Vedanta shuts controversial refinery

■ Heavyweight miner Vedanta is to shut its aluminium refinery in eastern India from 5 December due to a shortage of bauxite. The company needs 10,000 tonnes of bauxite each day to operate the Lanjigarh refinery to meet its targets of 1m tonnes each year. It is now operating at 70 per cent capacity. India, the world's fifth-biggest bauxite producer, has been limiting the issuance of the rock leases mainly due to local protests over land acquisition.