Crisis in the neighborhood: Rohingya Muslims

Rohingya are the Muslim minority community of western Rakhine State of Myanmar. At the beginning of the year, they were numbered around 1.1 million in Myanmar with over 300,000 taking refuge in Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Indonesia & Singapore. Since August 2017, over half million more have fled to nearby countries (predominantly Bangladesh) after army launched “clearing operation” in response to the attacks on paramilitary posts by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). Continue reading “Crisis in the neighborhood: Rohingya Muslims”

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OBOR and India

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an infrastructure development project planned and funded by China to connect its westernmost city Kashgar in northwestern autonomous province Xinjiang to Pakistan’s port city Gwadar. This project forms a very crucial part of China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. Continue reading “OBOR and India”

Can UPI really change India?

After final approval from Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Unified Payment Interface (UPI) is finally operational in India. It is developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organization for all retail payment systems in the country. UPI which is an improved version of Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) is expected to help India move towards becoming a cashless economy. Continue reading “Can UPI really change India?”