Russia to Build Two New Nuclear Power Plants in India

India and Russia signed the General Framework Agreement and Credit protocol for Units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd., and Russia’s Atomstroyexport, a subsidiary of Rosatom, will build the reactors. Each of the two units will have a capacity to produce 1,000 MW of power.

Both countries agreed that there were ‘steady and demonstrable’ achievements in bilateral civil nuclear partnership, including transforming the Kudankulum site into one of India’s largest energy hubs, reports BusinessLine.

PM Modi and President Putin

“We will strive to build an ‘energy bridge’ between our states and expand bilateral relations in all areas of energy cooperation, including nuclear, hydrocarbon, hydroelectric, and renewable energy sources and in improving energy efficiency. Cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy has emerged as one of the hallmarks of the strategic partnership between the two countries, contributing to India’s energy security and energizing broader scientific and technological cooperation,” said a ‘Vision Document’ issued after the talks.

June 8, 2017   No Comments

India’s Dairy Sector Buoyant Despite Global Slump

According to Dublin, Ireland-based Research and Markets, India, the largest producer and consumer of milk globally, should report a 15.6% year-on-year growth in revenues for this year.

India’s demographics and dietary habits have changed over the past two decades, and the demand for cheese, ice cream, and yogurt now takes precedence over the demand for just milk.

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Globally, milk prices have remained low last year because of weak import demand and oversupply. This was compounded by the slow down in the economy of China, Russia‘s ban on EU produce, and the abolition of the EU’s dairy production quotas, says the Dairy Reporter.

April 23, 2017   No Comments

Netflix Launches in India

Having launched in India, Russia and 130 new countries, Netflix is all over the world,. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced that his streaming video giant more than tripled the number of countries it operates in.

Forbes reports that Wall Street hopes Netflix’s international expansion can outweigh concerns about slowing growth at home in the United States. The company’s shares were up 5.5% after the announcement.

Netflix

Reuters sayts that Netflix’s new service in India starts at $7.50 per month, with additional plans coming in slightly higher, at $10 and $12 each, and users will be able to access Netflix through an app on a smart TV, a video game console, a streaming player, a smartphone or a tablet.

January 17, 2016   No Comments

Indian Economy Shows ‘Firming Growth’ Says OECD

In the September release of the Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs) that are designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said India is expected to see “firming growth”.

As reported on their Website, the CLIs signal stable growth momentum in the Euro area particularly in Germany and Italy, while growth is firming in France. Stable growth momentum is also anticipated in Japan.

In Canada as well as in the United Kingdom and the United States, growth momentum is anticipated to moderate albeit from relatively high levels.

The outlook continues to deteriorate for China, with the CLI pointing more strongly to a loss of growth momentum. Signs of slowing growth momentum are also re-emerging in Russia. In Brazil, weak growth momentum is anticipated.

October 12, 2015   No Comments

Modi Government Signed 18 Contracts for $20.1 Billion in its First 9 Months

The Defense Ministry of India has signed 18 international contracts worth $20.1 billion between May 2014 and February 2015. The contracts were signed with armaments manufacturers from USA, Russia, the UK, Israel, Germany and France reports Defense World.

“Defense Procurement Procedure details direct dealing with the original equipment manufacturers, authorized vendors or government sponsored export agencies (applicable in case of countries where domestic laws do not permit direct export by original equipment manufacturers),” Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said.

“It also provides that vendor is required to give full details of any agents / technical consultants / authorized vendors that may have been appointed by them for marketing of this equipment in India. These details should include the scope of work and responsibilities that have been entrusted with the said party in India,” Parrikar added,

Parrikar’s comments possibly display a changing mind set in the ministry regarding the employment of middlemen in potential defense deals on the basis of full disclosure.

August 15, 2015   No Comments