Supreme Court reserves judgment on coal ban case in Meghalaya

TNT the northeast today | 08 May 2019

The Supreme Court today concluded the hearing on the petitions which relates to the ban of coal mining in Meghalaya. The Supreme Court has, however, reserved the judgment which is likely to be passed after the summer vacation in July.

It may be mentioned that the Apex Court is hearing on a total number of five petitions on the coal ban. Besides the main petition of Lber Laloo vs Dima Hasao Student Union, the other petitions which the court had heard included that of the State Co-Ordination Committee of Coal Owners, Miners and Dealers Forum (SCCCMDF), Hima Nongstion and GHADC. Read more

Plea in Supreme Court to transport all coal stock from Meghalaya

The Telegraph | May 4, 2019

Illegal coal mining continuing in the state despite ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) since April 2014

Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, who is the amicus curiae in the coal mining cases being heard in the Supreme Court, on Friday submitted that all coal stock from Meghalaya should be transported to Guwahati.

He made the submission in the apex court during a hearing on a petition to lift the ban on coal mining imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) since April 2014. Read more

Meghalaya government favours coal mining regulations

The Telegraph | May 03, 2019

It said so in the apex court during a hearing on a petition filed by Lber Laloo, who wanted a ban on coal mining

The Meghalaya government has maintained in the Supreme Court that it is in favour of regulating coal mining activities in the state.

The state government said this in the apex court during a hearing on a petition filed by one Lber Laloo who wanted the ban on coal mining, imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) since April 2014, to be lifted. Read more

West Bengal: Out-of-job miners mull NOTA to protest curbs on illegal mining

Business Standard | April 28, 2019

Illegal coal mining is considered to be ‘parallel economy in the industrial town belt of Asansol and its surrounding areas’

With a halt on illegal mining since the elections were announced, miners who work in hundreds of these high-risk narrow pits to dig out coal for a living have been jobless and say they will opt for NOTA when they go to vote on Monday as a mark of protest.

Mining, both legal and illegal, is common in the Ranigunj-Asansol coal belt in West Bengal and in many cases, the coal mafia engage poor people in illegal work for a low wage. Read more

Expedite auction of mines with explored mineral reserves: FICCI

Money Control | April 29, 2019
The amendment in the MMDR Act in 2015 ushered in predictability, transparency and removed all arbitrariness by introducing auction as the only process of allocation of major mineral resources, FICCI said.

Industry body FICCI has called for expediting auctions of mineral blocks with known or explored reserves, highlighting that the average of such sales has nosedived to around 15 mines per year after the amendment in the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act. Read more

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