‘Over-valuation’ of coal imports: DRI moves Supreme Court against Adani Group firms

The Indian Express|| Written by Khushboo Narayan | February 21, 2019

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has moved the Supreme Court against a September 2018 order of the Bombay High Court that granted an interim stay on the use of Letter Rogatory (LR) by the agency to obtain information from foreign jurisdictions for its probe into the alleged over-valuation of Indonesian coal imports by a few firms of the Adani Group.

An LR is a formal request seeking judicial assistance from a foreign country in investigating an offshore entity.

The DRI has filed a special leave petition in the apex court against Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL) and Adani Power Ltd and challenged the Bombay High Court order. The agency in its petition in the apex court argued that the high court order will defeat its investigations in all cases pertaining to violations of customs norms. Sources said since the Indian Customs deals with overseas transactions in case of both imports and exports, it will not be able to probe violations if the agency is not allowed to use LR to obtain information from foreign jurisdictions. Read more

Ministry of Coal Signs an MoU With Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland

KhabarIndia|| BY ARUNA SHARMA ||FEBRUARY 4, 2019

Ministry of Coal entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland here today. The MoU has been signed between Sh. Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, Hon’ble Minister of State for Coal and Mines and Mr. Grzegorz Tobiszowski, Secretary of State, Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland. Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Shri Suresh Kumar, and Ambassador of Poland HE Mr. Adam Burakowski were present on the occasion,

The objective of this MoU is to foster relations in the field of coal mining and clean coal technologies through the already established Joint Coal Working Group as well as research institutes and academia between the two countries covering the following areas. Read more

Now women can work in underground mines, says government

The Indian Express|| Published: February 4, 2019 5:59:59 pm

Women have been allowed to work in underground mines, and would be deployed in open cast mines during night hours also, as part of the government’s efforts to create more employment opportunities for them.

The labour ministry has issued new rules permitting women to work in opencast mines during 7 pm to 6 am.

Earlier, employment of women in underground, opencast mines were restricted under Mines Act, 1952. Read more

Illegal mining in Aravalli: Govt machinery ‘rotten’ in Rajasthan, says Supreme Court

The entire government machinery is “rotten” in Rajasthan and the officials are “hand in glove” with those who have been indulging in illegal mining in Aravalli area of the state, the Supreme Court said on Monday.

Expressing anguish over destruction of flora and fauna in the area, the apex court came down heavily on the Rajasthan government after it cited the recent Assembly elections and the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as the reasons for not completing ground truthing exercise to ascertain the area where illegal mining had allegedly been conducted.

A bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta directed the chief secretary of the state to appear before it for an explanation. Read more

India’s first integrated gold mine set to start in Andhra Pradesh

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SNV SUDHIR | Published Feb 1, 2019, 1:23 am IST

Vijayawada: Work on independent India’s first integrated Greenfield gold mining project in Andhra Pradesh is expected to begin in the next two months.

The project proponent— an Indo-Australian company — is in the process of completing land acquisition in Jonnagiri of Kurnool district. Commercial production is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2020. Read more

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