India to become a 'new super power' in 25 years
India 'new super power'
NEW DELHI: Former United Nations secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali yesterday said in the next 25 years India will be a super power, and added that the development would help democratisation of the world body. "In the next 25 years, we will have new important states, among them new super powers India, China, Russia, USA and the European Union.
"This will help in democratisation of the UN,'' Boutros-Ghali, who headed the UN before the incumbent Kofi Annan, said during a visit to New Delhi.
Favouring the expansion of the UN Security Council, Boutros-Ghali said without the political will of the member states it would not be possible to achieve.
Meanwhile, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has invited Indian scientists to discuss ways to protect nuclear reactors from tsunami and other disasters, a news report said.
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Representatives of India's Atomic Energy Regulatory Board will also the United States, The Indian Express newspaper quoted NRC commissioner Jeffrey S Merrifield as saying.
The discussions would be part of the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership initiative begun in January last year, in which India and the US agreed to expand co-operation in civilian nuclear activities, space programmes, and high-technology trade.
India's 14 nuclear reactors generate 2,720 megawatts of power and are mainly fuelled by uranium.
One plant, in southern Tamil Nadu state, was shut down after being flooded by sea water during the December 26 Indian Ocean tsunami.
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There was no damage to the reactor and no radiation leak. The plant has since resumed operation.