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January 12 2014

Victory for 'Avatar' tribe as India rejects miner's plans


An Indian tribe dubbed the "real-life Avatar" after the Hollywood blockbuster have won their decade-long fight to stop British resources giant Vedanta from mining bauxite in hills they regard as sacred, authorities said Saturday.

The Indian environment ministry rejected Vedanta's plans for a multi-billion dollar bauxite mining project in the eastern state of Orissa after villagers voted overwhelmingly against the project.

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