This book presents a detailed portrait of the contours of South-South collaboration in the health biotechnology sector. In particular, it casts revealing light on the factors that guide effective scientific partnerships and exchanges. The authors explore these issues by combining a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including copublications analyses, in-depth surveys of biotechnology firms and interviews with around 350 researchers, entrepreneurs and policy-makers in developing countries. The key findings indicate that the level of South-South collaboration among researchers in health biotechnology remains low but is slowly increasing and that entrepreneurial collaboration seems to be more prevalent.
Beijing: China should be a "benign" power in South Asia and address India's concerns, especially over its military linkages with the countries in the region, according to a top Indian think tank. Beijing's military linkages raise concerns in India, Rajiv Kumar Bhatia, Director General of Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), said at a Chinese-government organised conference on "Contemporary world multilateral dialogue: Changing world and China in development".
New Delhi: India's economic growth probably slowed last quarter to match a three-year low as elevated inflation and subdued investment add pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to extend a recent policy overhaul. Gross domestic product rose 5.3 percent in the three months to Sept. 30 from a year earlier, the median of 36 estimates in a Bloomberg News survey shows ahead of a report due Nov. 30. That would be the same as in January-to-March this year and less than the 5.5 percent pace of the second quarter.
Washington: The United States should focus increasingly on courting Brazil, India, Indonesia and Turkey, four “global swing states” critical to the preservation of the Western-dominated international order, according to a new report released here Tuesday by two major U.S. think tanks. With the post-World War II global order facing challenges such as the rise of China, the fiscal difficulties of Western governments, and unresolved crises over North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear programmes, these four nations, if given incentives, can play a crucial role maintaining and renewing the strength of existing international institutions, it says.
The 2nd India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue was held in New Delhi on 26 November, 2012. During the 2nd meeting of the Dialogue, India and China discussed a wide range of topics including greater cooperation at the global level, strengthening communication on macro-economic policies, deepening and expanding trade and investment and promoting bilateral cooperation in the financial and infrastructure sectors. The proposals and recommendations made by the five Working Groups were considered during the 2nd Dialogue and directions given for their future activities. India and China agreed that in the current global economic situation it was important to raise the level of economic engagement between India and China. The agreements are as follows:
United Nations: India, which chairs the UN Security Council'sCounter-Terrorism Committee, has called on the international community to give priority to tackling the threat posed by terrorist financing, saying terrorists have exploited advances in technology to raise and move funds. "With international community's concerted efforts spanning over a decade, the use and abuse of the formal banking system is more difficult and more expensive for terrorists than ever before" India's Permanent Representative to the UNHardeep Singh Puri, chairman of the committee, said.
China and the United States are the world’s two largest economies. According to the International Monetary Fund, in 2010 they accounted for 14 per cent and 19 per cent respectively of global production, measured at purchasing power parity (PPP). For those who distrust PPP conversions, the World Bank reports 2011 global GDP at $70 trillion at current prices, with US output at $15 trillion and that of China less than half that, at $7.3 trillion. (The Indian economy, at $1.8 trillion, is just short of one-quarter the size of the Chinese economy on the same measure, despite a population 92 per cent as big. According to the same source, a decade ago, our economy was half as large as that of China.)
Bangkok: He is known in global economic policy circles for presenting a paper on growing risks in the financial system three years before the collapse of Lehman Brothers. He also was the youngest person to serve as economic counsellor and director of research at the International Monetary Fund from October 2003 to December 2006. Raghuram Rajan, currently chief economic adviser to India’s federal finance ministry, is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
New Delhi: A leading historian of the Indian Ocean region, Kenneth McPherson, called it the “ugly duckling”. Foreign ministers from that inchoate multilateral institution called the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) have gathered at Gurgaon near Delhi this week to reflect on their collective prospects for the next decade. The IOR-ARC, now 15 years old, could either turn into a powerful bird that soars high or the flightless dodo that once inhabited the islands of the Western Indian Ocean. The big question is whether India can provide the leadership to transform the IOR-ARC into an effective forum.
United Nations: India, which assumed the rotating Presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday, hopes to reach out to other nations in garnering support for expansion of the world body's top decision-making arm besides seeking a comprehensive anti-piracy strategy to tackle the maritime menace.