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US steps up pressure on Iran, ends waivers that allowed work on nuclear sites

US State Secretary Michael Pompeo said Iran’s nuclear extortion will lead to increased pressure on it and further isolate it from the international community.
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US charges 5 men for smuggling equipment to help Pakistan’s nuclear programme

The accused smuggled US goods to entities that are threats to US security for their ties to Pakistan’s weapons programmes, said the US Department of Justice.

World’s largest nuclear power producer confronts serial glitches

Engineers at France’s Flamanville are struggling to fix 8 faulty welds at a plant that’s running a decade late and almost four times over budget.

Tarapur, India’s 2nd most powerful nuclear plant built with US help, completes 50 yrs today

Located in the industrial area of Boisar in Maharashtra’s Thane district, Tarapur has endured for 50 years but fears are being raised about its safety after Fukushima disaster.

Ukraine has Chernobyl under control: Leonid Bershidsky

Ukraine has grossly mismanaged Chernobyl in the last quarter of a century, but it has been honest about its condition and needs.
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Trump says US, Russia and China discussing a potential three-way nuclear deal

US president Donald Trump said discussions between the countries would be about making lesser nuclear weapons, and possibly even getting rid of some of that 'tremendous firepower'.
Russia's nuclear ice breaker

China plans to build 30,000-tonne nuclear-powered ship

Europe deeply divided over Brexit and UN says there is a ‘major humanitarian crisis’ after cyclone Idai batters Southeast Africa
L-R: Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Andrea Thompson, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale | @IndianEmbassyUS/Twitter

India, US agree to build 6 nuclear power plants in India

Washington: India and the US said they have agreed to build six American nuclear power plants in India, in a boost to bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation. The two countries said this in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the 9th round of India-US Strategic Security Dialogue, co-chaired by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Andrea Thompson, the US under secretary of state for arms control and international security, on Wednesday. "They committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six U.S. nuclear power plants in India," the joint statement said. India and the US signed a historic agreement to cooperate in civil nuclear energy sector in October 2008. The deal gave a fillip to bilateral ties, which have been on an upswing since. A major aspect of the deal was the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), that gave a special waiver to India enabling it to sign cooperation...
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Balakot is the first time one nuclear power has used air strikes on another’s territory

Only twice have two nuclear powers indulged in violent conflict — the Soviet Union against China in 1969, and the India-Pakistan Kargil War in 1999.
Former PM Manmohan Singh speaking at the launch of a book, 'Nuclear Order in the Twenty-First Century'

Amid Pulwama row, Manmohan Singh lauds India’s commitment to no-first-use nuclear policy

Manmohan Singh was speaking at the launch of a book, Nuclear Order in the Twenty-First Century, edited by former diplomat Rakesh Sood.

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Meat-lover who wants to save the planet? 3D printed steaks are your solution

It can take up to 15,000 litres of water to produce a single kilogram of beef. But there is now a growing amount of interest in meat alternatives.
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This is what Modi govt wants 3 loss-making insurance firms to do to turn profitable

The Modi govt has attached conditions for its capital infusion into OlCL, NICL and UIICL, focussing on profitability and improving customer service.

Defence

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Indian Army to order second batch of 72,000 Sig 716 assault rifles from US

The new rifles will replace the existing Indian Small Arms System (Insas) rifles used by the forces and manufactured locally by the Ordnance Factories Board.
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Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.