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Issue. 2
Sustainable Development Goals: The Quest for a Post-2015 Agenda
Vivan Sharan and Sunil Suri
14 October 2014
The Observer Research Foundation and Saferworld, UK, with support from the UK Department of International Development, hosted a workshop in New Delhi in August 2014 with the objective of identifying priorities to help secure an inclusive agreement on the SDGs. This Policy Perspective presents a summary of key issues raised by participants from India, China, Brazil, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the African Union.
Issue. 15
Reframing the Climate Debate
Vivan Sharan and Rei Tang
25 June 2014
The Observer Research Foundation (ORF), India and the Stanley Foundation, USA co-hosted an international workshop on climate change on February 25-27, 2014 in New Delhi. The central objective of the workshop was to unbundle the different policy responses resulting from the multilateral negotiations thus far and their impact upon the evolution of existing and future multilateral frameworks. This Policy Brief aims to capture some of the salient perspectives put forward by a diverse group of international stakeholders from government, academia, and the private sector.
Issue. 1
A Roadmap for RIC
Nandan Unnikrishnan, Samir Saran and Uma Purushoth
25 March 2014
Together, Russia, India and China occupy around 50 percent of Asia's landmass. The three countries constitute some of the largest economies in Asia. There are a lot of potential synergies among the three countries, making a compelling case for their collaboration.
Issue. 14
Pushing Imports at the Expense of Domestic Reforms?
Ashish Gupta
06 September 2012
Coal India Ltd. (CIL) has not been able to supply the committed quantity of coal to the powerproducers, forcing them to source coal from other countries. Apart from this, many coal blockswhich should have been in operation by now are yet to come on-stream.
Dash for Gas: Opportunities & Challenges
04 February 2012
Fifty years after the first LNG tanker sailed from Mississippi to UK in 1959 natural gas has finally matured into a global commodity. Gas is no longer limited to being a regional resource or a continental resource.
Issue. 12
Challenges in Solar Power Development in India
10 August 2011
It always comes as a surprise to non-specialist observers that, despite the fact that India has 300 days of sunlighton average, solar power plays an almost insignificant role in the Indian energy mix.
The Need for Enhanced Regional Responses to Terrorism in South Asia
07 January 2010
Geopolitically, South Asia represents a unified security zone, with India in the middle
Issues in Captive Coal Block Development in India
24 July 2009
Given the high global demand for and the ever-rising price of oil and the abundance of comparatively inexpensive coal in their own region, India and China have long been heavily dependent on it as a source of energy to meet the needs of their people, as also for national growth.
Issue. 11
Economic Challenges for the New Government
Suggestions for Policy Formulation
03 July 2009
The Observer Research Foundation held a series of internal parleys and prepared a discussion paper outlining the core challenges that the new government would need to respond to on the economic front on an urgent basis. This paper was then circulated amongst and discussed with India's finest economic minds on June 1, 2009, at a closed door roundtable, to allow for free and frank debate. The participants included Dr. Rakesh Mohan, Former Dy. Governor Reserve Bank of India, Dr. Saumitra Chaudhury, Member, Planning Commission, Dr. B.B. Bhattacharya, Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Dr. S. Narayan, Former Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, Dr. N.K. Singh, Member of Parliament, Dr. Jagdish Shettigar, Economist and Dr. Charan Wadhva, Economist. Dr Arjun Sengupta, Member of Parliament, chaired the roundtable. The internal discussions and suggestions received at this roundtable meeting form the basis of the recommendations contained in this paper.
Issue. 10
Petroleum-Product Pricing Reforms: Now is the Time!
08 June 2009
On April 1, 2002 the Government of India notified the deregulation of pricing & distribution of petroleum products. As per the announcement, the Government was withdrawing from formal control of petroleum product pricing barring the price of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Kerosene (SKO) and was extending distribution rights for petroleum products to parties other than Public Sector Units (PSUs) including multinational companies.
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