Mining Projects

  • 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...
  • Odisha govt to conduct Gram Sabhas to decide the fate of Vedanta July 18, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government is set conduct Gram Sabhas in 12 villages of Kalahandi and Rayagada districts to decide fate of the proposed bauxite mining for Vedanta atop Niyamgiri Hills. The Gram Sabhas will be held in four phases within July 30. Vedanta will be allowed to mine in the...
  • SC order on Vedanta to impact all mining operations in India April 18, 2013

    Vedanta Aluminium's plan to mine the bauxite-rich Niyamgiri mountains in Kalahandi district in Orissa suffered a major jolt after the the Supreme Court on Thursday said that consent must be taken from the Gram Sabha first. ...
  • Supreme Court allows legal mines to reopen in Karnataka April 18, 2013

    New Delhi: In a huge relief for mining companies in Karnataka, the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed 118 legal mines to reopen in three districts after a gap of two years. It, however, also cancelled leases of all mine projects planned outside the sanctioned area of Karnataka's Bellary district. The illegal...
  • Vedanta can mine in Odisha if Gram Sabha allows: SC April 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Vedanta will be allowed to mine in the Niyamgiri Hills in Kalahandi district of Odisha only if the Gram Sabha allows, said the Supreme Court on Thursday, adding the final decision on the project would be taken by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in consultation with the...
  • SC verdict on Vedanta's Odisha mining project today April 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Thursday pronounce its verdict on whether Vedanta should be allowed to mine aluminium in the Niyamgiri Hills in Kalahandi district of Odisha or not. In 2008, the Supreme Court gave phase 2 clearance to Vedanta to mine at Niyamgiri but after Congress...
  • Tribals beat up TDP MLA in Visakhapatnam May 11, 2011

    Angry villagers beat up S Soma when he seemed to be pushing the case for a mining project. ...
  • Volte-face: Vedanta's opposer turns soft August 29, 2010

    Bhubaneswar : In a shocking volte-face, the most vocal tribal voice against the Vedanta project in Niyamgiri hills of Orissa, is now its brand ambassador - Jitu Jakesika is now trying to convince tribals on the benefits of the mining project. Twenty-two-year-old Jitu Jakesika belonging to the Dongoria tribe of...
  • Vedanta mining project in Orissa rejected August 24, 2010

    New Delhi: The fate of the controversial Vedanta bauxite mining project in Orissa has been sealed with Environment Ministry rejecting the project, saying forest laws have been violated. While rejecting the project Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said that Vedanta Resources had seriously violated some regulations and the decision was...
  • Mayawati buys peace by upping farmer pay-out August 17, 2010

    New Delhi: In the face of the criticism in Parliament and protest from farmers, the Mayawati government on Tuesday decided to hike the compensation to the farmers by 20 per cent at Rs 570 per square metre. A team of top state officials led by state cabinet secretary Sashankh Sekhar...
  • Govt panel slams Vedanta project, terms it illegal August 17, 2010

    New Delhi: Vedanta Resources' $ 1.7 billion bauxite mining project in Orissa's Niyamgiri hills is illegal and must be shut down, says an expert panel set up by the environment ministry. The project will not be allowed unless the local tribal communities give their consent and village councils agree to...
  • Government panel nixes Vedanta's Orissa project August 17, 2010

    New Delhi: Vedanta Resources' bauxite mining project in Orissa's Niyamgiri hills will not be allowed unless the local tribal communities give their consent and village councils agree to the use of forest land for the project, a government panel said on Monday. The panel, investigating violations of the Forest Rights Act...
  • Village vs corporate in Orissa April 12, 2007

    Kalahandi district, Orissa: Tribal people in Kalahandi are fighting a mining company and the police to save a forest which they say is in danger because of mining. Vedanta Alumina needs permissions from the Supreme Court to mine in the government reserve forest, but is allegedly violating the Forest Conservation Act...