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Ranvir Nayar

Managing Director & Founder at Media India Group

India falls further behind China in poverty-eradication

India falls further behind China in poverty-eradication

April 2, 2021

The alarm had been sounded long ago, yet the data emerging from Pew Research Centre’s report on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global poverty is shocking for the depth of the impact and the concentration in two large economies – India and China. But between the two...

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Not just Germany, EU will also badly miss Merkel

Not just Germany, EU will also badly miss Merkel

March 27, 2021

Come September and a huge vacuum risks to dominate the political landscape of Germany as well as the European Union as Chancellor Angela Merkel steps down after 16 years of steering the German and EU ships, often out of troubled waters. Merkel was not just the head of the governm...

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Air Pollution: India again tops dubious global list

Air Pollution: India again tops dubious global list

March 19, 2021

The latest index of air pollution around the world again puts an uncomplimentary spotlight on South Asia, notably India as the country has 9 of the 10 as well as 35 of the 50 most polluted cities in the world. China, by comparison, has only 7, while Pakistan 5 and Bangladesh has ...

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French arms sales rise fastest in 2016-2020: SIPRI global arms trade report

French arms sales rise fastest in 2016-2020: SIPRI global arms trade report

March 16, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic that has brought the global economy to its knees does not seem to have impacted the defence industries and global arms trade says a report by Stockholm-based research body Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) that tracks the arms indus...

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With new OCI rules, India continues to distance from diaspora

With new OCI rules, India continues to distance from diaspora

March 12, 2021

Last week, in a sudden, though not very surprising development, the Indian government announced a flurry of changes to the rules governing the status and rights of the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders. Now, any OCI will have to get special permission from the Foreign R...

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Farm talks at WTO continue to undermine Indian farmers

Farm talks at WTO continue to undermine Indian farmers

March 9, 2021

On March 10, the agricultural negotiations committee of the World Trade Organisation will undertake yet another round of discussion on numerous contentious issues that have been lined up for discussions by the Geneva-based trade regulator. These talks are significant for several ...

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Hurun Global Rich List & LSE: Inequality shoots up in pandemic

Hurun Global Rich List & LSE: Inequality shoots up in pandemic

March 3, 2021

The year 2020 was disastrous for the global economy as the GDP in practically every country collapsed by record numbers mainly due to the lockdowns that were imposed across the globe. Close to 500 million jobs may have been lost and hundreds of millions pushed into poverty. Howev...

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Covid-19 increases hazards of biomedical waste

Covid-19 increases hazards of biomedical waste

March 1, 2021

Even though the world seems to have begun a pushback against the Covid-19 pandemic with the launch of intensive vaccination drives in several countries, the battle is far from won. And even when humanity conquers the virus, which it must and will, the pandemic would have left sev...

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Circular economy goes around in circles

Circular economy goes around in circles

February 27, 2021

Every decade or so, roughly, corporate boardrooms come up with new buzzwords that are meant to define not just how the world would evolve and what the world needs, but also, more crucially how they are becoming or already have become very responsible corporate citizens despite al...

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Islamogauchisme: French education minister fans Islamophobia

Islamogauchisme: French education minister fans Islamophobia

February 26, 2021

At first appearance, the drama could very well be playing out in India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Ruling party members and none less than the education minister accuses campuses across the nation, especially the most prestigious ones, of being ‘infested’ by schola...

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Lyon school canteens going vegetarian: The meat of the matter

Lyon school canteens going vegetarian: The meat of the matter

February 23, 2021

Barely back in France from a visit to India, French ecological transition minister Barbara Pompili plunged headlong into one of the hottest discussions going on across France today – meatless meals in school canteens. “I regret a lot that on this issue we are falling into a p...

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Can India feel ripples of British Supreme Court ruling on Uber

Can India feel ripples of British Supreme Court ruling on Uber

February 21, 2021

Ride hailing app Uber faces an existential challenge in the United Kingdom following a landmark order by the Supreme Court which upheld the orders of lower courts that its drivers were its employees, not independent contractors as the company calls them. The court said as the wor...

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