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#India – A farce in Koodankulam during PM’s visit to Russia

A farce of connecting the reactors to the grid was played out in Koodankulam this week to make the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh‘s meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Russia less embarrassing. But the reactor tripped within hours, highlighting… Continue Reading →

French Riots Intensify Debate Over Face-Veil Ban

By Hajer Naili WeNews correspondent July 30, 2013 Since youth riots last week over a police identity-check of a woman wearing a niqab, France has resumed debate of a 2011 law banning the face veil. Critics of the ban say… Continue Reading →

Repeating Enron in Jaitapur- Miscalculations of the cost of energy from Jaitapur will cost #India

  Suvrat Raju, Hindu    The tariff of Rs. 4 per unit of electricity is unrealistic unless the government subsidises the cost of the first two Areva reactors by Rs. 22,000 crore More than a decade after Enron’s collapse, its… Continue Reading →

Criticised, Odisha weighs expanding scope of locals in deciding Vedanta fate #goodnews

 BS Reporter  |  Bhubaneswar  June 14, 201 Faced with flak from the ministry of tribal affairs (MoTA) and activists from Niyamgiri for its decision to limit gram sabhas to just 12 villages,Odisha is mulling legal opinion over the possibility of expanding the scope of such meetings. “We are… Continue Reading →

#India lags in transparency laws on drug firm-doctor dealings #healthcare

Rema Nagarajan,TNN | Jun 10, 2013,= The trend towards greater transparency in interactions between the healthcare industry and healthcare providers, including doctors, is catching on globally with France being the latest in enacting a law to make disclosures of relations… Continue Reading →

Bob Dylan approved for France’s Légion d’Honneur #Music

Dylan’s nomination for honour is approved after reportedly first being rejected over his drug use and opposition to Vietnam war  Bob Dylan, who has been nominated by Aurélie Filippetti, the culture minister, to be awarded the Legion d’Honneur. Photograph: Fred… Continue Reading →

Jaitapur villagers oppose investors’ meeting, hidden from Locals

PUNE, June 4, 2013 Staff Reporter, The Hindu Konkan Bachao Samiti says this meet was hidden from the locals to avoid furore Even as officials of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) left for… Continue Reading →

France becomes the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage

French President Francois Hollande signs gay marriage into law AFP May 18, 2013, 10.01AM IST PARIS: France became the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage on Saturday after President Francois Hollande signed it into law following months of bitter political debate. Hollande… Continue Reading →

French Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill

By SCOTT SAYARE Published: April 12, 2013 PARIS — The French Senate on Friday approved a bill to allow same-sex couples to wed and adopt children, leaving France poised to join the small group of nations that have fully legalized gay marriage, despite… Continue Reading →

The Man Who Planted Trees #Sundayreading

    The Man Who Planted Trees (French title L’homme qui plantait des arbres), also known as The Story of Elzéard Bouffier, The Most Extraordinary Character I Ever Met, and The Man Who Planted Hope and Reaped Happiness, is an allegorical tale by French author Jean Giono, published in 1953. Simply… Continue Reading →

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