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Ranvir Nayar

Managing Director & Founder at Media India Group

Atmanirbhar Bharat & ballooning trade deficit with China

Atmanirbhar Bharat & ballooning trade deficit with China

October 20, 2021

India’s overall trade deficit in merchandise trade in the first six months of the current fiscal, from April 1 to September 30, 2021, jumped sharply to USD 78.81 billion, up from USD 25.7 billion last year, a hike of 207 pc, though the deficit stood marginally lower than USD 88...

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India getting too close to US for China’s comfort

India getting too close to US for China’s comfort

October 6, 2021

Yesterday, chief of Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari told a press conference that the IAF was fully ready for a two-front war, saying he was aware of the close relationship between China and Pakistan and the ongoing buildup of forces and infrastructure by China al...

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German elections mark troubled transition to post-Merkel era

German elections mark troubled transition to post-Merkel era

September 23, 2021

No politician has dominated the political landscape not just in post-war Germany but also across the European Union as has German Chancellor Angela Merkel who has been setting the tone for her country as well as the EU for nearly two decades now. But as Merkel hangs up her gloves...

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Lessons for India in ruckus over AUKUS

Lessons for India in ruckus over AUKUS

September 19, 2021

In a clear sign that it was not letting go of the issue, France ratcheted up its criticism of the triad of United States, United Kingdom and Australia over the nuclear submarine deal that killed a EUR 56 billion deal which Australia had signed with France over two years ago. Usin...

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Need to regulate human invasion of Space

Need to regulate human invasion of Space

September 14, 2021

For long, it was the purview of the government to decide who would get to the space. But no longer so. Now, almost anyone who can afford to pay for it seems to be getting a ticket. For instance, in the matter of a few weeks, after Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, another billionai...

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20 years after 9/11 attacks: War on terror turns full circle

20 years after 9/11 attacks: War on terror turns full circle

September 11, 2021

As the world marks 20th anniversary of the dramatic terror attacks in the United States, the earth seems to have come a full circle, metaphorically speaking. Before the 9/11 terror attacks, the Taliban was firmly in charge of Afghanistan, that had been for a while the wild west o...

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Indian economy: Pandemic recovery long way off

Indian economy: Pandemic recovery long way off

September 8, 2021

On August 31, the Union finance ministry tweeted a self-congratulatory message saying its prediction of a V-shaped, or very rapid, recovery in the Indian economy had come true as the Gross Domestic Product in the first quarter, ending on June 30, 2021, spiked by 20.1 pc over the ...

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Global warming goes way beyond carbon

Global warming goes way beyond carbon

September 3, 2021

With over 40 gigatonnes released in the atmosphere in the year 2020, which was supposed to be a low-activity year due to the lockdowns and travel restrictions across the globe, carbon dioxide is of course the most high-profile and most talked about reason behind the global warmin...

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From threats of sanctions to pleas of safe zone: Western approach to Taliban

From threats of sanctions to pleas of safe zone: Western approach to Taliban

August 31, 2021

On the night of August 30, just as the last aircraft of the United States Air Force, a C-17, departed Kabul, the Taliban celebrated with a huge display of fireworks and gunfire to mark their victory over the world’s most powerful nation, after a 20-year-long see-saw battle. The...

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Poor report card likely by India at IUCN World Conservation Congress

Poor report card likely by India at IUCN World Conservation Congress

August 28, 2021

When the Indian delegation reaches the historical port city of Marseille on the famed French riviera next week to participate in the IUCN World Conservation Congress, it would have little to be proud of and a lot to hide due to poor performance in conservation of the immense natu...

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National Monetisation Pipeline: Backdoor privatisation

National Monetisation Pipeline: Backdoor privatisation

August 27, 2021

Unveiling the NMP on Monday, Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman was at pains to say that the monetisation plan was not akin to privatisation but “it aims to unlock value in brownfield projects by engaging the private sector, transferring to them revenue rights and not o...

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Vaccine passports: Bad idea with terrible timing traumatises tourism industry

Vaccine passports: Bad idea with terrible timing traumatises tourism industry

August 24, 2021

For a long while now, international travellers have been used to finding different queues at immigration counters at various airports, especially in developed world, queues that classify arrivals by origin of their country. Most of the rich countries are clubbed together and then...

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