Parliament passes law to open coal sector for commercial mining

The Economic Times | March 12, 2020

The Mineral laws (Amendment) Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha with 83 MPs voting in its favour and 12 against.

Parliament on Thursday passed a bill that will remove end-use restrictions for participating in coal mine auctions and open up the coal sector fully for commercial mining by domestic and global companies.

The Mineral laws (Amendment) Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha with 83 MPs voting in its favour and 12 against. Read more

Captive coal output rises 19%in April-February

Financial Express | March 13, 2020

The apex court had then cancelled 204 out of 218 captive coal block licences, saying that these had been allocated in an illegal and arbitrary manner.

Coal production from captive mines in the first eleven months of the ongoing fiscal have increased by 18.8% year-on-year (y-o-y) to 51.7 million tonne (MT) from the corresponding period in FY19. However, about 53% of the output came from coal blocks which were not cancelled by the Supreme Court in its September 2014 order. Read more

NGT panel approves auction of 2 lakhs MT of Meghalaya’s extracted coal

NorthEast Now | March 12, 2020

The 2 lakhs metric tons include 75,000 MT in East Jaiñtia Hills district, 50,000 MT each in West Khasi Hills and South Garo Hills districts, and 25,000 MT in South West Khasi Hills district

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) committee on Thursday has approved auctioning of 2 lakhs metric tons of extracted coal in Meghalaya.

The 2 lakhs metric tons include 75,000 MT in East Jaiñtia Hills district, 50,000 MT each in West Khasi Hills and South Garo Hills districts, and 25,000 MT in South West Khasi Hills district. Read more

The lion inside the sedition circus

live mint | Sugata Srinivasaraju | March 09, 2020

  • Karnataka filed a slew of sedition cases against protesters in recent weeks. One lawyer is standing up for all of them
  • In all ongoing cases, Venkatesh’s argument is that the defendants were merely expressing dissent. He had to step in as several bar associations refused legal support to the accused

BENGALURU : It has been two-years-and-six-months since Gauri Lankesh, activist and editor of a Kannada weekly, was killed. In the eyes of her assassins, she was a symbol of dissent who frequently crossed the line for two decades—ever since she took over her father’s outrageously bold weekly newspaper. Read more

Mineral-Rich, Productivity-Poor? An Overview Of India’s Mining Sector – Analysis

Eurasia review | Arun Kumar | March 10, 2020

India occupies a significant position in the production of many minerals across the globe, while for some, there is acute shortage. There continues to be a huge demand for minerals in view of rapid urbanisation and the growth in the country’s manufacturing sector. Against this background, this article will consider the impact of the 2015 amendment to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act 1957, and the 2020 Mineral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance.

There are several reasons why an assessment of the policy and regulatory landscape governing the sector are germane. Read more

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