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Questioning Nuclear India: An Obituary for Praful Bidwai

Prominent Indian journalist Praful Bidwai has unexpectedly passed away. He was only 65 years old. With his death, India looses one of the most prominent critics of nuclear armament and nuclear energy generation.

By Dr. Axel Harneit-Sievers

Between Ambition and Reality: India’s Nuclear Power Programme

Undeterred by the Fukushima disaster, and notwithstanding the shoddy performance of its Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), India is forging ahead with ambitious plans to expand its nuclear energy generation capacity manifold from the present

By Praful Bidwai

Black and Dirty: The Coal Challenge in India

Coal contributes over half of India’s primary commercial energy and is likely to remain India’s most important source of energy for the coming decade or two. This article summarizes the challenges produced by coal as well as the challenges that affect the sector and perspectives of an energy future for India.

HALF LIFE: Radioactive Waste in India

Nuclear Energy generation is slated to rise in the coming decades from the present 3 percent to upto 20 percent in the energy mix of India. With climate change concerns, nuclear energy is now being brought back and reconsidered as 'clean' and 'zero cost' energy. The amount of waste created will increase manifold

Smugness still rules in India’s nuclear establishment

The Fukushima nuclear disaster has shaken the global nuclear industry. But in many ways, India remains an exception to this trend. While the public is deeply upset, India's government, and the Department of Atomic Energy in particular, remain largely complacent.

Myth of Nuclear Power - A Guide

Some lobbyists and politicians carry on the myth that nuclear power is reliable, secure, and a source of unbeatable energy. The newest myth paints nuclear power as the necessary bridging technology to the solar age - in Europe and around the world. To address the myths of nuclear power, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung has commissioned renowned international nuclear experts to deliver reports that provide the public with an overview of current, fact-rich, and nuclear-critical know-how

Distributed Renewable Energy Projects in Rural Areas of India - A guide to Implementation

The need for renewable energy resources is real and pressing today simply because our current dependence on conventional petro -based fuels and energy sources cannot be sustained. Electrification Scheme over the past two decades there remains a lot of work that needs to be done. The numbers of villages which still don’t have access to electricity continue to be very high and in a number of these village the grid reaching them may still be some years away.

Nuclear Suppliers Group

The India specific safeguard agreement has been approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 1 August 2008, and India and the USA have now approached the NSG to ask for a waiver for India from the NSG guidelines. In the forefront of the meeting of the NSG on 21 August 2008 in Vienna, hbf has conducted an interview with Siddharth Varadajan

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