- 16 January will see the first phase of inoculation of 300 mn frontline Covid-19 fighters. Vaccines will likely be available to those who want to jump the queue – but at a cost – in a few weeks.
Farmer protests, which laid siege to New Delhi in early December and grow by the day, could not have come at a worse time for the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.… Read the rest
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is struggling to contain protests against a clutch of agricultural reforms introduced earlier this year after thousands of farmers laid siege to New Delhi over the weekend and have resolved to block all arterial roads leading to the capital until the federal government revokes the laws.… Read the rest
- After eight years of negotiations, the fifteen participants in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) signed a final agreement in a virtual summit on Sunday, 16 November.
- The economic benefits may be relatively modest in the near term but simplifying rules of origin will promote greater integration along supply chains.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a new stimulus package on Thursday, 12 November that includes tax relief on select home sale deals, an enhanced credit guarantee program for small businesses, and incentives for new job creation as crucial elements.… Read the rest
With the last set of restrictions imposed to check the spread of Covid-19 – the near total ban on international travel – about to be lifted, discussion and politics is veering round to the vaccine and how it will be distributed.… Read the rest
What set out to be a substantial package of reforms of the agricultural commodities market has turned into a political crisis for the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, with its oldest and most faithful ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), walking out of the ruling coalition.… Read the rest
The economic outlook for India in the last quarter of 2020 does not look promising, and armed forces remain on high alert for another clash on the Sino-Indian border. The government, in turn, is seeking to infuse optimism by talking up hopes that for a COVID-19 vaccine by late 2020 or early 2021.… Read the rest
Although disengagement by Indian and Chinese troops has begun on a nondemarcated border of the two countries where the Indian army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) clashed a few weeks ago, the Indian government is resorting to a variety of economic and trade measures to put pressure on its neighbor.… Read the rest
With Covid-19 infections rising (likely to touch 1mn in the next few days) and little sign that the country is going to flatten the curve anytime soon, the opposition, led by the Congress party, has sharpened its criticism of New Delhi’s handling of the pandemic.… Read the rest