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Another N-partner

On Canada agreeing to supply uranium and nuclear reactors to India, once again
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First Published: Wed, Nov 07 2012. 12 08 AM IST
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (left) with India’s President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (left) with India’s President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
Thirty-eight years after the “Buddha smiled”, Canada has agreed to supply uranium and nuclear reactors to India, once again.
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who is in New Delhi on a visit, said this area presented an important economic opportunity for his country.
The two nations had signed a civilian nuclear deal earlier, but a number of issues, including Canada’s insistence on rigorous checks on the nuclear material it would supply, had remained unresolved. A new arrangement overcomes this problem.
It is now up to India to make the best use of this opportunity. Along with Australia, Canada can be a reliable supplier of nuclear material to India. All that we need to do is to quickly overcome domestic barriers to N-plant construction and start generating the much-needed power to alleviate the country’s looming energy crisis. There is no time to be lost.
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