The Indian hospitality industry is switched on in following the latest trends and software solutions.
India Inc. took stock of the recent visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the UK with a high-profile summit to assess the impact on India-UK relations. “This visit has truly been a vibrant illustration of the partnership and the commitment we have to India… the UK will remain the place for India to come to within Europe,” was the message from Priti Patel, Britain’s employment minister.
India and the UK announced deals worth £9.2 billion during Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to the UK this week. A new rupee bond to fund Indian Railways, a civil nuclear pact and collaborations in the field of defence and cyber security were among the highlights of what British Prime Minister David Cameron described as a "new dynamic modern partnership".
India, which woke up belatedly to Africa’s potential as a strategic, economic and diplomatic partner, is now showing urgency in making up for lost time. The third India-Africa Summit in New Delhi in October marked a final break from previous engagements with that continent, which were driven by ideology, non-alignment and anticolonialism.
With so much Indian investment and interest in Britain’s steel industry, it would be surprising if the current plight of the struggling sector did not feature somewhere on the agenda when Prime Minister Modi met UK ministers during his visit in November.
David Cameron shared an easy chemistry with Narendra Modi during the long-awaited visit by the Indian Prime Minister to Britain in November. The British Prime Minister was by Modi’s side through most of his official engagements and also shared a more quiet time together during an overnight stay at Chequers, Cameron’s countryside retreat in Buckinghamshire.
The value of investment in UK-India research from the UK Research Councils, the Indian government and third parties received a £72-million boost during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK. The research partnership now exceeds £200 million covering programmes across food, energy and water security; health and well-being; smart cities and rapid urbanisation – and increasing access to expertise, resources and facilities.
India and the UK have agreed on a comprehensive package of collaboration on energy and climate change which includes commercial deals worth £3.2 billion during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK. The UK and India reaffirmed the importance of addressing climate change and promoting secure, affordable and sustainable supplies of energy that will support economic growth, energy security and energy access.
The year 2015 will go down in history as one that laid the groundwork for the promised “acchhe din” (good times), with enough concrete indicators that the Indian economy is set for a bounce. A series of far reaching measures taken by the Narendra Modi government is slowly beginning to bear fruit. The most important of these is the decision to front load the government’s capital expenditure, especially in the roads and highways, railways and rural infrastructure sectors
India’s relations with the 54 nations of Africa have received a much-needed reboot as a result of the India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi this week. An additional concessional credit line of $10 billion came alongside pledges for India and Africa to interact closely across areas of mutual interest like energy, climate change, agriculture and terrorism. India also renewed its commitment to help develop infrastructure, public transport, clean energy, irrigation, agriculture and manufacturing capacity across Africa.
India’s economic story in 2015, notwithstanding small hiccups, has been very encouraging to say the least. The GDP growth from 7 per cent in the second quarter to 7.4 per cent in the third ensured India retains its position as the fastest growing major economy in the world.
The Indian government’s Clean India programme seems to have made a mark with the country being ranked among the world’s top 5 clean energy business hotspots. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has ranked India behind China, Brazil, Chile and South Africa in its ‘Climatescope 2015’ report which analyses the attractiveness of 55 countries as best places for renewables companies to do business.
In his speech at Wembley Stadium during his visit to the UK, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a reference to rupee bonds, jokingly comparing their delights to those of watching James Bond films and drinking Brooke Bond tea
Gerard Grech is the CEO of Tech City UK, an organisation focused on accelerating the growth of digital businesses in London and across cities in the UK
Making good on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day promise of turning India into a start-up haven, the government is expected to unveil a new law to dramatically simplify the procedures governing start-ups and the eco-system under which they operate.
Economic and commercial relations between India and Singapore have increased substantially in the twenty first century especially after the conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement in 2005.
An Indian student in London has developed a cardboard baby incubator that could help save millions of lives in countries like India.
Vardaan Vasisht started his career in consulting at Accenture in India and moved to the US to join a start-up named Beyond Interactive, which at the time was setup in a dorm room at the University of Michigan and emerged as one of the first successful digital advertising agencies in the dot com boom era.
Suneet Singh Tuli is the co-founder and CEO and president of Canada-based DataWind, known the world over for its innovative and affordable Akash tablets designed to revolutionise education in India before creating a worldwide storm.
One of the world’s best known tech companies took on a surprise restructuring move which now places an Indian techie at the heart of Google.
Indian companies, from major conglomerates to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), made their mark in every part of the world through the course of this year. Here is a very brief look at just some of the key deals of 2015.
Priti Patel has been the British Prime Minister’s Indian Diaspora Champion for years and was recently elevated to David Cameron’s Cabinet as employment minister.
In a survey conducted by Disney a couple of years ago to illustrate the top 20 bare necessities of life, the internet came out top of the list, ahead of items like a daily shower (number 5), a cup of tea (number 7) and a solid marriage (number 9).
I recently spent three weeks in India as a part of the State Department’s US Speaker Program. My topics were foreign direct investment and strategic aspects of US-India economic engagement.
Since May 2014, the Indian PM has visited 26 countries and attended seven multilateral platforms.
India’s fourth-largest drug maker recently announced the acquisition of two US-based companies, InvaGen Pharmaceuticals and Exelan Pharmaceuticals, for $550 million.
In my upcoming book ‘The India-U.S. Partnership: $1 Trillion By 2030’, I suggest that the United States and India should be thinking about economic integration levels that befits the world’s second and third largest economies.
Persis Khambatta is a senior director with business consultancy BowerGroupAsia and is also an adjunct fellow with the Wadhwani Chair in US-India Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Indians calling the shots at some of the world’s best known global e-commerce outfits has become commonplace.
Michael Kugelman is the senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.
Kyan Pardiwalla has been at the heart of the Silicon Valley’s startup culture since his student days. Here he shares his insights with India Inc. on what it would take to incubate the right ecosystem for a similar innovation-oriented approach in India.
Over the past decade, the Silicon Valley experience has changed dramatically, particularly with the influx of immigrants who are not afraid to leave the security of a monthly income and instead are founding innovative new companies.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Silicon Valley, the global hub of high technology innovation, is to hard sell India as a manufacturing, innovation and back office destination for the world’s leading technology companies such as Apple, Google and Tesla, among many others.