Thursday, 26 May, 2022

Topic: FTA

Boris Johnson ‘won’t lecture’ Modi on India’s stand on the Russia-Ukraine war

Johnson is arriving in Ahmedabad early Thursday, where he is expected to have a day-long programme, and then leave for New Delhi in the evening for his Friday summit with PM Modi.

Won’t be silent if rules-based order challenged, envoy Lindner says as German warship visits

In an exclusive interview, the German ambassador to India said port call of the German warship Bayern in Mumbai shows the significance of the Indo-Pacific region.

Alcohol, dairy, Brexit complications — these are challenges an India-UK FTA faces, say experts

India and UK launched negotiations for an FTA last week when Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan came to New Delhi. Target is to finalise it by 2023 and double trade by 2030.

With RCEP now in force, India must strengthen trade & engage with other blocs, say experts

The world’s largest trade agreement, including China and 14 other Asia-Pacific nations, came into effect on 1 January. India had quit it in 2019, fearing a glut of cheap imports.

Trade imbalances, then pandemic — why Modi govt changed strategy on free trade agreements

Disproportionate imports & exports as well as foreign investors’ China Plus One strategy may have pushed the Modi govt to adopt a new strategy towards FTAs, say analysts.

Shringla reviews India-UK Roadmap 2030 with British counterpart during London visit

Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla holds meetings with his counterpart Lord Tariq Ahmad and other officials in London, discusses ties in key areas of trade, defence, climate change, among others.

Next gen FTAs are all about labour, environment protection. Only way India can edge China out

Adopting Trade and Sustainable Development committments as part of India-EU FTA could help Indian exporters differentiate from competition such as China.

India, EU put focus back on FTA, vow closer security ties under Indo-Pacific

During the virtual India-EU annual summit, Brussels and New Delhi also launch agreements on human rights and connectivity.

EU set to push for ‘resumption’ of FTA talks with India from where they were left off in 2013

The Modi government wants to begin talks with a clean slate, but Brussels is opposed to a ‘new set of talks’ for concluding the trade pact.

India, UK likely to take first step towards FTA during Boris Johnson’s visit this month

During their first bilateral meeting, Modi and Johnson are expected to sign an MoU for an ‘early harvest’ deal prior to the Free Trade Agreement.

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Representational image of dal and roti | Photo Pixahive/CC0

Feeding world must take backseat, Modi govt should deal with India’s ‘chapati’ crisis first

German agriculture minister Cem Ozdemir said imposing export restrictions or closing markets would worsen the crisis. Actually, the opposite might be true.
A petrol pump staffer refills fuel in a two-wheeler in New Delhi, on 29 March 2022 | ANI photo

Modi govt won’t borrow extra this year to fund tax cuts, inflation target to stay at 4%

The cut in excise duty last week, coupled with an increase in fertiliser and food subsidies, is expected to cost the exchequer around Rs 3 lakh crore in the current financial year.


Naval helicopters | Representational image |

What’s Combined Military Forces-Bahrain? US-backed coalition India joined on Quad sidelines

India is 35th member of the maritime counterterrorism partnership that also includes Pakistan, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany and Greece, among others.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.