SHILLONG: The biggest challenge of this era is to meet the growing energy requirements. The increasing extraction and continued usage of carbon based fuels, the energy resources are fast depleting.

The issues were addressed by Dr Chaitanyamoy Ganguly in a guest lecture titled ‘Prospects and challenges of Nuclear Power and related cycle’ organized by the Department of Physics, St Edmund’s College here on Friday.

As the mood in Japan, Germany, Italy and even France hardens, China is restarting a £170bn reactor programme and India is looking to atomic power to shore up its creaking grid

The first 1,000 MW unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district, which is just two steps away from reaching criticality, moved further ahead, with the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board early this week giving its nod for closing the reactor pressure vessel, which has already been loaded with 163 bundles of enriched uranium fuel.

A 10-member Atomic Energy Regulatory Board team is camping at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) site for inspecting the first of the 2 X 1,000 MWe reactors, which has been loaded with enriched uranium fuel assemblies and is ready for criticality.

The AERB team, which reached Anu Vijay Township, KKNPP employees’ residential colony, from Mumbai on Wednesday morning, went to the KKNPP site to start the inspection immediately.

After loading fuel in all 163 fuel assemblies at Unit-I of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP), scientists on Tuesday launched the criticality process — jargon for generating energy — which is its main activity.

Mark the symbolism in the choice of dates: while fuel loading began on Ganesh Chaturthi Day, the process of splitting ‘atoms for peace’ commenced on Gandhi Jayanti Day.

Now it is official.

SHILLONG: Meghalaya governor RS Mooshary today came under sharp criticism by the Khasi Students Union for advocating Uranium mining in the state.

The KSU termed as “ploy” the governor’s recent plea allowing speedy implementation of the long pending uranium mining in the belts of South West Khasi Hills for the sake of development of the under-developed uranium deposited villages. KSU’s South West Khasi Hills vice president R Bahun Sanglyne Basan said,“The governor is simply echoing the same words used by the central government” and wanted to know what had the central and state governments been doing to these villages in the past several years.

The 2012 World’s Worst Pollution Problems report sets out to quantify the human health impacts from major sources of hazardous pollution in low to middle-income countries. In particular the focus is on sites in the developing world where toxic pollution has occurred because of industrial activity.

SHILLONG: Notwithstanding widespread opposition from various corners, Governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary has advocated the need for Uranium mining which according to him would benefit the State immensely in terms of power generation.

“Uranium is an important natural resource since it is a critical source for generation of power,” Mooshahary said while addressing a national seminar on ‘Mining: impact assessment on the economy, ecology, technology, polity and society’ organised by Sankardev College and BBS College here on Thursday

Shillong, Sept. 27: Meghalaya was today certified as the worst state in the country in relation to coal mining, by governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary.