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Keeping a close watch on Pakistan’s economy

Updated on Nov 14, 2022 07:06 PM IST

Given that Pakistan is entering a protracted period of turmoil, with Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa set to retire at the end of the month and Imran Khan pressing for fresh snap elections, its economy will be a decisive variable for stability in the country.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s efforts bore fruit when the IMF executive board, after a combined review process, approved the 7th and 8th tranche of $1.17 billion. Additionally, the term period of the EFF was extended up to June 30, 2023 and the total amount raised by $500 million. These funds helped Islamabad avoid default on its foreign debt repayment. (AP)
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s efforts bore fruit when the IMF executive board, after a combined review process, approved the 7th and 8th tranche of $1.17 billion. Additionally, the term period of the EFF was extended up to June 30, 2023 and the total amount raised by $500 million. These funds helped Islamabad avoid default on its foreign debt repayment. (AP)

A giant leap in India’s development journey

The manufacturing of C-295 aircraft by private players will propel the country’s indigenous manufacturing potential, encourage private firms, remove hurdles from becoming Atmanirbhar, and take the defence sector to newer heights

By 2025, the Indian defence industry is targeting exports of $5 billion with a turnover of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.75 lakh crore, thus integrating India into the global supply chain for aerospace manufacturing (PTI)
By 2025, the Indian defence industry is targeting exports of $5 billion with a turnover of 1.75 lakh crore, thus integrating India into the global supply chain for aerospace manufacturing (PTI)
Updated on Nov 14, 2022 09:42 PM IST

Diversity among India’s leadership is significant

Can a Muslim become India’s PM? There’s no bar, and the Constitution and the timeless plural Indian ethos allow it

The appointment of Rishi Sunak as the British prime minister sparked a raft of questions on whether a similar event was possible in India (AFP)
The appointment of Rishi Sunak as the British prime minister sparked a raft of questions on whether a similar event was possible in India (AFP)
Updated on Nov 14, 2022 07:03 PM IST

What to expect from the new Brazilian govt’s foreign policy

Lula must revisit well-established relations with emerging economies in Asia – and with India in particular. Brazil-India relations have an untapped potential for technological and economic exchange that might become a priority for Brazil

Elected president and vice-president for the leftist Workers Party (PT) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) and Geraldo Alckmin (R) celebrate after winning the presidential run-off election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 30, 2022 (AFP)
Elected president and vice-president for the leftist Workers Party (PT) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) and Geraldo Alckmin (R) celebrate after winning the presidential run-off election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 30, 2022 (AFP)
Updated on Nov 14, 2022 06:14 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: SC wrong to release Rajiv Gandhi's assassination convicts?

Is the Supreme Court wrong and the Congress is right to distance itself from the Gandhis on the issue of release of Nalini Sriharan and other convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case? Vir Sanghvi shares his opinion

Nalini Sriharan, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, during a press conference, a day after she was released from the prison following the Supreme Court's order, in Chennai. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)
Nalini Sriharan, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, during a press conference, a day after she was released from the prison following the Supreme Court's order, in Chennai. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)
Updated on Nov 14, 2022 02:16 PM IST

Voters have aided the misconduct of netas

Our politics has grown dependent on accusations and counter-allegations. This also taints the positive works of the rulers

The moment has come to remind our politicians that we will vote based on their work and principles, not on hatred or spectacle (HT PHOTO)
The moment has come to remind our politicians that we will vote based on their work and principles, not on hatred or spectacle (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 13, 2022 08:07 PM IST

Decoding China’s moves in Tibet

China no longer sees Tibet only as a security barrier. It wants Tibet and the western region to play a bigger role as the gateway for China’s entry into the economic hinterland of South Asia

China has created an impression of Tibet as an epitome of development, but research highlights various problems plaguing the region (REUTERS)
China has created an impression of Tibet as an epitome of development, but research highlights various problems plaguing the region (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 13, 2022 08:08 PM IST

Inland waterways will reshape transportation

Priority development of National Waterway-1 was undertaken through the Jal Vikas Marg Project (JVMP), which includes Arth Ganga, and they will give an economic boost of ₹1,000 crore over the next five years. Besides trade benefits, the local community’s enhancement and passenger facilitation will also ensure large-scale skills development and boost public/private sector capability

A World Bank study shows that one litre of fuel can move 105 tonne-km by inland water transport, against 85 tonne-km by rail and 24 tonne-km by road. Similarly, the carbon emission per tonne-km is 32-36 gm in the case of container vessels, against 51-91 gm for road transport vehicles. This also means we must use renewable energy in inland waterways. (HT PHOTO)
A World Bank study shows that one litre of fuel can move 105 tonne-km by inland water transport, against 85 tonne-km by rail and 24 tonne-km by road. Similarly, the carbon emission per tonne-km is 32-36 gm in the case of container vessels, against 51-91 gm for road transport vehicles. This also means we must use renewable energy in inland waterways. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 13, 2022 08:06 PM IST

What do the young think of India’s foreign policy?

The young respondents of The ORF Foreign Policy Survey displayed a sophisticated understanding of India’s foreign policy and the evolving world order

Despite India’s rising stakes in the new world order, young people attached strategic importance to India’s neighbourhood. (Shutterstock)
Despite India’s rising stakes in the new world order, young people attached strategic importance to India’s neighbourhood. (Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 12, 2022 08:33 PM IST

Just Like That | Notes on the admirable Rajiv Gandhi & a time of macabre humour

Of the impact that Rajiv Gandhi used to make abroad, which I witnessed first-hand; and how Delhi's annual bad air problem led citizens to embrace macabre humour to cope.

Of the impact that Rajiv Gandhi used to make abroad, which I witnessed first-hand; and how Delhi's annual bad air problem led citizens to embrace macabre humour to cope. (HT Photo)
Of the impact that Rajiv Gandhi used to make abroad, which I witnessed first-hand; and how Delhi's annual bad air problem led citizens to embrace macabre humour to cope. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 12, 2022 08:30 PM IST

Factors that perpetuate malnutrition in women

Micronutrient malnutrition can have multiple causes, among them, gender disparity, which is exacerbated by social, economic and political factors.

Cultural factors include gender norms that result in low intake of nutritious food by women.
Cultural factors include gender norms that result in low intake of nutritious food by women.
Updated on Nov 12, 2022 07:49 PM IST

What midterm results will mean for US and the world

The results are a mixed bag, with the Republicans likely to win a slim majority in the House of Representatives and the race for the Senate too close to call. These dynamics will have implications for the US and the rest of the world

A divided Congress, a divided Republican Party, and a divided America may still be able to get some things done in the next two years. (Shutterstock)
A divided Congress, a divided Republican Party, and a divided America may still be able to get some things done in the next two years. (Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 12, 2022 07:45 PM IST

India can and will lead in solving global problems

I am confident that India’s entrepreneurs will work hand-in-hand with its scientists to take advantage of all of these technologies and opportunities — and become a developed country, leading the world in innovation, by the time it reaches 100 years of Independence

The opportunity for India is twofold: To become a manufacturing hub for Asia and to help the West bring manufacturing home from China (Shutterstock)
The opportunity for India is twofold: To become a manufacturing hub for Asia and to help the West bring manufacturing home from China (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 12, 2022 08:03 AM IST

Hijab: The fight in Iran and Karnataka is not the same

The hijab debate must not become a sordid excuse for Muslim bashing, especially in the context of identity assertion in the age of majoritarianism. And, the priority must be the education of girls

Female Muslim students wearing burqa and hijab talk to a police officer during their protest, outside the Shivamogga District collector's office, in Shivamogga, February 17, 2022 (PTI)
Female Muslim students wearing burqa and hijab talk to a police officer during their protest, outside the Shivamogga District collector's office, in Shivamogga, February 17, 2022 (PTI)
Updated on Nov 11, 2022 08:33 PM IST

Motherhood and job, not an easy balance

For too long, too many of us have remained silent about just what it takes to be an employed mother, believing the lie that if we lean in enough, it will all magically work out. It won’t

It won’t. If we want workplaces and society to acknowledge, if not understand, what it takes to be employed, we need to articulate our priorities, instead of hopelessly trying to catch all the balls in the air. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
It won’t. If we want workplaces and society to acknowledge, if not understand, what it takes to be employed, we need to articulate our priorities, instead of hopelessly trying to catch all the balls in the air. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 11, 2022 08:33 PM IST

First Principles | Musk must smell the coffee

Twitter appears to be in chaos. Either Musk knows something most of us don’t, or he has lost the plot. To decode all this, we must begin at the beginning.

The good news for Musk though is that between the technology business going into a slump world over and his personal charisma, acquiring talent will not be an issue. (Reuters)
The good news for Musk though is that between the technology business going into a slump world over and his personal charisma, acquiring talent will not be an issue. (Reuters)
Published on Nov 11, 2022 05:46 PM IST

Terms of Trade | Why India’s affirmative action system is broken

From being an instrument of equality, reservations have become an alibi for inequality. The real problem is the skewed balance of power and opportunities between State and private capital

An OBC reservations rally at Azad Maidan in 2019. (HT File Photo)
An OBC reservations rally at Azad Maidan in 2019. (HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 11, 2022 01:34 PM IST

Towards a substantive FTA between India and the UK

With India shifting focus to bilateral FTAs and UK needing secure market access post-Brexit, a deep FTA should be the end goal. Both countries must overcome temptations to seal early harvests in favour of long-term gains

As in any partnership, there are disagreements between India and the UK, including in automobiles, work visas and whisky. (Shutterstock)
As in any partnership, there are disagreements between India and the UK, including in automobiles, work visas and whisky. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 11, 2022 06:32 PM IST

Cooperation is key to fix rows involving governors

Governors and state governments usually lock horns over the discretionary powers the former exercises. The framers of our Constitution wanted governors to act on the advice of ministers and exercise discretion only in select matters

Earlier this week, Tamil Nadu’s ruling coalition submitted a memorandum to the President seeking the removal of governor RN Ravi even as in neighbouring Kerala, the relationship between governor Arif Mohammed Khan and the Left government plumbed new lows. (PTI)
Earlier this week, Tamil Nadu’s ruling coalition submitted a memorandum to the President seeking the removal of governor RN Ravi even as in neighbouring Kerala, the relationship between governor Arif Mohammed Khan and the Left government plumbed new lows. (PTI)
Published on Nov 10, 2022 07:36 PM IST

Three things the global South must push for at COP27

A focus on the developing world and poorer nations is key, and a three-pronged approach can be considered by the emerging grouping of global South nations in the talks.

COP27 is taking place against the backdrop of the world slowly recovering from the pandemic, high energy prices, and the ongoing Ukraine crisis. (AFP)
COP27 is taking place against the backdrop of the world slowly recovering from the pandemic, high energy prices, and the ongoing Ukraine crisis. (AFP)
Updated on Nov 10, 2022 07:31 PM IST

Policies and People | As COP 27 begins, the Asian solar sector shines bright

India, China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam are among the top 10 countries with the highest solar capacity in 2021. A decade ago, only two Asian countries made it to the list.

India has seen incredible growth, increasing its share of solar capacity from 0.07 GW in 2010 to 50GW in 2021, but distributed and rooftop solar target needs a mega push. (Representative Image)
India has seen incredible growth, increasing its share of solar capacity from 0.07 GW in 2010 to 50GW in 2021, but distributed and rooftop solar target needs a mega push. (Representative Image)
Published on Nov 10, 2022 07:18 PM IST

On pluralism, India could take a leaf out of Indonesia's book

The recent argument by Kejriwal to have lord Ganesh and goddess Lakshmi’s images on Indian currency notes has sparked the need to revisit ideas of multiculturism that Indonesia has embraced.

Saraswati’s 16-feet high white and gold sculpture atop a lotus with four arms held up and three children reading at her feet stand out as an unusual centre-piece of Indonesia’s embassy. (ANI)
Saraswati’s 16-feet high white and gold sculpture atop a lotus with four arms held up and three children reading at her feet stand out as an unusual centre-piece of Indonesia’s embassy. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 10, 2022 02:46 PM IST

Scientifically Speaking | Brains filled with tasty words and colourful days

“Synesthesia” is a state in which two or more senses are connected in ways that some people experience perceptions that are different from the majority of people.

It is estimated that around 4% of the population has the basis for some form of synesthesia. (Unsplash)
It is estimated that around 4% of the population has the basis for some form of synesthesia. (Unsplash)
Published on Nov 09, 2022 08:47 PM IST

A divided America helped Democrats

In a political landscape where the strength of both parties is almost equal, the Democrats benefited from the fear of Donald Trump, the abortion ruling and a reasonable governance record. There was no red wave in the midterms

Voters cast ballots in the US midterm elections, New York City (AFP)
Voters cast ballots in the US midterm elections, New York City (AFP)
Updated on Nov 09, 2022 08:17 PM IST

For clean air, Delhi must electrify its truck fleet

One way to stimulate that demand is to convert government fleets to electric. In February of last year, the Delhi government mandated that its entire hired car fleet switch to electric and a similar approach can be adopted for freight vehicles

The ARAI and TERI study also found that trucks accounted for almost a third of PM2.5 emissions from transport in Delhi. Two-wheelers and three-wheelers accounted for 26% and 18% of PM2.5 emissions, respectively. Therefore, cleaner trucks are key to a cleaner vehicle fleet in Delhi. (SAKIB ALI/HT)
The ARAI and TERI study also found that trucks accounted for almost a third of PM2.5 emissions from transport in Delhi. Two-wheelers and three-wheelers accounted for 26% and 18% of PM2.5 emissions, respectively. Therefore, cleaner trucks are key to a cleaner vehicle fleet in Delhi. (SAKIB ALI/HT)
Published on Nov 09, 2022 08:03 PM IST

Why women must be visible at all levels of the Indian judiciary

The discussion surrounding women and the judiciary often pivots on the advantages and disadvantages of reservations for women. But by restricting our discussions to this singular point, we are committing a major oversight

Gavel and law While it is true that women are making inroads in all spheres of life by breaking the glass ceiling, for some reason, this largely gender-positive scenario is still not adequately depicted in our judiciary.books (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Gavel and law While it is true that women are making inroads in all spheres of life by breaking the glass ceiling, for some reason, this largely gender-positive scenario is still not adequately depicted in our judiciary.books (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 09, 2022 08:53 PM IST

Between India’s north and south, timeless bonds exist

The month-long Tamil Kashi Sangamam is an initiative to strengthen the bonds by focusing on connections between Tamil Nadu and Varanasi.

North and south India are sometimes mistakenly carved into two streams. The fact, however, is that both regions are part of the same continuum of spiritual and philosophical threads, sharing profound connections. (AP/Representative Image)
North and south India are sometimes mistakenly carved into two streams. The fact, however, is that both regions are part of the same continuum of spiritual and philosophical threads, sharing profound connections. (AP/Representative Image)
Published on Nov 08, 2022 10:35 PM IST

India takes charge on the world stage

As India takes over the reins at G20, inclusivity and cooperation are at the core of its mission, as indicated clearly by the symbolism behind its new logo. 2023 will be a watershed year for India in global policymaking

India’s assumption of the G20 presidency is consonant with PM Modi’s mission of undertaking leadership roles on the international stage. (ANI)
India’s assumption of the G20 presidency is consonant with PM Modi’s mission of undertaking leadership roles on the international stage. (ANI)
Published on Nov 08, 2022 10:32 PM IST

New Delhi must capitalise on Asean’s eagerness to engage

Asean is a successful institution because, by banding together and integrating their economies, member-countries collectively wield more clout than each individual member could hope to assert.

In an implicit acknowledgement of the failure of LEP and the shortsightedness of the Indian government of that time, PM Narendra Modi rebooted the policy a few years ago as the Act East Policy. (PTI)
In an implicit acknowledgement of the failure of LEP and the shortsightedness of the Indian government of that time, PM Narendra Modi rebooted the policy a few years ago as the Act East Policy. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 09, 2022 10:53 AM IST
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