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Authorities recently launched a one-year operation targeting illegal gold mining to protect lives, national interests and the environment. Seven central departments, including the ministries of National Resources and Ecology and Environment, Public Security and Emergency Management, issued a notice about the start of the operation in late March. In 2021, there were a number of cases of illegal gold mining that resulted in deaths and environmental pollution, the notice said. Authorities involved in the operation are inspecting abandoned gold mines, and investigating and punishing the illegal production, transport and sale of explosives and sodium cyanide, as well as illegal mining