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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.