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Indo-US nuke workshop concludes in Mumbai

The first Indo-US high-level meeting on civilian nuclear programmes after the July 18 was held between 9 and 12.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 19:38 IST

The first Indo-US high-level meeting on civilian nuclear programmes after the July 18, 2005 landmark agreement between the two countries concluded on Thursday, according to the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

The meeting in the form of a workshop was held between January 9 and 12 in the city.

The on-going cooperation in various areas, including high energy nuclear physics and regulatory agencies of the two countries, was endorsed by the workshop, DAE spokesperson Dr SK Malhotra said.

The 18-member US delegation was led by the Acting Director of office of Nuclear Energy Science and Technology of the US Department of Energy, R Shane Johnson. The 12-member Indian delegation was led by Dr RB Grover, Director, Strategic Planning Group of DAE.

The Indo-US group also visited the Tarapur Atomic Power Station Units 3 and 4 of 500MW each and "this was an exercise undertaken by DAE to show India's latest indigenous capability," Malhotra said.

Both the delegations expressed keen interest in nuclear power and other applications of nuclear energy and pointed out the gains to be derived by sharing of best practices for nuclear plant design, construction, commissioning, operation, safety, life extension and regulatory oversight, he added.

The US delegation has offered to hold a similar workshop in their country in the later part of this year, Malhotra said.