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NGT constitutes panel to decide fate of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper plant

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New Delhi, Aug 20: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday constituted an expert committee headed by a retired judge to decide whether to allow Vedanta Limited to open its Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin, which was shut by the Tamil Nadu government.

The committee will include representatives of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF).

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson A.K. Goel directed the committee to start work in two weeks and decide the matter within four weeks of formation.

“We remit the matter to a committee of a former judge and technical members of the CPCB and MoEF,” the NGT bench ordered.

It added, “We are also permitting interveners to be heard. They (committee) may visit the site, gather technical data and submit report.”

The bench said that the committee will evolve a credible mechanism whereby the rival considerations can be balanced and a view can be taken.

Tamil Nadu had ordered the closure of the Tuticorin plant, around 650 km from Chennai, following protests and the death of 13 persons in police firing on May 22.

Earlier this month, the NGT had permitted access to the administrative office at the plant that was shut down, but barred the Sterlite management from accessing the production unit on the premises.

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Supreme Court sets aside NGT order allowing re-opening of Tuticorin plant

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New Delhi, Feb 18: The Supreme Court on Monday set aside the National Green Tribunal’s order which had allowed the reopening of Vedanta group owned Sterlite copper plant in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin.

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Aircel-Maxis case: Interim protection of P Chidambaram, Karti extended till March 8

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New Delhi, Feb 18: The Patiala House Court on Monday extended the interim protection of former Union Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram till March 8 in the Aircel-Maxis case.

The ED is probing the Aircel-Maxis deal under the PMLA after taking cognisance of a 2011 Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) complaint in the case.

On November 26, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had informed the Court that it has been granted permission by the central government to prosecute Chidambaram in connection with the case.

Chidambaram has denied all charges leveled by the central probe agency.

The agencies are investigating how Karti Chidambaram allegedly managed to get a clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in the Aircel-Maxis deal when his father P Chidambaram was the Union Finance Minister in 2006.

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Army major, 3 soldiers in killed Pulwama encounter

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Srinagar, Feb 18: A major and three soldiers have lost their lives in an encounter in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Indian Army personnel of 55 Rashtriya Rifles, have been identified as Major VS Dhoundiyal, Havaldar Sheo Ram, Sepoy Ajay Kumar, and Sepoy Hari Singh.

Besides Indian Army personnel, a civilian named Mushtaq Ahmad was killed in the gunfight.

A top Jaish-e-Mohammed commander linked to Pulwama Attack believed to be trapped in the ongoing encounter with security forces, news agency ANI reported citing sources.

The gunfight erupted on Sunday late night after security forces, including the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), surrounded the village following the information that Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants were hiding in the area.

The same outfit that carried out the February 14 attack claiming lives of nearly 40 CRPF troopers.

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