Huawei is not just any phone-maker. It is a company that was set up to give China indigenous capability in the entire telecom value chain, from developing communications and signalling technologies to designing chips, routers and telecom networks to producing the components that go into setting up a telecom network, besides making handsets. It spends 15-20 per cent of its turnover on R&D. It has been the world’s cheapest provider of telecom gear and rapidly gained market share around the world.
For a developed India, bulkier investment and technological changes are required to keep up in the race with other developed nations. In doing so, the country should not be afraid of failure. After all, Chandrayaan 3 was made possible by the lessons from the failure of Chandrayaan 2.
In less than a month ( September 9-10), leaders from the world’s most powerful countries will be in New Delhi for the G20 Summit, which for the first time in history will be held under the patronage of an Indian presidency. While the summit will undoubtedly address many of the most pressing issues facing the global community, one topic has been placed at the center of debate —sustainable development.
Recent developments in the Indian aviation sector are cause for concern, as the industry has virtually turned into a duopoly market. IndiGo and Air India have proven to be established players, while newer airlines have all but exited the aviation market owing to predatory pricing of flight tickets. The emerging duopoly market between IndiGo and Air India has meant the highest surge in airfare, which is a concern for air travellers.
The issue is not the rate of tax; it's the taxing of turnover, and not the gaming company's revenue
For strategic autonomy, the country must acquire indigenous capacity in chip manufacturing.
In the wake of one of the worst train accidents last Friday at Balasore, Odisha, journalists have turned an unsparing spotlight on rail safety. Many unsavoury features of Indian Railways now stand exposed in the glare of public scrutiny, ranging from the systematic underfunding of the rail safety fund and the snail -pace rollout of the rail safety mechanism, Kavach, to the damning CAG report on train derailments, and the sorry state of the Railways' finances.