Bangladesh gets its first batch of uranium

Context: The first shipment of Russian uranium was officially delivered to Bangladesh to fuel the nation’s only nuclear power plant, Rooppur.

Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant

  • It is being build on the eastern bank of the river Ganges, 160 km from Dhaka.
  • It is Bangladesh’s first nuclear power plant.
  • The Rooppur project is the first initiative under an Indo-Russian deal to undertake atomic energy projects in third countries.
  • International Atomic Energy Agency is supporting the South Asian country in the safe, secure and sustainable introduction of nuclear power.
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

  • It is the intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical cooperation in the nuclear field. 
  • It was created in 1957 in response to the deep fears and expectations generated by the discoveries and diverse uses of nuclear technology.
  • It works for the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, contributing to international peace and security and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The IAEA’s Milestones Approach enables a sound development process for a nuclear power programme. It is a phased comprehensive method to assist countries that are considering or planning their first nuclear power plant.
  • Headquarters: Vienna, Austria.

UPSC Prelims 2018

In the Indian context, what is the implication of ratifying the ‘Additional Protocol’ with the international Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’?

(a) The civilian nuclear reactors come under IAEA safeguards.

(b) The military nuclear installations come under the inspection of IAEA.

(c) The country will have the privilege to buy uranium from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

(d) The country automatically becomes a member of the NSG.

Ans. (a)

Source: The Hindu

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