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Canada and India seal nuclear deal

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh were set to announce Tuesday they have finally sealed a nuclear deal that will see Canadian companies ship uranium to the energy-hungry South Asian nation.

A nuclear co-operation agreement had been signed two years ago between between the two nations, but its actual implementation had been stalled over the details.

Canada had wanted more oversight over where the products wound up, something India had resisted. Now a joint committee will ensure that Canada gets the kind of follow-up it had required.

The two prime ministers were scheduled to announce the finalization of the administrative agreement at an event at Hyderabad House, a former royal building now used by the Indian government. They also signed a social security agreement that would shield businesses in the two countries from double paying for pensions and benefits.

Harper told reporters Tuesday that Canada was satisfied with the checks and balances it gets under the deal.

The prime minister touched on other issues beyond trade Tuesday, including some that go directly to the Indo-Canadian community.

The Indian government once again pressed Canada to be on guard for Sikh extremism, a warning that comes at the same time as some Indo-Canadians call for justice for a 1984 Sikh massacre.

India's minister of state for foreign affairs, Preneet Kaur, raised the issue of extremism during a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Harper is on a six-day visit to India, primarily focused on trade and investment.

The Canadian Press


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