Merkel, Modi in India’s technology hub of Bangalore


German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Premier Narendra Modi were in India’s information technology hub Tuesday for talks on boosting cooperation in related fields.

Modi received Merkel at a skills facility run by German group Bosch in Bangalore, officials said.

The leaders would participate in a meeting with industry leaders organized by the National Association of Software and Services Companies.

They would focus on efforts to open new businesses in the sector and exchange views on entrepreneurship and start-ups, NDTV network reported.

Bangalore is home to major German businesses like Bosch, SAP, Siemens and Daimler among others.

Nearly 1,700 German companies are doing business in India, and many have opened or expanded factories in the country.

India and Germany signed several agreements Monday on cooperation in dealing with climate change, including assistance for India’s solar energy programme, and expediting German business ventures in India.