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Nuclear energy key to India delivering on Paris summit commitments: Kakodkar

Updated: Jul 06, 2016 20:07 IST      
Nuclear energy key to India delivering on Paris summit commitments: Kakodkar

Mumbai, July 6 (ANI): Asserting that switching to non-fossil sources of energy was vital to lower the carbon footprint, ace nuclear scientist and former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Dr. Anil Kakodkar on Wednesday said nuclear energy is key to India delivering on the commitments made at last year's Paris Climate Summit.

Speaking to ANI, the former BARC director said among non-fossil sources of energy, nuclear is the only source which can ensure bulk production of electricity.

"Lot of things were agreed upon in the Paris Climate Summit. Even if all of them are fulfilled the temperature rise will not be limited to two degrees. Paris summit has taken a big step forward, but it is not adequate," Dr. Kakodkar said.

"In non-fossil sources there are renewable sources and there in nuclear. If you really want bulk production on a 24/7 basis, then among non-fossil sources, nuclear is the only source," he added.

He said the problem with other non-fossil and renewable sources of energy like wind and solar is that a massive investment on energy storage is required.

"Then you have to make massive investments in huge storages. For example, in wind and solar, there are limitations; there are fluctuations like cloud passing by. Grid management under these situations become very difficult. So, the 24/7 operation or the base load operations become very difficult," he said.

"You want large fraction from non-fossil energy and still operate the grid in a stable way, then you require a sizeable fraction of base load generation also through non-fossil sources, and that non-fossil source is nuclear. Nuclear has to be an inevitable part of movement towards non-fossil electricity," he added.

The major roadblock for India to access nuclear fuel comes from China, which is blocking India's membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

New Delhi has firmly signaled its displeasure at the tactics used by Beijing, which firmly maintains that being a nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signatory was a must for joining the NSG.

Meanwhile, the NSG will meet yet again this year to discuss the process of inclusion of countries like India, who have not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

A special plenary session of the NSG can be called by the year end. (ANI)

Amit Shah lauds Modi Govt for raising OBC creamy layer bar

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 07:28 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug 254 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah lauded the Centre for raising the creamy layer income limit for the Other backward Classes (OBCs) for central government jobs and said the marginalised sections of the society will get the benefit of reservation and other schemes.

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Increasing OBC creamy layer bar a peanut: Sharad Yadav

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 07:28 IST     

Patna (Bihar) [India], Aug.24 (ANI): A day after Centre increased the creamy layer bar for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) by Rs. two lakh for government jobs, rebel Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav on Thursday slammed the government and said it is a peanut for the marginalised sections.

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Kolkata/New Delhi[India], Aug. 24 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for halting immersion of Durga idols on Dashami and said she is trying to divide Hindu and Muslims by issuing such directives.

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Safdarjung Hospital doctors go on indefinite strike

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 06:43 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug.24 (ANI): The resident doctors at Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi went on strike for indefinite period on Wednesday after their colleague was allegedly manhandled by the attendants of a patient.

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Supreme Court to hear Unitech promoters' fraud case today

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 06:39 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug.24 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday will hear the alleged fraud case related to real estate major, Unitech Ltd promoters Ajay Chandra and Sanjay Chandra in connection with its delayed housing projects in Noida and Gurgaon.

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Supreme Court to hear illegal Goa mining case

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 06:35 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug.24 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Thursday will hear a plea filed advocate Prashant Bhushan in connection with Goa illegal mining case.

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Rajnath Singh to attend SCO meet in Kyrgyz Republic

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 06:35 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug.24 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will on Thursday attend Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meet at Choplon Ata in Kyrgyz Republic.

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SC to continue hearing in Cauvery water dispute

Updated: Aug 24, 2017 04:10 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug.24 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Thursday continue hearing the Cauvery water dispute involving the tussle between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

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New Delhi [India], August 24 (ANI): Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani will assume the charge of Railways Board Chairman on Thursday.

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Patna (Bihar) [India], Aug.24 (ANI): Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi congratulated the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Central Government for raising the creamy layer ceiling for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) for central government jobs and also for setting up of Commission to examine sub-categorisation of OBCs.

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Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], Aug 24 (ANI): As a precautionary measure, the Punjab Government has imposed Section 144 across the entire state with immediate effect and shut all schools and colleges on August 25, the day the Central Bureau of Investiga

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Aug. 24 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday night clarified that immersion of Durga idols on Dashami will be halted only for 24 hours.

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New Delhi [India], August 23 (ANI): Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday assured faith in Make in India initiative and said that the foundation stone for oil product pipeline would be laid by October this year.

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Shivraj Chouhan hails hike in OBC creamy layer cap as 'just'

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 23:34 IST     

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India] August 23 (ANI): Lauding the Centre's move to raise the income limit defining "creamy layer" for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) reservation by Rs 2 lakh per annum, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday said that justice has been done after years.

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New Delhi [India], August 23 (ANI): Former union minister P. Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram on Wednesday appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with a bribery case involving INX Media and left the head quarters after eight hours of questioning.

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Ariyalur (Tamil Nadu) [India], August 23 (ANI): After the two factions of the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu announced a merger, former chief minister O. Panneerselvam (OPS) and Chief Minister Edappady K. Palaniswami (EPS) hailed late former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's stronghold in the state, stating that no one has the power to topple the government brought together by Amma.

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Panaji (Goa) [India] August 23 (ANI): With the conclusion of Goa by-polls, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday demanded the Election Commission (EC) to initiate action if it uncovers significant evidence of wrongdoing in Panaji and Valpoi as attempts can be made to sabotage the results.

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Our goal is to focus on future, not past: Nepal PM

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 22:53 IST     

New Delhi [India] August 23 (ANI): Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Wednesday said that in his talks with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, they emphasized on the development agenda, adding the goal is to look forward to the future rather than the past.

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Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India], August 23 (ANI): Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday warned that he would take a stand if his son and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav chose to form an alliance with any party.

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Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], August 23 (ANI): The Indore High Court on Wednesday granted bail to Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar two weeks after she was arrested on her way to Dhar from Indore's Bombay Hospital.

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