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Kudankulam to start power production by first week of December

Controversy-hit Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project will start its production by the first week of December and the first tranche of entire 1,000MW of power will be provided to Tamil Nadu

 
New Delhi: Controversy-hit Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) will start its production by the first week of December and the first tranche of entire 1,000MW of power will go to Tamil Nadu, reports PTI quoting Union minister V Narayanasamy.
 
He said enriched uranium has been fed in the core of the vessel and the lid was closed. "Now, the vessel is being pressurised. After that trial run will start. That will go for about 20 days. Thereafter the production is likely to start. Probably in the end of November or first week of December," he told PTI in an interview.
 
Citing letters from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on power shortage, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said the "entire 1,000 MW (of power from the plant) has to be given to Tamil Nadu".
 
India's atomic power plant operator, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd is setting up the plant at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli district.
 
Narayanasamy said the Centre is getting support from ruling AIADMK on the project. He said since law and order is a state subject, the state government has to support us for the purpose of providing security to the plant.
 
"Therefore I said the DMK has supported us (as the project started when they were in power in the state). They are supporting us. Now the AIADMK after coming to power, they are also supporting us for the project. Therefore, we have support from both of them. This is what I said. But it was twisted by the media," the minister said.
 
His reaction came on media reports quoting Narayanasamy that DMK has initially supported the Kudankulam power project, but later backed out. Rejecting the report, Narayanasamy said, "So many have tried to divide Congress and DMK and now it is media's turn.
 
"We have to carry state government with us. Therefore the state government is supporting (on Kudankulam). On the nuclear project they are supporting us."
 

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Supreme Court stays proceedings in all 2G cases in Delhi High Court

The Supreme Court had expressed its displeasure that the Delhi High Court was hearing matters related with the 2G spectrum scam despite its restraining order 

 
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the proceedings on all petitions relating to the 2G spectrum allocation scam, pending before the Delhi High Court, on a plea by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), reports PTI.
 
"All proceedings pending before the Delhi High Court shall remain stayed," said a bench of justices GS Singhvi and KS Radhakrishnan.
 
In its plea, the CBI cited a Supreme Court order of 11 April 2011, which had directed that no court other than the apex court shall entertain any application relating to the case.
 
The court was informed that there were 20 petitions or applications pending before the High Court after the filing of the chargesheets in the 2G case.
 
The bench issued notices and sought replies of various parties within six weeks on the CBI application. 
 
The apex court had expressed its displeasure on 8th November that the Delhi High Court was hearing the matter relating to the 2G spectrum scam despite its order restraining courts below the apex court from adjudicating issues linked to the case.
 
"Despite injunction the Delhi High Court has entertained petition relating to the 2G spectrum case. It is very surprising on the part of the behaviour of the high court," the court had said.
 
CBI counsel K K Venugopal had said the bench can pass an order and stay such proceedings.
 
The bench said an application can be filed by the CBI so that it can give a clear-cut order. "We will hear your application," it had said.
 
"We will make it clear that no court will entertain any petition (on the 2G case)," the bench had said after senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who is representing Essar Group in the case against them, sought clarification on the injunction.
 
Rohatgi had said the legal right available to the affected parties cannot be taken away and one such right was to approach the high court.
 
He had said it was for Parliament to make or amend laws and the legal rights available cannot be denied.
 
"We cannot say anything for Parliament to amend laws. Law making is in their domain," the bench had observed.
 

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