Delhi - Can India’s Congress turn tables on Modi’s BJP on back of successful state polls?

Delhi, officially known as the National Capital Territory of Delhi, is the capital city of India. With a population of over 31 million people, Delhi is the second most populous city in India after Mumbai. It is also the second most populous city in the world after Tokyo, Japan. The city has a rich history dating back to ancient times and has been a center of political, cultural, and economic activities in India for centuries.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi is situated in the northern part of the country and covers an area of 1,484 square kilometers. The city is bordered by the states of Haryana to the north, west, and south and Uttar Pradesh to the east. The city is divided into two parts: Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi is a walled city and was the capital of the Mughal Empire. New Delhi, on the other hand, was built by the British Raj to serve as the capital of India.

Delhi has a long history dating back to the 6th century BC. The city was known as Indraprastha and was the capital of the Pandavas, the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Delhi has been ruled by various empires and dynasties including the Mauryas, Guptas, Rajputs, Mughals, and British. It has been the site of numerous battles, including the Battle of Thermopylae, which was fought in 480 BC. The city has also been witness to several historical events, such as the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Delhi is a cultural hub and has a diverse population comprising people from different parts of India and the world. The city has a rich cultural heritage and is known for its classical music, dance, and art. The people of Delhi celebrate various festivals and fairs throughout the year, including Diwali, Holi, Eid, Durga Puja, and the Delhi International Trade Fair. The city also has many museums, galleries, and theaters, showcasing its art and culture.

Delhi is a popular tourist destination and attracts millions of tourists every year. The city has numerous historical monuments and landmarks, including the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, and Lotus Temple. The city also has many gardens, parks, and zoos, including the National Zoological Park and the Garden of Five Senses. Shopping is also a popular activity in Delhi, with many markets and malls offering a wide range of products.

Delhi is a major commercial and economic center in India and is home to several industries, including information technology, telecommunications, banking, media, and tourism. The city contributes significantly to India’s GDP, and many multinational companies have their headquarters or offices in Delhi. The city is also a major transportation hub, with several airports, railway stations, and bus terminals.

Delhi has a well-developed transportation network consisting of buses, metro trains, taxis, and auto-rickshaws. The Delhi Metro, which started operations in 2002, is one of the most extensive metro systems in the world, covering over 320 kilometers and serving almost 300 stations. The city also has several airports, including the Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is one of the busiest airports in the world.

Delhi is home to some of the best educational institutions in the country, including the Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Management, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Delhi University. The city has numerous schools, colleges, and universities, offering a wide range of courses and degrees.

Delhi is a vibrant and bustling city that is steeped in history, culture, and tradition. It is a city that has witnessed the rise and fall of empires, the birth of religions, and the birth of the modern nation of India. Today, Delhi is a bustling metropolis that is home to millions of people and is at the forefront of India’s economic, cultural, and social development. It is a city that is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who visits it.

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India witnessed ‘targeted attack’ on religious minorities in 2022

The Independent

23-05-16 12:38

Throughout 2022, attacks were carried out against members of religious minority communities in multiple states in India, the US State Department said. Such groups include Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Dalits and Indigenous communities. The department’s annual report stated there were “continued targeted attacks” on those minorities, occurring under the rule of prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. The report comes ahead of Modi’s states visit to the US in September, nine years after his appointment as prime minister. US officials said they were saddened by the persistence of religious violence in India.
How is India looking at Pakistan's political crisis?

Deutsche Welle

23-05-16 12:24

Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, recent visit to India to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) conference, which yielded no talks with his Indian counterpart, has been described as a missed opportunity to improve the countries’ relations. Experts suggest due to ongoing political turmoil in Pakistan, the minister would have found it difficult to make significant progress in bilateral discussions and the lack of progress is less surprising than it first appears. The relationship between the two countries has been declining gradually over the past few years with few opportunities for dialogue.
Socialite Janson ready to turn 36 again – again

The Age

23-05-16 19:00

Melbourne socialite Peter Janson is preparing to host one of his famed birthday parties, following a recent leg injury. Janson is credited with growing the Birdcage marquee segment at the Melbourne Cup in the 1980s, and is known for throwing legendary parties in notable hotels across the city. Guests are invited to celebrate his 36th birthday, continuing a long-standing tradition of the occasion being held on a Tuesday, although this year the party will take place on a Wednesday.
Time to Champion Japan-India Leadership for Peace in the Indo-Pacific


23-05-16 16:42

Japan's presidency of the G-7 this year is an opportunity for the country to deepen the organisation's ties with India and to catalyse a more robust and equitable approach to the Indo-Pacific region, according to Erik Bonner, a research fellow at the Centre for Multilateralism Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. Although the G-7 has indicated its commitment to the Indo-Pacific's development and security, the eastern hemisphere is diverse, providing challenges for the West to make the most of its influence. That makes it paramount for Japan and others to understand the India's unique position in the region as well as the challenges it faces. Japan's relationship with India offers an opportunity for an organic, alternative and practical approach to Indo-Pacific affairs. India is viewed as a significant partner due to its sizeable economy and formidable military as well as its continuing strong bilateral relationships throughout the region.
What Is the ‘Quad’ Alliance and Why Doesn’t China Like It?


23-05-16 23:00

The Quad, an informal alliance of democracies consisting of the US, Japan, India and Australia, has been given new momentum under President Biden, who is set to visit Japan this month. The last summit of Quad leaders, held in Tokyo, led to a programme aimed at curbing illegal fishing across the Indo-Pacific. The group initially came together as a “core group” in response to the devastating Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, while its origins as a formal Quadrilateral Security Dialogue go back to a call by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007. The Quad essentially fell apart the following year, amid concerns that it would alienate China. However, nationalist governments in Japan and India have renewed interest in the group in recent times. China has dismissed the Quad as a means of undermining its interests, with Beijing warning that it contains the “obsolete Cold War and zero-sum mentality”.
India's Jindal Steel's Q4 profit down 70% as prices fall, expenses rise


23-05-16 22:30

Jindal Steel and Power Ltd has reported a 69.5% fall in quarterly profit due to lower steel prices and higher costs of raw materials including iron; the weak steel prices are also affecting their rival Tata Steel. However, the slump could ease after Pokemon Go fever caused prices for the metal compounds needed to make smartphones jump. Additionally, India's Ministry of Steel is determined to ensure stable iron ore supplies and reduce prices so as to boost profitability for local steelmakers such as JSPL, Tata Steel and Steel Authority of India. The weak global steel prices are mainly due to a China-driven supply glut.
India's uneasy relation with public gestures of love


23-05-16 21:16

The Delhi Metro rail network in India, viewed as a model of modern air-conditioned train travel, has become a hot spot for public displays of affection. Debate was sparked around moral policing and public obscenity in the country after a video of a couple kissing on a train went viral on social media, prompting the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to ask passengers to refrain from engaging in "obscene acts" on board. The use of the term "obscene acts" was criticised as being too vague, however, and DMRC said it would "intensify the number of flying squads" to monitor such instances. The issue of how best to define "objectionable behaviour" has remained contentious, particularly where kissing in public is concerned.
EU couples up with India as it races to ‘de-risk’ China ties

Deutsche Welle

23-05-16 21:01

The European Union (EU) is seeking deeper ties with India amid pressures to reduce economic dependence on China. While Brussels is not looking to cut off ties with Beijing altogether, it intends to diversify its supply chains by reducing its reliance on China. This where India comes into play. During the first meeting of the EU-India Trade and Technology Council, the word “de-risk” was mentioned several times by both sides, indicating their shared goal to reduce economic dependence on China. The EU has plans to increase cooperation with India on quantum and high-performance computing while making their digital public services more compatible. "India has a population of 1.4 billion. So, we are an economy of scale, and the EU is an economy of skill — it's natural that these two power centers should come together," according to Swasti Rao, an associate fellow at the Indian government-funded think tank, the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses.
Biden’s no-show a snub to a friend and a gift to a foe

The Sydney Morning Herald

23-05-17 06:22

US President Joe Biden's decision to cancel his visit to Australia for the Quad meeting due to disagreements over a US debt ceiling, has called into question the US as a reliable partner in the region and could further damage US/Asia-Pacific relations as it battles to restrict China's influence. Despite visiting Japan for a three-day G7 summit, the personal and public slap-in-the-face for Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is viewed as a gift to China from the US, which has prompted Australia's media to question the US's ongoing commitment to the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue when it is really needed.
A billion new air conditioners will save lives but cook the planet

Japan Times

23-05-17 05:03

Demand for air conditioning is rising fast in countries experiencing population growth, rising incomes and higher temperatures, such as India, Indonesia, China and the Philippines. While this will have positive effects on public health and economic productivity, it could also have negative results for greenhouse gas emissions, as one of the coolants used by most air conditioning units is responsible for causing major climate damage. Efforts by wealthier, more temperate countries to regulate air conditioning have led to improvements in energy efficiency and reduced energy use from cooling appliances. However, purchasing a unit remains costly for many people in hot, poorer nations.

Most people in countries where demand for air conditioning is highest still largely rely on coal-fired power and can only afford the cheapest, least energy-efficient units. This presents a significant risk to climate stability, which, if unaddressed, could have devastating consequences for people and the environment.

The majority of global air conditioning demand continues to come from developed countries, but this is changing as more people in emerging economies embrace these appliances. By one estimate, there will be one billion more air conditioning units in the world by 2020, which could reinforce damaging climate trends and make it more difficult to mitigate the effects of global warming.

Analysis: Jet-setting Lula risks losing focus on Brazil issues, allies say


23-05-17 11:03

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is being warned by senior allies that his focus on foreign policy and his forthcoming visit to the G7 Summit in Japan risks diverting him from domestic issues in a year when there is a great need to deliver results. Lula's people are understood to have told him that he should concentrate more on resolving Brazil's economic problems as his constant trips overseas are seen as having delayed decision-making at a time when the economy is flagging.
India hits back at EU’s criticism over Russian oil

The Independent

23-05-17 10:28

India has denied claims that it is reselling refined Russian oil to Europe in circumvention of sanctions against Moscow for its war in Ukraine. During a press conference, the country’s foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar countered claims made by European Union foreign minister Josep Borrel that the bloc would “have to act” if sanctioned diesel and gasoline continued to make its way to the EU via India. Jaishankar said that the oil in question could not be considered Russian if it had been refined in a different country. India is the largest buyer of Russian oil since the Ukraine invasion in early 2022.
Triumph or tragedy? — India’s demographic dilemmas

Financial Times

23-05-17 10:19

As India prepares to overtake Germany and Japan as the world's third-largest economy, the country's potential for growth is considered by different economists from opposing perspectives. Narendra Modi's pro-business government has invested in initiatives such as digitisation, whilst critics claim the country suffers from the underinvestment in human capital first outlined by Nehru, resulting in an economy that fails to produce enough jobs or skilled workers. Meanwhile, Whole Numbers and Half Truths by Rukmini S provides an empirical look at India's complex society, covering all aspects from consumption to employment and identifies underemployment as behind India's relatively low official jobless rate.
India Launches $2 Billion Drive to Woo Laptop Makers Like Apple


23-05-17 10:05

India has launched a $2bn incentive programme aimed at drawing manufacturers of laptops, tablets and other hardware to the country and strengthening its position as a global manufacturing hub. Prime Minister Narendra Modi capitalised on the success of Apple’s local assembly operations to pitch India’s new programme. China's trade war with the US and COVID-19 policies have prompted companies to weigh other options beyond China, with some looking towards India for investment.
India boosts security for G20 meeting in Kashmir after attacks


23-05-17 09:52

Security in the Jammu and Kashmir region has been increased because of an increased number of attacks by militants ahead of a G20 tourism meeting on May 22-24 in the area. The meeting in G20 members will take place as part of a sequence of meetings leading up to the G20 summit in New Delhi later this year. There are concerns that there may be an attack on the military-run school in Jammu and that the separatist militants will look to gain attention by hitting a target just prior the G20 meeting.
Global temperatures likely to rise beyond 1.5C limit in next 5 years

The Independent

23-05-17 14:02

Global temperatures are projected to cross the 1.5C rise limit above pre-Industrial levels within the next five years, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. The WMO also stated that there is a 98% chance that they will break the record for the hottest year by 2027. As previously reported, a rise of 1.5C will trigger increased negative impacts on the natural world and humans. Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General warned that global impacts will likely "have far-reaching repercussions for health, food-security, water management and the environment" and urged experts to prepare for them.
Starbucks praised for new gender-inclusive ad starring trans model

The Independent

23-05-17 13:10

A new ad by Starbucks celebrating inclusivity and gender identity has attracted five million views on Twitter. The Indian ad shows a young transwoman called Arpita reuniting with estranged parents in a Starbucks café, where a barista announces, “Three cold coffees for Arpita”, her new name being the only difference from her birth name, which began with A. The ad has made a star of its star, 25-year-old trans model Siya, and has been praised on Twitter, including by one user who called it “one of the best and most touching ads I’ve seen in my life”.
Tesla restarts India market talks, proposing new factory: source

Nikkei Asia

23-05-17 17:41

Tesla executives are set to meet with the Indian government to discuss building an EV manufacturing plant in the country. Tesla had sought permission from India to import cars but was refused and asked to manufacture and source parts in India via its “Make in India” scheme, something it refused to do. Although Tesla’s executives did not discuss import taxes, its proposal to build an Indian factory would align with PM Narendra Modi’s desire to encourage local manufacturing and Indian auto component sourcing. Tesla has refused to comment on the matter. The meeting comes ahead of Modi’s visit to the US in June.
Pakistan is on the edge. Should India be worried?


23-05-17 21:16

India must be wary of the potential fallout from Pakistan's political and economic instability, according to analysts, particularly regarding India-focussed militants. Pakistan is reeling from high inflation, flat growth and threats of default. The arrest of a former prime minister has led to violent clashes, and there are fears of a major confrontation with the powerful army. Commentators warn of the risk that Pakistan’s internal crises could distract the country’s attention from controlling cross-border insurgent activity. Despite the schadenfreude of some Indians towards their much smaller neighbour, many believe that a nuclear-armed and chaotic Pakistan is not in India’s interests.