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India expanding civil n-energy programme: President

New Delhi, Feb 22 (Calcutta Tube) India is fast expanding its ‘ambitious’ civil nuclear energy programme and has signed peaceful atomic agreements with many countries, President Pratibha Patil said here Monday, adding that many more such deals were being negotiated.

‘As part of the ambitious expansion of the country’s nuclear energy programme, approval was accorded to the construction of additional pressurised heavy water reactors and sites for setting up light water reactors,’ said Patil, highlighting the government’s achievements in the field of nuclear energy in the last year.

She was addressing the joint session of parliament which commenced its budget session Monday.

‘Following the availability of imported fuel, as a result of the opening of international civil nuclear cooperation, commercial production has commenced in two units of the Rajasthan Atomic Power Project,’ the president said, adding that one more unit was expected to begin commercial production soon.

‘New agreements for cooperation in the field of civil nuclear energy were concluded with Russia, Mongolia, Namibia, Argentina and the United Kingdom while other are under negotiation,’ she said.

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