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What’s Behind China’s New National Standardisation Outline Document?

China’s ‘Standards 2035’ project gained headlines in April 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. October 2021 saw the release of the National Standardisation Development (NSD) outline document as the first official document detailing China’s ambitions in the coming decade on technical standardisation processes. The NSD visualizes a standardised...

Takshashila Issue Paper – China’s Technical Standardisation Framework

Download the Issue Paper Executive Summary  This paper analyses China’s National Standardisation Development (NSD) Outline released in October 2021.  The NSD outline consolidates the goals of the “China Standards 2035” (中国标准 2035) project and is one of many documents which supplement existing national level strategies. The NSD Outline highlights the...

Technopolitik #17

Read the full edition and subscribe here CyberPolitik #1: When can Governments Snoop on your Personal Data? — Sapni G K Over the past couple of weeks in this newsletter, we have covered the varying aspects of benefits that DCNs bring us. In earlier editions, we covered the harms that are associated with DCNs....

Here’s Why The P5 Joint Statement On ‘Preventing Nuclear War’ Makes All The Right Noises

On 3 January 2022, the leaders of five nuclear-weapons States — the US, Russia, China, UK, and France, also known as the P5 — issued a joint statement on preventing a nuclear war and avoiding the ongoing global arms race. The joint statement makes all the right noises. First, it considers the avoidance of war among the nuclear-weapons...

India No Match For China’s Border Infrastructure Build-up

India and China have been involved in multiple stand-offs on the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh for the past 18 months. Both countries have also forward deployed their forces on the entire India-China border. Latest satellite images reveal that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is...

10 Mistakes India Needs To Avoid To Better Deal With Its Third Covid-19 Wave

With an exponential rise in the number of cases, it is certain that the next few weeks are going to be challenging and will put our medical readiness and health resources to the test. If we are to avoid a repeat of the devastation of the past two waves, but especially...

Placing Biodiversity At The Centre Of Economic Decision Making

The Biodiversity Act (BDA) of 2002 was a product of India signing the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD). Many industrial and a few research entities have been facing problems related to compliance issues of the access and benefit sharing (ABS) aspect of the Act. This is reflected in legal disputes related...

Revisiting India’s Semiconductor Manufacturing Incentives

History of Semiconductor Manufacturing Incentives Pre-2019 2019 to 2021 Capital Expenditure   20% financial incentive of total capital expenditure  25% financial incentive of total capital expenditure (includes R&D) Basic Custom Duties (BCDs) Exemption of BCDs for non-covered capital goods Exemption of BCDs for all capital goods used for setting up fabs...

Who’s Stopping An Indian Medical Service?

The need for an Indian Medical Service Cadre has been highlighted and discussed multiple times in recent years. The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced the urgent importance of the cadre. An Indian Medical Service, comparable to the IAS, IPS and IFS, is necessary to administrate and encourage the delivery of healthcare services...

China At The Border, Hate Inside, National Security Weaponised – India Needs A Reset

Beliefs at the individual and collective levels drive human behaviour. All ideological systems including religion foster belief systems that promise a better future, only if one follows the prescriptions, are hypothetically distilled from human experience and wisdom. The devotees who thronged to Jammu’s Vaishno Devi temple on New Year’s Day could have been driven by the idea that...
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