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Kazakhstan’s gold and foreign currency reserves reach $30.71 billion

Assets of the National Fund stand at $64.85 billion.

Chinese coal companies to boost thermal coal output to placate steel mills 

Cranking up production is actually the opposite of what Beijing…

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Regency Mines says PNG nickel project delayed by government uncertainty

Proactiveinvestors reports Regency Mines announced on Wednesday that its drilling work is continuing on the Mambare nickel joint venture in Papua New Guinea, but that visa delays may impact the planned work programme. The company said that the delays, caused in part by political uncertainty surrounding the appointment of a new government, could restrict the scale of the drilling programme. Papua New Guinea last week swore in a new PM and cabinet sweeping aside the old guard ahead of general elections next year.

Indian iron ore ban leading to steel supply shortages

The ban on iron ore exported from the state of Karnataka is having downstream effects on the supply of Indian steel, according to a story today in The Hindu Business Line. Quoting sources in the Bellary-Hospet region, the website says before the export of iron ore was banned in Karnataka in 2009, the state was producing about 42 million tonnes of iron ore and exporting 28 million tonnes. The following year, after the ban was implemented, 33.6 mt was produced, of which only 7.4 million tonnes was exported. But if all the iron ore pellets were used for sponge iron, pig iron and steelmaking, 41 million tonnes or iron ore would be required, or 33 million tonnes if the mills run at 80% capacity, leaving a significant supply shortfall, Hindu Business Line explains.

Newmont Indonesia says no serious impact from protests

Newmont Nusa Tenggara, a unit of US miner Newmont Mining Corp , said on Sunday there had been no significant impact on production from several days of protests at its Indonesian copper and gold mine. Local authorities have dispersed the protesters who since Aug. 2 had been blocking access and disrupting operations at the Batu Hijau copper and gold mine in the island of West Sumbawa. Newmont also plans to review its job application process, which had been the focus of the protests. Batu Hijau aims to produce around 275 million pounds of copper and 275,000 ounces of gold in 2011.

Gold sky-rockets to all-time high in India on Saturday as traders gear up for spectacular jewellery festival

The price of gold zoomed to an all-time high of Rs24,770 per 10 grams by adding Rs420 in New Delhi, India on Saturday on frantic buying by stockists and investors. India is the world's number one consumer of gold and official figures released on Friday show the country's revenue from the importation of gold almost doubled in 2010-11 compared to the previous year. The news follows the announcement by the World Gold Council that it is teaming up with jewellers to sell discounted gold to price-conscious Indians during the all-important Shraavan Aavani month that culminates in a festival next Friday.