Update on India’s States: December 24, 2019

Jharkhand election results show JMM-Congress has unseated BJP; AIIB loaning $210 million for irrigation & solar projects in West Bengal & Rajasthan; Modi government climbs down from plan to adopt a National Register for Citizens; ADB signs $490 million loan…

Update on India’s States: December 18, 2019

Protests erupt over the Citizenship Amendment Act; Andhra Pradesh enables state to levy new taxes; Karnataka issues order recognizing third-party solar rooftop investments; Karnataka releases draft education policy for migrant children; Rajasthan raises fees on solar power; Oil production in…

India’s Smart Metering Breakthrough Index

By Richard Rossow & Thomas Lutken —  This Issue: Uttar Pradesh leads our smart metering breakthrough index with the strongest commitment to implementing smart metering at a large scale. Uttar Pradesh has also demonstrated a solid foundation of consumer engagement…

A Fragile and Costly U.S.-China Trade Peace

By Scott Kennedy — News broke late on Thursday that the United States and China have reached a “phase one” deal that would mark the beginning of the end to their long and bitter trade war. Pardon me if I…

Update on India’s States: December 11, 2019

The Lok Sabha passes controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill; Gujarat allowing small renewable plants to sell to discoms; Manipur to be brought under Inner Line Permit regime; Karnataka gives preference to Kannadigas in private sector jobs; Tamil Nadu announces local body…

Update on India’s States: December 4, 2019

The Asian Development Bank approves loans to EESL, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal; The center and Andhra Pradesh reach understanding regarding renewable energy contracts; Haryana issues new rooftop solar policy; Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is sworn in as Maharashtra…

Update on India’s States: November 27, 2019

Maharashtra power-sharing struggle continues with BJP’s Fadnavis taking chief minister seat – resigning 80 hours later; Andhra Pradesh cancels all existing bars licenses, releases new solar & wind policies; Haryana creates a Department of Foreign Cooperation; Karnataka approves night-shift employment…

Update on India’s States: November 20, 2019

Andhra Pradesh moves towards English medium schools; Maharashtra under President’s rule; Telangana transport employee strike continues; Concerns rise in northeast over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill; Haryana issues draft regulations to allow a single electricity meter for multi-establishment institutions; Kerala to continue…

Update on India’s States: November 13, 2019

Haryana and Punjab incentivize farmers to not burn crops to combat pollution; power-sharing struggle continues in Maharashtra; new data shows India’s maternal mortality rate is on the decline; Bihar phasing out diesel-run auto-rickshaws; Himachal Pradesh announces IT subsidies; Haryana approves…

The CPTPP: (Almost) One Year Later

By Jack Caporal & Jonathan Lesh — Nearly one year after its entry into force, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has yielded a mixed bag of benefits to its 11 signatories. Trade flows have boomed between some…