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K'taka govt bans export of iron ore from 10 ports

By Mamatha

Bangalore, Jul 27: The Karnataka government announced a ban on transport and export of iron ore from 10 ports in the state.

This move was made to prevent the illegal transport and export of iron ore.

The announcement comes even as chief minister BS Yeddyurappa was in New Delhi, trying to convince the Centre of the need to amend the mines and mineral policy, and urging the need for a total ban on the export of iron ore from the country.

“We have proved our commitment to ban export of iron ore. Now, our Congress friends should do their bit by pressurising the centre to come out with a national policy in this regard, instead of indulging in cheap padayatra politics," said chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.

Reacting to the announcement of the ban of export of iron ore, leader of the opposition in the state assembly, Siddaramaiah, said, “This is merely a symbolic gesture to cover up for the government"s lapses all these years. The chief minister should order a CBI probe if he is sincerely interested in punishing illegal miners."

The list of ports from where transport and export of iron ore has been banned includes Karwar, Old Mangalore, Padubidri, Belekeri, Honnavar, Bhatkal, Malpe and Kundapur.

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