#Spotlight, #Global Edition- March 2018

Poor vision, as the world’s largest unaddressed disability, requires investment to prevent its crippling impact on economic growth.

Prime Minister Modi created waves at this year’s World Economic Forum, when he announced that India’s economy, already the fifth-largest in the world, would double to $5 trillion by 2025.

#Country Focus, #UK Edition - March 2018

The signs are ominous. Recent utterances by the US President and top administration officials point towards more punitive import tariffs and entry restrictions to protect American industry. This could beget retaliation from China and others and seriously undermine the incipient global economic recovery.

The bull has entered the China shop and though it hasn’t started rampaging yet, its first moves suggest that it could just be warming up.

#Region Focus, #UK Edition - March 2018
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ASEAN is heavily dependent on China for trade but distrust between the two in South China Sea offers an opening for India to enhance its stature in the region.

Every year, as India celebrates the birth of its Republic in the last week of January, the world watches as the largest democracy shows its mettle as a social, political, cultural and military superpower.

#Region Focus, #UK Edition - March 2018

There appears to be awareness that India’s relations with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) must move beyond symbolism.

One of Narendra Modi’s first foreign policy initiatives called on the country to reinvigorate its “Look East” policy, making it an “Act East” policy. The Look East policy, launched in 1991, is not without achievements – bilateral trade between India and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) increased from just $2.3bn in 1991/92 to around $70bn in 2016/17. However, the contrast with China is stark – back in 1991 China-ASEAN trade stood at just $6.3bn. Last year, however, it had jumped to $515bn.

#Analysis, #UK Edition - March 2018

The Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting in London in April is expected to be the most ground-breaking summit for the bloc of 53 nations.

When Narendra Modi arrives for the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting in London in April, he will be aware of the significance of his very presence at the summit. It will mark the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to CHOGM since Trinidad and Tobago in 2010, with Indian leaders having given summits in Perth, Colombo and Malta a miss.

#2017/2018, #December 2017, #India & The World

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth believes India has emerged as a natural champion to demonstrate innovation in action for the organisation.

Nothing quite prepares you for the havoc caused when the power of nature strikes with destructive force. My recent visit to the Caribbean made me very aware of the ferocity of three hurricanes in as many weeks. I was shocked by what I saw from the air as my plane flew into Dominica, the country of my birth.

#December 2017, #More from this edition

Digital India has led to a change of mindset geared towards innovation and technology.

India feels like a changed country this year. Travelling around and meeting people around Mumbai as we approach the end of 2017, I see many signs of this – from the use of mobile wallets on the toll roads, to digitalisation of systems providing provident fund management as part of employee pension schemes.

#India-US, #December 2017

From Bangladesh and Africa to Israel and China, the footprint of India spread far and wide in recent months.

Gloster plans foray into Bangladesh

Diversified jute manufacturer and exporter Gloster Limited is planning to set up a unit in Bangladesh. The new unit will be a greenfield site and cater to the export market.

#FEATURE REGION, #October 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought about a paradigm shift in India’s quest for oil, gas, uranium by forging close relations with the five ‘Stans’ – Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

The controversial and much delayed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is finally getting a move on – a full 22 years after it was conceived.

Following the groundbreaking ceremony last December, India will host the next meeting of the Steering Committee which has been formed for the $7.6-billion, 1,814-km-long pipeline that will transport gas from the Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan to India to feed its power plants and meet its energy security needs.