1. ´┐ŻFrance ready to help Bangladesh build nuclear power station´┐Ż
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France´┐Żs envoy to Dhaka Charley Causeret has said that his country was ready to help build a nuclear power station in Bangladesh. ´┐ŻBangladesh can benefit from France´┐Żs expertise to initiate a nuclear power policy,´┐Ż he said at a seminar titled ´┐ŻPower Sector Management: Bangladesh Perspective´┐Ż held here Saturday.
The offer came at a time when Bangladesh is experiencing huge power shortage that consumes almost two percent of the country´┐Żs GDP growth (gross domestic product).
M. Tamim, special assistant to chief adviser for Bangladesh´┐Żs power and energy ministry, emphasised the need for improving management of the power sector and urged politicians to evolve a strategy for the purpose.
Currently, Bangladesh generates about 3,600 MW power against a demand for over 5,000 MW. To mitigate the crisis, the government has been considering various options, including setting up of nuclear and coal-based power plants.
The country has already obtained a positive nod from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in this regard.
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1. US asks Australia, NZealand, EU for N Korea energy aid: Seoul
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Washington has asked Australia, New Zealand and the European Union if they could replace Japan in supplying energy aid to North Korea, South Korea's foreign minister was quoted as saying Saturday.
The idea was to be discussed at six-party talks on disarming North Korea, which are expected to take place in mid-November, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Yu Myung-Hwan said.
Yu is the first official to confirm that countries outside the six-party group have been invited to pitch in energy aid instead of Japan as a reward to the communist state for disabling its plutonium-producing nuclear plants.
Japan, which reportedly promised to provide 200,000 tons of heavy oil or its equivalent in aid, has refused to chip in until North Korea does more to account for Japanese it kidnapped in the 1970s and 1980s to train its spies.
"Once agreed, the relevant parties would share energy assistance (originally borne by Japan) valued at some 100 million dollars," Yu was quoted as telling the Korea Times.
"We don't know yet how much and in what way each party will contribute."
"The issue will be discussed at the six-party talks" involving the two Koreas, host China, the United States, Russia and Japan, Yu told the daily.
Under a February 2007 deal, North Korea was to receive one million tons of fuel oil or equivalent energy aid from the other five countries in return for disabling its plutonium-producing plants.
The five have since then shipped about half of the energy aid to the North and Washington last month removed Pyongyang from its list of nations sponsoring terrorism.
North Korea last month renewed its demands that Japan be booted from the six-nation talks, accusing it of obstructing negotiations and dodging the fulfillment of its commitment for energy aid.
"There is still the possibility that Japan will change its position and provide energy aid as the United States has urged North Korea to resolve the abduction issue," Yu said.
"While sympathizing with Japan's position related to the issue of abductees, I hope that an environment for Japan's participation could be made possible at an early date," he added.
Yu stressed the second-phase of the denuclearisation process focused on disabling the North's nuclear facilities in Yongbyon should be completed by the end of the year.
"We're not just in a wait-and-see position but making active efforts to have the second-phase process be completed by the end of the year," Yu said.
The aim was "that the six-party framework will be able to maintain momentum under the new US government, which will inevitably review the North Korea nuclear issue," after the US presidential election on Tuesday.
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1. Check all imported scrap metals for radioactivity content: AERB
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Mumbai (PTI): After the radioactive scrap metal, found in lift buttons, installed in France were traced to a foundry near Khopoli in Maharashtra, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has written to Indian port authorities to check all imported scrap material for radioactivity content before allowing it inside the country.
"We have written letters to concerned authorities (ports) to check all the imported scrap for radioactivity content before bringing to the country for melting purposes," Vice-Chairman of the AERB, S K Chande said today.
The AERB has also written to trade bodies and engineering firms asking them to check radioactivity level of raw scrap materials before they are processed and exported.
"We know that this is very profitable business, but precaution should be taken to prevent anybody being exposed radioactive doses, he said.
"There is no control over radioactive scrap being imported so far and we have requested and written to the ports for a thorough check up," Chande said.
After it was discovered that the lift buttons had radioactive scrap metal, they were withdrawn, he said .
Chande said, AERB was also working on some complaint from Russia about radioactive metal in some material, when they got information from French authorities.
"Therefore, our businessmen who are involved in this business should take a note of caution and voluntarily get the screening done for radioactive content of the imported scrap," he said.
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1. Estonia close to pulling the plug on nuclear power project
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Estonian leaders seem to have made a principle decision that Estonia would distance itself from the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant project.
Postimees writes that both Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and Eesti Energia CEO Sandor Liive said on Friday that if Estonia decided to opt for nuclear power, the priority should be in building its own nuclear power plant.
This marks a new shift in thinking since it is the first time in the last two years when the government and Eesti Energia have been promoting the Ignalina project as the answer to Estonia´┐Żs energy problems.
´┐ŻWe are not ruling out participation in the Lithuania project, but if our long-term objective is to use nuclear power than we should prepare the construction of our own reactor. We cannot rely on the Lithuanian project,´┐Ż said Liive.
Liive said that the Lithuanian project was derailed because of political disputes in Lithuania. Prime Minister Ansip added: ´┐ŻI don´┐Żt know whether the whole Baltic nuclear power plant project has come to an end now, but I am most dissatisfied about its development timetable.´┐Ż
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