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India Needs More Than Another Gandhi

December 12th 2017 4:52PM
In what must be one of the least surprising election results in history, India's venerable Congress Party has elected Rahul Gandhi as its next leader. Gandhi will succeed his mother, the Italian-born Sonia Gandhi. His father was also Congress president. So was his grandmother, his great-grandfather and ...

Russia Pressures India to Support Chinese Trade Project

December 12th 2017 4:30PM
Russia is pressuring India to support China's plan to build trade and transport links across Asia and in other areas. On Monday, Russian officials suggested that India find a way to work with China on the Belt and Road project, even if the two sides have political differences. India is strongly opposed to an ...

What the Russia-India-China Trilateral Meeting Means

December 12th 2017 4:30PM
This week, the foreign ministers of Russia, India, and China met for their fifteenth ministerial trilateral meeting in New Delhi. Russia was represented by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, India by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and China by Foreign Minister Wang Yi. In a lengthy joint statement ...

Why Are Manufacturing Costs so Much Higher in India Than China?

December 12th 2017 2:15PM
My in-laws have also recently started importing from China [replacing their Indian suppliers] and I will tell you why costs are higher than in China. ... Cost of power: In India, we subsidize the power to farmers so much [farmers are a huge political base to regional parties] that the electricity companies ...

Verizon to retrench 993 across India

December 12th 2017 1:41PM
Verizon Data Services India (VDS India) will be retrenching 993 of its employees across India, including Chennai, said the Union of IT and ITES Employees (UNITE). The union's convenor, Alagunambi Welkin, said, “We have come to know that VDS India has targeted to retrench 993 of its employees in ...

US crushes India's expectations for better food security programmes at WTO

December 12th 2017 1:30PM
The US refused to take any decision on the food subsidy issue in the ongoing ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO), crushing India's expectations of securing a better deal for its food security programme and likely wrecking the event. An official accused the US of reneging on its ...

Review: Theater, Terror, and A Room in India

December 12th 2017 1:18PM
A Room in India, the show's program tells us, is “a collective creation by the Théâtre du Soleil” made “in harmony with Hélène Cixous” — a writer, scholar, and dramaturge who collaborates frequently with the company — and its development began in a moment of painful tumult: Mnouchkine and her ...

Leaner India harvest for Apple in FY17, logs 17% revenue growth

December 12th 2017 1:07PM
According to Hong Kong-based tracker Counterpoint Research, Apple sold 2.9 million units in India in FY17 compared with 2.2 million units in the year before. Retailers said the new iPhone 8 series has had disappointing sales in India as elsewhere while demand exceeded supply of the super-premium ...

India: Road closures after Kashmir snowfall Dec. 11-12

December 12th 2017 12:15PM
Event. The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the Mughal Road, and numerous local roads in Jammu and Kashmir were closed on Monday, December 11, and Tuesday, December 12, following heavy snowfall in the region. Reports say further snowfall is likely through Thursday, December 14, with ...

One down, India needs to dig deep

December 12th 2017 10:41AM
The Ajinkya Rahane mystery clouded the Indian team's preparation ahead of the second One-Day International against Sri Lanka at the PCA Stadium here. On the eve of the match, he presented a desolate figure on Tuesday, even as the rest of the members went through the rituals of nets and fielding ...

India Launches Second Ballistic Missile Sub

December 12th 2017 10:18AM
The second Arihant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), the future INS Arighant (originally assumed to be named Aridhaman), was quietly launched at the Ship Building Center in Visakhapatnam in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on November 19, India's Minister of Defense ...

India rejects US criticism, says entitled to special WTO treatment

December 12th 2017 10:07AM
The discourse should be on development at the WTO and not to be deflected based on aggregate GDP figures, the Minister said, adding "while in India we are proud of our GDP and growth rates of recent years, propelled by innovative economic policies of my government, we cannot ignore that India is ...

Trump must woo India, and right now

December 12th 2017 8:48AM
Pursuing international stability, U.S. economic and security interests and the global advance of democracy, President Trump must draw India closer to America. The need is newly relevant in light of a meeting in New Delhi, Monday, between India's foreign minister and her Chinese and Russian ...

Tax free Bitcoins? Unlikely in India

December 12th 2017 8:26AM
This joke clearly captures the volatile (especially current volatile) nature of bitcoins. Apart from its volatility and RBI's repeated note of caution, Zenobia Aunty has primarily stayed away from bitcoins as she doesn't like Income-tax (I-T) issues to be shrouded in grey. India's I-T policy maker, the Central ...

India Bans Condom Ads From Prime-Time TV

December 12th 2017 6:45AM
NEW DELHI — India's government has declared condom commercials “indecent” viewing for children and restricted them to the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., when relatively few people watch TV. Conservative groups were outraged by recent ads, including one that featured a former porn star undressing ...

India And Australia Hold First Meet On Strategic And Defence Ties

December 12th 2017 6:11AM
Last month, officials from India, Japan, the US and Australia held consultations on the sidelines of the India-ASEAN meet and discussed issues of common interest in the Indo-Pacific region with a focus on cooperation based on converging vision and values for promotion of peace, stability and prosperity ...

India bans condom adverts during primetime TV

December 12th 2017 6:00AM
India has banned television adverts for condoms during primetime hours, citing rules against content that “endangers the safety of children” and promotes “unhealthy practices”. The information and broadcasting ministry ordered the country's estimated 900 television channels to restrict condom ...

India's markets regulator probes prescient messages in WhatsApp groups

December 12th 2017 6:00AM
FILE PHOTO: Ajay Tyagi, chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), speaks at a news conference after its board meeting at SEBI headquarters in Mumbai, India April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade. Tyagi declined to confirm whether the regulator had summoned company ...

VN attends ASEAN-India Connectivity Summit

December 12th 2017 5:43AM
VGP – A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Phan Tam is attending the ASEAN-India Connectivity Summit which opened in India's capital city of New Delhi on December 11.

Indian Bitcoin Investors Face Paying Taxes on their Bitcoin Sales [Profits]

December 12th 2017 5:37AM
Investors in India are finding that they may be subject to paying tax after selling their bitcoin following the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) warning against trading in them. Earlier this month, the country's central bank issued its second warning to the public cautioning them about digital currencies, ...