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1.Inked: Varanasi-Kyoto smart city partnership

Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s recent visit to Japan resulted in both the countries signing a pact under which his constituency Varanasi will be developed as a ´smart city´. The project will be developed with the assistance, co-operation and experience of Kyoto, the Japanese ´smart city´, which is a confluence of heritage and modernity.

2.Russia to offer help to India´s smart city project

Russian firm Sistema JSFC has shown keen interest in India´s smart city project. The Russian oil to telecom conglomerate will soon approach the Indian government to develop smart cities in the country.

3.At a glimpse...

Schneider Electric India recently hosted a panel discussion ´Changing India: A Smart City Revolution´ with SMEs to deliberate on India´s urban infrastructure and identify the building blocks for making the government´s ´smart cities´ project a reality.

4.Kochi Smart City secures SEZ status for 132 acre

Ministry of Commerce has granted the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status for 132 acre of the proposed 246-acre Smart City project at Kochi.

5.Sustainability and inclusiveness should be the fundamental tests of.....

Dr Sudhir Krishna, Former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, was at the helm of the entire country´s urban planning, urban infrastructure and urban transport till he retired in June 2014.

6.Guwahati to be a smart city

The Assam Government has asked the state´s Urban Development Department to prepare the modalities of ´Smart City´ as Guwahati has found a place in the list of 100 such cities envisioned by the Centre. A ´Smart- city´s urban competitiveness was enhanced by advanced technologies including information and communication technology and other means.

7.Smart cities

Rampant urbanisation will lead to the formation of 500 new cities over the next 20 years to house the growing number of city dwellers. This has triggered the need for a smart city, a concept relatively new in India

8.Awards bagged!

l The all-women Coimbatore plant of Kirloskar Brothers Ltd (KBL) was recently awarded the ´Gold Award´ for its advancement in the area of Science and Technology at Assocham´s 3rd Innovation Excellence Awards 2014.

9.Smart Planner

Now there is one more reason to visit the pink city of Jaipur. The tourist hot-spot is being primed to become a ´smart city,´ much to the delight of its residents and the 40 million tourists it attracts annually.

10.Awards bagged

Sterling Generators conferred the Sarvottam Manufacturer of Diesel Generators of the Year Award by the Builders´ Association of India. Mahindra Lifespace Developers ranked Regional Sector Leader for Listed, Asia, Industrial, in the 2015 GRESB Survey report, and recognised as industry leader in real estate sustainability best practices and initiatives, for the second year in a row.