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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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  • India Willing but Cautious on WTO (March 05, 2007)
    In a one-to-one meeting, Minister for Commerce and Industry Kamal Nath has reportedly told his European Union counterpart Peter Mandelson that India is willing to restart the stalled Doha Round but is unwilling to rush into a deal.<More>

  • UK Bank to Close Direct Interface Call Center (March 05, 2007)
    The United Kingdom's largest consumer loan provider, Lloyds TSB Group, has capitulated to domestic union and labor demands to stop off shoring activities to India and closed its direct interface operations.<More>

  • “Red Tapism” Slowing Indo-UK Trade (January 25, 2007)
    Chairman of the Indo-British Partnership Network (IBPN) Lord Karan Bilimoria said in an interview with the Times of India that although “reduced to a great extent,” the biggest bottleneck to further bilateral trade is “Red tapism.”<More>

  • Over 200m Jobs by 2020: Brown (January 22, 2007)
    British Prime Minister in waiting and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown said that India is set to create 25% of extra jobs or an estimated 200 million jobs by 2020 which will be more than the numbers created in the US, Europe, and China put together.<More>

  • UK Interests in Indian Agriculture (January 18, 2007)
    The largest business delegation from the UK totaling representatives from 150 businesses has promised investments in food processing, agriculture retail, and manufacturing and also seeks deregulation of financial, legal services, and retail sectors.<More>

  • Increased Foreign M&A Projected (December 27, 2006)
    Investment bankers and analysts project increased merger and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the information technology (IT) space where smaller Indian companies are acquired by larger foreign players but do not rule out a large deals either.<More>

  • Hawk Jet Trainers Next Year (November 28, 2006)
    The first two of the 66 Hawk Advance Jet Trainers (HAJT) ordered by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2004 is reportedly in final stages of testing at the BAE Systems and will fly by year-end and slotted for delivery by September next year.<More>

  • US Upset with UK Taliban Truce (November 21, 2006)
    The US seems to have expressed “unease” with the reported truce negotiated by the British military in Afghanistan with tribal elders representing the Taliban followed by a withdrawal of British troops at Musa Qala and restoration of the captured to local militia.<More>

  • The Last Big Push (November 20, 2006)
    Accused of being “in a state of denial,” US President George Bush rejected calls for a phased withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and instead has come up with a plan that will give it one “last big push” recognizing “the conditions on the ground.”<More>

  • Al-Qaeda Nuke Plot Targets UK (November 15, 2006)
    Continuing with a series of briefings, British intelligence officials said that they are convinced that the al Qaeda is planning a nuclear attack on the UK and cited “an awful lot of chatter” on jihadi websites to bolster their claim.<More>

  • Lebanese Political Crisis and West Asia (November 14, 2006)
    The resignation of 5 Shiite Ministers from the Lebanon Government increased regional tensions across sectarian and religious lines and the US Government (USG) applauded an Argentinean court branding the Hezbollah “global nexus of terrorism.”<More>

  • Russia Accuses US for NK Tests (October 24, 2006)
    Russia virtually accused the US of pushing North Korea (NK) into a corner and provoked their tests and called for more flexibility from the Bush Administration for the resumption of the 6-party talks.<More>

  • Modernization Drive of IAF (October 24, 2006)
    While retirement of MIG variants will outpace induction of new aircraft, the Indian Air Force (IAF) expects to invest Rs. 20,000 crore (USD 4.3 billion) over the next 10 years to modernize its fleet with better detection and combat systems and more endurance.<More>

  • Indian Navy Declines Harriers (October 13, 2006)
    After decline PC-3 Orion from the US , the Indian Navy has declined 8 British Sea Harrier FA2 fighter jets phased out of the Royal Navy because vital components such as missile carrying capability, fire control radar, and other avionics were missing.<More>

  • India, Britain Share Terror Concerns (October 12, 2006)
    Visiting Britain right after the North Korean (NK) nuclear test, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and British Prime Minister Tony Blair concluded their third annual summit and discussed terrorism, energy cooperation, and investment promotion.<More>

  • India is 3rd Largest Investor in UK (July 07, 2006)
    British High Commissioner to India Michael Arthur said “With Indian businesses investing £1.02 billion into the UK, India now ranks as the third largest foreign investor in the UK globally, and the second largest from the Asia-Pacific region.”<More>

  • UK Missing the India Boat (June 23, 2006)
    The UK Trade and Industry Select Committee of British Members of Parliament (MP) said that British businesses “have only partial understanding of the Indian economy, despite it becoming the fourth-largest in the world with the second-largest population.”<More>

  • Navy Seeks Advanced Choppers (May 31, 2006)
    The Navy is seeking the immediate purchase of 16 medium lift helicopters at the cost of USD 1 billion and an additional 8 in the next few months to fill the shortage of 46 helicopters.<More>

  • Indo-British Naval Exercises (May 18, 2006)
    India and the United Kingdom (UK) fielded their navies in a second exercise that involving an aircraft carrier, nuclear submarines, guided missile frigates, missile destroyers, supply tankers, and 1 embedded French ship off the Konkan coast. <More>

  • UK Laws Makes Outsourcing Expensive (April 06, 2006)
    In a move that could cost Indian business process outsourcing (BPO) companies a huge packet, United Kingdom is introducing a law that will require BPOs to safeguard the rights of worked made redundant because of outsourcing.<More>

  • Indian Companies in London Double (March 08 ,2006)
    The Foreign Direct Investment agency Think London announced that the number of Indian companies setting up operations in London doubled last year bringing the total investments into London at 30% making India the 2nd largest investor in London.<More>

  • Indo-UK Council on Science (February 27, 2006)
    UK Minister for Science and Innovation Lord Sainsbury announced the formation of India-UK Science and Innovation Council to forge industry-oriented commercial research.<More>

  • UK Threatens Supply Delivery for Myanmar Deal (February 01, 2006)
    The United Kingdom Ambassador Michael Arthur has asked India not to fulfill the promise of selling BN-2 Islander aircraft to Myanmar.<More>

  • UK Plans FTA with India and EU (January 18, 2006)
    To get a fair share of India's growing global trade engagement, Britain has mooted a plan to create a Free Trade Agreement between India and the European Union.<More>

 

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