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China and India’s growing economic activity and foreign direct investment in Africa has often been regarded as a great opportunity for growth and integration of the African continent into the global economy. 

 

The US Trade Representative's office released its annual trade barriers report on Friday, listing trade irritants in 63 countries and regions. In the China section, it accused China of pursuing a wide range of industrial policies and providing financial support to industries such as steel and aluminum, which have led to excess capacity in China and large volume of exports that have distorted global markets. The report also criticized China for imposing cybersecurity restrictions with a long-term goal of replacing foreign information and communications technology products and services with locally produced ones.

 

The real beneficiary of Direct Benefit Transfer of fertiliser subsidy will be the industry.

 

Taming India’s bad loan crisis is like taming the Amazonian wild. Recapitalisation, re-schedulement of loan, one-time settlement, engaging financial analysts in bank and so many layers of audit do not seem to slow down the non-performing asset (NPA) growth.

 
With several bilateral investment treaties lapsing on March 31, FDI inflows could take a hit Come April 1, the Narendra Modi government would have taken India back to the pre-1991 inward-looking economic era as far as India’s approach to bilateral investment treaties (BITs) is concerned.  
 

New NITI Aayog recruitment rules should trigger a revamp of the Indian state’s human capital

 

Typically, during every Budget session, Parliament passes a Finance Bill which details the tax proposals of the central government. This year, in addition to tax proposals, the Finance Bill 2017 contained several amendments that made structural changes to 26 tribunals. 

 

The current model of commercialisation does not work for publicly funded research

 
Apart from the Stayzilla shutdown, events in the first three months of 2017 underline that what started as a correction in late 2015 is starting to veer dangerously close to a crisis  
 
A ‘rate hike in time is just fine’ is a wise RBI saying. With CPI inflation at near-historic lows, this must mean, according to the RBI law of mean reversion, that the future will bring high inflation. Hence, the urgent need for intervention  
 


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spotlight image India’s Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari visited Armenia recently to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
 
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The US has slammed Pakistan for failing to crackdown on terror groups operating from "safe havens" inside its territory, and said the Nawaz Sharif government did not take any action against the LeT and JeM, which continue to operate openly.
 
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In dispatching its  PLA (Peoples Liberation Army)  marines to Djibuti in the Horn of Africa on Wednesday (July 12 ) by amphibious ships, from the southern port of Zhanjiang, China has taken a significant step in enhancing its  trans-border military footprint.
 
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It is becoming increasingly obvious that China is experiencing a sort of superiority obsession, imagining it can dominate and conquer the world. Several Chinese acts in the recent past indicate such an attitude. Asian nations, which are now apprehensive about China’s aggressive postures, are unclear how matters will shape up.
 
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Men of letters have outstanding world views, but sometimes their views on the situation in the Valley are coloured by lack of practical appreciation of the ground reality.
 
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For many of us in India — and, indeed, in the rest of the world — the Chinese economic story has been seen for what it is: a country determined by its leadership’s sheer will to lift its people first out of paddy fields
 
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IS retired Gen Raheel Sharif commanding a ghost army? Government representatives have insisted that so long as the terms of reference of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism are not finalised, Pakistan’s participation cannot be determined.
 
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  The U.S. administration’s decision to slap sanctions on 18 Iranian individuals and entities on Tuesday, only a day after it certified to Congress that Tehran was compliant with the conditions of the nuclear deal, sums up its strategic resolve in taking on the Islamic Republic and the tactical dilemma it faces while doi
 
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S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore on "India, ASEAN and Changing Geopolitics”
 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
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History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
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Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compare with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals may be capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to it...

 
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Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

 
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