Vedanta Resources chairman urges government of India to privatise mining firms to cut down $400 billion of imports

Anil Agarwal, the billionaire metals tycoon, has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Centre should privatise five mining firms including NMDC to save some of the $400 billion that India spends annually on imports. The Vedanta Resources chairman, who was one of the three industrialists invited for a pre-Budget meeting that Modi had with […]

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NTPC of India aims for 10.4 million tonnes of captive coal production during 2019/20

India’s largest power producer, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), has set a target of mining 10.4-million tonnes of coal from its captive mines during 2019/20. According to a company statement, NTPC had set the coal production target in its memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with the Power Ministry, which also stipulated that the utility would […]

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Over 100 mineral blocks in India ready for online auctions, says mines minister

As many as 100 virgin mineral blocks across the country are ready for online auctions, said Union minister for mines, rural development, parliamentary affairs and Panchayati Raj Narendra Singh Tomar. “So far, 53 mines have been auctioned. The electronic auction of these assets has brought in incremental revenue of Rs 1.43 trillion to states. The additional revenue […]

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A record $93 billion private capital flowed into natural resources in 2018: Report

Private capital tracker Preqin says in an update that contrary to expectations, 2018 was another bumper year for the metals and minerals industry, particularly for natural resources investments. Fundraising by unlisted funds for investment in natural resources – oil and gas, timberland, farmland, water and mines – set a fresh record in 2018 and is […]

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Indian state of Karnataka threatens to cancel NMDC’s Donimalai mine lease in levy dispute

Indian state of Karnataka warned NMDC Ltd. (National Mineral Development Corporation) that it will cancel the lease of its Donimalai iron ore mine if the state-owned miner refuses to pay an additional levy on the sale of its ore. Karnataka’s threat to cancel the lease stems from a dispute between government of India-owned NDMC, India’s […]

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Indonesia’s Inalum sells $4 billion in bonds to fund Freeport purchase

State-owned Indonesian miner PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) sold $4 billion of bonds last week in its first-ever U.S. dollar bond deal to fund the acquisition of a majority stake in the world’s second-biggest copper mine, reports Reuters The deal came amid choppy global markets, rocked by trade concerns and slowing economic growth in Asia […]

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