SHILLONG: The State Forest Department recently held a workshop on the theme “Definition of Forests and Conflict Resolution in the context of Meghalaya.” This year is also the International Year of Forests. For decades, forest land in Meghalaya has been diverted for non-forest purposes, mainly for mining particularly in Jaintia Hills by flouting the Forest Conservation Act 1980. The question is why the need for a definition now?

In a reprieve for industry, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan has relaxed environmental clearance norms for projects requiring forest land.

Proposal unacceptable as it is against Forest Conservation Act: Minister at GoM meet

A committee under Plan panel member B K Chaturvedi appointed by the Group of Ministers on coal mining has recommended that the “go, no-go” concept is flawed and should be “abandoned” by the governm

SHILLONG: Close on the heels of a moral victory after the Supreme Court verdict to allow Lafarge Umiam Mining Private Limited (LUMPL), a subsidiary of French cement giant Lafarge, to resume its business operations in Meghalaya, Lafarge India is now engaged in talks with the promoters of Meghalaya-based Star Cement for a majority stake in the company.

The Supreme Court on 6th April 2011 pronounced its final judgment on the Lafarge Umium Mining Case.  This decision was delivered by a bench comprising of the Hon’ble Chief Justice SH Kapadia, Justice Aftab Alam and Justice KS Radhakrishnan.  The MoE&F believes this is a landmark judgment which will set the stage for further reforms in environmental governance.

New Delhi The Supreme Court on Wednesday permitted Lafarge of France to resume limestone mining in Meghalaya to feed its $255-million cement plant in Bangladesh. A special forest bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia vacated its February 5, 2010, order halting mining operations.

The project, Lafarge Surma Cement (LSC), is located at Chhatak, Sunamganj, across the border.

The Supreme Court today lifted its earlier bar on French cement company Lafarge mining limestone in the East Khasi hills of Meghalaya, bordering Bangladesh.

The court said it was satisfied with the revised environment clearances given to Lafarge by the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF), adding it has taken

New Delhi: The SC on Thursday lifted its 17-month-old stay on limestone mining in Meghalaya by Lafarge Umium, which can now resume supply of raw material to
French multinational Lafarge

Verdict to boost Indo-Bangla ties as Lafarge plant depends on these mines
The SC has permitted resumption of mining operations by French cement giant Lafarge in Meghalaya to supply limestone to its $255-million cement plant at Chhatak in Bangladesh.