Do we have the right environment to attract FDIs
Time to hold up a mirror to ourselves and examine our warts. For over a decade now, we have had ministers and even Prime Ministers sashaying around the world trying desperately to hawk India as the dream investment destination. Finance minister Arun Jaitley was busy doing roadshows in Hong Kong and Singapore till the other day.
India's economy after the bloodbath
It is remarkable that despite OECD's forecast of a slowdown in global trade and investment, India continue to grow at over 7 per cent. The IMF has also predicted a slower global economic growth which now seems probable when there are alarming factors in the global arena especially in the Chinese economy.
Delhi Air Quality Challenges & Action Plan
The ambient air quality has been monitored in Delhi since 1984 by the Central Pollution Control Board formerly known Delhi Pollution Control Committee. The collected data and analysis shows there is deterioration in air quality of Delhi. The air pollution has been a matter of concern because it is impacting environment and health. To combat the air quality problem it is important to understand the reason of problem to implement successful robust action plan in time frame.
It's time India stopped punching at shadows
For several years, India has aspired to become a member of the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation Organisation, which was established in 1989 as a premier regional institution to promote trade and investment linkages in Asia-Pacific. Despite having close political, economic and strategic ties with many of the member countries of Apec, India's request for becoming a formal member of the group, made in 2007, is yet to be accepted.
Addressing India's missing girls: Time to re-evaluate strategies
The issue of declining child sex ratio has long been a national priority for India. However, Prime Minister Modi's announcement of the 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojna' in January has brought the issue to the forefront again. While initiatives like 'Selfie with Daughter' have helped in symbolically mainstreaming the campaign amongst the urban-educated middleclass, it is essential that the built momentum continues and gets translated into concrete results.
India's economic reforms: A flashback
Twenty-five years to the day, India began its tryst with the reform process. A balance of payments crisis and the dismantling of the Soviet Union which fashioned the end of rupee-rouble trade meant that India had to pony up in a hurry. Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao took the reins of power in extremely trying and difficult times.
ISIS: Is Central Asia the Next Stop?
There is a growing debate whether the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will advance into the heartland of Central Asia or not, although the figures of people from the region joining the outfit differ from source to source.
Smart Cities to Enrich Urban Life
In a landmark decision, the Indian Government has given a green signal to the ambitious project of turning 100 urban centres spread across the country into smart cities ,the need for which has been vigorously espoused by the tech savy Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi .The “Smart Cities Mission” that will attract an investment of Rs.480,000-million has as its objective, “recasting the urban landscape of the country by making cities more liveable and inclusive, besides driving economic growth”.
Why India should join China's MSR
The growth of China has been remarkable ever since it undertook reforms in 1978 and China is currently the second largest economy in the world, even having overtaken Japan. In order to sustain this development, the concept of the Silk Road was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jingping during his visit to Indonesia in October 2013.
The State of the Economy
One year on, Modi government is being judged and assessed for its performance in various fields. Of all the things that have happened on the economic front, Prime Minister Modi's moves on the social sector insurance policy for the poor stand out as an outstanding achievement. The Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Paradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana have given hope to the poor because they can now be insured against accident, old age and death.