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What Chernobyl and Fukushima remind us | Residents of a municipal dumping site fight back 1.5.2016 India Together

In this edition, we remember the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that took place 30 years ago and what we  need to learn from it. We also look into how some brave women in Gujarat are fighting to save their village from becoming a dump yard, how a group of local men in Maharashtra have become champions of women’s rights and equality, and much more.

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India ready to clear $6.5 billion of Iran's oil dues 1.5.2016 DNA: Top News
Keen to step up engagement in hydrocarbon sector with Iran, India has conveyed to the Persian Gulf nation that it was ready to clear nearly $6.5 billion of the dues for oil import from that country at the earliest, provided there was clarity on payment channel. The message has been conveyed to Iran even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit the oil-rich country later this month. Government sources said there has been a series of discussions at various levels both in Tehran and here and both sides were confident of resolving the issue soon. "We are working on clearing the dues to Iran and are hopeful that the issue will be resolved soon," they said. Following lifting of sanctions against it in January under a historic nuclear deal, Iran had terminated a three-year-old system with India of getting paid for half of the oil dues in rupees and has been insisting on being paid in Euros for the oil it sells to Indian refiners. It has also scrapped free delivery of crude oil to Indian ...
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Has the Chernobyl disaster affected the number of nuclear plants built? 30.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Thirty years on from one of the worst radiation leaks in history, several countries have moved to phase out nuclear energy production altogether, and experts say another accident would kill the industry

Related: Chernobyl nuclear disaster 30th anniversary – in pictures

This week marks 30 years since an accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine led to a huge leak of radiation across eastern Europe.

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What Chernobyl and Fukushima remind us 30.4.2016 India Together - Environment

The 30th anniversary on April 26 of the catastrophic accident at the nuclear power station in Chernobyl, which is now part of an independent Ukraine, has gone unnoticed in the Indian media. One can ignore the lessons – as well as those of the Fukushima plant, the fifth anniversary of which also falls this year – only at our peril, given the huge investments India is making in this energy sector, writes Darryl D’Monte.

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Netherlands to hand out iodine pills in case of nuclear accident 30.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Fear over safety of reactors across the border in Belgium prompts government to order 15m pills, which help reduce radiation build-up in the body

The Dutch government has ordered 15m iodine pills to protect people living near nuclear plants in case of an accident, as concerns rise over ageing reactors across the border in Belgium.

The iodine pills, which help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid, would be given first to children under 18 and pregnant women living within a 100-kilometre (62-mile) radius of a plant, health ministry spokeswoman Edith Schippers said.

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Iranian view of Donald Trump: familiar but no atomic challenger 29.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

His rhetoric may be reminiscent of Ahmadinejad, but in US presidential race seen mainly through prism of landmark nuclear deal, Hillary Clinton worries Iran

Donald Trump is viewed with much amusement in Iran – his rhetoric and inflammatory statements remind many of their former hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Seda, a reformist weekly publication, recently published a special report examining “the phenomenon of Trump and his similarities with Ahmadinejad”. Its front cover carried a film poster sketch that depicted the Republican frontrunner wielding a scimitar with the former Iranian premier in the background wearing a cowboy hat. “Populists united?” read the big headline.

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Modi to address joint session of US Congress on June 8 29.4.2016 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
Narendra Modi will be the first leader to address a joint session of the United States Congress during US House of Representative Speaker Paul Ryan's tenure.
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How India must respond to growing Chinese military might 29.4.2016 Rediff: Columns
As China begins rejuvenation of its military power, there is an urgent need for transformation of the Indian military, says Lieutenant General Anil Chait (retd).
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Greens are often critical of the status quo. No wonder the police monitor us | Jenny Jones 28.4.2016 Guardian: Comment is Free
On issues from air pollution to civil liberties, elected Greens ask difficult questions – as a result, the establishment sees us as a threat Elected Greens are being systematically monitored by the Metropolitan police because we do not buy into the ideas that uphold the establishment status quo. We ask difficult questions, we often support people who are causing waves, and we promote policies that mainstream politicians feel threatened by. We are part of a wider movement for change and we do our bit to defend people whose right to protest is under threat. For example, I have been a big defender of the monthly Critical Mass bike ride in London, the peaceful protesters at G8 and the student demonstrations. However it’s worth noting that I’ve also sat down with senior police officers to discuss issues such as how they deal with people trafficking, FGM, wildlife crime and hit-and-run drivers, and how they catch all sorts of other criminals. I’ve helped steer policing policy and earned respect from the senior ...
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All Belgians to get iodine pills in case of nuclear accident: report 28.4.2016 TOI: Intl Business
Brussels, April 28, 2016 (AFP) -Belgium is to provide iodine pills to its entire population of around 11 million people to protect against radioactivity in case of a nuclear accident, the health minister was quoted as saying Thursday.
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LIVE! PM watches as India launches its 7th navigational satellite 28.4.2016 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
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Germany to give €1bn subsidy to boost electric car sales 28.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Electric car buyers will receive €4,000 when they choose a purely electric vehicle and €3,000 for a plug-in hybrid

Germany will subsidise electric car purchases to give a jolt to sluggish growth in the sector and help meet national climate goals with zero-emission mobility, the government said Wednesday.

Car buyers will receive €4,000 ($4,500) when they choose a purely electric vehicle and €3,000 for a plug-in hybrid, with the cost shared 50-50 between the public purse and car makers.

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German power giants to pay into public fund to finance nuclear phase-out 27.4.2016 TOI: Intl Business
Berlin, April 27, 2016 (AFP) -Germany's nuclear power plant operators are to pay more than 20 billion euros ($23 billion) into a special public fund to cover the cost of dismantling their atomic generators, a special government committee announced on Wednesday.
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Nuclear-power plants to come up in Uttarakhand, Punjab, UP: Government 27.4.2016 ET: Power
Government plans to set up nuclear power plants in North India, including one each in Uttarakhand and Punjab, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
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Look forward to setting up more manufacturing firms: Japanese Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu 26.4.2016 ET: Foreign Trade
Japanese Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu said that Japan is looking forward to establishing more manufacturing companies in the country.
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'We are here because of Modi and Obama's vision' 26.4.2016 Rediff: Interviews
'Big countries do not agree on every set of issues.'
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Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant decision delayed again by EDF 24.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

French economy minister says the energy giant’s green light on the £18bn project is now not expected until September

The decision on whether to go ahead with the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power project has been delayed again, after France’s economy minister said the country’s energy giant EDF may not give it the green light until September.

Emmanuel Macron’s comments come a week after he said EDF would deliver its verdict on Hinkley Point, which is set to meet 7% of the UK’s energy needs, in “the coming week or month”.

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Fifty One Questions to Mr. President on Manipur-India Conflict 24.4.2016 Kangla Online
Fifty One Questions to Mr. President on Manipur-India Conflict
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Concern over India's nuclear liability law still remains: French firm EDF 24.4.2016 DNA: Mumbai
A month after India and France signed an agreement to take forward a deal to supply six nuclear reactors for Jaitapur plant, French firm EDF has said concern over India's liability law still remains and that it will give a fresh pricing proposal for these units. The fresh techno-commercial proposal will also take into account India's concern over high per unit tariff, French government officials said. "EDF has raised concerns about the Right to Recourse pertaining to Clause 17 (a), (b) and (c) and Clause 46 of the Civil Liability Nuclear Damage (CLND) Act 2010. "The French feel that there is a lot of ambiguity in Clause 46 and there is fear in the minds of suppliers. We have raised this issue both with NPCIL and the Department of Atomic Energy," said a French official. Clause 46 of the CLND Act says, "The provisions of this Act shall be in addition to, and not in derogation of, any other law for the time being in force, and nothing contained herein shall exempt the operator from any proceedings which ...
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North Korea launched offshore ballistic missile, says the South 23.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

The device reportedly flew for nearly 20 miles and was deployed from a submarine, in clear breach of UN sanctions

North Korea has fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast, South Korea has said.

The north fired the missile to the north-east from an area off its east coast at about 6.30pm (09.30 GMT) on Saturday, the south’s office of the joint chiefs of staff said.

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