Title: Work restarts at Indian nuclear plant, protesters arrested
Date: March 20, 2012
Work to start up a large nuclear power plant on the southern tip on India resumed on Tuesday after police arrested dozens of protesters who had blocked access to the site for months, in a breakthrough for the power-short emerging economy.
Police secured the roads around the protest site and stopped fishing boats sailing in, arresting about a hundred people. [...]
The government of Tamil Nadu, the southern state where Kudankulam is located, dropped its support for the protests on Monday and gave a green light for the project to be completed.
“Immediate steps will be taken for the speedy commissioning of the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam,” Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha said. [...]
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Title: India government takes blunt approach to anti-nuclear push
Source: Los Angeles Times
Author: MARK MAGNIER
Date: Mar. 20, 2012
[...] Late last month in an American science journal, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accused U.S. and Scandinavian civic groups of funding the protests to hold back India’s development.
That accusation was an apparent cue for the Indian security establishment, which then arrested and deported a German visitor traveling the area on a tourist visa, accusing him of funding the Kudankulam protests.
Government officials also initiated an investigation into the financing of church and rural charities, arguing that the groups were illegally diverting funds meant for orphans and anti-leprosy programs to finance protests. Three of the groups’ operating licenses were canceled, bank accounts were frozen, and a Fukushima-area resident invited to India by Greenpeace to speak about Japan’s nuclear disaster had her visa revoked.
In the latest move last week, a ruling party lawmaker demanded full surveillance and monitoring of all foreign money going to about 65,500 Indian charities – which amounted to about $6.5 billion between 2007 and 2010 – in what some critics are calling a “witch hunt.” [...]
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Published: March 21st, 2012 at 2:57 am ET