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India-Oz sign Nuclear deal

India-Oz sign Nuclear deal
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India and Australia today inked a significant civil nuclear agreement which will allow Canberra to supply uranium to the energy-starved country even as the two countries discussed ways to enhance cooperation in key areas of security and trade.

New Delhi: India and Australia today inked a significant civil nuclear agreement which will allow Canberra to supply uranium to the energy-starved country even as the two countries discussed ways to enhance cooperation in key areas of security and trade.

The nuclear pact was signed after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott during which the two leaders discussed crucial bilateral, regional and international issues including the situation in Iraq and Ukraine.
PM Narendra Modi holds a bronze Nataraja idol handed over by his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday
"Australia can play the role of a long-term reliable supplies of uranium to India. It provides for supply of uranium, production of radio isotopes, nuclear safety and other areas of cooperation," as per the pact details.

Today's pact is significant given that Indian nuclear plants generate around 4680 MW of electricity, of which the 2840 MW was from indigenous uranium while 1840 MW was from imported fuel.

The pact is significant given that Indian nuclear plants generate around 4680 MW of electricity, of which the 2840 MW was from indigenous uranium while 1840 MW was from imported fuel. The civil nuclear deal is among the four pacts signed - Cooperation in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as also in Water Resources Management and sports.


Meanwhile, Abbot has carried with him on his visit to India, two antique statues that were allegedly looted from temples in Tamil Nadu. He handed them over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

The 11th or 12th century bronze sculpture of a dancing Shiva and an Ardhanariswara stone sculpture were removed from display in Australian museums earlier this year amid allegations that they were stolen from Indian temples.

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