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News Wrap: Kudankulam protest continues; Chargers reject sole bid

by FP Staff  Sep 13, 2012 20:02 IST

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- The Supreme Court has refused to stay the loading of fuel rods in one of the two reactors of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. They did however, say that it would take up the plea seeking to restrain the central government from starting the reactor. The next hearing is scheduled for 20 September.

The court’s decision came as hundreds of people from Tamil Nadu’s Idinthakarai village, the epicentre of the protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, stood in sea water to protest moves to load uranium fuel in one of the two reactors.

We have a CNN-IBN report in the bulletin.

- The sole bid for IPL team Deccan Chargers made by PVP Ventures, a film production firm, was rejected today by the current owners Deccan Chronicle Holdings. According to TV reports, the company, which was the only firm to submit a bid for the team from Hyderabad, had bid Rs 900 crore. In a statement issued following the announcement, the BCCI said that the bid received by Deccan Chronicle met the BCCI’s eligibility criteria. But it was then reviewed by the owners who rejected it on the basis of the payment terms offered. Deccan Chargers has been unable to pay salaries to its players for their performance during the last edition of the IPL.

The Kudankulam protest. Reuters

- Straight to the iPhone 5 now. The gadget, whose launch was highly anticipated, boasts of 4G LTE: which means phones can access high speed internet despite not being on a 4G network. The design and body have also seen some change... with a bigger screen and a thinner profile. The screen resolution and processor is certainly better than its previous versions. Click here for a detailed description. We also have a video in the bulletin.

- Over to some business news and commerce minister Anand Sharma said that a proposal to open multi-brand retail to foreign direct investment was not on the agenda of the government’s cabinet meeting on Friday. However, he did say that they would discuss a proposal to allow FDI into the aviation sector.

- In world news, protestors angered by an anti-Islam film have stormed the US Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. There was also a protest outside the US embassy in Cairo, as Live television showed hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the embassy, where around 2,000 protested outside after some illegally entered the compound, ripped down the flag and burned it. President Barack Obama has come under criticism from Mitt Romney, who blasted the initial statement from the US Embassy in Cairo as disgraceful and akin to apology. Meanwhile, John McCain said that the attack on the US Consulate in Libya was fresh evidence of “a belief in the Middle East that the United States is withdrawing” from the world.

- And finally, Shah Rukh Khan may have bought an IPL team, but fellow actor Salman Khan has distanced himself from it. He tweeted that it was only movies he was interested in.