Issue Date: Jun 30, 1999
The rapid increase in small-mining in poor nations, often employing women and children, is taking a heavy toll by way of fatalities and diseases, said the International Labour Organisation (ILO). On an average, there has been a 20 per cent rise in the past five years in 35 countries studied by the ILO in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Small-scale mines employ an estimated 13 million workers worldwide and produce up to 20 per cent of precious metals, gems, building materials and non-fuel minerals globally.
Recent Supreme Court order in Vedanta case holds hope for tribal community life
Butterflies on the roof of the world is a vivid and engaging narrative of the author's rendezvous with the butterflies and moths in particular, and nature in general