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Rajasthan's amended mining rules could spell fresh legal trouble for state mining department

Author(s): Sadia Sohail
Issue Date: Apr 4, 2013
Last year, the mining department of the Rajasthan government amended the rules governing grant of permits to lessees of mines and quarries, which allows them to evade environmental clearance.

Rajasthan High Court quashes state mining policy favouring masonry stone miners

Issue Date: Mar 21, 2013
The Rajasthan High Court has quashed a state government policy that granted mining leases for sandstone and masonry stone in four villages of Jodhpur tehsil. The court order of March 13 termed the policy as discriminatory. The case details of 19 writ petitions presented in the Jodhpur seat of the high court show that the state government changed the mining policy to favour masonry stone miners over sandstone miners in four villages—Bujhawad, Choukha, Gangana and Rohila Kallan.  

Curse of copper

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2013

Science and Technology - Briefs

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2013
Material Sciences Live wire Here is a wire you can stretch, bend or cut and it would still work. Scientists have created the self-healing, elastic wire using liquid metal and a polymer. Small tunnels are bored in polymer sheath and are filled with a liquid alloy of indium and gallium, forming a liquid metal wire inside the stretchable sheath.

The inviolate plot

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2013

Forest panel clears Jindal's mining projects in Saranda forest

Issue Date: Feb 7, 2013
The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of the Union environment ministry has recommended clearing over 1,500 ha of forest for mining in an elephant reserve in Jharkhand. In its meeting on January 21-22, the committee that advises the ministry on forestland diversion, cleared two proposals by Jindal group of companies, JSW Steel and Jindal Power and Steel, for mining iron and manganese ore in the Saranda forest division. The forest is part of Singhbhum elephant reserve in West Singhbhum district and is considered one of the finest elephant habitats.

Coal blocks on offer

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2013

Coal mine expansion made easy

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2013

Letters - January 31, 2013

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2013
The power of trash This is with reference to the article, “Redemption from litter” (September 1-15, 2012). The quantities of non-renewable resources like coal, oil and natural gas are decreasing and in the near future they would probably not be available at all. Several developed countries are saying farewell to fossil fuels and turning to renewable sources of energy. Waste is a good source.

Ban paves the way

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2012
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