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India-US: One step forward, half a step back

2020-03-04T07:03:48+00:00December 19th, 2017|2017/2018, December 2017, India-US, Year|

2017 will be remembered as the year in which India and the US came closer on a number of issues, yet it will also mark the year when the Trump administration frittered away some goodwill by blocking India’s attempt at ensuring food security for millions. The WTO negotiations in Buenos Aires were dead almost before they began. The main point of contention: US opposition to finding a permanent solution to the issue of India (and some other countries) holding large [...]

H1B visa troubles: Wake-up call for Indian IT sector

2018-05-18T13:02:54+00:00October 31st, 2017|2017/2018, Last Word, October 2017, Year|

India takes a tough stand on the Trump administration’s visa crackdown. It’s two steps forward and one step back – once again. We’re talking of Indo-US relations here and the rollercoaster it has been riding on since Donald Trump’s ascent to the White House. The latest irritant to mark the otherwise warm relationship between the two countries is the tightening of rules for issuing H1B and L1 visas. A new directive issued by the Trump administration recently made it more [...]

Karnataka: Investor’s darling

2018-12-31T12:06:45+00:00September 20th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal September Edition, State Focus: Karnataka, Year|

Having attracted the most investments in 2016, Karnataka is already a favorite with investors but blessed with rich minerals and abundant skilled manpower, there is still a lot of untapped potential. The year 2016 was a landmark one for Karnataka. As per the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), during the year the proposed investments in the state saw a massive five-fold jump from Rs 31,668 crore ($4.8bn) in 2015 to Rs 1,54,173 crore ($23bn). It placed the state [...]

Close and warm but…

2018-08-01T13:05:16+00:00August 21st, 2017|2017/2018, August 2017, The Americas, Year|

Donald Trump’s ambivalence on economic and strategic issues concerning India is coming in the way of taking bilateral ties to the next level. If India and the US were Facebook friends, then many in the Indian establishment would be justified in describing the relationship as “It’s complicated.” India is a “major defence ally” of the US, the economic relationship is vibrant, at least on the face of it, Washington has reiterated its support for India to be admitted into the [...]

Finding a voice for a New India

2018-12-31T13:21:46+00:00July 21st, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal July Edition, Last word, Year|

There is a need to energise Doordarshan (DD) to become the voice of a new India, writes India Inc. founder and CEO Manoj Ladwa. India’s Information & Broadcasting Ministry is, arguably, the most anachronistic symbol of a bygone age in Indian politics, administration and society. A country that justifiably prides itself on being the world’s largest democracy has no business having a government department and a bloated bureaucracy that regulates and supervises the dissemination of information to its citizens and [...]

GST alert on India’s real estate sector

2020-03-16T09:43:09+00:00July 17th, 2017|2018/2017, Guest Columns, India Investment Journal July Edition, Year|

The impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is set to shake up India’s property markets. The Indian real estate market was just beginning to steady itself from the impact of demonetization in November last year by clocking in smart sales in February, March and May nation-wide. However, the dual impact of GST implementation and the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) in July, has got the industry extremely worried. The typical profile of homes that were sold this year [...]

Moving up the BPO value chain

2019-01-02T07:26:54+00:00May 26th, 2017|2018/2017, India Investment Journal May Edition, Start-up India, Year|

Ramesh Awtaney heads the iSON Group, Africa’s largest technology and BPO specialist with a presence in 29 countries, including India. The businessman, who is passionate about replicating the Digital India model in Africa, shares his views on the emerging trends in IT/ BPO space in India, Africa and globally, Donald Trump’s impact on the industry and iSON’s growth journey. What is your analysis of the Digital India programme?  The Digital India programme has picked up remarkable pace over the last [...]

H1B: The visa that bites

2018-08-06T13:34:57+00:00April 11th, 2017|2017/2018, April 2017, Special Edition – May 2017, The Americas, THE AMERICAS, Year|

As the Donald Trump administration begins to deliver on his poll promise of cracking down on the alleged misuse of H1B visas, Indian IT companies are feeling the pinch. Donald Trump’s election rhetoric is returning to bite the Indian IT sector as policy formulations of the new US administration. First, here are some updates on the bad news on H1B visas, the visa category mainly used by Indian IT companies to ship Indian IT professionals to the US. Tougher norms [...]

The war against robots

2018-08-06T13:33:18+00:00April 11th, 2017|2017/2018, April 2017, Sector Focus/IT, Year|

Automation in the global IT industry threatens to disrupt the sector in -India but it may be a blessing in heavy disguise. For the stagnant industry, robots may pave the way for the next round of growth. On March 19, news reports suggested Cognizant, the New-Jersey headquartered software services firm may fire between 6,000-10,000 workers in its bid to reduce redundant and non-performing workers. As the news spread and doomsday predictions started ringing, the firm’s spokesperson sought to cool frayed [...]

Artificial Intelligence is bringing intuition to Cyber Security

2018-06-12T07:28:47+00:00April 10th, 2017|2017/2018, April 2017, Sector Focus/IT, Year|

Cyber Security is the protection of information assets, which are highly valuable to an organisation, writes a security expert. In the early days of the internet, Cyber Security wasn't of importance since most computers linked to the internet were part of academia, where trust played a major role. In addition, traditional networking wasn't secure by design, and did not encompass elements of security. As the internet grew, organisations started realising the efficiency and productivity the internet brought, and applications and [...]