Saturday, May 30, 2015

8 Top Myanmar Infrastructure Projects

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

The story of Myanmar formerly known as Burma, has certainly been the most unexpected transformation in the 21st century. The country is making fast paced moved towards democracy after remaining secluded for decades under an authoritarian military regime. It is one of these turnarounds that most of the experts would not have thought in their distant dreams. The country is taking giant steps towards market economy though the state still rules with an iron fist. Rich oil reserves and its strategic location where it shares borders with two Asian giants India and China has made it one of the major investment destinations in the world. With the Myanmarese government paving way for foreign investments the country is seeing a boom in its economic activities. Years of seclusion and limited economic activities have inundated the country’s infrastructure in this once flourishing nation. Here we take a sneak peek at the top 8 infrastructure projects in Myanmar....Read More


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Year On: What Modi Offered NE

By Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

It’s exactly a year, that Narendra Modi let NDA government has been at the helm of affairs in New Delhi. 365 days may be too early to judge the performance of a government that had earned the mandate to hold office for five years, but the hype and the hyperbola created by Modi and other BJP leaders during the election campaign has left the general people of this country a little impatient. There were a lot of promises made specific to the people of the North Eastern region right from promoting the bio-diversity to creating jobs, dealing with insurgency and overcoming the perennial problems of poor infrastructure in the region. The campaign was nothing short of a promise for a better tomorrow.

The Prime Minister during his election campaign in different states of the North East had made a number of promises for the people of the region. Calling this region “Ashta Lakshmi” a term borrowed out of the Hindu text he had said “Yeh Bharat Ke Bhagya Badalne Ki Astha Laxmi Hai (The Eight States Have The Potential To Change India’s Destiny)” while holding an election rally in Imphal in 2015. A year on we take a look at what the Modi led NDA government has offered the region and where has it failed to live up to the promises....Read More


Monday, May 18, 2015

Lessons To Take from Nepal Earthquake

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

The recent earthquake that occurred in Nepal on 25th of April 2015 has left behind scenes of death and devastation. As aftershocks continue to this day millions of people in the Himalayan country live in spells of shock and fear. It has been the most devastating earthquake in the country since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake. The earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale followed by many aftershocks has left close to 10000 people dead in India and Nepal and hundreds of thousands homeless. The cultural loss has been in equal high proportions with many of Nepal’s heritage sites reduced to rubble. Billions of dollars of property has been damaged in the country as search and rescue teams from dozens of nations came to Nepal’s aid during the hour of crisis....Read More    


Friday, May 15, 2015

What 15K Crore Road Projects Can Mean for NE?

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

North Eastern states of Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim and Manipur are at the bottom of the table as far as road density (kilometre per square kilometre) is concerned. The story isn’t anything to cheer about it even in the case of states such as Nagaland, Assam and Tripura where figures are better than the national average. Major share of the road in these states aren’t surfaced making them unusable during the monsoons. It is often said that development rides on communication and connectivity, and poor infrastructure has been one of the main reasons behind the sorry state of affairs in the region. It has led to underdevelopment which has sown the seeds for ethnic conflicts. These problems together with militancy have further dented the prospects of development and job creation in the region. Limited investments by a few entrepreneurs have earned little dividends and even these continue to dry up leading to huge brain drain to other parts of the country.....Read More


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Four Major NE Projects on Anvil

North East is one of the most underdeveloped regions in the country. Plagued by poor infrastructure and connectivity the region has failed to keep pace with other parts of the country in terms of growth and socio-economic development. The lack of infrastructure has fostered under development and growth of insurgency in the region. Many power and infrastructure projects are currently underway in different parts of the region that would solve some of the perennial problems of different states. Here we shall take a sneak peek into four major power and infrastructure projects in the region that have the potential to usher in a new era of connectivity, growth and overall development of the region...Read More


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