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Low grade iron ore steals spotlight in export markets

-Vale’s mines turning offline, China’s buying spree swing trade pendulum India’s low grade iron ore accumulated at mine heads has found new found acceptance...
A 360 Degree Outlook of India's Iron Ore Exports & Imports in FY19

A 360 Degree Outlook of India’s Iron Ore Exports & Imports in FY19

Iron ore production in India in FY 2019 surpassed 204 mnt (estimated) compared to FY18 which was 201mnt, this year the iron ore production...

National Mineral Policy to spur private investments, boost ‘Mines in India’

The recast National Mineral Policy (NMP) 2019 is laced with provisions that promise to cheer the mining industry and its whole gamut of stakeholders....
Iron Ore Production in India crosses 205 mnt after 8 years

Iron Ore Production in India crosses 205 mnt after 8 years

Iron ore production in India in Calendar Year (CY) 2018 surpassed 205 million tonnes after a huge gap of eight years. The output reached...
Outlook of steel industry

Outlook of Steel Industry – 2019

2018 was a subtle year full of upheavals especially for the iron and steel industry. Steel360 compiled  insights which could help in determining what...

Stable Demand to Drive up Iron ore Output by 5% in FY19

-Export markets see surge in uptake of pellets, replacing fines A sustained demand from the domestic steel manufacturers will buoy iron ore production in this...
Steep iron ore, freight costs rattle steel makers in Odisha

Steep iron ore, freight costs rattle steel makers in Odisha

When Naveen Jindal, chairman of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) called on the top executives of the Odisha bureaucracy last month, he was...

Compilation of Royalty on Iron ore in different States of India- Anomaly thereof

The methodology of Royalty collections on Iron ore and many other mineral commodities were shifted from Absolute value per tonne basis to Percentage of...

Mining in Wilderness

Supreme Court orders trigger standstill in Goa mining,  56 iron ore mines to be scrapped in Odisha On the evening of March 15, iron ore mining leases in Goa were thrown out of operations. The government there sealed mining operations of 88 leases after the Supreme Court ruled their second renewal as illegal. The apex court order has brought down the curtains on the flourishing five-decade old mining industry in Goa barring an interregnum of nearly three years when the same court suspended mining after the recommendations of the Justice M B Shah Commission. The probe panel in its findings had claimed mining scam of the order of Rs 35,000 crore by Goa's miners between 2005 and 2012. Acting upon the panel's findings, the Supreme Court slapped a mining ban on the iron ore rich state in October 2012. The ban on mining was lifted in April 2014 by the court with some riders. Goa's mining cap was pegged  at 20 million tonnes annually despite the industry capable of delivering double the figure. The grim situation adversely hit the operations of Vedanta Group owned Sesa Goa and other large standalone miners. Adding to their woes, the Supreme Court order came as a shocker. The court quashed the operations of all 88 iron ore leases operating under second renewal after  March 15. Goa's mining industry was pushed to the deathbed after this order. Mining complements tourism in Goa's revenue earnings. Collapse of mining activity means nearly paralysing the state's economy. Some estimates peg the loss stemming from mining ban at Rs 3500 crore each year. If mining fails to revive, 2.5 lakh jobs are at stake. Goa has already witnessed street protests by  the stakeholders. No solution is in sight yet to defuse the mining crisis. The Supreme Court has declared that auctions are the only option to resurrect mining at those 88 leases. Stakeholders have sought the Prime Minister's intervention to resolve the impasse. The Goa government is contemplating to file a review petition in the Supreme Court to allow mining of the 88 leases till auctions are finalised. This will help save jobs and avoid revenue loss for the government apart from curbing unrest from closure of mines. The mining crisis has turned chaotic in the absence of chief minister Manohar Parrikar who was undergoing treatment in US when this report was filed. Mining contributes 20 per cent to Goa's  revenues. Protests in the aftermath of the mining ban have taken an ugly turn as demonstrators made up by stakeholders dependent on mining, have blocked streets defying prohibitory orders of the government. The fate of the 88 iron ore mines still hangs in the balance till their roadmap for auctions is prepared.  Till then- revenues, jobs and exports and the state economy carrying the burden is in soup. When Supreme Court pronounced those bold orders on mining in Goa and Odisha, few could realise the aftershocks. In Odisha, seven working iron ore and manganese mines went off the gear after they failed to pay the court ordered compensation by the December 31 deadline. The Supreme Court has declared that auctions are the only option to resurrect mining at those 88 leases. Stakeholders...
Direct Reduced Iron

Can India cross 1 mnt in DRI exports?

In 2013 when India's total Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) export stood at a meager 0.13 mnt it was almost incomprehensible to think that the country...

PR and Awards

Attack on SAIL Chairperson

Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) is deeply shocked and anguished while sharing the news of the murderous assault on the company’s Chairman, Anil...
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