Kerala village sees off bauxite mining

Villagers in Kinnanore in Kerala's Kasaragod district called off a month-long agitation against bauxite mining. They relented on January 12 after Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan assured them that the sanction to the mines would be revoked. "The people, the panchayat and the political parties do not want this project,' said Achuthanandan.

Gujarat-based Ashapura Mines was operating in the village with official sanction from the Kerala Industries department to mine bauxite from over 80 hectare of government land