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Climate and Us | Haryana's position on Aravallis will lead to disaster

If Haryana doesn’t see the value of the Aravallis as NCR’s biodiversity hotspot, groundwater recharge zone, and defence system against extreme heat and aridity, it could spell disaster for the entire NCR

Officials inspecting Aravallis near the Bandhwari landfill on Monday. (Sourced)
Officials inspecting Aravallis near the Bandhwari landfill on Monday. (Sourced)
Published on Jul 25, 2022 10:00 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

No mining activity without forest clearance in Odisha: Supreme Court

The top court asserted that no mining activity can continue without obtaining FC as it refused permission to a private miner in Odisha to continue with operations without the clearance mandated under Forest Conservation Act, 1980.

The Supreme Court was hearing an appeal of M/s Balasore Alloys Limited of Odisha challenging a high court order by which it had refused to continue with the status quo order favouring the firm. (Archive)
The Supreme Court was hearing an appeal of M/s Balasore Alloys Limited of Odisha challenging a high court order by which it had refused to continue with the status quo order favouring the firm. (Archive)
Updated on Jun 07, 2022 12:07 AM IST
ByAbraham Thomas

Jharkhand: Suspended IAS officer Pooja Singhal's ED custody extended by 5 days

Suspended IAS officer Singhal was arrested by the probe agency on May 12 in connection with a money laundering case linked to alleged embezzlement of MGNREGA funds in Khunti district of Jharkhand.

Suspended IAS officer Pooja Singhal was arrested on May 12.
Suspended IAS officer Pooja Singhal was arrested on May 12.
Published on May 20, 2022 03:27 PM IST
By | Written by Aryan Prakash

Suspended Jharkhand mining secretary Pooja Singhal sent to 4-day ED remand

Pooja Singhal, who was serving as the Jharkhand mining secretary before being suspended, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on May 12 in connection with a money laundering case linked to alleged embezzlement of MGNREGA funds in Khunti district of the state.

Jharkhand government had suspended IAS officer Pooja Singhal on May 12.
Jharkhand government had suspended IAS officer Pooja Singhal on May 12.
Published on May 16, 2022 06:35 PM IST
By | Written by Aryan Prakash

Seabed mining gets impetus in IORA Blue Economy initiatives

The piece has been authored by Vijay Sakhuja is consultant, Kalinga International Foundation, New Delhi.

It is useful to mention that Blue Economy has been identified as a special focus area of the IORA.(Bloomberg)
It is useful to mention that Blue Economy has been identified as a special focus area of the IORA.(Bloomberg)
Published on Apr 10, 2022 01:21 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

District mineral foundation funds and welfare of the mine-affected communities 

The study has been authored by Rajesh Chadha and Ishita Kapoor is a research analyst at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress.

Under PMKKKY, 60 per cent of the DMF fund has been allocated to high priority areas such as drinking water supply, environment preservation and pollution control, health care, education, women and child welfare, the welfare of aged and disabled people, skill development and sanitation.
Under PMKKKY, 60 per cent of the DMF fund has been allocated to high priority areas such as drinking water supply, environment preservation and pollution control, health care, education, women and child welfare, the welfare of aged and disabled people, skill development and sanitation.
Published on Apr 01, 2022 12:54 PM IST
ByCSEP

4 dead in Haryana landslide; Anil Vij says rescue teams, Army at spot

Haryana home minister Anil Vij said a team of the NDRF has been called from Ghaziabad, while another of the SDRF has been summoned from Madhuban. An Army unit has also been called from Hisar, he added.

The exact reason behind the collapse of the portion of the stone is yet to be ascertained by some eye witnesses said that mining activities were halted a few days before.
The exact reason behind the collapse of the portion of the stone is yet to be ascertained by some eye witnesses said that mining activities were halted a few days before.
Updated on Jan 01, 2022 05:27 PM IST
Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Government panel approves mining on non-forest land without lease clearance

According to minutes of a FAC meeting dated October 28, which was uploaded on the ministry’s Parivesh website earlier this month and seen by HT, the committee approved commencing of mining in non-forest land but also imposed certain conditions.

The panel ruled that plans for mining in non-forest areas of a coal block will not involve any forest area (Agencies/Representative use.)
The panel ruled that plans for mining in non-forest areas of a coal block will not involve any forest area (Agencies/Representative use.)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 03:36 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

#MeToo and illegal mining allegations cast a shadow

During the #Metoo movement In November 2018, the IAS officer accused Channi of sending inappropriate texts to her though no formal complaint was lodged in this regard

Punjab CM Designate Charanjit Singh Channi submits the letter to Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit after the former was announced as the next CM of Punjab, at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Sunday. (PTI)
Punjab CM Designate Charanjit Singh Channi submits the letter to Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit after the former was announced as the next CM of Punjab, at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 20, 2021 12:35 AM IST

Study warns against mining nod to 14 coal blocks in Hasdeo Arand

According to a research by the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education’s to assess the floral and faunal biodiversity of the coalfield, mining work was likely to raise environmental concerns in the region.

These fourteen coal blocks fall within Chornai and Ton-Teti watershed areas in the Handeo Arand area, which is a total of 1879.6 square kilometer.(HT FILE PHOTO)
These fourteen coal blocks fall within Chornai and Ton-Teti watershed areas in the Handeo Arand area, which is a total of 1879.6 square kilometer.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Sep 19, 2021 12:02 AM IST

How fair is India’s non-fuel mine auction process?

The study has been authored by Rajesh Chadha and Ganesh Sivamani

According to the ministry of mines, 114 non-fuel mines have been successfully auctioned as of August 2021.(Representational Image / REUTERS)
According to the ministry of mines, 114 non-fuel mines have been successfully auctioned as of August 2021.(Representational Image / REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 14, 2021 02:20 PM IST
ByCentre for Social and Economic Progress

Protected forest areas, larger than 70% of Jim Corbett Park, diverted for mining

Mining activities can be permitted in Protected Forest areas by the concerned state government subject to prior approval of Central Government under the provisions of Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, environment ministry said in its reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Friday

Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)
Published on Aug 06, 2021 04:46 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Centre proposes to take over mine auction, some states oppose

The amendment also empowers the Central government to auction mines, which the states have failed to auction. Of the 143 such mines listed for auctioning, states have auctioned only 7 since 2015, the amendment said.

Open cast coal mines at Jharia in Dhanbad.(Representative Photo/HT)
Open cast coal mines at Jharia in Dhanbad.(Representative Photo/HT)
Updated on Mar 04, 2021 10:35 PM IST
ByGerard de Souza, , New Delhi/goa

Karnataka govt to use new tech to survey mineral reserves: Minister

The previous governments used old technology to survey the mineral reserves. We will use the latest technology and this will help get accurate information, Nirani was quoted as saying in an official press release.

Mining of sand, coarse sand and other minor minerals(Reuters)
Mining of sand, coarse sand and other minor minerals(Reuters)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 08:26 PM IST
PTI |

Misuse of Mineral Foundation funds: HC asks Goa to respond in two weeks

The petition has alleged that the Goa government has neglected the demands by those affected by mining and has instead diverted the funds for Covid-19 management

Various mining-affected villages have filed proposals for improvement of their village assets, including water resources and agricultural fields, and have sought funds from the DMFs’ kitty to alleviate their woes.(HT Photo)
Various mining-affected villages have filed proposals for improvement of their village assets, including water resources and agricultural fields, and have sought funds from the DMFs’ kitty to alleviate their woes.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 26, 2020 04:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Panaji | ByGerard de Souza

Large irregularities in mineral mining: CAG

The CAG observed that in various districts the excavation of the mineral was done without environment clearance.

Even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has expedited the probe into illegal mining, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has detected large irregularities in mineral mining in the state in 2016-17.(Representative Image/AFP File Photo)
Even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has expedited the probe into illegal mining, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has detected large irregularities in mineral mining in the state in 2016-17.(Representative Image/AFP File Photo)
Published on Jul 20, 2019 09:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow | ByHT Correspondent
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