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After forming govt in Delhi, AAP reaches out to anti-Kudankulam protesters via Indiatoday

After forming government in Delhi, looks like AAP is reaching out to other states also by picking up the local issues. AAP’s support to anti-Kudankulam protests could turn political. AAP’s Prashant Bhushan held meeting with anti-Kudankulam protests leader SP Udayakumar in Idinthakarai on Sunday. He also addressed a public meeting. Sources say that Bhushan has […]

Anti-nuclear activists booked in connection with explosion near Kudankulam plant via The Times Of India

Police have booked anti-nuclear protesters including S P Udayakumar in connection with the explosion at a village near Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in which six people including three children were killed. Udayakumar, head of the anti-nuclear People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, his associates Pushparayan, Mukilan and ‘others’ have been booked under different sections of IPC […]

Anti-Kudankulam activists to raise protest to next level via The Hindu

Even as the first unit at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) is progressing to generate 500 MW of electricity, the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) feels that the villagers in the neighbouring areas have not lost their steam. “It is true that the plant has started the fission process. But that does not […]

What’s going on at Kudankulam? via the Hindu Business Line

What’s holding up the commissioning? Is it a problem with the valves and cables? Or something more? The Site Director at the Kudankulam nuclear power project, R.S. Sundar, is a man apparently wizened by experience. When Business Line asked him if the project would really start producing power in July (the latest revised deadline), his […]

Kudankulam: India court allows operations at nuclear plant via BBC News

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the controversial Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu state can start operations. The judges said the plant was “safe and secure” and “necessary for the welfare and economic growth of India”. Last year, villagers and fishermen from around the plant protested against the plant’s fuelling. Opponents of the plant […]

Inferior parts being used in Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Top scientist via The Times of India

CHENNAI: The Centre, speeding up the process to commission the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, received a jolt from one of the country’s noted nuclear scientist and former chairman of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) A Gopalakrishnan, who raised doubts about the quality of equipment in the plant. “Sub-standard materials have come […]

Kudankulam nuclear plant unit 1 to be operational in April: PM tells Putin via NDTV

Durban: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured Russian President Vladimir Putin that the first phase of the nuclear power project at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu will be up and running by next month. “I am pleased to inform you Mr President that Kudankulam Unit I will become operational, in particular, the very next month,” the prime […]

India to launch Kudankulam nuclear power plant by end 2013 via The Voice of Russia

The Kudankulam nuclear power plant in southern India will be launched by the end of 2012, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has told the parliament Thursday, stressing the security of nuclear facilities was the government’s primal objective. The first energy unit of the long-due power station has been finished with the help of Russian experts. The […]

Kudankulam nuclear plant officials receive threat letter via The Times of India

TIRUNELVELI: Days before the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear power Project is to be commissioned, officials at the plant site received an anonymous threat letter, police said on Saturday. The hand-written post card was received by the security personnel at the plant on January 3. The authorities at the nuclear plant took the issue […]

Kudankulam to go live during Putin trip via The Times of India

[...] “The time constraint will prevent Putin from going there himself but the commissioning can happen even in a virtual manner with the Russian President and PM Manmohan Singh together giving the go-ahead from Delhi,” said a source. It remains to be seen if the two sides, especially the Indian government, eventually agree to this […]

India: Conflict Over Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Continues via Global Voice

The Atomic Power Project in Koodankulam in the Tirunelveli district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has started operations last month amidst protests (see Global Voices report). The plant has started generating electricity but the situation is becoming worse as arrests are still being carried out and protesters remain in jail. This week […]

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Kudankulam Unit-1 Gets Go-Ahead For Fuel Loading via NucNet

13 Aug (NucNet): India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has given approval for initial fuel loading and first approach to criticality of unit-1 of Kudankulam nuclear power station at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu. AERB said the approval was given on 10 August 2012. The clearance enables the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) to […]

Kudankulam nuclear reactor to be fuelled by mid-August: Officials via NDTV

Chennai: The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd is hopeful of soon getting clearance from the sectoral regulator to fuel the first reactor at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), a senior official said Sunday. “We had two detailed meetings with Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) Friday and Saturday. We hope to get a positive response […]

Kudankulam nuclear plant hits new hurdle, PM asks who will pay for mishap via NDTV

New Delhi: The Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu has run up against new hurdles. This time, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wants to know from the Department of Atomic Energy who will pay if there is a mishap at the power plant. The PM, who is also the Minister for Atomic Energy, is questioning […]

SUPPORT INDIAN PROTESTORS! CLOSE KUDANKULAM REACTORS–BEFORE THEY OPEN! via Nuclear Resource and Information Service

March 23, 2012 Dear Friends, Dr. S.P. Udayakumar (Kumar to his friends, and I consider myself one of them) is a longtime leader in the peaceful resistance to nuclear power in India, as well as a leader in the NIRS/WISE international network. The Indian government has threatened to charge him with terrorism and “waging war” […]

Kudankulam a victim of misinformation via DNA

Former chief of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Dr Anil Kakodkar has stated that the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and its generating stations have to meticulously follow their corporate social responsibilities. He revealed that what happened in Kudankulam was a misinformation campaign. DNA caught up with him in Manipal; here are the excerpts of […]

Top nuclear officials meet Kudankulam expert panel via Hindustan Times

Top officials of the Indian nuclear establishment on Saturday met the expert committee the central government has set up to allay fears of people living in and around Tamil Nadu’s Kudankulam where a mega atomic power plant is on the verge of being commissioned. “The 15 members of the expert committee are located in different […]

Protests rise over Kudankulam; scientists’ entry prevented via The Hindu

Stepping up their protest against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, agitators on Thursday staged a roadblock in front of the plant site, preventing entry of scientists and workers into the complex. The protest hitherto confined to fast took a new turn even as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa assured the local population that their sentiments […]

Protestors want Kudankulam N-plant scrapped via Indian Broadcasting Network Online

Chennai: Protests against the Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu has intensified with the villagers of the area demanding that the project be scrapped. Several hundred villagers are protesting against the nuclear power plant and have decided to indefinitely fast near the proposed Kudankulam nuclear plant site. More than 100 villagers are on indefinite fast […]

D. Raja sees wave against anti-people policy via The Hindu

Communist Party of India national secretary D. Raja has said the “angry wave” against the “anti-people” policies of the Congress will sweep away the party, which heads the ruling coalition at the Centre. In monetary and fiscal policies and external affairs, there was no difference between the Congress and the BJP. Both did not represent […]

Anti-nuclear activist is AAP candidate from Kanyakumari via Two Circles.net

Chennai: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fielded anti-nuclear energy activist S.P. Udayakumar from Kanyakumari. AAP announced the seventh list of 26 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday. [...] Kumar, who joined the AAP in February 2014, is the convenor of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) which spearheaded the anti-Kudankulam campaign. […]

India Shouldn’t Buy What Japan Is Selling via Bloomberg

An obsession with nuclear power makes many political elites secretive, ruthless and delusional, even as their cherished projects threaten millions of people with disaster. But the egregious examples I have in mind here aren’t Iran, Pakistan and North Korea. They are Japan and India, two countries with democratic institutions. Last week in the south Indian […]

Nuclear power plant plan gets go ahead via gulfnews.com

India’s supreme court ruling says plant will help ‘people’s welfare’ New Delhi: India’s Supreme Court gave the green light on Monday to the commissioning of the nation’s largest nuclear power plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, despite widespread protests. “The plant has been set up for people’s welfare,” said the ruling on the […]

David Bradbury on Idinthakarai’s anti-nuclear front line via Independent Australit.net

Award winning Australian filmmaker, David Bradbury, describes in chilling detail his visit to the epicentre of the Kudankulam anti-nuclear struggle in India – the beautiful seaside town of Idinthakarai. I KNEW we were in trouble when the young auto-rickshaw driver pulled his vehicle off to the side of the road to take a phone call. […]

Waves of Resistance Never End at Nuclear Plant via Inter Press Service

KUDANKULAM, India, Feb 3 2013 (IPS) – An indefinite struggle continues against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in the southern Indian state Tamil Nadu despite a government crackdown on protests. Idinthakarai, a village in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, has become the hub of a mass agitation which started on Aug. 16 in 2011. Hundreds […]

‘KNPP’s First Unit Likely to be Operational By Next Year’ via Outlook India.com

Amid anti-nuclear protests by villagers, Atomic Energy Chairman R K Sinha today said the first unit of 1,000 MW of the Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu is likely to become operational by next year. “Though it will not be able to give the exact time for commissioning of the project mainly due to the […]

No Imported Nuclear Plants, No Compromise Safety via People’s Democracy

[...] The mega nuclear parks planned to be set up in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh with US reactors would also be costly. The whole idea of importing nuclear reactors on such a large scale is unviable and is part of a flawed plan for energy security.   The CPI(M) is totally opposed to the import […]

Anti-nuclear India pictures via Reuters

A demonstrator shouts slogans near a nuclear power project during a protest in Kudankulam, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu September 10, 2012. Riot police fired tear gas to break up thousands of protesters on a beach near India”s largest nuclear power project, due to fire up within weeks despite months of opposition. […]

‘If govt can’t handle garbage, how will it handle nuclear waste?’ via FIRSTPOST.India

Arundhati Roy expresses solidarity with Kudankulam supporters Our Government has shown itself incapable of even being able to dispose day to day garbage, leave alone industrial effluent or urban sewage. How does it dare to say that it knows how to deal with nuclear waste? And that nuclear reactors in India are safe? We know […]

India nuclear protesters wade into sea to escape police charge via Reuters

(Reuters) – Indian riot police fired tear gas to break up thousands of protesters on a beach near the country’s largest nuclear power project, due to fire up within weeks despite months of opposition. Demonstrators waded into the crashing waves or escaped in fishing boats as hundreds of police advanced, television images showed. Rocks were […]

1 Democratic protest. 8,000 Sedition cases. Is this a free country? via Tehelka

The protest over the nuclear plant in Koodankulam has claimed the livelihood of thousands, with bogus charges filed and restrictions on their occupation, reports Soumik Mukherjee IDINTHAKARAI, A small coastal village in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district, overlooks a horizon dotted with windmills. The village is populated by small-time fishermen eking out a modest living. But, […]

インド 原発反対で一時身柄拘束 via NHK NewsWeb

(抜粋) インド南部のタミルナド州にあるクダンクラム原子力発電所では、去年の秋に運転開始を予定していましたが、東京電力福島第一原子力発電所の事故を受けて、ハンガーストライキなど住民の反対運動が広がっています。 23日も、原発の建設に反対する政党の支持者や住民が、集会を開くために別の町で集まっていたところ、500人余りが警察に一時、身柄を拘束されました。 警察では混乱を未然に防ぐためだったとしていますが、原発反対の運動で500人が一度に拘束されたのはこれが初めてで、当局が反対運動の拡大に神経をとがらせていることがうかがえます。 全文はインド 原発反対で一時身柄拘束 ◇ 当サイト既出関連記事: ・SUPPORT INDIAN PROTESTORS! CLOSE KUDANKULAM REACTORS–BEFORE THEY OPEN! via Nuclear Resource and Information Service

PM says American NGOs fund nuclear protests via Reuters

(Reuters) – American NGOs fund the protests that hold India back from building the nuclear reactors it needs to meet fast-growing energy needs, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in an interview published in Science magazine on Friday. Among the plants suffering delays is the Kudankulam power station in Tamil Nadu, which was due to open […]

India Says Work at Russia-Built Nuclear Plant Remains Stalled via Bloomberg Businessweek

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) — Nuclear Power Corp. of India said work at its plant at Kudankulam in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, being built with Russia’s help, remains at a standstill following continuing protests by villagers near the site. “No work’s happening now,” S.A. Bhardwaj, director of technical services, said in New Delhi today. […]

How to Make Nuclear “OK” via The Diplomat

The “strategic partnership” between India and Russia received another symbolic boost with the visit of India’s prime minister to Moscow from December 15 to 17. While the bilateral relationship between the two countries has always been important considering India’s defense equipment has largely been of Soviet/Russian vintage, the connection has also been of special significance […]

Palayamkottai to rally in support of agitation against nuclear plant via The Hindu

The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) will organise a demonstration at Palayamkottai on November 5 in support of the ongoing anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project agitations. Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, PMANE activists Mano Thangaraj, Lena Kumar and S.P. Udhayakumar said that the decision to hold the protest near Palayamkottai bus stand was taken […]

Energetic meet points outpost-Fukushima second thoughts via The Hindu

Even as India debates the pros and cons of the Kudankulam nuclear power project, several developed countries have already resolved to scrap their nuclear plants, experts at an energy conclave said on Monday. Addressing the 14th regional conclave of the Madras Management Association (MMA) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) on “Energy as a factor […]

KKNPP: residents stage demonstration via The Hindu

Hundreds of people from different parts of the district staged a demonstration here in support of people who were observing relay fast at Idinthakarai on Monday. Fishermen of the district did not venture into sea for fishing in support of the agitating people who demanded the closure of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project. Continue reading […]

‘Thiruvananthapuram faces high risk from Koodankulam plant’ via The Hindu

Thiruvananthapuram faces high risk from Kudankulam nuclear plant and people of the city will have to be evacuated if an explosion occurs at Kudankulam nuclear plant, T. Shivaji Rao, Director, Environmental Studies, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, has said. If the wind flows from South East during an accident, Thiruvanathapuram district would be exposed to high levels […]

One-day anti-nuke fast turns into 72-hour strike at Idinthakarai via The Hindu

The one-day token fast observed by the anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project protesters at Idinthakarai on Sunday has been converted into a 72-hour-long hunger strike “to condemn the Central Government’s adamant attitude” in rejecting the Tamil Nadu Cabinet’s recent resolution pertaining to the halting of construction activities at KKNPP. Subsequently, 106 persons, including 22 women, two […]

One-day anti-nuke fast turns into 72-hour strike at Idinthakarai via The Hindu

The one-day token fast observed by the anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project protesters at Idinthakarai on Sunday has been converted into a 72-hour-long hunger strike “to condemn the Central Government’s adamant attitude” in rejecting the Tamil Nadu Cabinet’s recent resolution pertaining to the halting of construction activities at KKNPP. Subsequently, 106 persons, including 22 women, two […]

Is Democracy Thwarting India’s Nuclear Power Ambitions? via The Wall Street Journal

By Megha Bahree India’s democratic process is changing the country’s nuclear energy program at startling speed. First it was protests at the proposed nuclear power plant at Jaitapur in Maharashtra. Now it’s protests at the plant under construction at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu, and at practically every site across the country that has been designated […]