|Consider the following statements|
|1. India is the largest producer of heavy water.|
|2. India has the world's largest reserves of thorium. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?|
A) Only 1
B) Only 2
C) Both 1 and 2
D) neither 1 nor 2
Correct Answer: C
Solution :[c] India is one of the world's largest producer of heavy water through its Heavy Water Board and also exports to countries like Republic of Korea and the US. Development of heavy water process in India happened in three phases: The first phase (late 1950s to mid-1980s) was a period of technology development, the second phase was of deployment of technology and process stabilisation (mid- 1980s to early 1990s) and third phase saw consolidation and a shift towards improvement in production and energy conservation. One of the three elements widely considered to be useful in the generation of nuclear energy, thorium is three to four times more plentiful than uranium and is widely distributed in nature. India has one of the world largest thorium deposits.
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