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Bitcoin – money decentralization

Bitcoin is a type of a currency, used globally, and can be converted to US dollar, like any other currency we know. What makes Bitcoin interesting is that its birth brings to the world an old-new type of a monetary system that works in a decentralized manner.

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Karnataka steel industry reels under mining ban

Reeling under raw material shortages and the extension of a mining ban, the multi-billion dollar Karnataka steel industry is in the doldrums due to continuing uncertainty over iron ore supply to their plants. The jittery industry was not even optimistic over the release of 25 million tonne (MT) of iron ore, lying at various mines in the southern state, as the modalities are yet to be worked out.

Sesa Goa stops iron ore mining in Karnataka

Sesa Goa, a Vedanta Group company, has stopped iron ore mining at Chitradurga in Karnataka. The Supreme Court on Friday had banned mining activities at Chitradurga and Tumkur districts. A similar ban on mining is already in force at Bellary in the State.

Freeport Indonesia copper miners plan strike soon

Workers at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold's (FCX.N: Quote) Grasberg mine in Indonesia plan to stage a strike in coming days after talks with the company failed to resolve a pay dispute, a move that could tighten global copper supplies and lift prices. A strike would be the second in two months at Grasberg, the world's third biggest copper mine that also has the biggest gold reserves, after an eight-day stoppage in July caused production losses and helped push copper prices to three-month highs

Rio Tinto raises stake in Ivanhoe Mines to 48.5 pct

Mining company Rio Tinto PLC (RIO) Wednesday raised its ownership stake in Canada-based Ivanhoe Mines Ltd (IVN.T) by 2% to 48.5% as it sought to cement its commitment to the massive Mongolian Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold project. Rio Tinto paid C$18.98 a share and exercised its subscription right to the tune of C$529.5 million in order to increase its take in Ivanhoe Mines, the majority owner of the Oyu Tolgoi project.

Gold rebounds on Japan downgrade

As gold prices near $2,000 an ounce, some bulls say it's time to take money off the table after the safe-haven rally extended too far too fast in recent weeks. Gold investors at several firms said gold prices could correct sharply, citing overvaluation. While that does not mean prominent bulls are now bears, they recommended investors take profit on gold holdings, after the precious metal traded briefly above $1,900 on Tuesday for the first time.

Steel companies in Bellary, India begin layoffs; over 30,000 jobless

The economic consequences of the Supreme Court ban on mining in Bellary are beginning to be felt in thousands of homes in Karnataka as their primary bread winner is facing an axe or has already been pink-slipped. More than 30,000 people working for mining and steel companies are jobless. Another 15,000 workers employed in over half-a-dozen steel companies and 77 other related-industrial units face layoff threat as their companies face an acute shortage of raw materials (iron ore).