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Fighting an invisible enemy, globally

2020-04-03T17:42:16+00:00March 27th, 2020|2020, North America Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020, UK Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020|

While the COVID-19 crisis has unleashed an unprecedented global fightback, the strategy to combat the pandemic has varied across regions – from instant draconian lockdown measures to a more softly-softly approach. Highlights: Countries across the world are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in vastly different ways, ranging from a complete lockdown to a milder ‘social distancing’ approach. While China’s commendable quarantine measures helped contain the spread to an extent, the country failed at sparking a global response at an early [...]

Disrupting business through disruptive technologies

2020-03-27T20:30:28+00:00March 27th, 2020|2020, UK Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020|

Technology is providing opportunities for innovators to identify unique market segments and transform ways of doing business. Highlights: The recent flood of technological innovation has the potential to be more disruptive in a shorter period than ever before. Some Indian businesses that made a tremendous impact on the economy are Capital Float, Paytm, Ola, Myra Medicines and FarEye. In the near future, technologies like 5G, AI, autonomy, hybridity and blockchain will change not only the way business is conducted but [...]

COVID-19 pandemic pauses India’s global diplomacy push

2020-04-03T16:57:42+00:00March 27th, 2020|2020, North America Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020, UK Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020|

The outbreak has grounded the Indian Prime Minister for now but it cannot rein in the country’s global push for long. Highlights: The Coronavirus outbreak has put breaks on PM Modi’s diplomatic visits, several of which were integral to India’s global diplomacy strategy. The visit to Bangladesh would have focused on the issue of illegal immigrants in India, especially given the announcement of CAA. The Egyptian visit was of great importance in building India’s connect with the African continent. The [...]

13 Global Indians who are building living bridges with India and the world

2020-03-27T14:30:15+00:00March 27th, 2020|2020, North America Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020, UK Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020|

A round-up of some of the influential business and political leaders among the Indian diaspora in North America. As we look at the teams of Fortune 500 companies, it is not uncommon to find several Indian names in the C-Suite. Here, we recognise some of the most influential business tycoons and politicians from behind the limelight in the US and Canada.  Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and MP, Oakville As the Minister of Public Services and Procurement [...]

Nurturing seeds of hope for a better tomorrow

2020-03-27T12:15:25+00:00March 27th, 2020|2020, North America Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020, UK Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020|

Oil and gas services company Technip India has charted out several plans to foster socio-economic development in local. Highlights: The company has initiated over 50 CSR programmes, in line with the UN SDGs, under the aegis of their flagship community programme Seed of Hope. They have installed biogas plants in 100 houses in Dahej, Gujarat to provide access to a clean and affordable source of energy to rural communities. Technip is also actively promoting female education by starting 32 STEM [...]

A new high for UK-India defence ties

2020-04-04T11:07:49+00:00March 27th, 2020|2020, North America Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020, UK Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020|

The India-UK defence collaboration has enhanced in recent years to strengthen combined expertise across a range of fields, including counter-terrorism operations. Highlights: The UK and India have taken part in several joint exercises, agreements and dialogues to boost defence and counter-terrorism cooperation – one of them being the UK’s Royal Air Force’s participation in India’s Exercise Indradhanush. Such joint exercises are a crucial aspect of the India-UK defence cooperation, which is set for a spike in a post-Brexit scenario as [...]

India needs legislature to address telecom AGR dues

2020-03-27T12:15:48+00:00March 27th, 2020|2020, North America Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020, UK Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020|

Rather than allow a crucial sector like telecom to sink, the government should bring in legislation to override the orders of the Supreme Court. The Indian Supreme Court has threatened to slap contempt of court proceedings against officials of the Department of Telecom (DoT) and senior executives of private telecom companies for not following its orders on the payment of aggregate gross revenue (AGR) dues that have accumulated over two decades to about $21 billion. The issue lies in a [...]

Realising the potential of the India-UK-Israel trade triangle

2020-03-27T11:53:07+00:00March 27th, 2020|2020, UK Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020|

Technology offers new and improved ways to bolster trilateral trade relations between the three nations. Highlights: Despite strong bilateral ties between India, Israel and the UK, opportunities for trilateral trade have not been fully realised. The UK Israel Tech Hub has generated 175 tech partnerships between UK and Israeli companies, worth an estimated $103 million. The UK India Tech Hub was launched to support start-ups and entrepreneurs post the success of its UK-Israel counterpart. As post-Brexit UK is looking for [...]

Tatarstan’s main treasure is its people

2020-03-27T15:28:14+00:00March 27th, 2020|2020, North America Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020, UK Edition – 27 March-09 April 2020|

It also shares common interests with India, while offering loads of possibilities to foreign investors across diverse sectors. Highlights: Tatarstan is one of the most economically developed regions in the entire Russian Federation. Its special economic zone, Alabuga, brings in 59 per cent of the total revenue and 34 per cent of tax revenues from all of the country's SEZs and provides 39 per cent of private investment in Russian SEZs. IT, medicine, agriculture, mechanical engineering and energy are some [...]