The Government of India is keen to develop and promote 100 smart cities. The budget for 2014-15 provided Rs. 70600 million (US$1160 million) for this program. Overall goals for urban development in India involve sustainable, inclusive smart cities. India has to improve its urban infrastructure and governance in order to achieve its economic development goals and provide jobs for the youth. The whole concept of a smart city should help cities reduce non-sustainable consumption
MELBOURNE: While economic factors are set to dominate the foreign policy of the new Indian government, it may adopt a "muscular" policy towards Pakistan and bolster defence capabilities against China
Earlier this year more than 60 prominent figures from diplomacy, think tanks, higher education, politics, business and media took part in the 'Australia India Rountable' dialogue held at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney and the Australia India Institute in Melbourne.
"I think that the time has come for a much closer relationship between Australia and India, which for too long was shaped by the fact that both countries were on opposing sides of the Cold War," says Professor Amitabh Mattoo, chief executive of the Australia-India Institute.