28 January 2016

India cities get funds to tackle woes from sewage to traffic

In this June 12, 2015 file photo, an Indian motorist rides past an overflowing roadside garbage-dumping site in New Delhi, India. India has taken its first multibillion-dollar step toward rebuilding its metro areas as so-called smart cities by awarding 20 with funds to solve problems from shoddy sewage treatment to constant power outages and snarled traffic.
India took a step toward modernizing its cities on Thursday by awarding 20 with funds to solve problems from shoddy sewage treatment to snarled traffic.
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: Djokovic wins 1st set vs Federer at Aussie Open

Andy Murray of Britain reaches for a forehand return to David Ferrer of Spain during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016.
The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):
8:05 p.m.
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.

Re-elected Vietnam communist boss defends one-party rule

Newly re-elected Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong arrives at National Convention Center for the last day of the 12th National Congress of the party in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016.
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.