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Explosion at French nuclear plant, ‘no radiation risk’

CAEN, FRANCE: An explosion at a nuclear power plant on France's northwest coast caused minor injuries on Thursday, but the authorities said there was no radiation risk. The blast took place in the engine room at the Flamanville plant, which lies 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of the port of Cherbourg and just across from the Channel Islands. "It is not a nuclear accident," senior local official Jacques Witkowski told AFP. He said a ventilator had exploded outside the nuclear zone at the plant, which has been in operation…

World Cancer Day observed

KARACHI: World Cancer Day 2017 is being observed on Saturday with the theme of "We can, I can", ARY News reported. World Health Organization (WHO) stated that cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. Other terms used are malignant tumours and neoplasms. The occasion is marked each year on 4th February by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). The occasion provides an opportunity to urge the international community to end the injustice of preventable…

Radioactive leak at Norway nuclear reactor

OSLO: A nuclear research reactor in Norway suffered a minor radiation leak that is not believed to pose a threat to public health or the environment, Norwegian authorities said on Tuesday.  The leak of radioactive iodine happened on Monday at the Institute for Energy Technology in Halden, in the country's southeast, the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) said in a statement on its website. "The leak of radioactivity was due to a technical failure when handling nuclear fuel inside the reactor hall. The amount…

Hiroshima: what happened to people?

HIROSHIMA: The atomic blast in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 killed 140,000 people; tens of thousands died instantly, while the rest succumbed to injuries or illness in the weeks, months and years afterwards.