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Indian diplomacy’s new paradigm: India First

2018-12-04T08:09:24+00:00January 17th, 2018|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January Edition, Other Highlights, Year|

Under Narendra Modi, India has shed its anaemic ‘please all, offend none’ foreign policy stance, firmed up what exactly Act East means and has handled foreign policy challenges strictly from the point of India’s enlightened self-interest. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a well-founded reputation as a disruptor. Demonetisation of high value currency notes that sucked out 86 per cent of the country’s currency in circulation, the introduction of the Goods and Service Tax (GST), which replaced a welter of [...]

Indian real estate to build on 2017 reforms

2020-12-07T09:00:11+00:00January 17th, 2018|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January Edition, Other Highlights, Year|

The property market has stepped into 2018 with new optimism and drive, writes India Inc. property expert. In 2017, the Indian real estate market was able to constantly sense the waves of transformation. These waves were caused by various policy initiatives and government reforms and also digital disruption, layoffs, the millennial effect, shift in office space trends, start-up boom and emergence of new real estate subdivisions such as co-working, e-retailing and affordable housing. However, India’s real estate industry managed to [...]

Indian healthcare: An emerging investment magnet

2018-12-03T11:58:06+00:00May 26th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January Edition, India Investment Journal May Edition, Other Highlights, Policy India, Year|

The Indian healthcare sector is riding the growth curve and emerging as a lucrative site for foreign investments, writes a healthcare analyst. The Indian healthcare sector is one of the fastest growing sectors with high contribution not only in terms of revenue, but also employment. The Indian healthcare market is expected to rank amongst the top-three healthcare markets in terms of incremental growth by 2020.[1] The sector stood at approximately $113.9 billion in 2016 and is likely to grow at [...]

A new vision of steel for development

2018-12-03T12:50:16+00:00March 15th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January Edition, India Investment Journal March Edition, Other Highlights, Policy India, Year|

The Government of India recently announced a highly ambitious vision for India's steel industry and future demand and circulated a New Draft Steel Policy 2017 for public discussion. This document is an outline for attaining a most challenging target capacity of 300 million tonnes of crude steel capacity by 2030, which is anticipated to be the demand for steel then. To put this figure in context, India is producing only around 100 million tonnes today while China alone produces around [...]

UK must rethink abolition of tax relief for overseas work

2019-01-02T08:36:00+00:00January 9th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January 2017, Other Highlights, Year|

Changes to how overseas work, including in India, will be taxed is among wider UK government plans to alter how termination pay outs, such as redundancy payments, will be dealt with by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). It would be a mistake for the UK Government to go ahead and abolish, in April 2018, Foreign Service Relief (FSR) on termination payments made to UK taxpayers. FSR is a longstanding relief which wholly or partly exempts non-contractual termination of employment [...]

Business travel to India: Some practical tips for your visa journey

2019-01-02T10:33:40+00:00January 9th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January 2017, Other Highlights, Year|

An Indian visa strategist demystifies some of the jargon that is often associated with very simple travel procedures for the country and analyses how the e-visa is changing the landscape for business travel to India. When one hears the words Indian visas, one usually has images of nightmare queues and waking up at ridiculous hours of the morning to trek to the Indian mission. Well, with the advent of an online visa (the so called e-Tourist Visa (e-TV for short)), [...]

Treasures from the Bodleian Libraries’ Indian Collection

2019-01-02T10:41:14+00:00January 9th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January 2017, Other Highlights, Year|

The Bodleian Libraries, the world famous research hub of Oxford University, houses the world’s largest known collection of Sanskrit manuscripts outside the Indian subcontinent, consisting of approximately 8,700 items. A leading Indologist charged with this wealth of information writes exclusively for ‘India Investment Journal’ on the treasures that will mark the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 celebrations. The first Sanskrit manuscript acquired by the Bodleian was an astrological work, the Jyotiṣaratnamālā ‘Garland of Jewels on Astrology’ by Śrīpati. It was [...]

End of a watershed year

2019-01-02T12:26:52+00:00January 9th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal January 2017, Other Highlights, Year|

What looked like an optimistic start to the year with leasing activity picking up in the commercial segment was not to be, writes India Inc. property expert. If 2015 was a roller coaster, 2016 was definitely a steep downhill for the real estate sector. With the passing of the Real Estate Regulation Bill, residential buyers hammered away at residential developers with judges passing landmark judgments against developers for delayed delivery. If this did not have the developers scurrying for cover, [...]