Monday, January 21, 2008


This news item appeared on the web.This news was also reported in The Times of India:


January 16, 2008
THE Rudd Government yesterday vetoed selling uranium to India while it was not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith announced the decision after talks with India's visiting nuclear envoy, Shyam Saran.

In his first face-to-face meetings with the new Government, Mr Saran wanted to clarify whether Australian uranium sales were still possible, but the answer was a polite no.

Mr Smith reiterated Labor's longstanding policy on uranium in what were described as friendly talks held in Perth.

"We went into the election with a strong policy commitment (that) we would not export uranium to nation states who are not members of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty," Mr Smith told reporters, adding Mr Saran was unsurprised by the decision.
After reading the news and considering the time the decision was announced, I could not help linking unpleasant Melbourn cricket episode to the decision. Have Harbahjan and Shri Pawar cost India uranium supply? I do not know the answer. May be it is a mere coincidence.
I was releived to see cartoon by Sudhir Telang, which almost covered my thinking.
Here is the cartoon:

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