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ARAVALI MINING BANNED: The Supreme Court on February 19 ordered closure of 157 of the 261 mines in the Aravalli hills in Rajasthan. The court has asked for satellite images of the mining-ravaged hills spread across Haryana and Rajasthan. The ruling came after the states asked for renewal of mining leases for stones used for construction. Green groups allege illegal mining is rampant in the Aravallis.