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Hope in Bihar 23.4.2016 India Together

The state of Bihar is well-known for lagging behind in all economic and human development indicators. Recently, Ashish Kothari visited some areas in Bihar where interesting things are happening. Under progressive governance and grassroots action by its citizens when these are implemented state-wise, Bihar would be well on the path of progress.

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LIVE! Western arms contractors worried over success of India's Tejas 23.4.2016 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
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Energy deals in mind, PM Modi to visit Iran, Qatar 23.4.2016 TOI: India
Iran visit will be followed by Qatar visit early June where energy deals and diaspora issues besides regional challenges are expected in the agenda.
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EDF delays Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant 23.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Greenpeace brands project an ‘utter mess’ after French company admits it won’t make investment decision before summer

The Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, at the heart of government energy plans, has been hit by fresh delays in another blow to confidence surrounding an already troubled project.

EDF, the French energy company promoting the £18bn reactor scheme, admitted there would be no final investment decision at least till the summer, leading the environmental group Greenpeace to claim the project is “coming to a grinding halt”.

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US to buy 32 metric tons of Iranian heavy water to fulfill nuclear deal terms 22.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
Republicans criticized $8.6m purchase of nuclear materials, which will be resold for research purposes, as going ‘well beyond’ scope of last year’s accord The US is buying 32 metric tons of Iranian heavy water, a key component for one kind of nuclear reactor, to help Iran meet the terms of last year’s landmark nuclear deal under which it agreed to curb its atomic program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief. The US state and energy departments said a sales agreement would be signed Friday in Vienna by officials from the six countries that negotiated the nuclear deal. The agreement calls for the energy department’s Isotope Program to purchase the heavy water from a subsidiary of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran for about $8.6m, officials said. They said the heavy water will be stored at the Oak Ridge national laboratory in Tennessee and then resold on the commercial market for research ...
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Halt Hinkley Point until Brussels approves state aid plans, Osborne told 22.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

French government support for EDF to continue UK nuclear project might break EU competition rules, says Greenpeace

Greenpeace has written to George Osborne warning him not to allow the Hinkley Point C nuclear project to proceed until the European commission approves further planned support from the French state.

The letter, which is signed jointly with the energy supplier Ecotricity, follows legal advice that plans for state help from France’sgovernment to enable EDF to continue with the reactor scheme could break European competition rules.

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Russia bolsters its submarine fleet, and tensions with US rise 21.4.2016 TOI: The United States
Russian attack submarines, the most in two decades, are prowling the coastlines of Scandinavia and Scotland, the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic in what Western military officials say is a significantly increased presence aimed at contesting US and NATO undersea dominance.
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Westinghouse hopeful of signing nuclear plant deal during PM Narendra Modi's Washington visit in June 21.4.2016 ET: Power
India’s MoU with Japan last December for civil nuclear partnership has been a shot in the arm for Westinghouse, a unit of Japanese major Toshiba Corporation.
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Belgium rejects German call for nuclear plants closure 20.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Belgium’s nuclear safety agency says 40-year-old Tihange 2 and Doel 3 reactors meet ‘strictest possible safety requirements’

Belgium on Wednesday rejected a request by neighbouring Germany to shutter two ageing nuclear plants near their shared border, arguing the facilities met with the strictest safety standards.

German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks earlier on Wednesday requested that the 40-year-old Tihange 2 and Doel 3 reactors be turned off “until the resolution of outstanding security issues”.

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Germany asks Belgium to take two nuclear reactors offline 20.4.2016 DNA: Top News
Germany has asked Belgium to take two nuclear reactors temporarily offline while questions about their safety are cleared up, an unusual diplomatic move that underscores German concerns about the plants. Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said on Wednesday that she asked Belgium this week to shut down its Tihange 2 and Doel 3 reactors, after Germany's Reactor Safety Commission advised that it could not confirm the reactors would be safe in the event of a hazardous incident. The core tanks at the 33-year-old Doel 3 and Tihange 2 reactors were built by Dutch company Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, which has also built reactors in other countries. The two reactors, both with about a gigawatt of capacity, were closed in 2012 and again in 2014 after a brief restart,  after inspections unveiled tiny cracks in their core tanks. But the Belgian regulator authorised a restart in November 2015 after finding that the cracks were hydrogen flakes trapped in the walls of the reactor tank and had no ...
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Chernobyl disaster 30 years on: what do you remember? 20.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Share your stories and contribute to our coverage marking 30 years since the biggest nuclear catastrophe in history

On 26 April 1986 one of the four reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. It was the biggest accident of its kind in history – a human and environmental disaster that triggered a political storm that has lasted for decades.

Related: Chernobyl 30 years on: former residents remember life in the ghost city of Pripyat

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Text of US lawmakers' letter to House Speaker asking him to invite PM Modi to address Congress 20.4.2016 TOI: India
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US Congressmen want PM to address Congress in June 20.4.2016 Rediff: News
Obviously having gotten the green light from the Prime Minister's Office in New Delhi that if they lobby the Speaker to address a joint session of Congress, which he has not been able to do despite his three visits to the US, the Congressmen informed Paul Ryan that 'It is our understanding that if invited, the prime minister would accept.'
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PM Modi expected to visit US in June 20.4.2016 Rediff: News
There has been no official announcement from either the White House or the Prime Minister's Office in New Delhi.
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François Hollande to gather ministers for Hinkley Point talks 19.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

French president and ministers expected to consider financing options for project to build two nuclear reactors

The French president, François Hollande, is expected to hold a meeting of government ministers at the Elysée palace on Wednesday to discuss whether or not the construction of the £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear power plant in Britain will go ahead.

The French government is not yet expected to reach a final decision on the controversial plans for France’s state-controlled utility EDF to build two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point. But the president and top ministers are expected to consider the various financing options for the project.

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Month after Kakrapar N-plant leak, questions arise on AERB role 19.4.2016 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
'When the cause of the leak is identified, is the AERB going to order a shutdown of all the other pressurised heavy water reactors in the country to fix the underlying problem?'
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Deciphering the Iranian leader's call for a 'resistance economy' | Gareth Smyth 19.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
As with the nuclear agreement, supreme leader Ali Khamenei and President Rouhani may have more in common than in dispute over the economy and foreign investment The relationship between Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s leader, and president Hassan Rouhani has been at the heart of the domestic political realignment that made possible last July’s nuclear agreement with world powers and the strong showing for pro-agreement candidates in February’s elections for parliament and Majles-e Khobregan (the Experts Assembly), the clerical body that chooses the leader. Next up comes improving economic performance, and this will be another challenge for both men and for their relationship. Both would like to see higher economic growth – at least the 5% that could see the labour market absorb new entrants each year – and both know faster and wider easing of international sanctions would ...
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John Kerry to meet Iran foreign minister on Tuesday to discuss nuclear deal: Official 18.4.2016 TOI: The United States
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York on Tuesday to discuss implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, a US official said on Monday.
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Kerry to meet Iran foreign minister Tuesday on nuclear deal: Official 18.4.2016 DNA: Recent Columns
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York on Tuesday to discuss implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, a US official said on Monday. "Yes, they'll meet tomorrow in New York," a US official told Reuters. Iran and six major world powers clinched the nuclear agreement in July 2015, allowing for the easing of some sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations in return for Tehran agreeing to long-term curbs on its nuclear ...
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Jordan summons envoy over Iran 'meddling' 18.4.2016 DNA: Wide Angle
Jordan on Monday summoned its ambassador in Iran for consultations over what Amman said was the Islamic republic's "meddling in Arab affairs," a government spokesman said. Mohamed Momani, who is also the kingdom's information minister, said Jordan's envoy would return to Amman for "discussions". Iran in January finalised a deal with world powers over its disputed nuclear programme, which saw economic sanctions lifted. Since the accord, Momani said Iran committed "a series of actions and declarations that constitute unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries and especially Gulf states". Relations between Iran and Arab nations have deteriorated since a row broke out over the execution of influential cleric and activist Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia in January. Angry Iranian mobs stormed and set fire to Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran and its mission in Mashhad, Iran's second city. After the riots, Momani said Jordan had asked Iran to "totally cease meddling in Arab affairs," a ...
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