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India can be a hub for safe, fast breeder reactors

Dr Anil Kakodkar, former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, visited the Economist House on 10 March. He graciously mentioned: “your TerraPower article (IE March issue) attracted and made me come here.” Dr Kakodkar referred to the father of nuclear energy in India, Dr Homi Bhabha, envisioning the prospects for the use of

Tic Toc to Tokyo 2020

Every 4 years in the summer, the world witnesses a grand, opulent sporting event, the Olympic Games. Several thousand hours of training and planning will culminate in an extravagant sports competition among nations. Scheduled for July 2020 at Tokyo, Japan, will the 32nd Summer Olympics take place amidst a global pandemic? The

Consumers will drive the leap into 5G

In lucid presentations at the Chennai International Centre, Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT-M and Dr Kumar N Sivarajan, Chief Technology Officer, Tejas Networks gave the hope that the 5G technology will be used widely in India in the next couple of years. This will be driven by the consumer so

The elusive trade deal

Between the US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the former seems to have scored higher as a salesman. In his 36 hour visit to India, he returned with a Rs 21,000 crore order for helicopter purchases from the US, succeeded in his focus on bridging the US

BRICS, more fruitful bilateral meetings

The Brasilia summit will perhaps be remembered for the opportunities it afforded for bilateral meetings. Ties with Brazil and South Africa have been expanding in several fields, most prominently in science and technology, environment, health, nutrition, and defence. Modi’s discussions with China’s Xi Jinping helped to ease bilateral relations. Prime Minister

Jai, Jai, Jaitley!

The new cabinet of the Modi II government will miss the brilliant Arun Jaitley. Despite serious health problems, Jaitley valiantly soldiered on and lent a good deal of strength and respectability to the finance portfolio. The most invaluable of his contributions relate to the GST. This brilliant lawyer succeeded in

China’s pride. India’s envy.

China is setting its sights on enormous opportunities for the export of EVs. Indian leadership doesn’t seem to be fired equally with an urge to leapfrog into the EV technology and fight for space for global leadership. A friend from Japan pointed to widespread interest in Japan switching to hybrid and

Ease of doing agriculture…

CII’s wide range of activities truly helps the Indian industry’s competitiveness, contributing to national development, inclusiveness and sustainability. India is expected to register a growth of 7.0 per cent in 2018-19, making it the fastest growing major economy for the second year in a row. India’s growth rate has shown an

Unprecedented growth. Much discontent and social unrest too!

“India’s quest for growth with social justice has met with mixed results. The economy has grown at unpre-cedented rates. There was significant diversification in industrial output and employment. Per capita real incomes have nearly trebled, and living standards and lifestyles have visibly transformed. Yet there is much discontent and social