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Isolated from the polluted urban life, the Dongaria-Kondh tribe of Niyamgiri hills can at last breathe a sigh of relief. On 28th February 2005 British mining company, Vedanta Resources and the Orissa State Government intended on converting 660.749 ha of pristine land into a giant bauxite mine for its refineries at the foothills of the mountains. On 24 Aug 2010, the Environment Ministry formally rejected the forest clearance for mining in Niyamgiri.
Source: “Saving the tribe”, The Hindu, Aug 24, 2010,
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