UK Edition – March 2019

///UK Edition – March 2019

India helps drive up Scotch whisky export boom

2020-03-24T09:32:41+00:00March 8th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – March 2019|

One of Scotland’s premier exports, its whisky, continues to prove hugely popular in the Indian market, with latest figures placing India among the top three markets for the tipple with 112.6 million bottles sold in 2018. India was among the top export destinations for Scotch whisky in 2018, a year during which the export value of Scotland’s popular tipple grew by 7.8 per cent to hit a record £4.70 billion. Official figures from the UK’s Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) analysed by the Scotch Whisky Association [...]

The Imperatives of an Enhanced Security Connect

2020-03-24T09:35:00+00:00March 6th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – March 2019|

Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain, a highly decorated officer of the Indian Army and the former Commander of the Kashmir Corps, highlights areas of defence cooperation that could enhance the relationship between India and the UK. As a second-generation Indian military professional (father also being from the British Indian Army), belonging to a regiment which proudly wears its scarlet lanyard on the right shoulder due to its erstwhile royal status, student of Indian history and someone educated in a Church [...]

An integrative approach to literacy

2019-03-11T13:48:47+00:00March 6th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – March 2019|

The founder of a UK-based education charity on a mission to achieve wider literacy in India explains Raindrop Campaign’s coordinated approach. If you’re reading this, then you’re one of the lucky ones.  You can read! Consider how different your life would be without that basic skill you take for granted. Around 266 million adults, a fifth of India’s population, are unable to read or write.  For the world’s largest democracy, that is a regrettable statistic.  It’s also a testament to [...]

Doctors protest UK’s ‘unfair’ health surcharge

2019-03-11T13:50:36+00:00March 6th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – March 2019|

Doctors and healthcare professionals from India, often referred to as the backbone of the UK’s state-funded National Health Service (NHS), are campaigning against a doubling of a visa surcharge that would adversely impact recruitment plans to reverse staff shortages in the UK. Indian doctors and healthcare professionals based in the UK are campaigning against what they describe as an “unfair” doubling of a health surcharge imposed on professionals from outside European Union (EU) living and working in Britain. The “Immigration Health Surcharge” was introduced [...]

Trump’s GSP bite may not hurt India much, but…

2019-03-11T13:50:52+00:00March 5th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – March 2019|

The latest US move to deny Indian exports a tariff-free regime under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) is an unnecessary irritant. It had to happen sooner rather than later. US President Donald Trump’s transactional administrative paradigm has found a new target after China, Mexico, Canada and the European Union (EU) – India. The US has decided to remove imports from India from the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme that enabled some Indian products zero-tariff access to the American [...]

Brexit has thrown an intricate jigsaw up in the air

2020-03-24T09:35:59+00:00March 5th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – March 2019|

The campaigner who hit the headlines when she won her legal battle to prevent British Prime Minister Theresa May triggering Brexit without Parliament’s approval writes about India-UK relations within the context of Britain’s impending exit from the EU. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, said not so long ago that he believed his country and the United Kingdom make an “unbeatable combination”. Nobody would ever have thought to dispute that in the past with bilateral trade between our two countries [...]

Reinventing transportation for the future

2019-03-11T14:59:29+00:00February 25th, 2019|2019, Home Page, UK Edition – March 2019|

Ben Legg is the Managing Director of Ola UK and in charge of the Indian ride-hailing company’s expansion strategy for the UK market since its entry last year. In this interview with ‘India Global Business’, he traces Ola’s journey in the UK so far, plans for a London launch and prospects of the online transportation model in future. What is Ola's broad strategy for the UK market? Ola wants to reinvent the way people and goods move around, making it [...]

Fintech is making a dramatic impact in India

2019-03-08T07:10:52+00:00February 25th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – March 2019|

City of London Corporation’s Policy Chief looks back on a recent India visit to lay out the foundations for close cooperation in the field of financial technology, more specifically RegTech and InsurTech. As the political leader of the City of London Corporation, the body that represents the UK’s historic Square Mile and in a broader sense the country’s financial and professional services sector, I recently travelled to India for the first time for a series of meetings with government and [...]