JLR to soon unveil hydrogen-powered Defender prototype

Jaguar Land Rover is developing a prototype hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle based on the new Land Rover Defender, with testing scheduled to begin this year

Exit Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett is Israel's new Prime Minister

The new prime minister, leading the far-right Yamina party of six MPs and heading a coalition of diverse left-wing, centrist, right-wing and Arab parties, is in a precarious position with a narrow 60-59 win in the confidence vote

Donald Trump calls for $10 trn reparations from China over Wuhan virus

The Former US President said nations should work together to present China for a bill of minimum $10 trillion and that, as a first step, all countries should collectively cancel any debt that they owe to China as a down payment on reparations

G7 nations strike deal on uniform tax rate for global firms

While the deal opens global firms like Google, Amazon and other tech giants to taxation in all countries where they operate, the G7 agreement says that other countries should repeal their unilateral digital taxes in favour of a low global tax rate

Nestle agrees 60% of its products are not so healthy: report

Nestle has acknowledged that more than 60 per cent of its mainstream food and drinks products do not meet a 'recognised definition of health' and “some of the products will never be healthy no matter how much we renovate", the Financial Times reported citing a Nestle document

RBI keeps policy repo rate unchanged at 4%

With accommodative domestic monetary and financial conditions, supportive economic activity and a steady vaccination programme, RBI expects a faster normalisation of economic activity with real GDP growth of 9.5 per cent in 2021-22, consisting of 18.5 per cent in Q1; 7.9 per cent in Q2; 7.2 per cent in Q3; and 6.6 per cent in Q4 of 2021-22

SARS-CoV-2 virus can only be traced to China's Wuhan lab: study

The to-be-published study reportedly claims that the Chinese scientists also tried to cover their tracks by reverse-engineering the viruses to make it look like they naturally evolved from bats

Google backs India's IT rules as WhatsApp, Twitter fume at regulation

In a virtual conference with select reporters from the Asia Pacific, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company respects the legislative processes, and in cases where it needs to push back, it does so

Fugitive Indian jeweller Mehul Choksi caught while fleeing to Cuba by boat

Antigua’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne told news agency ANI that Antigua will not accept him back and that he has requested PM Skerrit and law enforcement authorities in Dominica to not return Choksi to Antigua where he has legal and constitutional protection as a citizen

WhatsApp challenges India's customer protection rules

In public, however, the IT giants Facebook and Google have adopted a non-confrontationist posture, saying they are trying to comply with the rules



Stifling fiscal freedom

While a uniform tax rate would disable low-income and developing countries wanting to preserve or enhance their corporate tax base and mobilise revenue, the G7 is more concerned about the shift of income from intangible sources such as drug patents, software and royalties on intellectual property to these low-tax jurisdictions

An unbreakable bond during torrid times

Jennifer Rosner in conversation with Swetha Amit on  the idea behind her book, The Yellow Bird Sings, set in the backdrop of WWII, where a Jewish mother in hiding with her children introduces them to music to soothe their frayed nerves

Reimagining Ramayana

Aditya Iyengar in conversation with Swetha Amit about his book ‘Bhumika.’

Shaping the post-pandemic economy, a global perspective

Apart from aggravating the problem of inequalities among nations the pandemic is creating joblessness within countries and since global policies cannot be tailored to suit the requirements of all individual countries, there cannot be any guarantee that the IMF, or any international institution for that matter, would be able to help bring about a job-lead economic recovery

Alibi for the Reserve Bank!

Corporates may bring stability to banks they operate, but at the cost of the economy, which could be rendered unstable by the urge to serve themselves