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New Delhi: The French Development Agency (AFD) on Friday said that it is committed to providing over 2 billion euros in next three years for India’s ‘Smart Cities’ project.

“AFD’s commitment is to provide 2 billion euros over the next 3 years of loans to support smart cities and sustainable development in India,” its chief Pascal Pacaut told media here after it and the Indian finance ministry’s department for economic affairs held their 6th annual negotiation meeting on Thursday regarding the implementation of India’s ‘smart cities’ project.

France has extended its support in investing in building ‘smart cities’ here, Ambassador to India Francois Richier told media.

“It is our priority to support green and inclusive growth in India,” he said.

He said the focus will be on the three cities of Chandigarh, Nagpur and Puducherry, while there is an investment of 200 million euros for the extension of Bangalore metro.

“Our priority is also to create energy efficiency in municipal street lighting with EESL (Energy Efficiency Service Ltd) at (an outlay of) 50 million euros,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited France in April and France had committed 600 million euros for ‘Smart Cities’ and projects related to sustainability, including in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Richier had also visited Puducherry himself to review the implementation of the project. He will also visit Chandigarh for the same purpose.

 

 (IANS)
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Survey Shows That More Women Support Live-in Relationships in India

For long the concept and topic of live-in relationships has been taboo in India but the times are changing with a number of women coming out in its support, according to a survey.

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For long the concept and topic of live-in relationships has been taboo in India but the times are changing with a number of women coming out in its support, according to a survey.

Inshorts, a news app, conducted a poll in the second week of May capturing the views of 1.4 lakh netizens — 80 per cent being in the age group of 18-35 years, read a statement.

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According to the survey, more than 80 per cent millennials think that live-in relationships are still considered a taboo in Indian society while more than 47 per cent Indians are of the opinion that marriage is better when choosing between marriage and lifelong live-ins.

More than 80 per cent Indians said that they do support live-ins as a way of life. Out of these, 26 per cent millennials went a step ahead and said that they would choose lifelong live-ins as an option over marriages.

On the other hand, 86 per cent Indians are of the opinion that lust is not the sole reason behind live-ins and more than 45 per cent say that it is more of compatibility testing before marriage.

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In the report, 45 per cent respondents have also said that since Indian society constantly judges unmarried couples staying together, any move by the judiciary to support this will not have any effect on their mindset.

Also Read: Night-owl women not for long-term relationships: Study

Azhar Iqubal, CEO and Co-founder, Inshorts said: “Live-in relationships, even after being legally recognised by the government, is a forbidden subject of discussion in Indian households. Our current survey was focused on capturing the sentiments of our Indian youth on such delicate issues.” (IANS)

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