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To give a push to smart cities initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Urban development ministry has set up a task force to transform three cities in collaboration with the US.

The task force has been set up to develop Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, Ajmer in Rajasthan and Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Urban Developent Minister M Venkiah Naidu said.
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“The task forces will have representatives from the urban development ministry, external affairs ministry, respective state governments and cities and the US Trade Development Agency (USTDA),” the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The US had offered to assist in the development of the three smart cities during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s September visit to US.

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“The Prime Minister conveyed his heartfelt condolences for the victims of the recent terrorist attack in Strasbourg in France, and said that India stands with France in the fight against terrorism,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.

At least three people were killed and 13 others injured when a man opened fire at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday.

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According to the PMO statement, Narendra Modi also warmly recalled the state visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India in March, as well as their recent interaction on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina.

“Le Drian briefed the Prime Minister on recent developments in the bilateral relationship, and French perspective on regional and global issues,” it stated.

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“The Prime Minister welcomed the strengthening of bilateral ties in all spheres, including defence, space, counter-terrorism, maritime security, and civil nuclear cooperation.”

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