Indian nuclear industry, despite years of isolation, has reached full maturity and should now be a willing partner in the international nuclear market without compromising its interests and principles. The legislation to fix Liability for Nuclear Damage shall suit its own ethos and needs.

Anyone following the statements expressed from time to time about the renaissance of nuclear energy could get the impression that the number of new nuclear plants was increasing at an immense and steady rate. In fact, more recent statistics show 60 plants in the process of being built, the majority in China and others in Russia, India, South Korea and Japan.

The severe challenge posed by the need to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, especially in the
electricity generation sector, has led to renewed interest in the construction of nuclear power plants.
These would initially replace the aging stock of existing reactors, then meet electricity demand growth, and eventually replace some of the fossil-fired electricity-generating plants.

Energy is a prime requirement for sustainable development and poverty reduction. The energy dimension of poverty is fundamental. Lack of energy/electricity perpetuates poverty as it precludes most industrial activities and the jobs they create.

India is aggressively shopping for nuclear fuel and technology to ramp its energy production. But this will be expensive and risky. Read this special report by Down To Earth to know what this means in terms of cost, technology and safety.

The federal government has decided to establish the National Safety Analysis Centre (NSAC) to provide technical support to the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) to ensure the safety of Chashma-3 and Chashma-4 nuclear power projects.

In case of accident, US does not want firms to pay it all nuclear reactor suppliers will not be liable if there is an accident in an atomic power plant in India. The onus of the accident would be on the operator, only partly. The rest would be on the Indian government. This, if India clears the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill. The bill, though, has not been put up for public discussions in

Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Wednesday called for a foolproof regulatory mechanism for the nuclear power sector, pointing out that private utility providers will be running such plants in the "not so distant future".

French Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Anne Marie Idrac on Thursday said her country would not set up a nuclear plant in Pakistan.

At a press conference, she said France would provide technical assistance to Pakistan to improve security of its existing civil nuclear facilities.

France and Pakistan have agreed to cooperate in the nuclear field, officials said Friday, with Islamabad claiming an important breakthrough in its bid to be seen as a responsible nuclear power. Following talks between France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and counterpart Asif Ali Zardari, the French leader's office said he had offered to help Pakistan improve its "nuclear safety" capability.