Mining conflicts multiply, as critics gather in Johannesburg

The World Social Forum’s “Thematic Forum on Mining and Extractivism” convened from November 12-15 here in Johannesburg, just after the Southern Africa People’s Tribunal on Transnational Corporations.

In between, at the site of the notorious massacre of striking mine workers in 2012 on the platinum belt to the west, a new was launched — Business as Usual after Marikana. It is critical not only of the mining company Lonmin, dozens of whose workers were shot dead, but of its international financiers. Read more

Courtesy: Green left

Karnataka to NMDC: Pay the premium or lose lease

Ballari: In a first of its kind move in the mining sector in Karnataka, the state government has reportedly warned the Union steel ministry controlled National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) to go by its norms or face the consequences that include cancellation of the iron ore mining lease allotted to NMDC in the ore rich district of Ballari. Read more

Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle

Don’t amend law to let mining resume in Goa: LawMin

THE UNION Law Ministry has said that the central government should decline Goa’s
request for an amendment to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act
to resume mining activity in the state. Law Secretary Suresh Chandra informed the
Mines Ministry last month that there was no legislative cure to the shutdown of
mines in Goa following a decision by the Supreme Court in February. He advised that
miners should directly approach the apex court for a review. Read more

Courtesy: The Indian Express

A picture of neglect: How bauxite mining has affected tribals in AP’s East Godavari

Environmental rights activist K Rajendra says that it is common practice in the region to take permission for laterite mining, but instead indulge in bauxite mining.

“From 2002, tribal lands have been snatched and the environment exploited. Such a ruthless exploitation of the hills will result in big problems in the future for surrounding villages, wildlife and tribal culture,” he says. Read more

Courtesy: The news minute

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