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Indira Gandhi prize for ElBaradei

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Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Nobel laureate and Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei has been chosen to receive the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2008.

An international jury, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, announced its decision on Wednesday to honour Dr. ElBaradei for his impassioned opposition to the use of nuclear energy for military purposes and for his steadfast espousal of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, sustained over many years, according to Suman Dubey, secretary of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

‘No’ to nukes

Dr. ElBaradei has consistently argued that states should move away from reliance on nuclear weapons. He advocates a collective, rule-based system of international security.

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