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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Japan plans to restart two 'safe' nuke reactors to combat power shortages

Saturday - Apr 14, 2012, 02:56pm (GMT+5.5)
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Tokyo - The Japanese government has declared two nuclear reactors safe and is planning to restart them to combat looming power shortages.

Regional authorities need to give their approval before the two reactors at the Ohi plant in western Japan can restart.

The plant, operated by Kansai Electric Power, is located about 100km from Japan's second biggest city Osaka.

According to The BBC, Industry Minister Yukio Edano said inspectors had 'finally confirmed' that Ohi's Number 3 and Number 4 reactors were safe and that the government 'deemed it necessary' to restart them.

Edano also stressed that Japan still faced a summer of 'very severe power shortages'.

The government has been carrying out tests on nuclear power stations to reassure people living nearby that they can resist strong earthquakes.

But since the Fukushima disaster, local communities have been refusing to allow reactors to be restarted after routine maintenance, which has to take place every 13 months.





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