India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue Carries Promise of Deepening Robust Partnership

Posted By: Pawan George Posted On: Nov 08, 2023

The 2+2 ministerial dialogue between India and the US will serve as a platform for reaffirming the unwavering commitment of the two countries to their global partnership and their shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, according to an expert.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin will be travelling to New Delhi this week for the fifth 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with their Indian counterparts External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the state department said earlier this month.

Blinken and Austin will also meet other senior Indian officials to discuss both bilateral and global concerns and developments in the Indo-Pacific, it said. “Coming in the backdrop of a complex and ever-evolving global landscape, the dialogue will carry the promise of deepening a robust partnership between the two nations, particularly in the defence area,” said Farwa Aamer, Director of South Asia Initiatives, Asia Society Policy Institute.

“The upcoming fifth US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, set to bring together top officials from both nations in India this week, carries the promise of deepening a robust partnership that has seen remarkable progress, particularly in the realm of defence cooperation,” she said. “The dialogue will serve as a platform for reaffirming the unwavering commitment of the United States and India to their global partnership and their shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said Aamer.

The Indo-Pacific is a biogeographic region, comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea. The US, India and several other world powers have been discussing the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China's rising military manoeuvring in the resource-rich region.

China claims nearly all of the disputed South China Sea, though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea. China also has territorial disputes with Japan in the East China Sea. Aamer said the dialogue comes at a critical juncture, with the spectre of the crisis in Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas conflict casting their shadows.

While these conflicts may not be directly linked to the US-India relationship, they create a backdrop that influences the strategic dynamics and global perspective of both nations, she said, adding the discussions will likely touch upon these crises, as they test the reformed international order that the US and India have been advocating for. “On the Israel-Hamas conflict, India is much more aligned with the Quad nations, which is indicative of India's deepening engagement with like-minded partners on pressing international challenges,” she said.

“Additionally, the US may reiterate its call for India's cooperation with the Canadian probe (into the killing of a Sikh extremist in Canada), stressing the importance of adhering to international conventions. This diplomatic tangle may pose a challenge, but it also serves as a reminder that differences over specific issues won't derail the overall momentum in bilateral ties,” she said. “Beyond these challenges, the dialogue aims to expand the scope of cooperation into a diverse array of domains. This is not solely about defence, but encompasses climate, energy, health, counterterrorism, education, and people-to-people ties,” Aamer said.

“The focus in the defence sector, at present, is on technology transfer and co-production, underlining the importance of innovation in fostering military capabilities. The Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) is expected to be on the agenda, as is the promotion of innovation through the India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X),” she said. “The imperative to scale up climate action ahead of COP28 may also form an important part of the dialogue,” she said, noting that India's call for developed nations to become carbon-negative by 2050 underscores the shared responsibility in addressing the urgent challenge of climate change.

“Also, insights gained from the earlier 2+2 dialogue with India can inform the US delegation's subsequent engagements in Korea and Indonesia. Shared priorities and agreements reached with India can be leveraged to strengthen bilateral relations with these key regional partners,” Aamer said. “What may be interesting to watch out for is any discussion pertaining to the upcoming APEC summit and next year's general elections in both India and the United States. Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, though invited by President (Joe) Biden as a guest at the summit, will most likely not be in attendance himself given his domestic commitments and assembly election campaigns coinciding with the timing of the summit,” she said.

“However, President Biden's expected meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the margins of the APEC summit will hold significance for the US-India relations as well. This meeting could shape the US approach to China, and India's perspective on these developments is essential, considering the evolving dynamics in the Indo-Pacific, strained India-China relations, and the broader international landscape,” she said.

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Congress review meeting

Posted By: Vanshika Pathak Posted On: Dec 09, 2023
Madhya Pradesh Congress President Kamal Nath during review meeting over defeat in Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh being chaired by party president Mallikarjun Kharge, in New Delhi on Friday. Former party chief Rahul Gandhi and KC Venugopal also in attendance. (Jitender Gupta)

The Indian National Congress (INC) party on Friday held separate election result review meetings to examine the shortcomings in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh assembly polls that lead to its defeat at the hands of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The party claimed that its defeat was unexpected, reported PTI. Another, Rajasthan assembly election results review meeting is scheduled to take place today.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge convened the review meeting at the All India Congress Committee headquarters in Delhi in the presence of former party president Rahul Gandhi and other senior leaders.

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Congress in a statement said, "Today, a meeting to review the election results of Chhattisgarh was held at the Congress headquarters in Delhi. Senior Congress leaders including Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi were present in this meeting." The party further shared pictures of the review meeting on the election results.

Chhattisgarh review meeting

Congress General Secretary, K C Venugopal said the state Congress presidents were directed to submit a booth-wise report on the party's performance. He added, "We will strengthen our connect with the people and unitedly fight the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to unseat the BJP government." He said that though the results were disappointing, the morale of the party's rank and file was high.

AICC general secretary in-charge for Chhattisgarh, Kumari Selja claimed that they are not demoralised but dejected and said “We are disappointed, but not in despair. In the coming times, we will fight the Lok Sabha elections together."

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She further said we would together contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and emerge victorious. She stressed that the party has not lost its vote share and was same as it was in 2018. She said, "We have gained the trust of the public." She further mentioned that the party would carry out a detailed analysis on the poll results in Chhattisgarh.

Selja was confident that the party is set to perform better in the parliamentary (2024 Lok Sabha) elections as people continue to have faith and trust in the Congress party which was clearly evident from the voting pattern. She stressed that assembly election was not a one-sided affair as the party candidates lost by slim margins in several constituencies.

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Among other party leaders who attended the Chhattisgarh review meeting included Congress screening committee head and observer Ajay Maken, former chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, his former deputy CM T S Singh Deo and former ministers Tamradhwaj Sahu and PCC president Deepak Baij among other senior leaders.

Madhya Pradesh review meeting

AICC general secretary in-charge, Randeep Surjewala informed that the reasons for the party's defeat in Madhya Pradesh were also discussed. He said, "We openly discussed the reasons for the party's defeat and leaders analysed the shortcomings of the party within the forum."

Surjewala said that the Congress president held discussions and all the leaders authorised him to take a decision on how to strengthen the organisation. He added, "We urged him to hold a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party in Madhya Pradesh and appoint an observer for its next meeting to enable it to elect the new leader of opposition," Surjewala said. He further noted, "The results are disappointing and are not as per our expectations," reported PTI.

Among other party leaders who attended the Madhya Pradesh review meeting included PCC president Kamal Nath, former chief minister Digvijaya Singh and AICC screening committee head Jitendra Singh among other senior leaders.

Rajasthan review meeting

Congress leader Govind Singh Dotasra arrived in Delhi today to participate in Rajasthan review meeting. He said, "We will be deliberating on the reasons behind why we could return to power in the state. We will analyse our shortcomings and make corrections for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections," reported ANI.

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5 biggest India vs South Africa controversies

Posted By: Vishal Maurya Posted On: Dec 09, 2023
India's Mohammed Shami celebrates the wicket of South Africa's Aiden Markram during their match in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 (ANI )

Team India is all set for the South Africa series with the first T20 scheduled on 10 December. The series is expected to be memorable for many reasons mainly because India is going in with a totally young squad in the white ball format of the series. South Africa has also fielded many youngsters to welcome Team India and the cricket fans are expecting some exciting moments ahead of the T20 World Cup next year.

India's tour of South Africa: Full schedule, timing, squads and more

Apart from likely excitement and energy around India's tour of South Africa, cricket fans will not forget that India and South Africa had their share of controversies in the past. The two strong teams fought with passion against each other and naturally sometimes went overboard in search of a victory.

India's tour of South Africa: 5 biggest controversies

1. 2000 match-fixing scandal: This is one of the biggest controversies in the history of world cricket which embroiled the image of cricket as a “gentlemen's game." India's 3-2 series victory against South Africa came under the clouds when Delhi Police exposed the conversations between former South African skipper Hansie Cronje and a bookie Sanjeev Chawla, who asked him to underperform during the ODI series. The revelations shook the cricket world with Indian players also being dragged into the controversy.

The Indian agencies charged Hansie Cronje and two South African players Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje with charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy. As the agencies widened the net, names of Indian players like Mohammad Azharuddin also came into the picture against whom Hansie Cronje made allegations that Azharuddin was the one to introduce him to the bookie.

2. Sachin Tendulkar suspension: During the 2001 South Africa tour, match referee Mike Denness accused Sachin Tendulkar of ball tampering and suspended him for a match. The decision drew an aggressive reaction from Team India players with Harbhajan Singh, Shiv Sunder Das, and Deep Dasgupta expressing their objection to the decision of the match referee. Mike Denness took action against the Indian players for expressing dissent and also against skipper Sourav Ganguly for failing to control the Indian players.

The BCCI expressed strong dissatisfaction with the situation, initiating a significant protest and even issuing a threat to withdraw from the tour should Denness persist as the match referee for the third and final Test.

3. When Dravid lost his cool: Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid is well-known for his calmness on and off the field. But, during an ODI against South Africa in 1997, Dravid was rubbed wrongly by Donald. The South African player got an appropriate response form Rahul Dravid, who was just one year young in his international career. Donald regretted his behavior and even apologized to Rahul Dravid a quarter of a century later.

4. Sreesanth's epic celebration: Team India pacer S Sreesanth, who knows how to make headlines broke into wild celebrations after slamming a stunning six against South Africa's Andre Nel during the Johannesburg Test in 2006. S Sreesanth also played his role well with the ball as his spell of 5/40 forced South Africa to finish with one of their lowest scores.

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5. ‘11 against a nation': If you are thinking that the India-South Africa controversies are a thing of the past, think again. During India's tour of South Africa in 2022, Team India expressed disappointment over how Dean Elgar survived the LBW appeal through DRS. Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Ravichandran Ashwin were visibly upset with the decision of the third umpire with Rahul saying "It's the whole country against 11 guys."

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India vs South Africa

Posted By: Jogendra Kumar Posted On: Dec 09, 2023
The matches in the T20 and Test format will be most crucial for Team India

India vs South Africa: The stage is set for India's tour of South Africa and the young Indian team already reached Durban on 6 December. The series encompasses 3 T20 internationals from 10 December, 3 One Day Internationals (ODIs) from 17 December, and 2 Test matches from 26 December. The matches in the T20 and Test format will be most crucial for Team India ahead of the T20 World Cup next year and from the standpoint of the ICC World Test Championship.

'From 2000 match-fixing scandal to Tendulkar's suspension': 5 biggest India vs South Africa controversies

In the ICC World Cup 2023, India and South Africa displayed some strong performances, but both teams failed the finish the tournament due to visible shortcomings. As India embarks on another series in South Africa, let's have a look at the previous record, when India went away for the cricket series.

India vs South Africa: How previous tours spanned out for India?

1. 1992/93: Mohammed Azharuddin led India in the first tour of South Africa where both teams clashed in four Test matches and 7 ODIs. The results were not in favor of India as three matches were drawn, while South Africa managed to win one Test. In the ODI series, South Africa defeated India 5-2.

2. 1996/97: Similar results were seen in the subsequent Indian tour of South Africa as India lost the three-match Test series 2-0.

3. 2001/02: The results of 2001/02 were not different from the previous ones as India lost the three-match Test series 2-0 against South Africa.

4. 2006/07: It was in Johannesburg when things started changing for Team India. Owing to the stunning spell by Indian pacer S Sreesanth, Team India clinched the first-ever Test win in South Africa. India lost the Test series 1-2 and also the ODI series by 0-4 but still the performance raised hopes in Indian fans.

5. 2010/11: The Indian cricket team successfully managed to tame South Africa's Test talent during the 2010-11 tour. Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, India managed to equalize the Test series 1-1.

India's tour of South Africa: Full schedule, timing, squads and more

6. 2013/14: This was one of the most disastrous tours of South Africa by the Indian cricket team as the the Indian squad failed to win even a single game during that tour. India lost the ODI series 2-0 and Test series 1-0.

7. 2017/18: Under the leadership of young Virat Kohli, Team India embarked on another tour in South Africa and managed to clinch the ODI series this time. But, the team was still out of luck when it came to the Test series which the team lost 2-1.

8. 2021/22: This was the last time India and South Africa came across on South African soil and the Proteas continued their superiority in the Test format of the game as they again defeated India 2-1 during their last tour.

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CPI Secretary Kanam Rajendran Passes Away at 73 in Kochi Updated 24 minutes ago

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Dec 08, 2023

CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran, 73 died at a private hospital on Friday, party sources said.

The veteran leader of the Communist Party of India (CPI) was undergoing treatment at the hospital for age- related ailments including diabetes.

His right foot was recently amputated to contain the spread of an infection due to diabetes. He had also applied for three months leave from the party responsibilities due to health reasons.

Rajendran, a Kottayam native was the state secretary of CPI, a major ally of the ruling Left Democratic Front in Kerala, since 2015.

He was born on November 10, 1950 and began his political journey at the age of 18 while studying at NSS College in Vazhoor. At a young age of 23, Rajendran became the state secretary of the CPI youth wing – All India Youth Federation.

Rajendran was close to his father. His father worked as the manager of a plantation. Young Rajendran learnt about the lives and struggles of workers and introduced a construction workers' welfare bill in the state assembly.

He contested five assembly elections from Vazhoor constituency between 1982- 2006. He represented his constituency in 1982 and 1987, however in other three assembly elections he lost.

(with PTI inputs)

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Indian Army SSC Tech Officer

Posted By: Ramesh Sharma Posted On: Dec 08, 2023

Everyone aspires to secure a government job and if it's in the Indian Army, it's the best opportunity for those who want to serve the company. One such position is that of a Tech SSC Officer in the Indian Army. This role allows engineering graduates to join the Army without an exam. If you're an engineering graduate, you can apply for these positions, as the Indian Army announces vacancies for these roles every year.

Candidates selected for these positions receive various benefits along with a salary, and understanding the salary structure is crucial. If you're preparing to apply for Indian Army SSC Officer positions, carefully read the following information.

Indian Army SSC Officer Salary Structure

The Indian Army SSC Tech salary structure includes details such as pay level, pay scale, allowances, etc. Let's understand the salary details in brief.

Recruitment Body

Indian Army

Job Post Title

SSC Tech

Pay Scale

Rs 56,100 to Rs 2,50,000

Allowances

Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance, Travel Allowance, etc.

In addition to the basic salary, selected candidates for the Indian Army SSC Tech rank receive specific facilities and allowances based on their positions. The allowances provided are as follows:

Dearness Allowance is acceptable under the same rates and conditions that are periodically applicable to civilian employees.

Parachute Allowance: Rs 10,500 per month

Parachute Reserve Allowance: Rs 2,625 per month

Para Jump Instructor Allowance: Rs 10,500 per month

Project Allowance: Rs 3,400 per month

Special Force Allowance: Rs 25,000 per month

Technical Allowance (Tier-I): Rs 3,000 per month

Technical Allowance (Tier-II): Rs 4,500 per month

Indian Army SSC Tech Job Profile

The Short Service Commission (SSC Tech Entry) provides an opportunity for young technical graduates to become officers in the Indian Army, fostering their capability, courage, and self-confidence for civilian life. The job profile for Indian Army SSC Tech includes various roles and responsibilities assigned based on the candidate's chosen engineering branch, such as Field Engineer (Engineering Corps), Electrical and Mechanical Engineer (EME Corps), or Communication Engineer (Signal Corps).

The duties of an SSC Tech officer may involve managing the supply series through weapon channels and local procurement, residing in various parts of the country, and typically staying at the rear of the front lines. Additionally, candidates may provide training, guidance, technical support, and advice to industry and faculty members.

Career Growth And Promotion in Indian Army SSC Tech

Every candidate selected by the Indian Army experiences significant career growth and promotion. After confirmation as a permanent employee, they become eligible to participate in internal examinations for promotion based on their performance, seniority, and experience. The hierarchy in the Indian army is as follows.

Lieutenant

Captain

Major

Lieutenant Colonel

Colonel (TS)

Colonel

Brigadier

Major General

Lieutenant General HAG Scale

Lieutenant General HAG + Scale (Can exercise 1/3rd of the total strength of Lieutenant Generals)

VCOAS/Senior Army Commander/Lieutenant General (NFSG)

COAS

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Infinix Smart 8HD

Posted By: Ajay Rawat Posted On: Dec 08, 2023

When we talk about smartphones under the Rs 10,000 price bracket, there's very little to be excited about, barring the value proposition. Phones tend to be on the weaker end, barely receiving any software support for the long run, and of course, are far from representing the best of technology.

However, to be a good smartphone under Rs 10,000, a phone needs to do none of that; instead, it should offer a balanced experience and then try to introduce the extras. This is exactly what the Infinix Smart 8HD does.

It is the latest entry-level smartphone from Infinix and has been priced quite aggressively compared to the immediate rivals, but does it have enough to warrant a purchase? Read on to know what's good about it, and what isn't.

For the launch price of Rs 5,669 or the full price of Rs 6,299 that Infinix is asking for the Smart 8HD, it certainly is a lot of phone for the price. And one category it does well in is performance. It packs an octa-core Unisoc T606 chipset, coupled with 3GB RAM and 64GB of UFS 2.2 storage. This makes everyday performance quite smooth, especially more so thanks to the 90Hz refresh rate on offer.

The display is decent as well. It comes with an IPS grade HD+ panel that does the job. Yes, it's not the brightest at 500nits, but for the price, we are not complaining. Furthermore, the bezels surrounding it are rather small compared to the immediate competitors in the price bracket. This is especially impressive when you factor in the small cutout for the front-facing 8MP camera.

Talking about the front camera, it allows the Infinix Smart 8HD to deliver what is arguably one of its two party tricks—the Magic Ring.

Now, unlike the Dynamic Island from iPhones that it is trying to replicate, the Magic Ring isn't functional, but it does add an element of fun every time you unlock the device or plug in the charger. This is exactly what's needed to spice up the experience of these budget devices. But it is important to note that this doesn't come at the cost of the basics.

Another neat trick that the phone has is having both front and rear flashes. The front one is quite useful, but the rear quad LED flash tends to wash out images; still, a solid addition nonetheless.

The camera experience isn't too bad either. The primary 13MP camera does a good job at capturing detailed shots in the daytime and still holds up when it gets dark. It has a tendency to blowout the highlights, but overall, it presents a good image out of the box. But, of course, you need to keep your expectations in check considering the price of the device as there is also a major con in the camera experience, and we will talk about it in the cons.

Here the camera samples in different lighting scenarios:

Coming to biometrics, the side-mounted fingerprint is quick to unlock and works accurately with minimal errors. There's also face unlock that lets you use the Magic Ring, but it isn't the most secure and doesn't work in low light.

Two of my major gripes revolve around the camera—both in terms of design and usability. For starters, I do understand that introducing three big modules on the back allows it to look like a Pro iPhone, but in doing so, it does two things wrong—it introduces a secondary ‘AI camera,' and it looks out of place.

I would have preferred a single-camera setup, sans the ‘AI camera' and the quad LED flash. Cost savings here could have translated into a better primary camera sensor. But, I do get where Infinix is coming from, and a majority of the buyers may appreciate having a “dual-camera” setup that looks like it has three cameras.

Another thing that could have been better is the battery life. Despite having a large 5,000 mAh battery and internals that aren't too power-hungry, the Smart 8HD isn't a two-day phone. You will have to top it up by the end of the day if you use your device the whole day.

And yes, the speakers, despite being loud for a mono setup, can sound muffled at high volumes and aren't really all that great. But don't get me wrong, it will still allow for a good media consumption experience as long as you keep the volume around 80-85%.

Apart from these, and perhaps, Infinix's software update policy, there's very little that is wrong about the Smart 8HD. The software works well, isn't too in-your-face, and in general, the phone does everything you want from a sub Rs 10,000 phone.

For Rs 6,299, there's very little that we can complain about. The phone looks appealing for the mass market, has a big enough screen for content consumption, is fast in everyday usage, and, most importantly, balances out the party tricks.

Yes, the software situation is expected to be not great, and it will only receive one major software upgrade, but despite this, in its current form, the Infinix Smart 8HD can be a solid option for the money.

And, more importantly, it presents a package that will certainly appeal to the masses despite not costing a fortune.

Source: News18
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Big Labor Is a Big Barrier to Apple’s India Ambitions

Posted By: Jogendra Kumar Posted On: Dec 08, 2023
Apple plans to assemble more than 50 million iPhones in India annually within the next two to three years.

India is front and center of Apple’s plans to diversify production away from China. But shaky infrastructure isn’t the only obstacle. There is another crucial complicating factor: a powerful and independent labor movement.

That is a major difference from China where, for better or worse, labor unions don't exist as a political force independent of the ruling Communist Party. And with India's contentious general elections coming up in early 2024, nascent labor reforms that are important to Apple's plans could get caught up in the political crossfire.

Apple plans to assemble more than 50 million iPhones in India annually within the next two to three years, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. That would be equal to around a quarter of 2022 global shipments—and an enormous step up from the 6% assembled in the nation last year, according to consulting firm Canalys.

Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a key Apple supplier, has rapidly increased investment in India, and in late November announced it was investing the equivalent of more than $1.5 billion in the country.

Still, China remains far and away the top destination for phone assembly—and there are good reasons to expect that to continue for a long time, despite heavy pressure from Apple and others to diversify.

India's southern Tamil Nadu state, home to Foxconn and Pegatron factories churning out iPhones, shelved a contentious bill permitting 12-hour factory shifts in April. The rule doesn't change weekly working hours but would have helped Apple suppliers run two long daily shifts, instead of the current shorter three. That would have brought Tamil Nadu in line with China—where 12-hour workdays are allowed, bringing more efficiency to the factory floor, especially ahead of crunch periods like holidays or new product launches.

The bill faced stiff resistance from labor unions and opposition parties and there is a risk of something similar happening in the neighboring state of Karnataka, another site for assembling iPhones. The Indian National Congress party, which has controlled the state government there since May, campaigned partly on reversing a similar measure.

So far, that hasn't happened—but political pressure on all of India's major political parties will be ramping up ahead of general elections next spring.

Labor reforms are important because building all those new factories is already going to be very expensive. Foxconn's 2021 operating margin in India was still about negative 1%, according to Goldman Sachs, and its operations in Vietnam took years to become profitable after it began opening factories there.

India itself also has an enormous amount at stake. The time is ripe, geopolitically and demographically, for it to become a manufacturing powerhouse: Its population is younger and now larger than China's, but unemployment is high and labor-force participation is low. If it squanders its chance to build a manufacturing jobs machine now, all those young people could become a political problem rather than an economic asset. More than 40% of the nation's population is under 25.

Regional competition is one reason for optimism—if Karnataka ends up attracting more investment and creating more jobs because it holds the line on labor reforms, other states will presumably take note.

Big multinationals like Foxconn and Apple will also need to be flexible and recognize the trade-offs that India presents. Foxconn and Wistron have both faced protests over poor labor conditions at their factories.

Manufacturers in India may never face inflexible nationwide policies like China's strict Covid-19 lockdowns—India's courts and local governments have much more autonomy than their equivalents in Xi Jinping's China. But multinationals will have to make their peace with the cacophony of a rough-and-tumble democracy housing 1.4 billion people, too.

That will continue to present its own challenges.

Write to Megha Mandavia at megha.mandavia@wsj.com

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Junior Women's Hockey World Cup 2023

Posted By: Anita Mamgai Posted On: Dec 08, 2023

India came from behind to outwit Korea 3-1 in the 9th-12th place classification match of the Junior women's hockey World Cup in Santiago (Chile).

Ropni Kumari (23rd minute), Mumtaz Khan (44th) and Annu (46th) scored for India, while Jiyun Choi (19th) was the goal-getter for Korea on Thursday.

In the opening quarter, Korea dominated possession and secured the first penalty corner, but they could not utilise the chance.

India, opting for counter-attacks, kept Korea's defence busy but couldn't convert their promising entries to the opposition circle, resulting to a goal-less deadlock after the first 1quarter.

The second quarter mirrored the intensity of the first, with India and Korea persisting in their attacking plays.

Choi broke the deadlock with a precise penalty corner strike, but India swiftly responded through Ropni, who equalized from another penalty corner.

Korea, desperate to regain the lead, ramped up their aggression. Despite their fervent efforts, India's solid defence thwarted Korea's advances and counter-attacked skillfully, keeping the pressure on their opponent's defensive line.

However, no more goals were scored in the second quarter as both teams entered the half-time break with the score levelled at 1-1.

In the third quarter, India dominated the proceedings by keeping possession and troubling Korea's defence rigorously. The strategy paid dividends as Mumtaz brilliantly slotted the ball home from a penalty corner to give her team the lead.

The penultimate quarter ended 2-1 in favour of India.

India intensified their attacks and extended their lead early in the fourth and final quarter of the game as Annu netted a superb field goal, securing a two-goal advantage for her team.

India continued to unsettle Korea's defence, maintaining their momentum and denying any chance of a comeback.

The victory means that India, who had earlier bowed out of the title contention after finishing third in Pool C, will stand a chance to finish ninth in the tournament when they take on either Chile or USA in their last match on Saturday.

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ICC rating of Narendra Modi Stadium

Posted By: Vanshika Pathak Posted On: Dec 08, 2023
Australia's Glenn Maxwell celebrates after winning the ICC Cricket World Cup (REUTERS)

Much has been said about the pitch of Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad where hearts of a billion fan broke as Australia defeated India by 6 wickets in the finals of ICC World Cup 2023. The final game was played on the used pitch of Ahmedabad and behaved in a manner contrary to India's expectations. Amid the criticism around choosing a used pitch for the final match, International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed its rating for the Ahmedabad pitch.

Also Read: Ahmedabad pitch ?backfired? on India | Fans, cricket legends comment

As per a report by Times of India, the ICC's match referee Andy Pycroft has rated the Ahmedabad pitch as “average." The report also mentioned that 5 of India's 11 games in the ICC World Cup 2023 were played on the pitches rated “average" by the international cricket body.

The development comes as the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) faced intense backlash on choosing the pitch of Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad for the final match. As per the reports, Australian skipper Pat Cummins raised some objection over the pitch, which was previously used for the India vs Pakistan match in World Cup fixtures.

After India lost the finals, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting said that India's pitch ploy has “backfired."

BCCI questions Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid

The rating by the ICC comes as earlier, news platform Dainik Jagran reported that BCCI questioned Team India skipper Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid on the possible reasons behind India's loss in the World Cup finals. In is response, Rahul Dravid mentioned some reasons including the role played by the pitch of Ahmedabad.

Also Read: BCCI seeks answers from Rohit Sharma, Dravid for World Cup final loss

The BCCI officials including Secretary Jay Shah, Vice President Rajeev Shukla also discussed the plans for T20 World Cup next year with Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid and chairman of selection panel Ajit Agarkar in a separate 5-hour long meeting. As per the reports, the fate of Virat Kohli is discussed in that meeting and BCCI sources claimed that Kohli's spot in the T20 World Cup squad is not guaranteed.

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Sreesanth gets legal notice over

Posted By: Jaydatt Chaudhary Posted On: Dec 08, 2023
After the match, S Sreesanth released a video on social media platform Instagram sharing the details about his exchange with Gautam Gambhir (HT)

The heated exchange between India's World Cup-winning players Gautam Gambhir and S Sreesanth during the Legends League Cricket (LLC) is getting more serious than expected as an NDTV report claimed that the LLC Commissioner has issued a legal notice to S Sreesanth over his post-match rant against Gautam Gambhir. The incident which occurred during an LLC match between India Captials and Gujarat Giants saw two senior players in a heated exchange with S Sreesanth claiming that Gautam Gambhir called him a “fixer."

After the match, S Sreesanth released a video on the social media platform Instagram sharing the details about his exchange with Gautam Gambhir. The report said that the LLC Commissioner isn't happy with S Sreesanth taking the matter to social media and suggested that it was a "breach of contract."

Internal investigation by LLC

Amid the intense war of words between S Sreesanth and Gautam Gambhir over an incident in a match, the LLC released a statement to address the issue and said an “internal investigation" will be conducted and any proof of "misconduct" would be "dealt strictly".

The development comes as the issue spiraled up on social media with S Sreesanth accusing Gautam Gambhir of being disrespectful towards him and using bad words. In a cryptic post, Gautam Gambhir posted a smiling picture on Instagram and captioned it with "Smile when the world is all about attention!".

Gambhir's Instagram post infuriated S Sreesanth further who then asked Gambhir if is above Supreme Court. “You have exceeded the boundaries of a sportsman and a brother, and above all, you represent the people. Yet, you continue to engage in conflicts with every cricketer. What is the matter with you? All I did was smile and observe, and you labeled me a fixer? Seriously? Are you above the Supreme Court? You have no authority to speak in such a manner and say whatever you please."

2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal

The word “fixer" is offensive to S Sreesanth as the former Indian pacer was banned for life by the BCCI's disciplinary committee in 2013 after finding his involvement in the IPL spot-fixing scandal. The scandal which shook the world's richest cricket league is still seen as one of the darkest chapters in the history of Indian cricket. S Sreesanth didn't accept the BCCI's ruling and approached the Supreme Court, which reduced the term of his ban to 7 years in 2019.

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