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The socio-politics of crypto

Image: Blockchain illustrated – courtesy Simply Explained – Savjee You Tube channel By Charles F. Moreira, Editor Let me say upfront that I have stayed clear of the exuberance and hype over cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and the over 2,000 others called “altcoins” currently listed on CoinMarketCap.com and others listed on other sites. Also, I […]

Expanded free trade zone to have global influence

Shanghai will coordinate with state-level authorities to draft and implement plans for an expansion of the city’s free trade zone as one of the city government’s top priorities for the first quarter, Mayor Ying Yong. Companies in the new area will be given preferential policies to conduct offshore trading, offshore financing and digital trading. The […]

Measures taken to increase roof top solar power system

Under the present rooftop solar programme, which was approved by the Government in December 2015, an aggregated capacity of 2100 MW is targeted to be achieved in residential, institutional, social and Government sector through central financial assistance by the year 2019-20. According to the Minister of State for new and renewable energy and power Shri […]

China sees steady trade growth in 2019

China’s foreign trade in goods surged faster than expected to a record high last year and the outlook remains positive against a backdrop of further opening-up and supportive government policies, the Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday. China, the world’s second largest economy, is the world’s largest trader in goods and total imports and exports […]

BreadTalk founder on building an F&B powerhouse

George Quek, founder and chairman of the BreadTalk Group, reflects on how his days in the army taught him “strength and resilience” to overcome hardships. SOURCE: CNBC (4)

India’s e-commerce growth in 2018 is not without its hitches

In a statement to parliament, the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Shri C.R. Chaudhary said that India’s e-commerce business grew at the rate of 17 percent in the 2018 to 2019 financial year. According to the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) Strategic Review 2018, in the Information […]

Singapore is building a city in China for up to 500,000 people

CNBC’s Uptin Saiidi visits Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, a joint partnership between China and Singapore which aims to convert farmlands into a modern-day city. SOURCE: CNBC (10)

Defer implementation of foreign investment restrictions

Online retailer Flipkart has told the government the company faces the risk of “significant customer disruption” if the implementation of new curbs for e-commerce is not delayed by six months, a source said. The new foreign investment restrictions will, from February 1, bar e-commerce companies from selling products from firms in which they have an […]

Didi sets up JV to focus on new energy vehicles and AI

Didi Chuxing said it has entered into a joint venture with an affiliate of state-owned auto holding company BAIC Group, with a focus on projects including new energy vehicles and artificial intelligence. The two parties are seeking to design and produce customised vehicles especially for ride-sharing to enhance the experience of users and drivers. Read […]

Why India should not treat cryptocurrencies like Ola and Uber

An international legal firm has sought to allay the Indian government’s fear of cryptocurrencies. As with any emerging technology, their potential benefits will eventually outweigh the associated risks and concerns, it has told a panel vetting the country’s official policy on digital coins. “Like electricity, railways, telecommunications, motor vehicles, aircraft, mobile phones, and the internet […]

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