From the safety of a computer screen in the control room, I can see a robot scoop up a chunk of asbestos from the reactor floor. I am at Sellafield, the nuclear complex on the coast of Cumbria in north-west England, watching remotely controlled machinery crawl through the defunct Windscale Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor, gradually stripping out the last of its guts. The mammoth task of dismantling the reactor started in the early 1990s but is only now finally nearing completion.

Interview with Anil Kakodkar, AEC Chairman.

Anil Kakodkar: "There is no chance of stoppage of reactors because the stockpile will be available."

Nuclear power is expensive and unsafe, nuclear weapons are barbarous. We don t need them

India s pampered nuclear power programme is losing steam. Uranium stocks are almost over; people won t let the government dig new mines; all projects are running late and new technology is almost impossible to get as decommissioning reactors is the trend

unearthed: Thought to be extinct, the lizard Barkudia insularis has been sighted in Orissa's Chilika lagoon after more than 85 years. Ajit Kumar Patnaik, chief executive officer of the Chilika

The construction of the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor, a milestone on the road to energy security, begins at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu.

Ironically, the upgrade involves a technology that is being discarded worldwide due to its poor safety record and complicated processes

A lawsuit filed by residents demanding the per

ALL IS not shipshape at Japan's dry dock. Recently, six Greenpeace activists, protesting the first shipment of one tonne of plutonium from France to Japan, were arrested by the Japanese government.

No stock, nuclear energy programme in crisis