Thursday, September 20, 2007

NUke deal?

As the political crisis over the nuclear deal deepens in India, the US has called a meeting of the 45 countries belonging to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on the sidelines of the IAEA meeting in Vienna.

After sealing a pact with the IAEA, India has to get the NSG's clearance.

Sources say the meeting will give America a chance to informally discuss the progress on the deal and the details of the agreement with all the countries in one room.

But India's top scientist Anil Kakodkar is not expected to attend.

The NSG Chairman Ambassador Abdul S Minty from South Africa told NDTV that no decisions are likely any time soon. In any case, India has to first get it's safeguards agreement done with the IAEA.

Speaking exclusively to NDTV in Vienna in the IAEA meeting, the very influential Japanese disarmament guru and Ambassador to Switzerland Nobuyasu Abe said the ''Indo-US nuclear deal should not go through''.

Abe told NDTV ''the Indo-US Nuclear deal weakens the non-proliferation regime' as he emphasized `it goes against the principles of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.''

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ram setu

What is Setu Samudram Project?

Setu Samudram shipping canal project (SSCP) is a project that has been approved by the Government of India and its work has been started near Kodand Ram Temple. In this project, Palk Gulf and Gulf Mennar will be linked by making a shipping canal through Rameshwaram Island. This will allow ships and boats to navigate in the passage between India and Sri Lanka without having to circle Sri Lanka (as is being done currently). This may save about 400 nautical miles voyage on the West Coast. This project will connect the National Sea Route. This canal will shorten the length of the sea route for ships. Rs. 21 crore per year for fuel expenditure of ships will be saved.

Danger to Ram Setu

Ram Bridge
Ram Setu Picture by NASA

Pictures taken by NASA [National Aeronautics & Space Administration], USA from space show the remains of what appears to be an ages old man-made bridge between Rameshwaram and Sri Lanka. According to Hindu scriptures and belief, Lord Ram and his vaanar sena had built a bridge from Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka about 17 lacs 25 thousands years ago. The discovery of Shri Ram Setu by NASA confirms that Hindu scriptures and belief are correct in this matter and that Ramayana is 'history' and not "mythology" as is often construed.

Setu Samudram [shipping canal project] is based on the notion that it is inevitable to break the Shri Ram Setu for easy navigation. This will amount to damaging a monument of both, historical and religious importanceto Hindus.


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