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Iran began loading fuel into the core of its first atomic power plant on Tuesday, moving closer to the start up of a facility that leaders have touted as defying of international efforts to curtail the country's nuclear ambitions.

The Russian-built nuclear power plant in Bushehr has international approval and is supervised by the UN

In line with its commitment to the United States, India will formally approach the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Wednesday to sign the Convention on Supplementary Compensation (CSC) on nuclear damage.

India moved swiftly to quell any misinterpretation that the Indo-Japan civilian nuclear agreement had been put on the backburner after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in answer to a question from a prominent Japanese businessman, had earlier on Monday seemed to signal that he would not push the pace for a conclusion of that agreement.

Instead, after back-to-back engagements which saw Dr Singh in

Bringing to bear his political weight amid, so far, unsuccessful efforts at the official level to bridge differences on a range of critical issues, US President Barack Obama is learnt to have written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh conveying America

THE UPA leadership has ruled out any reworking of the civil nuclear liability law passed by the Parliament.

With Japan playing hard ball in the negotiations on the civil nuclear deal, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said he would not "force" it on Tokyo as he recognises its sensitivity on the subject.

However, Dr Singh, who is here on a two-day visit, said he would like Japanese firms to participate in expansion of India's nuclear industry.

"We would hope that Japan will be India's partner

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Mumbai: Ahead of US President Barack Obama

Government today ruled out any amendments to the recently-enacted civil nuclear law to accommodate concerns of American companies on the issue of suppliers liability as a package during the coming visit of President Barack Obama to India next month.

"The question of amendments is never on the cards.

In its curative petition in the apex court, the govt will argue how the actual aftermath of the gas tragedy far exceeds the $470m compensation agreed to in 1989.