Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 13 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka to institute a nuclear disaster management action plan
Mon, Oct 15, 2012, 07:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka will institute a nuclear disaster management action plan regardless of an agreement signed between Sri Lanka and India over nuclear cooperation, Power and Energy Minister of Sri Lanka Champika Ranawaka said today.

Addressing a press conference in Colombo today (15) following the conclusion of talks with India on nuclear safety and cooperation, Ranawaka said that measures are needed to be prepared for an action plan in the event of a nuclear accident or radiological emergency.

He pointed out that the government's duty was to protect its people while India had the sovereign right to set up a nuclear plant.

"We are duty-bound to protect our people. We are doing that so no one can question it," he said.

Sri Lanka and India on Friday (October 12) held the first round of talks between the two countries on comprehensive civil nuclear cooperation in New Delhi and agreed to strengthen bilateral nuclear cooperation.

Ranawaka noted that the Sri Lankan government had informed India in May 2011 about the need to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries based on Article 9 of the 2nd Convention on the early notification of nuclear accidents.

The talks between Sri Lanka and India had been based on nuclear applications, technological assistance, technological transfers, capacity building of officials in Sri Lanka about the nuclear safety, and response to nuclear accidents with the participation of Indian authorities.

Sri Lanka has raised concerns over the commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Plant in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli district which is only 250 kilometers from Sri Lanka's northwestern coastal town of Mannar.

Responding to concerns India has assured that the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is a state-of-the-art plant that is compliant with the highest safety standards available in the nuclear industry and the safety measures instituted at the plant are of the highest order.

Minister Ranawaka said that Sri Lanka will install an alarm system provided by the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) and measure radiation levels along the coastal line.

The next round of talks with India on nuclear safety will be held in Colombo in the first half of next year.

** Related Story :: Sri Lanka, India agree to strengthen nuclear cooperation



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Japan- Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation donates two fire trucks
-- [16 minutes ago]
Chief Prelate commends Sri Lankan President's efforts to eradicate drug menace
-- [7 hours ago]
Travel goods from Sri Lanka to enjoy duty free entry to the United States
-- [7 hours ago]
Private buses in North refrain from work to protest shooting at judge
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka is collaborating with other countries to make island the economic hub of Indian Ocean
PM says government will provide necessary solutions to control the dengue menace and waste management
Sri Lanka Customs arrest French national attempting to smuggle gems worth over Rs. 11 million
State doctors' union readies for another strike on Tuesday
Police dismantle the stage setup by protesting students at Lipton Circus, arrest 13 students
Nominations for three provincial council elections to be announced in October

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.