ranigunj is a town situated about 200 km west of Calcutta on the banks of river Damodar in one of the most industrialised areas of the country. One would expect Ranigunj to be a thriving locality,

A research team based in Queensland, Australia, has shattered the world drilling record with jets of water in a coal seam. The team drilled 123 m underground into the coal seam at the German Creek

IT IS called the black gold, and gold remains valuable for ever. Coal will always retain its value as a source of energy. Yet, the industry has been under pressure from various alternative sources of

In the the first survey of its kind in the country, the Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Agency (nrsa) has prepared detailed maps of the underground fires that have raged in the Jharia

Meghalaya becomes a quarry for uncontrolled coal mining

The proposed revision of the coal ministry's rehabilitation package may have raised the hopes of people displaced by coal mining projects, only to shatter them again. Given the reluctance of the

A private firm, Eastern ANning Ud, is scheduled to boon large scale operations in a sao" already ravaged by several small mining ventures. But skft officials seem blissfully ignorant of the threat.

China's attempts at modernising its energy industry will cause more than 100,000 coal workers to be laid off immediately, while hundreds of thousands more will be retrenched in the coming years. The

Workers in noisy coal washeries have been shown to suffer considerable hearing loss. According to one study, 20 per cent of washery workers had mildly handicapped hearing -- hearing loss becomes a

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