Monday, 28 November, 2022

Topic: Gulf

Kerala’s demography is changing. But not how politicians are saying

The guests in God’s own country are carrying Kerala’s labour burden. Bengali market, Bhojpuri songs exist alongside Malayali mundus.

With much to lose on trade & expats, India works to cool ‘anti-Islam’ anger in Gulf nations

While New Delhi believes it has made its stance on two BJP spokespersons’ anti-Prophet remarks clear, its envoys will ‘deepen engagement’ with govts of Gulf nations in coming days.

Jaishankar talks resumption of flights in meeting with India’s envoys to Gulf nations

Jaishankar, who arrived on his first bilateral visit to Kuwait early Thursday, also unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Indian Embassy in Kuwait.

China just made a major gain in ‘white area warfare’ in Gulf through agreement with Iran

A greater role in Iran gives China the potential to exploit its investments in Pakistan’s ports and transport routes to Central Asia – countering 'Quad' in the process.

Why Gulf Arab states should make the most of oil’s last boom

Even at $70 a barrel, the current prices do not meet fiscal break-even thresholds for most Gulf Arab states, and the gap between revenue & fiscal expenditure has been wide since 2015.

UAE set to offer citizenship to a select group of expats

Until now citizenship in the UAE & some other Gulf states has been reserved for foreigners in special cases, but these changes will formalise such a process.

Gulf Arab states should know that China can only be a temporary friend

For the Gulf Arab states, a strategic partnership with China does not help achieve regional balance against Iran.

Qatar has a new ambition after 2022 soccer World Cup – convincing expats to stay

Qatar is bringing in sweeping labour reforms, imposing a standard minimum wage applicable to employees of all nationalities and professions and making it easier to change jobs.

Kerala’s $14-15 bn 2019 remittances could see $2 bn drop this year – World Bank expert

Fall in remittances can hurt Kerala’s finances seriously. World Bank is working with state govt on ‘diaspora bonds’, to mobilise savings of expats.

Kerala’s next crisis: How to deal with return of lakhs of ‘Gone to Gulf’ people

More than 5 lakh Keralites are expected to return from Gulf & state has to deal with plight of those losing jobs there and erosion of its remittance economy.

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Apple revolutionised smartwatch. Then came the budget wave and more—AmazFit, Fitbit to Samsung

The Fitbit Versa 4 and Sense 2 are good options for fitness fiends who want a smartwatch for fitness tracking only, while Garmin is great for extreme sports enthusiasts.
Representative image | Reuters

GameFi is revolutionising global NFT market. Here’s how crypto regulations could shape it

GameFi is the intersection of gaming and finance in an environment driven by use of blockchain, non-fungible tokens and smart contracts.


Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.