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The Djinn escaped in Chernobyl that day

Blog entry by Hozefa Merchant | April 27, 2011

For Valentina Burakova – a 69 year old victim, the word Djinn has a special significance. She uses it often to describe what happened in Chernobyl on the 26th of April 1986. On being asked whether she holds any grudges against those...

Facebook and the Earth Day Challenge

Blog entry by Casey Harrell | April 22, 2011

Readers of this blog know the campaign to get Facebook to Unfriend Coal .  Since we first asked Facebook to power its services with renewable power in 2010, over 700,000 Greenpeace supporters have joined us. This campaign is about the...

A ray of hope in gloomy villages

Blog entry by Arpana Udupa | April 22, 2011

The story of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna (RGGVY) survey encompassing 6 villages in Madhubani, is similar to that of other villages, with some variations here and there. No one had a clue about the RGGVY scheme. No one...

Of lifeless transformers and false promises

Blog entry by Arpana Udupa | April 22, 2011

I am travelling with a team of surveyors who proudly call themselves soochna prahari. They are the local Right to Information (RTI) activists who have been filing RTIs and bringing out many cases of corruption and malpractices in...

Chernobyl: distorted reality, and unanswered questions

Blog entry by Iris Cheng | April 21, 2011

We have just returned after completing an important mission in Ukraine – taking around 70 journalists from 18 countries with us to Chernobyl, nearly 25 years after the nuclear catastrophe . It was one of the largest media trips...

Bangalore joins the vigil for a nuclear free future

Blog entry by Swati Mehta | April 18, 2011

Finally the fourth auto rickshaw agreed to go where we wanted to. Cubbon Park is right in the middle of the busy Bangalore city. It was Monday evening and everyone was in a hurry to get back home and we were in a hurry to reach the...

Mumbai comes together for the victims in Japan

Blog entry by Khushboo Lalwani | April 14, 2011

The breaking newsflashes about Japan’s devastating tragedy have shown that nature’s fury is unstoppable. Even the advanced countries are vulnerable to the dangers of nuclear technology. While technology has helped humans race ahead of...

Candles do the talking in Delhi

Blog entry by Ali Abbas | April 13, 2011

Memories of what happened in Japan are still fresh in our minds. Japan was devastated by an earthquake and a powerful tsunami which affected thousands of people. What followed was a meltdown at Fukushima nuclear plant, causing what has...

Where there is a wrong will there will be a wrong bill

Blog entry by Kapil Mishra | April 13, 2011

Anna Hazare’s fight for the Jan Lokpal bill was supported by the entire country. Even then, the government took four days to concede to his demands. Thanks to the movement we know what the Jan Lokpal bill is and what it could have been...

Fukushima disaster rated as equivalent to Chernobyl

Blog entry by Grace | April 12, 2011

The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex has been upgraded from a level 5 to a level 7 on the International Nuclear Events Scale (INES), one month after the earthquake and tsunami that first damaged the Japanese power plant.

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