Modi, Hollande agree to 17 terms including stalled nuclear project

PM Modi and his French counterpart Hollande made agreements on a nuclear project, space research and railways among others.

By: Press Trust of India | Paris | Updated: April 11, 2015 11:40 am
Modi, Hollande, Modi Hollande, Modi in France, Narendra Modi, Modi France, Modi Europe Tour, Modi Euro tour, Narendra Modi France, Modi News, Hollande Modi, Modi hollande, France PM, India PM, India News, World News Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, is greeted by French President Francois Hollande before a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, Friday, April 10, 2015, as part of a European tour for the Indian leader. (AP Photo)

India and France today signed 17 agreements, including on the stalled nuclear project in Jaitapur in Maharashtra, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with French President Francois Hollande.

An MoU was signed between Larsen and Tubro and AREVA aimed at cost reduction by increasing localisation, to improve the financial viability of the Jaitapur project.

The agreement will also enable transfer of technology and development of indigenous nuclear energy industry in India.

Pre-engineering agreements were inked between NPCIL and Areva which intend to bring clarity on all technical aspects of the plant so that all parties (AREVA, Alstom and NPCIL) can firm up their price and optimise all provisions for risks still included at this stage in the costs of the project.

After the two leaders held extensive talks, MoU was also signed between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) on the Indo-French Megha Tropiques satellite which was launched on board the Indian launch vehicle PSLV on October 12, 2011.

The MoU shall extend by two more years, the joint project for sharing and use of data from the satellite.

Under space cooperation, an agreement was also signed between ISRO and CNES. The agreement proposes cooperation in the areas of satellite remote sensing, satellite communications and satellite meteorology among others.

An MoU on cooperation between the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and French Ministry of Sports, Youth Affairs, Public Education and Community Life was also signed that envisages cooperation and exchange of experiences in the fields of sports medicine and institutional cooperation.

The two countries also signed agreements increasing bilateral cooperation in the economic sector.

An MoU on cooperation in the field of renewable energy between the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and France’s Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy was signed that will help establish the basis for cooperation and relationship to encourage and promote technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable energy issues on the basis of mutual benefits and reciprocity.

A Railway protocol between Indian Ministry of Railways and French National Railways (SNCF) was also inked, seeking to establish cooperation between Indian and French Railways for semi-high speed rail and station renovation.

Other agreements signed were in the fields of energy, culture, tourism, conservation, Ayurveda, skill development and science and technology.

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  1. Brika
    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:29 pm
    User "Karunakaran " is not an Indian.
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      Amrita
      Apr 11, 2015 at 1:06 pm
      I second the thought behind that comment. A section of our society including among the supposedly educated think that Modi's trips abroad are a waste of time and money. This negative thinking is also propagated by loose comments like in this thread which are strongly condemnable irrespective of your political affiliations. Some effort must be spent by the government is communicating how these 17 agreements affect us Indians in the short and long term. This would counter the negative propaa which some political parties unhesitatingly use to brainwash particularly the poor. Ive heard from many of the poor: what has Modi done so far? He is travelling abroad all the time. It is evident from just reading the nature of these agreements that they will impact railways, culture, space, nuclear industry to name just a few areas of collaboration. Propaa is done for narrow political gain and hurts the country in the long run.
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        Karunakaran
        Apr 11, 2015 at 9:20 am
        India buys, France sells. The photoshopped joker thinks it is as great an achievement as single-handedly building a rocket and landing on Jupiter. When India buys foreign goods worth billions, it is definitely not worthy of national headlines. It is a national shame. Most Indians had enough of this joker.
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          G G
          Apr 11, 2015 at 10:27 am
          A strange comment! Only a maoist anarchist interested only in the country's downfall to its enemies will harbour such thoughts.To ridicule the PM as a joker is the ultimate in the use of gutter language from someone who cares two hoots for the country and a traitor who wishes the country and its defence to be weak and vulnerable! Why the country is in this state of utter dependence on others is because of the lack of vision in our rulers of the past over six decades!
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            SHRIKANT SHARMAnewyork
            Apr 11, 2015 at 3:05 pm
            NARENDRA MODI IS REALLY DOING THE BEST JOB.BY SIGNING THE 17 AGREEMENTS AND READYING TO PURCHASE PLANES WHICH R FLYING READY HE HAS CLEARLY WELL UNDERSTOOD THE NEEDS OF DEFENSES OF INDIA AGAINST CHINA-PAK-TALIBAN.TO MAKE THESE PLANES IN HAL HE WILL PROVIDE JOBS TO ENGINEERING AND DEFENSE INDIVIDUALS.AFTER SEEING HIS FOREIGN TOURS IT IS PROVED THAT HE HAS AWAKENED THE SLEEPING INDIA AND HINDU RENAISSANCE IS THE BEST MODI CAN GIFT TO INDIANS IN GENERAL AND BJP IN PARTICULAR.AFTER GREAT VIVEKANANDA HE IS MAKING WAVES WHERE HE GOES.THE WAY HE INFLUENCED ANNE ON THE BOAT TALKS CLEARLY ILLUSTRATES THAT INDIAN EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTRY CAN LEARN FROM HIM HOW TO DO SUCCESSFUL PR EXERCISES.
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