BHUBANESWAR: The Opposition mounted a scathing attack on the State Government in the Assembly on Tuesday for its inaction against the culprits involved in the multi-crore mining scam and reiterated the demand for a CBI probe to unearth the truth.

THE MINES ministry is likely to give an in-principle approval to global giant Rio Tinto for its diamond mining project in Madhya Pradesh in which the London-based firm is looking to invest around Rs 2,200 crore.

The mines ministry on Sunday said it in all probability would approach the Cabi- net next week seeking app- roval for the proposed 20 per cent share sale of state- run copper producer HCL.

VEDANTA Resources on Tuesday questioned the Amnesty report saying allegations levelled in it against Lanjigarh refinery were based on

The Jharkhand government has taken exception to a notification of the Union Ministry of Mines which has fixed the sale prices of minerals, with Chief Minister Shibu Soren writing a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seek his intervention in the matter.

New mining legislation must ensure ensure participation of, and consultation with, affected communities, says MUKUL SHARMA

BHUBANESWAR: The Centre has asked the State Government to submit a report to it on the multi-crore mining scam.
Secretary in the Union Ministry of Mines Santa Sheela Nair today met Chief Secretary T K Mishra at the secretariat here and discussed steps taken by the State Government to curb the illegal mining activities in the state and proposed expansion of Nalco in Orissa.

This Act may be called the Mines and Minerals (Development and
Regulation) Act, 2010. It extends to the whole of India. It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.

BELLARY: Santa Sheela Nair, Secretary, Union Ministry of Mines, has sought the intervention of S.V. Ranganath, Chief Secretary, government of Karnataka, and Vijai Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi, to permit officials of the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) to enter the mines within the forest areas.

Taking strong exception to the alleged prevention of Central Government officials from inspecting illegal mines in Hospet in Bellary district, the Centre has directed Karnataka to allow them free access to all mines.