The landmark India-US nuclear deal of 2008 marked a tectonic shift in international politics but it took a lot of hard bargaining to ensure the country”s strategic autonomy was not compromised, says a top scientist who was at the centre of the negotiations — and received the full backing of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Nuclear power has responded to the call to action in the public health crisis that each and every one of us is facing, writes World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising.
The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic raging across the globe has starkly highlighted the urgency for sustainable develoment by cutting emissions to reduce global warming that is destroying natural habitat, bringing animals in closer contact with people and facilitating, thereby, the frequent outbreak of zoonotic diseases, which has culminated in the deadly COVID-19.
While the global nuclear industry seems entering an era of nuclear decommissioning, India is gearing for a mini-renaissance.
Indian nuclear experts see the tripartite agreement between India, Russia and Bangladesh to cooperate for the construction of the Rooppur Nuclear power Plant as a start in the right direction and contend that it would strengthen India’s case for entry into Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) as well.
Dr Anil Kakodkar, former chairperson of Atomic Energy Commission of India and Secretary to the Government of India, opines that the issue of Civil Nuclear Liability in the country is well settled with the setting up of the insurance pool.
Dr. Abid Imtiaz, Head of Nuclear Safety Section at Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) is conducting a research on “Factors that can Influence Culture for Safety, Organizational Culture and Human Performance at Nuclear and Other Facilities in Bangladesh”.
Bangladesh recently entered the elite club of countries that have tamed the power of the atom to generated nuclear energy to boost its economic growth.
Even as China’s opposition has scuttled India’s entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), 2017 did end for Indian Nuclear Programme with a bang as the country became the 42nd member of the Wassenaar Arrangement, a global export control regime.
The France’s energy giant EDF hopes to finalise deal with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) by early 2018 and is aiming to include a degree of localisation in the setting up of the largest nuclear power plant in the world at Jaitapur, Maharashtra.