ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Non-enforcement of Singapore’s Anti-gay Law is Not a Good ‘Compromise’

Singapore’s Prime Minister has frequently said that a law that criminalises gay sex will not be enforced, but it will not be repealed. It appears that the government is brokering a tenuous “middle ground” among those for and against the law, given that public support to criminalise gay sex remains high. However, the prohibition of an activity which the government does not necessarily think needs to be prohibited, but is nonetheless forbidden on the sole basis that the majority does not approve of it poses several problems.

Ties That Might Bind

The official relationship between India and Japan has now been elevated to a "global" and "strategic partnership." Understanding this qualitative leap in India-Japan ties is less easy than it looks. An origin story of the India-Japan relations explains how its state today is a reflection of the way Japan has changed in the last half a century.

WTO: Heavy Baggage for Cancun

The two-year long, hard-fought negotiations among officials of 146 countries at the WTO's headquarters in Geneva have left all the core areas of the Doha Development Agenda, with the exception of TRIPS and Public Health, still far from agreement. So it is over to the ministerial meeting in Cancun next week, which will be judged by the final outcome in agriculture, non-agriculture market access and the four 'Singapore issues'.

Jharkhand : Vision 2010

Dazzled by the east Asian economic 'miracle', the newly created state of Jharkhand has drawn up a Vision 2010 document for development that seeks to turn it into another Singapore. However, the document lacks clarity and commitment and also suffers from skewed priorities that will severely impede the state's progress towards the goals of growth and poverty eradication.

Can Singapore Be a Hong Kong to India?

Can Singapore with its spare investible resources and expertise in building infrastructure act as a window of investment to eastern India as Hong Kong has been to southern China, making the latter a hub of great industrial activity? Much depends on the political leadership in India, at the centre and in the concerned states.

Japan-Singapore Economic Partnership Agreement

The Japan-Singapore trade agreement which has been agreed to recently and is in the process of being implemented is viewed as a possible template for other trade agreements in Asia and therefore warrants close examination.

East Asian Economies

This essay deals with the saving and investment trends in the east Asian economies. They generated high rates of saving and used the resources productively. The high rates of saving reflect high rates of both private saving and public sector saving. The high investment rate was not only due to high saving rate, but also a relatively high level of inflow of foreign direct investment in some, backed by the policy of openness to trade and investment.
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