The performance of the Indian economy in 2009/10 greatly exceeded
expectations. The farm sector which was expected to contract showed resilience, growing by 0.2 per cent despite the weak South West monsoon. The non farm sector also did well. It is the assessment of the Council that the Indian economy would grow at 8.5 per cent in 2010/11 and 9.0 per cent in 2011/12.

Ronojoy Banerjee

It is a neighbour, a secular Muslim nation and a G-20 power


There is a growing chorus of voices against the slew of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that India is lining up. In recent months, for instance, organizations of farmers, fish-workers, groups working on patent issues and trade and development NGOs have been protesting against the proposed FTA between the European Union and India.

Ananth Krishnan

BEIJING: China's official media have now waded into the controversy surrounding Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh's remarks in Beijing, praising him for speaking out against restrictions on Chinese companies but criticising his comments on Chinese dams on the Brahmaputra river.

Ananth Krishnan

BEIJING: India's relations with China have

Ranabir Ray Choudhury

P B Jayakumar / Mumbai March 15, 2010, 0:23 IST

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's current visit to India would give birth to a slew of Indo-Russian business collaborations. But, two major joint venture (JV) projects planned by Russian companies in India's rich mineral sector still remain just on paper, even after many years of planning and signing of cooperation agreements.

: The 40th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum kicks off in Davos, Switzerland, today. The official theme for the 2010 edition is

THODUPUZHA: The ASEAN pact, which favours monopolists, will destroy the country