Sri Lanka cancels licences for foreign mining firms

Sri Lanka`s new president has cancelled mining licences issued by the previous government to 16 foreign companies to search for blue sapphires and other gems, his office said Sunday.

Zambia's ex-mines minister jailed for graft over Chinese licence

Zambia`s former mines minister Maxwell Mwale on Friday was jailed for a year on graft charges linked to the irregular issuing of a mining licence to a Chinese firm in 2009.

Separate mining policy to be framed in Uttarakhand: Rawat

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Thursday said a separate policy will be framed in the state to ensure that mining is done along riverbeds in a legally sanctioned manner so that the rivers and population living close to them are protected and the sector becomes an effective tool for revenue generation.

US assists Sri Lanka in de-mining efforts

 The US has donated de-mining equipment for Sri Lanka`s war-ravaged northern region, the island nation`s government said in a statement Thursday.

State authorities have shut eyes on mining: NGT to Rajasthan

 Hitting out at the Rajasthan government for "shutting its eyes" to indiscriminate mining activities in Alwar, the National Green Tribunal has directed it to ban illegal mining of minor minerals in the district and seize all crushers and grinders operating illegally.

I stopped mining in Goa: Jayanthi ​Natarajan
I stopped mining in Goa: Jayanthi ​Natarajan

 After former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, former union minister for environment and forests in the erstwhile UPA government Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday became the second senior politician to claim credit for the closure of Goa's tainted, multi-billon dollar iron ore mining industry.

Nine held for illegal mining in Meghalaya

At least nine persons were arrested for allegedly violating the National Green Tribunal ban on mining and transportation of coal in Meghalaya`s East Jaintia Hills district, police said on Wednesday.

Mining is only anti-dote to curb rising level of rivers: Rawat

 Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Friday appealed to opposition BJP to refrain from using terms like "mining mafia" while attacking the government and said mining within legal sanctions is necessary to save cities located along the banks of rivers.

Copper plays surprise role in Zambia presidential vote

A controversial decision to hike mining royalties in copper-rich Zambia has not only spooked investors but has become an unlikely presidential election issue in one of Africa`s two biggest producers.

Mining ban results in one million jobs loss: Study

 Ban on mining and exporting of iron ore has led to jobs loss for a million people in the two mineral-rich states of Goa and Karnataka, a joint study by an industry chamber and a private bank said on Thursday.

15 suffocate in illegal mine in DR Congo

Fifteen people have suffocated while digging in an illegal mine in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where the problem of illicit mining is widespread, an official said Saturday.

Sand mafia attack mining inspection team in Hoshangabad, cop hurt

A police constable was on Thursday injured when sand mafia attacked a mining inspection team after it seized tractor-trolleys allegedly carrying sand without valid documents near a village in the district.

Mines Minister to listen to oral presentations on Mines Bill

 Trudging carefully with the mines bill, government will listen to views from those who desire to make oral presentations aimed at plugging gaps before bringing amendments to the existing law.

Mining will begin in two-three months, says Goa CM

Goa's multi-million dollar iron ore mining industry will be operational within "two to three months", Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Friday after conducting his first cabinet meeting.

SC grants extension to Odisha to renew mining lease

The Supreme Court has granted a three-month extension to the Odisha government to clear the lease renewal applications of 18 mines which were asked to halt operations following a court order, an official said on Saturday.

Turkey recovers 10 bodies of trapped miners

Turkish rescue workers have recovered 10 bodies of miners trapped by a flooding accident last month, with search efforts continuing for eight still missing, reports said on Wednesday.

Peru attacks illegal mining ahead of climate talks

Peru has sent 1,000 police into its southeastern jungles to dismantle illegal gold-mining camps, just weeks before the country hosts global climate talks.

Odisha issues notices to 18 miners over lease renewal

The Odisha government has sent notices to 18 mines owners, including Tata Steel and Aditya Birla Group's Essel Mining, asking them to reply as to why their lease renewal applications should not be rejected.

Jayanthi Natarajan, Jairam Ramesh fought over mining clearance to Jindal Steel

Union Forest and Environment Minister in the UPA government, Jayanthi Natarajan had an epistolary "face-off" with her Cabinet colleague, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh over allowing Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) to conduct mining activities in the Saranda forest of Jharkhand.

Centre agrees in-principle to give aid to Goa for mining

The Centre has agreed in-principle to provide financial package to the Goa government to compensate revenue loss caused due to closure of the mining industry, following ban by the Supreme Court in 2012, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said.