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  • Carbon Opportunities in the Gulf
    February, 2011 By Shivangi Muttoo

    The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, in particular Qatar and the UAE, rank among the world’s worst performing countries in terms of per capita carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Perturbed by the increasing international concern, these countries have now announced plans to reduce emissions. As a result, the region could emerge as a hub of clean technology and renewable energy in the future. It may also benefit from the emerging carbon trading system. 

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  • Something Old, Something New-Water Conservation in Rajasthan
    February, 2011 By Anumita Raj

    In the past few years, the state of Rajasthan in India has seen its poor water fortunes aided in part by the revival of traditional and ancient water conservation systems. 

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  • Rise of Women Entrepreneurs in Bangladesh
    February, 2011 By Sowmya Suryanarayanan

    Ten years ago, a majority of the women workers in Bangladesh worked in the informal sector. They were mostly unpaid and did not contribute directly to formal economic activities. However, the demographic structure of the labour participation in Bangladesh is witnessing a remarkable change. An increasing number of women are working in the formal sector as entrepreneurs and paid workers, a situation that was not seen in the past. This gradual transformation of women’s participation from the informal to the formal sectors has resulted in an upward mobility in the social and economic status of women, especially that of poor women in the country.

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  • The Final Frontier
    February, 2011 By Sahiba Trivedi

    China’s sky-high space ambitions have the potential to upset the current world order. Within the coming decade, China may become capable of challenging America’s dominance over space and its monopoly over global navigational systems. 

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  • Trends in Indian Innovation
    December, 2010 By Sanaa Arora

    In the beginning of 2010, the Indian Government formally declared 2010 – 2020 as the “Decade of Innovation”. There is a multitude of activity, both happening as well as planned, in the innovation sphere in India, in which certain salient features stand out and are worth examining. These features may well determine the degree of success India achieves in the next few decades in realizing its goal of becoming one of the leading knowledge economies in the world. 

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  • India’s Accession into the SCO
    December, 2010 By Gitanjali Bakshi

    On June 12th 2010 the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) opened its doors to India, offering the country permanent membership into one of the world’s newest strategic blocs. India, after enjoying observer status at the SCO for years, is now eligible for a seat at the table with some of the most powerful countries in the eastern hemisphere. This opportunity could propel Asia’s crouching tiger into a position of considerable influence but it would also force it out of an age-old, tried and tested policy of non-alignment. 

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  • Full Speed Ahead: Transport System in the Middle East
    December, 2010 By Shivangi Muttoo

    Road and rail infrastructure in the Middle East is rapidly improving with new modes of public transport such as the metro, monorail, light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT) being introduced across urban centres in the region. By 2017, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will have a railway network connecting all the member countries. Modernizing the transport infrastructure has the potential to bring environmental, economic and social benefits to the region.

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  • Maharashtra: A Sorry ‘State’ of Affairs
    December, 2010 By Anumita Raj

    As with any part of India, Maharashtra is a study in contradictions. The financial capital of the one of the fast growing economies in the world is in the state, as is one of the highest rates of farmer suicides that India has ever known. The juxtaposition of the excesses of Bollywood along side one of the world’s largest slums dwelling in Dharavi is oft-mentioned. In fact, for decades, writers and filmmakers have explored the dichotomy that exists in the city of Mumbai, and by extension the state of Maharashtra. What will Maharashtra look like in 10 or 15 years? How will Mumbai accommodate all of the estimated nearly 29 million people that are expected to live in the Greater Mumbai Area by 2025? These are questions that worry the policymakers and the citizens of the state.

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