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Opinion: Sonalde Desai: Population growth and the changing geographic and generational balance of power The United Nations estimates that the world population will reach 8 billion on November 15, 2022. Our minds had barely wrapped around a global population of 7 billion in 2011, and now, only 12 years later, we are looking at a...   Read More


  • Act bilateral, think multilateral on investment issues: A proposed strategy for India

    Globally countries remain interested in foreign investment as a source of capital for domestic growth and development needs. The host countries facilitate foreign investment through national investment policies. In addition to investment promotion the host countries also ensure investment protection through treaties to provide them with a rule-based predictable and non-discriminatory environment (UNCTAD 2017). The...   Read More

  • 11th Ministerial Conference of WTO: Pushing the finishing line forward

    The consequences can be far more than physiological through the ripples that will affect many future multilateral negotiations. It has not been too long back in the past when Kyoto Protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was extended half-heartedly and then replaced. Earlier this month India along with other developing countries...   Read More

  • Global trade: Why India can’t afford absenteeism on international investment issues

    The future of global trade is being negotiated at the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires Argentina this week from December 10-13.The Indian representation on the multilateral forum is taking up issues of public stock-holding for food security special safeguard mechanism and domestic support and subsidies to fisheries to promote the interests of its...   Read More

  • A solution at last for low farmer incomes? Why the food processing sector is critical for a developing India

    By Rajesh Chadha and Laxmi Joshi Rising consumer incomes in India are creating bigger markets for processed foods. This has generated the need for new and modern post-harvest and agro-processing technologies for meeting this demand. Boost for the sector The Ministry of Food Processing has undertaken many programmes to give a boost to this sector...   Read More

  • The Female Principle

    Can any country achieve progress without taking its women on board? Studies have shown more women in the workforce equals better economic performance "If you want something said ask a man; if you want something done ask a woman". -- Margaret Thatcher British Prime Minister 1979-1990. The former British Prime Minister's words may arguably reflect...   Read More

  • Lifestyle diseases are the new normal; how this is affecting the average and even deprived sections

    People born before the 1970s or 1980s have witnessed a changing gamut of “normal”. Earlier owning a land-line phone in a household was a luxury. This later became “normal” for any household and now owning a smart 4G phone is the “new-normal”. While such transition is clear in the urban and sub-urban India rural areas...   Read More

  • China, India helped Asia achieve more than other regions:Book

    New Delhi Nov 8 (PTI) Propelled by China's growth and more recently joined by India Asia has achieved in a generation what has taken other regions much longer says a recent NCAER book. The latest NCAER (National Council of Applied Economic Research) book by Rajat Nag titled 'The 21st Century: Asia's?' further says that Asians...   Read More

  • Did note ban induce firms to adopt digital payment?

    The Government of India (GoI) announced the withdrawal of legal tender notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations on November 8 2016. As per the GoI notification dated  November 8 2016 this was necessitated to tackle counterfeiting of Indian banknotes effectively nullify black money hoarded in cash and curb funding of terrorism with fake...   Read More

  • Forecasting growth in times of transition

    As per official data released on 31 August 2017 the Indian economy grew at 5.6% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year – in congruence with forecasts of National Council of Applied Economic Research. Based on the quarterly and annual models of NCAER Bornali Bhandari discusses recent trends in key economic indicators and...   Read More

  • A flood of questions

    Several issues must be sorted out first before the ambitious river linking plan is taken up  The National Democratic Alliance government is all set to begin work on an estimated $87 billion plan to connect around 60 of India’s largest rivers; this includes the Ganga. Once complete it is expected to help end farmers’ dependence...   Read More

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