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Stay on national award

Ranchi, April 25: Imposing a stay on the 2006 National Mineral Award for outstanding work in the field of mines and mines safety, Jharkhand High Court today directed the Union government not to confer the award on any individual till the disposal of a case filed by a mines researcher.

The award ceremony to be held on April 24 was challenged by scientist Ajoy Kumar Acharya, who claimed himself to be the rightful recipient for the award. But the Union government proposed the names of scientists Ran Vijoy Kumar Singh, S.K. Ghosh and B.B. Dhar for the award.

The award for 2006 was to be given for research work done to produce bituminous fire retardant sealant (BFRS), a fire resistant developed under the aegis of Central Mines Research Institute.

Acharya said, the fire resistant product designed under his guidance, is successfully being used in opencast and underground coal mines. With the use of BFRS, mine safety has been boosted, the petitioner said.

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