29th July, 2015 One of the biggest problem Indian travelers face is that of information on visa and procedures around it to obtain the same. For instant, Indian traveler holding an ordinary passport wanting to travel to say Viet Nam need to first know whether he/she needs a visa to enter the country or not. Now … Continue reading `Online Visa’ service by Thomas Cook (India) Ltd – Fraudulent or not?
As the year comes to an end, I reflect back on a Summer School which I attended in New Delhi, India. The summer school, 4th IGC-ISI Summer School in Development Economics, was organized by the International Growth Center (http://www.theigc.org) in collaboration with the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in New Delhi from 9-13th July 2016. The workshop … Continue reading University of Academia and the Emergence of Echo-nomists!
14th December 2016. President-elect Donald Trump has been ferociously tweeting and making open announcements with regard to #AmericaFirst — #BuyAmerican and #HireAmerican being the new hashtag. In his first, Trump has secured a deal with Carrier by ensuring that Carrier keeps the 800 jobs in the United States which it was planning to move to Mexico initially. … Continue reading #HireAmericans?
While the world was going upside down with Grumpy being elected as the President of the United States, India was upside down when the government decided to demonetize it's 500 and 1000 rupee note. With exceptions to the use of 500 and 1000 legal tender, the announcement came with an immediate effect from the time of announcement … Continue reading A day after India decided to demonetize its 500 and 1000 rupee notes
As Home Secretary, she did everything in her hand to keep Indians at bay including one of her initiatives (which was later abandoned) where she classified Indians as high risky countries and expected a £3000 as a security bond. As the Prime Minister, she continues to show off her unwillingness to budge down on immigration … Continue reading May’s visit to India.
On 27th October, 2016, it was one of those discussions over Diwali dinner where a family friend asked me what do I think of government policies and reforms. Maybe the government is in the right direction (don't know what is right or wrong), I said, it still appears that they are living in a bubble … Continue reading India & the Bubble
Back in 2015, DIPP set out a discussion paper in which it asked for comments and suggestions from the stakeholders/investors for further improvement. Based on the existing Discussion Paper on the `Mapping of the FDI Policy with NIC Code 2008', I made the following suggestions which were submitted before the deadline of 30th November, 2015: 1. … Continue reading FDI Policy-NIC Code-Data-India