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US company to build six N-reactors in India

Published Jun 09, 2016 07:00am


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WASHINGTON: An American company will build six nuclear reactors in India under an agreement announced after a White House meeting between Indian and US leaders on Tuesday.

The United States also recognised India as a “major defence partner”, on a par with America’s closest allies, for defence-related trade and technology transfers.

During their two-hour-long meeting and a working lunch, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also urged Pakistan to “bring the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai and 2016 Pathankot terrorist attacks to justice”.

Obama, Modi urge Pakistan to bring perpetrators of Mumbai, Pathankot attacks to justice

They asked their officials to “identify specific new areas of collaboration” against groups like Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and D Company.

The most significant understanding, however, was the deal for an American company to build nuclear reactors in India, the first since the two countries signed a landmark civil nuclear deal in 2008.

Under this plan, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and American firm Westinghouse Electric Company would soon begin engineering and site-design work for the reactors, though the final contract would be signed in June 2017, White House officials said.

The deal marked a significant step in removing obstacles to the sale of nuclear reactors and fuel to India.

“Culminating a decade of partnership on civil nuclear issues, the leaders welcomed the start of preparatory work on-site in India for six AP 1,000 reactors to be built by Westinghouse and noted the intention of India and the US Export-Import Bank to work together towards a competitive financing package for the project,” the White House said in a statement.

A joint statement released after the Obama-Modi meeting described the US-India defence relationship as a “possible anchor of stability”, which would lead to technology sharing “at a level commensurate with that of (America’s) closest allies and partners”.

India would now receive licence-free access to a wide range of dual-use technologies. In return, India committed itself to taking several unspecified measures to advance its export control objectives, the White House said.

The allies agreed also to expand their work to enhance co-production and co-development of technologies under the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI).

The joint statement welcomed the Indian prime minister’s offer to host a Summit on Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism in 2018. The United States and India would work together to combat the threat of terrorists accessing and using chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological materials, the statement said.

The leaders acknowledged the continued threat posed to “human civilisation by terrorism and condemned the recent terrorist incidents from Paris to Pathankot, from Brussels to Kabul.

“They resolved to redouble their efforts, bilaterally and with other like-minded countries, to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorism anywhere in the world and the infrastructure that supports them.”

Noting that the United States and India were involved in “a defining counter-terrorism relationship for the 21st century”, the leaders announced further steps to deepen collaboration against the full spectrum of terrorist threats.

They committed to strengthen cooperation against threats from extremist groups, such as Al Qaeda, the militant Islamic State group, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba, D Company and their affiliates, including through deepened collaboration on UN terrorist designations. In this context, they directed their officials to identify specific new areas of collaboration at the next meeting of US–India Counter-terrorism Joint Working Group.

“They also called for Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai and 2016 Pathankot terrorist attacks to justice.”

Published in Dawn, June 9th, 2016


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Desi Dimag Jun 09, 2016 07:04am

Great news, keep growing India.

Umer Salahuddin Jun 09, 2016 07:11am

Pakistan needs to change its US centric foreign policy. To counter Chinese influence US is backing India at any cost and now Pakistan is sidelined. Indian influence in Afghanistan, middle East and Iran is very dangerous for pakistan.

Nav Jun 09, 2016 07:15am

Americans understand where is the money now... India is now Fastest Growing major Economy in the world and Receiver of Highest FDI in the world. Whereas China is losing it's growth rate every year and growth rate is going down rapidly for China.

This agreement will help India to get the latest know-how in the advanced defence technologies and produce it within India. US has offered some technologies to India, which was not offered to any other country in the world - including close NATO allies. EMALS, Drone technology, large aircraft carrier building know-how, Space technology are some of them.

East indian Jun 09, 2016 07:22am

Jobs, technology, money and status started flowing. This is just beginning of shining india.

monier Jun 09, 2016 07:23am

There is no such thing as free lunch in America. For now US will invest but India will pay back by dividends to the US. US gets the best out of its investment. Indians will be happy for a short while but will pay back the many more times for the expensive technologies. With all the overhead it will be a long term commitment in which India will be a loser when it will come to cleaning up the mess of wasted fuel and processing disposal of nuclear material. One accident like Bhopal will be enough to do a heavy damage to environment and people. With low oil prices projected in the future this will be lot more costlier than a simple power plant based on natural fuel with pollution control.

Avi92 Jun 09, 2016 07:23am

2 great leaders talking sense.

Sameer Kashmiri Jun 09, 2016 07:26am

It's about time we cleanse ourselves of this scourge of terrorism once for all.

All these groups should be wiped out if Pakistan needs to survive. Sour but true

Tanveer (UK) Jun 09, 2016 07:28am

Good for India. The fact of the matter is there will be long strings involved with these contracts. Now US probably wants to use Indian soldiers to save it's own dying in foreign invasions. That is why it is calling a landmark defense deal. I hope Indian people do not make same mistakes as Pakistan have been making over decades.

Amir Khan Jun 09, 2016 07:30am

Indian minister recently said that Pakistan has no part to play in pathankot. USA is playing the age old game of harnessing and fanning the fears of sub continent neighbors and wants to gain from it by making a buck. That's why democratic low lives like Obama and clintons are bad for world peace as their hypocracy knows no boundaries.

Super Jun 09, 2016 07:32am

Honestly I have seen many world leaders addressing US congress but Indian PM MODI's speech was one notch above all ! Must say it was an Excellent speech by a statesman. U can tell by just looking at him ,That man is full of confidence n self belief n he knows what exactly he is doing !

hussain haqani Jun 09, 2016 07:35am

To be dependent of any country makes Pakistan weaker and weaker know its time to clean the state by making powerful institutions, and eliminate inside criminals.

Vg Jun 09, 2016 07:37am


Murtaza Mandviwala Jun 09, 2016 07:38am

Remember whoever USA supports has been in the worst state after USA's interest is gone...

Zakir Indian kasmiri Jun 09, 2016 07:41am

Good for India in 6 civil nuclear agreement with USA as energy hungry India needed many nuclear reactors by 2020.

R K Mohindra Jun 09, 2016 07:41am

Well done India.. It is just the beginning. Great things are on the way. It will have beneficial spin off effect on India's neighbors.

hussain haqani Jun 09, 2016 07:43am

Unfortunately the state of Pakistan has been weakend and looted in the name of nomimal democracy, thats way other countries trys to influence our policies.

JSR Jun 09, 2016 07:47am

Way to go India

wiserneighbour Jun 09, 2016 07:49am

The Final nail on the coffin of US Pak collaboration on terror.

Human right activist Jun 09, 2016 07:52am

Bush and Tony Blair the perpetrators of Iraq war which took the lives of six hundred thousand innocent civilians should bring to justice.

Deepu Jun 09, 2016 07:58am

"The United States also recognised India as a “major defence partner”, on a par with America’s closest allies" - India will build its relations on her terms.

Kamal Jun 09, 2016 08:05am

Will Pakistan act against Let and JeM or not. If you act you are becoming serious and moving in right direction.

Sunil Jun 09, 2016 08:07am

I would like to give an advise to Pakistan. They should end terrorism, only then the world will respect Pakistan.

Muda Jun 09, 2016 08:10am

condemned the recent terrorist incidents from Paris to Pathankot, from Brussels to Kabul. AND what about attacks that took place in Pakistan ? . since RAW was involved thats why those attacks isn't considered terror attacks? Good luck USA with India with your double standards and hypocrisy.

Zak Jun 09, 2016 08:10am

By making this move US has proved itself as not an ally but as a grave threat to Pakistan, we should now move swiftly to form a group under leadership of Pakistan and China to include all like minded powers who are against Indo-US relationship.

Ejaz baig Jun 09, 2016 08:17am

Get with your own business. Pakistan is well capable of dealing with its own concerns. I suggest not to dictate

Shivam Jun 09, 2016 08:17am

More coming our way. Time has come for India to be a vishwaguru!!! I urge my neighborhood to join hand in hand to reap benefits.

Uday Kulkarni Jun 09, 2016 08:20am

These 6 nuclear reactors to be built will need uranium and so entry of India to NSG is going to be no very difficult. The writing is on the wall no matter what its opponents may try to do.

tamil Jun 09, 2016 08:27am

We could spend the same amount of money for solar energy and achieve environment friendly energy , no need to worry about disposing nuclear waste and no threat of radiation or need to worry about terrorist attack .

Pk Jun 09, 2016 08:27am

Good for India and citizens

INDIAN Jun 09, 2016 08:28am

We need clean energy and in plenty

gaurav Jun 09, 2016 08:30am

He may not be able to fulfil all the promises, but what gives Indian's the satisfaction is he is trying real hard.

CHETAN SHARMA Jun 09, 2016 08:30am

India on the path of progress....just unstoppable...neighbours are welcome into this ride....

Priyesh Jun 09, 2016 08:38am

Pakistan has nothing to fear about. As far as i can see, India is not going to attack Pakistan for its own safeguards. All the steps being taken are to save ourselves from any threat and to provide its citizen a better living condition. Please be supportive Pakistan. Through chinese investments, Pakistan's people will have a better life. So we too want our citizen's to prosper and live in a much better condition.. All the best.

ALAM Jun 09, 2016 08:44am

Cheap and readily available electricity is main building block for any industry to succeed. This will help india if there is any global price rise in oil products.

Nomi Jun 09, 2016 08:45am

Pakistan must not be worried by such statements, instead take it as blessing in disguise and a good bye for good from inherently double minded uncle Sam. She should instead put all efforts on completing CPEC to the best of it. Strong Pakistani Economy is answer to all enemy deals and mergers. With strong economy we can purchase many many reactors from China , It is also to be noted that since US-Indo deal, 10 years back, no concrete work was initiated, on the other hand Pak-Sino already started work on 1000 MW 3rd-4th Nuclear reactor in Karachi. Many more are in the pipeline, but will only be announced on right time.

Get Real Jun 09, 2016 08:49am

India clearly working on making their own tomorrow better than today.

It's not a competition with Pakistan anymore.

Jo Jun 09, 2016 08:51am

So India is on it's move to become once again great power.

ali Jun 09, 2016 08:53am

Russian are already building 25 nuclear reactor in India ,two of them at kundankullam in South India is already delivering power

سے Shaam (Hanafi) Jun 09, 2016 09:05am

A Nuclear energy plant will produce anything b/w 500 MW to 5000 MW of clean energy, India is all set to electrify all homes by 2020, a manifesto promise by the BJP Govt!

Razak Jun 09, 2016 09:06am

Good now chew it pakistan u cant escape all the time

Singh.ra Jun 09, 2016 09:06am

Pakistan should go to UN to stop this

Nikesh Jun 09, 2016 09:13am

After reading these kind of articles it makes me feel special and definitely gives me assurance that our future generations will lead a more prosperous life..Good show India...Keep on moving...

50 Shades of Khaki Jun 09, 2016 09:30am

I am happy to hear that US and India are 'closest' allies. We too merrily wore the same badge for 50 years. Look, where we are now

Pathetic Jun 09, 2016 09:31am

Nawaz Sharif will help in this joint US India project. I wonder what is the progress on FIR registered in Pakistan about Pathankot and whatever happened to Gulbachan Jadev! I hope he is still here?

Indian Jun 09, 2016 09:33am

Very good progress.

Ninja Jun 09, 2016 09:36am

Before 26/11 India was never this aggressive

nfp fan Jun 09, 2016 09:42am

very welcome these democracies shall become allies.

Hashim Jun 09, 2016 09:42am

The Indians have acknowledged that Pakistan was in no way involved in the Pathankot fiasco. The US needs to make sure that its not just kowtowing the Indian line. They are just looking for a scapegoat to put the blame on, and hide their own inefficiencies and security loopholes.

Ahmer Jun 09, 2016 09:50am

How can they urge Pakistan to bring perpetrators of Pathankot attacks to justice when one of the Indiam ministers has said that it did not originate frim Pakistan nor Pakistan was involved in anyway. Flay the words as we go...

kpsh Jun 09, 2016 10:04am

1st May 2016, India has surplus electricity that means we are open to export electricity

Observer Jun 09, 2016 10:13am

Whats the total capacity of these and where they will be installed

Imran Jun 09, 2016 10:21am

It is their good news, why are we excited about it?

Singh Jun 09, 2016 10:34am

and you are asking for NSG..

Vin Jun 09, 2016 10:35am

If india gets 6 we should get 7, otherwise regional stability will be in deep trouble....

anndy Jun 09, 2016 10:54am

do more

luuke furtado Jun 09, 2016 10:55am

In a nation of a billion plus people ,energy is priority .....With oil regions being so volatile India needs to look at alternate sources....You may not be able to fathom it but a billion plus people is a huge number....India already has the biggest solar park in Asia in the form of Gujarat Solar Park....So you see , this is how a nation aspires to cater to its peoples needs.....Pakistan should learn from this...........

Light tunnel Jun 09, 2016 10:55am

“They also called for Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai and 2016 Pathankot terrorist attacks to justice.” - Concludes the essence of the story

satish Jun 09, 2016 11:00am

Great Initiative and decision.

A Shah Jun 09, 2016 11:09am

India the giant has awoken!

A Shah Jun 09, 2016 11:10am

Pakistan should just build more nuclear missles

Garry Jun 09, 2016 11:26am

Jaw drop for all Pakistanis wait another year when India receives batch of killer 20 drones and made in India contract from US

Ind Jun 09, 2016 12:35pm

what about Kulbishan Yadev like Indian agents

jg Jun 09, 2016 12:44pm

Who will bring samjhota express perpetrators to justice. Why pakistan keeps quite

Voice of Reason Jun 09, 2016 01:11pm

@Ahmer - please get your facts correct. Indian minister said that there was no evidence of the Pakistani STATE involvement. I think it is acknowledged that 'non-state actors' from within Pakistan were involved.

Thiru Jun 09, 2016 01:18pm

@Ahmer No, the man said Pakistani government was not DIRECTLY involved but JeM Je was/is supported and working from Pakistani soil. That is altogether different.

Shera Jun 09, 2016 01:21pm

Pakistanis should demand 6 reactor from USA.

David Rubin Jun 09, 2016 01:31pm

India has signed 18 nuclear plants. 6 by Westinghouse in AP, 6 by Areva in MH and 6 by Japan in MP. More 18 are to be signed off with Russia in GJ, France in KT and USA in UP.

36 nuclear reactors in 36 months. Modi rocks Modi rolls ..Mr. Peeker.

Khwarezmi Jun 09, 2016 01:47pm

We fought major wars with US, bled and lost our people. Our country's security was put on the line. In return US makes India it's strategic partner. Way to go Americans.

dakalti Jun 09, 2016 01:50pm

@Ahmer Indian minister said - PAKISTAN GOVT has no hand, but PAKISTAN based Terror groups & its nationals are involved, since the base for these terror groups are in PAKISTAN: Every one is asking PAK GOVT to bring them to Justice. If you think or say PAKISTAN GOVT has no control on what is happening in PAKISTAN, then its a different question altogether.

shubs Jun 09, 2016 02:06pm

@Ahmer "How can they urge Pakistan to bring perpetrators of Pathankot attacks to justice when one of the Indiam ministers has said that it did not originate from Pakistan nor Pakistan was involved in anyway"

Please go back and read the Indian statement again. It exonerated the Pakistani government from involvement. That's all. Hope you have the ability to understand the difference.

Param Jun 09, 2016 02:09pm

Well done Modi ji.

wiserneighbour Jun 09, 2016 02:11pm

@Ahmer The NIA chief told that there is no proof of Pak govt involvement in pathankot,but JeM based in Pakistan is responsible for the attack.Dont try to twist words and wash off hands.

Atheist Jun 09, 2016 02:24pm

@kpsh that does not mean all remote areas are integrated to gtid.surplus here means total installed capacity both from fossil and natural sources are enough to provide power to all.but due to misgovernence of previous govts there is plants are running avg of 70% of total capacity due to unavailability of coal gas.Modi Govt is in right track to ensure these hurdles worked out.

Rashid Jun 09, 2016 02:36pm

Good luck, remember Fukushima

Taimoor Khan Jun 09, 2016 02:50pm

How convenient! Americans do suffer from memory lose when it comes to the terrorism inside Pakistan. Pakistan must ask Obama administration as to what they think about the Indian spy cum terrorist, Mr Kulbashan Yadev was doing inside Pakistan. Perhaps was having party on the sandy beaches of Baluchistan?

Priya Jun 09, 2016 02:50pm

This is how we Indians work and play on a global platform

atheist Jun 09, 2016 02:55pm

@Rashid - best wishes for electricity at the time of Shehri.. remember load shedding and black out in Karachi and many of the other cities...

atheist Jun 09, 2016 02:57pm

@Ahmer - read the statement once again , minister said Pakistan government is not involved but militant group inside Pakistan is involved..

Nitin Shukla Jun 09, 2016 02:58pm

@Ahmer With all dye respect NIA chief said that no Pakistani Agencies were involved. It means that Pakistani Government had no direct role in it contrary to your conclusion of Pakistani soil not being used for the attacks. Comprehension problem mate?

Menon Jun 09, 2016 03:01pm


Japan, S.Korea and Europe are examples of " whoever USA supports has been in the worst state after USA's interest is gone"..

Menon Jun 09, 2016 03:03pm

@50 Shades of Khaki

The difference is you were dependent children for 50 years and never grew up. One can only support their lazy dependent leeches for so long.

Shaikh Jamal Jun 09, 2016 03:35pm

My appeal to Pakistan. End terrorism, only then the world will respect Pakistan.

Dheeraj Gupta Jun 09, 2016 03:42pm

@Hashim India's National Investigation Agency found out that Government of Pakistan is not involved directly in Pathankot attack but the attack was carried out by banned outfit Lashker-e-taiba, based on Pakistan soil that involved many non state actors.

Gp65 Jun 11, 2016 03:43am

@Ahmer No one said Pathankot did not originate from Pakistan. It just said that Pakistani state was not involved.

kamal Jun 11, 2016 06:38am

@Ahmer Which minister said this, can you elaborate on this a bit more?

moeaze Jun 11, 2016 05:17pm

nuclear reactors are an expensive and risky solution for power. India wll be debt for ever. For both Pakistan and India a better option is solar power and hydro electric resource or use abundant deposits of coal with new clean technologies development to reduce pollution. Nuclear fuel and waste disposal is big a risky job. US is sending its older technology anis going d US in favor of solar power.