The Obama administration said Thursday it wanted to officially terminate the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage waste site and instead spend $197 million to phase out the project and "explore alternatives" for nuclear waste disposal.

Prime minister Shiekh Hasina has provisionally approved a draft memorandum of understanding with Russia on installation of a nuclear power plant, officials with knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

Nazmul Huda Khan, science and technology secretary, told bdnews24.com they expect an agreement to be signed later this month when a Russian minister is expected to visit Dhaka.

Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Dr Ansar Parvez while addressing the 2009 convocation of the KANUPP Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering stated that Pakistan plans to build more nuclear plants in an effort to increase supply by a total of 8,800 MW.

Science and ICT Ministry is now waiting for the go-ahead from the Prime Minister's Office to sign two agreements with Russia to advance with the conceived nuclear power-plant projects.

Three of Europe's biggest utilities bought land to build nuclear power plants in England and Wales Wednesday, in a sale that generated 387 million pounds to retire old reactors the government wants replaced.

President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI Sultan Ahmed Chawla) and Chairman Pakistan-Turkey Business Council, Amjad Rafi Thursday welcomed the installation of first wind power generation plant by Turkish Company, Zorlu Energy, which was launched by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday.

A utility in Missouri said Thursday that it was suspending its efforts to build a new nuclear reactor, making its proposed plant, Callaway 2, the first of the so-called nuclear renaissance reactors to fall by the wayside.

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is in talks with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) to engage the engineering and construction firm as a potential vendor for its nuclear power plants in India.

GEH had, late last month, announced a tie-up with state-owned equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) for reactor manufacture.

Bangladesh and Russia yesterday agreed on their proposals for setting up nuclear power plants in Bangladesh and signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard at the end of this month.

An agreement between Bangladesh and Russia on cooperation for development of nuclear technology in the country is likely to be signed within this month.

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