One day, US may have a Hindu president: Obama

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- Reflecting on his election as the first black president, Barack Obama has said if the US continues to be inclusive and diverse, it could someday send a woman, a Hindu, a Jew or a Latino to the White House. The outgoing president also made clear he was not going away entirely as he planned to speak out if and when he saw "our core values" in danger, serving up a thinly veiled warning to President-elect Donald Trump and his t... Read More

Global trends: discontinuity and disruption

India, Jan. 20 -- Last week, two events held the world spellbound: one featuring outgoing US President Barack Obama was a cerebral, dignified and solemn affair while at the other guttural, farcical and burlesque circus, incoming US president Donald Trump held centre stage. The former was a justified celebration of some significant domestic and international achievements over the past eight years, while the latter caused understandable consternati... Read More

Deal slack may continue amid economic, political worries

Kuala Lumpur, Jan. 20 -- Deal making slowed sharply around the world in 2016 amid economic and political uncertainty, and the trend is expected to continue into 2017, at least until the first quarter. Deal value is expected to drop this year to $2.5 trillion from $2.8 trillion in 2016, a report said. Around the world, investors are likely to remain apprehensive about deal making into 2017 amid major uncertainties about the new relationship betwee... Read More

An epidemic of mob assault

India, Jan. 20 -- Germany, Sweden, Finland apparently, and now India. Mobs of men have been sexually assaulting women in public everywhere it seems, taking advantage of public gatherings on festive occasions. It is about men, their sense of power and violence-that is obvious. Yet, in Europe, this act of criminality is being given a race and cultural colour, not surprisingly just when a wave of right-wing populist politics is sweeping that contine... Read More

Tanzania Tourism looking for tourists from Israel

U.S., Jan. 20 -- Tanzania President John Magufuli had expressed his intention to open a Tanzania embassy in Tel Aviv in a letter he addressed to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his official visit to Uganda in July of last year.

In the letter sent to Mr. Netanyahu through Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Augustine Mahiga, President Magufuli had expressed his intention to establish a permanent embassy in Israel for the fi... Read More

Passing the baton: What to watch in the Donald Trump regime

New Delhi, Jan. 20 -- With Donald Trump taking over as US President from Barack Obama, what legacy does he inherit? How could the change in administration in Washington affect India, directly or indirectly?

Bilateral Issues

Immigration: Trump campaigned on anti-immigration sentiment, but sometimes tried to make an exception for high-skilled immigration, which includes the H-1B visa programme that benefits Indian IT professionals. There is also ... Read More

In farewell call to Modi, Obama reviews India-US ties

New Delhi, Jan. 20 -- US President Barack Obama telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi late on Wednesday and reviewed bilateral relations before he demits office, according to a statement from the Indian foreign ministry said.

"The two leaders reviewed with satisfaction the significant all round progress and cooperation in ties between India and the US in the past few years," the statement said.

"Prime Minister thanked President Obama for his ... Read More

CCCI exchanges views with ICCB

Dhaka, Jan. 20 -- A meeting of views exchanging in between the President of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry Mahbubul Alam and the President of International Chamber of Commerce & Industry Mahbubur Rahman at the conference hall of World Trade Centre in Chittagong on Wednesday .

Vice President of CCCI Syed Jamal Ahmed, ICCB Executive Member Md. Fazlul Hoque and Rahed Maksud Khan, Chamber Director Mahfuzul Hoque Shah, former President Sha... Read More

Obama's parting words: 'We're going to be OK'

Dhaka, Jan. 20 -- Barack Obama used his departing words as President Wednesday to offer an assured-if not entirely optimistic-outlook for a country governed by Donald Trump.

"At my core I think we're going to be OK," Obama said as he concluded his final news conference at the White House. "We just have to fight for it, work for it, and not take it for granted."

"I know that you will help us do that," he told reporters assembled in the White Hou... Read More

The 'bao' factor

India, Jan. 20 -- The Sunday Ping Pong Brunch at the bistro offers everything you could possibly ask for. Unnati Joshi checks in

If you're scouting around for a perfect Sunday brunch, Fatty Bao is the place to be. The brunch menu is slightly different from the standard menu but still offers a variety of cooked meal and raw seafood options. Not only was the food good, but there was also plenty of booze to go with the food which made it a really f... Read More