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English Release 24-November 2014
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  • President's Secretariat
  • President of India to visit Karnataka and Maharashtra on November 25 and 26
  • President of India condoles the passing away of Murli Deora
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • Shri Ajit Doval, NSA, appointed as the Special Representative of India to conduct boundary negotiations and strategic consultations with China
  • English Rendering of PM’s statement to media outside Parliament House
  • PM's statement to media outside Parliament House
  • PM expresses sadness on the passing of Shri Murli Deora
  • Election Commission
  • Bangladesh MPs visit Election Commission Impressed by Indian Electronic Voting Machine
  • Facts at A Glance- Jharkhand
  • Min for Develop. of North-East Region
  • Promotion and Use of Hindi in the North East Region Development Programmes is Important Step in Mainstreaming North East to the Nation: Dr. Jitendra Singh
  • Min of Defence
  • Go Green Drive by Cadets on The EVE of NCC Day
  • Min of Health and Family Welfare
  • India and Sweden celebrate 5 years of bilateral collaboration in healthcare
  • Min of Information & Broadcasting
  • ‘KILLA’ - A Realistic Fiction on Childhood Nostalgia
  • Min of Parliamentary Affairs
  • Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu condoles death of Shri Murli Deora
  • Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
  • Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2014
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 77.39 per bbl on 21.11.2014
  • Min of Road Transport & Highways
  • Minister Flags off Delhi-Kathmandu-Delhi Bus Service on November 25
  • Ministry of Water Resources
  • Storage Status of 85 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on November 20, 2014
  • Min of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports
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Department of Atomic Energy10-August, 2011 17:36 IST
Availability of Thorium
Sufficient quantity of thorium reserves are available in the country which has the potential to serve as feedstock for an ambitious nuclear power programme.

The atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), a constituent of Department of Atomic Energy has established the presence of 10.70 million tonnes of Monazite in the country, which contains 9,63,000 tonnes of Thorium Oxide (ThO2). India Monazite contains about 9-10% of ThO2 and about 8,46,477 tonnes of thorium Metal can be obtained from 9,63,000 tonnes of ThO2 which will be used for future programmes of DAE.

India is pursuing a three-stage nuclear power generation programme aimed at long term energy independence based on use of our abundant Thorium resources. The programme is to use Thorium for electricity generation in the long-term. In order to realize this goal, we are well into the first stage based on our modest domestic uranium resources. This will be followed by second stage comprising of fast reactors. It is proposed to set up a large power generation capacity based on fast reactors before getting into the third stage. Thorium in itself cannot produce electricity and it has to be first converted to Uranium-233 in a nuclear reactor. A comprehensive three-stage nuclear power programme is therefore being implemented sequentially.

Shri V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and in the Prime Minister’s Office gave this information in a written reply to a question by Adv. Ganeshrao Dudhgaonkar in Lok Sabha today.

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(Release ID :74293)

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