NEWS IN BRIEF
EXIT THE DRAGON
A battle-hardened military, decades-long experience in high altitude warfare together with India’s recent elevation to the Chair of the WHO Executive Board, its election to the UNSC and its close diplomatic ties with like-minded democracies such as the US, Japan, France, Israel, the UK and others will help it counter Beijing’s aggression.
A new West Midlands India Partnership (WMIP) has been launched with the goal of enhancing bilateral relations and to boost tourism, trade and investment between the West Midlands region of England and India.
Freight movement, electricity and oil consumption are all showing signs of increasing demand. Unemployment is also falling. Coupled with an expected boom in the rural economy, which supports 70 per cent of India’s population, these could substantially temper or even negate the contraction of the economy in the first quarter of this financial year.
AROUND THE WORLD, THE INDIAN WAY
Life is a journey – and more Indians are increasingly hitching a ride to visit places around the world as diverse as Boston and Bali to London and Larnaca. But with Indian travellers among the world’s highest spenders per visit made abroad, and a rich history of cross-cultural pollination wherever Indians visit, nobody is complaining.
By relaxing the norms for commercial drone operations following the Covid-19 outbreak, India has not only enabled an effective monitoring of coronavirus cases, but also opened a new frontier for new applications and investments.