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Nuclear Power

Another leak

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2011
Indian intransigence at WTO negotiations irked New Zealand to the extent that it became a trenchant critic of the Indo-US nuclear deal, suggests a WikiLeaks cable.

Letters

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2011
MANAS SHOWS SIGNS OF RECOVERY

India blocks nuclear meeting

Author(s): Ruhi Kandhari
Issue Date: Jan 15, 2011
THE government of India barred a group of nuclear scientists from holding their annual meeting in India. Union Ministry of External Affairs refused permission to the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM) to hold its meeting scheduled for December 9, terming its views “hostile to India”.

India signs nuclear convention

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2010
India signed the international convention on compensating nuclear accident victims on October 27. The convention, to a large extent, shields suppliers of nuclear energy technology from paying damages.

Dangerous liaisons

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2010
Sri Lanka is becoming a power hungry nation. Several coal power plants with a total generation capacity of 3,200 MW are on the anvil. The country’s new energy minister, Champika Ranawaka, wants a nuclear power plant by 2025. That’s a sure sign of change: Ranawaka started his career as an activist against coal power. He was the environment minister in the last government.

News Snippets

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2010
>> Non-profit Keep Australia Beautiful said Queensland has been disgraced in a new litter index of Australia.

See the light

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2010
There is no question that India desperately needs to generate more power. The energy indicators say it all. It has the lowest per capita consumption of electricity in the world. This when access to energy is correlated with development, indeed with economic growth.  

Who is liable?

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2010
The group of ministers (GoM) has not made it clear whether Dow Chemicals, the company that acquired UCC in 2001, is to be held liable for the threat to public safety as a result of the toxic waste the pesticide factory dumped on its premises.

The Bhopal legacy: reworking corporate liability

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2010
Days after President Barack Obama lashed out at British Petroleum (BP) saying he would not let them ‘nickel and dime’ his people in the oil spill case, a sessions court in Bhopal did precisely that with the victims of the world’s worst industrial disaster.

Letters

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2010
The great telecom hoax I can’t understand why the telecom company, Aircel, has ventured into such a campaign and what it aims to achieve from this (‘1,411 tigers, and unanswered questions’, March 16-31, 2010). Initially, I had thought that the company is trying to lure customers by introducing schemes such as diverting part of the revenue earned from Aircel calls into saving tigers.
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