Budget FY2017: A mix of positive elements and substantial uncertainty

Thomas Rookmaaker: From a rating perspective, the budget for FY17 contains a number of positive elements, even though it is subject to substantial uncertainty. Firstly, the government continues to gradually broaden its ambitious reform program and like last year this budget contains some further announcements of reforms, including measures related to the FDI regime, the…

Letter to Modi exposes double standard of US Legislators

Lalit Shastri We have a situation in the US where a presidential nominee wants to banish the Muslims, where black men, without any provocation and children playing with toy guns are shot by the police, where gun rights take precedence over human rights. Several Legislators, who are Members of Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a…

Who will protect the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits

Lalit Shastri Who will protect the rights of the Kashmiri pundits who are victims of terror and were driven out of their homeland? It is high time we stop eulogising those who have spread terror in Kashmir by calling them militants instead of terrorists. These people are threatening the integrity and sovereignty of our country.…

US condemns Baghdad bomb attacks

Newsroom24x7 Desk Baghdad: Several person’s were killed in a twin bomb attack at a Shi’ite mosque in the Shulaa neighbourhood here Thursday. There was one blast at the mosque and another when security personnel arrived on the scene. The twin blasts were triggered by suicide bombers. The United States was among the first countries to…

Canada and China sign a joint declaration on clean technology cooperation

Newsroom24x7 Staff OTTAWA:  Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, and Zhigang Wang, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, met in Ottawa yesterday to discuss collaboration in clean technology during a meeting of the Canada-China Joint Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation. During the meeting, Minister Carr and Vice Minister…

My First Job Mattered: Barack Obama

In his first post on LinkedIn, President Obama shared the story of his first job (hint: it had to do with ice cream) and why he believes that access to a job in the summer and beyond can make all the difference to a young person — especially those who don’t have access to many…