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Indian Government Blocks Vedanta Resources Mining at Niyamgiri Hills

The Indian Government has blocked the plans of Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from the Niyamgiri hills sacred to local tribes.

The Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh announced that the company was violating environmental laws and so would not be allowed to mine in the area.

Prior approvals were rejected by the Minister for the aluminium refinery in Lanjigarh. The rejection has been a long time coming and will be seen as a drastic measure taken by the Indian government against the $1.7 billion operations of mining magnate Anil Agarwal in Orissa.

The Ministry of Environment and Forest has however given Mr Agarwal the opportunity to explain why his refinery unit should not be denied the right to expand its plant from one million tonnes per annum to six million tonnes per annum.

All these actions combined with the Petroleum Ministry’s bid to block Vedanta Resources’s acquisition of majority stake in Cairn India have left corporate circles abuzz.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, web programming, design, animation, database and networking, software and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

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