Platinum soars, gold dips; Platinum crosses $1,300 an ounce for the first time in six years

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Platinum surged above $1,300 an ounce for the first time in more than six years on bets that a recovery in industrial demand and stricter emissions rules will tighten supply of the metal. In contrast, gold edged lower. Tougher pollution regulations requiring vehicle makers to use more platinum in catalytic converters are supporting prices. Platinum […]

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India planning incentives for early commencement of production from auctioned mines

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The government plans to provide incentives to mineral block allocatees for early commencement of production from the auctioned mines, a move aimed at increasing mineral output of the country and reducing imports. The mines ministry plans to do the same through amendment of the mining rules and has sought comments and suggestions from stakeholders on […]

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Environmentalists oppose India’s plans to turn Goa into coal hub

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Environmentalists and politicians in Goa, India, known globally for its beaches and dense forests, are opposing a plan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to turn the southwestern coastal state into a coal transportation hub. Protests against the initiative began last year, when New Delhi unveiled three infrastructure projects to increase coking coal handling at the state-run Mormugao Port Trust […]

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India’s mines ministry plans stern measures to streamline iron ore supply

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With shortfall in production and supply of iron ore from a large number of mines auctioned before expiry of leases on March 31, 2020, India’s mines ministry has proposed amendment in Minerals (Other than Atomic and Hydro Carbons Energy Minerals) Concession Rules (MCR), 2021 which prescribes stricter conditions against defaulting leaseholders. The draft amendment of […]

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Indian cabinet approves auctioning of legacy issues non-coal mineral blocks

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The Indian cabinet has approved a proposal to amend the relevant law for auctioning partially or minimally explored mines under current leases, but entangled in legacy issues and litigation through competitive bidding. Over 500 non-coal mineral blocks will be up for grabs now. Further, the employment-intensive, but highly under-invested sector, will get a fillip from […]

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