Switzerland, the country most noted for its anonymous numbered bank accounts and tight banking secrecy became the world’s 58th nation on Tuesday to sign the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. The agreement prepared by taxation experts from the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),
CARTOGRAPHICAL CONCEPTIONS of Asia obscure what, in strategic terms, is a “Greater Asia.” It stretches from eastern Iran through Central Asia and South Asia to Indonesia, and from the Aleutian Islands to Australia, encompassing the Russian Far East, China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula and Southeast Asia. It is connected by
(source;the hindu) India has improved its ranking from 65 to 63 in the Global Hunger Index, making a marginal improvement since 2012, but continues to languish far behind other emerging economies. The score for the country improved slightly from 22.9 in 2012 to 21.3 this year. As has been the
U.S. Barack Obama’s decision to cancel his visit to the East Asia Forum, ASEAN Summit, and the APEC Summit, owing to pressing domestic issues is a setback to a host of American interests in the region – especially the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. However, it will not affect the long-term U.S.
The forecast had called for rain and clouds of anger from the U.S. business community hung heavy over the final summit between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and U.S. President Barack Obama. The day Singh landed, expensive ads paid for by the National Association of Manufacturers against New Delhi’s trade