Presence of uranium in drinking water is a matter of great concern in respect of public health, CGWB (Middle-East region) regional director Thakur Brahmanand Singh said.
Ukraine, a significant producer of uranium and titanium, also grows wheat. It is a big global supplier of these commodities. Russia's invasion of Ukraine could impact supply and prices, resulting in economic repercussions globally and inflationary risks.
Tehran’s strategy of deliberately violating the deal is seen as an attempt to put pressure particularly on Europe to provide it with incentives to offset crippling American sanctions re-imposed after the U.S. pullout.
The announcement also marks a significant escalation after the sabotage that damaged centrifuges, an attack this past weekend suspected of having been carried out by Israel. While Israel has yet to claim it, the country is widely suspected of having carried out the still-unexplained sabotage at Natanz, Iran’s main enrichment site.
He said Tehran had never sought a nuclear weapon but if it wanted to, “no one could stop Tehran from acquiring it”.
"Iran informed the agency of its intention to enrich uranium at a rate of up to 20 percent in its Fordow underground plant, to comply with a law recently passed by the Iranian parliament," an IAEA spokesperson told AFP.
The contract was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who are here for the Vibrant Gujarat summit that began on Friday. The two leaders also held a bilateral meeting.
Scientists have found widespread uranium contamination in groundwater from aquifers across 16 states in India, much above the WHO provisional standard for the country.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today said his country is ready to start export of uranium to India as soon as possible, two-and-a-half years after the two countries signed a civil nuclear cooperation deal.
"India is undergoing a dramatic economic transformation and our close partnership creates opportunities for both nations," 62-year-old Turnbull said in a speech at the Sydney Institute.
"The first shipment arrived on January 26 by plane and the last will arrive tomorrow, Tuesday," said Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, according to Fars news agency.
Informing about the signing of the MOU, UCIL officials said it was forwarded to the higher authorities of the concerned department and the issue was pending at concerned ministry level for approval.
India has, in principle, agreed to look into Ghana's request for cooperation in civil nuclear energy field, President Pranab Mukherjee said as he wrapped up his six-day visit to three African countries which he said will "reinvigorate" the already "strong and time-tested" bonds with them
India and Namibia decided to iron out issues which are impeding supply of uranium from this resource-rich African country as President Pranab Mukherjee held talks with his Namibian counterpart
India will seek uranium from Namibia for its peaceful nuclear energy use during the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee by trying to convince the fourth largest producer of the mineral to implement a seven-year-old agreement enabling the supply
Ukraine has previously expressed interest in buying the material, as well as coal, from Australia, the world's third- ranking uranium producer behind Kazakhstan and Canada.
In April, Cameco signed a uranium supply contract with India after the nuclear cooperation agreement between Canada and India came into force in September 2013.
The Australia-India nuclear cooperation agreement permits Australian companies to commence commercial uranium exports to India and provides the framework for "substantial new trade in energy" between the two countries, Julie Bishop's office said.
The thrust of Modi's trip was on attracting investments and technology for development of India through the 'Make in India' programme.
Addressing the Indian diaspora in a packed stadium in Toronto, Canada on Thursday morning, Modi said, "Development is the only way forward. India will provide the workforce to power global growth. My mission is 'Skill India, not Scam India'."
Speaking to CNBC-TV18‘s Kritika Saxena, the Trade Commissioner of Queensland, the second largest state in Australia, believes that Indian companies are eyeing opportunities worth USD 70-80 billion in the region.
Abbott finalized the deal to allow the export of uranium to India, offering to ramp up supplies of energy to help the emerging Asian giant overcome chronic shortages.
Under the first phase of the agreement, Iran will stop enriching uranium beyond five percent, effectively giving up the higher levels of enrichment needed to produce fissile material for nuclear weapons.
India already has a contract for uranium import from another Central Asian nation Kazakhstan and Mongolia. Apart from these countries, Kyrgyzstan also has rich uranium deposits.
Uranium deposits were discovered in Jharkhand's East Sunghbhum district. It has been found betweek Jadugora and Narwapahar, an official of Uranim Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) said.