Supreme Court stays NGT’s order to stall mining operations of Vedanta’s iron ore mines in Goa

The Supreme Court of India stayed the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) last month’s order of stalling operations of Vedanta’s mining plant at Dharbandora in Goa for lack of mandatory environmental clearance.  A Bench led by Justice LN Rao, while staying the NGT’s March 4 order, also sought response from Goa Foundation, an NGO, which had […]

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India’s commerce ministry to monitor imports of aluminium, copper


The directorate general of foreign trade (DGFT) has said in a notification that the import policy for copper and aluminium has been amended from “free” to “free with compulsory registration” under the non-ferrous metal import monitoring system (NFMIMS). The NFMIMS will be effective from 12 April, 2021. In line with the import monitoring system for […]

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Vedanta gives up on its Tuticorin copper plant; plans new Rs 10,000-crore copper unit

With its 400,000-tonnes per annum copper smelter plant in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, closed since May 2018 over pollution concerns and the Supreme Court dismissing its plea to reopen it, Vedanta is now planning to set up a new 500,000 tonnes a year plant. The company has invited expressions of interest from coastal states wishing to partner it […]

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71 anti-Vedanta protesters charged for 2018 Sterlite Copper violence in Tamil Nadu

The police have charged 71 people for rioting and arson during the deadly protests over environmental concerns at Vedanta Ltd’s copper smelter in Tamil Nadu three years ago.   Police had opened fire to beat back the protesters in the southern seaside town of Thoothukudi where 13 people were killed, causing national outrage and the subsequent […]

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Vedanta’s mining plant needs environment clearance to operate: NGT

A bench headed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel has ruled that Vedanta’s mining plant in Dharbandora area in Goa cannot operate without obtaining Environment Clearance (EC). “Accordingly, we hold that the application is maintainable and requirement of prior EC for operating the plants in question by Respondent no. 4 (Vedanta) […]

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Anil Agarwal finalizes $10-billion fund to participate in PSU divestments in alliance with UK-based Centricus


Metals and mining magnate Anil Agarwal finally announced teaming up with London-based firm Centricus to create a $ 10-billion fund that will invest in stake sale of public sector undertakings. Centricus is a global investment firm. Agarwal, who is the executive chairman of Vedanta Resources said in a tweet, “Teamed up with London-based firm Centricus to create […]

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