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Beyond the Headlines: is the world running out of sand?

A look inside the murky world of the global sand trade

In June 2019, Shubham Mani Tripathi was riding his motorcycle home through the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh when he was shot dead.

The 25-year-old journalist had received dozens of phone calls telling him to stop his investigation.

But Mr Tripathi was not looking into the drug trade or investigating corrupt politicians. He was investigating the state’s illegal sand mining.

This week's Beyond the Headlines is about sand – something that may sound innocuous, but is a substance the world is running out of.

Updated: July 26, 2020 04:12 PM

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