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30 killed in gold mine collapse in Afghanistan: officials

KUNDUZ: At least 30 people were killed when a gold mine collapsed in northeastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said, in the latest tragedy to strike the war-torn country. Another seven were injured in the incident in Kohistan district of Badakhshan province, district governor Mohammad Rustam Raghi told AFP. Villagers had dug a 60-metre (200-feet) deep shaft in a river bed to search for gold. They were inside when the walls fell in. It was not clear why the shaft collapsed, but the provincial governor´s spokesman Nik…

Action ordered against contractor for Islamabad Airport bridge collapse

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has ordered immediate action into the matter of boarding bridge that collapsed at Islamabad International Airport, ARY News reported on Saturday. CAA had constituted the committee to conduct the inquiry into the collapse of a boarding bridge of Islamabad International Airport (IIAP) in October this year. CAA Director General Hassan Baig directed to take prompt action as per contract agreement against the contractor of the boarding bridge M/s Adelte and rebuild the…

Passenger boarding bridge collapses at Islamabad airport

ISLAMABAD: In what could have been a deadly tragedy, a passenger boarding bridge collapsed at the Islamabad International Airport today, however no serious damage was reported. According to reports, an unidentified man was injured after the aerobridge collapsed at the airport. It’s not clear whether the man injured in the accident was standing on the boarding bridge or was somewhere around it. The new Islamabad airport was inaugurated on May 1 this year, after months of delay. The new airport is located 30km away from…

Two die after Kalyan Nallah bridge collapses in AJK

MUZAFFARABAD: At least two persons were killed and four injured when the bridge on Kalyan Nallah caved in Barnala area of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Intermittent rain continues in Barnala Azad Kashmir. As the bridge caved in a passenger wagon, a tractor and a motorcycle fell down leaving two persons dead and four others were injured. Dead and injured have been shifted to hospital. Rescue operation with the help of a crane has been completed. On August 7, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had reported…

Four killed in Quetta coal mine collapse

QUETTA: Four miners were killed when a coal mine collapsed in Sulangi area near Quetta on Sunday. All the four miners belonged to Swat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and arrangements were made for dispatching their bodies to their ancestral villages. According to Levies’ sources some miners were still trapped in the mine who were later recovered safely through rescue activities. In a similar unfortunate incident last month, 23 labourers were killed and several others suffered injuries when two coal mines caved in…

Collapse of Trump-Kim summit threatens to deepen US-China rift

BEIJING: U.S. President Donald Trump’s cancellation of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatens further strain on U.S.-China ties amid a trade dispute that had been intertwined with Beijing’s pressure on isolated Pyongyang. The United States and China are also increasingly at odds in the disputed South China Sea. The Pentagon this week withdrew an invitation for China to take part in a major naval exercise in Hawaii, and Beijing has ramped up pressure on self-ruled Taiwan, armed by Washington but claimed by…

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…

Engineer warned of cracking in US bridge before collapse

WASHINGTON: The chief engineer of a Florida bridge project warned authorities of cracking in the structure days before it collapsed, killing at least six people, the US state's department of transportation said Friday. Denney Pate left a voicemail on a Florida Department of Transportation employee's landline on March 13, two days before it came crashing down on the major road beneath, the department said in a statement. The voicemail -- which was not heard until Friday because the employee it was left for was out of…