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In terms of world proved coal and lignite reserve at the end of 2017,India stands fifth afterUSA, Russia, Australia & China as per the Statistics published by International Energy Agency

Report filed by the Goa State Pollution Control Board regarding illegal extraction of laterite stones in Bicholim taluka, Goa. Site inspection was done to verify the present status of laterite stone quarries in Curchirem and Ona village.

An Act further to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 and to amend the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015.

Parliament passed The Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 for amendments in Mines & Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 and The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015. Rajya Sabha passed the bill 0n 12 March, 2020, while Lok Sabha already passed this bill on 6th March, 2020.

The total estimated coal resources in the country is about 326495.63 million tonnes (MT) as per “The inventory of Geological Resources of Indian Coal” (as on 01.04.2019), prepared by the Geological Survey of India.

The Master Plan for dealing with fire, subsidence and rehabilitation in the lease hold of Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) and Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) was approved on 12th August 2009 by Government of India in which numbers of families residing in unsecure and unsafe areas in coal mines were surveyed.

A Bill further to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 and to amend the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015. This Act may be called the Mineral Laws (Amendment) Act, 2020. It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 10th day of January, 2020.

India has an array of legislations and regulations to settle land and resource rights, to resolve disputes over access and ownership, and to facilitate more equitable negotiations for transferring rights and access between different parties.

Compliance report by the District Magistrate, Bulandshahr and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board on Original Application No. 895/2019 in the matter of Arvind Prabhat, Editor-in-chief, News India 9 Vs State of Uttar Pradesh regarding illegal sand mining in river Ganga in Dibai tehsil, district Bulandshahar, Uttar Pradesh.

A 32 page preliminary investigation report into the environmental carrying capacity for polluting projects and allied issues in Tamnar and Gharghoda blocks of Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh made public on Februry 26, 2020 on the National Green Tribunal (NGT) website. The report was in response to the NGT order of July 22, 2019.

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