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Japan approves nuclear restart amid push to close old reactors TOKYO: Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved the restart of a nuclear power station, the first step to reopening an industry that has been idle since the Fukushima disaster, as the government pushes for the permanent closure of older reactors.The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said Kyushu Electric Power Co's Sendai plant in southwestern Japan had met safety requirements needed to restart, as the country nears the end of its first full year without nuclear power since 1966.The two-reactor nuclear power station still needs to pass operational safety checks as well as win the approval of local authorities. If it clears those hurdles, it could restart in early 2015, media have said.The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been keen to revive reactors that receive safety approval from the NRA to reduce Japan's reliance on expensive imported fuel. But public mistrust of nuclear power remains high after the 2011 Fukushima ...

Indian finance minister skips G20 meeting, still in hospital NEW DELHI: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will miss a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 nations in Australia next week as he is still in hospital undergoing treatment, the finance ministry said on Wednesday. Jaitley was admitted to a New Delhi hospital on Sept. 1 for treatment to manage a diabetic condition. The 61-year-old minister, who is responsible for both finance and defence in India's new government, had originally been expected ...
China offers hefty rewards for ‘terrorism’ tips in Xinjiang BEIJING: China is offering up to 1 million yuan ($160,000) in rewards to "terrorism" informants in its western Xinjiang region, state media said on Tuesday, in the latest policy aimed at getting a handle on unrest there. Authorities in numerous regions and provinces around China have offered money for tip-offs in recent months after a series of attacks the government has blamed on separatists and Islamist militants from Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur ethnic ...
India urges scrapping of all illegal mine permits NEW DELHI: India's government urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to scrap permits for nearly 220 coal mines after the licensing process was deemed illegal, reversing an earlier request for some to remain open.Energy-hungry India's coal market has been in turmoil since last month when the Supreme Court declared the government-run procedure for awarding the coal blocks to private firms had been illegal.The court Tuesday reserved its judgement after ending hearings about what to do ...
Indian PM to visit White House on Sept 29-30 WASHINGTON: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was for years barred from visiting the United States, will meet President Barack Obama at the White House on September 29-30, US officials said Monday.The meeting will mark Modi's first visit to Washington since his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to a crushing victory in May's elections. Modi was told in 2005 by the previous administration of president George W. Bush that he would be refused ...
Khamenei has successful prostate operation: state media ANKARA: Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has successfully undergone prostate surgery, Iranian state media and his website said on Monday, in a rare public report on the state of his health. Khamenei, 75, told state television ahead of the surgery that "there is no reason to worry. Of course this does not mean that I don't need people's prayers." State television said later the operation was successful."The operation took place without anaesthetic at a ...
Thousands trapped in deadly floods SRINAGAR: Soldiers were battling Sunday to rescue thousands trapped by worst flooding for half a century which has killed at least 150 people and left the main city of Srinagar under water.Some 350 villages have also been submerged since torrential monsoon rains triggered flooding and landslides across the picturesque Himalayan region, officials said.In Pakistan, flash flooding and house collapses from days of heavy rain have left another 193 people dead, an official there said.The rain-swollen ...


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