#Antrix-Devas: A BIT of Protectionism

India’s approach to biltateral investment treaties is very difficult to reconcile with the current government’s efforts to woo foreign investment either as part of ‘Make in India’ or ‘Digital India’ BY PRABHASH RANJAN Recently, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), in a dispute between Devas multimedia’s Mauritian investors and India, concluded that India violated the …

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SAU GRADUATES CONFERRED DEGRESS BY KAMAL THAPA, NEPAL’S DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

New Delhi: South Asian University conducted its maiden convocation at Vigyan Bhawan here. The occasion was presided over by Mr. Kamal Thapa, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Nepal while General VK Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India was the Chief Guest. A total of 652 students were …

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A proposal by the Centre to enter into investment agreements with States as an optional arrangement may further sour fragile Centre-State relations

Prabhash Ranjan & Jay Manoj Sanklecha In a rather curious Budget proposal which has gone unnoticed, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley mooted the idea of a Centre-State investment agreement to be signed between the Centre and various State governments to ensure effective implementation of BITs or bilateral investment treaties. BITs protect investments made by an …

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A year after the earthquake in Nepal, the rubble has been removed. But very little has been done to build liveable homes and assuage widespread fear

Dr. Mallika Shakya Most anniversaries are benign rites of passage but few evoke intense grief and nostalgia. Commemorating last year’s tragedy on April 25, when a devastating earthquake killed over 8,000 people in Kathmandu and the surrounding hills of Nepal, is one such occasion. The mounds of rubble from the ancient Durbar Square of Kathmandu …

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Retrospective taxation: Talking not enough, use Lok Sabha majority to remove amendment

The government must use its majority in the Lok Sabha to get rid of the 2012 amendment By: Prabhash Ranjan In the last two years or so, foreign investors have repeatedly expressed concerns about India’s tax environment, including on retrospective taxation, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, Modi, once …

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Phantoms-In-Transit – An Intriguing Solo Exhibition Inaugurated

New Delhi: A solo exhibition tilted Phantoms-in-Transit by a young artist Subrata Das was inaugurated today by Dr. Kavita A. Sharma, President – South Asian University at the South Asian University Gallery in Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The exhibition unravels the lives and experiences of the migrant workers across cities. Seemingly, they become phantoms-in-transit …

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