there, have had security forces restrict their movement and work. President Joko Widodo has pledged to make the region more accessible to foreign media by inviting reporters on government-sponsored trips, although coverage remains difficult.
  9. TIMIKA: An Indonesian police officer was killed and a second wounded after being shot in an area near Freeport-McMoRan Inc?s giant Grasberg copper mine in the eastern province of Papua, a police spokesman said. The officers were shot near Tembagapura early on Wednesday, Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said. There has been a string of shooting incidents since mid-August that have wounded at least eight people and killed two police officers. They have been blamed by police on an ?armed criminal group? but linked to separatist rebels by others.
  10. Turkish soldiers stand guard as rescue workers work after six miners were killed inside a collapsed coal mine in Sirnak in southeast Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Photo: AP DIYARBAKIR: Seven miners were killed and another was missing after part of a coal mine in Turkey?s southeastern province of Sirnak collapsed on Tuesday, government spokesman Bekir Bozdag said. Search and rescue teams were looking for the missing worker who was trapped at the site. Turkey?s energy ministry said the coal mine was unlicensed and had been operating illegally. ?The activities of the mining field in Sirnak where the accident took place were stopped by the General Directorate of Mining Affairs in 2013 because it carried operational and security risks,? the energy ministry said. Workplace accidents are not unusual in Turkey. Its rapid growth over the past decade has seen a construction boom and a scramble to meet soaring energy and commodities demand, with worker safety standards often failing to keep pace. Its worst ever mining disaster took place in May 2014 in the western town of Soma, where 301 workers were killed.
  11. LA HIGUERA: They may be less than a metre tall but they have conquered a Goliath: Chile´s vulnerable Humboldt penguins have thwarted -- for now at least -- a billion-dollar mining project in one of the country´s most depressed regions. The rare species is only found on the coasts of Peru and Chile, which has created the National Humboldt Penguin Reserve -- but it´s also an area rich in natural resources which have put the animals on a collision course with mining giant Andes Iron and their $2.5 billion project. Conservationists jumped to their defense when the company unveiled plans to construct a huge open-cast mine and a port near the reserve, 600 kilometres (250 miles) north of Santiago. The Dominga mine would have produced 12 million tonnes of iron ore a year, making it the biggest of its kind in the country, and 150,000 tonnes of copper. For months it made headlines amid a bitter national debate over economic development and environmental conservation that was fought out on social media and split the socialist government of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. The project was rejected in March by an environmental commission but Andes Iron appealed the ruling. In August, a special cabinet committee which included the energy and mines, health and environment ministers, finally vetoed the project citing a lack of guarantees for the penguins. Humboldts have been protected here since 1990 when the reserve was set up to encompass the islands of Dama, Choros and Gaviota, a stunning nature trail beloved of a whale, sea-lion and penguin watchers. Thousands of jobs Rodrigo Flores, vice-president of the fisherman´s union in nearby Punta Choros, a jumping off point for tours of the islands, welcomed the move. "Dominga is an invasive project, for nature and for society," he told AFP. "It is incompatible with a place considered a hotspot of biodiversity at the global level." But that´s not everyone´s view. Joyce Aguirre is one of the project´s staunch defenders in the local community of La Higuera. "Every project has an impact," she said, arguing that the government had a duty to come down on the side of jobs. "We want to be vigilant and watch what´s going to happen. We are the ones who live here and we would never want to damage the area." The region is among the most underdeveloped in Chile and many locals lament the loss of thousands of jobs promised under the plan. Conservation NGO Oceana warned of the risks to the ecosystem from the mine, whose port terminal was set to be built only 30 kilometers away from the island of Choros. The conservation group argued that increased shipping traffic, with its greater risk of oil spills, would do untold harm to a known cetacean migrant route and pristine waters that provide a rich food source to several vulnerable species including the sea otter. "I´ve been diving in other areas and I´ve seen that residue from mining activity is noticeable on the ocean bottom, killing all existing life," said fisherman Mauricio Carrasco. "That´s what we´re afraid of." Constant pressure on reserve In Punta Choros, 160 families in the fishing community play an official role in watching over the penguin reserve, an area of 880 hectares which is home to 80 percent of the species. Recent studies have shown the water to be pristine, largely due to conservation efforts. But the reserve "is constantly under threat from mega-projects," warned Liliana Yanes, regional director of the National Forestry Office in Coquimbo. French giant Suez was forced to pull out of a project to build a power plant in Barrancones, near Choros, in 2010. The then-president Sebastian Pinera demanded that the power plant be built elsewhere after thousands of people protested. Around 60 kilometres away in the town of La Serena, part of the population has come out strongly against the U-turn on the Dominga project. "We feel the disappointment, as Chileans, because the government is clipping our wings," said Marta Arancibia, adding that the region was one of the poorest in Chile. She is a member of a residents association which signed an agreement with Andes Iron in which they promised to invest heavily in local education, healthcare and potable water projects. "The state hasn´t been present for us over the last 20 years, so we see these private enterprise projects as opportunities," said Aguirre, who also signed the agreement. Andes Iron has signalled its intention to continue the battle in Chile´s environmental court and if necessary, take it all the way to the Supreme Court. Round one to the plucky penguins, though it seems the war has only started.
  12. MOHMAND AGENCY: A man and his son were among the three people who died when a mine exploded in the Shati Maina area of Tehsil Ambar, political administration said. Two others were injured in the explosion and were shifted to Bajaur hospital, the political administration said. In February, at least five people, including three security forces personnel were martyred, while many others were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself at the main gate of Mohmand Agency headquarters, Ghallanai. The Inter-Services Public Relations had said that two suicide bombers were on a motorbike. One blew himself up while the other was killed by firing of security forces. A school teacher and a passerby where also killed in the suicide attack.
  13. Not many people get to visit a gemstone mine in Africa. So when Gemfields invited me to be part of a press trip to Zambia's Copperbelt Province—to Kagem, the single largest emerald mine in the world—I jumped at it. Like India, Zambia was once a British colony, and was known as Northern Rhodesia till it gained independence in 1964. Because of this, almost everybody speaks English, which makes life very easy. We reached the mining camp on the night of 14th June, and were quickly shown to our rooms. After we had showered, we gathered at the Lake House, the mining camp's watering hole. As I had been warned, I took care not to step on the sinuous trails of dangerous army of ants that moved like dark mercury across the walkways. One bite from a single ant is said to be excruciatingly painful. Imagine stepping on an entire foraging party! The Lake House is exactly what the name suggests. It is a recreation area built on stilts on the bank of a small lake adjacent to the camp compound. This is where the higher-level employees of Gemfields's Kagem mine congregate every evening to entertain themselves, and sometimes, guests like us. The general mood in the Lake House is always welcoming, with everyone wanting to talk to you, making sure your cup always runneth over. And the lake itself hosts a guest: a crocodile named Number Seven (because he was the seventh one to live in the water body). Kevin Gallacher, mine overseer and all round host-with-the-most, is in charge of the Lake House and its entertainments, and he told me about the lake's famed crocs. “This one is a baby; he's just a metre and a half long,” he said. “When they grow too big, we release them into the wild.” Kevin and his volunteer crew (sometimes including Kagem GM Dibya Jyoti Baral) lure them into a cage and free them outside the mine's boundaries in one of the many rivers that feed Zambia's forests. Before Number Seven, the lake has had crocodiles named Butch, Lakehouse, Scarface, and, ahem, Fluffy. It wasn't till our third evening that I saw Number Seven gliding silently towards us as dusk fell, no doubt smelling the delicious barbeque Kevin and his mates had got going. That said, not every waking moment was a party. Emerald mining is a tough business, and how tough, we only got to know when we went into the forests surrounding the actual mining site. To get the precious stones out of the ground, the Kagem team of engineers, explosives experts, miners, geologists, and other specialists have to work together constantly. Our first stop was a little patch of primeval jungle near an existing quarry where trained field agents were taking readings of the magnetic activity in the ground. This they had to do on foot in a pre-marked graph-like pattern of straight lines a hundred metres long and spaced 10 metres apart. This looks easy on a map, but try doing it in a jungle. With it's ancient trees, trailing brambles and branches, treacherous anthills and termite nests, uneven ground, rotting leaves, and insects whose sole purpose is to fall inside your collar, it's not a fun job. Once this is done, all the data is collected by a master computer and prepared into a subterranean map of what the ore formations and layers look like below ground. Then comes the exciting task of core drilling, for which they use a core driller (what else?). This is basically a long (over 10 metres) hollow pipe with a diamond edged drill bit that bores into the ground. Once it's pulled out, it regurgitates samples of the layers of the earth that allow Kagem's scientists to analyse the topography and ascertain if emeralds are to be found where they are digging. Imagine holding a piece of the sample; a chunk of rock that was formed before even the dinosaurs evolved. The experience is spiritual. And scientific. Because to mine for emeralds, you have to be completely sure where they are. Before you get to them, you have to do a lot of preliminary preparation. The area needs to be deforested (sad, but don't worry, it gets better; just read on), the top layers of the soil need to be carted away and put in a safe area, and the seams of emerald-bearing Talc-Magnetite-Schist have to be exposed. After this comes the really difficult part: finding the emeralds. This has to be done manually by trained miners with shovels and pickaxes, working through the long hours of the day, searching for stones that may, one day, decorate the collarbones of a beautiful woman, or dangle from her delicate earlobes. Emerald is, by nature, a brittle gemstone. It grows in hexagonal crystal structures which are called pencils, and cracks easily. This is why, when cutting a rough emerald, the gem cutter has to preserve the best part of the rough stone, and sacrifices the rest to get the best possible cut from the lump. This means that only about 12-20% of the original rock ends up as a usable, cut-and-polished gemstone. Kagem supplies over 20% of the world's total demand for rough emeralds, and most end up in Jaipur for cutting (as do about 90% of the world's total gemstones. Did you know that?). Once the mine has been emptied of all of its gemstone deposits, the top soil layers are put back from where they were taken. After this, Gemfields has two choices: One, to reforest the land; two, to give it to the local communities to farm. And here is where the company's CSR kicks in. The best part about the fertile soil of Zambia is that it takes little work to transform a deforested field into lush farmland. The farmers' main concerns are irrigation (not water, because Zambia is well watered by a network of rivers) and crop rotation. To assist them with this, Gemfields's CSR wing helps them get loans from banks and becomes their guarantor. Then, once the farmers begin producing grains and vegetables, Gemfields buys their entire production to feed employees in the mining camp (filling nearly 900 stomachs three times every day requires a lot of food). This enables the farmers to pay back their loans on time, and gives them a steady income that leads to a better quality of life. The main surprise, though, was that most of the farmers were women. They really do run the world in the surrounding villages. While seeing all this and wrapping my head around the beauty of Zambia, the one recurring thought I couldn't get rid of was this: If there are such fabulous natural resources available in the continent, why is Africa still so underdeveloped? A little research threw up this interesting link on Quora, which gave me perspective: On colonialism, the lack of investment in human resource development, and the existing problems of tribal and political instability to name a few. Being Indian, I can understand these problems easily enough. However, as one of the respondents on the Quora thread said, Africa, like Europe, is a continent. And like Europe, it has developed and underdeveloped areas. I got to see this myself, because of a delayed flight that stranded us in Lusaka, Zambia's capital, for a night and a day. The city is beautiful, modern, and highly planned, with malls and restaurants serving a prosperous population that drives Mercedes, Audi, and BMW cars, amongst other makes. And the work of mining for emeralds is one of many industries that are helping the economy of the country (the Zambian government holds a 25% stake in the Kagem mine). From Lusaka, as I boarded the flight to Dubai, I realised that the I was bringing more than just memories back with me. I had been given a chance to see a country from a perspective not many people could. And for that, Zambia will always remain one of my favourite places on our wonderful planet.
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