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Modi in Davos | The Indian Express

Modi in Davos | The Indian Express



Modi in Davos

There was a brief moment 10 years or so ago when India was the flavour of Davos. There were Indian fashion shows and art exhibitions, Bollywood songs played in cafes and people danced to them in nightclubs.

Written by Tavleen Singh | Updated: January 21, 2018 10:25 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi  (Reuters)

Next week Narendra Modi goes to Davos to try and convince some of the richest men in the world that India is open for business. Trying to lure foreign investors to our shores is something he has done his best to do since he became Prime Minister. In one of his first major speeches he urged foreign manufacturers to come ‘Make in India’. What puzzles me is why his government has not made half as much effort to encourage Indians to invest in India. Is the Prime Minister not aware that real jobs will only come when Indian entrepreneurs, big and small, are persuaded to invest in new businesses?

Across the aisle: Celebrating gods, neglecting children – 2 | The Indian Express

Across the aisle: Celebrating gods, neglecting children – 2 | The Indian Express



Across the aisle: Celebrating gods, neglecting children – 2

There is another acclaimed report published every year. It is the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). We have a new report (2017) on the status of education in rural India and it was published on January 16, 2018.

Written by P Chidambaram | Updated: January 21, 2018 9:39 am
Thanks to the Right to Education Act, the proportion of out-of school children has fallen to 3.1 per cent. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Having the second largest standing army in the world or possessing nuclear weapons or putting satellites in orbit will not make a country a great power — or even a great people — if our children grow up into adults who are simply not equipped to build a great economy or a great nation.
On March 26, 2017, I had written a column titled ‘Celebrating Gods, Neglecting Children’. I had said “Our idea of human resource development is minus child development, minus child health and minus child nutrition’. My focus was on the state of nutrition of children and the data was based on the National Family Health Survey 2015-16. I should have added “minus child education and minus child skilling”.

As Donald Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests | The Indian Express

As Donald Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests | The Indian Express



As Donald Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests

The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urged voters to turn out for congressional elections in November.

By: Reuters | Washington | Published: January 21, 2018 7:55 am
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People take part in the Women’s March in Manhattan in New York City, New York, US. (Source: Reuters)

Hundreds of thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women’s March, a nationwide series of protests against US President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office.
The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urged voters to turn out for congressional elections in November. Sister rallies were staged in cities overseas.
“Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal,” actress Eva Longoria told the Los Angeles rally. “Everybody who has the privilege of voting must do so.”

World economic boom and lurking risks | The Indian Express

World economic boom and lurking risks | The Indian Express



World economic boom and lurking risks

Economies are growing, wherever you look - in Germany, India and elsewhere. Naturally, everyone believes that this will continue unabated. But there are risks that should not be underestimated, DW's Henrik Böhme warns.

By:  Published: January 21, 2018 9:41 am
Merkel sees 'tough day' in crunch German coalition talks
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AP Photo)

At the turn of the century, the German economy was regarded as the sick man of Europe. Tough labour market reforms implemented by the then Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s government helped the country turn the corner.
Germany has now seen its economy expand for eight consecutive years. Unemployment is at a record low, the government is flush with cash due to swelling tax receipts and budget surpluses, and German exports continue to outstrip imports yielding huge trade surpluses.

World Economic Forum preps for Modi mantra with tastes of India, twists of yoga | The Indian Express

World Economic Forum preps for Modi mantra with tastes of India, twists of yoga | The Indian Express



World Economic Forum preps for Modi mantra with tastes of India, twists of yoga

Among the world leaders, US President Donald Trump shall register his presence to deliver the concluding address. Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is also expected to be in Davos, but Indian officials have stated that no meeting is planned between PM Abbasi and his Indian counterpart. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: January 21, 2018 3:42 pm
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The participation of developing countries in this year’s World Economic Forum gathering is quintessential as the forum focuses on “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”- which happens to be the theme of the forum gathering at Davos. (Photo: AP)

With exquisite Indian cuisines on the platter and live yoga sessions to showcase India’s signature forte in health and wellness, the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) will kick off in the alpine Swiss resort of Davos on Monday. PM Narendra Modi who will participate in the grand gathering of the rich and powerful from across the globe is expected to project India as a growth engine for the world economy.
The participation of developing countries in this year’s World Economic Forum gathering is quintessential as the forum focuses on “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”- which happens to be the theme of the forum gathering at Davos. The forum shall be attended by more than 3,000 world leaders from the diverse segments of business, art, academia, politics and civil society. Most importantly, the Indian contingent in this year’s forum is the largest ever with more than 130 participants on the list. PM Modi will be accompanied by six union ministers — Arun Jaitley, Suresh Prabhu, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, M J Akbar and Jitendra Singh.

Europe readies riposte to Donald Trump’s “America First” push in Davos | The Indian Express

Europe readies riposte to Donald Trump’s “America First” push in Davos | The Indian Express



Europe readies riposte to Donald Trump’s “America First” push in Davos

The forum will open on Tuesday with a speech by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and end on Friday, when Trump is due to address the massive auditorium where Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke last year, offering to fill the global leadership void created by an inward-looking Washington

By: Reuters | Davos | Published: January 21, 2018 4:48 pm
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US President Donald Trump (Reuters)

European leaders will be out in force at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week to defend multilateralism before US President Donald Trump arrives to deliver his “America First” message. Politicians, business chiefs, bankers and celebrities will meet in the Swiss Alps under the banner “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World” for the four-day gathering against an unsettling global backdrop.
A decade after the bankruptcy of US investment bank Lehman Brothers helped trigger a global financial crisis, economic growth has returned and stock markets are hitting record highs. Yet there is a nagging fear among many in Davos that the brighter economic outlook could turn out to be little more than a mirage if the daunting array of geopolitical threats – from protectionism and climate change to cyber attacks and outright war – gather pace in 2018.

Turkish artillery fires in northern Syria after border town hit | The Indian Express

Turkish artillery fires in northern Syria after border town hit | The Indian Express



Turkish artillery fires in northern Syria after border town hit

Under "Operation Olive Branch", Turkish airstrikes on Saturday pounded positions of the Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia in the northern Afrin province

By: Reuters | Oncupinar | Published: January 21, 2018 6:00 pm
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A Turkish military convoy arrives at a village on the Turkish-Syrian border in Kilis province, Turkey, January 21, 2018 (Reuters)

Turkey continued to fire artillery at a US-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria on Sunday, after Turkey’s state media said four rockets from Syria had hit a Turkish border town. The cross-border fire marked the second day of Turkey’s new front in the nearly seven-year-old Syrian civil war. Under “Operation Olive Branch”, Turkish airstrikes on Saturday pounded positions of the Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia in the northern Afrin province.
A Reuters reporter at the Oncupinar gate on the Turkish side of the border with Syria, could hear the boom of outgoing artillery, with one being fired roughly every three minutes. Military convoys were travelling near the gate, with one transporter carrying several tanks.