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India, UK ink civil nuclear pact

world Updated: Feb 11, 2010 18:00 IST

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India on Thursday signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with the UK, which became the eighth country to enter into such pact with New Delhi since the lifting of atomic trade embargo in 2008.

The agreement was signed by Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Srikumar Banerjee and British High Commissioner Richard Stagg here.

"It is a general umbrella agreement on civil nuclear cooperation," a Department of Atomic Energy official said.

The pact is expected to provide a legal framework for British companies to export components and products and be part of the supply chain for reactor design in India.

Britain and India had finalised the agreement earlier this month during Commerce Minister Anand Sharma's visit to London for the UK-India Joint Economic Trade Committee meet.

UK Trade and Investment, the British government's trade arm, had said that British companies were keen to collaborate with Indian partners in civil nuclear technology.