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Dysfunction deepens at WTO as it fails to select an acting leader

WTO delegates couldn’t broker a consensus agreement this week after the US demanded American Alan Wolff become interim director-general instead of Germany's Karl Brauner.
The WTO building in Geneva

Race to rescue WTO draws eight nominees from Mexico to Moldova

WTO’s next leader will have to focus on rebuilding trust and credibility, rebooting its negotiating agenda and restoring its paralyzed dispute-settlement system.
Corn grows in a field of a farm outside of Phulambri in Maharashtra (representational image) | Karen Dias/Bloomberg

Farmers unhappy as govt decides to lower maize & milk import duty amid falling local prices

The government has allowed import of 5 lakh MT of maize and 10,000 MT of milk under reduced duties, cites commitment to WTO. 
Donald Trump

Paris deal to WHO, the 11 organisations Donald Trump’s US has pulled out of, weakened

From weakening WTO and NATO to pulling out of several UN organisations, Donald Trump has now targeted at least 11 global cooperation bodies or pacts.
File photo of Roberto Azevedo | Bloomberg

World Trade Organisation chief Roberto Azevedo plans to step down early

The 62-year-old Brazilian has served as the WTO’s director-general since September 2013 and his second four-year term began in September 2017.
Gantry cranes operate as containers sit stacked at the Yangshan Deepwater Port in Shanghai. | Bloomberg

WTO says global trade collapse may be worst in a generation

While trade will suffer, a rebound will be possibly only if businesses and consumers view the pandemic as a temporary, one-time shock, the WTO said.
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EU, India tiff over tariffs heats up at WTO, even as summit gets deferred

EU urges WTO to set up dispute panel on the issue, but while India has blocked the first move, Brussels plans to approach the trade body again.  
Attendees at World Economic Forum meet in Davos | Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Davos 2020 will debate how to deal with ‘Peak Decade’, from globalisation to central banks

Politicians, investors & executives in Davos will debate whether we are witnessing peaks in key drivers of the world economy.
US President Donald Trump | Tom Brenner | Bloomberg File Photo

Why US-China trade war truce will not end protectionist impulse

The world needs multilateral institutions that acknowledge protectionism rather than free trade as the deeper & more enduring reality of global economic history.
The WTO building in Geneva

US files WTO appeal against Indian steel after neutralising that very process

Trump administration has appealed against WTO ruling that found US didn’t adequately amend series of illegal tariffs on Indian carbon steel products.

On Camera

In Gujarat, BJP hopes to retain power in the name of ‘chief minister’ Narendra Modi

The Modi magnifier

This is the first Indian election where a politician is winning by not promising governance, but simply seeking a vote against Musharraf, the Muslims and the Italian church.
PM Narendra Modi | ANI

If Modi wins on Sunday

According to the forecast, rupee will reach 67.5 per dollar by end of September and 67 by end of 2018 I Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Offer cashback, relax KYC norms to check decline in remittances, suggests WEF paper

Remittances, or the money overseas citizens send back to their home country, are expected to contract 20% in 2020 on account of Covid-19, according to a World Bank report.

Defence

Women recruits at the Corps of Military Police Centre and School in Bengaluru

Army begins process to recruit second batch of 100 women soldiers for military police

Army intends to induct 1,700 women recruits in the military police by 2036, increasing the percentage of women in the cadre to 20 over 17 years.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.