We were standing between a massive mine and a stunning water reservoir. Local activists were explaining to me that this iron ore mine was located in the catchment of the Salaulim water reservoir, the only water source for south Goa. Suddenly, as I started clicking with my camera, we were surrounded by a jeepload of men. They said they were from the mine management and wanted us off the property.

Bolivian vice-president Alvaro Garcia recently said that the nationalisation of the country's largest tin smelter, the Vinto tin smelter and refinery, was irreversible. The plant, located in Oruro

Historically, Tata Steel has been exploiting exhaustible mineral resources of Orissa without contributing to the local value-added activities.

The sponge iron industry is growing fast and polluting alarmingly. K Radhika in Chhattisgarh and Maureen Nandini Mitra in Jharkhand and Orissa examine the problem

Based on primary source material, this paper unravels the undermining of development of vital transport infrastructure in Orissa, namely, Paradeep port and a proposed railway line for exploiting the rich mineral resources of the state

Orissa first drafted a comprehensive rehabilitation policy back in 1994, but that was never enacted. Currently, the state draws up R&R policies on industry-specific basis.

Another UNDP/DFID aided draft was presented to the state revenue department on 8 July 2005. After sitting on the draft since last year, the state now wants the 5-member ministerial committee, headed by Industries and Law Minister Biswabhushan Harichandan, to review the draft and submit a report within a month.

A presentation by Wayne Whitlock to the California Mining Association Annual Conference in May 2005 addressed the impacts of growing water quality and endangered species requirements on the already heavily regulated mining industry. These requirements add increasing complexity and conflicting demands to the permitting, operation and reclamation of the state's mines and quarries.

The Mine Labour Protection Campaign (MLPC) came into being over a decade ago. It works under the aegis of The School of Desert Sciences (SDS) and draw its strength from its networking partner NGO's, CBO's, experts and individuals. For a decade MLPC has been engaged in organizing mineworkers in Rajasthan, who constitute some of the most deprived sections of society.

The Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC) was incorporated in the year 1961 as a wholly owned undertaking of the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

The Government of Gujarat has envisaged specific policy initiatives for industrial minerals occurring in the state to attract investment in the fields mineral exploration, exploitation, and mineral-based industries. It is intended to create competitive environment to speed up industrial
development in mineral potential area by enhancement of Human