Bangladesh, Russia sign deal to build nuclear power plant

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DHAKA, Bangladesh — A government official says Bangladesh and Russia have signed a cooperation deal to build a nuclear power plant in the energy-starved South Asian nation.

Bangladesh’s junior Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman says he and Russia’s Rosatom State Corporation Director-General Sergei Kiriyenko signed the agreement on Wednesday for the nation’s first such plant at Rooppur in Pabna district, 75 miles north of the capital, Dhaka.

Bangladesh now relies on decades-old gas-fired power plants and suffers a daily shortfall of about 2,000 megawatts that is blamed for hampering industrial production and economic growth.