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L&T Construction has secured new orders valued over Rs1,140 crore

L&T Oman LLC has bagged a new order worth Rs170 crore from Oman Electricity Transmission Co. 

L&T Construction has secured new orders valued over Rs1,140 crore across various business segments in March 2012.

The company’s building & factories IC has secured a major order worth Rs970 crore for the design and construction of a large IT campus facility in Kolkata from a reputed customer. This project will be executed on a JV model along with Shapoorji & Pallonji Co (SPCL) within a period of 32 months.

In yet another development L&T Oman LLC has bagged  a new order worth Rs170 crore from Oman Electricity Transmission Co for replacing portions of the existing 220 & 132 kV OHL  from Mawaleh to Seeb GS to be completed within a period of 15 months.

In the late afternoon, Larsen & Toubro was trading at around Rs1,365.40 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2.1% down from the previous close.

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Mining mafia targets whistle blowers

Sumaira Abdulali, convenor of MITRA, a civil society organization, has urged the home minister to root out the mining mafia through a uniform centralized mechanism across all states

Movement against Intimidation, Threat and Revenge against Activists (MITRA), a civil society organization, has written to Union home minister P Chidambaram for rooting out the mining mafia and protecting citizens and activists who are working against such illegal activities.

Citing the case of the killing of IPS officer Narendra Kumar Singh in Madhya Pradesh, Sumaira Abdulali, convenor, wrote in the letter, “MITRA condemns the most recent killing of IPS officer Narendra Kumar Singh by the mining mafia in Madhya Pradesh and Satish Kumar by the sand mining mafia in Tamil Nadu. In Maharashtra, an additional collector was killed last year by the oil mafia.

Journalists and activists have also been targeted and killed. We sincerely request you to take action to ensure that the mafias responsible for these killings are decisively broken through a uniform centralized mechanism across all states. In particular, we request that mineral mafias be kept under the strictest independent scrutiny across all states.”

Ms Abdulali has been working against the sand mafia in Maharashtra since long and it is mainly due to her efforts that sand mining was banned in the state. She gave an instance of an attack on her in March 2010 at Mahad Creek. The local police, instead of lodging an FIR against the assailants, promptly lodged one against her for ‘trespassing.’ “In the state of Maharashtra, licensed sand and stone (minor minerals) mining acts as a cover for a much larger scale of illegal activity, facilitated by a complete absence of independent policing,” she said.

Ms Abdulali pointed out that activists have repeatedly talked about the movement of sand barges in Maharashtra, which go unchecked and can dock, offload and set sail from ports in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai without any supervision by authorities—thereby posing a huge security risk.

“I appeal to you to deal with the law and order situation arising out of the strengthening hold of various mafias, and particularly the mineral mafia, with the severity it deserves across all states of the country,” she said.

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Java

5 years ago

These mafias are the financiers of politicians and their musclemen. So it is futile to expect them to go away, but a better, transparent system of control and vigilance over the mining may at least earn some more revenue for the state, instead of only going into the pockets of the corrupt and powerful.

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