MINERAL processing is set to resume in earnest at the Pulmoddai beach mine in northern Sri Lanka, because the ceasefire between the island's government and the Tamil Tiger separatists has removed the threat of violent disruption to its operations.

Bulk shipments have been suspended since September 1997 after so-called Sea Tiger rebels sank a bulk carrier near the mine. The Tigers also cut off the water supply required to process the sands, although they took care not to damage the plant, which is in the region they ...

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