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Experts call for proper management of uranium mines discovered in different regions of Nepal

Though nuclear science has witnessed a rise in the investment at a global level, Nepal has not yet drawn its attention to that end and initiated informed debate on the potential loss stemming from the mismanagement of radioactive materials.
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MYAGDI: Experts have drawn the government’s attention noting the concerned authorities did not show proper concern for the management of uranium deposits which have been discovered in different regions including trans-Himalayan Mustang and Chure.

At a virtual interaction program ‘Nuclear science and society’ organized by Nepal Russian Science Society with coordination support from Nepal Astronomical Society, experts have stressed the need to excavate the uranium mining and make its best use. Experts including Chair of Nepal Nuclear Society Dr. Kamal Krishna Shrestha, NAST senior scientist Dr. Buddha Ram Saha, Science Teachers’ Society central chair Khill Kumar Pradhan, Prof Dr. Neelam Shrestha of Tribhuvan University and Nepal Council of World Affairs chair Hemanta Kharel underscored the urgency of proper production and utilization of uranium discovered in different parts of the country. On the occasion, senior radiologist of Institute of Medicine Teaching Hospital Dr. Umesh Prasad Khanal said the human resource working at the radiology section in health facilities is at risk.

He pointed out the need of carrying out a study on the methods adopted while using machines such as X-ray, video x-ray, and CT-Scan. Russian Science Society chair and former minister Ganesh Saha said the discussion on the management of radioactive substances was initiated considering its gravity. He shared that he had connected Nepal to the global community as a member of the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency when he was the Minister for Science in 2008. The program was organized to commemorate the massive loss of lives and destruction of properties due to the atomic bomb explosion in Japan’s two cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6 and 9 in 1945.

Though nuclear science has witnessed a rise in the investment at a global level, Nepal has not yet drawn its attention to that end and initiated informed debate on the potential loss stemming from the mismanagement of radioactive materials. The experts also noted that there have been no adequate textbooks and curriculum on nuclear science at the school and university level. On the occasion, they highlighted the engagement of Nepal in the research and commercial activities of nuclear science and its positive impacts on the economic and social development of Nepali society.

Published Date: Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | 08:55 PM

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