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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France pens down 17 mutual agreements and a deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

India plans to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France as both the nations pushed their talks on techno-commercial issue on the Jaitapur nuclear power plant.

Also, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his meet with French President Francois Hollande penned down 17 more agreements in favor of the nations’ tie ups.

The 17 agreements include field of civil nuclear energy, railways and space.

The Rafale deal was one of the biggest decisions made by the officials. India in a deal of $20 billion shortlisted Rafale by Dassault Aviation and confirmed the purchase of 126 fighter jets for MMRCA project in 2012. However, the final deal has not been confirmed yet.

The French President said, “Our ties in civil nuclear energy, sustainable energy and defense and the desire to acquire 36 Rafale jets show the partnership has moved to new stage of cooperation.”

The two nations agreed on the conclusion of techno-commercial discussions on the proposal for construction of six 1650 MWe nuclear power plants at Jaitapur.

Both the nations urged  their atomic energy establishments to lay an ambitious foundation for the future of India-France civil nuclear cooperation, including a wide range of subjects in the area of civil nuclear liability.

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Modi Inaugurates Patna Metro Rail Project Through Video Conferencing

The Patna Metro Rail project will cost about Rs 13,365.77 crore. It comprises two corridors of a total length 31.39 km.

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Modi also opened the city's gas distribution at Patna and the Patna River Front Development's first phase. Pixabay

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation of the much-awaited Patna Metro Rail through video conferencing from Begusarai in Bihar.

Modi also opened the city’s gas distribution at Patna and the Patna River Front Development’s first phase.

The Prime Minister then launched the expansion work of Barauni’s oil refinery which would be increased to 9 million tonnes and other projects estimated to cost Rs 33,000 crore.

The Patna Metro Rail project will cost about Rs 13,365.77 crore. It comprises two corridors of a total length 31.39 km.

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The project is expected to be completed in five years from the date of commencement. Wikimedia

In the first phase, a 33.1-km-long track having two corridors — east-west and north-south — will come up in Patna.

The west-east corridor would run between Danapur and Patna railway station via Dakbungalow Square while the south-north corridor would run between the Inter-State Bus Terminal and Gandhi Maidan via Rajendra Nagar and Ashok Rajpath.

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The project is expected to be completed in five years from the date of commencement.

Earlier, Modi flew into Patna and was welcomed by Governor Lalji Tandon and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. All of them then took a helicopter to Begusarai, 130 km from Patna. (IANS)