India, Canada to sign nuclear deal this week

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India, Canada to sign nuclear deal this week
New Delhi, Jun 23: India and Canada will sign a civil nuclear agreement during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit in Toronto for the upcoming G-20 Summit this week. The new deal will allow Indian government to secure uranium, nuclear equipment and technology to meet the energy needs. The deal will pave the way to cover areas of research and development in environment protection, waste management and radiation safety in atomic sector.

The four-day visit of Manmohan Singh begins on Jun 26, during which he will meet his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper for the 'substantiative' bilateral engagement.

Singh will also meet other world leaders including Barack Obama, US President and Hu Jintao, Chinese President who will be attending G-20 Summit.

India and Canada have decided to triple bilateral trade from around CAD 5 billion to CAD 15 billion in the coming five years.

“Besides, a number of agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) are under discussion and negotiations with the Canadian side. Some of these have made substantial progress and if concluded before the visit in all respects, may be signed during the visit," informed the official sources.

Both the countries are also expected to sign MoUs for Cooperation in higher education, cultural and social security and minig. The MoUs will be signed after the bilateral meeting between Singh and Harper, on Jun 27.

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