UNcovered by Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin | April 2021

H I G H L I G H T S • TRIPS waiver proposal gains outside support but remains stalled at the WTO    • OPCW suspends rights and privileges of Syria • Leaders summit sets tone for higher climate ambition at CoP 26 • Roadmap for return to compliance with JCPOA under preparation  • UNSG unable to find common ground to revive Cyprus […]

East Asia Digest by Ambassador Gautam Bambawale | April 2021

I Overview China: ​71st Anniversary of Establishment of India – China Diplomatic Relations National Security Education Day marked in China​​​​​ Xi Jinping inaugurates the Boao Conference China’s Economy Expands Japan: ​PM Suga visits The White House Few domestic travelers in Japan’s Golden Week Japan’s Opposition Speaks Up Against Holding Olympics Japan to approve Moderna Vaccine […]

Indian Economy Review by Mr AK Bhattacharya, Editorial Director, Business Standard | April 2021

H I G H L I G H T S •  Economic growth prospects for 2021-22 take a hit•  Inflation concerns may worsen, impacting RBI’s options•  Second Covid wave sees fewer curbs on economic activity•  A shift in the vaccination strategy; states to do heavy lifting•  New strategy reduces Central spend on vaccines•  Maruti exudes optimism on car sales​​​​​•  Automobile sales back […]