Kazakhstan has warned ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steel company, that it could be forced to close one of its coal mines if it does not improve safety following an explosion last month that killed 30 people. Vladimir Bozhko, head of Kazakhstan's ministry of emergencies, has given the company one month to draw up a plan to introduce 41 safety reforms at its Abaiskaya mine in central Kazakhstan.

Camel experts from research institutions and non-government organisations in India, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and the UK met at the training centre of Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan near Mammaji-ki-dhuni at Sadri, District Pali, Rajasthan, India, on 23-25 November 2004, and came up with the following recommendations:

• Urgently investigate how to restore sufficient pastureland for camels in order to halt the decline in camel numbers.

• Ukraine and Turkmenistan are going to propose the establishment of a consortium with Russia and Kazakhstan for transporting gas to Europe.

Talks Between Two Sides To Focus On Oil And Civil Nuclear Cooperation

EXTERNAL affairs minister S M Krishna is going on a three-day visit to oil-rich Kazakhstan on Tuesday. The two sides will hold discussions on finalising an agreement on the Satpayev oil block.

Energy-starved India, armed with permission to buy atomic fuel from around the world after the end of a three-decade ban, is courting new partners alongside old friends in its global hunt for uranium.

Children in parts of Siberia near the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan are suffering serious health problems due to pollution caused by unburned rocket fuel. This fuel is sprayed by rockets launched

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