COAL MINING

  • Nitin Gadkari hits out at Congress for opposing land bill April 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday hit out at the Opposition for "politicising" the land bill issue and questioned the Congress why it did not seek farmers' consent when it doled out coal mines to the "rich". "Opposition is politicising the bill. The country is facing tough times, we...
  • Have MPs turned into 'gang of capitalists', asks CPM's Brinda Karat March 24, 2015

    Gadchiroli (Maharashtra): Senior CPI-M leader Brinda Karat on Monday alleged that the Narendra Modi government is virtually "snatching away" the rights of tribals and farmers and wondered whether Parliament has turned into an "assembly of capitalists". The Narendra Modi government is virtually snatching away the rights of tribals and farmers...
  • Regional parties to face workers ire over Coal Bill: Worker Union March 21, 2015

    New Delhi: A workers' union on Saturday said regional parties in coal producing states will have to "bear the brunt of coal workers and public for supporting" the Coal Bill, which has been passed by Parliament. The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015 which forms part of NDA government's reforms agenda,...
  • Coal bill may clear Rajya Sabha hurdle, mines bill to go back to Lok Sabha March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The crucial bill that provides for auctioning of coal may clear the Rajya Sabha hurdle after a Select Committee endorsed it by majority, though some members dissented, but a bill relating to other minerals will have to go back to Lok Sabha because of an amendment suggested by...
  • Auction bonanza for Centre: Arun Jaitley says 32 mines alone have fetched Rs 2 lakh crores March 10, 2015

    Reacting to the auction of coal mines and telecom spectrum which have generated more than 3 lakh crores, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday during the Rajya Sabha session said, "Vinod Rai said that total loss is Rs 1,86,000 from 200 mines. 32 mines alone have fetched Rs 2 lakh...
  • Lok Sabha passes Coal Mines Bill to replace Ordinance March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Coal Mines bill to allow e-auction of coal blocks after the Supreme Court cancelled their allocation leading to uncertainty in the coal sector, amid opposition by Left and some other parties. The...
  • Court halts auction of two coal mines previously held by Jindal Steel February 12, 2015

    Mumbai: A court on Wednesday asked the government to halt the auction of two coal mines attached to a Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JNSP.NS) steel plant, a move that could prompt more companies to go to court and potentially derail plans to auction more than a hundred coal blocks...
  • China builds world's largest coal mine gas unit to make power January 2, 2015

    Beijing: China has built the world's largest facility to turn excess methane gas from coal mines into electricity, which could help the communist giant reduce its emissions. Lu'an Group which completed the facility at Shanxi Province in north China - said it would soon start operating the generator with a capacity...
  • Government launches auction process for 24 coal mines December 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Thursday kickstarted the auction process for cancelled coal mines with the launch of a portal for electronic bidding for 24 coal blocks in the first tranche. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved re-promulgation of the coal ordinance and necessary guidelines...
  • 24 workers killed, 52 injured in China's coal mine fire November 26, 2014

    Beijing: At least 24 coal mine workers were killed and 52 others injured on Wednesday in underground fire in China's northeastern Liaoning Province. The fire occurred in the coal mine under Hengda Coal, a subsidiary of Fuxin Coal, a major coal producer in the province, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Fuxin Coal...
  • India to allow foreign firms mine and sell coal: coal secretary November 21, 2014

    New Delhi: India will allow locally registered foreign firms to mine and sell coal when commercial mining is permitted as part of the opening up of the nationalised industry after four decades, Coal Secretary Anil Swarup told Reuters. To end a chronic coal shortage that cripples power plants and curb the...
  • Government seeks AG's opinion on need for Ordinance on coal blocks October 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The Coal Ministry has sought the opinion of Attorney General on whether the government needs to bring out an Ordinance to deal with the issues arising from the Supreme Court decision to deallocate coal mines. The issues that need to be resolved by...
  • 'Metal, mining co to be impacted; JSPL, Hindalco worst be hit' September 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Almost all major metal and mining firms would be affected by the Supreme Court ruling cancelling 214 coal blocks, but Naveen Jindal's JSPL and Aditya Birla Group's Hindalco would be among the worst hit, analysts said. Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL) was allocated six...
  • Centre to tighten surveillance at major coal mines September 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The government plans to tighten surveillance at all major coal mines to control coal theft, as the country is reeling under dry fuel shortages. "The government has proposed to establish a national coal dispatch monitoring centre...Moreover, real time surveillance at all major sensitive zones is being planned and...
  • Telangana: Heavy rainfall affects coal mining September 7, 2014

    Karimnagar: Coal mining in the open cast mines of the Ramagundam region here was hit due to heavy rain, a senior official said on Sunday. Ramagundam region has four open cast coal mines, which produce around 52,000 tonnes of coal a day. Heavy downpour since yesterday did not allow miners to...
  • Explosion in closed coal mine near Dhanbad's Nirsa July 23, 2014

    Explosion followed by emission of flame and smoke in a closed incline of Lakshmimata open cast mine of Eastern Coalfields Limited near Nirsa, about 45 km from here in Jharkhand was reported on Wednesday, police said. The incident occurred around 4 am to 5 am, they said. After getting information of...
  • India starts first new major coal mine in at least five years July 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Coal India Ltd started production on Friday at a 12milliontonnesperyear mine, its first major new project in at least five years, which should help boost supplies to fuelstarved power plants. The world's biggest coal miner has struggled to raise output fast enough to meet rising demand from power companies,...
  • Gas blast traps 17 in China coal mine July 6, 2014

    Beijing: At least 17 miners remain trapped in a coal mine in China after a gas blast, media reported on Sunday. The blast occurred at 8.43 p.m. on Saturday when 20 people were working inside the mine in Xinjiang province. Three of them have been rescued. Rescuers have started pouring nitrogen...
  • BJP Jharkhand leader Raghuvar Das writes to Narendra Modi on illegal coal mining June 18, 2014

    Senior BJP leader Raghuvar Das on Wednesday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention to curb rampant pilferage and illegal mining of coal, which he alleged led acute power crisis in the state. In a letter to Modi, Das, the twotime state unit president of BJP, demanded a highlevel enquiry into the...
  • Gas leakage kills ten in China coal mine June 11, 2014

    Beijing: At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday in a coal mine gas leak in China's Guizhou province. The leakage occurred just after midnight in a coal mine where 130 people were working, out of which 120 managed to escape, Xinhua news agency reported. All ten bodies of the deceased were...
  • NTPC to start coal mining from Jharkhand block by March May 25, 2014

    NTPC, the country's largest power producer, will foray into coal mining by starting production at its ChattiBariatu mines in Jharkhand by the end of the current financial year. "Production from the ChattiBariatu mines is expected to be around 1 million tonnes and will commence by the end of the fiscal," a...
  • Centre set up panel to identify more coal mines for auction May 14, 2014

    New Delhi: In a bid to expedite coal auction process, the Centre has announced a ninemember panel, which will identify more blocks, in addition to already selected 54 mines, for sale through competitive bidding. "In pursuance of auction by Competitive Bidding of Coal Mines, Rules, 2012...a...
  • Maoists halt mining work as firm refuses to meet their extortion demand April 22, 2014

    The members of a Maoist splinter group forcibly stopped work in a Central Coalfields Mining Project by an outsourcing company, asking it to accept their extortion demands if it wanted to resume work. "At least 25 extremists of the Jharkhand Prastuti Committee went to the Birsa Coal Mining Project, to which...
  • Rajhara coal mine caves in, 2 women die February 21, 2014

    Two women were on Thursday buried alive while two others sustained injuries as they were carrying out illegal mining in Palamu district, police said. The deceased identified as Sulekha Devi and Renu Devi (both residents of Padwa village) were buried alive when the shed of the colliery caved in, said Superintendent...
  • Government seeks Rs 25,000 crore from CIL for using state property for coal mining January 23, 2014

    The Jharkhand government has sought Rs 25,000 crore as 'preliminary' amount from Coal India Ltdfor excavating coal in the state without paying any compensation to it, a move that could hit the company hard. "Coal India has acquired land for mining in the state through Coal Bearing Areas Act. It pays...
  • How a CJ is using a mobile phone to register his protest against coal mining in his village January 12, 2014

    CJ Kripanath Yadav a resident of a remote Madhya Pradesh village is making use of basic IT tools like a mobile phone and a local radio station in his fight against coal mining in his village. He is being helped by our partners Greenpeace and Radio Sangharsh in his fight...
  • Three bodies extricated from BCCL coal mine, efforts on to trace others November 12, 2013

    Bodies of two miners trapped inside a BCCL coal mine in Dhanbad were extricated on Tuesday, taking the toll to three while efforts are on to locate another trapped mine official. "The bodies of Sitaram Majhi and Litu Saha were extricated on Tuesday with the help of professional well diggers. We...
  • Illegal mining: SC issues notice to Centre, denies extension to Justice Shah panel October 29, 2013

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre on a plea challenging its decision not to grant extension to the Justice MB Shah panel inquiring into miningrelated issues. A bench headed by Justice AK Patnaik sought response from the government on an application filed by an NGO contending that...
  • Files contain reasons for preferring Hindalco over PSU, says PC Parakh October 26, 2013

    Former Coal Secretary PC Parakh, who has been charged with alleged irregularities in the allotment of coal mine to Aditya Birla Group, on Saturday said he had on files given full reasons for preferring Hindalco over a PSU for allocation of the coal block. "All those things were recorded in my...
  • Commerce Minister Anand Sharma blames judiciary for India's economic crisis August 29, 2013

    New Delhi: Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Thursday tried to shift the blame for the economic crisis onto the Indian judiciary saying that certain judgements made by the latter has often contributed to the loss to the exchequer. In an exclusive interview to IBN18 Editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Anand Sharma also...