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Spending shifts

In the intricate tapestry of India’s economic landscape, the latest government survey serves as a brushstroke, delineating a transformation in consumer spending that beckons both curiosity and concern.

Pakistan never ceases to amaze observers

Pakistan never ceases to amaze. This was evident in their recently concluded elections. Polling results were delayed by days to select candidates shortlisted by the Rawalpindi clique of generals.

Strategic rethink

In the vast expanse of the Pacific, Australia finds itself at a crossroads, grappling with a shifting geopolitical landscape that demands a recalibration of its approach.

Devaluation

There was a time when devaluation of a country’s currency was a national tragedy; devaluation of the Indian rupee in 1949, 1966 and 1991 caused widespread consternation, but with the adoption of floating exchange rates the rupee is devalued almost daily, with few people, if any, even noting the falling value of the rupee.

TIGER alert

Nearly all indicators point to a softening of domestic demand in China, which could lead to stimulus measures by the year-end.

Half-baked in Rome

The G20 bloc, which includes India, Brazil, China, Germany and the United States of America, accounts for an estimated 80 per cent of global gas emissions.

Love with Sympathy

The schism between organized Christian religion and van Gogh remained, prompting him to search for a Christian faith with others who, like him, were disenchanted with the Church.  Van Gogh became convinced that the Church had destroyed the social and moral fabric of Western civilization. He was very vocal in his criticism of the Church for promoting repression and questionable beliefs instead of cultivating compassion and reverence for truth.