National Security Advisor McMaster meets PM Modi

On his first official visit to the region, United States National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster,  met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, this week. McMaster is the highest ranking Trump administration official to visit India so far.

“The two sides discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including their shared interest in increasing defense and counter-terrorism cooperation,” the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi said after the meetings. “NSA McMaster emphasized the importance of the U.S.-India strategic relationship and reaffirmed India’s designation as a major defense partner,” it said, noting that the meetings were ‘productive’.

McMaster-Modi Meeting

The Indian side said, “The Prime Minister recalled his positive telephonic conversations with President Trump that reaffirmed the importance attached by both sides to the strategic partnership and to stepping up India-U.S. engagement across the board.”

During the meeting, both McMaster and Modi exchanged views on “how both countries can work together to effectively address the challenge of terrorism and to advance regional peace, security and stability,” reports the Indian Express.

 

April 20, 2017   No Comments

Templeton Buys $1.2 Billion India Government Bonds

New York City‘s Franklin Templeton Investments bought about $1.2 billion of Indian government bonds in two days end March. The purchases, made through broker JPMorgan Chase & Co, were largely for tenures maturing in 2021-2023.

Since March 11, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party won an election in the state of Uttar Pradesh in the north, foreign funds have been pouring into India, driving stocks to a record high and pushing up bond prices, reports Mint.

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“The outcome of state elections, a dovish hike by the Federal Reserve and relatively attractive valuations have been the key drivers of inflows,” said Nagaraj Kulkarni, a senior rates strategist at Standard Chartered Plc in Singapore.

 

March 30, 2017   No Comments

Westinghouse Nuclear Project in India Still Alive

The bankruptcy filing at  Westinghouse Nuclear threatened to scuttle the multi-billion-dollar reactor deal made by former U.S. President Barack Obama and India’s Prime Minister Modi during the Washington summit last June, , Westinghouse CEO Jose Gutierrez was in India for talks with state-run National Power Corp of India Ltd and the Department of Atomic Energy that reports to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India’s Larsen & Toubro, a potential partner that has signed a memorandum of understanding with Westinghouse to supply nuclear plant elements and do civil works, still views the India project as viable.”As long as the guarantees are in place, I see no reason why this won’t go ahead,” Shailendra Roy, head of L&T’s power business, told Reuters,.

Westinghouse Electric Company

The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. however, has lacked a quorum on its board of directors, preventing it from issuing loans over $10 million, and this may also slow down the financing of any deal.

 

March 21, 2017   No Comments

Global Automakers Seek Partnerships and Mergers in India

Germany’s Volkswagen and India’s Tata Motors signed a memorandum of understanding to develop components, and possibly new vehicles. Volkswagen’s Skoda Auto AS will join the project on behalf of the German automobile group. Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller said the partnership would help it “achieve sustainable and profitable growth in very different parts of the world.”

Toyota is in talks to form a business partnership with Japan’s Suzuki, in areas such as green vehicles, safety and information technologies, and mutual supply of products and components. Toyota President Akio Toyoda and Suzuki chairman Osamu Suzuki met with Prime Minister Modi. According to a statement from the prime minister’s office, the executives discussed manufacturing opportunities in India, and the possibility of exporting cars from the country, reports CNN Money.

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 Toyota has taken full ownership of small car specialist Daihatsu Motor Co., and the latter’s products are expected to be introduced in India in 2019.

March 14, 2017   No Comments

India Participates in Hyperloop One’s Global Challenge

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One‘s chief executive officer Rob Lloyd, senior vice-president global field operations Nick Earle, and executive chairman and co-founder Shervin Pishevar were in New Delhi end February to showcase their ‘Vision for India’ to mark their official launch in the country.

Hyperloop One in India

The event convened India’s five semifinalist teams from the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, along with a roster of government officials, media, urbanists, and transportation specialists. The teams shortlisted from more than 100 applications, were AECOM, LUX Hyperloop Network, Dinclix GroundWorks, Hyperloop India and Infi-Alpha. Each put forward a comprehensive and commercially viable transport plan covering economic and policy aspects of their respective cities and regions, reports Mint.

Shervin Pishevar, executive chairman of Hyperloop said, ‘India is an extremely important geography for developing Hyperloop networks and re-imagining how cities and regions work. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for transforming India and the role he sees for technology in driving this change is indeed remarkable,’ he added.

 

March 3, 2017   No Comments