Speaking on Sunday at The Huddle, the annual thought conclave of The Hindu in Bengaluru, Ms. Rao said: “In foreign policy, muscularity has a certain premium today. What is happening is you are creating this ‘other’ that you somehow need to consolidate public sentiment against, and you see this happening in the foreign policy of many countries ruled today by so-called strongmen.” … [Read more...] about The Huddle 2020 | Rise of strongmen changing conduct of foreign policy across nations, says Nirupama Rao
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By Alok Mundra and Shital Gharge While the Indian economy had been facing headwinds like growth slowdown, liquidity squeeze, lack of private investment revival and consumer confidence, the investors are hoping to see turnaround in the overall environment. Budget 2020 was expected to address a number of these issues to stimulate growth and put economy back on roll. The Finance Minister had woven her budget speech around three major aspects of aspirational India, economic development and caring society. The private equity industry being one of the major contributors of foreign investments in India, amongst other growth drivers had anticipated certain tax reforms, to form a part of Budget 2020. Their key wish list consisted of the following: Abolishment of Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT); Reinstate exemption of long-term capital gain tax on sale of listed securities or at least removal of Securities Transaction Tax; Availability of faster and simplified dispute resolution mechanism; … [Read more...] about Impact on alternative investment industry: Some hits and misses from recent policy announcements
When this power couple had initially come to power post-Trump's controversial election, Republicans were sceptical because they were both previously Democrat donors and the media projected them to be more liberal in their mindset. However, as this tenure of Trump draws to the close, it is clear that despite being Trump's advisers, they had made it their prerogative is to do his bidding. In the process, whether or not they have gained any political insight or developed an understanding of government or foreign policy is hard to say, but Jared has so far shown an excellent aptitude for sword-fighting with anyone who stops the President from doing what he wants, and Ivanka still continues to be the best asset for the Trump brand. … [Read more...] about Known as Steering Wheel of Trump Govt, Can ‘Power Couple’ Ivanka & Jared Kushner Influence US-India Deals?
Referring to J&K Governor's statement made on Wednesday, Kumar also listed several steps to be taken by the administration such as 50,000 vacancies will be filled up in government departments, minimum support price for the apple crop, and Nafed committing 5,000 crores for procuring apple production of the state. … [Read more...] about India slams Pak PM’s ‘call for jihad’ over Kashmir, says ‘behave like normal neighbour’
A shift in Republican stanceRepublican establishment figures and ultra-conservatives, originally resentful of Mr. Trump, now coalesce behind him because he favours economic protectionism, chauvinism and foreign policy isolationism, has reduced corporate and wealth taxes, imposed limits on immigration and refugees, appointed conservatives to Supreme and Federal courts, de-regulated the economy and supported evangelical agendas including support for Israel’s settlements and recognition of Jerusalem as its capital. If President Barack Obama’s tenure saw the elimination of Osama bin Laden and stimulated the economy, Mr. Trump has killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani, slashed unemployment and grown the economy while opposing government programmes such as Obamacare and the Green New Deal. His approval among Republicans is around 90% despite his hostile takeover of the Party while branding himself as a warrior against … [Read more...] about The long and the short of Trump versus the rest