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India, US settles 1st deal on civil nuke power

India and the US have recently settled the first commercial agreement on civilian nuclear power cooperation after the two countries had signed a landmark civil nuclear deal nearly five years ago. The agreement was stalled over India's nuclear liability law. The US President Barack Obama announced the agreement on September 27 after his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House Oval Office. The President said that the two countries have made enormous progress on the issue of civilian nuclear power. The two leaders, in a statement, noted that with government-to-government procedures agreed, commercial negotiations between India's nuclear operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) and US firm Westinghouse are proceeding. The agreement should facilitate progress toward licensing the AP-1000 nuclear reactor technology in India, a fact sheet issued by the White House said. The fact sheet noted that India is planning to develop commercial nuclear power sites in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh using US nuclear technology. The two countries also decided to complete discussions on the administrative arrangements at an early date in this regard. Obama and Singh urged NPCIL and the US companies Westinghouse and General Electric-Hitachi to expedite the necessary work to establish nuclear power plants in Gujarat and AP in India.
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