Thu, Mar 23, 2017 | updated 05:52 PM IST

UK minister lends support to build smart cities, boost job opportunities

Updated: Aug 12, 2016 16:40 IST

New Delhi, Aug.12 (ANI): The United Kingdom will share its skills and expertise to drive forward India's vision for new smart cities and boost opportunities for new businesses, UK International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced today.

On the first day of her visit to India, Patel met with the Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu. She said that the UK's support for India's urban development will generate new job opportunities for India's poorest, strengthening the UK-India partnership that was set out during Prime Minister Modi's historic visit to the UK last year.

Patel said: "I am here meeting my Ministerial counterparts to make sure that the UK's skills and expertise ?in areas like finance, job creation and infrastructure are used to support Prime Minister Modi's ambitious plans for the economic ? development of India's great and burgeoning cities."

She added, "We will help India to make its urbanisation work and make cities real engines of growth ?by boosting business and creating employment -not least by ensuring British businesses are aware of the opportunities that exist for them by getting involved in this ambitious work."

"It's by working together on long-term projects like this and involving the private sector that we will take our strong partnership to the next level to deliver prosperity, investment opportunities and growth for both India and the UK."

The UK support announced by Patel will come from the UK's Department for International Development and includes technical support for India's 'Smart Cities Mission' which will see British expertise boost urban development in India by helping plan, design and build smart cities, which will in turn create jobs, growth and prosperity for both India and the UK. It will bring UK experience in areas such as infrastructure, clean energy, governance, security, water and waste management.

Patel will continue her visit to India tomorrow, where she will further build on the important partnership between the UK and India. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Air India on Thursday registered two FIRs against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for hitting an Air India staffer with his slipper over sitting issue and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] Mar. 23 (ANI): Backing the ongoing strike by the resident doctors in Maharashtra, the Medical Teachers Association on Thursday gave an ultimatum of 48 hours demanding that their demands be met in the given time period.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Mar. 23 (ANI): Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress veteran S.M. Krishna, who yesterday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Thursday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation drive.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Thursday disposed off several petitions challenging the procedure for reservation of wards for reserved sections and women in the upcoming Delhi Municipal polls.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Users of the Narendra Modi App recently received a comprehensive update on their smartphones.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Shiv Sena on Thursday condemned party MP Ravindra Gaikwad's act of beating an Air India employee with his slipper and said that it would find out as to what made him lose his temper.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said if a doctor is attacked on duty, he will be given medical aid borne by the government.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): After launching the anti-Romeo squad in the state for the safety of women, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Thursday said the agenda of the government is not to disturb innocent people, but to maintain law and order in the state.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Mar. 23 (ANI): The Congress on Thursday said that India wants to establish good relations with Pakistan but not at the cost of self-respect.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Condemning the physical assault of the Air India staff who was beaten up by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Thursday said no political party will encourage such an act.

Full Story >>

Shiv Sena MP admits hitting Air India staffer

Updated: Mar 23, 2017 16:21 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad on Thursday admitted that he hit an Air India staffer with slipper followed by a business class sitting issue.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Clearing the air over Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu's controversy of continuing his appearance on 'The Kapil Sharma Show', Advocate General Atul Nanda on Thursday asserted that he will submit the detailed report to the Punjab Government by this evening.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Veteran politician S.M. Krishna, who yesterday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has clearly blamed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his exit from the grand old party, stating that one should be serious if one has to re-build the party from grass root level to the paramount level.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Expressing confidence of winning in the R.K. Nagar by polls, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president M.K. Stalin on Thursday said it had won earlier also when the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) symbol was frozen.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Commenting on Abdul Basit's remark that Pakistan was ready to hold talks with India on all issues, the Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh on Thursday asserted that there is only one outstanding issue and that is how to liberate part of Jammu and Kashmir which is under illegal occupation of Islamabad.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], Mar.23 (ANI): The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) on Thursday asserted that the doctors on strike are ready to join as the Bombay High Court has assured to provide armed police personnel for their security.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Bombay High Court on Thursday stayed the FIR against comedian Kapil Sharma over an alleged illegal construction in his flat in suburban Goregaon.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Commenting on the participation of Chinese troops in Pakistan Day Celebration in Islamabad, security analyst Brigadier (Retd.) S.K. Chatterji said Thursday it is a friendly gesture being adopted by countries all across the globe.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): After the Election Commission allotted 'hat' symbol to V.K. Sasikala faction, senior leader M. Thambidurai on Thursday said they will continue with their efforts to stake claim to the 'two leaves' symbol as this decision is temporary.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Air Intelligence Unit officers on Thursday recovered drugs worth Rs. 64 lakh from a Sri Lankan national.

Full Story >>