Hyderabad: Districts along the Bay of Bengal coast began gearing up for Cyclone Phailin, which is expected to make landfall on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

Officials and staff have been put on high alert and the state government has drawn up an action plan. It includes, when the cyclone is 500 km from the coast: Total suspension of fishing operations, evacuation from coastal areas, regulation of rail and road traffic.

The AP High Court on Monday directed the counsels representing the state and the Centre to inform it within a week their stand on a petition that challenged the setting up of a nuclear power plant

Visakhapatnam: The department of atomic energy, under the aegis of the Prime Minister, has accepted the proposal of the Nuclear Power Corpo-ration of India Limited to increase capacity of the Kovvada Nuclear Park from 6,000 MW to 9,500 MW.

According to DAE’s earlier clearances, the nuclear park’s capacity was barely 6,000 MW, since the DAE had, in principle, allowed the capacity of each reactor to produce above 1,000 MW. With the aim of utilising the maximum capacity of the generation-II technology of GE reactors made in the US, which are to be installed in the Kovvada Nuclear Park, NPCIL authorities have recently held talks with the ministry of environment and forests to hike KNP’s capacity.

‘Going by the experience of Chernobyl and Fukoshima, India should tread warily’

India has stopped taking its own decisions. Other countries are deciding what is good for our country. We are governed by somebody outside our boundaries, former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral (retd) L. Ramdas said at a seminar organised against setting up of nuclear power plant at Kovvada in Srikakulam district, here on Sunday. He said that authorities were turning authoritarian by branding those opposing Government policy as anti-nationals and enemies of State. This was defeating the true spirit of democracy, he said and referred to the agitation in Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu. He criticised the Centre for forcefully acquiring land from Dalits and Adivasis by antiquated colonial laws.

With the effects of climate change becoming evident by the day and farmers having to face the worst, the good news is that the agriculture ministry's attempt to prepare district-level contingency p

Vast expanses of fields, habitations inundated in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts

The rain fury shifted to Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts on Monday, even as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy announced a relief package for the flood-affected people. Four children were burnt alive in a fire that broke out following short-circuit caused by water-logging in West Godavari. The rain-related death toll rose to 29. Crops in over 15 lakh acres suffered damage.

Cyclone ‘Nilam' caused unprecedented damage to Srikakulam district which is still under grip of fear with the heavy inflows to Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers.

Brushing aside widespread public protests, the Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to go ahead with the acquisition of land for the 6,000-MWe nuclear power plant at Kovvada in the north coastal d

Initiates land acquisition process in five villages at Srikakulam

Paving the way for land acquisition to set up the first-ever nuclear power project in Andhra Pradesh, the state government on Thursday declared the land identified in five villages in north coastal district of Srikakulam as project-affected zone. It may be recalled that the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) had proposed to set up a 6,000 Mw power plant of light water reactors at Kovvada five years ago. The latest move will facilitate the government's land acquisition unit to acquire 2,436 acre identified for the project in the above location.

On August 30, relay hunger strikes by villagers against a proposed 2,640MW coal-fired thermal power plant at Sompeta in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh would touch the 1,000-day mark.