Tuticorin anti-sterlite protest power cut for vedanta-owned sterlite in tuticorin 10 latest facts 3 gases in the atmosphere

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• The smelter, which can produce 400,000 tonnes of copper, has been shut for over 50 days pending environmental clearances after protests against the plant intensified in the port city and drew support from celebrities and opposition parties.

• "The issue of renewal of consent for the year 2018-2023 has been rejected … due to non-compliance of certain conditions," the pollution regulator said in an order late on Wednesday, according to news agency Reuters. Electricity department officials disconnected the power early this morning.

• Chief Minister E Palaniswami, who had been accused of going soft on Sterlite and ignoring peaceful protests that had been on for 100 days, also announced the power cut. "The government is taking all steps to close the Sterlite plant," he said.

• Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal, who rose from a scrap dealer to a metal magnate and has 71 per cent stake in Vedanta Resources, was seen earlier to attribute campaigns against his company to a "foreign conspiracy" to keep India reliant on imports.

• The company has faced lengthy legal battles over environmental concerns since it started in 1996. The plant was ordered to be shut in 2010 by the Madras High Court but this ruling was set aside by the Supreme Court in 2013. The company was, however, told to pay Rs 100 crores in compensation. The pollution regulator had also shut the plant for some time in 2013 after allegations that a "toxic" gas leak had caused breathing, throat and eye problems among residents. The authorities, however, failed to prove the charge

• The smelter, which can produce 400,000 tonnes of copper, has been shut for over 50 days pending environmental clearances after protests against the plant intensified in the port city and drew support from celebrities and opposition parties.

• "The issue of renewal of consent for the year 2018-2023 has been rejected … due to non-compliance of certain conditions," the pollution regulator said in an order late on Wednesday, according to news agency Reuters. Electricity department officials disconnected the power early this morning.

• Chief Minister E Palaniswami, who had been accused of going soft on Sterlite and ignoring peaceful protests that had been on for 100 days, also announced the power cut. "The government is taking all steps to close the Sterlite plant," he said.

• Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal, who rose from a scrap dealer to a metal magnate and has 71 per cent stake in Vedanta Resources, was seen earlier to attribute campaigns against his company to a "foreign conspiracy" to keep India reliant on imports.

• The company has faced lengthy legal battles over environmental concerns since it started in 1996. The plant was ordered to be shut in 2010 by the Madras High Court but this ruling was set aside by the Supreme Court in 2013. The company was, however, told to pay Rs 100 crores in compensation. The pollution regulator had also shut the plant for some time in 2013 after allegations that a "toxic" gas leak had caused breathing, throat and eye problems among residents. The authorities, however, failed to prove the charge