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The world wants a piece of the Indian innovation pie

2019-11-15T14:31:47+00:00November 15th, 2019|2019, North America Edition – 15 November 2019|

India’s tech start-ups have placed the country at the cutting edge of emerging technologies and are attracting billions of dollars of investments from tech giants and investors such as Google, Amazon, Softbank and Alibaba. A proactive government, a helpful policy environment and the second largest internet user base are fuelling this boom. Highlights: India has the world’s third largest start-up eco-system after the US and China. Global tech giants such as Google are setting up incubators in India to provide [...]

Proactive diplomacy, judicious use of military resources keep India ahead in Indian Ocean Region

2019-11-15T14:01:04+00:00November 14th, 2019|2019, North America Edition – 15 November 2019, UK Edition – 15 November 2019|

India’s diplomatic efforts and steady financial and military assistance give it an advantage over China as both nations seek closer ties with the island nations in the Indian Ocean. Highlights: The island nations of the Indian Ocean have emerged as a new theatre of competition between India and China. China’s rising influence in the Indian Ocean has raised suspicions in New Delhi that Beijing is following a “String of Pearls” strategy to emasculate its sphere of influence. Prime Minister Modi [...]

Croatia offers easy access to European markets

2019-11-15T14:37:21+00:00November 14th, 2019|2019, North America Edition – 15 November 2019, UK Edition – 15 November 2019|

The European nation proposes opportunities for investment in a variety of sectors ranging from tech to agriculture to clean energy production. Highlights: Easy access to European and world markets. Modern transport and infrastructure. Reliable investment and business environment. Highly educated, multilingual and competent workforce. Through history, Croats have created some of the most important inventions used in everyday lives such as the pen, the tie, the electrical current, the parachute and the fingertip classification system. Many great inventors like [...]

How corporate India can solve the skilling puzzle

2019-11-15T13:16:28+00:00November 14th, 2019|2019, North America Edition – 15 November 2019, UK Edition – 15 November 2019|

The head of IBM’s advisory board shares her insights on how companies can recruit candidates with the right skillsets and equip their existing workforce to be future-ready. A strange paradox grips the job market in India: there are thousands of open jobs across different industries but no matching skill sets, even as millions of graduates are unable to find employment. Incredulous as it sounds, it is the harsh reality. The reason for this poignant situation is – skills or rather [...]

Diversifying to thrive: unlocking the full potential of FinTech

2019-11-15T14:05:24+00:00November 14th, 2019|2019, North America Edition – 15 November 2019, UK Edition – 15 November 2019|

Organisations need to move quickly and set high standards for diversity to enable Indian FinTech to grow, notes an industry expert. The global FinTech ecosystem is going from strength to strength. According to statistics from the KPMG ‘Pulse of FinTech’ report, investment crossed $100 billion globally in 2018. From London to New York, Mumbai to Singapore and Australia, new companies are emerging every day to provide innovative, disruptive tech solutions in the finance sector. During this period of global political [...]

Smart cities in India have attracted the world’s leading tech providers

2019-11-15T12:58:23+00:00November 14th, 2019|2019, North America Edition – 15 November 2019, UK Edition – 15 November 2019|

Interview Hardeep Singh Puri is a dynamic force in the Indian Cabinet, in charge of the Ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs and Civil Aviation, as well as a Minister of State in the Minister of Commerce and Industry. In this interview during a recent UK visit, he covers a wide spectrum of issues under his various portfolios as he traces India’s slow but sure journey to becoming a $5-trillion economy by 2024. How are the government’s flagship programmes moving [...]

UK-India tech tie-up creates a hand-washing robot for schools

2019-11-15T07:21:04+00:00November 14th, 2019|2019, North America Edition – 15 November 2019, UK Edition – 15 November 2019|

A collaboration between researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University in India has resulted in a new robot which encourages children to wash their hands. A robot named Pepe has become a new companion for pupils at a primary school in the southern state of Kerala as part of a fresh approach to hygiene devised as a result of a unique India-UK tie-up. “We were delighted by the success of Pepe’s visit to this primary school. [...]

Indo-China camaraderie in the digital world

2019-11-15T13:51:02+00:00November 14th, 2019|2019, North America Edition – 15 November 2019, UK Edition – 15 November 2019|

China’s substantial investments in Indian start-ups and its rapid dominance in the Indian smartphone and app market are testament to its potential as a fruitful digital partner going ahead, as long as the countries can navigate through the changes in data protection policies at both ends. Highlights: Chinese VC investment into India has grown five-fold in the past two years. Another area where Chinese companies made big inroads in India is the domestic smartphone market. Chinese Investment, while helpful to [...]

Women’s rights lie at the heart of Oxfam’s work in India

2019-11-15T07:21:23+00:00November 14th, 2019|2019, North America Edition – 15 November 2019, UK Edition – 15 November 2019|

The organisation’s Bano Nayi Soch campaign aims to challenge regressive social norms and promote equal opportunities for women and girls. Highlights: One of the most distinctive forms of social inequity in India come within the spheres of gender and caste. Economic and gender inequality are significant barriers to poverty reduction. Oxfam India works with young women to change regressive social norms which push women out of the development process. The world is witnessing rising inequalities. While income and wealth [...]

The US tech sector has created the most successful Indian entrepreneurs

2019-11-15T14:04:05+00:00November 14th, 2019|2019, North America Edition – 15 November 2019, UK Edition – 15 November 2019|

Interview M.R. Rangaswami is an entrepreneur, investor, corporate eco-strategy expert, community builder and philanthropist. As the Founder of Indiaspora and Co-Founder of Sand Hill Group, he shares his thoughts on the recent developments in the tech industry and the importance of the Indian diaspora in countries like the US. What are some of the most exciting software developments coming out of Silicon Valley today? These are exciting times in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. There is a confluence of [...]