Meet The Indian Coal Field That Has Been Burning Continuously for Over 100 Years

One of India’s largest coal reserves, the Jharia coalfield, situated in the Dhanbad district of Jharkhand, is the site of one of the longest-burning fires in the world.  The area has been burning  for over 100 years continously.

Mining in the Jharia coalfields, which cover over 100 square miles, began in the late  1800s, under British rule.   The first detected fire broke out in 1916, but by the 1980s over 70 blazes had sprouted up, and none of them could be contained, let alone extinguished. As they were often deep underground, they were left to smolder in the hope that they would eventually burn out on their own. Unfortunately, a new mining operation in 1973  smothered that hope.

Indian oldest burning coal field

That year, Bharat Coking Coal Ltd (BCCL), a subsidiary of state-owned Coal India, started a large-scale opencast mining operation as a rapid and more cost-effective method of extraction. Local activist Ashok Agarwal explained to AL Jazeera , that this was when the fires took hold, with catastrophic consequences.

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Half of world’s people can’t get basic health services – says WHO

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WHO says half of the world’s population is unable to access essential health services and many others are forced into extreme poverty by having to pay for healthcare they cannot afford.

NAN reports that the UN said the world population was estimated to have reached 7.6 billion as of December 2017.  Continue reading “Half of world’s people can’t get basic health services – says WHO”

Trump to undergo physical examination in early 2018

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The White House has said that U.S. President Donald Trump will undergo a physical examination while promising to allow the results to be released.   He  will be examined by a doctor at Walter Reed, a military medical center, “scheduled for the first part of 2018,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

EU rejects Trump’s Jerusalem move

EU rejects Trump’s Jerusalem move

 

EU foreign ministers on Monday in Brussels rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to join the U.S. in recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Early, Netanyahu had asked the EU to ask allies to join the U.S. in Jerusalem move, but was met by a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process.  Continue reading “EU rejects Trump’s Jerusalem move”

US warns Saudi Arabia about its actions in Middle East

US warns Saudi Arabia over its actions in the middle east

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned Saudi Arabia about “the consequences” of its actions in the Middle East.

His warning came Friday 8th December during his brief visit to Paris, France, where he commented on Riyadh’s behavior toward Yemen, Qatar and other neighbors.

“With respect to Saudi Arabia’s engagement with Qatar, how they’re handling the Yemen war that they’re engaged in, the Lebanon situation, we would encourage them to be a bit more measured and a bit more thoughtful in those actions to, I think, fully consider the consequences,” Tillerson said.   Continue reading “US warns Saudi Arabia about its actions in Middle East”

Loud “Booms” Sounds Occurring All Around the World Leave Experts Scratching Their Heads

Mysterious boom sounds have baffled people all over the planet throughout the past year. There have been 64 recorded incidents within the last 12 months, with the majority heard on the east coast of the USA, but also reported everywhere from the Middle East to Australia. Experts have no clear answer as to the cause of these sounds, but theories range from Leonid shower meteorites exploding in the atmosphere to supersonic aircrafts.

The most recent bang resounded over the US state of Alabama on November 14. Dubbed “Bama boom,” the noise shook houses and terrified locals. Residents notified authorities of a suspicious sound that rattled windows and seemed to originate on the northwest side of Lochbuie, Alabama. They could not figure out the source of the noise, however, and have ruled out an explosion as they could not find flames or an odor indicating one.

Photo:  U.S Navy   

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World’s largest artificial sun’ helps shed light on future of green fuels

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Scientists at a solar thermal power plant in Germany are using the “world’s largest artificial sun” as well as a large amount of solar panels to conduct research into CO2-free production of hydrogen.  Continue reading “World’s largest artificial sun’ helps shed light on future of green fuels”

Singapore ranked world’s most expensive city for 4th consecutive year

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Singapore has been ranked the most expensive city in the world for expatriates for the fourth consecutive year, according to a report published on Monday by the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU).

The Worldwide Cost of Living 2017 report saw Asian cities take five of the top ten spots, thanks to a sustained recovery in the strength of the Japanese yen that propelled Tokyo and Osaka back into the top ten, alongside Singapore and Seoul. Continue reading “Singapore ranked world’s most expensive city for 4th consecutive year”

You Cannot Fully Understand What People Are Going Through Until You Have Endured The Same

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No matter how hard you may try to understand other people’s situation and suffering, you’ll fall short unless you go through the same circumstance. You will find it hard to understand their needs but if you are sensitive enough to feel what they feel, I am sure there is no problem expressing your empathy rather than your sympathy.

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