Saturday, 29 January, 2022
TopicAsia Pacific Group

Topic: Asia Pacific Group

IMF cuts Asia-Pacific growth forecast to 6.5% on Delta variant, slow vaccine pace

IMF says much of the downgrade was due to slower growth in India, which is now forecast to expand 9.5% this year, and South East Asia, where the virus continues to wreak havoc.

15 nations sign RCEP, world’s largest regional free-trade agreement that India abandoned

PM Modi had said he pulled out over concerns about how RCEP would affect Indians' livelihoods. But India will be allowed to rejoin the pact.

Pakistan put on FATF Asia-Pacific group’s ‘blacklist’

The FATF said Pakistan had failed to stop funding to groups like the LeT and JeM, and was non-compliant in 32 of 40 parameters related to terror financing.

On Camera

YourTurn

Padma Awards 2022 brought back controversies, politics and the question of its relevance

Buddhadeb Bhattacharya declined Padma Bhushan and Ghulam Nabi Azad drew jibes from Congress leaders for accepting the award from Modi govt. But such controversies are not new.
V. Anantha Nageswaran

Who is V Anantha Nageswaran, new chief economic advisor? IIM-A grad, academic, PM’s ex-advisor

Nageswaran, who has taught at various B-schools in India and Singapore, takes charge days before the tabling of the Economic Survey and the Union Budget.

Defence

Representational image of Indian Navy ships | Photo: Commons

India carrying out more warship patrols than ever to catch China in crowded global seas

Estimated 125 foreign naval vessels are in the Indian Ocean at any given time, roughly 3 times the number deployed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks when the US invaded Afghanistan.

Let them eat communalism: Yogi’s poll pitch may work but heartland’s jobless fury endangers India

While UP’s unemployed are angry, Yogi’s call for a choice between Jinnah and Sardar Patel, more than seven decades after they both died, is the new ‘let them eat cake’.
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