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After Ladakh, India & US need deeper economic relationship, not just strategic

Trade tends to cement alliances & building up allied countries’ economies makes them much more able to resist military encroachments by rivals.
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Can’t rely on foreign investors. India must become aatmanirbhar in startup financing

Startups are vital to India’s economic growth. To ensure they are not subject to onerous influence from foreign investors, we need to build up a venture capital industry.
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Apart from FDI limit increase, Modi govt’s defence reforms won’t boost ‘Make in India’

The private sector is struggling in defence because the Ordnance Factory Board and other Defence Public Sector Undertakings always get preference in India.

Vocal for local: Can India afford self-reliance or is it a slogan to please swadeshi lobby?

PM Narendra Modi, in his national address Tuesday, said the Covid-19 crisis has taught India the importance of local manufacturing and supply chains.
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India isn’t ready yet for foreign companies that want to quit China

India's fascination with the 'Ease of Doing Business' rankings hasn't served it well. Vietnam ranked below India but has attracted more foreign investment.

Jio-Facebook deal: Boosts India as FDI destination or threatens to be e-commerce monopoly?

Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook has bought a 9.99 per cent stake in Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio Platforms for Rs 43,574 crore.
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New FDI curbs not protectionism, but part of global message for China’s irresponsibility

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E-commerce curbs and China FDI rules: Is Covid-19 making India more protectionist?

The Centre revoked permission to e-commerce firms to sell & deliver non-essential items from Monday. It has also issued new FDI rules to cut the risk of "opportunistic takeovers".
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Coronavirus is bad news for FDI in emerging markets. But there is a silver lining

Among all the issues that matter right now, FDI should not be forgotten. It has historically been a barometer of health of international companies, and their ability to bring about global growth.
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Modi govt to step up scrutiny of FDI in sectors that are key to national security

The industries department is in talks with finance and home ministries, and any changes would include transactions under the so-called automatic route.

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Why music’s last best hope lies in live-streaming

Live performances have been one of the few ways for musicians to make money after cheap streaming services undermined sales of most recorded music. And then Covid shut that down.
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Internet shutdowns, pandemic have cost Kashmir Rs 40,000 cr, 5 lakh jobs, says industry head

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said the 2G internet currently available in the region is not enough for many businesses.

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Russia offers India Sprut lightweight tanks amid stand-off with China

Russia's offer comes as China has deployed Type 15 light tanks while India has relied on the heavier battle tanks. Talks are on, but no immediate purchase is on the cards.
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Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.