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The World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos-Klosters in Switzerland is happening from 21 – 24 January this year.

Trees sway as heavy wind induced by Cyclone Bulbul hits Bakkhali, in South 24 Parganas district. | PTI

Planting a trillion trees will not stop climate change

People may be mistaking tree planting as a substitute for cutting carbon emissions. Trees would buy time but alone they won’t be enough to stop global warming.
Donald Trump delivers a speech during a special address on the opening day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on 21 January

What we learned in Davos about climate, economics and Trump

Global economic expansion may be on firm ground, but it faces risk of trade tensions and future environmental challenges.
Syringe (Representational Image) Arek Socha | Pixabay

You may not have heard of it, but this is responsible for one in five deaths in the world

A new study published in the Lancet shows this condition leads to more than 11 million deaths every year.

The world has a message for Modi: Brand India is severely damaged

India’s image — and by extension Modi’s — has been damaged by a combination of identity politics and economic decline. But the world isn’t writing us off, not yet.
Kristalina Georgieva

Growth slowdown in India temporary, expect momentum to improve: IMF chief in Davos

Speaking at WEF 2020 in Davos, Kristalina Georgieva said factors driving this positive momentum include receding trade tensions after the first phase of US-China trade deal, among others.

Economist, Soros: Has Hindu nationalism increased global criticism of India or bad economy?

The Economist criticised the Modi govt in its latest cover story titled ‘Intolerant India’ while billionaire George Soros said Modi was creating a 'Hindu nationalist state' at Davos.
George Soros

Frightening setback in India, democratically elected Modi creating Hindu state: George Soros

Modi is imposing punitive measures on Kashmir, threatening to deprive millions of Muslims of their citizenship, billionaire George Soros writes in his blog. Read his full post.
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It took 50 years for climate change to top the Davos agenda

For the first time, environmental issues made up the entire top-five risks ranked by WEF’s members.
Imran Khan at Davos

Pakistan was an Asian role model in 1960s but we let ourselves down: Imran Khan at Davos

The PM said Pakistan used to thrash India in cricket and was rich in natural resources but 'corruption' derailed its growth story in the last few decades.
Emissions from a factory (Representational Image) | Flickr

Oil CEOs at Davos debate tougher carbon cuts as climate change pressure mounts

Oil CEOs at Davos discussed widening industry target to include reductions in emissions from fuels they sell, not just greenhouse gases produced by their operations.

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.