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Tuesday 18 May, 2004

Vedanta Resources

Directorate Change

Vedanta Resources PLC
18 May 2004


18 May 2004

                     Appointment of Non-Executive Director

Vedanta Resources plc, ('Vedanta') the London listed diversified metals and
mining group has today appointed Naresh Chandra to the board as a Non-Executive
Director.

Mr. Chandra, 69, has had a long and successful career in India's government. He
was Home Secretary in 1990 and then served as Cabinet Secretary from 1990-92. He
was appointed Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister of India from 1992-95. From
1996 to 2001, Naresh served as India's Ambassador to the USA and on his return
from Washington became Chairman of the Indian government's Committee on
Corporate Governance. The committee played a leading role in advising the
government on policy and updating legislation.

Naresh Chandra is currently Chairman of the Committee on Civil Aviation Policy.
He is on the board of several Indian industrial companies, including Bajaj Auto
Ltd.

Brian Gilbertson, Chairman of Vedanta, commented

'I am delighted that in welcoming Naresh Chandra to the board of Vedanta we will
be gaining the benefit of his undoubted expertise on India and the international
community. At the same time his appointment significantly strengthens the
independent, non executive representation on our board and reaffirms our
commitment to best practice corporate governance.'

For further information, please contact:

Vedanta Resources plc                             Tel:  +44 20 7629 6070
John Smelt, Head of Investor Relations                  +44 787 964 2675

Finsbury                                          Tel:  +44 20 7251 3801
Faeth Birch, Robin Walker                                      

Notes to Editors:

Vedanta is a diversified metals and mining group with zinc, copper and aluminium
operations in India and two copper mines in Australia.

Vedanta holds its interests in these operations through two subsidiaries,
Sterlite and the Madras Aluminium Company ('Malco'). Sterlite is Vedanta's
principal subsidiary company and is currently listed on the Bombay Stock
Exchange. Vedanta's copper operations are owned and operated by Sterlite and it
also holds majority stakes in the group's zinc business, Hindustan Zinc Ltd, and
the Bharat Aluminium Company ('Balco'), the group's principal aluminium
business.




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