India aims to increase coal production to 1.5 billion tonnes by 2020

The ever-growing fleet of ships carrying people and goods from one port to another is the primary pollutant of sea water and disrupter of fragile marine life.

Supply drought from India is one important reason why spot ore prices climbed so strongly in December after sinking to a 3-year low in September

In an otherwise instructive guidance for all steel stakeholders, global rating agency Fitch Ratings in its ‘2013 outlook steel raw materials producers’ report says India stands the risks becoming a net importer of iron ore in 2013-14. This, by any yardstick, is a far-fetched observation. Federation of Indian Mineral Industries president H C Daga, a no-taker of a possibility of this kind, says, “The ore supply situation has become tight in the wake of a ban on mining in Karnataka and Goa.

What is the new normal for the Indian steel industry?

The global demand for bauxite, from which the aluminium smelter feedstock alumina is derived, is likely to rise at an annual rate of 6.9 per cent from 220 million tonnes (mt) in 2011 to 750 mt in 2

The government will certainly not indulge in self congratulation for agriculture recording a growth of 5.4 per cent to 232.07 million tonnes in 2010-11 as this is happening on a low production base of 218.11 million tonnes last year when the country experienced the worst south-west monsoon since 1972.