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Death toll from coal mine accidents climbs to 23

QUETTA: At least 23 labourers were killed and several others suffered injuries when two coal mines caved in near Quetta on Saturday. A coal mine in Marwar area of Balochistan, which is located 45 kilometres east of Quetta, collapsed due to an explosion caused by the accumulation of methane gas, killing 16 workers while injuring nine others. The roof of the mine caved in following the explosion triggered by the accumulation of methane gas, killing 16 miners and wounding nine others, two of them seriously, according…

In Pakistan’s coal rush, some women drivers break cultural barriers

ISLAMKOT: As Pakistan bets on cheap coal in the Thar desert to resolve its energy crisis, a select group of women is eyeing a road out of poverty by snapping up truck-driving jobs that once only went to men. Such work is seen as life-changing in this dusty southern region bordering India, where sand dunes cover estimated coal reserves of 175 billion tonnes and yellow dumper trucks swarm like bees around Pakistan’s largest open-pit mine. The imposing 60-tonne trucks initially daunted Gulaban, 25, a housewife and mother…