IAEA, Russian officials have fresh talks on safety of Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant 

Russian officials and a delegation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held a fresh round of consultations in Moscow last week on cooperation in ensuring the safety and security of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant (NPP) in Ukraine in the current situation of conflict in that country.

Tripartite agreement signed for hydrogen energy development in Russia  

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Russia’s government, the state-run atomic energy corporation Rosatom and the Russian energy giant Gazprom have signed an agreement last month on cooperation in the development of hydrogen energy.

Successful trial assembly of reactor vessel for India’s Kudankulam plant unit 5  

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A trial assembly of the internals of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) designated for unit 5 of India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant (KNPP) was successfully undertaken in late January 2023 at the Volgodonsk (Russia) plant of Atommash, which is a subsidiary of Atomenergomash, the machine building division of the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom.

Indian scientists find first evidence of solitary waves in Mars magnetosphere 

A team of Indian scientists have discovered the first evidence of solitary waves in the Martian magnetosphere — the space around a planet that is controlled by its magnetic field.

Japan to release treated Fukushima wastewater into sea, IAEA monitoring safety aspects

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The Japanese government said last week it will release more than a million tonnes of wastewater into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima nuclear power plant (NPP) that was crippled by a tsunami in 2011.

Indian nuclear regulator AERB has a new Chairman

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Distinguished scientist Dinesh Kumar Shukla took charge as the new Chairman of India’s nuclear regulator, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), on December 31, 2022, according to an AERB release.

Germany logs its hottest year in 2022

Germany recorded its hottest year in 2022 with an annual mean temperature of 10.5 degrees Celsius, the National Meteorological Service (DWD) has said.

Kudankulam nuclear plant in India opts for more advanced fuel for its reactors 

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India has been offered a more advanced fuel option for the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) by the Russian state-run atomic energy corporation Rosatom, according to India’s Atomic Energy Minister Jitendra Singh.

Japan to allow nuclear power plants to operate beyond 60 years 

Japan has decided to allow nuclear reactors to operate beyond their current limit of 60 years and replace aging facilities with new advanced ones, signalling a major change in the county’s nuclear policy.

India’s prototype fast breeder reactor delayed further, likely to be commissioned in 2024 

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The commissioning of India’s first prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR), being set up at the nuclear power complex located in Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu state, has been further delayed, according to the country’s Atomic Energy Minister Jitendra Singh.