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Voluntourism the New Vocation Vacation

Nothing gets a consumer feeling good about a spend than justifying it with a social cause. The Voluntourism industry, while unregulated, is booming. We take a look at the history, the problematics and the positives of this lucrative international trade. Kumar S.  Five hundred years ago, famed British explorer John Smith declared “Thirty or forty

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PSD2 Heralds New Age of Banking in EU 2018

While the fault line has been forming for some time, it is about to turn into the Grand Canyon with banks on one side, and tech companies on the other. As of January 2018, the Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) regulations come into effect across the European Union enabling businesses and customers to use third-party

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Baba Ramdev Overpowers FMCG Sector in India

Ascetics (colloquially known as babas) in India are re-inventing themselves as business gurus. The well-known baba Ramdev has not only become the de facto brand ambassador of yoga in India and abroad, he is also powering Patanjali Ayurved, an FMCG brand which has disrupted the mojo of deep-pocketed domestic and global giants. By Archana Khatri

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Who is DARPA and Why You Should Care

DARPA has a USD 3.1 billion budget for R&D, which is on par with big pharma and tech giants, so it is interesting to note how under the radar DARPA is. Perhaps it’s not surprising considering they invented the technology for Stealth fighters (pun intended) and O! they also invented the internet plus a truckload

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Green Building Rankings Grow World-Wide

Commercial and residential buildings are responsible for almost forty percent of the Greenhouse Gas emissions globally. We take a snapshot of how green building ranking systems are tracking across the continents…   By Viraj Desai A recent United Nations report claims that almost forty percent of the Asia-Pacific population now live in cities, which may

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Digitisation & High Disposable Income Drives Urban Spending Boom

High disposable incomes and a booming services sector are driving urban spending in India. India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), a trust under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry expects consumer spending to reach USD 4 trillion by 2025. By Kumar S A report from IBEF says India has seen a 12 percent on year rise

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Bathrooms Become ‘Wellness Spaces’

Bathrooms are increasingly moving beyond utility to becoming an extension of experimental living spaces. In India, it is USD 2 billion industry that is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 17-18 percent per year, and is estimated to grow by 20 percent in the next five years. By Kumar S. Home spas and

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USD 97 Trillion Needed for BRICS by 2040

With developing economies, such as BRICS countries moving towards maturation, the emphasis on infrastructure spending is increasing. According to a report ‘Global Infrastructure Outlook’, USD 93 trillion is needed to meet global infrastructure growth demands by 2040. By Jagdish Kumar According to a Global Infrastructure Hub report, of the USD 97 trillion, close to USD

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Japan Plans Cyber Security Hub for 2020 Summer Olympics

Japan is taking cyber security threats very seriously, with its plan to set up a cyber security hub to protect infrastructure during the 2020 Paralympics and Summer Olympics Games in Tokyo. By Jagdish Kumar The new cyber security centre will share all information with Government agencies and companies that operate sensitive infrastructures such as transportation

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Scientists Develop Star Wars Style 3D Holograms

Scientists from the University of Utah in the US have developed a new way to make low-cost 3D holograms that are more realistic than holograms in the Star Wars series. By Jagdish Kumar The new method was developed by American-Indian Scientist, Associate Professor Rajesh Menon from University of Utah (UU) with his team. During research,

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Proparco, Ecobank Inks Millions for EU-West Africa Trade

French Development Agency’s private sector financing arm Proparco signed a USD 50 million trade finance guarantee agreement with pan-African banking group Ecobank to boost trade between France and West African countries. By Jagdish Kumar The French financier is looking to expand its operations in West Africa, which will help accelerate the region as the fastest

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India Faces Multiple Challenges Amid Widening Trade Deficit

While trade deficit should not be a grey area for India – which continues to grow as its economy and consumption patterns grow – pragmatism calls for a balance of trade; India must make in-roads to bridge its import-export gap. By Kumar S. India is on a trajectory to become the fourth largest economy of

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Automation to Displace More than Tech Jobs

In a recent report by India’s software body, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), automation is expected to impact most domestic industries – and the effects will be felt sooner than previously anticipated. By Jagdish Kumar The Trade Association of Indian IT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Industry President R Chandrasekhar says that

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Philippines Partners in Major Projects with Japan

The Philippines Government has identified nine major projects totaling hundreds of billions of dollars that will be developed in partnership with Japan. By Jagdish Kumar The decision to unite for the development and construction of major infrastructure projects followed the recent meet at the second Philippines-Japan High-Level Joint Committee and Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation

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Dubai to Open a World-First 3D-Printed Laboratory

Nearly 90 percent complete, a world-first 3D-Printed Laboratory based at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, will soon be open to the public. By Jagdish Kumar Post completion, the newly-built printed laboratory aims to be a research centre that studies the science and technology used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and

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France and Canada Lure US Tech Talent

Canada and France seek to capitalise on US President Trump’s protectionist policies by luring tech talent on attractive fast track visas.   By Viraj Desai Canada, famous for its maple syrup and snow-capped mountains, needs to employ almost 200,000 people in the next three years to fill diverse tech roles. This includes consultants, information system

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Old Rivals Honda & Yamaha Collaborate on Electric Scooters in Japan

Putting decades of old rivalry aside, Japan’s Honda Motor Co and Yamaha Motor Co have come together to develop electric scooters in Japan. This collaboration comes after both brands’ scooters and motorcycles sales shrink around the world as newer entrants compete for market share. By Jagdish Kumar Honda and Yamaha are collaborating to develop an

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Dubai To Be Disability Friendly by 2020

Dubai is investing USD 3 million on an urban planning study to make access in all public spaces easier for people living with disability by 2020. By Jagdish Kumar A pilot project titled ‘Accessible Environments for People Living with Disability based on Universal Design’ is in line with Dubai’s wider ‘My Community – A City

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Indian Auto Industry Goes into Tailspin to Meet New Industry Enviro Standard by 2020

India’s decision to skip the Bharat Stage (BS)-V emission standards and switch to BS-VI standards from BS-IV standards is a noble and well-intentioned step to check rising pollution in the country. However, it is laden with difficulties and has made the Indian automobile industry go into a tailspin. The new emission norms come into play

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Ghana Signs USD 10 Bil Bauxite Exploration Deal with China

In order to exploit its vast natural resources, Ghana enlists China to provide funds and the technology for mineral exploration and mining in the region. By Jagdish Kumar Ghana has signed a USD 10 billion bauxite exploration deal with the Government of China. Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) China has agreed to design and

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India Approves 34 Mega Multi-Modal Logistics Parks

As part of the Indian Government’s major infrastructure spending drive, India has approved a plan to set up 34 mega multi-modal logistics parks. By Jagdish Kumar India will be investing USD 31.63 billion for the design and construction of the parks, under a public private partnership (PPP) model. Speaking on this, India’s road transport and

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Envision Energy Uses IoT in Wind Turbines

Internet of Things may be the next big thing for the renewable industry globally. With one of the largest wind turbine manufacturers, Envision Energy, offering an ecosystem in which renewable power plants, utilities and their customers operate all on a single digital platform in the future, the digitisation of the transmission and distribution of energy

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Value Creation is the Mantra for Start-Up Investors in India

India has the third largest start-up ecosystem in the world, behind the US and China in terms of number of start-ups registered each year. However, the quality of start-ups leaves a lot to be desired as a sizeable number of start-ups in India fold within the first two years. The take away message from investors is

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Kazakhstan Postures as Fintech Hub of Central Asia

Kazakhstan, the largest and strongest performing economy in Central Asia, is positioning itself as a cryptocurrency and fintech hub, as one way to mitigate dwindling oil prices. By Viraj Desai Kazakhstan experienced an oil boom a decade back. Now with the slow-down in crude oil prices, and the increase in renewable energy sources and non-fossil

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Asia overtakes North America and the EU in Global Geriatric Market

The global geriatric market is expected to reach over a USD1 trillion by 2022, a growth of 7 percent, primarily driven by regions like North America, China, Japan, India, Brazil, Spain, France and South Korea. By Viraj Desai The home care market alone is expected to be one-third of the total market share anticipated, including

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UK Plunges Headstrong into Clean Energy Future

The U.K. Government has announced ambitious steps for reducing carbon emissions and moving towards a clean energy future by including usage of battery storage for the distributed electricity networks and a ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040. By Viraj Desai These landmark commitments by one of the world’s most advanced economies sends

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India To Become Rainmaker for Global Defence Market

The buzz surrounding the Indian market has created unprecedented noise as over a thousand foreign companies from more than 35 countries are vying to capture contracts in the Indian Defence space. By Kumar S. Indian armed forces have sought an allocation of USD 418.16 billion from the Government over the next five years to ensure that

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Islamic Development Bank Approves USD1.096 Billion to Reduce Poverty in MENA

Islamic Development Bank’s (IsDB) Board of Executive Directors (BED) recently gave finance approval to member and non-member countries for various high-profile infrastructure development projects to help reduce poverty and accelerate job creation opportunities in the MENA region. By Jagdish Kumar High profile projects marked for funding include infrastructure projects in Tunisia worth USD80 million; Suriname’s

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Chinese Investment in Serbia Sets Path to EU

With an eye to increasing a footprint in Europe, Chinese investment in Serbia is set to increase to USD 10.3 Billion over the next decade. By Jagdish Kumar Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Li Manchang says investment will rise to USD 10.3 billion in the next decade. Since Serbia opened its markets, the country has experienced

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Saudi Invests Big in Major Public Transport Overhaul

Turkey is reaping benefits from the current infrastructure spending boom in the Middle East, driven in large part by Saudi Arabia. One mega-project is the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project bagged by Turkish powerhouse, Yuksel. By Jagdish Kumar Saudi Arabia awarded Yuskel the BRT tender valued at AUD 670 million, which will be one of

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Tanzania & Uganda Inks AUD 4.62B Oil Pipeline Deal

To meet its growing demand for crude oil, Tanzania has signed a contract with Uganda to design and construct an oil pipeline network of over 1,400 km. By Jagdish Kumar The new 24-inch diameter pipeline will be the world’s longest heated pipeline so it can keep the highly viscous crude liquid enough to flow. The

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Saudi & France Unite to Achieve Vision 2030

London-based firm BMI Research claims that Saudi will need to double its infrastructure investment to meet the Saudi Vision 2030 mega-projects target. To achieve this, investment will double by 2025 to AUD 130 billion. By Jagdish Kumar According to BMI Research’s recent report, doubling infrastructure funds as well as investing in more advanced construction technology

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Reliance Disrupts Mobile Data Market in India

India became number one for mobile data usage world-wide, clocking over 1 billion GB of data in a month; using 50 percent more than China and almost the same data usage as the US.  This was due in large part to Telco disruptor Reliance Jio Infocomm, a part of India’s largest conglomerate, Reliance Industries, which

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Mutual Funds Industry to Hit USD106 Trillion

According to Cerulli Associates, a research firm specialising in global asset management, the Mutual Funds Industry globally is expected to pass USD100 trillion in 2020 and hit USD106 trillion by 2021. By Viraj Desai Cerulli’s Report, Global Markets 2017: How to Succeed Internationally claims that mutual funds’ assets witnessed a stupendous growth to USD79.3 trillion by

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South Africa & China Invest Heavily in Africa

Considered as one of the fastest emerging economies in the world, Africa has long been considered an appealing investment destination. The demand for sustainable infrastructure development has received increasing attention lately, due to considerable infrastructure funding gaps in the region. By Jagdish Kumar The Sanlam Infrasec Africa Infrastructure Fund will be a 50:50 venture of both

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Qatar and Turkey Show Strong Bilateral Trade

Turkey has become a new avenue of Qatari investment, with more than AUD 26.5 billion funds allocated for major infrastructure development and bilateral trade. By Jagdish Kumar According to Turkish trade body Korfez Chamber of Commerce President Sibel Morali at the recent trade delegation in Qatar, strong diplomatic and bilateral trade relations now offer much

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India and South Korea Invest in Smart Cities

India signs an AUD13 billion agreement with South Korea to fund and develop major infrastructure, which include smart cities’ projects. By Jagdish Kumar The Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) and the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for export credit of AUD 13 billion to support infrastructure development

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SMBs Target for Ransomware Attacks

While business thrives from digitisation and e-commerce, the flipside of ease in global trade and convenience is hacking, data-theft and ransomware; with SMBs being the most vulnerable. By Archana Khatri Das As digital payments are now mainstream and cryptocurrency is close on its tails, the spate of ransomware attacks have also increased manifold. Ransomware is

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Generational Transformation Underway in MENA

Innovation, start-ups, and technology will transform the Middle East and North Africa according to the World Economic Forum’s forecast at the latest conference held in Jordan, end of May 2017. By Jagdish Kumar The meet, themed ‘Enabling a Generational Transformation’ hosted experts from various sectors and included more than 1,200 businesses and political leaders, representatives

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Green Bonds Go Mainstream in Asia & Africa

The Bonds Market is growing green when it comes to bonds. In 2016, green bond issuances globally touched a record high of USD80 billion with China capturing over 35 percent of the market. By Viraj Desai The first two quarters of 2017 has rocketed with the number of issuances bought a year ago doubling, and

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Nepal and China Sign Hydro Power Deal

Nepal partners with China Gezhouba Group Corporation to set up a 1,200-megawatt hydro power plant on Budhi Gandaki River, 80km from Kathmandu’s Gorkha and Dhading districts in Western/ Central Development Region of Nepal. By Jagdish Kumar A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) for the development of the 1,200-MW Budhigandaki

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Indian Railways Goes Electric to Save Billions

Indian Railways, which is the largest single user of energy in the country gets smart with a massive electrification drive across the country, with the aim to save AUD8.33 billion by 2025. Kumar S. During 2014-15, India’s national carrier used 1.8 percent of the total electrical energy generated in the country, consuming 18.25 billion units as

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Aviation Investment Accelerates in Asia

Travel growth in Asia is increasing investments in the aviation sector. With bigger orders by aviation companies to cater for growing traffic, the travel sector is expected to create millions of jobs and regional connectivity. By Viraj Desai The expansion in air travel in Asia is driven by first time flyers, increasing disposable income, expanding

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Nissan Files Patents for Autonomous Cars in India

To position itself as the first mover in the autonomous vehicles market in India, Japanese auto manufacturer Nissan has filed a series of patents on autonomous car technology during February and May 2017. By Jagdish Kumar Nissan filed patents under electronic subsystems that will help a car sense road conditions and assist the driver with advanced navigation

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Used Cars Market Hip Again

New vehicles sales may be growing but the proliferation of used cars at low cost with increasing options of financing availability to buyers is making the market bigger than anticipated. By Viraj Desai The global used car market is expected to grow annually by seven percent and reach 128 million units by 2021, demonstrating tremendous

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Dubai Police Department Go Full Robot-Culture

Robocops, flying taxis and driverless police vehicles have jumped from eighties Hollywood films into reality with the Dubai Police Department’s (DPD) ambitious plans to populate its workforce with androids and autonomous vehicles in the next decade. By Jagdish Kumar The DPD unveiled its android police force at the recent annual Information Security Expo. The robocops

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India and Russia Join Hands in Nuclear Energy Pact

The quest for clean energy has once again brought India and Russia together to explore nuclear energy opportunities at the ATOMEXPO in Moscow, June 2017. By Jagdish Kumar At the 18th Annual India Russia Summit held in June 2017 at St. Petersburg both countries agreed to undertake joint economic projects in third world countries, opening

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India to Mitigate CO2 Through Carbon Sink

India’s target of creating an additional 2.5-3.0 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent of a carbon sink by 2030 sounds ambitious but it is achievable… Kumar S. Carbon sinks are natural systems that absorb carbon dioxide, one of the key contributors to global warming. Creating a carbon sink is part of the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution

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Aviation Projects in Middle East Valued at AUD 76 Billion

To position the region as a tourist paradise, Middle East nations are investing in state-of-the-art airport infrastructure and amenities valued at AUD 76.46 billion. By Jagdish Kumar According to BNC Network, a project research and intelligence provider in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, of the 152 aviation projects under development in the

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Mercer Cost of Living Survey Shows Surprising New Entrants

Mercer’s Survey shows market growth and improved infrastructures in Asian cities makes affordable living abroad for expats a relic of the past… By Viraj Desai According to the Mercer Cost of Living Survey 2017, five out of ten desirable destinations for expats are Asian cities. Hong Kong is second, up from ninth place in 2012

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Oman Authority to Invest Billions Per Year for Infrastructure Projects

With a view attract foreign investment, Oman will be investing AUD 1.3 billion every year on major infrastructure projects. By Jagdish Kumar Oman plans to invest AUD 1.3 billion through its Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad) every year for major infrastructure developments within its free zone – an area specified by Government for

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UAE Integrates Block Chain in Cheques

Emirates Islamic Bank, one of the leading financial institutions in the UAE is embedding block chain technology in cheques as a fraud prevention measure. By Jagdish Kumar While globally, online and plastic transactions have increased, payment by cheque is still very popular, and adding further security to cheques is expected to increase its use. All

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IPOs Grows in Asian Markets

Asian countries are bringing to the fore bigger initial public offerings; demonstrating that raising capital is no longer limited to listings on bourses in the west.   By Viraj Desai 2016 was a challenging year due to change in Governments in several big economies, and BREXIT which created some market volatility across UK/Europe. Asia, which

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China Launches First X-ray Space Telescope

China has launched Insight, its first astronomical X-ray space telescope to aid further study into the evolution of the black hole deep in the universe… By Jagdish Kumar The 2.5-tonne Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) called Insight, was recently launched by a Long March-4B rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre northwest of China’s Gobi

Green Energy Employer of the Century

The renewable energy industry has taken center stage in the past few years and the Paris 2015 ratification by most countries validated this direction. There is little doubt that renewables growth across markets like India and China, having the largest populations globally, (both in the top five carbon emitters), gives us confidence that green energy

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Honey, Quantum Blew Up the Internet

It won’t be [insert celebrity here] that breaks the internet, it will be quantum computing. Here’s a quick update on what’s happening and why it’s a worry… By Joseph Smith Most people know that computers are a series of off and on switches (massively simplified but basically the case). This system is great for a

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Amazon Tentacles Squeeze Retail Incumbents

While a surge of online shopping is creating foreclosures across the globe, there remains a shard of hope for brick-n-mortar stores…and Amazon is leading the way. By Archana Khatri Das The wind of change is blowing harsh on global retail business. Departmental-stores and retail chains in various parts in North America, Europe and Asia are

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Brazil Announces AUD 20 Billion Infrastructure Program

Brazil pushes forward with its development agenda, with the Government announcing plans to invest AUD 20 billion under its infrastructure concessions program. By Jagdish Kumar The government will invest AUD 20 billion on projects associated with energy, transportation and sanitation. All concessions on investments will be developed under a public private partnership model. At the

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Lockheed Martin to build F-16 Jet in India

US based aerospace and Defence manufacturing firm Lockheed Martin has joined forces with India’s Tata Advanced Systems to produce the F-16 Block 70 in India. By Jagdish Kumar In a statement issued this month, Lockheed says that the F-16 Block 70 is ideally suited to meet the Indian Air Force’s single-engine fighter needs.  Lockheed claims the

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The Top 20 ASEAN Performers on Global Innovation Index

According to the recently released Global Innovation Index 2017, an annual ranking on innovation by Cornell University et al, Asian and MENA countries are improving by leaps and bounds but need to do a lot more to rival their western counterparts… By Viraj Desai The tenth edition of the GII Report states that Singapore, Japan,

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ESG Investing Trends in Asia

Environmental, social and governance investing (ESG) is gaining traction, with a University of Oxford study suggesting strong sustainability practices deliver better investment performance over time. By Viraj Desai Asian countries are adopting the ESG norms at a much slower pace as compared to western counterparts. Currently, more than 72 percent of the S&P500 companies report

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Indian Railways Launches Two Cent Health Clinic

To provide affordable emergency health care services to commuters, Indian Railways in conjunction with Magicdil Health opened a two-cent 24-hour health clinic, popularly known as the ‘One Rupee Clinic’. By Jagdish Kumar The first clinic was opened in Central Railway, one of seventeen railway zones headquartered in Mumbai in a joint venture with the organisation

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Cirrus Aircraft Launches World’s Cheapest Private Jet

With a view to provide affordable corporate jet services, US-based aircraft manufacturer, Cirrus Aircraft launched Vision Jet, valued at AUD 2.62 million. In the category of very light jets, Cirrus claims it’s the cheapest corporate jet available on the market as the average market rate of Business Jets is around AUD 16 million. By Jagdish

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E-Waste in Asia is Everyone’s Responsibility

If you’re thinking of upgrading your phone that still works, go ahead, but spare a thought for the number of devices ending up as electronic waste in landfills. By Viraj Desai While electronic waste was a problem that existed even a decade back, the availability of mobile phones and other electronic products at rock-bottom prices

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Data is New Colonialism

Data is not the new oil. It is the new land that is being rapidly colonised by corporations with the means to exploit this new resource. By Joseph Smith We are giving up our details hand over fist for platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, free applications and subscriptions and inadvertently in our dealings with banks, insurance

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Chile Constructs World’s Largest Telescope

Construction of the World’s largest telescope has commenced in Chile. Located on a 3,000-metre-high mountain in the middle of the Atacama Desert, this project is funded by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), a consortium which includes Brazil, Germany, France and Britain. By Jagdish Kumar Conceived by the ESO, The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) is

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Vietnam’s FPT Corporation Develops Cheap Autonomous Vehicles System

Vietnam based company, FPT, part of FPT Corporation has entered the global autonomous vehicle market, with the aim to commercialise affordable, market entry autonomous vehicles. By Jagdish Kumar Competing with industry titans like Apple and Google, which is rolling out prototypes of autonomous vehicles, FPT is developing technology that will help to commercialise a low-cost

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Public-Private Partnerships Urgently Needed to Resolve Water Crisis in Asia

The demand for clean water is growing at a scorching pace, with an estimate that over a billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. The situation may worsen as the United Nations claims that over half of countries worldwide is facing an impending water crisis. By Viraj Desai Asia, home to three

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Private Players to Build Fighter Jets, Submarines in India

Due to growing defence needs and its ‘Make in India’ mandate, India is allowing private companies to build fighter jets and submarines. By Jagdish Kumar Defence Minister Arun Jaitley says that the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) board has finalised policy aimed at engaging the Indian private sector in the manufacture of high-tech defence equipment in

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Nasdaq Signs Tech Deal with Hong Kong Exchanges

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) signs tech deal with the World’s first electronic stock market, Nasdaq, to upgrade its derivatives market platform by 2018. By Jagdish Kumar Hong Kong Exchanges will use Nasdaq Financial Framework architecture for trading, clearing and real-time risk management technologies. Nasdaq has been a technological partner of the Hong Kong

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Infosys Launches Second-Gen Integrated AI Platform

It’s official. We’ve entered an AI race. As competition in artificial intelligence and automation is heating up, companies jostle for market share, with Infosys leading the way, announcing its most recent launch, Nia, a next-generation Artificial Intelligence Platform. By Jagdish Kumar This comes a year after Infosys launched its first-generation AI platform, Infosys Mana, and

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India, Japan Maps Asia-Africa Growth Corridor to Counter China’s OBOR

With a view to counter China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) project, India and Japan announced at the May 2017 AGM of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Gujarat that they will come together to develop an Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC). By Jagdish Kumar The aim of the AAGC will be to improve growth and

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World Bank Predicts 600 Million Job Losses Worldwide by 2032

Trends emerging globally around the application of robotics, artificial intelligence, and rising protectionism in some countries is creating a seismic shift in job profiles across sectors, with some vocations marked for death by 2020. By Archana Khatri Das From the beginning of the industrial revolution to till now, businesses pursue technological advancements to keep overhead

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Tunisia Seeks Foreign Funds for Major Infrastructure Projects

The Tunisian Government is looking to raise AUD 43 billion (30 billion euros) by seeking bids on 140 ventures – from infrastructure and agricultural projects to hi-tech schemes to prevent future political unrest. Jagdish Kumar To save Tunisia from political unrest, much more investment is needed to put the North African nation back on the

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Venezuela & China Sign Billions in Development Deal

In order to enhance co-operation between the two countries, Venezuela and China have entered into development agreements worth AUD 3.63 billion. The deal was signed at the 15th meeting of the China-Venezuela High-Level Mixed Commission in Caracas earlier this year. By Jagdish Kumar Under the deal, 22 new agreements were signed in which China will

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India World’s Highest FDI Destination

With the investment landscape changing dramatically last year due to recession and stagnate growth in many established economies worldwide, India managed to rise as the world’s highest foreign direct investment (FDI) destination in 2016. By Jagdish Kumar India attracted AUD 85 billion in 2016, making it the world’s premier greenfield Foreign Direct Investment destination for

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HP Enterprise Funds Start-ups in South East Asia

Amid fierce competition, after building a solid forty-year footprint in Singapore, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) aims to invest AUD 188 million in start-up ventures in Singapore over the next five years. By Jagdish Kumar In a collaboration with Singapore Economic Development Board, HP Enterprise is proposing to allocate AUD 21.49 million to nurture local start-ups in

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Indian Residents Set to Have One Universal Bio-Metric Identity

The largest democracy in the world is on the path to allocate a single bio-metric identity to 1.3 billion Indians, which may become their only identity on Earth. However, the absence of privacy laws and a digital regulator casts a shadow on the security of the world’s largest biometric database. By Archana Khatri Das Foreigners

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NLC India to Invest AUD 2.63 Billion in Thermal, Solar Power in Odisha

Chennai-based Government owned company, NLC India (formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation), has chalked out plans to invest AUD 2.63 billion in thermal and solar projects across Odisha. By Jagdish Kumar NCL India is undertaking major design and constructs of coal-based, solar and thermal power plants across Odisha, India. Its first project will be construction of a

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India Targets All-Electric Mobility by 2030

A transition to shared electric mobility would save enough energy to power 1.8 million homes and drop carbon emissions up to 37 percent in India by 2030. By Jagdish Kumar In order to achieve its ambitious carbon emissions goals, India is moving towards a complete shift to electric cars by 2030 according to a report

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Siemens Gamesa Plans AUD3.42 Billion in Wind & Solar in India

Spanish renewable energy giant Gamesa, which recently merged with Siemens Wind Power to rebrand as Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has announced its plans to scale its operations and plans investments in India. By Jagdish Kumar Siemens Gamesa is making ambitious plans to implement utility-scale wind and solar power projects in the Indian state of Andhra

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Saudi Arabia Pledges to Invest AUD 53 Billion in US Infrastructure

Relations between the U.S and Saudi Arabia takes a positive turn after President Trump kick started his tour of the Middle East with his first official visit arriving in Saudi Arabia in May 2017. The Saudi Arabia Sovereign Wealth Fund will be investing in President Trump’s infrastructure plan to a tune of AUD 53 billion,

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Fast Fintech Adoption Pivots Fortune to Banks in Asia

Banking sector fortunes are shifting worldwide. While US and European banks have dominated the banking system for the past century, emerging markets in Asia led by China, Japan and India have led to Asian institutions edging past some of their global counterparts, in large part due to agile adoption of Fintech solutions. By Viraj Desai

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Growth of Tourism to Asia Encourages Greater Regional Integration

We take a bird’s eye view of Asia’s hottest tourist destinations and look at what’s driving it, the tourist demographic and where the biggest spends are to be found. By Viraj Desai With greater awareness and cultural curiosity being driven by globalisation, a rising Asian middle-class and travel affordability are all driving massive tourism growth

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UAE Leads Investment in Digital Worth AUD 1.07 Billion

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has attracted growing foreign investment of AUD 1.07 billion in its digital sector during the past three years.  For the fourth consequence year, the UAE has been a preferred destination for tech start-up hubs accounting for 33 percent of all investors in the MENA region. By Jagdish Kumar According to a

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Goldman Sachs Say Fintech Sector Has Huge Potential in Brazil

Global consultancy firm, Goldman Sachs says financial technology will flood the traditional banking financial system in its latest report, ‘Fintech Brazil’s Moment‘ released in May 2017. By Jagdish Kumar According to the report, more than 200 companies in Fintech would generate a whopping AUD 32.17 billion in revenue over the next decade. Goldman Sachs has

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First State Investments raises AUD 1 Billion for European Infrastructure Fund II

The European Diversified Infrastructure Fund II, managed by First State Investments, has completed its first fundraising series. EDIF II, the successor fund to EDIF I, will pursue the same investment strategy of constructing a core/core+ infrastructure portfolio of assets targeting primarily utility, energy and transportation investments across Europe. By Jagdish Kumar In order to fund

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Virtual Doctor Consultation Goes Global

While trade and big business goes global, healthcare has followed suit. With more than 100,000 Apps and health-related websites now connecting patients with doctors on-line, questions are being raised about the absence of a global regulatory body as well as the legality and problematics of on-line diagnosis… By Archana Khatri Das For the mobile-first, digitally-centred

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EU Breaks with Tradition, Seeks AUD1.47 Billion for Transport Infrastructure from Private Sector

The European Commission (EU) will be investing AUD 1.47 billion to provide better connectivity among European nations. To achieve this, it is currently seeking grants for the first time from the private sector, claiming its new approach will drive innovative financial solutions to fund transport infrastructure projects across Europe. By Jagdish Kumar Under the project

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Bandaranaike International Airport Installs South Asia’s First LED Runway 

The aviation sector is booming in South Asia, as economic growth and a surge in tourist arrivals in the last decade have propelled Sri Lanka to modernise the Bandaranaike International Airport’s runway as well as a new airport terminal upgrade. By Jagdish Kumar According to the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015, Sri Lanka is

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India to Construct Ten Nuclear Power Reactors

Despite protest from China, India is pressing ahead with its plan to boost its domestic nuclear power program following India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s announcement that the Government has approved construction of ten units of Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) at a Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs meeting on 17 May 2017. By Jagdish Kumar The Indian

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China Overhauls 2,000 Year Silk Route with OBOR Project Premised on Peaceful Co-existence

Chinese President Xi Jinping Unveils China’s One Belt, One Road project at the opening ceremony of the OBOR Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing on 14 May 2017.  The 2000 years old Silk route linking China to Central Asia and the Arab world is under review with China pledging AUD124 Billion into infrastructure investment

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Nigeria to Undertake Major Railway Upgrades & High-Speed Rail

Nigeria is undertaking a once-in-a-generational rail modernisation initiative, with multiple railway upgrades and a new, digitally-operated high speed rail network at a total cost estimate of AUD 30 Billion. By Jagdish Kumar In order to expand its ageing railway network across the country, one of Africa’s fastest emerging economies, Nigeria, is seeking an AUD 8.09

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Qatar Electric Awards Contract Worth AUD 3.05 Billion

With a view to expand electricity infrastructure in the country within an ambitious delivery date target, Qatar’s General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) recently awarded power infrastructure projects worth AUD 3.05 billion. By Jagdish Kumar Qatar Electric’s project part of Phase 13 of the Qatar Power Transmission System Expansion plan has been awarded to various local

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Philippines Invests AUD 89 Billion on Infrastructure Projects to Reduce Poverty

Focusing on developing the country’s infrastructure, Philippines has chalked out plans under its Three-Year Rolling Infrastructure Plan (TRIP) to improve infrastructure in its poorest regions. The Philippine Government says its planned projects will create 1.6 million jobs annually, and will help to decrease poverty from 21.6 percent in 2015 to 13 to 15 percent by

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Qatar Airways Plans New Airline in India

With India opening up its airline sector to allow 100 percent foreign direct investments (FDI), Qatar Airways was quick off the mark, announcing plans to enter the Indian market with a new airline company at the recent ITB Berlin International Travel Trade Show. Jagdish Kumar The Doha based airliner says it will set up a

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South Asia Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation Eye AUD93 Billion in Travel Tourism

South Asia Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) which includes India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Myanmar is eyeing AUD 93 billion GDP in trade and tourism by 2025. By Jagdish Kumar Following deliberations with Finance Ministers from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Myanmar meeting in New Delhi, April 2017, India, along with

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Myanmar & French Chambers of Commerce Sign MoU

With a view to increase trade opportunities between France and Myanmar, the French Myanmar Chamber of Commerce (FMCCI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) early May 2017. By Jagdish Kumar Under the MoU, companies from both countries propose to work together to

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Blockchain Banking Consortiums Signals Serious Job Losses by 2020

Since India’s largest public sector bank, State Bank of India (SBI) announced the formation of the country’s first such exploration consortium for banks, Bank-Chain, during an industry meeting in Mumbai in February earlier this year, there’s been a lot of positive industry feedback. However, there’s been little discussion around the impact of the inevitable, major employment

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Japan Among Top Five Industry Investors in India

During the Prime Minister of Japan’s Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to India, Abe says that the Japanese Government has made available a special financial package of over AUD 16 billion for Japanese companies wanting to invest in India. By Jagdish Kumar Heavy investment in clean energy and manufacturing sectors looks set to heat up with

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World Bank Pledges Billions in Maharashtra

The World Bank’s CEO Kristalina Georgieva pledges to lend Maharashtra funds to invest in urban transport, rural water supply and India’s agricultural sector over the next three years. By Jagdish Kumar With a view to improving infrastructure in India’s second populous state, the World Bank will be investing AUD2.63 billion to AUD3.9 billion in Maharashtra.

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SVOD Killing Video Tsars

Streaming Video on Demand is projected to outmode traditional broadcast programming and cable TV.  According to Digital TV Research, SVOD is expected to capture 428 million subscribers across 200 countries by 2021- a spike in growth of more than 140 percent since 2015. By Archana Khatri Das Binge watchers rejoice. With high production value, original

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Asia Leaves Developed Nations Behind with Fastest Growth in Clean Energy Markets

The world’s most populated continent is emerging a clear winner in the deployment of clean energy globally. Asia accounted for almost 60 percent of the 161 GW global renewable capacity installation in 2016, according to International Renewable Energy Agency, an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future.   By Viraj

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ASEAN Views Nuclear Energy as Long-Term Solution

To address growing energy demand, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) study conducted by its Centre for Energy unveiled ASEANs commitment to construct nuclear power plants for peaceful and commercial use, as discussed at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Nuclear Energy Cooperation Sub-Sector Network in April 2017. By Jagdish Kumar During the meet,

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Foreign Investors Heats up Solar Market

Norway, Australia, and Italy are some of the foreign investors keen to get a foothold in India’s solar energy market given India’s ambitious one hundred percent renewable energy target within the next five years. By Jagdish Kumar Working towards India’s 2019 deadline to generate a nationwide renewable energy target, Norwegian firm’s joint venture Statkraft BLP Solar

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Singapore Set for Autonomous Vehicles

The autonomous vehicle race is on, with car giants teaming up with the Singapore Government to transform public transport by using autonomous vehicle technology for buses, taxis and its trucking industries. By Jagdish Kumar Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) is aiming to migrate to self-driving technology across the country to drive efficiencies in public transport

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Ageing Population Needs an IoT Solution for Healthcare Practitioners

Ageing population and prosperity is linked to the largest healthcare boom in Australia. The opportunities this presents for everyday Australians and private healthcare practitioners may lie in smart technology. By Dr Callum Forrest Australia, like many western countries, is going to see a significant shift in its demographic make-up over the next 40 years. In

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Tea Culture Booms as Middle Class Rises in India

While coffee has enjoyed strong consumption globally for the past decade, traditional tea culture is making a comeback in specialty tea houses across India where cashed-up millennials use apps to order and steep their brew prior to arrival. By Archana Khatri Das When the 18th Century English Writer Sydney Smith wrote in his memoir, “Thank

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Industrial Cloud Attracts Big Bets

With GE’s history of lightbulb moments and executing ahead of the curve, its heavy investment into Industrial Cloud, by bringing together the latest game changing technologies of our time, namely Big Data and Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud, should have investors sitting up and paying attention. By Joseph Smith First trialing the services

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Ernst & Young says Move Ports Trade & Save Billions

With global trade steadily increasing, India may save billions of dollars on infrastructure and transportation costs as well as potentially create ten million new jobs in the next decade, if trade is moved to non-major coastal ports, claims global consultancy firm Ernst & Young. By Jagdish Kumar According to a report by Ernst & Young,

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IoT Used to Fight Zika Virus

To help reduce mosquito-borne diseases such as the deadly zika virus and malaria, Indian state Andhra Pradesh will be the first region in the world to deploy Internet of Things (IoT) technology to exterminate mosquito breeding grounds. By Jagdish Kumar According to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program, about 95 percent of the Indian

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KPMG says Digitisation Hooks Venture Capital in Fintech

With the Indian Government focusing on digitisation of currency under its Digital India initiative, global consultancy firm KPMG’s latest report says many venture capital investors are going east, seeking investment opportunities in the fintech sector. By Jagdish Kumar KPMG asserts that the Indian Government’s heavy-handed emphasis on less cash and reduced cash transactions will attract

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Navi Mumbai Airport Takes Off

After a ten-year battle to ease the congestion of Mumbai Airport, the hotly-contested Navi Mumbai Airport construction is ready to commence with an ambitious delivery date that some say is unrealistic. By Jagdish Kumar Hyderabad based conglomerate, GVK has won the bid to develop Mumbai’s second airport located at Navi Mumbai out bidding GMR Infrastructure,

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Middle East & Africa as World Solar Power

Africa and the Middle East with abundant solar radiation have crossed the threshold of the learning curve in harnessing solar power. The countries in the two regions are now moving towards what can be called potential powerhouses of the world, only if the momentum set by international collaborations and private participation sustains it. By Archana

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Deep Tech Renaissance Sweeps Europe & SE Asia

Innovation will take on a deeper meaning with Deep Tech start-ups showing feverish growth in Europe and India. The global market is expected to grow to AUD7.21 billion by 2020 from AUD529 million in 2014. It is likely to generate AUD61 billion revenue and replace 5 million jobs by 2020. By Jagdish Kumar Deep Technology

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Digital Payments Worth USD500 billion by 2020

To curb the menace of black money and terror funding, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced that INR 500 (AUD10.02) and INR 1000 (AUD20.04) will no longer qualify as legal tender from midnight on 8 November 2016, which made up 86 percent of all rupees in circulation. The country appears to have coped

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Army Enlists Autonomous Robots

As one of the world’s traditionally largest arms importer, India is developing its own artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous robots to cater for its growing defence forces needs as well as upgrading its armed forces with the latest technologies available in the market. By Jagdish Kumar The Center for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR) is

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Self-Regulatory Bitcoin Body DABFI Defies the Reserve Bank of India

When a movement officially regulates, it usually signals the legitimacy of an industry. In the case of bitcoin, for all its powerful detractors, the rapid uptake across the globe means the old bank guard either needs to adapt and be part of the change, or risk becoming forever outmoded. By Jagdish Kumar In order to

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Record Smashed with Simultaneous Launch of 104 Satellites

India has officially made its footprint in space technology with a bang, becoming the first country in the world to launch 104 satellites in early 2017. The satellites were launched by Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota state. The earlier record set was by

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Robo-Advisors Heat up GenYers

High-frequency trading and robo-advisors are using algorithms to make investment portfolios free of human bias, fear or greed. The algo-based automation is gradually changing the face of financial advising, and the way trading is taking place in stock exchanges across the world. By Archana Khatri Das Even the smartest of investors can slip up at times and get

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Solar Power Whitegoods are Go

With Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk in talks with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to build a 100MWh battery farm in 100 days or it’s free to solve SA’s energy woes, 2017 looks set to be a hot year for all things solar. We chat about the latest solar power whitegoods launched around the globe. By

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Steadfast Investment in Volatile Times

With market volatility, investment uncertainty due to geo-political destabilisation around the world, long-term investment planning can cause discomfort for conservative investors. Wealth Creation Specialist Joe Dirani explores the current investment vehicles available in Australia, and says property investment is a safe bet for long-term security. By Joe Dirani You can never be too young to start

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All Eyes on Mumbai’s Millions

It’s official. Mumbai has been ranked the richest city in India, with a total wealth of AUD1.008 trillion according to a report recently released by global market research group New World Wealth in South Africa. With super cash injections from China over recent years, India is fast becoming a foreign direct investment powerhouse. By Jagdish

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Social Enterprise Meets Solar Power in India

The Indian Government has set a target to generate 100 GW from solar power by 2022 through solar farms, rooftop solar and off grid-solar plants construction in largely remote, rural communities. To do this, India is combining its commitment to create a sustainable renewables energy market with a social enterprise – to train, and empower

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Rentvesting in Sydney Markets

Our resident Wealth Creation Specialist from Ample Property Solutions, Joe Dirani weighs the odds of rentvesting versus long-term investment yields for millennials who take their retirement planning seriously. By Joe Dirani GenYers and millennials have had the adage ‘buy the worst house in the best street’ drummed into them since they were little Saturday morning

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Wind Energy Boon from Monsoon

With India’s insatiable growth for energy demand, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay Civil Engineering Professor Deo says that coastal cities like Mumbai and Chennai have enormous wind energy harvesting potential during the monsoon months to more than adequately meet India’s spike in energy consumption – and attract greater foreign investment in wind farm

NBN

The NBN – Moving beyond the Real Politik to Market Dynamism

There is a curious circus that public discourse descends into whenever the NBN is paraded about by the Australian Coalition or Opposition Parties. Which mob is spending money on rockets and sharks and which mob are the clowns – we’ll leave that for the public to speculate. Nonetheless, someone is funding this circus – the

Internet of Things

Hooba Dooba! It’s the Crazy Internet of Things

When George Jetson exclaimed ‘Hooba Dooba!’ to express his wonderment at technological domesticity in his Skypad apartment, we too can delight in the quaint, yet uncanny futurist 1960s cartoon premise of life in Orbit City – what we now realise as Smart Cities in 2017. With the Internet of Things, the future has officially arrived

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Every Business Needs a Spanx Story

Much has been written about the importance of genesis stories and how the stories surrounding a brand can either make it, or break it. Nowhere does that ring truer than for those brands driven by a purpose or ideal greater than themselves and their own success. For them, their start-up story activates, animates and authenticates

Dr Callum Forrest, INDVSTRVS

Perfect Posture equals Premium Performance and Productivity

The newest most powerful productivity hack could be standing right in front of you, quite literally! Dr Callum Forrest explains why our posture plays much more of a role than first thought and the science on why productivity and posture are linked is solid. By Dr Callum Forrest Task orientated people will agree they are most

Di Mace, INDVSTRVS

Five Quick Flavours for Lip-Smacking Content

Ice cream is loved the world over. It’s a special treat, comfort food and a memory maker… Just the thought of it fills us with so much feel-goodness, that we can’t help but say mmmm. Hold onto the feeling as that’s exactly what great content should do…be memorable, tasty and leave us wanting more… By