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Mining

Gold’s toxic legacy

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2012
EVERYONE wants to horde gold these days. But the ever increasing demand of the precious metal seems to have put people living near the gold mines at risk. A study in Karnataka has indicated that even those areas where gold mines have been shut down are heavily contaminated with arsenic.

Chinese suplex

Author(s): Dinsa Sachan
Issue Date: Nov 30, 2012
Companies that mine rare earth elements, which power mobile phones and car batteries, keenly await the outcome of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Japan in mid-November. The two countries are likely to reach an agreement that would facilitate setting up of a rare earth-processing plant in India by Japanese auto giant Toyota Tsusho. This could open a new business chapter for both the countries.

Need or greed?

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012
Forest clearances Since 1981, when the Forest Conservation Act was enacted, 1,183,967 hectares (ha) of forests have been diverted; one-fourth of the diversions was done in the past five years

India’s Minamata

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2012
Saraju Nisha sits at the door of her house, about 500 metres from a mountain of coal mine waste in Chilika Daad village in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district. The 60-year-old former miner is in deep pain.

Supreme Court may lift ban on 63 category B mines in Bellary

Issue Date: Oct 5, 2012
The Supreme Court has allowed operations in 63 out of 72 category B mines in Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur in Karnataka, subject to conditions. Category B mines are those where companies are mining outside the lease area, encroaching up to 10 per cent more than lease area. Mines that dump waste outside the lease area, encroaching up to 15 per cent more than leased space also come under this category.

Dream run over

Issue Date: Oct 1, 2012
The silence of Revona’s verdant hills veiled in enchanting swirls of fog is deceptive. Usually, at this time of the year, the hills of this tiny village, arguably Goa’s prettiest, are busy as anthills, resonating with the rumbling of mining machinery and the roar of trucks. The road connecting it to Margao is virtually impossible to traverse with endless lines of dumper trucks going to and fro.

War against Vedanta

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2012
PEOPLE’S movement and international solidarity is a powerful combination. Metals and mining giant Vedanta Resources felt the heat on the day of its annual general meeting on August 28. Grassroots campaign group Foil Vedanta declared the day as the global day of action against it. Activists from different organisations joined the campaign and crowded the entrance to the meeting hall.

Is this ‘legitimate rape’?

Posted on: 30 Aug, 2012
The official response to CAG’s report on captive coal mines fails to address serious issues on the loot of natural resources
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