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Bangladesh to deal with Russia on nuclear waste 

29 August 2017, 7:45:00

Bangladesh is getting prepared to ink a significant deal with Russia on Wednesday on returning the hazardous nuclear wastes to be emerged as spent fuels of the proposed Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

‘Science and technology minister Yeafes Osman is now in Russian capital heading a three-member delegation as the deal is prepared to be signed on Wednesday,’ spokesman of the ministry Kamrul Islam Bhuiyan said.

He said Osman and director general of ROSATOM, Russia's State Nuclear Energy Corporation, Sergey Kirienko would sign the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.

Russia earlier agreed to sign the agreement to come back RNPP's spent fuel while the Bangladesh cabinet on June 5, 2017 has given approval to a draft of the treaty titled ‘Agreement between the Russian Federation and Bangladesh on Cooperation Concerning Return of Spent Nuclear Fuel from Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant to the Russian Federation.

A three-member high-powered delegation conducted by minister for science and technology, Yeafes Osman secretary of the ministry M Anwar Hossain and project director of RNPP M Shawkat Akbar is visiting in Moscow in this regard.

According to an official familiar with process, the agreement will safeguard the country from the hazard of nuclear waste and it would help in disposal of nuclear waste in accordance with nuclear safety standards.

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