Nuclear development in India for energy’s stakes

Madras HC gives nod for Kudankulam project

The Madras High Court on Friday gave the green signal for the commissioning of the units one and two of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) in Tirunelveli district. However, it made it clear that the regulatory authorities should periodically oversee the compliance and maintenance of standards of pollution.

India positions as a military nuclear power

India is not a member of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) or the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), though it is a state party to the Partial Test Ban Treaty (PTBT). New Delhi embarked on a nuclear energy program in 1948 and a nuclear explosives program in 1964.[1] The latter culminated in the May 1974 test of a « peaceful nuclear explosion. »[2] Following five nuclear tests in May 1998, India formally declared itself a nuclear weapon state.


April 20th, 2012

Iran’s Nuclear Imbroglio: Policy Options for India

Nuclear-armed foes Pakistan, India talk peace over lunch

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stood together in New Delhi on Sunday, adding weight to peace efforts by the nuclear-armed foes with the first visit by a Pakistani head of state to India in seven years.

Relations have warmed since Pakistan promised its neighbour most favoured nation trade status last year, although a $10 million bounty offered by Washington for a Pakistani Islamist blamed for the 2008 attacks on Mumbai has stirred old grievances.

Despite Fukushima, Nuclear Keeps Powering Ahead

The map above divides the world’s nations into four categories, denoted by color, according to general nuclear ambitions. Countries that operate reactors and do not plan to scale back are shown in red; nations that responded to the Fukushima accident with plans to scale back or phase out nuclear are green; countries with no reactors but which plan to add nuclear capacity are pink. And countries with no formal plans but which have expressed interest in building their first reactors are yellow. Japan is its own color, black, to reflect the level of uncertainty there. 

Sources: World Nuclear Association, International Atomic Energy Agency

Le gouvernement perd patience face aux antinucléaires …

… en Inde!

Le 27 février, un Allemand a été expulsé du territoire indien pour avoir soutenu des villageois mobilisés contre le nucléaire. Ces derniers bloquent toujours le démarrage d’un nouveau réacteur, dans le sud du pays. Et le gouvernement ne sait plus quel prétexte trouver pour sortir de l’impasse, commente avec ironie la presse indienne.

India to build two more nuclear powered submarines

As the induction of the first locally built Indian nuclear powered submarine, INS Arihant is almost complete, the Indian government has decided to build two more of its type.

INS Arihant, which is the first nuclear powered submarine of the Arihant class submarine genus, was fully developed by the Indian agency Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is expected to complete its marine trials by early next year. The Indian Navy’s capabilities are already boosted significantly, after they recently inducted the Russian built INS Chakra in to its fold. However defence sources were sceptical whether the Indian Navy was technically advanced enough to operate two additional nuclear submarines without overstretching the resources.