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Indian nuclear program to continue, joint review with Russia

Alarmed over the recent nuclear catastrophe in Japan, India and Russia have decided to jointly review the safety of nuclear reactors installed in India, but have also agreed not to impose brakes on ongoing projects.

"We will do this exercise together. But nothing stops and it does not replace anything that we have already agreed in the long-term,” National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon says.

See ANI’s report here.

Nuclear energy constitutes just 3 per cent of India's power generation. Delhi would like this share to go up to nearly 25 per cent by 2050.

Over the next few decades, India proposes to spend an estimated $175 billion importing new generation nuclear power plants from the United States, France and Russia.

See India Today’s extensive report here

India has 22 nuclear reactors. Of these, eight are in Tamil Nadu, and by 2015 three more will be built in the southern state.

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