Company has been asked to spend on 'social commitments', raising project costs by $600 mn

The environment ministry has given its go-ahead to Posco's planned steel plant in the country, but has asked it to spend on "social commitments", a company spokesman said, raising the project's cost by $600 million to $12.6 billion.

Large-scale violation of environment and forest laws have taken place in Odisa since 1994-95

Top companies — such as SAIL, Tata Steel, the Aditya Birla group’s Essel Mining and Odisha Mining Corp — are among the 70 that have violated environment and forest laws, the M B Shah Commission on illegal mining in Odisha has held.

The Union Cabinet is expected to deliberate tomorrow on the report of Justice M B Shah Commission on illegal mining of iron and manganese ores in Odisha, sources said.

New Delhi : The MB Shah Inquiry Commission has estimated the size of illegal iron ore mining in Orissa at Rs 60,000 crore and has said half of the profits from mines in the state should go to the local population.

The commission has, however, let off large mining companies including Tata Steel, Essel Mining (Birla group) and SAIL from any fresh probe. It has not found any evidence of illegal mining by these companies but that of over extraction from their mines.

Memorandum of Action Taken for consideration of the cabinet regarding illegal mining of iron and manganese ores in the state of Odisha, submitted by Justice M. B. Shah Commission of Inquiry. Read text of the Action taken report.

The RA had imposed stay order in case of four miners -PTA Ltd, Essel Mining, GSI Ltd and Ferro Alloya Corporation (FACOR)

Mine owners and the Odisha government are poised for a pitched battle over the contentious issue of a hefty penalty imposed on extracting ore beyond the approved limits.

Agreeing to hear a plea against “discontinuation” of the Justice MB Shah Commission, the Supreme Court on Tuesday sought a response from the Centre as to why an extension should not be given to the

The Planning Commission has convened a meeting of ministries concerned next month to discuss the issues related to mining, including the ban on such activities in some states.

The probe against illegal mining has died a quiet death.

The much-awaited third and final report of Justice (retired) MB Shah Commission inquiry report on illegal mining in Goa was submitted to the Union Mines Ministry Tuesday, giving yet another major b