IMPRI Desk

IMPRI Desk

Chabahar Port: India-Iran Deal & US Sanctions

Chabahar Port: India-Iran Deal & US Sanctions
On May 13, India and Iran formally signed a 10-year agreement for management and development of the strategically located Chabahar Port in southeastern Iran. Until now there has been an annual contract awarded to India Port Global Ltd (IPGL). Indian Minister of Shipping Sarbanand Sonowal travelled to Iran to witness the signing ceremony of this important connectivity initiative which provides access to Afghanistan and Central Asia as well as larger Eurasia and the Caucasus. However, this progress was quickly eclipsed by a sanctions warning from the US.  

Innovative Technologies May Address EVM Manipulation Issues

Innovative Technologies May Address EVM Manipulation Issues
The integrity of elections now depends not on the integrity of the election officials but on the integrity of the software and engineers of 2 EVM manufacturers. The essential task of a voting system is to make sure that a vote that is cast is cast as intended, recorded as cast, and counted as recorded. Many fear that the ongoing Indian elections, presided over by one of the least inspiring Chief Election Commissioners of the recent past, will fail to fulfil this task.

Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS)

Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS)
The Government of India's Startup India Seed Fund Initiative aims to build a robust startup ecosystem that nurtures innovation and provides opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs. Launched by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) on April 19, 2021, the Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS) has an outlay of INR 945 Crore to provide financial assistance to startups for proof of concept, prototype development, product trials, market entry, and commercialization.