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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.
Issue. 9
Concerted International Action Needed to Rein in Pakistan Terror Groups
Wilson John
17 February 2009
Notwithstanding the partial admission of the allegations made by India about the Mumbai attackers, Pakistan's complicity in allowing Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), the terrorist group behind the Mumbai attack, to retain most of its extensive infrastructure and capability to pursue its terrorist activities calls for an intense global scrutiny. LeT, with footprints in over a dozen countries and affiliation to global jihadi groups like al Qaida, poses a serious threat to the region and the world.
Issue. 8
What do falling Crude Prices mean for India's Fiscal Deficit?
02 March 2007
The Observer Research Foundation, CRM held a focus group meeting on the topic 'What do falling Crude Prices mean for India's Fiscal Deficit?' on February 9, 2007. Shri S C Tripathi, former Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, chaired the discussions.
Terrorism and Human Rights
Wilson John and P.V. Ramana
15 February 2007
The Policy Brief is based on the findings and recommendations drawn largely from a discussion hosted by Observer Research Foundation. Participants in the discussion included Gen (Retd) V.P. Malik, former Chief of the Army Staff and presently President, ORF Institute of Security Studies, Mr Vikram Sood, former chief, Research and Analysis Wing, Maj Gen (Retd) Afsir Karim, former member of the National Security Advisory Board, Maj Gen (Retd) Ramesh Chopra, Mr K S Subramanian, IPS (Retd), Mr Zafarul-Islam Khan, Editor, The Milli Gazette, New Delhi, Ms Swati Mehta, Project Officer, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, New Delhi, Mr Wilson John, Senior Fellow, ORF, and Dr P.V. Ramana, Research Fellow, ORF.
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