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2008-09-18 21:00:21

By Proshun Chakraborty WANI: For the distressed farmers of Yavatmal in Maharashtra, the reasons driving them to suicide have been crop failure and crippling debts. There is another now: pollution by state-owned coal mines. The spraying of coal dust on the fields by the hundreds of trucks rolling out of Coal India Ltd's Western Coal Fields has severely hit farmers in the region. Farmers say the coal dust from the open mines settle on the top soil and on crops jeopardising farming. As...