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R&D pays!

Looking for a high-paying job? How about investing in a PhD degree first? The Indian R&D sector is booming and so are salaries even as companies struggle to find scientists. The boom is being led by the pharmaceuticals sector with both Indian companies and multinationals expanding their R&D units to take advantage of India’s scientific […]

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SEZ muddle

India’s efforts to copy China’s model of special economic zones (SEZs) has run into rough weather. All credit to the government for finally coming up with a policy that would drive industrial growth. But it once again failed in planning and anticipating the problems that large scale land acquisition would cause. The violence at Nandigram […]

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China and India call for new strategies

The India vs. China debate has become so boring. China is miles ahead of India when it comes to manufacturing while India leads in services. Companies such as IBM have smartly taken advantage of this situation by shifting manufacturing operations to China and services to India. Strategies such as these are increasingly getting popular. And […]

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Getting in touch with reality

I have yet to read the report prepared by the Indian government’s working group on the chemical industry for the 11th Five Year Plan and I must confess that I am not eagerly waiting for it. Previous reports have usually been filled with rosy projections that have fallen by the wayside as the Indian industry […]

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FTAs loom large

FTAs are an inescapable reality and the Indian chemical industry is doing its best to minimise damages. India’s proposed FTA with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is a matter of concern given the region’s access to cheap feedstocks. But it appears the government is in a mood to allay these concerns. Representatives from India […]

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