This past month hasn’t augured well for proponents of disastrous mining ventures in the Indian state of Orissa. First, London-listed Vedanta Resources  gets rebuffed by two leading UK safety watchdogs – just as a top company manager prepares flying to Britain to boast about the Lanjigarh alumina refinery. Then last week, Orissa Chief Minister Navain Patnaik withdrew from giving a public lecture at the University of Sussex, when learning that human rights organisations were also to attend. It’s no secret that Mr Patnaik has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Vedanta’s head honcho, Anil Agarwal, in attempting to bring the company’s “infamous” Nyamgiri mining project  to fruition over the past dozen years.
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