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Sushma Swaraj in Tel Aviv for her visit of Palestine, Israel

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New Delhi: Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister of India reached Tel Aviv for her first visit of Palestine and Israel on Saturday.

Swaraj will hold the talks to review the bilateral relations between India and Israel.

“EAM @SushmaSwaraj lands at Ben Gurion Airport to begin her visit to Palestine and Israel,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted Saturday night.

Sushma Swaraj is being accompanied by Secretary (East) and other officials of the external affairs ministry.

This is her first visit to West Asia as external affairs minister.

The visit comes after the state visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Palestine and Israel in October last year.

On Sunday, Sushma Swaraj will meet the Palestinian leadership and review India-Palestinian relations.

Following this, the minister and her delegation will meet the Israeli leadership on January 17-18.

This is her first visit to Israel as external affairs minister coming after the state visit of President Mukherjee to Tel Aviv in October.

Sushma Swaraj will meet and interact with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Minister of National Infrastructure Yuval Steinitz and Israeli legislators.(IANS)

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India Gets Assistance of Rs 3,420 Crore From Japan

The project for the construction of Chennai road aims to meet increasing traffic demands in the metropolitan area and installing Intelligent Transport Systems,

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Japan will be giving a loan of Rs 3,420 crore to India to assist in constructing the Chennai Peripheral Ring Road and for joint efforts towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The loan agreements were signed here today (Friday) between the Government of India and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), New Delhi under Japanese Official Development Assistance Loan Program,” the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.

The Japanese ODA loan is for construction of phase one of Chennai Peripheral Ring Road for about Rs 2,470 crore and for Japan-India cooperative actions towards SDGs in India for about Rs 950 crore.

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The Japanese ODA loan is for construction of phase one of Chennai Peripheral Ring Road for about Rs 2,470 crore and for Japan-India cooperative actions towards SDGs in India for about Rs 950 crore. www.trafficchallan.co.in

The agreements were signed by Finance Ministry Additional Secretary C.S. Mohapatra and JICA New Delhi Chief Representative Katsuo Matsumoto, the Ministry said.

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The project for the construction of Chennai road aims to meet increasing traffic demands in the metropolitan area and installing Intelligent Transport Systems, thereby contributing to mitigation of traffic congestion and promoting Regional Economic Development.

The other program aims to promote SDGs in India, mainly in social development, by supporting the efforts by the Indian government to strengthen the policy framework and implementation mechanism, thereby supporting India in achieving SDGs by 2030, it added.(IANS)