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.

Anantapur, Nov. 25: Mining and transport activity of iron ore of six mining companies in H Siddapuram, Obulapuram and Malpangudi villages in D Hirehal mandal, came to a halt as the Anantapur mines and geology assistant director, Mr S. Sairam Singh, reached the mining site and issued them government orders on Wednesday.

Hyderabad, Nov. 24: A division bench comprising Chief Justice Anil R. Dave and C.V. Nagarjuna Reddy of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday, told the counsel for the Centre to inform its stand on the issue of declaring the recent floods in the five districts as a national calamity.

Hyderabad, Nov. 10 The Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation and the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) are all set to enter into an MoU by this month-end for exploration of iron ore in Kadapa, Kurnool, Chittoor and Karimnagar districts in the State for setting up of benefication plants.

Hyderabad, Nov. 8: Unabated cattle grazing is causing thousands of hectares of greenland in the tiger reserve area in Nallamala to dwindle, wildlife experts have warned.

They say the buffer zone is eroding, and forest officials are unable to prevent locals from entering into the restricted area with cattle.

Oct. 29: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday dismissed a public interest litigation filed against the state government

Oct. 26: Nearly 7,500 tonnes of muck is being removed every day, but the biggest-ever garbage cleaning operation in the state has failed to bring much respite for residents of flood-hit Kurnool.

Oct. 26: The floods that swamped Kurnool last month dumped thousands of tonnes of sand and sludge in streets, drains and lakhs of buildings.
Since the city was submerged for several days, the water foodgrain, clothes and anything that was degradable. Every house has generated an estimated 3-5 tonnes of garbage.

Kurnool, Oct. 19: Farmers have not yet recovered from the floods in Kurnool district. Their crops were washed away and sand deposits in the fields are appearing everywhere in the district.

THE state government may have to relocate at least two towns and several villages after the floods deosited two to six feet of silt and lush, rendering the areas unfit for abitation.