Illegal mining in Aravalli: Govt machinery ‘rotten’ in Rajasthan, says Supreme Court

The entire government machinery is “rotten” in Rajasthan and the officials are “hand in glove” with those who have been indulging in illegal mining in Aravalli area of the state, the Supreme Court said on Monday.

Expressing anguish over destruction of flora and fauna in the area, the apex court came down heavily on the Rajasthan government after it cited the recent Assembly elections and the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as the reasons for not completing ground truthing exercise to ascertain the area where illegal mining had allegedly been conducted.

A bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta directed the chief secretary of the state to appear before it for an explanation. Read more

India’s first integrated gold mine set to start in Andhra Pradesh

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SNV SUDHIR | Published Feb 1, 2019, 1:23 am IST

Vijayawada: Work on independent India’s first integrated Greenfield gold mining project in Andhra Pradesh is expected to begin in the next two months.

The project proponent— an Indo-Australian company — is in the process of completing land acquisition in Jonnagiri of Kurnool district. Commercial production is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2020. Read more

Rio Tinto diamond mining set for revival

THE ASIAN AGE. | RABINDRA NATH CHOUDHURY | Published : Feb 2, 2019, 1:49 am IST

Bhopal: In a significant development, Madhya Pradesh government has initiated a move to revive the Bunder Diamond project, which was shelved after the British mining behemoth Rio Tinto withdrew from it three years ago.

The state government has proposed the Centre to grant fresh mining lease for Bakshawaha diamond block in Chhatarpur district under backward region of Bundelkhand in MP to facilitate revival of the abandoned Bunder Diamond project.

“A three-member official team constituted by the state government has recommended for granting of mining lease for Bakshawaha diamond block to revive the abandoned Bunder diamond mining project. Read more

Labour min decides to allow women to work in underground coal mines

January 30, 2019, 08:29 IST || Energy World

Present rules do not allow women to work in underground mines. This provision of allowing them to work in underground coal mines is expected to bring more employment opportunities for them.

New Delhi: The Labour Ministry has decided to amend rules for allowing women to work in underground coal mines during day time and in open cast mines round the clock, for the first time, in a bid to bring gender equity and generate job opportunities.

“The ministry has decided to extend the timing of women workers in coal mines initially and would be extended in other such mining sectors on the basis of the initiative. A notification in the regard has already been sent for publication and it would be enforced in next couple of days,” a senior official said. Read more

Illegal mining continues unabated in Mohali district

Jan 31, 2019, 09:23 IST

MOHALI: Despite tall claims by Mohali administration, the mining mafia is still busy in digging in the district. In a fresh case of illegal mining, Mohali police recently raided illegal mining sites and seized a tractor trolley laden with sand.

The accused was digging and loading sand into the tractor trolley from a river in Mullanpur when police raided the spot. The driver of the vehicle. however, managed to escape from the spot. Read more

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