Japan restarts second reactor at Sendai nuclear plant

first_img Japan restarted a second reactor at the Sendai nuclear plant on the southwestern island of Kyushu on Thursday (15 October), as the government pushes ahead with an unpopular return to atomic energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.The restart of the Sendai No 2 unit marks progress for Japans utilities, which have been hit by huge losses after being forced to shut down nuclear plants for safety checks.Weve actively implemented various safety measures including disaster prevention schemes to never let anything like the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident happen again, chief manager of Sendai nuclear plant Rei Sudou said, after his staff switched on the dormant reactor No 2 at 10.30am.The unit will begin power generation on 21 October and is expected to enter commercial operation from around mid-November. Kyushu Electric Power Co restarted the No 1 unit at the Sendai plant in August after approval from the countrys atomic regulator came following two years of reviews and equipment checks.Anxious to cut fuel bills, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants atomic power to account for 20-22% of the countrys energy mix by 2030, but the goal is widely seen as unrealistic and opposition to nuclear power remains widespread. Opinion polls have consistently shown strong opposition to nuclear power among the public, even as electricity bills surged following the switch to expensive fossil fuels.We will continue to restart nuclear reactors that meet whats called one of the most strict safety standards in the world, respecting the judgement of the governments nuclear authority, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said during a regular news conference on Thursday.The government is unchanged with its determination that we should restart nuclear reactors that meet the safety standards as were currently relying on old fuel generators that are forcedly put into operation, Suga added. Closelast_img read more

Handson craft this summer

first_imgHolidays are happier in the beginning but soon turn out to be a boring routine for kids with each passing day. There are days when children would want to explore outdoor activities with friends; while there are others when they would just want to stay indoors. It is for the parents to ensure that their kids have a gala time during their vacation and simultaneously learn something productive.Keeping this in mind, Delhi Tourism has organised a Summer Craft Workshop in Dilli Haat, Janakpuri, for both children and adults which commenced on May 18 and will continue till June18. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Pottery, tie and dye, madhubani paintings, clay work and paper craft are some of the creative activities organised by Dilli Haat and the list also has entertaining yet challenging activities like robotics, vedic maths. Observing the overwhelming response of the audience, the organisation has decided to add many more activities very soon.In the rush of tuition, school, hobby classes, there is no time left to do things that kids genuinely enjoy and in the process they don’t even get quality time with their parents.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDilli Haat encourages parents to turn up with their kids to the place so that they can have the fun of physical activities and explore their skills, creativity and other natural strengths unknown to them. These qualities only get highlighted when one take part in hands on activities that allow one to showcase their interests.So, get your kids outdoor this summer to experience the joy of learning crafts.When: June, 2016Where: Dilli HaatTimings: 11 am– 1 pmlast_img read more