Modi Threatens Pakistan with Nukes

File photo of PM Narendra Modi. (Image: PTI)

In a Warning to Pakistan, PM Modi Says ‘Our Nuclear Button Not Only for Diwali’

Modi said the then Congress government signed Shimla agreement (in 1972) ‘under global pressure’ and released over 90,000 prisoners of war (PoW) instead of resolving the Kashmir dispute ‘in lieu of the PoW.’

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Updated: April 21, 2019, 9:52 PM IST

Barmer: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India missed a “golden opportunity” during 1971 war to resolve Kashmir dispute by releasing hundreds of Pakistani troops from the Indian Army’s custody “under global pressure”.

Modi made the observation at an election rally here and said the then Congress government signed Shimla agreement (in 1972) “under global pressure” and released over 90,000 prisoners of war (PoW) instead of resolving the Kashmir dispute “in lieu of the PoW.”

“Pak troops were in our custody. A big area of Pakistan was also captured by Indian forces during the 1971 war but the Congress government lost it on the table in Shimla agreement and they were released,” he said.

“The government crumbled under the global pressure, signed the Shimla agreement and the matter was closed. The PoWs and the captured land were released. That was a golden opportunity to resolve the Kashmir dispute in lieu of the PoW,” he said.

The prime minister said it was a trump card in the government’s hand but the chance was lost and the entire country is facing its repercussions today.

Modi said it was the reason why the Congress leaders do not want nationalism to be an issue.

The prime minister made the statement in the wake of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot highlighting in his recent election rallies the creation of Bangladesh by Indian armed forces after division of Pakistan during the rule of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1971.

He also said India is no more afraid of nuclear threats of Pakistan.

“Otherwise, Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for ‘Diwali’? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya), Modi asserted.

In an apparent reference to India’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in September 2016 and its air strikes at a terror facility in Balakot in February this year, the Prime Minister said Indian forces killed terrorists across the border without engaging in a war.

“This is called a strong government. We have created fear among terrorist,” the PM said.

Modi said his government trampled Pakistan’s ego and “forced it to roam around the world with a begging bowl.”

“Hamne Pakistan ki sari hekdi nikal di. Use katora leke dunia me ghumne ko maine majboor kar diya hai,” he said.

The prime minister said the people are happy and think the Modi government has done the right thing but it is not the case with the Congress leaders and its alliance partners, who think otherwise.

He said his government fulfilled the long-pending demands since Congress rule like One Rank, One Pension for the forces and the National War Memorial in Delhi.

“There was a long-pending demand for a war memorial but the Congress built memorial for their family. They built ‘Samadhi’ for their family but did not build the war memorial in the memory of jawans who sacrificed their lives for the country, he said.

Referring to Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s alleged statement that “those who are hungry and do not get two-time meals get into Army,” Modi said it was an insult of jawans and their family members.

Targeting the previous Congress government in the Centre over alleged recurrence of scams in defence sector during their tenure and the lack of modern equipments and weapons for the forces, Modi said, Therefore they (Congress) do not want to talk about the national security.

The PM said there was no progress in the Rafale deal during the Congress rule and despite the MIG planes crashing repeatedly, they did nothing to acquire new fighter jets.

Referring to the issue of Pak refugees in India, Modi said as the Hindus who are in minority in Pakistan faced discrimination there, the government of India made efforts to get Citizenship Amendment bill passed to help them.

“This chowkidaar has also made efforts to get the citizenship amendment law passed for those having the faith in the country (Maa Bharati). The people of this country who chose to live in Pakistan at the time of partition …. started facing atrocities because their faith was different, he said.

The PM said efforts will be made to complete the long-pending work after the government formation on May 23.

Modi said the polls are “very important” also for those who are going to vote for the first time.

“I appreciate your dreams and am ready to sacrifice my dreams for yours, he added.

Babylon the Great Rejects Nuclear Reason

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U.S. Ignored Russia’s Nuclear War Prevention Pact – Reports

The Moscow TimesApril 19, 2019

Russia sent the United States a draft joint declaration on how to prevent nuclear war, only to never hear back from Washington, the Kommersant business daily reported on Friday.

The U.S. and Russia are suspending the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty this summer. The only U.S.-Russia arms control pact limiting deployed nuclear weapons — the New START — expires in February 2021.

“Nuclear war cannot be won and it must never be unleashed,” Kommersant quoted Russia’s draft joint declaration, which was sent to the U.S. in October 2018, as stating.

Similar declarations have been adopted between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in the early 1970s. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reportedly suggested a revival of the nuclear war avoidance pact ahead of U.S. national security adviser John Bolton’s visit to Russia in October 2018.

Andrea Kalan, spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, told the publication that Washington adheres to arms control systems with partners “that honor their commitments responsibly.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov accused the U.S. of routinely ignoring Russia’s inroads on Friday.

Russia’s proposals to the U.S. included “strategic security and stability, cooperation in the fight against cybercrime, and so on,” Peskov said.

“All these Russian initiatives and proposals were in effect left unanswered,” he was quoted as saying to reporters by Kommersant.

Decommissioned Too Late for the Sixth Seal (Rev 6:12)

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Entergy announces plan to sell Indian Point by 2021 to Holtec decommissioning unit

Under the terms of the sale, Holtec will gain access to funds in a decommissioning trust Entergy invested in during the years it owned the plant. That trust is nearing $2 billion.

THOMAS C. ZAMBITO | ROCKLAND/WESTCHESTER JOURNAL NEWS | 1:57 pm EDT April 16, 2019

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

• The sale will bring to six the number of nuclear reactors Holtec owns at facilities in four states.

• Buchanon’s mayor hopes the announcement will allow the property to re-open for other uses sooner

Theresa Knickerbocker, the mayor of the Village of Buchanan, talks about the Indian Point Energy Center closing and what lies ahead for the village.

MARK VERGARI, MVERGARI@LOHUD.COM

Entergy will sell Indian Point to the New Jersey subsidiary of a company that has promised to cut decades off the decommissioning of the nuclear power plant, the company announced Tuesday.

Entergy announced Tuesday that it had reached an agreement to sell its three reactors and spent fuel to a subsidiary of Holtec International when the last of its working reactors powers down in 2021.

“The sale of Indian Point to Holtec is expected to result in the completion of decommissioning decades sooner than if the site were to remain under Entergy’s ownership,” said Entergy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Leo Denault. “With its deep experience and technological innovations, Holtec’s ability to decommission Indian Point will benefit stakeholders in the surrounding community.”

Under the terms of the sale, Holtec will gain access to funds in decommissioning trusts for each of three Indian Point reactors, which Entergy acquired after purchasing the plant 18 years ago. During that time, the trust has grown from $738 million to $1.85 billion at the end of 2018, company officials say. They say ratepayers have not been required to contribute towards those funds while Entergy has owned the plant.

The announcement did not come as a surprise since Entergy officials, in a February earnings call, said the deal would come this year.

Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, viewed from Tomkins Cove on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

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But the selection of Comprehensive Decommissioning International, a jointly-owned Holtec subsidiary based in Camden, was uncertain.

Last year, Entergy received federal approval to sell its Vermont Yankee power plant to New York-based NorthStar, leading some to believe the company would do the same with Indian Point.

With the announcement, Entergy has now agreed to sell off its remaining fleet of nuclear reactors to decommissioning firms.

The sale will bring to six the number of nuclear reactors Holtec owns at facilities in New Jersey, Michigan, New York and Massachusetts.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will need to approve the deal.

How we got here

In 2017, Entergy announced that it would shut down Indian Point as part of a deal reached with the state of New York and the environmental group Riverkeeper.

The shutdown is expected to have a lasting impact on Buchanan, the Town of Cortlandt and the Hendrick Hudson School District, each of which has relied on Entergy property tax revenue to balance its budgets for decades.

Local officials are hopeful the 240-acre property will be opened up to re-use in the years after the plant’s reactors are dismantled and spent fuel is stored away in dry casks or sent off to a federal repository.

“Studies have shown that there is property on the Indian Point campus that could be developed,” said Joseph Hochreiter, the superintendent of the Hendrick Hudson schools. “Entergy made it clear that they were not interested and were going to leave that to the decommissioning company. Now that the company has been identified, I’m hopeful we can revisit the development issue and turn around some of that property.”

Holtec officials say the deal announced Tuesday could make that possible.

“Our industry-leading expertise and deep experience permit us to complete decommissioning at Indian Point decades sooner than if Entergy remained the owner and performed decommissioning itself,” said Kris Singh, the president of Holtec International.

“The potential for the site to be released decades sooner for redevelopment could deliver significant benefits to local community stakeholders and the local economy,” Singh added.

Buchanan and Cortlandt recently formed a citizens advisory panel to address issues raised by the decommissioning.

“This announcement is a reality check for those that still don’t believe Indian Point Energy Center is closing,” said Buchanan Mayor Theresa Knickerbocker. “This is happening. It’s very sad for the local communities. Entergy was a good corporate neighbor.”

Knickerbocker hopes the announcement means the property will be opened up for use sooner than anticipated.

Theresa Knickerbocker, the mayor of the Village of Buchanan, stands is pictured outside the Indian Point Energy Center, Dec. 5, 2017.

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“Entergy is in the business of producing energy not decommissioning,” Knickerbocker said. “With Holtec this gives our communities hope that the decommissioning can be done quicker and the property can be returned for redevelopment sooner, which of course is critical for our tax base.”

Entergy said it would have taken the company decades to decommission the plant. The work involves dismantling the plant’s three reactors — two of which are currently in use — and transferring spent fuel to steel-and-cement dry casks housed on concrete pads the size of football fields.

There currently is no federal repository for spent nuclear fuel, leaving towns and cities across the United States to act as de facto storage facilities while more and more nuclear power plants announce plans to shut down.

Separately, Holtec is developing an interim facility to store spent fuel in New Mexico, but it could be several years before the company receives the necessary state and regulatory approvals.

The company has plans to keep on Entergy employees who qualify to work on the decommissioning but it’s unclear just how many workers will remain with the company at the time the transaction is completed.

Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi said she’s pleased by the announcement and hopes it will bring new jobs to the site sooner than expected.

“It will benefit our community to bring in future industry to that site and hopefully to provide jobs for people who will be losing jobs when Entergy closes,” Puglisi said. “Doing it sooner once they get through all the regulatory permits will be a benefit to our community.”