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The state wildlife board has decided to scrap the Rs 27,000 crore integrated steel plant of 6 million TPA (tonnes per annum) capacity proposed to come up in Bellary district adjoining the Daroji Bear Sanctuary.
After many deliberations and field visits, the state wildlife board and forest officials found that the site location was within the proposed eco-sensitive zone of the bear sanctuary.
The proceedings of the fourth meeting of the state wildlife board conducted by former CM B S Yeddyurappa on July 26 quoted the issues as: “Some part of the proposed areas include reserved forests, deemed forests and fall within the proposed eco-sensitive zone of Daroji Wildlife Sanctuary.
Within a 10 km radius of the proposed site, are forests like Joga and Billakallu, Donimalai and Torangallu reserve forests.
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Leaders from European powerhouses Germany and France will hold talks on Friday after a global market rout signalled fear Europe’s debt crisis is spinning out of control and a U.S. recovery is stalling.
In Japan, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda said global policymakers needed to confront currency distortions, the debt crises and concerns about the U.S. economy.
Japan and Switzerland are trying to reduce the allure of their markets as safe havens and after gold has more than doubled in price since the global financial crisis, many investors are having second thoughts about seeking refuge in the precious metal.
Investors slashed positions after the European Central Bank failed to include Italy and Spain in a fresh round of bond buying, even though yields on their debt shot above 6%, the highest level since the euro was launched over a decade ago.
Gold prices rose to a new high in India to over Rs 24,000 per 10 gram, tracking international prices which neared the $1,700 per ounce mark on Wednesday.
While this is good news for investors in the yellow metal, it is bad news for those who are planning to buy gold jewellery.
Over the last one year, gold prices in India have risen by 34%, and this is attributed to the current gloomy outlook for the global economy, the rising inflationary pressure and the weakness of the US dollar against other major currencies like Japanese Yen and Swiss Franc, market players said.
“Gold is usually used as a hedge against weak dollar and rising inflation.”
Indian steelmaker JSW Steel on Thursday denied the conclusions drawn in a report by an anti-graft watchdog against the company on procurement and transportation of iron ore in Karnataka.
Karnataka’s anti-graft watchdog – Lokayukta- had cited certain alleged illegal purchase of iron ore and transactions linking the company and a group firm.
JSW Steel has already invested over Rs33,500 crore ($7.5 billion) to set up a 10 million tonne per annum capacity steel plant in Karnataka, while it is still waiting to get mining leases in the state for over 15 years, the firm said in the statement.
“Today iron ore is not available, therefore we have cut the production.”