First consignment of Uranium has been sent by Canada to India [ Current Affairs ]

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As part of bilateral civil nuclear cooperation between both countries Canada has successfully sent the first consignment of 250 tonnes of uranium to India. According to the contract with Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) it was sent by Canada’s Cameco Inc. , and the contract was signed during April 2015 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially visited to Canada.

  • And with this the bilateral nuclear cooperation between both countries finally came to an end after 41 years.
  • After nuclear test by India on 18 May 1974 Canada had completely banned exports of uranium and nuclear hardware to India.
  • It was assumed that Canadian technology has been used by India to develop a nuclear bomb for this test.
  • Canada is the second-largest producer of Uranium globally and is the third country to supply uranium to India after Russia and Kazakhstan.

Background:

  • According to the Canada-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement which took effect in 2013, the India-Canada civil nuclear contract was signed.
  • After the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) agreement signed had granted its waiver for use of atomic power for civilian purposes in 2008 ending India’s 3 decade long isolation from international nuclear trade.
  • According to the agreement, for next five years starting from year 2015 Canada’s Cameco Corporation is going to supply 3, 000 metric tonnes of uranium to India.
  • And these supplies will be the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards.

- Published on: December 8, 2015