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It is also imperative for India to explore other regions for markets. Its trade deficit with Latin America has been narrowing. Also, its trade with Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala has increased, compared with some Asian markets, eastern and western European countries, writes Sandeep Kaur Bhatia for South Asia Monitor

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to build India's global appeal for investors seem to have finally yielded returns in terms of the country's performance in the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ rankings. India witnessed its highest ever jump of 30 places in the rankings reaching the 100th place among 190 countries.

 

International commentators have asked the government of India to make major economic reforms for years. We said it would be like The Field of Dreams: If you make major reforms, international money will pour in.

 

In its own coded and diplomatic style, the World Bank has warned that the government’s growth story is now at risk given the scale of the macroeconomic imbalances growing within it.

 

Old friendships and cultural links don’t amount to a hill of beans in realpolitik today. This is something that has been dinned into us and which we have learnt from bitter experience. So we have had to abandon our penchant to witter on about the golden age of Nehru-Nasser-Tito-Sukarno-Nkrumah and the ‘awara hoon’ ties between India and the erstwhile Soviet Union.

 
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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi welcomed this Ramadan by declaring the formation of the Caliphate, with him as the Caliph — namely the successor of the Prophet Mohammed. The declaration comes after ISIS threatened to make its presence felt outside the territory it now controls.

 

The Nobel-prize winning economist Robert Fogel believes that China will grow at an average rate of eight percent until 2040, by which time it will be twice as rich as Europe in per capita terms. His model is based partly on so-called geometric growth. 

 

The day China surpasses the US as the world’s largest economy may be only months away according to the World Bank.

 
 

Fouad Ajami, the reputed Middle East scholar of Lebanese origin who died in the US  on June 23 of cancer, made a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship about  the Arab world writes Uday Bhaskar

 


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