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After all tests done, India’s fast breeder reactor project to start by September: Officials

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nuclear plantWith authorities working to complete all tests and ensure regulatory compliances, India’s first indigenously designed 500-MW fast breeder reactor at Kalpakkam would start nuclear power generation by September, nuclear power officials said.

“We are closely working with Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) to complete all tests and ensure regulatory compliances. We hope to start power generation this September,” said P. Chellapandi, chairman and managing director, Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI).

The project site at Madras Atomic Power Station in Kalpakkam, around 80 km from here, has been undertaken by BHAVINI, the country’s second nuclear power plant operator tasked with operating fast breeder reactors.

“The plant is expected to be commissioned this year. Different processes are expected to be over in one or two months. Thereafter, fuel will have to be loaded into the reactor,” told Sekhar Basu, a member of Atomic Energy Commission and director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).

The prototype fast breeder reactor will use a blend of plutonium and uranium oxide for fuel, called MOX fuel. Chellapandi said the unit would be connected to the southern grid and start feeding power to the tune of 30 percent of its total capacity.

According to Basu, also a director at Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), the second 1,000-MW unit at Kudankulam plant is also expected to be commissioned this year.

The NPCIL has set up two 1,000-MW nuclear power plants at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu, around 650 km from here. Both units are supplied by Russian company Rosatom. The first unit was connected to the southern grid in December 2014 and is now operating at around 60 percent of its capacity.

Basu said the first unit would be refuelled. One third of fuel pins have to be changed every year. He said the refuelling process is being prolonged since the second unit is yet to go on stream.

According to NPCIL, the second unit at Kudankulam has achieved a physical progress of 98.23 percent as on May 2015.

-(IANS)

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Tech Giant Huawei Unveils New Tablet “MediaPad M5 Lite 10” in India

The technology adjusts the contrast and colour saturation based on intelligent algorithms, targeting both the video playback and image browsing scenarios for vivid display

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The device comes with 13 hours video playback battery support, claimed Huawei. Wikimedia Commons

 Chinese tech major Huawei on Friday launched the MediaPad M5 Lite 10 tablet, which comes with the M-Pen lite stylus, for Rs 22,990.

The tablet that boasts of 4GB RAM + 64GB storage will be available on Flipkart, Croma and several retail stores across India, Huawei said, adding that it will go on pre-sale on March 6 with “exclusive” offers.

Packed with in-built Harman Kardon quad speakers, the tablet comes with a 10.1-inch Full HD IPS multi-touch display, supporting 1920 x 1200 pixels to offer good sharpness through ClariVu 5.0, an industry-leading display enhancement technology.

The technology adjusts the contrast and colour saturation based on intelligent algorithms, targeting both the video playback and image browsing scenarios for vivid display.

Huawei said its Histen 5.0 audio enhancement technology ensures effective noise cancellation while reducing the external noise power and improving the low-frequency sound effect.

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Chinese tech major Huawei on Friday launched the MediaPad M5 Lite 10 tablet, which comes with the M-Pen lite stylus, for Rs 22,990. IANS

With a smooth metallic uni-body, the Huawei Mediapad M5 lite 10 is designed to look premium with its 2.5D curved glass edge.

The device comes with 13 hours video playback battery support, claimed Huawei.

It is also augmented with Huawei “QuickCharge” technology and comes with a 9V/2A 18W charger.

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The M-Pen lite stylus supports 2,048 layers of pressure sensitivity, helping users jot down notes or mark-up emails very easily. (IANS)