31 Mar '16, 8am

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NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India hopes to receive one of the first loans issued by the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) later this year, as it looks to raise US$500 million (S$674 million) for solar power projects from the newly created lender, Indian officials said. Funding for clean energy projects would allay fears of environmental lobbyists that the bank's relaxed lending criteria could promote dirty fuels like coal in developing economies, like India, that are in a hurry to ramp up energy output. The multilateral investment bank, which has authorised capital of US$100 billion (S$134 billion), plans to join global clean-energy initiatives, and could fund eco-friendly investment projects to avoid allegations of promoting pollution. India, the bank's second biggest shareholder after China, is looking to borrow from the AIIB, a senior official said, to bac...

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