Nuclear Energy Current Affairs

India, Japan civil nuclear deal comes into force

The landmark India-Japan civil nuclear agreement came into force. In this regard, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar exchanged the diplomatic notes with the Japanese envoy to India to formalise the completion of the process.

The deal would enable Japan to export nuclear power plant technology as well as provide finance for nuclear power plants in India. It will also assist India in nuclear waste management and could undertake joint manufacture of nuclear power plant components under the Make in India initiative.


The India-Japan Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy was signed in Tokyo during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan in November 2016. Subsequently, the Japanese government also got approval from the Diet (Japanese Parliament) for the nuclear deal with India. India is the only non-Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) signatory country with which Japan has entered into a civil nuclear deal, giving recognition for India’s impeccable non-proliferation record. Till now, India has also signed civil nuclear deal with 10 other countries viz. Russia, United States, France, South Korea, Mongolia, Namibia, Argentina, Canada, Kazakhstan and Australia.


The India-Japan civil nuclear agreement reflects of the strategic partnership between India and Japan and will pave the way for enhanced cooperation in energy security and clean energy. It will also promote full cooperation between the two countries in the development and uses of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes on a stable, reliable and predictable basis.


India, Bangladesh sign 22 agreements

India and Bangladesh have signed 22 agreements in various fields such as defence, nuclear cooperation, judicial sector, earth sciences, navigation, peaceful uses of outer space, to boost bilateral cooperation.

These agreements were signed in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina in New Delhi after delegation level talks.

India also announced concessional Line of Credit (LoC) of $4.5 billion to Bangladesh for projects in priority sectors. Moreover, India also gave LoC of $500 million to Bangladesh for defence purchases.

Some of the agreements signed are
  • MoU on Defence Cooperation Framework
  • MoU on Bilateral Judicial Sector Cooperation
  • MoU for extending Defence LOC of $500 million.
  • MoU on Cooperation in the Field of Mass Media.
  • MoU on Cooperation in the area of Cyber Security.
  • MoU concerning Cooperation on Aids to Navigation.
  • MoU on Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
  • MoU for Extending a 3rd Line of Credit (LoC) by GoI to GoB.
  • Agreement on Cooperation in Peaceful uses of Nuclear Energy.
  • MoU on Co-operation in the field of Information Technology and Electronics.
  • MoU on establishing Border Haats across the border between India and Bangladesh.
  • Agreement for the Regulation of Motor Vehicle Passenger Traffic (Khulna-Kolkata route).
  • Inter-Agency Agreement on Cooperation regarding Nuclear Power Plant Projects in Bangladesh
  • MoU on Mutual Scientific Cooperation in the field of Earth Sciences for Research and Development.