Nuclear issues – Updates on 28 April 2012

1. Prohibitory order extended till May 31 – The prohibitory order clamped in the areas falling within 2 km radius from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) site following the anti-nuke protests has been extended till May 31.

2. “No assurance to protesters on documents” – District Collector R. Selvaraj has refuted the claim by the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) that it was forced to resume indefinite fast from May 1 as the official machinery had failed to fulfil promises made during talks held at Radhapuram recently. Link:

3. US-Russia nuke communication system may be used for ensuring cybersecurity –

4. Regan Admin ignored Zia’s lies on N- programme – The Regan administration repeatedly ignored the warning of the US intelligence community that the then Pakistani military ruler General Zia ul-Haq was consistently lying to them on the country’s nuclear programme, latest declassified information have revealed.

5. Koodankulam‘s 2nd Nuc plant may run by year-end – The second unit of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant  Project (KKNPP) may become operational by year-end, hinted Atomic Energy Commission chairman and Department of Atomic Energy secretary Srikumar Banerjee. Banerjee, who addressed presspersons along with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) managing director S K Jain at the KKNPP site on Thursday, said that with the cooperation of  the Tamil Nadu government, work at Unit-1 and Unit-2  was progressing steadily towards criticality.

6. ‘Fair deal’ for N-power plant oustees – The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and State government are all set to finalise the resettlement and rehabilitation package for the project-affected persons of Kovvada and surrounding areas of Ranasthalam to overcome the opposition to the nuclear power project. Link:

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