October 20, 2006

Bangladesh considering nuclear program?

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed El Baradei has warned that up to 30 countries including Bangladesh could have the technology to develop nuclear bomb "in a very short time".

This is the funniest thing I have heard in recent times. Bangladesh has only one 20 year old research reactor and a neutron generator for research purposes and a 42 year old Graff accelerator. (source) The latest I have heard that Russia and China are trying to sell some small scale nuclear power plants and Bangladesh do not have the fund to buy them.

I think that the country has other things to ponder as a latest Oxfam report says that the Bangladesh government is falling behind on millennium development goal in providing basic health and education services.


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