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UNP will not recognise new Leader of the House

He said that a majority of the members of Parliament have already signed and submitted a motion to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya saying the prorogation of Parliament and appointment of a new Leader of the House was unconstitutional. United National Party Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella was earlier the Leader of the House. (Colombo Gazette) The United National Party (UNP) says it will not recognize the new Leader of the House.UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that the appointment of Dinesh Gunawardena as the new Leader of the House was not legally valid. Political parties in the Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had decided today to appoint Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena as the new Leader of the House.Government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said that the decision to appoint Gunawardena was taken at a meeting held between political parties represented in the Government at the Prime Minister’s office today. As a result, he says the UNP will not accept or recognise the Leader of the House appointed by the United People’s Freedom Alliance. read more

Ten new nuclear reactors connected in 2016 brings generating capacity to highest

first_imgFor the second year in a row, ten new nuclear reactors started to generate electricity in 2016, the highest number since the 1980s, according to the 2017 edition of the IAEA’s Nuclear Power Reactors in the World. As of the last day of 2016, 448 reactors were in operation worldwide, with a net capacity of 391 GW of electricity, the highest in history. Within the same period, three reactors were permanently shut down and 61 nuclear reactors were under construction. Two reactors remain in long-term shut down.“In the past two years 20 new nuclear power reactors were connected to the grid and started producing electricity. This demonstrates the important role that nuclear power continues to play in meeting growing energy demand throughout the world,” said Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy.This reference guide provides global data on new nuclear power plants as well as details on the various types of reactors in operation, Chudakov highlighted.This is the 37th edition of Reference Data Series No.2, which summarizes information on power reactors in operation, under construction and shut down as well as performance data of operational reactors in IAEA Member States. It also includes data on the types of reactors, nuclear electricity production, the categories of new reactors connected to the grid, technical terms used during the decommissioning process of reactors, and the specification and performance history data of operating reactors.The information is collected through designated national counterparts in Member States who feed to the IAEA’s Power Reactor Information System (PRIS). PRIS is home to the most current and frequently updated figures on nuclear reactors in the world, also with details on country levels.IAEA says “nuclear power can deliver a steady baseload supply of electricity needed to power a modern economy. It is generally competitive, offers a low cost, reliable long term source of electricity, and has a good operational record. NPPs produce virtually no greenhouse gas emissions or air pollutants during their operation and have only very low emissions over their entire life cycle.”last_img read more