Water Wars

When a life sustaining resource is in short supply, conflicting claims over it are bound to arise. Water conflicts span the gamut of fights, from neighbours in water starved colonies to those between states over river waters. But perhaps the most vital current...

Mapped: The global coal trade

The global coal trade doubled in the decade to 2012 as a coal-fueled boom took hold in Asia. Now, the coal trade seems to have stalled, or even gone into reverse. This change of fortune has devastated the coal mining industry, with Peabody – the world’s largest...

Mines and Minerals Bill passed by Parliament

New Delhi: A bill to allow transfer of captive mines from one allottee to another without auction was passed by Parliament today, a move that will enable banks and financial institutions to sell stressed assets to recover debts. Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar...

Coal: Get moving on merchant mining

The move to initiate criminal prosecution against industrialist Naveen Jindal and 12 others, including politicians and civil servants, for wrongful allocation of coal mines shows the fallacy of the present government dragging its feet on commencing merchant mining of...