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satyaDear Reader,

Greetings.  Today, India occupies a very important position in the world of nuclear commerce. With the signing of a historic deal with the United States on cooperation in civilian nuclear energy, India has opened the floodgates of global nuclear commerce. India has also signed in the last one year similar deals with other countries such as Russia and France. India’s entry into the global nuclear arena has rightly coincided with the centenary celebrations of the birth of Dr. Homi Bhabha, father of the country’s nuclear research and development.

Dr. Bhabha fervently believed in the peaceful use of atomic energy for the purpose of human advancement. Hence, while inaugurating an International Conference on Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy – 2009, held as part of the Bhabha Centenary Commemorative Celebrations, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has  called for exploitation of the vast potential of nuclear energy to advance human progress while assuring at the same time global peace and security. The cover story of the current issue of Asian Nuclear Energy highlights, besides the Prime Minister’s speech, an important address to the Conference made by Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  China and India, which are on the fast track in economic growth, are also in dire need of energy to sustain their development. It comes as no surprise that both China and India top the global rankings in the projections made by the World Nuclear Association (WNA) in terms of nuclear power generation in the 21st century.  We carry the research study. Uranium is the crucial raw material for generating nuclear energy. India, which has been facing a severe shortage of this vital input, has signed a deal forits supply with Namibia, a country endowed with rich reserves of high quality uranium. We carry a report.  Dr. ElBaradei, who has served IAEA for 12 years with distinction, is bowing out of office at the end of November 2009. We carry his last address to the United Nations, in which Dr. ElBaradei, has called for better funding of the global nuclear watchdog to give it teeth. We also carry a tribute the IAEA Governing Board paid to Dr. ElBaradei.

Electrical Penetration Assemblies (EPAs) are crucial components used in the walls of safety containment structures in nuclear reactors.
In an interview with Asian Nuclear Energy, Thomas Fink, Head of the Nuclear Safety Division of the company, talks about the glass-to-metal seals (EPAs) and India’s role as a trendsetter in the coming global nuclear boom. There is a feature on the dilemma of aging nuclear power plants, a write-upon how India’s nuclear power drive is expected to create a big job market for technicians, a US research study that identifies finance as the single largest snag in nuclear power industry progress and the British Government’s initiative to expand its nuclear industry. A report of the WNA highlights the global availability of uranium.

Wish you happy reading

Satya Swaroop