With coronavirus cases continuing to rise, it’s too early to open gyms

The government has permitted gyms to open from August 5 at a time when daily fresh coronavirus cases in India remain high and the virus is spreading to smaller cities and towns. Zumba classes in a South Korean city and clusters from gyms in Japan have shown how intense physical exertion in closed settings with … Continue reading With coronavirus cases continuing to rise, it’s too early to open gyms

Editorial: Transparency by AERB at any cost

The shutdown of the 220 MW Unit-1 of the Kakrapar Atomic Power Station located in Gujarat’s Surat district following leakage of heavy water used to cool the nuclear reactor, on March 11, the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan, is at once a reminder of the inherent risks associated with … Continue reading Editorial: Transparency by AERB at any cost

Editorial: A sure recipe for disaster

Published in The Hindu on August 30, 2012 The sceptics have been right, after all. By pulling away the shroud of secrecy and opaqueness that has been built into the system ever since the Atomic Energy Regulatory Body (AERB) was formed in 1983, the Comptroller and Auditor General has for the first time exposed several … Continue reading Editorial: A sure recipe for disaster

Fukushima Daiichi: how the nuclear plant crisis happened

Published in The Hindu on March 14, 2011 The crisis at the three Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power stations came not from the buildings collapsing after the March 11 earthquake of magnitude 9 and the tsunami that followed the quake, but from a different source — power failure. The Fukushima nuclear reactor 1 went critical on … Continue reading Fukushima Daiichi: how the nuclear plant crisis happened