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No environment clearance for Vedanta, Centre tells green tribunal

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NEW DELHI, July 22, 2011: Vedanta's environment clearance to mine the Niyamgiri hills has been withdrawn as the rejection of forest clearance had made the green nod 'inoperable and infractuous', the environment ministry told the National Green Tribunal on Thursday while indicating that the environmental clearance in itself was not bad technically.
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Niyamgiri: Vedanta's battleground for bauxite

And, perhaps, its Waterloo. With the Union ministry of environment and forests refusing to allow the company to mine bauxite in Orissa's Niyamgiri hill, the UK-based mining giant's troubles have multiplied. The quest to resolve all disagreements regarding the company's Lanjigarh alumina refinery project and its mining rights had brought none less than the Orissa chief minister scurrying to Delhi -- to convince the prime minister to push forward the controversial industrial project. The prime minister did not oblige.

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Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) rejects Vedanta’s mining project in Orissa. CSE brings to you its assessment and analysis along with key documents, reports, EIAs, court ruling and decisions taken by various authorities from 1997 till date on Vedanta, Niyamgiri and Lanjigarh.
 

Vedanta and lessons in conservation

The Forest Rights Act of 2006—also known as the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act—came after considerable and bitter opposition from conservation groups.

Bullets are not the answer to development

The massacre of 76 policemen in Dantewada by naxalites is reprehensible. Yet we cannot brush aside the underlying poverty, deprivation and sheer lack of justice that are breeding tension and anger in vast areas of rural, tribal India. We cannot say that these developmental issues are long term—as the Congress spokesperson has reportedly said—while the immediate task is to annihilate the Naxalites.

Degree of commerce

Vedanta gets tracts of thorium rich land along the Orissa coast for a university. Allegations fly 

by Ruhi Kandhari

Mining giant Vedanta’s proposed university in Orissa will not only be one of the few in the world with an outlay of Rs 15,000 crore and spread across 2,400 hectares, it will also sit on land rich in thorium deposits.

Vedanta’s steel plan

Mining giant Vedanta is all set to diversify into steel business. Sesa Goa Ltd in which Vedanta has the controlling share, has begun negotiations with Japanese and European companies to set up a steel plant in India.

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