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India court says locals to have say on Vedanta mine

Vedanta…wants to extract bauxite from the Niyamgiri hill range which is revered by the Dongria Kondh tribe…On Thursday, the judges maintained the ban on bauxite mining in the Niyamgiri hill range and said the rights of local tribespeople must be considered. The court gave the local village councils…three months to decide whether they wanted mining in their area. A federal government report in 2010 said mining in the area would deprive two ancient…of their rights for the benefit of a private company. UK-based Vedanta has proposed a $2.7bn (£1.8bn) investment in the area and says the project will bring jobs and development...It has previously said it has complied with all rules and regulations. The Dongria Kondh say the mining project will destroy their sacred hill and their source of livelihood.

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Vedanta Resources lawsuit (re Dongria Kondh in Orissa)

India: Supreme Court maintains ban on Vedanta bauxite mining; local tribes consulted as sacred hill & livelihoods may be affected