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Postby NRao » 17 Sep 2007 05:51

Power for all in State by 2009: Shinde

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Visakhapatnam, Sept. 16: Union power minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Sunday that the State would achieve total electrification by 2009, and the rest of the country three years later. He was speaking after setting the foundation stone for the Rs 5,000-crore 1,000 MW Simhadri Super Thermal Power Project-II. The impressive ceremony was held in the presence of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, Union minister of State for mines T. Subbarami Reddy and State energy minister Mohd Ali Shabbir .

Mr Shinde said that Rs 5,000 crores would be invested in the Simhadri-II project. The plant would supply power to Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry. He said India produces about 1.35 lakh MW and this would be increased to 2 lakh MW by 2012. The capacity would need to be doubled every 10 years to meet the nation’s requirements, Mr Shinde said.

Mr Shinde, a former AP governor, noted that the demand-supply gap was 5.4 per cent in the State. This rose to 11 per cent during peak demand, compared to the national average of 13.5 per cent. He said the Centre would support the rural electrification programme taken up by the AP government under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutkaran Yojana. A grant of Rs 5,000 crores would be given for this, he said.

“Hopefully AP will achieve total electrification in 2009 and the country in 2012,â€

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Postby NRao » 17 Sep 2007 06:09

As difficult as 123

By: Vijay K Sazawal (is a US-based nuclear policy specialist)

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Postby NRao » 17 Sep 2007 06:35

Alokji,

Can we TRY and keep this thread to article only please?

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Postby kumarn » 17 Sep 2007 11:25

US firm offers India thorium reactors

According to the company, its reactor "starts up using conventional uranium-based nuclear fuels, and incrementally converts to an all-thorium fuel cycle over a period of 10 years, using India's abundant supply of thorium ores to maintain energy independence".

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Postby Sanku » 17 Sep 2007 12:09

Snap polls in sight as India heads to IAEA

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[quote]New Delhi: With snap polls looking a strong possibility, the focus has returned to the IAEA Board of Governors meeting that opens in Vienna on Tuesday.

Chief of the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr Anil Kakodkar is in Vienna to attend the summit and has told CNN-IBN that he will be there for most of the week.

However, Kakodkar did not say if he would carry forward negotiations on an India-specific safeguards agreement with the IAEA.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has kept things vague. He was quoted as saying in Bangkok that the international community could have nuclear trade with India after a safeguards agreement is in place.

Experts say completing the safeguards agreement should not take time.

“The 1-2-3 took years for various other countries to complete. Our people were able to complete it in eight months and therefore this should be possible. Especially because our atomic energy people are very well versed in safeguards procedures,â€

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Postby Rye » 17 Sep 2007 17:31

CIC: info on n-fuel cost is protected


Appellant Suchitra had sought from the IGCAR, Kalpakkam, information on a prototype fast breeder reactor under construction. She wanted to know the cost of core fabrication, reprocessing spent fuel, etc. The IGCAR refused to disclose such costs on grounds that such a disclosure would affect the security and interests of the State

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Postby bala » 17 Sep 2007 19:11

Pranab defends Indo-US nuke deal

Defending the Indo-US nuclear deal as a "landmark agreement", External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Elaborating, he said though the Indo-US nuclear agreement is a bilateral pact, "its implications will be involvement of large number of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) countries and India-specific agreement with IAEA".

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Postby ramana » 18 Sep 2007 02:35

Left unhappy over UPA response


Says Cong plays down all implications of Hyde Act

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So, why are you there on panel, Sibal hits back

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Postby Prem » 18 Sep 2007 05:46

http://www.newkerala.com/oct.php?action ... ws&id=1650

Russia to be first to benefit from Indo-US nuke deal: Sibal

Moscow, Sep 17 : Russia would be the first to benefit from civilian nuclear cooperation between India and the United States, said Indian ambassador to Moscow, Kanwal Sibal who left for India today, after completing his three-year term here.

Russia was already building two nuclear power plants in Kudankulam and a Memorandum of Intent to build four more reactors with Russian assistance was signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India in January, Mr Sibal said in an interview to the leading business daily 'Kommersant'.

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Postby Prem » 18 Sep 2007 05:51

Nuke Row: UPA gives Left parties 12-page reply

To put the Left in a tight spot, the UPA has compared China's 123 agreement with the US and the Indo-US nuclear deal. UPA has underlined that India's 123 agreement is better than China as it provides a one-year notice period in case of termination of the deal. China also doesn’t have the rights to reprocess that India has acquired after tough negotiations, the note mentioned.

Now that the two sides have received each other’s observations, the next meeting will discuss some of the issues related to the nuclear deal on September 19. The meeting is scheduled at the residence of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

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Postby Raju » 18 Sep 2007 12:43

CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat warns Govt: Do not push for N-Deal for next 6 months.

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Postby bala » 18 Sep 2007 19:15

Waiting for talks: ElBaradei

Vienna: The International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday said India had not approached it for negotiations on a safeguards agreement.

“We are waiting for the Indian authorities to come for talks,â€

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Postby SaiK » 18 Sep 2007 22:20


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Article no. 2374
Date 15 September 2007

Ideology, Foreign Policy and the Rhetoric of Anti-Americanism


Dr. Bhartendu Kumar Singh
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e-mail: bhartendukumarsingh@gmail.com

Despite the 'end of ideology' and the ultimate triumph of liberal faith in international politics, anti-Americanism still propels Left forces in India and many other parts of the world. The protests by Left parties and others to the Malabar naval exercises involving India and the US apart from three other countries bring home the point that the facade of ideology still remains in international relations, even if it for a rhetorical purpose. Whether it is the Indo-US nuclear deal, the visit by the USS Nimitz, or the Indo-US air exercises, the Left in India sees conspiracies or meek surrender by the country in all collaborations with the US.

India has been a party to many war games and exercises in recent times. Apart from the ongoing military exercises with Russia, the Indian Army is slated for a joint exercise with the Chinese PLA the coming November. None of these endeavours attract Left attention. From all the speeches delivered by the Left leaders during their protests against the Malabar exercises, it seems that anti-Americanism rather than the objectives of the exercises were the targets of the protesters.

Ironically, anti-Americanism is being used to divert the foreign policy of India at a time when it has lost sheen at the global level. After the demise of the Cold War, anti-Americanism declined along with the communist ideology. Irrespective of Cuba or Venezuela, anti-Americanism is incapable of inducing new tensions in international relations. The relative peace and the bleak prospects of a new Cold War could also be attributed to the fact that China has refused to buy hostility with the US and mobilize anti-American forces. People who project al Qaeda as the new face of anti-Americanism forget that it is driven by religious fundamentalism rather than ideology.

The fading economic prowess of America and the concurrent rise of oriental economies have also led to a decline in anti-Americanism. There was a time when America attracted talent from all parts of the world. A green card used to be the most coveted document for the emigrant population. The economic, political and military domination of America coupled with its support for colonialism, apartheid and market economy attracted anti-Americans in huge numbers. India was no different to this global trend and often the country's foreign policy used to be peppered with anti-Americanism. The tangible benefits from such postures were limited. Meanwhile, the US supported Pakistan as part of its pressure tactics against India.

If India has given up the rhetoric of anti-Americanism, it is in keeping with the realities of international relations. From Iraq to North Korea, pax Americana is all too pervasive. Hence, other great powers value cooperation with the US. India is no exception. The just concluded war games in the Bay of Bengal have to be understood from this perspective. The oceanic waters provide India over two million sq km of exclusive economic zone, 97 percent of its trade supplies, oil and gas and so on. Piracy apart, there is increasing pressure on the Indian Navy due to China's naval modernization and its new hubs in India's neighbourhood. India, therefore, needs to reach out to major players including the US and enforce a security regime in the region.

Thus, it is the national interest rather than fascination for America that propels Indian foreign policy. Witness for example, India's stand on the Iranian nuclear issue or its posturing on the Doha development round. India waged and won a war in Bangladesh in 1971 much to the chagrin of the US. Indira Gandhi was certainly not guided by the ideological bogey of anti-Americanism.

The protagonists of anti-Americanism in India should take a cue from China. Barring state-sponsored occasional outbursts against US, the Chinese are 'cool' about America and whatever it stands for! McDonalds, as admitted by the Chinese Ambassador to India, Sun Yuxi, is far more popular in China than in India. The ongoing English revolution in China is based on the American version. Internationally, the Chinese are happy doing brisk business with US and bask in huge trade surpluses.

Public opinion in India is similarly less concerned about America than it is about China or Pakistan. Psychologically too, Indians feel more comfortable with Americans than with Chinese or Pakistanis. Further, the 1.6 million strong Indian diaspora in the US removes any scope for large scale anti-American sentiments in the same manner as there can be no anti-Gulf sentiments in this country. In fact, anti-Americanism is a rhetoric of outdated ideology with no popular support. The artificial construct of anti-Americanism will further jeopardize rationality in foreign policy decision-making through mirror images and stereotype views about US. This can dilute the trust so painfully built up between India and US in recent times. Hence, the left ideologues in India need to reconsider their anti-Americanism and stop judging all foreign policy issues from this prism.

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Postby putnanja » 19 Sep 2007 01:25

Rejoinder to Kapil Sibal's earlier article in Hindu by Brahma Challaney...

123 questions won’t go away — a rejoinder

[quote]Kapil Sibal jumbles up my 15 sets of questions to reply selectively or make statements that are either specious (the 123 Agreement will “overrideâ€

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Postby sraj » 19 Sep 2007 03:40

Nuclear Catch 22: US can't wait, Left irate
The American ambassador to India, David Mulford didn't mince words when he insisted: "Now we must take the final step. Time is of essence."

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Postby vsudhir » 19 Sep 2007 06:22

US sees China quietly working to halt N-deal (TOI)

NEW DELHI: Even as foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon worked on the Chinese leadership in Beijing to secure support for the India-US nuclear deal, it's becoming clear that China is launching a cleverly crafted global campaign against the deal.

Besides the content of the deal, even the context is troubling China, which means it is also working against the "quadrilateral". However, a lot of these efforts have had mixed results. Diplomatic sources in Washington said China was not using its registered lobbyists against the deal. "It's all very subtle and very clever," a Washington source said.

Instead, China is working on a huge pool of corporate sources to send a clear message to Capitol Hill — that while India may be a "potential" market, China is a proven one, cautioning them against putting US eggs in the Indian basket.

Beijing's one big problem here is that the US Congress is currently more skewed to India than China, particularly after the toys and drugs recall. "In fact, the Iran issue is now becoming more germane to the deal's passage than China's lobbying," said a Washington insider.

In Washington's over-active think-tank circuit, a lot of Chinese effort has gone into churning out comments and opinions that are taking a line against the deal by saying that it is undermining the non-proliferation regime. This is the official Chinese line on the nuclear deal, and a response that has been made clear to the Indian government at various levels.

"A lot of Chinese disquiet is driven by the fact that they never really expected the deal to go through," said an Indian official connected with the deal.

China's latest line is that it wants to see details of the safeguards agreement with the IAEA before coming to a decision. The Indian government has decided in principle to go ahead with the safeguards agreement in the face of domestic opposition from Left parties.

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Postby Victor » 19 Sep 2007 06:49

Nuclear community favours talks: Kakodkar
[quote]Vienna: Even as the Left’s opposition to operationalisation of the India-U.S. nuclear deal mounted, Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar said here on Tuesday that everyone in the nuclear community wanted early negotiations among India, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Nuclear Suppliers Group to help implement the deal. India’s Ambassador to Austria Sheel Kant Sharma and other officials had a meeting with their counterparts from South Africa, Brazil and Germany as a part of the outreach programme of the NSG.

Mr. Kakodkar said India, not being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, expected the U.S. to work out a clean and unconditional exemption from the NSG for India. “India has made its position very clear that it expects clean, unconditional exemption after recognising it as a unique country,â€

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Postby bala » 19 Sep 2007 08:49

Nuclear power inevitable option: Kakodkar

Favours closed fuel cycle to reduce risk of proliferation of fissile material, a proposal backed by many nations



Meanwhile, lest everyone forgets about Ban Ki Moon (remember him, replaced Kofee Annan at the UN) Ratify nuclear test ban treaty, U.N. chief appeals to nations

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged nations to quickly ratify the global treaty banning nuclear test explosions, saying it would ensure that North Korea’s test blast last October is the world’s final experiment with atomic weaponry.



As pointed out by Raju earlier, Commie Karat is playing "stay order" on behalf of China, which is what US sees China quietly working to halt N-deal (TOI)
Put it on hold for 6 months, says Karat

Hey, what if India does not go to the IAEA but the IAEA comes to India, hey...
IAEA chief to visit India

Vienna: International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohammed ElBaradei will visit India in October for talks with the government.

He is visiting at the invitation of Anil Kakodkar, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.

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Postby Sanku » 19 Sep 2007 09:08

Cabinet isn't supreme

When Mamnohan Singh threatened that he would resign if the 123 Agreement did not reach its logical conclusion, besides showing his stubborn attitude, it underlined the urgent need to limit the executive's treaty-making power

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Postby Sanku » 19 Sep 2007 09:33

Better to move N-accord as soon as possible: US

"The 123 Agreement is completely consistent with US Law that includes the fundamentals like the US Atomic Energy Act and it includes the Hyde Act. We are very attentive to what the Congress tells us," the senior State Department official remarked.

"The requirements of the law are met; but also the Agreement fits the parameters of what the (Indian) Prime Minister and the President agreed. It is full civilian-nuclear cooperation. It does provide for things like processing in separate facilities for which there will be arrangements and procedures worked out, things like that that are very important to the Indian side," Boucher said.

"We do think that we have met all parameters of the law, what the Congress asked us to do and in a way that also meets the needs of the Indian side expressed at the negotiations."


The senior official was asked during the interactive session if the 123 Agreement supercedes the Hyde Act.

"We have met all the requirements of the Hyde Act; non-binding things I have to go back and see to what extent they are met. We don't see anything in the Hyde Act that constrains our relationship, the kind of relationship that we've reached," Boucher said.

"The 123 Agreement is subsequent to the passage of the Hyde Act. We think it's in full conformity with the Hyde Act.

The deal between the United States and India is the 123 Agreement those are all the operative clauses, all the operative paragraphs. The understandings between the two governments are in that document," the official added.

Pressed once again on whether the 123 Agreement supercedes the Hyde Act, Boucher replied, "I don't think it is a meaningful statement, one way or the other".

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Postby Sanku » 19 Sep 2007 10:32

Nuclear Catch 22: US can't wait, Left irate

New Delhi: For the first time, the Americans have something to say about the need for India to act fast and operationalise the Indo-US nuclear deal. The American ambassador to India, David Mulford didn't mince words when he insisted: "Now we must take the final step. Time is of essence."

Mulford echoed Washington's opinion that it was best in the interests of both parties that the deal receives its stamp of approval during the Bush regime.

Meanwhile, in Vienna, India's Atomic Energy Chief, Anil Kakodkar made it clear that nuclear power was an inevitable option. He may not have begun formal negotiations on the India-specific safeguards but made a strong pitch for India's entry into nuclear league.

He said: "There is need for reformation in global thinking that is necessary and consensus on closed fuel cycle has to be reached by those going to participate in the future nuclear renaissance.''

And Mulford's plea that time is of essence came on a day when Prakash Karat told the Government to pause the deal for six months.

Mulford's reminder to the Government comes on the eve of the next round of UPA-Left negotiations. It has the potential to upset the political arrangement between the Left and UPA to help each other buy time.

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Postby Sanku » 19 Sep 2007 10:38

Nuke deal: US to convene NSG meet

The 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) will be briefed by the United States on Thursday about the Indo-US nuclear deal.

The briefing comes just after the US Ambassador to India David Mulford said that time was of essence for the Indo-US nuclear deal and the 123 agreement should be voted on, in the life of the current US Congress.

The meeting has been called in Vienna on the sidelines of the IAEA meet to brief the NSG about the progress on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Dr Anil Kakodkar, who is representing India at the IAEA meet, is not expected to attend the meeting.

Kakodkar said India expected to get a clean, unconditional exemption from the Nuclear Suppliers Group. For the Indo-US nuclear deal, the NSG clearance is the next big step after the IAEA ratifies the India-specific safeguards agreement.

Speaking to NDTV, Dr Anil Kakodkar said: ''It was in everybody's interest to conclude the nuclear deal sooner than later. At the same time it should be done in a 'correct manner' where India's interests are fully protected. The change in NSG guidelines should be consistent with the 123 Agreement.''

He further said: ''My lips are sealed on anything to do with the India Specific Safeguards. Please don't even talk about it. It is India's responsibility to pursue the India Specific Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA says Kakodkar while getting the NSG exemption is the responsibility of the American negotiators who have promised to be India's Sherpa at the NSG.''

Back home the third meeting of the UPA-Left panel on Indo-US nuclear deal will be held today to work out a truce between the two sides.

The government is keen to go ahead with the deal soon but the Left wants a pause for six months.

Earlier on September 14, the Left had sent a note to the government raising objections to several clauses in the Hyde Act the enabling legislation for the 123 agreement.

The Left says the Hyde Act is not just about nuclear cooperation but also about asking India to dovetail its foreign policy to that of the US.

The government however disagrees. In response to the Left note on Monday the government said the Hyde Act is not the relevant law for India, it's the US Atomic Energy Act and the 123 agreement.

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Postby shiv » 19 Sep 2007 18:12

NRao wrote:Sankuji,

Could we keep (personal) comments out of the post please?

Thx.


I have edited them out and will remove your message except for this quote.

I am requesting that this rule be followed. The word "request" does not mean that I will not take drastic steps to ensure that persistent breakers of forum convention or thread disruptors will not be eliminated. Both those acts are classified as trolling.


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