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April, 2016

  • Indian & Chinese travellers

    ~ By Charmaine Mirza

    The verdict is in – the Asian cocoon has been shattered and Chinese and Indian travelers are taking wing! As they pole vault across the globe, they are ruthlessly outstripping their Western counterparts, to become the world’s next travel titans.

    The recent investment made by Ctrip of China into MakeMyTrip of India, only lends more credence to this fact.

    From Iceland to Peru, to Bora Bora – these are the new frontiers for Asia’s travelati. Perennial favourites like South East Asia won’t go away, but Asian travelers are increasingly adventurous to go that extra mile – and spend that extra buck.

    Everyone wants a piece of the outbound Chinese travel pie – and why not, given that its growth is practically exponential.

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  • MBBS-Graduates-in-China-TianjinIndian students are increasingly bearing the brunt of being caught between India and China. Its a chasm that runs deep and has been mishandled by both governments.

    There are two types of Indian students in China. Medical students whose numbers have swelled to 14,000 this year and language students who are being lured by scholarships to Chinese universities to study Mandarin and become China’s soft power ambassadors. Various issues exist between the two.

    Recently a violent skirmish between two gangs of medical students in China left one severely wounded and hospitalized. The incident brought to light not only the vengeance Indians are weilding against each other but also their problems. Indian medical students who go to China because Indian medical universities are bursting at the brim, return home to find their Chinese qualifications are not recognised in India, in addition, they face language and food problems as well as being ragged by senior Indian students. While ragging is a criminal offence, none are reported to the Indian Embassy or Consulates in China for fear of repercussions. This has aggravated the problem as the students feel they are above the law.cheap bns goldbuy bns gold

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  • — By Charmaine Mirza

    JNPT - Hindu Business LineChina has swept the shipping industry off its feet in a massive tsunami wave of dominance over Asia’s waters. In comparison, India’s harbours are barely a drop in the ocean. As the Chinese economy starts to lose steam, the mandarin sea dragon is huffing and puffing to stay on top of the wave – even as the Indian ocean-crocodile starts to snap its jaws.

    Even as we conclude the Maritime India Summit, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai, is ramping up productivity. Currently one of the largest port facilities in the country, JNPT had a record number of container lifts in 2015-16 as compared to previous years. In contrast, China’s shipping industry is flailing badly, and ruthlessly crashing its shipping rates to do whatever it takes to maintain its flagship status.cheap bns goldbuy bns gold

    So do Indian ports really hold a strategic advantage over mainland China’s anchorages? Inchin Closer takes a closer look from the crow’s nest to analyze the situation and weigh the options based on the following:

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  • 20160411-xinhua-obesitychinaTheres a good reason why marathons have become a fad in China and India. Of late with the number of overweight people outnumbering those that are underweight worldwide, its become popular to exercise and what better way to do it then out in the open with friends?

    While marathons have mushroomed across South East Asia, so have crazy diet plans and the sales of sporting goods. This predominantly stems from the fact that people in China and India are excessively getting more obese. According to a study on Global Trends in Body Mass Index (BMI), published in the medical journal, Lancet, China displaced the United States as the world’s most obese country in 2014.  The figures for China stood at 43.2 million obese men and 46.4 million obese women while the U.S. had 41.7 million obese men and 46.1 million obese women. A diet high on junk foods, crazy work hours, and a society that believes burgers to be cool can do that to a population.

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  • Small-SUV4China’s leading carmaker SAIC Motor Corp and Great Wall Motor are eager to plot profit from India, one of the last frontiers in growth close to home. With rising fuel consumption, a government that is keen to build better roads and a growing population, Chinese auto makers although late entrants, are currently waiting for permissions to clear to gain access to India. SAIC in particular is evaluating what models to launch in India and is considering vehicles less than 4 meters in length because of favorable policies — sub-compact cars attract lower taxes.

    While India isn’t new territory for SAIC Motor Corp and Great Wall Motor – both have been trying to break into the Indian market since 2012, a slowdown in the Chinese market and successive successes by other Chinese companies in India has given them new wind behind their wings.

    Analysts believe that Gujarat, the home to General Motor’s factory will be the new base for the Chinese auto giants. The speculation is further fueled by the fact that 50 percent of GM India is owned by SAIC Motor Corp in a deal that was signed in 2009 when the Chinese government bailed GM out of a financial disaster.

    Both companies are crunching numbers on India’s SUV industry specifically as the segment is expected to grow exponentially. As a percentage of total sales, SUV’s have grown to more than 30 percent of the total luxury vehicles sold in India. Companies say in a diverse market like India, which has one of the most challenging road conditions, these all-wheel-driven SUVs become the first choice for the rich because they offer both functionality and comfort.  Read more

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