The three-member Supreme Court-appointed central empowerment committee (CEC) headed by Justice P V Jayakrishnan visited Keonjhar district on Wednesday.

The panel members met the collector before heading for Thakurani iron ore block, belonging to Sarada Mines, at Barbil, about 70 km from here. Senior forest, mining and revenue officers accompanied them. The committee chairman declined to comment on the issue.

SAIL has not paid NPV for forest land coming within its Harmath iron and manganese mines under Keonjhar division

The Union ministry of environment & forests (MoEF) has sought lease wise details of the net present value (NPV) realised from the miners for diversion of forest land in Odisha.

Days after the MB Shah Commission report on illegal mining was tabled in Parliament, two companies that hold mining leases in Orissa have approached the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the rep

After Justice MB Shah Commission in its report pointed out that stock of fines (remnants of iron ore) was causing water pollution, the state government has asked Odisha State Pollution Control Boar

The company has already shut down its 600,000 mtpa plant at Keonjhar

Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has ordered to initiate legal action against Ardent Steel Limited (ASL), for running a pellet plant without obtaining environmental clearance. Accordingly, the forest and environment department of Odisha government has commenced procedures to file a case against the company.

Government has sent out 146 notices to leading iron and steel makers which were allegedly involved into illegal mining.

Government has sent out 146 notices to leading iron and steel makers which were allegedly involved into illegal mining

Shah Commission says Rs 60K cr lost to illegal mining in Odisha
Minerals worth about Rs 60,000 crore were illegally mined in Odisha during 2008-2011, Justice MB Shah Commission of Inquiry said in its report tabled in Parliament today.

A total road network of 1790.37 km will be established in 14 districts

ADB approves Rs 967 cr road projects for Phailin hit regions
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved Rs 966.75 crore for 484 new road projects to be implemented across 14 districts of Odisha hit by tropical cyclone Phailin and subsequent floods.

If the value of the iron ore and manganese mined in Sundargarh and Keonjhar districts for one year is given to the tribal families of the two Orissa districts, each of the tribals would be richer b

Keonjhar, Sundergarh, Angul and Koraput see maximum diversion

As many as 18077.329 hectares (ha) of forest land have been diverted for mining activities in the state till June 2013. “About 52040.805 ha of different types of forest land are leased out in the mining areas. On approval of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest, about 18077.329 hectares of forest land are diverted in accordance with the Forest Conservation Act, 1980,” state Forest and Environment Minister, Bijayshree Routray said in a written reply to the state assembly.

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