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A world without hunger by 2030

“Half of the world’s population, around 3.5 billion people, eat rice daily. By 2050 annual global rice consumption is estimated to rise from 415 million tons to 525 million tons. While more than 90 percent of this rice is eaten in Asia, including the region’s 515 million people still affected

India at the bottom for expats

Indian managers are heading multinationals in large numbers. Well-educated and brilliant, you can find them as expatriates leading multinationals in several countries. The Expat Insider 2018 survey released by Inter Nations provides some interesting data on expats. Look at the highlights: Indians who move abroad have an average age of 36

Why not diplomacy through business?

Legendary cricketer Imran Khan led his party Tehreek-e-Insaf to victory in the recent elections in Pakistan. Despite ups and downs, he worked tirelessly to expand his political base and emerged victorious. His relationship with the army was cordial. His familiarity with India and popularity as a cricketer should be leveraged

Some sweet news for sugar

For long TN Chief Ministers have not been enthusiastic about interacting with business leaders. It’s a welcome change that the TN Chief Minister met with a delegation of sugar producers and listened to their specific problems. For years, there has been an unresolved conflict: sugar companies expressing their inability to pay

Tribute – N Krishnaswamy

He was a sort of twin to DMK supremo M Karunanidhi: born on the same day 93 years ago. In common with MK, he had an indomitable spirit. He focused on promoting relations with Japan. N Krishnaswamy was popular teaching Economics at the A M Jain College and Vivekananda College. He

End of the auto(rickshaw) terrorism…

Times of India deserves credit for its sustained campaign against the tyranny of Chennai’s auto drivers. For years these have resisted charging by the meter, demanding fares arbitrarily and exploiting the hapless customer. TOI ran a regular campaign for months that resulted in the matter taken to the court which,

Indo-British trade at 18 billion pounds…

In the long line of British diplomats who headed the Deputy High Commission for Britain in south India, Bharat Joshi has been the first one with an Indian origin. Scheduled to complete his five-year term in September, Joshi is slated to be transferred to London. In an interaction with the media

Bloating bureaucracy

Northcote Parkinson had graphically described the unrelenting bloating of bureaucracy with little relation to output. The focus in private enterprise is on productivity and in multi-tasking. There is a substantial shrinkage of activities in several government departments unrelated to a humongous growth in numbers employed. I look at the evolution