The Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (Fimi) favours re-opening of mines categorised as A and B in Karnataka.

Mahesh Kulkarni / Bangalore September 24, 2010, 0:42 IST

Iron ore mining is coming to a standstill in major production centres in Karnataka even as the court battle against the state government

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today said 20 squads are on the job to check illegal mining of iron ore and exports and rejected Opposition criticism that there is no let-up in the unlawful activity.

"13 joint squads have been activated. They are keeping a 24-hour vigil and discharging their duties," he told reporters here after a review meeting on the issue.

The Department of Mines and Geology deputy director has issued notices to 15 mining companies in Hospet and Sandur to stop mining operations.

The notices have been issued on the direction of Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), in the light of illegal mining being carried out in these areas.

Sanjay Jog / Mumbai December 21, 2009, 0:01 IST

The Union home ministry wants state governments to take proactive action against illegal mining as it has become a national security threat.

In a recent meeting with the states, the home ministry said that windfall profits from such mining of minerals and sand were being used by the mafia to aid extremist elements.

The incessant rains have claimed two more lives, one each in Dakshina Kannada and Chikmagalur.

A woman was washed away in a stream at Aranthod in Sullia on Monday. The deceased is Baby (65). In Chikmagalur, a girl was washed away in a stream near Kundur estate in Mudigere taluk on Monday. The deceased is Sheela (15).

Hospet, a small town around 350 km from Bangalore, is perennially cloaked in a red dust that emanates from the scores of pit iron ore mines that dot the area. According to numerous watchdog groups, such as