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Wednesday, 5 January, 2000, 15:21 GMT
India finds big new uranium deposits

The Indian government says it has found two new deposits of uranium ore big enough to meet the country's nuclear fuel needs for the next twenty years.

All India Radio quoted a spokesman of the Department of Atomic Energy as saying that each site one in Andhra Pradesh and the other in Karnataka contains about twenty thousand tons of uranium oxide.

At present, India's only large-scale uranium mine is in Bihar; the country uses nuclear power on a wide scale, as well as now being a declared nuclear weapons power.

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