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President to inaugurate World Mining Congress

NEW DELHI OCT. 28. India will be hosting the 19th World Mining Congress in the Capital from November 1 to 5. The international conference of experts connected with the mining sector would focus on "Mining in the 21st Century-Quo Vadis" besides showcasing through Expo 2003 the technological advances made in the field.

The President, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, will inaugurate the mega event being organised in India for the second time. The first such meet was held in India in 1984.

At a media meet, A. K. Gosh and M. P. Narayanan, chairman and co-chairman of the organising committee respectively, announced that nearly 1500 delegates from 60 countries would be participating. As many as 11countries including China are sending ministerial delegations.

A great deal of importance is being attached to the conference in view of the recommendations of the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development that accepted the resurgence of coal with cleaner mining and utilisation technologies as also the myriad challenges that the mining sector faces on the threshold of the 21st century.

In all, thirteen overview keynote addresses from different countries will be delivered in three Plenary Sessions. Those who will deliver these keynote addresses include Malcolm Key of the World Coal Institute, Norman Jennings of the International Labour Organisation, Olle Ostenssen of the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development and Gerald Doucet of the World Energy Council.

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