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  • Taking the ties to the next level and as an extension to the nuclear coordination between the two countries, India and Russia signed a framework agreement enabling construction of the 'third stage' of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, including an intergovernmental credit protocol for implementation of the project.
  • As a therapeutic agent, nuclear medicine plays a crucial role in the treatment of hyperthyroidism, thyroid cancer, blood abnormalities and any kind of bony anomaly owing to certain cancers.
  • Nuclear power has long been in use for therapeutic purposes. Radiations have the tendency to kill the body cells and tissue. Physicians use this quality to treat different forms of cancers as radiation is capable of killing the cancer cells faster than the other surrounding tissue. Not only this, the use of nuclear in medicine is advancing with a fast pace and radioactive substances in small amount help diagnose and treat various ailments more effectively with precision.
  • Of the three zones developed around nuclear power plants, the outer-most zone falls at the minimum distance to a high population center. A multi-layer protection is thus provided to ensure safety of the adjoining inhabited areas of a nuclear power plant. This whole arrangement shields the biodiversity in case of a radioactive emission. If at all an accident happens, it progresses slowly and there are certain ways to control the different stages of progression. In such a scenario, there is always adequate time to apply counter measures in public domain in terms of sheltering, iodine tablets and ultimate evacuation. The evacuation of thousands from in and around Fukushima plant during the March, 2011 tsunami disaster is an example. However, apart from playing a buffer zone, the protective sheath against any radioactive emission, the exclusion zone is a quintessential dense forest area, the serenity of which is broken often only by the sweet calls of koel or the humming of forest bees.
  • For many of us, the mere reference of a nuclear power plant resurrects a composite picture of the industry, heavy machines, reactors, smoke billowing tall chimneys and a similar scenario. But very few are aware about a zone with kind of Utopian biodiversity around all nuclear power plants. Called ‘Exclusion Zone’, it could undoubtedly be a nature lover’s delight, rich in biodiversity and full of natural beauty, serving actually as a safety cushion to the surroundings of the plant.
  • In a big push to country’s nuclear power programme, 10 units of indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) of 700 MW each will go a long way in enriching country’s nuclear mix. A fully home grown initiative and a flagship ‘Make in India’ projects, it would ultimately lead to an overall augmentation of India’s nuclear power generation capacity.
  • Currently, 21 commercial nuclear power reactor units are under operation in the country. Of 21, 18 are Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs), two are Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs) and one is VVER-type Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) belonging to the Light Water Reactor (LWR) category.
  • With depleting coal reserves and draining gas and oil wells, energy security is a common concern of the international community. Even more, consistently soaring levels of Carbon dioxide and related toxicity in the environment and palpable climate changes have made nuclear power emerge as a formidable alternative sources of energy in order to ensure an energy secured future for the posterity.
  • Achieving another feat in the field of nuclear energy, 1000 MWe second reactor of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) commenced power generation at commercial level at 11 am on March 31, 2017.
  • Despite all the misgivings about nuclear, radioactivity and radiations and their link to ‘rising number’ of ailments like cancer, particularly, in the vicinity of nuclear plants or test sites, countries across the globe are going firm with their nuclear power programmes for a sustainable option to meet increasing energy requirements without meddling much with climate. As per the United Nations scientists the world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming and climate change.
  • The world is not doing enough to reduce man-made atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions. At the current speed of CO2 reduction, a century may be required to bring down the CO2 levels by one-third of the present level. That is not enough, if we care about the health of the planet. So, there is a need to speed up the adoption of clean energy sources like nuclear power in order to reduce the impact of global warming to as low as possible.
  • “If I only knew then what I know now!” I was having a conversation with a friend who had spent years working full time while putting himself through college. His business degree had landed him a good job in the corporate support organization of a large electric utility. He was happy to have it and his smarts, maturity, and work ethic had served him well.