Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
The commissioning of Koodankulam plant would take place during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India next month.
It may be noted that the nuke facility has come with the help from Russian engineers.
Diplomatic sources said that the possibility of commissioning while Putin is in India cannot be excluded as this will have an immense "symbolic value'' for relations.
However, they ruled out Putin's visit to Kudankulam.
"The time constraint will prevent Putin from going there himself but the commissioning can happen even in a virtual manner with the Russian President and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh together giving the go-ahead from Delhi,'' said a source.
It remains to be seen if the two sides, especially the Indian government, eventually agree to this as the commissioning of the first 1,000 MW pressurized heavy water nuclear power plant could spark a fresh wave of protests from the locals.
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited started loading uranium fuel in the reactor in September and now trials at different operating conditions are being carried out.
"We have reached a stage where the commissioning of the plant means no more than pushing a button,'' said a source.
Sources, however, said that there is still no progress in attempts by both sides to settle the issue of Kudankulam 3 and 4, which India wants to bring under the purview of its nuclear liability law.
The two sides are discussing the likely hike in the cost of these two reactors following India's decision.
Source: Times of India
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