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Karnataka mineral policy 2008 approved by the state cabinet recently.This new policy has 13 major objectives, including progressive features such as adoption of modern techniques in mining, transparency in granting mineral licences and emphasis on value addition.

THE jinxed National Mineral Policy (NMP) faces yet another delay as the ministry of mines has decided to obtain the views of states on the draft amendments to the Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Act. With states and the Centre differing on various proposals on amending the Act, sources said that implementation of the policy may get stalled for some more time.

Challenge in this appeal is to the judgment of a Division Bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa in Writ Petition no.41/93 filed by the respondents. The writ petition no.41/93 was filed seeking quashing of the orders dated 3rd January, 1991 passed by the Directorate of Mines and Labour and dated 22nd March, 1999 passed by the Secretary, Mines, Government of Goa.

This report deal with the seven terms of reference of the Committee respectively. In each case, the issues are spelt out, the arguments of the concerned interest groups examined, and the recommendations are laid out. It includes important issues raised in the Committee that are not covered by the first six terms of reference are taken up. These include four important issues whose resolution would be important not only for stimulating investment flows and inducting state-of-the-art technology but also for the smooth functioning of mining operations in the country.

This is the final report of Justice M B Shah Commission on illegal mining of iron ore and manganese in Goa. Says that lack of coordination within the Ministry of Environment and forests led to the illegalities and consequential ecological damage.

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