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Shiv Shankar Menon to be new NSA

Shiv Shankar Menon to be new NSA

Former Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon will be Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s new National Security Advisor (NSA). The current NSA, M K Narayanan will step down after five years in office, and take over as the Governor of the state of West Bengal. The new appointment comes at a time when the Home Minister, P […]

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Dreams for the new year

As India steps into a new decade it seems ready to take on the world. But this process will not be without some big challenges. While terrorism and internal security are crucial concerns, sustaining the rapid economic growth and making India easier and safer to do business with are also huge challenges. With the India-US […]

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News roundup

Fire at Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC): A fire broke out in a laboratory at India’s premier nuclear research facility yesterday. Though no danger of radiation due to the accident was reported, two research students were killed in the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown. Earlier this month three people were arrested for […]

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Three arrested for possession of uranium

Barely a month since the Kaiga Atomic Power Station accident that exposed 55 workers to excessive radiation, India had another nuclear related incident today. In Mumbai three people were arrested on charges of illegal possession of five kilograms of depleted uranium. Though it is unknown how they obtained the uranium, the Bhabha Atomic Research Center […]

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Russia and India sign new nuclear deal

Continuing their tradition of nuclear cooperation, Russia and India signed a civilian nuclear cooperation deal on Monday. The ‘Intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy’ signed during their annual bilateral summit, will set up five new nuclear reactors in the states of Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Speaking at a press […]

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Obama skirts Pakistan-terrorism question

Even as President Obama hosts the Indian Prime Minister at the State Dinner tonight, the joint press meet during the day sent conflicting signals about the future of Indo-US relations. In spite of being asked directly if the US would put pressure on Pakistan to act against terrorist operating from its territory, President Obama talked […]

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Canadian PM's visit ends on a positive note

Though there has been no announcement of a nuclear deal during Canadian Prime Minister’s (PM) visit to India this week, the two leaders expressed an intention to negotiate one in the near future. Prime Minister Harper said that the two countries have a “prosperous civilian nuclear future” ahead of them. The Indian PM also expressed […]

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Nuclear sites put on precautionary alert

Nuclear sites put on precautionary alert

The Indian government has put all its nuclear sites on high alert following reports of David Headley’s visits to those states and other intelligence reports. The Press Trust of India, quoting a senior home ministry official reports, “the step is precautionary in nature. The states have been asked to increase the vigil and patrolling to […]

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Will Canada & India announce a nuclear deal?

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet with his Indian counterpart next week to help boost Indo-Canadian relations that have been “cool” for more than three decades. Relations between the two countries declined after India indirectly used Canadian nuclear technology for its first nuclear tests in 1974. Thereafter it has build six Pressurized Heavy Water […]

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Conference on peaceful uses of nuclear energy begins in New Delhi.

A three day ‘International Conference on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy‘ began in New Delhi today. Addressing the conference IAEA Chief, Mohamed ElBaradei called upon the global community to hear India’s voice on nuclear disarmament. He expressed optimism about achieving complete nuclear disarmament and said that “we have to start laying the groundwork for a […]

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New AHWR-LEU by India to use thorium

India’s Atomic Energy Commission Chairman, Dr. Anil Kakodkar, announced during his speech at IAEA’s 53rd General Conference that India had designed an Advanced Heavy Water Reactor-Low Enriched Uranium (AHWR-LEU) that uses thorium along with low enriched uranium as fuel. He said that “the reactor has a significantly lower requirement of mined uranium per unit energy […]

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Mongolia signs civilian nuclear pact with India

India and Mongolia signed a civilian nuclear agreement on Monday during Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj’s four day visit to India. The memorandum of understanding between the two countries pertains to development in the field of “peaceful uses of radioactive minerals and nuclear energy” and would allow India to look for uranium in the central Asian […]

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Updates about recent posts

When India-Pakistan came close to a N-war After Gen Aslam Beg’s claims about the Pakistani Air Force being ready to attack India’s nuclear facilities in 1990, two US researchers said that Pakistan is ramping up its India-specific nuclear capability. According to them Pakistan has upgraded its nuclear arsenal both “quantitatively (from 60 weapons last year […]

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When India-Pakistan came close to a N-war

Pakistan’s former army chief Gen. Mirza Aslam Beg has said that late Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had asked the Air Force (PAF) to be ready to attack Indian nuclear facilities in 1990. The PAF was to mount an attack if India targeted Pakistan’s nuclear installations with the help of Israel and United States. It […]

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DRDO scientist claims nuclear tests were unsuccessful

The former project director of India’s 1998 nuclear tests has created a controversy by claiming that the tests were not entirely successful and did not yield the desired results. According to media reports K Sanathanam has also recommended that India conduct additional nuclear tests for security and strategic needs. “We can’t get into a stampede […]

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