took a step toward modernizing its cities on Thursday by awarding 20
with funds to solve problems from shoddy sewage treatment to snarled
The government eventually plans to spend $15 billion to remake 100 cities over five years, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said. The first 20 to receive financing include the capital of new Delhi, the western cities of Pune, Jaipur and Ahmadabad, and the southern cities of Chennai and Kochi.
The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):
Novak Djokovic has easily won the first set 6-1 in his semifinal against Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena.
The top-ranked and defending champion Djokovic started strongly, holding his opening service game to love, then breaking No. 3-ranked Federer's service in the second game to take a 2-0 lead after four minutes. He won the first set in 22 minutes.
Vietnam's re-elected leader, a 71-year-old Communist Party ideologue,
made it clear Wednesday that one-party rule was here to stay, insisting
that the collective leadership he heads is a far better alternative to
what he called authoritarianism disguised as democracy.
General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (pronounced Noo-yen Foo Chong) was re-elected Wednesday as head of the party and the leader of a 19-member Politburo that will govern Vietnam for the next five years. The decisions were made at the end of a weeklong congress of the 4.5-million-member party, which rules the lives of 93 million Vietnamese.