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Chennai: India’s atomic power company Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) on Friday said the generator stator was erected at its upcoming 700 MW unit at Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS) in Gujarat.

In a statement, NPCIL said the 325 ton generator stator, the heaviest single component of the 700 MW project, was successfully erected at turbine generator deck on Thursday.

The NPCIL is building two 700 MW atomic power plants each at Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS) in Gujarat and Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS).

“It is the first of its kind reactor in the country,” Lokesh Kumar, project director for the third and fourth units at KAPS told IANS recently.

NPCIL has two units of 220 MW each at KAPS which are operating successfully.

It is the third unit at KAPS with a capacity of 700 MW that is expected to go operational first out of the four under construction.

“We plan to start unit 3 by the end of 2016 or early 2017. Then commissioning of unit 4 would happen,” Kumar had said.

Concrete was first poured in November 2010 for the 3rd unit at KAPS and in March 2011 for the fourth unit.

Though the first unit was expected to go on stream in 2015, owing to erratic supply of components, the progress of work got delayed, Kumar said.

As to the percentage of physical progress, he said the third unit is 75 percent complete and the fourth unit is 65 percent.

“The overall project cost for the two units is around Rs.11,459 crore. The project would be completed within the budget. There will be no cost escalation,” he added.


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Indian-Origin Doctor Arpan Doshi to Become Britain’s Youngest Physician to Start Working at Hospital

An Indian-origin medical graduate broke the record to start work in the UK by 17 days

Indian-Origin Doctor Arpan Doshi
A Sheffield University graduate becomes the youngest physician to work in Britain. Wikimedia
  • An Indian-origin doctor breaks record and becomes the youngest physician in Britain to start working 
  • He received scholarship of 13,000 pounds from University of Sheffield
  • He will start his two-year training at York teaching hospital in August

London, July 21, 2017: An Indian origin doctor named Arpan Doshi is becoming Britain’s youngest physician to begin working at a hospital located in the northeast of England. He completed his graduation with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Sheffield on Monday. Doshi, whose age is 21 years and 335 days, will start working in York as a junior doctor the following month.

The record of the youngest doctor starting work in the UK was broken by him by only 17 days. He said that he didn’t even realize that he became the youngest individual to qualify till his friend checked the internet. He has not told his parents till now but he knows they’ll be proud of his achievement, mentioned PTI report.

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He was sent to a school situated in Gandhinagar, Gujrat, till the age of 13 after which Bharat Doshi, his father who was a mechanical engineer, was employed in Aix en Provence for an international project causing his whole family to shift to France.

Arpan, in his statement, said that he realized that he had already studied the things being taught in his school in France which made him skip a year.

Soon after his 17th birthday, he started sending his applications to universities. He faced one rejection but the other three accepted him. The University of Sheffield offered him a 13,000 pounds scholarship after being impressed with his credentials.

To fund his doctorate degree, he received some financial aid given by his parents but he also had to work part-time as a local school’s lunch supervisor and in the service of careers.

“My dream is to become a heart surgeon but it is a very competitive field. It is not really a surprise I have ended up as a doctor,” he said.

Arpan broke the record of Rachael Faye Hill, the former youngest doctor eligible to qualify, who graduated from University of Manchester with a medical degree when her age in 2010 was 21 years and 352 days.

Doshi, with his doctorate degree, is all set to break her record in August when he begins with his training of two years at York teaching hospital as a junior doctor.

-prepared by Harsimran Kaur of Newsgram. Twitter Hkaur1025

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Caste Out: The Bagris of India

A look at one of the lesser known caste and it's cultures

For representational purpose. Pixabay

In the nation that proudly brags of Unity in Diversity among thousand of cultures some are more overlooked than others. The Bagri is one such caste. In addition to being termed as a scheduled tribe, it’s also declared a denotified one (a tribe addicted to the systematic commission of non-bailable offences) according to the criminal tribes act of 1971.  A label which has tempered with their development for decades and continues to hinder their growth still.

According to their traditions, The Bagri arose with the intermarriage of Kshatriya class of prominent Gujjar, Rajput and Jatt communities. They are now are now mostly settled in the original abode of these communities namely Rajasthan (Gujjar and Rajputs) and Punjab (Jatts) and all over Madhya Pradesh. In Madhya Pradesh it is spread all over the state with different names like Bagari, bagariya, bahagari and baioriyaz according to Dr Raja Ram Singh. After the partition a substantial population also moved to Pakistan eventually settling there or in Afghanistan even.

Most of the Bagris traditionally raise livestock as the source of livelihood with some getting involved in the handicraft businesses and even fewer engaging in manual labor.The Bagri are divided into a number of sub-divisions, the main ones being the Chunarias, who are cultivators, the Datanias who sell twig toothbrushes, the Vedus who sell gourd, Salaat, who are stonemasons, and the remaining clans being landless agriculture workers. Their minor sub-divisions include the Mori, Bajania, Kakodia, Bamcha and Pomla.

Important traditions of Bagris include always wearing a sacred thread and marrying among themselves. They also believe in removing their dead cattle with their own hands as said by Mr.R. V. Russell who is Superintendent Of Ethnography, Central Provinces in Indian Civil Services.


One of the glory days for Bagri caste, one of their spokesman meeting the then prime minister. Picture used for representation purposes. Courtesy of Wikimedia
One of the glory days for Bagri caste, one of their spokesman meeting the then prime minister.
Picture used for representation purposes. Courtesy of Wikimedia

The social lives among the Bagris is dominated by a strict caste system still.Most castes have certain occupations that all its members follow. As usual,some castes are considered better or higher than others and intermingling between lower and higher classes is minimal and frowned upon. They also have an effective caste council which also acts as an quasi-judicial body settling disputes between communities.

Monogamy and exogamy is practiced in Bagri culture. Unlike most of Indian cultures, widows and divorcees are allowed to remarry but this is with a peculiar feature. If a widow refuses the brother-in-law’s proposal she must pay compensation.

The religious beliefs of Bagri caste is mostly influenced by Hinduism and worship a lot of Hindu God and Goddesses. But almost all Bagris also practice ethnic religion, their ancient traditions and religions. In particular, they are animists, meaning that they believe that objects, plants, and animals have spirits according to Eric Holmlund.

The Bagris face a lot of discrimination and seen in a bad light because their ancestors were bandits and robbers. This is interferes with their employment opportunities evident by the fact that only handful among the approximate 2 million own land. This alone show the neglect that the government has shown them and how much they need to helped.

We need to remember that true unity will only be when we grow, taking all cultures together

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NPCIL starts generating power at Kundankulam

Chennai: Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) started generating power in Tamil Nadu at Kundankulam from 1,000 Mw on Saturday.

“The first unit started feeding power on Saturday morning at 7.12 am. The power generation now is 300 Mw,” R S Sundar, station director said.

“We will have a brief interruption according to our previous plan as part of a check. Then again we will reconnect,” Sundar said.

The unit, under annual maintenance and shut for nearly seven months, restarted fission on January 21.

NPCIL is setting up two 1,000-Mw atomic power plants at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli, district, around 650 km from here, at an outlay of over Rs 17,000 crore.

The first unit attained criticality, which is the beginning of the fission process, in July 2013.

Subsequently, it was connected to the southern grid in October 2013.

However, commercial power generation began only on December 31, 2014.

The unit also experienced breakdowns after commercial production started.

The unit was shut down in June 2015 for 60 days, for refuelling and annual maintenance in June 2015.

Operating at full capacity, the unit supplies power to Tamil Nadu(562.5 Mw), Puducherry (33.5 Mw), Kerala (133 Mw), Karnataka (221 Mw) and Andhra Pradesh (50 Mw).

The NPCIL skipped several deadlines in restarting the first unit and finally on January 21 the reactor restarted the fission process.

According to the official position, the second 1,000-Mw unit at Kudankulam is expected to go critical, or start the fission process, for the first time sometime this year.

However, sources said that the unit may go critical early next year.

The second unit has to get some parts from Russia as some of its components have been used in the first unit so that the latter could start operating fast. The fuel has to be loaded into the second reactor.

A senior official in the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) recently said that the results of the second unit’s commissioning and inspection reports are being studied.

“After the reports are studied AERB might lay down some conditions which have to be completed before NPCIL applies for the permission to load the fuel,” he had said.(IANS)