Six In The Morning Tuesday 28 November 2023

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: Moment Indian workers freed after weeks

Some of the workers arrive at nearby hospital

Nitin Ramola

Reporting from the tunnel

Ten ambulances carrying some of the labourers have now reached nearby Chinyalisaur Base Hospital.

India’s president Droupadi Murmu has posted on X to say she is “relieved and happy to learn that all the workers trapped in a tunnel in Uttarakhand have been rescued”.

She says the rescue effort that was met with obstacles “have been a testament of human endurance”.

She says: “The nation salutes their resilience and remains grateful to them for building critical infrastructure, even at great personal risk, far away from their homes.

Former drug trafficker offers up island in hope of reduced sentence

Mafia informant Raffaele Imperiale hands over artificial isle off coast of UAE to show willingness to cooperate

A former drug trafficker turned mafia informant has handed over an artificial island he owns off the coast of Dubai to the Italian authorities in the hope of receiving a reduced sentence.

The announcement was made during the trial in Naples on Monday, which involved about 20 defendants, including Raffaele Imperiale, nicknamed “the Van Gogh boss”, a notorious international drug trafficker for the Camorra, the Neapolitan mafia.

Imperiale, who had been on the run for five years, was arrested in Dubai in August 2021 and extradited to Italy in March 2022.


What is life like for women held in Japan’s prisons?

Rights groups are calling on the Japanese government to improve conditions for women in Japanese prisons. Statistics show most women in Japan are incarcerated for non-violent offenses.

Many of the women held in Japanese prisons endure “serious human rights violations,” according to a report released by a rights watchdog this month.

The violations include inadequate access to health care, separation from their children and excessive restrictions in their communications within and outside of prison.

A number of women questioned for the report, published by the Japan office of Human Rights Watch, even claimed they had been handcuffed while giving birth in prison, a charge that the Ministry of Justice has denied.

Dozens killed in attack by armed groups in Burkina Faso, UN says

At least 40 civilians were killed in an attack on Sunday in Djibo, in northern Burkina Faso, the UN Human Rights Office said Tuesday.


“A large number of Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM) fighters attacked a military base, homes and Internally Displaced People’s camps in the city Djibo, in the Sahel region, killing at least 40 civilians and injuring more than 42,” the UN agency said.

An army detachment in Djibo in northern Burkina Faso was the target of the attack, according to security sources.

“The attack began around 3pm (local time and GMT) on Sunday and was carried out by several hundred armed men who tried in vain to penetrate the (military base),” said the source.


Tokyo yakuza arrested over samurai sword, U.S. rifle at home

By SHOKO MIFUNE/ Staff Writer

November 28, 2023 at 18:03 JST


Tokyo police arrested a yakuza gang member on Nov. 28 on suspicion of illegally possessing antique weapons, including a samurai sword and a U.S.-made rifle from the 19th century.

The 51-year-old suspect is a senior member of a gang affiliated with the Sumiyoshi-kai organized crime syndicate, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

He has admitted to keeping the antique weapons at his home in Tokyo’s Taito Ward in July without approval from local authorities, police sources said.

Investigators confiscated a Japanese sword and spear, both from the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1573-1603), and a Sharps rifle.


These magnificent purple and green lights aren’t auroras. This is Steve

Not all science is carried out by folks in white lab coats under the fluorescent lights of academic buildings. Occasionally, the trajectory of the scientific record is forever altered inside a pub over a pint of beer.

Such is the case for the sweeping purple and green lights that can hover over the horizon in the Northern Hemisphere. The phenomenon looks like an aurora but is in fact something entirely different.

It’s called Steve.