bauxite mining Vietnam opens door to China Vietnam has invited a Chinese company to mine a massive bauxite reserve beneath its Central Highlands, despite growing opposition to mining and a deep-rooted suspicion of China. Deputy Industry Minister Le Duong Quang said the state-owned Vietnam National Coal would go ahead with a US $460 million venture with a subsidiary of China
A parliamentary body yesterday expressed concern over river pollution and asked the industries and environment ministries to take immediate measures to save the rivers, especially the Buriganga, Turag, Balu and the Shitalakhya, from pollution.
Australia's government introduced carbon trade laws into parliament yesterday. But Kevin Rudd, the prime minister, faces a battle to get them passed into law and warned that he might need an early election if his reforms were blocked.
Amidst continuing reports of rising dengue cases in the country, Sri Lanka is to present a new Dengue Breeding Act in the Parliament on May 5 in order to take tough action against such breeding places.
The act would empower the Health Ministry to take action against people whose negligence facilitates the breeding of the dengue mosquito.
The current economic downturn consitutes an opportunity for a sustainable future. But there is a risk that the EU member states free themselves of their responsibilities laid down by the renewable energy directive.
Apex court steps in, asks states for afforestation plans THE bill that proposed centralized management of funds, collected in lieu of permission to divert forestland to non-forest uses, was defeated in the Rajya Sabha on February 25. Members of the house objected to the bill saying centralized forest fund management goes against the federal system in India. It takes away financial